Friday, December 9, 2016

Do You Know What I know? By Becky Melby

When a phone call from the obstetrician’s office goes to the wrong person . . .
Elizabeth Schmidt can’t figure out why her husband doesn’t seem excited about the news she’s sure he heard. Is he unhappy? Or is James cheating on her?
Pastor Jay Davidson is in shock. Bethany Schmidt, the woman he’s in love with, is pregnant. Should he walk away, or is God asking him to play the part of Joseph in real life and not just in the church Christmas program?
Bethany can’t figure out why Jay is acting so weird. Has he figured out one of the two secrets she’s keeping until after Christmas?
Can a ponytailed itinerant carpenter with a pet chicken help unravel the confusion?
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Wisconsin resident Becky Melby is the author of the Lost Sanctuary Series and a dozen other contemporary fiction titles. Married for 44 years, mother of four, grandmother to fifteen, Becky thrives on writing, reading, camping, rides on the back of a silver Gold Wing, and time with family. Connect with her at or Facebook.
I was a little disappointed, this book was not long enough for me. I have decided that I do not think great authors should write novellas. Melby has some others books I will be reading those.
I liked the plot and the characters in Do you Know What I Know? It was a really good read and in my opinion it is not just a book to read at Christmas. Get this book for under the  tree for the reader in your life.   It will make a great read into the new year.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it.
I received this book to review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Of Stillness and Storm By Michele Phoenix

“I felt torn between two worlds. Each with its own mystery. One more captivating than the other, but the other more real and breathing.”
It took Lauren and her husband ten years to achieve their dream—reaching primitive tribes in remote regions of Nepal. But while Sam treks into the Himalayas for weeks at a time, finding passion and purpose in his work among the needy, Lauren and Ryan stay behind, their daily reality more taxing than inspiring. For them, what started as a calling begins to feel like the family’s undoing. 
At the peak of her isolation and disillusion, a friend from Lauren’s past enters her life again. But as her communication with Aidan intensifies, so does the tension of coping with the present while reengaging with the past. It’s thirteen-year-old Ryan who most keenly bears the brunt of her distraction.
Intimate and bold, Of Stillness and Storm weaves profound dilemmas into a tale of troubled love and honorable intentions gone awry.
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Born in France to a Canadian father and an American mother, Michèle is a consultant, writer and speaker with an international perspective. She taught for 20 years at Black Forest Academy (Germany) before launching her own venture advocating for Third Culture Kids under Global Outreach Mission. Michèle travels globally to consult and teach on topics related to TCKs. She loves good conversations, mischievous students, anything French and buttery and paths to healing.
  This was a very thought provoking read. A story of family and missions. In true Phoenix style you will be turning pages until the very end.
This is s different book then I usually read. But I'm sure glad that I read it. I must warn this was a emotional read.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend giving it a try.
I received this book to review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.