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Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

Blind Spot (Chesapeake Valor, #3)
Blind Spot
(Chesapeake Valor #3)
by Dani Pettrey


 

~ MY REVIEW ~

When I go to write a review, I always try to first ask myself, “What did I love about this book?”

So. What did I love about this book? Ehm… everything? Let me think about it. Yep! Pretty much everything. Except for that cliffhanger ending. Gosh, those just kill me sometimes! I mean….. Why? Why do authors like to torture us like this? Why do they end a book like this only to turn around and make us wait for months to get our hands on the next book?! Yeah, yeah… I know it builds up excitement and anticipation and all that, but it really makes my family question my sanity (even more than they already do) when they hear me yell all of a sudden, seemingly for no reason whatsoever! So thank you, Dani Pettrey. My family is now completely convinced that I have finally lost my last marble. *sigh* They just don’t understand.

I don’t know that this is my favorite of Dani’s books… but then, I like all of hers so much that I don’t think I could ever choose a favorite! This story is exactly what I have come to expect from her, though. A really good, fun, fast read with action-packed suspense and the type of awesome characters that you just really wish you could go visit! And the faith and reliance on God that Dani so smoothly weaves into these stories is truly beautiful.

I love that the previous books in the series have set up the relationship between Declan and Tanner so that we already have some backstory for them going into this book. If we didn’t have that, I think their relationship would have felt really rushed and maybe rather odd, but instead, it felt very natural after having already seen them together some. And speaking of that… I have really been looking forward to seeing into their thoughts regarding each other and their own personal history and struggles. That was one of the best parts of finally getting to read this book: getting to know these characters on a deeper level that really helped me to be able to understand and connect with them.

It’s so amazing when you discover a new author that pretty much becomes an instant favorite. It’s a rare occurrence, but it does happen. Dani is one of those authors. I don’t ever read her book blurbs anymore because I know that whatever the book is about, I am almost 100% certain to enjoy it. She draws me into her stories so quickly and so easily… I open up one of her books– any of her books– and the next thing I know, it’s the wee hours of the morning and I’m struggling to hold my eyes open and keep my brain functioning well enough to comprehend what I’m reading so I can finish the book!

In case you can’t tell… I think this is a great read, y’all! I absolutely recommend it!

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher to help promote it. No review required. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


 

~ WHAT SOME OF MY FRIENDS ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS BOOK ~

 

Honestly everything about this book was amazing and I absolutely hated putting it down! And now I am desperate to read book four which I know is going to blow my socks off!!  Read more…
~ Abbi

This is exactly what I look for when I pick up a Christian fiction book: a real, relevant, daily faith.  Read more…
~ Hannah

The suspense was crazy good, each new development bringing me ever closer to the edge of my seat!  Read more…
~Caitlyn


 

Check out the entire Chesapeake Valor series!
Cold Shot (Chesapeake Valor, #1) Still Life (Chesapeake Valor, #2) Blind Spot (Chesapeake Valor, #3)
Coming in July–> Dead Drift (Chesapeake Valor, #4)

And don’t miss her Alaskan Courage series!
Shadowed (Alaskan Courage, #0.5) Submerged (Alaskan Courage, #1) Shattered (Alaskan Courage, #2)
Stranded (Alaskan Courage, #3) Silenced (Alaskan Courage, #4) Sabotaged (Alaskan Courage, #5)

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The Sunshine Blogger Award! :)

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~ RULES ~

1.) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2.) Answer the eleven (11) questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3.) Nominate eleven (11) new blogs to receive the award and write them eleven (11) new questions.
4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award on your post and/or on your blog.

 

Though she didn’t actually nominate me, I got this from Kathy over at katiescottagebooks.  Go check out her post here! 😀


~ KATHY’S QUESTIONS ~

1.) Do you enjoy watching football? If yes, who is your favorite team?
— Absolutely! The Oklahoma Sooners!!  Though I have also enjoyed watching our local high school teams. 🙂

2.) Do you like to read poetry?
— When I’m in the right mood for it, yes.

3.) Do you have a favorite website? If yes, what is it?
— Probably Goodreads. 😉

4.) Do you enjoy podcasts? What are your faves?
— I don’t really ever listen to podcasts…  Though my bro-in-law did tell me about one called “Lore” that I started listening to just this week.  So far, I’m really liking it!

5.) What is one of your most embarrassing moments?
— I’ll never tell! haha! 😛

6.) Do you enjoy walks outside in the winter?
— Um… I enjoy taking walks so that I can photograph nature, but I don’t exactly enjoy walking outside in the winter.  It’s cold, y’all…  I don’t like cold. 😐

7.) Was there a moment in your life when something hilarious happened and you laughed so hard your side or stomach hurt? Tell us what happened.
— So many times!!  I mean… I have 5 brothers– and lots of little kids around all the time!  Stomach-hurting-laughter was a normal part of my life growing up & it still happens quite often. 😀
I must say, though, that a lot of that stomach-hurting-laughter was triggered by a lack of sleep… and my older brother having the ability to make me laugh with just a look. 😛

8.) Do you enjoy spending time with children?
— Oh, yes! 🙂  I grew up spending loads of time around children.  I’ve always loved kids and enjoyed being around them. 🙂

9.) Do you enjoy visiting art galleries?
— Actually… I don’t think I’ve ever visited an art gallery. 😐  Depending on the type of art… I may or may not enjoy it.

10.) What is your favorite meal?
— Gosh, I don’t know…  Maybe a nice, tender brisket with a side of green beans & mashed potatoes.  That sounds sooo good right now!

11.) What is your favorite comfort food?
— Chips.  The cheesy kind.  Like sour cream & cheddar or Cheetos.


And because I liked Mandie’s questions that Kathy answered too…  I thought I’d add them on here just for fun! 😉

 

~ MANDIE’S QUESTIONS ~

1.) If you could have any name in the world what would it be?
— I feel like I’ve answered this question once before… Yep!  Check out question #5 on this post!  I think I finally settled on the possibility of Michal or Emma.

2.) What is your favorite holiday and why?
— Independence Day (the 4th of July).  Why?  Um… FIREWORKS!! 😀  Really, though, I do love what this holiday is all about– it’s about America gaining independence, in case you didn’t know.  And there are fireworks!  But I also like that it’s a summer holiday– warm weather, sunshine, outdoors, flip-flops, grilling, watermelon, etc.  *sigh*  And that it’s not a holiday that makes people feel obligated to buy everyone they know a card and/or a gift (even if it’s a pointless gift you know they won’t like).  And I like the fireworks.  And the decorations– who doesn’t like red, white, & blue?  And yeah… did I mention the fireworks? 😀 😉

3.) If you could meet a character from any fiction book, who would it be and why?
— You know… I really loved Kathy’s answer for this!  Eowyn is such an amazing, yet under-appreciated, character.  At least, I think she is.  But I would like to take her answer one step further and include Eowyn’s brother Eomer.  He’s my favorite from those movies– another under-appreciated character.  I think I’d really like to meet them both! 🙂

4.) If your pet (or pets) could talk for a day, what questions would you ask them?
— And I would ask my family’s dog, Major (click here to meet Major) what makes him choose to chase certain vehicles and completely ignore others.  Though we’ve tried to break him of this, he won’t stop.  And he’s quite selective of which vehicles to bother with– even growling quite ferociously at some!

5.) What is one thing that always makes you smile?
— Laughing babies! 😀  Doesn’t that make everybody smile?  It should! 🙂

6.) Which of the seven dwarfs are you most like? (Extra points if you name all seven without cheating!)
— Ehm….. I have no idea.  And I’m quite sure I couldn’t name them all either. 😐

7.) What is your favorite day of the week?
— I don’t really have a favorite day of the week…

8.) What is one food you strongly dislike?
— Since I’m a pretty (*ahem* very) picky eater….. :/  I once tried calamari because my mom said it was super good and I didn’t actually know what it was (for those who don’t know, calamari is squid).  I nearly threw up in my plate in the middle of the restaurant.  *gag*  NEVER. AGAIN!!  I shudder even now just thinking about it…

9.) What is your favorite song?
— It Is Well — written by Horatio Spafford.

10.) What is your favorite board game?
— CLUE.  Yep, I love playing that game!! 🙂

11.) What is your favorite number and why?
— Seven.  It’s the number of God.  The number of perfection and completion… And it’s the number of the day on which I was born. 😉


 

I’m not going to nominate anyone or try to come up with any questions for y’all to answer… my brain ain’t working well enough for that tonight. 😛  I just felt like doing some sort of question/answer post and really liked these questions.  If y’all feel like sharing any answers of your own in the comments, though, I’m sure I would enjoy reading them! 🙂

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Looking Back on November 2017

Blind Spot (Chesapeake Valor, #3) Beloved Hope (Heart of the Frontier #2) The Distance Between Us By Your Side Beneath Copper Falls (Rock Harbor #6) Under the Cajun Moon Cherished Mercy A Casualty of War (Bess Crawford #9)


New-To-Me Authors: 0

And the places I “visited” in my reading…

States: Maryland – Texas – Utah – Washington – Michigan – Hawaii – Illinois – Louisiana – Oregon

Countries: Malaysia – Jamaica – France – England

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Praise The Lord For All He’s Done

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope y’all have a lovely and safe Thanksgiving!! ❤

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Looking Back on October 2017

Where Are You Now? An Inconvenient Beauty (Hawthorne House, #4) The Cinderella Murder (Under Suspicion, #2) A Matter of Trust (Montana Rescue, #3) Treasured Grace (Heart of the Frontier #1) The Walnut Tree (Bess Crawford #4.5) P.S. I Like You The Fill-In Boyfriend On the Fence


New-To-Me Authors: 1

And the places I “visited” in my reading…

States: New York – Massachusetts – California – Montana – Oregon (Territory)

Countries: England – France

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Library Finds – October

 

It makes me happy when my library gets new Christian Fiction! 😁 I just read my copy of Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin in June and I definitely recommend it!!


 

Here are a couple of books by Linda J. White.
I’ve read Words of Conviction— it’s very good!
Seeds of Evidence I have not read yet, but it’s definitely on my tbr list. In fact, I’ve even borrowed it from my library twice, but ended up not having the time to read it…


 

Any DiAnn Mills fans out there??
I discovered DiAnn’s writing through my library several years ago & have been enjoying her books ever since! These are some of her books that my library has.


 

Have y’all read any of the Bug Man books by Tim Downs? I’ve read a couple & really liked them– they’re about a forensic entomologist (and you might want to look that up before deciding if you want to read these books).
I discovered this book at my library… read it, liked it, & recommended it to my brother. Which led to buying him the entire series for Christmas.

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An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

An Inconvenient Beauty (Hawthorne House, #4)

An Inconvenient Beauty
(Hawthorne House #4)
by Kristi Ann Hunter


~ MY REVIEW ~

*sigh* A new one for my favorites list… 🙂

I’m going to be honest here and admit that I was a little concerned about this book– if you read my review for the previous book, you’ll understand why. And I know I’m not the only one who felt this way so I just wanted to say right away that you have absolutely nothing to worry about! This book is fantastic and I loved it!!

Now.  Moving on to one of the main reasons that I loved this book.  Griffith.  I love him!  Before, I really wasn’t all that interested in him.  It’s not that I didn’t like him or anything… he’s a good and likable character.  He has a good heart, he loves God and his family, and he does his best to just be a good man.  But I just didn’t find him all that intriguing.  He didn’t pique my curiosity or make me super excited to read his story.  Colin has been my favorite hero in the Hawthorne House series and I had no suspicions that his position as my favorite might be challenged.  But it has been. Griffith swept in and stole my heart and I now find it a bit difficult to truly say that Colin is still my favorite–  I think they may be tied for first place now. 😉

Okay, enough about Griffith. ;P  I also loved Isabella.  She’s in such a tough situation and she really had no clue it would be so difficult to complete the mission she set out for London to do.  And then she’s in the middle of a big mess and it seems there’s no way out!  As much as I wished she would have made different decisions, who am I to say I wouldn’t have done much the same thing in that same situation?  And I have to applaud her for wanting to do everything she can to help her family.  And in the end, I couldn’t be angry with her for her choices.  She was so limited in how she could help them.  What’s a girl to do?

And let’s not forget Frederica!  Dear, dear Freddie…  I like to think of Freddie as being God’s little helper. 😉  (You’ll understand what I mean when you read the book– or if you already have read it.)  I flat out adored this girl by the end of the story!  She may very well have been my favorite character.  Her personality is so endearing; I just know that I would love having her as a friend!  And the close, loving friendship she has with Isabella is the next best thing to having a sister.  Theirs is the kind of relationship that you know will last.  🙂

Beyond the characters themselves, this story was a great reminder that no matter how much planning you do for your life, God’s plan may not be quite what you had in mind.  But He knows what’s best, even when it goes against what you think is best.  This story definitely gives you something to ponder when it comes to trying to plan out your future.  Planning is all well and good– it’s needed– but don’t ever forget that you need to make God’s desire for your life your priority.  His outcome is always so much better than we could have ever imagined!

Before I go, I just have to ask: am I the only person who kept thinking of Mr. Darcy throughout this entire book?  I know Griffith is supposed to be blond and all, but I just couldn’t help picturing Colin Firth rather than Chris Hemsworth (the chap the author had in mind).

 

I received a free copy of this book through the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

 


 

~ SOME FAVORITE QUOTES ~

A man of eight and twenty should not feel the need to squirm when his little sister stared at him, even if her expression held the intensity of every headmaster he’d ever had, combined.

“Miss Breckenridge, you must allow me to tell you how brilliant your teeth are. Were you a horse I would bid until I won you.”
Isabella blinked, straining to maintain her smile, even though her cheeks were starting to hurt. There was a compliment somewhere in that bizarre statement, but she wasn’t sure she wanted to find it.

Frederica: “The very fact that we have no idea why he’s bestowed his attentions on me proves that he’s not in his right mind.”

Griffith: “I find myself drawn to her, even though she’s an entirely illogical choice.”
Georgina: “I wouldn’t lead with that. It doesn’t even work for fictional men.”
Miranda: “Agreed. Tell her you love her. If that doesn’t do it, you don’t want to marry her anyway.”

Griffith: “What if she says no?”
Miranda: “Then we find a way to turn her into a frog.”

 


Check out the entire Hawthorne House series & my reviews for them!
A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House, #0.5) A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House, #1) An Elegant Façade (Hawthorne House, #2) An Uncommon Courtship (Hawthorne House, #3) An Inconvenient Beauty (Hawthorne House, #4)


Click HERE to see more review posts on my blog!  🙂

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Looking Back on September 2017

All Dressed in White (Under Suspicion, #3) Deadlock (FBI: Houston, #3) The Sleeping Beauty Killer (Under Suspicion, #4) A Bride at Last (Unexpected Brides, #3) Rescue Me (Montana Rescue, #2) Love in a Fix (Modern Conveniences #1) I've Got You Under My Skin (Under Suspicion, #1)

 

New-To-Me Authors: 1

And the places I “visited” in my reading…

States: Florida – New York – Texas – Missouri – Kansas – Montana

Countries: 0

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