Saturday, March 18, 2017

Treasured Grace

   BOOK REVIEW:  Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters, Hope and Mercy, became her responsibility. A hasty decision to head west seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start but has instead left Grace in a precarious position. When missionary Dr. Marcus Whitman and his wife agree to let Grace and her sisters stay at their mission for the winter, Grace is grateful. Until they hear from their uncle in Oregon City, the three sisters have nowhere else to go.
   As Grace adjusts to life in the West, she meets a fur trapper named Alex Armistead who intrigues and infuriates her in equal measure. But when a measles outbreak threatens lives at the mission and among the native Cayuse who live nearby, it is Alex who helps Grace use the natural healing remedies she learned from her mother to help where she can, despite Dr. Whitman's disapproval. As the death toll rises, so do tensions between the settlers and the natives, and Grace soon finds herself and those she loves in more danger than she imagined possible.

   MY REVIEW:   Treasured Grace is the first book in Tracie Peterson's Heart of the Frontier series. It tells the tale of Grace Martindale and her sisters as they journey to Oregon. Tragedy strikes along the way, and the girls end up staying with Dr. Whitman at his mission. But the area is full of Cayuse and Nez Peirce Indians, and the Cayuse are getting restless. Too many deaths have occurred that the doctor couldn't stop, and the Cayuse are sure Dr. Whitman is actually poisoning their people. When Grace leaves to help a friend, bad becomes worst.
   I don't often like reading books about Indian attacks and the like, but this one was okay. While the action was still there, it was rather subdued, and the story stayed centered on Grace and her sisters. I thought the book was well-written and I enjoyed reading it. I liked the faith that Grace and another character displayed, and that they helped others turn to God.
   I will say, as you get closer to the end of the book, you fear for an unhappy ending (for us expectant readers who want the story to end the way we want it to end).
   I don't think this book feels quite like Tracie's others. I can't say what it is, but it just doesn't seem like her. It was simply different.

       I received this book from BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS in exchange for my honest review. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

A Stolen Heart

    BOOK REVIEW:   The future she dreamed of is gone. But perhaps a better one awaits.....   From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town tucked in the Texas Hill Country. But when a former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners--like her. Lydia won't let that get her down, though. All will be well when she's reunited with her fiance.
   But when she discovers he has disappeared--and that he left behind a pregnant wife--Lydia is at a loss about what to do next. The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, but can she trust anyone in this town where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring?

   MY REVIEW:   I thought this book was written well, but it wasn't one of my favorites. I found it to be particularly light, and I don't know if that is a problem with the book itself or with me.
   I liked the mystery line that was included. Storekeepers are having things go missing with no sign of breakin--several on the same night. And Edgar's dissappearance is very strange indeed--as though he dropped off the earth. I knew who was behind it about half-way through, but not quite the extent.
   I also liked that Lydia went about and made friends with the townspeople despite their dislike of her. And she didn't let changed plans break her.

                            I received this book from REVELL in exchange for my honest review. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Turkey and Rolls

  Tonight we had turkey, mashed potatoes and rolls for supper. The rolls were a new recipe -- 30-minute dinner rolls.  They took a little more than 30 min, but not much. Bread and I don't usually get along real well, but these were really good. Definitely something we plan to have again.

 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pie

 I have a great tendency to start baking late at night, like after supper. Yesterday was one of those days. At five o'clock, I decided I was going to make a Coconut Cream Pie while making supper. I have been wanting to make a successful Coconut Cream Pie, and yesterday I felt like actually trying it. So off I went.
Coconut Cream Pie











 But I couldn't just make one pie--my pie crust recipe makes three crusts. So, I decided I would also make a Shoofly Pie. That ended up being the first one done, at 7:15pm. The last one came out at 9:15pm.

Shoofly Pie
 What about the third one? I thought about Pecan Pie, but didn't want to use all my pecans. I also thought about Peach Pie, but didn't want to find the recipe. Then I thought of Apple Pie. We eat hot Apple Pie with milk for supper now and again, and I wished I had thought of this a few hours earlier and made Apple Pie for supper with Peach Pie on the side and Coconut Cream Pie for dessert. 😊  However, as it was too late for that and there is no point in making Apple Pie if you're not going to eat it for supper, I decided to make a Pumpkin Pie. 

Pumpkin Pie











 So, I ended up with three very different pies. Two were my favorite, a different two were my mom's favorite, and yet another two for my Dad, and the same one for my siblings. Needless to say, there will be one pie that will be eaten in a flash, a second in two flashes and the third is probably already gone. 😋
    

Life After Heaven

       Steven Musick, at the age of nineteen, joined the navy after running out of money for college. He was the only one to later qualify for Navy SEALS and Annapolis Naval Academy. His whole life was ahead and planned out. But all that changed with one fatal accident. After a vaccination injection gone wrong, Musick's health started to decline. When he ended up in the emergency room, he was injected with aminophylline and had a huge allergic reaction. After passing out, he found himself in Heaven.
       When he returned, Musick discovered that not only had he been unresponsive for five weeks, but he had also lost two-thirds of his lung capacity. For ten long years he had to deal with shortness of breath and poor health. But then he had another visit to Heaven, and when he returned he was astonished to find he had regained his perfect health. His doctors were stunned--this was an impossible recovery.
       After his visits to Heaven, Musick started experiencing "bubbles of Heaven" in his life. Simple things like helping another person would give him the same feelings of peace and joy that he felt in Heaven. He is convinced that Heaven is closer than many think, and all we need to do is be willing to wait and anticipate these glimpses.
       This book runs through Musick's life, then starts talking about how we can experience Heaven on Earth. It is very practical and easy to follow. Not only should we anticipate Heaven after death, but we should also anticipate Heaven here on Earth.
       I didn't know what to expect or believe when I got this book, but I found it to be well-written and interesting, if not believable. It is the first book of its kind that I have read so I have nothing to judge it by, but I would say my first impression is that Musick did experience Heaven and it has made a tremendously good impact on his life.

 I received a copy of this book from BLOGGING FOR BOOKS in exchange for my honest review. 
     

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

In the Land of Blue Burqas

  BOOK REVIEW:   "I've lived in Afghanistan for five years. I learned the rules--I had to."    The gray-bearded and black-bearded men in the back of the rickshaw eyed me. The gray-bearded man asked me, "Are you a Muslim?"
   For him, the word Muslim had a very clear definition. He did not just mean "Are you submitted to God?" To which I could have said, "Yes, of course." He meant something much more precise: "Do you submit to the laws of the Prophet Mohammad as recorded in the Holy Quran and Hadith and as taught by the mullahs?" Whatever true response I could give would not be welcome.
   Still, I could give a true response. I answered the gray-bearded man's question softly without arrogance or apology. "No, I am not a Muslim. I am a follower of the Honorable Jesus Messiah."
   The black-bearded man scowled, brows furrowed. He leaned too close to my face and glared directly into my averted eyes. his words came out as a command, short and abrupt: "You should become a Muslim. It would be better for you in this life and the next."

   MY REVIEW:  Kate McCord is a protective pseudonym for a woman who spent five years ministering to the Afghanistan people. She had to learn the language, follow the dress code, and figure out the numerous and detailed "rules". She was non-government funded, and organized many outreaches to the poor Afghans. 
   I found it particularly interesting to read about the social rules of the Afghans. Women there are meant to be seen and not heard in public--they go about their errands with voluminous cloaks and blue burqas, which are veils/head scarves that cover all but their eyes. They can only entertain at home, and that is a big deal for them. Every visitor is invited in for tea and treats and 20+ min of conversation. 
   Another big deal among the Afghans is arranged marriages. The girls are married off as young as 10 to men they often don't even know. Kate asked around and discovered that their wedding day is the happiest day for most men, but the saddest for most women. 
   Afghanistan is a deeply Muslim country. They believe that all people are supposed to be Muslim, and they condemn those who are not. Kate was often told that she should become Muslim, and also told that she should marry an Afghan man, as she was single. When asked if she was a Muslim and did she pray namaz, Kate answered that no, she did not. She was a follower of Jesus Messiah, and as He did not pray namaz, she did not pray namaz. 
   I was impressed by Kate's ministry. She was there for the women. She made many friends, and had many meaningful conversations with them about many things--both religious and not. She was able to help many of them, and made a huge impact on their secluded lives. After five years though, it was no longer safe for her to remain there. 
   I really really liked this book. It was wonderfully written, and the message is incredible. Though she is telling her story about Afghanistan, she is also witnessing to all those who read her book--this is definitely a book worth reading!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Rice and Beans



    I had a bunch of leftover rice in the fridge from last week, so I decided I would use that up tonight. I like to make simpler meals (usually soup in the winter and waffles/pancakes in the summer) on Monday nights, so I made this. I don't know what it's called, so I'll tell you what it is. :) You simply fry up hamburger and add baked beans, salt, ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, etc. You can either eat it right away, or, if you want it to taste even better, bake or simmer it for a bit. We like to eat it over rice, which is how I accomplished my original motive.



 
     Now cold rice can be a challenge for me, as it hardens into little pellets when it cools. I thought it might be too dried out to be good, but I was proven wrong (there are a few times when that is a welcomed thing). I put it in a saucepan, added some water, and cooked it on low for 15-20ish minutes, stirring often and adding more water. It turned out soft and yummy! Always nice when my experimenting turns out profitable. :)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Evenings with Tozer

     BOOK REVIEW: Every day runs its course, and all tasks but one must come to an end: to search God and know Him. Of this there can be no end.
     In these 365 daily reflections on the wonder of God and the way of His Word, Tozer prompts us to seek God earnestly and love Him with our whole heart. Known for his steadfast devotion and incisive ponderings upon the Christian life, A. W. Tozer is a wise and trustworthy counselor.
     As the daylight dims and the night winds down, let Evenings with Tozer rest your heart in God's eternal wisdom.

     MY REVIEW: This is a 365-day devotional. Each day is a page long. It begins with a verse and is followed by a selection from one of Tozer's sermons, books, or editorials. The book was compiled by Gerald B. Smith, and was originally called Renewed Day by Day. Each page has the date at the top, and in place of the page number on the bottom is a small half-moon and three stars.
      I really like the idea of a devotional of Tozer's writings. Sometimes reading through his books can feel a bit long, so it is nice to have a dedicated amount per day that is long enough to make you think, but not long enough to drag. And to read from Tozer's works in the evening after whatever you have faced that day is just a really nice way to end the day.
     I think this was done up very well. It has Tozer's feel without his actually writing the book. The book is, of course, 365ish pages long, which I find neat. Some of Tozer's books can be almost too short, and I like reading a book that feels long and heavy and inspiring--I like that I'm going to be able to read it awhile.

               I received this book from MOODY PUBLISHERS in exchange for my honest review. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Meatloaf and Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

    Last night I made Chicken Nuggets and Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes (family favorites) for supper. As it turned out, supper plans changed. The Chicken Nuggets are too well-loved to have been left alone, but I still had a pan of potatoes left. So, I made a Meatloaf tonight to go with it. Needless to say, supper was very easy and simple tonight.

Yes, I know it's weird, but I thought this looked rather neat
and should have its picture taken.


My sister was in an experiementing mood, so, being the loving sister I am, 😊, I sacrificed a wee bit                 of my meatloaf to her. She proceeded to drown it in soy sauce and make her own loaf.

As Sure as the Dawn

     As Sure as the Dawn is the third and final book in Francine River's MARK OF THE LION series. The first book flipped between Hadassah, a young Christian slave, and Atretes, a German gladiator in Rome. The second book focused on Hadassah and the family she served.
        After winning his freedom in a last-man-alive-is-set-free battle, Atretes buys a villa on the edge of the city and settles into "normal" life. But for as much as he fought to be free from the ludus (gladiator "school"), he now finds himself trapped in a life of dullness--until he realizes that his son, whom he thought had died, was alive. Atretes determines to have him back from the young widow who took him in after losing her own child. When the babe refuses to be comforted by any but Rizpah (the widow), Atretes keeps Rizpah on as the babe's nurse. Then he decides to return to his home in Germania. He only has one problem--he has no idea how to get back. Rizpah finds a solution, but it includes traveling with a centurion. A Roman centurion. Atretes hates Romans. Especially soldiers.
                           It was a long journey.
When Atretes finally makes it home, he realizes that much has changed over his 10 years of imprisonment. He had changed much as well.
       There were a couple good lesson in this book. Atretes had trememdous pride, and had to learn to lay it down and accept the Lord's will for him--and to love and forgive others. It is a good lesson to all what a stumblingblock pride is.  This book also brought to light the worshipping of gods that was so firmly practiced. Atretes' people were followers of Tiwaz, and the evil and influence involved were tremendous. I enjoyed reading about the battle between followers of Tiwaz and the followers of God (you already know how that turned out). I really enjoyed reading this book, and it was a sufficient ending to the series.

Monday, March 6, 2017

An Echo in the Darkness

     An Echo in the Darkness is the second book in Francine River's MARK OF THE LION series. The first book was about Hadassah, a young Christian slave in the Valerian household. This book is about Marcus Valerian, the son. The end of the first book has a most undesired ending, and leaves one feeling terribly sad. This book brings hope and forgiveness, both for Marcus and his family, and for you, the reader. :)
     Marcus and his sister, Julia, are Roman through and through. They have lived the Roman lifestyle to the fullest, but it is catching up with them. They had always been fairly close, until Julia crosses the line and hurts Marcus beyond repair. For that she loses her brother to hatred. He declares he no longer has a sister.
   Now Julia is suffering from an unknown disease, and has been deserted by all her friends. Every distress, every problem, every ruined relationship she sees as no fault of her own--she is undeserving of these trials. Finally, she is facing death, with no one to help her but the strange, loving woman in veils who loyally stays by her side.
    Marcus is hurt by the loss of someone dear to him, and sets off to Judea to find this God and demand answers of him. He embarks on a long, trying journey, hoping to find answers, but finding much more. His Roman pride is finally broken, and he finds all that he has been looking for, both consciously and subconsciously. But then he is asked to do something--the one thing that he cannot do.
   I enjoyed this book, though not quite as well as the first one. I can't say what makes me think such, only that I do. This book does have, however, a much happier ending. If not for the third character (who isn't mentioned much in this book--he slowly seems to disappear), this could be the end of the series.
   

A Voice in the Wind

     One of my favorite things is to come across a new favorite author. Francine Rivers is one of my new favorites. Sadly, I have noticed that the best authors tend to have a smaller number of books. Some, like Tracie Peterson, have book after book after book. And others, like Francine Rivers, have less. Have you ever wished you could "wish" books out of an author? That she would publish a new one each month? Now that would be nice--unrealistic, but nice. :)
      A Voice in the Wind is the first book in Francine River's MARK OF THE LION series. The series is set in ancient Rome, beginning with Rome's destruction of Jerusalem. There are three characters portrayed through this series. Though each is seen in every book, the books have their focus on different ones.
     The first book, A Voice in the Wind, is about Hadassah, a young Christian Jew. Her family lives in Nain, but travels to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. While there, Rome lays seige. Hadassah's father goes out one day to preach the Gospel and never returns. Her mother dies of starvation not many weeks later. Within a few days of her mother's death, Roman soldiers kill her brother, and take Hadassah and her younger sister prisoner. Her sister dies before morning. Hadassah is the only one to survive. All this at the age of fifteen. By the grace of God, she survives the arduous journey to Rome, and somehow manages to be sold to a compassionate family, the mother of which thinks Hadassah would be a wonderful maid for her headstrong daughter who happens to be Hadassah's age. Thus begins her story--one full of faith, trial, and love.
    I really enjoyed this book. I don't often go for books written about ancient times. I was surprised that I enjoyed this one. The whole aspect of the Roman lifestyle and gladiators and the Roman's love of the games in the arena should have been enough to throw me off, but I ended up liking it. Hadassah's example of faith and forgiveness were incredibly inspiring. Another plus was the length of the book--500+ pages. I am a fan of thick books that make me feel smarter just for holding them. :)

Monday, February 27, 2017

Land of Silence

    BOOK REVIEW:   Before Christ called her daughter.....Before she stole healing by touching the hem of His garment.........     Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father's textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.
No physician can cure her. No end is in sight.   Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body, heart, and soul?

    MY REVIEW:    I have read one of Tessa Afshar's books (In the Field of Grace) and completely loved it. When I saw that she had written another I instantly grabbed it. The combination of her writing the book and the topic she wrote about intrigued me--I was curious to see what kind of story would be written about the woman who touched the hem of Jesus' skirt. The book did not disappoint. However, with as little as is said about the woman in the Gospels, LAND OF SILENCE is more fiction than Biblical. And yet, Tessa wrote a story that fits well with the known culture of those days--it reads with a believable ring.
I am the kind of reader who can especially enjoy a particular thread of  a story, and when it is severed, I can be quite dissappointed. This book was one that almost threatened to do so--I had to read a bit of the end to assure myself that I wouldn't be too disappointed to finish it. 😊
One thing I especially liked in the ending of the story was the forgiveness Elianna finally gave to those who had hurt her in life. For most of her life, she was burdened with bitter thoughts towards her father, plus a few other characters as time went by. When she finally forgave them, her burden was lifted. This is what I call a trully "happy ending", and it really makes the book worth reading.



Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God

     BOOK REVIEW:  Who doesn't have questions about God? But where in the world can you go to get answers?    Eric Metaxas has been there, so he gets it. That's why he's written this shockingly down-to-earth book on the big questions everyone asks (but not always out loud). Totally conversational and sometimes flat-out hilarious, this book asks:

  • How can a good God create a world that has evil and suffering?
  • Is God anti-sex?
  • Doesn't science make God obsolete?
  • What's the real story on miracles?
  • If God is everywhere, why go to church?
  • Don't we already have God within us?
  • Isn't God too busy running the universe to care about the details of my day?
These questions (and many more) get no-nonsense answers that don't hide behind dull theological language. So get the lowdown (and more than a few laughs) on what are probably the most important questions anyone has.

     MY REVIEW:   I was a little skeptical when I started reading this book, but found it to be rather well-done. For instance, in answer to the question of why God allows evil in His world, Eric answers: "God allows evil to exist because He gave us all free will, and He wants us to exercise that will. It would be meaningless to have the ability to make choices if there were only one option available--if, for example, there were only good in the universe"
Another answer I liked was to the question of why God cares for all the little things in our lives if He has the whole universe to control. Eric replies that God is all-knowing and all-loving and to assume that He doesn't see everything that happens to us it to negate His omnipresence and love. 
This is an interesting book to read--it is written in question-and-answer form, as though listening to a conversation. The context itself is worth reading as well. 

         I received this book from BLOGGING FOR BOOKS in exchange for my honest review. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Mini Chicken Turnovers



 For supper tonight we had Chili and Mini Chicken Turnovers.


These are really good, though slightly tedious to make. They can be really fun if you get into it.


They can be eaten hot or cold--both are good.





The first time I made these, my brain atomatically filtered out the "mini". Imagine my surprise when I cut out that first 2-inch circle, and realized what I had just comitted myself to.


As you can see, it can be a bit of a process to make them.
--But it is definately worth it!!

Cake Pops

       
                               


                                       Hmmm, I have six small piles of icing, all different colors. 
                                                              What should I do with them?? 
                                                                        Wait--I know!!! 
                                                                    I'll make cake pops!

                                                                 
                                                             And I'll have my sister help!

                         It would have been brilliant to, had my coating chocolate not been too old. 😉   
                                           

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

God's Easter Miracles

  This is yet another book from Lee Ann Mancini's series, Adventures of the Sea Kids. The subject is Easter. All the sea kids go to Sunday School and have an Easter egg hunt. Three of the eggs have crosses on them. Any kids who got these eggs would get a special prize. Jimmy got two, and his autistic friend, Paul, wanted one, but Jimmy didn't want to give him any.
During class, the preacher came in and asked the children to pray for a little boy who had gotten hit by a propellor. The teacher led the class in praying for an Easter miracle.
Later at home, Jimmy prays for two miracles: that the little boy would be all right, and that Jimmy himself would have a change of heart and give Paul one of his eggs. Jimmy got  his miracles and more--when Paul got his special prize, he gave it to the little boy who had gotten hurt. Both Jimmy and Paul learned that just as getting is fun, giving is even more fun. Next Sunday the teacher tells the class that they have been blessed with many miracles from God, and that they can show love to each other just as Jesus did when He died for them.

    I received this book from the author through BOOKCRASH in exchange for my honest review. 

Be Bold

 
   BE BOLD is a devotional coloring book written by Ellen Elliott. Each spread has a devotional and Bible verse on the left, with a coloring picture and saying (taken from the verse) on the right. There are about 30 spreads, plus a few lined journal pages at the end.
  The book is about 9x9 square--big enough to be easy to use, yet small enough that it doesn't take up a lot of space. The coloring pages are somewhat of an abstract design, but not overly complicated. You can put effort into it, but not feel overwhelmed by all the tiny details.
   This looks like a really neat book, and would make a great gift--it scores major brownie points with little sisters. 😊

   

     I received a copy of this book from TYNDALE PUBLISHERS in exchange for my honest review. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Last Operative

  BOOK REVIEW: Jordan Kirkwood's career as an NSA intelligence operative has taken a toll. His two adult children are little more than acquaintances. His wife has been patient and supportive, but she deserves better. That was one reason they were going to meet in London. HE wanted her to see Europe like a tourist. But horrifying intelligence confided to him in Frankfort on the way changes everything. The threat is grave--worse than 9/11. And someone inside the NSA may be behind it all. Jordan's deepest secret--one unknown to even him--will be unmasked during his most dangerous mission, but first he must figure out who he can trust, with the fate of his country in the balance.

  MY REVIEW:  The Last Operative is a rewrite of Jerry Jenkin's 1987 The Operative. The publisher suggested he rewrite the story to fit today's audience. So he did, changing the antagonist, the main character's last name, and a few other things. He also experimented with a new dialogue structure, omitting any "he said/she said" sequences. I found it to be very well-done--I had no problem keeping up. In fact, it seemed to make the story more of an eye-witness account than a retelling.
  I like thrillers, and this was no exception. One of the main reasons I liked it is the international intrigue involving NSA, CIA, and Interpol.
  Jenkins spends the first half of the book building the foundation, bringing in background information, and thoroughly outlining the events bringing on the case. The action itself comes out in the second half when Jordan is "saving the world". Many books like this would be tedious at best, but I enjoyed this one.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Pursuit of Justice

     BOOK REVIEW:   For centuries, the legend of the Spider Rock treasure has lured people to West Texas with promises of unimaginable wealth.  And it just claimed three more victims.      Did they fall prey to the legend's curse or just get too close to someone else's discovery? To investigate the murders, the FBI calls in one of its most promising up-and-comers--Special Agent Bella Jordan. What they don't know is that one of their prime suspects is deeply connected to the past she's been running from for fourteen years.
       As Bella begins to sift through evidence, another murder and threats on her own life convince her she's hunting an experienced killer. . . . .and he's not working alone. To catch the suspect before he catches her, Bella must draw on all her skill and instinct and finally gather the courage to face the memories she's tried so hard to forget.

      MY REVIEW:   Bella Jordan is sent to her hometown on a case--to the place she vowed never again to return to. And put in charge of a case involving people from her past--whom she has vowed never to see again.
     Carr Sullivan has a colorful past, but is now born again in Christ and living for Him, with plans to start a home for troubled boys. But everything is turned upside-down when three men are found dead on his property--shot with his gun. Suddenly his ranch is inhabited with sheriffs, deputies, and FBI agents, and all his plans are on hold. Why is this happening? And who is doing it? And how does Carr clear his name?
      I thought this was a very interesting book. There is the given romance between Carr and Bella, but it is nicely played-down--some authors can really over-do it, but DiAnn did a good job. The storyline was really good--things kept happening and new things kept being brought in.
      Pursuit of Justice is preceded by Breach of Trust and Sworn to Protect.