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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman

What a fun story from Dina L. Sleiman.  It's a Robin Hood type adventure with a strong female lead character who has a huge heart and many struggles to overcome.  She cares for the orphans from the village she grew up in that was destroyed by a ruthless king. She loves and protects these children as her own. But they must live as outlaws and to survive, must do things they know are wrong.  The story is based on her struggle to overcome the past and her fears of the future. Will she be able to accept true love in her heart and who is the right person to give her that love.  Is she even ready for love at this point.  Can and will she ever allow God into her heart.  It was a fun read that kept you guessing right until the end. There was one or two things that I personally do not believe in that took place, so it kind of ruined that part for me, but that is just personal beliefs.  Overall it was a well written book and a nice change from 1800s romance.  *I was given this book from Bethany House for an honest review.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Deadly Echoes (Finding Sanctuary 2) by Nancy Mehl

The latest book I read is Deadly Echoes. The second in a series from Nancy Mehl. As I enjoyed the first one, I took a chance on the second one. I was not disappointed. This was a great mystery.  It kept you guessing until the end.  As I don't read very many books set in contemporary times, I am always surprised when I take a chance on one and I totally enjoy it.  The girl in the story is very likeable. She really comes to know and appreciate herself in this story and learns not to compare herself with others. That she is unique and God made her who she is. Therefore she should not criticize herself or think others are better than her. I connected with that part of the story. The mystery is intriguing and very entangled. I really did enjoy this book and look forward to others from this author.  I got the book for free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.  Honestly?  Its great!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

I am truly at a loss as to what to say about this beyond being FABULOUS!!  Elizabeth Camden, once again, does not disappoint.  She is steadily becoming a favorite of mine.  The characters in this book (as in all others I have read of hers) absolutely come to life.  I want to invite them to dinner!!  I want to hang out with them.  I care about them and what happens to them. ONLY a talented writer can have that affect on the reader.
When I first read what this book was about I was torn. It is NOT a subject I am interested in. The Library.. yes... the Library of Congress and politics??  NOPE!  But when I saw the author I was so tempted. So I trusted and I was not disappointed. There is conflict with both of the main characters that keeps you reading.  You want to scream at some points and cry at others and laugh at others.  You feel the pain and love and warmth of these people.  It is an intriguing story with a mystery and romance. I am sure you will find it as endearing as I did.
*I got a free copy from Bethany House for my honest review.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen



I really loved this book.  It was full of mystery and intrigue and a bit of romance.  It was a super fun read that kept you guessing every minute what and who was behind the things going on. Who was the bad guy?  Who was the good guy?  Could you trust anyone?  Any my heart goes out to the main character who was just trying to survive.  I can relate to her and her curious nature on many levels.  This also teaches us about love and how the one we think we will love until we die may not be the one that is really right for us or deserving of our love.  There are many players that come to be way more important than was thought at the beginning.  It involves your heart and mind. It was another great read by Julie Klassen.  Can you help find the hidden treasure?? You will enjoy every minute of it!
*I got this book for free through Bethany House Publishers for an honest review.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller

I got this book free from Bethany House for my honest review.  And honestly, I loved it!!  It really was a great story.  I learned more about brickmaking than I ever knew I wanted to know..LOL.. but I enjoyed learning it!  Who knew color mattered?  Or how it was smoked?  I loved learning about it. The characters are larger than life.  Some miserable - others down right lovable!!  You can feel their hurt and pain and joy and love.  It is well written and a nice read.  It involves the hard decisions we need to make about our future and whether someone would find us lovable as we are.  Should we just assume someone will not care for us because of a flaw?  Or should we allow them to make that choice.  The lesson I learned was that sometimes we decide things for others and it is not even a concern of theirs.  What others value and what we think they value can be very different things and we should never decide for them.  Also, the thought that people can change is strongly stressed. I am sure you will enjoy this read. Judith Miller tells a nice story and keeps you engaged.