Many times in life things are not what they appear. And sometimes people are thrown into situations so complicated that it's difficult to know who to...more Many times in life things are not what they appear. And sometimes people are thrown into situations so complicated that it's difficult to know who to trust. Rachel Farraday was not exception. Why was she made a co-inheritor of a chateau after her employer of only a few months dies suddenly? Why did it seem like everyone around her wanted her dead? So much mystery surrounds Rachel that it was nearly impossible to separate common sense from her growing paranoia. The author, Caroline Miller, weaves this story in such a way that drew me in from the very beginning. Although this is a stand alone novel, this book could easily be made into a trilogy. I would highly recommend her novel to anyone that is a fan of suspense and intrigue.(less)
I have been a bit hesitant about writing this review because I have so many mixed emotions. Let's start with what I do like... I think that the autho...more I have been a bit hesitant about writing this review because I have so many mixed emotions. Let's start with what I do like... I think that the author, Dawn Dyson, does such a fantastic job at writing, and really has the potential to write great things. Her style of writing, use of metaphors, and the way she can bring characters to life is spot-on. As for what I didn't like about this story- the subject matter just didn't do it for me. This is the second book in the Beautiful Justice series. After reading the first book "Bella Maura", I had a feeling that I was going to have issues with this book. I love a good fantasy book, and I enjoy well written spiritual books. But there's a real fine line when mixing the two together, and this crossed the line for me. When I read the first book, I felt like Bella's gift from God was comparable to magic in a way that just didn't sit well with me. But whatever seemed over the top with that book, was nothing in comparison to "Justice Quinn". The only thing that these two books had in common was the names of the characters. In the first book, everyone lived relatively normal lives. But with this book, it was like everyone suddenly had all of these super powers and none of them questioned how abnormal they had became overnight. This became an 'end of times' book that was by no means prophecy. If an author is going to write about such a topic and use God as the foundation- at least make it somewhat biblical. Even though this book was not for me, I would love to see some other works by this author. If a person is able to keep the perspective of this being purely fantasy without being offended by subject matter, I would suggest checking this series out. And one last note that I mentioned about the previous book- these covers are beautiful. A great job done by Justin Evans!(less)
This is a well written romance novel with a nice balance of drama... Victor and Samantha's steamy relationship was full of challenges from the very s...more This is a well written romance novel with a nice balance of drama... Victor and Samantha's steamy relationship was full of challenges from the very start. Both were attorneys working at the same firm, forced to work on the same case. That alone was enough to cause friction between them because they had very different motives for seeking justice for their client. Not only that, but they both had more than their fair share of baggage from the past. It wasn't until they had almost lost everything that they realized that they were truly meant to be together. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good romance novel without a lot of bells and whistles that come with a complicated plot. There is absolutely nothing negative that I could say about this book. The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because there was nothing particularly gripping or memorable about it. That certainly is no reflection on the author, just expressing my own personal preferences. Overall, this is a really good book for anyone that enjoys reading a love story that finally comes together against all odds.(less)
Review: I really enjoyed reading this book. There were a lot of twists and turns to this mystery that I didn't see coming. Normally, I don't like to...more Review: I really enjoyed reading this book. There were a lot of twists and turns to this mystery that I didn't see coming. Normally, I don't like to read mysteries because so many authors feel the need to be graphic. That isn't the case with this book. There were no sex scenes, gory details, or foul language- just a well written story that held my interest. It's really refreshing to read a book that let's the story carry itself. About half-way through this book, I thought I had the whole plot figured out. The more I read, the more I realized that I didn't really have any of it figured out! I love a book that is unpredictable, and this definitely fell into that category. (less)
This is a true story about a young man in his 20's that had a dream to visit Africa. He saved up his money, quit his job, and set off for Africa with...more This is a true story about a young man in his 20's that had a dream to visit Africa. He saved up his money, quit his job, and set off for Africa with no set time of when he would be returning. As soon as he arrived and was checking into his hotel, he asked the man who was working the front desk if he could help him find a tour guide. When an old woman appears that same day, she informs him that she will be the one to show him the real Africa. They set off on foot for an amazing journey. Not only does she show him wild animals in their own habitat, he is introduced to the culture of the people. But the greatest lesson he learns is about "The Big 5 for Life"- 5 things that a person feels they must accomplish in their life. I had no idea that I would be so affected by this book. I started reading this one afternoon and had it finished a few hours later! Granted, it's only 128 pages but I was glued to my seat until it was done. There a certain books you come across that you know you will read over and over- this is one of those books! The descriptions of Africa throughout the book were so detailed that I could picture them myself. But the life lessons that the old woman taught were things that anyone could apply to their own life. So many people just float through life unhappy because they are too afraid to do what they feel they have the potential to accomplish. Instead of being held back by the "what-if's" we should just concentrate our thinking on what we need to do to make it happen. Throughout the whole book, they encounter many people that were living their "Big 5 for Life" and what they were doing to make it happen. This book is such a fantastic read! I would recommend this to anyone looking for some inspiration in their own life, but not wanting to read yet another typical self-help book. (less)
The little girl, Kailee thought she only liked to eat peanut butter because she wasn't willing to try anything new. When her Mommy told her that she...more The little girl, Kailee thought she only liked to eat peanut butter because she wasn't willing to try anything new. When her Mommy told her that she couldn't have any more peanut butter until she learned to like more food, Kailee decided to sneak out of her bedroom at night to get her favorite food. When the pantry came to life, different foods started floating off of the shelves. When she decided that she would try some of these new foods, she found out that she liked everything that she tried. I found this to be a really cute children' book with a good lesson for kids that are picky eaters. The illustrations were bright and colorful, and really well done. As a bonus at the back of the book, a lot of the images from the story were made into a coloring book. I think that this book is definitely worth getting for the little ones in your life!(less)
Synopsis: When novelist Sienna Emory receives a desperate call from an old college friend, she feels compelled to try to help her. The Cheney she reme...moreSynopsis: When novelist Sienna Emory receives a desperate call from an old college friend, she feels compelled to try to help her. The Cheney she remembers was a free-spirited songwriter with an amazing ability to translate all of life's pain and joy into her work, but drugs and alcohol have made her a shell of her former self. When Sienna arrives at Cheney's house, she finds Cheney passed out in the driveway; what she doesn't expect to find is Jonathan Driscoll, a handsome single father living nearby, who has obviously been there before. Never able to have children of her own, Sienna is delighted to get to know Jonathan and his daughter Bella. However, Bella is not a typical five-year-old girl. She tells stories that she couldn't possibly know, and when she prays, she seems to communicate on a direct line to God. As Sienna and Jonathan's love grows, while dealing with their friend Cheney's issues, Sienna discovers more about God's plans for them. Will their faith be strong enough to protect them against evil?
Review: I had very mixed feelings about this book. The author definitely has a poetic style to her writing. But there were several times during the story that it was so descriptive that I would find myself drifting. It just seemed to make things drag on at times where it wasn't necessary. Also, the romance between Jonathan and Sierra felt pushed, like there was a rush for them to be madly in love. Then there was Bella- her relationship with God seemed more magical than spiritual. It just went to an extent that it couldn't be believable. That being said, I really did enjoy this book. The story line kept flowing, and all of the characters were very interesting. There was so much suspense that I found it difficult to put down. It was really sad the way that Cheney led her life, but if she would have been any different, Jonathan and Sienna wouldn't have found each other to begin with. Overall, I was pretty impressed with the originality of the book and the cover itself is absolutely stunning!(less)
Review: Clifford is just your run of the mill middle aged guy that would just prefer to blend into the woodwork. But it's a little difficult when he...more Review: Clifford is just your run of the mill middle aged guy that would just prefer to blend into the woodwork. But it's a little difficult when he is a werewolf and his instincts drive him to defend a young female friend from vampires. But when his identity is accidentally revealed to the girl and her best friend, it changes all of their lives forever. This book is so totally different from anything I expected it to be. I really struggled just to start reading this novel because I was so sure that I wouldn't like it. But once I finally picked it up, I immediately became engrossed in it. It didn't start out with all of the normal bore that most books have of trying to set the stage. The way that the author presented the story didn't require any unnecessary explanations. It's hard to believe that a book about werewolves and vampires could ever be anything but over the top, but that's exactly how I felt. For anyone who has never read books from this genre- this is definitely the one I would recommend starting with. I came away from this book with a whole new understanding of why these types of books have become so popular. If a sequel is written, you can bet that I will snag it up as soon as it comes out! Many props to this first time author, John Hurdley for making a believer out of me! (less)
Synopsis: Abigail Hooper and Stephen Sparks had never heard of Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy until one fatal morning in November when it crushe...moreSynopsis: Abigail Hooper and Stephen Sparks had never heard of Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy until one fatal morning in November when it crushed their hopes and dreams. Twelve years after the devastating loss of their dearest friend Emily, they find themselves still affected by the trauma. Abigail, married and newly pregnant, helps others through her work for the Department of Children and Families. When a new client with epilepsy unexpectedly forces her to re-examine the past, Abigail realizes she's the one who needs saving. Stephen has struggled emotionally, physically and spiritually after losing the love of his life, and the long-term effects of his grief have kept him from truly living and finding love again. As the two search for redemption and the power to heal, their paths cross once again. Emily's presence so long ago still has meaning in their own lives, teaching them the meaning of true friendship and what's really important. Drawing on her own experience with a close friend with epilepsy who died, author Laurie Bellesheim raises awareness about the disease in this compelling tale told partially through flashbacks.
Review: This was such an amazing book that I literally had trouble putting it down! Going into this, I have to admit that I really didn't know much about the disease of epilepsy, it's progression if it's left untreated or under treated, or the way that a person with epilepsy may perceive their illness. But probably the most thought provoking part of her story for me had to be about the long term affects that death has on the people around them. The main characters in this book really struggled with being able to move on after Emily's death because they were so afraid of losing their memories of her. But they finally realized that until they were ready to let go of the past, they would never be able to commit to anything in the present, or look forward to the future. Death can be a very difficult topic for an author to write about, but Laurie Bellesheim handled it in a way that was both positive and dignified. Her writing style drew me into the story immediately and held my interest right to the very end. Even though it was a bit of a tear-jerker at times, more than anything, it was a great journey of finding happiness. This is one of those stories that is going to stay with me for a very long time. (less)