I really loved this book and it isn't my usual fare. I'm not into really Christian books, but this one caught my eye partly because it was a free read...moreI really loved this book and it isn't my usual fare. I'm not into really Christian books, but this one caught my eye partly because it was a free read and partly because it was advertised as a romance and I'm a huge romance fan. I'm so glad that I picked it up. It's one of my favorite books so far this year.
The Frontiersman's Daughter is set during the frontier/pioneer days of log cabins and Indian wars. The story has a strong "Little House books" feel to it. It's less a romance or a Christian novel than an anthropologically correct historical fiction with some basis in fact.
The religious nature of the book was no more than you would expect for the time period and the romance, while prevalent, was so incredibly mild as to seem merely hoped for and almost not quite existent. While this may sound like it's not your cup of tea, I highly recommend giving it a try. There are no sultry or sexy scenes, nothing more than a few kisses and the romance is sweet with a pure feel. The book had so little romance in it, I'm not quite sure I'd even call it a romance until the very end, but it was still wonderful.
If you're a fan of the Little House books or if you like detailed historical novels on how people lived in past times, give this one a go. You won't be disappointed. I'll definitely be reading this one again.(less)
We love this book! I'm all about teaching diversity and this book has it! The illustrations are detailed and incredibly beautiful, so it makes a fun s...moreWe love this book! I'm all about teaching diversity and this book has it! The illustrations are detailed and incredibly beautiful, so it makes a fun seek-and-find game with littler kids as well.
Everywhere Babies shows diversity in babies and how they are cared for and loved by their families. There are babies in slings, cribs, cradles, carriers, backpacks, arms, car seats and bucket carriers. There are babies being breastfed and babies fed with bottles and baby food.
Even the families are diverse. There are ethnic families, multi-ethnic families and same-sex couples. An interracial lesbian couple are shown sleeping in bed with a baby beside them in a cradle. There is also what appears to be a gay couple walking down the street, but they don't seem to have a child with them, so they could just be best buddies with an arm around each other.
I really love this book and it reinforces what I try to teach my daughter every day: that we are all different and that no matter how a baby is cared for, it is loved! Definitely one for our personal bookshelf.(less)
I downloaded this from Amazon because it was free and I love romance. I never saw the enlarged version of the cover and didn't pay a lot of attention...moreI downloaded this from Amazon because it was free and I love romance. I never saw the enlarged version of the cover and didn't pay a lot of attention to the description, so I didn't quite realize what the story was about when I started. Needless to say, elvish fantasy romance wouldn't normally be something I'd be willing to read.
I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the very odd budding romance between the two characters and the storyline was just so original - unbelievable, but original. The love scenes were more erotic than I was expecting, but not at all over the top. They were just enough not to turn me off of the book.
Parts of the story were incredibly cheesy but there was enough good in it that it held my attention and I had a pretty hard time putting it down. I don't think I'll be reading any more romance of this genre, but I'll definitely be reading more of this author's work.(less)
As an adult, I didn't find the story at all enjoyable. The writer uses almost no description whatsoever and when she does, it's always cliched. The st...moreAs an adult, I didn't find the story at all enjoyable. The writer uses almost no description whatsoever and when she does, it's always cliched. The story has no feeling of originality to it.
Once I finished, put it down for a couple of days and had a good think about it, however, I realized that I might feel this way because the book isn't geared toward adults. Someone younger with less literary experience wouldn't yet be as accustomed to the overuse of cliche and the story itself wasn't bad at all.
I'd say have a read if you're twelve and under and want a more grownup fairy story than most kids' stories.(less)
Delightfully well-written for a self-pub novel (almost all of which tend to disappoint me), Blind Sided has a little bit of everything including humor...moreDelightfully well-written for a self-pub novel (almost all of which tend to disappoint me), Blind Sided has a little bit of everything including humor, drama and, of course, plenty of romance.
Jenna Rainey loses her mother and her eyesight when a drunk driver plows into their car. Blinded and broken-hearted, she learns to live and love again with friends and family as she heals. Along the way, she meets Rick Bentley, a professional swimmer. Jenna couldn't be less interested, but Rick has had his eye on her for a while and her sour attitude isn't quite enough to throw him off. Though their romance has a rocky start, Jenna and Rick discover the importance of forgiveness and love.
I found Blind Sided to be a nice, comfortable read and really enjoyed the good, clean romance. If you're trying to avoid romance novels that sell themselves with sex, I recommend it. I had a hard time putting it down. Jenna and Rick's sweet romance was a refreshing change from stories with characters that were hung up on a physical relationship. The storyline has plenty of variety to keep the reader's interest. The characters were both lovable and memorable and I found myself consistently surprised by the unpredictable nature of the story.
Blind Sided read like a mini series with ups and downs, smaller stories within the larger story and sub-plots that will keep you entertained even if you are like me and don't have long stretches of time in which to read. If you're from the South like I am, there will be some laugh-out-loud moments. Well worth it, especially at this awesome price! (less)
I really loved this book. It has fantastic illustrations that made us laugh. The story deals gently with losing loved ones and friends and about how l...moreI really loved this book. It has fantastic illustrations that made us laugh. The story deals gently with losing loved ones and friends and about how life goes on.(less)
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed the story for the most part until it neared the end. The main character treats her best friend horribly, putting the life...more**spoiler alert** I enjoyed the story for the most part until it neared the end. The main character treats her best friend horribly, putting the life of her murdering new boyfriend ahead of his. At the end, she stares down at the mangled and almost-dead body of her best friend, unable decide whose life to save, so the boyfriend chooses for her. He chooses the best friend, giving up his soul and his own life. Then the best friend is suddenly gone from the story and the rest of them boogie down to some kind of end-of-the-movie-"Labyrinth" metaphysical block party. I was pretty confused by the behavior. It would have been nicer if we'd have had some closure with what was happening. Great writing! Horrible ending. I'm assuming there's some kind of reconciliation in the second book but I was so unhappy with the main character's treatment of her friend that I'm not sure I want to read the next one.(less)