Saturday, March 29, 2014
This was a very good book filled with political intrigue, historical characters, and a spiritual theme leading to The Messiah. The plot was very engaging, albeit quite dark in places. I really enjoyed the historical setting. It was very fascinating reading about the tumultuous time leading up to the birth of our Savior. I also loved the fictional elements of the story; the characters, especially the characters Lydia, were very well depicted. If you enjoy historical/Biblical fiction, I would absolutely recommend this book. Just a word of warning, due to the darkness of the times depicted and the despotic nature of the rulers involved, this book is best suited for ages 17 and up.
I received a free e-copy of this book through Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review
When Laura Gantt returns to her home in Prospect, Georgia, she hears some unsettling rumors about her father whom was reported to have drowned twelve years ago. Some people have claimed to see Elliot Gantt alive and in the area. Laura, with help from her lifelong friend, Sean, begins to investigate the situation and find out if indeed her father is alive. Yet even as she hopes to find him alive, her heart aches to know why he abandoned her for so many years. And Sean has some very troubling suspicions that he desperately does not want to believe. And the deeper Laura and Sean look into the mystery, they are shocked at how many secrets that have lain buried in their own hometown.
I actually really enjoyed this book. There was some romance in it, but it wasn't the main point of the story. The plot was very well developed, and the writing was engaging. While I suspected a few things were going to happen, there were still a lot of surprises by the end of the book.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good clean fictional/romance. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five, was because I didn't think the spiritual conflict was resolved satisfactorily. Laura struggles throughout the book to embrace the beliefs of her childhood, yet there is really no defining moment when she finds her way. Other than that little detail, I thought this was a very nice book.
I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
And finally, I thought some of this story was rather irreverent towards God. For example, in one place an angel is talking about the nickname he uses for The Holy Spirit. Writing or speaking about God should only be done very reverently and respectfully, and I think this book fell far short. In fact, I couldn't even finish reading this book. I definitely do not plan to read the rest of this series!
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Sunday, March 16, 2014
The Quilted Heart Omnibus is a collection of three novellas that are set in the tumultuous years following the Civil War. In "Dandelions in the Wind", Maren Jensen is a young mail-order bride whose husband to be abandoned her when he learned of her failing eyesight. But with her faith in God's provision, Maren finds that God has a better plan for her.
In " Bending towards the Sun", Emilie Heinrich is attracted to a young man but her father wants her to have nothing to do with him. Though torn between the desires of her heart and honoring her father, Emilie learns that when she honors her father and her God, God will always provide.
In "Ripples Along the Shore", Caroline is a lonely war widow who has decided to travel west to start a new life. However, the leader of the wagon train forbids her as a single woman to travel in the caravan. Caroline learns that if she will trust God, he will direct her paths.
If you are a fan of historical/romantic fiction, I recommend this book to you. It was a very enjoyable read, and has a gorgeous cover!
I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Press in exchange for my honest review.
Finally, conclusion to the Staff and the Sword books! I have anxiously awaited the final chapter to Errol Stone's story, and I was not disappointed. This book was exciting and engaging, really a pleasure to read. The ending was not quite what I had hoped for, but it was very good nonetheless. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of epic fantasy novels.
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
This was a very good book, and I really enjoyed it. I loved the plot and the mystery was very well played out. If you enjoy historical suspense/romance, you are going to love this book!