This is a beautiful story about love, lost loves, and relationships with those who truly matter. Crystal has lost her sister, Jeremy has lost his daugThis is a beautiful story about love, lost loves, and relationships with those who truly matter. Crystal has lost her sister, Jeremy has lost his daughter, and they have both seemed to have lost a sense of themselves in the process.
This amazing book is jam packed with drama, love, mystery and suspense, and humbling thoughts of a lost sheep coming back to the fold. I found myself tearing up multiple times while reading this book. I strongly identified with Crystal and some of the struggles that she was facing. She had a dream (but was it really her's?!?) to live out and was sidetracked into greater things along the way. That seems to be the story of my life but so far it's all turned out better than I could have anticipated.
This book is not for those who have a tendency to cry at the drop of the hat, however, I recommend that everyone read this! I had a hard time putting it down and enjoyed it cover to cover. I did get a little feared that the ending may not have been how I wanted it, but you'll just have to read the book to find out what does happen.
For the Love of Money by Wilburta Arrowood is another fast, great read. This book focuses on something that is very common in today's society...gambliFor the Love of Money by Wilburta Arrowood is another fast, great read. This book focuses on something that is very common in today's society...gambling. While the focus is on gambling money, I saw a very distinct parallel with gambling other important things like the soul and time. I love how Mrs. Arrowood uses very realistic, down to earth people like Ed and Kathy to tell this story.
With the way our economy is going, I fear that gambling will become even more of an issue. It's sad to see people wasting their time, their soul, and their lives by using means other than relying on God to see them through.
This book brought home to me that while I don't gamble with money, I do spend a lot of time online and that is gambling time away from my family. Hopefully things will change and I'll spend less time online and more time with my family, and more importantly, the Lord. ...more
You know you're an ER nurse when: 1. You're never late for work, in fact you come in 20 minutes early (see #2) 2. You are vigilant and diligent in makiYou know you're an ER nurse when: 1. You're never late for work, in fact you come in 20 minutes early (see #2) 2. You are vigilant and diligent in making sure everything is stocked before your shift starts. 3. You can handle seeing an overwhelming amount of tragedy in one day. 4. You are addicted to coffee and/or diet coke and you're an incredible multi-tasker. 5. You believe in standing up for what is right, even it you have to stand up to the doctor barking orders at you. 6. You care more for your patients than for yourself. 7. You see yourself as a rock...nothing can affect you. 8. You learn to live without lunch and bathroom breaks. 9. You despise critical incident teams coming in to counsel you when they weren't there to see what you saw. Remember, you're a rock. 10. You work for Dr. McSnarley.
I really, really, really enjoyed this book!!! Coming from a nursing background, I understood a lot of the emotions covered in this book. I've been through the horrible shifts, losing patients, long hours with no lunch or bathroom breaks, Dr. McSnarleys...yet it is so rewarding!!
At first I was afraid this might be a book much similar to an episode of House or ER but it wasn't. I don't watch medical shows because they don't "get it right". Mrs. Calvert relied on her medical background to accurately describe the goings-on in an ER. It was written as if you were standing right there, looking onto the gurney, smelling the smells, hearing the beeps, blips, whirs, and stirs. I had a very hard time putting this one down and I look forward to other books to come in this series.
Claire just took on a job at Mercy Hospital and had her eye on the new Clinical Educator position. She was definitely qualified and on top of that, she was trained in critical incident stress management.
Erin is the top notch charge nurse who really cares for her staff. She works just as hard as they do on top of organizing Faith QD and a variety of fundraisers for the hospital.
Sara is a work horse and Erin's right hand. Sara is always early to work, meticulously checking to make sure all the equipment is in stock and functioning properly. She's a rock and is one of the most dependable nurses in the ER.
Then, well, there always has to be at least one...Dr. McSnarley...oh, pardon me, I mean Dr. Caldwell (Coldwell?). There's a complaint file on him a mile wide with the Chief of Staff but Dr. McSnarley is such a competent doctor that no one dares to get rid of him.
There's a horrible tragedy in the ER one day that brings all these people together...and changes lives forever. Through mutual sharing of woes, laughing, crying, and oh yeah, that much NOT needed critical incident stress management, the reader can see how taking care of oneself really is Critical Care. Just how do they do it? Well, you'll have to read it to see. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! ...more
This is such a beautiful story full of love, mystery, and beautiful clothing!! :) I love reading historical fiction and this second read by Julie KlasThis is such a beautiful story full of love, mystery, and beautiful clothing!! :) I love reading historical fiction and this second read by Julie Klassen was the perfect weekend getaway!
Oliva isn't sure what she might have done to the man but she does know that she needs to get away quickly. She finds herself in even more trouble once she is on her way to a school for work. Will the drama ever end?
There are so many things I absolutely loved about The Silent Governess. The title is more than fitting and it had me intrigued from the beginning! I loved learning more about Parliament, Dukes, Earls, and most importantly, Governesses. I think had I lived back then that I would have loved to be a Governess. While it's a quiet, somewhat lonely lifestyle, I would have been a perfect match since I'm so painfully shy!
I don't think I can pick a favorite character from this book because there are just so many good ones. Some who were my favorite in the beginning ended up being ones that I didn't care as much for by the end and vice versa. There are so many wonderful and exciting twists and turns that I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading. This was a quick, three settings read and I can truthfully say that I hated to see it end.
How willing are you to pick up your cross DAILY and live for the Lord? Annette was willing to do this and then some! Lost in a world of what she thougHow willing are you to pick up your cross DAILY and live for the Lord? Annette was willing to do this and then some! Lost in a world of what she thought was a great mission work, Annette soon learns that not everyone who says they are believers really are. Claude and Blanche let her know that pretty quickly.
Annette isn't about to let these two bring her down and ruin her faith. With a tragic situation on hand, Annette finally chooses to escape her current situation and try to better herself.
She's been away from home for six years and Annette is ready to see the ranch and Pa. Several of the townsfolk try to warn her about her ranch and what she may or may not see. Most townsfolk aren't fond of Pa. Little does Annette know, this is yet another cross to pick up and carry.
This book has several tragic starts but has a heartwarming lesson about sticking to the faith and doing what is right. Annette solely leans on the Lord and brings a cowboy to a new found version of life with crosses.
This was my first read by Mary Connealy. I've seen many reviews for her other works and when I saw this on netgalley.com, I couldn't pass it up! I'm so glad that I didn't! She is now on my list of authors to read more of! Coincidentally, I have 3 other books of hers sitting next to me as I write this!
Be sure to check out this great read when it is released on Sept. 1! ...more
This is one of the most interesting books I've ever read. This book starts out with a graphic depiction of the death of Judas. It's his blood that allThis is one of the most interesting books I've ever read. This book starts out with a graphic depiction of the death of Judas. It's his blood that allows for the Collectors to come for many years afterward.
Gina is a young girl who can't understand why her mom cuts her all the time. I thought Nikki was a little neurotic myself and she's not the kind of mom I would want!!
What made this book so interesting is that it's a "Christian vampire" novel. Seems a little oxymoronic! Eric Wilson does a great job of depicting the scenes between Romania and the United States. I loved the rich history described in the book.
These are not your "normal" vampires. I love their method of feeding! It's a bit unique, but not one that I would want to be subject to!
One of my hangups with this book is that I think I got a little to caught up in the symbolism. I am also not a fan of books or movies that switch back and forth from present day to the future, back to the past, and so on. I have a hard time keeping it all straight!!
Character-wise, I HATED Nikki...she's purely evil. I had hoped she'd get her pay back before the book was over. My favorite character is Cal. He's just so mysterious and I hope to see him again in Haunt of the Jackals.
I would give this book an overall 4.5 stars. I will be starting the sequel as soon as I whittle down a few other books for tours this month.
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Jillian is a foster child turned nanny in this book that resembles a Jane Eyre time period. I must let you know that I have never read Jane Eyre (gaspJillian is a foster child turned nanny in this book that resembles a Jane Eyre time period. I must let you know that I have never read Jane Eyre (gasp!) and this is the second book that I've read that has been a comparison to that one. I guess it's high time I read that book!
I just loved this story...from beginning to end! This is a fairly fast reading story about Jillian's transformation from foster child to nanny. She is hired by the esteemed Ethan Remington to care for his child Cadence. Ethan is a film producer who travels alot. Cadence is a ball full of 18 month energy!
Jillian is accepted as family from day one by everyone. She has many new experiences while caring for Cadence that she might not otherwise have had. She is very appreciative of the care that the Brooke family has provided her the previous 5 years.
Many things begin to change for the Remington's, Jillian included. Who is the mysterious "Woman in White"? Why are all of these strange things happening around them?
I loved the element of mystery to this book...just loved it! I can not compare this to Jane Eyre since I've not read it, but I found it very intriguing. I would love to be in Jillian's shoes for the majority of this book (If only we could pick and choose our life events out of a book!) I am still not sure how I feel about Ethan...I had a love/hate relationship with him throughout the book. Cadence stole my heart from the very beginning!
I recommend this read to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction with an element of mystery. This isn't an overly preachy book but there are a couple of chapters that seem a little heavier on the religious side than others. Nothing that should be offensive to the reader though!
Thank you to the publisher and Goodreads for providing my copy of this book that I won in the giveaway!! It is much appreciated!
As far as challenges for 2010 go, I have completed my "J" book for the author and title A-Z book challenge. This is also book #1 of 100 for the 100+ book challenge. Seems like 2010 is off to a good start for me so far!! ...more
This is the first book I've read by Linore Rose Burkard and I LOVED it! Many people have compared this book to something of the Jane Eyre era and I'mThis is the first book I've read by Linore Rose Burkard and I LOVED it! Many people have compared this book to something of the Jane Eyre era and I'm just going to have to take their word for it because I've never read any Jane Eyre!
I was a bit concerned when first received this book to read since it is the third in a series. However, I heard that it could be read as a standalone so I gave it a try. I never felt lost or like I was missing a piece of the story. I do, however, want to go back and read the first two books in the series!
Beatrice is a young woman who is full of anticipation about her "coming out". The only problem is that her mother thinks she's not ready yet. Beatrice is pleading with her sister Ariana (who, by the way, just recently married into a very wealthy and respectable position) to take her to London. Mr. Mornay (Ariana's husband) is needing to secure a vicar and before long, two men are present at Abington to apply for such a position. When Beatrice appears attractive to both of them, and she with an eye for each one of them, whatever is a girl to do? It's only after a couple of significant, trying events, that the decision is made for her.
I found myself hearing the dialects of the characters and envisioning the homes, the beautiful finery, and the carriages. I longed to escape there on a Saturday morning after a long week of work. I even caught myself wanting to refer to my family members as "Mr", "Miss", and "Master". They would have thought I'd lost my mind had I done so but I was so wrapped up in the story that it could have very well happened.
I identified with Beatrice in this story on so many different levels and was anxious to see what "we" would do next. I was not disappointed, not even in the least!
I wish to extend a special thanks to the author and publisher for providing this copy for me to review.
I'm so excited that I was able to finish this book today!! :) ...more
How does one go about writing a book that is the beginning and the end? I'll never know how Ted Dekker has accomplished this but I'm very excited abouHow does one go about writing a book that is the beginning and the end? I'll never know how Ted Dekker has accomplished this but I'm very excited about this book! This is my first read by Mr. Dekker and most certainly not my last! I love his writing style and how he has entertwined several books together. I may be mistaken but I'm thinking that the Lost History books play a part in the Circle series.
This is Book 0. You can read it first before reading Black or you can choose to read it last after reading White. Amazing eh?
Thomas is a leader who travels back and forth between a span of 2000 years. His clan is dying out due to a lack of faith in their god, Elyon. Thomas's son is a deserter and Thomas is married to the Quoron leader's daughter. What must be done to save the precious land from the Hordes and Eramites?
As mentioned, I've not read anything by Dekker before. I found it very hard to put this book down...after the first 15 chapters or so. The beginning I found to be very difficult to get into. There was something missing...maybe something in the Lost History books, I'm not sure. I was getting the impression that some of the characters where mentioned in other books. However, the characters are very well developed and once I really got into the story, I forgot what I didn't think I knew anymore.
There were many parallels between the Bible and the instances in this book. Thomas's clan "drowns" themselves in a river of blood...symbolic of a baptism of immersion. One dies to Christ and His blood covers them. I'm not sure how the vampire in the book fits into Biblical parallellism but it was a cool touch!
Would I recommend this book? You bet. Run out and buy it NOW! Whether you read it first or last, it's a great read. I might have to re-read it after reading the other books in this series. I've never read anything like it before! ...more
Myra Johnson's debut book is nothing but fantastic!! One Imperfect Christmas is a love story of sorts about individuals and family. Natalie is one harMyra Johnson's debut book is nothing but fantastic!! One Imperfect Christmas is a love story of sorts about individuals and family. Natalie is one hard-driven work horse trying to make her way into the graphic design world. Daniel is an ambitious basketball coach with a strong desire for the top teams. Lissa is a young, beautiful teenage girl facing all the pulls of teenage life. Natalie's parents, Bram and Belinda, are the picture of a perfect marriage. After a traumatizing event, will anything ever be the same? Can love survive anything? Will Christmas ever be the same again?
One small warning...have a box of kleenex handy when reading this book! I just loved this story...and it's what I needed to hear right now. There are many different situations weaved in this book but they all tie in and are central to the power this story carries. My only disagreement with this book is that I do not believe (and the Bible does not support) that Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ. We are actually not commanded to celebrate his birth, but rather his death. Beside that point, this is one book that could bring many to a different understanding of how important family is...at anytime of the year. No one is perfect and forgiveness is so essential. Many times its the hardest step of healing a relationship.
I would highly recommend this book! It was a great read during the holidays! This is the first book I read during the holiday season involving a holiday theme. ...more
Meg has a strong desire to be a teacher for the young in her community. She was sent away to school and she wants more than anything for young girls tMeg has a strong desire to be a teacher for the young in her community. She was sent away to school and she wants more than anything for young girls to be able to stay at home while learning. Joseph is a wealthy landowner who wants his future wife to spend her time entertaining governers, presidents, etc. She won't have time for knitting, teaching, and spending time with her friends. When Meg's dad announces to her that she is to marry the Sunday after Easter, Meg does her best to hide her disappointment. She and Joseph have been friends from childhood but she just doesn't feel like he's "the one". However, being a good young lady, Meg will do as her daddy wishes.
One day while rescuing a cat from a tree, Meg gets herself in a predictament. She will either not reach the cat and the cat will fall, or Meg will. From out of nowhere this gorgeous man comes to her rescue. She learns this is the new glassblower in town and she is not to fraternize with her dad's employees. As time goes on, Meg and Colin run into each other and form a friendship. It's this friendship that jeopardizes Meg's family's future as well as Colin's. She just can't seem to resist the Scot though!
It's not until her father is out of town on business that many things start coming to Meg's attention. The accidents, the roof of the schoolhouse, etc are all starting to add up. Whatever should Meg do? Follow her heart or follow her father's wishes?
This is my first read by Laurie Alice Eakes and hopefully not my last. This made for enjoyable Sunday reading while stranded several hours from home awaiting a way back home.
This is my first completed read for the Christian Historical Fiction challenge! ...more
I'm a first time reader of M.L. Tyndall. This won't be my last book by her! I could not put this book down!! Poor Marianne grabbed my heart right fromI'm a first time reader of M.L. Tyndall. This won't be my last book by her! I could not put this book down!! Poor Marianne grabbed my heart right from the start. Who wouldn't feel sorry for a young girl who's whole life (and the lives of her mother and sister) depend on her marrying a wealthy sea merchant? Especially one who she doesn't love and he doesn't love her in return. Noah is one of those men who is going to have it his way and nothing will stop that. He leaves the engagement party to board his ship. What a man, eh?
M.L. Tyndall has written a book that doesn't give a "perfect world view" of the main characters. Marianne is described as rather plain and Noah doesn't sound all that attractive to me. Marianne is also a bit conniving and spunky too! However, I became more enamored with Lieutenant Reed and Luke. Even more than him, Mr. Weller absolutely stole my heart! The characters were so well developed that you feel like you know then as you read this tale of swashbuckling adventure!
I am definitely a fan now of M.L. Tyndall and I look forward to the next book in this series.
This is a super cute, sweet book that any child would enjoy. It's simply a prayer from a child with a tender heart to God. This would be a great readThis is a super cute, sweet book that any child would enjoy. It's simply a prayer from a child with a tender heart to God. This would be a great read anytime of the day and could easily teach a small child how to pray. My favorite part of this book is the illustrations though! They are so vibrant it's almost as if they are jumping off the page at you! Highly recommended!
Thanks to Staci Carmichael for providing my review copy! Visit my blog for a giveaway of this book that ends 4/12/10!...more