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2013 BookGateway.com Booky Awards

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The Shadow Constant by Scudiere

This book is amazing. It has it all – adventure, murder, suspense and intrigue. A book you will get wrapped up in and can’t put down from page one to More »

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Gods at War by Idleman

The one sin that most people would say they don’t commit is the one that everyone does. All the time. Idolatry.

All In
Kyle Idleman
Zondervan
February 2013

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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Doescher

Star Wars and Shakespeare fans rejoice! Unto you is given the most amazing book. Ever.

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars
Verily, A New Hope
Ian Doescher
Quirk Books
July 2013

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The Harbinger by Huntingford

An unbelievable good book. This new writer has a vivid imagination that will delight and thrill you as you read this amazing book.

The Harbinger
by Christopher Huntingford
Self Published
August 2013

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Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley

Miranda Hunt an operative for Pinkerton National Detective Agency and Jeremy Taggert an operative for Wells Fargo are both working undercover to capture the Phantom, the leader of an outlaw gang responsible More »

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Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon, Jr. and Cindy Kelley

A young woman is found unconscious and brought to the office of the town doctor and when she finally gains consciousness, the doctor learns that she is suffering from amnesia.

Traces of Mercy
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Messiah: Origin by Dorff, Arey and Carpenter

Part translation, part interpretation and all art. Messiah is amazing!

Messiah: Origin
Written by Matt Dorff and Mark Arey
Illustrated by Kai Carpenter
Zondervan
November 2013

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Can’t Wait Willow by Ziglar and Marten

What happens when a child says “yes” to all their desires and urges? Their star gets all sad, that’s what. And that matters.

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Written by Christy Ziglar
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Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison

19 years prior to A New Hope the largest Imperial officer graduation ceremony becomes ground zero for a massive coup.

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written by Haden Blackman
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Love the Least of These (A Lot) by Spielman

Nearly 45 million human beings have been brutally killed since January 1973. 45 million. That’s seven and a half times the number of Jews that were killed in the Holocaust. Thank God More »

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Star Wars: Scoundrels by Zahn

The money he got is gone. Jabba is after him even harder. What’s a smuggler to do when someone offers you the heist of a lifetime? Take it, Han, take it.

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At the Edge of a Dark Forest

91ONE-yi5wL._SL1500_Cole Harrison is a veteran of the Iraq War and he came home missing his left leg and his right arm. He also has a disfiguring scar on his face and head but that is not the result of the war.

At the Edge of a Dark Forest
by Connie Almony
Self Published
February 2014

At the Edge of a Dark Forest by Connie Almony is a wonderful story of love between a man and a woman and the love of God for man. Cole Harrison is a veteran of the Iraq War and he came home missing his left leg and his right arm. He also has a disfiguring scar on his face and head but that was not a result of the war. Carly Rose is the daughter of the man that developed artificial limbs that work almost like human limbs but the business was almost destroyed by the dishonesty of Carly’s two brothers. She is determined to help her father rebuilt his company and she approaches Cole to try the artificial limbs and then hopefully he will invest in the company.

Connie did an superb job in the writing of this story and developed every element of the story in a way that touched my heart. The characters were so realistically portrayed that I almost forgot that they were fictional characters in a book. Every scene in the story was so true to life that I was right in the middle of the action. At times the dialogue was so intense that I had to take a deep breath and keep on reading. Cole felt that if he treated Carly with disdain and spoke harshly to her that she would leave him alone but she would not be discouraged by his speech and actions. I have not read such a touching story in quite some time. There were a few laughs in the story but most of the time I was reading with tears in my eyes. However, do not let that keep you from reading the story for I am just a softie and get very emotionally involved in books that I read. The story had a great ending!

I highly recommend this book to everyone that enjoys a book that shows what love can accomplish– the love of a woman for a man and the love of God.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.

This book was provided by the author as a review copy.

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A Place to Call Home by Merrillee Whren

51a-f35IueLKurt Jansen has just been released from prison and is seeking a job restoring a house for Molly Finnerty. He needs money to hire a private investigator to find the real killer and also to hire a lawyer to gain custody of his six year old twins.

A Place to Call Home
Merrillee Whren
Self Published
April 2013

A Place to Call Home by Merrillee Whren is a wonderful story of love and forgiveness of God and man. Kurt Jansen has just been released from prison where he has served six years for the charge of manslaughter in the death of his wife. He has insisted that he was innocent from the very first and is looking for a restoration job so that he will have money to hire a private investigator to find the real murderer and a lawyer to help him get custody of his six year old twins. He is referred to Molly Finnerty for she has a house that she wants to restore and turn it into a bed and breakfast. Molly finally decides to give Kurt the job since she is a supporter of the prison ministry in her town. And, she has secrets of her own that involve the death of her husband and a short stay in jail..

Merrillee did an outstanding job in the development of all elements of the story. The characters are so real that one almost forgets they are fictional individuals. Molly and Kurt came to life in the story and I was pulling for them to solve all their problems and hopefully fall in love. All the settings are so well described that I felt as if I were right in the midst of the story. There were several twists and turns in the plot and a good bit of suspense. Who did kill Kurt’s wife? Would Kurt be able to get custody of his children? Would Molly finally let go of her secrets about the death of her husband? I was somewhat surprised when the true murderer of Kurt’s wife was revealed. I like when a book has a strong Christian message and this one did, both Molly and Kurt had a relationship with God and looked to Him for guidance and forgiveness. In addition to Molly and Kurt, there were other strong Christians in the book.

I highly recommend this book to all that enjoy a great story with romance, suspense, Christian values, and a happy ending.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.

This book was provided by the author as a review copy.

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River Oaks Plantation by B. J. Robinson

A1fdwzVPZTL._SL1500_Camilla O’Brien has inherited River Oaks Plantation from her grandmother and she moves in on August 29, 2005, just in time to experience Hurricane Katrina and all the danger and destruction it brings.

River Oaks Plantation
B. J. Robinson
Self Published
December 2013

River Oaks Plantation by B. J. Robinson is two stories in one but expertly woven together by the author to make one wonderful story of love and hardship with love winning in the end. The story begins in 1856 when Margaret Turnrow, the fifteen year old bride of Danny Turnrow, sees her new home for the first time. She thinks it is the most beautiful house she has ever seen and immediately starts thinking of the formal gardens that she will plant and she plans to model them after the gardens she saw in Europe on her honeymoon. The Civil War brought many changes and heartaches to Margaret but she had her gardens to help her through the hard times.

The modern part of the story began when Margaret’s great, great granddaughter, Camilla O’Brien, arrived at River Oaks Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana, on August 29, 2005. Camilla spent many summers of her youth at the home and is overjoyed that her grandmother left the house to her and she plans to restore it to its former beauty. She had dressed to impress the manager of the plantation but when she met him she was soaked to the skin from the pouring rain. Camilla and Noah Gautreaux, the plantation manager, spent their childhood summers together but at their first meeting neither recognized the other. Soon Camilla and Noah were swept up into all the problems and dangers caused by Hurricane Katrina.

The author did an excellent job in the development of the story in the way that she interwove the story of the nineteenth century with the story of the twenty first century. I like the way the author included the diary of the great, great grandmother in the story. All the characters were so real that they seemed to came to life on the pages of the book and I felt as if I knew each one of them personally. All the action was so realistic that I was living it right along with the characters in the story especially the scenes that were taking place during Hurricane Katrina. Thanks to twenty-four/seven television coverage of Katina, I had lived through that part of the story and the author’s vivid descriptions brought the terror of Hurricane Katrina to life in the book. There were twists and turns in the plot and even a little suspense. Would Danny come home from the Civil War? Would River Oaks Plantation be destroyed by Hurricane Katrina? Would Camilla and Noah end up together?

I highly recommend this book to everyone that enjoys a great romantic story. This novel has two wonderful stories with one beginning in 1856 and the other beginning in 2005.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.

This book was provided by the author as a review copy.

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Minding Molly by Leslie Gould

817APsagIqL._SL1500_Molly Zook is a very opinionated young Amish woman and always wants to be in control of any situation in which she is involved.

Minding Molly
by Leslie Gould
Bethany House Publishers
February 2014

Minding Molly by Leslie Gould is an Amish story with a little different twist. I don’t remember reading any Amish books that had such a domineering female main character. But by the end of the book I liked her and actually felt sorry for her at times. Molly Zook always wants to be in control of any situation and she is having a huge problem with her mother. Her mother wants Molly to marry Mervin Mosier for this will save the family farm. However, Molly is working very hard to get Mervin to renew his interest in her best friend Hannah. To add to the problem, Molly meets Leon Fisher and is instantly drawn to him. He is from Montana and is now living in Pennsylvania and working at a nearby farm training horses. Molly plans a camping trip in the hopes of getting to know Leon but it seems that he is more interested in Hannah than her.

The author did an excellent job in the development of the characters and they came to life on the pages of the book.. Usually I really like the main character of a story but I had to read almost the entire book before I began to like Molly. The other characters definitely were a group with a wide range of personalities. Some I liked and others were somewhat unlikeable. Scenes were well developed and I felt as if I were right where the action was happening. Sometimes I just wanted to shake Molly and her sister and tell them to shape up. At times the dialogue seemed a little immature but it did fit some of the characters. I was glad that by the end of the story, Molly had softened and was learning to let God lead her. There were a few twists and turns to the plot that kept me guessing as to which woman would end up with which man. All in all the story had a happy ending.

I recommend this book if you like Amish fiction and also like a bossy main character.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

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Wren’s Nest by Deanne Durrett

81PtDcI-37L._SL1500_Joe Chandler, a retired cop, is awakened from a deep sleep by loud pounding on his front door. When he opens the door he sees a young woman and man drenched by the blowing rain. It is evident that the woman is in labor but Joe has delivered babies before so he is not worried.

Wren’s Nest
by Deanne Durrett
Self Published
November 2013

Wren’s Nest by Deanne Durrett is a great story of love, the love one gives and receives through helping others. Joe Chandler is fast asleep when a very loud knocking on his front door awakens him. He opens the door to find a young man and woman soaked to the skin in the driving rain. As they enter the house, Joe realizes that the woman is in labor but he is an ex-cop and has delivered babies before. The young man tells Joe that Blake Adams in Phoenix sent them. With this information Joe relaxes and gets everything ready for the impending birth. The young couple are brother and sister, Loren and Sherman, and they are fleeing from their lawyer uncle who has substituted Loren as a surrogate mother due to the disappearance of the original surrogate mother. After Joe learned that Sherman was Loren’s brother then he just assumed she was a single mother. Loren assured him that she was married and that her husband was in the Air Force Special Ops somewhere in the Middle East.

Deanne did an excellent job in the development of all elements of this story. Each character was so well developed that I felt as if they were close friends. Well the lawyer uncle would never be a friend but he was also so well written that one could not help but greatly dislike him, even feel a little hate, and have the desire to toss him in jail and throw away the key. The scenes were so descriptive that during the birth of the baby I could almost feel Loren’s pain and then her joy when the baby was placed in her arms. There were several twists and turns in the plot and each one seemed to be more suspenseful than the next. While reading everything that Joe and his retired cop buddies were doing to protect Loren and the baby, I did a lot of nail biting and sitting on the edge of my chair. Matilda, Joe’s neighbor and friend, added a lot of love to the story but she also was the cause of a great deal of danger and fear. The story has a happy ending and even a surprise at the very end of the story, at least it was a surprise for me. I really appreciated the way the author showed through the main characters, the importance of prayer and how helping others brings happiness to the one being helped as well as to the one doing the helping. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the Phoenix Connection Series about Joe Chandler and his retired cop buddies.

I definitely recommend this book to all readers who enjoy a clean and suspenseful story with strong Christian values and enough romance to be interesting.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the author as a review copy.

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Say It With Flowers by Suzanne D. Williams

910B0284W6L._SL1500_ Benito Bottari owns a florist and when Arabella Howland comes in to order flowers for her wedding Benito immediately falls in love.

Say It With Flowers
by Suzanne D. Williams
Self Published
April 2014

Say It With Flowers by Suzanne D. Williams is the fourth book in the Italian series and this book is just as enjoyable a story as the other three. It is a delightful feel good romantic story but how could it be anything else with a handsome and sweet Italian man as the main character. Benito Bottari owns a florist and when Arabella Howland comes into the store to order flowers for her wedding, Benito falls in love immediately. It is no surprise that Arabella also feels something when she meets Benito. He has secrets in his past but he is determined to win Arabella’s heart for he has a feeling that she does not really love Fredrick, the man she is to marry. When Arabella’s best friend tells Benito that Fredrick is not what he seems and that Arabella’s life is in danger, Benito thinks he may be the only person who can help Arabella.

Once again Suzanne has done an excellent job in the development of the characters, dialogue, and plot. All the characters were so realistically portrayed that I felt as if I were friends with all of them, well not with Fredrick. I was instantly drawn to Benito and was pulling for him to win the girl. The dialogue was gripping at times and at other times my heart was melting. There were a few twists and turns in the plot and one of those turns had me sitting on the edge of my chair and chewing on my fingernails. The author definitely knows how to keep the reader reading. And during all the action that took place in the book, I was right in the middle of it for the scenes were so well written and real. You will have to read the book to learn if Benito wins Arabella’s heart.

I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially to those that love a feel good romantic story.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.

This book was provided by the author as a review copy.

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Hands of Darkness by Heather James

1609555_734353786599112_1268552769_n Evelyn Barrett has a new baby and a new job as a police consultant. She helped the police solve the murder of her young daughter and is now trying to move on with her life since she can no longer work as a lawyer.

Hands of Darkness
by Heather James
Kregel Publications
February 2014

Hands of Darkness by Heather James was a good book but I had a hard time getting involved in the story. Evelyn Barrett can no longer practice law so she has taken a job as a police consultant and will be working with Detective Thatcher. She worked with him to help solve the kidnapping and murder of her young daughter. At the beginning of the book she is almost at the end of her pregnancy and has the baby before the middle of the story. Working as a police consultant allows her to be at home with her newborn son and to work only hours that are convenient. At least that was the way it was supposed to be. The first case she works on involves a very sadistic serial rapist and murderer who is very methodical in his killings. He leaves absolutely nothing at the scene that would lead to his identity so Thatcher and Evelyn have a very tough job in bringing him to justice. The case becomes very personal for Evelyn when her good friend Jen is raped but somehow manages to survives.

The author did an excellent job in the development of the characters. I had a problem liking the main character for she had so many quirks in her personality that simply rubbed me the wrong way. The description of scenes, especially ones that involved a dead body, were so real that I felt as if I were a witness to what was happening. I love a good police drama, even with murder thrown into the mix, but this story just seemed almost too dark for my taste. The villain was so evil that I cringed every time I read what he was thinking and doing. Evelyn seemed to be a devout Christian but it seemed that a great deal of the time, the devil controlled her tongue. And it bothered me that she would get a bee in her bonnet and strike out alone and not tell Thatcher what she was going to do. That trait finally got her into a lot of trouble and danger. I was a little disappointed with the ending but I guess it was the only way the story could end. In spite of the darkness of the story, there was a time or two that I actually laughed at whatever was happening or being said.

I gave the book a four star rating because I could not honestly say that I loved the book and give it five stars.

I would recommend this book only if you are really into dark murder mysteries with a murderer that seems to have a soul that is pure evil.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

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Lucy’s Mansion by Deanne Durrett

91MJihThhBL._SL1500_Becca has bought the beautiful Victorian mansion from Lucy Evans and has turned it into a home for battered women and children. Residents of the community are not happy.

Lucy’s Mansion
by Deanne Durrett
Self Published
December 2013

Lucy’s Mansion by Deanne Durrett is a great book and continues the story that was begun in Rogue Trust. Becca buys the beautiful Victorian home of Lucy Evans and converts it into a home for battered women and children. The wealthy residents of the community that surrounds Lucy’s Mansion are doing everything they can to get the women thrown out of the house. Unfortunately, the shelter violates zoning laws which are upheld by the City Council. Becca and J.T. join together to fight the City Council and in the process they realize that they have a strong attraction to each other. There is also a problem with Becca’s twelve-year-old daughter for she keeps saying that second marriages are bad for kids. Becca wants a life with J.T. but she feels that her daughter comes first.

Deanne Durrett has done an excellent in the development of this second story about Becca and her huge inherited fortune. All characters were so well developed that I either loved or greatly disliked them. Only the two society ladies come to mind as ones that I really disliked. Dialogue was right on the mark and the descriptions of scenes were so real that I felt I was right there where everything was happening. Becca’s young daughter, Amy, seemed very real and concerned about her mother and in this book she displays more of the traits or a typical preteen. There was a great deal of suspense in this story. Would Becca or the City Council win the fight over the zoning for Lucy’s Mansion and would Becca and J.T. be able to overcome their problems in their love life? I especially liked the way that the author had the characters depending on God for guidance. I hope that there will be more books in this series for this is a group of characters that I really love and want to follow their lives into the future.

I highly recommend this book to everyone that loves a great Christian romance that also has some suspense and tense moments.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.

This book was provided by the author as a review copy.

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The Rogue Trust by Deanne Durrett

81a9P1wIlML._SL1500_Becca McGee is the heir to a huge fortune and she finds her life out of sync because of all the problems that result from the inheritance. She must also deal with J.T. Harrison the lawyer handling the inheritance for he wants to know her better and she wants nothing to do with him.

The Rogue Trust
by Deanne Durrett
Self Published
January 2014

The Rogue Trust by Deanne Durrett is a great story of a young woman who is the heir to a huge fortune that was created to honor a Vietnam war hero. The story begins with Becca receiving a bouquet of fourteen yellow roses and just gets better and better from that point on. Becca McGee is working hard to provide a good life for her twelve-year-old daughter, Amy K. Becca has been widowed for three years but still wears her wedding ring and really has no desire to date. J.T. Harrison is the young, good looking lawyer that is handling the inheritance and Becca seems to think that he is a jerk, a stalker, and an imposter. Neither want to admit there is an attraction and J.T. has his work cut out for him in convincing Becca to accept the inheritance and to give him a chance to get to know her better. The stealing of Miss Honey, Amy K’s cat, is just one of the many events that put a good deal of suspense into the story. One thing that was not in the story that I kept expecting to read was the amount of the inheritance. The reader is only told that it was a huge inheritance and that Becca would be able to do anything that she had ever wanted to do.

The author did an excellent job in the development of all the elements that make up this story. The characters were very believable and nearly all were very likeable. I was living Becca’s life right along with her for I have sometimes day dreamed about what I would do should I be fortunate enough to inherit a large sum of money. Becca’s struggles are real and the author did a great job in the way she portrayed Becca working through each problem. All the scenes were so well scripted that I felt myself taking part in everything that was going on. There were several twists and turns to the plot but each twist just added more to the story. I simply adored Becca’s daughter, Amy K, for it was so good to read a novel with a sweet and obedient preteen. I very much enjoyed the friendships and family interactions that were woven throughout the story along with the characters dependence on God for direction.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a good romance spiced up with a little suspense and that has love and friendship all through the story.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the author as a review copy.

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All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse

81K54p9azPL._SL1500_Gwyn Hillerman lives in the Alaskan frontier with her father who is the only doctor in the area and helps him as his nurse. Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan moves to Alaska from Chicago when his medical license is revoked and soon an attraction develops between him and Gwyn.

All things Hidden
by Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse
Bethany House
January 2014

All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse was a most enjoyable story which also taught me some American history. Harold Hillerman felt called to take his medical practice to the Alaskan frontier. He moved his wife and two daughters to Alaska early in the twentieth century but his wife and younger daughter had only contempt for the land and the people and moved back to Chicago. Gwyn stayed in Alaska with her father and worked in the medical clinic with him as his nurse. In the era of the Depression, one of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal projects was The Matanuska Colonization. This brought two hundred families to the area where Gwyn lived and soon her doctor father was greatly overworked. Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan was stripped of his medical license in Chicago, and to get away from the situation and his broken engagement, he moved to Alaska to help Dr. Hillerman who had been his mentor and friend since he was a young boy. Gwyn’s life had been hard since her mother left but she had great friends among the Alaskan natives and she felt that Alaska was the most beautiful place that God created.

The authors did an excellent job in writing this book. Even though it is a fictional story, they accurately presented actual historical events that took place throughout the book. The development of the characters was so well done that they came to life on the pages of the book and I felt as if I knew everyone of them personally. I even found myself taking part in the conversations in my mind. The plot had a lot of twists and turns and just when I had things all figured out, the plot would change. All the scenes were so well written that in my mind I could see exactly what was happening and was right in the middle of the action. Their descriptions of the mountains and landscapes of Alaska were so vivid that I could see them in my mind’s eye and it also made me want to visit Alaska. The story was filled with love, hate, suspense, murder, friendship, romance, forgiveness, and trust in God. I found this story to be uplifting, entertaining, and informative.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great story filled with suspense, romance, murder, history and has vivid descriptions of the beauty of Alaska.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

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A Match Made in Texas: A Novella Collection by Mary Connealy, Karen Witemeyer, and Carol Cox

81nFYXvs2RL._SL1500_The town of Dry Gulch, Texas has a matchmaker who is trying to get all her unmarried friends matched up with the perfect man and married. In one story, the tables are turned and the matchmaker is the one being matched up with a future husband.

Match Made in Texas: A Novella Collection
by Mary Connealy, Karen Witemeyer, and Carol Cox
Bethany House Publishers
December 2013

A Match Made in Texas: A Novella Collection by Mary Connealy, Karen Witemeyer, and Carol Cox is a very enjoyable read and provides a lot of laughs and leaves you feeling happy. In the first story, A Cowboy Unmatched, Neill is hired to repair the roof of Clara, a young widow who is also pregnant. Clara is determined that she will never love and marry again but Neill works to change her mind. In the second story, An Unforeseen Match, Clayton is on his way to the Oklahoma Land Rush and stops in Dry Gulch to earn enough money to be able to participate in the land rush. He answers a classified ad put in the paper by Grace but to his surprise it is not the ad he thought it was. In the third story, No Match for Love, Lucy has come to Andrew’s ranch to care for his aunt and her arrival causes many bizarre things to happen.. Lucy and Andrew work together to solve the mysteries and soon other feelings develop between the two. In the fourth and final story, Meeting Her Match, the matchmaker has the tables turned on her as she is now the one being matched up with a possible husband.

All three authors did an excellent job in the development of all the elements in these four novellas. Characters were brought to life on the pages of the book and I found myself cheering each one on and hoping that they would find a true and lasting love. The dialogue was many times extremely funny and gave me some good laughs. Even the serious dialogue was true to life and very interesting. As I was reading the different stories I found myself submerged in the action that was taking place. These three authors have an ability to bring characters and their dialogue to life.

I highly recommend this book to everyone that likes a good romantic story with a happy ending and in this book you get four such stories.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

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2013 BookGateway.com Booky Awards

Booky-2013

BookGateway.com is pleased to announce its books of the year award, the Bookys, for books published in 2013!

The Booky is awarded annually by the editors of BookGateway.com, a book review website for reviewers and book bloggers founded in 2010 with the express goal of encouraging a lifestyle of continued learning through the love and practice of reading. The Booky awards recognize the best books published and reviewed at BookGateway.com during the preceding year. Each reviewer that submits at least 10 reviews during the calendar year along with each Genre Editor of BookGateway.com can nominate books for Booky award recognition. Final decisions are made by the Managing Editor of BookGateway.com. All Booky award winners will be featured for a month starting in February at BookGateway.com.


Children’s & Teens Book of the Year:
Can’t Wait Willow
by Ziglar and Marten | Ideals Children’s Books | April 2013
From the review by @ashertopia: “This book is genius! The story and the art are partly whimsy and partly lesson. And they work amazingly well together. I highly recommend this book to parents of kids up to 7 or 8 years old.”


Fantasy:
Firebrand
by Philip | Tor | February 2013
From the review by @ashertopia: “From start to finish I was hooked by this story and by this broken young boy who we all know is so much more than we find him. This is only the first book in the series and I’m in line to get the next two. It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a fantasy author’s creation this much.”

The Harbinger
by Huntingford | Self Published | August 2013
From the review by The Golden Reviewer: “An unbelievable good book. This new writer has a vivid imagination that will delight and thrill you as you read this amazing book… I loved the book. It is full of mystery, courage, misplaced loyalty, a mother’s love and just plain good. This is truly a page turner and a keeper.”


Graphic Novels:
Messiah: Origin
by Dorff, Arey and Carpenter | Zondervan | November 2013
From the review by @ashertopia: “The art is where this really shines. The illustrations are so powerful they are emotionally moving. Visually breathing new life in to the birth of Christ… I recommend it to anyone who loves the Word, loves art and may be looking for something truly different.’

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison
by Blackman and Alessio | Dark Horse | April 2013
From the review by @ashertopia: “Ultimately, this is a story about Vader and how he becomes the monster hinted at in Episode III but fully realized in Episode IV. A fascinating and multifaceted portrayal that sheds light on the once hero, now villain, and one day to be redeemed right hand of the Emperor. Watching and learning from Lord Vader is the highlight of Tohm’s life – and of this book.”


Historical Fiction:
Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley
by Brownley | Thomas Nelson | October 2013
From the review by Deanna Love Gottreu: “The author did an excellent job in the development of the plot. There were many twists and turns that kept me guessing from page to page as to what would happen next. I don’t think I have ever read a novel in which the suspense kept me guessing until almost the very end of the book.”


Non-Fiction:
Gods at War
by Idleman | Zondervan | February 2013
From the review by @ashertopia: “Gods at War is a book that sheds light on a dark part of our lives that we have somehow kept hidden even while openly admitting to other sins. Idolatry just isn’t as well understood in our culture as other sins. We don’t understand how Idolatry is the heart of the other sins we fight against. But if we heed the words of this work we will understand it far too well; uncomfortably well. This book will change your life. If you let it.”

Love the Least of These (A Lot)
by Spielman | Loxafamosity Ministries Inc | January 2013
From the review by @ashertopia: “Whether you are a Christian, Pro Choice, Pro Life, an Atheist or anything in between this book is one of the most clearly and concisely written primers on the Biblical argument against abortion.”


Romance & Chick Lit:
Traces of Mercy
by Landon, Jr. and Kelley | David C. Cook | October 2013
From the review by Deanna Love Gottreu: “All the characters were so well developed that they came alive for me… The fight scene at the beginning of the book was so well done that I could almost smell the smoke from all the guns and cannons. I especially liked the way the authors wove the love of God throughout the story.”


Science Fiction:
Star Wars: Scoundrels
by Timothy Zahn | LucasBooks & Randomhouse Audio | January 2013
From the review by @ashertopia: “This is a great heist story that happens to take place in the Star Wars universe with characters we love written by one of the best Star Wars authors we have. A must have for fans and one of my favorite books of the year.”

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily a New Hope
by Ian Doescher | Quirk Books | July 2013
From the review by @ashertopia: “I can’t recommend this book high enough. It is perhaps my favorite book of the year, and possibly of several years.”


Thriller & Suspense:
The Shadow Constant
by Scudiere | Gryffin Ink | July 2013
From the review by Golden Reviewer: “Ms. Scudiere is an excellent writer. She brings her characters to life and you feel as if you are sharing their adventure and fears. Ms. Scudiere is one of my favorite authors…Looking forward to the next one with a lot of anticipation!”

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