Coldwater by Samuel Parker | Suspense Book Review

Coldwater by Samuel Parker

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Suspense

The vigilantes behind him are nothing compared to the enemy within.

Having forfeited his youth to the state prison system, Michael moved back to the still vacant house of his parents in a town with one stoplight. A town that hated him. Had always hated him. And was ready to pick up where the prison system had left off.

Now he's on the run from men who've tried to kill him once; but Michael is more than an ex-con. A powerful, sinister force skulks within him, threatening and destructive. What--and who--it will destroy next is the only real question.

From the bold voice that brought readers down Purgatory Road comes a new pulse-pounding, spine-rattling tale of vengeance and justice.

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If you are a fan of Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker, or Alton Gansky this book is going to be right up your alley. The opening scene has the main character being buried alive. Yes . . . buried alive! Everyone's worst nightmare. 

That opening scene was so intense that I just couldn't put the book down. And the intensity continued throughout the entire novel. The classification that the publisher gave it is suspense and it does contain that but there are also aspects of supernatural and thriller mixed in. I'm going to be honest and say that supernatural just isn't my thing but this story was so well written I couldn't help but keep going.

Have you ever wondered if redemption is possible for someone that has committed a heinous act? What does it look like in a practical sense? How does one go on after serving their time? Mr. Parker takes us on a journey that explores this. I found myself having an inner dialog while I was reading the story. How would I react? Where does my faith come in? This isn't a novel to make you comfortable but I guarantee it will make you think.

If you like a book that pushes the boundaries and leaves you a little uncomfortable while making you think then this book is for you. It does have intense themes so I would recommend it for older teens and up.

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The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright | Romantic Suspense Review

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

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Jaime Jo Wright
Romantic Suspense

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious demise fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather's Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy's search leads her into dangerous waters, resurrecting painful memories and forcing a reunion with the man who broke her heart. Can Ivy unravel the mystery and find a renewed hope before any other lives--including her own--are lost?

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If you've ever made a rash decision out of fear you'll be able to relate to Kaine Prescott. She's experienced a series of events that have led up to her choice to flee to a new start. Her husband recently died and Kaine is convinced he was murdered and the murderer is now stalking her.

Sight unseen she buy a house in her grandfathers hometown. She should have done a little more homework before writing the check. The term money pit it an understatement. The house is in such pitiful shape that she can't even stay there until she does some repairs . . . starting with adding a front door. 

Running from her problems doesn't seem to be working. She thinks her husband's killer has followed her and the house itself holds a mystery from the past.

I enjoyed this debut novel from Jaime Jo Wright. It is a romantic suspense so there's a hunky guy involved but that relationship doesn't take anything away from the mystery and intrigue. I loved Kaine's tenacity in the face of mounting adversity. Most women would pack their bags but Kaine put on her big girl panties and faced it. If The House on Foster Hill is any indication of Ms. Wright's skill we're in for a treat with her forthcoming novels. 

I recommend this book to anyone that's ever been in over their head with a home improvement project, scared out of their wits by something out of their control, or just plain loves a suspenseful story. This one is a delight with two different storylines that converge into one.

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Got Luck? from Plum Street Samplers | Cross Stitch (free pattern download)


Pattern: Got Luck?
Designer: Paulette Stewart
Company: Plum Street Samplers
Fabric: 14 ct hand dyed mystery fabric
Floss: DMC 580, 581, 3348

I am addicted to Floss Tube and all of the brilliant ideas on there. One of the things that they have made me realize is that I just don't have much seasonal stitching to display. So I decided to rectify that this year. 

One of the other things that I've realized about myself is that I tend to collect all the cute freebie designs from my LNS and the designers' websites but they just go in a file to be forgotten. Well I'm tired of that so I'm going to stitch them up this year! 

Paulette Stewart from Plum Street Samplers puts out some of the most adorable designs. This little piece is a free download on her blog. It's been in my stash for awhile so I decided to stitch it up.

Details, Details, Details

The pattern stitch count is small (44w X 43h) so I decided to turn it into a little pillow for my coffee table tray. I dug through my scrap fabric and found a piece of hand dyed Aida that I'm not really sure about. I know it is 14 count and it's really soft so I am leaning towards it being from Picture This Plus but again I'm not sure. It's got a really pretty variation of pastel greens and yellows so I decided it would be perfect.

The directions tell you to use any fabric you like and three thread colors; two different greens and ecru, or three different greens and no ecru. I chose three different DMC greens. The dark green is 580, medium green is 581, and the light green in place of the ecru is 3348. 

The only thing that I changed on the pattern were the words. The original calls for the words Got Luck? but I charted out our last name instead. My husband's family is Irish so it works for us.

To finish it I chose a coordinating fabric and made a small pillow. I filled it with crushed English Walnut shells. I like that better than poly-fill for my small pillows. It's just a personal preference. I like the weight of it better and they can also be used as a pin cushion.

I'd like to add a little trim around the edges like chenille or something, but I didn't have any that would match in my stash so that may happen later. 

Did You Know?

Okay I may be the last person to realize this, but just in case I'm not, here goes. I've been buying these crushed walnut shells in a small batch at my local quilt store. It's not the cheapest thing to buy it that way but I had no idea. The other day I looked it up online to see if I could order it and have it shipped with Prime. 

Guess what . . . crushed English Walnut shells are also used in the bottom of reptile cages. So I went to our local pet store (Pet Co.) and low and behold they sell this stuff in huge bags for a fraction of the price. Good grief! 

Hope this inspires you to stitch one up for yourself. If you do tag us so we can see your finished project and cheer you on. We're RambleSAHM on all of our social media platforms.

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A Passionate Hope: Hannah's Story by Jill Eileen Smith | Historical Fiction Review

A Passionate Hope: Hannah's Story by Jill Eileen Smith

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A Passionate Hope
Hannah's Story
Jill Eileen Smith 
Historical Fiction

Can one woman's prayers change the world?

Hannah and her husband, Elkanah, share a deep and abiding love for each other, for their God, and for His tabernacle at Shiloh. Greatly disturbed by the corruption of the priests, they long for restoration and pray for a deliverer. But nothing changes as the years pass. Years that also reveal Hannah to be barren.

Pressured by his family to take another wife, Elkanah marries Peninnah, who quickly begins to bear children. Disgraced and taunted by her husband's new wife, Hannah turns again to prayers that seem doomed to go unanswered. Do her devotion and kindness in the face of Peninnah's cruelty count for nothing? Will God remain silent and indifferent to her pleas?

Travel back to the dusty streets of Shiloh with an expert guide as Jill Eileen Smith brings to life a beloved story of hope, patience, and deliverance that shows that even the most broken of relationships can be restored.

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Phoebe's Light (Nantucket Legacy #1) by Suzanne Woods Fisher | Historical Romance Review

Phoebe's Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Nantucket Legacy #1
Historical Romance

"Not today. I will not worry today."

Phoebe Starbuck has always taken care of her father--worrying enough for both of them, as he chases one whim after another. Now, for the first time, she's doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, she takes two gifts from her father, but desires only one: her great-grandmother's journal. The second gift? A "minder" in the form of cooper Matthew Macy, a man she loathes.

Phoebe soon discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary's journal and finds a secret that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially the captain and the cooper.

Sail away with expert navigator Suzanne Woods Fisher, who confidently explores the sometimes treacherous shores of Quaker life on the storied Nantucket Island.

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My Thoughts

I think it is safe to say that Suzanne Woods Fisher is best known for her Amish fiction. With this new series, Nantucket Legacy, she is branching out to bring us insights into the beginnings of the Quakers in America. 

My family is descended from those original Quakers so I found this to be especially fascinating. The Quakers came to America because of oppression only to find persecution again on the mainland of America. This part of the story shows how they settled on Nantucket Island to get away from that persecution. It also tells the story of how the settlers went from raising sheep to becoming whalers. 

If you are worried about this being a mostly historical story, don't be. Suzanne brings her usual elements of romance, mystery, and suspense to the story. The romance between Phoebe and Matthew was wonderful but my favorite part was the love story between Phoebe and her father. 

The underlying story line is an old journal from Great Mary. I thought that Suzanne did a wonderful job of flashing back and forth between the current time of 1767 to the past of 1658. Great Mary was known to have deep insight into situations and through her journal Phoebe gains wisdom. The journal contains secrets that will help the current generation and generations to come. Knowing that there is a secret hidden within the journal it becomes the object of desire to those who would use it for self gain rather than the good of all. 

I just didn't want the story to end. I can't wait to get my hands on the next installment. Reading the sneak peek at the second book was torture! But I did enjoy all the extras that were included at the beginning and ending of the book. It was a win-win for me. I got to enjoy a delightful story and then learn some very interesting facts about our forefathers. 

Treat yourself and pick up a copy today!

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