Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Her Secret Son By Hannah Mary McKinnon

How far would you go to protect the ones you love…when they may not be yours to protect?

When Josh’s longtime partner, Grace, dies in a tragic accident, he is left with a mess of grief—and full custody of her seven-year-old son, Logan. While not his biological father, Josh has been a dad to Logan in every way that counts, and with Grace gone, Logan needs him more than ever.

Wanting to do right by Logan, Josh begins the process of becoming his legal guardian—something that seems suddenly urgent, though Grace always brushed it off as an unnecessary formality. But now, as Josh struggles to find the paperwork associated with Logan’s birth, he begins to wonder whether there were more troubling reasons for Grace’s reluctance to make their family official.

As he digs deeper into the past of the woman he loved, Josh soon finds that there are many dark secrets to uncover, and that the truth about where Logan came from is much more sinister than he could have imagined…

Tightly paced and brimming with tension, Her Secret Son is a heartbreakingly honest portrait of a family on the edge of disaster and a father desperate to hold on to the boy who changed his life.

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I was born in the UK, grew up in Switzerland and moved to Canada in 2010. After a long and successful career in recruitment, I quit the corporate world in favor of writing.

My first novel, Time After Time (a lighthearted rom-com) was published in June 2016. My second, the domestic suspense story The Neighbors, arrived March 2018. My third, Her Secret Son was released in May 2019, and my fourth is slated for spring 2020.

I live in Oakville, Ontario, with my husband and three sons, and I'm delighted by my twenty second commute.

Find me on Facebook www.facebook.com/hannahmarymckinnon, Twitter @HannahMMcKinnon, and on Instagram @HannahMaryMcKinnon. For even more, visit my website www.hannahmarymckinnon.com. 

My Thoughts...
WoW, is all I can say. I read this book in a few hours and I am still in awe. Mckinnon had me on the edge of my seat. I had to know all about Grace's son Logan and where he came from. The twists and turns were so very well executed. This is not a book to be missed. I HIGHLY recommend it.
I gave this book 5 stars. Run and get your copy.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Books I am looking forward to reading.

I wanted to share a post about a few books that You need to be watching for and if you are like me go ahead and pre-order them. You all know that NOONE writes like Denise Hunter in my book, and she has not one but two books coming out that you must get your hands on.

Look at the cover, I want to go sit at the lake and read this one! This is A Bluebell Inn Romance Number one.

A lost letter, a new love, and old secrets beckon this summer at the Bluebell Inn.
When their parents die in a tragic accident, Molly Bennett and her siblings pull together to fulfill their parents’ dream: turning their historic Bluebell, North Carolina home back into an inn. The situation would just be temporary—three years at the most—then they would sell the inn and Molly could get back to chasing her own dreams.
Adam Bradford (aka bestselling author Nathanial Grey) is a reclusive novelist with a bad case of writer’s block. Desperate for inspiration as his deadline approaches, he travels to the setting of his next book, a North Carolina lake town. There he immediately meets his muse, a young innkeeper who fancies herself in love with his alter ego.
Molly and Adam strike up an instant friendship. When Molly finds a long-lost letter in the walls of her inn she embarks on a mission with Adam to find the star-crossed lovers and bring them the closure they deserve. But Adam has secrets of his own. Past and present collide as truths are revealed, and Molly and Adam will have to decide if love is worth trusting.

That title alone has me excited. Denise Hunter is an author that I automatically buy, I don't care what the book is about. She is one of a few authors I buy based on her name alone.
So get ready for these two books cause you know I am going to be shouting about them when they come out

From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom and A December Bride (now beloved Hallmark Original movies) comes the second novel in the Bluebell Inn series!
Following the sudden death of his parents, Levi Bennett left his life in Denver to return to his hometown of Bluebell, North Carolina. There he has two critical jobs: take care of his younger sisters and turn the Bluebell Inn—their parents’ retirement dream—into a success. And things are not going well on either front. Grace is dragging her feet on her college applications, Molly is rushing headlong into another serious relationship, and the inn . . . Well, it’s not doing half as well as Levi has led his sisters to believe.
Following a public breakup with her fiancĂ©, rising star Mia Emerson has finally scored the role of her career. But when a scandal arises, falsely casting her as “the other woman” to one of Hollywood’s leading married men, Mia flees to Bluebell—the location of her would-be honeymoon—to lick her wounds.
Mia and Levi have seemingly few things in common. But when they discover that an old heirloom necklace is hidden somewhere in the inn, the search draws them together . . . and they soon find themselves falling in love.
Could they have more in common than they’d ever imagined? And can Levi handle yet one more responsibility in his already overextended life?

If you have never read a book by Denise Hunter leave a comment below, telling me that.

Another book coming out that I can't wait for you all to read is By Another Author that I own all of his books that is Chris Fabry.  It is also a movie coming soon.

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team and state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant shuts down and hundreds of families leave their town, John questions how he and his family will face an uncertain future. After reluctantly agreeing to coach cross-country, John and his wife, Amy, meet an aspiring athlete who’s pushing her limits on a journey toward discovery. Inspired by the words and prayers of a newfound friend, John becomes the least likely coach helping the least likely runner attempt the impossible in the biggest race of the year.

Who is as excited as I am about these three books?
Who has preordered at least one of them already? I wonder if this book will be as good as War Room? Overcomer is available now by the way!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Escape Room By Megan Goldin

Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.
In the lucrative world of finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are at the top of their game. They’ve mastered the art of the deal and celebrate their success in style―but a life of extreme luxury always comes at a cost.
Invited to participate in an escape room as a team-building exercise, the ferociously competitive co-workers crowd into the elevator of a high rise building, eager to prove themselves. But when the lights go off and the doors stay shut, it quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary competition: they’re caught in a dangerous game of survival.
Trapped in the dark, the colleagues must put aside their bitter rivalries and work together to solve cryptic clues to break free. But as the game begins to reveal the team’s darkest secrets, they realize there’s a price to be paid for the terrible deeds they committed in their ruthless climb up the corporate ladder. As tempers fray, and the clues turn deadly, they must solve one final chilling puzzle: which one of them will kill in order to survive?

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Megan Goldin is a best-selling Australian author whose novel The Escape Room will be published in the U.S. and UK in 2019. Megan's domestic noir thriller The Girl in Kellers Way was published in Australia in 2017. Megan was a reporter based in the Middle East for the Reuters news agency, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and The Associated Press.

My Thoughts...

 I was so excited to read this book. But it was not the read I was hoping it would be. It started a little bit slow. And then it started to speed up and the ending was the best. I gave it 4 stars and I will be looking for Goldin's next book to see if it is more like the thriller I was looking for.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

A Stranger on the Beach By Michele Campbell GIVEAWAY!

Caroline Stark’s beach house was supposed to be her crowning achievement: a lavish, expensive space to showcase what she thought was her perfect family. But after a very public fight with her husband, she realizes things may not be as perfect as they seem: her husband is lying to her, the money is disappearing, and there’s a stranger on the beach outside her house.
As Caroline’s marriage and her carefully constructed lifestyle begin to collapse around her, she turns to Aidan, the stranger, for comfort…and revenge. After a brief and desperate fling that means nothing to Caroline and everything to him, Aidan’s infatuation with Caroline, her family, and her house becomes more and more destructive. But who is manipulating whom in this deadly game of obsession and control? Who will take the blame when someone ends up dead…and what is Caroline hiding?

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Michele Campbell is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School and a former federal prosecutor in New York City who specialized in international narcotics and gang cases.

A while back, she said goodbye to her big-city legal career and moved with her husband and two children to an idyllic New England college town a lot like Belle River in IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND. Since then, she has spent her time teaching criminal and constitutional law and writing novels.

She has had many close female friends, a few frenemies, and only one husband, who – to the best of her knowledge – has never tried to kill her.

My Thoughts...
I love a good psychological thriller. I love it when I don't see all the twists and turns coming. So I must tell you if you are like me and you like the thrillers that you can't figure out what is going to happen next then this is your book. You will devour this book in one sitting.
I gave this book 4 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Picture Perfect Lies By Mia Hayes

If you can't be you, who can you be?

That's the question Veronica White asks herself in the wake of her husband's very public affair. For years, she's been known as the prettiest member of the Bitch Brigade and Pete's wife, and she has used social media to present her messy life as picture perfect.

But those days are over.

Leaving her Waterford life behind, Veronica lands in Marrakech, Morocco. There, she plans to regroup and convince everyone she's having the time of her life without Pete. First step: post endless fun pictures on Instagram. She believes that if she can convince others she's okay, then maybe the pain will cease.

Enter Oz, an engaging young man who is traveling the world and chasing the endless summer. He regales Veronica with stories of his adventures, and intrigued, she throws caution to the wind and joins him on a trip to the Sahara Desert. Soon, Veronica finds herself following Oz to Croatia and France, where she tries reinventing herself.

As she grows closer to Oz, Veronica realizes she may not be the only one who's playing a manipulation game, and that sometimes what we want to see gets in the way of reality. 

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Mia lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, children, and cats. When she's not writing, she's practicing yoga, traveling, or drinking ridiculous amounts of green tea.

She’s been known to eavesdrop a time or two.

My Thoughts...
I was so happy to go back to Waterford. This book was a fun read, it was just as good as book one in the Waterford series. It can be read as a stand alone you will not be lost. But read book one The Secrets We Keep you won't be sorry.
I had the best time traveling with Vee and the surprise in the end was so worth reading this book.
A good summer 4 star read that I recommend.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Light From Distant Stars By Shawn Smucker

When Cohen Marah steps over his father's body in the basement embalming room of the family's funeral home, he has no idea that he is stepping into a labyrinth of memory. As the last one to see his father, Cohen is the primary suspect.

Over the next week, Cohen's childhood memories come back in living color. The dramatic events that led to his father being asked to leave his pastoral position. The game of baseball that somehow kept them together. And the two children in the forest who became his friends--and enlisted him in a dark and dangerous undertaking. As the lines blur between what was real and what was imaginary, Cohen is faced with the question he's been avoiding: Did he kill his father?

In Light from Distant Stars, master story weaver Shawn Smucker relays a tale both eerie and enchanting, one that will have you questioning reality and reaching out for what is true, good, and genuine.

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Shawn Smucker is an author and co-writer who lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He followed up his award-winning novel, The Day the Angels Fell, with the sequel, The Edge of Over There. You can find out more about him at his website: http://shawnsmucker.com 

My Thoughts...

Oh the emotions that I am feeling. All I can say is this book has it all. This book was very well written and I am so glad that the publisher shared it with me.
This being my first book by Smucker I will be looking for some more.
You have to be a great writer to write time slip books and this one is pretty good in my eyes. I only know of two other writers that can write time slip books. So this is a great accolade.
4 stars and I recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Unlikely Converts By Randy Newman

Rely on the unstoppable power of the gospel, not your own words

Most Christians have people in their lives who they're sure will never come to faith. Whether they're too committed to their sinful ways, too angry at God, or too quick to shut down any mention of the saving grace of Jesus, these long shots don't seem worth approaching.

But some of the most unlikely converts have the strongest faith stories, and they can be a source of incredible encouragement for Christians who are trying to evangelize those around them. Randy Newman knows firsthand the discomfort that comes with sharing the gospel. He's been tongue-tied and timid too. But the truth is, we don't need to sound like the brilliant, charismatic, legendary evangelists.

In this book, Randy shares surprising conversion stories straight from those who took the long way around to Christianity. He considers current cultural trends that make evangelism more difficult today. Then with his characteristic upbeat style, he offers practical ways, and even exact wording, to proclaim the gospel and includes a plan of action.

In the end, Unlikely Converts encourages us to remember that while the Great Commission requires us to share the good news, it does not require perfection, only confidence in the message.

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Randy Newman is a teacher and writer with Connection Points, a ministry that seeks to engage people's hearts the way Jesus did. Through his workshops and teaching, he helps people see the links between God and all of life and enjoy them. Randy is also the Senior Teaching Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism at The C. S. Lewis Institute and an adjunct faculty member at several evangelical seminaries and Patrick Henry College. He served for over thirty years with Campus Crusade for Christ. He is the author of Questioning Evangelism, Corner Conversations, Bringing the Gospel Home, Engaging with Jewish People, and Unlikely Converts. His books seek to help Christians articulate their faith in winsome ways. He earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Temple University and a M.Div. and PhD in Intercultural Studies from Trinity International University. He and his wife Pam live in Annandale, Virginia. They have three grown sons, two delightful daughters-in-law, and two stunningly adorable granddaughters. He blogs and offers insights about evangelism and how faith intersects with everything else at www.connectionpoints.us.

My Thoughts...

This book is more for new converts. It is full of good answers to many questions.
If you do nothing else get the book to read Chapter 4 Supernaturally. It is a really good one.
I think this is book is so full of information that it needs to be savored and read slow and taken in, in little doses.
If you know a new convert this would be a great gift and this would make a really good small group study also.
You need to check out this 4 star book on faith.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Buried By Ellison Cooper

In Ellison Cooper’s suspense thriller Buried, an FBI neuroscientist is on the trail of a serial killer who’s turned up the heat on a cold case…
Senior Special Agent Sayer Altair studies the minds of psychopaths. But even she didn't expect to uncover a killer within the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Rooting him out and exposing internal corruption got her a bullet wound and six months of desk duty. Now, she’s finally back in the field, called in when an off-duty FBI agent and his cadaver dog fall into a sinkhole filled with human bones.
Found deep in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, the skeletal remains date back almost two decades, the same time a beloved local teen disappeared. The cold case quickly heats up when Sayer's team finds two fresh corpses among the bones. When a gruesome clue ties these new bodies to a woman recently kidnapped along with her young daughter, Sayer has to uncover the connection between the old bones and the new bodies before the mother and child become the next victims.
But the killer is one step ahead, attacking her team and sabotaging their efforts. With Sayer's investigation compromised and unsure of who to trust, she receives unwanted help from Subject 037, one of the anonymous psychopaths she is currently studying. She has the chilling realization that he’s someone powerful in Washington D.C.―and he is not about to let a mundane serial killer jeopardize his own ominous agenda for Sayer…

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Ellison Cooper has a Ph.D. in anthropology from UCLA, with a background in archaeology, cultural neuroscience, ancient religion, colonialism, and human rights. She has conducted fieldwork in Central America, West Africa, Micronesia, and Western Europe. She has worked as a murder investigator in Washington DC, and is a certified K9 Search and Rescue Federal Disaster Worker. She now lives in the Bay Area with her husband and son. 

My Thoughts...
 I was ready for an action packed read and that is what I got with Buried.
I did find it a little bit hard to keep up with I think that is because I did not read book one in the Agent Sayer Altair series. I would suggest reading book one first so you are not to confused.
Crime novels are climbing to the top of my must read list.
I gave this book 3.5 stars and I recommend trying it out
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Bark of Night By David Rosenfelt

When defense lawyer Andy Carpenter’s veterinarian asks to speak to him privately at the checkup of his golden retriever, Tara, the last thing Andy expects is Truman. Tiny, healthy, French bulldog Truman was dropped off days ago with instructions to be euthanized by a man everyone thought was his owner. But now the owner is nowhere to be found.
Andy is furious. Who would want to euthanize a perfectly healthy dog with no explanation? He is willing to whisk Truman away to the Tara Foundation, the dog-rescue organization which is Andy’s true passion. They will find a home for Truman. But that’s not all the vet tells Andy. Thanks to Truman’s chip, it’s discovered that the man wasn’t Truman’s owner at all . . . Truman's real owner has been murdered.
It’s now up to Andy – with help from his loyal sidekick Tara, Truman and the rest of the gang – to solve this case. In the latest in the popular Andy Carpenter mystery series, David Rosenfelt’s charmingly clever wit and love of dogs are back and better than ever.

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David Rosenfelt, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, is a graduate of NYU. He was the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures before becoming a writer of novels and screenplays. "Open And Shut" was his first novel; "First Degree," his second novel, was named a best book of 2003 by Publishers Weekly. He currently lives inSouthern California with his wife and 35 dogs. 

My Thoughts...
This is not my first Rosenfelt book there are 19 others in the series and I suspect there will be many more. 
They are stand alone you do not need to read them all or in order he writes them so that you can pick them up and enjoy them without reading them all.
I love the covers of his books. I love that he is a dog lover like me. Hello he owns 35 dogs.
These books suck you in and the mystery is so well thought out and executed.
Andy Carpenter and wonderful sidekick Tara a golden retriever with a French bulldog added to the mix who would not want to read this story? 
I gave this book 4 stars and recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, July 15, 2019

High Flying By Kaylin Mcfarren

Skylar Haines has struggled with personal demons most of her life, going to dark extremes to subdue anxieties rooted in her tragic past. On a perpetual hunt for the next adrenaline hit, she discovers a passion for flying and becomes a hard-edged stunt pilot, verging on obsession. In the sky, following her most daring airshow, she encounters a mysterious storm and almost collides with another aircraft, sending her into a perilous dive. Guided by a mysterious voice, she manages a safe landing but finds herself transported to another time.

Eight months before she was born. One week before her father was murdered.

Though baffled by her circumstances, Skylar soon arrives at a single certainty: Before her lies a remarkable chance to change her family's destiny drastically for the better -- or possibly even worse -- depending on the choices she makes, before her window of opportunity closes.

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KAYLIN MCFARREN has received 48 national literary awards, in addition to a prestigious Golden Heart Award nomination for FLAHERTY'S CROSSING - a book she and her oldest daughter, New York Times/USA Today best-selling author Kristina McMorris, co-wrote in 2008. Prior to embarking on her writing journey and developing the popular THREADS psychological thriller series, she poured her passion for creativity into her work as the director of a fine art gallery in the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon; she also served as a governor-appointed member of the Oregon Arts Commission. When she’s not traveling or spoiling her pups and three grandsons, she enjoys giving back to her community through participation and support of various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest, and is currently the president of the Soulful Giving Foundation - a non-profit focused on cancer research, care and treatment at hospitals throughout Oregon.


Kaylin is proud of the fact that her great aunt Bessie B. Cordell, an evangelistic missionary during WWII, was instrumental in opening an orphanage in Tientsin, China and also wrote two published novels, Precious Pearl and Blossoms of the Flowery Kingdom, documenting her dangerous, harrowing experiences.

She keeps a glass of wine close by while writing love scenes, Kleenex on her desk while writing heart breakers, and has been known to empty a box of chocolates when she's completely stumped.

A consummate "pantser" and perfectionist, she writes and edits as she goes, and uses photographs of models and actors from tabloid magazines to visualize her characters.

She loves her husband of 46 years dearly. However, if Josh Holloway, Hugh Jackman or Ian Somerhalder came knockin', well... their marriage just might be put to the test. 

My Thoughts...
 Readers who love drama, twists and turns and a little bit of adventure are going to enjoy this one.
It's a short read, you will read it pretty fast and be left wanting more.
This was my first book by McFarren but it wont be my last.
Give this 4 star book a try, you might find a new author to enjoy.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Rising like the Sun By Anita Joe

I wrote this book to share my life story of how a loving God, through Jesus Christ, brought an abused little girl from brokenness to wholeness. I can truly say God wonderfully delivered me. When I look back at all of the abuse I suffered, I do so with joy. I can now laugh at many of the things that had me bound. 
My healing did not come overnight, nor did it come easy. It was a progressive journey. I thank the Lord for that. I don’t feel anyone is mentally or emotionally capable of handling such abuse otherwise. Along the way, I learned who I was and what, in Him, God purposed me to be. It was astonishing, to say the least, because I had no inkling that God would call me, of all people, a rejected little girl from Tucson, Arizona, to be a pastor and to preach the gospel.
With no formal Bible-school training, I found it to be a scary thing. I didn’t feel I was good enough or even qualified, for that matter. As I matured in the Lord, I realized one very important thing—I was HIS choice. As Jesus’ spoken words state:

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you.     —John 15:16
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Pastor Anita Joe: author —Born in Little Rock Ark, raised in Tucson, AZ, Anita Joe received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the baptism of the Spirit at the age of nineteen. Called into the ministry in her early twenties, God working mightily through her with ministry gifts of healing, deliverance and prophecy. After experiencing abuse as a child, broken and desperately needed the healing power of the heavenly Father, Anita’s life was supernaturally changed through His unconditional love. She now demonstrates the same love in her preaching and teaching the power of the gospel to many broken and hurting individuals.

My Thoughts...

A positive read.  What is your purpose? Who has got your back? Who is always in your corner? Who loves you unconditionally?
This book has your answers  to those questions and more.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.