Friday, December 27, 2013

Great Expectations

  My rating 5 of 5 stars

Pip is a poor orphan boy living with his older sister and her husband. One day, he is quiet unexpectedly made into a "gentleman" by an unknown benefactor. Pip leaves his home and his family to enjoy his newfound wealth, but in the end he discovers that there are some things money can't buy.
This book is amazing! True, Dickens does get a bit wordy at times. But he can draw up the most complex plots! By the end of this book, you will be amazing at how everything works out. I love this story, definitely recommend!
I also recommend BBC's television production of this title, it was an exceptional movie that stayed fairly true to the book.

Jack Hinson's One Man War

My rating 5 of 5 stars

Jack Hinson was a peaceful farmer claiming neutrality during the civil War. But when two of his sons were falsely accused of being Confederate spies and brutally executed, Jack's quest for vengeance made him into a deadly sniper against that union. With his custom made 50caliber rifle, he picked off more than 100 union soldiers at 300 and 600 yard distances.
This is a fascinating book. I could not believe that I had never heard of Jack Hinson! I highly recommended this book for anyone who loves history. The author did not try to glorify the war or the bloodshed, but portrayed it as the horrific and brutal thing that it was. But he also kept it very clean and readable.

Pride and Prejudice

My rating 5 or 5 stars

I was unexcited about this book at first, but then I watched BBC's production and loved it. And the book is even better than the movie. By the time I got to the end, I didn't want it to be over. I love the beauty of the language, the social comedy, and the thought provoking displays of Elizabeth's predjudice and Mr. Darcy's pride. Such a realistic example of human nature, though perhaps we express such sentiments differently today. Excellent book, I highly reccomend it!

Anomaly



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


  Thalli has been taught all her life that the Scientists created her, and that everything they did was right. But Thalli is an anomaly, she feels emotions and that is strictly forbidden by the Scientists. She has hidden her feeling her whole life, but when she is overwhelmed by a piece of music, the Scientists discover her "sickness" and schedule her for annihilation. While she awaits her impending doom, she learns of One called "The Designer". She is told that He loves her and that He intended for her to have emotions. But can it be true? Is there really Someone in charge of her life besides the Scientists?
  This was one of the best books I have read this year. I must admit, I have never actually read a Christian Dystopian book before this one, but I was very impressed! It reminds somewhat of "The Hunger Games", although the stories are very different. "Anomaly" is not nearly as dark as the "Hunger Games", but the story is fascinating and very well written. This was a great book, I highly recommend it to anyone old enough to grasp it. It is very clean, and there should not be anything in it most parents would find objectionable. But it is also a great adult book, it isn't childish or anything.



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Merlin's Shadow

Merlin's Shadow (The Merlin Spiral #2)Merlin's Shadow by Robert Treskillard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 Pursued relentlessly by enemies who wish to destroy them and take control of the kingdom, Merlin and his rag-tag band of friends and allies are still on the run, trying desperately to protect orphaned prince Aurthur. But the forces of evil are strong, seemingly insurmountable. When only God can save them, will Merlin trust Him or will all be lost?
   This  book was just as fascinating and irresistible as the first book in the series, "Merlin's Blade". The author weaves an intriguing tale blending Arthurian legend and history, making these books quite unique. The story is absolutely gripping, I could not put it down. It is a lot darker than the first book as the conflict and plot deepen; and by the end, I can hardly wait for book three because I can't see how the story can come out well. This is an excellent read, and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys King Arthur stories, fantasy, and even pictic and druidic history.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Cloak of the Light

Cloak of the Light (Wars of the Realm, #1)Cloak of the Light by Chuck Black

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


When Drew Carter loses his sight in a lab accident, he is told he will never see again. But when he miraculously regains his sight, he finds that he can see into the spiritual realm. Terrified, Drew is trying to rescue people from the evil invasion; but who can he tell that will not think he is crazy?
  Wow,wow,wow! This is one of the best books I have read this year, and that is really saying a lot because I have read some amazing books this year. This is the first Chuck Black book that I have read, and already he is on my favorite authors list.
     This book is a little creepy, escpecially at first. But it was so fascinating because I am well aware that spiritual warfare is going on, but I never really thought about it. And it is ultra clean, I don't know how it is possible to keep such a high action story so squeeky clean, but it is. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to any child old enough to comprehend it; yet I could equally recommend it to any of my adult friends. On a scale of 1-10, this is about a 15.
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Friday, November 22, 2013

Merlin's Blade

Merlin's Blade (The Merlin Spiral, #1)Merlin's Blade by Robert Treskillard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 When a meteorite crashes near a small village in fifth-century Britain, it brings with it a mysterious black stone that bewitches anyone who comes in contact with its glow---a power the druids hope to use to destroy King Uthur's kingdom. The only person who seems immune is a young, shy, half-blind swordsmith's son named Merlin.
As his family, village, and even the young Arthur, are placed in danger, Merlin must face his fears and his blindness to take hold of the role ordained for him. But when he is surrounded by adversaries, how will he save the girl he cherishes and rid Britain of this deadly evil ... without losing his life?

   This was a great book. I was a little nervous about it from the start as it is considered juvenile fiction. But it was very well written and engaging, and I thought the story was a really creative spin off the traditional King Arthur stories. I would recommend this book for 12 years and up, not that there was any objectionable content, but with over 400 pages it may not hold the interest of younger ones. And the cover! Wow, the cover is like ten stars on a scale of one to ten! I am so excited to read book two!
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Emma of Aurora

Emma of Aurora: The Complete Change and Cherish TrilogyEmma of Aurora: The Complete Change and Cherish Trilogy by Jane Kirkpatrick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 Emma struggles to find her place in a community where women have absolutely no voice. Eventually, members of the community began to see that the women are valuable and important; and Emma learns that she needs the love and help of friends.
   This is a very difficult book to review, with over 1,000 pages I cannot give a very good summary without giving away spoilers. I enjoyed this book, and found it to be very well written. It kept me reading right to the end. It was an emotional story, but I liked that it was based off real historical characters and events.
  I admit, the sheer size of this book had me intimidated but once I got started it was very readable. I definitely recommend this book if you enjoy history, or pioneer stories.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Redeeming Love

Redeeming LoveRedeeming Love by Francine Rivers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 "The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen could ever tell. It goes beyond the highest height and reaches to the lowest hell."
The words to this classic hymn capture the message of this book so well.
  This is an incredibly difficult book to review. It is very powerful, and it is very deep. It's almost as if you have the story, and then you have an underlying story. It was a very gripping book, you do not simply read it then forget about it. It will make you think, and hopefully, make you yearn for the God who loves you so much.
  I would hesitate to recommend this book, simply because some content may be offensive to some. Francine Rivers does not beat around the bush about the darkness of Angel's life, however she does not give detail to situations. You know what is happening, but it's not graphic. I would definitely say 18 and up on reading level for this book. All that being said, I never thought that the author was trying to make this book "sensational" or just tell a good story. She really wanted to get a message across and glorify God.
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

City On Fire: A Novel of Pompeii

City on Fire: A Novel of PompeiiCity on Fire: A Novel of Pompeii by Tracy L. Higley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 Ariella, a young Jewish slave girl, escapes from her evil master and joins a troupe of gladiators. Disguised as a young man, Ariella learns that if she wants to live she must fight, and fight hard. " I am invincible," she claims. Angry and bitter, she no longer trusts the God of her youth.
  Cato, a Roman politician running from past failures, wants to make a difference for good in Pompeii. But evil men threaten him at every turn. He is drawn to Ariella and desires to rescue her, but everything, including Ariella herself, is against him.
  As Ariella and Cato search for truth and justice, they little dream of the terror that overshadows their city.
   I really hate to review this book because it seems that anything I say about it will not do it justice. This book was absolutely spell-binding. It is so beautifully written and pain-stakingly researched. The characters were so real it felt as if you truly got to know them. I had previously read "So Shines The Night" by this author and was very impressed. But I think this book absolutely blows it away. I think this book makes my top 10 fictional books of all time list, and that is saying a lot because I have read many great books.
   This book is definitely for more mature audiences. Although the author keeps references vague, and descriptions almost nil; there are some very disturbing things discussed. For one thing you have the arenas and all that entails. And some very debaucherous tyrants and the evil that they participated in.  I do love how this story shows so much of God's love, even against a background of pure evil.
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For Love or Loyalty

For Love or Loyalty (The MacGregor Legacy, #1)For Love or Loyalty by Jennifer Hudson Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Malcom McGregor is determined to get revenge on Glenn Campbell, and to do so he kidnaps Glenn's eldest daughter, Lauren, and carries her off to the Carolinas. But Lauren's sweet and gentle nature and her unshakeable faith soon begin to effect Malcolm and cause him to see the error of his ways.
  I really enjoyed this book. Jennifer Hudson Taylor is a great author, and really brings the story to life. I love how her characters are faith-filled and honorable. Great book, definitely recommend.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

For Every Season

For Every Season (Amish Vines and Orchards, #3)For Every Season by Cindy Woodsmall

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


 Rhoda Byler is still trying to put her life back together and save her precious orchard. But so many hardships and heartbreaks that she never foresaw stand in her way. And to make matters worse, she must choose between two brothers who love her.
  For myself, I did not really like this book. It is very well written and held my attention right to the end, but it was way too romantic for my taste. It seemed to me the whole book centered on "Does Rhoda really love Jacob or Samuel?"
   If you are an Amish aficionado, or just love a clean romance novel; this book may be for you. And I really love Cindy Woodsmall's writing style, I just can't get into the whole mushy thing.
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Robert Griffin III: Football, Faith, and Leadership


 Robert Griffin the Third, one of the most talked about quarterbacks in the NFL last year. The rookie that fans and critics alike couldn't get enough of. But who is he? What drives him? And can he ultimately be successful in professional football?
  Ted Kluck gives us a very easy to read "documentary" of Robert Griffin. There are not a whole lot of unnecessary details and descriptions to make this book too long or too wordy.  I myself am not a huge RGlll fan, and did not anticipate liking this book. However, I appreciate Ted Kluck's objective stance on Griffin and his playing style. Griffin is neither worshiped or downplayed in this book, we simply see the facts. Kluck shows statistics and examples to demonstrate what he has to say, and he takes time to deal with Robert Griffin the person  instead of just Robert Griffin the football player.

  If you are a Robert Griffin fan, a Washington Redskins fan, or just a football fan in general; I would definitely recommend this book.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist

Confessions of a Raging PerfectionistConfessions of a Raging Perfectionist by Amanda Jenkins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


 Amanda Jenkins wants her life to be perfect, she wants herself to be perfect, she wants her family to be perfect, she wants everything to be perfect. But then she realizes that she is worshiping perfectionism more than she is worshiping God. And she learns to accept herself and her life just the way they are, because she realizes that her Heavenly Father cares for her just the way she is.
  This is a thought-provoking and candid look at the inner mind of a perfectionist. (Trust me, I know.) And it sends a challenge to serve and honor God in our imperfect lives, and to accept His plans for us even when they are not what we want. 



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Burning Sky

Burning Sky: A Novel of the American FrontierBurning Sky: A Novel of the American Frontier by Lori Benton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 "Burning Sky" was captured by Mohawk Indians when she was a child. when she finally leaves the tribe many years later, she dreams of returning home to her family and farm. But when she arrives at home, she finds a wounded Scotsman lying on the property and no trace of her family can be seen. She decides to help the injured man while trying to clean up the land so that she can farm it. But someone desperately wants the land, and they will stop at absolutely nothing to possess it.
  This was a very well written book. It was very suspenseful and kept me reading to the last page. It was a very good story, if a bit more romance than I care for, but still it was very enjoyable. I must warn you that this book is intended for a more mature audience ( I would recommend 16 and up), there is nothing just extremely graphic in this book, but the author does not sugar-coat frontier life. The main concern that I address here is an attempted rape. It was not a vivid, overly developed scene but you clearly get the picture of what is going on.
Overall, this is a good book. If you are interested in life on the frontier, or even just historical romance, you may enjoy this book.
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Monday, August 5, 2013

Oh Ho Ho Noooo!

Ho-Ho-Nooo! (T.J. and the Time Stumblers, #4)Ho-Ho-Nooo! by Bill Myers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 T.J. is determined to get her Dad the best Christmas present ever, but she needs a job so she can get the money. First she gets a job as Santa's assistant to a Santa Claus who doesn't like kids. Then she gets a job as a babysitter for 3 filthy rich kids who are spoiled rotten. Then she gets a job delivering food for a charity that is all about media attention. It's a very stressful Holiday for T.J., but along the way she learns about the true meaning of Christmas.
   This book was hilarious. I know it's written for kids and it is a bit simple, but it's just pure riotous fun. Very cute book, I would definitely have to recommend it to you if you have a good sense of humor!



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All For a song

All for a SongAll for a Song by Allison Pittman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


 Dorothy Lynn Dunbar is a backwoods girl from a small town about to be married to a handsome young preacher. But she has a secret discontent, and desire to see more of the world. So shortly before her wedding, Dorothy ventures out to the big city where she meets a charismatic woman preacher and nearly finds herself swept off her feet by a dashing, but worldly man. Can Dorothy hold on to her innocence in a world with no standards?
   This book confused me a little bit. In some ways, it was very interesting. But I never really understood where the author stood on the issues addressed in the book. For example, I could not figure out if the author was against the flappers, or if she just thought that Dorothy should stay with her fiance.



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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Dark Road Home

Dark Road Home (Edge of Freedom #2)Dark Road Home by Elizabeth Ludwig

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 Ana Kavanagh is trying to reunite Eogahn Hamilton with his sister, Cara. But Ana has no idea of the danger that pursues both Eogahn and herself. Though deception and evil rage about them, Ana and Eogahn learn that they can trust their Heavenly Father.
  This is a very good book, equally as good as "No Safe Harbor". I really enjoyed the suspense and story plot. This is a very good book that I would definitely recommend to a friend.

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Misery Loves Company

Misery Loves CompanyMisery Loves Company by Rene Gutteridge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 Juliet is totally consumed with grief after her husband is killed. She never leaves her house except briefly, and her only real connection with people is through her blog or facebook page. Then one day Juliet wakes up to find that she is a hostage in a strange house, and the last thing she remembers is chatting with her favorite author, Patrick Reagan, in the grocery store. Why is she  here, and what does her captor want from her?
  This book was a little creepy; an enjoyable amount of creepiness, however. I actually really enjoyed this book this book, despite my apprehensions about it from the beginnings. I have to say, this book is genius. I have never read anything quite like it. I love the amount of skill, creativity, and logic that Rene Cutteridge has poured into this story. This is just one of those books that is a true work of art. I could not put this book down, I literally read it in one sitting. 
   I would absolutely recommend this to any friend who enjoys a good mystery story.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye:The World's Greatest Detective Tackles the Bible's Ultimate MysteriesSherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye:The World's Greatest Detective Tackles the Bible's Ultimate Mysteries by Len Bailey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


 Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are challenged to solve ten Bible mysteries, and do so by traveling through time with "the needles eye": a extraordinary time travel device. Holmes and Watson will travel from Jericho to Bethlehem and personally witness incredible events of the Bible.
   I wasn't actually crazy about this book. Some of the ideas presented were interesting, but I thought that Sherlock Holmes fit very clumsily into this story and seemed un-characteristic of the classic Holmes. I also thought some of the writing was rather boring. Definitely not one of my favorites.
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Trouble in Store

Trouble in StoreTrouble in Store by Carol Cox

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


  When Melanie Ross is fired from her position as a governess, she travels west to Arizona to work in her uncle's mercantile. But when she arrives, she discovers that her uncle is deceased and a young man named Caleb who believes he also has a claim on the mercantile is running things. Things get off to a bad start when Melanie insists that she owns half the mercantile, and Caleb makes no bones about the fact that he does not want her around. Things go from bad to worse when a stranger is found dead at the door of the mercantile, and no one knows who he is or why anyone would want to kill him. Melanie and Caleb must work together to save their business and discover what lies behind the mysterious happenings in the town.
  This book started off really slow for me. I thought the story seemed hurried and unrealistic, especially in the beginning. By the end, the mystery was intriguing enough to keep me reading and I even enjoyed it. Overall, this is not one of my favorite books, but if you enjoy romance with a little mystery on the side, this is a good book.

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Gone South

Gone SouthGone South by Meg Moseley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 When Tish McComb buys a beautiful old southern house, she daydreams about good neighbors and southern hospitality. But the town has plenty of misgivings concerning her ancestors, and Tish finds that she is not welcome in the little town. It doesn't help to endear her to her neighbors when she takes in a down-on-her-luck girl that no one trusts. Determined not to give up, Tish sets out to disprove some of the vicious rumors that are floating around town.
  For a chick-flick, this was a pretty good book. Admittedly, romance novels are not my favorite genre; but this book did have some redeeming qualities such as the authors affinity for fast cars! It was interesting to read a female author who mentioned such things as how much the girl loved the sound of the engine, or the gorgeous Corvette that I could almost picture as I read. Good book that I would recommend to any friend interested in love stories.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tangled Ashes

Tangled AshesTangled Ashes by Michèle Phoenix

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 Marshall Becker is working on the project of a lifetime, restoring an old castle for a wealthy client. But while Marshall is fighting his own inner demons, strange things are happening at the castle site. Who is the night prowler on the premises, why is someone vandalizing Marshalls hard work?
   This was a really good book. It actually started out just a little bit slow, but it really drew me in as the story progressed. I thought it was fascinating how the history of the house and some of the characters is woven into the story, particularly since that history involves WWll and Nazi occupation of a French chateau. I also thought Marshall's struggle to be free from alcohol was very realistic and the author did a fantastic job of letting us see the emotions and turmoil that he was facing. And the final resolution of the "mystery" was really good too. I would recommend this to a friend!



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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Horse Dreams

Horse Dreams (Backyard Horses #1)Horse Dreams by Dandi Daley Mackall

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Ellie Has dreamed of owning a show horse for as long as she can remember. A beautiful, black stallion that will be the envy of every horse owner around. She has cried, begged and prayed, but nothing ever seems to happen; until the day a scrawny pinto in need of rescue shows up. The pinto is not Ellie's dream horse, but Ellis falls in love with the scruffy animal and realizes that maybe God has answered her prayers!
   Although the target age range for this book would probably be 10-12 years old, it was a really cute story that made me smile. I enjoyed reading from a sincere, innocent child's perspective. Very nice story, I would absolutely recommend for any young girl who loves horses!



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Friday, June 7, 2013

Borders of the Heart

Borders of the HeartBorders of the Heart by Chris Fabry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 John David Jessup works along the Mexican border. It's a dangerous job, but John never imagined just how dangerous it could be until he rescued a beautiful Mexican girl who was nearly dead when he found her. The girl seems to be nice, but someone from her past is trying to kill her at any cost. What secrets is the girl hiding? Why does someone want her, and now John, dead?
  This was a terrific book! I absolutely couldn't put it down! It was a fast- moving, action-packed, adventure story well worth reading. I definitely recommend to my friends!



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The Winnowing Season

The Winnowing Season (Amish Vines and Orchards, #2)The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 Rhoda Byler is just recovering from the loss of her precious orchard, and is preparing to start afresh. But Rhoda is having difficulties dealing with her church, and Jacob, whom she wishes to marry, is in trouble with people from his past. Through trials and troubles Rhoda faces, she learns to trust God more than ever.
   This was a really good book! I am not a fan of Amish fiction, but this book was different from any Amish book I have read before. I have not read the first book in this series, but now I absolutely have to see where this story actually began.
    I definitely recommend this book to my friends. A very good read, and the characters are very likeable and realistic. I just loved Rhoda's character, she was such a sweet girl though a bit fiesty. The story really drew me in and made you feel the pain of always being misunderstood.
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Monday, June 3, 2013

Road Trip To Redemption

Road Trip to Redemption: A Disconnected Family, a Cross-Country Adventure, and an Amazing Journey of Healing and GraceRoad Trip to Redemption: A Disconnected Family, a Cross-Country Adventure, and an Amazing Journey of Healing and Grace by Brad Mathias

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 Brad Mathias thought his family was in good shape. Sure, they had their problems, but it was just normal issues that any family would face. Then his daughter revealed a heart-breaking secret that showed him how badly his family was fractured. In the wake of devastation, God led Brad to pack up his family and take a road trip. It sounded like a crazy idea, but Brad obeyed and he and his family discovered God's love for them that bought healing and unity they had not thought possible.
  This was a really great book. I did not anticipate liking it. After all, I'm not a parent, and I just don't get into "how-to-improve-your-life" books. But this book was so much more than that. This is a story about how a man obeyed God no matter how crazy it seemed. This is a story about how a man dared to have faith that God would do what He said He would do. I was literally moved to tears at times while reading this book as I saw how God would reveal Himself to a sincere heart. I was challenged, encouraged, and uplifted by this book. I highly, highly recommend this book to my friends!
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Cottonwood Whispers

Cottonwood WhispersCottonwood Whispers by Jennifer Erin Valent

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 Jessilyn Lassiter is heartbroken when an elderly man is accused of killing a little girl. Jessilyn and her friend Gemma know that he is innocent, but can they prove it before it's too late?
I really loved this book. I thought it was even better than the first in the series, and that's saying a lot. It was very emotionally driven, and written in such a way that you knew  what the characters were feeling and thinking. This is a great book, I highly reccomend it to my friends.



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Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Guardian

The Guardian (Home to Hickory Hollow #3)The Guardian by Beverly  Lewis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


   Heartbroken by the death of her sister, Jodi Winfield has given up on God. One day she finds a little Amish girl who has fallen out of a buggy, and seeks to return her to her family. While she visits with the kindly people of Hickory Hollow, she discovers peace and healing for her troubled soul that she never thought she would find again.
    This was a really good story that kept me reading, but it wasn't a favorite. I don't really know why, but I notice that a lot of people who love this are Hickory Hollow fans. Never having read much Amish fiction, I guess I just don't know the place and the people in this book the way some of you do.
Overall, this is a very sweet story that I would recommend to a friend.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Hero's Lot

The Hero's LotThe Hero's Lot by Patrick W. Carr

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 Errol Stone is placed under a compulsion to find and kill Sarin Valon, the great enemy reader. But the dangers and struggles that Errol is faced with threaten to destroy his very mind.
  I really don't know how to review this book. It was so good, anything I say about it will not do it justice. This book kept me up late at night, and held me absolutely spellbound! It was at least as good, and maybe even better than "A Cast of Stones". Patrick Carr's books are some of the best fiction I have ever read. I strongly recommend this book to my friends!
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Widow Of Gettysburg

Widow of Gettysburg (Heroines Behind the Lines: Civil War #2)Widow of Gettysburg by Jocelyn Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 Liberty Holloway is a young widow trying to find the pieces to her life. But when her farm is confiscated by the Confederate army to use as a hospital, Liberty has some difficult decisions to make. Are the men in gray her enemies, or are they simply human beings that need her help?
   This was a good book, but I got a little bored with it since it seemed so similar in many ways to the first book in the series "Wedded to War". But I would recommend it to a friend, though I advise a word of caution if you have a weak stomach as some of the wounds described can be a bit gut-wrenching.
  Overall, it is a touching story of sacrifice and  courage that really made me think about how blessed I really am.
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The Other Side Of The River

The Other Side of the RiverThe Other Side of the River by Robert D. Halpert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


 Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson has always been a fascinating historical character for  me. So when I saw this book, I was really excited to read it. Unfortunately, I found this book very boring and did not finish reading it. It moved painfully slow, and is written in a dull biographical manner. It did contain a good amount of historical detail concerning battles and dates, but I just couldn't get into it.
  I neither recommend nor discourage my friends to read this book. If you are a major fan of Stonewall Jackson or the Civil War, you may enjoy this book. If not, I do not think you will like it.
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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Though My Heart Is Torn

Though My Heart Is Torn (The Cadence of Grace #2)Though My Heart Is Torn by Joanne Bischof

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 Lonnie and Gideon are finally happy together after their rocky start. Gideon has learned to trust God, and all seems to be well. Until the couple is tricked into returning to their old home, and it is revealed that Gideon was already married to another girl! Lonnie and Gideon are both heartbroken, but they must trust God to preserve their love.
   I actually enjoyed this book for the most part. I thought it was much better than the first book of this series. It was very hard to put down, and I read through it in a matter of hours. I am anxious to read the third and final book to see what is going to happen.
   This is a good book, and I would recommend it to a friend. It shows that although Gideon is a different man now, he still must deal with the consequences of his past actions. But even so, God is willing to forgive him and help him move past his hurt.
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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Maggie's Miracle

Maggie's Miracle (The Red Gloves, #2)Maggie's Miracle by Karen Kingsbury

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


  Maggie's husband is dead, and her son is desperate for a daddy. But Maggie is a "tough as nails" business woman who hardly has time for her son, let alone another man. And besides, Maggie doesn't believe in love anymore. But after her son writes a letter to God, Maggie is in for a real Christmas miracle.
   This book was ok, but it wasn't nearly as good as the other books in the "Red Gloves" series that I have read. It was almost solely a love story, and I seldom ever like a book like that. If you enjoy a sweet, emotional Christmas love story, I think you will like this one. Good book, just not my style.



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Flight From Stonewycke

Flight from Stonewycke (Stonewycke Trilogy, #2)Flight from Stonewycke by Michael Phillips

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


   The exciting story from " The Heather Hills of Stonewycke" is continued in this book. It tells of heartbreak and of healing, of malice and of mercy, of hatred and of love. This is a really good book. I enjoyed it very much, and am excited to read the third book of the trilogy.



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The Heather Hills of Stonewycke

The Heather Hills of Stonewycke (Stonewycke Trilogy #1)The Heather Hills of Stonewycke by Michael Phillips

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


  A young Scottish girl loves her home and her land, but her greedy father will stop at nothing to further his own plans. Hurt and angry at her father's betrayal, she must learn to forgive him while at the same time trying to escape from him.

This was a very good and exciting story. I absolutely couldn't put it down! But I warn you, this book is the first in a trilogy and you will not want to start it if you don't have access to the other 2 books: the suspense will drive you crazy! I definitely recommend this book for my friends.



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Friday, April 12, 2013

Greenwood and Archer

Greenwood and Archer: After The RiotGreenwood and Archer: After The Riot by Marlene Banks

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Although the Tulsa race riots are over, the troubles of the Greenwood district are not. Racial tensions are high, but when mobster Guiseppe Carissi comes to town whites and blacks alike must join forces to prevent the gang from taking over their city.
  This is not one of my favorite books. While I did learn a few things about this time in history, I found the story a bit hard to follow and boring. I think this was due partly to the fact that there is no main character in the story, instead you are tossed from person to person to person.
  I must say I am rather disappointed in this book. It sounded so intriguing, and the cover is simply stunning with it's matte finish and raised letters. Unfortunately, the story itself does not compare with the cover.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A Cast of Stones

A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword, #1)A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 Errol Stone is an orphan and a drunkard and his life seems very insignificant until the fateful day that he agrees to deliver a message to a hermit, and suddenly danger dogs his every step. Someone wants him dead, but why?
      Man, I absolutely loved this book! On a scale of one-ten, this book is a fifteen! From the very first chapter, the action is non-stop. There are absolutely no boring parts or even slow parts. This is one of the best written fiction books that I have ever read. I highly recommend this book, even if you are not a book-worm I advise you to give this book a try! This book is so good, I don't know why it isn't a New York Times best-seller.



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Monday, April 8, 2013

Unrivaled

UnrivaledUnrivaled by Siri Mitchell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


  Lucy Kendall returns from Europe to discover that her father is ill, and his beloved candy business is failing. Lucy is determined to save the business and defeat the greedy company that is trying to shut it down.
     This story was ok. I didn't think the plot was very inspiring, and the whole book was only marginal. It isn't one of those books that I would read again. There was nothing I didn't like, but there was nothing in it I really liked either. Overall, it was just empty, if that makes any sense. It didn't touch me in any way either positively or negatively, and thus was just an empty read for me.
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A Kingsbury Collection

A Kingsbury Collection: Three Novels in One: Where Yesterday Lives, When Joy Came to Stay, On Every SideA Kingsbury Collection: Three Novels in One: Where Yesterday Lives, When Joy Came to Stay, On Every Side by Karen Kingsbury

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 This beautiful book contains three inspirational "Kingsbury" books.
    In " Where Yesterday Lives", When Ellen Barrett learns that her father has died, she goes back home to help ;pan the funeral. She finds it stressful to deal with her dysfunctional family, but healing comes as the family turns back to God.
    In  " When Joy Came To Stay", Maggie Stovall seems to have it all together. She has a loving family and a good church, but only God knows of the secret that torments her and the darkness that seeks to devour her.
    In "On Every Side", Faith Evans is a godly young newscaster who finds herself involved in a legal battle with her childhood best friend. Faith learns to trust God, even when all odds are against her.
     I really enjoyed this book. Especially the first two stories really touched me. I can definitely recommend this book to my friends!
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

All In Good Time

All in Good Time (The Gilded Legacy, #2)All in Good Time by Maureen Lang

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 Dessa Caldwell dreams of opening a place of refuge for "ladies of the night", but she doesn't have the funds to make it happen. Her only hope seems to be in obtaining a loan from Hawkins National Bank. However, Henry Hawkins, the owner of the bank is not so enthusiastic. Both Henry and Dessa have a past to hide, but they both learn the truth of being " Anew creature in Christ".
   I actually liked this book, even though it was more of a romance than I typically enjoy. It is very well written and interesting. The historical backdrop and the characters are very good. Overall, this is a very nice read that I would recommend to a friend.
  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale publishers in exchange for my honest  review. 




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Shattered

Shattered (Alaskan Courage, # 2)Shattered by Dani Pettrey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


 Piper McKenna is heartbroken when her brother in imprisoned for murder. Piper believes he is innocent and will stop at nothing to find the truth. She and her detective friend,Landon,embark on a dangerous quest for answers that puts the two friends in the cross-hairs of someone's vengeance.
    This was a very exciting story that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. I really enjoyed it for the most part. The one issue I had with it was some terminology. Ii is stated about someone that they "slept around". Someone else during an investigation states " We had s-x". It wasn't used in a horribly nasty way and didn't give details, but I advise discretion if this is something that bothers you.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Wedded To War

Wedded to War (Heroines Behind the Line, #1)Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 Charlotte Waverly was privileged and beautiful. She had everything she could wish for; a nice home, a loving family, and a dashing suitor. But when the Civil War breaks out, Charlotte cannot just sit back and let her country-men suffer and die. She makes the very unpopular decision to become a "lady- nurse", and must fight desperately for the privilege to serve God, her country, and her fellow man.
   This was such a good book! It really opened my eyes to the tragedy and horror of this time era; both for the men who fought and died, and  for the women who were left behind unprotected and unprovided for. This story really broke my heart as I saw these people endure so much more than I can even comprehend.
    I strongly recommend this book to my friends; however, be forewarned that it contains some very disturbing scenes and in movie ratings would be at least PG-13.
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Dandelions on the Wind

Dandelions on the Wind (Quilted Hearts, #1)Dandelions on the Wind by Mona Hodgson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


   Maren has been content living with a kindly German farmer and her young granddaughter since she arrived in America four years ago. But now the child's father has come home from the Civil War and Maren is torn between her feelings for him and her family back in Denmark.
    I thought this book was rather boring and one dimensional. It wasn't terribly mushy, but the whole story pretty much focused on the romance. There wasn't really any plot twists or conflict, simply guy falls for girl kind of story.
    This is not my favorite kind of story, but if you just like a nice, clean romance this may be for you.
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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye:The World's Greatest Detective Tackles the Bible's Ultimate MysteriesSherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye:The World's Greatest Detective Tackles the Bible's Ultimate Mysteries by Len Bailey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


 Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are challenged to solve ten Bible mysteries, and do so by traveling through time with "the needles eye": a extraordinary time travel device. Holmes and Watson will travel from Jericho to Bethlehem and personally witness incredible events of the Bible.
   I wasn't actually crazy about this book. Some of the ideas presented were interesting, but I thought that Sherlock Holmes fit very clumsily into this story and seemed un-characteristic of the classic Holmes. I also thought some of the writing was rather boring. Definitely not one of my favorites.
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

So Shines The Night

So Shines the NightSo Shines the Night by Tracy L. Higley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


  Haunted and afraid of the evil that she has witnessed, Daria flees to Ephesus with a merchant named Lucas. But even in Ephesus, the evil from which she has fled dogs her steps. As Lucas begins to consort with sorcerers to assuage his own troubled soul, Daria seeks refuge with the apostle Paul and a little band of Believers. Daria is on a relentless quest for truth, and the truth can be quite shocking at times.
   I was totally captivated with this story! The characters, the plot, and every thing were absolutely gripping. Tracey Higley has done a masterful job of creating a very believable and insightful look at life in this dark period of history. The thought that came to my mind while reading this book was, "They that sat in darkness saw great light." This story was a beautiful illustration of the darkness of evil contrasted with the liberating Light of Jesus Christ.
   This is a very unique reading experience, I have never read anything else from such a perspective.
This is the first of Tracey Higley's books that I read,but I certainly want to read more! This book definitely makes it to my " to be re-read" list!

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Escape To Freedom

Escape to FreedomEscape to Freedom by Michael Phillips

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


   Sabina and her loved ones are still trapped behind the Iron Curtain, and must try to escape before it is too late. Every step is dogged with danger, and old enemies still pursue the family. But God protects and guides them, even in the most terrible situations.
     This was a very good book, but I thought it was a bit too drawn out. There were so many side plots and characters, I think it cluttered the story up a bit. I believe that books 2 and 3 should have been condensed and combined, and it would have been about perfect. However, this book contained some very deep spiritual insights. It is very refreshing to read some of these great truths that too often you don't even hear in church. Overall, it is a great book and I strongly recommend it to any of my friends.



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Friday, March 1, 2013

A New Home For Lily

A New Home for LilyA New Home for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 Lily Lapp and her family from their farm in New York to a new one in Pennsylvania, and Lily is not happy about all the changes! You will love this charming story as you see what Lily is going through from a child's perspective. Be prepared to laugh and cry along with Lily as she learns to make new friends, has to live in a new house, and has to deal with life's little challenges.
   I totally loved this story! It is so sweet and innocent, and different from any thing I have ever read. I would almost say it is the Amish equivalent to Little House On The Prairie, but not quite.
  I can definitely recommend this book, I think you are in for a real treat!

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Monday, February 25, 2013

After the Leaves Fall

After the Leaves FallAfter the Leaves Fall by Nicole Baart

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


   Since Julia DeSmit's mother left her and her father died, Julia has become bitter and no longer believes in God. She tries to start a new life for herself at college, but makes bad choices that will forever change her life. Broken and ashamed, she returns home to her loving Grandmother and to God. There she finds love and forgiveness greater than she could have imagined.
   I neither loved nor hated this book. It had some good things in it, and some good messages. But for some reason, it just really didn't speak to me the way some books have. Still, I think it could be a good book for teenage girls, especially if you too have shared this experience. Overall, it was a sweet story of forgiveness, and the unconditional love of God and a family.



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The Voyage of The Dawn Treader

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


  Prince Caspian and his crew sail to the end of the world aboard the "Dawn Treader." They encounter sea serpents, dragons, magicians, and invisible enemies along the magical journey.
    This was a great story. It is my favorite Narnia book so far.



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