Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Buying Samir

The Story: Jasmina was rescued by missionaries from child slavery, but now she desires to find and rescue her brother from the same fate. Leaving the safety of the missionaries care, Jasmina ventures out into the darkness, only to find that her brother has become one of the evil men that had captured them. When Jasmina discovers her brother's plot, she endangers everyone as she attempts to rescue a group of girls from the human trafficking market.
My thoughts:
This book is written from a young girls point of view, and I believe the target reading age would be teens. However, even as an adult, I found the story to be engaging and touching. In fact, I appreciated how the author managed to keep the book so clean even while dealing with such a dark topic as human trafficking. You are fully aware of what is happening, yet no offensive details are in it.
Though this is the second book in the series, and I have not read book one, this works very well as a stand alone story also.
The Bottom Line:
This is really a great book. I highly recommend this for anyone 15 and up. It does deal with a very dark and painful subject, however I feel that this is important topic that we need to be aware of. As mentioned before, this book is very clean and I would be comfortable with allowing young teens and teenagers read it.
I received a free e-copy of this book through Net Galley in exchange for  my honest and unbiased review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.

Risen by Angela Hunt

The Story:
  In the aftermath of the Crucifixion of Jesus, Roman Tribune Clavius is assigned by Pilate to ensure that the followers of Jesus do not steal His body and incite revolution. But when the Body is missing despite his best efforts, Clavius embarks on a quest for truth. Who was Jesus of Nazareth? Could the rumors of His resurrection really be true? 
 My Thoughts:
   I was very excited to read this book. It sounded so intriguing, and with Easter just around the corner it seemed a fitting read. I was, however, very disappointed. I was looking for "epic", such as Lloyd Douglas's "The Robe". Yet this book simply fell flat. The story idea itself has its merits, but it was presented in such a way as to be void of any emotion. I felt nothing as I read this book, it was just words on a page. Perhaps in part because the book was too rushed and overly descriptive. I did not necessarily  dislike this book, but neither can I recommend it. In my opinion, if you are looking for a Biblical epic with a similar story line, Lewis Wallace's " Ben Hur" or Lloyd Douglas's "The Robe" are much better options. 
 The Bottom Line:
 I neither liked nor disliked this book. It did not speak to me at all. Perhaps if I had not already read and loved the aforementioned classics, I would have enjoyed it more. Also, there are elements in this book that may not be suited to younger readers. While not overtly graphic, there is violence and an implied affair between a Roman officer and a Jewish woman. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sisters of the Quilt

When Hannah Lapp's life is torn apart by unthinkable tragedy, it seems no one in her old order Amish community understands. Faced with viscous rumors and heart-rending decisions, Hannah's faith begins to grow as she learns to trust God with her pain and with her future.
This book was so good! Emotional, intense, and just wow. At times, I just wanted to cry along with Hannah and her pain, but at the same time it was beautiful to watch her grow in faith and find healing. I recommend this for more mature readers, because Hannah is taken advantage of and the description is not graphic, but you clearly understand what's going on. This is so different from any other Amish fiction I have ever read, but what a great story!

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

Chelsea Chamber's life is in shambles; the cafe she inherited comes with an enormous debt and a dwindling clientele, she is seeking a divorce from her husband and her son resents that decision. But things change when she hires a bumbling assistant named Manny, who helps her run the cafe and installs a mysterious new router that only accesses on website: The God Blog. Guests can ask God one question, and He will answer. Chelsea is skeptical and bitter about her past, but she learns that miracles happen when you call on God.
This was a really creative and cozy story from beginning to end. It's not the most complex story, but I enjoyed the underlying currents of forgiveness, love, and um... coffee. So grab a large cappuccino and box of Kleenex, and enjoy the journey!
I received a free e-copy of this book compliments of Thomas-Nelson publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The River




Ruth and Tilly, have both forsaken their Amish upbringing and are happily settled in the "English" world. The sisters begrudgingly return home to celebrate their parents anniversary, but the troubled past haunts both girls as they seek for the answers they never found. Can the hidden truths bring healing and redemption to the shattered family, or will the past drive them all apart for good?
This was a great book! And it isn't often that I just love an Amish story, so many of them seem so similar or else entirely focused on romance. This was a very touching story about family, faith, and understanding. I definitely recommend this book to anyone. It is very clean, and should be very enjoyable even for younger readers.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Revolutionary



My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is so good! I was absolutely mesmerized by this story, drawn into its grasp, and unable to rest until I discovered the conclusion. T his book far exceeds the second book in this series. I loved that the main focus of this story wasn't "who is Thalli going to fall in love with". That was included, but not in an overbearing way. One cannot help but observe the similarities between this series and "The Hunger Games", (Although much less so in this book ) and I can honestly say that I prefer this series for several reasons. One, Thalli is a real hero. She is willing to sacrifice herself for those she loves, and is always thinking of others. Katniss, on the other hand is usually looking out for herself and will do whatever she has to to stay alive. Secondly, though evil and tyranny are clearly depicted, it is not as dark as "The Hunger Games." Thirdly, I love how The Designer is an important part of the characters lives, and He is always in charge no matter how grim the situation. And the plot was very surprising, at times. I never saw that coming! Great book, and a great series. The only downside is that now I'm sad that it's over.




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Miracle in a Dry Season

When Perla Long shows up in a small Virginia town, she only hopes to start a new life with her daughter while avoiding unwanted attention. However, when hard times hit the town and Perla uses her God-given talent to feed them, the questions start flying. Casewell Phillips, a bachelor, seems to be the only person in the town who believes in Perla and supports her. But can the two of the weather the storm of animosity that is brewing against them? Now Perla must decide if she will use her gift to help those who need it, or if she will let the condemnation of the others stop her.
While I appreciated the elements of forgiveness, serving others, and doing the right thing even when it's not popular; I couldn't entirely get into the story itself. Not that there was anything wrong with it necessarily, it just didn't "click" with me. It was good enough to keep me reading, however, and if you enjoy romantic/historical type reads, it may be your cup of tea.

I received a free copy of this book through Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Awakening

So let me start out by saying that I was completely captivated by this story. The writing style drew me in and held me tightly in it's grip right down to the last page. There were times that I thought the story was a bit odd, and it took me a little while to figure things out. But the suspense and intrigue were irresistible, and I totally loved this book. I am a major Tracey Higley fan, and I've read some great books by her, but she outdid herself on this one. I think this may be Higley's best piece of writing yet. If you're looking for romantic/suspense with just a touch of sci-fi and history, give this one a shot.

Merlin's Nightmare

                                                         My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Arthur is 18 years old, and ready to reveal his identity as the true high king of Britain, but the forces of evil are not idly standing by.  The odds are seemingly insurmountable, darkness cloaks the land, evil appears to have the upper hand. Merlin and Arthur persevere in the face of darkness, knowing that if their God is fighting with them, none can be against them. This story was great, the plot riveting, and the action heart-stopping.  I was absolutely captivated by this story, held fast in it's fantastical lair right until the end. The end brought me back to earth a little bit though. I suppose it is only my own impatience that makes it so; I was so excited to know the end of the story that I read at a feverish pace, almost non-stop, anxiously awaiting the conclusion. Only to find then that instead of the epic ending I desired, another series was yet to come. Don't get me wrong, I am excited that there is more to this story, and I will be looking forwards to continuing this journey. But the suspense is driving me crazy, and I am not the world's  most patient reader.

I received a free copy of this book through booklookbloggers in exchange for my honest review.