Sarah has been married to Jack Quinlan for twenty years. She's sure she knows him, but when they go back to his hometown she finds out how wrong she iSarah has been married to Jack Quinlan for twenty years. She's sure she knows him, but when they go back to his hometown she finds out how wrong she is. Now, she has questions about him and his family. But searching for answers could put her in danger.
Gudenkauf wrote this story in a way that helped me to visualize scenes and I loved that. Reading "Missing Pieces" made me feel like I was watching a television murder mystery. I can't say it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through, but it certainly was interesting. What was going on in Jack's family thirty years ago that caused his mother's death? Why so many lies? There was no way this book couldn't hold my attention. I needed the answers to these questions....more
Danae Brooks wants to be a mommy more than anything. For three years she and her husband, Dallas, have tried. Her sisters have no problems conceiving.Danae Brooks wants to be a mommy more than anything. For three years she and her husband, Dallas, have tried. Her sisters have no problems conceiving. So why has it been so difficult for her?
I remember feeling for Danae after reading Two Roads Home, the second Chicory Inn novel. I was happy to see that this story would focus on her issue. I understood her frustration. I understood how she felt towards her sisters and how she felt towards God at times. And I understood Dallas' point of view. These are two believable characters dealing with their feelings and their situation in a realistic way.
Raney tackles domestic violence with this one. I found some moments heartbreaking, but there were scenes that could have been more intense, considering what happened. She also includes bits and pieces from the two previous works in her Chicory Inn series, so this could be a stand alone book. Still, the better choice would be to start from the beginning and enjoy all three novels. Grant and Audrey Whitman and their children are a close-knit family, always willing to support each other in times of trouble. I love that. And even though they may struggle with God's way of doing things, they care about His will.
As I read this story, I thought of Isaiah 55:8-9. It's great when an author writes in a way that brings Scripture to remembrance, because then I'm not just enjoying a story but I'm getting my mind on Jesus. I've read quite a bit of Christian Fiction and that doesn't always happen. I thank Deborah Raney for allowing God to use her to be a blessing to others.
Another Way Home is an inspiring, thought-provoking read and the best Chicory Inn novel. So far. Close to Home will be the fourth and the first two chapters are in the back of this book....more
There has been a murder in the town of Justice, Mississippi. A white teenage girl is dead. A black man is accused of the crime.
A white girl is dead, sThere has been a murder in the town of Justice, Mississippi. A white teenage girl is dead. A black man is accused of the crime.
A white girl is dead, so a black man must be guilty. Call the black man uppity because he's educated and has a mind of his own. If this wasn't a Christian novel, I probably wouldn't have been interested in reading. I expected the ignorant racist attitudes. I expected to be bothered or angered by some of the content. But I also expected something that would keep me from staying stuck in those bad feelings. I wasn't disappointed. Christian principles are mentioned amid injustice. Christian values fight bigotry and hatred.
There were times when characters didn't speak naturally, but I'd still say Ace Collins is a good storyteller. I liked the courtroom scenes and there was action that made me feel like I was watching a movie.
Two sections (1964 & 2014). I found the first part most interesting. Compelling story.
Page 159: "They'll stay in the shadows. They are afraid of the light." - Loved that....more
Nineteen-year-old Gage and his eleven-year-old sister, Ari, don't have parents and they're moving out of their guardian's home. They want to honor theNineteen-year-old Gage and his eleven-year-old sister, Ari, don't have parents and they're moving out of their guardian's home. They want to honor their late mother's wish by staying together even if they have no permanent address. Their mother also wanted Ari to attend a middle school for gifted students. Will homelessness keep Ari from applying?
Young people struggling to survive is a sad thing. I was concerned for Ari (especially as I read Chapter 19) and Gage. I wanted to know how life would turn out for them. And there was also a question that came to mind concerning their guardian. I looked forward to having that little mystery solved.
The grade school scenes seemed necessary in order to understand Ari and what she was going through, but I was more interested in everything that happened outside of school. I'm sure I would have enjoyed the story more, though, if it had been told from Gage's point of view - a teen aspect - instead of hers.
The fact that Ari was eleven was mentioned a few times as if that age meant she was grown. Eleven is still a child. Only one year older than ten and not yet a teenager. Some circumstances were beyond her control, but there were times when the older people in her life were not responsible. She needed guidance and protection.
Ari and Gage were happy for things that probably seem small to some people. This book could help readers appreciate everyday conveniences instead of taking it all for granted....more
With her husband's support, Audrey Whitman has fulfilled her dream of owning a bed and breakfast. She and Grant have spent their life's savings transfWith her husband's support, Audrey Whitman has fulfilled her dream of owning a bed and breakfast. She and Grant have spent their life's savings transforming their empty nest into Chicory Inn. Their daughter, Landyn, pays an unexpected visit. After only six months of marriage, she has left her husband, Chase.
I liked everything that had to do with the inn, but I was most interested in Landyn and Chase's situation. They were facing challenges in their new marriage. Making mistakes and assumptions, bitter moments, misunderstandings, working through their problems - I was eager to see how it would all work out. I wasn't happy with Chase in the beginning. Maybe that was because I read Landyn's side first. Maybe it was because I wanted to take the woman's side. But after a while I began to feel for Landyn's husband and became more understanding of his position.
This was a nice, inspirational read. What I liked most was how characters always kept God in mind, bringing Him up in conversation and praying about big and small things....more
Twin sisters, Maya and Nikki, don't feel the same about the changes taking place in their neighborhood. Nikki is happy to have the new shops and eaterTwin sisters, Maya and Nikki, don't feel the same about the changes taking place in their neighborhood. Nikki is happy to have the new shops and eateries within walking distance of their home. There are some things Maya likes, but she's not pleased with how it all came about.
There are seventy-nine chapters but none too long, some no more than three pages. Characters, dialogue and situations are interesting. And even though there is a distinct seriousness throughout, there are parts that made me smile.
Twins and identity, same-race discrimination, appearance discrimination, interracial relationship insecurities, education, diversity in schools, friendship, alcoholism - these topics are tackled effectively. This is a story that stimulates thought.
Renee Watson created believable teenage characters and wrote this young adult novel without profanity fillers or graphic sex scenes. She has a beautiful way with words. I was in awe of her writing; the poetic flow kept me engaged from beginning to end....more
Daisy Miller passed away. Jackson Miller lost his wife. Matthew Miller lost his mother. They are mourning, each in his own way.
Matt had a close relatiDaisy Miller passed away. Jackson Miller lost his wife. Matthew Miller lost his mother. They are mourning, each in his own way.
Matt had a close relationship with his mother. I felt for him as he struggled with different emotions because of her death. Even though Daisy was gone, I got to know her. The story certainly would have been fun to read if this character were still living.
People grieve in different ways. Matt became a connoisseur of funerals. That wasn't what I expected, but I didn't find it strange. The parts about funerals weren't pleasant, but Matt's point of view made the reading interesting.
This book has seventeen long chapters. It was a good read, but, for me, stories move along better when the chapters are short. I was glad there were scene breaks.
The profanity wasn't as excessive as I've seen in other young adult novels, but more than I cared to read. Love the cover....more
A No Trespassing Sign doesn't keep thirteen-year-old Lionel and his best friend, Anisa, from entering a construction site. They see more than huge traA No Trespassing Sign doesn't keep thirteen-year-old Lionel and his best friend, Anisa, from entering a construction site. They see more than huge tractors and diggers. There is a new born baby girl wrapped in a T-shirt. Lionel knows what it feels like to be abandoned. His father left when he was seven. Lionel doesn't want to think about what could have happened to the baby girl. He wants to be the one to take care of her.
Some years ago, I read The Trouble with Half a Moon. I was glad to see another novel by this talented author. Lionel was wise beyond his years. But he made choices that made me shake my head and say out loud, "This boy knows better. His hard-working mother taught him right from wrong." I guess his abandonment issues kept him from thinking straight. His father stayed on his mind. I felt for him.
This is a middle-grade book and I think of that age range when I look at the cover, but some of the content... Although there was very little profanity, I was surprised to see it at all. And the sex talk: I want to say there was more than a middle school student needs to know, but these days preteens as young as eleven are making the choice to have sex. Sad, but true. Because of this, it would have been nice if Lionel's mother included abstinence.
There are small parts (pages 31 & 170) about God and church that could lead a reader to believe a person doesn't have to be saved to get into heaven. That 'a good heart' is all that's needed. I feel obligated to share the truth: No, it's not enough to be a good person. And it's not enough to believe in God alone. For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Believing Jesus gave His life as a ransom for many and accepting Him as Lord and Savior - that is what gets a person into heaven.
Saving Baby Doe has valuable lessons for young people and adults. Vigilante addresses teen pregnancy, single parenting, abandonment, drug-dealing and friendship. The message that stuck with me was how important it is for boys to have a good male role model....more
Twin sisters Cassie and Caitlyn are not happy about leaving San Antonio, TX but their mother has to start a new job in Aura. All Cassie can think abouTwin sisters Cassie and Caitlyn are not happy about leaving San Antonio, TX but their mother has to start a new job in Aura. All Cassie can think about is moving back to the home she loved, while Caitlyn does her best to see the good in the situation. But adjusting to a new place isn't their only problem. They also have to deal with strange visions.
Very nice book cover. The little stars seem to suggest something magical, but the story didn't read that way. Cassie and Caitlyn are seeing visions. It isn't magic or hoodoo-voodoo stuff. These characters have a gift from God. This is a new experience for them. They are trying to figure it out, learning as they go along.
Good story. It wasn't as fascinating as I'd expected, but the authors added a bit of mystery that kept me turning the pages. There are also valuable lessons about family, friendship and peer pressure of fitting in. Perhaps things will pick up in the next book as Cassie and Caitlyn grow accustomed to their abilities....more