Friday, September 28, 2018


By Kelly Bridgewater


I'm so happy.  (As if you couldn't tell already!)

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I know the calendars reads fall, but in my neck of the woods, it is probably still in the high 80's outside and will be for another two months.

I love fall.

I love the colors on the trees. The crisp in the air (whenever it comes). The time to pull out my sweaters, jeans, and flannel pajama pants for lounging around the house. I love sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows. I enjoy camping this time of year. The air smells cleaner too.

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I'm so glad that summer is on its way out. No more heat or bugs.

What about you? Do you like Fall? What attracts you to Fall?

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Patti Callahan: Becoming Mrs. Lewis

By Kelly Bridgewater

In a most improbable friendship, she found love. In a world where women were silenced, she found her voice.

From New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan comes an exquisite novel of Joy Davidman, the woman C. S. Lewis called “my whole world.” When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis—known as Jack—she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn’t holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy.

In this masterful exploration of one of the greatest love stories of modern times, we meet a brilliant writer, a fiercely independent mother, and a passionate woman who changed the life of this respected author and inspired books that still enchant us and change us. Joy lived at a time when women weren’t meant to have a voice—and yet her love for Jack gave them both voices they didn’t know they had.

At once a fascinating historical novel and a glimpse into a writer’s life, Becoming Mrs. Lewis is above all a love story—a love of literature and ideas and a love between a husband and wife that, in the end, was not impossible at all.

From Amazon

My Thoughts:

I have been a huge fan of C.S. Lewis's writing for a long time. I have written two graduate level research essays when I was in graduate school about C. S. Lewis's writing. So when I heard someone wanted to write a fictionalized story about Joy, C. S. Lewis's one and only wife, I was intrigued. I have read a number of novels by C. S. Lewis and his biographers who have written about her and her importance to C. S. Lewis. I'm really glad I picked up Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan. This is definitely a wonderful story.

England is a huge bucket list place for me to visit. I want to visit the pub where Lewis and Tolkien sat and wrote. I want to visit his home. I even want to take a tour of Oxford University and observe where his office was. Callahan does  wonderful job at making me homesick for a country I haven't ever been to. She does a fabulous job at describing just what I need to see and what I need to focus on. She brought the world of London and Oxford alive for Joy and for me.

I didn't know all the back history to Joy, but it was nice to see that she was a normal person too with her first horrible marriage and how hard it was for her to handle motherhood and being a writer at the same time. I liked how Callahan humanized Lewis too. She didn't shy away from some of his vises like smoking a cigar and drinking a little with dinner or after dinner. I wonder if a lot of Christians are going to be turned away from that aspect of him because of his Christian beliefs. I know my mother would be. I really liked the imagination of the lion and the aspect he represented to Lewis and Joy.

The only problem I have with the plot is the element of the letters back and forth between Joy to Lewis and Joy to Bill. They were erupt and jarring when they first started. I still had a hard time knowing when they started and when they ended. Maybe this will be fixed in the final copy, but as for my ARC, it didn't flow well.

Overall, Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan is a wonderful fictional story for fans of C. S. Lewis and his writings. Even if you are interested in Lewis's writing, then this might be the book for you. I fell into London with the story and had a hard time putting the novel down. I highly recommend Becoming Mrs. Lewis. A novel to sit next to my other Lewis books. 

I received a complimentary copy of Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan from Thomas Nelson Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Monday, September 24, 2018

DiAnn Mills: Burden of Proof

By Kelly Bridgewater

Reeling from a negotiation gone wrong, FBI Special Agent April Ramos is caught off guard when a frazzled young woman shoves a crying baby into her arms, then disappears. Worry for the child’s safety quickly turns to fear when a man claiming to be the girl’s father abducts them at gunpoint. April puts her hostage negotiation skills to use to learn more about who she’s dealing with: Jason Snyder, a fugitive accused of murder.

As Jason spins a tall tale about being framed for the killing of his business partner, April must sort through his claims to find the truth. A truth that becomes all the more evident after April overhears a conversation between Jason and the local sheriff and realizes something more sinister may be happening in their small town of Sweet Briar, Texas. But aligning herself with a known fugitive to uncover the burden of proof could cost April her job . . . or worse, her life and the lives of other innocent people.

From Amazon

My Thoughts:

DiAnn Mills is hit or miss if I enjoy her romantic suspense. Some of her books take place with terrorists plots, and I don't like those type of stories. But for romantic suspense to work, I need a good bit of suspense as the main idea with a little bit of romance sprinkled across the top. I don't want the romance to be the main storyline. Some romantic suspense authors do make the romance the main storyline. It's fine for them, just not my type of story. With DiAnn Mills latest story Burden of Proof
I believe the suspense was the main focus.

Her description was well-written. I had no problem visualizing any of the settings or the people who populated the story. Emotions were described just the way they should be without overwhelming me. The third person point of view captured my imagination.

The plot was definitely something I haven't seen done before. It was original and predictable. I think it was predictable because Mills told you who the bad guy was early on, but she lead me down a trial of clues to prove what she wanted the readers to know. No evidence. No convinction. The story moved at a fast pace. I finished the book in over a day. I really wanted to see how they would catch the bad guy and who was all involved.

The characters of April and Jason drove the story. I did find it weird that Jason who did work in any type of law enforcement agency knew just as much about the inside workings of the FBI as April who was a FBI agent. April, the heroine, was a strong heroine who put herself in some daring positions in order to bring justice to Jason who she believes in innocence. Jason, on the other hand, ignores all the rules telling him to hide and keep cover until the case is solved.

The romance didn't rush through the pages. There were moments Mills jumped the gun with their emotions by stopping the fast pace of the novel to allow Jason and April to ponder their growing feelings for each other. It didn't really bothered me. It just took me out of the story when I was reading it.

Overall, A Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills is a unique story filled with fast paced novel and a hint of romance that proves not all claimed guilty people are actually guilty. I think fans of Irene Hannon, Lynette Eason, and Colleen Coble will be excited to read this latest version.

I received a complimentary copy of Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills from Tyndale Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

About the Author:
DiAnn Mills
From Amazon

 DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne du Maurier, Inspirational Reader's Choice, and Carol Award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best Christian fiction books of 2014.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She's an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the following social media platforms or others listed at 

(Taken from Amazon)

Friday, September 21, 2018

ACFW Conference 2018

By Kelly Bridgewater

Boy, I wish I was attending the ACFW Conference right now. It is going on right now in Nashville, Tennessee, but because of all the financial issues my family has had to endure this year, I couldn't afford to go.

What is the ACFW Conference you ask?

I have blogged about it in 2014 and 2016 when I attended.

Overall, it is a conference with classes on writing taught by some of the accomplished writers, editors, and agents in the Christian writing business. A world I definitely want to be a part of.

I love rooming with my friends Emilie Hendryx and Suzanne Milligan Wesley. I love seeing writers I enjoy and support on here. I love getting autographs and taking pictures with them. I love hanging out with other writers and talking about writing without having people look at me like I'm weird.

I haven't been in two years because of financial reasons, but I have to work to save money. It is hard to pay the $1,500 for four days of a conference. I have braces to save for. I have a son that is a senior next year and that is going to cost a lot of money, so I need to save for that. Plus, our youth group wants to send the two older boys to a foreign country on a mission trip. I would love to have them go and share the gospel with others and serve, but we'll see.

I pray that next year I will be able to attend in Texas. We'll see. Keep an eye out maybe I'll be able to share a blog post about my experience.