More than Meets the Eye

I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

More than Meets the Eye was written by Karen Witemeyer and published by Bethany House in 2018.

Four-year-old Evangeline Pearson, Evie for short, is desperately hoping that she and her older brother, Hamilton get adopted at this next stop or they will be sent back to New York where she and her brother will get separated and sent off to different families. There are only two other kids on the train. A sickly boy named Seth who hadn’t been claimed because he wasn’t fit for farm work and a boy named Zach who threatened to kill any families who showed the least bit of interest in him in their sleep. Now you may be wondering, what is so wrong with Evie that she hasn’t gotten adopted yet? her eyes are two different colors. Nowadays that doesn’t seem like too big a problem but back then everyone thought she was a witch. No one’s going to adopt a witch. Hamilton, Evie, Zach, and Seth, have no luck getting adopted at the last town so the train turns around and starts heading for London. Suddenly the train flips over. Hamilton saves Zach by pushing him out of the way of the falling debris but ends up getting fatally hurt himself. He makes Zach promise to take care of Evie before breathing his last breath. Zach, Seth, and Evie run away during the pandemonium of the overturned train. No one notices them leaving. They become a new family changing their last name to Hamilton in honor of his sacrifice.

Fastforward 15 years to present day. The Hamiltons are a happy family. Zach works odd jobs to pay the bills while Evie and Seth take care of the house. in the mornings, Evie likes to go for romps with her pig, Hezekiah, Hezzy for short. On one of these romps she meets a charming man with whom she builds a friendship. Little does she know that this man has come here for the express purpose of revenge against Zach.

I really liked this book. It is by far my favorite book that Bethany House has sent me. I would honestly recommend this book to just about anyone it was that good. I liked all the mystery in it and how at least one character is always in danger so you always have someone to worry about.

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Lone Witness

I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Lone Witness was written by Rachel Dylan and published by Bethany House Publishers in 2018.

Sophie Dawson was just out getting a snack when out of nowhere a man tries to rob the gas station. He kills two people as he makes his escape leaving Sophie as the lone witness. The plot thickens as it is revealed that the perpetrator is the younger brother of Juan Wade the head of Atlanta’s biggest gang. Fearing for her safety, Sophie’s father hires Cooper Knight to protect her. Sophie and Cooper soon become fast friends but both wonder if they could be something more.

I enjoyed this book. I like that most of what I just mentioned above is not even the biggest plotline in the book. The book seems to have hundreds of plotlines but each one is fully fleshed out and it never feels like you’re just reading filler. All the loose ends are neatly tied up and the book leaves you feeling satisfied instead of looking to see when the sequel will come out. All in all I would recommend this book.

First Impressions

Before I get into this review I want to say I’m sorry for not posting for over a month I’m going to try to be more active.

I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

First Impressions  was written by Debra White Smith and published by Bethany House in 2018.

I’m gonna switch things around a bit this time and start by saying that I really enjoyed this book. The whole book was well-written and at no point did it feel like I had read this same storyline before in a hundred other books. This book was completely original. It had plenty of plot twists to keep the reader on his toes yet it did not feel disjointed. I would definitely recommend this book.

First Impressions is a contemporary Pride and Prejudice retelling. Smith somehow manages to intertwine aspects from the original book while not making keeping you feeling like you’re reading something new. The play was a masterful touch as it helps to show the parallels between the original book and this one and it shows which characters are supposed to be the counterparts of the original ones.

Eddi, Elizabeth Bennet, is the main character of this book. She is a lawyer in London, Texas who is constantly suspicious of Dave Davidson, Mr. Darcy. When Dave warns her about Rick Wallace, Mr. Wickham, Eddi ignores him and even pays to send Rick to Hawaii with her reckless younger sister Linda, Lydia Bennet, so that he can keep an eye on her. Will Eddi realize that Rick is bad news in time to save her younger sister?

A Most Noble Heir

I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

A Most Noble Heir was written by Susan Anne Mason and published by Bethany House in 2018.

Nolan Price is a mere stable-boy at Stainsby Hall until his adopted mother’s death reveals some troubling facts about his parentage. Suddenly, all his plans for the future are nonexistent as his “new” father, an earl no less, tries to tutor him in the ways of the nobility.

I enjoyed this book. I liked all the plot twists and it was never boring. The only reason I’m hesitant to recommend this book is because I don’t feel like there was ever any building action, a climax, or falling action. The book just kind of stayed on the same level the whole time. Nevertheless, it was a good book, and I would recommend it to teenagers looking for something to read that doesn’t require too much thought.

A Song Unheard

I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

A Song Unheard was written by Roseanna M. White and published by Bethany House in 2018.

Willa Forsythe, professional thief, has been hired by V to steal a cypher from famous violinist/ playboy Lukas DeWilde. The cypher is said to be the first step in finding a code breaking machine that Lukas DeWilde’s father made before he was killed. She has to find it before the Germans get their hands on it or World War 2 is lost. She manages to get Lukas DeWilde to trust her but she doesn’t count on falling for him in return.

This book was okay. Like every book it had its good moments but they were few and far between. The plot was good but I felt like it needed more fleshing out. Another fifty pages that focused on the main plot would have made all the difference. I would recommend this book as a break between heavier books.

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage was written by Julie Klassen and published by Bethany House.

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage follows the whole population of a small town in the United States but three ladies in particular: Mercy, Jane, and Rachel.

Mercy lives in Ivy Cottage with her aunt. As she is unmarried she needs a way to support herself so she opens up a girls school in her house. One day her parents show up at her door with a prospective suitor. She tells Mercy that either she must marry this man or she and Mercy’s father would offer Ivy Cottage to Mercy’s brother and his soon-to-be wife. Mercy does not love this man but she does not want to lose her girls school.

Jane is a widow with a secret that she has confided in absolutely no one. She has miscarried seven children. This fact weighs heavily on her during he story and she needs someone to confide in.

Rachel is the youngest of these three women. She used to be high in society but a scandal with her father caused her to lose her home and all her money. Mercy employs her in her girls school and allows her to open a lending library in Ivy Cottage’s drawing room. The son of the new inhabitants of Rachel’s old house takes a liking to Rachel and asks her to marry him. But she loves another.

I liked this book but it was entirely too long considering the amount of story that actually moved the plot along it contained. I would recommend it to people who are looking for a relatively light book to read who have a lot of time on their hands.

Out of the Ordinary

I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano is a book about Gertrude Cadawalader  who is a paid companion to a Mrs. Davenport. Gertrude has her hands full as Mrs. Davenport has an affinity for engaging in actions of a criminal nature, namely stealing. Gertrude has also recently become a subject of gossip pertaining to her close friendship with a Harrison Sinclair who was considered one of the most eligible bachelors of this time. Needless to say, Gertrude has her hands full.

The book opens with Gertrude looking for Mrs. Davenport who had disappeared about an hour ago which means she has had plenty of time to get up to her usual hijinks. Now at this time Gertrude is wearing a bustle crafted out of a birdcage by the aforementioned Mrs. Davenport. Needless to say she is very uncomfortable. In her search for Mrs. Davenport Gertrude sees a perfect hiding spot for her employer. As she was inspecting it, she falls onto a couch and her bustle breaks pinning her to the couch. She is soon found by Clementine Flowerdew who attempts to blackmail her by saying she will help Gertrude get free of the couch if Gertrude agrees to introduce her to Harrison. Gertrude refuses and Clementine immediately gets angry saying she will tell everyone that she saw Gertrude trying to steal the painting that very unfortunately was hanging above the couch that Gertrude was currently pined to. She leaves Gertrude to wait for someone to come find her.

I liked this book. It doesn’t have much of a real climax but Turano managed to weave many little side stories to the main plotline very tactfully. Would recommend.

Blind Spot

I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Blind Spot was written by by Dani Pettrey and published by Bethany House in  2017.

Blind Spot is about two groups of detectives. One group is trying to figure out how to stop a terrorist attack they believe will happen soon. The other group is looking into a suicide case. As you can imagine, the two cases are connected.

Declan and Tanner are assigned to work together on the terrorist case. They fall more and more in love with each other as they get closer and closer to cracking the case. Meanwhile, on the other case Declan’s former coach commits suicide. When Declan’s coworkers look into they begin to feel more and more like it wasn’t a suicide at all. What could these two cases possibly have in common?

I enjoyed this book. The many characters and the way the book jumps from case to case make it a little confusing at first but it is well worth the read. Also, the ending leaves a little bit to be desired. It felt like the author had reached her deadline and was trying to tie up all of the loose ends really fast. Other than that the book was great.

Heart on the Line

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Heart on the Line was written by Karen Witemeyer and published by Bethany House in 2017.

Witemeyer writes about doing what’s good for you and doing the right thing. Grace could have just handed over the books and be done with the whole business but she knew the right thing to do would be to hand them over to the proper authorities.

Grace Mallory is the telegraph operator at Harper’s Station. Some way or another she begins to talk to a fellow operator Mr. A. Their friendship is cut short when she receives a cryptic message: He knows where you are. Coming for you. Sorry.

Amos Bledsoe’s mother and sister think it’s high time he found a wife. His only escape from their perpetual pestering is the telegraph office where he talks to a Miss G. When he hears that she is in danger he rushes to her rescue. Little does he know what he’s getting himself into.

This book is set at Harper’s Station an all women community.

The climax of this book is when Grace realizes that Lockhart was the man who killed her father and that he would have no qualms about killing her and Amos too.

I liked this book. I thought it had a nice beginning and ending but the middle dragged on a little. I’m probably not going to be reading the rest of the series.

Threads of Suspicion

I received a free copy of this book from  the Bethany House bloggeer review program  in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson was published by Bethany House in 2017.

Henderson writes about two different yet similar conflicts. One is Maggie’s internal conflict where she struggles with accepting Jesus as her lord and savior. The other is Evie’s conflict where she struggles with her answer to Rob’s marriage proposal.

Evie Blackwell is a detective who is working on the Missing Person’s Task Force. She is currently investigating the case of a missing college student by the name of Jenna.

David is also working with the Missing Persons Task Force. He takes the case of Saul Morris, a private investigator. He and Evie help each other with their cases throughout the duration of this book.

Margaret May MacDonald is a famous singer. She is also David’s girlfriend. David and Evie believe that Maggie’s concert might have something to do with Jenna’s disappearance.

Jenna is the missing person that David and Evie are trying to find. When they interviewed people who knew Jenna they see two startlingly different view points. David and Evie have to figure out which viewpoint is closer to the truth.

This book is set in suburban Chicago. Most of the people there are very helpful and willing to be interviewed. Evie and David, with the help of God, have to figure out if all of the missing girl’s cases are linked or if it is just a coincidence.

I really enjoyed this book. I thought that it had the right amount of suspense and it didn’t drag on to long. I would 10/10 recommend this book.