Friday, July 25, 2014

Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund

WOW!  Jody Hedlund has outdone herself this time!  This is by far my favorite book of hers so far. I loved it!  (I bet you didn't pick that up, huh?) This is a story that involves a young girl trying to grow up and please everyone but herself.  She struggles with memories that are not so favorable toward her mom and her sister and does not want to become like that. She feels just that is happening.  There is a war raging around her and inside her.  The thing that grabs me about this book is that you really do not know what is going to happen.  Even in the very end of the story - you are still unsure.  I was sure at one point I wanted it to work out one way, but then I could see that it might be best for all to work out the other way. In other words, I was drawn into the struggle with her.  This really provided me an escape to 1814 and I loved being there. The writing is superb and the story line is engaging.  What more can I say, but read this for yourself and see how it feels to be a young gal like Angelique. Find out the choice she makes and why.  This book gets a 5 star in my book... can I make it any higher??  I certainly would!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Truth Be Told by Carol Cox

I enjoyed this story. A bit of mystery and a bit of romance and bit of spunk!  A great combination!  Amelia unexpectedly takes over her father's newspaper business with an air of confidence and she learns some serious lessons. Its not as easy as it looks and revealing truths about things can be dangerous business.  Who can she trust?  The one person she wants to trust works for a company surrounded by some serious rumors. Is he sincere or just playing games?  Her older trusted friend and employee suddenly returns to bad habits. And she learns her dad was not the innocent man he appeared to be.  Or was he?  There are a lot of mysteries to sort out here and it keeps you reading. For me a few parts were slow - but I cannot entirely blame the story. My life has been a bit chaotic and my brain is somewhat SO it may have been a bit on my part too. I guess I was looking for a little more action to keep me reading. But overall I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It is educational and a clean read with no cursing or sex scenes.  The romance is heartwarming but not over the top and the ending is satisfying.  I am sure you will want to add it to your TO READ list this summer!  
*I was given this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion of it.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Gathering Shadows by Nancy Mehl

I recently received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.  I LOVED IT!  I mainly stick to Historical Fiction, but I do like a good mystery now and then. This was truly a GOOD mystery!  It kept me guessing all through the book.  I thought I had it figured out then something else happened to throw me off.  Its not only a mystery to be solved, but a lesson in forgiveness and finding yourself.  Being who you really are, no more, no less.  Makes you question if you are doing what you really want to in life and how God fits into that plan.  It is not preachy, but shows the importance of faith.  It also teaches us the importance and real meaning of family.  This is the first book by Nancy Mehl I read and I plan on reading some more REAL soon!  There was no cursing or inappropriate subject matters.  It is a good read for any age. I highly recommend this book and can assure you - you won't be disappointed.  I am glad i got a chance to review it. Thank you Bethany House and Nancy Mehl for giving me the opportunity!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

My review: Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings

I got this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion of it.  My opinion?  I loved it!  It is about a girl who has had a rough time up to this point and hides herself in trousers (!!) and baggy clothes and in the wilderness as much as possible as a Buffalo Hunter.  Then there is Nicolas who is a straight laced business man trying to climb higher and higher on the ladder of success.  Which one needs saving?  You may be amazed at the answer and the solution. I had a hard time connecting to Nick to be honest.  I was bored by his parts in the book until the end. I saw that he was a good guy, but would have liked to love him right away.  It may be my lack of interest in business and railroad, but I have read other books that are similar and I wasn't as bored.  But Anne was a heart stealer from the beginning with a story of mystery.  I slogged through Nicks parts to see where she would end up.  Toward the middle/end of the book his parts started picking up and he started to get a bit more interesting.  I LOVED the end and how things worked out. Not how I would have liked them to end, but probably the best.  Made me think about the hard choices in life and how to get through them. Overall it was a great story and I recommend it to any age group. It was a clean read, with no swearing or sex.  Just some good cuddling..hehe..

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Talent for Trouble by Jen Turano...My Review

I recently received Jen Turano's latest book, A Talent for Trouble, from Bethany House publishers. They sent me a free copy to review for them.  Here is bit from the book's back cover:

Miss Felicia Murdock firmly believed her destiny was to become a minister's wife. When the minister on whom she had set her sights marries another lady, Felicia is forced to take a close look at her life and comes to a few uncomfortable conclusions. Determined that something needs to change--and soon--Felicia discovers she is finally ready to spread her wings and embrace life the way she's always wanted.

And, trust me, that is ONLY the beginning!  There is soooo much more to this book. I LOVED IT! I knew I would because it came from Jen Turano. She has such a sense of humor and a unique way of writing. I think its great when you fall in love with the main character within the first few paragraphs, and I did love Felicia from page one!  I also love a good mystery and this book has one weaved throughout the whole story. It culminates near the end of the book and has you sitting on the edge of your seat!  The writing is excellent, the story is captivating and the plot is intriguing. Can I say more?

There is no cussing and minimal -very minimal violence. The book teaches us all a lesson about God and about ourselves, without being preachy. This is fine for younger (teen) readers and all ages will truly enjoy it. It is a light read, but not fluffy.  I highly recommend it and hope you love it as much as I did!!  I have no doubt you will!!