Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Book Review - A Miracle of Hope by Ruth Reed

MS Reed Does It Again With A Beautifully Written Book of Inspiration
 
A Miracle of Hope
by: Ruth Reed
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publish Date:  December 31, 2013
 
The unthinkable happened to Amish, Lindie Wise.  She was pregnant, not married and no one is sure of the circumstances of how she became pregnant, because Lindie isn’t saying what happened.  They are assuming the worst.   In order to save face, her brother arranges a marriage to Josiah Plank in Upper Peninsula Michigan, whose wife passed away, leaving him to care for his young daughter Hannah.  Although in the beginning their marriage is tentative, they find they have more to give each other than they previously thought.  Lindie was afraid that if Josiah found out the true circumstances of her pregnancy he would leave her.    As you turn each page of this wonderfully written book you will see the story of love, faith and hope unfold.
Ms. Reed does it again with a beautifully written book about circumstances that can happen to anyone, not just the Amish.  The inspiration in this book with leave you with a renewed spirit in knowing that God is in control of all situations if we only yield to His will.
I would highly recommend this book.  It is easy light reading and I didn’t want to put down until the last page all the while wishing it wouldn’t end.  I fell in love with each of the characters. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through NetGalley  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.
 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Book Review-The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah E. Ladd

Sarah Ladd Does It Again With A Historical Romance  And A Touch of Mystery
Filled With Love And Inspiration
The Headmistress of Rosemere
by: Sarah E. Ladd
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson


At age twenty-five, Patience Creighton is considered a spinster, but it has never bothered her until…now.  With her father’s death, brother leaving home and her mother just simply existing, Patience knew what her course in life was to be and that was to take care of the young girls of Rosemere.  She was content, feeling it was God’s purpose for her, until the landlord, William Sterling, showed up in her stable severely beaten.   Her brother suddenly returns to Rosemere with wife in tow and her ex-boyfriend shows up a few days later to become the headmaster of Rosemere.  Patience’s once clear life becomes uncertain and her path no longer clear.
MS Ladd does it again.  Although I read the first book of this series, “The Heiress of Winterwood” you do not need to read it in order to follow the plot of this one.  However it was nice to be reintroduced in this book to characters in the first book.  The characters in “The Heiress of Winterwood” stole my heart from page one as did those in this novel.  This book is filled with such love, compassion and inspiration that I didn’t want to put it down so read it in one day.  I could feel the turmoil in Patience as she tried to sort through what she felt God intended for her life. This is a charming easy to follow novel.  In my opinion it is well worth taking the time to 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.


 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Book Review Nail Biting Suspense - The Tenth Circle by Jon Land

A Suspense-Filled, Nail-Biting Page Turner

The Tenth Circle
by: Jon Land
Publisher:  Open Road Integrated Media
Publish Date:  December 17, 2013
 
What does the 1590 missing British Colony on Roanoke Island Virginia and the 1872 missing crew of the Mary Celeste have to do with terrorists of today releasing a weapon of unimaginable power at the President’s State of the Union address?  Blaine McCracken returns home from a mission in Iran just in time to be faced with the threat of Reverend Jeremy Rule’s fanatical teachings that insight acts of terror in the United States.  McCracken realizes that Rule isn’t acting alone and calls on help from his allies to keep Rule from unleashing the monster that was the cause of the disappearance of the Lost Colony and the Celeste crew.  If it is unleashed it will cause thousands of deaths which will send the US into war. 
This book is definitely a nail biting page turner.  Its plot is fast-paced.  The story spans hundreds of years and many countries, and culminates in a suspense-filled ending.  I couldn’t put this book down, so I read it in a day.  I had to keep turning the pages to see if McCracken and his allies would figure this mystery out in enough time to stop the carnage of the Tenth Circle of hell that was about to be released .  I highly recommend this book, especially if you like nail-biting, page-turning suspense.  In my opinion this would make a great movie.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Open Road Integrated Media , through NetGalley  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 Reveiw - A Christmas To Remember by Katie Flynn

A Sweet Post-War Romance
A Christmas To Remember
by: Katie Flynn
Publisher:  Random House UK - North America
 
This book starts out a few days before Christmas and ends several years later a few days before Christmas which makes it the perfect novel to read at this time of year.
Tess Williams lives with her grandmother Edie in a small flat in Liverpool.  She has just returned from the Bell Farm where children were evacuated during the war.  Jonty Bell was her pal while she was on the farm.   Once she arrived in Liverpool she found that her mother had died and there was no family but her grandmother, or the person whom she thought was her grandmother.  She is now being bullied at school at school because she is the new kid.  Snowy White comes to her rescue and assures that no one else bullies her. 
During the summer she returns to the Bell Farm for a working holiday and her grandmother becomes friends with Albert and Tess is jealous.  When things go haywire she turns to Albert for help.  Life becomes a quandary for her because she promised to wait for Snowy to return from the military yet her heart belongs to Jonty, her longtime friend.  How can she hurt either one of them?  That is one of the questions that will be answered  in this book.
This was and easy to read entertaining book.  I found it to be a heart-warming post-war romance.   There is no foul language or explicit sex scenes, so it would be perfect for the young adult or anyone for that matter.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Random House UK – North America, through NetGalley  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.
 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Book Review-Binder by David Vinjamuri

Suspense In The Mountains Of West Virginia
Binder
by David Vinjamuri
Publisher: Thirdway, Inc
Publish Date:  December 2, 2013
Hooded men ambush and beat a group of environmental activists, and a colonel’s daughter goes missing in the Picturesque West Virginia mountains.  Michael Herne, at the request of a friend travels to West Virginia to find Heather.  As he tracks her he finds himself in the midst of communes, cults and supremacist groups.  While looking for Heather he unfolds a conspiracy that would bring America to her knees if it is not stopped.  Will he find Heather and stop the conspiracy?  You will find the answers as you turn the pages of this fast paced novel.
I enjoyed this novel very much, maybe in part because I have traveled to West Virginia many times and have always found West Virginians to be friendly and the landscape filled with nature’s beauty.  The plot was intricately woven into a believable story line given the many mountains in the area.  It held just enough suspense and action to keep me turning the pages.  Although this is the first novel I have read by David Vinjamuri, it will not be my last one. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thirdway, Inc., through NetGalley  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, December 3, 2013

Book Review - An Amish Miracle

Inspirational.  Filled With Forgiveness, Love and Compassion

An Amish Miracle
by:  Mary Ellis, Ruth Reid and Beth Wiseman
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson-Fiction
Publish Date:  December 3, 2013
 
 Mary Ellis starts the series with “Always In My Heart”.  Hope Bowman is dealing with the guilt of giving up her first-born son and keeping the truth from her husband.  She has four daughters but longs to give her husband a son. She feels God will not answer her prayers because He is punishing her for not telling her husband or forgiving her father for the role he played.  She prays for a son, but the son she receives is not a newborn. 
 “Always His Providence” by Ruth Reid is the next story in the series.  In this story Rosa Hostetler’s husband, Uriah, gave his life in a barn fire to save their neighbor and long-time friend Adam Bontrager.  Rosa was left with delinquent taxes and only one month to find the money to pay them.  She depends on the money from selling her eggs to support herself, but her English neighbor’s dog starts killing her chickens endangering her income.  She is ashamed to ask the Amish community to help her through the widow’s fund.  However when Adam finds out what is going on, he tries to help her save her farm and assures her that God will provide.     
“Always Beautiful” by Beth Wiseman follows the first two stories.  Becky Byler is eighteen and obese.  She tries to lose weight, but as she continues to gain, people make fun of her and talk about her behind her back.  She becomes so depressed that she considers taking her own life even though she knows it goes against God’s teaching.  As she is contemplating taking her life she prays and asks God for a miracle.  Over the next few months she begins to lose weight and suddenly young men are interested in her.
This is a collection of three short stories by three of my favorite Amish authors in one book.  It is a book that is filled with inspiration, compassion, forgiveness and love.  Although the stories can easily be read independent of each other they do follow a series with the characters following through to the next story.  Each story presents a situation that any one of us could face.  The authors weave a believable plot that results in a solution involving their faith.  If you love reading inspirational stories I would highly recommend this book. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson-Fiction, through NetGalley 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.