A Fine Mess by Kristy K. James

What readers are saying about A Fine Mess

~ As a pastor, I have read many books that are called Christian, and a lot of them come off preachy or feel awkward if you just want to read a novel about Christian people living their lives. In this case, Kristy has overcome that, and has created a very believable story about real individuals.

~ This was a very sweet, refreshing Christian romance. Really liked the relationship between Annie and Ian and the fact that there was a lot of interaction and dialogue between the two. ~

~ I downloaded this book for free on my kindle, but I would go back and buy it if I had to. ~

She would sacrifice anything for those she loved…

Annie Blake put her life on hold to care for her mother when she was diagnosed with cancer. She didn’t consider it a sacrifice as much as a labor of love. But then she learns that her father has done something completely out of character, not to mention criminal, in a misguided attempt to save the life of his wife. Annie realizes she will have to give up more than just a job and an apartment this time. To save him from going to prison, she will have to give up her freedom.

His life was going according to plan – until the day she showed up…

The last thing Ian McCann expected was the bombshell the daughter of an employee dropped in his lap at the start of the three-day weekend. She needed help, and plenty of it. She also needed it immediately, and hoped he would be able to help. He knew that he could, he just wasn’t sure he was prepared to give what it would require to fix everything.

Author: Kristy K. James

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
80 reviews

STRANDED: A Novel by Don Prichard and Stephanie Prichard

First they had to survive the island … then each other … then their rescuer.

All Marine Corps reservist Jake Chalmers wants is to give his dying wife a last, romantic cruise to the Philippines. Unable to save her in a mass murder aboard ship, he washes ashore a jungle island, where he discovers three other survivors. Heartbroken that he failed to save his wife, he is determined not to fail these helpless castaways.

Federal prosecutor Eve Eriksson rescues a young girl and her elderly great-aunt from the same ship. They badly need Jake’s survival skills, but why is he so maddeningly careful? She needs to hurry home to nail a significant career trial. And, please, before Jake learns her secret that she’s responsible for his wife’s death.

Author: Don Prichard and Stephanie Prichard

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
391 reviews

WHERE’S MY SON? (Detective Jason Strong Book 1) by John C. Dalglish

What would you do if your son went missing? How far would you go to get him back?***Michael Barton comes home to find his infant son gone. There is no trace of the kidnappers, and the police have no leads. Michael is driven by a promise and he won’t stop.Detective Jason Strong led the task force to find Michael’s son and has become his friend. But as Michael’s darkness grows, Jason fears he may be the only one who can stop him.It is a race against time, as the detective tries to stop the events that will change everyone, before it’s too late. “A MARVELOUS DEBUT NOVEL AND A SUSPENSEFUL PAGE-TURNER” J. Chambers TOP 500 REVIEWER Red Adept Reviews- March 9, 2012. Novella; 34,000 words***Also available from John C. Dalglish’BLOODSTAIN’ (Detective Jason Strong Novella #2)About the Author: John Dalglish lives in Southwest Missouri with Beverly, his wife of 29 years, and 4 dogs. He wrote his first story over forty years ago.He has three sons, three grandchildren, and another grandchild on the way.

Author: John C. Dalglish

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
223 reviews

Romance: A New Start (Young Adult and Adult Romance, Christmas Fiction book as a Love Story) by Morris Fenris

A New Start is a compilation of two holidays romance novellas: “Christmas in King’s Gap” and “Home for Christmas”. A New Start is a heart-warming tale of forgiveness, love and togetherness; stories about starting afresh, making amends and being with those you love during the holidays.

Christmas in King’s Gap: Jessica left the small town of King’s Gap many years ago and vowed never to return, but a bad marriage and the fear of her ex-husband was enough motivation for her. With guilt and regret she moved into the house her mother left her when she died. Strange events started happening the day Jessica returned to King’s Gap.

Home for Christmas: Sarah left her family home to marry a man she thought loved her. She ignored her parents’ pleas and left the peace and security of small town life behind her, but she made a mistake. He didn’t love her, nor did he care about the kids that they raised together. He abused her, abused them, and now Sarah has no choice but to leave him and head back home, back to the peace, the security and the uncertainty. What will her parents think? Will they still accept her? Sarah arrives just before Christmas, landing on the doorstep of her former home and begging that her parents take her in. But she has been gone for a long time, things have changed, people have come and gone, and there are a few surprises in store for Sarah and her two children.

Amazon Reader Reviews:

“I really enjoyed this storyline in which a woman’s life changed from having had an abusive husband to marrying the man of her dreams.”

“I knew that I had stumbled upon a hit within the first few chapters of A New Start for several reasons. The major thing that I admire about this book is the visually rich, well-refined, and very uplifting tone that Morris Fenris uses to express the stories; it does a great job of portraying the stories in a vivid way that is also a great testament to the skill of the author.

Each story has a great theme behind it and they are both very original and special in their own right. The only problem that I have with this book is the fact that I can’t decide which story is my favorite! I’m leaning slightly towards ‘Home for Christmas’ but I’m sure it will be decided when I have a re-read of this book once I get some free time. I highly recommend it!”

“These are fantastic reads from a writer who really understands the complex feelings that swirl in the human experience around the holidays. The dual longing for the comfort of “home” and the realization that it might not be possible to gain that feeling again is poignant and tender, and ultimately redemptive when explored by these compelling characters.

Christmas in King’s Gap gives the reader taught suspense throughout, really showing us how Jessica feels. She has come home to escape and to heal, but just reaching home doesn’t offer her that. It’s going to take time and her resolving lots of feelings. The house needs repairs, just like her heart, and this is a great storyline to make room for Jake to enter.

Home for Christmas is a great companion piece, with parallel themes that play out differently. I liked that this story had lots of complex dynamics embedded within the family structure that felt very true to the human experience of estrangement, isolation during domestic violence or other hard times, and what’s hard about reunion. There are amazing scenes, like when a verbal fight with characters makes the mother want to protect her children, knowing it must remind them of fights when they were with their father, and it’s all very poignant and realistic. I really liked, too, how the budding romance with Daniel was handled.

Overall, really fantastic stories celebrating new starts, healing, and the complex needs we have for a sense of “home.””

Author: Morris Fenris

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
51 reviews

Angel On Board – Guardian Angels 101 (True Angel Books) by EJ Thornton

Angel On Board takes us through the death of a man (Martin) and the re-birth of him as a guardian angel. Angel on Board takes us to Heaven and back again. Guided by his own guardian angel (George), all the angels interact with Martin’s family to help them cope with their bereavement and adjust to life without him.Angel on Board is primarily based on the author, EJ Thornton’s life during the pregnancy of her son. The baby’s grandfather passed away just a few weeks before her son was conceived. Even though EJ and the baby’s grandfather never met on Earth, EJ felt an amazing connection to him. She feels like he guided her to write his story… this story.Filled with laughs, love, romance and some very poignant moments, you’ll laugh and you’ll cry as Angel On Board takes you on a wild ride, practically providing the veritable proof of Heaven. Once you read Angel On Board, you’ll believe in your own guardian angels, you’ll look for the deeper meaning in amazing coincidences and you’ll know that you are loved!As soon as you are ready to see guardian angels in action and then recognize them in your own life, then click on the cover of Angel On Board.

Author: EJ Thornton

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
71 reviews

The Christmas Mail Order Bride (Holiday Mail Order Brides, Book One) by Kit Morgan

Be Watching for Book Two of the Holiday Mail Order Bride Series, The New Year’s Bride, coming December 2013

A Holiday Mail Order Bride Romance!

The Christmas Mail Order Bride is the first in the Holiday Mail Order Bride Series! Enjoy these sweet romances as you read about characters falling in love during some of your favorite holidays!

Also from Kit Morgan: The Prairie Bride Series

Sheriff Clayton Riley asked for a pair of boots for Christmas, not a mail order bride! Unfortunately for Clayton, his brother and mother figured a bride would look better on him than a new pair of boots! After all, he’d been sulking around long enough after the death of his wife, and his family decided it was time to take matters into their own hands and see to it Clayton had a very merry Christmas!

Summer James was young, she was beautiful and, an impoverished orphan. Who would want such a woman? Obviously no one. For here she was, eighteen and now of age to set out on her own. But New Orleans was full of men with evil intent for one such as herself, and she saw no other choice but to take the only offer for survival she could find and become a mail order bride. What she didn’t count on was becoming Sheriff Clayton Riley’s Christmas present!

Author: Kit Morgan

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
404 reviews

God’s Lions: The Secret Chapel by John Lyman

Summoned to Rome by an old friend, a Jesuit scholar finds himself using a code discovered in the Bible to unearth an ancient, hidden chapel in the catacombs under the city. When a rogue force of Vatican security officials are alerted to his discovery, the priest flees to the Holy Land with a clue … a clue that will lead him and a team of Israeli Christians to a much larger secret in the middle of the barren Negev Desert.Meticulously researched and drawing on scientific fact, John Lyman’s intriguing story takes readers into the world of scholars, archaeologists, code-breakers, and intelligence specialists who have discovered a prophetic code hidden within the Old Testament that authenticates the Bible as a book of supernatural origin and points to a divine plan. This gripping novel is truly a thought-provoking and action-packed thriller with implications for our future.

Author: John Lyman

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
387 reviews

A Tale of Two Elmos (Elmo Jenkins – Book Four) by McMillian Moody

Elmo Jenkins is celebrating his fifth anniversary as a staff member of First Church. Much has changed at the historic downtown church, with new Senior Pastor Billy Pike Jameson and his humorless wingman Lord Hatchet keeping Elmo more than busy. In the midst of helping the church navigate the precarious waters of starting a contemporary worship service, Elmo is asked to lead a mission trip to Papua New Guinea. As always, Elmo keeps his sense of humor and his faith in God’s higher purpose.On the home front, Elmo’s feisty mother-in-law is relentlessly pressuring him to produce a grandchild. Elmo’s friend Erlene has moved into an Assisted Living Facility where she’s stirring up some serious trouble. To make matters worse, someone is systematically burglarizing the homes of the First Church membership. Could there be an inside connection?Thurm, Harry, and Father Ted are still on board along with new friends Pearly Gates, The Radio Guy, and Stumpy the Squirrel.The readers say it best: “Not since Mitford has the day-to-day life of a minister been so much fun.”

Author: McMillian Moody

Rating: Rating: 4.70 / 5
179 reviews

The Old Man and the Tea (Elmo Jenkins – Book Three) by McMillian Moody

Elmo Jenkins is back for another fun-filled adventure at First Church. Tag along as his cadre of quirky friends continue to amaze, stupefy, and entertain Reverend Elmo. Be there when Erlene gets thrown in the slammer for conking a policeman with her dentures. Discover how Eddie Hughes breaks both his nose and his big toe. And suffer with Elmo as Bonnie puts him on a health food regimen. Thurm, Julianne, Father Ted and the rest of the gang are back along with new friends Sergio, the limo driver, and the mysterious Elijah Enoch. Through it all Elmo discovers some life-changing spiritual truths, and chances are, you will too. It’s another hilarious ride through the halls of First Church you won’t want to miss. – OBT Bookz

Author: McMillian Moody

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
232 reviews

Blue Like Elvis by Diane Moody

With over 100 “Five star” reviews.Do you remember where you were the day Elvis died? I do. I know exactly where I was.I was there.In the spring of 1977, Shelby Colter moved back to Memphis, Tennessee hoping to make a fresh start after breaking off her engagement. Working as a patient representative hostess at Baptist Memorial Hospital–the world’s largest private hospital–she’s thrilled with her new job, assisting patients with their non-medical needs. She has to laugh at her colorful co-workers who constantly chat about Elvis-sightings. After all, Baptist Memorial was “Elvis’s hospital.”Shelby hits the ground running, taking care of her patients, getting to know her new friends, and bumping into . . . Dr. Tucker Thompson? Who knew that annoying kid who used to hang out with her big brother was now a resident at Baptist Memorial Hospital? Little Chubby Tucker–a compassionate, handsome doctor? As the summer rolls along, three people she loves face life-threatening situations, drawing Shelby back to her faith. And then one night, in a hospital prayer room, she pours out her heart to a most unexpected visitor . . .Blue Like Elvis is loosely based on the author’s real-life experiences while working at Baptist Memorial Hospital in the summer of 1977. While most of the novel is fiction, the setting of Shelby’s adventures are based on the author’s memories of those days in Memphis leading up to that unforgettable day . . . the day Elvis died.

Author: Diane Moody

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
231 reviews