Because You’re Mine by Colleen Coble – Book Review

Because You’re Mine  by  Colleen Coble

Published By  Thomas Nelson Fiction   January  10, 2017

Genres:   Christian

Pages:  336

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Publisher’s Description

Maybe Its You by Candace Calvert – Book Review

Maybe Its You  by  Candace Calvert

Published By  Tyndale House Publishers   February  03, 2017

Genres:   Romance, General Fiction( Adult)

Pages:  448

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Publishers Description

ER nurse Sloane Ferrell escaped her risky past—new name, zip code, job, and a fresh start. She’s finally safe, if she avoids a paper trail and doesn’t let people get too close. Like the hospital’s too-smooth marketing man with his relentless campaign to plaster one “lucky” employee’s face on freeway billboards.

Micah Prescott’s goal is to improve the Hope hospital image, but his role as a volunteer crisis responder is closer to his heart. The selfless work helps fill a void in his life left by family tragedy. So does a tentative new relationship with the compassionate, beautiful, and elusive Sloane Ferrell.

Then a string of brutal crimes makes headlines, summons responders . . . and exposes disturbing details of Sloane’s past.

Can hope spring from crisis?

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Story Notes

Candace Calvert’s third installment of her Crisis Team series is a gritty, raw and real story that will take readers from the bottoms of despair to the heights of hope and everywhere in between.

Having recently finished Ms. Calvert’s Grace Medical series I was very pleased to see that she has another series based in the field of medicine. Her second foray into this series, Step by Step,  was an excellent read and I plan to purchase a copy for my shelves soon. I have really enjoyed reading of the volunteers that are involved with the “Crisis Team” responders and how they assist those who experience tragedy. It is a much needed service for so many and it was interesting to see how Ms. Calvert wove it so well into her stories. And with this latest “Crisis Team” story coming out recently I knew I had to share it with others in a review. Sloane “Ferrell” was a semi-main character in Step by Step but Maybe Its You gives readers the ins and outs of her story. Ms. Calvert gave Sloane a tough facade with a “marshmallow center” that will take determined friends and ‘suitors’ a while to chip away enough to see the real Sloane hidden beneath the layers of self preservation. Sloane has created her own version of Witness Protection for herself after a tragic accident left her and a fellow nurse fighting for their lives. And she’s not about to let anyone take away the safety and comfort she has fought so hard for over the past few months. New to the Los Angeles Hope Hospital ER staff, Sloane just wants to be left alone to do her job, enjoy her new home and stay sober – with the help of AA meetings. When the hospital announces a new campaign to find a new “face” for LA Hope, Sloane knows she will have take care to keep herself off the nomination list. She loves her job but values her privacy more. But when the Marketing director, Micah Prescott, sees Sloane’s compassionate nature in action, he will do all he can to convince her to become the new face of the hospital.  Coming from a family of Christian music singers that experienced a great family tragedy, Micah is seeking to give back to others who are experiencing tragedy by serving on the Los Angeles crisis responders team in conjunction with his marketing work at the hospital. Having been on the receiving end of the comfort and help the Crisis Team provides, Micah hopes to bury his sorrows in his service work and maybe, find a new friend in Sloane. As Micah gets to know Sloane, he starts to feel an attraction for her he has never felt before – if only she would feel the same. It will take time and much conversation for both Micah and Sloane to open up to each other enough to built a precarious relationship. And that relationship will be tested in the most brutal ways when Sloane’s past catches up with her in a terrifying and violent way. I’m always impressed when an author tells their character’s story in such a way as to make them real and relatable. Its okay to read stories about those who seem to make only minor mistakes in life but I find it much more enjoyable to read stories that have characters I can relate to in some way. No one is perfect and although I may not have experienced all the problems or issues a certain characters has, I nearly always find myself identifying with them in their faith journey. And in this story I found myself mostly identifying with Micah, who had placed those who have trouble with drinking and drugs in a category of evil that he found impossible to forgive. I was convicted, yet again, of my tendency to judge those with more visible problems more harshly that I judge myself  – forgetting that my “little white lie” is just as awful as getting drunk or doing drugs –  they all cause destruction to relationships. Ms. Calvert had me racing through the pages of this story to find out just how she was going to bring Sloane to her realization of her need for Christ, and Micah to his need to let go of his grudge and forgive. And I found her final chapters and ending to be one of the best I’ve read – finishing out the story of the characters involved while leaving room to continue the series. Maybe Its You is a story I won’t soon forget and will probably re-read multiple times. I will most certainly pass it on to my friends and family.

I was provided both the E-book via Netgalley and the printed book from Tyndale House Publishers due to doubled request. Both were provided to me free of charge in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from either company for this review.

Restoring Love by Jennifer Slattery – Book Review

Restoring Love  by  Jennifer Slattery

Published By  New Hope Publishers   January 02, 2017

Genres:   Christian

Pages:  324

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Publisher’s Description

Mitch, a contractor and house-flipper, is restoring a beautiful old house in an idyllic Midwestern neighborhood. Angela, a woman filled with regrets and recently transplanted to his area, is anything but idyllic. She’s almost his worst nightmare, and she’s also working on restoring something herself. As he struggles to keep his business afloat and she works to overcome mistakes of her past, these two unlikely friends soon discover they have something unexpected in common, a young mom who is fighting to give her children a better life after her husband’s incarceration. While both Mitch and Angela are drawn to help this young mother survive, they also find themselves drawn to each other. Will a lifetime of regrets hold them back or unite them and bring redemption along with true love?

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Story Notes

Jennifer Slattery’s latest book is one of hope and forgiveness born out of tragedies which have consequences that encroach on her two main character’s every sides.

Oh my goodness, Ms. Slattery’s main characters of this book are both, for lack of better words, disasters at life! Everything that could possibly go wrong for a person has happened to one or the other of them and they are living with the aftereffects of tragedies that can make or break you depending on where you have placed your faith and trust. Thankfully, Ms Slattery had her characters placing their faith in God, although, like many people, they are finding out that its still hard to deal with the consequences of actions that were taken before one allows God to direct one’s path. I know that the point of this book was for Ms. Slattery to show that there is forgiveness and hope to be found in God but there was so much that had gone wrong for these characters that it was going to be difficult for her to have the story come out with a good and complete ending. And while she did a fairly good job at portraying the road to recovery, I felt that the ending was too rushed and wrapped up too neatly for the numerous circumstances that were described in the story. Her main character Angela would be the “poster-child” of what not to do with your life as a woman – but Ms. Slattery further made Angela the “ideal person” when one thinks of those who need of the grace and mercy of God. I’m not a big supporter of having your stories only be about those who “appear” to need the most help from God but Ms. Slattery handled that well in her story. It was wonderful to see how Ms. Slattery had Angela  living her faith and new life daily by choosing to keep her relationships with any man strictly friendship and even coming off as slightly cold towards men to ensure she didn’t fall into her old habit of constantly hunting for a new boyfriend. And her struggle with dressing in modest, age appropriate attire was laugh out loud funny at times while truly saddening at others – often giving me a sense of true compassion for her dilemma. I was really thrilled to see that Ms. Slattery allowed Angela to have a true journey towards achieving her new life in the pages of this story, making the sense of success at her finding an ideal job and paycheck very real and satisfying to read. Ms. Slattery’s other main character Mitch has all kinds of trouble raining down on him, from his partner looking to dissolve their company, to trying to help one of his renter’s keep a roof over her family’s heads, to his drug and alcohol addicted son and enabling ex-wife, and trying to figure out Angela and her quirky ways. For about 70% of the book, nothing goes right for him and every turn for him is more problems and heartache. Granted, the majority of his troubles came from his own bad decisions in years past but I really felt sorry for him and the load of trouble he had to carry throughout the story. And even though the ending brought about resolution to most of his problems, it was so rushed I had to read the last pages twice to understand everything that was resolved too quickly/neatly for my liking. Therefore, I feel that while this book had many redeeming qualities and good lessons to be taught, there was so many terrible situations and problems that the entire story seemed a mess. Ms. Slattery wrote it well, with the exception of the rushed ending, and encouraged the reader to feel sympathy and compassion for her characters. However, when a story carries so much trouble I feel like the ending needs to be as well developed as the problems that were being faced. Having not read this author before I will be more cautious in the future when considering her work but believe that given other story plots I would better enjoy Ms. Slattery’s writing. It is possible that I might suggest this book to others but it will not be one of my top favorites to share.

I received this E-book free of charge from New Hope Publisher’s via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from either company for this review.