Monthly Archives: January 2018

A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette


Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko


My Review:
Cities of Refuge. It is not a topic in the bible that I have read much about, but the history surrounding it fascinated me. This is a new series by this author, but previous characters from other books came up very briefly. This is a completely new series though. I will say that I was really impressed once again by this author’s talent in her writing.
So, in my reading Tessa Ashfar, Mesu Andrews, this is another one to add to the pile of must haves, must reads. She brings you into the time period, makes you feel the people and live there among them. You will see, feel and taste with the characters as if you were experiencing it with them.
As a side note, I did look up Oleander and yes, it is very poisonous. I hope I never come in contact with it… I will leave that tidbit for you to ponder as you run out and pre-order this book.
This book was obtained through NetGalley and the publisher. The opinions contained herein are my own.
You can purchase it from your local bookseller or order from Amazon. It comes out Feb. 6th, 2018.



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Isaiah’s Daughter By Mesu Andrews


Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko



In this epic Biblical narrative, ideal for fans of The Bibleminiseries, a young woman taken into the prophet Isaiah’s household rises to capture the heart of the future king.

Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name–Zibah, delight of the Lord–thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet’s home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah’s lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah’s favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed. But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation.


My Review:

I have always come to expect Mesu Andrews to challenge me when I read her books. I will not have to search for the biblical story, but I will instead sometimes find myself wondering how someone can take a biblical story and make it so real and alive.
In this story, you will get to know some of the lesser known biblical characters, but will want to open your bible when you are done. If there is nothing else I have learned when reading this authors books, I will feel like opening my bible and searching through it, I will find the details that are in the book in the bible as well as in ancient history. I love it!

Don’t pick this book up if you are looking for a light read, this is certainly not. While there is a relationship in the story, it is not really a romantic story at all. It is quite a deep book.

This book was obtained through Blogging for Books. The opinions are my own.

You can buy it from wherever books are sold or Amazon.

Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews 

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The Innkeepers Daughter by Michelle Griep



Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko


My Review:
The setting of this book and the main characters are a bit on the rougher side when we meet them. However, with skilled writing, you feel the weight of the burden they bear.
I was thinking about how in certain time periods, women often had to accept themselves as worthless, as well as the poor/lower class citizens. The workhouse for not paying your debts was a real threat as was injury, blindness, burns, and the like.
I felt as if I was transported into a time that I am glad to not have to experience. But as I experienced this with the characters, I learned some valuable lessons alongside them as well. It was a moving story of faith in the face of hopelessness. I would recommend it.

This book was obtained through NetGalley and the opinions contained herein  are my own.

This book is available for preorder through Amazon and releases March 1, 2018

The Innkeepers Daughter


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Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko


Book Description

The police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can’t be talking about her client . . . but she can’t prove it.

To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Turner snapped and killed her daughter and then was shot by police. However, attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story. Kaylene was a nurturer at heart looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive marriage. Kaylene’s death shakes Emilie’s world and her belief that she can make a difference for these women. Self-doubt plagues her, and she finds herself struggling to continue her work in the wake of tragedy.

Reid Billings thought he knew his sister—right up until he learned of the manner of her death. He receives a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would take on his case, but Kaylene’s letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.

Thrown together in the race to save Kinley Turner from a father who isn’t all that he seems, Emily and Reid  pursue the constantly evasive truth. But if they can hang on to hope together, maybe they can save Kinley—and find a future for themselves in the process.


My Review:

It is uncommon that you read a fiction book that you feel the helpless feeling of being entrapped in the web of abuse, the legal system and all from a novel. This one hits the mark. You experience the story, but also feel the hope of what Emilie was working towards for her clients. Ms. Putman’s research and knowledge of the legal system is amazing as she puts it into a fiction story.

I found myself not able to put this book down until I finished it, and I didn’t have time to read. I just kept going back to it again and again. It is that good. Just like other books, this author does not stand on a soapbox demanding you listen to her point of view, she helps you experience it in the novel.

The abuse that women suffer is not always physical and in fact, often is not. This story demonstrates how dangerous that can be, because often everyone on the outside is not aware. There was one quote that I was so glad to see included and touched on. In the story, a family member states how they were firm that they would not hear any bashing of a spouse after their granddaughter was married. She reiterates that if he ever hit her, that was not okay and to come to them for help right away, but otherwise they didn’t want to hear any struggles.

I was glad because this is a common belief perpetuated in Christian circles that they are doing a favor and saving marriages by encouraging a “no bashing” clause in the family. I will let you all read the book, as you should all read it, but just in case you don’t, know this. If you have ever said that to anyone, please go and let them know that you are sorry. It is one of the worst things you could ever say to anyone.

This book was obtained through BookLookBloggers. The opinions contained herein are my own.

This book is available for purchase where books are sold and on Amazon.

Imperfect Justice (It is only  1.99 on kindle at the moment).

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Deep Extraction by Diann Mills



About the novel:

A pacemaker should have saved oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore’s life. Instead, it provided his killer with a seemingly perfect means of execution.A bombing at one of Nathan’s oil rigs days earlier indicates his death could be part of a bigger conspiracy, a web Special Agent Tori Templeton must untangle. But her first order of business is separating the personal from the professional–the victim’s wife, her best friend, is one of the FBI’s prime suspects.Clearing Sally’s name may be the biggest challenge of her career, but Tori finds an unexpected ally in the newest member of the task force, recently reinstated Deputy US Marshal Cole Jeffers. As Tori and Cole dig deeper into Nathan’s personal and business affairs, they uncover more than they bargained for. And the closer they get to finding the real killer–and to each other–the more intent someone is on silencing them for good.

My Review:

Like so many of Diann Mills books, this one was filled with intrigue and suspense. It was not quite as much non-stop action, but I felt it had many threads of a story that went off to tie into the previous book. I would not read them out of order.

I really enjoyed it. It was lighter suspense, but kept me completely entertained and working to discover the bad guys. I kind of hope that in an upcoming book, we see some of the same characters again. It did have me asking, “Is that possible? Can you really do that with a pacemaker?” It is something I am going to have to look up.

This book is available for purchase where books are sold and online on Amazon.

Deep Extraction 

I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network. The opinions contained herein are my own.

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Come and Eat by Bri McKoy


Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

Book Description

Bri McKoy, of the blog Our Savory Life, celebrates the power of the everyday table and shows how, by regularly and intentionally gathering around it, we can follow in the footsteps of Jesus and usher in grace, love, and deep fellowship.

Raised in the world of takeout and microwaveable meals, like so many busy women Bri McKoy found herself utterly lost in the kitchen and nowhere near using her dining room table as an inviting place of community. However, as she learned how to more intentionally invite not just others but also herself to her table every day, she noticed that the kitchen stopped feeling like a prison cell and started feeling like a sanctuary, that gathering with others around the table, like Jesus often did during his time on earth, had the power to usher in deep relationship and a fuller understanding of God’s love and grace.

In Come and Eat, Bri invites readers on an adventure of burnt pie, ten-pound bags of onions, and kitchen catastrophes to discover how to transform a common dining-room table into a vehicle that ushers in the presence of Jesus. It’s an invitation with no pressure, no strings attached, no advanced cooking skills or fancy accouterments necessary. Just a healthy appetite and a desire to take a deeper look into the power and ministry that can be found at the table. Combining biblical reflection with engaging personal stories from Bri’s own home, as well as the tables she has joined around the world, Come and Eat shows readers how they can intentionally make their own tables a vibrant source of life.

My Review:

This is one of those non-fiction books that you pick up and feel like you were pulled up to the kitchen table with the author. Bri has a honest approach to life as she engages you in story, encouragement and a lovely way of giving practical ways to create your own hospitality and ministry to others. It is done in a relevant way to women of our culture and time period, complete with Paleo recipes that can be served with carbs or without. You will find your mouth watering as the soul feels fed as well. You will find yourself laughing, tearing up and licking your lips.

I received this book from Book Look Bloggers. The opinions contained herein are my own. This book is available for purchase from local booksellers and Amazon.

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