I’ve read several of Tricia Goyer’s books over the past year, but By the Light of the Silvery Moon was one of her best yet! Her writing style is quickI’ve read several of Tricia Goyer’s books over the past year, but By the Light of the Silvery Moon was one of her best yet! Her writing style is quick, sharp, and engaging, dragging you right into the story alongside Amelia, Quentin, and Damien as they experience the Titanic in all its glory…and tragedy.
Amelia is a very sweet girl, and while we meet her as she’s boarding the Titanic, bound for a new life, it isn’t long until I felt as if I’ve known her for ages. Her sweet personality and caring, selfless heart instantly makes her stand out to me—especially as her first scene show her giving a man down on his luck a second chance. Inspiring!
The romance within By the Light of the Silvery Moon was really fast. And I mean fast! I generally like to see a slow development of feelings, whereas with this book things begin quickly with those “first looks” and within a few days romance is heating up on the dance floor! But, to my surprise and delight, Goyer did an amazing job at portraying Amelia, Damien, and Quentin’s romances in a very realistic and believable light.
As I read and enjoyed in Amelia’s adventures aboard the Titanic, I approached—with much dread—that one fateful morning that witnessed the death of so many people. My heart rejoiced at the many acts of heroism and selflessness…and it bled when Amelia was unable to convince the people in the lifeboats to try to pick up survivors. By the Light of the Silvery Moon is a very memorable read that is sure to entertain the reader to the fullest…and cause a few tears to be shed in the meantime!...more
Rita Gerlach is back with more heart-breaking drama in Before the Scarlet Dawn. While I wasn’t crazy aboutFirst posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.
Rita Gerlach is back with more heart-breaking drama in Before the Scarlet Dawn. While I wasn’t crazy about her previous book (Surrender the Wind) I found her writing style and story plot much improved and attention-grabbing in her newest release! Be forewarned—the story within is not what you would expect from the cover! (And I mean that in a good way!)
It was easy for me to like and sympathize with Eliza Bloome and all her troubles and heartache. Not only does she lose all close relatives, but she leaves her homeland to start a new life with a man she loves…but who doesn’t love her back. I really admired Eliza’s courage to love him anyways, no matter if he refused to love her back. At first, I liked Hayward—and hoped he would come around in the end. But, in the end, I hated him. Abhorred him! What a total jerk! (Want to know why? Sorry, no spoilers here—read the book! ;-)
I didn't care too much for the romance, and that's what mainly kept me from giving it any more stars. It just felt too...sudden and fake. Eliza just suddenly knows she's in love with Hayward 'forever and ever'. For me, personally, I like to see more of the 'growing to love each other' stage, instead of just skipping that to dive directly into being in love.
Before the Scarlet Dawn is one of those books that I ended up having a very strong “love-hate” reaction to it. Honestly, when I finished the book I was determined to give it 3 stars and throw it across the room for good measure. But, in the end, the story grew on me—even after I had finished reading it. It has one of those memorable plots that stays with you long after you finish the last page.
So, in the end, I am giving Before the Scarlet Dawn 4 stars for a well-written story and a hopeful continuation. I don’t know how Rita will work this sticky situation out, or even if she can change Hayward enough for me to even remotely like him…but I have faith in the writer! Can’t wait for the next book to come out—Eliza needs a ray of sunshine to pierce her world after all she’s been through....more
When reading a biblical fiction, I feel there is always the chance that I will get bored with the storylineFirst posted on my blog Legacy of a Writer.
When reading a biblical fiction, I feel there is always the chance that I will get bored with the storyline—since I already know what is going to happen. But with Sarai, I found that Smith wonderfully kept my focus easily ingrained into the characters, plot, and time period.
I loved getting a closer look at Sarai and Abram. They are such important people in the bible—the beginning of a great nation—yet as I followed them throughout the years in Sarai, I saw how many times they struggled, lost faith, failed, wavered. I could almost feel the horrible despair Sarai felt when she was too old to have children. Yet, regardless of that, God fulfilled his long-awaited promise. Amazing.
I thought it was really neat that Smith also told the story from other people’s view point—Lot, Melah, and Hagar. Hagar’s scenes especially interested me, since so little is said about her in the bible. I really came to feel for her as she struggled to find her place as a surrogate mother.
Since Sarai spanned so many years, I don’t think it could be helped that I often felt the storyline a bit jerky. I would’ve liked more clarity at the passing of time, as sometimes I would begin a chapter and it would take a few pages to discover that a few months, or even years, had passed since the last chapter ended.
It was hard to see Sarai come to an end—especially so soon after the promise. The ending just seemed too rushed to me, but maybe that’s just because I’m not partial to quick endings. In all, I found this book a delightful read, and one that opens the way for the next book in the Wives of the Patriarchs series. I am eagerly looking forward to reading Isaac and Rebekah’s story next!...more
Mesu Andrews has done a BRILLIANT job with her newest release! Centered on the book in the Bible, Song ofFirst posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.
Mesu Andrews has done a BRILLIANT job with her newest release! Centered on the book in the Bible, Song of Solomon, Love’s Sacred Song takes you back in time to the beginning of Solomon’s reign.
When I first began Love’s Sacred Song, I wasn't sure how Andrews could stretch that small book in the Bible into a 400+ page book…but she did! I flew through the pages effortlessly and reached the end with a contented sigh. True, the ending was rather bitter-sweet, but it was a very satisfying conclusion, staying true to the Bible and history.
I was also glad to discover that it wasn’t as ‘graphic’ as one might think, since this is based on the Song of Solomon. Andrews did a great job with this, making Love’s Sacred Song a book that would be fine for a teenager of any age to read, in my opinion.
What I found extremely neat about Love’s Sacred Song was that this isn't just a story about the Shulamite woman and King Solomon…this is also a story about a life in a harem, the politics behind a kingdom, and a journey to discover what love really is. Solomon is living a life that is void of love—the women he marries are just to further the kingdom or to satisfy a passing fancy. But all that changes when Arielah comes as his treaty bride. Love’s Sacred Song is not to be missed!...more
Set during the tumultuous years during the War Between the States, Tracie Peterson’s newest release, ChasiFirst posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.
Set during the tumultuous years during the War Between the States, Tracie Peterson’s newest release, Chasing the Sun, turned out to be a very pleasant read. Hannah Dandridge’s life has been anything but easy, and when she is left to care for her siblings and stands to lose the ranch…the very thing she needs is a handsome cowboy to ride in and save the day—even if she won’t admit it!
Hannah and William were both likable characters, with their own flaws and problems threaded into the story. Their romance seemed a bit cliché to me—heart flutters at first sight and all—and I never really saw much progression. They just saw met and took an instant liking to each other that they (of course!) refused to admit to for the longest time.
I don’t normally find this problem in Christian fiction…but I felt there was too much dragged-out preaching in the book. And that’s a lot, coming from me—as I like a strong Christian view-point! But in Chasing the Sun, I just felt as if it was too heavy. Just kind of “dropped” heavily into selected scenes instead of sprinkled and woven throughout.
The storyplot was interesting, if somewhat overused. But, for fear of giving away anything in the book, I’ll refrain from saying anything more. The story moved along well enough, but there wasn’t a lot of tension throughout. Oh, there were several climatic moments, yes…but none ever held out for long or went very high, in my opinion (this coming from an action-and-suspense lover).
With all that said, Chasing the Sun was a pleasant, one-time read for me. I think fans of Peterson’s work will be delighted with her new Land of the Lone Star series. Not sure if I will read the rest in the series—will have to see how the synopsis intrigues me! ;-)...more
Prize of My Heart was a very sweet and touching read about a father's determination to reunite with the soFirst posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.
Prize of My Heart was a very sweet and touching read about a father's determination to reunite with the son that was taken from him years before. And, rather unplanned, through the course of it all...he finds love as well! This is the type of book where, after you read the synopsis and think you know how things will go, the book takes an entirely unexpected turn to surprise you!
The opening scene was a rather amusing—and memorable—start to this adventure. Drew’s heroic rescue of his sister from “The Giant” afforded several rather humorous moments in the pages to come as Brogan tries to win the good-will of both Lorena and Drew.
All that said, there wasn't as much tension and climax to Prize of My Heart as I had expected and hoped for. When problems arose, they were easily resolved shortly after. Even the one hinted at on the back of the book—Lorena's abduction—was easily rectified.
The book picked up in the last few chapters when Lorena’s “big secret” is revealed to Brogan—that was a twist I hadn’t seen coming! So, all in all, while this was (in my opinion) a rather calm book with a mild climax, it was a good, one-time read....more
I picked this book up and when I had a few hours to wait this afternoon, and was delighted with this little novella. It made for an easy read -- I finI picked this book up and when I had a few hours to wait this afternoon, and was delighted with this little novella. It made for an easy read -- I finished it in one sitting -- and yet it had a lot of heart behind it, too.
I have always been intrigued about Tamar's story in the bible. I often wonder what she must've been thinking as she was given first to Er, then to Onan, and then promised to the youngest son...but the promise was never fulfilled. Francine Rivers view of how this young woman might have been like, how she felt, and why she reacted the way she did was very well done. Tamar was a very extraordinary woman, and I just loved how she kept seeking God, even when Judah kept putting her off....more
Even though this is only the second book I have read by Colleen Coble, I know that I will always enjoy reaFirst posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.
Even though this is only the second book I have read by Colleen Coble, I know that I will always enjoy reading anything she writes. She wonderfully mixes a sweet historical romance with suspense, intrigue, and adventure to make her books enjoyable to a variety of readers!
While the story plot is very important in a book, the characters are even moreso—if the characters don’t seem real, the story falls apart. At least, in my opinion. I was excited and delighted to discover that Coble created a wonderful cast of characters within Blue Moon Promise—from Drew Larson, a guy with a serious chip on his shoulder, to Jed, a young boy striving to be the man of the house.
I remember with the previous book I read by Coble, I sometimes had a problem with how the action scenes were written. And I was delighted to find out that I ran into no such problem in Blue Moon Promise! Things flowed along at a good pace—not very fast, but then I didn’t expect it to be. It’s a historical romance, and while there is suspense in it, it’s more of a subplot. The main focus is on the budding relationship between married couple Nate and Lucy. Which was totally sigh-worthy, by the way! :-)
In all, Blue Moon Promise was a very sweet read from beginning to end. I always love reading a romance where the two main characters marry, and then have to learn how to love, respect, and honor each other. And Colleen did it so beautifully in this one! I look forward to the next book in the Under Texas Stars series—and hope it tells Margaret or Fanny’s story!...more
Jamie Carie has captured my attention once again with her newest release, The Guardian Duke. This first boFirst posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.
Jamie Carie has captured my attention once again with her newest release, The Guardian Duke. This first book in her A Forgotten Castle series will have you traveling across countries as Lady Alexandria is determined to find her parents…and Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is just as determined to find her.
Both Alexandria and Gabriel make for unique and endearing characters. Gabriel especially. He captured my attention from the very beginning and I always looked forward to reading one of his scenes. With all of the problems he is constantly facing—and now having to be a guardian to a young woman who is anything but compliant—had me cheering him on throughout the book.
I confess I didn’t like Alexandria as much. She seemed…ditsy, almost, in the way she went about things. I don’t know, but it got on my nerves a little. Montague was really cool, though! I loved how he just swooped into Alexandria’s path like a guardian angel and protects her along her journey.
The first half of The Guardian Duke was a little slow going, but not terribly so. But be forewarned—there is a major cliffhanger at the end of this book. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series, I can tell you! What will Gabriel and Alexandria go through next??...more
The title of this book—The Dark Side of Valor—intrigued me. It almost sounded like a contradiction or something…but Alicia Singleton shows otherwise!The title of this book—The Dark Side of Valor—intrigued me. It almost sounded like a contradiction or something…but Alicia Singleton shows otherwise! Singleton knows how to write suspense! Her style grips the readers, pulling them right into the scene—the moment—and will have them holding their breath. The story plot has many rough characters, as Lelia fights to get out of the hood she was born into and live a better life.
All that said, there was a lot of things I didn’t really like about the book. In the first chapter there were about ten curse words, and they were considerably sprinkled throughout the book—cr*p, h*ll, *ss, and bi*** to name a few. A woman is thoroughly frisked and then ordered, at knife-point, to take off her clothes. She resists, but ends up complying. Nothing is physically done to the woman, besides humiliating her. There are several heated and descriptive kisses and the attraction between two characters is very physical.
Because of the things mentioned above, I wouldn’t recommend this, personally. And I won’t be rereading it. If you are a mature adult who is okay with a lot of rough cuss words and adult content, then this suspense-filled book might be right up your alley.
There are angels, there are demons…and then there are halflings! Heather Burch’s vivid imagination bringsFirst posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.
There are angels, there are demons…and then there are halflings! Heather Burch’s vivid imagination brings to light a world where halflings—half angel, half human—live among us with the purpose to protect humans and fight against evil. Halflings was a bit of a stretch for me, personally, as I am not too crazy about this kind of fantasy. But it did make for an entertaining read that took my imagination for a wild ride.
I liked Nikki’s strong characteristics and tomboy ways. And Krissy’s attempts to educate her in the latest fashions added a neat (and funny!) touch to the book. I think out of all the characters, I enjoyed reading about Raven the most. Mainly, I think, because throughout Halflings he seemed so mysterious and difficult to understand, but the scenes from his point of view shed a little light on his character and helped me understand him better.
My favorite scene had to be when Raven took Nikki out and taught her how to fight. I read that whole scene several times—I just loved the banter and Raven's serious efforts to teach Nikki, even if he had to rough her up a little. Burch knows how to keep a reader’s attention! And Nikki’s run-ins with the hell hounds had me glued to the pages. Talk about a creature right out of your worst nightmare!
While I am not against the main characters in books being ‘drop-dead gorgeous/handsome’, I admit I got a little tired of hearing about how totally beautiful and perfect-looking Raven, Mace, and Vine were. And even though there was a lot in this book to like…there was one angle to the book that I really didn’t care for—the romance. Now, I’m not the kind of reader who abhors love triangles, but I have to admit that in this one, I just didn’t like it. In the end, I was totally confused about who Nikki really liked and who just appealed to her flesh. And I felt as if all the attraction between the three teens was all physical—there was no growing to love or admire something about the person…it seemed to just focus on how hot/beautiful the person was or how they reacted to being touched by each other.
All that said, Halflings was a pretty good read for me. Not sure if I would reread the book, but I will probably read the sequel—gotta find out what happens next. After reading that mild (but still frustratingly suspenseful) cliffhanger at the end, I jumped on the computer almost instantly to find out how much longer till Guardian comes out!...more
I’ve read one of Stephen Lawhead’s books in the past (The Bone House) and enjoyed it. So when I saw that hFirst posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.
I’ve read one of Stephen Lawhead’s books in the past (The Bone House) and enjoyed it. So when I saw that his son, Ross, was coming out with a book, I was interested. The synopsis intrigued me as well—knights that are destined to awake in the last days…are suddenly waking up? Yep, sounded pretty cool to me!
While for me, personally, The Realms Thereunder didn’t live up to all my expectations...I think this has more to do with the fact that this just isn’t my genre. I think this will be the last book of this type that I try—not that this is at all the author’s fault. It’s just not for me.
The way the story jumps back and forth between the past adventures of Daniel and Freya’s, and their present adventures was, in my opinion, confusing. Once I figured out how the book worked—every chapter switching off between “Before” and “Now”—I understood it more, but I felt the jerking back and forth kept pulling me out of the story. I would have rather the author separated the two adventures and given them each their own book. But…that’s my opinion!
There is a lot of descriptions within The Realm Thereunder, mainly due to the fact that Lawhead created so many amazing people and places. It became a bit drawn out in places, but I have to admit that because of it, the things that Daniel and Freya experience really sprang from the pages and came to life. Be prepared to experience an amazing world from the imagination of Ross Lawhead!...more
What an ending to this series. Awesome!! I heaved a big, contented sigh of relief when I reached the end. All the characters were such fun to get to kWhat an ending to this series. Awesome!! I heaved a big, contented sigh of relief when I reached the end. All the characters were such fun to get to know, through the good times and the bad. Though my personal favorite was always Lance--there was something about him that I just loved!
Loree Lough has written over 70 books…but Honor Redeemed is the first one I’ve read by her. And I really eFirst posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.
Loree Lough has written over 70 books…but Honor Redeemed is the first one I’ve read by her. And I really enjoyed it! Honor’s job of being part of a Search and Rescue team, and her and Matt’s relationship to other First Responders, really intrigued me. What a sacrifice these people give—just to ensure that people in need have help as fast as humanly possible. Wow!
Out of the two main characters—Honor and Matt—I liked Matt the best. His witty comments and dialog were just so humorous, I chuckled aloud a few times. And his heroic desire to protect—rightfully earning him the nickname “Defender”—made his character really come alive. And Lough did a great job with Matt’s twins, too. Those boys were something else!
In the first chapter there are two uses of the word “Oh my ***”. Later on, it is used two more times, along with "Oh good L***". This really took me by surprise, for a Christian book to take the Lord’s name in vain, and I admit I was uneasy about what else the book would contain. However, there weren't any other other curse words to be found in the rest of the book…I just really wished they hadn't been there in the first place.
The back of the book felt like it was stretching this about the actual book...the book seemed a lot more slow-paced then what the synopsis eluded to. And the end of the book felt a bit sudden—like everything happened at once, and then there wasn't complete closure. But since this is a series, maybe things will wrap up in the next addition. And while I haven’t read the first book in the First Responder series, I never felt lost or confused about characters or events—Honor Redeemed does very well as a stand-alone novel. I have the first book on my Kindle, and know I will be picking it up sometime in the near future to read more about these character's history. ...more
I don't read much in this genre, but this little "intro" into Halflings intrigued me. Raven, Mace, and Vine seem like a tough couple of boys--I mean,I don't read much in this genre, but this little "intro" into Halflings intrigued me. Raven, Mace, and Vine seem like a tough couple of boys--I mean, the opening scene they are beating each other up. Ouch! But they also seem to have each other's best interests at heart...at least I think so. Raven seems to have a painful way of showing it.
And that last scene, with Nikki, has me curious. Can't wait till she crosses paths with these brothers. We shall see!...more
I just finished this last night, and it was one exciting adventure from start to finish. The writing style took a little while to get used to, but mayI just finished this last night, and it was one exciting adventure from start to finish. The writing style took a little while to get used to, but maybe that's just me--the author tended to have Charlie (the main character) repeat himself many times over, and I was just all eager to see what happened next.
Be warned, the book ends with a cliffhanger. I am looking forward to getting the next book from my library. Can't wait to see how Charlie proves himself innocent of a murder he didn't commit...and doesn't remember! ...more
I really enjoyed this next installment to the Saddler Legacy series. And since it wasn’t long ago that I rFirst posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.
I really enjoyed this next installment to the Saddler Legacy series. And since it wasn’t long ago that I read the first in the series, Fairer than Morning, all the characters were fresh in my mind, and I loved watching their offspring’s grow and mature. While I have to say that, out of the two, I liked the first one better, Sweeter Than Birdsong was a lovely addition to the story and a very ‘sweet’ read.
Kate Winter intrigued me immediately because of her shyness and fear of speaking in public. Since I would rather not give speeches in front of a crowd either, I could relate—though she was more extreme then I! Ben Hanby, of course, drew my attention before he was the eldest son of Will and Ann (from Fairer Than Morning). Out of these two loveable characters, I enjoyed watching Kate grow the most throughout Sweeter Than Birdsong.
As Kate sees the plights of other slaves, I loved watching her view of life changed—no longer did she see her life as unbearable, for she’d seen what was truly ‘unbearable’ through her rescue attempt of a slave. She grew so much throughout the book, there is an obvious night and day difference from when we first met Kate (attempting to give a speech) and when we leave Kate (singing Ben’s song in front of a large audience).
Rosslyn Elliott kept all the characters within Sweeter than Birdsong so real and vivid, that I, as the reader, found that I could relate to them on a few different levels. Doesn’t everyone desire to make their mark on the world? But, just as Ben realized, sometimes we need to leave it in God’s hand, and trust Him to open people’s minds and hearts.
I am looking forward to the next installment to this series, and to see where Elliott takes the Hanbys. They are such an endearing and loving family! Be prepared to grow attached to them! ...more
Oh my goodness, what a beautiful historical fiction that will completely keep you on your toes! I’ve readFirst posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.
Oh my goodness, what a beautiful historical fiction that will completely keep you on your toes! I’ve read two of Ann Gabhart’s books in the past, and thought I knew the kind of fiction she writes. But she completely surprised—and delighted—me with Words Spoken True. I wasn’t expecting this historical to be so...suspenseful!! I stayed up late into the night, unable to stop reading.
Adriane is a very strong heroine that I liked from the very first scene—when she snuck away in the middle of the night to get the scoop on a murder. Her desire to do the right thing, to obey her father, and to make her father proud of her work really brought her to life. Oh, and I really grew to like Blake! I love the go-getter nature that drove him! And Blake and Adriane’s verbal battles were so hilarious!
All that said, there are a few scenes that would keep me from recommending this to younger readers. There are a few intimate scenes between husband and wife, and then there's a bedroom scene when newlyweds consummating their marriage (the husband helping his wife undress and then taking in her beauty). The scene doesn't cut off when they actually consummate it, but the author skips over the actual act. Depending on the reader, this might be okay or not.
The story starts off at a good pace, and consistently builds tension as the story progresses until, at a little over half way, I was reading as fast as I could to find out what would happen next. There was even a little mystery over a serial killer known as the "river slasher" that added a neat mix into the story. When I reached the end of this book and read the last page...I immediately knew this book would go on my favorites shelf! What a historical read!...more
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I thought this in Chasing Fire and I think this in Mockingjay---Collins should've stopped at Hunger Games.
I went into Mockingjay with some trepidation, but with as open a mind as I could. I REALLY wanted Peeta and Katniss to end up together, but I was prepared for a lot to happen before any "happily ever after".
Well, just as a heads up....there is no happily ever after. At all. When I was about 1/4 from the end, I was seriously depressed.
That's all that seemed to surround Katniss. Death, death...and more death. All her friends--her family, even!--dies. I mean, she looses EVERYTHING! And even though they win against the Capital in the ending....what did she win? She's left emotionally and physically scarred for life. So badly that some days, years later, she can't even function. It was just....SUCH a depressing ending for what could've been an awesome series. In my opinion.
And what was up with Peeta and Gale? It's made obvious at the ending that Katniss and Peeta have kids, so I GUESS they marry. But what about Gale? He just....disappeared. And what was the whole thing with President Coin? And the fire bombing on the children? Was Coin behind that? Gale, even? And how did Katniss get off, scot-free, from killing a president? It just wasn't clear enough for me, those last few chapters.
On the other hand, this book really opened by eyes to one thing. God. In the Hunger Game trilogy, there isn't even mention of God, a life after death, or anything. And as I read this last book in the series, I'm just like "I can't imagine living in Katniss' world...where there is nothing to live for except death". Mockingjay just made be thank God that He has something better in store for me. That my lot in life isn't just to make some sort of a difference--to hope that I've left a big enough legacy behind me that I won't be forgotten--and then die.
So, I guess you could say I have a "love/hate" relationship with this series. I thought The Hunger Games was awesome, Catching Fire okay, and Mockingjay just completely depressing and a sad ending. But, I am glad I've read this series. And I know I won't forget the things that this book caused me to ponder on for many hours after I finish. Definitely a book that makes you think....more
While I have several of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s books in various levels on my to-be-read pile, her newest releaFirst posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.
While I have several of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s books in various levels on my to-be-read pile, her newest release, Song of My Heart, is the first one I’ve read. And it was great—the characters, the story plot, the writing style…it all pulled me deep into the story.
Sadie Wagner came across as a very sweet tempered, gentle, loving girl. Within the first chapter, I was intrigued with her, springing easily to the next chapter to see what would happen to Sadie as she began her new job away from home. And, of course, Thad McKane made the perfect hero to complete this story as the reluctant Sheriff. Can’t help but like him!
Song of My Heart weaves in a very intricate and unique plot—complete with underhand dealings, blackmail, illegal liquor, and guilty consciences. And the way Sadie was coerced into wearing the revealing gown and singing those bawdy songs…I was holding my breath for Sadie!
I really liked Sawyer’s writing style. It drew me in, putting me right into the little town of Goldtree. And her characters—wow, how much fun they all were. Melva and Shelva were a hoot!
Sometimes, when authors jump between a bunch of character point-of-views, it can get confusing. But Saywer pulls it off no problem in Song of My Heart! I know for a fact that I’m more eager to open her other books in my to-be-read pile. And definitely keeping an eye out for her future books!...more
When the Smoke Clears is a great beginning to a new series by Lynette Eason—instantly, your thrust into thFirst posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.
When the Smoke Clears is a great beginning to a new series by Lynette Eason—instantly, your thrust into the action as Alexia finds herself inside of a burning house, searching for a child, when her air runs out. What a way to grab the reader’s attention!
I was so excited when I saw Serena Hopkins (a character from The Women of Justice series) was a friend of the main character, Alexia Allen. While she was the only familiar name, I thought it was too cool that Eason kept something from her previous series. And just like the characters from that series captured your heart, so will the ones in When the Smoke Clears. Alexia is strong and seemingly independent…at least, she’s had to be independent her whole life. But when Hunter comes into her life, she finds out that she doesn’t have to shoulder all the burdens alone.
There was one thing that I had a bit of a problem with. When Hunter gets shot, once he has it bandaged up, there is only one other mention made of it after that. It just kinda felt weird that afterwards, as he’s working on the case and protecting Alexia…he never really thinks of it again.
The flow of the story was great, always jumping from one tense-filled, near-death experience to the next! Eason doesn't give the reader rest as the story increases in suspense with every page! And what a cliffhanger you get at the end! I am on pins and needles to see who this mysterious man is who wants Jillian so badly. And now he's after Serena!! Eason's next book can't come out fast enough!...more
I admit that when I reached the end of Sixty Acres and a Bride I sighed…because I wasn’t ready to leave thFirst posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.
I admit that when I reached the end of Sixty Acres and a Bride I sighed…because I wasn’t ready to leave these characters! So many things about this debut book by Regina Jennings really drew me in.
I really liked the Mexican heroine! And the fact that Rosa is so ignorant of the way a “proper” lady should act. It made for quite a few humorous moments! Rosa was so sweet natured and hard-working, you can’t help but love her. Just like Ruth, she is filled with an intense desire to provide for Louise. Weston’s desire to protect and care for his family made him a very likeable hero, too—not to mention a very handsome one!
When Rosa (like Ruth) goes to Weston in the barn, she slips into the bed with him and (unlike Ruth) curls up against his chest. Now, I understood how this wasn’t supposed to be exactly like the story of Ruth, but just thought to mention this, since they do embrace each other in bed before they’re married. Though, of course, nothing else happens!
My favorite—favorite!—scene was when Rosa does the Mexican dance and afterwards when Weston stops it and follows her. Wowza, did I laugh when Weston realized what he did! While in the last few chapters I seriously wanted to slap the two upside the head with frustration, Sixty Acres and a Bride was a wonderful read from start to finish. I can’t wait to read more by this very talented author!...more
There are some books where, when you read the last page, you just have to sit back and take a deep breath to all the awesome stuff that happened in thThere are some books where, when you read the last page, you just have to sit back and take a deep breath to all the awesome stuff that happened in the story sink in…before picking the book back up and rereading the most amazing parts. ;-) That’s how it was with Wolfsbane. Wow! It’s been a few days since I finished this book, but I’m still wrapped up in the story—reliving everything that Canyon and Dani go through.
Who are they? Besides being the hero and heroine of this book, they are two characters who both are fighting their own person battles. Both have something to overcome. Both understand the other. There is nothing paper-thin about Ronie’s characters. Everything about Canyon and Dani was deep and moving. Ronie has so much emotion in her writing that it brings each character in Wolfsbane to life…I felt like I was watching a movie based on an actual event. Amazing!
Besides writing believable characters, Ronie knows how to spin a grand adventure. As the plot thickened, things got crazier and at one point I was as baffled as Canyon and Dani—could there be light at the end of the dark tunnel? Well, rest assured, there was light! But, wow! What a rip-roaring adventure to get there! Ronie never lot’s the storyline drag, that’s for sure!
There are events that take place in Wolfsbane that I would point out to caution younger readers. At the opening of the book Dani is being held prisoner and she suffers rape repeatedly from different men. Also, there is one scene where Dani ends up willingly sleeping with a man, but the scene cuts off before anything happens. But Ronie doesn’t leave the reader with nothing to learn from the couple’s sin. It’s followed with consequences that hurt others, not just themselves. So, while the content would be too mature for younger teens, I think older readers would learn lessons from the angle Ronie took with that twists in the plot.
Two words could sum up what I think of Wolfsbane…totally awesome! As soon as I read the first few pages, I was jerked off on an edge-of-your-seat adventure that didn’t slow until it came to a very sudden—but satisfying—ending. Wow!! And after getting a glimpse at the other characters in the Nightshade group, I want to get the first two books in this series, Nightshade and Digitalis, to catch up on the stories of Canyon’s teammates, Max and Colton. If you haven’t been able to guess yet, Wolfsbane has earned a permanent place on my favorite’s bookshelf. :-)
Once again, it was an awesome read. Totally enjoyed it, from cover to cover! :-D
It’s got suspense, action, a bit of romance, and—most important—lots of Peril! With an interesting mix ofFirst posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.
It’s got suspense, action, a bit of romance, and—most important—lots of Peril! With an interesting mix of a sci-fi, this book by Suzanne Hartmann covers many genres and is sure to please many readers.
In the first scene you are introduced to Lady Anne, who’s at the capitol to escort a King Ahmad—a Muslim converted to Christianity. Even with extraordinary abilities, this job is anything but easy. And when Stuart witnesses her bizarre stunts, he begins to sniff around. Her cover is threatened to be exposed. Terrorists are now targeting Lady Anne—they want her out of the way. Now not only is her life at stake…but also her husband and children’s lives.
While there is plenty of action to keep this book rolling, there were too many instances of implausibility to keep me fully engaged in the story. I don’t want to say much without giving away any crucial scenes, but suffice to say that I felt there were many times when Lady Anne “accidentally” showed her super-strength…she could’ve done something else that wouldn’t require giving away her cover. This annoyed me, personally, as a read through the book.
I am not a big NASCAR fan, so much of the racing terms and whatnot went right over my head (not that I was paying close attention to it, though). The romance was very minimal, and really intrigued me because of the complexity of it. I didn’t like how it ended—I really grew to liked Neil, but his future was so uncertain at the close of the book! Good thing that Peril: Fast Track Thriller is the first in a series. Fans of this book are going to be keeping a sharp eye out for the rest of the books on Lady Anne and Stuart!...more
Anyone who’s read anything by Ronie Kendig knows that she can deliver “rapid-fire fiction”, and she does nFirst posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.
Anyone who’s read anything by Ronie Kendig knows that she can deliver “rapid-fire fiction”, and she does not disappoint in Firethorn, the grand finale for the Discarded Heroes series! Open this book and instantly you will be sucked into the latest adventure for the Nightshade team. Except, instead of being sent on a mission…they are the mission—to regroup back together and hunt down whoever tried to permanently dismantle the Nightshade team.
What I found most intriguing about Firethorn is that it wasn’t just about Griffin (Legend) and Kazi—though they are very central characters—but touches on each one of the members of the Nightshade team. Including their wives. Getting to see the men and their families from previous books—Max and Sydney, Colton and Piper, Canyon and Dani—fight for their livelihood was the most gripping part of the book. After growing so attached to all of them in Nightshade, Digitalis, and Wolfsbane, I was nearly out of my mind with worry when the Nightshade was targeted and the members scattered.
Bringing in Kazi—an assassin who’s always worked alone—was a really neat twist in contrast to the tight teamwork that Griffin is used to with the Nightshade team. This book almost rivaled Wolfsbane’s position as my favorite out of the series. Almost. I admit I was a little depressed on finishing this book—one ending just completely took me by surprise. And while I don’t hate the book—by any means!—it still...really saddened me. (No spoilers in this review, so that’s all I’m saying!)
Ronie Kendig is at the top of her game with Firethorn. The writing grips you, the characters (once again) spring from the pages, and the action is non-stop! It’s so hard to believe the Discarded Heroes series has come to an end. The characters have become so special and personal to me! But I know whatever book/series she comes out with next, I am going to love—It’s Ronie Kendig we’re talkin’ about here, a lady who writes my kind of suspense...how can I not?? ...more
I am not a big Amish fan, but Dale Cramer's book, Paradise Valley, was very interesting and very diFirst posted on my blog, Book Reviews by Lady Katy.
I am not a big Amish fan, but Dale Cramer's book, Paradise Valley, was very interesting and very different than other Amish books I’ve read. Which was a nice change. I mean, these Amish people came face to face with bandits and several times the girls were nearly abducted! Yep, not a typical docile Amish story, to be sure! And the fact that this is based on real events—that there really was an Amish family who went to Mexico to start a new colony—was awesome!
I think maybe my biggest problem with this book was the writing style. It was very different than what I usually like—told more as a narration of Rachel's story then from deep POV "IN" Rachel's head. And the book was rather slow paced for a good majority of it. There are two characters who sleep together, and while there are no details given, I had a slight problem with it. There are never any consequences or recuperations after their sin is found out by the parents. I just wished I could have seen some repenting for their sin.
That aside, Paradise Valley makes for a good story, and I did enjoy reading it—even if I did start skimming a lot. The characters are warm and endearing, and while sometimes the emotions seemed a bit stilted, by the end of the book this Amish family had grown on me. It’s amazing how, because they couldn’t teach their children their own way, they embarked on an adventure that forever changed the lives of each character. Paradise Valley is a book Amish fans will enjoy....more
Wow, the last half of the book just took off--I didn't wanna stop reading. Not to say that the beginning was slow. Oh, not at all! Jill Williamson didWow, the last half of the book just took off--I didn't wanna stop reading. Not to say that the beginning was slow. Oh, not at all! Jill Williamson did an outstanding job with Replication.
I was riveted to the pages, intrigued by the characters, and completely into the suspense and action. Great read!!!!