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‘Josiah’s Treasure’ Book Review June 18, 2013

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Title: Josiah’s Treasure

Author: Nancy Herriman

Date I Finished Reading: June 18,2013

My Rating: 5/5

The following is a portion of the description located on the back cover of the book:

In 1882, Sarah Whittier dreams of opening an art studio run by immigrant women. She plans to use the house left to her by family friend Josiah Cady as collateral for her studio. But will all be lost when the inheritance is challenged by an angry man claiming to be Josiah’s son and legal heir? Rumor of gold nuggets hidden in the house, place Sarah’s life in danger. Her future uncertain and her safety threatened, Sarah has nowhere to turn. That is, unless she can soften a vengeful man’s heart-and they both learn that love is finer than any gold.
Some romance novels become so cliché that they are predictable and boring. They follow the same theme and plot as several others that you have read before, and quickly lose your interest. This is not the case with Josiah’s Treasure.  Instead, I found a story that was original and creative, keeping me engaged and hooked until the very end. The credit goes entirely to Mrs. Herriman and her excellent writing ability. She writes in a manner that is descriptive, allowing you to envision the happenings in your head, yet she is not too drawn-out or wordy. She does a wonderful job of keeping you engaged and interested throughout the plot.  Another aspect of her writing style that I especially enjoyed was how well-developed the characters were. Some authors fail to create characters that are imaginable or relatable, instead becoming very vague. However, the characters involved in the story, especially Sarah and Daniel, were written in a manner that made them feel real, contributing much to the story.
Overall I would say that this was a wonderful, well-written story that I would most definitely recommend to you!
Note: I received this book free from the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for my honest review, however, my opinions are my own.
 

‘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

 

‘Paper Roses’ Book Review September 27, 2012

Author: Amanda Cabot

Date I Finished Reading: August 16, 2012

My Rating: 4/5

I was not really expecting to like this book (I think it was the fact that Sarah was a mail-order bride that had me hesitant). However, I was delightfully surprised! I found myself quickly becoming drawn to the characters and feeling for them in their pain. The characters were real, down-to-earth and so was the story. They did not have one of those easy-cheesy, happily ever after love stories. Both of the lead characters had struggles, they both needed to learn to forgive someone who had caused them tremendous pain. Neither wanted to let go of the anger they felt towards these people. However, when they found God’s love and forgiveness they discover that they were called to forgive as they had been forgiven. This was such a good story, I cried (shock, shock).  I really recommend this book!

This book is occasionally FREE for the kindle! You can get it by following this link: http://www.amazon.com/Paper-Roses-Dreams-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B001N2MBJW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348770036&sr=8-1&keywords=paper+roses

A paper copy can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Paper-Roses-Texas-Dreams-Book/dp/080073324X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1348770036&sr=8-1

 

‘When Calls the Heart’ Book Review

Title: When Calls the Heart (Book One In the Canadian West series)

Author: Janette Oke

Date I Finished Reading: August 13, 2012

My Rating: 4/5

If you are anything like me, you enjoy a good, clean, christian love story… and historical ones are even better! Janette Oke, author of the well-known Love Comes Softly series, is great at producing these! This story is sweet, touching and inspiring. One thing that I found nice was that the story is set in the Canadian West, not the prairie, as is the case with WAY too many historical novels. The only downfall was that the end was a  bit cheesy.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone. I am hoping to get a chance to finish the series soon…I’ll letchya know what I think!

This book is occasionally  up for the kindle for FREE on amazon.com… and is right now (but, I’m not sure how long that will last). You can get it right now at this link: http://www.amazon.com/When-Calls-Heart-Canadian-ebook/dp/B005BOXICM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348764353&sr=8-1&keywords=when+calls+the+heart

You can get a paper copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/When-Calls-Heart-Canadian-West/dp/0764200119/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1348764353&sr=8-2&keywords=when+calls+the+heart

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