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Book Spotlight: The American Canidate: M.J. Lee

Jayne Sinclair Genealogical Mystery #3
SYNOPSIS: In her most dangerous case yet, Jayne Sinclair investigates the family background of a potential candidate to be President of the United States of America.

When the politician who commissioned the genealogical research is shot dead in front of her, Jayne is forced to flee for her life. Why was he killed? And who is trying to stop the American Candidate’s family past from being revealed?

Jayne Sinclair is caught in a deadly race against time to discover the truth, armed only with her own wits and ability to research secrets hidden in the past.

The American Candidate is the third gripping mystery in the Jayne Sinclair series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel.

MY THOUGHTS: I’ve become quite a fan of this series. I sincerely hope it continues for a long time. So far, as Book 3, it is the best installment. I’m liking Jayne as a single woman- her husband never seemed right for her. Her character has grown more confident and better at her job. I also enjoyed that her father took a larger role in this book. He is a strong supporting character and he adds a lot to the novels. Having him front and center added an entirely new dynamic.
From a historical perspective, M.J. Lee has again done an immense amount of legwork. His research in order to produce such high quality, historical fiction is evident & admirable. As this one’s back story is in World War 2, there are some sensitive issues touched upon, but Mr. Lee does a great job of balancing the violence so that it isn’t gratuitous and it is, at times, a necessary component.

I will continue reading the series as long as it’s available and this one is a definite 5 star novel.

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Where Treetops Glisten: Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin

21561734A three-story compilation, ‘Where Treetops Glisten’ is a great read to get you in the Christmas Spirit.

First, we have ‘White Christmas’ by Cara Putman. Abigail, a college student and a part-time candy shop worker, has lost her love in The War. She’s hesitant about ever loving again until she meets a certain young man in need of her help.

Next, in Sarah Sundin’s ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’, we meet Abigail’s brother, Pete. He’s a fighter pilot & hero returned from the European Theatre. War has left him weary & in need of peace.  When he meets a darling little girl who just needs a friend, he also meets her mother. They knew each other once, but Pete isn’t that person anymore. Can Pete convince her of that?

Finally, in Tricia Goyer’s ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, Meredith Turner aka “Merry” is a combat nurse in the Netherlands. Like a lot of us, Merry has had her share of deep heartache & betrayal. But being so far away from home, she never expected to have to deal with it. But, perhaps that’s God’s plan even if it isn’t Merry’s.

I enjoyed the nostalgic WWII setting and that the characters are all closely related to each other. Abigail’s love story with Jackson is really sweet. I appreciated how patient & understanding Jackson’s character is, in light of Abigail’s loss.

Pete’s story is great. I loved the twist of Pete meeting the mother & having known her prior. The fact that Pete has to redeem himself from actions of his past was a nice twist. Merry’s story was a little hard to follow at times. Readers may wonder why Merry is still upset at certain points. I wondered how she could spend so much time rehashing old issues in the middle of the upheaval she was faced with.

Of all three, Pete’s was my favorite. However, as fall days get colder, this is the perfect collection to spend a day with. In all it’s a 5 star rating from me.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.