I should have followed the advice of other reviewers and read the other books in the series first. I didn't realize at first that I was coming in to tI should have followed the advice of other reviewers and read the other books in the series first. I didn't realize at first that I was coming in to the end of a series. I think it would have meant more had I read the others beforehand. The overall theme of faith and forgiveness is one I can appreciate, and anything set in Missouri gets points from me, as a native myself.
I liked the characters Charlotte Hubbard created, and I admire the courage it took for Nora to reconnect with her family after so much time had passed. It was easy to root for her to find her happy ending.
If you enjoy Amish fiction, I would check out this series....more
The writing is delightful from word one. Anne Pfeffer just has a way of telling the story that makes you want to like the book. That's good, too, becaThe writing is delightful from word one. Anne Pfeffer just has a way of telling the story that makes you want to like the book. That's good, too, because Pru drove me up a wall for a couple of chapters. She is so timid, so very broken at first, that you find yourself cringing at some of her choices. At times, I struggled to empathize with her. But then she starts to get her feet under her, to pull her life together and make good choices. She begins to feel comfortable in her own skin. And the entire time she's doing this, I couldn't look away. I gobbled up each page; the book went way too quickly.
Just Pru is a quirky, delightful book that has surprising depth to it. I really and truly adored this book.
*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review....more
Stephanie Wardrop has a conversational, natural writing style that makes her a truly modern voice in YA. She's a seriously talented writer who had meStephanie Wardrop has a conversational, natural writing style that makes her a truly modern voice in YA. She's a seriously talented writer who had me from the first word of the first page. This book was full of so many amazing lines it's hard to choose a favorite.
There were things about the main character, Georgiana - or George, that were vastly different from me - I'm not so in-tune with the vegan, PETA lifestyle, for one - but the core of who she was resonated with me. I'm also a passionate person with a brain-to-mouth filter that malfunctions at inopportune moments. George made me cringe at times, but she also made me laugh, she made me love her.
The main premise of the book is the relationship between George and Michael, but just like the reality of high school, the characters are also navigating much larger issues in the midst of it.
In all, I enjoyed this book immensely - both the writing and the story. I highly recommend checking out Stephanie Wardrop's writing.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I will be happily purchasing the rest of the author's books now that I've read this one, though!...more
This was a cute, fun read - perfect for curling up on the couch on a rainy day. There wasn't anything particularly gripping or mind-blowing about it,This was a cute, fun read - perfect for curling up on the couch on a rainy day. There wasn't anything particularly gripping or mind-blowing about it, but that's not a bad thing. The characters were enjoyable, the antics zany, the pacing spot-on. There were enough sparks between the characters to make it a good love story but it was never crass or TMI. I admired the main character's backbone in taking her life into her own hands.
I struggled writing this review because I kept feeling like I should say more, but I finally realized this really does sum it up. If you want a relaxing, good read and you're a fan of romance (like, the kind of stuff I grew up devouring from the local library), then this is a great pick.
*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review...more
I am completely, unabashedly in love with this book. Many books claim "fans of Jane Austen will love this" - this one lives up to the claim. It's an eI am completely, unabashedly in love with this book. Many books claim "fans of Jane Austen will love this" - this one lives up to the claim. It's an enchanting read that pulls you into it and carries you happily along. I loved the heroine who appeared flighty on the surface but really had a depth of character matched by few - and the hero who was a genuinely good man, struggling to find the path he was meant to be on. The book makes it clear it's not an inspirational novel, though I thought there was something to be said about the character figuring out his true calling in life; that's something many Christians struggle with. You certainly don't have to be a Christian to appreciate the book. There are no awkward sermonettes in it or anything - but the Vicar's faith is very much a part of his character, of who he is.
It was so refreshing to read a high-quality book that was clean all the way through. The author beautifully captures the romance and the passion the two characters have for each other without telling way more than I ever wanted to know. I didn't cringe or face-palm once during this book, which is becoming a rarity for me these days. The characters were intelligent and rational - likable.
Though the main storyline was a common one - I wasn't surprised by the results of the book, but there were twists and turns in the getting there. The book felt fresh, unique. I truly think it's because the characters had more depth to them than is sometimes seen in the genre. I seriously cannot wait to see what else this author releases. She has a new fan in me.
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review...more
I love the tagline on the cover. Overall, this was a pretty good book with a good story. I loved that the book challenged stereotypes - the scene wherI love the tagline on the cover. Overall, this was a pretty good book with a good story. I loved that the book challenged stereotypes - the scene where they're discussing Sophie's pictures of the people she worked with was well done - I could almost see the photos and the whole scene made me like the characters better.
There was some strong language in the book - it wasn't riddled with it, but a couple of the characters had a favorite word or two that made me cringe every time it came up, and it came up often enough for me to be distracted from the story.
I struggled to fully connect with the characters and never really engaged with the book. I am such a character driven reader - if I don't click with them, I don't click with the story. On the surface, I should have liked Sophie and Caleb, so I'm at a bit of a loss as to why I never felt that magic spark. That leads me to believe that I'm in the minority where this one is concerned - the average person would probably enjoy this story more than I did. In all, it's a book worth checking out.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review....more
At first, I tried to write this book off as a new take on Robin Hood - not just any Robin Hood, but the BBC series. I could practically picture RicharAt first, I tried to write this book off as a new take on Robin Hood - not just any Robin Hood, but the BBC series. I could practically picture Richard Armitage as Crispin in the novel. (Not that I mind picturing Richard Amitage as anyone in anything.) It's not that I wasn't enjoying the book, but I was struggling to get really into it. I think part of my problem was that because I was too busy to really focus on the book, I was making snap judgments in my mind.
Because the writing was good in those first few chapters - there was no other reason for me to not engage with the characters - I kind of figured the problem was on my end, not the author's. So I put in my earbuds, cleared my head of my to do list, and really focused on the book. And I fell totally, completely in love with the characters and their story. Crispin stopped being Richard Armitage and turned into something more.
I wanted to like Aubrey from the first scene. She's my kind of girl. But she drove me a little crazy at first with some of her decisions in love. Possibly because she made me remember some of my own bad decisions from years gone by. But by the fifth chapter, I was hooked, though. She really was a strong character with a good head on her shoulders.
I don't want to say too much or give away any of the twists in the story, but I adored it and the love story it contained. The main characters were enchanting and had depth - and I'm thrilled that my favorite secondary character gets his own story in the next installment (which I will be downloading). Initially, I thought the bad guy was too over-the-top, but by the end, I stopped analyzing him and just loathed him. The man made my skin crawl.
I highly recommend this book, but I also highly recommend carving out some time when you can really sink into it. I can usually devour a book in an afternoon - this one took me a couple of days. It was good for me, though, to stop rushing through books and simply enjoy one.
*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed it so much I'll be buying the second one, though!...more
Entertaining Angels is unique in many ways: the storyline, the point of view, the characters. There were so many things about this book I absolutely lEntertaining Angels is unique in many ways: the storyline, the point of view, the characters. There were so many things about this book I absolutely loved. There were a few dialogue patches that could have been smoothed out and a few spots where the pacing stumbled a bit or the main character got a little too caught in her own head and drove me crazy, but I loved her - and the book - nonetheless.
So often, when we’re sad, our focus does turn so heavily on ourselves that we forget the world around us. I think that’s what I was seeing in Madison ("Mads"). I wanted to shake her sometimes, to wake her up to the love all around her. Maybe it’s because my son just buried a friend because we were unable to break through the friend’s inward focus to show him how loved he was, but that aspect of Mads really hit me.
This book is definitely for Christians - and that’s part of why I love it. I’m passionate about the need for Christians to have good fiction that’s outside the norm. This fit the bill - I would love to see more books like it out there! I’m not sure a non-Christian would get as much out of it because they might get distracted by the spiritual aspects, though the resounding message throughout the novel is one every human being needs to hear: You’re not a mistake. You are loved.
The Christians surrounding Madison were awesome - they truly followed God’s prompting to reach Madison in her time of need. There were times when Madison was praying that I got goosebumps. And I love that the author explored some of the reasons behind the bullying Mads experienced. Too often, we Christians want to skim over what we’re really up against. By ignoring the topic, we hamper our ability to fight the battles before us.
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review....more
The story unfolds through a series of flashbacks, which were well written. Some writers struggle with this format, but Caiola handled it with grace anThe story unfolds through a series of flashbacks, which were well written. Some writers struggle with this format, but Caiola handled it with grace and style. Daisy was a wonderful character, definitely one worth getting to know. Lily's world changes drastically over the course of the book, and though I couldn't connect with her early on in the book, I rooted for her to find her happiness.
I think the majority of readers will enjoy the novel. Alison Caiola is a talented writer with a unique ability to give readers a glimpse behind the curtain of Hollywood.
*I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review....more
Great book to support a worthy cause. Hayley is a wonderful character. She was cute and spunky, and I cheered for her as she reclaimed her life. Wes wGreat book to support a worthy cause. Hayley is a wonderful character. She was cute and spunky, and I cheered for her as she reclaimed her life. Wes was a doll and exactly who she needed. We all need a Wes in our lives. ...more
This book was keep-you-up-all-night amazing. Stacey drove me crazy sometimes because of the choices she made, but she was so lovable that it broke myThis book was keep-you-up-all-night amazing. Stacey drove me crazy sometimes because of the choices she made, but she was so lovable that it broke my heart every time she felt unworthy of love.
The author's writing style is very fresh and readable. You blink and hours have gone by and you've jumped from 1% of the way into the book to 61% and you don't want to stop long enough for a bathroom break. She surprised me at every turn - from Stacey's secret to her friend Kate's world crumbling to the job Stacey lands. Every time I thought I knew where the book was heading, I realized I was wrong. Every time I thought I wouldn't be okay with a new development, it came together beautifully.
Stacey's family drove me absolutely insane - I wanted to reach through the Kindle and thump them. Michael was the kind of man every woman wishes for, the kind of man who really believes in her.
The situations the characters found themselves in were real; they were messy. Their reactions were real and also messy. So if you want something pat and perfect, the book might make you crazy. But there's a truth to it that strikes a chord with the reader; an honesty that speaks to something in all of us. Even if we've never been in Stacey's shoes, too many of us can relate to her feelings of not being enough. And even through all the messy, Stacey still made me laugh. I loved her spunk and her loyalty.
I can't say enough how flawless the writing was. Lauren K. McKellar has a true gift. I will definitely be reading the other books in the series now!
*I was offered a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'll happily purchase the other two in the series, though!...more
I can't say enough about this book or the author's writing style. You don't realize you're reading; you're just sucked in. Sarabeth writes with a refrI can't say enough about this book or the author's writing style. You don't realize you're reading; you're just sucked in. Sarabeth writes with a refreshing honesty. She is keenly observant and her honesty is unwavering, whether she's talking about her first god being her hair, her first kiss, or the suicide death of a friend.
One of my favorite lines from the book: "I believed that heaven was real, and hell was for Hitler."
And just a page later: "Part of me thought how foolish to think I knew everything when I was barely old enough to vote. The other part of me longs to remember what that kind of certainty feels like." I can identify with that. And really, that's what I love so much about this book. For someone who feels so alone in her journey, I can identify with her journey of faith. Sure, mine came from a different angle, but I still felt a connection with this writer and the path she'd walked. And the aspects of her journey that I didn't share made me think about my own in a new light.
Whatever your faith, I highly recommend this book. It's an excellent read by a likable and talented author. I will definitely be checking out her fiction work in the near future.
*I was offered a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It in no way affected my opinion. I'll be gladly purchasing her other books now!...more