This beautiful retelling of the story of Ruth is different from previous stories I had heard or read. I reread the book of Ruth in my bible and everyt...moreThis beautiful retelling of the story of Ruth is different from previous stories I had heard or read. I reread the book of Ruth in my bible and everything used in this novel is biblical.
I liked this version because it made the characters more real. It was well-written and in the first half it was well paced. The second half I couldn’t put the book down. This is one of those books that you need to read a little, chew or meditate on that part and then go on and read a little more, meditate, etc. I liked how the author wove King David into the story. The research of the Hebrew customs during this period was amazing. I loved the scriptures written at the beginning of each chapter. They were so inspiring. The book made such an impact on me I would love to read it again.
It would have been nice to have a study guide added to it. I would highly recommend this book. I was blessed to receive a copy of this book by Moody Publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review.(less)
I think the setting of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair is a sensational idea. I loved all the historical content in this book which includes lots of hist...moreI think the setting of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair is a sensational idea. I loved all the historical content in this book which includes lots of historical photographs. The characters were likable although I thought the romantic parts weren’t very original. There was good chemistry between Billy and Hunter. There was a slight Christian slant in the book which I liked, but only a minimum amount. It was like the author didn’t want to be too bold with the Christian position.
The book was written well. It takes many twists, some heartbreaking, some keeping you on the edge of your seat. I can’t think of anything I didn’t like in the book, it was a good story and I would recommend it, especially to those who love historical fiction.
The book contains a Reader’s Guide for Book Discussions and an Answer and Question section.
I received a copy of this book from Howard Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. (less)
Heart Song by Desiree Williams is the first book in the Heart Song Trilogy. It has the element of a fairy tale. It’s enchanting and makes you want to...moreHeart Song by Desiree Williams is the first book in the Heart Song Trilogy. It has the element of a fairy tale. It’s enchanting and makes you want to turn one more page. One point that I’m so thankful for is the author used names I could pronounce. Many science fiction and fantasy authors create names that are impossible to remember how to pronounce and it distracts from the story. Williams made it easy to focus on the spellbinding supernatural tale.
My favorite part is when Alanna and Jerric go into the town and he wants to buy her everything, but she sees a woman and perceives that her landlord is terrorizing her and her daughter. Alanna tells her she will help her and she uses her powers and captures the man. She also buys all the lady’s wares and provides work for the daughter in the castle. I loved the descriptions of all the clothing.
The characters were super. Alanna is strong, a warrior, and Jerric so loving. My favorite characters were Alanna’s Aunt Tala and Jarek’s sister Laelynn. I regard this book highly for it’s references to the Lord of Heaven. For a quick read and a treasured story, I recommend this book and look forward to the rest of this trilogy.(less)
Between Us Girls is the first book in a new heartwarming series (Family of the Heart series) by Sally John.
The novel builds as you read it and eventua...moreBetween Us Girls is the first book in a new heartwarming series (Family of the Heart series) by Sally John.
The novel builds as you read it and eventually you just can’t put it down. The characters are what makes this book great. Jasmyn Albright is the main character who feels she just can’t fit in anywhere, but there is also Sam, Liv, Keagan, Chad and Beau. During the novel each character grows. The novel is set in communities in California and Illinois.
I liked this book because it was different from anything I had ever read. There is a Christian slant to it, but it definitely is not preachy.The plot was well thought out and it and moves very quickly.
The main setting, Casa de Vida, is a place I’d love to live. The characters are far from picture perfect. They could be people you’d know in your own community.There is an element of romance, but it is not the main theme. I would recommend it.
A complimentary copy of this book was given to me from Harvest House through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.(less)
I was looking for a fiction book with descriptions of Hawaii's culture and nature. I got that in this book along with an intriguing romance. Character...moreI was looking for a fiction book with descriptions of Hawaii's culture and nature. I got that in this book along with an intriguing romance. Characters were well developed and a great story line. The book even has a section in the back of the book that helps with pronouncing the Hawaiian names and definitions of some of the Hawaiian words. (less)
Newly widowed Charlotte Figgs is tricked into buying a run down trailer and moves to the Paradise Trailer park. Here she makes friends with a handful...moreNewly widowed Charlotte Figgs is tricked into buying a run down trailer and moves to the Paradise Trailer park. Here she makes friends with a handful of colorful and lovable characters. Think Chic Lit but for Christian women. I'd like to see a sequel.(less)