My Rating: 3.5 stars (It would have been a 4 if not for the ending).
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is the second book I've read by Loree Lough and I've had mixed feelings about both of them. The books are always so wonderful and I love them and then I reach the end and I leave feeling deeply dissatisfied.
Like I mentioned earlier, the strength of Loree's novels is her characters. She creates character who pull on my emotions in the most poignant ways. I adored the characters. They were quirky and brilliantly developed. I was able to connect with them instantly and found myself rooting for them from the very beginning. Grace and Dusty were an interesting couple to read about and I loved learning more about both of them.
While the plot and world building isn't quite as good as the character development, both the plot and the world are still fantastic. Lough does a terrific job at creating a world that draws me in from the very beginning. This novel was no exception. The novel opened with the Search and Rescue Team trying to find a girl missing from prom, they found her, but unfortunately dead. This beginning didn't play a large role in the story other than it brought the two main characters together, and yet I didn't mind.
This novel is definitely more character-driven than plot-driven. However, I felt the story line was compelling in it's own right.
The novel was a solid 4 maybe even a 4.5 until the end. I don't want to give anything away. So I'm just going to say I didn't like the ending. It was masterfully written and technically there was nothing wrong with it. I really shouldn't knock the book down because of the ending, but I'm going to because I would have liked the novel much better if she had ended it differently.
In Summary: A brilliantly written novel with characters that I absolutely adored. Loree Lough ranks among the best when it comes to character development. I just wished the book had ended differently.
The Wrap-up: A great read. If you like romantic suspense, then check this one out. It's very well-written and was very enjoyable.
A beautiful tale of faith, love, overcoming the past, and recognizing God's hand in our lives. A book that portrays one woman's journey to t...more4.5 stars.
A beautiful tale of faith, love, overcoming the past, and recognizing God's hand in our lives. A book that portrays one woman's journey to triumph over the demons of her past and truly come to know God and be led by Him. A great novel that chronicles an incredible story of one woman.
Kimberly starts her book by posing the question of who is the driving force behind your life. She then details her life and how God has always been there helping fill her tank.
Kimberly chronicles her life in a way that will draw readers in from the very beginning. A majority of her book details her struggles, financially, physically, and emotionally, as she tries to run her non-profit dance organization Dream in Color Foundation. She writes about her trials in a way that doesn't seem to be screaming for pity, but rather in a way that glorifies God and the hand He has had in her life.
Later in her book, Kimberly's focus in no longer on her dance but on overcoming demons that have haunted her since her childhood. She paints a vivid picture of the effect the abuse endured as a child has had on her life and her process to overcome what she called the "shackle of abuse."
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My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First...moreThis is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank Zondervan for giving me a copy of this to review in exchange for my honest review.
I went into this book with no expectations. I hadn't read anything else by Clipston and didn't really know what to expect. However, I quickly was entranced by this story. Lydia was a character that I both respected and admired. Her strength and commitment to do what was right was inspiring.
Another character that I loved was Tristan. Tristan was not Amish, but was Christian. He was just a genuinely nice guy (one that I wouldn't mind meeting). I really enjoyed learning about him in this novel.
In addition to the characters, Clipston also weaved issues of faith into her novel in a way that never seemed overbearing or forced. She created a plot that touched my heart and left me reflecting on my own life.
This novel was both poignantly moving and entertaining. It's been awhile since I've read an Amish fiction book that I enjoyed as much as this one. Clipston is definitely an author that I will be keeping tabs on. She has an ability to create a story that is compelling. I know that I will definitely want to read the companion series. (less)
Disclaimers: I received this book for review from the publisher Howard Books in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks!
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I love this time period, but I haven't actually read a lot from this period outside of required English class. I went into this novel with high expectations. I was a little worried about how Byrd would tie in the paranormal-ish element of visions into her story.
I had no reason to be concerned. Byrd's writing was masterful, her characters masterfully crafted, and her novel absolutely brilliant. I adored this novel. Thirty pages in and I was hooked.
Byrd's novel had a depth to it that I appreciated. So often I read novels and I leave thoroughly entertained, but they don't have the depth to make me want to come back to them time and time again.
Byrd's novel left me entertained and thoroughly enraptured. I absolutely adored this novel. Juliana was a character that I found myself rooting for from the very beginning. She was down-to-earth and yet so spunky. I loved her. And then there was Jaime. Oh how I adored him from the second I was introduced to him. He definitely made my "top male characters" list.
This was the first novel I read by Byrd; it won't be the last. I desperately want to go back and read the first in the series. I can't wait to see what Byrd comes up with next. Definitely recommend this series, especially to all you history buffs out there.
In Summary: A beautifully written novel with masterfully crafted characters that I absolutely adored. This novel is a must-read. Go get it now!
Warnings/Side-notes: A rape scene (not too graphic but it's there). References to sex. But really this novel was very clean.
The Wrap-up: Very rarely do I get to read a novel about the time period of Henry VIII, because usually they are quite filthy. This one was very clean and had a Christian element to it. Naturally I was ecstatic to read it. The Christian elements were never overbearing or seemed forced, which is another huge plus. Trust me read this one!
Disclaimers: I received a copy of this book from Howard Books in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks for this opportuni...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a copy of this book from Howard Books in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks for this opportunity!
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is the second book I've read by Robin Jones Gunn. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one I read by her and so I had high hopes for this one.
The other novel I read from her was Finally and Forever from the Katie Weldon series and so this novel was very different in target audience and in the way it was written. However, Gunn's ability to create characters that I adored and a world that drew me in remained constant.
The moment that protagonist learns that her father is ill she jumps on a plane to go see him. At that instance, I felt my emotions being pulled into the book and found myself attached to the story line.
Erin left behind her husband and her business to take care of a father with whom she had a strained relationship. That was both touching and inspiring. And to all of those who have ever had an ill loved one, this book rings true.
Brilliantly written and beautifully developed a novel that I definitely recommend and one that I absolutely adored.
In Summary: A incredible novel that is bound to uplift and entertain. Definitely one worth reading.
The Wrap-up: Gunn's novels are written in a compelling manner that hits home. A beautiful novel that was nothing like I expected and yet better in every way. Read this one for an entertaining read that is poignant and will have you laughing, crying, and cheering the characters on go. Basically if you pick this one up, you won't regret it.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opi...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I did not expect this book to be as good as it was. From the second I started reading, the characters and the writing style swept me away.
The world that Morris created was one that I found fascinating. Jeanne has not been dealt an easy hand in life. She's a widow struggling to make ends meet while trying to provide for her eight year old daughter, and yet she is incredible. I loved learning about her. Like many of my favorite characters, I wanted to hit her upside the head a few times. But I thoroughly enjoyed watching her progression.
And then there was Clint Hardin. Clint was roguish enough for me to absolutely adore him, but refined enough that I didn't feel bad about liking him. He was so kind to Jeanne and her daughter and I loved him from the moment I met him.
Morris' world was full of intrigue, suspense, and romance on the backdrop of the Mississippi. I found myself thoroughly entranced by the tale and recommend this to all fans of historical romance with spunky characters.
In Summary: Brilliantly written and full of lovable characters set against a backdrop that lends to an incredible tale of romance, suspense, and intrigue. I definitely recommend this one. I for one will definitely be checking out Morris' other novels.
The Wrap-up: This book managed to be heart-warming, heart-breaking, hilarious, and poignant all at once. Any book that causes me to feel that wide range of emotions automatically makes its way onto my favorites list. Definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a touching romance with spunky characters who will have you rooting for them from the very beginning. In short, this was a great read that I recommend.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, as always, I'd like to thank netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to review this novel.
And now for my thoughts: This may be the best Christian fiction novel I've read this year. I absolutely loved the characters, the plot, the writing, and just everything about this novel.
Daley's ability to create a world that readers will fall in love with. This is a book that I'm definitely going to be buying and one that I could see myself reading this one over and over again. I will also be anxiously waiting for the sequel to come out.
I'm going to start by talking about Wyatt and Kate. I loved both of these characters. They weren't perfect, but they were trying their hardest to live a righteous life and to be the best people they could. I loved their relationship and definitely hope we get to see them again in the sequel.
Daley's writing was enjoyable. The whole time I was intrigued by her tale. Her writing really was crisp and yet descriptive, inviting, and basically just beautifully crafted.
I also really liked the character Rose. Rose's courage and ability to overcome her past was touching and inspiring. I definitely loved learning about her story and hope to learn more about her in the sequel as well.
Basically, this novel was brilliantly written and one that I absolutely adored reading. It was cute, inspiring, fun, heart-breaking, informative, and entertaining at the same time. It touched upon some serious issues in society (prostitution), but did it in a way that is clean and could be read by anybody who could get past the initial shock that this novel centers around a sensitive issue.(less)
What I really loved about this novel was Ted's masterfully crafted characters. He beautifully portrayed this world where we could get in teenager's he...moreWhat I really loved about this novel was Ted's masterfully crafted characters. He beautifully portrayed this world where we could get in teenager's heads both male and female. I didn't feel like I was reading a novel written by an adult. I felt like I literally was in these teens' heads. I felt like I was getting a vivid picture of what it would be like to be a slightly rebellious male teen...and that's saying something.
This novel was intriguing, well-written, and the plot fit in with the current trend of dystopian tales. Like I mentioned earlier, this novel incorporated religion into the dystopian tale. It was never forced and was always light.
For those who don't like religion incorporated into their literature, I wouldn't necessarily be weary of reading this novel.
For those who love having religion incorporated into their literature, this novel is one of the few dystopian tales I've seen that incorporate religion-so you might want to check this novel out.