Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The River

Ruth and Tilly, have both forsaken their Amish upbringing and are happily settled in the "English" world. The sisters begrudgingly return home to celebrate their parents anniversary, but the troubled past haunts both girls as they seek for the answers they never found. Can the hidden truths bring healing and redemption to the shattered family, or will the past drive them all apart for good?
This was a great book! And it isn't often that I just love an Amish story, so many of them seem so similar or else entirely focused on romance. This was a very touching story about family, faith, and understanding. I definitely recommend this book to anyone. It is very clean, and should be very enjoyable even for younger readers.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is so good! I was absolutely mesmerized by this story, drawn into its grasp, and unable to rest until I discovered the conclusion. T his book far exceeds the second book in this series. I loved that the main focus of this story wasn't "who is Thalli going to fall in love with". That was included, but not in an overbearing way. One cannot help but observe the similarities between this series and "The Hunger Games", (Although much less so in this book ) and I can honestly say that I prefer this series for several reasons. One, Thalli is a real hero. She is willing to sacrifice herself for those she loves, and is always thinking of others. Katniss, on the other hand is usually looking out for herself and will do whatever she has to to stay alive. Secondly, though evil and tyranny are clearly depicted, it is not as dark as "The Hunger Games." Thirdly, I love how The Designer is an important part of the characters lives, and He is always in charge no matter how grim the situation. And the plot was very surprising, at times. I never saw that coming! Great book, and a great series. The only downside is that now I'm sad that it's over.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Miracle in a Dry Season

When Perla Long shows up in a small Virginia town, she only hopes to start a new life with her daughter while avoiding unwanted attention. However, when hard times hit the town and Perla uses her God-given talent to feed them, the questions start flying. Casewell Phillips, a bachelor, seems to be the only person in the town who believes in Perla and supports her. But can the two of the weather the storm of animosity that is brewing against them? Now Perla must decide if she will use her gift to help those who need it, or if she will let the condemnation of the others stop her.
While I appreciated the elements of forgiveness, serving others, and doing the right thing even when it's not popular; I couldn't entirely get into the story itself. Not that there was anything wrong with it necessarily, it just didn't "click" with me. It was good enough to keep me reading, however, and if you enjoy romantic/historical type reads, it may be your cup of tea.

I received a free copy of this book through Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review