Freshwater Academy

Fresh Water Academy was founded in 2010. It is home to four lovely young ladies of learning and their dedicated teachers. Located in the wilds of Wyoming, the name Fresh Water Academy was chosen as a Western analogy to Christ. Just as He is the Living Water, and we must have Him to have eternal life, any desert dweller knows the importance of fresh water to life, both for self, and the nourishment of crops or livestock. By taking nourishment in God and His word, we strengthen our own relationship with Him, our faith, and the quality and abundance of our fruitfulness.

Our keystone verse is from Jeremiah, Chapter 17, Verse 8: "For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."

The fruit that we speak of is mentioned in Galatians 5:22
"22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

And the heat could be anything we experience that might test our faith in God; trials and tribulations, relationships, anything that focuses our love and attention anywhere but on Him...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Review of Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson

I loved the twists and turns of this fast paced story.  I did figure out the plot, but rather than being bored, I was intrigued enough to read on and discover how she so skillfully twisted the plot to wrap all the twists and turns into a compelling and arresting story with a climactic resolution.

I love the fact that the relationships in this book were realistic and actually required work, not just a fairy tale where they seemed effortless and illusionary.  The characters themselves were imperfect and real, not shallow and faultless.  Their shortcomings, fears and foibles made them ultimately more relatable.

I do wish I'd have gone back and reread all her former novels, especially the O'Malleys.  It's been long enough for me that the references to the familiar characters and stories teased my memory with bits of stories that I want to explore again.

I would love to give more details about why I enjoyed this novel but I don't want to fill my review with spoilers.  I will say that this book made me wonder about the author herself.

I did have an image of Paul Falcon in my head soon after beginning this novel, which stayed throughout the book.  No book trailers or promo pictures disturbed the image, and I could even hear the voice of the actor my mind had cast to play him as I read.

I highly recommend Dee Henderson's latest novel, Full Disclosure!

From the back cover:

Ann Silver is a cop's cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region's most trusted investigative positions.

Paul Falcon is the FBI's top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder.

Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his. A car wreck and a suspicious death offer a lead on a hired shooter he is tracking. Paul isn't expecting to meet someone, the kind that goes on the personal side of the ledger, but Ann Silver has his attention.

The better he gets to know her, the more Paul realizes her job barely scratches the surface of who she is. She knows spies and soldiers and U.S. Marshals, and has written books about them. She is friends with the former Vice President. People with good reason to be cautious about who they let into their lives deeply trust her. Paul wonders just what secrets Ann is keeping, until she shows him the John Doe Killer case file, and he starts to realize just who this lady he is falling in love with really is...

I received a free Advance Reader Copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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