Friday, August 21, 2015

Book Review-The Potter's Lady by Judith Miller


The Potter’s Lady
By:  Judith Miller
Publisher:  Bethany House

The McKay family has been in the brick-making business for years, but when Ewan’s aunt closes that door by hiring an outsider, his sister, Rose McKay, convinces him to buy a pottery factory.  Since she has just recently graduated from Philadelphia School of Design for Women and is positive she can help him make the business a success, provided she can convince him to let her…and she is determined to see that he does just that. 

In society circles Rose is considered a wall-flower; however upon her graduation her family gives a huge party and invites Joshua Harkness.  Their intention is for Rose and Joshua to become an item.   When Rose learns his family owns a pottery business she convinces him to let her tour his factory.  He is determined to become more than a friend and business acquaintance, but Rose is not so sure.

When the McKay’s take over their new business it comes with second in command Rylan Campbell who knows the business from the ground up, however he is not in favor of change, so when Rose begins to clean the place of and make safer working conditions for the employees, he is not the least bit excited about it. Little by little he realizes these changes will be made and convinces the workers to go along with Rose’s plans.  He also begins to realize that Joshua may be taking advantage of Rose because suddenly they are losing contracts to  Joshua’s business…Something just doesn’t add up…

You can never go wrong with reading a Judith Miller book.  This book captured my heart from the first page and kept my attention until the end.  I couldn’t put it down so I read it in one day.  The characters are well developed and their situations so real you feel you are part of them.  I felt Rose’s humiliation as she suffered through the horrible pranks her classmates would do to her, and the pain as she learned a family member would betray her family, after they had given her a job and a home.  In the end Rose’s kindness and her faith prevailed.  This book is filled with compassion, love, forgiveness and lots of inspiration.  I highly recommend this book…it is a great “pick-me-upper”!

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.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Book Review- No One Needs to Know By Kevin O' Brien




No One Needs to Know
By:  Kevin O’Brien
Publisher:  Kensington Books

In 1970 actress, Elaina Styles, her husband and son’s nanny were found murdered in a Seattle mansion.  Her son’s body was found buried near a hippie farm, but when police arrived they found everyone dead in a mass suicide.  Years later a movie about the murders is being filmed at the mansion and copy-cat murders are happening again…

Laurie Trotter, a young widow becomes embroiled in the events because she works for the food wagon that supplies food for the cast and employees and because somehow her godfather seems to be involved.  Laurie is also being stalked by Tad McBride, a man with whom she had a brief affair while her husband was deployed to Afghanistan. 

 I found “No One Needs to Know” a true psychological thriller; however it is not a book you can read in a hurry.  The main storyline, along with several subplots and a whole host of characters will require concentration.  At times it waned but then would pick up enough to keep me turning the pages. It is well worth reading because it is filled with suspense and intrigue.  I am looking forward to reading more books by Mr. O’ Brien.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Kensington Books, 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, August 1, 2015

Book Review-Dylan's Faith By: T.K. Chapin


Dylan’s Faith
By:  T.K. Chapin
Publisher:  Branch Publishing

If you have not read any works by T.K. Chapin and are looking for inspiring Christian based books with a little romance, I highly recommend this series... Love's Enduring Promise.  

Get the tissues ready…not just one, but the whole box because you will need them as you read the journey Dylan will take as he struggles with his faith and also his personal relationships.  After reading “Claire’s Hope”, I didn’t think a better book could be written, until I read this one. 

Dylan is a country boy and always has been.  He loves God, whom he accepted as his Savior as a young child and his brother, his truck and making furniture.  At 24 years of age, Dylan finds he is still getting his brother out of trouble and often ends up being guilty by association.  It seems in their father’s eyes they will never grow up and will always be irresponsible.  He never seems to give them a word of encouragement.  Their mother, according to their father, died when they were young.  However when Dylan’s father finds out he has incurable cancer and doesn’t have long to live, he accepts God into his life and is baptized.  Before his death he tells Dylan he is leaving the lodge to their uncle because they are not responsible enough to run it.  Things get a little unreal when they learn their mother didn’t die.  She just left them.  Their world is once again turned upside down as they search to find her, only to be rejected one more time. 

After searching and finding her, on their way back home Dylan’s brother begins to ask Dylan about the Lord and accepts Him into his heart on the side of the road. 

This is an amazing story of love, faith, forgiveness and redemption, along with a little romance thrown into the mix.  As I turned the pages I was amazed at how real-like the situations were that the brothers found themselves drawn into.  I loved how Chapin explained God gives us free-will and by the choices we make we not only suffer the consequences of those choices, be it good or bad, but how it affects the lives of those around us. 

I was totally not prepared for the end of this book!  I sobbed!  This will be a book that will remain in my heart long after I read the last word and it will also cause me to think carefully before making quick decisions. 

Mr. Chapin, thank you for a wonderful heart-warming book.    I would highly recommend this book and the others in this series. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the author, T.K. Chapin, 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.