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review 2016-11-28 18:04
He’ll Get His Revenge in For the Love of Grace by Andy Blackman #Andy Blackman
For the Love of Grace - Andy Blackman

I was offered a chance to read For the Love of Grace by Andy Blackman and I am so happy I jumped on it. This suspense thriller quickly captured my attention and held it throughout.


Thanks Rachel at Authoright Marketing & Publicity and Andy Blackman for the chance to read and review this fantastic novel of love, loss and revenge.

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Thank goodness I had a sixth sense about For the Love of Grace by Andy Blackman, because neither the cover or the blurb made me anticipate what was to come. I was quickly captured, wondering how Tom will unravel his complicated life and find a happy ending.


Tom grew up poor and hungry, with a thirst for knowledge that was aided by a photographic memory. He is a gentle, loving boy, devoted to his mother, until…


His entire life changed in the blink of an eye. Circumstances beyond our control can cause our lives to take a turn we never could have anticipated and this is just what happened to Tom.


I feel so much sympathy for Grace, his mother, that deserves sainthood in my book. She is a selfless, loving person, giving to others just because of their need. How much pain is such a wonderful person supposed to endure? I feel *** is not doing right by her.

I am halfway in and my heart is breaking for Tom. He is a good guy caught up in bad situations through no fault of his own, just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Life deals him some bad breaks, but this 30 minutes was the worst of his life and nothing would stop him from exacting his revenge. And I am with him! I want to pick up a gun and hunt them down like the brutal savages they are.


I love when a man is bad and good at the same time. Know what I mean? Where do you draw the line? I sympathize with Tom, I feel his pain through Andy Blackman’s words. Andy does a fantastic job of taking me sky high only to drop me, splatting my feelings all over the ground.


I knew from the beginning that something really bad, tragic, would have to happen to take him down the road of an assassin and I kept waiting for it to happen. The suspense never let me rest. The writing created a sense of impending doom.


The peripheral characters are not written just for support. They all play an important part in his life, whether they are his friends or on the receiving end of his wrath, but this is Tom’s story.


I don’t know why I didn’t see the ending coming. I should have seen it. I guess I was so wrapped up in Tom, that I really didn’t want it to end, because I just could not find a way for it to end the way I wanted.


My only complaint…the book is too short. I would have loved to be with Tom through his training to become such a proficient killer. I would have loved a few other parts of the story to be fleshed out more, giving me more details. Maybe this is just because I didn’t want the story to end. BUT…it doesn’t.


I definitely want to check out Book II, The Second Son!!!!



I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of For The Love of Grace from Andy Blackman.

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review 2016-10-30 14:32
I think it's time for retirement Detective Superintendent Roy Grace
Love You Dead (Roy Grace) - Peter James

I have long been a fan of Peter James and before the emergence of his Roy Grace detective series he had written some notable horror stories, most memorable Sweet Heart and Prophecy. Unfortunately  Love You Dead (Roy Grace 12) has all the hallmarks of an author attempting to keep not only his fans happy (really?) but also his publisher content by writing a formulaic story with poor content and laughable plot.


A black widow Jodie Carmichael is set upon marrying the super rich and then immediately disposing of them thereby inheriting all their wealth. She is active in Brighton and our ever vigilant Roy Grace is tasked with the job of bringing her to justice. In a scene reminiscent of a 70's cop show detective Norman Potting is sent undercover as a rich single American to flush out the merry widow. Equally ridiculous a villain called Tooth has been sent by a group of Russian gangsters to retrieve a valuable memory stick (stolen by Mz Carmichael) which is said to contain information and addresses relating to gangsters throughout Europe.....his task to annihilate Mz Carmichael. In order to accomplish this he disguises himself as an elderly doting little old lady called Thelma Darby!


So a story that I presume is to be a half serious attempt as a Detective novel is turned into farce reminiscent of a British Ealing Comedy. If you add to this the fact that DS Roy Grace does not actually make a real appearance or contribution until 150 pages in then you can see why I am disappointed in an author I have great respect for producing such a mediocre piece of fiction. I am only thankful that I did not actually purchase this book but rather borrowed from my local library and I shall be returning it there post-haste!!

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review 2015-09-21 18:48
Review: But I Love Him (his fists, not so much)
By Amanda Grace But I Love Him - Amanda Grace

What I Loved About This Book: It deals with a topic that most authors avoid: domestic violence among teens. The statistics don't lie. Most DV cases are between teenagers. And this book did a good job of showing the devolving of a girl who thought she could fix her boyfriend. The style was a nice change: written in reverse. You start at their 1 year mark and go backwards, which is pretty amazing when it's done right. And this was good. It was such a twist to watching a relationship go bad. Instead of watching it fall apart from the beginning, you see it fall apart in pieces backwards.


The writing was very good. The characters were real. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Read it in 4 hours.


What I Wish Was Improved On: Again, there's a lack of adult supervision. That seems to be a trend among a lot of YA books. But the biggie for me was the ending. I know you don't always get a happy ending, but we're left wondering what's going to happen. You're only given an implication of what might happen to Ann after Connor left. I wish we had been given a little more.



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review 2015-08-15 23:11
For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards - Jen Hatmaker

Sometimes books make me laugh. Sometimes books make me cry. Sometimes books change the way I look at the world. For the Love is that rare kind of book that did all three. It is one of the rare books that I know I will read and re-read, over and over again. It is full of love, and grace, and excellent fashion advice. It's a book about God for people who are tired of books about God. It is warm, and wise, and funny, and goofy, and true. It is so very true. If you are a Christian who longs for a better way, read this book and see how it can be. If you used to be a Christian, but can't stand the church anymore, read this book and believe that some of us want to be better. This is good stuff, friends. Highest of recommendations.

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review 2014-07-18 08:35
One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World
One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World - Tullian Tchividjian Title: One Way Love (Inexhaustible Grace for the Exhausted World) Author: Tullian Tchividjian Pages: 240 Year: 2013 Publisher: David C Cook In case you couldn’t tell, I am an avid reader of many different genres of books. I love fiction and nonfiction novels that spur the heart and mind, or a book that challenges me. One Way Love is filled with truth shared by an author who allows his heart and life to be transparent to readers. When an author shares truthfully what good or bad choices made in their life and what they learned, somehow that should arrest the attention of the audience. While it is certainly true one can sit down, read each word and gain nothing from the writing, I am happy to say that for me this wasn’t the experience. I pray it isn’t yours either. Each chapter brings to the forefront behaviors or thoughts fallen human beings do or have done that can bring either blessing or bondage. If it brings bondage, the author shares how his past experiences are examples of how he was chained. He further shows how God’s one way love not only freed him, but lifted him out. What was really inviting was the way God used various people in his life to be examples. No matter who anyone is, we all are sinners in need of God’s love, grace and forgiveness and not just once, but each and every day as we seek to repent. We can be conduits by which His Spirit leads us to be examples of His one way love. When I sat down to read the book, I had a highlighter, pencil and Bible close by and trust me I used them. Truthfully the author shares how God loves us long before we ever think to love Him. He shows how we can become trapped into thinking or acting that by performance we gain God’s attention or favor, and then shows us what we really bring to Him. With so much uncertainty in the world today, we might get caught up trying to control our own little world right where we live, but the freedom comes when we let go. I could tell you more about what the Lord spoke to me personally as I read the book, but the fun will be to hear how He speaks to you. Let’s face it; everybody is tired of trying to meet standards, expectations or goals. We then take those into our relationship with the Lord and before we know it, we can’t even seem to find beauty in our life. So how about it, would you like to challenged, touched and lightened? Then sit down, read a chapter and mark up the book. Get your Bible, notebook and pen and then listen to the still small voice that is filled with more one way love than perhaps you remember. My rating is 5 stars. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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