Anything But Plain And Simple
When The Bishop Needs An Alibi by Vannetta Chapman is a thrilling murder mystery that has the reader gripped from the start.
The novel shows that no matter how old we are, God’s not finished with us yet. Romance is not just for the young. Exciting times are not just for the young. It was refreshing to have main characters in their sixties proving that life is still for living no matter what your age. There are no retirement plans in the kingdom.
All the characters are wonderfully drawn, warm and welcoming. The Amish are an open community. All are welcome. There are some wonderful bonding scenes over food which really whets the reader’s appetite for more. Homes and hearts are opened to all. In times of difficulty, the Amish community comes together.
Out Of The Ordinary by Jen Turano is a most delightful and fun Christian historical mystery romance. It is the second book in the Apart From The Crowd series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Out Of The Ordinary is a wonderful light hearted read that will have you laughing out loud at many of the antics. I think my favourite (of which there were many) is very reminiscent of a scene from The Vicar Of Dibley television series where the heroine meant to step in a puddle but disappears into a hole! It is a fun read that will brighten any day.
The characters are an eclectic mix and all wonderfully drawn – from the matriarch with light fingers to the heroine with a big heart and a protective nature.
Treasure In You
Ellipsis by Gina Rincavage is a contemporary Christian novel which is jaw droppingly beautiful and very poignant. My soul was soothed by this incredibly powerful story.
God delights to answer prayer. This is clearly seen within the novel. As in life, we can often only see God’s hand in our situations when we look back. God sees, hears and answers all our prayers in His perfect timing.
How well do you know Jesus? Would you recognise Him if He walked beside you? Would yours be an Emmaus or a Damascus road experience? The novel explores these questions.
Love’s Mending Embrace by Jenna Brandt is a Christian historical novella and part of the First Street Church series. I enjoyed it.
The action is set in 1918 on the home front in America and in the prisons in Germany. Life is hard for the soldiers and for those left behind. Jenna Brandt shows how war changes people forever. Their bodies return home but their minds are still on the battlefield. Today we recognise this as PTSD but in 1918 people only saw damaged minds that only God could heal through prayer.
The novel is very reminiscent of Brother Yun’s ordeal in The Heavenly Man. Jenna Brandt reminds the reader that angels and miracles still exist today.