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



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



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



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



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