2.5 Felicia Hayes Lyons lives in New Jersey with her husband and their three children. She loves her family and works hard as a stay-at-home mom. Her l2.5 Felicia Hayes Lyons lives in New Jersey with her husband and their three children. She loves her family and works hard as a stay-at-home mom. Her life is so much better than it was back in Philly years ago. Even when she's overwhelmed and can find no time for herself, she appreciates how far she's come. When an unexpected call dredges up bad memories and gets her involved in unhealthy relationships once again, will her marriage survive?
The incident that happened when Felicia was twelve years old was sad and senseless and, I believe, the root cause of her bad choices. I felt for her younger self. But the decisions she made as a grown woman with a good husband? Wow. As soon as she got the phone call it was like she didn't have a mind of her own, which was surprising and disappointing because she seemed to be such a strong woman in the beginning. Even though motherhood got to be a bit much for her at times, she still got the job done. And if her husband said something she didn't like, she had no problem speaking up for herself. After all she had been through with the caller in the past, how could this person still have such a hold on her? This woman was searching for peace in the wrong places, trying to ease her pain in the wrong ways.
The cover grabbed me - the red top pops, the natural hair is cool and I wish I had that figure - and then I noticed five star reviews, so I decided to read this novel. I wanted to love the story. It was okay, but there was quite a bit of content I did not expect. Looking at the nice cover, I never thought "gritty". Too much profanity for my taste. Sex scenes - TMI. And I was not comfortable with Chapter Thirty-Seven, because something was going on that I do not believe in and will always stay away from. Far away. The author does deal with important topics, though: mental illness, spousal abuse, adultery, abandonment and low self-esteem.
Favorite Character: Gran Favorite Line: Just because she can't see my scars doesn't mean I don't have them. ...more
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
Seventeen-year-old Michelle Devereux has been more like a mother to her thirteen-year-old sister, Cass, and six-year-old brother, Denny. She and CassSeventeen-year-old Michelle Devereux has been more like a mother to her thirteen-year-old sister, Cass, and six-year-old brother, Denny. She and Cass have the same father, but they haven't seen him in years. They also have a half-sister, Leah. They've never met her. Not until they find out their father is sick and they all, along with Leah's stepbrother, take a road trip from Baltimore to California.
Michelle and company were heading to a destination, but it seemed more like they were runaways, out there lying and stealing to survive. I can't remember how many times I shook my head. The situation could have been handled differently instead of making a spur of the moment decision. Young people out on the road without an adult. Not acceptable. But I was also concerned at times.
Michelle, Cass & Denny: The adults in their lives had issues that caused them to suffer emotionally and psychologically. That was sad.
I did not like reading profanity throughout the story, but despite that, this was a page-turner....more
On her way to a trivia championship she's anxious to participate in, Allie has an accident. What happens next turns out to be more than a matter of liOn her way to a trivia championship she's anxious to participate in, Allie has an accident. What happens next turns out to be more than a matter of life or death.
I don't know how many facial expressions I made while reading this engrossing novel. Wow. I've known people who were in comas, and I always wondered what they were experiencing as friends and family prayed for their recovery. I realize this is fiction, but I'd like to advise readers to take the story seriously. Angels are real. Demons are real. God is not dead. Jesus lives.
Jennifer Allee deals with serious issues, showing how dysfunctional some families can be, how holding on to past hurts can destroy lives, and how some who call themselves Christians have no light but are still in the darkness. According to the Bible, how can a Christian be recognized? Matthew 7:15-20 has the answer.
Vinnie's Diner is a must read for Christians and non-Christians, teens (there are important messages for young ladies, in particular) and parents. If this book isn't in every high school and public library and bookstore nationwide, it should be. Very well-written....more
I heard good things about Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall but I never got around to reading it, so when I saw Vanishing Girls (ARC) in my Vine queue I cI heard good things about Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall but I never got around to reading it, so when I saw Vanishing Girls (ARC) in my Vine queue I checked it out immediately. The chapters aren't numbered. Chapter titles show Dara or Nick's name, a date, and every now and then the time of day. This story alternates between the sisters points of view, but there are also diary entries, website posts and emails. Sometimes it was "before" the accident and sometimes "after" the accident. I had to pay close attention. The story didn't flow well, but the author didn't lose me. The profanity was a bit much. And it took the author so long to get to the point that if I wasn't obligated to write a review, I would have stopped reading. I must admit, the good part was worth the wait....more
Cassie Carter had a close relationship with her family until she made a choice they didn't like. Thirteen years later, she's trying to build a betterCassie Carter had a close relationship with her family until she made a choice they didn't like. Thirteen years later, she's trying to build a better life. Her father and mother have passed away, but is it too late to be a part of her sisters lives? Will they accept her?
I was expecting the story to focus mainly on Cassie restoring her relationship with her sisters. I wanted to know what it would take to bring them together or if that would happen. But quite a bit of the story was about the beginning of a new relationship I didn't find interesting.
The sisters were living in the past. I needed them to stop behaving like the young people they were all those years ago and be mature adults. To read about their separate lives was somewhat interesting, though.
The emotional and mental effects of domestic violence and the struggles once a woman escapes an abuser are well-told....more
Grace is the daughter of a major in the U.S. Army and her grandfather is the United States foremost Ambassador to Europe. She has moved around a lot aGrace is the daughter of a major in the U.S. Army and her grandfather is the United States foremost Ambassador to Europe. She has moved around a lot and now she's back at the embassy, the place she lived every summer until her mother died. People are saying it was an accident. Grace believes it was murder. Can she prove she knows what she's talking about?
Although I enjoyed the prose, I often felt like not much was being said. Because the synopsis mentions mystery and conspiracy, I thought the story would be more intriguing. It became interesting near the end. I was curious when I finished, though. I just might read Book Two of Embassy Row....more