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High As The Heavens by Kate Breslin

A British nurse in WWI German-occupied Brussels, Evelyn Marche spends her days at the hospital and her nights working at a café… or so it seems. Eve’s most carefully guarded secret is that she also spends her nights carrying out dangerous missions as a spy for a Belgian resistance group.

When a plane crashes as she’s en route to a rendezvous, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and she is shocked to recognize the badly injured pilot as British RFC Captain Simon Forrester, her “dead” husband. She risks her life to conceal him from the Germans, but as the secrets between them grow and the danger mounts, can they still hope to make it out of Belgium alive?

Okay. First off… the cover is gorgeous. I absolutely love the cover. Kudos to Kathleen Lynch! It definitely made picking this book an easier choice. 😉

The second reason I picked this book was because it was about La Dame Blanche. That network has intrigued me ever since I first heard about it. It was composed of 30% female agents… something unheard of at the time and by the end of the war, its 1,300 agents gathered an estimated 70% of all military intelligence. Amazing or what?

High as the Heavens starts off well. Because of Edith Cavell’s (yeah, also look up her. Amazing woman!) work, Evelyn, also a British nurse, has to be extremely careful in her dealings with La Dame Blanche. It helps that she has an Iron Cross to make the soldiers trust her more. She brings home the information to her mother, who then codes the information into lace and sends it to the British. She’s playing with fire as her double-agent relationship with Major Reinhardt. To top it all off, members of her local resistance are being arrested because of, she thinks, a traitor in the network. But who?

And then her dead husband arrives.

Yes, the story starts off well.

However, I feel it stalls. I’m sure there are many people who wouldn’t agree with me, but it seems like more of the book is about Eve and Simon’s relationship than about La Dame Blanche or her other work. I can definitely see how having a resurrecting husband can be a little… interesting, but I picked it up to read about La Dame Blanche!

Other than that little hitch, I loved the book. The plot was amazing, the characters vivid, the traitor devastating, and the ending strong. I liked the peek into the world of La Dame Blanche, learning about the different ways that messages were sent and received, about the ingenuity of people and such. Eve’s mother used lace, Zoe used shopping lists. There were hollowed out broomsticks, hastily given messages passed from person to person. Somehow, they made it all the way to safe territory where they could be used for good.

If you like a bit of romance mixed together with the suspense of being an agent, definitely pick this book up. Hopefully, it’ll become a new favorite!

 

3 stars

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. All views are my own.*

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Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

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After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, Miss Permilia Griswold has finally figured out a way to pass the time at all the New York high-society events she attends. Under the pseudonym “Miss Quill”, she is the author of society gossip columns filled with tidbits only an insider in society–albeit one on the fringes–would know.

When she overhears a threat against Mr. Asher Rutherford, the owner of one of the most up-and-coming department stores in the city, she’s determined to warn him. But the irritatingly handsome man doesn’t believe her, leaving her no choice but to take matters into her own hands. What she doesn’t anticipate is that she’ll end up putting herself at risk in the process–or that she and Mr. Rutherford, a man with secrets of his own, just might end up joining forces after all.

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Long Time Gone

I was super excited when I requested this book. I thought it would be interesting being a cowboy story… being that I’m cowgirl and all that. And, well, the plot line was great. The action was great. Everything was great except… well… I uh…

I accidentally picked up a romance novel.

Those of you who have been reading for a while know that I don’t like romance novels. A little romance on the side is just fine and dandy, but… the entire focus being falling in love? That kind of sets me off a little bit. Mostly because romance novels are too unrealistic for me and they have the weird ability for the two main characters to be immortal because of their love.

I loved Long Time Gone with everything except for the romance. I thought the romance was… um, cheesy and unreasonable. I was disappointed when Angie was helping to tend to Cole (who was very close to dying) and was admiring his brother through it all. Excuse me, Angie… do you think you could work on saving Cole before starting to fawn over Justin?

And… Justin? Maybe perhaps it’s not the best time to be thinking about how much you love Angie in the middle of a gunfight. Please, get rid of the bad guys so that they don’t kill you and your family, and then you can do all the thinkin’ you wanna.

I was also sorely disappointed Angie’s inability to stick to her morals. Justin took her home once and she said that a man and woman shouldn’t be riding alone together. That was what she believed. That is what she didn’t follow. Again, she said that she wouldn’t let herself be alone with him. Guess what happened? Okay, occasionally it couldn’t be helped. But she also could have stuck to her guns (yep, pun intended) a little more on the times when it could be helped.

Well, ya know, other than that… it was great! Like I said above, I loved the plotline, loved what happened, loved watching Angie get “countryfied”. Everything was awesomeness. There was everything that there’s supposed to be a fiction cowboy western story!

 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my opinion. All views expressed here are my own.*

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King’s Blood — The Second Kinsman Chronicles is Here!

The Five Realms have been destroyed. The remnants of the population who escaped now find themselves confined only to several hundred ships adrift at sea. Guided by hope, rumor, and a promise, they sail north into the unkown, desperate to find land that might become their new home.

As the king’s illness worsens, Sâr Wilek takes authority over the expedition and struggles to rule the disjointed people, while assassination attempts, vicious serpents, dangerous storms, and dark magic endanger his life and the survival of his people. 

One prophecy has come to pass, but another looms dauntingly in the future. Who is this promised Deliverer? And if the Magonians have him, what might that mean for the realm of Armania?


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Conspiracy of Silence

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Tox did the mission the States wanted him to do. He left the country like they wanted to. In exchange, the States let his team off the hook. Yet when his niece Evie is threatened, he doesn’t hesitate to break those agreements to save her.

Instead of saving Evie, he finds out it was nothing but a ruse to draw him out of hiding. The States needed him to do another job for them. An assassin needs finding, and they think Tox is the best guy to do it. The assassin leads Tox and his team across the world to Tzivia’s dig site, where a dormant, century-old disease was uncovered and unleashed. Before long, they realize they’re battling an ancient super secret society with a super secret goal. With time

With time running out and the threat of a global pandemic rising, Tox and his team realize their sole chance might be to reach back through the centuries of silence to find the only answer that can save them all.


At first, I was a little hesitate about reading this book. Sure, the military/mystery thing had me interested… but tracking down sicknesses and such?   Archeological dig sites? Uhhhh… weeeeellllll….

However, it quickly drew me in. The plot line was interesting. They were always on the move, always off to some place new. Ram was mysterious. Tox was quiet but intriguing. Kasey/Haven was the little ray of romance (that, of course, has to be in every book… or so I’ve been told). Poor Levi. Tzivia was feisty, and a go getter. Cell was awesomeness. Chijioke was awesomely loyal. And the ever-elusive Tanin… I loved all the tension in the story and the plot line behind it. As soon as I’m done with this blog post, I’m gonna go find more stories by Ronie Kendig and add them to my TBR pile.

One thing I did not like about this book. *Spoiler* The plague that was unleashed was the same plague that God sent on the Israelites when Korah rebelled? *coughs* This was a divine plague sent by God and also taken away by God. Why would He leave a trace of it behind? It just doesn’t make sense to me. If only it wasn’t such a big part of the story. *End spoiler* Besides that, I enjoyed the book thoroughly. I would recommend picking it up if you get a chance and don’t mind skipping over a little here and there for the spoiler reason.

3 stars

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are my own.*

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The 100 Most Encouraging Verses of the Bible

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Normally, I don’t do the non-fiction that’s offered via the blogging programs. Yet I made an exception for Troy Schmidt’s The 100 Most Encouraging Verses of the Bible was an exception. I’m glad I made that exception too.

It was a great book to read through. If you glance through my copy, you’ll see sentences that I highlighted, little thoughts that Troy Schmidt brought up that I never thought of before or just a phrase that I need to remember throughout my daily life.

Numbers 11:23 – Once His arms are there, they won’t let go.

Isn’t that just an incredible thought?

The format of the book was great. The first thing you saw was the verse; then his thoughts laid out like a short two minutes devotional. While I don’t like the idea of “five-minute devotionals,” I think this would be a great addition to a longer devotional or a small group lesson or something.

One thing I think would make this book better is if he would have added the references to other verses pertaining to the same things. That would make it a much more indepth study. Like with the 1st verse, he talks about God’s promises. Okay, so at the end of that little devotional, add verses about God’s promises or the verses where we can find God’s promises.

Other than that, however, it was an excellent little book. I would definitely recommend it.

4Stars

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The Shattered Vigil–The Darkwater Saga

theshatteredvigilA single terrible choice faces the Vigil. 

Hide in safety and let darkness take over the land… or face the growing danger and risk all of their lives.

Their victory over the dark forces during the feast of Bas-Solas should have guaranteed safety pos the continent. Instead, Willet and the rest of the Vigil discover they’ve been outsmarted by those seeking to unleash the evil that inhabits the Darkwater.

To make everything worse… a deadly new threat has emerged. Can the Vigil survive?

 

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The Domino Effect

 

thedominoeffectEsther Larson, a top risk analyst at one of the country’s largest banking instiutions, is becomong more and more convinced that she has uncovered a ticking bomb with the potential to make the 2008 market crash look minor by comparison. And as her own employer pursues “investment” strategies with ever-increasing levels of risk, she becomes convinced she must do something. But Esther is only one person… what can she do?

*Most of it taken from the back cover*

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The Raven

theravenThe Raven never wanted any trouble. He just wanted to make a couple extra bucks. Except, when he tried to blackmail a counselman, he finds himself in the middle of a wild and very dangerous plot called ‘Nevermore’.

The only thing the Raven wants to do is get out of this alive. But… who to trust?

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Spiritual Warfare for Your Family

Unknown-2When I was in college, a group of my friends and I went on a weekend retreat. I was canoeing with a friend who was deathly afraid of water because he didn’t know how to swim. His canoe tipped and even though he was wearing a life jacket, he panicked. As I tried to give him reassurance that he would not drown on my watch, I stuck my paddle in the water and discovered that although it was murky, it was only waist deep. Stifling my laughter, I shouted out, “Darryl, stand up!”

Darryl was battling a lie, but as long as he thought it was the truth, he struggled. Once he realized the truth, Darryl overcame his fear and won his war.

[…] When an enemy is outnumbered and out-armed, his best weapon is deception! The devil is both defeated and disarmed, but he still wins victories in our lives through his cunning use of deception.

Taken from Chapter Five of the book.

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