And Then She Was Gone by Christopher Greyson

ABOUT THE BOOK

What’s done in the dark will be brought to the light…

The silhouette stood at the edge of the woods like a spider watching a fly enter its carefully crafted web. Only a few more steps and she’d be within its grasp.

Stacy Shaw has her whole life ahead of her. New job, new house and now a baby on the way—everything she’s ever hoped for is finally coming true. But on a warm summer night on the way home from work, she vanishes. The police race to find her, but the clues don’t add up. Conflicting facts emerge as her story twists and turns, sending the trail spiraling in all directions.

A hometown hero with a heart of gold, Jack Stratton was raised in a whorehouse by his prostitute mother. Jack seemed destined to become another statistic, but now his life has taken a turn for the better. Determined to escape his past, he’s headed for a career in law enforcement. When his foster-mother asks him to look into the girl’s disappearance, Jack quickly gets drawn into a baffling mystery. As Jack digs deeper, everyone becomes a suspect—including himself. Caught between the criminals and the cops, can Jack discover the truth in time to save the girl? Or will he become the next victim?

Grab your copy of this brand new novel in the highly acclaimed, wildly popular Detective Jack Stratton Series and start reading this electrifying whodunit today!

And Then She Was Gone is part of the Detective Jack Stratton Mystery Series, which has more than 2,000+ five-star reviews and over half-a-million readers and counting. If you love a page-turning thriller with mystery, humor, and romance, pick up And Then She Was Gone today.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christopher Greyson is a bestselling author of mystery, action, and thriller novels. His acclaimed Detective Jack Stratton Series has been read by over a half-a-million readers and counting. This action-packed series has a broad appeal, finding favor with mystery, thriller, and romance readers alike. The series includes Girl Jacked, Jack Knifed, Jacks Are Wild, Jack and the Giant Killer, and Data Jack. And Then She Was Gone, the next new book, will be released October 1st, 2016 with Jack of Hearts to follow. Christopher Greyson has also penned the successful epic fantasy Pure of Heart.

Greyson’s love of mystery and adventure began with his grandfather, a World War I decorated hero. He will never forget being introduced to his grandfather’s friend, a WWI pilot who flew across the skies at the same time as the feared legendary Red Baron. Since he was a little boy, Christopher Greyson dreamt of what mystery was around the next corner, or quest lay over the hill. If he couldn’t find an adventure, one usually found him! Now he weaves those tales into his stories.

Christopher Greyson’s educational background is an eclectic mix of degrees in Computer Science, Theatre and Communications. He resides in Massachusetts with his lovely wife, Katherine Greyson, author of the bestselling romance-mystery series Everyone Keeps Secrets and their two wonderful children, Laura and Christopher.

Please visit ChristopherGreyson.com where you can message Christopher Greyson. He enjoys hearing from his readers. Sign up for his newsletter, join in the Detective Jack Stratton discussion on the blog, enter the giveaways and win prizes like a HD Kindle Fire Tablet! Follow Detective Jack Stratton on Twitter @chris_greyson and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ChristopherGreysonAuthor.

MY REVIEW

I was blessed to recieved an advance copy of this book and am so glad I did. It was all that it promised and more. Jack Stratton is vulnerable, intense, devoted to finding truth, and yet he really struggles continually with his sense of self worth because of his past. When Jack was a teenager he was about to enter the army. This is essentially his first case. Although I’ve never read a Christopher Greyson novel prior to this one, I was very impressed and will continue to read his books. ThIs was a page turner and a sweet romance mixed in with the intrigue. Well done

The Amish Midwife’s Secret by Rachel J. Good

About the book

Kyle Miller never planned on becoming a country doctor. But when he’s offered a medical practice in his sleepy hometown, Kyle knows he must return… and face the painful past he left behind. Except the Amish community isn’t quite ready for Kyle. Especially the pretty midwife who refuses to compromise her traditions with his modern medicine.

The more Leah Stoltzfus works with the handsome Englisch doctor, the more she finds herself caught between the expectations of her family and her own hopes for the future. It will take one surprising revelation and one helpless baby in need of love to show Leah and Kyle that their bond may be greater than their differences if Leah can find the courage to follow her heart.

About the author

Rachel J. Good grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for many of her Amish novels. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events.


Rachel loves to travel and visit many different Amish communities. In searching for the best Amish soft pretzels, she’s visited many Amish markets, auctions, and mud sales. Because of her love of Amish food, she tries to include recipes in her books as often as possible. When she’s not traveling, she spends time with family and writing.

In addition to her Amish novels, she’s written more than 40 books, including children’s educational books, adult nonfiction, and fiction for children and teens under several pen names. To find out more about Rachel and her books, you can sign up for her newsletter: http://bit.ly/1qwci4Q

Rachel enjoys meeting readers and speaks regularly at book events, schools, libraries, churches, book clubs, and conferences across the country. She also loves talking about Amish life, using authentic Amish clothes and goods, and/or doing coloring parties.

My review

This was a sweet tale of love, betrayal, forgiveness and ask the entanglements of real life. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and hated for it to end. Thank you Rachel J. Good for writing such an incredible book!!

The Secret Journals Of Adolph Hitler

What happenings and environments wrought the most hated man in history? How does a child become a young man who evolved into a self-proclaimed messiah? Why did this one man become a psychotic who was responsible for the deaths of more than 50 million people?

This book follows the first, formative years of Adolf Hitler’s life. Presented as a personal journal, this is a fact-supported re-telling of a desperate existence, as viewed by Hitler, and tracks the points of pain that forged his beliefs. From a childhood of abuse and cheating death to an agonizing unrequited love to torturous years as a beggar in Vienna to finally finding his destiny. Enflamed by delusions, Hitler embraced the powers he believed guided his life.

This is a story of dire happenstances that broke a mind and spirit, created beliefs that twisted innocence, ultimately morphing into a malicious brew that changed the world forever.

This is the one story that’s never been told.

A.G. Mogan has written an incredible book based on years of research, to bring you to a greater understanding of what Hitlers life was like, what events conspired to create the monster he became. I highly recommend this first volume to you! Keep an eye out for volumes two and three. She is truly a very gifted writer!

The Covering by Dana Pratola

The Covering

“What do a woman of faith and a heathen biker have in common? The devil, of course. Tessa is moved to intercede for a man she’s never met. When they do meet, she’s stunned. Gunnar is gorgeous, charismatic, and driven. He’s also hostile, self-destructive, and an unbeliever… and she’s drawn to him like no other. The temptation she feels is as dangerous as it is alluring. She wants to stay away, but God has other plans. He reveals the devil’s intent to destroy Gunnar, and commissions Tessa to keep him covered in prayer. Can she rely on God to keep her from falling… in love, and into temptation? Or will the devil claim them both?”

This was a really well written book. It’s real life Christianity. I could appreciate Tessa’s dilemma as a woman drawn to an unbeliever. She stays true to her convictions and continues to pray for Gunner, even before she met him, God had her praying for him. It gives a glimpse into the spiritual battle for our souls. Highly recommended!

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Soldier’s Daughters by Fiona Field

Soldiers’ Daughters

 

SynopsisA wonderfully gripping follow-up to Fiona Field’s first novel, bringing back many of the characters from Soldiers’ Wives

 
The two girls seem to have a lot in common on the surface. Both motherless. Both sent to the same boarding school for “army brats.” Both, later, commissioned into the army themselves. Both desperate for their fathers’ love and approval. Samantha Lewis will put everything into being the good soldier she thinks her father wants her to be. But her heart will lead her in a very unexpected direction and threaten her love for the good man she plans to marry. Michelle Flowers also craves her father’s attention, but her impulsiveness will drive her into an obsession with the husband of another woman—with disastrous consequences.
 
Review: This book captivated me from page 1. I read it over the course of several days and give it a strong thumbs up! It took me awhile to adjust to the British vernacular and I felt the foul language could have been toned down a bit, but Fiona is an incredible writer!! It never got slow or boring, it had enough twists and turns to keep me turning the pages. I kept wanting Michelle to stop her nonsense and rooted for Sam, especially when she was in Kenya. This book has an excellent cast of characters with stories of their own. You have to give it a read! I look forward to reading this authors future books!! 
 
I was given a complimentary copy of this book to review. 
 
 
Bookishly yours,
Robin

Sand in My Sandwich by Sarah Parshall Perry

Sand in My Sandwich: And Other Motherhood Messes I’m Learning to Love By Sarah Parshall Perry

 

SynopsisThere is no perfect family, no life free of mess.

But in the midst of all of it, God is there, reminding us, “My child, I got this.”

You know that thing when you’re in Walmart at noon before you discover you haven’t brushed your teeth? Sarah Parshall Perry gets that. She also gets weird things showing up in her bed, her daughter requesting war paint, and her son crawling into a giant blue sock on Christmas morning. Sometimes, she gets that conflicted feeling of finding her kids hanging out in the dog’s cage and realizing that, yes, dog cages are not for people, but . . . they have stopped getting into trouble.

According to Perry, “The hardest stuff is the quickest way to God.” And if the systematic destruction of her carefully planned life is any indication, she’s on the fast track to sainthood! A mother of three children, two of whom are on the autism spectrum, she has experienced plenty of ups and downs. But from the chaos of her “ordinary” life, she pulls truth packed with humor, poignancy, and a naked honesty that will make you realize you are not alone in this delightfully messy thing called motherhood. 

So sit back, relax awhile, and get ready to laugh.

“Brokenness is part of our humanity and Sarah Perry gets it. Sand in My Sandwich is her story of living with transparency, grace, humor, and hope. No matter your challenge today, you will find yourself in her story. This book is a must-read for every woman.”–Shannon Royce, president and CEO, ChosenFamilies.org

Sarah Parshall Perry (JD, University of Virginia School of Law) is a wife and mother of three young children. She is the coauthor of When the Fairy Dust Settles (with her mother, Janet Parshall) and the author of numerous magazine articles, award-winning short stories, and poetry. Sarah has served in youth ministry for over ten years and is currently writing for http://www.ChosenFamilies.org where she encourages other families living with disabilities. She lives in Maryland.


Review: I applaud Sarah for how she has had to let go of perfection as God blessed her with 3 amazing children who would challenge her in many ways. She is open and honest about her struggles and she has a tremendous sense of humor. As her children have grown, she has she has learned to trust God and her Mother’s heart. I was swept up in her story and I think you will be too. 😃

Bookishly yours,
Robin

Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story by Larry Libby, Joni Eareckson Tada, Ken Tada

Joni and Ken: an Untold Love Story by Larry Libby, Joni Eareckson Tada, Ken Tada

 
Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story

 

Synopsis: This is the true love story of Joni and her husband of 30 years, Ken Tada. A love story showing what it truly means for a man and a woman to live in love … in sickness and in health.

Even the honeymoon wasn’t easy. Did Ken realize what he was getting into when he proposed to Joni, a quadriplegic woman? As their marriage years moved on, Ken became increasingly overwhelmed by the never-ceasing demands of caring for Joni, who begins to experience chronic, extreme, nightmarish pain. Ken sinks into depression, and the couple finds themselves on parallel tracks in life, married and living under the same roof but drifting apart emotionally.

But as they fight for their marriage and find their way through the mazes of depression and pain, they wrap their two lives around their rock—Jesus.

During Ken’s denial of Joni’s diagnosis, and Joni’s thoughts of how wonderful a quick exit to heaven would be, they experience a personal visitation with the savior you will never forget.

 

Review: I loved the honesty, vulnerability, and genuineness of their love story. Mostly it highlights their journey through Joni’s breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. It gives glimpses into their early marriage right up to the current day. Joni broke her neck at 17 and God has used her quadriplegia in incredible ways, not only here but internationally. I would put this in your list of books to read for 2015! 

 

Bookishly yours,

Robin



Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story

Natural Causes by Michael Palmer

Natural Causes by Michael Palmer

Natural Causes

SYNOPSIS: Dr. Sarah Baldwin races to a Boston hospital with a young woman whose normal labor has suddenly become a matter of life and death. As she struggles to save both mother and baby, she doesn’t know that two other women have already died under horrifying identical circumstances. And so begins Sarah’s own nightmare, as she learns that the prenatal herbal vitamins she prescribed are the only thing these women have in common. Soon Sarah is fighting to save her career, her reputation–her life. For she’s certain there must be some unknown factor linking these women, and as she gets closer to the truth, it becomes clear that someone will do anything–even murder–to keep a devastating secret.

REVIEW: I am a huge fan of Michael Palmers books! If you enjoy medical thrillers, you will enjoy his books. This book was a real page turner and as I got near the end I was holding my breath in some places. It was so easy to fall in love with Dr. Baldwin and root for her throughout the story. In the beginning you think she is at fault because of the herbal prenatal vitamins she has given to these patients. Buckle up, because you are in for a wild ride!

I think you will be quite surprised to find who were the good guys and who were the bad guys. All is not necessarily how it appears. Right till the very end I was not sure how things were going to play out. Lots of danger, plot twists, and completely unexpected events. This is one of the best books I’ve read in awhile….

 

Bookishly yours,

Robin