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‘To Honor and Trust’ Book Review March 13, 2013

thTitle: To Honor and Trust (Bridal Veil Island)

Authors: Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller

Date I Finished Reading: March 13,2013

My Rating: 5/5

Once you have been hurt, it can sometimes be very hard to forgive, and to trust again. Callie knows this to be very true in her own life. She was once hurt by a man she loved, and now guards her heart against that ever happening again. However, Mr. and Mrs. Bridgeport, her employers we treat her as family, are convinced to help Callie find a suitable husband. Callie is able to dodge their plans, but not without finding  love for herself along the way. But should she really trust Wesley? Can she? Or will he break her heart as well? And with so many different paths and choices, is this God’s plan for her life?

This book ties together many qualities to paint a wonderful picture. Romance, mystery, humor, and history are mixed together in a charming, entertaining, and engaging way, resulting in a very enjoyable read. I was quickly pulled into the plot of this book, becoming attached to the characters, who were well written. I loved the setting of the story as well, one that is a bit more unique and original.

I really do not have any complaints whatsoever about this book, so I can honestly say that I would recommend it to you, if you are anything like me in the fact that you enjoy a good book that captures your attention until the very end.

Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

You can find a copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Honor-Trust-Bridal-Veil-Island/dp/0764208888/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363177715&sr=8-1&keywords=to+honor+and+trust

 

‘Gentleman Of Her Dreams’ Book Review February 28, 2013

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Title: Gentleman Of Her Dreams (A Ladies Of Distinction Novella)

Author: Jen Turano

Date I Finished Reading: February 27, 2013

My Rating: 5/5

If you enjoy a fun, quirky read, this is perfect for you! Charlotte is convinced that at the whopping old age of 21 that she has become an old spinster, and that she needs to do something to change her marital status. So after praying to God for husband, she becomes determined to catch the eye of the towns most suitable widower. There are only two problems: first, she has never met this bachelor. Secondly, she has enlisted the help of Henry, her lifelong best friend, and both of them are attempting to hide their true feelings for one another due to a misunderstanding. Is this is the recipe for adventure… or disaster?

This book was a cute, fun, and quick read. Jen’s writing style is both engaging and entertaining, with real, fun, and relatable characters. I would recommend this story to you as a lighthearted read, and am anticipating reading  A Change Of Fortune, the book that this novella is a companion to.

This kindle book is $0.99 and sometimes FREE on amazon.com .

 

 

‘The Air We Breathe’ Book Review January 9, 2013

thTitle: The Air We Breathe
Author: Christa Parrish
Date I Finished Reading:January 8,2013
My Rating: 5/5

Eleven-year-old Hanna is excited about her day in town with her Dad. Every Saturday is their day. They walk into the bank completely oblivious to what they were about to experience. Next thing she knows, Hanna has witnessed a bank robbery, her father’s murder, and been kidnapped. Weeks later, by God’s grace, Hanna escapes and is reunited with her mother. But she is never the same. She doesn’t even talk…until she meets Claire. Claire, who is also hurting from past loss, strikes an unlikely friendship with Hanna, and soon finds that this little girl is helping her to heal from the pain. But then Hanna and her mother vanish Claire, has no idea where they are or what happened. Several years later, Claire encounters Molly Fisk. Can Claire help Molly heal from her past in the same way that Hanna helped her to?
I cannot explain how much I loved this book! The storyline, characters and non-stop questions left me hungry for more. My mind constantly drifted back to the story, curious of what would happen next. These are the signs of a good book! One of the aspects of the books I liked would be Parrish’s writing style. She switches back and forth between Claire, Hanna, and Molly to give you more insight and details of the story. I also liked the fact that Parrish doesn’t drag things out until they get boring, or use clichés frequently.
Overall, I loved this book and would highly recommend it. The plot is original, the writing is interesting, and the story is one of love, healing, and trust in God’s sovereign plan.

Note: I received  a copy of this free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, however, my opinions are my own.

You can find a copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Air-We-Breathe-Christa-Parrish/dp/0764205552/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357751836&sr=1-1&keywords=the+air+we+breathe+christa+parrish

 

‘Christy Miller Collection Volume 1’ Book Review December 13, 2012

thTitle: The Christy Miller Collection Volume One (books 1-3)

Author: Robin Jones Gunn

Date I Finished Reading: December 13,2012

My Rating: 4/5

Never having even HEARD of these books before, I was not entirely sure what to expect. I was delightfully surprised! I found that the story was very intriguing, quickly drawing me in for good!

This volume contains three separate books, Summer Promise, A Whisper and A Wish, and Yours Forever. Each one adds to the story of Christy Miller, a young teenage girl who desperately desires to just fit in. After giving her life to the Lord over summer vacation with her aunt and uncle, she also desires to please the Lord. But both may turn out to be MUCH harder for her than she had imagined.

I definitely liked these books! I was hooked as soon as I began book 1, and they never left me go. When I was done, I found myself thinking I have got to find volume two! Gunn’s writing style was very interesting, with characters whom you quickly became attached to. I love how each book does so well of adding onto those before it (unlike some series, where the books just do not go well together), and enhancing Christy’s story.

The only issue that I had would be how obsessed Christy was with guys. It almost seemed that her thoughts were constantly on the boy that she liked…which became somewhat irritating at times.

Outside of that one fact, I loved this book! I would most definitely recommend this to others! (I would be cautious, though, of younger readers. Drugs alcohol were mentioned more than once).

Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

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You can find a copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Promise-Whisper-Forever-Christy-Collection/dp/1590525841/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

 

‘Against the Tide’ Book Review November 11, 2012

download Title: Against the Tide
Author: Elizabeth Camden
Date I Finished Reading: November 11,2012
My Rating: 5/5

This book had me hooked from the prologue to the end. It is one of the best that I have read in a while! Lydia has secured herself a nice job as an interpreter for the Navy yard and despite her rather shifty and uncertain childhood, her life is routine and secure. Then enters Alexander Banebridge, the man who both annoys and intrigues her. Bane, as he is known, continuously brings Lydia seemingly useless, unrelated articles and papers to interpret as a small side job.
However, the task is not as useless as it first appears. Bane is working towards abolishing the smuggling and distribution of opium, an addictive drug. Lydia soon joins Bane in his work, hoping to earn enough money to keep from loosing her apartment. It is dangerous, risky business, but Lydia is determined to prove to prove herself to Bane… because whether or not he wants to admit it,something is growing between them. Unfortunately, Lydia soon finds that she may have gotten in too deep when she finds herself fired and evicted. Bane has left town, and Lydia feels empty and alone… what now?
This book was well written with great characters. I was quickly drawn to the plot and attached to the characters. I honestly have no complaints whatsoever! This book is an excellent blend of adventure, mystery, excitement and romance. I would HIGHLY recommend this book!!
Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

You can find a copy of this book here! :http://www.amazon.com/Against-Tide-Elizabeth-Camden/dp/0764210238/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

 

‘When Comes the Spring’ Book Review October 20, 2012

Title: When Comes the Spring (Book Two In the Canadian West Series)

Author: Janette Oke

Date I Finished Reading: October 20,2012

My Rating: 5/5

This was another excellent book in an excellent series by an excellent author! In this book we follow the newlywed Mr. and Mrs. Wynn Delaney as they travel west to live in Beaver Creek. Elizabeth is determined to prove herself to Wynn, and assure them both that she can, indeed, endure life in the rough territory. However, upon arrival, Elizabeth is frustrated, lonely, and feels out-of-place. God is faithful, however, and places into her life the friendship of several indian women…. if only she could break through the communication barrier.

This story was wonderful, and illustrated God’s faithfulness and provision in the lives of his children. It also realistically portrayed the struggle within Elizabeth’s heart to humbly follow her husband’s wisdom and guidance. I absolutely loved the book and have no complaints! I am very excited to continue on in the series 🙂

You can find a copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/When-Comes-Spring-Canadian-West/dp/0764200127/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1350766516&sr=8-2&keywords=when+comes+the+spring

 

‘Rules of the Road’ Book Review October 18, 2012

Title: Rules of the Road

Author: Joan Bauer

Date I Finished Reading: October 17,2012

My Rating: 5/5

Jenna is sixteen years old. She absolutely loves her job, and strives to best serve each of the customers that walk into Gladstone’s Shoes Store. She seems to have quite the knack for it, too. She is also very close to her mom, sister and grandmother. So why does she so eagerly accept an invitation to spend her summer break driving the elderly, demanding Mrs. Gladstone across the country? It is simple. Jenna needs an escape. She needs to get away, clear her head. Why? Daddy’s back in town, and Jenna is not sure how to respond to her long absent, alcoholic father… so she goes. What unfolds is unpredictable. Throughout the next six weeks God uses the people that he has placed in Jenna’s life to reach out to her, and teach her how to overcome dilemmas and trials that appear in her life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Joan Bauer is a talented author who does an excellent job at drawing you into a story, and causing you to become attached to the characters. It was a very interesting, inspiring plot, as well.  I really have no complaints! I would most definitely recommend this book to you!

You can find a copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Rules-Road-Joan-Bauer/dp/014240425X/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_1