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Book Review- Always Watching by Lynette Eason

Hey hey hey! Another book review! I’m getting caught up on my list!

 

So this time I received a copy of the book Always Watching by Lynette Eason. I received the book for free in exchange for my honest review. This is the first book in a new series by this author, called Elite Guardians. Many times when I am reviewing, I end up jumping somewhere into the middle of an existing series, so it was nice to be able to read the first one!

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So, here is the book’s description and stay tuned after that for a few thoughts from me!

The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have more than just skill and prowess in common–they’re also all women. When it becomes clear that popular psychiatrist and radio personality Wade Savage has a stalker, his father secretly hires Elite Guardians in order to protect his son.

But when Wade’s bodyguard is attacked and nearly killed, agency owner Olivia Edwards must step in and fill the gap. Olivia’s skills are about to be tested to the limit as Wade’s stalker moves from leaving innocent gifts at his door to threatening those closest to him. Olivia has the feeling that she’s next on the list. And to complicate things even further, she realizes that her heart may be in as much danger as her client.

Bestselling author and fan favorite Lynette Eason drops readers right into the action in this fast-paced new series with a unique twist. Readers will love these strong female characters who put it all on the line to save lives.

 

MY THOUGHTS

This is definitely a fast-paced thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Also, I believe in this book we are introduced to characters that will have larger roles in subsequent books in this series, so it was nice to have the heads-up! And while it is jam-packed with action, this is also a faith-based book, which is a nice change of pace from some of the doom and gloom action stories. I will admit that about halfway through the book, I thought that I knew who the culprit was, and found out that I was completely wrong!

I have two “complaints”, however. There were several instances where the narrative changed to another person’s point of view with no pause or transition, causing me to have to track back some and make sure I knew where I was and whose eyes I was viewing the story through. Also, there were a few times when there was some repetitious dialogue. One character would say something, and then the other character would say basically the same thing right back to them.

But for the most part, I enjoyed this book and do sincerely look forward to the next in the series. I’m hoping that some of the relationships that developed in this book will continue and at least have a mention in subsequent stories.

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Book Review- Hannah’s Choice by Jan Drexler

Well, I’m trying to plow through my backlog of book reviews, and I’m making some good progress!

This time I was given the opportunity to review Hannah’s Choice by Jan Drexler. I was provided a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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Description

Hannah Yoder loves her quiet life on the banks of the Conestoga Creek. In 1842, this corner of Lancaster County is settled and peaceful–yet problems lurk beneath the placid façade. Hannah’s father worries about the spread of liberal ideas from their Mennonite and Brethren neighbors. And Hannah blames herself for a tragedy that struck their home nine years ago. She strives to be the one person who can bind the threads of her family together in spite of her mother’s ongoing depression and her sister’s rejection of their family. But her world is threatening to unravel.

When two young men seek her hand in marriage–one offering the home she craves and the other promising the adventure of following God’s call west–Hannah must make a choice. Faithfully perform her duties to her family? Or defy her father and abandon her community?

With a tender hand, Jan Drexler teases out the threads of a romance that will captivate readers in this brand-new Amish historical series.

 

MY THOUGHTS

For some reason, I love to read Amish fiction books, so I was excited to pick this one, and was not disappointed! The characters are great and I enjoyed learning more about how the Amish did/did not interact with Mennonite and others in their area. Well, from reading the description, you know that there are two men that are vying for Hannah’s hand in marriage, so I’m not giving away the plot when I say that I was rooting for the one that doesn’t win in the end, but oh well!

I also found it interesting that the author’s ancestors were actually among the first Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. I believe this is the beginning of a book series, and I definitely would love to read more from this author. Her understanding of the historical context and her research into her ancestry makes her a great source of information, and her ability to create characters that you fall in love with is amazing.

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Book Review- Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

Another book that has been on my list for awhile, but it took me awhile to get to it is Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz.

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Here is the description:

 

From #1 bestselling author Dean Koontz—the must-read thriller of the year, for readers of dark psychological suspense and modern classics of mystery and adventure.

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The girl who said no to death.

Bibi Blair is a fierce, funny, dauntless young woman—whose doctor says she has one year to live.

She replies, “We’ll see.”

Her sudden recovery astonishes medical science.

An enigmatic woman convinces Bibi that she escaped death so that she can save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell.

But save her from what, from whom? And who is Ashley Bell? Where is she?

Bibi’s obsession with finding Ashley sends her on the run from threats both mystical and worldly, including a rich and charismatic cult leader with terrifying ambitions.

Here is an eloquent, riveting, brilliantly paced story with an exhilarating heroine and a twisting, ingenious plot filled with staggering surprises. Ashley Bell is a new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master.

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MY THOUGHTS:

This was definitely a great read that took a turn I wasn’t expecting at all! I always love when writers write about writers and Bibi is a writer in this story.. I love the descriptions of Bibi as a young girl. The character draw you in and leaves you hoping for possibly more stories involving her, though the story doesn’t necessarily leave room for a sequel. Unfortunately, I can’t explain too much of the story, because I would give away that surprising plot twist that happens later in the book.

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Of course you can expect thrills and a little bit of the mystical from Koontz, but as I stated, there is no way you will predict what is going to happen in this one! All the characters are great and the surf-lingo was fun to read as well, even though I know nothing about surfing.

This is definitely a page-turner, and you might find yourself turning the pages back to make sure you fully grasped what just happened.

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Welcome to the US Beatles

This was the day in 1964 that the boys from Liverpool, the Beatles, arrived in New York. I know we’ve all seen the pictures, but, hey, here you go again.

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The Birth of Rickrolling, or Rick Astley

On this day in 1966, Rick Astley  was born. Who knew that his 1980’s hit would become such an internet sensation years later?

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The Boy Who Would Be a Beatle- Ringo Starr

This is the day that in 1962, Ringo Starr first played with the Beatles. However, he was just filling in for Pete Best, who was ill. A few more months passed before Ringo was officially a band member.  Sorry Pete, sounds like this was the beginning of the end for you!

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Happy Birthday, Alice Cooper!

It’s Mr. Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier)’s birthday today! If I did the math right, I believe he is turning 68.

What is your favorite tune by Alice?

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The Day the Music Died

Yes it was on February 3rd, 1959 that Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash. The pilot Roger Peterson passed away as well. And being from Iowa, it happened in my own state. I’ve driven past the site before. So, today might be a good day to rock out to American Pie by Don McLean or watch The Buddy Holly Story or La Bamba.