Monday, January 20, 2014

Unwilling Warrior

My rating 4 of 5 stars
 When Valerie Fontaine returns home from boarding school, she finds that her father does not welcome her. Furthermore, she has an unwelcome suitor and her father's house-guest to entertain. When she is forced to flee her home, scandal and lies dog her every step. Can Valerie overcome the vicious sabotage that threatens to destroy her?
This was a really good book, it had perhaps a bit more of a romantic plot line than I care for but it had many things about it that I did like. For example, I loved that the young man in the story was careful to look for a woman who shared his faith, and even when he found her he constantly was seeking God's will for their relationship. The suspense and plot were pretty good as well. Overall, it was a very enjoyable read that I would recommend if you enjoy a historical fiction/romance story.

Lady Carliss and the Water's of Moorue

Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue by Chuck Black

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 Lady Carliss embarks on a mission to save her friend from the poison of a deadly lizard. But as Carliss races against time, she encounters delays, hindrances, and betrayal that threaten to stop her from her mission. In the end, Carliss must make a heart-rending decision: will she save the life of her friend, or will she save the lives of many other people?
   This was a really good book. I didn't like it quite as good as "Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart", but it is definitely worth reading. I really don't know how Chuck Black manages to write such high action stories and still keep them so clean. While there are lots of fighting scenes, there is never anything gory or nasty. And best of all, these stories will challenge you to be a better knight for The Prince. I most highly recommend this series for anyone ages 9-99.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart

 Sir Dalton is a knight of the Prince, but his faith is not grounded and soon he finds himself a captive to fear and doubt.
       This book was so good. It is hard to write good reviews for books in a series, but these books deserve a better review than I am capable of writing. Each one is so unique and touches on different areas of life and your relationship with The King and His Son. Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart was amazing. I was challenged by the message of this book, as I think anyone with an honest heart will be. While this is a very well-written and entertaining book, it is so much more than that. I highly recommend this book to young and old alike.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 Sir Bentley has everything in life, but he forsakes all of it to follow The Prince. The dangers are numerous and intense, but the love of The Prince is greater than the fear for Sir Bentley.
   This is an amazing book! It is very entertaining and pleasurable to read, yet it is not "just a story. It is written to inspire the reader to draw nearer to The Prince, and the conflict and the devotion of the characters should do just that. Indeed, I found my own heart cry out to know The Prince better as I read this book. I highly recommend to children and adults alike.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione

Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione by Chuck Black

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 I was really dragging my feet to start on this book. After all, it sounded to me like a cute kid's story about knights and dragons and while that may be nice for youngsters, I could use a bit more depth. But,was I ever wrong! While I could recommend this to any young reader that I know, I could also recommend this to any adult that I know. This was a very well written and entertaining book, but it is so much more than that. The symbolism and allegory are not painfully obvious as some books that I have read are, yet they are clear enough that even young children will understand. And by the end of the book, my own walk with God was challenged and a fresh longing was stirred for "The Prince". You can't go wrong with this one, highly recommend to anyone!

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Born of Persuasion

Born of Persuasion (Price of Privilege #1)Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 Julia Elliston is orphaned and under the care of a "guardian" who has determined to send her to Scotland to attend an elderly woman. She is allowed to marry to escape servant-hood, but her child-hood sweet-heart is out of reach for her and the only other choice she has is dark and mysterious Mr. Macy.
  I really enjoyed this book, although it is a bit more romantic than I typically care for. I found it really fascinating and engaging. There are a lot of unsolved conflicts that have left me eager to read the next book in the series. If you enjoy a clean Christian romance after the tradition of Jane Austen, I would give this one a try.
  I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest reveiw.

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A Tale Of Two Cities

A Tale of Two CitiesA Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

  Wow! This book is a masterpiece. The political intrigue of the French Revolution combined with the emotional drama of Dickens story telling make this story irresistible. I actually could not put this book down, I found it to be a little easier to read than most of Dickens works, and the story and characters are amazing. I believe this is the best Dickens book that I have read to date. It has everything you could want in a great story; love, war, revenge, peace, mercy, and sacrifice. And the characters! A doctor unjustly imprisoned and driven to the brink of insanity, a ragged good-for-nothing man inspired to heroism, a brave young man who forsakes the corruption of his family, an evil woman who knits the names of her enemies into a register, just to name a few of the colorful characters in this story. This is very emotionally driven; by the end you will want to cry your eyes out, and want to read it all over again. Oh, did I forget to mention? I LOVED THIS BOOK!

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