Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl

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

From the back of the book:

Mercy Brennan followed in her father's footsteps in a law enforcement career, but she has no interest in any other connection to him. A U.S. Marshal in St. Louis, Missouri, she's assigned to a joint task force with the St. Louis PD that puts her back into contact with her father and in the sights of St. Louis's most powerful gang.

When the gang has reason to believe Mercy has possession of some highly sensitive and incriminating information, her boss assigns Mark St. Laurent--a Deputy U.S. Marshal and Mercy's ex-boyfriend--to get her out of town until they can guarantee her safety. 

Initially unaware of the danger she's in and uncomfortable working with Mark, Mercy's frustration escalates when she discovers the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark. It isn't until a freak ice storm hits, stranding them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office, that the full severity of their situation becomes clear. As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy closing in to put their lives at imminent risk. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive--if help is even coming at all?

My thoughts on Nancy Mehl:

Such a sweet sweet lady! She is so down to earth, beautiful and talented at writing. She knows how to tell a captivating story if you are into law enforcement types of books. You can see her faith spread across the pages as you turn through the pages. She takes time to talk to her readers and shares her heart with us. 

My thoughts on Fatal Frost:

Interesting book! Not usually one that I go for but that being said, it was a bit hard to get into but I loved the action, the friendship, the challenges and most of all the faith that is evident among the story plot lines. I have always loved the name Mercy but I would spell it Merci like the French. 

Did you know Mercy means Compassion and Brennan means Brave. So you have Compassion and Brave which makes up the character very well that is known as Mercy Brennan. I can't even being to imagine what it is like to put your life on the line every single day....Nancy Mehl opened my eyes to the real dangers that law enforcement faces everyday. 

WOW! is all I can say. I adored the friendship between Tally, Mercy and Mark. I thought the kisses were sweet and so much can be conveyed through such a small gesture. 

So much action and adventure. If you are looking for something that shows you into the minds of gangs, law enforcement and just sure to check out Nancy Mehl's Fatal Frost

I rate the book a 4 because though I kept putting it down and picking it up, the adventure kept playing in my mind in the background and made me wonder what would happen next. 

Down below are who i can see playing Tally, Mark, Mercy and Mercy's father. 

Where to buy:

                                                        This is who I can see as Mercy.

This is who I see as Mark.

This is who I see as Tally.

Until next time, 

The Traveling Gyps

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Yuletide Redemption by Jill Kemerer

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

From the back of the book:

After an accident leaves Celeste Monroe to raise her baby nephew, all she wants is to provide one-year-old Parker with a happy life. She hopes taking a job caring for injured Sam Sheffield will help fulfill that goal. But Sam's determination to avoid the world throws a wrench in her plans. Despite his best efforts, Sam can't take his eyes off the pretty caretaker. Her strength and her loving nature has him falling for her—and her baby. But he refuses to burden them with a man who's not whole. Can Celeste convince Sam he's daddy—and husband—material in time for them to celebrate Christmas together?

My thoughts on Jill Kemerer:

Amazing writer! Amazing friend! Humble, down to earth and sweet are just some words I would use to describe Jill Kemerer. She always takes time out to respond to messages on Facebook which in my opinion shows that an author is approachable. She demonstrates her faith in all that she does from what I can tell, from the words she writes, to the messages she responds to, to the characters she creates for all of us readers to fall in love with. 

My thoughts on the book:

When I opened this book to the first page, I just knew within an instant who should play Sam Sheffield. Sam is an injured soul who has a lot to learn but the is also what Celeste Monroe is going through as well. This book is easily a 5 star rating in my personal opinion because it shows that with love, encouragement and faith that anything that seems impossible is actually possible with God, family and friends. 

I personally adore Sam. I love his story, he is such a heartwarming, heart tugging character but I also side with Celeste because as someone who struggled for so long with beauty issues/self esteem, I can relate to her story. Being hearing impaired makes me be able to relate to Sam's story. 

This book reminded me of a time that God used me: 

I once had a job in Illinois school system as a teachers aide. Boy, did I not know how challenging that could be. Anyways, I met a young boy at the age of 4 or 5 by the name Zachary. Zachary did not talk at all his whole time of being at the school (3 years total), he did not communicate with his family either. Zachary struggles through autism. 

He would come in everyday from the bus and sit with me in the hallway. Then we would head off to his class where he would be for the hours of 8 am to 1 pm. Little did I know my life was going to change by being Zachary's aide. 

I decided to work with him on his level. Some days that was just playing with toys, some days it was sitting on the circle time rug with everyone else, some days it was just being quiet. I would introduce myself to him everyday. 

"Hi Zachary. My name is Halita. What's your name?" Most times this was met with silence. 

One day this changed completely. 

We were going back and forth with my introduction when all of a sudden:

"Hi Zachary. My name is Halita. What's your name?" This time there was a sound. 

He replied, " My name's Zachary!!!" 

He was so proud of himself. I nearly cried. 

A few weeks later, we had parent's day at the school and his mom came. 

She said that she was so thankful for an aide who got down on Zachary's level because he hadn't said one word but now was speaking in broken sentences at home. She bawled with happy tears. 

I believe that was the day I met God's Will.

Thank you so much Jill for reminding me of such a beautiful memory. 

You can buy Jill's book on Amazon. 

Here are the people I could see as Sam and Celeste

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Write Me Home by Crystal Walton

I received this for free because I am on Crystal Walton's influencer team.

From the back of the book:

He lives by his heart. She lives by her plans. Until an unseen enemy and growing affection threaten control of both.

Returning to his hometown in the Catskills is the last thing firefighter Ethan DeLuca’s ready for. He’d rather leave memories where they belong—buried under ashes. But if he doesn’t step up to take care of Nonna, who will? Working at the camp down the road seems like the perfect solution. Until his feisty redheaded boss ends up being one fire he has no idea how to put out.

Cassidy McAdams is on a mission. Get the camp Grandpa left her ready to sell, turn enough profit to bail Mom’s business out of foreclosure, and hightail it back to her life in New York City. With unexpected complications mounting, she can’t afford any distractions. Especially a ridiculously charming one who’s eager to rescue her at every turn.

It’d be easier on them both to hide behind professional boundaries. But when unexplained attacks on the camp ignite a connection between them they can’t ignore, running away is no longer an option.

My thoughts on Crystal Walton-

Crystal Walton is a genuine sweet and caring person. She has so much energy and so much passion for writing. She really takes her time into developing the characters, plot line and tugging at your heart strings. I laugh, cried and even got annoyed a time or two while reading this beautiful story. 

My thoughts on the book:

Ethan DeLuca---first off I have to say that is a good strong solid name. I find that when a character has a strong name, they are more memorable or if they have a intense back story. I adore the feistiness between him and Cassidy. He is trying to do his job and they find that they can not help but fall in love. 

Cassidy McAdams- She gets what she wants or she makes a big deal about it. She is laser focused and when people are like that, they can be difficult to get along with. You can tell that Ethan has her heart even when she doesn't want to admit to it. 

I was truly honored to read this story and to help Crystal Walton out.. You have a major talent for writing stories that mean something. Keep up the good work. I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars. 

Where to buy Write Me Home?

These two are who I see playing Ethan and Cassidy

Until next time, 

The Traveling Gypsy