This book was poignant and inspiring. This book had me near tears so many times and other times near laughter. My heart broke with Charlotte as I reliThis book was poignant and inspiring. This book had me near tears so many times and other times near laughter. My heart broke with Charlotte as I relived her past, feared with her, and hoped with her.
There are some books and characters that will stick with you long after you finish turning the last page. This is one of those books. I loved the writing style, the characters, and the plot line. A great read that I enjoyed immensely.
Charlotte messed up and in many people's eyes could be considered a weak and terrible person, but in actuality she's strong and genuine. I loved her character and felt drawn to her despite many reasons why I might feel disconnected from her.
Definitely recommend for anybody who is looking for an inspiring read with uplifting characters who overcome the trials that come their way. ...more
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Faith has always tried to put God first and to do His will. She even tries to love her siMy Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Faith has always tried to put God first and to do His will. She even tries to love her sister Charity, even though for some unknown reason Charity hates her.
Charity is drop-dead gorgeous and everybody knows it. Including Collin McGuire, the man that Faith is in love with. But there are a few problems. One, her father dislikes Collin and thinks he comes from the wrong side of town. And two, he's in love with Charity, not her.
It makes sense Charity is beautiful and in comparison Faith falls short. But then why won't God remove her feelings for him. And when Collin begins to pay more and more attention to Charity, it might just tear this family apart.
Then the war hits and Collin goes off to war and Faith and Charity head toward their homeland in Ireland. When Faith meets Mitch, she feels like she might finally be getting over Collin. But Charity has other ideas and she knows she could break Mitch and Faith apart. One thing is for certain, Charity, Faith, Mitch, and Collin have made one tangled web. The only question is whether or not they will be able to untangle it.
I loved this novel more than I can begin to express. There is a passion in Julie's writing that bleed into every page. I couldn't help but get sucked into the story and I found myself turning the pages faster and faster until I finally flipped the last page. And then I immediately went and read the sequel.
Faith was a character that I could relate to so easily. She doubted herself and yet she didn't doubt God, at least for the most part that is. She faced real trials and had real struggles. Basically, Faith wasn't just a character, she felt like a real person.
I loved every single one of the characters, even Charity. In many books, they would have simply made Charity a villain; Julie made her a person with real flaws and real hopes and dreams. I loved that.
This book was simply beautiful. I absolutely adored it. I'm so glad I decided to buy this book. It was definitely worth it. Collin, Mitch, Faith, and Charity make for interesting story.
So why 5 stars? I shy away from giving books 5. I give a lot of 3s and 3.5s and I give several 4s, but 5's I don't give many of those. I gave this book a 4 originally and then I realized I was being stupid. This book is a 5 in my book. It was beautifully written and masterfully crafted. Her novel had deep underlying themes to it that several novels I read don't.
In short, it is one of my favorite Christian fiction novels I've read so far.
In Summary: Lessman's books are infused with passion and combine with compelling characters, gripping plots, realistic trials, and beautiful writing to make one incredible book. Readers will eat this one up and will be dying to read the sequel the second they turn the last page.
Side-notes: Julie's books are passionate. She's talking about people who are very much in love, but she never crosses the line. I actually loved how passionate her books were because they were clean and talked about these matters in an appropriate way. Her book isn't edgy and her message about dealing with this passion is very appropriate and clean.
The Wrap-up: I can't even being to describe how much I loved this one. Faith, Collin, Mitch, and Charity are characters who will stay with me long after this novel is over. I absolutely adored the book.
I definitely recommend this series. This is staying on my keeper shelf and I know that I will be rereading this series.
I love Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller's style of writing. This is a great book and I am interested in seeing how this story develops in the next noI love Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller's style of writing. This is a great book and I am interested in seeing how this story develops in the next novel.
There have been many retellings or references to the myth of Persephone. When I picked up this novel, I was entranced by the cover and decided it woulThere have been many retellings or references to the myth of Persephone. When I picked up this novel, I was entranced by the cover and decided it would be worth reading. What I didn't expect was that I'd absolutely love this novel.
Persephone had some serious attitude, I noticed that from the very beginning. But with a mother whose a goddess determined on confining you to the vale she's created and keeping you away from all things male, I guess that makes sense.
Enter Hades. Persephone encounters a mystery man in the vale and is quickly smitten by him. When she finds out he's Hades, she's surprised and angry at first. But love is no match for anger.
I really liked that Whitman deviated from the traditional myth of damsel in distress and created a story with a kick butt heroine.
I also liked the fact that she didn't stick with the stereotype of Hades. In this novel Hades was hot. No I'm not joking. Hades wasn't the one dimensional figure he's always been. I loved her description of the underworld and basically the whole novel.
Theresa is the daughter of a famous musician from the Prince Nicholas Eserhazy's court in eigtheenth century Vienna. When she's faced with her father'Theresa is the daughter of a famous musician from the Prince Nicholas Eserhazy's court in eigtheenth century Vienna. When she's faced with her father's murder, Theresa is determined to reveal the truth.
Instead, she becomes involved with a world full of secret plots and murder attempts.
Throughout all of this, Theresa abandonds society protocol and eagerly dives in headfirst in the attempt to solve her father's murder.
The novel is beautifully woven and involves love, murder, desire, and ambition.
Dunlap presents a poignant novel that will stick with the reader long after they finish reading it.
I loved this book! Definitely recommend to anybody....more
I fell in love with this Friesner's writing style during her Helen of Troy series and this series didn't fail to disappoint.
Nefertiti loves her familyI fell in love with this Friesner's writing style during her Helen of Troy series and this series didn't fail to disappoint.
Nefertiti loves her family. She's docile and obedient and is content with life. But her aunt Queen Tiye demands that she marry her son Thutmose to ensure that he'll become Pharoah.
Nefertiti's father negoititates new terms. She has three years before she'll marry him. Caught up by the treachery of court life Nefertiti finds that being obdient isn't as easy as she thought. She's forced to stand up for herself and dare to defy the odds.
Friesner blends history and fiction with unparallel skill. This book is a must-read for all fans of historical fiction and daring heroines.
I love Friesner's interpertation of history and look forward to reading the next book in this series as well as other books from this author.
Esther Frienser doesn't fail too disappoint. She weaves the final book in this series masterfully and creates characters that readers fall in love witEsther Frienser doesn't fail too disappoint. She weaves the final book in this series masterfully and creates characters that readers fall in love with.
This finale to the series was definitely a triumph.
A great read for anybody who likes historical fiction....more
Elizabeth is a character that you fall in love with from the very beginning. She's intelligent but also compassionate and concerned with those aroundElizabeth is a character that you fall in love with from the very beginning. She's intelligent but also compassionate and concerned with those around her. Her plight is one that all can relate to.
A highlander by birth and a lowlander be marriage she is caught between the raging conflicts of the time.
Her mother-in-law resents her son's Donald's decision to marry a highlander, but Elizabeth tries to change her mind and assure her of her loyalty to Donald.
Donald loves Elizabeth, but is unable to resist beautfiul women. And Elizabeth can't help but be suscpicious when she hears all the rumors circling around town.
This book is poignantly written and masterfully told. Liz Curtis Higgs has created a beautiful story with memorable characters. I will definitely anxiously await reading the next book in this series.
It does touch upon Christian elements, but Higgs doesn't force religion in her story. Religion seamlessly fits into her tale of romance, war, heartache, and self-discovery.
5 stars. Recommened to everybody who loves historical fiction or christian fiction....more