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How Beautiful By Twila Paris

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The Miracle of Passover-Part II Zola Levitt

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The Miracle of Passover Part 1-Zola Levitt

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Review of No Place to Hide

No Place to Hide

In No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon’s Long Journey Home from the Iraq War, W. Lee Warren chronicles his four months in Iraq as he and his team of doctors attempt to save lives while under fire themselves. Meanwhile, on the home front, his marriage is falling apart. In the process of ministering to the broken and the bleeding, Warren is forced to face his own weaknesses and seek a deeper relationship with God. Alone during a mortar attack, Warren is compelled to make a decision that changes his life.

No Place to Hide is not a book for the faint-hearted or the squeamish, as it is a gripping account of war and the horror it inflicts on humanity. It is a stark reminder of the frailty of life and the unbelievable lengths to which doctors go to save soldier and terrorist alike. Evil and compassion are juxtaposed on every page, as well as the constant struggle for survival. This account is both heart-warming and heart-rending as one witnesses the incredible physical, psychological, and emotional toll the conflict takes on soldier and civilian. The acts of kindness and concern that American soldiers showed for each other and the people they were to protect, as well as those they were fighting, was astounding. The personal stories of Rose, Maria, and Sergeant Statzer are unforgettable.

I understand the graphic nature of war in a way I haven’t before. One could never be the same after witnessing such things. That said, the narrative was too self-focused at times, which is distracting. However, No Place to Hide gave me pride in my country because of the incredible courage and compassion displayed by the American military to fellow soldiers and sworn enemies. I would like to thank Major Warren for his story, his service, and his sacrifice in saving so many lives.

I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Review of For Such A Time

For Such A Time

In her debut novel, For Such a Time, Kate Breslin retells the biblical account of Esther, set in the waning days of World War Two. Hadassah Benjamin is rescued from a firing squad by SS Kommandant Aric Von Schmidt. Under the false identity of Stella Muller, she becomes Schmidt’s new secretary, and watches helplessly as her own people are taken to the Auschwitz death camp.

Unwilling to stand by, Stella, with the help of unlikely allies, hatches a plan to save her people from certain death. But when her true identity is discovered, will all her efforts be in vain? Or will it cost her life and the lives of those she loves?

For Such a Time was an engrossing story and was hard to put down. The setting was intriguing, and the characters were empathetic. Although the story was familiar, the plot had many unexpected twists and turns, which kept the anticipation building. Breslin’s artful use of description enhances the novel structure and transports the reader as the book unfolds.

The romantic angle was more contemporary and felt out of place in its World War Two setting. The ending was a bit far-fetched, and there were liberties taken with historical accuracy, which the author acknowledges. However, For Such a Time was a well-written story with a great plot. It was an enjoyable read and a worthy effort for a first-time novelist. I give it four stars.

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Review of Tide and Tempest

Tide and Tempest

In Elizabeth Ludwig’s book, Tide and Tempest, two years have passed since Tillie McGrath was left alone after her fiancée’s death on their way from Ireland to America. Now the ship’s captain reappears to tell her that her future husband may have been murdered. Tillie must confront the haunting memories of her past in order to stay alive in the present. But will she find the answers before it’s too late? And will her choices in the past ruin a chance for love in the future?

Tide and Tempest is the third book in Elizabeth Ludwig’s Edge of Freedom series. Not having read the first two, I didn’t know what to expect and I was pessimistic, as romance novels are not a favorite. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The plot was well-built and suspense-filled. I loved the use of dialect, and the historical background gave the book an authentic feel. The romantic angle was a bit predictable but didn’t drown out the rest of the plot. The book was well-written, and I found myself interested in the rest of the series. I give Tide and Tempest four out of five stars.

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The Piano Guys–The Misssion/How Great Thou Art

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