Great read. The characters were well developed and a great feel both good and bad for the relationships between the "help" and their white employers....moreGreat read. The characters were well developed and a great feel both good and bad for the relationships between the "help" and their white employers. It was poignant and eye opening.(less)
This was an "enjoyable" read. I might lean more toward the Cape Light series, but I am willing to see where this series goes. This novel had the "I ju...moreThis was an "enjoyable" read. I might lean more toward the Cape Light series, but I am willing to see where this series goes. This novel had the "I just woke up and realized I don't really like where my life has taken me" storyline. So its a sweet journey as a brother and sister are trying to figure out what to do with their Aunt's Inn- both at first want to sell fast, but as things unfold questions as to the future of the Inn arise- throw in there a "still pursuing" ex -husband, a cute and interested handyman and a troubled teenage son/ Dad relationship and you have the backbone of the story. I like Katherine Spencer's/Thomas Kinkade's writing- they are usually a slow meandering read which is nice. I'll read the next in the series and see where they go with it.(less)
To be honest- I was sort of disappointed in this book. I saw the movie on the Hallmark channel and thought- hey I'll be backwards and read the book an...moreTo be honest- I was sort of disappointed in this book. I saw the movie on the Hallmark channel and thought- hey I'll be backwards and read the book and to be honest liked the movie better- just wasn't as wholesome of a romance as I would have liked, but that's just me.(less)
Gotta say that this was a book where I had actually seen the movie before I read the book- sadly as how it usually goes- big mistake. My daughter had...moreGotta say that this was a book where I had actually seen the movie before I read the book- sadly as how it usually goes- big mistake. My daughter had read this book and encouraged me to read it because she just loved it. I'm glad that even though I had seen the movie that I read it as well. One of my favorite parts was that Cornelia Funke at the top of each chapter's page would put a quote from a well known childrens book- IE- Mark Twain Huckleberry Finne, etc. The quotes would give a foreshadowing to what was going to happen in the chapter- very fun. This is a delightful book for those who love to read as you see how the power of reading aloud that Mo posesses can cause things to come out of the book. Much havoc takes place with this gift and you see the adventure of Mo and his daughter Meggie and all that results becasue of that gift. On a side note I have started a "Inkheart Project" where I am going to read all the childhood classics that are mentioned in the book but never read growing up- should be fun!(less)
Charming is the word that comes to mind after finishing the book. I did feel that it was slow a bit in places and wonder ifit would have been engaging...moreCharming is the word that comes to mind after finishing the book. I did feel that it was slow a bit in places and wonder ifit would have been engaging for me.as a child. Still the premise of the book was a good one- little boy goes to live in an old house in the country with his grandmother and meets the ghosts of his ancestors from lon ago and gets to hear exciting stories of their life. The end was a bit anticlimactic, but still it was a nice journey to go on. This book was part of my "Inkheart" project which is to read all the books quoted at the beginning of the chapters in Inkhheart that I never read as a child.(less) (less)
I thought this book was a nice read. It's a "Murder she wrote" type book with a few recipes thrown in. This is the first Hannah Swensen murder mystery...moreI thought this book was a nice read. It's a "Murder she wrote" type book with a few recipes thrown in. This is the first Hannah Swensen murder mystery book. Hannah is a cookie store owner who happens on a murdered milkman in the alley behind her store and right away starts in on trying to sleuth her way to the answers as to why. Throw in some fun, quirky characters like a buttinsky mom hellbent on getting Hannah married off and a few interested guys buzzing around and you have a nice "cozy" kind of mystery. (less)
The Rook as it says on the front cover truly is "First-Class Suspense". This is the second book in the "Patrick Bower's Files" an...moreThe Rook as i...more The Rook as it says on the front cover truly is "First-Class Suspense". This is the second book in the "Patrick Bower's Files" an...moreThe Rook as it says on the front cover truly is "First-Class Suspense". This is the second book in the "Patrick Bower's Files" and I must say that I enjoyed this ride just as much if not more than "The Pawn", Steven James' first offering of Patrick Bowers. The Character of Patrick Bowers is smart, buff,(gotta love all those pull-ups) and surprisingly insecure at times- especially when it comes to dealing with the 2 women in his life- Lien-Hua, his FBI profiler "friend" and Tessa, his step daughter. HIs case this time involves a serial arsonist, on the surface of course, but as the novel unfolds that is of course just the tip of the proverbial iceberg as there is a whole lot more goin' on that meets the eye, which is exactly why I love reading Steven James' books. He unfolds a complex and captivating and great suspense novel that doesn't disappoint. In "The Rook" you get to learn the complicated and sad backstory of Lien-Hua that helps you understand what motivates her in her work and life. Tessa- his precocious and slighty rebellious teenage daughter is in this novel as well, of course, and still manages, even with her brilliant mind to get herself into some scrapes. We see more of the tough yet believable relationship dynamic between her and Pat as they continue to try and figure out how to be a family without Tess' mom and Pat's wife- all really good stuff. To sum it up, I thought this was a great suspense novel- Steven James has a way of bringing his characters alive and making the supense novel more than just an adrenaline ride- he gives you characters that are struggling to make sense of what has happened to them in their lives and how it all fits together- how we all have a little bit of "monster" inside of us, yet there is someone to save us from that monster, right?(less) (less)
There are certain authors that you see their name and know without a doubt that you are going to read their book. You do this because you've been on j...moreThere are certain authors that you see their name and know without a doubt that you are going to read their book. You do this because you've been on journeys with them before and you simply trust them, for the integrity of their story, characters and writing. In only a few books time Erin Healy is in that category in my mind. At the end of her books I experience that "reader's grief" that comes when the book is done and the journey was so amazing that you just weren't ready for it to be over. Once again in "The Promises She keeps" this is how I felt. With her characters such as the lovely Promise- a beautiful young singer with a battle on her hands being a singer with cystic fibrosis and her need to be remembered as someone who was significant, as well as Chase, the young artist seeing life through the filter of autism with a clearer picture of things than most, to the immortality seeking witch Porta, whose focus on only herself wreaks havoc wherever she goes. A series of seemingly "impossible to survive" situations happen to Promise and you wonder what is her story- does she really possess the immortality that Porta is desperately seeking? This story intersects these characters and others on a journey that is most memorable and deeply touching. I grew rather fond of these characters and the journey they took together and I appreciated the redemptive quality of this story. Don't miss this book- I PROMISE you will not be disappointed.(less)
I just loved this book! At first the authors style of writing threw me as it is told in short chapters with the character's name at the top so that yo...moreI just loved this book! At first the authors style of writing threw me as it is told in short chapters with the character's name at the top so that you knew which point of view was being told. But it was really fascinating as you continued to read and the plot unwove itself one strand at a time. Its a small time town with a sad story that comes to light slowly as you hear it from each character's perspective. This was a book where I truly did not see it coming until I read it- the author got me twice with 2 curve balls- loved it. It was a little slow to get into at first , but I really believe that if you hang in there and see it to completion you will be surprised at the complexity and beauty of the story.(less)
"The Song of Redemption", the second offering in the "Chronicles of the Kings" series by Lynn Austin breathes life into the continuing saga of the rei...more"The Song of Redemption", the second offering in the "Chronicles of the Kings" series by Lynn Austin breathes life into the continuing saga of the reign of King Hezekiah. I don't know that I thought that I would have enjoyed these books as much as I have, but I will absolutely keep reading this series as Lynn Austin truly does a wonderful job bringing her characters to life with a fast paced tale. King Hezekiah is truly beginning his reign and learning what it is to be a King who honors and follows the way of Yahweh and how that plays out. This presents itself in choosing to have one wife, instead of a harem and choosing to have faith in God over fear of the Assyrian's constant threat of attack. Always Lynn weaves in the character's struggles and crisis of faith in a very moving and realistic way. A new character that we meet in this book is Jerusha- her heartbreaking tale is really a page turner as she is a beautiful girl taken and enslaved by the vile Assyrian army on one of their raids through her small town. We learn how she is able to survive her captivity and live to tell about it, truly a survivors story. I particularly find interesting in this book the very real havoc that idol worship had in this day and age and just how vile and twisted it was in that culture. It is a very thought provoking look to ask ourselves, "what idols do we have today in our own lives that maybe we donh't recognize?". I highly recommend this book and will definitely finish out the series.(less)
Ok I’ll admit it, I’m not someone who is easily amused. I truly wish I was the person that laughed at the drop of a hat, but I’m not. With that being...more Ok I’ll admit it, I’m not someone who is easily amused. I truly wish I was the person that laughed at the drop of a hat, but I’m not. With that being said, I want to share that I laughed out loud numerous times when reading this book. Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones at first glance looks like a classic, cute, chick- lit kind of book. I’m thinking, it will be sweet, charming, and a nice read. There is nothing wrong with that, but as I got into the book, I discovered much, much, more- funny, great characters and a “deeper than meets the eye” storyline.
Our heroine, Lucy Wiltshire is sort of a modern day Cinderella. Growing up in Charleston, South Carolina with a mother who earned her living as a maid did not give her social status at the prominent Montrose Academy where she attended as a child, and as a result endured teasing and bullying there. Fast forward to the present and Lucy is the founder of Saving Grace, a home for foster girls aged 18-21 making the transition to adulthood with her help and guidance. A major problem erupts- one of her biggest backers has pulled the plug on their contributions by a significant amount. She is in danger of losing the home and panicked about her girls, where will they go. Poor Lucy, what’s a girl to do?
Well, the hero of the story has the answer to that query- enter Alex Sinclaire- a former attendee of Montrose Academy and famous former professional football player as well. He has decided to run for a Congressional seat and Alex needs a little help overcoming his somewhat “Playboy” public perception problem. So after a cthance meeting at a local gathering where both are present and pictures are taken of them together, he finds that his approval points have skyrocketed. It seems that the public likes a good Cinderella story and he hatches a plan- a staged romance with a win-win scenario- Alex gets a steady girl on his arm for public events and Lucy gets the funding she needs to keep Saving Grace open. Sounds like a no-brainer for everyone, but add in Lucy’s social awkwardness and propensity towards clumsiness and you get some really hilarious situations.
There is so much more going on in this story than the general romance between these two characters. Alex is dealing with grief and guilt over his twin brothers disappearance and probable death. Lucy struggles with feelings of great inferiority and worth as she describes herself at one of the many social events as “ a cubic zirconia in a sea of diamonds”. They truly go on a journey together in dealing with their respective “stuff”. Their chemistry and banter between each other is fun and amusing in one moment and truly deep and probing in the next. Add in Lucy’s love of all things science fiction, specifically Star Trek and the book just gets better and better. I couldn’t go into detail on the supporting characters here, but they are well written and really, really, funny. When a well know socialite winds up at one of Lucy’s gatherings of her sci-fi friends and is asking questions about Star Trek, I about bust a gut.
It truly is rare for me to find a book where I am laughing uproariously in one moment and shedding tears the next, while seeing great spiritual elements in the whole thing. Elements like our struggles with our worth and figuring out the whole man-pleasing versus God-pleasing dilemma. I highly recommend this book. You will not be disappointed and I will be keeping my eye on Jenny B. Jones in the future. I know this is a Niagara Falls kind of review- much gushing- but I still stand by it. Great book, great characters and great read!
I was graciously provided a digital copy of this book by Thomas Nelson through the NetGalley program. All opinions expressed were my own and I was not obligated to write a positive review.
**spoiler alert** Devastation is the word that comes to mind when I read this book. It was a difficult read for me- not in the concept of difficult to...more**spoiler alert** Devastation is the word that comes to mind when I read this book. It was a difficult read for me- not in the concept of difficult to understand but rather difficult to read because there was a lot of devastating things happening to the characters- the horrible Vel'd'Hiv roundup with thousands of Jews losing their lives at Aushwitz, the death of a child, marital unfaithfulness and even the abortion debate and even suicide. In the end I am glad I read the book as I knew nothing about the Vel'd'Hiv roundup in Paris before this- but it was tough to walk through these situations with these characters. There was a bit of a "full circle" ending with the main character naming her child "Sarah", but it was a bit emotionally draining to read for sure.(less)
"The Wolf of Tebron" by C. S. Lakin is billed as a "fairy tale" and I would heartily agree, but a fairy tale with much allegory and deep meaning, alon...more"The Wolf of Tebron" by C. S. Lakin is billed as a "fairy tale" and I would heartily agree, but a fairy tale with much allegory and deep meaning, along the lines of C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia" series. The main character/hero is Joran, a young blascksmith's apprentice who, you find early on, has the ability to mindspeak with animals around him which plays into the story in meaningful ways throughout. Joran is soon on a quest to free his missing wife who comes to him in dreams or rather nightmares, wanting to be found. This quest is long and arduous and aided by "the wolf of Tebron", who he meets early on in the story. The wolf, Ruyah, is the voice of wisdom, help, and love as his friend and companion on this journey. It's a tough journey as he has to face things within himself that he needs to let go of in order to complete his quest. This is one of those stories where you can't help but take a speculative look at your own life and wonder- "What are the things in me that I need to lay aside in order to be all that God is calling me to be?" I love when fiction has the power to reach in and accomplish some good in you. I highly recommend this book and as a side note- the next book in this series "Map across time" is due out soon. I, for one, will definitely be picking it up!(less)