Monday, May 26, 2014

Book Review-Sarah's Choice by Rebecca St. James & Nancy Rue

Sarah's Choice
By:  Rebecca St. James
&
Nancy Rue
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Publish Date:  May 27, 2014

Sarah is next in line for a promotion that will end all her financial woes.  She will finally have the money to pay her father’s medical bills, back rent and buy a much needed car…since Buzz seems to be operating on his last cylinder.  There is only one major problem…..she is pregnant, not married and definitely not sure if she can be a mother and travel for her job….IF she gets the promotion.   Sarah is faced with tough decisions and conflicting advice from her coworkers and her mother.  On top of all that she is not sure her boyfriend Matt loves her, or is even mature enough to deal with being a husband, much less a father.    When she goes to the clinic she is approached by an elderly lady who gives her a Christmas card who tells her she will have three dreams about her future.  She throws the card away, but finds it showing up again, she tears in pieces only to find it whole on her car seat…the dreams begin, but since her father’s death she is not having anything to do with God and isn’t sure where to turn. Will Sarah be able to make the right decision for herself and the baby and not let people influence her to do otherwise?  That is the question that will be answered as you turn the pages of “Sarah’s Choice”.

I'm not sure what I expected when I chose to read this book, however from the get-go it was a book well worth reading.  I felt Sarah’s struggle in trying to please everyone in her life, yet not knowing if she was making the right decision.  This book is filled with struggle, hope and forgiveness.  If anyone is dealing with or has had to deal with the decision of having an abortion, giving a child up for adoption or keeping your child, not knowing if you can afford the proper support this is a book that will give you hope and hopefully enable you to restore your faith in God and find forgiveness.    

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through Book Look 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, May 12, 2014

Bible Reveiw - KJV Backpack Bible for Teens by Zondervan

KJV Backpack Bible for Teens
by: Zondervan

In today’s mail I received the most adorable Spring Violet imitation leather KJV Backpack Bible for Teens.  It measures approximately 4.5 in. x 6.75 in. x 1 in.  A really convenient size that can easily be carried on-the-go in your backpack or purse.  The two-tone purple polka-dots with white stitching are sure to be a hit with any Teen girl. 

On the inside:
There is a nice presentation page in purple and white, which gives not only a place to write your Teen’s name and your name but also enough space to write if it is given for a special occasion.  It contains both the Old and New Testaments with the words of Christ printed in red letter.   The contents page lists the Old and New Testament Books in order with the page numbers listed to help find them quickly.  It also lists the books in alphabetical order with the New Testament being listed in italics so it is easy to differentiate between the Old and New.  Following the contents page is the Epistle Dedicatory.  It has been a long while since I have seen that page listed and it was very moving to reread this page showing complete praise for God.  Before each chapter there is a brief description of the chapter.  It has a white attached ribbon page marker.  The print is what I would consider as a normal-small; however it is very crisp and easy to read.  To my surprise, because it is so small it has a very extensive full concordance. 

This delightful Bible is sure to inspire your Teen girl in reading her daily devotions!  It is a Bible that reveals the beauty of the old translations.  

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Bible by the publisher, Zondervan,  for an honest 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, May 11, 2014

Book Review-By Any Means by Chris Culver

By Any Means
By:  Chris Culver
Publisher:  
 Ash Rashid, an Indiana Police officer, now spends his days giving speeches at the local elementary schools instead of walking the beat, because of police procedure due to a problem he has had in the past with alcoholism.   He feels his career is all but over until one day on his way home from work he comes upon a car accident, and makes a gruesome discovery.  The couple didn’t die from the accident… they were shot execution-style.  He suddenly finds himself back in the midst of working homicide that is filled with twists and turns that sometimes caused him to seek help from some unsavory characters.

Although I felt at times the dialogue waned bit, I found it to be a pretty fast-paced book filled with lots suspense and intrigue.  I also found it interesting that a Muslim was a recovering alcoholic.  He struggled daily to find a balance in his family life, spiritual life, work and his desire to hit the bottle again.   I also found it interesting to read about Ramadan and the Muslim culture and see how well it was incorporated into the story line.  If you enjoy police procedural mysteries….this is a must read. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Grand Central Publishing, 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-Silenced by Dani Pettrey

Silenced
By:  Dani Pettrey
Publisher:  Bethany House

“Silenced”, 4th in the Alaskan Courage Series, does not disappoint.  It begins with Kayden MCKenna having a relaxing day of rock climbing which becomes anything but relaxing especially when she comes face to face with a dead body. Is this an accident or murder?  The case is handed over to Sheriff Landon Granger of Yancy, who is overburdened, so he turns to Jake Westin for help.  In the previous book, “Stranded” Jake’s past was revealed and now that is no longer an issue, he is ready and qualified to use his talent for investigating again.  Jake and Kayden’s investigation causes a lot of hostility in close-knit Yancy.   Jake realizes Kayden is the woman he has secretly loved for years and will do everything he can to protect her from the threats she is receiving while trying to bring the murderer to justice. 

Although the characters in these four books are intertwined you do not need to read them in the sequence to understand what is happening.  There is enough background given to bring you up to date in the current book.  Once you read one book I can promise you that you will want to go back and read the rest of the series.  This book is filled with edge-of-the-seat twists and turns.  I was captivated from page one, but in all fairness I love Dani Pettrey’s books so I may be a little biased.   I always find her work refreshing and I love her spin on Christian Fiction.   When the McKenna’s are around there is always another adventure, just waiting to unravel.  If you love Christian Fiction, adventure, romance and suspense this is a book you won’t want to miss and I can’t wait for the next in the series.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Bethany House, through Bethany House 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, May 4, 2014

Book Review -The Last Bride by Beverly Lewis

The Last Bride
By:  Beverly Lewis
Publisher:  Bethany House

Tessie Miller is the last of the sisters to marry.  She has been secretly seeing Marcus King because her father has picked someone else for her and didn't want her dating Marcus.  No one knows the reason for her father’s decision, but he also did the same thing to one of Tessie’s sisters.  Tessie and Marcus go into the English world and marry.  They return home living separate lives until tragedy strikes, leaving Tessie to make some very difficult decisions.

I have enjoyed all four of the previous “Home to Hickory Hollow” series and this fifth, “The Last Bride” is no exception.  MS. Lewis once again weaves her magic in writing a story about the Amish that holds your attention from the first to the last page.  I felt the characters were well developed and was filled with love, inspiration, and hope in the face of adversity, forgiveness and family.  If you enjoy Amish fiction this is another book you will not want to miss reading.  Although several of the characters are in the previous books in the series, you do not have to read them in order.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, 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 Review - A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson

A Sensible Arrangement
By:  Tracie Peterson
Publisher:  Bethany House

First of all Congratulations Tracie Peterson on you 100th Book,.... “A Sensible Arrangement”
Year 1892 Texas…Marty Dandridge Olson, a childless widow wanted escape Texas in hopes the memories of the dangers in ranching would lessen and she would not have nightmares of her husband being gored to death.  She does the unthinkable and answers a letter for a mail order bride from Jacob Wythe a widower and a banker in Denver.  She knows her sister Hannah will not approve so she leaves under the guise of visiting friends.  While in route the stagecoach filled with ladies is held up and Marty’s ranch upbringing keeps her calm in the face of danger.  She takes aim with her Smith and Wesson and helps to thwart the robbery but not before both the driver and guard are wounded. She then drives the stagecoach to the nearest stage house, saving not only the lives of the ladies but also driver and guard.  The news of Marty’s heroic adventure reaches Denver before she does and it’s all blown out of proportion.  Marty is not sure how Jacob or Denver society will accept her unladylike behavior.   

This book was fun to read.  It was filled with twists and turns as the story unraveled.  There is a little something for everyone if you enjoy reading historical fiction.  It had just enough romance and mystery to keep it interesting.  Although Marty and Jacob’s marriage was a marriage of convenience, they soon learned they could and did develop feelings for each other that were deeper than friendship.  Marty found it very hard to conform to Denver’s society who was not impressed with her work at the orphanage.  When the silver mines close Jacob is not sure how long he will keep his job at the bank, but he is certain with Marty by his side and their restored faith in God they will be ok. 

I was a little disappointed that the book left you hanging and the storyline of the bank and orphans was left unanswered.  I am in hopes this is because there is a sequel in the works to further develop those.  If so I can’t wait to see where Marty and Jacob’s life journey will take them next.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, 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.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Book Review - Caught In The Middle by Regina Jennings

Caught In The Middle 
By:  Regina Jennings
Publisher:  Bethany House

Anne Tillerton isn’t your typical genteel young lady of 1882.  Instead she is a buffalo hunter.  She is a widow because she shot her abusive husband, so she prefers her gun and her own company to other people.  The cook at the buffalo camp quit so she boards a train to Garber, Texas to track her down.  The train is nearly robbed but she saves Nick Lovelace who works clearing land for the railroad.   Her only goal is to get to Garber and bring the cook back but nothing goes according to plan.  The cook runs off again leaving toddler, Sammy in Anne’s care.  Just how hard can changing a diaper and fixing a bottle be?  She’d rather skin a bull than tend a baby.  She is way out of her comfort zone.

I loved that the characters were imperfect because it really made their story line believable. I also liked that Nick befriended Anne and looked beyond her imperfections and saw a beautiful woman who had been abused and neglected.  Although Anne was sure she was not momma material she lost her heart to Sammy and went to great lengths to insure he was loved, cared for and safe.  Being a fan of Christian historical romance this was a great book.  I did feel that the relationship between Nick and Anne could have been a little more aggressive, but all in all I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, 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 Review-Along Came You by Karona Drummond


Along Came You
By:  Karona Drummond
Illustrated by:  Estelle Corke
Publisher:  ZonderKidz
“Along Came You” is a delightful board book that describes the changes in lifestyle before and after the baby arrives.  It is simply written and beautifully illustrated.  Any child whose parent’s read this book to them will certainly feel loved and know their parent’s lives were far more enriched once they were part of the family.  I am sure your child will enjoy looking at the pictures as the illustrations perfectly describe each of the changes that take place.  The pages are thick and coated making it easy for little hands to hold and easy to wipe spills and residue.

Personally I loved this book.  I felt exactly this way when my son came into our lives.   This would be a perfect book to include in a baby shower gift, especially for the first time parent.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKids, 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.