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Heart Failure

Heart Failure is Richard L. Mabry, M.D.'s latest offering in Christian medical/suspense/romance. I've read several of his previous books and have loved them, so was thrilled to read his newest book. Heart Failure follows Dr. Carrie Markham and her paralegal fiance, Adam Davidson. Carrie, while still struggling with the death of her husband and her failure to save his life, discovers that Adam isn't exactly who he said he was. The book takes off into a thrilling ride of death threats, attempted murders, medical mysteries, and, of course, Carrie's renewed faith in God. Both Adam and Carrie must come to terms with life altering situations that have affected them greatly, in their own ways. I won't spoil it, but the ending was definitely a surprise and I didn't see it coming. The book also includes a reader's guide at the end with discussion questions. This is an absolutely excellent book. I read it in two days and had trouble putting it down. It was the perfe…

Little Book Of Great Dates

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Little Book Of Great Dates by Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley is literally a little book - pocket sized. It's very attractive and would make a great gift book for an engagement, wedding, anniversary, etc. It has a beautiful imprinted blue imitation leather cover and comes packaged nicely. The premise of this book is to strengthen your marriage relationship via regular dating. It includes a short introduction and then 52 brief date ideas that include a quote, a couple-paragraph devotional type writing, the actual date activity/idea, and then questions for you to discuss with your spouse while on the date. It also includes a "Notes" section in the back with some further resources you might want to delve into. I chose this book because my husband and I try to go on a date at least once a month and could definitely use some fresh ideas and activities to try. While some of the dates suggested were pretty obvious, many were different from activities we've ever done. I'm ea…

Burning Sky

Burning Sky by Lori Benton is an ambitious novel of 400 pages that includes Author's Notes, a glossary, and a Reader's Guide. The cover is beautiful and it is quite a substantial book. The storyline follows Willa Obenchain, alias Burning Sky, who is abducted by Mohawk Indians when she is fourteen years old. Twelve years later, she decides to return to her family's home in New York. When she returns she find nothing as she expected to find it - her parents are missing, and her former friend is now claiming to own her family's land and is nothing like she remembered. This is a story of a girl caught between two completely different worlds and cultures against the backdrop of the Revolutionary War. I admit I was a bit hesitant to choose this title, as Indian/frontier novels usually aren't my favorite, and based on the description, I feared this was a rewritten Pocahontas story. However, this book pleasantly surprised me at every turn. I was immediately drawn in to th…