Thursday, July 13, 2017

Vannetta Chapman's new book leaves your heart pounding !! WOW!!!

"Light of Dawn"
By Vannetta Chapman


Before Dawn, What Dangers Lurk in the Darkness?
For nine months, since a devastating solar flare caused a complete failure of the electrical grid, Shelby Sparks and her diabetic son, Carter, have been living at the ranch of Shelby's high school sweetheart, Max Berkman.

Mostly insulated from the chaos surrounding them, Shelby and Max discover that the Texas government has fled the capitol and is barely maintaining control of the state. The governor needs volunteers to search for the new federal government, but no one knows exactly where it might be located—if it even still exists—or what perils await those brave enough to take on the mission.

Compelled by Carter's desperate need for insulin and their God-given sense of duty, Shelby and Max answer the governor's call and set out on a treacherous 600-mile journey, where they will experience the terrifying effects of unrestrained anarchy. If they have the faith and fortitude necessary to reach their destination, what will they find when they get there?

In this thrilling conclusion to the Remnant trilogy, America is left teetering between total collapse and the dawn of a new and vastly different reality.

My Thoughts:

It is no secret that Vannetta is one of my all time favorite authors!! Not one of her books has ever disappointed me! This newest book in her Remnant Trilogy , the third and last, is simply marvellous!! Never would I have guessed that I would be reading Dystopian Fiction and loving every moment!! I resisted reading this genre for a very long time, however, when a well known popular author (who I just happen to highly respect and love) ,  begins a new series, of course, I just had to try it out!! All I can say is , "WOW!" These three books are so realistic and tackle so many believable problems that could easily occur in our lifetime, that I have to admit , they left me deep in thought and yes, even caused some worry and fear. What would I even do if the electrical grid failed?? How would I cope?? 

The characters are so vividly and realistically described , that I immediately was able to identify with them. I walked their treacherous journey of life, alongside them, feeling every fear, amazement and challenge that they encountered. The underlying theme  exhibited how much the little things in life are and become so important. I certainly found myself thankful for the world as it exists in the present. This book could be read as a stand alone, however, I found that it meant much more to me, as  I was  revisiting my good friends in their troubled world from which I had escaped for a short while. 

The plot is packed full of unexpected twists and turns. Never could I presume to know what would happen next in these dear peoples' struggle to survive.  The edge of my chair became my reading position, as my heart pounded in fear and anticipation. This third book leaves the reader feeling satisfied and loose ends are tied up. Hope for a brighter future does exist, even in the darkest situations. 

I may have completed reading this novel, but the events live on in my innermost being. Should I be preparing for a similar future, stockpiling what I consider the everyday necessities of life??? Or, maybe , I need to prepare my heart for the challenge of carrying on, despite tragedies. Would I have the deep faith that is required to carry on???  I just know that the story made me think very deeply! 


I received this book as a gift. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Nancy Mehl has written another winning novel!!!!

                  "Dark Deception"
                    By Nancy Mehl


Kate O'Brien's quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas is shaken when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and she's been in witness protection ever since.

When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn't the murderer, she's subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only agrees if Tony DeLuca, the deputy Marshal who protected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis. 

Tony readily takes on the assignment; Kate's beauty and inner strength made more of an impression on him than he expected. But when Kate's safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.

My Thoughts:
If you love murder mystery, suspense thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat with your heart pounding, look no further. Nancy Mehl's newest book is the best mystery that I have read in a very long time!! This is definitely a novel that you can NOT put down until you have read the last page. I was kept up long after my bedtime, as I was so caught up in the intense story. Sleep would not come until I knew how the story ended. "Deep Deception" is the second in the "Defenders of Justice" series. It can be read as a stand alone but it does add to the depth of the plot if you have read the previous book, "Fatal Frost". 

The characters are described in such a realistic , vivid fashion, that you immediately identify with them. I quickly became immersed in their world of fear. Every emotion that Kate experienced was part of me. I travelled her rocky journey in life, fearing for my next breath. 

The plot was full of unexpected, shocking twists and turns. The reader is constantly in a state of wondering what more can possibly happen. Can your heart take any more ??? I was completely hooked by the end of the first chapter and found myself wanting the story to last forever, yet at the same time , desperate for answers!!  Nancy has a unique ability to insert a strong sense of Christian morals and faith into her plot. A strong belief in the Almighty is present theme underlying this frightful tale.

"Dark Deception" is definitely a five star book that should not be missed! Can hardly wait for book three!!!

This book was a gift. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.