I enjoyed this author's writing style and perspective. Normally I would read books like this in a day, or two at the most, but I've been pretty busy lI enjoyed this author's writing style and perspective. Normally I would read books like this in a day, or two at the most, but I've been pretty busy lately so I haven't had much time to read. That said, I would definitely recommend this book. I have always found the reluctance of Jane Grey to be appointed queen and being forced to marry at fifteen a bit of a travesty. Women had no rights and were used as pawns back then. And being of royal blood makes the issue that much worse, especially if people wanted you to help their family take over the kingdom. This story was told over time through the perspectives of the three sisters. They all experienced grief and loss. They were all used by their parents to further the family's ambition and power. None were truly valued for themselves. At any rate, I found it tragically beautiful. The love stories of the two remaining Grey sisters, of Lady Mary and Lady Katherine, was emotionally moving. I felt their pain and the denial of true love by the crown. They had to marry in secret and hope to be forgiven, but Elizabeth was not a forgiving queen, at least from the perspective of the "sisters of royal blood". She always saw them as a threat and kept them imprisoned or in her service. I loved how Lady Mary Grey pitied Queen Elizabeth whose fear put her in a prison of her own making. Good story and worth the read for the take-away value alone. It made me think about the meaning of true love and commitment to family. I am glad I picked up a copy....more
My sister bought me this book as a gift. I am typically not a fan of non-fiction. But I decided to give this book a try just to see how readable and iMy sister bought me this book as a gift. I am typically not a fan of non-fiction. But I decided to give this book a try just to see how readable and interesting the subject matter would be. I also tend to be a bit skeptical when it comes to the biblical foundation of any non-fiction book. The premise and content inside the pages are built on a solid foundation of biblical Christianity. There is nothing inside the book that would cause a reader to question their faith in a bad way. While not complex, the message is still pretty deep. It's not written for scholars, but for everyday people. The message is clear...Jesus is everything. Without him, we are nothing. But the message is delivered with humor and good illustrations/examples to help readers understand what Judah is trying to communicate. I read the book in small chunks. It's not something I would recommend reading straight through. Some of the subject matter needs digesting and some you just need to chew on for awhile. All in all I found it to be a very well-written and relevant book that made me think more about my life and how I can have a closer walk with Jesus. That's the bottom line, and the author made me thirsty for more, which is always a good thing. ...more
This was an intense love story. It had it's super steamy moments (more erotic than I usually read) but at the same time it was just a really good storThis was an intense love story. It had it's super steamy moments (more erotic than I usually read) but at the same time it was just a really good story. I found it enjoyable. I wasn't very fond of the scenes told from two different perspectives as I don't like going over the same thing twice but it worked okay for the story. I did love the ending. Brandon is a perfect guy. The love they had for each other was deeper than most romance novels delve into. I am pretty sure there are no guys as perfect a the hero, but I suspended reality to enjoy the story. I would read more books from this author....more
I loved this story. While steamier than I typically read, I found it to be tied to emotion so it was gratifying in a sensual yet emotionally-driven maI loved this story. While steamier than I typically read, I found it to be tied to emotion so it was gratifying in a sensual yet emotionally-driven manner. That's my kind of story. Plus I love when people are so wrapped up in each other that it makes them feel crazy. Like they are fighting an irresistible pull. The hero was very heroic. The heroine was lovable and never wanted to hurt anyone. I found some of her characterization deep because it tied into her very dysfunctional past. I totally adored the foster care them underlying some of the irrational emotion sand abandonment issues that came out during some heated arguments. This story had a theme that made me think of the line, "You complete me." I don't want to risk a spoiler so I won't say anything else except that the feel of this book reminded me of a movie I watched with Kirsten Dunst called Crazy Love. The writing was excellent too. Steamy but not nasty like erotica. This was above love and intense need. It was about losing your heart so completely that... Okay, sorry I said I wouldn't give away a spoiler, so you'll just read the book. I read it straight through in a day. I can't remember the last time I did that. It has been years. Yeah, it truly was compulsively readable....more
This story was unique in the way it was delivered. I found myself compelled to continue reading until I got to the end. While toward the middle of theThis story was unique in the way it was delivered. I found myself compelled to continue reading until I got to the end. While toward the middle of the book I could sense where the story was headed, in the beginning it was hard to tell. I liked the way the author tied the heroine's reactions to one of her past relationships that negatively impacted her view of herself to how that damaged view tore her confidence down and caused her a lot of stress and anxiety.
There were several messages that were pretty clear... strength comes from confronting fear. Not dealing with negative relationships doesn't make them go away. Cowering only gives the abuser more power. Separating from the negative relationship is critical to restoring emotional health. Another message was that there are good men in this world and to measure them by past dysfunctional relationships could ruin what would otherwise be a mutually satisfying relationship is not fair to anyone. And three, security and confidence makes a woman attractive to a decent man and insecurity draws dangerous people to victimize the insecure person. Last, you can always use the painful situations in your past to help others.
While some of the author's writing skills could use some fine-tuning, overall this was an interesting read and a good debut novel. Some parts of the story were pretty intense and I could tell the author had quite a bit of insight into those conflicts, which made the writing stronger. I would highly recommend it for people who desire insight into the mind of someone who has been manipulated and suffered by allowing herself to be emotionally controlled someone else. It also shows how helping others while working through issues can empower the helper. Also, the title seems to imply that the whispers that matter are the ones in your head that cause self-doubt. At least that was my take on it. Check it out for yourself. ...more
The story itself was well-written and compulsively readable. But the excessive swearing in certain parts of the book seemed a bit too much. I especialThe story itself was well-written and compulsively readable. But the excessive swearing in certain parts of the book seemed a bit too much. I especially dislike women dropping f-bombs. It just seems so unfeminine. But the tension was good and there were a few things I didn't see coming. The book was much more sensual (almost erotic) than I typically read. I guess new adult stories are pretty laden with sexual tension. At the end I debated on whether or not to read the next book. The twist at the end almost makes me not want to read it but at the same time I am a bit intrigued. ...more