Missing (The Nikki Boyd Files #2) by Lisa Harris | Romantic Suspense Review

Missing (The Nikki Boyd Files #2) by Lisa Harris

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The Nikki Boyd Files #2
Romantic Suspense

Nikki Boyd isn't usually called in on homicides; her forte is missing persons. But when a case with two murdered and two missing pops up on a quiet suburban street, she's ready to start the investigation and find missing homeowners Mac and Lucy Hudson. When the first clues lead her to the boat of her friend Tyler Grant--and another dead body--Nikki must untangle what ties Tyler to the Hudsons. The clues pull her into a deadly maze of counterfeit drugs and a killer who will stop at nothing to silence anyone who threatens his business--including Nikki.

Christy Award-winning and bestselling author Lisa Harris puts you right into the action in this fast-paced thriller.

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My Thoughts

If you follow my reviews you'll know that I wasn't all that hot on the first book in the Nikki Boyd Files. I said I enjoy Lisa Harris' writing so I was willing to give book two a shot. Well I've read it . . . and I enjoyed it very much. Missing is written more like what I have come to expect from Lisa. The plot moves along at a good clip and the characters' actions seem to be more in alignment with what you would expect from them.

The story line in Missing picks up just shortly after Vendetta left off. Nikki Boyd finds herself embroiled in a precarious missing persons case. Every time she seems to be making some headway in the case one of her contacts winds up dead. As the story progressed I thought that I knew who was behind everything. Then an unexpected turn came and I had to rethink my conclusion.

I also enjoyed gaining more insight into the mysterious disappearance of Nikki's sister years ago. This is a secondary plot that adds depth to the reasoning behind Nikki's career choice. When you add in the brewing romance with longtime friend Tyler Grant you wind up with an intriguing story that completely held my interest and left me wanting more. 

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Fatal Exchange (Southern Crimes, Book 2)
Hidden Agenda (Southern Crimes, Book 3)

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Murder Comes by Mail (Hidden Springs Mystery #2) by A.H. Gabhart | Cozy Mystery Reveiw

Murder Comes by Mail (Hidden Springs Mystery #2) by A.H. Gabhart

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Hidden Springs Mystery #2
Mystery

DOING A GOOD DEED NEVER FELT SO BAD

Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane doesn't particularly enjoy being touted as the hero of Hidden Springs after pulling a suicidal man back from the edge of the Eagle River bridge in front of dozens of witnesses--a few of whom caught the breathtaking moments with their cameras. But the media hype doesn't last long as a new story pushes its way into the public consciousness of Hidden Springs' concerned citizens.

Photos of a dead girl arrive in the mail, and Michael becomes convinced she was murdered by the man he saved. With a killer one step ahead, things in Hidden Springs begin to unravel. Now Michael must protect the people he loves--because the killer could be targeting one of them next.

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My Thoughts

Murder Comes by Mail brings us back to Hidden Springs and all of its quirky yet lovable characters. Since we last visited in Murder at the Courthouse life has gone on with the same daily happenings that the citizens have come to expect. 

When we catch up with them Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane is doing his christian duty by transporting the Senior Adult Ladies Sunday School Class from First Baptist over to Eagleton to see a play. Michael is less than thrilled but of course when his Aunt Lindy makes a request it is next to impossible to turn it down.

The trip is hot but uneventful. That is until they are about to cross the bridge. As they approach the bridge Michael spots a man that is obviously about to jump and take his life. Michael stops the bus and ultimately pulls the man from the ledge. Instead of being grateful the man leaves Michael with a parting comment. "You'll wish you'd pushed me."

As the mystery deepens and unfurls cryptic letters begin to arrive in Hidden Springs. Why is this happening? Who was the mysterious jumper? Even though the jurisdiction for the incident is in Eagleton more and more of the clues keep arriving in Hidden Springs. 

The first book in the series read like a cozy mystery. This installment has more of a psychological thriller feel. I enjoyed the journey as the mystery is solved. I was led back and forth trying to figure out who exactly was behind everything. In the end it was a big surprise even though breadcrumbs of clues were left all along the path.

I'm really liking Ann Gabhart's writing in this genre. I've come to love her other novels so it is a great delight to have another type of storytelling to be entertained with. If you enjoy a cozy mystery that is clean but has depth you should give this series a try. 

If you are considering this mystery for your book club there is an online Reading Group Guide that you can download for discussion starters.

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The Berenstain Bears School Time Blessings by Mike Berenstain | Children's Book Review

The Berenstain Bears School Time Blessings by Mike Berenstain

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Mike Berenstain
Juvenile Fiction (ages 4-8)

It's time for school! Brother and Sister are ready to get busy with all of the things they enjoy about school--but they are nervous about challenges like math and history class. And Honey Bear will be going to nursery school for the first time. Will the cubs be too nervous to do their very best or will they remember that prayer and God's love are always there to guide them no matter how big the challenge?




My Thoughts

The lazy days of summer are coming to an end and for the Bear family that means a new school year is about to begin. And with this new academic term comes changes. Honey Bear is old enough to start nursery school. She's excited but a bit nervous as well.

The anxiety isn't limited to Honey Bear. Brother and Sister Bear have their own set of worries. Will the classes be too hard? Will Honey be able to be away from her parents all day? Mama and Papa Bear assure them that all will be well by pointing them to Scripture. 
"As it says in the Bible," said Mama, "I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.'"
"That's Psalm 34:4," said Papa.
The next day was the first day of school which brought about a lot of initial excitement. Eventually worry and anxiety began to creep in. After school the kids settled down to do their homework. The unease from earlier returned and Papa Bear noticed.
"I know schoolwork can be tough," he said. "But remember, you can turn to God for strength and guidance. Let's pray together."
I don't think there is a Berenstain Bears book that I don't like. But this book, School Time Blessings, has to be one of my new favorites. Common fears that are contained in a new school year are addressed and Scripture is used to calm those fears! What better way can we arm our children to face what lies ahead of them?

If you've got a kiddo that's about to embark on a new school year this would be a great story to read to them. You can then discuss with them what some of their concerns for the new year may be. I look forward to reading it with my grands that are about to start a new year of learning!

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When Calls the Heart, Season 3 | DVD Set Special Offer

When Calls The Heart Season 3 Video Offer

I've been a When Calls the Heart fan from the beginning. (Go #Hearties!) My obsession began way back in 1983 when Janette Oke first began the Canadian West series. I devoured each of the books as they came out and eagerly looked forward to the next installment.

When the TV movie of When Calls the Heart came out in 2013. I was thrilled. We popped up a batch of popcorn and had a great night of entertainment. Then in January 2014 Hallmark really made my day when they turned When Calls the Heart into a TV series

It's hard to imagine that we've just finished up season 3 and are antsy to watch the upcoming season 4. The wait is just killing me!

Fortunately for us the When Calls the Heart Complete Season 3 DVD Collection was just released. 





About the Season 3 Boxed Set

As with the When Calls the Heart Season 1 and Season 2 Collector's editions, this 10 DVD set contains both the film versions and the TV episode versions of When Calls the Heart Season 3. You can watch the series as 10 hour-long episodes or 5 feature films. As in previous years, fans will enjoy finding small differences between the film versions and the individual episodes.

The really exciting elements of the Season 3 Collectors' Edition are the three bonus discs. Disc 8 features the typical bonus material one would expect from a project like this -- behind the scenes footage, interviews, etc. Disc 9 is a special product devoted to the fans that have made When Calls the Heart such a grassroots success--featuring footage from the #Hearties gathering in Vancouver in January 2016. The 10th disc is a When Calls the Heart trivia game that devoted fans are sure to love.

Free DVD Set For All Pre-Orders

I know you're going to want the Season 3 collection so I couldn't resist telling you about this special offer from Fish Flix. We love Fish Flix for inspiring films at a great price. (Usually cheaper than we can find anywhere else!)

For everyone who pre-orders the Season 3 Collector's Edition from FishFlix.com they'll send the Season 1 "Episodes" set as a free gift. If you're going to be ordering it anyway you might as well get a free gift . . . right?!! Besides the Season 1 Episodes set would make a great item to give away to friends who aren't familiar with the When Calls the Heart series. 

With the release timed for October 11, 2016 this bonus item is a great Christmas gift (maybe stocking-stuffer?) for all those lovers of family-friendly romantic movies on your list! 


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Little One, God Made You Special by Amy Warren Hilliker | Children's Book Review

Little One, God Made You Special by Amy Warren Hilliker

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Amy Warren Hilliker
Illustrated by Polona Lovsin
Children's Board Book (ages 4 and under)

"No one has your great big heart.
God made you special from the start."

This cute and cuddly board book, inspired by The Purpose Driven Life, lets children know God made each one of us very special.

Little One, God Made You Special, written by Amy Warren Hilliker and inspired by the New York Times #1 bestseller The Purpose-Driven Life, is a cute and cuddly board book that let’s children know God made each one of us very special.



My Thoughts

There is a precious little boy that I know who through no fault of his own has been abandoned by his parents. That fact has left a visible scar on him that just begs to be healed. That sweet boy desperately needs to know that he is special.

That little boy isn't alone. Every child needs to know that they are special. They are special to the One that made them regardless of their circumstances. They are special because God Himself made them that way.

Little One, God Made You Special is a cute little board book that affirms that fact. The darling little animal mommas and babies take the reader through an account of just why they are special. Everyone is special because they were made unique by God. From their tiny nose clear down to their wiggly, squiggly toes each person is perfectly made. 

I am loving these adorable books based on The Purpose Driven Life. That book made a large impact on my life and I think these books will set a foundation for your little one to build upon. If you've not yet read the first book, Little One, God Loves You, you should. It's never too early to begin teaching your children how special and how loved they are by God.


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