The Pretender

The Pretender

Set primarily in 1975 Rapid City and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, spanning approximately three years, Ta’Mara Hanscom’s The Pretender is likely to leave readers extremely frustrated. An early description of artwork by the main character, Tillie Caselli left me scratching my head over the somewhat jumbled chain of events that follows.  Even rereading the confusing Read More

Mercy Triumphs

Mercy Triumphs

The final book in Jana Kelley’s trilogy, Mercy Triumphs offers readers a deeper appreciation of what persecution for the sake of Christ looks like.  Centered around three main characters whose lives are intriguingly intertwined, Kelley does an effective job linking personal interactive moments to show how those actions impact the group. Witnessing the story unfold is Read More

God's Crime Scene For Kids

God’s Crime Scene for Kids

God’s Crime Scene for Kids by J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace is an intriguing investigation into the mystery of God. Kids will enjoy the journey Jason and his friends at the Junior Detective’s Academy take as they try to unravel the mystery Jason’s grandfather left behind. The group’s leader, Detective Jefferies, gently provides the Read More

A Name Unknown

A Name Unknown

Set in 1914 England, Roseanna White’s A Name Unknown is an intriguing tale of secrets, national pride, family ties, loyalty, love letters and royal connections all woven into one story. Orphaned at a young age, Rosemary Gresham aligns herself with other street urchins who eventually bond into a family unit of “brothers and sisters”. Together Read More

Secrets

Secrets

If I had to sum up Jonathon Daugherty’s Secrets in only one word, I’d choose, “courageous”.  Daugherty offers an unapologetic view into his own personal struggle with sexual addictions. Rarely does one encounter an author willing to peel back the external layers to candidly reveal a true self.  This book is a definite must read Read More

My Daughter's Legacy

My Daughter’s Legacy

Authors Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould gambled writing a book within a book.  My Daughter’s Legacy is actually two stories running parallel, one set in present day Virginia, the other 1864 Virginia.  The risk doesn’t pay off; the two stories don’t mesh together well. The book starts out in the present day jarring the Read More

His Guilt

His Guilt

How many different Amish stories can be written?  Although Shelley Shepard Gray’s, His Guilt delves into a different aspect of the Amish community, it still feels stale. This book is surprising; however, as it addresses a darker side of the Amish community, not often written about; families who are Amish in name, if not in Read More