Tuesday, February 26, 2013


I received a copy of Shattered by Dani Pettrey from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
With All the Evidence Against Him, Only a Sister's Trust Can Save Him Now

When her prodigal brother Reef’s return to Yancey, Alaska, is shattered by his arrest for murder, Piper McKenna is determined to protect him.  

Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he's also sworn to find the truth. And he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth puts Landon's career in jeopardy.

When Piper launches her own investigation, Landon realizes he must protect her from herself--and whatever complications await as the two follow clues deep into Canada's rugged backcountry. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step.  

I really enjoyed this book.  It has it all - mystery, adventure, romance, and faith.  Piper is one hardheaded girl that goes after what she believes in and doesn't take no for an answer.  I know that it gets her in trouble a lot but what if more of us were like her?  Her whole family stands by each other through everything.  That's something we need more of  these days.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Beyond Ordinary

I received a copy of Beyond Ordinary by Justin and Trisha Davis from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
How safe is your marriage? The answer may surprise you. The biggest threat to any marriage isn’t infidelity or miscommunication. The greatest enemy is ordinary. Ordinary marriages lose hope. Ordinary marriages lack vision. Ordinary marriages give in to compromise. Ordinary is the belief that this is as good as it will ever get. And when we begin to settle for ordinary, it’s easy to move from “I do” to “I’m done.”

Justin and Trisha Davis know just how dangerous ordinary can be. In this beautifully written book, Justin and Trisha take us inside the slow fade that occurred in their own marriage—each telling the story from their own perspective. Together, they reveal the mistakes they made, the work they avoided, the thoughts and feelings that led to an affair and near divorce, and finally, the heart-change that had to occur in both of them before they could experience the hope, healing, and restoration of a truly extraordinary marriage.

I'm sure we all want the best marriage we can have.  I know I do.  I never thought about my marriage being ordinary until I read this book.  Luckily I haven't had to deal with any of the problems Trisha did but we all have problems from time to time.  I really liked the Biblical references that were given.  I have to give it to Trisha I don't think I could have done what she did. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Firefly Island

I received a copy of Firefly Island by Lisa Wingate from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Mallory Hale's life quickly veers off course when she falls hopelessly in love. After a whirlwind romance, Mallory finds herself leaving the bustle and action of Capitol Hill for the remote town of Moses Lake, Texas--with husband, stepson, and a U-Haul in tow.

A sweet, mishap-filled journey into marriage, motherhood, and ranch living ensues, and Mallory is filled with both the wonderment of love and the insecurities of change. But what she can't shake is the unease she feels around her husband's new boss, Jack West. Jack's presence--and his mysterious past--set her on edge, and when hints of a scandal emerge, Mallory finds herself seeking answers... and comes to realize that the middle-of-nowhere home she wasn't sure she wanted is the very place she'll risk everything to save.

This book was really good at making me think about how to keep things in my life in perspective.  Mallory goes from a single life of politics in Washington DC to married life on a ranch in a very small town in Texas.  She struggles with her choices daily.  In the end her gut was right and she realizes that the small town ranch life's not so bad after all.