Thursday, March 9, 2023

Captured Secrets Blog Tour by Carmen Peone



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About the Book

Title: Captured Secrets 
: Seven Tine Ranch Romance #1
: Carmen Peone
Publisher: Iron Stream Media
Release Date: March 7, 2023
: Christian Contemporary Western Romance

"Brimming with suspense and adventure, Captured Secrets, is a love story I'll not soon forget. An engrossing tale with all the twists and turns that make a contemporary Western so hard to put down." Debra Whiting Alexander, award-winning author of Zetty

After her parents die in a horrific car accident, Sydney Moomaw is thrust into running their guest ranch in eastern Washington. She soon discovers that her parents were keeping secrets. Why is the ranch in serious debt? Why did her parents allow the insurance to lapse? Why didn’t they tell her about it? And where are their wills? Sydney needs to figure out a way to save the ranch she loves before her sister sells it. 

Photographer Trey Hardy arrives at the ranch the same day Sydney’s parents are killed. His working-vacation plans change when he decides to help Sydney save her ranch. But, his offers to help are met with resistance. Her stubbornness and independence are both maddening and alluring. 

Amid the tangle of finances, tensions with her sister, and her own grief and anger, Sydney begins receiving threatening notes. They must be from her abusive ex-husband, but he’s in jail. Isn’t he? When a teenager appears at the ranch insisting she is Sydney’s daughter, Sydney finally realizes she’s going to have to start trusting people to help her. Will Trey’s plan work? Can they save her beloved ranch? Can she really have the life she’s dreamed of? 

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My Review

The story captured my attention from the beginning. The theme of Captured Secrets was hard and gut-wrenching at times due to the abusive aspect of the story. It, however, was handled well without being too graphic. It hit home for me due to my own past experiences.

The setting of the ranch on the reservation was well described and made me feel I was there. The characters are well-developed and real, and the struggles they faced were steeped in loss, danger, and suspense.

The story is a beautiful slow-burn romance with many twists and turns. I laughed at Sydney's wit and stubbornness and Trey's patience and understanding. I loved how God's message came through each bad circumstance and struggle Sydney faced. She was tough and strong even though she had suffered much abuse. Through family, her husband Trey, and friends that supported her in her attempt to save the ranch, she renewed her faith.

The author is a fabulous storyteller. Highly recommended. Keep the tissues handy.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and voluntarily choose to review it. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Carmen Peone is an award-winning author of Young Adult Adventure and Contemporary Western Romance and lives in northeast Washington state and on the Colville Confederated Indian Reservation with her husband. She had worked with a Tribal Elder, Marguerite Ensminger, for three years learning the Arrow Lakes Language and various cultural traditions, which led to her writing career. With a degree in abnormal psychology, the thought of writing never entered her mind, until she married her husband and they moved to the reservation after college. With the love of history and the western woman’s lifestyle, she weaves threads of hope, family, relationships, love, and faith into her stories. Sign up for her newsletter and receive her novella, Gentling the Cowboy for Free.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

The Adventures of Lefty and Righty & The Windy City Book Tour by Lori Orlinsky



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Book Title:  The Adventures of Lefty & Righty: The Windy City by Lori Orlinksy
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Mar 7, 2023
Content Rating:  G for everyone.
Book Description:

Do you ever wonder what happens to socks that get lost in the dryer? Join Lefty and Righty for the adventure of a lifetime as they sneak out of the laundry room with a destination in mind: a White Sox game! But with so much to do in The Windy City, will they make it to the game in time? Through their fun-filled day, they’ll discover the sights, sounds—and even the tastes—of Chicago, all while encountering a few surprises along the way!

My Review
When I started reading this children's book to write the review I couldn't help but smile. I thought to myself, "So that's where my lost socks go- on an adventure." Wonderfully creative idea for a book that children will love.

The storyline is educational but funny. The illustrations well represent the story which is written in rhyme. The color of the illustrations stands out well to draw any child's attention. At the end of the book are interaction pages with fun facts about Chicago's points of family interest.

The book cover is hardcover and can be wiped down. I believe that most children would enjoy the book and it would be a great addition to any home library.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and willingly choose to review it. All opinions are my own.
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Award-winning children’s book author Lori Orlinsky lives in. . . you guessed it . . . Chicago! Lori is the mother of three little ladies, who are small but mighty. At 5’1”, she wishes her children’s picture book, Being Small (Isn’t So Bad After All), was around when she was growing up. Lori also wrote The Tooth Fairy’s Tummy Ache and Balloons for Tiger. Her latest book, The Adventures of Lefty and Righty: The Windy City, was inspired by her daily struggle to find matching socks when they come out of the dryer.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Review of Amazing Grace:The Life of John Newton by Bruce Hindmarsh & Craig Borlase


Dear Readers 

I want to introduce you to the story of John Newton (the person who penned the hymn "Amazing Grace.")

 It's an interesting and heart-wrenching one, but also an inspirational one of hope.

Have a blessed day,



Amazing Grace is the surprising true story of John Newton, author of the song that has touched millions. A biography that reads like a novel, it reveals Newton’s dramatic story of sin and salvation as a slave trader before his ultimate transformation to speaking out against the horror of slavery. His story speaks to the brokenness within us all and our need for God’s amazing grace—and reveals the truth behind his song.

Amazing Grace is based on years of research on the life and writings of John Newton. It tells of a prodigal who returns home, and a young love that defies the odds; of a young man whose life is torn by grief and wounded by the cruelty of others, following his descent into deeper suffering and finally into the brutal world of the slave trade. Newton rejects God repeatedly but is rescued by a divine mercy that reaches deeper than he could ever have imagined as he ultimately faces his past and repents.

Newton’s story is shocking, and Amazing Grace does not try to airbrush or excuse his faults. There are glaring contradictions in the life of a ship’s Captain who retreats to his cabin to study his Bible and write tender love letters to his wife while hundreds of slaves lie in chains in the hold below.

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My Review

Amazing Grace was a difficult, but enlightening book to read due to the subject matter. The story of John Newton is one of heartbreak, danger, adventure, and a struggle with his faith due to the atrocities he was part of.

A fairly newly converted Christian influenced by prejudice, society standards, and money, I could feel the turmoil he faced as I read the pages. Being self-deceived and turning his back on the Christian faith, his life was not an easy one.

The main parts I took away from reading his biography are: (1) No matter how dark your sins are, you can still be forgiven
(2) No matter how strong your faith is, you can still be self-deceived 
(3) Once you are right with God, it is your duty to live for Christ 
(4) Follow Jesus and be more like HIM- put forth LOVE. Answer to God, not man's will.

The authors did an amazing job in their storytelling and descriptions of the life of the slave traders. The accounts of the life of the slaves were heart-breaking. Along with the sorrowful parts of the story, there always seemed to be some pivotal point in John's life that set him straight again on the right path showing hope and inspiration. Well worth the read.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and voluntarily choose to review it. All opinions are my own.

Friday, February 24, 2023

Book Blast for Family Gatherings at Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Charlotte Hubbard will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


In the year since he lost his wife in a tragic accident, Lester Lehman has found healing and purpose—helping construct Dale Kraybill’s new bulk store, enjoying the Kuhn sisters’ hearty meals, and settling in a tiny, built-for-one lakeside house. Falling in love again is surely not on Lester’s mind. Yet despite his firm “no,” two available ladies have set their kapps on the handsome widower—in a boisterous rivalry that weaves mayhem among Gloria’s wedding festivities.

A welcome escape comes from a fresh-faced newcomer. Marlene Fisher disarms Lester with her witty quips on his romantic predicament, while her sparkling eyes inspire surprising thoughts of a shared future. But the heartbreak that brought Marlene to Promise Lodge runs deep, and the pretty maidel believes she’s not meant to marry. In a season of vows to love and honor, scripture holds the key to building their happiness together: love is kind, and above all patient.

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Out-of-town families would start arriving today to attend his niece Gloria’s wedding on Wednesday as well as Laura Hershberger’s wedding on Thursday when they married the Helmuth brothers, Cyrus and Jonathan—but for now, Lester could revel in the hush of a solitary sunny afternoon. Living alone in his tidy house all winter had taught him a sense of self-reliance that had cleared his soul—had given him an unencumbered sense of freedom he’d never expected. His bobbing dock rocked him like a cradle. He felt far, far removed from the grief and despair that had followed the loss of his wife, his son, and his brother last spring, and as Lester eased into a state of semi-sleep, he knew the true meaning of inner peace.

At long last, all was well with his life. With the help of his family and friends here at Promise Lodge, he was moving forward . . . floating on the fluffy clouds of a nap . . .

“Yoo-hoo! Lester, honey! Thanks to Delores, I’ve found you!”

Lester jerked awake. Whose voice was that? and why had she implied that his dear, deceased wife had led her here?

When he opened one eye, he saw a pudgy little woman starting across the expanse of grass that surrounded Rainbow Lake. Her brown cape dress fluttered around her thick legs as she hurried toward him. Clutching her kapp with one hand to keep it from flying off her head, Lester’s uninvited guest appeared so excited—and in such a state of overexertion—that he feared she might be bringing on a heart attack. He remained absolutely still, hoping she’d believe he was asleep.

“My stars, here you are at long last!” she blurted out, huffing between phrases. “I’ve ridden all the way from Sugarcreek—for Gloria’s wedding—because with my Harvey gone—Delores has been telling me—for quite some time now—that she wants me to take care of you, Lester! So here I am! Because I know better than to—to ignore heavenly guidance.”

Lester sighed. Agnes Plank, his wife’s best friend, had never known the meaning of silence. She barely drew a breath at the end of one sentence before she shot headlong into her next burst of words. There would be no ignoring her now that she’d almost reached his dock, so Lester reluctantly raised the back of his chaise. All hope for a nap was gone. He felt a headache prickling around his temples.

My Review

Promise Lodge, an Amish Community, with the addition of new residents, has become a loving, helpful community of peace of quiet. That is until Lester, a widower is visited by two women from his past and an agenda he isn't ready for.

The story has a lot of twists to it and many humorous instances. But then it has it's sorrowful and upsetting circumstances as well. This is one of the best Amish stories I've read. The author's descriptions of the setting transported me to where the characters appeared real and I felt the warmth of community coming together.

The characters are well-developed with many layers. A sweet romance evolved as the two people learned about trust, forgiveness, and the ability to love again. Highly recommended.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and voluntarily choose to review it. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

In 1983, Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. She wrote around 70 of those confession stories, and she’s sold more than 50 books to traditional or online publishers. A longtime resident of Missouri, she’s currently writing Amish romances set in imaginary Missouri towns for Kensington. She now lives in Omaha, NE with her husband and their Border collie, Vera.


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Thursday, February 16, 2023

Blog Tour Alaskan Avalanche Escape by Darlene L. Turner


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Welcome to the Blog Tour for Alaskan Avalanche Escape by Darlene L. Turner, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Alaskan Avalanche Escape Title: Alaskan Avalanche Escape 
Author: Darlene L. Turner 
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense 
Release Date: February 21, 2023 
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

Sabotage in the mountains…

Can this K-9 sniff out the truth? 

After surviving a sudden avalanche, mountain survival expert Jayla Hoyt and her search-and-rescue K-9 discover that it was no accident—someone deliberately triggered the mountain explosion. To uncover the culprit, she’ll have to partner with Alaska park ranger Bryson Clarke, a man she doesn’t trust. But when the investigators become targets, can they capture the criminal mastermind…before they’re buried alive? 

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith. 


Jayla and her K-9 Rescue Dog, Hercules, lead search and rescue units from the Yukon on into Alaska. Searching for avalanche victims, she finds Bryon Clake is part of her team. They have an unpleasant past.

The storyline is fraught with tension, danger, intrigue, multiple rescue attempts, and renewed faith. There are lots of twists to the story as Jayla and Bryson hunt for an unknown assailant. The story is non-stop action and I was hooked from the beginning trying to figure out who was behind everything.
The ending was a surprise but wrapped everything up nicely. Highly recommended.

I received an early ARC from the publisher and voluntarily choose to review it. All opinions are my own.

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Border Breach Abducted in Alaska Explosive Christmas Showdown

About the Author

Darlene L. Turner

Darlene L. Turner is an award-winning author and lives with her husband, Jeff in Ontario, Canada. Her love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book. She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Detecting Secrets Blog & Review Tour by Sami A. Abrams


Detecting Secrets JustRead Blog + Review Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Detecting Secrets by Sami A. Abrams, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Detecting Secrets Title: Detecting Secrets 
Series: Deputies of Anderson County #3 
Author: Sami A. Abrams 
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense 
Release Date: February 21, 2023 
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

Tracking the scents of the missing

might be the only way to save them. 

Partnered with her air-scent dog and Sheriff Dennis Monroe, marriage and family therapist Charlotte Bradley is desperate to put an end to a black-market baby smuggling ring in Anderson County. Who is kidnapping the pregnant girls she counsels and taking their babies? As Charlotte searches for answers, she and Dennis must dodge gunfire and deadly attacks. But the sinister agenda they uncover just might include her. 

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith. 


Detecting Secrets has a wonderful storyline full of suspense, drama, playful banter, intrigue, and a touch of romance. Everything a good book needs to make it great.

Charlotte and her "air scent" dog, Theo, look for missing pregnant teenagers. A body is found and it sets up the story which evolved much bigger than I expected. Charlotte's past comes back to haunt her. Lots of twists to the plot, non-stop action, and a stream of suspects that kept growing.

The ending was surprising. A hard to put down read. Highly recommended.

I received an early ARC from the publisher and voluntarily choose to review it. All opinions are my own.

Other Books In Series

Buried Cold Case Secrets Twin Murder Mix-Up

About the Author

Sami A. Abrams

Award-winning, bestselling author Sami Abrams grew up hating to read. It wasn’t until her 30’s that she found authors that captured her attention. Now, most evenings, you can find her engrossed in a Romantic Suspense. In her opinion, a crime and a little romance is the recipe for a great story.

She lives in Northern California, but she will always be a Kansas girl at heart. She has a love of sports, family, and travel. However, a cabin at Lake Tahoe writing her next story is definitely at the top of her list. Connect with Sami by visiting to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.

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(2) winners will receive a copy of Detecting Secrets (print US only, ebook international) and a $10 Amazon gift card!

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Thursday, February 9, 2023

New Release- The Sound of Light by Sarah Sundin


When the Germans march into Denmark, Baron Henrik Ahlefeldt exchanges his nobility for anonymity, assuming a new identity so he can secretly row messages for the Danish Resistance across the waters to Sweden.

American physicist Dr. Else Jensen refuses to leave Copenhagen and abandon her research--her life's dream. While printing resistance newspapers, she hears stories of the movement's legendary Havmand--the merman--and wonders if the mysterious and silent shipyard worker living in the same boardinghouse has something to hide.

When the Occupation cracks down on the Danes, these two passionate people will discover if there is more power in speech . . . or in silence. Bestselling author of more than a dozen WWII novels, Sarah Sundin offers pens another story of ordinary people responding to extraordinary circumstances with faith, fortitude, and hope for a brighter future.

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My Review

 The Sound of Light was an exciting but heart-wrenching read. The storyline set in Denmark in 1940 covers Germany's occupation and the rounding up of Jewish people.

Herick Ahlefedt plays a crucial part in the resistance and has an alias to cover his actions. His growth throughout the story amazed me. Sacrifices, courage and the unknown take him to places he could not have imagined. Elsa Jenson, a physicist working in the Physics lab in Copenhagen, fights to hold her job as a woman and gets wrapped up in the resistance.

I loved the historical aspects of the story and simply couldn't put it down. There is a lot of gut-wrenching edge-of-your-seat moments as well as moments of tenderness and love. The characters were well-developed with many layers and I enjoyed all of them. I highly recommend this engaging and inspirational story where faith in God shines through.

I received an ARC from the publisher and voluntarily choose to review it. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

New Release- My Review of Cold Light of Day by Elizabeth Goddard


Book 1 in the Missing in Alaska Series


Police Chief Autumn Long is fighting to keep her job when an unexpected wave of violent crime sweeps through her small Alaskan town. Does Grier Brenner, a relative newcomer to town, actually have her back? Or is she all alone as the body count rises?

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I feel that Cold Light of Day is one of the author's best. I was engaged in the story from the beginning. The intrigue, adventure, the chase, and slow-burn romance kept me on the edge of my seat.

The main characters sucked me in right away, as I rooted for them as they tried to keep alive while trying to solve the small-town murders. There were so many twists and turns in the story which kept me guessing what would happen next.

This book is a Christian suspense of epic storytelling and I couldn't put it down. Elizabeth Goddard delivered big time! Highly recommended.

I received an ARC from the publisher and willingly choose to review it. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

The Confession Musical by Blue Gate Musicals

Based on the New York Times Best-selling books by Beverly Lewis featuring Emmy-nominated comedian/actress Chonda Pierce and famed multi-talented actor, singer, and Broadway performer John Schneider.

The Confession Musical tells the story of an Amish Family in turmoil when their daughter is told the love of her life has died. Katie then discovers her parents have kept a secret from her - she is adopted, and her birth mother is urgently attempting to contact her. Katie’s birth mother is dying of cancer and only wants to be reunited with the daughter she gave up. Katie disobeys her parents and embarks on a journey filled with twists and turns, deceit and imposters as she seeks the mother she never knew.

Mystery, intrigue, and romance are woven together with Broadway-caliber music under the direction of award-winning producer Dan Posthuma and film director Steve Yake. Wally Nason’s songs are dramatic, and Emmy-nominated scribe Martha Bolton sprinkles in comedy as the screen is filled with over 20 actors and dancers, supported by spectacular visuals.

My Review of the Musical

I have read the book by Beverly Lewis and watched the movie, but this was an extra special treat for me. Nothing like a musical adaptation with great actors/actresses, a great script, and wonderful music. I loved it!

The actors/actresses sang with so much emotion and played their parts well. I watched with mixed emotions; sometimes laughing and other times in tears.

There are some very powerful moments in this musical that will touch your heart in a profound way. The redemption theme is strong as well as the love of Christ.  I highly recommend going to the theatre to view this wonderful Amish love story.

 Order your tickets now to see The Confession Musical Movie with John Schneider and Chonda Pierce. You will Sing, Dance, Laugh, and Gasp in this new film from Blue Gate Musicals! ONLY IN MOVIE THEATERS ON FEBRUARY 20.

Monday, February 6, 2023

My Review of Becoming His Masterpiece: Reflect and Pray Editon by Sharon Collins

Becoming His Masterpiece: Reflect and Pray Edition is a feast for the eyes and food for the soul. This unique devotional book pairs stunning abstract art with Christian devotionals providing readers with encouragement and spiritual sustenance along the lifelong discipleship journey. 

Author/artist, Sharon Collins shares the profound spiritual lessons God is teaching her as a painter and writer. She thinks of her devotionals as conversations with her readers, confiding the joys and blessings as well as failures and struggles along the path to becoming God's masterpiece. Sharon writes with energy and refreshing candor. Her vivid paintings reflect the beauty, love, and grace that a relationship with Jesus Christ brings to believers. 

This Reflect and Pray Edition includes not only new arrangements of the same fifty-two devotional/painting pairings from Sharon's original devotional book, Becoming His Masterpiece but also the opportunity for readers to dig deeper into each devotional with thought-provoking questions and space for journaling.

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                            About the Author

Sharon Collins’ life is proof of the adage, “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.” She never envisioned herself as an author or artist. After a career using her brain’s left side, she retired with plans of enjoying new grandchildren and providing leadership for women’s Bible study at her church. But God had plans for her brain’s right side.

In March 2018, five months after her first painting class, Sharon felt the Lord’s call to create a website to post devotionals paired with her paintings. Although totally unequipped for all these tasks, God faithfully provided for her needs. When not painting and writing, Sharon and her husband, Ron, love to travel.

The current count is 45+ countries and all seven continents. Sharon also loves to spoil her four grandkids who know that their “Nonni” will give them ice cream for breakfast.

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My Review

Becoming His Masterpiece is a 52-week devotional paired with beautifully designed abstract paintings by the author for each week of the year. The Christian accompanying messages are a partly personal accounting of God's messages to her to pass along to encourage others as well as encouraging Biblical Scriptures on lessons to reflect on. At the end of the devotional is a specific call to prayer.

Throughout the devotional are blank pages to write your thoughts as God lays them on your heart. The devotional is a large-sized book with plenty of blank pages for your notes.

This a very well-thought-out devotional with encouraging and uplifting messages to lead you on your walk with the Lord.  I received a complimentary copy from the author and willingly choose to review it. All opinions are my own.

Thanks for reading my review. God bless.


Thursday, February 2, 2023

Review of Until Leaves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin



Winner of the 2022 Christy Award for Historical Romance

"With meticulous historical research and an eye for both mystery and romance, Sundin rises to the top of World War II fiction in this latest novel."--Library Journal starred review


As the Nazis march toward Paris in 1940, American ballerina Lucie Girard buys her favorite English-language bookstore to allow the Jewish owners to escape. Lucie struggles to run Green Leaf Books due to oppressive German laws and harsh conditions, but she finds a way to aid the resistance by passing secret messages between the pages of her books.

Widower Paul Aubrey wants nothing more than to return to the States with his little girl, but the US Army convinces him to keep his factory running and obtain military information from his German customers. As the war rages on, Paul offers his own resistance by sabotaging his product and hiding British airmen in his factory. After they meet in the bookstore, Paul and Lucie are drawn to each other, but she rejects him when she discovers he sells to the Germans. And for Paul to win her trust would mean betraying his mission.

Master of WWII-era fiction Sarah Sundin invites you onto the streets of occupied Paris to discover whether love or duty will prevail.



The storyline set in Paris just before the occupation of the Germans was described well by the author. Lucille Girard is a ballet dancer with Paris Opera Ballet. With the onset of Jewish persecution, Lucille quits the ballet and buys Green Leaf Books owned by a Jewish couple. Paul Aubrey owns the Aubrey Automobile plant in Paris and is a widower with a three-year-old daughter. With the start of the resistance, they both find themselves involved in a dangerous situation.

I found myself rooting for the main characters as daily situations changed. The characters of Lucille and Paul had many layers and I admired their bravery, courage, selfless desire to help others, and their ability to hold onto their faith. Paul's daughter, Josie, was a wonder. Her creativity and ability to be courageous beyond her years were amazing.

Keep the tissues on hand as you follow them on their journey. I laughed and cried as I was swept up in the storyline. What a joy to read this well-written story. One of the author's best. Highly recommended.

About the Author

Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the bestselling and Christy Award-winning author of The Sound of Light (coming February 2023), Until Leaves Fall in Paris (2022), When Twilight Breaks (2021), and several World War II series.

Sarah's novels have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist. Until Leaves Fall in Paris received the 2022 Christy Award, When Twilight Breaks and The Land Beneath Us were finalists for the Christy Award, and The Sky Above Us won the 2020 Carol Award.

A mother of three, Sundin lives in Southern California and enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers' groups. Sarah serves as Co-Director for the West Coast Christian Writers Conference. Please visit Sarah at, on Facebook at SarahSundinAuthor, on Twitter at @sarahsundin, and on Instagram at @sarahsundinauthor.

Monday, January 30, 2023

What If Jesus Was Never Born DVD & Book by D. James Kennedy & Jerry Newcomb


About the film:

Based on Dr. D. James Kennedy’s best-selling book by the same name, it features scholars and experts who investigate the positive impact Jesus Christ has made upon every area of life, including:

§  the arts

§  modern science

§  education

§  charity

§  the sanctity of human life

§  the elevation of women

§  and many more

Discover just how much Jesus changed the world …

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The Book

One powerful truth is undeniable: if Christ had never been born, nearly every facet of human life would be worse. Discover what the world would have been like without Jesus, and how some of the world’s greatest accomplishments exist only because he lived.  

We live in a cynical age in which only one prejudice is tolerated: anti-Christian bigotry. Yet despite the near constant and attacks against the faith, one powerful truth is undeniable: if Christ had never been born, nearly every aspect of human life would be much more miserable than it is today.

In What if Jesus Had Never Been Born?, discover:

  • Christianity’s impact on the value of human life, helping the poor, and education
  • Christianity’s impact on world history and the founding of America 
  • Christianity’s contribution to civil liberties, science, medicine, and economics
  • Lives changed by Jesus Christ

The author also examines what happens in a world without Christianity, as well as fulfilling the purpose of believers as we move forward.

Arranged topically and presenting compelling, little-known historical facts, What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? clearly demonstrates that an enormous benefits to humankind—from economics to art to government, science to civil liberties, morality to health, and beyond—would never have occurred had Jesus Christ not lived.



This book is a compilation of mounds of research on Jesus' impact on every aspect of our lives.  I enjoyed reading about the many men and women who were inspired by Jesus and also the history of early civilization before his birth, death, and resurrection.

It clearly gives me a clear picture of where our nation is heading, but even more the answers of why?

The accompanying video is of good quality and very well done. It reinforces everything that the book entails and makes it more real.  Highly recommended.