I was required to read this book for a class that I am taking on teacher leadership. This book focuses on people at a high school reunion talking abouI was required to read this book for a class that I am taking on teacher leadership. This book focuses on people at a high school reunion talking about the changes that have happened to them over the years. Some were more successful then others while happiness was also equated differently among the groups. One person tells a story of 4 characters and their challenges when their cheese is moved. How do you handle change?
This is a highly disturbing book. I find it hard to believe that someone could be this cruel! It's a true story though...to the point that is is documThis is a highly disturbing book. I find it hard to believe that someone could be this cruel! It's a true story though...to the point that is is documented as one of the worst cases in California child abuse history. I admire the author for coming forward with his story. ...more
How important is it to know your future spouse before saying "I Do"? Is it ok to change after those vows? Baby Proof focuses on Ben and Claudia. TheyHow important is it to know your future spouse before saying "I Do"? Is it ok to change after those vows? Baby Proof focuses on Ben and Claudia. They are happily married and have no plans to have children. All of their friends are supportive but don't necessarily understand their choice. However, everything changes when an announcement is made. Claudia can no longer stand the pressure and chooses to leave Ben. She doesn't like to see him with other women (well, one woman in particular) but it's ok for her to date around. Can they both continue to live this way?
This book is in a series but can also be read as a standalone. There is only one character (Ethan) from previous novels that makes an appearance in this one.
I do believe this one to be my favorite of them all so far! ...more
Darcy is still reeling over the fact that her life is upside down (I don't want to be specific in case you haven't read Something Borrowed yet. She isDarcy is still reeling over the fact that her life is upside down (I don't want to be specific in case you haven't read Something Borrowed yet. She is definitely looking for a way to get back at those who have caused her so much pain. She's dealing with her newest life situation when another bombshell is dropped on her. How much more can Darcy take? She moves to England to live with Ethan and learns more about herself than she can ever imagine. Will Darcy ever change and be able to forgive others? Will she ever get past her own self-absorbed lifestyle?
It's been a couple of years since I read Something Borrowed but it easily came back to me during the first few chapters of this book. I have not seen the movie yet, but I have heard it's great and that there is talk of a movie for this book! This is a great chick-lit read that takes a few short hours.
Readers of my blog may want to know that this is a contemporary chick lit book that does include some strong language and intimate scenes. I do not recommend this book for those under the age of eighteen.
Tessa has a successful life with her two children and her pediatric plastic surgeon husband, Nick. She just never feels like it's enough though! She iTessa has a successful life with her two children and her pediatric plastic surgeon husband, Nick. She just never feels like it's enough though! She is jealous of her brother Dex and sister-in-law Rachel's relationship and she feels that hers will never measure up.
Valerie is a single mom to adorable Charlie. Valerie's law experience does not prepare her for the accident that will threaten a friendship.
Nick and Tessa should be out happily celebrating another anniversary together. His cell phone rings and there is an emergency at the hospital. Perfect timing?
This book focuses on yet another scandal in the love lives of the characters. Keeping to true Emily Giffin form, characters become tangled up in webs of lies and infidelity. This is a quick read and one that can be enjoyed after a long week of work!
The characters will leave the reader with all different emotions. My favorite character in this book is Charlie. He seems to be the only level-headed person in the whole book! It's amazing the pull a child can have on another person and the way they make us put our lives in perspective! ...more
It's her debut novel, however Ronie Kendig does not disappoint! This was not the first novel by Ronie that I read (I have read Nightshade and DigitaliIt's her debut novel, however Ronie Kendig does not disappoint! This was not the first novel by Ronie that I read (I have read Nightshade and Digitalis by her previously). I loved this book as much as her others.
Shiloh is a girl surrounded by disappoint...in her father. Afterall, he watched her mother die and is quite possibly the cause of her death. Shiloh spends her time with her best friend, Khalid, and they love deep sea diving. It's not until they are on an archeological diving dig that she realizes how much she needs him. Trouble shows up and Shiloh finds herself fighting for her life as well as Khalid's.
Reese is a CIA operative who has his sites on Shiloh. She's his main objective...and he has to keep her safe. Reese finds out what a tough person Shiloh is when she lands a punch across his jaw. He thought he was prepared for anything!
What trouble is brewing in India that can destroy the world? You have to read to find that one out!
I am a huge fan of Ronie Kendig after reading two books in the Discarded Heroes series. I just recently learned those were not her first books. With that news, I had to search out this other book. There is no greater satisfaction then finding it to be available as an instant download on my Kindle! I literally could have read this book in about five hours, had I had the time to sit and devote to it. It was killing me to have to put this book down when life required me to! I love Ronie's writing style and the suspense that she writes within the books. Sometimes you never know what direction her stories will take!
I have had the opportunity to tweet with Ronie over time and have grown to love and respect her even more! She's worth checking into and picking up a great read! ...more
Wow! When you pick up this book to read (because everyone should!) you'd better settle in because you won't be able to put it down! Ronie Kendig has aWow! When you pick up this book to read (because everyone should!) you'd better settle in because you won't be able to put it down! Ronie Kendig has a way of grabbing her readers from the prologue and holding them prisoner until the last word is spoken!
I am surprised I let this one sit as long as I did, but then again, I am a student now and don't have much time for pleasure reading. Nothing like a beautiful Saturday and the flu to give you time to read!
I'm a bit of a sucker for a man in a cowboy hat and Colton (aka Cowboy) is the star of this sequel (check out Nightshade for the first book in the series). Colton, in the midst of having some horrible flashback from his days in Fallujah, is being called up to help disarm an Israeli nuclear crisis. He just thought he was out of the military!
Nightshade's men are supposed to be ones that can keep their heads in the game. After all, that's one of the reasons they were chosen. Enter Piper Blum...beautiful, smart, and has a magnet attracting Colton so fast his world is spinning. Can he keep it all together in midst of the drama?
I would say more about this book but it would give too much away! Ronie Kendig is one of my top 3 favorite writers and she has the number one suspense spot! Don't miss out on this great read full of suspense, adventure, and of course, love.
Thanks to the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Barbour Books for providing a copy for review....more
The Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn't. (pg. 181)
Wow...how true are those words?! It's sayings such as these that have dThe Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn't. (pg. 181)
Wow...how true are those words?! It's sayings such as these that have drawn me to this book and new-to-me-author Kim Vogel Sawyer.
Miss Edythe Amsel moves away from her family to take a teaching position in the small town of Walnut Hill. Like all first year teachers, Miss Amsel puts her heart and soul into teaching these young minds. She does not anticipate having to deal with the scrutiny of what she is teaching however! Miss Amsel teaches about longitude, latitude, bugs, etc while the townsfolk are disappointed in her methods. Do they not realize that this education they are receiving could help with their own farms?? As a teacher, I was bothered by the attitude and lack of education of the townsfolk who were berating her. The townsfolk are not her only issues though. There's lil William who just won't behave, her sister Missy, and then the single men vying for her attention!
Miss Amsel is here to teach, not to marry so she sets the menfolk straight pretty fast. As soon as the men find out she's not one to have a relationship with God, they begin to see her a bit differently. Will she find God and a man in Walnut Hill?
I identified with Edythe on many levels in this book but my heart went out to William. I doubt that I would have had the patience that Edythe exhibited when it came to William but there was something about him that drew me to him. In some ways I felt sorry for him but in others I wanted to fling him over my knee and give him "what for". The author didn't give a lot of background on his family so I just speculated that his family life wasn't what it could have been and that he just needed some attention. I do believe that Edythe accomplished her point in this story....more
Levi has a past that he would like to leave...in the past. His move to Spencer, TX is just what he needs. The local town is in need of a blacksmith anLevi has a past that he would like to leave...in the past. His move to Spencer, TX is just what he needs. The local town is in need of a blacksmith and he has the skill and knowledge to fit the job.
Eden is a lonely lady who is really thinking she'll live the rest of her life alone after what her broken engagement. While she loves books and reading, there are some things that pages in a book cannot replace. She could have anyone she wanted. Afterall, she is the heiress to the town's founder!
Sheriff Pratt is always on the prowl...for women that is. While he desperately wants to woo Eden, she won't give him the time of day. How can he ever win her heart?
This is the 3rd Karen Witemeyer book and I believe she gets better with each one. She spins a tale of romance, humor, and a little bit of suspense as well. The mine scene seemed so real in this book it's as if she was sitting there watching the activity all unfold while writing this story.
My favorite line in this book comes from a scene with Chloe while she's chewing Eden out. Having teenage daughters, it was almost as if they were saying the line and I found it very funny (although the scene is very serious). Chloe says "...but if you can't see the good man he is, you need to unscrew them eyeballs of yours and try on a different pair." I just love that!!!
So who wins who's heart? Well you'll have to read and find that one out. I loved the ending. It was a total surprise to me (based on what I thought would be a small part in the book!). That's all I'm saying about that though! Have a tissue handy...I bawled like a baby through the last 10 pages or so!
Many thanks to Karen and to Bethany House for providing a copy to review. I have also purchased a copy of this book so look for a giveaway soon! ...more
This is the second book in the Dinah Harris mystery series. Dinah is still recovering from her recent firing from the FBI and has decided to contractThis is the second book in the Dinah Harris mystery series. Dinah is still recovering from her recent firing from the FBI and has decided to contract out her services. She received a call and off she goes. The first body is a young girl found in an alley with no obvious trauma except a snapped neck. The only clue the killer left is a sympathy card with a cryptic message. Can Dinah solve this one before anyone else loses their life?
This book focuses on eugenics and euthanasia. The killer is bound and determined to "cleanse" the location where he resides. There is heavy dialogue concerning Christianity and the reasons that euthanasia and eugenics do not fit into the Christian religion. I learned many of the historical aspects of these topics while reading this book (even though it's a work of fiction, the history is correct).
I thought I had the killer figured out fairly early on only to find out I was way off! I love when I can't figure it out before the author reveals the culprit! This is a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat! I do recommend this book to all who love a good mystery and can appreciate dialogues in Christian living! ...more
**spoiler alert** Set in the 1920's, Caleb Bender and four of his Amish brothers face the challenges of raising their children in an American Amish so**spoiler alert** Set in the 1920's, Caleb Bender and four of his Amish brothers face the challenges of raising their children in an American Amish society. They are incredibly misunderstood and because of that and the Bing Act, Caleb and his neighboring brothers spend five nights in jail for not sending their children to public school. During their imprisonment, these children are also ripped from their homes and everything they know and love and are sent to foster homes. The men decide to comply with the Bing Act and are subsequently released. Caleb isn't about to have that so when he spots an opportunity to buy land in Mexico for $10 an acre, he jumps on the chance. Leaving behind all his neighbors and some family, he moves his family from the demanding clutches of an Ohio government to Mexico where he has to start from scratch. Along the way, his faith is challenged in ways he would have never imagined. Would it have been better to stay in Ohio?
It's been awhile since I've read any Amish fiction but as always, I find it enjoyable. The Amish ways intrigue me more so than most other religions. They are such simple people, yet in my mind, so complicated. I know that I could never live the way of the Amish today knowing what I know of modern conveniences.
The one thing that struck out at me the most from this delightful read is the use of various languages. This was like a mini-language course in some respects. The book is written in English but has phrases in High German, Dutch, Spanish, and Nahuatl. I appreciate the author's research and use of the various words from this time.
I am a huge fan of Julie Klassen and she sure didn't disappoint in her newest novel! Miss Aubrey has been a disgrace to her family and even thought itI am a huge fan of Julie Klassen and she sure didn't disappoint in her newest novel! Miss Aubrey has been a disgrace to her family and even thought it's not appropriate for a young woman to be on her own, Mariah is sent to live with her Aunt Francesca Prin-Hallsley. She is only allowed to take her companion, Ms. Dixon with her.
Upon her arrival, Miss Aubrey and Ms. Dixon are assigned to live in the Gatehouse. It's not quite what they had intended on but it would make do! Shortly after getting settled in, Mariah is summoned to the "big house" where her Aunt resides. Her Aunt gives her a precious gift. One in which Hugh Prin-Hallsley (step-son of Aunt Francesca) wants...desperately.
This book is full of mystery, suspense, love, redemption, and comedic acting! We learn of Miss Aubrey's love for the theater and writing and of Captain Prince's adventures at sea. It's difficult for me to focus on a favorite part of this book because there were just so many!
I did learn a couple of things that I was not aware of from this time period: I did not know it was considered "inappropriate" to be a single woman beyond the teen years. I was also not aware that Jane Austen was not revealed as the author of her works until after her death since it was inappropriate for a woman to author books. The Author Note at the end of the book was very helpful to me in understanding this novel better.
Many thanks to Julie and Bethany House for providing a copy of this book to review for the CFBA tour! ...more
Allison is a very curious girl. She wants to know where her chocolate milk comes from so she begins an investigation. She starts with her neighbor, FaAllison is a very curious girl. She wants to know where her chocolate milk comes from so she begins an investigation. She starts with her neighbor, Farmer Brown, who teaches her about the cows in his dairy. He even allows her to milk a cow to see what color the milk is and when she's finished, she gets to go to the pasteurization plant.
This would be a great book for young and old alike and could be used in place of an actual trip to a dairy if one is not available to you. I found this book to be very interesting and educational!
If Michael Phillips always writes like this, please sign me up for more! Obviously, this is the first book by him that I've read. I almost put it downIf Michael Phillips always writes like this, please sign me up for more! Obviously, this is the first book by him that I've read. I almost put it down, as it has a slow start. I'm so glad that I gave it a chance. It's a mesmerizing masterpiece!
Marie is a 40 year old widow out to change her life. She leaves her homeland of Alberta, Canada and sets out for Port Scarnose, Scotland with a few of her possessions, most notably, her harp. She finds a beautiful spot near the ocean and plays her harp when a beautiful 12 year old girl, Gwendolyn, comes by. She is mesmerized by her harp and before long, Marie is giving her lessons. Or is it Gwen giving the lessons? This is just the start of a beautiful friendship that will also introduce her to the curate Iain Barclay, and the Duke. Will Marie make the changes she was hoping for or is something else in the works like she'd never imagined?
So many things about this book that I love!! First of all, I have always loved harp music. The beginning of each chapter features the words to a Scottish ditty of some sort that Marie plays sometime in the book. I read this book while outside, enjoying nature and my children paying, and I believe that may have added to the beauty of the book! The story (once I got past the first few chapters) grabbed me and I read this fairly quickly. The ways the characters intertwine is mysterious and, at times, unnerving. There is suspense, romance, drama (plenty of that!), and raw emotions.
One thing that other readers such as myself may struggle with is the Scottish dialect. I finally started getting the hang of it and could read through it fairly quickly. I fear that I may have missed some of Ranald's story due to the dialect. I also wonder where he was in the end. He sorta melted into the background and I thought him to be a bit more important than that.
Warning: Kleenex needed for laughter and tears. :) I'm still a bit haunted by it all! ...more
First of all, it's important for you to know that I had to read this for a class. That being said...
The first chapter was great! It really grabbed myFirst of all, it's important for you to know that I had to read this for a class. That being said...
The first chapter was great! It really grabbed my attention and I thought "Wow, for an educational book, this one is going to be pretty amazing!". That was short lived unfortunately. The beginning of each subsequent chapter grabbed me but after the first paragraph, the information became repetitive. Towards the end, the last few chapters were repetitive on the previous ones.
There were others in my class who thought this book was fantastic. I just didn't feel it like they did. I *wanted* to like this book but I don't do repetition well (except for in writing this review about how repetitious this book is!)
I'm disappointed that I still have a knowledge gap when it comes to closing education gaps in American Children. I believe my professor might as well. ...more
This is the most inspiring book I've read this year! CJ Darlington is a master at the craft of writing! At the age of 15, she wrote her first book ThiThis is the most inspiring book I've read this year! CJ Darlington is a master at the craft of writing! At the age of 15, she wrote her first book Thicker than Blood. Jerry B. Jenkins noticed her talent too, especially after winning his First Novel contest!
Roxi has had a rough life. At the age of eight, the fast lane became too slow for Roxi's mom and she was sent to a foster home after an unfortunate accident left Roxi scarred for life. Bouncing from home to home, no one ever wanted Roxi long. After doing some time in Juvie, Roxi's mom's cousin Irene was located and agreed to take Roxi in. Irene, Diego (her son) and Roxi took some pretty exciting adventures around the country in their RV. They went to places Roxi had never dreamed of seeing in person! Irene was also using these kids though to help support their travels. They would seek out old, antiquated, first edition books and lift them from the hands of the bookstore owners. It wasn't until they happened upon The Book Barn that Roxi started to REALLY feel shame and guilt over her "profession". One fateful night changed it all.
Abby is still reeling over her divorce and the fact that Michael doesn't let her see Kat as much as she'd like. She's so upset about it all that she twists the mayor's wife's hands a little too much during her arrest and finds herself with a two week suspension from the police force. Now what will she do with her time?
Hunter and Christy have their whole lives ahead of them. Everything is going well with the business and their wedding plans are coming together nicely. Love is all they need to survive and they have plenty of it. The only dream being squelched right now is that Hunter's dad will hear nothing of expanding and adding in a coffee shop!
Jan and Keith are drowning themselves into their work after their son, Trae, was killed. Can they ever open their hearts again and find a way to move on? Their ranch is their life but at what cost to them?
This book weaves together the lives of all these people through a series of twists and suspenseful turns. It is a hard book to put down for any length of time! This book demonstrates unconditional love in times when it's not deserved or even possibly wanted. Forgiveness is also demonstrated in ways beyond imagine and the character of Gordon, even though small, is not insignificant in this story.
Will Roxi find peace or forever be....Bound By Guilt?
Thanks to CJ Darlington and Tyndale House Publishers for providing this review copy to read. To learn more about our author and to read other opinions, check out the post from Tuesday.
I can think of a billion reasons why Katie did what she did, but I'm not sure that I like the final outcome! That being said, I did enjoy this book!!I can think of a billion reasons why Katie did what she did, but I'm not sure that I like the final outcome! That being said, I did enjoy this book!! I had a good suspicion of how the book would end about halfway through, until another player came into the view. Then I changed my mind on who I wanted Katie to spend the rest of her life with. Actually I changed my mind several times but she ended up with who she thought best (not who I would have wanted her with though!)
This is a super cute book that reads very quickly. It's hard to put it down! I got so irritated at Luc and his arrogant billionaire multimillionaire ways. He just sucks you into his story and you want so badly to ring his neck! Poor Katie doesn't quite know what to do with this man who publicly humiliated her eight years ago. Does she forgive and forget? What about Dexter? Where does he fit into all of this? Then there's the issue of her engagement ring...and closure with her father's death. Can she handle it all? What's a girl to do?
I recommend this book for lovers of chick-lit. I have heard that Kristin Billerbeck is the "queen of chick-lit". This is the first book of hers that I have read but I'd readily pick up others to read! Very enjoyable! ...more
In this third installment of the Discarded Heroes series, Canyon "Midas" Metcalfe keeps having flashbacks of that horrible day when it all went wrong.In this third installment of the Discarded Heroes series, Canyon "Midas" Metcalfe keeps having flashbacks of that horrible day when it all went wrong. Why can't he seem to get it right? Why do men seem to be so stupid at times? It should have been a simple mission and he just had to blow it all.
Danielle has been trapped in the confines of a horrible beast for way too long. His tirades are intolerable and she has to get out. And she does...can she recoup from all the horrors of living like this for so long?
A courtroom makes all the difference. Imagine that! Will justice be served?
I have been waiting patientlyanxiouslybiting my nails off screaming at the author, Ronie Kendig for months to get this book released!! I love her style of writing as she makes the characters seem SOOO incredibly real! I do believe this particular story of Canyon to be the most real yet. Some of my favorite scenes were the ones of the family get-togethers, just because it reminds me of certain people and how they act (I was waiting on a food fight...) and those in the thick of the battle (just because I like that kinda stuff!)I wanted to jump into this book so bad and escape reality for awhile. Yep, that's how good this story is! I was able to escape reality (you can't put this one down....I dare you to try it! It won't work!) for a few short hours to learn Canyon's story. It tore at my heart, ripped it at the seams, to the point that I had to stop reading long enough for a good therapeutic cry.
Kudos to Ronie for another fantastic adventure with the Discarded Heroes. I am even more anxious now for Firethorn (release date 2012) but at the same time, it is bittersweet. Firethorn will be the last book in the Discarded Heroes series and I look forward to a happy ending (*hint* *hint* Ronie!).
In the meantime, grab your Kindle (or other e-reader of choice), go to NetGalley and download this fantastically awesome book, and curl up in your favorite reading spot with some Kleenex nearby. When you finish (or if you need inspiration), look me up on Twitter (@Faithfulgirl) and we can talk about it! I had a great chat going on with Ronie and the fabulous Relz while reading this book. It made it all the more entertaining!
Many thanks to Ronie and Net Galley for providing the copy for me to read on my Kindle!...more
I actually enjoyed using this book to help me to complete my research project. I recommend this for someone who is completing research in education orI actually enjoyed using this book to help me to complete my research project. I recommend this for someone who is completing research in education or other disciplines. The examples are very clear to understand and I appreciate the reference charts at the back of the book. ...more
It's been awhile since I've read a Harlequin romance novel. I can see that not much has changed over the years! It's ironic that no matter what authorIt's been awhile since I've read a Harlequin romance novel. I can see that not much has changed over the years! It's ironic that no matter what author's name is on the front cover, the story is pretty predictable.
I'm not saying that I didn't enjoy this book. It had a decent story line. Court is responsible for bringing down this Neely guy who is determined to take down everyone in the city. Court's job is to play the part of good militia soldier while in truth he's an undercover agent.
Sabrina (Brin) is busy doing everything she can to keep the family ranch afloat while keeping an eye of her teenage brother who is quickly forming alliances with Neely. Why can't he see he's not a good guy to be around?
Court sees Brin again...it's been so long. Does she still love him? He her? Can Court give up everything he loves for Brin...and their child? ...more
Drugs can create a vicious cycle of use and abuse. This book will have your head spinning as you jump into the lives of Jordan, Lance, Emily, Barbara,Drugs can create a vicious cycle of use and abuse. This book will have your head spinning as you jump into the lives of Jordan, Lance, Emily, Barbara, and Kent!
While this is the second book in the series, I do not think you will find yourself missing out on the backstory. The author did a great job of weaving that into the story so you never feel like pieces aren't coming together. I do want to go back and read Intervention though!
I have never been so intimately close with someone who is actively doing drugs so I couldn't always readily identify with the thoughts going through the characters. However, I can see the pain and anguish that one goes through when dealing with someone who is an addict. This book could potentially give hope to someone who is an addict (even though this is a work of fiction!).
This highly suspenseful book covers a story of a young girl who has just been given her life back and her mother. Andie and Jenna have faced so much aThis highly suspenseful book covers a story of a young girl who has just been given her life back and her mother. Andie and Jenna have faced so much adversity, from Andie's diagnosis to the loss of Andie's father/Jenna's husband. This plane ride home is a celebration. That is, until their trusted friend Hank slugs a last minute passenger and the plane goes down. For days, the girls, along with the unknown passenger Cole, try to reach safety. Cole finally breaks down and tells Jenna that someone is trying to kill her and Andie.
Andie in her sweet way tries to reach Cole with her message of Christ. Cole is a hard one to crack though. Something or someone is preventing him from loving God. Rather, he blames Him.
A pivotal turn comes about when Andie recognizes Cole's tattoo...it's just like her dad's. Did he know him? If so, how? Only when they are able to radio for help does the whole truth come out. Will the girls ever be safe again?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially reading about the terrain in Alaska. I was fortunate enough to visit Anchorage and the surrounding areas about 15 years ago. It's the most beautiful place I've ever seen before! I wasn't not aware that there are so many different names for the mountains. Learning (very) little about the Athabaskan culture was also interesting to me. The suspense built into the story seemed to compound with every page turn. You don't know who is good and who is bad because the details keep on coming out each character!
Some readers may be turned off by the amount of "God talk" in this book as Andie does spend a lot of time trying to convince various characters to find God. While I do not agree (nor does the Bible) that salvation comes from praying God into your heart as a sole action (there are 5 steps to salvation...hearing, believing, repenting, confessing, and baptism), I would still recommend this book for it's clean fictional value. ...more