Courgeous Jack

Colwell, Cheryl. Harris, Brittany. Courageous Jack: Noble Character- Building Series- Volume 1. Inspired Fiction Books. 2015.

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SUMMARY:
Young Jack loses his blue ball and wonders where it may have gone…in the bird’s nest? Perhaps into the cave? Or, caught in the waves? Maybe surrounded by crocodiles? None-the-less, Jack must muster up the necessary courage to find it. With rhyming verses and delightfully illustrated coordinating pictures, Courageous Jack gently teaches the character building lesson of courage, in a reader-friendly manner. Written and illustrated by a mother-daughter team, this first book in the series is dedicated to Jack, son and grandson of the authors.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Already quite the fan of author Cheryl Colwell, I was excited to read this new preschool/ elementary age book from the author team. With rhyming words making it easy for beginner readers, though some of the words were a bit of a stretch, it was still successful, especially concerning the intended message. As part of a new series connected to character building, this may prove to be only the beginning of a truly inspirational collection. Perfect for Sunday school, a church library, a kindergarten bookshelf, beginning readers or part of a preschooler gift, I look forward to the next installment.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Courageous Jack from the authors and BookCrash for my honest review*

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Adriana’s Secrets

Colwell, Cheryl. Adriana’s Secrets: The Secrets of The Montebellis Series- Book 2. Ashland, OR: Inspired Fiction Books Publishing. 2014.

SUMMARY:
montebellisHardship, suffering, heartache, rebellion, jealousy, belonging, endurance…Adriana Montebelli experiences each throughout this tale woven together through the western part of the country in the early 1900’s. Distraught over the death of her parents, Adriana finds herself thrust into a family with members she both loves and despises. As she grows, Adriana learns secrets she must both hide yet share in hopes of grabbing her most precious dreams…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Wow…from the first chapter, I was entranced by the suspenseful action which only heightened throughout the story, literally almost to the last page. As a continuation in The Secrets of Montebellis series, it was outstanding! Well-written, I thoroughly enjoyed Adriana’s Secrets, including the faith-filled messages, the strong characters, the engaging storyline, the subject matters and the inclusion of many secondary plots all joining in a powerful conclusion. Seriously, I truly hope the author, Cheryl Colwell, is working on the next Montebellis installment as she completely lives up to her writing-style tagline of “stunning suspense”. (The cover was actually quite perfect also after reading the book!)

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Adriana’s Secrets from BookCrash and Cheryl Colwell for my honest review*

The Proof

Colwell, Cheryl. The Proof. USA: Inspired Fiction Books. 2014.

SUMMARY:
proofStill having nightmares over the death of his sister in a mudslide twenty-six years ago, Gabe Dolcini finds himself in even more trouble. When given the chance to meet his Grandfather in Italy, Gabe takes the opportunity-only to find himself the guardian of ll Testamento (The Proof) which proves God’s existence…most of all to himself. Armed with an ancient map, surviving dangerous encounters and finding trust in others as well as God, Gabe must challenge his past, learn forgiveness and overcome his doubts…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
From the opening scene, this novel held my attention while actually coaxing me into it even more intently as the story continued. Filled with fact intermingling perfectly with fiction, the line between was hard to draw. Having read and enjoyed this author’s first book, The Secrets of the Montebellis, I was excited to be offered the chance to read and review yet another book by her. Adventure, suspense, danger, faith and secrets all blend effortlessly into a riveting novel which still has me considering possible events. Well-written; very enjoyed!

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Proof from the author, Cheryl Colwell, for my honest review*

The Secrets of the Montebellis

Colwell, Cheryl. The Secrets of the Montebellis. USA: Inspired Fiction Books. 2013.

SUMMARY:
montebellisLisa Richards is in a controlling relationship but is working on a plan to find a way out. Included in that idea is a plan to redevelop the town of her ancestors, investigate Fire Mountain whose mine used to contain fire opals, stay involved with her son yet out of her husband’s path, work secretly with the powerful Montebelli Corporation and try to figure out Steven Taylor…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
I am not sure what exactly I was expecting from this novel but it delivered. The storyline kept moving yet not in a straight line…the twists and turns kept coming…even the cover of the book had me guessing and wondering. Well written and very well mapped out, this book paid close attention to detail with hints and clues scattered throughout. On a side note, I really liked the bit larger size of the book, the sturdier pages and whiter paper. Cheryl Colwell is an author I would read again, especially should she continue to write suspense novels.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Secrets of the Montebellis from the author and BookCrash for my honest review*