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Mary Chosen of God
Mary Chosen of God
by Diana W Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Christ the Savior through omniscient eyes of Mary, August 29, 2016
This review is from: Mary Chosen of God (Paperback)
As only a mother knows, even more so is that true for Mary, the mother of Yeshua, for she was given insight from heavenly angels. She knew Jesus’ true father-parent and that his life was poised for magnificence. The Mary/Jesus story has been rewritten-retold many times but Diana Wallis Taylor’s new Bible fictionalization made me feel like newly discovered scrolls were revealing added details to the Savior’s life. Also true of the rest of the Joseph/Mary siblings. “Mary Chosen of God” is an easy-to-read narrative format creating compelling page-turning. Bible facts are so seamlessly stitched to the fictional gap-fillers that readers will be inspired to search scripture to determine what is gleaned from the Gospel.

Historic geography and architecture details add to the authentic depth of “Mary, chosen of God.” Even ancient meals are faithfully described. This book, while an entertaining read, could also serve as a witnessing gift (tool) for those who might not be persuaded toward the reading of the New Testament. It certainly is additionally a pre-Christmas read, sure to invigorate the “true” Christmas spirit. I suggest a soft cover print form be purchased to allow for a second read-through just prior to Easter.

“Mary, Chosen of God” is sure to stir the soul of every Christian reader. Expect to get hooked on Diana Wallis Taylor’s Bible-telling style of writing, and her series of Bible character novels. I was pleased to receive a gift copy, no review required, but how can I not review such a delightful, meaningful read, from a new-to-me gifted author?


Murder Mezzo Forte - A Preston Barclay Mystery
Murder Mezzo Forte - A Preston Barclay Mystery
by Donn Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun pun Christian murder mystery you’ll never stop laughing through, August 29, 2016
It was frequent during reading that I related Donn Taylor’s protagonist mid-life-professor-sleuth to Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. “Press”-for-Preston was well-developed but caused me to downgrade the story two-tenths due to his ceaseless mental musical muses represented by stuff beyond my low musical appreciation intellect such as “Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4”. I question if Beethoven was so maestroful, then why’d he need to create the 4th upgrade of his tune? My bad, my dumb, and yet I’m captivated by this character’s wit, grace, endearing qualities, & intel prowess.
Press again teamed with teaching colleague & cohort, Mara, to stay one step ahead of the local cops investigating a 2nd campus faculty suspicious death. That’s difficult being they, together, found the corpse, together, again, suspects, again, together.

Donn Taylor wrote a praise-worthy who-dun-it that at the same time can keep readers laughing as much as guessing. After reading this author’s bio blurb, I imagined the book sleuth’s thoughts, mannerisms, and personality mirrored that of the cozy mystery author, Donn Taylor. The complex mystery kept me guessing until the fictional Preston revealed all via a thriller close—but, the journey contained more LOLs than a millipede’s got hangnails.


Knight in Shining Apron (An Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery) (Volume 2)
Knight in Shining Apron (An Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery) (Volume 2)
by Carole Brown
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.57
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful entrée for the foodie-romantic-mystery reader, August 25, 2016
So reading tasty, make it a Christmas gift for the reader who loves to cook. This is book 2 of a series that began with “Sabotaged Christmas” and readers from that book will recognize characters. Good, well-developed characters, as Carole Brown is known to produce.
“Knight in Shining Apron” (love the bit of humor in the title) relates well to the plot. The now renowned ‘Apple Blossoms Restaurant’ gets a new handsome chef with a “Sir” title, direct from England. He’s immediately at odds with the owner, widow Starli, previously abused by her former ex who’s sworn off men, immediately causing expectancy in readers that a romance will sauté into a flaming dessert by book’s end. But first, there is a stalking saboteur to stop, and forgiveness to grasp.

Carole Brown again offers a triple course Christian reading meal, wit, love, and mystery; blended so well you will want to return to this WV eatery. And readers get the chance in the next series installment “Undiscovered Treasures” that picks up more into the life of another of Appleton’s WV sweethearts. The first chapter is included at the end of this book. That’s not good; it’s a bit like being given a free order of appetizers and then required to leave the restaurant prior to the main meal.

Sabotaged Christmas (An Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery) (Volume 1) by Carole Brown (2015-11-18)


Sarah's Orphans (Plain and Simple Miracles)
Sarah's Orphans (Plain and Simple Miracles)
by Vannetta Chapman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.65

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homespun 3rd novel in this wunderbaar series, August 22, 2016
A most touching scene, a favorite of mine, when a social worker’s unexpected early arrival for a pre-foster child/caregiver inspection. Chaos reigns inside the house for a moment in the 5-orphan/sibling family group, bridled with true Gotte-like Samaritan hearts. Caution: can cause a tear from laughter in one eye while simultaneously weeping sacrificially in the other eye. Ya, jist more gut, good writing by Vannetta Chapman, ain’t so?

“Sarah’s ORPHANS” is as heart-warming a family story as can be written, albeit a blended family of multi-generation, multi-orphan, multi-culture, multi-language joined by the cohesive Spirit of Gott. Ach, did I leave out multi-cookie (complete with recipes at the end)? Hallmark TV; take note!
Ach, but “Sarah’s ORPHANS” is a Vannetta Chapman novel. This cozy Amish idyll turns to heart-wrenching mystery and misadventures prior to a rallying romantic rural romance; true lieb, as the Amish speak.

“Sarah’s ORPHANS” is written to be enjoyed as a stand-alone even though there are some references to past Cody’s Creek characters highlighted in earlier releases from the “Plain and Simple Miracles” series. I would be amiss not highly recommending the entire series. At least do not miss the powerful #2.
Joshua's Mission (Plain and Simple Miracles)
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Plain and Simple Miracles (3 Book Series)
Plain and Simple Miracles (3 Book Series)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful Southern USA Amish series that will leave you emotional, August 22, 2016
Although these 3 stories can be read as stand-alone books, this is the ultimate purchase method to insure you read the complete story of the plain folk of Cody’s Creek, OK. They are also available in softcover. Whatever your preference, read them, and suggested in order, and you will be emotionally riveted to a people in the modern world of simpler living that collides with nature and newspaper front page reality. Vannetta Chapman is a seasoned, award-winning, Christian author I’ve come to respect and follow closely.

#1—Anna’s HEALING: Oklahoma tornado turns Anna’s life into one of a chair with wheels. The small Amish community unites and believes in miracles of many kinds.
#2—Joshua’s MISSION: A handful of Cody’s Creek Amish join Mennonite workers in the relief mission after a Texas hurricane. As real as fiction can get at a disaster scene.
#3--Sarah’s ORPHANS: A family of orphaned Amish siblings meet a family of Spanish orphans and the struggles of living and overcoming heart-breaking hardship.

Don’t forget to look into the pre-series Kindle book “Brian’s CHOICE”, only about a buck more.
Brian's Choice (Plain and Simple Miracles)


Wait Until Dark (Carolina Moon) (Volume 3)
Wait Until Dark (Carolina Moon) (Volume 3)
by Christy Barritt
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder & adventure sleuthing for historic treasure, August 19, 2016
It’s not unusual for Christy Barritt to again hook me into the story intrigue through a few opening pages. She does it so flamboyantly. A Hertford, NC ‘Snowmegadon’ (I love Barritt’s word) setting is only the beginning of this suspenseful mystery. Felicity’s crushed past seemed as abdominal as the desperate human creature, half-frozen, who stumbled across her threshold. Well she and her 70-something great aunt actually pulled him in, out of the blizzard, injured, but a fine specimen of a man. After all, they did need to strip him of frozen wet clothes, a hypothermia threat, right?

Yes there’s a good bit of Christy Barritt humor in this mystery involving secrets, short-term amnesia, and swashbuckler booty. Thawing out in front of the fireplace with a hot coffee can warm up - - - - - oh my, is that candle flickering due to romance?
Christy Barritt’s a writer of Christian fiction with a nice mix of faith, wit, romance, and ‘murder’ mystery. She keeps the pace moving fast, the intrigue intense, life-or-death intense. The mystery extends much broader than who-dun-it. Well-developed characters make that possible, and also gave me an inner desire to join in the dangerous searching adventure—except I fail to own a Glock, unlike the protagonists.
It is #3 in a series but reads just fine as a stand-alone.


Ben-Hur
Ben-Hur
DVD
Price: $14.99

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Same-old good story but the film technology is much advanced., August 19, 2016
This review is from: Ben-Hur (Amazon Video)
Ben-Hur is a classic double-millennial historical adventure epic (1st century) that began as a novel. The first adaptation was a silent movie. Charlton Heston put Ben-Hur on the map in the 1959 movie, a towering screen presentation that has held…until now. Jack Huston’s rendition of Judah Ben-Hur is equally compelling, but this 2016 release has the advantage of over half a century of cinema technology advancement. It shows, and it creates superior viewing, and it’s breathtaking. I already knew the story so found no failings for this film.

The screenplay writers (Keith R Clarke & John Ridley) held true to the original storyline of the Indiana Civil War General Lew Wallace novel titled “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ” released in 1880. I’d guess Wallace, who turned writer after retiring from the military, would approve of this new explosive adaptation released during Indiana’s Bicentennial. This film shows some darkness of Roman Era life, but also adds romance, and recognizes Jewish and Zealot (Christian) faith principles without bashing. The wrongness of slavery is addressed as appropriately gruesome. Likely even Heston would say “Well done, wish we had those film capabilities in my acting hay-day.”

The cinematography is exquisite and enhanced with some over-the-top CG and special effects. Breathtaking action occurs in chariot racing, shipwreck, and more. There are well developed characters portrayed by skilled acting, only two I found quickly recognizable, Huston and Morgan Freeman as Ilderim. The success of this film is in the story and the overall presentation, not individual actors selling the film. Even the music is worthy of owning separately. Props and sets are Roman era authentic. Having owned the book, former DVD, I had to see this new, and I’m glad I did. I was rewarded with a thrilling big-screen ride. I’ll be buying the DVD eventually.
I gasped, ducked, cheered, smiled, and gripped the seat arm—and exited the cinema thrilled.


Disillusioned
Disillusioned
by Christy Barritt
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.17
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably the most action-packed suspenseful romance ever, August 18, 2016
This review is from: Disillusioned (Paperback)
If you don’t have anxiety issues to begin with, you might after reading the fast-action life and death flight from terrorists written in Christy Barritt’s four opening chapters. In a flash she has set the main plot, a romantic parallel thread, and introduced primary characters. Don’t expect the intensity to lessen. “Disillusioned” lets no rest settle between paragraphs. It is pinnacle suspense, and I like it. Another Christy Barritt’s mystery that takes the next level—she’s getting quite good at doing that very thing.
The opening not simply hooks a reader—it zip ties them to their reading chair.
Christy Barritt’s storytelling maintains an intensity that threatens to go viral on any page.

This story deals with a sister stepping up to help ex-Navy Seal brother, assisted by his ex-Seal friend as they race to clear their names and get authorities chasing them to thwart a terrorist threat coming from a Columbia group known as ARM. There’s more relationship issues in this trio than first meets the readers’ eye.
And through all the mayhem, there is a Christian thread, and personal struggle with faith.
“Disillusioned” is not my first Christy Barritt mystery read, it will not be my last. Her stories are always recommended reading for mystery fans. If you are new to Barritt, read this book first and it’s a given that you will be ordering more.


Being Poirot
Being Poirot
DVD

5.0 out of 5 stars A documentary tribute to the man who became the iconic Poirot, August 16, 2016
This review is from: Being Poirot (Amazon Video)
David Suchet defined, captured, BECAME Hercule Poirot. An eccentric or genius Belgian, and a detective unequaled, besting even Sherlock. Poirot books began in 1916, “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” published in 1920, and as this releases in 2016, it serves as a Centennial Tribute to Agatha Christie’s noted male sleuthing giant. Poirot eventually was involved in dozens novels and short stories, and ended with “Curtain” published in 1975, which inspired the NYTimes to run the fictional character’s obituary on the front page.

Suchet began playing Hercule Poirot in 1989 for a TV series that ended with the final book adaptation a quarter century later. The books covered decades, but the TV series centered itself as a 1936, or there about, series time frame. Suchet became the little man behind the iconic mustache, little grey cells, and the walk. This DVD even films in Agatha Christie’s home interior (Greenway) allowing viewers to see where Poirot was fictionally birthed. Morality and justice prevail throughout the life of this quirky sleuth. And much is said about the trademark of Christie’s book endings, and Suchet’s finesse in portraying the Poirot summing-up gathering and disclosure of ‘who-dun-it’ at the end of every case.

This series is narrated/hosted by Stanley Tucci (Shall We Dance; Devil Wears Prada; ER; Hunger Games). It is a must buy/own for all Poirot and/or Suchet fans. “Being Poirot” was included in the “Complete Cases Collection” but if you are like me and acquired the full collection one set at a time, then this is desirable.


Being Poirot
Being Poirot
DVD ~ David Suchet
Price: $12.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Centennial Celebration DVD of Hercule Poirot, August 16, 2016
This review is from: Being Poirot (DVD)
David Suchet defined, captured, BECAME Hercule Poirot. An eccentric or genius Belgian, and a detective unequaled, besting even Sherlock. Poirot books began in 1916, “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” published in 1920, and as this DVD releases in 2016, it serves as a Centennial Tribute to Agatha Christie’s noted male sleuthing giant. Poirot eventually was involved in dozens novels and short stories, and ended with “Curtain” published in 1975, which inspired the NYTimes to run the fictional character’s obituary on the front page.

Suchet began playing Hercule Poirot in 1989 for a TV series that ended with the final book adaptation a quarter century later. The books covered decades, but the TV series centered itself as a 1936, or there about, series time frame. Suchet became the little man behind the iconic mustache, little grey cells, and the walk. This DVD even films in Agatha Christie’s home interior (Greenway) allowing viewers to see where Poirot was literarily birthed. Morality and justice prevail throughout the life of this quirky sleuth. And much is said about the trademark of Christie’s book endings, and Suchet’s finesse in portraying the Poirot summing-up gathering and disclosure of ‘who-dun-it’ at the end of every case.

This series is narrated/hosted by Stanley Tucci (Shall We Dance; Devil Wears Prada; ER; Hunger Games). It is a must buy/own for all Poirot and/or Suchet fans. “Being Poirot” was included in the “Complete Cases Collection” but if you are like me and acquired the full collection one set at a time, then this is desirable. It also comes with two bonus filmed segments. Suchet’s comments on a variety of Poirot story issues and Bill Young’s 2014 interview of Agatha Christie’s real grandson.


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