A Whirlwind Of Chaos
The Windmill Café: Autumn Leaves by Poppy Blake is a delightful contemporary
mystery that will entertain whilst having the reader glued and guessing.
For anyone who knows the BBC series Death In
Paradise, Autumn Leaves has a similar
format and atmosphere. It is very much a light-hearted read whilst characters
bond around cake.
Village life is uncomplicated – or is it? A
community atmosphere where everyone pulls together could not possibly hide a
potential murderer – or could it?
Autumn Leaves shows amateur super sleuthing at its
best. Reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, the reader follows two
would be crime busters as bit by bit they try to piece together the action.
Everyone has a motive but only one committed
the crime. Can you guess who before the big reveal?
Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a delightful contemporary
Amish novel about healing and new beginnings. It is the first book in a new
series, The Deacon’s Family and I cannot wait for the subsequent books.
Broken people are at the heart of
the story. Some are broken due to poor choices, others have been broken and
shaped by childhood. “God does
His best work with messes.” Events have coloured our view of ourselves. We need
others to point out our true worth. “You’re not just a girl on the streets. You’re
a child of God… a pearl of great price.” We need to turn to God and believe
what He tells us. God loves us and His love “wasn’t finite… It was limitless.”
There are some huge hearts for people in the
novel that believe that we all deserve second chances. She saw “troubled people…
as if she could see the diamond inside.” Kindness, patience and even tough love
can all help to transform the troubled soul. Once transformed, hearts want to
pay it forward and help others in need.
The novel shows the destructive power of
addiction. We need help to overcome and there needs to be a desire for change.
A Preview… Full review coming on release day 5th Feb.
Home Another Way by Brenda Anderson is a delightful contemporary Christian romance. It is the eighteenth book in the Potter’s House series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Once again Brenda Anderson has created a story
that consumes the reader. There are godly lessons to be learnt as we examine
I adore all Brenda Anderson’s novels. She
creates warm and welcoming characters who have realistic flaws and are just
waiting to be re-shaped in the hands of the Master potter. Just perfect.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
Mighty To Save
The Healing Season by Shannyn Caldwell is a powerful
book about God who heals our brokenness.
Shannyn Caldwell lost both her parents in a
tornado when she was twenty nine. The loss tore her apart. This is her journey
towards healing. “I didn’t know what to do. I don’t know how to live. I’m so
lost.” The good news is that in our lostness, Jesus will search for us. He will
leave the ninety nine to look for the one. Shannyn Caldwell was immersed in her
pain. Life stopped. “I didn’t want to let the world turn without them and yet,
I couldn’t stop it.” Only her daughter kept her going. She did not know God but
God knew Shannyn Caldwell and He had a plan for her life.
The Healing Season is a story of brokenness made
whole. “How my grief was healed because Jesus loved me.” It is also God’s story
of meeting hurting people and healing them. God sends people across our paths
to help lead us to Him.
This book has some very raw pain. The reader’s
emotions are shot to pieces. The glory of God shines through the pain. “He was
the God of all hope, not some, not
sometimes… all hope.”