Summer reading is the best. It has already hit over 90 several times this spring, which is rare in Michigan. But it was also a great reminder of the lazy days to come soon, where the only thing you want to do is lay in a hammock and read a good book.
Where Hope Begins – Catherine West – Savannah Barrington has always found solace at her parents’ lake house in the Berkshires, and it’s the place that she runs to when her husband of over twenty years leaves her. Though her world is shaken, and the future uncertain, she finds hope through an old woman’s wisdom, a little girl’s laughter, and a man who’s willing to risk his own heart to prove to Savannah that she is worthy of love. But soon Savannah is given a challenge she can’t run away from: Forgiving the unforgivable. Amidst the ancient gardens and musty bookstores of the small town she’s sought refuge in, she must reconcile with the grief that haunts her, the God pursuing her, and the wounds of the past that might be healed after all.
Noah Man of God – Tim Chaffey/K. Marie Adams – The Remnant Trilogy – Book 3 – The world is inundated with violence and headed for destruction. Following his desperate flight from the clutches of Havilah’s wicked rulers, Noah finds himself caught in the middle of warring empires: the forces of Havilah, led by their evil king and priestess, battle the barbaric Nodite army for supremacy. Facing a decision that may cost loved ones their lives, Noah must find a way to escape the conflict to reach Emzara and fulfill God’s calling. Seeking a safe place to build the Ark far from his enemy’s reach, Noah leads his group to the last place he thinks anyone would look. Encountering numerous surprises along the way, he discovers that someone else has already planned for his arrival. As the Ark nears completion and judgment looms, Noah makes one more trek through a world dominated by deadly deceptions. Aided by an unexpected stranger in a perilous place, Noah learns once again that the Creator always keeps His promises.
Send Down the Rain – Charles Martin – Allie’s second husband is killed tragically when his 18-wheeler crashes into the rocks near their home in Cape San Blas–the tanker was full of fuel and the explosion could be seen on overhead satellites. She’d already lost the beloved waterfront restaurant her parents started and now losing her husband, no matter how unfulfilling their marriage was, might just push her over the edge. Joseph’s time in Vietnam left him with scars that never seemed to heal. No matter how he’s tried to love or what he’s tried to do since then, he can’t pull himself out of the wreckage of his former life. His trust and security shaken, he isolates himself in a cabin. But every morning, he faithfully pours two cups of coffee, drinking his while he sits with the second, and then pouring out the full cup. It’s no small coincidence that Joseph found a mother and her two young children lost in the woods near his cabin. Or that when he helps them return to family in Florida, he’s near enough to see that explosion. Near enough to know it’s close to home. Near enough to know that his childhood sweetheart needs him.
A Daring Venture – Elizabeth Camden – As a biochemist in early 1900s New York, Doctor Rosalind Werner has dedicated her life to the crusade against waterborne diseases. She is at the forefront of a groundbreaking technology that will change the way water is delivered to every household in the city– but only if she can get people to believe in her work. Newly appointed Commissioner of Water for New York Nicholas Drake is highly skeptical of Rosalind and her team’s techniques. When a brewing court case throws him into direct confrontation with her, he is surprised by his reaction to the lovely scientist. While Rosalind and Nick wage a private war against their own attraction, they stand firmly on opposite sides of a battle that will impact far more than just their own lives. As the controversy grows more public and inflammatory and Rosalind becomes the target of an unknown enemy, these two rivals will face higher stakes than they ever could have known.