February 19, 2016 | By: Cynthia Marcano

Review: Abraham and Sarah by Roberta Kells Dorr

Abraham and Sarah
Author - Roberta Kells Dorr
Rating - 1 out of 5 Stars
Would I Recommend: No

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A splendid exploration of faith against great odds and love that endures years of disappointment.

Abraham and Sarah is a masterful historical drama from the moment that Abraham strides into the pagan temple to rescue Sarah. The couple sets out in search of the blessings God had promised: abundant fertile land and decedents more plentiful than the stars.

But years of wandering bring the couple to Egypt, where once again Abraham convinces Sarah that as sister and brother surely they will pass safely through the territory. But Pharaoh takes Sarah into his harem, where she befriends Pharaoh’s daughter, Hagar. Together the three are ordered to leave.

Years of barrenness have embittered Sarah, and she hatches a plan: Hagar must become the vessel for the child God has promised. Ishmael is born to Hagar, and jealousy is born in Sarah’s heart. But God had a plan and He was right all along. This miracle unfolds with historical authenticity, leaving the reader with a better understanding of the ancient world and the life-changing faith of Abraham and Sarah.


I was immediately drawn to this book because I enjoy biblical fiction and the cover is beautiful, but from the very beginning, my interest plummeted.

I can only assume that author Kells Corr did a lot of research about the times and religious practices of Abraham's family because it seems liked endless pages of it. It dragged on and on.

I particularly didn't like that Sarai was portrayed in a bratty way. Kells

Corr took a little too much creative license. The bible states that God told Abraham to leave his family but that is not the reason in the book.

It is my opinion that a good biblical fiction book does not change ANYTHING the bible says. Great biblical fiction takes the little that is said in the bible and makes it come alive without altering it. It make me want to go back and reread the biblical account.

I can not say that Abraham and Sarah accomplished either.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by Moody Publishing. The opinion of this book is my own and I was not paid or compensated for my review.

February 15, 2016 | By: Cynthia Marcano

Playing The Part by Jen Turano

Playing The Part
Author - Jen Turano
Rating - 5 out of 5 Stars
Would I Recommend: Yes. Yes! Yes!!

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Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan's interest turns threatening. Lucinda's widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta's life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson's estate to hide out.

Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there's much more to him than society knows.

Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail's matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can't ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it'll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.

What I Loved...

Playing The Part is definitely one of my favorite books by Jen Turano. It is also one of her funniest. Turano really thought out of the box for this plot and I couldn't be happier about. I can honestly say that I have never read this plot in any other book. It's a wonderfully fun read. I love Lucetta's character and while Bram is not my favorite hero, I do adore the couple that makes up Lucetta and Bram.

As is her custom, Turano brings back a few characters and I always love to read where they are now.

What I Liked...

With so many things that I loved about this book, I am almost remiss to downgrade anything to like rather than love.

The other characters in the book are a delight! A mishmash of odd characters always helps stir up some funny.


Love the cover which is no surprise.

Looking back, I can't help but smile when I think about the fact that this book contains an actress, a goat, cannons, cemeteries and a dungeon. Yes, that makes absolute sense...lol. This is a must read if you are in the mood for light-hearted romantic comedy.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley. The opinion of this book is my own and I was not paid or compensated for my review.

February 1, 2016 | By: Cynthia Marcano

Review: Deadlock by DiAnn Mills

Author - DiAnn Mills
Rating - 4 out of 5 Stars
Would I Recommend: Yep!

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Two murders have rocked the city of Houston. Are they the work of a serial killer, or is a copycat trying to get away with murder?

That is the question facing Special Agent Bethany Sanchez, who is eager for her new assignment in violent crimes but anxious about meeting her new partner. Special Agent Thatcher Graves once arrested her brother, and he has a reputation for being a maverick. Plus, their investigative styles couldn’t be more opposite: he operates on instinct, while she goes by the book.

When hot leads soon fizzle out, their differences threaten to leave them deadlocked. But an attempt on their lives turns up the heat and brings them closer together, and a third victim might yield the clue that will help them zero in on a killer. This could be the case of their careers . . . if they can survive long enough to solve it.

What I Loved...

In mainstream Christian Fiction, it's rare to find a heroine of Hispanic heritage. I was so super excited to read a book that featured one that was an authentic Mexican woman. I loved reading Spanish throughout the book and the Hispanic family dynamics. I am working on my first real book as an aspiring author and the female lead is an authentic young woman and feared that it would not be widely accepted. Deadlock was an inspiration to me.

What I Liked...

I am not usually a suspense fiction reader, but I loved that Mills had me guessing until the end. The twists and turns made me want to keep reading late into the night. I honestly guessed that the killer was everyone at one point or another...lol. I literally changed my suspect a hundred times.


Love the cover. Great depictions of the characters.

There was one loose end that I wish would have been solved better.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley Book Publishers. The opinion of this book, is my own and I was not paid or compensated for my review.