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Vacant Eyes by Christine

(I was given an advanced copy.)


The opening scene: A woman left for dead.


Eighteen months after the assault, Brynn desires a normal life. Yet, when the past appears in visions, Brynn wants answers. The course she chooses may get her killed.
 

Brynn, when she wasn’t working alongside her husband Jackson at their 2400-head hog facility, enjoyed drawingold abandoned houses.

Non-stop action from page one. It felt like being on the Autobahn, speeding toward a destination. Or. Since the book’s setting was on a farm; flying out of my cousin’s barn holding onto fast-moving sheep. What I’m saying is: I couldn’t put the book down.

While reading, many questions formed in my mind, driving me forward. Page after page the tension stayed high, with a few moments of calm. (The rhythm of the writing was great.)


Brynn and Jackson’s kids were
 interesting. Sometimes pudding flew. (Reminds me of my house.)

This is a read, I’ll soon not forget and characters I’ll miss. Rarely do I read a book twice. This one I will. In fact, I’ve started reading it again. 

There are twists and turns that make this one excellent read. I tried to figure out the book before the last page. I failed with an ending I didn’t see coming.

What a great read. I look forward to any future book Christine may write.    


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Josh Spencer leaves his home in Virgina and seeks the frontier as a place to escape. 
 
Patrick and Elizabeth and their two children join a wagon train headed by Josh Spencer to become pioneers heading west.
 
Years ago I enjoyed all 38 books of the House of Winslow series. Over the Misty Mountains has the same spirit as the House of Winslow that I loved so dearly. Not only a historical novel, but an eternal message.
 
The characters were real down to earth people. I enjoyed the smooth read, the steady rhythm, and the exciting plot.  Add historical characters such as Daniel Boone, Little Carpenter and William/Lydia Bean, and an outstanding story is created. 
 
I look forward to the next books.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Nora Johanson travels from Norway to the Dakota Plains to marry Hans. Those plans turn painful.
 
This book had several things I loved. One, children. Two, the Dakotas and Three, Love.
 
The plot is simple but the characters are deep and the need even deeper. Even when things go bad, God has a plan. Even when things get worse, God has a plan. Even when things look impossible…  You got it. God has a plan. I love how this story weaves God’s desires into His people’s lives.  
 
I look forward to the next book.

 

 

 

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From Norway, Roald and Ingeborg Bjorklund travel. They arrive in New York City, then by train, followed by covered wagon, they arrive in the Dakota Territory.

I loved every step these pioneers took on their journey to America. The spirit and determination of Roald and Ingeborg along with Carl and Karren showed grit.

From the chaos after coming ashore, to the train busting through heavy snow, to the covered wagon pushing through mud, character shined. 

In a small way, it felt as though I were there. Excited I was when they received their first animals, built their first house, turned their first ground.

The adventure and newness of the untamed land didn’t always shine well on them. Hard work and unforgiving weather cost lives.

I have to add one part: Prior to reading this book, I took a tour of land in Nebraska. The tour guide also informed me of his family history. They arrived from Czelsovokia and farmed the land. This added to the enjoyment of Untamed Land since I had a real-life history lesson.

I look forward to the next book in this series.

   

 

 

 
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Amazon Review: It’s a military thriller with a heart. Commander Mark Steele has an exciting job in Special Forces. Though it’s dangerous, he knows his work is critically important. But that job separates him from his wife and child. When an injury brings him home, his wife is glad to have him back. But other issues cause struggles within the family, leading to distrust and hurt. Steele takes dangerous risks in his new work. The thriller plot thickens, as he seeks to save a life. But can he save his family?

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Bailey is planning a wedding and making decisions that will shape her future. 

Wow! What a book to end this series. For me, it’s at the perfect time. My daughter, on eclipse day, became engaged to be married.

This story was beautiful, a picture of the love God’s given to His bride. Love flowed from each page, causing the read to flow like a fast river. In two sittings, I experienced the story. 

There were surprises a long the way. A visit to past stories and past memories. That’s what makes the Baxter family stories the best. 

 

 

 

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Amazon Review:  It’s a military thriller with a heart. Commander Mark Steele has an exciting job in Special Forces. Though it’s dangerous, he knows his work is critically important. But that job separates him from his wife and child. When an injury brings him home, his wife is glad to have him back. But other issues cause struggles within the family, leading to distrust and hurt. Steele takes dangerous risks in his new work. The thriller plot thickens, as he seeks to save a life. But can he save his family?

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I loved this story. I hated this story. The Biblical Adam and Eve lived in purity. (The part I loved.) They fell. (The part I hated.)
 
I had a less tainted view of the first couple until I read “First Family.” Alice did a great job in showing the results of sin. 
 
I’ve thought often of Adam and Eve, but not quite as dark and deep as this book portrays them. It caused me to think, to ponder the pain the parents felt when they had to give up the garden, then their son, to an eternal resting place within the earth and the sadness of losing their other son the same day. 
 
As a parent, I can’t imagine the hurt they experienced, the nightmares they lived. 
 
This book will stay with me for a long time. I appreciate Alice writing it, for it’s enriched my Bible study.
 
 
(Havah by Tosca Lee, the author of that book went deeper into the purity of the garden.) 

 

 

 

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Amazon Review:  It’s a military thriller with a heart. Commander Mark Steele has an exciting job in Special Forces. Though it’s dangerous, he knows his work is critically important. But that job separates him from his wife and child. When an injury brings him home, his wife is glad to have him back. But other issues cause struggles within the family, leading to distrust and hurt. Steele takes dangerous risks in his new work. The thriller plot thickens, as he seeks to save a life. But can he save his family?

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Pearl Hossfuss, teacher, flees to the Dakotah Territory from her father’s arranged marriage.
 
Carl Hegland,  carpenter, leaves Minneapolis to find work in the Dakotah Territory.
 
Ruby Torvold, proprietor, continues to thrive in Little Missouri.
The characters were well developed and easily loved. Strength in character, Ruby continued to lead by listening to God.

Nestled in the Bad Lands of the Dakotah Territory, Little Missouri begins to grow. Progress, I love the word. The excitement fell off each page when the growth became apparent. 
 
One of my favorite scenes happened when Cat gave birth to kittens-in an underwear drawer. I grew up with cats and kittens were all around my house. 
 
I love reading about the old west, not sure I’d want to live there. Yet, the comradery seemed stronger during that period of time. Seemed like people needed each other more.

The ending took me by surprise.  

 

 

 

 

 

 
Randy Tramp

 

 

 

Amazon Review: It’s a military thriller with a heart. Commander Mark Steele has an exciting job in Special Forces. Though it’s dangerous, he knows his work is critically important. But that job separates him from his wife and child. When an injury brings him home, his wife is glad to have him back. But other issues cause struggles within the family, leading to distrust and hurt. Steele takes dangerous risks in his new work. The thriller plot thickens, as he seeks to save a life. But can he save his family?

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Ruby Torvald and her sister, Opal have received an inheritance from their long-lost father who left the family years prior to seeking his fortune in the Black Hills.
 
They leave Chicago and arrive at the mining town of Medora to claim their inheritance. Ruby is shocked at what their father has left them.
 
I enjoy a strong protagonist, and Ruby didn’t disappoint. Under opposition, she pressed into the unknown.
 
I got a small taste of life in early America. The lawlessness, the rawness, and the humanness all combined to make a great story. That journey started as a train ride. (Stirred memories of our train ride in the Black Hills of the Dakotas)
 
What a great story. I look forward to the next in this series, now that Lauraine Snelling has become one of my favorite authors.

 

 

 

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Amazon Review:  It’s a military thriller with a heart. Commander Mark Steele has an exciting job in Special Forces. Though it’s dangerous, he knows his work is critically important. But that job separates him from his wife and child. When an injury brings him home, his wife is glad to have him back. But other issues cause struggles within the family, leading to distrust and hurt. Steele takes dangerous risks in his new work. The thriller plot thickens, as he seeks to save a life. But can he save his family?

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Real life situations and true to life struggles, make this an excellent read.  Andi, a missionary’s kid, now in college struggles to keep her purity.   Taz, in college with Andi, seeks to win more than Andi’s heart.
Fillmakers, Chase Ryan, and Keith Ellison seek to make Christian movies in a hostile Hollywood arena.
Relationships and marriages are strained, while sin gradually creeps in with its subtle hints that all is okay.
Weaving all the broken pieces together was God. After finishing the book remained a strong sense of prayer for my family, friends and me. What lurked in the shadows? Ready to destroy.
Great story. I can’t wait for the next in the series.

 

 

 

 

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It’s a military thriller with a heart. Commander Mark Steele has an exciting job in Special Forces. Though it’s dangerous, he knows his work is critically important. But that job separates him from his wife and child. When an injury brings him home, his wife is glad to have him back. But other issues cause struggles within the family, leading to distrust and hurt. Steele takes dangerous risks in his new work. The thriller plot thickens, as he seeks to save a life. But can he save his family?

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Boone Drake has a beautiful wife and young son. As a cop, he’s rising through the ranks of the Chicago Police Department.
 
Until a horrible accident.
 
His life spirals downward until he comes face-to-face with a vicious gang leader.
 
Are you in a devastating period of time? or Have come out of such time? Questions, such as “God where are you?” or “God, do you care?” 
 
Boone went to the deepest and darkest depths. 
 
Life is not fair and bad things happen to good people. We don’t know why, but this book touches those subjects. 
 
I recently read a book by a popular secular author on a tragedy in the life of the main character. I didn’t finish the book because there was no hope. Unlike this read, hope is splattered throughout the book, even in the midst of great despair.
 
It’s a hard book to read, but one that’ll give insight into difficult situations. 

 

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Amazon Review: It’s a military thriller with a heart. Commander Mark Steele has an exciting job in Special Forces. Though it’s dangerous, he knows his work is critically important. But that job separates him from his wife and child. When an injury brings him home, his wife is glad to have him back. But other issues cause struggles within the family, leading to distrust and hurt. Steele takes dangerous risks in his new work. The thriller plot thickens, as he seeks to save a life. But can he save his family?

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