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A Kiss for Cade by Lori Copeland

Cade is a bounty hunter, the town of Winterborn, Kanasas’ most notorious citizen. He has a reputation of having the fastest draw, bringing a number of outlaws to justice. He left his own town fifteen years ago, leaving his sweetheart Zoe behind. He is only returning now due to the death of his sister and brother-in-law. His sister’s dying wish is for Cade to return and make the decision as to whom will raise her four young children. Zoe is very close to the children and can’t understand why Addy did not give her the children. Even though it goes against everything she holds dear, Zoe respects Addy’s wish and sends for Cade.

A Kiss for Cade
by Lori Copeland
Harvest House
January 2010

According to Zoe, a bounty hunter is not a person to raise children or to make a decision as to what is best for them. After all, Cade has never been back since leaving and he won’t stay this time. She will fight him for the children as they are all she has – Zoe’s husband was killed in a bank robbery.

How will Cade’s return affect her life and the children? She has loved Cade for so long, how will she cope with his return? Has he changed from the boy she knew or has he become hardened with the life he lives? Does Zoe get the children, or will Aunt Laticia get her way? What happens between Cade and Zoe?

One must read the book to see how things play out. The book is one you can’t put down, keeping you in suspense to the last page. You will learn how the whole town helps Cade reach his decision. I highly recommend the book for all readers. You will be enthralled by Ms. Copeland’s ability to put you right in the middle of the situation. You will laugh, cry and rejoice with Zoe and her friends, even experience an old fashion middle of the street gun fight. Ms. Copeland is an excellent writer of romance fiction.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, describes herself as “An 80 year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of the secular on top.”.

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

The Rewards of Simplicity by Pam and Chuck D. Pierce

The book is about simplicity in your life – both physical and spiritual. Simply put – getting rid of the clutter. What is the book, though – personal confessions, a sermon, a bible study, a daily devotional, or two people’s unrelenting faith in Jesus Christ regardless of the circumstances and obeying His commands? It is all of the above. There are three keys to simplicity – faith, focus and function.

While the authors clearly outline how to simplify your life using the three keys, quoting scripture pertaining to each key and detailing personal experiences, I was not overly impressed. The book reads like a personal journal of two people trying to (or who have already) simplify their own lives, obeying God and strengthening their own faith. As such it is just not that interesting or deep. On the face of it, we all know that we live cluttered lives, but I found nothing here that surprised or added to what I already knew I should be doing. The Pierces have served the Lord for many years, have written several books, and are well known. People will no doubt purchase this book because of who they are; however, it is one I would not. I cannot in good faith recommend the book.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com. She describes herself as “An 80 year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of the secular on top.”.

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

Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan Cron

It is not uncommon to have a crisis of faith.  It is, however, uncommon for the person having the crisis to be the founding pastor of a mega-church.  It is even more uncommon for that crisis of faith to occur as you are delivering a Sunday morning sermon.  Chase Falson is just that man having just that crisis.  His uncle, a Franciscan priest invites him to Italy to learn more about Saint Francis of Assisi and his teachings.  Chase balks a first.  What can a Catholic saint really teach him about his faith as an evangelical pastor?  After some persuasion, he agrees to take the journey with his uncle.  What follows is the story of two men: one, a progressive minister whose works happened more than 800 years ago and the other, a modern-day minister attempting to find a new way to love Christ.   Ian Morgan Cron takes us on Chase’s journey to learn more about Francis and what kind of impact his life and teachings can have on ours.
If you have ever suffered or are suffering with a “crisis of faith,” this novel is great.  It’s not about finding your faith, only you can do that.  It’s about learning a different way to love Christ and to interact with Him.  I read this novel from the point of view of taking it at face value.  I am in no way a theologian, and I cannot tell you the first thing about the Biblical relevance of Cron’s novel.
What I can tell you is that Cron presents the life of Francis to the world in a manner that inspires readers to try to be better people.  Cron details how Francis left behind his charmed life to submit himself to poverty for Christ’s sake.  From a realistic point, it is unlikely that many would be inspired to eliminate all of their worldly goods in favor of poverty for Christ.  But maybe, just maybe we will all be inspired to cut back all of our wants to help serve the needs of those around us. We will realize that we don’t need to purchase everything on our never ending lists of wants and will put some of those purchases on the back burner in favor of helping someone else.
In regards to the arts, as a singer, I don’t see anything wrong with using the gifts that God has bestowed upon you for his glory.  It’s important to use the gifts given to honor Him.  Why shouldn’t that include singing, painting, sculpting, music, etc?  
Overally, I really enjoyed Cron’s novel.  I walked away wanting to know more about the path that Chase would take at the end, which is probably the only down side I can find.  But, if a book can leave me thinking about what happens after the ending, I am guaranteed to read it again. (Which, as previously noted, is the mark of how much I have truly enjoyed a book).
This book was provided free of charge as a review copy. The publisher had no editorial rights or claims over the content or the conclusions made in this review. No payment was provided in return for this review. 

Not a Sparrow Falls by Linda Nichols

Mary Bridget Washburn is a young woman who has made some wrong choices in her life and needs to escape. She is able to get away from immediate trouble, but she has to live a life in fear and withdrawal. She knows she needs to break free, but will she be able to? Alasdair MacPherson is a pastor at a well established church, writes for a magazine, gives talks at seminars and has a radio program. However, behind this facade, his world is falling apart after the death of his wife and the devastation of learning that the church elders are unhappy with his work and want him to quit. Mary and Alasdair’s paths cross and the story takes an amazing journey through two lives looking for healing and redemption. This story was inspiring. I love the constant weaving of God’s truth and promises throughout the book. I enjoyed being reminded that once we are God’s children, He will not forsake us. I would highly recommend this well written, inspiring book.

This book was a free copy from the publisher.

I Love God’s Green Earth by Michael & Caroline Carroll

This book is written to be used as a daily devotional for kids and to make them aware of the need to protect God’s creation. The devotional quotes daily scripture and touches briefly on the meaning and connection of the environment to the Bible. However, it seemed the book is more scientific than spiritual. The facts are interesting, the jokes cute, but in my opinion don’t contribute enough spiritually. As a devotional it lacks substance.

I believe that this book is too detailed and deep for kids under the age of 10. Even after age 10, I question kid’s ability to fully grasp the book’s complexity. The book is colorfully illustrated with nice pictures, is for the most part cute, and is full of jokes, but is not something that will hold a child’s interest for long. If used daily it is likely that kids would get excited about the environment and trying to take care of God’s creation, but young kids, as a whole, are more interested in entertainment than in social responsibility. I applaud the authors for attempting to encourage the perspective that the earth as God’s magnificent creation I have my doubts though as to their success. At the least, this devotional could be used as a reference book for some school projects as there are some interesting facts listed.

As for myself, I was challenged by the publisher to determine an action step that I could take to make my household more environmentally sound. My action step is to ensure that 95% of light bulbs in my home are compact fluorescent bulbs.

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

The Secret of Indigo Moon by G.P. Taylor

This book is about Erik Granger and the Dopple girls, Saskia and Sadie. Erik is the only boy at Dunstan’s a school for orphans. He is supposed to go go to sleep but defiantly stays up and stumbles upon burglars in a secret passage stealing special artifacts from Lord Gervez’s house, which is next door to Dunstan’s. In the morning as he serves breakfast to the girls he tells Sadie and Sakia about the burglars and informs them that the burglars are returning again that night to get the last of the artifacts. The Dopples and Erik sneak out after lights-out and watch the burglars. They hide but Saskia was too slow and didn’t know that the burglars were coming back down the tunnel and has to hide inside a sarcophagus that the burglars were stealing. The burglars do not know that Saskia is in it and they take the sarcophagus to their lair. Sadie and Erik follow Lord Gervez into his home through the tunnel and find out that someone named Indigo Moon made all the houses and connected them with tunnels that only he knew about. The tunnels were being used to rob all the homes on that street. A reporter for the Times (and secret detective) Dorcas Potts interviewed the gang the afternoon the day Saskia was kidnapped. Now the gang needs to work together to find Saskia and stop the burglars.

I liked this book because it had segments of the book in comic book and it looked cool because it helped you imagine what the characters in the book looked liked and what was going on in the book. Like when it did not tell you what type of car or school uniform it showed you in the comic book segments. I also liked the mystery part and adventure parts of the book because I like books that have a mix of thrill and a mysterious side. I think you will like the book.

The Secret of Indigo Moon by G.P. Taylor

-Reviewed by Ariel Asher, 10 year old avid reader.

This book is about Erik Granger and the Dopple girls, Saskia and Sadie. Erik is the only boy at Dunstan’s a school for orphans. He is supposed to go go to sleep but defiantly stays up and stumbles upon burglars in a secret passage stealing special artifacts from Lord Gervez’s house, which is next door to Dunstan’s. In the morning as he serves breakfast to the girls he tells Sadie and Sakia about the burglars and informs them that the burglars are returning again that night to get the last of the artifacts. The Dopples and Erik sneak out after lights-out and watch the burglars. They hide but Saskia was too slow and didn’t know that the burglars were coming back down the tunnel and has to hide inside a sarcophagus that the burglars were stealing. The burglars do not know that Saskia is in it and they take the sarcophagus to their lair. Sadie and Erik follow Lord Gervez into his home through the tunnel and find out that someone named Indigo Moon made all the houses and connected them with tunnels that only he knew about. The tunnels were being used to rob all the homes on that street. A reporter for the Times (and secret detective) Dorcas Potts interviewed the gang the afternoon the day Saskia was kidnapped. Now the gang needs to work together to find Saskia and stop the burglars.

I liked this book because it had segments of the book in comic book and it looked cool because it helped you imagine what the characters in the book looked liked and what was going on in the book. Like when it did not tell you what type of car or school uniform it showed you in the comic book segments. I also liked the mystery part and adventure parts of the book because I like books that have a mix of thrill and a mysterious side. I think you will like the book.

Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs

-Review by Scott Asher of AshertopiA

In 1700s Scotland, the people are afraid of the Highlanders, lead by Bonnie Prince Charlie, rebels from the mountain regions who are intent on (re)capturing Edinburgh. The well-to-do lowland (city) Kerr family allows their son, Lord Donald, to marry a beautiful highlander woman, Elizabeth, even though Lady Margory, Donald’s mother is against it. Against this backdrop of possible war, and a conflict of religions – Elizabeth worships the moon and celestial beings; not some far away unseen god – each of the Kerrs carries within themselves secret sins.

I’ve always been a big fan of historical fiction, and this setting caught and kept my attention immediately. Most Christian fiction takes place in America or England, so it is refreshing to move the fiction to a new area – although, not particularly far away. Higgs does depart from the norm, and takes chances that I appreciated, by introducing characters that follow false religions, sleep around, and partake in sinful acts as a norm. What jumped out to me immediately was the way the book showed humanity without the white-washing that we normally get in Christian fiction.

I’ve not read Higgs before, but I plan to follow her closely in the future. Recommended.

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

Beguiled by Deeanne Gist & J. Mark Bertrand

Rylee Monroe is a dog walker in Charleston. Her clients live in the wealthiest part of the city. Recently their homes are being burglarized by a person the police have dubbed the Robin Hood burglar. Items being taken have little or no value while item valued at thousands remain untouched. The thief is giving the items to the poor, just like the mythical Robin Hood.

Logan Woods, a newspaper reporter, is writing a book on crimes in general and the Robin Hood burglar in particular. As he digs into the recent burglaries, he finds that Rylee seems to be at the center of everything. He tries to get close to Rylee, but she doesn’t trust him or anyone else. Her father left his family when she was a small child and her mother committed suicide, or so she has been led to believe. She only has her grandmother, who she supports, living in a nursing home.

As the burglaries escalate, the police suspect Rylee of the crimes as she has access to each of the homes being burglarized. She is arrested and put in jail. After being released on bail, she returns to her apartment only to find it has been trashed – everything has been destroyed. She turns to Logan for help. Their relationship is one of mistrust and secrets, but they really do need each other: Logan to find the ending to his book and Rylee to have someone to cover her back.

This is a very interesting romantic suspense novel. You will find yourself asking the questions – what really happened to Rylee’s parents, who is living in her ancestral home, who is the Robin Hood burglar – why has he/she committed these crimes?

Highly recommend the book. This is a well written suspense novel. The authors did an excellent job of collaborating the story – leading the reader to a surprising ending.

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

Not a Sparrow Falls by Linda Nichols

The story centers mainly around three individuals – Mary Bridget, Reverend Alasdair MacPherson and Samantha MacPherson. Mary is a lost soul. After the death of her mother she went a little wild – running off with a local boy the town said was peculiar. She soon becomes involved in the making and distribution of drugs, and finds herself on the wrong side of the law. Reverend MacPherson is pastor of John Knox Presbyterian Church. MacPherson has been pastor of the church since its founding. McPherson is a widow with three children to raise on his own. The church elders and the Presbytery president are not pleased with the reverend, because they feel he is too involved with other activities, not taking care of his congregation and are asking for his resignation. Samantha is the Reverend ‘s daughter. After the death of her mother she went from a loving daughter to a secretive teen, skipping school and getting into all kinds of trouble.

Determined to make a new start, Mary takes on her mother’s identity and escapes to Alexandria, Virginia where she becomes nanny to the Reverend’s children. The reverend must come to terms with what is best for his family and the church. Samantha must learn to take responsibility for her actions and stop blaming others. Mary, or Birdie as she is now known, must learn to listen when God speaks to her and do his bidding. She thinks she can help this family.

One must read the book to experience the doubts, frustrations, cruelty of one person, and how each character overcame their own challenges. Do they come to realize that God has been with them each step of the way and he always keeps his promises? If God sees each tiny sparrow that falls, surely he will do even more for his children, right?

Linda Nichols is an excellent author of Contemporary Fiction. Highly recommend this book for all christian readers.

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