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



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



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