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‘the Heiress of Winterwood’ Book Review March 28, 2013

thTitle: the Heiress of Winterwood (Whispers On the Moors Book 1)

Author: Sarah Ladd

Date I Finished Reading: March 27, 2013

My Rating: 5/5

The following is the plot description from the back of this book:

Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything.

Amelia Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s baby. She’ll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father—a sea captain she’s never met.

When the child vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting at her whereabouts, Amelia and Graham are driven to test the boundaries of their love for this little one.

Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she’s forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride.

Graham’s strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect.

Both must learn to have faith and relinquish control so they can embrace the future ahead of them.

 

This is a difficult book to review, not wanting to give too much of the plot away. However, I can say this. The Heiress of Winterwood, Sarah Ladd’s debut novel, is phenomenal!  I was quickly drawn into the plot and found my thoughts constantly drifting back to the story whenever I was not reading it!

There were a few qualities of this book that I especially liked. For example. I loved the setting and time era. The story is set in London in the early 1800’s. This proved to be  a very interesting, and refreshing change from many historical romance novel. This, along with the originality of the plot, kept the story from becoming cliché

Another aspect of the book that I liked was Sarah Ladd’s writing style. She writes in a manner where you feel as though you are in the room, watching what is unfolding. She uses, colorful, descriptive vocabulary that give you an idea of the scene without becoming too wordy or drawn out, which was a huge bonus in my opinion! Also, her writing style portrayed her characters excellently! Her characters did not seem unrealistic or vague, but were very relatable and clear.

Overall, I can definitely say that I would recommend this book to you! I found it engaging, interesting, and addicting, as well as a beautiful story of faith and love. It is by far one of the best books I have read in a while!

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/The-Heiress-Winterwood-Whispers-Moors/dp/1401688357/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364485747&sr=8-1&keywords=heiress+of+winterwood

 

‘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

 

‘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

 

‘To Love Anew’ Book Review October 15, 2012

Title: To Love Anew (Sydney Cove Series #1)

Author: Bonnie Leon

Date I Finished Reading: October 13,2012

My Rating: 3/5

The following paragraph is a book description from Amazon.com:

Hannah Talbot has no one. Forced to leave the only home she’s ever known, she works for a cruel employer who brutally takes the one thing she has left–her dignity. When she is banished from London, she is certain God has turned his back on her. John Bradshaw was a successful businessman whose untamed spirit sometimes wanted more. When he is betrayed by those closest to him, he loses everything–his wife, his business, even his freedom. John’s and Hannah’s paths are about to cross. Aboard a ghastly, nineteenth-century prison ship from London to Australia, John and Hannah must keep hope alive and trust God’s unconditional love.

While I believe that this story had an original plot with much potential, I do not believe that the author did an effective job executing the story.  I did enjoy the story line, although it is not a happy, uplifting one. However, parts of it I found myself going “Really? Seriously?”.

For instance, the characters in the book hardly saw each other, and practically knew only each others names, but they seemed to have magically fallen in love. In my own personal opinion, it was rather unrealistic in that regard. Also, the ending was rather disappointing. Although Hannah knew she needed to tell John about her past, in order to have an open and honest relationship, and that she was being encouraged to do so by godly ladies, she changes her mind the day before the wedding, and marries him without doing so. Really?

So, although the story line was unique and intriguing there are a few downfalls. Overall, though, I would say that teens and adults may enjoy this book as a quick read (I say teens and adults because there are parts that I would consider a bit mature for younger audiences).

This book is FREE for the kindle here:  http://www.amazon.com/Love-Anew-Sydney-Series-ebook/dp/B001GQ2BC2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350498641&sr=8-1&keywords=to+love+anew

 

‘Chosen’ Book Review September 29, 2012

Title: Chosen ( The Lost Books #1)
Author: Ted Dekker
Date I Finished Reading: September 28, 2012
My Rating: 5/5

This book greatly surpassed my expectations. I was a bit sceptical at first, believing it was going to be a crummy attempt at a young adult series. Needless to say, I was incorrect. The plot of the story goes like this: Thomas Hunter has selected four teenagers to assist in leading his army in battle against their enemy, the Horde. He then dismisses them on a short mission to test their skills and wisdom. His words of advice? “Think with your heart.” However, when the mismatched lot sets out, the story that unfolds is unpredictable. Is Johnis really the chosen one? Are the legends true? And are they willing to sacrifice their lives for the destiny that Elyon has called them to?
Dekker did a superb job at combining excitement, dread, suspense, and adventure. It truly left you hungry for more and eager for the remainder of the series! I definitely enjoyed this read and recommend it to you!

You can find a copy of this book by using the following link: http://www.amazon.com/Chosen-The-Lost-Books-Dekker/dp/B004IEA2X4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348942661&sr=8-1&keywords=chosen+ted+dekker