Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Review-A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury


A Baxter Family Christmas
By:  Karen Kingsbury
Publisher:  Howard Books


Description:
It has been two years since Erin, John Baxter’s daughter, husband and three of their four daughters were killed in a car accident. 

Erin was an organ donner. Her heart was given to Kendra Bryant, an Atheist.  John, against the wishes his children, Ashley and Luke, invites Kendra to spend Christmas Eve dinner with them because he is missing Erin.  Ashley wants to protect ten year old Amy, the only survivor.  John feels it is what Erin would want and Amy secretly wants to hear her mother’s heart beat again.

Kendra Bryant is struggling with the need to find understanding in why someone else had to die in order for her to live.  She believes spending Christmas Eve with the Baxters will help her heal and bring happiness back to her life, but her husband is less than willing to attend the dinner.  Will the Baxter’s unwavering faith in God restore peace to the family and will Kendra find the peace she so desperately longs for?    Will her husband make the decision to attend with her?  Will Ashley and Luke put aside their feelings for their father’s sake?  Those questions will be answered as you turn the pages of “A Baxter Family Christmas”.                            

My Review:
What an emotional storyline!  Everytime I read a book by Karen Kingsbury I determine it is the best one yet, however this truly is the best one yet!

As I turned the pages my heart connected with each member of the Baxter Family.  Their struggles were heartfelt and real.  MS Kingsbury showed how our desire to serve God is sometimes overshadowed by the inability to get beyond the events in our lives, yet she also shows once you let God have control how it eases the struggle and you can truly find peace.  You may, like me, find yourself crying when Amy secretly wants to hear her mother’s heart beat one more time and the peace she finds in knowing the woman who has her mother’s heart will never be her mother, but will always have a part of her mother.  For a young person that was a pretty profound understanding.  She also helps us to understand how our lives influence the lives of other, even when we don’t realize it.  This is a book that will stay with me long after I have read the last page. 

If you are a fan of Karen Kingsbury and love inspirational books this is absolutely a must-read!


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Howard Books through Net Galley, blogger review program, 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.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Book Review-The Captive Heart By Michelle Griep


The Captive Heart
By:  Michelle Griep
Publisher:  Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Shiloh Run Press


Description:
Proper English governess Eleanor Morgan flees to the colonies to escape the wrath of a brute of an employer. When the Charles Town family she's to work for never arrives to collect her from the dock, she is forced to settle for the only reputable choice remaining to her—marriage to a man she's never met. Trapper and tracker Samuel Heath is a hardened survivor used to getting his own way by brain or by brawn, and he's determined to find a mother for his young daughter. But finding a wife proves to be impossible. No upstanding woman wants to marry a murderer.

My Review:
Although this is my first reading of work by Michelle Griep, I assure you it will not be my last.  What a compelling story!  I was hooked from page one and kept on the edge of my seat until the last page was read.   I read it in one setting.  I just couldn’t put it down.

The characters were so real you immediately became caught up in the story.  It was easy to sympathize with both Eleanor and Samuel.  Eleanor had to leave England and when her would-be employer was a no show, she had no choice but to marry a complete stranger so she could care for his daughter and have a home for herself.  Samuel is very protective of Grace and will do anything to insure she is well cared for.  He is haunted by his past and finds it easier to live away from civilization as much as possible.  As they struggle with the journey set before them, they find the courage  to love and rebuild their lives. 

MS. Griep’s descriptions are so real you can feel the despair, smell the unwashed bodies in the ship’s hold, and yet experience love and compassion at the same time.  It is a beautifully written story.  This book is well worth reading as it will leave you with a renewed spirit.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Barbour Publishing, Inc. through Net Galley, blogger review program, 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.


Book Review-Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter


Just a Kiss
(A Summer Harbor Novel)
By:  Denise Hunter
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

“Just a Kiss” is a beautifully written captivating book by Denise Hunter.  MS Hunter brings home the reality of dealing with PTSD and being an amputee.  Riley doesn’t believe his life will be worth much when he returns home and he knows his chances of winning Paige’s (whom he has secretly loved for a long time) love will never happen.  In his mind who would want an amputee? 

I was hooked from the first page.  The characters and storyline are real-life and completely believable.  Hunter does a great job portraying PTSD episodes without it dominating the storyline.  I would classify this book as an easy read, yet it is filled with thought-provoking scenarios as Riley and Paige deal with some life-changing events.

Although this is the third in the series, it can easily be a stand-alone book.  I didn’t have any problem identifying with the characters and I have not read the others in the series, however since I enjoyed this book so much, I will now go back and read them.  I read this in one afternoon as I couldn’t put it down.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Thomas Nelson,  Net Galley, blogger review program, 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.


Book Review-A Love Made New By Kathleen Fuller

A Love Made New
An Amish of Birch Creek Novel
By:  Kathleen Fuller
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

Abigail Schrock left Birch Creek to go to Middlefield to take care of her younger sister, Joanna, who was hurt in the accident that also took the lives of her parents.  Although she had not heard from her boyfriend, Joel Zook while she was gone, she knew in her heart when he asked her to stop by his house, that he was going to ask her to marry him.  Instead he told her their relationship was over.  He found someone else.  In her despair she couldn’t help but wonder if she had been prettier or hadn’t gained those extra pounds while taking care of her sister, if Joel would have still loved her. 

Asa Bontrager, an Amish ladies-man, was shocked when he felt God tell him to give up everything in Shipshewana and return to Birch Creek to pursue Abigail.  Yet Abigail was having no part of Asa Bontrager.

If you are a fan of Amish novels, this is a must-read.  It is filled with peace, love, and a renewing of faith.  Abigail finds herself unwilling to stop running from the past and let the future happen because she still wants Joel and not Asa, however God has other plans for both of them.  You will find yourself crying with her as she faces the heartbreak and loss of those she has loved and you will experience the joy as she learns to once again let God have first place in her life.  I highly recommend this book!

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Thomas Nelson,  BookLook Bloggers, blogger review program, 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.


Book Review-A Love Transformed By Tracie Peterson

A Love Transformed
Sapphire Brides 3
By:  Tracie Peterson
Publisher:  Bethany House

Although Clara and Adolph Vesper had been married twelve years, it was a loveless marriage. In spite of their arranged marriage it was a shock to learn her husband had been murdered.  According to her brother in law, Otto, she and the children were left penniless.  In her state of shock, she didn’t consider he might not be telling her the truth, because she had designed sapphire jewelry for her husband’s company that netted them a fortune.  Suddenly things are happening that doesn’t add up and she begins to fear for her children, so with plans unknown to her family, Clara and her twin children, Hunter and Maddy flea to Montana to her Aunt and Uncle’s farm. 

Any book by Tracie Peterson in my opinion is a must read.  “A Love Transformed” will keep you turning the pages and on the edge of your seat as Clara’s story unfolds.  You will be right there with her when she reunites with the one man she truly loved, Curtis Billingham and the fear of losing her children becomes all too real.  Her fight for understanding and peace will leave you in tears.  Clara and Curtis’ struggle to let go of the past and let God have first place in their lives will renew your faith.  If you are a fan of Tracie Peterson, this is a book you won’t want to miss.  It is filled with forgiveness, love, peace and second chances.   I highly recommend this book.

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