Monday, July 7, 2014

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn

I received my copy of the book from the publisher to review. My opinions are my own.
I enjoy historical fiction, and thought this book would be good fit because of that love.  There were parts of this book that I loved.  I loved that it was set in the state of Franklin, which I had never heard of before.  It made me look into the existence of the state and the relation between the new state, North Carolina and Tennessee.  I also liked all the western adventure that was included in the story.  The beginning of the book was great, but I will confess, during the second half of the book, I felt like the story was a little bit harder to follow.
The story was an interesting one, and made me think about things in a different light. It wasn't my favorite book ever, but in reading reviews I seem to be in the minority. I felt like the second half was slow, and in parts too graphic for my sensibilities. :). In the words of Lavar Burton, "you don't have to take my word for it."
You can find the book on amazon or your local library. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

I Like Giving Book Review

I received a copy of this book to review from the publisher.  My opinions are my own. 
I like giving is a book that gathers the stories of "givers" in one place. It is inspiring to hear  the results of how each of these individual stories turned out, to hear  how the world has already been changed by those that are already giving.  This is a book that is easy to read a few pages at a time, while you have a spare minute, but it is not a book I would sit down and read from cover to cover.  A great bathroom reader, doctor's office time killer, or even a coffee table book, but not a book that kept me up all night so I could finish.  If you want a shot in the arm to get you thinking in a generous way, or you want to change how you already approach giving this is the book for you.  I enjoyed the book, but I wouldn't fight my way to the front of the line to pick it up.  Check it out for yourself!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Silenced ~ A book review.

I was provided a review copy by Bethany House, my opinions are my own.  My opinion is that I loved this book.  I have loved every one of Dani Pettrey's novels.  Her books are a combination of adventure, mystery and romance.  This book is based in Alaska (along with all of her others) and follows the McKenna family. This book starts with Kayden McKenna, we've met her in all of the other books, but this gives a lot more depth to her character and gives a lot more about what makes her tick.
Kayden is a rock climber, and as she climbs with her sister she finds a body.  Was it an accident?  Kayden thinks something looks wrong, was this murder?  Jake is called back into service as a Sheriff's Deputy when things are stretched thin in the department.  Can he solve this case, and can he protect Kayden as they pursue it? 

Check this book out!  You won't regret it.  Pick up your own copy!

Spoken For ~ Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke

I love to read, and I love to read good books.  Being a part of Blogging for Books has been great for me and my local library.  I have enjoyed reading the books and then passing them on to my church library or my local library.  I received my copy of the book from the publisher, my opinions are my own.
This month I read Spoken For by Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke.  I loved it.  It was written for young adults, but I think applicable for everyone.  It reminds us that we are wanted, loved, pursued, and yes, even Spoken For.  Robin and Alyssa use the marriage relationship to describe our relationship with Christ.  To remind us of how we are loved.  It was a good, inspirational and uplifting.  Alyssa and Robin both relay their personal stories of loss and love and remind us that Christ is faithful, always, even when our earthly relationships are not. 
You can purchase your own copy from amazon and I recommend you do so.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Table by the Window ~A Book Review

I received a review copy from the publisher, but my opinions are my own. 

I loved this book!  It was the best of food and romance.  I loved Etta's spunk! She is a food writer, chef and maybe even a restaurateur.  Her life has been completely defined by food.  Her French mother and Italian father run a thriving restaurant, and most of her family is in the industry in one form or another.  In this season of life she is just trying to learn who she is, what she wants, and who she wants to do it with.  Meanwhile, she is trying to find out who the picture of the handsome man is hidden in her grandmother's things, especially since he looks like an older version of her brother! 
Read the book, cook the recipes, have fun!  This is a fun read and the given recipes help bring the book to life.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Sensible Arrangement ~ a book review

Tracie Peterson is a prolific writer.  She has written so many books, that I can barely keep up with reading them all.  Even with all the books to chose from I have yet to have chosen one of hers that I don't like.  This book was no different.  If you are a Peterson fan you may recognize some of the characters in this book, particularly the main character Marty.  Even if you've never read Peterson before you will immediately fall in love and be ready to go.
Marty is a widow and is still dealing with the death of her husband when the book opens.  She decides to answer an ad for a "lonestar" bride that will have her moving from her ranch out to Colorado.  Can she and Jake make this "sensible arrangement" work?  Can she take her place in society and make Jake look good for the community?  You will have to read to find out!  Do it, now!  You won't regret it.  You can find it here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Miss Brenda and the Loveladies

Miss Brenda's changed life and the lives who changed around her will amaze and humble you.  Brenda Spahn was living life and doing well. She was married with 3 grown children, a teenager and a preschooler when her whole world turned upside down.  She ran a tax prep business (with several well performing offices) with many of her family members when she was accused of tax evasion.  You'll have to read her story to find out exactly what happened, but I will tell you it changed the direction of her life.

After her brush with the law she felt called to prison ministry, and she jumped right in.  She started working with prisoners from a work release center.  She visited, preached, and got to know the women there.  They, in turn, inspired her to start a "whole way" house to help newly released prisoners return to life.  Her work and the way she wrote about humanized these ex-convicts, and made me think long and hard about judgements I may have made in the past.  Pick up the book, it's a groom read, and inspiring.

You can check out Mrs. Brenda and the Loveladies by Brenda Spahn and Irene Zutell on amazon.