A Match of Wits by Jen Turano

91OLCFE+vdL._SL1500_Agatha Watson is an investigative reporter for the New York Tribune and is now in Colorado hoping to outwit someone in New York who wants her dead.

A Match of Wits

by Jen Turano
Bethany House
June 2014

A Match of Wits by Jen Turano is a most delightful story that had me laughing out loud several times in each chapter. Agatha Watson is an investigative reporter for the New York Tribune and is now in Colorado hoping to outwit someone in New York who wants her dead. To Agatha’s dismay, the newspaper has provided her with a bodyguard and she tries daily to shake him and go off on her own. Her dear friend, Zayne Beckett, is also in Colorado but neither of them wants to run into the other. Agatha does run into Zayne in a saloon where he is drunk and looks as if he has not bathed, shaved, or washed his clothes in months. She know that she is the one that must get him back home to New York and his family. Zayne does not want to go home but Agatha insists and when they arrive in New York after many trying situations, he finally realizes that Agatha is in real danger. He tries to become her protector but she rejects his efforts and what follows is a royal battle of wills that makes for some exciting moments and sometimes a good laugh.

Jan Turano did an excellent job in developing all the characters in this story. They were so well written that they definitely came to life on the pages of the book. They were so realistically portrayed that I was right there beside them in every adventure. The description of the scenes made them come to life and pulled me right into the middle of what was happening. I cannot remember reading any book in which the dialogue gave me so many laughs. And there were many twists and turns to the plot line and these kept me guessing until the end of the book. There was enough suspense to keep me reading when I should have been doing other things.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys an historical novel that is filled with lots of laughs. I also think that men might also enjoy the book.


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.

In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar

IN THE FIELD OF GRACEThis is a fictional story based on the story of Ruth and Boaz as recorded in the Book of Ruth in the Bible.

In the Field of Grace
by Tessa Afshar
Moody Publishers
June 2014

In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar is the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz based on the story in the Bible. The story opens with the death of Boaz’s first wife and continues on to give background into Ruth’s life before she married Naomi’s son. After the death of her husband and two sons, Naomi decides to return to Israel. Ruth decides to go with Naomi but since she is a Moab woman, she is not accepted at first but because she is so good to her mother-in-law Naomi, she slowly wins the acceptance of the people in Naomi’s village. While gleaning in a field she meets Boaz and he tells her to glean no where but in his fields. Naomi explains the redeemer law to Ruth and she does exactly what Naomi tells her to do. Boaz is interested in Ruth and he does all the things necessary to make her his wife. The story of Ruth begins when she is the young widowed daughter-in-law of Naomi and living in Moab. From that beginning, she becomes the wife of Boaz and this puts her in the genealogy of Jesus.

The only facts that we are sure are true are those found in the story of Ruth in the Bible. The author does an excellent job in writing this fictional story of Ruth. Through her development of the characters, dialogue, and scenes, the author makes the story even more real. The things portrayed in the story could have happened and they definitely do not take anything away from the Biblical account. The author has stayed true to the account in the Bible and writes a wonderful story that makes you want to go to the Bible and reread the Book of Ruth.

I highly recommend this book, especially if you are a lover of Biblical fiction.


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.

Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer

91TYPKfHcXL._SL1500_When Nicole Renard a rich and beautiful young woman meets Darius Thornton an obsessive and reclusive scientist, life gets very interesting.

Full Steam Ahead
by Karen Witemeyer
Bethany House
May 2014

Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer is another delightful story from this author. Nicole Renard is a beautiful, rich, and head strong young woman and when she returns home to Galveston, Texas, she meets Darius Thornton a reclusive and obsessive scientist. He was aboard the Louisiana when a boiler exploded causing the death of many passengers. Darius is determined to built a better boiler and this experimenting causes him to work for long periods of time not bothering to eat or sleep. When he meets Nicole, he thinks that she is just another pretty face but she convinces him that she could be a great help to him as his secretary for she could organize his notes and findings. Not only is she pretty but she has a head full of knowledge concerning shipping and boats and this helps her becomes an excellent assistant to Darius. Nicole’s father has never let her forget that she is not a son that can take over his shipping business.

The author did an excellent job in developing all the elements of the story. Nicole was so real that I could just see her doing all the things that she did to get herself into trouble. And Darius with all his experimental explosions was quite loveable in spite of his obsessiveness. Each time there was an explosion in the story, I felt as if I should duck and run for cover. The dialogue of Nicole and Darius gave me some good laughs as did all her antics. In addition to the romance, there was the mystery surrounding the Lafitte Dagger to keep one guessing. This story was a page turner and I could not stop reading until I finished the book in one sitting.

I highly recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of Karen Witemeyer.


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.

Child of Mine by David & Beverly Lewis

91JHFxdboNL._SL1500_The infant daughter of Kelly Maines was kidnapped at birth, a victim of a black market adoption ring. Kelly has been searching for her daughter for eight years.

Child of Mine
by David & Beverly Lewis
Bethany House
June 2014

Child of Mine by David & Beverly Lewis is a wonderful story that touches the heart. Kelly Maines has been searching eight years for her daughter who was stolen at birth, a victim of a black market adoption ring. Finally, Kelly has a lead on a young girl that just may be her daughter. This young girl is the adopted niece of Jack Livingston and he has been rearing her since the death of her adopted parents. Jack travels a great deal in his work and when he is gone, Laura, an Amish nanny. cares for Natalie and loves her as if she were her own. Kelly arranges a chance meeting with Jack and this meeting leads to more meetings and Kelly realizes that she is falling for Jack and he is falling for her. This happens before she gets up enough courage to tell him the real reason they met. As Kelly gets to know Natalie she begins to wonder if Natalie is really her daughter.

The authors did an excellent job in the development of the story. All the characters were so well developed that I felt as if I knew each one of them personally. I especially loved Natalie, a little girl that could steal anyone’s heart. All the scenes were so real that I could feel myself being right in the middle of what was happening. Dialogue was great and I especially loved everything that was uttered by Natalie. There were many twists and turns in the story and these kept me guessing as to which woman was really Natalie’s mother. When the real mother was revealed I must admit that I was somewhat surprised. The story had a great ending with everyone being happy and content.

I recommend this book to anyone that loves a great story that has love, forgiveness, laughter, and tears.


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.

Tattooed by Suzanne D. Williams

91fpGE2yJvL._SL1500_ Holden Lang was a rock drummer who had fame, fortune, and a body covered with tattoos. Through assumptions and misunderstandings, people thought that Charity Caswell was his wife.

Tattooed
by Suzanne D. Williams
Self Published
May 2014

Tattooed by Suzanne D. Williams was a great story and once I started I could not stop reading until I had finished the book at two in the morning. I don’t really care for tattoos but after reading a few pages I forgot about the tattoos. Holden Lang was a rock drummer and had fame, fortune, and a body covered with tattoos. His newest tattoo was “Laura” the name of the woman he hoped to marry. Laura refused his marriage proposal so he went to the tattoo artist who did all his tattoos and had her cover the name with another tattoo. Unfortunately, her ex-husband came into the shop and in a fit of jealously he threw Holden through the window of the building and then began beating him senseless. Charity Caswell just happened to be in the area looking at a site to rent for her bookstore when Holden came flying through the window. She called 911 and then all the mix ups began. The EMT thought she was Holden’s wife and that information spread through the hospital and then to the news media. At this point the story REALLY became interesting.

Even thought I do not care for tattoos or rock music, I think this may be my favorite story by Suzanne Williams. I was lost in the story from the very beginning. Her development of the characters of Holden and Charity were so well done that I felt as if we were good friends. All the other characters were also well developed and I felt as if I knew each one personally. Suzanne has a knack for scene development and I was feeling every punch that the ex-husband was giving Holden. I also experienced all the feelings of doubt and other misgivings that Charity was dealing with for they were so vividly written and I could almost feel the pain of Holden as he went through physical therapy. There were twists and turns in the story and one that dealt with Charity and her ex-fiance was a complete surprise. This was a story that touched my heart and showed how God is willing to heal the body, soul, and mind if we just ask, have faith, and believe. I liked the comment that we are “tattooed” on God’s heart. Never thought about tattoos that way. I hope there will be a sequel about Charity and Holden and I would also like to read a story about Julie and Eric.

I highly recommend this book to all that enjoy a great Christian love story and one that shows what the love of God can do in a person’s life.


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.

Crazy Stories Sane God by Turner

Crazy-Stories-Sane-GodThere are ton of really weird stories in the Bible. As a reader we have two options: ignore the weird and focus on the clear and easy or try to figure out the point of the weird.

Crazy Stories Sane God
by John Alan Turner
B&H Books
March 2014

Turner obviously goes with option two taking off the wall stories (literally in the case of the writing on the wall) and, starting with the fundamental idea that every story in the Bible is there for a reason, attempts to answer the question of value. What is the point? What are the Biblical authors trying to teach? The book deals with quite a few stories that readers of the Bible may have read or skimmed and then, devotion style, explains a possible reason for it being there.

We may be tempted to assume that all the stories would be from the Old Testament, but New Testament stories are included as well. So we get stories like talking donkeys, Moses’ son’s circumcision, Job and God’s debate, Ezekiel’s visions and so on next to stories like demons in pigs, and Ananais and Sapphira.

In most every instance, Turner does a good job of tying the story to the bigger revelation of God and how many of them are foreshadowing Christ and his life. Some, like Moses’ son’s foreskin, seem strained – I think he could have gone with propitiation via blood instead of covenant relationship, but I quibble.

This is a solid book that deals with tough stories and provides viable answers for parts of the Bible that most of us ignore. I recommend it.


@ashertopia is the Managing Editor of BookGateway.com. He is an avid reader and a lifetime learner. His favorite genres include science fiction, fantasy, as well as theology and Christian living. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people.

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

Play It For Me by Suzanne D. Williams

91bemUr9AEL._SL1500_Niccolo Cavatelli is a well known cellist but he has cut himself off from the outside world and lives in isolation.

Play It For Me

by Suzanne D. Williams
Self Published
June 2014

Play It For Me by Suzanne D. Williams is the last book in the Italian Series and I for one hate to see the series end. Niccolo Cavatelli is a well known cellist but has cut himself off from the outside world. His entire world is music and even though he hears notes night and day, they do not contribute to the security he so strongly desires but adds to his isolation as does his lack of faith and trust in God. Nancy Dennis, a lady in her fifties, has stayed with Niccolo for the past three years. She is with him day and night, six days a week, and also travels with him when he has concerts. She is finally taking a week vacation and her niece, Kati Dennis, will be staying with Niccolo. There is an instant attraction between Niccolo and Kati and this leads him to write his greatest song but a thoughtless word from Kati sends Niccolo into a rage and it appears that he has lost the music.

Just as with the first four books in the series, Suzanne has done a great job in developing the characters. My heart went out to Niccolo and I wanted to help him regain his life and music. Kati was so very real also but when she uttered the words that sent Niccolo into a rage, I wanted to shake some sense into her. All the scenes were so descriptive that I felt as if I were in them along with the characters in the story. When Niccolo went into his destructive rage, I was almost holding my breath for I could not believe what he was doing. But his actions did make Kati stop and think and she realized what she had done to cause him to lose his temper so violently. There were several turns and twists to the plot line but everything worked out for the good in the end. There was a happy ending but it also contained a little sadness. This story was about Niccolo but it was also about the love and salvation of God for His children.

I highly recommend this book to all that enjoy a great Christian love story that also shows what the love of God can do in a person’s life.


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.

Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer

91F3M0iSm+L._SL1500_Dinah Hubley is the daughter of a prostitute and she is determined to have a better life and starts her journey by leaving the brothel that has been her home since she was born.

Through the Deep Waters
by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Waterbrook Press
May 2014

Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a story that is depressing at times but shows what the love of God can do to erase the shame in a life. Dinah Hubley has lived her entire life of seventeen years in the brothel where she was born to one of the prostitutes and has never known the true love of a mother. Dinah has one desire in life and that is to become a Harvey Girl which will allow her to work in an upscale hotel as a waitress. Unfortunately, Dinah is not old enough to be a Harvey Girl so she accepts the job of chambermaid in Mr. Harvey’s hotel in Florence, Kansas. Dinah’s co-workers try to be friends but she feels so much shame from the life she left behind that she simply cannot accept friendship when offered to her. Amos Ackerman, a chicken farmer with a handicapped leg, becomes interested in Dinah but she withdraws even more into herself. She feels that no one can love her because of the thing she had to do to survive before leaving Chicago for Kansas.

The author did an excellent job in developing all aspects of this story. The character of Dinah was so real that I was almost feeling shame right along with her. The other characters were very well developed and I felt as if I were right there with them trying to help Dinah. I especially liked Amos for he was such a kind, gentle,and loving man and I was almost in tears over the way that Dinah treated him at first when he was trying so hard to show her the love of Christ. All the scenes were so well described that I would end up feeling as if I had been working as a chambermaid all day. There were twists and turns in the plot line but they added a little suspense that made me wonder if Dinah would ever come to love herself and God.

I recommend this book to all who like a very good historical story that also shows how God can restore a life filled with shame.


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.

Undetected by Dee Henderson

91hmdPSsO5L._SL1500_ Mark Bishop is the commander of a ballistic missile submarine and Gina Gray is an ocean science researcher. She has just come up with a new theory and needs his help.

Undetected
Dee Henderson
Bethany House
April 2014

Undetected by Dee Henderson is another great book by this author. Mark Bishop is the Commander of a ballistic missile submarine but when someone asks him what he does for a living he simply replies, “I’m in the Navy.” This is an extreme understatement for his job carries responsibilities that are not seen in any other job in the military. Mark is a widower and with all his heart he wants to come home to someone after spending several months at sea in a submarine with hundreds of men. He is attracted to Gina Gray but feels that maybe she is too young for him. Gina does ocean science research and her job is so important and secret that she has round the clock military protection. She would love to be married but due to a failed relationship, she spends nearly all her time working, sometimes even sleeping at her office. This work situation leaves her no time for a social life. She has just made a very important discovery and she needs Mark Bishop’s help to prove her theory. Fortunately, this will give them time together to get to know each other.

As with all her books, Dee Henderson did an excellent job in the development of all aspects of this story. It is very evident that she did the research necessary to write such a detailed story about life on a submarine and other jobs in the Navy. Also, she wrote in such a way that it was easy to understand what was happening on the submarine and with Gina’s work. All the characters were so well developed that I felt as if each one was a friend with Mark and Gina being close friends. Gina did not want to spend time on the submarine and this segment of the story was so real that I was feeling the same fear as Gina. There were several twists and turns to the plot line and these just added to the enjoyment of the story and kept me guessing as to what was going to happen. The characters and dialogue were so well developed that I had the feeling as if I were right in the middle of the action taking place on the submarine.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a well written story that is also a learning experience. There is romance and enough mystery to keep one reading and guessing.


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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Mom’s Night Out Devotional by Pomarolli

The movie and novelization of Mom’s Night Out is a hilarious, adventurous tale about finding hope and value in motherhood. This devotional ties the humor and the Biblical message together.

Moms’ Night Out and Other Things I Miss
Devotions To Help You Survive
By Kerri Pomarolli
B&H Publishing Group
April 2014

Pomarolli is a comedian, actress and author who strikes a conversational and authentic tone throughout. Her devotions on motherhood range from silly to thoughtful and formatted from Top 10 lists to devotions you’d find in any other less humorous devotion. All clearly Christian without being denominationally specific.

This is a very funny book that serves as a great devotion to mothers who may be interested in something a little different than your average devotional.


@ashertopia is the Managing Editor of BookGateway.com. He is an avid reader and a lifetime learner. His favorite genres include science fiction, fantasy, as well as theology and Christian living. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people.

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

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