As someone with a lot of "curves" it was nice to read that I am not the only one embarking on the running adventure. Jill Angie's cheerleader spirit l...moreAs someone with a lot of "curves" it was nice to read that I am not the only one embarking on the running adventure. Jill Angie's cheerleader spirit left me with more confidence to keep running--even on days I "don't feel like it" or days when I'm not running my best. Definitely a wonderful pep-talk! (less)
I absolutely loved this book! The characters are very well written and I enjoyed the fact that the characters from "Undisclosed" showed up in this boo...moreI absolutely loved this book! The characters are very well written and I enjoyed the fact that the characters from "Undisclosed" showed up in this book too. My only question is--where can I find my own Bishop? *sigh*(less)
I enjoyed the storyline and the action/adventure throughout the book. It kept me guessing as to what would happen next in the trials. I did not apprec...moreI enjoyed the storyline and the action/adventure throughout the book. It kept me guessing as to what would happen next in the trials. I did not appreciate the Glader language as they were just substitute words for curse words--which were overused. Overall, it's a good book and I can't wait to see what is in store for the remaining Gladers.(less)
As with her other cases, Stephanie lands in the crosshairs of a bad guy (this time it's a Russian assassin) and Ranger and Morelli have to jump in and...moreAs with her other cases, Stephanie lands in the crosshairs of a bad guy (this time it's a Russian assassin) and Ranger and Morelli have to jump in and help her out.
After reading the last book (#20) I wasn't sure how this one would go, but I was pleasantly surprised. A bit bloodier and full of more gore, this story actually sucked me in and I couldn't wait to find out what was really happening.
The sexual tension is still there between the trio and Stephanie still has yet to choose which guy she'd rather be with; however, she does shack up with Morelli (again) after her apartment was blown up by a rocket. (You'll have to read the book to get that part of the story.)
Overall, it wasn't bad, but I do hope she makes a decision soon. (And if she chooses Morelli, I'll be more than happy to help Ranger forget about her.). ;)(less)
It was a good book as far as giving a few running tips--especially for us beginners,but I couldn't help but feel like he was more interested in sellin...moreIt was a good book as far as giving a few running tips--especially for us beginners,but I couldn't help but feel like he was more interested in selling me products. (Accelerade and Endurox R4 (?) were mentioned so often that I couldn't help but wonder if he was paid every time he used those words. For those of us beginning, how about real life fixes until we can figure out where to buy those products...)
Overall, it was a good start for my first book about running half marathons, but definitely needed more information on other products that provide the nutrition needed for running.(less)
I received this book for free from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest opinion. The copy I received was an ARC so details such as typos, grammar, a...moreI received this book for free from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest opinion. The copy I received was an ARC so details such as typos, grammar, and other character details were not edited.
Despite the errors, I enjoyed reading this cute story involving several women and their quest for love, family, and belonging. Blossom Street Brides is part of a series but I have not read any of the other books and still understood the plot. The characters were realistic in their actions and conquered some tough issues, but the overall tone remained light-hearted and fun to read.
I think I most identified with Lauren because she was "single" and hoping to find the man of her dreams to marry, or at least someone who has several qualities from her husband list. It's am a list maker too, so I laughed as she was making it because it reminds me of my own list. (Unfortunately I have not found someone who fills it yet, so I may have to follow her lead and introduce myself to a random stranger.) :)
In any case, this was a good book if you're in to romance and want a carefree read. (less)
I fell in love with The Secret of the Journal series while reading book #1, Mortal Fire. The characters had so many facets and intricacies woven into...moreI fell in love with The Secret of the Journal series while reading book #1, Mortal Fire. The characters had so many facets and intricacies woven into their stories that I became engrossed in learning more and more about their lives, and ultimately, worried about their outcomes. (Can you say addicted?)
Somehow I missed the release of book #2, Death Be Not Proud, so I was unaware that the lives of Matthew, Emma, and the others were continuing without me. Thankfully, I ordered it through Amazon: Death Be Not Proud (The Secret of the Journal) and started reading it right away so that I could find out what happened after the cliffhanger of Mortal Fire. (It was just as captivating!)
I immediately dove into book #3, Rope of Sand, when I finished book #2. The beginning pages of this book were a recap from the ending of Death Be Not Proud, but some of the details were changed a bit so it threw me for a bit of a loop at first. However briefly distracted, I was immediately sucked back into the story as Emma celebrated Christmas with Matthew and was introduced to his "extended" family members.
While most of Matthew's family accepted Emma into their fold, there were a few family members who resisted the idea that she would eventually become a permanent fixture within their household. The resentment resulted in a bit of mischief that almost caused Emma to die. Fortunately, Matthew and his son, Henry, are doctors, so they were able to revive Emma before she was lost to them all. Tests were run, and it was discovered that Emma had her own special gift of helping others (although you'll have to read the book to find out about her talent).
When classes resume on campus, Emma learns that Professor Staahl is accusing her for his damaged reputation when she gets served with the court papers. Realizing that her nightmare has returned in real life, she grows concerned when she realizes that the only people who really know what happened on the night she was attacked were Staahl, Matthew, and herself--inevitably throwing Matthew in the spotlight, a place he has learned to avoid.
Will Matthew's secret be divulged through the trial? Will Emma be able to produce evidence that she was not complicit in the attack by Staahl, or will his hidden allies manage to set him free? All these and questions and more will be answered by reading Rope of Sand.
I enjoyed reading this installment of The Secret of the Journal series because we finally met characters we had only been introduced to briefly and were able to see how they interacted with one another. I felt that this book was a bit heavy and drawn-out with the court case thrown in because it wreaked havoc on everyone's lives, but it did bring more of the "family secrets" to life and caused Emma and Matthew's family to claim "sides."
I was a bit disappointed because I had hoped we would see a wedding and get the "happily ever after" ending that I so want to see for Matthew and Emma, but this was not the case at this point in their lives. Guess I'll have to wait for the penultimate book #4, Realm of Darkness, to be released. (Yay! More Matthew and Emma!!)
If you enjoy suspense, mystery, intrigue, and history, you'll love this series--although you MUST start at the beginning or you'll have no idea of what's happening and why certain details and story-lines are so important.
I received this book free from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review and opinion.(less)
It's been a couple of years since I read the first book, Mortal Fire, so I don't remember the exact nature of how it ended, but I do remember the inte...moreIt's been a couple of years since I read the first book, Mortal Fire, so I don't remember the exact nature of how it ended, but I do remember the intensity of emotions between Emma and Matthew. (Talk about a connection! Whew!)
Emma, now home with her parents in England,recovering from her "accident" at the college, is trying to sort out her feelings and how she could continue to live without Matthew by her side. Meanwhile, she continues to research Matthew's past based upon what she read in the journal she "permanently borrowed" from the University, and is trying to come to terms with what she learns when Matthew arrives at her doorstep.
After realizing their feelings haven't changed, Matthew takes Emma back to the states where they discuss, albeit loudly and physically, their relationship and where it may be heading. Unfortunately, Matthew also reveals a secret that Emma must accept if she wants to stay with him, or decide to turn her back on him forever.
The depiction of where the characters were, as well as what they were doing is so vivid and rich that I could imagine walking into the old farmhouse/church/homestead as Emma learned about Matthew's history, and feel the coldness of the stone walls, while smelling the damp mossy smell of a building almost in ruins.
Spellbinding is probably not the word I should use for a Christian book, but this series has me hooked! I can't wait to find out what happens next. I have a few ideas, but I don't want to give you any spoilers because I'm starting to read book #3 as soon as I finish typing.
If you enjoy reading rich characters and descriptions, tied in with a bit of historical elements, then you will want to start reading this series immediately! Let me know what you think and Happy Reading! (less)