A Latte Difficulty by Angela Ruth Strong – Book Review, Preview

Posted April 1, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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While in Israel, as the scare about the Coronavirus really began to escalate, we began to see tourist sites shutting down and measures being taken to prevent its spread. The group I was with was amazing, trusting the Lord to keep us safe.

On our last morning in Jerusalem, several of us walked down to the Kidron Valley. Being as there had been a great deal of rain and it was Spring, we were greeted by a beautiful carpet of wildflowers! The first thing that came to my mind upon seeing them was Jesus’ words of comfort to his disciples and exhortation not to worry

Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

Luke 12:27-28 NLT

It is easy to look at our circumstances and forget how trustworthy God is – how much He cares and how little worry accomplishes.

Are you worrying today? Remember the promises of God and cast your cares on Him!

A Latte Difficulty by Angela Ruth Strong – Book Review, Preview

A Latte Difficulty

by Angela Ruth Strong

Series: The CafFunated Mysteries #3
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Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date April 1, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: Ohio Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 214


Can two baristas track down a gunman after the espresso shot heard ‘round the world?

When Marissa witnesses an attempted murder during the 4th of July parade, it starts a battle for her independence. She is forced to hide out in a safehouse, leaving her co-owner, Tandy, to run their coffee shop, track down the criminal, and, worse, plan Marissa’s wedding. Thankfully Tandy has help, but can she really trust the P.I. in a bow tie, her new deaf barista who acts more like a bartender, or a wedding planner who’s keeping secrets?

The threat on Marissa’s future goes from bad to worse when her bridal gown is covered in blood. Though her fiancé, Connor, agrees to give up his identity to join her in the Witness Protection Program, Marissa refuses to wave the white flag. Instead, she enlists Tandy to help her fight for truth, justice, and the Americano way.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: A Caffeine Conundrum, A Cuppa Trouble, A Mug of Mayhem

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Tandy and Marissa are back, solving a new mystery after a gunman attempts to kill Randon, the multi-millionaire, and Marissa is the only witness. The best friends aren’t sure what to believe or who they can trust.

Having just been reminded of the “do not worry” message Jesus gave where he mentions the way God clothes the flowers more beautifully than Solomon, I loved that this was a theme in this story as well. The reminder that our fear of God should be more than our fear of man was also so important. These were very well integrated into the story!

Angela Ruth Strong has written another cute story in the CafFUNated Mysteries series. Zam is a fun addition, with his lip-reading skills and showy drink-making style. I was surprised at the ending! While I knew the girls were mistaken with their guesses at the guilt of several characters, the actual accomplice was unexpected!

If you enjoy cozy mysteries, be sure to grab a copy of A Latte Difficulty and the rest of the books in the series. They are designed to be read together with very little recap of the previous stories or explanations of who the previously introduced characters are.

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About Angela Ruth Strong

Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Ten years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there’s nothing else she’d rather write about. Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been optioned for film, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon bestsellers. She also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho, and she teaches as an expert online at WRITE THAT BOOK.

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