The only thing about this book that upset me was the fact that it ended. Karen is a very engaging writer. Her characterization is wonderful. She getsThe only thing about this book that upset me was the fact that it ended. Karen is a very engaging writer. Her characterization is wonderful. She gets deep into the heads of her characters and you care about them. She uses symbolism in such a way that when it dawns on you what she’s done, you can’t do anything but sigh. I have about five other books to read and review but all I want to do is pick Short-Straw Bride up and read it again!...more
Gripping! Bethany Quinn is a mess! A wreck! And she doesn’t really know it at first. She’s an architect in a Chicago firm and her future seems bright.Gripping! Bethany Quinn is a mess! A wreck! And she doesn’t really know it at first. She’s an architect in a Chicago firm and her future seems bright. She’s got a boyfriend and it seems like her life will only get better. But she’s got a past that she doesn’t want to face. People she has walked away from that she doesn’t care to ever see again. But she gets called to return to her hometown and the memories of her trailer park days flood her mind no matter how hard she tries to run away from them. Her plan was to make her necessary visit and then return to her Chicago world and boyfriend. But her past wraps itself around her ankle and keeps dragging her back. She inherits a five hundred acre farm along with Evan, the farmhand. Well, she doesn’t really inherit him but she might as well have because he is as attached to the farm as she realizes she still is. It’s not going to be as easy to walk away as Bethany thought—and hoped. This woman has so many issues in her life, I wanted to jump in and help her overcome them. I found myself talking to her as I read and there were a few times I wanted to slap her, too. Katie has done a wonderful job of setting the scene and of conveying emotions. Wildflowers from Winter digs deep into the subject of loss and the grief that follows it. It also offers hope for a future. “I received this book for free from Blogging for Books and WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.” ...more
Gail Gaymer Martin’s A Dream of His Own is a heart-warming touching story about two widowed adults struggling through their daily lives with regrets aGail Gaymer Martin’s A Dream of His Own is a heart-warming touching story about two widowed adults struggling through their daily lives with regrets and hurts that prevent them from really living life. Quinn O’Neill lost his wife and son in a tragic accident and has been frozen in fear ever since. A fender bender with Ava Darnell, a single mom who has trust issues, forces Quinn to confront his fears head on. Ava won’t trust Quinn as long as there are secrets but he has vowed to keep some things a secret indefinitely—like the fact that he’s the major donor of the Dreams Come True Foundation (through which he longs to provide much-needed aid to Ava and her son). He can’t share his secret until he knows he can trust her to keep it but he can’t trust her until she trusts him, which won’t happen until there are no secrets. It was a roller coaster ride of emotions full of plenty of conflict between the hero and the heroine, not to mention the typical conflict between the heroine and her teenage son, Brandon. He longs to have a male role model in his life and Ava begins to feel replaced by Quinn. Brandon has been her life since the death of her husband and realizing that he’s growing up and doesn’t need her quite as much causes her to recognize she’s forgotten how to be Ava, a woman. This story is part of a series. I didn’t read the others in the series (yet) but Gail writes in such a way that you can pick up any of her books and read them out of order. There was great characterization, plot, and structure to this story. I won’t tell you anymore about though. You’ll have to read it for yourself. http://sherriwilsonjohnson.com/2012/0......more
I enjoyed reading Fruit of My Spirit so much! Deanna is a very engaging writer. She draws you in with her personal stories and shows you exactly how GI enjoyed reading Fruit of My Spirit so much! Deanna is a very engaging writer. She draws you in with her personal stories and shows you exactly how God spoke to her through her trials and her shortcomings. I laughed and I even felt emotional at times when I related personally to some of the things she's gone through in her life. I highly recommend this book....more
Deborah Malone, author of Death in Dahlonega, knows how to entertain her reader! She creates characters that you can see with your mind's eye -- onesDeborah Malone, author of Death in Dahlonega, knows how to entertain her reader! She creates characters that you can see with your mind's eye -- ones that you love and even some that you love to hate. She writes quality fiction and offers a great escape from life with her quick read. This is Deborah's first book and I can't wait for more!...more
The Daughter’s Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick is the story of Clara Estby, nineteen-years-old, and her mother, Helga. They set off on an adventure from SpokThe Daughter’s Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick is the story of Clara Estby, nineteen-years-old, and her mother, Helga. They set off on an adventure from Spokane, Washington, to New York in 1896. The problem with this adventure is they are on foot and it is an adventure that Clara did not ask to go on. Their family farm is in danger of being lost after the father has been injured, and Helga takes on a risky challenge in order to save it. Clara is at a point in her life where she enjoys her job and has a gentleman she’s interested in. The last thing she wants to do is leave home for a journey that could take six months or more. A dangerous journey, at that. A journey that involves leaving the father at home with the other children, one of them a baby.
Why is this journey something that could save their home? This is during the women’s suffrage movement days and the fashion industry has developed a dress which is shorter than the traditional dresses and they claim it will make life easier for women. If they make the journey by walking from Spokane to New York in these dresses, stopping along the way to get signatures of prominent leaders, they have a chance at winning $10,000.00. Of course, shorter dresses were quite the scandal then and so Helga puts Clara in potential danger just by being a representative of the manufacturer. Clara, additionally, is humiliated each time her mother shares their financial struggles with others. Helga seems to have the family’s best interest at heart but you also get the feeling that she loves being away from her responsibilities at home. She loves the attention.
This walk is historically accurate and is only the basis for the book. There is so much more. Clara must deal with her feelings of inferiority that her mother causes and she must face secrets that shake her foundation. She must learn to stand on her own two feet. Sometimes it’s hard to break away from what you’ve always felt was true about yourself. Clara makes a break from her family, becomes a businesswoman and eventually finds her way in the world. She makes friends with people who teach her wonderful things like faith and love—things she needed to know.
This was my first experience with the author and I liked her style of writing. It was easy. I found my eyes gliding along the pages. She didn’t drag the scenes out too long and I didn’t find myself saying, “Get on with it,” like I do in so many books. The book addresses the issue of equality and it deals with family situations like so many in our world today—less than perfect.
I enjoyed reading yet another book from Nicholas Sparks. It lagged in the middle a bit but boy near the end the action picked up like I've never seenI enjoyed reading yet another book from Nicholas Sparks. It lagged in the middle a bit but boy near the end the action picked up like I've never seen in one of his books. I'd read it again....more