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.

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Bride In Store by Melissa Jagears

I got this book free for an honest review from Bethany House.  So what is my honest review?  I really do NOT know!!  I am so torn about this book.  First of all it took me FOREVER to get through it. There were parts where I was like reading like a mad woman.. but then there were parts I just had no desire to pick it up.  I guess that indicates some good parts and some mediocre parts.  The writing was a little hard to follow as far as who was saying what.  It would say.. She said... and then a new paragraph with talking and it sounded like something she would say but seemed to be something he would say also.. I went back and reread quite a few parts I was confused on.  Then I caught some issues that bothered me.. like first they were eating mashed potatoes and then they were cutting the potatoes.. hmmm...  CONFUSED!  Ok, so I can overlook all that if the story is intriguing.  And in some areas it was, but it also felt like it dragged on and went over and over the same issues to the point of killing them.. So, do I agree with the premise of the book.. that you must sacrifice a dream to find true love and be totally selfless.  Nope.  I think you have to give in some areas and definitely should not be selfish.  But our life is not revolved around the love of one person. That person can change or become abusive and we have given up our dream for them.  Not a good plan.  Yes, I believe material things should not be our focus or our careers should not take first place in our life and how the story ended up (in the epilogue) it seems as if the decisions made were correct, but I don't know if I agree with the overall message of the book.  But all it all it was a decent read. I would give it 3.5 stars.. leaning more toward 4 but not a full 4.  Am I sorry I read it? NO!  Would I read another of her books?  Yeah, I would give them a chance, but not top of my list.