Safe In The Father’s Arms
Look For Me by Jan Thompson is a contemporary
Christian suspense that will consume from the start. It is the fourth book in
the Vacation Sweethearts series but can be read as a stand-alone.
As always, the reader receives a warm welcome
as the characters are well drawn and delightful. There are wholesome godly men
and women who turn to God at all times.
“Life was still hard but now she had hope in Christ.” Without Jesus, life makes
no sense at times. With Jesus, we can receive a peace that passes understanding
in spite of our circumstances.
Characters have lives that are falling apart
but “Jesus Christ was her rescuer.” Jesus rescues us not only from our
circumstances but also from ourselves. Once we know Jesus, our hearts desire is
to introduce Him to others. There is a dying world that needs to know Jesus.
Prayer is important. Sometimes life falls apart
and “all we can do now is pray.” There are times when we have no words but
Jesus knows our heart. “God would hear the prayers of his heart even when he
couldn’t form the words.”
The Serpent In Paradise
Capsized By Death by Catherine Finger is a thrilling
contemporary Christian murder suspense. It is the fourth book in the Jo Oliver
series but can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed catching up with familiar
The setting is idyllic – a tropical island in
Hawaii as we are all set for Jo Oliver’s wedding. With wonderful descriptions
we can almost ‘see’ the white sand and ‘feel’ the heat. In complete contrast
there is a serial killer on loose. Evil in paradise, similar to the snake in
the Garden of Eden. Can you join the clues together to find the perpetrator?
Family is important. As a mother Jo Oliver is
always concerned for the well being of her daughter. Her daughter is her
priority which reminds the reader that each and every one of us is God’s
priority. He always looks out for our well being.
The Blue Cloak by Shannon McNear is part of the
True Colours series. It is a Christian historical novel and set in 1797.
Shannon McNear has woven her tale around true
facts that are horrifying and evil. The novel concerns two serial killers who
raped, tortured and murdered, spreading terror all around. They were depraved
with three wives between them who were forced to stay through fear.
The atmosphere of terror has been perfectly
captured by Shannon McNear as she relates a time of pure evil. This book is not
for you if you are easily offended. The world is not always a nice place.
There were moments of light as characters looked
to God through prayer. “Prayer is our best course under any circumstances.”
Prayer is powerful, changing hearts and giving a peace that passes
Bringing The Women To Life
The Five by Hallie Rubenhold is a
comprehensive look at the five victims of Jack the Ripper during the ‘autumn of
terror’ in 1888.
Hallie Rubenhold has brought the women to life
as she has examined their lives from birth onwards and presented her findings.
The women were so much more than just the Ripper’s victims. They were wives,
mothers, daughters, sisters and friends.
We hear so much speculation about Jack the
Ripper but we largely forget about his victims, lumping them together as women
of the night, drunkards, living in poverty. And yes, while some of these labels
may apply, we must remember that these victims were women first. Yes they did
live in poverty but so did millions of others. Yes, drink was a problem in the
nineteenth century and yes they may have turned to prostitution as a means to
survive but that is no reason to kill them. These women were victims of
circumstance, living in poverty, doing what they had to, to survive. They did
not deserve to have their lives snuffed out.