Holly Marlene Magnuson's Blog (12)

Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer is full of Hope

Another very good book by Sawyer. The author did a great job writing this story in a way I could feel Neva’s pain. I found myself thinking what would I do? Could I take in these children? But in heartache there was hope.

Neva was far from perfect, but in her dark moments her daughter Belle would point her to God’s love. Belle was a consistent light throughout the story. A very special young lady.

This story not only highlights the hardships of the 1930’s but it shows the…


Added by Holly Marlene Magnuson on February 26, 2016 at 12:04am — No Comments

Review of "If I Run" by Terri Blackstock

I'm not sure there is anyone better than Terri Blackstock. She tells this story from two perspectives, Casey, who has been accused of murdering her best friend, Brent, and Dylan, former soldier suffering from PSTD and Brent's childhood friend. These two perspectives makes this an engaging story that is also fast paced.

I love Casey and Dylan. Casey is searching for the truth and begins to find more than she bargained for. Dylan is strong and a man of faith. But he's also…


Added by Holly Marlene Magnuson on February 16, 2016 at 9:28pm — No Comments

Another Promising Series by Dani Pettrey

About this Book

In college, Griffin McCray and his four best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore PD. Declan Gray would head to the FBI and Parker Mitchell would go on to graduate school as a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world--and friendships--crumbled.

Now Griffin is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having left life as a SWAT-team sniper when a case went bad. The job is…


Added by Holly Marlene Magnuson on February 2, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments

New Book Watch - Thrill Squeaker (Squeaky Clean Mysteries) by Christy Barritt

About this Book

Gabby and her friends find themselves in a world of trouble when they travel to the mountains to help turn an abandoned theme park into a quirky resort.

Why I'm Excited

I first met Gabby…


Added by Holly Marlene Magnuson on January 31, 2016 at 12:54pm — No Comments

New Book Watch - Crime & Poetry by Amanda Flower

About this Book

Rushing home to sit by her ailing grandmother's bedside, Violet Waverly is shocked to find Grandma Daisy the picture of perfect health. Violet doesn't need to read between the lines: her grandma wants Violet…


Added by Holly Marlene Magnuson on January 24, 2016 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Disappointing - The Newsmakers by Lis Wiehl

As much as I hate to say it this was not my favorite Lis Wiehl book. At times I loved Erica Sparks and at other times she bugged me to no end. Her boss was just sickening in so many ways. The only character that I enjoyed was Greg.  He was down to earth, honest, and caring.

The storyline, for me at least, was predictable. I knew within the first quarter of the book how things would end. I kept hoping there would be some twist that I wasn't expecting, however, that never came.…


Added by Holly Marlene Magnuson on January 19, 2016 at 12:30am — No Comments

New Book Watch - Renovating the Richardsons (Tales from the Goose Creek B&B)

About this Book

Things are finally starting to fall into a steady rhythm in the small town of Goose Creek, Kentucky. Millie Richardson is hard at work renovating a drafty Victorian house into a B&B. Her husband, Al, is busy writing checks for the renovations. And the new vet, Susan, has finally found acceptance from the town–not to mention a hunky new boyfriend, Justin.

But things never stay quiet for long in Goose Creek. The inner-county softball…


Added by Holly Marlene Magnuson on January 18, 2016 at 12:11am — No Comments

New Book Watch - Step by Step by Candace Calvert

About this Book

Three years after a tragic accident left her a widow, ER nurse Taylor Cabot is determined to move on, checking off one item after another on her survival list. Her relationship with a handsome plastic surgeon even gives her hope for the last point—“fall in love again.” At least until crisis chaplain Seth Donovan steps back into her life, reawakening unanswered questions about her husband’s death.

While in San Diego to train community volunteers, Seth hopes…


Added by Holly Marlene Magnuson on January 10, 2016 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Review - Calico Spy by Margaret Brownley

About this Book

Pinkerton operative Katie Madison’s newest case takes her to Calico, Kansas, where two Harvey House restaurant waitresses were murdered in mysterious circumstances. Calico’s sheriff, Branch Whitman, has never…


Added by Holly Marlene Magnuson on January 8, 2016 at 3:00am — No Comments

New Book Watch - Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey

Coming January 26, 2016

I’ve been excited about this book for a long time and I FINALLY got an ARC (advanced reader copy) through Netgalley.com. I just started it on Saturday. I’ve got a good feeling about this one.

The Alaskan Courage series was so good it’s hard not to compare. But the author has taken us to a different part of the United States and all new characters.

Added by Holly Marlene Magnuson on January 3, 2016 at 11:02pm — 2 Comments

New Book Watch - If I Run by Terri Blackstock

Casey knows the truth.

But it won’t set her free.

Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but…


Added by Holly Marlene Magnuson on December 27, 2015 at 11:11pm — No Comments

Interviews and Give Aways

I have two great give aways going on at Favorite Christian Books....

Virginia Smith and Lori Copeland's - A Cowboy at Heart

Mackenzie Dare - Firestorm

Hope you can stop and enter. 

Added by Holly Marlene Magnuson on June 7, 2013 at 12:28am — No Comments

New Member Orientation

We are posting videos here in the this group to help all of our members figure out how to use this site :-)


We will be posting videos all the time now, basically going through the entire site. 




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