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The Departed
The Departed
Author: Kathryn Mackel
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/17/2006


Unexplained voices. Desperate apparitions. A dangerous coven of witches. Welcome toThe Other Side.

Joshua Lazarus and his wife, Maggie, are reeling from the overnight success of his new television show, starring Joshua as a medium--passing messages to the audience from their dearly departed. It's all a sham, of course--but when strange voices begin to haunt him without relief, and ghosts seemingly cry out to him for help, he realizes he's involved with forces he never believed existed. As Joshua and Maggie try to make sense of the visitations, a closer, more visible force is preparing to attack.

Between the killer who hunts Joshua and the pervasive occult presence in Raven, Massachusetts, no one close to him is safe. On the brink of being consumed alive, Maggie and Joshua must fight for their lives--and their souls.


Detour (Audio CD) (Abridged)
Detour (Audio CD) (Abridged)
Author: James Siegel, Holter Graham (Narrator)
Book Type: Audio CD
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 15
Review Date: 1/27/2007


The Breidbarts' longtime wish for a child is about to come true when they travel to Colombia to adopt a baby girl. The trip quickly goes bad when their new daughter is replaced by another baby, and the Breidbarts are blackmailed into delivering drugs in exchange for their daughter. They're surprised at their quick transformation into parents willing to lay down their lives for their child, and they wonder if that's exactly what will be required of them. Holter Graham's delivery draws listeners into the fears and anxiety of the characters as they wonder if they'll survive their ordeal.


The Devil's Necklace (Necklace Trilogy, Bk 2)
The Devil's Necklace (Necklace Trilogy, Bk 2)
Author: Kat Martin
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 235
Review Date: 10/27/2005


Full of spirited romance and nefarious skullduggery, the second volume of bestseller Martin's Regency trilogy (after The Bride's Necklace) centers on Capt. Ethan Sharpe, a British privateer determined to punish Harmon Jeffries, Viscount Forsythe, a convicted traitor whom he believes to be responsible for his years of imprisonment in France and the death of many of his crew members. Sharpe's search for Jeffries leads him to Grace Chastain, Jeffries's illegitimate daughter, who, contrary to his expections, proves to be a gently reared young woman possessed of a courageous spirit and intense family loyalty. To his horror, Sharpe finds himself falling in love with her. Complicating matters is Grace's friendship with the wife of Ethan's best friend, who managed to secure Ethan's prison release. Lively emotional skirmishes between these two strong-willed characters propel the plot toward one of Martin's trademark nail-biting endings.


Divine (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
Divine (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
Author: Karen Kingsbury, Sharon Williams (Narrator)
Book Type: Audio CD
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 8/31/2006


The horror of this novel about a young girl who survives sexual abuse is expertly dramatized by Sharon Williams. Williams communicates the whole spectrum of emotions and creates empathy in the listener. Characters are well differentiated, and European and Hispanic accents are superb. The powerful story of Mary Madison, inspired by the life of Mary Magdalene, is filled with tragedy until caring people reach out to her and guide her to safety and to faith in God. Mary, in turn, spends her life opening shelters for battered women and becomes a strong advocate for abused women. Well written and well read, DIVINE is a picture of how one life, exposed to the worst of the human condition, can be transformed. N.L. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

Book Description:
Mary Madison was a child of unspeakable horrors, a young woman society wanted to forget. Now a divine power has set Mary free to bring life-changing hope and love to battered and abused women living in the shadow of the nations capital.

Mary is educated and redeemed, a powerful voice in Washington, D.C. - both to the politically elite and to other women like her. But she also has a past that shamed polite society. Her experiences created in her paralyzing fear, faithlessness, addiction, and promiscuity. At the crossroads of her life, only one power set Mary free and gave her a lifetime of love and hope. A power that could only be divine.

Peggy Madison is Marys grandmother, a quiet woman who has spent her life praying for her granddaughter. Peggy clings to the belief that God has a special plan for Mary. Through years of sorrow and longing, Peggy walks the journey in faith and watches from a distance as one key person after another comes into Marys life and demonstrates the timeless, powerful love of the Master, the Savior. The divine Lord.

Emma Randall is a single mother fleeing an abusive relationship, wondering whether there is hope for her and her young daughters. She is desperate, broken, and unloved, tempted to commit the unthinkable. Then Mary Madison introduces Emma to the greatest love of all, greater than any either of them has ever imagined.


Eli
Eli
Author: Bill Myers
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 50
Review Date: 2/6/2006
Helpful Score: 2


In a last-ditch attempt to convince his TV producers to run a story on alternate realities, Davis Conrad decides to film the professor who convinced him that such realities exist. Along the way, after a strange accident he can't remember, Davis finds himself fleeing police by hopping into a VW van straight out of the 1960s. The group he's with, dressed in tie-dye and peace symbols, head for a motel laundry room, where they've heard that a miracle will occur. As he lays eyes on an unnamed baby boy, Davis flashes back to a sterile white room, where he seems to be hooked up to machinery. Then, he realizes two things: he's actually popping in and out of an alternate reality where people will think he's crazy if he says anything, and all of the Bibles he can find don't include the New Testament. And the child in the alternate reality? His name is Eli, and he is just starting to prove to one and all that he is the Son of God. Myers (Blood of Heaven) seems to start out in circles but sets up a thought-provoking plot revolving around a simple question: What if Jesus came now for the first time? With this thrilling and ominous tale, Myers continues to shine brightly in speculative fiction based on biblical truths. Highly recommended.


Escape from the Carnival of Horrors (Give Yourself Goosebumps #1)
Escape from the Carnival of Horrors (Give Yourself Goosebumps #1)
Author: R. L. Stine
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 44
Review Date: 6/17/2006


FROM THE PUBLISHER
Here's the series Goosebumps fans have been clamoring for--all the chills, thrills, fun and fright they love in an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure format that lets the reader control the terrifying action. The Carnival of Horrors invites readers to choose from over 20 horrifying scenarios, from the Reptile Petting Zoo to the Supersonic Space Coaster!


Even Now (Love Lost, Bk 1)
Even Now (Love Lost, Bk 1)
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 50
Review Date: 6/27/2006


Shane Galanter is ready to put down roots after years of searching. But is he making the right choice? Or is there a woman somewhere who remembers a love that hasnt faded with time? Lauren Gibbs is a successful international war correspondent who gave up on happily-ever-after years agowhen it was ripped away from her. So why is life so empty? Emily Anderson is a college freshman raised by her grandparents, about to take her first internship as a journalist. But before she can move ahead, she discovers a love story whose tragic ending came with her birth. As a result, she is drawn to look back and search out the mother shes never met, and the father she never knew. With hallmark tenderness and power, Karen Kingsbury weaves a tapestry of life, loss, love, faithand the miracle of resurrection.


Finding Her Home (Love Inspired)
Finding Her Home (Love Inspired)
Author: Carol Steward
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/19/2005


HOME IS. . .
Returning to Segundo, Colorado, was the last thing Tori Sandoval planned to do. She'd overcome the odds facing a girl from the small coal-mining town to become a big-city high school principal. But now her grandparents need her help. Still, she can't understand why widower Steve Remington would willingly move to the sticks with this children.

....WHERE THE HEART IS
Steve never expected that doing a favor for his elderly neighbors would introduce him to a woman as attractive as Tori. And, an even bigger surprise, she turns up again as his new boss! Working together brings them almost too close--but perhaps God intends to teach Tori the meaning of home.


Finding Noel (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
Finding Noel (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
Author: Richard Paul Evans
Book Type: Audio CD
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 23
Review Date: 11/28/2006


From Publishers Weekly:
On the night that Mark Smart has decided will be his last, his car dies in a blizzard. He enters a closing coffee shop and finds Macy Wood, who literally offers him a shoulder to cry on. The two forge a deep friendship, and after three weeks, Mark proposes marriage. She declines, but waitress Joette, who has taken care of Macy since she was 13, orchestrates a reunion as Mark tries to smooth over the rifts dividing what remains of his family. Mark's stepfather's advice"sometimes it's the fight that makes a thing worth having"serves as the defining aphorism of Evans's yuletide offering.

From Booklist:
Evans' latest offering is a charming holiday story about two strangers who change each other's lives. Mark Smart thinks he has hit rock bottom when his car dies on a snowy evening in Utah. He stumbles into a coffee shop and meets Macy Wood, a young woman he connects with immediately. She gives him a ride home and over the next few weeks, the two swap their life stories. Mark is reeling from his mother's death and his estrangement from his father, while Macy, adopted at age seven, longs to find her younger sister who was taken by another family. Mark encourages Macy to look for her sister, and with his support, she ventures first to the adoption agency and then to the house she and her sister lived in with their troubled father. Mark wants to marry Macy, but his unresolved family issues give her cause for concern, and she pushes him away, forcing Mark to confront his own demons. Evans' many fans will want his latest, and this heartwarming tale is perfect for every reader who loves sweet and uplifting fare.


Five in a Row
Five in a Row
Author: Jan Coffey
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/17/2006
Helpful Score: 3


Emily Doyle, a single mother and computer teacher, has acquired a dangerous secret admirer who has the ability to take control of any car remotely and turn it into a weapon to kill the person inside. At first, the rash of deaths seems random, but Ben Colter, chief investigator, realizes Emily is the key. Together, they race time to find out who the madman is, before his "love" flips over to hatred.

*** This is perhaps Ms. Coffey's most suspensefully frightening novel to date. Tightly coherent action that seems all too real will hold your attention from the first page to the end. ***

The first incident occurs in Albany, New York followed by Providence, San Diego and Miami. In each case the driver insisted the car drove it self. Insurance companies and car manufacturers are concerned though no one has linked the four incidents. Following the fifth event when a school principal's vehicle reportedly did the same thing, the consortium hires Colter Associates to investigate. Ben Colter heads to the new site in Wickfield, Connecticut while the other two associates split the remaining four locations.

In Wickfield, Ben meets computer guru Emily Doyle who he recently offered a job to, but she declined since she is a single parent raising a ninth grader by herself. They are immediately attracted to one another. However, unbeknownst to either, Lyden Gray, a participant in Emily's on-line chat, thinks she is a goddess who he must protect from evil-doers like principals who take up her time as he can hack into any computer program even those in a car.

With wireless cell phones used to set off explosions, the technology seems frighteningly plausible. Thus readers obtain a powerful scary investigative thriller that grips the reader from the moment we comprehend what Lyden achieved from a remote distance with the principal's car. Colter and Emily are intelligent likable protagonists, but the obsessed Lyden steals the show with his dangerous skills that makes one wonder about the safety of a car with all the computer gizmos inside.


For Love's Sake (Love Inspired)
For Love's Sake (Love Inspired)
Author: Cynthia Rutledge
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 15
Review Date: 5/17/2006


A gift of faith

Caretaker Rachel Tanner thought her life was perfect until she took on the assignment of bringing hometown hero Jay Nordstrom back into the land of the living. She'd loved him from afar and hated to see him so broken. Nevertheless, Jay's charismatic personality shone through, and soon Rachel was in danger of losing her heart once again.

A devastating accident had almost destroyed Jay's will to live. No bit of sunshine could tempt him to believe in goodness, but then Rachel swept into his world and opened the curtains. She showed him how much he'd missed by abandoning God, how faith would empower him. Jay searched his soul to express his gratitude. . .and his growing love for her.


Forgiven! (Firstborn: Baxter Family, Bk 2)
Forgiven! (Firstborn: Baxter Family, Bk 2)
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.7/5 Stars.
 23
Review Date: 8/19/2006


Dayne Matthews is at the top of the Hollywood list, working on what may be his best movie yet. Still, he is empty and unfocused, aching for real love and the family he'll never know. Then a friend tells him about a teaching center and a way to become like God. In the same season, the Christian Kids Theater group is devastated by a tragedy greater than any of them could've imagined. Now their director, Katy Hart, must find a way to walk the kids through their grief, and give them a reason to believe again. John Baxter, meanwhile, reconnects with an old friend, and shares a buried secret, one that he and his wife shared all their married lives. Now, in his wife's honor, he decides to continue a very special search. But in the process he makes a critical mistake. What will happen when one of his daughters stumbles onto a letter she was never supposed to see? In this season for the Baxters, grace and redemption will play a greater role than ever before.


Foxe's Book of Martyrs
Foxe's Book of Martyrs
Author: John Foxe
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 12
Review Date: 6/16/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Classic literature by famous Christian authors. Each book is richly detailed in an upscale package, uniquely designed for gift-giving and for collecting a personal classic library.

Foxe's Book of Martyrs is a record of the protestant martyrs, beginning with Stephen and ending during the reign of Queen Mary. Foxe was an educated martyrologist and was, himself, on the run from persecution for a period of his life. This collection of stories is an inspirational volume of the power of faith.


Glad Tidings
Glad Tidings
Author: Debbie Macomber
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 12/6/2006


Book Description
This is a time for families, for togetherness, for memories. On Christmas Eve, Maryanne and Nolan Adams tell their kids the story they most want to hear--how Mom and Dad met and fell in love. It all started when they were reporters on rival Seattle papersand next thing you know, Here Comes Trouble!

Christmas is also a time forfruitcake. Rookie reporter Emma Collins hates fruitcake; for that matter, she hates Christmas, too. When three Washington State women are finalists in a national fruitcake contest, the story is assigned to her. That's bad enough. It gets worse when she has to fly in a small plane (scary!) with a smart-aleck pilot named Oliver Hamilton (sexy!) and his scruffy dog (cute!). In the end she meets three wise women, falls in love and learns There's Something About Christmas.


God's Gift
God's Gift
Author: Dee Henderson
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 12
Review Date: 3/20/2007


Author: Dee Henderson
Weary missionary James Graham comes home on medical leave. He meets the young woman who has been sending him care packages, Rachel Ashcroft, and his spirits lift. At the same time, he senses the deep grief Rachel carries, and his missionary work takes a different turn. God's Gift is a reprint of Henderson's second novel, first published but little noticed in 1998. It's worth purchasing because of the large following Henderson has developed since.


Gone (FBI Profiler, Bk 5) (Audio CD) (Abridged)
Review Date: 7/14/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Former FBI profiler Pierce Quincy's marriage is on the rocks, but things go from bad to worse when his wife, Rainie, goes missing. A kidnapper soon contacts Quincy with a somewhat unusual ransom demand, leaving Quincy and the investigation team with no choice but to play the kidnapper's game to keep Rainie alive. The story is told from alternating points of view, showing Quincy's efforts to find his wife and Rainie's struggle against her cruel captor.


The Halo Effect (Butterfield Institute, Bk 1)
The Halo Effect (Butterfield Institute, Bk 1)
Author: M. J. Rose
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/27/2005


The mutilated body of a prostitute in a nun's habit, her pubic hair shaved into a cross, appears on page one of this suspense thriller, making it plain that Rose's latest (after Sheet Music) is not for the squeamish. The novel is the first in a new series featuring the Butterfield Institute, a Manhattan sex therapy clinic employing psychiatrist Dr. Morgan Snow. One of Morgan's patients, the clever and selective call girl Cleo Thane, has written a memoir full of thinly disguised portraits of her clients, powerful men with odd fantasies and fetishes. She leaves this potentially explosive manuscript with Dr. Snow and then misses several appointments, causing Morgan to suspect foul play. Yet NYPD Det. Noah Jordain and his team, diligently pursuing leads in what's become a gory, ritualistic series of prostitute murders, have no evidence that Cleo, whose clientele puts her in a class by herself, might be a victim. Noah and Morgan are drawn to each other, but when Morgan can't persuade Noah to devote more effort to the search for Cleo, she determines to go undercover and meet Cleo's principal clients herself. Ill-equipped for this masquerade, Morgan is soon in over her head and in peril. The mystery takes second place to the catalogue of sexual eccentricities, but Cleo is an engaging guide to the world of dysfunction Rose painstakingly constructs.


The Haunted Mask II (Goosebumps, No 36)
The Haunted Mask II (Goosebumps, No 36)
Author: R. L. Stine
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/10/2006


This book was realy good, it starts Off with Steve who Is coaching the first grade soccer team. Well they make him realy mad and he wants to get back at them for what they did. So he goes to his enemy Who is carly beth and asks her where she got her mask. When She tells him he goes and gets one but when he put it on he realizes its not just a mask But a creature. He cant get it off so he goes to carly beth she sais you should think of a happy thought so he does. Nothing happens so he goes to where he got it and found bodys that match and found the one that matched. Then his mask jumped onto the body.


A Hero for Dry Creek (Dry Creek, Bk 6) (Love Inspired)
A Hero for Dry Creek (Dry Creek, Bk 6) (Love Inspired)
Author: Janet Tronstad
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/19/2005


Maybe Nicki Redfern was still asleep, but it looked as though a handsome prince stood outside her window. Had God Finally heard her quiet prayers to be swept away into the land of sweet, romantic love and divine faith? Only one way to find out!

While acting as chauffeur for a former Dry Creek resident, Garrett Hamilton fell hard for Nicki. The cute rancher made his heart quiver, but he felt compelled to return to his ho-hum existence. With his mission now complete, Garrett faced the struggle of his life -- could he live without Nikki Redfern or did he actually deserve true love and happily-ever-after with this special woman?


Hideaway (Hideaway, Bk 1)
Hideaway (Hideaway, Bk 1)
Author: Hannah Alexander
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/10/2005


In this gentle romantic suspense novel for the Christian market, a competent physician finds faith, love and healing after her world crumbles. When Dr. Cheyenne Allison is unable to save the patient she loves the most, she is threatened with a lawsuit and ordered to go on leave. Angry with God and at loose ends, Cheyenne repairs to a dilapidated house on 65 acres of land in Hideaway, a rural Missouri town where she hopes to find quiet and healing. But country life is anything but peaceful. It's not long before the good-looking divorce Dane Gideon cajoles her into helping with a dyslexic teen at his ranch for troubled boys, and the widowed mayor, Austin Bartow, angles for a date. Tension simmers when a vandal wreaks havoc on the town, and Bartow blames a boy at the ranch. Cheyenne finds herself caught up in the melee, which culminates when a beloved elderly friend turns up missing. The tension is low-key; the romance between Dane and Cheyenne simmers but never boils, and Cheyenne's search for faith is slow and rather refreshingly undramatic. Some scenes feel wooden, however, especially when a young teen is accidentally electrocuted and Cheyenne works to save his life. Genuine humor and an interesting cast of characters keep the story perking along, and although some of the plot twists are a stretch, there are a few surprises. CBA readers who appreciate escapist romance with a dollop of suspense should find this an enjoyable read.


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