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Infected by Alana Terry


Once again, Alana Terry’s intrepid heroine Kennedy Stern finds herself in a heap of trouble. All she wanted was to spend her college break relaxing and taking care of her pastor’s son Woong for a day or two. As readers of this author’s previous Kennedy Stern novels can guess “it’s not gonna happen!” Yes, Kennedy finds herself locked down in a hospital in the midst of an epidemic and no one will tell her anything. And it gets worse!

“Infected” is a modern suspense that can easily be read in the course of an evening. Its subject could easily be taken from tomorrow’s news but let’s hope not. Somehow Ms. Terry manages to combine riveting suspense,  a bit of over-the-top humor, and biblical truth to make one compelling novel. I loved the scenes with Woong whose nonstop conversations peppered with endless questions were so entertaining. Unfortunately, not all is light and humorous in this novel but we’re not talking about that right now. Too sad. You will have to read it for yourself.

Thus far I have enjoyed most if not all of Terry’s Kennedy Stern novels. I would highly recommend that you give them all a try, including her latest installment “Infected”.

I voluntarily reviewed a digital copy of this book that was provided by the author. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


A global epidemic has doctors and health-care workers panicked, but life continues on as usual for college sophomore Kennedy Stern, who’s not about to let a little virus interrupt her premed studies or dampen her spring break.

When she finds herself isolated in a hospital lockdown, Kennedy and all those quarantined with her can only guess who will survive and who will succumb to the deadly threat confronting them.

An exciting new release from award-winning Christian suspense novelist Alana Terry.



When Alana isn’t writing, it’s likely that she’s on the floor wrestling with her kids. Or playing outside with her kids. Or chauffeuring her kids. Or trying some random science experiment with her kids. But she’s probably not cooking or cleaning.

Alana is a homeschooling mother of three who loves to write, hates to cook, and enjoys reading a good book almost as much as she enjoys writing one.

Alana won the Women of Faith writing contest for “The Beloved Daughter,” her debut inspirational novel. “What, No Sushi?” is Alana’s first book in a chapter-book series for kids published by Do Life Right, Inc.





Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson


“Catching the Wind” is an absolutely amazing novel. Written in dual time periods, World War 2 and the present, the narrative flows so smoothly that I never had any question about what era I was reading about. Poignant, sometimes mysterious, and always intriguing, the book held me captive and continuously wanting to know what would happen next.

This is another of those books I find difficult to adequately describe. I loved the idea of the knight dedicated to protecting the princess even if only in his imagination and his determination to find her at all costs even after so many years. I was also captivated by the way the characters were connected across the years, especially the totally unexpected surprise near the end. The fact that the romantic aspect of the story was so understated was an added bonus.

So, I have failed miserably at expressing what a wonderful book “Catching the Wind” is but this is just one you will have to take my word on and read for yourself. Trust me!

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by The Tyndale Blog Network. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


What happened to Brigitte Berthold?

That question has haunted Daniel Knight since he was thirteen, when he and ten-year-old Brigitte escaped the Gestapo agents who arrested both their parents. They survived a harrowing journey from Germany to England, only to be separated upon their arrival. Daniel vowed to find Brigitte after the war, a promise he has fought to fulfill for more than seventy years.

Now a wealthy old man, Daniel’s final hope in finding Brigitte rests with Quenby Vaughn, an American journalist working in London. He believes Quenby’s tenacity to find missing people and her personal investment in a related WWII espionage story will help her succeed where previous investigators have failed. Though Quenby is wrestling her own demons?and wary at the idea of teaming up with Daniel’s lawyer, Lucas Hough?the lure of Brigitte’s story is too much to resist. Together, Quenby and Lucas delve deep into the past, following a trail of deception, sacrifice, and healing that could change all of their futures.


 Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of sixteen historical romance, suspense, and time-slip novels including Catching the Wind, Beneath a Golden Veil, and The Silent Order. Chateau of Secrets received a Carol Award for historical fiction, Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won Best Novel of Indiana, and The Black Cloister was ForeWord’s Book of the Year for Religious Fiction.

Melanie and her husband, Jon, have two daughters. After moving numerous times with Jon’s work, the Dobson family has finally settled near Portland, Oregon, and they love to travel and hike in both the mountains and the cliffs above the Pacific. When Melanie isn’t writing, she enjoys exploring ghost towns and dusty back roads, dancing, and reading stories with her girls.


What Hope Remembers By Johnnie Alexander


I have read and enjoyed the previous two books in the Misty Willow series so I was excited to have the opportunity to review “What Hope Remembers”. I have also read a number of other since I read them so at first I was having difficulty remembering what had taken place in them. Fortunately, “What Hope Remembers” is not dependent upon the previous novels and as I encountered characters from them I began to remember a few things. Amy Somers appeared in the previous books but not in the best light. In fact, she was mostly unlikable if not downright obnoxious so having her as one of the love interests was going to be intriguing.

Never fear! Amy had pretty much hit bottom and was carefully climbing her way out as she mended the relationships with the relatives she had hurt. It was gratifying to see the love and forgiveness shown to her by those who had reason to withhold it but Amy was having difficulty forgiving herself and was feeling pretty alone and hopeless. Along came Gabe Kendall, Amy’s first love. He was back to help his Aunt on her horse farm after his release from prison. When the pair encountered each other, feelings from the past immediately surfaced but shame and feelings of unworthiness made them keep their distance.

“What Hope Remembers” is a beautifully written novel with well-developed characters whose story is both believable and inspiring. The story moves along naturally with several unexpected twists, particularly one near the end that was heartbreaking. With its strong emphasis on letting go of the past, faith, and forgiveness, this book is one that will remain on my mind for awhile.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


When you need a new beginning, sometimes the best place to start is home

When Amy Somers leaves her job as a lobbyist, she moves to Misty Willow, well aware that she’s crossing bridges she’d burned years before. With all the mistakes she’s made and the things she’s done, she can hardly believe that happiness will find her–especially when Gabe Kendall, her first crush and her first kiss, rides back into her life atop a buckskin mare.

A former Marine, Gabe is at loose ends after serving a prison sentence for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He sees beyond Amy’s hard exterior to the girl he once knew and loved, and he longs to see her open her heart. Yet with his vision clouded by shame for his past and fears about the future, it’s difficult to see the path ahead.

But the memory of that long-ago kiss just may have the power to reignite a romance that brings out the best in both of them.

Read an excerpt from “What Hope Remembers” HERE.


Photo Credit: © Jodie Westfall Photography

Johnnie Alexander is the award-winning author of Where Treasure Hides and Where She Belongs. Johnnie is an accomplished essayist and poet whose work has appeared in the Guideposts anthology A Cup of Christmas Cheer. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, spending time with her grandchildren, and taking road trips. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee.

Connect with Johnnie at to share her love of random travel and the joy of treasured moments.




The Separatists by Lis Wiehl


Once more Lis Wiehl has written a page-turner about events that one would not be surprised to find in their current newspapers or broadcasts. When star TV newscaster Erica Sparks is given the go-ahead to start a new program, she decides to begin the series with a feature on a secessionist movement growing in North Dakota. It doesn’t take long before the situation becomes a powder keg that gains the attention of the entire country and Erica finds herself right in the center of things.

I enjoyed reading “The Separatists” which not only featured plenty of suspense but also personal issues in Erica’s own life, especially developing problems with her new husband and her teen daughter. Having read the previous two books from the series, I am beginning to wonder why such a savvy newscaster like Erica is so naive when it comes to trusting the wrong people. I suppose it adds to the story but you’d think she would realize by now that she trusts others just a bit too easily and usually gets burned because of it. Nevertheless, “The Separatists” as well as the rest of the Newsmakers series are excellent reads and I recommend them to anyone who enjoys contemporary suspense.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by Amazon Vine. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


Journalist and newscaster Erica Sparks is only planning to report on an explosive story—until she gets caught in the middle of it.

After getting the green light from her network to launch an investigative news show, Erica flies to Bismarck, North Dakota, to investigate “Take Back Our Homeland”, the largest secessionist group. What she finds is profoundly disturbing – a growing threat to the future of our union.

Back home, her husband Greg is drinking more and talking less—and taking an unusual interest in the glamorous author Leslie Burke Wilson. Erica’s teenage daughter has also begun acting out in troubling ways.

Then she discovers a potential informant murdered in her Bismarck hotel. Take Back Our Homeland might be even more dangerous than she had thought—and she’s unwittingly become one of the key players in the story. Her fear and anxiety escalate—for her marriage, her daughter, and her own life.

New York Times bestselling novelist and former legal analyst for Fox News Lis Wiehl takes us behind the anchor’s desk in this gripping look at high-stakes reporting in a country torn apart.


Lis Wiehl is one of the nation’s most prominent trial lawyers and highly regarded commentators.  Currently, she is the legal analyst and reporter on the Fox News Channel and Bill O’Reilly’s sparring partner in the weekly “Is It Legal?” segment on The O’Reilly Factor. Prior to that she was O’Reilly’s co-host on the nationally syndicated show The Radio Factor.  She is also a Professor of Law at New York Law School.

Prior to joining Fox News Channel in New York City, Wiehl served as a legal analyst and reporter for NBC News and NPR’s All Things Considered.  Before that, Wiehl served as a Federal Prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s office.

Wiehl earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and her Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Queensland.

Wiehl is also the author of The 51% Minority, which won the 2008 award for Books for a Better Life in the motivational category, and Winning Every Time.

She lives in New York.



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