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 (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.

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

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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.
   I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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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.
   I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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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.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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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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