Indivisible by Thrasher

Darren and Heather Turner shared a passion for serving God. Darren felt there was something lacking in how he was serving God. After listening to a speech by President George Bush about the surge of boots-on-the-ground needed in Iraq, he knew at that moment that this was what he wanted to do. He wanted to bring Faith and confidence in Christ into a place of war.

Indivisible
by Travis Thrasher
Thomas Nelson
October 2018

Darren joined the Army and moved his family to Fort Stewart. After taking a few weeks to process into the Army, he knew he would soon be deployed to Iraq. The day came for deployment and he left his his family for his new position as chaplain to an infantry group.

Being Chaplin to a group of men who were fighting to stay alive, believers and non-believers, was not an easy job. Darren became friends with his men as they patrolled the desert looking for insurgents. As they continued to lose comrades in a never ending battle, Darren became more and more despondent as he conducted memorial services for the fallen.

At home Heather was fighting a battle of her own. She had her three children to raise all on her own while giving moral support to the wives who had lost their husbands. Having occasional phone calls with Darren just wasn’t doing it. She really needed him home, but that was not to be for quite a while.

What was left of the group was finally going home. But Darren was a different man from the one that had left 15 months ago. He was suffering from PTSD, angry all of the time and felt guilty because he had survived and so many of the others had not. Heather too had changed over the months he had been deployed. How would she and the kids interact with him once that he was home.

Darren is having a hard time adjusting to life away from the war zone. He is not the man that Heather married and Heather is not the woman that Darren married. They now face the biggest battle – to save their marriage.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The author clearly brought the horrors of war and what it did to two families being separated for a long period.

Highly recommended to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Larrabee’s Luck by McBride Choate

Johanna Kellerman runs a small independent horse training ranch. Her father had let the ranch go downhill after the death of her mother. Johanna is slowly bringing it back to its former self. She is working on a shoestring budget with very limited help. To add to her problems one of her men has quit to go work far a larger ranch that would pay him more money. She is desperately in need of a horse trainer, but isn’t sure if she will be able to afford one.

Larrabee’s Luck
Jane McBride Choate
Montlake Romance
January 2013

Johanna’s prayers are answered when Cade Larrabee shows up looking for a job. Cade has a way with horses and can do almost any job that he is asked to do. Cade is being blackmailed by his former Union Commanding Officer General Victor Wingate to spy on Johanna.

Johanna’s mother was an unwed 16 year old girl whose brother had forced her to give up the baby to save the family’s reputation. Johanna was given to the Kellerman family by missionaries passing through the area. After both her parents passed away Johanna was determined to be one of the best horse trainers in the area.

Cade proved to be even better at training horses than Johanna had hoped for. But there was just something about Cade that her foreman and best friend didn’t trust. Johanna was beginning to develop feelings for Cade, but she soon discovered he was not what he pretended to be.

Johanna’s world came crashing down the day that General Wingate came to visit and told her Cade Larrabee was hired to find her and get close to her. Johanna’s biological mother was looking for her. General Wingate had blackmailed Cade into finding her in order to prevent his sister from locating her. He had planned to tell her that he was unable to locate Johanna, pay her off and that would be the end of it. But Cade had a plan to outsmart Wingate.

Can she ever believe anything Cade tells her again? Will she get to meet her biological mother and will they become friends?

Ms.Choate get an amazing job in portraying Johanna and Cade. I certainly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Home by Yttrup

Melanie runs away. From conflict – from pain – from reality. She is a writer and lives in a make-believe world rather than in the real world. Craig, her husband, owns a development company. The company is in financial difficulty, but every time Craig tried to discuss it with Melanie, she just simply shuts down and walks away.

Home
By Ginny L. Yttrup
Shiloh Run Press
April 2017

Craig is building a custom-made house for one of his clients. He is spending a lot of time at the job site. Melanie becomes very concerned when she discovers who the client is. She has these thoughts – what if he falls for the beautiful widow, but like everything else she simply puts it out of her mind and tries to concentrate on her writing.

Melanie it’s on a strict deadline. Things at the house are distracting and she isn’t writing her daily word count. A friend of hers owns a house in Lake County. She suggests Melanie use it so she can write without any distractions. Melanie accepts and simply packs a bag and leave without discussing it with Craig. This is so like her – never considering anyone but herself.

Craig is so in over his head financially. He is almost to the point of losing his business and their home. He had tried discussing this with Melanie, but she simply tunes him out and walks away. He sells his boat and tools just to make the house payment. As a last resort he puts the house on the market even though the market is slow and he will not get the price the house is worth. When he sends Melanie a picture of the for sale sign in the yard she finally comes to realize what he’s been trying to tell her all along – they are in deep financial trouble.

Melanie needs to meet her deadline, return home to Greg and help him salvage his business. Selling their custom-made house will be hard, but for once in her life she needs to live in the real world instead of her make-believe world.

Will they be able to salvages the business or will they lose everything? Will they come to realize that home is not a house but where the heart is?

I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

The Fashion Designer by Moser

Annie has a dream to one day have a Dress Shop where she sold ready made dresses to working women at a reasonable affordable price.

The Fashion Designer
By Nancy Moser
Shiloh Run Press
July 2018

Today is the day that Annie, Maude and Edna had waited and hoped for. They had quit their jobs and was starting out on a new adventure to make Annie’s dream come true of establishing a ready-to-wear dress shop for working women.

On a trip to Paris, Annie and her husband Sean had become acquainted with Eleanor and Harold Sampson who agreed to finance their adventure. Annie’s dream was to have simple ready-made clothes for the working class, but Mrs. Sampson had other ideals. She wanted fancy expensive clothes for the wealthy. When Annie didn’t comply with Eleanor’s wishes, their partnership came to an end.

Without funds how were they going to make their dream a reality? Help came from an unexpected source. Henrietta, Annie’s mistress when she had worked as a housemaid, had ran away from home and came to New York. After hearing about Annie’s money problems, she said she would finance her. Unfortunately Henrietta had little money and this too came to an end. They truly were out of money and no help in sight. All they had was prayers and faith that God would provide. Through personal and financial setbacks they kept the faith that God will provide. As always God did by placing the right people with the finances to help.

Today Annie’s dream came true. She opened the doors of Unruffled – Dresses for Unruffled, Unveiled, Unstoppable Women.

Everything is possible with God’s help.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The characters were very realistic and I felt their pain, despair and utter helplessness.

Highly recommended this book to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Shadows of Hope by Daniels

Kristan and Marissa operated a Clinic for pregnant women. Katelyn works in the Coffee Shop where they have their morning coffee. Katelyn goes to the college where Marissa’s husband Colin teaches. She is having an affair with one of her Professors, but is unaware he is married or to whom.

Shadows of Hope
By Georgiana Daniels
Shiloh Run Press
April 2018

When Katelyn learns she is pregnant, she turns to Marissa and her Clinic. She goes to work part time at the Clinic and soon she and Marissa become friends. Katelyn has never told who the baby’s father is and Marissa never asked.

When Katelyn goes into labor and on her way to the hospital, she phones Marissa to come be with her. When Marissa walks into the room, she stops dead in her tracks, she has come face to face with the father. She runs from the room and out into the night. This couldn’t be happening.

The story is about lies, compassion and betrayal. I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Tell Her No Lies by Irvin

Nina Fischer and her sister Jan were abandoned by thier mother Lizzy at a early age. They were adopted by their uncle Judge Geoffrey Fischer and raised as his own. When Nina finds her Dad murdered in his study, she is devastated. How is she going to tell her mother, sister and niece Brooklyn?

Tell Her No Lies
Kelly Irvin
Thomas Nelson
November 2018

Detective Matt King of the San Antonio Police Department is assigned the case. He believes Nina is guilty of the crime and begins to try prove his case. However, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence to substantiate his case.

Nina must act in her own defense and starts an investigation of her own. Everyone Nina contacts winds up dead. Judge Fischer’s law clerk Serena is killed by a hit and run. Melissa, the reporter covering the story, is murdered in her home. Nina’s house is burglarized and she is run off the road. Someone really doesn’t want the truth to be told.

Nina’s investigation leads to some disturbing news. Her Dad isn’t the outstanding Christian person she believed him to be. He has been living a secret life. He had a serious gambling problem, a condo in Las Vegas, may have been on the take – a dishonest judge and possibly a blackmailer. This news will kill her adopted mother.

Who really murdered the Judge and are all the other murders connected to her father’s gambling? Nina hopes Detective King will be able to solve the case before she or someone else is murdered.

The book has betrayal, greed, lies and suspense. I really enjoyed reading it and highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Steal Away Home by Coffey

Owen Cross is a minor league catcher. Baseball is his life and has been since an early age. He dreams of catching in the Majors and has devoted his life to achieving this goal. Paul Cross, his dad, had been a pitcher, but threw out his arm, thus ending his career. Paul wants Owen to succeed where he failed.

Steal Away Home
By Billy Coffey
Thomas Nelson
January 2018

Owen has a very successful Little League and High school career. Winning a scholarship, he is off to college at Ohio State.

Michaela Dullahan lived in Shantytown. No one in Camden talks to a Shanty. Owen is drawn to Mickey the first time he sees her on the hill above his house. They continue to meet in secret and soon he is falling in love with her. They make plans to leave together when he leaves for college at Ohio State.

Things change between them the night of their graduation. A group of kids are in the farmer’s field and one of them decides to play chicken with the oncoming train. Mickey jumps on the tracks and pushes him off standing with open arms while waiting for certain death. Owen jumps on the tracks to save her and something happens that will change both their lives. Mickey becomes religious, starts preaching to the Shantytown residence, building a Church. She refuses to go with Owen when he leaves for college. She has work to do because time is so short.

Owen graduate from college, signs a contract with the Cubs and he is on his way, so he thinks, to realizing his dream. He does fairly well in the Minors. He gets a call to go to the Majors to possibly catch against the Yankees. Unfortunately he didn’t get a chance to bat. Disappointed he returned back to the Minors. Would he ever realize his dream?

The second call came for him to fly to New York possibly be a relief catcher. This could be his big break. Arriving in New York he had second thoughts and decided to go back home to Camden. Leaving his gear at the airport he caught the next plane home.

All his life he had focused on a dream that he knew was never going to come true. What he needed was what he had left behind in Camden.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and highly recommend it to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Legends by Scudiere

Africian Legend: Lanada Landa – a big cat – leopard – that roams the earth bringing deadly disease to all he touches.

Legends: The Landa Landa & The Aellai
By A. J. Scudiere
Griffyn Ink
January 2019

Dalena is a scientist working in Africa helping the people and looking for a cure for the deadly diseases that plague the nation. There is never enough money, medical supplies, food, and especially not enough biohazard suits. Hers is held together by duck tape. Something must be done and she has the solution. She needed the African people to stop believing in the Landa Landa and the Americas to start believing in it.

Dalena filled the needle with the relatively pure Ebola virus and plunged it in her arm. Twenty-one days and nothing. She was immune. Now she is ready to put her plan into action. Flying to the states she went from state to state affecting people with a deadly virus.

Dalena started having dreams about the Landa Landa. She followed the big cat as he roamed the neighborhood leaving destruction in its wake. She is so restless at night and very tired in the morning. What is happening?

Is it just a dream or is she the Landa Landa? Impossible – it is just a legend or is it?

It’s time to go back to Aficia. Texting Brenna that she is on her way reveals they must return to the states. There is a an outbreak of the Ebola virus. Now maybe they will listen to her plea for help.

Aellai – a creature that controls the wind – whirlwind?

Delana and Brenna arrive in the states and are immediately taken to CDC laboratory. They immediately set to work to tried to isolate the virus and determine which strain it is. Brenna and Delana are quarantined. Something is happening. Brenna watched as her own hands disintegrated. As her body changed, she hear her mother’s voice – Aellai … You are the Aellai.

Dalana and Brenna are undergoing changes they can’t quite explain. Brenna takes after a runaway infected individual. He is fast, but she is faster. How did she do it? Waiting and watching Brenna is a man dressed in black.. He tells her he is Paladian. He called her Whirlwind. Dalana is also changing.

Is the legend true. Is Dalana the Landa Landa and Brenna the Aellia? Or is it just an African Legend?


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

30 Days to Understanding the Bible by Anders

Can you get a good exegetical understanding of the Bible and the theology therein in only a month? Possibly.

30 Days to Understanding the Bible
by Max Anders
Thomas Nelson
October 2018

This is actually an expanded thirteenth anniversary edition of Anders’ book. I’d never heard of it or read it before. It’s fascinating! Like a survey course in college this book goes a little deeper than normal studies but not quite as deep as higher level classes. I read through several and liked the way that he presented the information, allowed for repetition and fill in the blanks and then sometimes allows time for a test.

Speaking of time: there is no way that normal readers will get through this in 15 minutes! Some chapters, to be done right, will take 30 minutes or more. There is a lot of data to learn in each chunk. The good news is that the data is worth learning. So the extra time is worth it.


Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com and a believer, a husband, a dad, a geek, an artist, a gamer, a teacher, a learner and tired.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review. 

First Comes Love by Heyford

Kerry O’Hearn is a single mom and attorney raising three young daughters on her own. She had two disastrous marriages to cops so she very adamant about not having anything to do with cops in general.

First Comes Love
A Willamette Valley Romance 2
by Heather Heyford
Lyrical Press
May 2018

Detective Alex Walker has a grudge against Kerry as she was the attorney who skewered him on his last case. Somehow they both find themselves living in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Kerry is determine to avoid Alex since he is a cop, but Alex has different ideas .

Against her better judgement, Kelly begins to have feeling for Alex. He is her daughter Shay’s boxing coach. Shay has become quite close to Alex. He has given Shay friendship and confidence she so definitely needs.

When Alex asks Kelly for assistance in obtaining custody of two young boys from abusive home she sees what a kind-hearted person he really is. Maybe all cops aren’t bad people.

When Kerry realizes she has fallen in love with Alex, she asks him to move in with her and the girls. Together they have five kids. Will they be able to make a good home for the children?

This is a story of mistrust, misconception and a little bit of self doubt, but love really does conquer all if you believe.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

A good read. Highly recommend.

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