Let me preface myself by telling you how much I completely have loved Davis Bunn's adventures in the past including Gold of Kings and The Black Madonn...moreLet me preface myself by telling you how much I completely have loved Davis Bunn's adventures in the past including Gold of Kings and The Black Madonna. They were fun and easy to picture and page turning. Now, coming to the Book of Dreams, let me start by saying how awesome and intriguing I find this gorgeous cover to be. Normally, novels by this gentleman adventurer pull me in and captivate me to the last page. Usually I cannot turn the pages fast enough to keep with suspense. In this book, which I was told to expect it to be different, at more than two hundred pages in I was still waiting more for something to happen, anything to happen. I had a really hard time getting into this one. This is the first time where I felt that his writing is meant for an audience older than myself (mid-late twenties as I can say that today as my birthday...). At a little less than three hundred pages, for me it picked up a little, but then went into another lull. Finishing out I wasn't really impressed.
The overall thought behind it was very unique and fascinating and extremely thought provoking. Perhaps it is just because that is not the kind of read that I was wanting and expecting from a favorite author of mine, I'm not sure. It was full of finance and politics and topics that I just do not care for, and perhaps that turned me away. I cannot say for sure. However I just didn't like it. But don't just go on me. Others loved it, see below.
*Thanks to Blogging Bistro and Howard Books for providing a copy for review.*
My first introduction to Susan Page Davis was in her war historical Crimson Cipher, which I absolutely loved beginning to end and this Captive Trail i...moreMy first introduction to Susan Page Davis was in her war historical Crimson Cipher, which I absolutely loved beginning to end and this Captive Trail is another one going on the keeper shelf. I was drawn in with the character of Ned and Taabe/Bille Morgan from the first few pages and it was hard to put down the entire time. I would have read it straight through if my toddler, newborn and the flu would have let me!
A story about recovery, a story about new things and life changes, a story about never giving up and relying in Christ. This was a great novel. God was there, and not shoved down your throat. Love was there, but not overtly sappy. Suspense and adventure were there in just the right amounts. I love it.
I'm excited overall about Moody, excuse me, now River North's new fiction series in these Texas Trails with various authors on different generations. I cannot wait to read others in the series.
*Thanks to Moody Publishers fiction division River North for providing a copy for review through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.* (less)
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The Measure of Katie Calloway is my first introduction to the writing of Serena Mi...more-- Frustrated review I wrote two days ago on my nook disappeared --
The Measure of Katie Calloway is my first introduction to the writing of Serena Miller, but I definitely do not intend for it to be my last. I have a new one for the keeper shelf here in my opinion. At first while reading I was reminiscent of Deeanne Gist and her logger romance of A Bride in the Bargain, but this book is more than just a woman cooking and falling for a logger. There is love, romance and suspense, friendship, adventure and history. It is a good read that I enjoyed from the first page.
*Thanks to Revell Books for providing a copy for review.*
*** This may not be as elaborate as my first review, which hopefully is out there somewhere - also typing with a two month old in lap - a wiggly one at that! (less)
Last year, one of my favorite Christmas reads was The Sound of Sleigh Bells and I was delighted this year to return to "the Heart of Amish Country" to...moreLast year, one of my favorite Christmas reads was The Sound of Sleigh Bells and I was delighted this year to return to "the Heart of Amish Country" to revisit a few characters and find many more to love in The Christmas Singing. Cindy Woodsmall really is my favorite Amish author and she provided a great way to spend a few days when I had a moment here and there learning and loving some characters as they all grew and they learned to love and understand each other.
Easily, I'm fairly certain this was my favorite Christmas read. Definitely one for recommendation.
Thanks to Cindy for providing a copy for review. My apologies that I did not recommend it to all of you before the holiday season! (less)
One thing is that I love Missy as person and wish I had met her earlier in Georgia before I had to move. Another is that I already knew that I enjoyed...moreOne thing is that I love Missy as person and wish I had met her earlier in Georgia before I had to move. Another is that I already knew that I enjoyed her writing as I had read and loved A Forever Christmas two years ago so I expected to enjoy A Family for Faith. What I did not expect was just how much I enjoyed this book. I could not put it down and loved it beginning to end. This book is just as good as any Debbie Macomber story that I have experienced through novel or film. I cannot wait for more from Missy in the future!
Real life characters seeping through the pages coming to life in the imagination. I loved it beginning to end. I'm just sad I do not have more here to jump into. I guess I'll have to remedy that!
*Thanks to author Missy Tippens for providing me with a copy for review.* (less)
Pretty much everything that I said for Stars Collide, the first in the Backstage Pass Series is still true in considering Hello Hollywood our new seco...morePretty much everything that I said for Stars Collide, the first in the Backstage Pass Series is still true in considering Hello Hollywood our new second in the series. My journey with books by Janice Thompson started in Contemporary Romantic Comedy, went to Historical Romance and even dipped into Young Adult Fiction. When I found myself with another opportunity to jump into a new Contemporary Romantic Comedy series I knew that I would be with pure delight during this read and I was not mistaken.
This new series “Backstage Pass” is an opening into a wonderful new world we had a taste of in the last Weddings by Bella book and in one of Janice’s historicals Love Me Tender. Now we are full fledged into the Hollywood world and it is a thrill. The characters come off the page as real life persons that have it all with mystery and romance and best of all a Christian faith in a difficult environment.
Although I was not expecting a character shift like many other series that I read, since Weddings by Bella was all from Bella, this was great and entertaining from beginning to end.
Anyone can pick up a book from Janice Hanna Thompson and expect a light-hearted romantic thrill with laughs here and there. I highly recommend them all!
*Thanks to Revell Books for providing a copy for review.*
Susie was one of the first authors that I discovered back when I stumbled across Liz Curtis Higgs and began my all-consuming love of Christian Histori...moreSusie was one of the first authors that I discovered back when I stumbled across Liz Curtis Higgs and began my all-consuming love of Christian Historical Fiction. It was her Heirs of Anton series. So now that I find she is writing another new series set in the "opulent world of the Gilded Age" I could help but be intrigued! This era seems to be a poplar one as I've also gotten my hands on one from Nancy Moser and before that Siri Mitchell. I could not wait to see Susie's take on it!
At about 183 pages of this 380 page novel I can already say I feel like I've already read two full novels in this short page length with the sisters two stories. Both of romance and tragedy. I'm waiting for Oliver to walk up and say, oh it was a mistake and for Bennett to look out over the sea and return. Alas.
At just over halfway through I felt like I'm in another novel, this time a western. This is awesome. You get a gilded age adventure and a prairie romance too! As the character comes up, I am remembering all my history bullet points on Teddy Roosevelt phrases and I think Susie is hitting them all. In finishing another segment I promise these could be individual novels. Changing characters and following along in history it is as if the Heirs of Anton series were one long book instead of four shorter ones.
I did not expect a thing. Honestly I haven't finished reading any of the Golden Era novels except Cara Lynn James first one as it came across. After finishing this one I'm desperate for more. I want to go back to the Moser and Mitchell books and get more of the time and the era. I want to find the rest of James series and drink it all in. I cannot wait for more Daughters of Fortune. I cannot even imagine what comes next. Every twist and turn took me by surprise and I was rereading sections because I was just sure that I misunderstood. Not after everything, could that happen! - I kept saying to myself. But it did. Every thing that happened made things lead to the next. It reminds me of endings that I imagined for tragic movies that did not end as I wished in their romance.
This was and is awesome.
*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy for review.*