Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Shattered Trust ~ J. Chris Richards

Shattered Trust 

Trust...given or earned?
As Officer Logan Taul’s nightstick plummets toward the teen’s arm, he sees the monster he has become reflected in the warped storefront window.

Thus begins his journey, back to the officer, man, and father he wants to be. Logan must face his own nature and insecurities and defy those who do not want him to succeed. His quest for redemption leads him to search for the family he deserted. Despite physical attacks on both himself and those he loves, and attempts to frame him, can he bring his family back together? Will he once more wear the badge in a position of trust?

My Review: Somewhere in his police career Logan Taul careened off the path of justice. He was no longer the officer upholding the law, but the one breaking it. He saw the monster he was one night when he and his partner rousted a troubled teen, and Logan decided to come clean.
He knew it would be rough, but he wanted to save his job, pay back the child support to the family he walked out on, and make things right. Logan implicated other officers and in turn they came close to taking his life and injuring his family.
Ms. Richards writes a provocative story relating the sometimes insurmountable odds of doing the right thing. When Office Taul hits rock bottom, he holds onto the truth and his beliefs. I stayed up way into the early morning to finish this one. I couldn’t put it down.

About the Author:  J. Chris Richards has been writing all her life for both herself and others. In her debut novel she combines her years as a police and Army wife with her belief anything is possible if people work together to fulfill God’s will for their lives. Chris is the founder of WAY – Words and Youth, conferences for teenage writers. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Words for the Journey. She enjoys speaking at writers conferences including the Colorado and Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conferences, Write to Publish and several one-day conferences. Her other hobbies include reading, needlework, and experimenting with painting and drawing. She spends time walking and hiking throughout her home state of Colorado with her husband, daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren as well as exploring the rest of the United States and other countries. Chris’ passion is to encourage and uplift others, especially writers and military/paramilitary spouses.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Reviving Jules by Peggy Trotter

Reviving Jules by Peggy Trotter

Jules Summers, a proverbial Jonah, runs from family, career, and neighborhood. Where’s she going? To find a place of healing for wounds so deep, she shuts the door against the very One who restores. But God never abandons and a kindergarten angel arrives, towing her father, Rhett Carsen. Rhett Carsen vows never to marry again. He redoubles his efforts to raise his motherless daughter alone, but runs into trouble when work sends him traveling. His daughter instantly bonds with newcomer Jules Summers, who in turn assists him in caring for his daughter. She seems like the answer to his prayers—an instant live-in nanny. Yet, why does she captivate his every thought? They work together as a team to care for Rhett’s child. But is “practicality” the only thing God has planned for these two? Or could there be a whole lot more?

My Review: Jules Summers and Rhett Carsen have both been burned by marriages turned sour. They’ve taken the pledge to never marry again, but Rhett’s five year old daughter, Andi, is praying for a mommy.

Jules rents an old house, has no electricity, and doesn’t even bother to unpack, hiding from her past when Andi arrives in her backyard. When Rhett meets Jules, he becomes a willingly helpful neighbor, mowing her lawn and fixing her problems. Rhett decides since they equally have Andi as their best interest, they should come to an arrangement. Jules and Rhett each have an inner struggle that it might have been a mistake.

Ms. Trotter has done a wonderful job with the character development of Jules and Rhett. Andi is an adorable chatterbox and with God’s help love finds away. Great romance.

About the Author:    Peggy Trotter is a small town Hoosier native who teaches 1st and 2nd grade at a small Christian School and writes Christian Romance in her spare time. God blessed her with a wonderful husband who cooks and helps clean while supporting her crazy dreams. She has two incredible grown kids, one fabulous son-in-law, and two rays of sunshine, commonly called grandchildren.