Sunday, December 6, 2015

Book Review - The Girl from the Train By Irma Joubert



The Girl from the Train
By Irma Joubert
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson



Gretl Schmidt, six years old is on a train with her family bound for Auschwitz.  Jakob Kowalski who is part of the Polish resistance against Germany and Russia must destroy a German troop transport train and plants a bomb on the tracks.  Little did he realize the train he blew up was the on Gretl and her family was riding.  She was the only survivor.  Although Gretl was spared the Concentration Camp, being a Catholic orphaned German-Jew in a country that is hostile to her people is dangerous.  Jakob spends three years caring for her and guarding her secret.  When it is no longer safe for her to remain with him, he sends her to South Africa where German orphans are placed with Protestant families.  They are promised bright futures as long as no one ever finds out Gretl’s true secret. 

Jakob is broken-hearted because he will never be able to see Gretl grow up. Time, events and politics will send Jakob across the continents in search of a safe-haven...Will Gretl and Jakob ever see each other again?  Will their hearts ever be able to triumph over the ravages of war?  Those questions will be answered as you turn the pages of “The Girl from the Train”.

Few books touch my heart the way this one did.   It will be with me long after I read the last page.  I was hooked from the very first page.  I couldn’t put it down because I had to keep turning the pages to find out what would happen to Jakob and six-year-old Gretl as they struggled to survive the ravages war and to keep the secrets they must in order for them to stay safe.  This book is filled with love, trust and forgiveness in the face of adversity.  This is truly a must-read book especially if you like books that take place during World War II.  I would give this book ten stars!
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.

Book Review - The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck


The Wedding Chapel
By:  Rachel Hauck
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson-Fiction
Zondervan

 For sixty years, a wedding chapel sat silent, waiting for love. But times have changed and the hour has come when it just might be too late.

Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook now retired, has decided to sell the wedding chapel he built for the love of his live Collette Greer.  He fell in love with her the first time he ever saw her back in ’49. 
He has been promised the chapel will be used for the purpose it was intended…Love.  He sees no reason to continue to hope it will ever be used by his beloved Collette.

Taylor Branson left Heart’s Bend, Tennessee and her family behind and is trying to make a name for herself in New York as a photographer.  She falls head over heels in love with Jack Forester, resulting in an elopement and a lot of doubt because Jack can’t seem to overcome his past.  He can’t seem to tell Taylor the words in his heart. 

Taylor takes a job in Heat’s Bend.  As she returns to her hometown she uncovers family secrets that will cause her life to intersect with Coach. 

I was captivated from the first page.  “The Wedding Chapel” spans from post-World War II to the present day, with an emotional ride for each of the individuals as they struggle to find their way back to faith, love, forgiveness and understanding.  This is truly an inspirational book and well worth reading. 


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson-Fiction, Zondervan 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 - All Dressed in White By Mary Higgins Clark



All Dressed in White
By:  Mary Higgins Clark
& Alafair Burke
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster

Mary Higgins Clark is a well-known mystery writer and has now teamed up with Alafair Burke in a new series: Under Suspicion. 

“All Dressed in White” is the second in the series. However you do not need to read the first one.   Under Suspicion, hosted by Laurie Moran, profiles cold cases.    The case they have chosen to profile is that of a bride who disappeared 5 years ago just hours before her wedding.  Her case was dubbed “Runaway Bride”.  Amanda’s body was never found and her mother, Sandra Pierce never gave up hope that her daughter would be found.  It seems the police had given up so Sandra approached Laurie in hopes she would profile the case.  Laurie along with her partner Alex Buckley assembled the entire bridal party at the Grand Victoria Hotel in Palm Beach where they knew the story and lies would intensify.

This is written in true Mary Higgins Clark style.  It is guaranteed to not disappoint.  The twists and turns of this plot will keep you turning the pages, while trying to figure out which of her “friends” is the guilty person.  Jealousy, blame and suspicion will run rampant throughout this group as Laurie and Alex do their best to put this cold-case to rest.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Simon & Schuster, 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 - Last Chance Christmas By Joanne Rock


Last Chance Christmas
By:  Joanne Rock
Publisher:  Tule Publishing-Holiday Books

With a fast track lifestyle Shea Walker, fashion buyer,  finds herself suddenly side-lined after an accident.  With the need for quiet and a place to recover she returns to her small town home and runs into her ex-boyfriend, J.C. Royce NHL star who is recovering from a concussion.    JC is determined to show Shea they still have chemistry eventhough she denies it. 

This was a fun-to-read novella.  It is filled with second chances and rekindling old love.  Due to the sexual content I would definitely classify this as adult reading.  My biggest disappointment is that it was not longer and I wished the characters were more deeply developed. 


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Tule Publishing-Holiday 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.