The last few months I have been putting off pretty much everything because I have been spending some time reading. Of course I have NOT been reading books in my TBR stack, but I have just been buying more and more. That’s okay, because one cannot have too many books, can one?
Today I want to focus on a few authors and their books because they all have found a place in my heart lately. These are not in any specific order.
Jerusha Agen’s “This Dance”
I ran across this author’s name and was intrigued. I friended her on a social media site and was quickly taken to her books. I wasn’t sure what I would think about them, but I was immediately drawn in to her first book. I will not give away the ending, but I will say that I have not been able to forget a godly lesson I learned. I am thankful to Jerusha for sharing her gift for story-telling and weaving godly truths into these delightful characters. I look forward to reading the next two in the series.
The characters all have unique names and circumstances. This story follows a young woman as she tries to understand the Lord’s ways in the world. A handsome lawyer and and elderly gentleman shed light from their experiences and walks with the Lord. She eventually comes to reconcile her relationships with the Lord and her family in a unique way.
Danele Rotharmel’s “Time Search”
This is the third book in the series that Danele has written. She has that wonderful ability to mix science fiction, mystery, and romance into a wonderful story that just keeps going. I had not necessarily been a fan of this genre until I read her first book, but now I want every single book she writes. I think the woman is a genius, and I have told her as much.
This series follows a group of scientists as they try to find a murderer. This evil and demented man used to be part of the time traveling group, which makes him more of a threat. He is seeking everyone in the group to kill, but not before he tortures each and every one.
I just love how new characters are brought in to each book and the following books go into detail about the relationships that are built.
Great job, Danele!
Luana Ehrlich’s “One Night in Tehran”
I am not even sure where to start with this selection. I found this author on Twitter one day and the title got my attention. I know next to nothing about the Middle East – other than what I have been told by the news. I lived around the Washington D.C. area for about ten years and I was inundated with political information, so I guess that is what prompted me to buy this book. I was NOT disappointed. It had intrigue, suspense, mystery, murders, and a sweet, developing relationship.
This author has a way of making Christianity a very real part in the life of an agent. And I found the characters very believable – having been married for twenty-three years to someone who worked in the government. Most of the setting was in Oklahoma and Northern Texas – areas I am vaguely familiar with.
The story, and series, follows an agent who has recently become a Christian and is trying to find a way of living the life of a believer where his job has been riddled with lies and deceit. He has always lived a solitary life and is throw into a new world where he needs to rely on others. But the real surprise is that he finds himself drawn to a relationship with a woman when he has never been able to stay in one location for very long. The author weaves in humor and one-liners that make this just a wonderful read.
Oh, but my favorite part…It is written in first person! It takes a very good author to pull that off, and I believe Luana Ehrlich does this in spades! Thank you so much for writing this book.
Dan Walsh’s “Remembering Dresden”
I read Dan’s first book last year and although I was hesitant in reading it at first, I am SO GLAD that I bought it! In fact, after reading it, I started researching my mom’s history during WWII and writing my own story. This from a gal who NEVER read or watched anything about that time period. Well, when I heard about Dan’s book, “Remembering Dresden,” I found myself itching to go to Germany. Dresden was where my grandparents were from and they ended up moving YEARS before the war started. But here is the kicker – Dresden suffered the same destruction as my mother’s hometown of Wurzburg, Germany.
So as I was reading about the destruction that Dresden suffered, I found myself weeping for my family. Dan has a way of making the reader feel part of the setting and action. That is what I LOVE about his writing. The other thing that I so enjoy about the stories is that there is a lot of suspense and mystery.
I want to interject here that I have always loved mysteries. It has been my favorite genre throughout the years. I started off with Nancy Drew (what young girl didn’t?), and my love-affair with mysteries never waned. The problem was that, as a younger person, I couldn’t find Christian mystery writers. Now that I have read some fantastic ones, I will NEVER need to go back! Thank you to all the wonderful Christian mystery/suspense writers of the world!
So, as far as a quick synopsis of the story…
Many years have passed and some murders have been brought to light. The main character of the series takes it upon himself to find the answers and ends up becoming the object of a murder himself. Whew! Goosebumps are forming just THINKING about the story.
I hope you have a chance to read some of these. If you do, let me know what you think. I am going to try and do this a little more often, in between my writing and editing, to let you know about new authors or returning favorites.
Your bibliophile friend,