Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Book Review-Stolen by Daniel Palmer

 
A Nail Biting Terror Filled Mystery
 
Stolen
by
Daniel Palmer
Publisher: Kensington Books
 
John Bodine and his wife Ruby have everything in life to look forward to. Then Ruby is diagnosed with cancer and must have chemotherapy.  However their insurance will only pay for generic brands, which are not available.  John in his desperation turns to finding a way to fund the medication Ruby needs in order to save her life.  One phone call after he steals the identity of another person turns their world upside down and sends their lives into a terrifying tailspin.
Questions raised while reading this book were:
If you were faced with having to make a life and death situation, could you make the decision as to who would live or die?  If someone you loved needed medication and you couldn’t afford it, would you steal someone else’s identity to provide the care they needed?   When things got out of control and people started dying would you go to the police even though it meant your crime would be found out?   These were just a few of the choices faced by John and Ruby.   Because of their decisions, they will suffer the most horrifying experiences of their lives.  I have read other books by Daniel Palmer, but for me, this one is the best.  It held my attention from beginning to end.  I found myself often forgetting to breathe and couldn’t wait to turn the pages to see what would happen next.  This is not a book for the faint of heart, but is a wonderfully written mystery, filled with nail biting terror. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Kensington Books, through Net Galley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Book Reveiw-Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer

A must read uplifting book

 
Sweet Sanctuary
by
Kim Vogel Sawyer
Bethany House Publishing
 
Lydia Eldridge longs to find a safe refuge for her young son from his drug addicted father, who only wants use him as a way to provide drug money for his addiction.  Dr. Micah Hatcher cares for the immigrant population during WWII in Queens, NY.   Dr. Hatcher and Lydia previously knew each other while in Oahu at Schofield Station Hospital.   Once again their paths crossed as each one works to provide a safe sanctuary for those they cared for…Lydia...for the son she was entrusted to keep safe and Dr. Hatcher...for the needy people God put in his path.  As the story unfolds they find themselves wrapped up in each other’s situations not realizing that God is altering their future course  in life.
This book is filled with family secrets, unbelief, turmoil and much discord.  As the story unfolds Ms. Sawyer again works her magic in bringing together all these situations and covering them with God’s love.  She shows again how depending on God  through the tough times and waiting for His answers will fill your life with joy. 
 
I would  highly recommend this book.  It is filled with love, compassion and faith based situations along with some danger and a little romance. 
 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Bethany House, through Bethany House Publishing Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 
 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Book Review-" 'Til Death" by Sharon Sala

" 'Til Death
by
Sharon Sala
Publisher: Harlequin
 
 

Meg Walker Lewis doesn’t seem to have much luck with men.  Her first love, Lincoln Fox, was wrongly accused of a crime he didn’t commit.  After 18 years he came back to Rebel Ridge Kentucky to clear his name and find the real murderer.  In the meantime Meg married Bobby Lewis who killed a man over drugs and was sent to prison.  Strange things are happening to Meg and somehow it involves the past.  Can Linc and Meg reunite after all these years?
Sharon Sala is one of my favorite Harlequin Romance writers.  Her books grab your attention from page one and this book was no exception.  The intrigue started from the beginning pages with strange events happening to Meg, such as finding cut ropes on the cow pen, to someone entering her home to leave flowers, and that’s all before the bullets  start flying. 
Ms. Sala’s characters are so real you often find yourself cheering them on or holding your breath to see if they will get out of the situations they find themselves in.  Although the other two books in this series have been great, this one in my opinion has by far been the best.  I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this ebook by the publisher, Harlequin, through Net Galley   Blogger Program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Book Reveiw-"Letters to Katie" by Kathleen Fuller


"Letters to Katie"
by
Kathleen Fuller
Thomas Nelson Publishing
 

Katherine Yoder has been in love with Johnny Mullet for as long as she can remember but the affection was not returned.  Johnny feels that he is not good enough for her and struggles to prove himself  by buying a farm to start his own business.  Times are hard and Johnny realizes life can’t be taken for granted including his feelings about Katie.  Before he can tell her how he feels she suffers from an illness that robs her of her short-term memory. 

This book is filled with situations that we all could face, not just the Amish.  As the story unfolds, Katie and Johnny both realize they have let their wants become the focus of their lives rather than God being the center .   Not only is it a book about self- soul searching for God’s will but also about putting pride aside by letting others lend a helping hand, through love, prayer and friendship. 

If you like real-life situations and are intrigued by the Amish community, it is a book that I would highly recommend reading.  Letter writing plays an important part in this book, but so not to give it away, I’ll just say you need to read it to understand the title.    It is an uplifting read.   

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through Booksneeze   Blogger Program for Review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Book Review-Ophelia Cut by John Lescroart

Ophelia Cut
by
John Lescroart
Publisher: Atria
Release Date:  May 7, 2013
 
 

It all begins with a police cover up to a shootout at Pier 70.  Six years later Brittany McGuire was raped and the rapist was found brutally murdered.   Moses McGuire, Brittany’s father was accused of murdering the rapist.  He is being represented by his brother-in-law and friend, Dismas Hardy, both of which are involved in the cover up.  Moses is a recovering alcoholic and has fallen off the wagon, which is a concern for his friends, because, if he tells his secrets while in jail, it could destroy Dismas and his colleague’s careers.  Can Dismas find out who the killer is?  Can he save his and his colleagues careers?  What will the cost be?  All of these questions are answered as you turn the pages of Ophelia Cut. 

In My Opinion:
After reading the book description, I expected much more action and drama. I really wanted to like this book as I have read several other books by Lescroart and liked them very much. At times the story waned so much that I spent a lot of time skim-reading.  I was a little disappointed that by mid-book I figured out the ending.   I did enjoy reading about the magic he weaves in his court room presentations. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this ebook by the publisher, Atria, through Net Galley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review-Storm by Evan Angler

Storm
By Evan Angler
Publisher - Thomas Nelson - Children
Release Date May 7, 2013
 
Evan Angler has brought to us the book, Storm, about a future United States under the rule of two charismatic leaders.  He brings to light what happens to those who take the Mark at age 13 and what happens if you refuse the Mark.  Without the Mark, known as the Markless you will not be able to go to school, shop, get medical attention, buy medication, buy food or anything.  You will be completely on your own and could simply disappear.  Nothing prepares you for the journey that is taken by Logan Langly who went  to get his Mark and at the last minute backs out.  He begins his quest to find his sister Lily who got her Mark 5 years earlier and has never been seen again. He finds a Markless network called, Dust who is anti-government.   They have hacked the computer system of the DOME and find out there is a bio-weapon being released for which the vaccine has been turned against them and it could cause a world-wide epidemic wiping out thousands of people.  The Dust receives a message about Christianity causing them to realize humanity is in the end days.  Will Logan and his friends  find Logan’s sister, Lily before it’s too late?  Will they find a cure for the epidemic?    The cry of the Marked and the government is “peace, peace” and a one world Government, but when they have lulled the people into believing they have achieved peace ….is it really peace?  Is it too late?  These are questions answered as you turn the pages of Storm.
Had I not been raised hearing about the Mark of the Beast all of my life, I would have said this book was purely a futurist, science- fiction novel geared toward the younger set.  Age 16-25.  However, as I turned the pages I realized this could very well be the scenario that will take place near the end time.  This book will pose many questions, because many of the things we are facing today have become reality in this book.   Although I did find this book listed in the children section, I think it is a book that could be enjoyed by any age from 16 and up.   I did find it a little difficult to follow from time to time, as there were many characters, and organizations to keep straight.  For that reason, I would not have listed this book as "children" but rather "young adult".  However I think it was a book well worth reading.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this ebook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through http://netgalley.com  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Catching Up On My Scrapbooking

It is hard to believe that with all that has been going on I have found time to scrapbook a little this past month.  I am so far behind, I wonder if I will ever get caught up again.  I have been without a computer for almost a month and so I thought I would try to scrapbook a few pages.  I only have about 100 more pictures and then I will be caught up. 

Children's photos have been purposely blurred.
These might fit a few Challenges:
Anything Goes
Anything Goes

Birthday



Anything Goes





Think Spring. 
Easter Lillies and grass fits the bill for Spring







Book Review-Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E Ladd

The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd  
Thomas Nelson Publishing  
 April 9, 2012 release date
A Historical Romance set in Darbury, England in 1814 is the perfect background for this novel.  Amelia Barrett will become Heiress to Winterwood Manor upon her 24th birthday, provided she is married.  Her best friend, whose husband is a sea captain, dies in childbirth and with her dying breath she asks Amelia to raise Lucy as her own child, because she knows Amelia will raise her in the way of God.  Amelia is betrothed to Edward Littleton, but when Captain Graham Sterling returns from sea, Amelia finds she cannot relinquish Lucy to her father.  She remembers what it was like to grow up without a mother’s love and she has learned to love the child as her own.  Edward informs her that once they are married, the child will no longer be allowed in their home and must go immediately.  Amelia begins to have doubts that he is the right man for her.  She approaches Captain Sterling with a proposition, that he marry her as a convenience so she can continue to care for Lucy while he is away at sea.   As the story unfolds, Lucy and her nurse are abducted and as it twists and turns it will keep you turning the pages.  You will feel the longing in your heart that Amelia feels time and again as she struggles with her fear and her faith in God.  
This book is filled, with love, compassion, forgiveness and a desire to accept God by faith.  I had moments of laughter and moments of tears.  I couldn’t put the book down.  I had to keep turning the pages to see if God would answer their prayers and if they would realize that God was in the arrangements all the time. 
I would recommend this as must read for anyone who enjoys Historical Romance.  Although it talked about trusting in God, it was in no way a “religious preachy” book. In my opinion Ms. Ladd did a superb job of keeping everything in balance. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this ebook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson through Net Galley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.