Living a few miles from Moore, Oklahoma, and remembering well that awful day, I had to pick up this book. Ms. Bailey knows and understands Oklahomans,Living a few miles from Moore, Oklahoma, and remembering well that awful day, I had to pick up this book. Ms. Bailey knows and understands Oklahomans, yet she has been gone long enough to explain us to outsiders - especially in the area of the weather phenomenons and our responses to them. The book accurately describes our fascination and horror with storms, and how people who've been hit multiple times still don't see it as a reason to leave.
The writing is excellent. She introduces the characters in such a way that they are distinguishable and memorable. My only complaint is over her depiction of the weathermen and their rivalries. The book could have done without villainizing some of our TV personalities. I well understand presenting a protagonist and antagonist to increase interest, but these are real people who don't deserve the negative characterization. Yes, it made for a colorful backdrop for the true drama of the tragedy, but at what cost?
All in all, I recommend the book and will probably read it again when my memory of that awful day (and the weeks following) fades....more
Non-stop action, memorable characters and Connealy's trademark humor make Now & Forever a great read. Did I mention the creepy villain? You'll keeNon-stop action, memorable characters and Connealy's trademark humor make Now & Forever a great read. Did I mention the creepy villain? You'll keep turning the pages to see what happens to him, but no spoilers here......more
A Tough Heroine, Wounded Hero, and Creepy Villain...
...this book has it all. Amanda Johnson survived the manipulation of a much older man when she wasA Tough Heroine, Wounded Hero, and Creepy Villain...
...this book has it all. Amanda Johnson survived the manipulation of a much older man when she was young, but not without scars. When her husband learns of her past, he deals with the pain in a way that Amanda can't understand. Even as Amanda pushes Mark away she comes face to face with the evil that has haunted her all these years. Only this time, his desires might prove deadly.
Besides creeping the snot out of me, Robin Patchen masterfully portrays the tension between two people who love each other, but must find their own way to healing. The differences between how men and women deal with trauma were expertly displayed. Throw in a few surprises and realistic setting and you have a wonderfully engrossing story.
Aria St. John was a child prodigy until an accident ended her career. Her father, a world-renowned conductor, has never recovered from her loss and stAria St. John was a child prodigy until an accident ended her career. Her father, a world-renowned conductor, has never recovered from her loss and struggles with his own place in the world… a world that places unbelievable demands on him.
When Aria and her father return to the Isle of Espoir, James Shaw is there to meet her. The local blacksmith and her childhood friend, James may possess the skills to bring Aria's song of healing to a triumphant finale.
Lyrically written, this little story has a gentle pace, a rich setting and earnest, true characters. You will be glad you spent time with Aria and James and will be left watching for Amanda Dykes' next project. ...more
This collection is perfect for putting you in the holiday spirit. Nostalgic song titles, scenes set in beautifully decorated Christmas venues, and holThis collection is perfect for putting you in the holiday spirit. Nostalgic song titles, scenes set in beautifully decorated Christmas venues, and holiday memories make this a book I'll return to every Christmas along with my favorite Christmas movies.
White Christmas - Cara Putman's story is like all of your favorite things about Christmas wrapped up together in one lovely package. Abigail Turner works in a candy store and Jackson Lucas works at a toymaker's. (After reading this I had to YouTube candy cane making so I could see how it's done.) Jackson's financial trouble could ruin Christmas for his family. Already uncertain about risking her heart, Abigail wonders what else Jackson is hiding.
I'll Be Home for Christmas - is Sarah Sundin's story about second chances. Ever since Grace Kessler's husband was killed in battle, she's had trouble handling their six-year-old daughter who likes to slip away from her nanny and roam the city alone. Pete Turner sympathizes with little Linnie . Once he was an ornery kid and he'd spent a fair amount of time getting Grace's brother into trouble, as Grace remembers all too well. Has Pete matured enough to trust him with Linnie...and with her heart? Great romantic tension.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - OK, I'll admit I didn't catch the pun until just now as I was typing it. Merry Turner & Title of the Novella ...maybe I'm just slow. Merry Turner had her heart broken when her prewar boyfriend left the States to fight for the fatherland. As her nursing unit approaches the German border through the Netherlands she can't stop hearing David's voice in the local accents and catching glimpses of his features in the faces of the injured German soldiers. I don't want to say too much, but this story has a fascinating "what if?" to keep the conflict strong.
So maybe it's bad form for authors to mention their own writing experiences in a review. If so, please forgive me, but I have contributed to a novella collection before and what impressed me most about this collection was the interlocking story lines. Each story featured a Turner sibling and included a lot of family background and shared characters. This is not easy to do when the story is a cooperative effort between three authors, but the Misses Putman, Sundin and Goyer do a remarkable job of keeping the events flowing seamlessly. If you are interested in behind-the-scenes information, don't forget to read their Author Chat in the back of the book where they discuss the lengths they went to in order to keep their characters and settings consistent. Fascinating! ...more
Everyone knows Martha as a righteous young woman: the example they want their daughters to follow, the devoted lady thMartha of Bethany has a secret.
Everyone knows Martha as a righteous young woman: the example they want their daughters to follow, the devoted lady they want their son to marry. Martha desperately needs to uphold her reputation because if the people of Bethany look too closely, they'd realize that all is not as it seems.
The family can only withstand so much scandal and the way her sister Mary carries on - inviting beggars to eat at the banquets, letting her children run about dirty, neglecting their cleanliness rules - Martha has to work twice as hard. And then there's their cousin Jesus. He's scandalous on a whole another level. Martha worries that his outlandish behavior is going to bring attention to their family that they can't afford. Especially with Lazarus sick...
Stephanie Landsem's portrayal of the well-known family in Bethany is inspired. Once again she makes these first century characters as real to you as your own family, and family is a big part of this story. The dynamics between Martha, Mary and Lazarus are authentic as the squabbles and the misunderstandings eventually give way to real devotion.
Inspiring and tender, The Tomb is a wonderful story of sacrificial love and redemptive power....more
As a Great Dane owner, I'm well acquainted with the damage large breed dogs can do, but I'm still stunned by Henry. This dog is full-throttle troubleAs a Great Dane owner, I'm well acquainted with the damage large breed dogs can do, but I'm still stunned by Henry. This dog is full-throttle trouble barreling down the freeway. Sometimes the results are hilarious, sometimes frustrating and sometimes troubling, but Erin Taylor Young shares all the truth with her keen sense of humor and masterful descriptions. Generally in book reviews I'd discuss character development, and this is no exception. Henry is one of the most fleshed out characters I've encountered, and considering he's a dog, that's no small accomplishment. Although his antics were exhausting, Young manages to make Henry a sympathetic character. By the end, you do believe that he really wants to be a good dog. If only...
I found myself re-reading portions aloud to my family and they always begged for more. It was fun for us to reminisce about our own puppy days and comforting to acknowledge that we didn't have it that bad.
I'll start with what you really want to know - this is a good book. My favorite aspect of this story was the unexpected characters. There's a lady whoI'll start with what you really want to know - this is a good book. My favorite aspect of this story was the unexpected characters. There's a lady who's a former side-show oddity, a hero with a girly sneeze, a well-respected citizen with a secret (and that's all I will say about that), and a guy who faints at the sight of blood. Just when I'd get lulled into thinking I knew everything about this sleepy little town, some fresh quirk would appear.
Now for the official information:
Eliza Cantrell doesn't like suspense. Eager to meet her pen pal/intended, she leaves for Salt Flatts a week early which throws her smack dab in the middle of a train robbery. Her nest egg is stolen, she's beaten and when she gets to Salt Flatts she finds her fiance is out of town.
Lucky for Eliza, her intended's business partner William Stanton is there to greet her, but William is soon put to the test. He can't ignore his partner's bride-to-be - someone needs to help her until he returns - but how can he work with this intrepid young lady without losing his heart?
This is a sweet story with the perfect balance of thought-provoking conviction and romantic attraction.
(A Bride in Store was given to me by my friends at Bethany House so I thought I'd go ahead and post a review about it since I liked it so much.) ...more