Sunday, December 30, 2012

Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

This is my first real Christmas read for the season. Too bad it's after Christmas if over but I'm not going to worry about that. I'm still on Christmas break so I am going to enjoy it! Next year I am going to pick the books I want and read them for Christmas. This year I tried to read short stories on my Kindle to read more and because I wasn't really interested in them it took longer to read them rather than reading what I year!

I have wanted to try out a story by Joanne Fluke. They always looked cute and I love a good mystery. Someone told me that they are easy reads so it was the one that I requested from the library. Gingerbread Cookie Murder is actually a very cute short story. The copy I got is a 3 in 1 book. There are two other Christmas short stories by two other authors included.

Hannah's neighbor, Ernie, has his Christmas music turned up so loud all the neighbors are beginning to complain. When the cops finally show up and they go to confront him they find him dead! Fingerprints are found at the scene but Hannah isn't convinced they have the right person. She goes on the hunt to find more clues.

Being a short story the story is actually pretty good. The character Hannah owns a bakery and talks about the foods that she is baking and the author adds the actual recipe and baking directions in the book as you read! Very Christmas feeling. Just need a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and cold night and a warm blanket to cozy up and read this story! The only downside for me was that it wasn't longer. I felt the ending was a little rushed and even a little unrealistic but I would read another short story by Joanne Fluke. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Joseph's Story by Shawn Darren Stanley

 I got this book as a free download from amazon. I was trying to go through Christmas stories in December and though it's not a Christmas novel, I wanted to read this one since it's definitely the reason for the Christmas season!

The author wanted to take on Joseph's view point and what kind of man he was since so many stories are from Mary's point of view.

The story adds the authors own version of facts from the bible. Tho there are points made that are from scripture, it was interesting to read about the times that Mary and Joseph lived in and what there life at that time could have been like. There are other versions I have read or the movie, Nativity Story, that I have watched that made it hard to switch my thinking to a different view point on their take of the story but overall the story was good. It isn't my favorite book but it's a quick read.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry

I ran across this book on Goodreads and requested it from the library. It came in faster than I expected so I picked it up thinking I would get through it to be able to read my Christmas stories. I wish I would have waited!

Almost Heaven is a story about Billy Allman. When I first picked up the book I was intrigued and got through the first half pretty quickly. But at that point it got harder to read, I just kept thinking "How much can one person go through?" And it took me over a week to get through the second half of the book.

In the end the book show shows how one person, like Job, can take so much and still trust God. Maybe that's what the story is to compare to, Job, in modern day.

At the end of the book the author, Chris Fabry, tells how he got a letter about a man actually named Billy Alman from someone in the community that knew him. Chris Fabry says that some of the the characteristics he found out about are added in the book but the story line is completely fiction.

Billy is very eccentric, he is awkward with people but he is very smart.  He is able to build radios even as young as 6 years old! As he grows up he endures a lot of heart ache but holds onto his faith in God.

I just felt there was such an overwhelming amount of things that took place in Billy's life! Even the Angel that had charge over Billy began to question his call to watch over him and the reason why at one time he was called away. During that time, it was the darkest period for Billy. I did not like that the Angel questioned why he was supposed to watch over Billy. I don't feel that angels would question God or question their calling. Maybe that's just me. I didn't feel the story needed so much trama to bring the point across that you can trust God in all things.

The only thing that may grab me to read the next book, June Bug, is that in the last quarter of the book it picks up and has a bright spot. There is a little girl introduced as June Bug. Though there is another cliff point at the end of the book it's actually worth reading and I would be interested in the June Bugs story. I read at the end of the book the first chapter to that book and caught my interest.

The hard part is that I like the first 1/4 and last 1/4 of Almost Heaven, the middle was a little rough...not sure if June Bug would be the same for me.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Marriage Carol by Chris Fabry & Gary Chapman

I had wanted to read this Christmas story last year but wasn't able to get it from the library. The only reason that I was able to read it this Christmas season was because I caught it free on amazon for the kindle fire!

A Marriage Carol starts out with a couple on their way to sign papers for their divorce. They are in a storm when they have an accident on the road.

The wife wakes up and can't find her husband so she walks to a near by home. It happens to be the house of a man and wife who run a retreat to help other marriages. Through the night she speaks with him and he takes her through a unique journey of her marriage.

This story was not what I expected. Her journey through her marriage is creative and inspiring. Especially for those that are married this is an encouraging read.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

True Light by Terri Blackstock

This is book three in the Restoration series. I first read Last Light, book one, back in August of 2011. Then I read Night Light, book two, in January of 2012. You are able to see my reviews on these books in my history on the right side. I have read Terri Blackstocks books in the past. I loved quite a few of her series, so I picked this series up as well. I think it's obvious that though it's a good book/series, it does not grab me like her other books have. It has taken me over a year to read just these three and there is still one more book to finish this series. I am interested to read it to see what happens, especially now that I just finished Last Light, just to see how things end, I'm just not sure when I will pick it up.

Last Light picks up with the world still out of all electricity of any kind. The book starts hooks you right from the start with a shooting. Mark Green, who you meet in book two, is very quickly the center of attention. In book two his dad kidnapped Dani Branning and now everyone is quick to believe that Mark is just like his dad and the Branning family, including Dani is quick to protect him.
You follow the story as they try to find out who is trying to frame Mark while the town has turned against him.

Terri Blackstock is a great writer. I do recommend this book. It's a great story line, especially now with the new t.v. show; Revolution!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Saving Hope by Margaret Daley

I ran into this book through Goodreads. I thought it sounded interesting and I'm so glad that I gave it a try. I found another author to read books by.

Kate Winslow runs a home for girls that have come out of the life of trafficking. One of her girls has disappeared and she is now trying to find out what could have happened to her. She doesn't believe Rose would run away to go back to her old life but when they find out she was trying to help a friend, Kate knows something has gone terribly wrong.

Wyatt is a Texas Ranger that had recently been put on the force for trafficking in the Texas area. With a 14 year old daughter of his own he is personally invested in helping to stop trafficking. One morning a young girl is found dead by an abandoned truck and the lead takes him to Kate Winslow and her home for girls.

The life of trafficking gets closer to Wyatt than he is comfortable's practically knocking on his door!

This book was really good. I haven't read any books with this type of topic and it was very well written. The story keeps you invested and I had a hard time putting it down! I highly recommend this book and I can't wait to try out other books by this author!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Danger in Plain Sight by Marta Perry

This is book 3 in the Amish Suspense series.

Libby Morgan is Trey sister and Link's twin sister. You meet Trey and Link in the first two books in this series. Now Libby has come home from a photography job to find her place where she was raised. Libby's amish friend was concerned about something and Libby is going to be meet up with her when there is an accident. Now they are all in danger.

Adam Byler is the police chief and one of the reasons Libby left town in search of a new life. Now they are brought back together to confront danger face on!

This story is really good. As is all of Marta Perry's mysteries. After reading a few mysteries you can see how Marta's writing is very similar but the one thing is that you never know who it is in the end.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Voice in The Wind by Francine Rivers

I absolutely love this book. I first read this book in High School, then again a few years after I was married. So, it's been a good 8 years since I read it. I was looking around at books I own and thought I would pick it up again while I waited for my library books to arrive. I'm so glad I did!

Hadassah's family is in Jerusalem when the Roman's take over and are killing all the Jew's. Hadassah's father was killed on the streets while trying to witness and her mother died of starvation. Her brother was killed when the Roman's came into their home but spared Hadassah and her sister and took them into slavery though Hadassah's sister, Leah, dies the first night from starvation as well.

Hadassah is a loving character in this book. I can't imagine all the things that she must endure. I saw one review that she was just too perfect. But as I read the book I couldn't imagine Hadassah being different without changing the point of the story. Plus in those times, as a slave you didn't have a voice like we do now. You couldn't stand up for yourself, you would be killed. Not just for your beliefs but for your behavior!

Hadassah becomes a slave to the daughter, Julia, of a prominent family in Rome. All the while Hadassah conceals that she is a Christian, not a Jew. She endures many trials from the fault of her selfish owner, Julia. All the while serving as Christ would serve.

You grow attached to the characters. I thought it would take me a week to read this 500+ page book but I couldn't put it down! I read it in 5 days!

If you have never read this book, I highly recommend that you do. It's still at the top of my all time favorite books! You will not be disappointed! I am going to read the rest of the series soon too, there was so much I had forgotten and I fell in love all over again!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Christmas Colection by Max Lucado

I picked up this book (after owning it for a few years now) since I was waiting for books to get to the library. The Christmas Collection has 3 stories in it.

First, An Angel's Story, is a speculation of the spiritual battle that took place when Jesus was being born. How angels fought to protect Mary and Joseph from evil. I was intrigued by the idea but had Frank Peretti (This Present Darkness & Piercing the Darkness) in mind when I thought of the story. (If you have read those books, you know what I mean). So when I read An Angel's Story, it was not what I expected. But it was true to Max Lucado's writing.

The Christmas Candle is about angel that has been going to the candle maker's family for generations. Every 15 years this Angel arrives on Christmas Even. The candle brings a miracle to whoever receives it.

The Christmas Child is about a man who receives a picture of a church that takes him back to the town of his birth and adoption. The story that unravels brings forgiveness and healing.

I really loved The Christmas Candle and The Christmas Child. I really wish that they were stories that had been made into novels. But again true to Max Lucado they are short, sweet and straight to the heart.

I would recommend this collection of stories for any reader. And with the Christmas season coming up, it's a good quick read for the season!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Vanish in Plain Sight by Marta Perry

Vanish in Plain Sight is book two in the Brotherhood of the Raven series. I was excited to read another series by Marta Perry. If you haven't gotten a chance to read a book by Marta Perry, especially her mystery books, you should give her a try. I don't think you will be disappointed.

In book two Link Morgan is remodeling his home to sell and move away. He is trying to run from his memories while in Afghanistan and his disappointment to those when he returned. While he is tearing down one of the wall he finds a suitcase stashed inside. Suspicious, he doesn't hesitate to call the police.

Marisa Angelo has grown up knowing that her mother walked out of their family and left her and her father behind to return to her Amish roots. A phone call brings her back to the town of her childhood, that she doesn't remember. Her mother's suitcase has been found. Marisa is determined to stick around to find out what really happened to her mother but the Amish are not all so willing to talk to her.

Once again Link and the Morgan family are involved in a mystery and this time it involves their late uncle. Who knows what secrets will be revealed.

I loved book two even more than book one! The storyline was even more intense and I wasn't able to figure out the ending. I am anxiously waiting for book three to arrive so I can continue in the series!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Rising: The Anti Christ is Born

This is the first book in the Left Behind series; before Left Behind. I just found out that there were three prequels to the series.

In The Rising you see how the anti-christ, Nicholia Carpathia, is born. Who his parents were and how he was raised. It is scary to see how satan used people for his purpose!

The Rising also takes you through Rayford Steele's life as a child. If you have read the Left Behind series you know this character. The Rising begins with Rayford Steele's childhood. You see how he grew up and what his background in faith was like. How it comes about for the circumstances that take place in Left Behind. You see how Rayford meets his wife and have children of their own.

The book was interesting to get the background to the story I already know. If you have read the Left Behind series, I recommend to read this book to read the background. If you haven't read the Left Behind series, start here.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Murder in Plain Sight by Marta Perry

I learned of Marta Perry through a free e-book on that I read by her. It was so good. I though I'd try another series by her and I was not disappointed.

In Murder in Plain Sight; Jessica Langdon is just starting out in her career as a lawyer. She secured this job with the help of her father's position as a superior court judge. But things are not going so well when she is called to her boss' office. Expecting to be fired Jessica is surprised to be given a case. She is to go take care of a plea bargin and get back with out messing this one up.

Jessica sets out to find out about her new case. An amish boy, Thomas, is arrested for the murder of an english girl. Jessica was hired by a spit fire lady, Geneva, and inherited her son, Trey, as a body guard to help her aquire the facts from the case. The amish are not so eager to talk to an english attorney, so she has to lean on Trey to help.

Facts are not adding up, someone seems to be trying to run Jessica out of town. She is even fearing for her life. Maybe Thomas is innocent after all!?

This story was really good. I love how Marta Perry is able to make you guess through out her books and keep you interested throughout the book. I am looking forward to reading the 2nd book in this series.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Beyond Tuesday Morning

This is the 2nd book in the September 11th series. After 9/11 Jamie had to learn to keep living after the death of her husband. In order to keep his memory alive she has started to vollunteer at St. Pauls church near ground zero.

Meanwhile Clay is happy that his brother Eric is back home with his wife and son but he feels that he needs something in his life. After a manditory leave from work he decides to go with his friend to New York for training to become a detective.

An unexpected event changes both Clay and Jaime's lives forever. It proves that God is in control of our lives, even when we don't see it!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

One Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury

I had requested these books from the library because I was given the 3rd book in the series and of course I wanted to read them in order.

I have such a sensitive side to me, I am easily moved and can cry at the drop of the hat. When tragedy strikes people I sympathize putting myself in their shoes. September 11th is a day that everyone is touched by. I had no idea what the twin towers were until that day but since then I am always moved by stories from that day. I have watched videos and listened to many stories online and it always brings me to tears.

I knew this story would probably do the same and of course, it did! It's a great story, very touching and yet Karen Kingsbury is able to also show how much we need to love those around us and not worry so much about the things of this world, time is short.

One Tuesday morning introduces you to two separate families. Eric and Laura Michaels and Jamie and Jake Bryan. Eric is a man climbing the corporate ladder, spending more time at work and less time with his wife and son, who barely knows him anymore. Jake is a fireman working in NY and is a devoted father to his little girl. He loves the Lord and is praying for his wife to come to God as well.

An unexpected crossing between the two changes all their lives forever when the towers fall and everyone is clinging to hope that their loved ones are still alive, including Laura Michael's and Jamie Bryan.

I just love Karen Kingsbury's books. She has a way of writing in a way that gets you hooked to the story and the characters that when your done you have to remind yourself that they are not real people! I recommend this book and many more by Karen!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Left Behind by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins

I read this book about 8/9 years ago! I have often thought of reading the series again since I don't remember all of the details. I am now going to a Revelations bible study and thought now would be a good time to pick it up again.

Rayford Steele is a flying his plane when Hattie Durham, the stewardess tells him that they have missing people from their flight. Everyone is panicking.

Buck Williams, a journalist, is on this flight as well and is determined to get to find the truth to the disappearances.

When Rayford gets home he knows what he is going to find. He knows his wife believed in the rapture and that she is now in heaven with their son. When he looks in their beds he finds their clothes left behind even his wife's wedding ring.

Rayford turns to his wife's church, well his church as well. He knew the truth and yet he missed it. Now desperate he wants his daughter Chloe, who was left behind with him to turn to God too.

Having read this book before I knew much of the storyline but had forgotten some of the details. It was interesting that I am in the Revelations bible study and then with this story line to compare to was kind of fun. I know that it's not to the -t- accurate but I know that the authors did go off of bible accounts to create the story.

I am not sure I was sucked into the storyline as I would have my first time around but it's still a very good read. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Promises to Keep by Ann Tatlock

I was looking for something new to read and saw on my Goodreads site that one of the book clubs was reading this. Now that I've read it I can't figure out what group that was! Maybe I was just meant to find a new author to read!

This story is kind of like The Help to me. Not the story line in anyway but the style of writing. Something about the setting and the characters just made me get that feeling. Though I can't say if you read The Help that you would love this book, just that the style was like it.

In Promises to Keep; Roz and her family move to a new town, to get away from her father, who is an alcoholic. Roz is 11 years old and has a brother, Wally, who is 18 and a little sister, Valerie, who is under a year. Roz's grandfather helped them to get a house not far from him so that they can start over.

One morning an older woman is sitting on their porch. Her name is Mrs. Monroe and who knew that she would end up being the biggest blessing to their family! She believed she was the rightful owner of the home that her husband and her built together but it had been sold when she fell and her son's took over.

The story follows Roz through her life in a new place. When surprising her daddy shows up! Roz makes friends with another girl at school, Mara. They both have a secret about their daddy's and it becomes a promise for them to keep between each other. 

I could see this book being a movie. It's not that it's fast paced but I got involved with the characters. It definitely isn't one to read if you like suspense. I did think at the end there was a huge shock and then the last chapter finished everything up really fast. Which seemed so quick to end. But it was something different than I have been reading lately and I liked it.

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sunrise by Karen Kingsbury

Warning! This is a spoiler alert! If you haven't read any of the Baxter series books, you may want to find my first blog on the Redemption series and start there!

Sunrise is the 1st book in the 3rd series following the Baxter's. This story continues on to follow where Forever leaves off. You continue on with Dayne and Katy as they start preparing for their wedding. They want to keep it a secret so that it is something special with those that love. Meanwhile Dayne asks Katy to try out for the supporting role in the next film that he is going to be in.

You also get to follow on with other families. Katy used to live with the Flanigan family and Cody, who they have living with them, ends up drinking too much. It affects the whole family, including their oldest daughter. Bailey has always done the right thing but she is pushing the limits now that her parents are consumed with Cody.

And John Baxter is becoming closer friends with Elaine. Is something brewing between them? Is it time to move on from the death of his wife? How will his children feel?

Once again I love these books. I get so caught up in them I have to put them down and read something else to reboot and start again! I am excited to continue on in this series to see what becomes of Katy and Dayne!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Forever by Karen Kingsbury

This is the last book in the Firstborn series BUT excited to know that it doesn't end here with the Baxter family! The next series continues on with the Sunrise series!

In Forever it was up and down as is usual with these books. I think it was a little less exciting for me just because I had already read another book a few series down and already knew the outcome of what happened before I read this book. If I had not read that one, I would have been sucked in to the story line a little more. Having said that the story is just as good and I am still in love with these books! And I still did my share of tearing up!

In Forever, there is a huge accident that occurs that shakes the Katy and the Baxter's to the core. The future that they saw could be taken away from them before it even starts. Mean while the Baxter son, Luke, is having a hard time coping with news that changed his family as it was and now this accident adds more guilt. His emotions are getting the best of him and it's affecting his relationships including his marriage.

The Baxter's have to lean on God and trust that the future of their family is in his hands. To show that they walk in faith to finish a project that shows their hope is in God!

In some ways I think the story always ends on a good note, so by now I kind of assume that no matter what happens the Baxter family wins in the end. Not sure I would want tragedy to happen and it to end sadly but after reading so many of these stories it's harder to be swayed when you know in the end what will happen.

I am hoping that the author can keep the story going and I can't wait to continue on it the Baxter story in Sunrise!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Harbinger by John's Cahn

This book is fiction written in the form of a non-fiction. But having said that it IS a true story. The facts in this book actually happened and it's a commission to realize the times we are in as people as the country of America! It's a wake up call!!!

This book takes you through Isaiah 9:8-10

"The bricks have fallen,
But we will rebuild with hewn stone;
The sycamores have been cut down,
But we will plant cedars in their place."

The Isrealites were warned by God to turn away from their sinful ways and they did not listen so God took away his hand of protection and they were attacked by the enemy. Instead of turning to God they took a stand of defiance as it says in Isaiah 9:8-10. They said they would rebuild on their own. They would replace what fell with things that are stronger to defend themselves, never realizing it was God's hand that had been taken off. They did not turn back to God.

Now in America, we are the Isrealites. God has warned us to turn back to him and we are not listening. In this book the author takes you through the facts that have happened. From the fall of the stock market to 9/11. The dates, months, events line up with Isrealite's calendars and all fall into place. The same thing that happened to the Isrealites is happening to America, including how we as a country declared those same exact words over our people! The government spoke them!!!

In the end of the book you are basically challenged, what will you do? We see the warnings! If you knew the end was coming what would you do? Would you tell people? Would you shout it to the world no matter the cost?

The book was amazing. Amazing in the way that I had no idea the events that have taken place to the extent that they have. I looked up events that were mentioned and was shocked at how America is walking in the steps of the Isrealites! It's scary! Should bring us to the feet of God!

I would recommend to read this book! Be challenged!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Family by Karen Kingsbury

Family is the 4th book in the Firstborn series. I have been reading the last three books straight through, that is why the only reviews I have been doing are on this series. They are just too good to put down. I am bummed I cannot borrow the next book on the Kindle like I had hoped and I cannot find it at the library! AGH! I'm going to go through Baxter withdrawls!

In Family, it continues just months after book three, Found ends. In the first book, Fame of this series Katy and Dayne found themselves being attacked by a crazy fan! Now in book four they are brought back together once again in court with their attacker. Dayne and Katy's feelings are always growing stronger but when they try to spend time together they are chased by paparazzi. In the end they have to decide if going any further in a relationship is worth it.

In the mean time Dayne is continuing to struggle with his faith, the faith of the roots as well as his birth family and what he should do. His fame status is so public he wants to protect those he cares about, even if it's at the loss of his happiness.

The Baxter family learns about a family secret that is thirty years old. How will they take the news?

This book was really good. It had so much going on and I wanted to keep reading. The only hard part with me was Katy's back and forth. She would change her mind so many times. It's easy to say what you would do if you were in the same situation but you can understand what she is going through.

I am so exited to read book five, if I can find it!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Forgiven by Karen Kingsbury

This is the second book in the Firstborn series by Karen Kingsbury. If you have not read the Redemption series first you must start there. Karen Kingsbury has 3 or 4 series that you read in a row to follow through the history of each family that she introduces as you progress. Firstborn is the second series that follow the Redemption series.

I absolutely loved the Redemption series and when I read the first book of the Firstborn series I wasn't as thrilled. It reminded me a lot of the first book in the Redemption series. It took me about a month or more to finally pick up book two, Forgiven and I LOVED it! The first quarter of the book took time to set up the story line but once it got going I couldn't put the book down. When I was done I immediately started reading book three!


In Forgiven, Dayne Matthews is starting the filming for his new movie that he was casting for in the first book Fame. He is going back to Bloomington where a past is waiting for him but is just out of his reach.

Dayne is at a crossroads in his life. He is living with his leading lady but is not happy, he is searching for something to believe in and doesn't know what to do with his feelings. Following his heart Dayne finds more than what he expected.

This book also continues to follow the Baxter family, who you fall in love with in The Redemption series.

I highly recommend you read these series! I can't wait to see how things unfold in the lives of all those involved in these stories!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Illusion by: Frank Peretti

Okay, I am a HUGE lover of Frank Peretti's writing. His earlier books, Piercing the Darkness and This Present Darkness are some of my all time favorite books. It has been quite awhile since he has written any books and I was so excited to read it.

As I saw new reviews coming out they were mixed on whether people liked it or not, some were even disappointed. I still kept an open mind and hoped that I would feel differently. Unfortunately that did not happen for me. I am not a fan of Illusion.

To start out I grew up being told that any type of magic was bad. It wasn't something you did or watched. Now as I've grown up I realize that that is not the case. Magic is just an Illusion (thus the title of the book). With that said it was still hard to wrap my mind around the Illusions that occured.

To start off Mandy and Dane are a very famous married couple who do traveling magical shows. When traveling one day they are hit by a car Mandy is killed. Dane is left to move to their new home, Mandy's home town, all alone to start a new life.

Mandy then wakes up. To her she is 19 years old but the year is 2010 (the day, year she died). Nothing is the same from when she lived in her hometown at 19 years old. She has to create a new identity to survive. She is doing street magic when she runs into Dane but does not know who he is. Her mind has been erased back to age 19. Though Dane recognizes something in her. Eventually they create a friendship and Dane mentors Mandy to be a better magician.

Dane is beginning to feel like he is going crazy because of how he is drawn to the younger Mandy and Mandy is confused with who she is. In the mean time she develops the ability to travel through time to create amazing Illusions that no one can believe.

The story talks about how she died and woke up at age 19, talks about Dane and Mandy's marriage. Many describe the book as a romance but it's not so much that for me. Sometimes it was hard to follow how her ability to travel through time worked and you very much have to pay attention to what your reading when things really get going.

The story is definitely a new concept it was just hard for me to get passed my initial issues with magic in general. I will not write off Frank Peretti and will look forward to the next book that he publishes. I just wish I had enjoyed this one as much as I have other ones.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar

I am so excited to finally cross a book that I liked so much again! It's been awhile since I read a book that I was really into. I picked this one again from the many free kindle downloads and I'm so glad I downloaded it!

Pearl in the Sand is a fictional story about Rahab. It's a great portrayal of her life, though all speculation. From her living in Jericho and her life there, to hiding the Israelite spies, to being spared by God and joining the Israelite's people!

It's amazing to see how God can use us and how God allowed Rahab to be in the the lineage of Jesus!!! Praise God for his mercy on our lives!

I defiantly recommend this book! If you have it, read it!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

From Ashes To Honor by Loree Lough

I haven't been reading much lately. I have so many free kindle books on my daughters Kindle Fire so I picked one and went with it.

From Ashes to Honor is more post 9/11 rather than pre or during 9/11. Austin has regrets from that day and has been dealing with trying to heal from them ever since. Years later someone from his past enters his life again and together they try to start over. But there are many factors that lay in their way.

I didn't want to spoil the book by adding too many details, though you can find out more details when you look up the book on Amazon!

I like this book for the most part, it just isn't one that will stick out as one of my favorites. I did find about 5 times where there were grammatical errors, which surprised me. Especially knowing that there is a 2nd book in this series. I would think that wouldn't happen. Knowing there was a 2nd book  helped at the end of the story as well. You know there is more to come. It's a be continued type of ending rather than a conclusion.

One of the major part of the story was that Austin deals with a relationship where she does not believe in God. The book spends lots of time on him deciding what to do. You want her to see the miracles God is doing around her but she never does. I guess I need to read the second book to find out what happens. Especially now that I've invested time into the characters.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Vow by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter

This book is actually really well written. The book is written by Kim, the husband telling the story of how Krickitt, his wife and him met. About them falling in love and getting married.

Kim then tells about the accident that changed their lives. I wasn't sure what their story would be like since I watched the movie, The Vow, but they are nothing alike.

The movie, which Kim talks about a little at the end of his book, is based on their story. The story of a married couple in a accident and the wife doesn't remember her husband. Beyond that nothing is the same. From the family dynamics, to the actual accident, her recovery, etc. They are all different.

The one big thing missing from the movie is also their faith. The carpenters are strong Christians! The amazing thing is that Krickett stayed in the marriage because she knew in her head that she was married despite the fact that she didn't know Kim anymore! She held onto her faith to fall in love with her husband again!

With God all things are possible!!! This story is a very easy read. I read it in one day. Kim's writing is very well done and he keeps you going. I recommend to pick this book up and be inspired. It's encouraging for those of us who struggle in marriage (everyone) how God can help you through the toughest of times!

The Secret Life of Copernicus Stringfellow

This story wasn't what I expected. I had not heard of this book before I was asked to read and was willing to give it a try.

The main character was quite interesting. Super smart, rich and giving. The beginning had me intrigued to find out what Nick or Copernicus Stringfellow was all about. I felt, as the reader, I was in the dark for much of the beginning until one of the characters in the book digs into Nick's past. I kept waiting for there to be a reason behind why Nick's character had the "superhero" powers he did. There was mention of God but no real reason behind it. You never find out if Nick believes in God or not. Nick is a very giving but a mysterious character. Mysterious in that you never truly discover his purpose other than that he does good.

Nicks relationship with some of the characters seem to jump time. There are pieces missing in the growth of relationships that make you wonder how much time lapse there was between events.

I wasn't a fan of all the descriptive parts of some of the storyline. There was so much detail on what was happening in the human body that there were paragraphs that I would skim over because I didn't know medical jargon. There were many large words used through out the book that I found myself using my kindle dictionary quite a bit.

My favorite part in the book was the banter during the car chase between Nick and another character. But then was disappointed in the decision that Nick made with the perpetrator they were chasing after. Another point to wonder if the character believed in God or not. I am not sure this book was written as a Christian fiction as I have not found any classification thus far. But I do think that this book does target more of a young adult age group because of the type of fantasy written.

With all this said I do think there is potential. The end of the book does lead to believe that there may be more stories to come and adventures to follow. Maybe if more books do proceed, more holes will be filled that add to the depth of the story that I feel are still missing. And a series will create a bigger character as you read about Nick's adventures.

I was given a free copy of this book from the author to write a review about this book. I posted this same review on I was very excited to be able to do this! It's awesome to hear from authors since I would love to be one! :)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Fame by Karen Kingsbury

Fame is the first book in the First Born series. This is the next series you read once you have read the Redemption series. So if you have not read the Redemption series yet, I would highly recommend that you do. Fame continues on with many characters from the Redemption series. It just gives you a better understanding of the story line as it unfolds.

Fame follows Dayne Matthews into Hollywood. He is one of the top actors and is casting for his newest up and coming movie. A year ago he took a trip to Bloomington and saw a girl named Katy Hart. Even after a year, he can't get her out of his mind. And now Dayne wants her for the lead female role, opposite him in this movie.

Katy Hart can't believe she has been offered such a big role! This was once her dream that she has let go of years ago. She has to take the part, right?

This series hasn't started out as exciting as the Redemption series for me. It is nice to have characters continue on through though. You don't have to wonder what became of them. There is a cliff hanger out there since book 5 of the redemption series that I am anxious to get to find out what happens.

This book is good for those that need to listen to God's voice, following Katy Harts character is just for you!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Reunion by Karen Kingsbury

Reunion is the 5th and final book in the Redemption series by Karen Kingsbury.

Through out the Redemption series you have followed Elizabeth and John Baxters children; Erin, Kari, Ashley, Brooke and Luke. They have gone through many struggles and moved on in life where God has taken them.

Now in Reunion, Elizabeth is wanting to get all the children back together to celebrate God's faithfulness in their lives. As another secrets, more twists and turns that you don't expect pop up!

I cried in book four and even more in book five, Reunion. Karen Kingbury writes about the Baxter family that gets you involved in their lives. You follow them through the ups and downs and laugh and cry with them! May sound funny but it's true. The struggles this family goes through could be pulled from any family, they are so real.

You will love the Baxter family. You will love this series. If you are a book reader I highly recommend the Redemption series! Now I'm onto the next series, Fame, which continues on with characters from the Redemption series.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Rejoice by Karen Kingsbury

Wow! Rejoice is heart wrenching!  More than any of the other books so far. I cried within the first few chapters and cried all throughout. This one by far affected me the most as a mom!

Brook and her husband are doctors. One weekend Brook is on call and had to leave a birthday party that they are at with their daughters. While she is gone a tragic accident occurs that changes their lives forever. Before the accident their marriage was suffering, now things are even worse.

Meanwhile Ashley who received life altering news in the  third book in the Redemption series, Remember. Ashely has yet to tell the entire family and is forced to wait when the accident occurs. In the meantime she is letting her life slip away.

Will Ashley trust God that He still wants to bless her beyond what she can imagine. That she doesn't have to let things go? Will Brook and ... be able to hold on to God's word and Rejoice even in the midst of the worst tragedy of their lives?

I wanted to shake Ashely, you don't want her to make the choices she is making. And I was heart broken for Brook. I'm so sad to be moving on to the last book of this series...I have loved every minute of it!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Return by Karen Kingbury

I'm not sure how three books into Karen Kingbury's Redemption series they can get any better! Each book is just a great as the last one.

In Return so much is going on in the Baxter family. More twists and turns that you don't expect.

Luke, Elizabeth and John's only son, has wandered away from his faith. Luke and his girlfriend Brooke made a choice that changed their lives on 9/11 and Luke is about to hear news that will change it again.

Ashley is finally living the life that she is always wanted. When she is given life altering news that will changed the future she always wanted and she can see it slipping from her hands.

Brooks daughter seems to be sicker than normal and as a doctor she should be able to know what's wrong. It's taking a toll on her marriage when her daughter is finally admitted to the hospital.

Will Luke return to his first love?
Can Ashley trust God to keep everything together?
Will Brook and her husband find what is wrong in time, will her marriage survive?

Each book seems to get better and you want to keep reading to find out what happens. These books have quickly risen to the top of my all time favorite books that I've read! If you haven't started reading them you need to pick up a copy today!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Remember by Karen Kingbury

Remember is the second book in the Redemption series.

If you haven't read my previous review on the first book Redemption, here is a little recap. John and Elizabeth Baxtor have five children; Kari, Ashley, Luke, Brook and Erin. The first book is about their oldest daughter Kari (you will have to go to my previous post to read a full review on book one).

The second book; Remember is about their daughter Ashley. Though Ashley grew up in a Christian home she has come to believe that the choices she has made in her life will never be forgiven by God. She has kept everyone, even her family out of reach, never revealing what happened in her past to anyone.

In Remember, 9/11 takes place ripping the country apart and even affects the Baxtor family in a personal way. Ashley must say good-bye to someone close and in doing so just may learn to lean on and find her way back to God.

Another must read! Like I said I am addicted! Can't wait to read book three!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Redemption by Karen Kingbury

I am calling my life right now; The Baxter movement! I am hooked on Karen Kingbury books; The Redemption series. I am hooked on the  Baxter family!

Who is the Baxter family you ask!? You don't know? Well you should! John and Elizabeth have five children; Kari, Ashley, Luke and Brook and Erin.

In Redemption Kari Baxtor Jacobs, their oldest daughter, has just found out that her husband has been having an affair on her with his college student. He wants a divorce and walks out on Kari, while Kari holds onto to God's promise to make her marriage work.

During the book you go through twist and turns of Kari's relationship while God shows his redemptive power. The book takes a wild turn and you are left wanting to dive right into book two to find out what happens next in the Baxtor family!

A must read! I am hooked, so will you!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Between Sundays by Karen Kingsbury

Another great book by Karen Kingsbury. I was given this book, which I was very excited about because she is such a great author!

Aaron Hill is a starting quarter back for the 49ers but has questionable character. The news catches wind of one bad night out and he is now having to do some PR to help with his image.

Derrick Anderson is a Christian quarter back in his last season with the 49ers. He has had a great career as a quarter back and is trying to win one last Superbowl ring. For the team he is trying to help mentor Aaron, though Aaron doesn't really want it.

Yet, when Aaron needs to shape up his image he goes with Derrick to a pizza night with the foster care children in the area (a program Derrick has started). The very first night Aaron is taken with Megan Gunn, who is Cory Briggs foster mom and Cory's believes with all his heart that Aaron is his father!

Now Aaron wants to get to know Megan but what will he think when he finds out that Cory believes? Will he walk away or will he try to discover the truth? Will Megan and Aaron find love or will they be torn apart by Aaron's questionable character? Can God work in all their hearts to bring them together?

Read, read, read!!!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury

Shades of Blue is a very moving story.

Brad Cutler has moved up in the business industry. He is now a rising star at a New York ad agency of his future father-in-laws business. But something is different. He is six weeks away from his wedding day and his past has come back up when he least expected it.

He is working on a new add for a new line of plush fabric for babies. He is supposed to be coming up with a new catchy slogan for the company but old memories are getting in the way.

After much prayer Brad knows what he needs to do. He has to tell his fiance that he needs to go back into his past and seek forgiveness from his first love. He had tried to move on from the past but he realizes that he cannot move on into a new chapter in his life until the last chapter is finished. He must tell her secrets that he had never spoken before.

While Brad is off with is ex-girlfriend his fiance is left to struggle with this new information from a man she is supposed to be marrying in six weeks. Can Brad and his fiance find the forgiveness that they need, will their wedding plans continue? Can God work in both their hearts to bring healing?

This is a great story. I think it's one that many teenagers need to read. It talks about choices that we make in our youth that can bring many consequences even years later. Why waiting is so important in so many ways!

I recommend this book, Karen Kingsbury really deals with so many day to day issues that we have all walked through. Her stories are honest and encouraging. I recommend any of her books!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Living A Life of Fire by Reinhard Bonnke

Must, must read. I have to say I'm not typically a non-fiction reader. I can probably count on both hands how many non-fiction books I have read, ever! Compared to my 100 or so fiction books I have read, it's a big difference. The story has to be compelling enough for me to want to pick it up and engaging to keep me reading.

This book is a huge undertaking, 630 page. It may take you awhile but it's well worth the read!

I had the privilege to hear Reinhard Bonnke speak a few month back. I have to be honest, I had never heard of him. My in-laws mentioned how they were going to hear him speak and my husband had said how he wanted to go, so when the opportunity came we took it.

When Reinhard spoke he showed a video clip of his ministry in Africa (a little like the one above). I was blown away! The millions that he has reached is amazing! (At one time in his ministry 1 million came to the Lord in one service! Praise God!) My husband and me were talking after we heard him speak about how simple his message was. To the point and easy to understand. In his book he mentions that he speaks the ABC's of Salvation. As we talked I said, that may be how God is able to use him. He doesn't go over your head. Neither does God! His gift is free and easy to receive, why complicate it!?

I wanted to read his book after hearing Reinhard speak and then in my bible study we were encouraged to read it as well. So I borrowed it from a friend and I am so glad I did! It took me a full 8 days to finish it and it did get harder to keep up at the last 100 pages but man it's amazing to read his story and so many stories of others his path has crossed with over his lifetime! It was interesting to see when I was born what miracles were taking place and have continued over my lifetime in another country I had no idea about!

If you have ever felt over looked, pushed aside or in the background, you should read this book! Reinhard felt called to Africa at age 10! His parents did not believe him and he was a naughty boy. He always in trouble, yet God passed over the two oldest sons and went to the 2nd to youngest child (youngest son) to anoint with the calling of evangelism.

I love Reinhard's passion, despite all the opposition he had. Even as he drew crowds of hundreds of thousands people would stand against him. It's amazing how even in the house of God we can discourage those around us that have a true calling on their lives! It is sad. But Reinhard trusted God and God always provided and protected!

God has really been speaking to my heart about missions these last few months. Our children's pastor and another friend are working towards their goals for missions from our church! Another family that is friends of ours just went to live in China (my heart) from our church as well. I have another friend going to Africa and friends that are working on going on missions trips. I remember going to Brazil and El Salvador 10 years ago and I LOVED it! I would love to do again one day.

I'm not sure what God is teaching me these last few months, in my heart. We can be a missionary even in our lives with those around us. A few weeks back Jayden and Akayla-Joy both said that God told them to be missionaries! Akayla-Joy to Africa, Jayden said God hasn't said where yet! Who knows what God will do but I will not discourage it.

I just finished a bible study on Romans as well. We talked about our lives; being examples, reaching others through our lives. It was a great study to help remind us of our calling. Romans was a spark, this book sparked into a fire!

It is time, let's Live A Life of Fire!!!

Tanya, missionary to Cambodia from Harvest Church

Our amazing children's Pastor, Joyce

Holly, missionary to Africa

Saturday, March 17, 2012

LEVEL BEST Lessons From the Life of Joe Elston by Renee Elston Duka

This book was written by a daughter of a friend of mine from my church, Harvest. Sherry Elston's husband, Joe passed away from cancer a few years back and his daughter Renee wrote a book about the stories of his life.

I think this book is beautifully written. It not only talks about his life growing up, how he was a the oldest of six, always helping his mother. But it also talks about his character. The lessons that he taught his children. He was a very influential man in the lives of those around him, influential with his character.

I remember meeting Papa Joe when I moved to Elk Grove for Master's Commission back in 2000. I had just joined on staff with Master's Commission and had a meeting with a few other staff members, one them being Joe.

I had always though through the years that he reminded me of my own grandpa. I wasn't sure what it was about him. My grandpa, like Joe was very tall. Maybe it was that. Maybe it was just his quiet spirit that drew me to him.

I think this book is a great quick read. It's not only a good read about Joe's life but I think it definitely encourages those reading how their lives can be a great example of Christ, especially for our children, to leave a legacy!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Take One by Karen Kingsbury

Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison left the mission field to come back to the states and created movies that reach people and changes their lives. This is their first independent movie and though they raised money it's only enough to film for 4 weeks with no set backs.

When filming starts in Indianapolis (where Keith's daughter Andi is going to school) they have many setbacks in just the first day. The next four weeks test Chase and Keith's faith. To trust that they heard God's calling and believing that He will provide for them.

As part of the story it also follows Andi Ellison (Keith's daughter) in her first year of college off the mission field. She feels like she has been segregated from the real world. Her best friend had been killed and now Andi is questioning her belief in God. Keith and his wife Lisa are excited that her dorm roommate is Bailey Flanigan (a character from Karen Kingsbury's Redemption series - which I've heard is really good!) who is a strong Christian example.

This is book one of Above The Line series. It was a good story and I'm interested to see what happens in the rest of the series with the different characters.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

It Had To Be You by Janice Thompson

It Had To Be You is the 3rd book in the Weddings By Ella series by Janice Thompson.

Ella has put on 2 themed weddings in the last two books; a Boot Scootin' Boogy and a Renaissance. In this 3rd book Ella is working on another wedding for someone close to her. (To not spoil it for anyone who hasn't read the 1st two I will not name names!) This wedding has a Christmas theme to it.

Through this book Ella is receiving multiple wedding dates to plan for and is quickly becoming stressed from the pressure to keep up. As usual her quirky family is there in the mix as more family members arrive out of town from Italy. Including Sal (the owner of the bird they have been watching and good friend of her uncles). It's quite a crowd in her house these days! Will Ella be able to keep up?

I enjoyed this storyline. I loved Ella's family, they are hilarious! I do have to say after reading all of the books I really enjoyed the first book the most. The twists and turns that keep you laughing and are really unexpected! As the books go on the craziness does tone down quite a bit and you follow a good year period through the 3 books of Ella's family.

I wish there was a book 4 that fast forwarded to a reunion that takes place 5 years from now. To see where everyone ends up past "wedding stages". The humor and craziness that could take place would be fun to read about!

I recommend these books to read if you like comedy with a little romance, you won't be disappointed! Enjoy!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Swinging On A Star by Janice Thompson

Swinging On A Star picked up where Fools Rush in ends. I will not add any information that might spoil the first book for anyone that has not every read this series.

Bella has just finished putting on her first themed wedding, a boot scootin' wedding (in book 1) and now in Swinging On A Star Bella is planning a Renaissance wedding.

Soon Bella discovers that the best man in the wedding is a Hollywood star! He has come early in hopes to be hidden from the paparazzi. To top it off Rosa, Bella's aunt has been chosen to be on the well know Food Network to be on a cooking show. Talk about camera's and all in time for the wedding!

Can Bella keep their best man a secret and pull off a Renaissance wedding at the same time?

This book is just as fun as the first one. I do have to say that book one is my favorite still. It might just be because you are not expecting the crazy family and humor that is introduced to you. But I do like that the story line keeps going, since you didn't want book one to really end! I thought book 2 was funny and I am always waiting for what crazy things will happen to the Rossi family! I am looking forward to finish book 3!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Fools Rush In by Janice Thompson

My cousin recommended this book to me. I had seen it before since I downloaded it onto my daughters kindle fire from amazon. I just had not read it yet.

I am in love with this book! I didn't know what to expect. I have never read Janice Thompson before but will be looking for more books by her. Fools Rush In is the first book in a 3 books series of Weddings by Ella. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

I compare this book to the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, if you have ever seen it. The only difference is that Ella is from an Italian family who by chance or as Ella would say she had a"bada bing bada boom moment" where she meets D.J.

Ella took over the family business as wedding coordinator and needs to pull together a themed cowboy wedding. In walked D.J., a tall drink of cowboy! Can Ella pull of a cowboy wedding as Italian and cowboy cultures collide?

This book is a must read, it's hilarious. Janice Thompson's writing is so funny as she twists in comedy and romance. Ella's family is out of this world funny and Ella learns to be open to new directions in life!

Grab a copy of this e-book today, Feb. 24th, on Amazon, it's free!!! (If you are reading this later you will have to check to see if it is still free, as of today it is).

Monday, February 20, 2012

A Wedding Quilt for Ella by Jerry S. Eicher

I read this book for my Lover's of Amish Books book group on Goodreads this month. I have read a few Amish books so far and though they are not my first choice I have read a few good ones.

A Wedding Quilt for Ella is a sad story. Ella is going to be married when she turns 21, as is the Amish tradition when her betrothed, Aden, dies from a ruptured appendix. The rest of the book is how Ella deals with her sudden loss.

Not only is Ella in mourning but the Amish community is hit with many other sudden tragedies throughout the book and the story follows their trust in God.

The story overall as good. I can't say it was a bad book but the storyline is pretty much the same throughout the book. There aren't any suspenseful moments, you just follow Ella through the months after Aden's death and how she heals from it. The sister irritated me with her doom and gloom outlook on things but it is interesting to read the Amish way of things. Many of which would be hard for me to follow!!!

I do recommend the book, it's a good story but if your looking for more excitement this is not for you. I have heard the rest of the series gets more interesting, so I may attempt to read them in time. I have many other books I will end up reading first since this one didn't capture my attention as others have.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Safe Haven by Nicolas Sparks

This is my 3rd book by Nicolas Sparks. I am getting used to his style of writing now.

I had read a review by someone on my goodreads book site that said; Reading Nicolas Sparks is like eating at McDonalds. You know the taste. No surprises. If you want quick fix to your hunger, you pass by an outlet. Quality food at reasonable price. What I am saying is that there is nothing wrong with Nicholas Sparks' novels. You want romance, you get romance. You just read to be entertained, you get entertained. You don't want mind-boggling read, you just read and no need to think. You get what you expect.

This was so true! In the last few books I've read his stories seem to take at least 100+ pages to get the story set up. It's not usually until the last 50 pages that things really speed up and the surprise, twist or drama happens before the conclusion. The stories are nice but I think in some ways watching a story play out in a movie makes it more entertaining. Not that his books are bad at all.

Safe Haven is about a woman named Katie who has just recently moved to Southport, North Carolina. Alex is a widow, who is raising his two children in Southport while running the local convenient store. When Katie first moves to Southport she crosses paths with Alex and eventually starts to lower her guard. But she is haunted by her past, a past that is catching up with her. Will Alex be able to fall in love again, can Katie trust her with her past?

This story was really good. The only thing I have to say about Nicolas Spark's books (which are obviously not Christian) is that I don't like reading about the thoughts of the guys that Nicolas Sparks makes "the bad guy". Some of things they think just, to me, could be left out.

The ending of this book kept me reading to find out what happens. I read the book in 2 days because the story line was interesting, even if you have to wait for the transition of the book to take place later. I would recommend this book with the disclaimer that it's not Christian. I have heard that it may become a movie, we'll see.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Witness by Dee Henderson

I read the O'Malley series by Dee Henderson last year and thought that this book looked really good.

The book starts out with a robbery gone back and a witness, Amy Griffin, who saw it all. Yet, when Detective Luke Granger goes to get her statement she has disappeared. He finds her in her home packing to run and realizes that she is on the run from more than just the robber. He vows to keep her true identity a secret when she tells him about why she is running.

Three years later Luke Granger is brought in to help one of homicide detectives, Marsh, with new news that his girlfriend and her sister are about to inherit money from a well known father that they never knew. When the news comes out on air, reporters come out to cover the story.

Luke is pulled into a deeper situation than he could have ever expected to protect theses sisters from what is about to come and it comes at a high price. Will anyone come out alive?

I didn't want to spoil the story. The first few chapters get you hooked on "the witness". Then the next 50% of the book lets the story unfold. I didn't feel it was too slow but just when I was hoping for a good grab you are shocked at the turn of events and the story gets you to read faster to find out what happens.

I saw that this book was the beginning of another series, so I will be looking forward to book 2. I almost wish it ended in suspense to get you to the next book but it wraps up the book even though you are still digesting the turn of events. (This is how Dee Henderson wrote the O'Malley series. Each book wrapped up it's own story line). I want to see how the rest continues. There were many of her catch phrases that I noticed again that Dee Henderson uses but I do like her stories.

I highly recommend. It's a good mystery with light romance.

Friday, February 3, 2012

A Texan's Promise by Shelley Gray

I read this book because it was chosen by one of my book groups on Goodreads and it was a book I had downloaded free on my daughter's Kindle. It gave me a reason to read it!

Clayton has been working on the Circle Z ranch for a few years. Price had taken over the Circle Z when Mr. Proffitt had passed away. Not long after Mrs. Proffitt remarried to Price Venture. Price is a horrible man and when one night Clayton finds his daughter Vanessa beaten by Price, he fullfills his vow her her father to take care of her and he takes her from the Circle Z to live with his sister in Colorado.

Along the way they are met with feelings and Clayton has to decide how to keep Vanessa safe as well as keep his promise afraid that he has already failed her when he wasn't there to protect her from Vanessa.

This story is a good story. I really enjoyed it. From the first pages you want to find out what becomes of Vanessa and Clayton. As they are trying to run from Price, does he ever find them? Will they ever be safe?

I didn't realize there is a 2nd book to this story coming out March 1st, A Texan's Honor. Knowing that I wish there had been a little more suspense but it kind of reminds me of the Love Comes Softly series (if you've read those). Each book ends the storyline but continues another type of story where it left off, never leaving you hanging but enjoying the stories as they unfold. I can see this series being that same way.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Wedding by Nicolas Sparks

I had no idea that there was a sequel to The Notebook. I have not read the book but The Notebook is one of my favorite movies. Yes, I do know it's not a Christian story but don't judge. I love it anyway. It such a beautiful love story. I am intersted to read the book because I know there are differences to the movie.

The Wedding follows one of Noah and Allie's children. Their daughter Jane and her husband Wilson. Wilson realizes that after 29 years of marriage he is afraid his wife no longer loves him. He forgets his anniversary and can see how he hasn't been as present in their marriage as a wife or father that he should have been. The book takes you through a year of him trying to win his wife back. The little ways he tries to win her affection and make her fall in love with him all over again.

When their 30th anniversary is soon arriving their daughter announces that she is getting married interrupting the plans that Wilson has created for a year for their anniversary to be special. The next 2 weeks before their anniversary date are spent preparing for a wedding for their daughter, Jane.

I LOVED this book! It was so sweet. At the end I was crying and totally surprised. It's a great way to remember how it only takes the little things to keep your marriage alive! I totally recommend this book to read!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Mission: Motherhood by: Marta Perry

I ran across Marta Perry last year with her Three Sisters Inn series and I really enjoyed them. I thought I would try out another book by her, which are limited at the library. This one sounded interesting because, of course 1. I'm a mother and 2. I like military stories.

Caitlyn Villard becomes a mother when her sister and brother-in-law are killed in action over seas. Caitlyn is forced to go back to the town she grew up in and worked so hard to leave to help her mother take care of her twin nieces. Her plan is to help them get settled and get back to the life she worked so hard to create in New York.

When she arrives she realizes how over whelmed her mother is and decides to take a job to help make some income while she is in town. She runs into a Steve Windham, from school who is now a chaplain. And every where she goes she bumps into him.

Will Caitlyn change her mind and give up her job in New York to become a mother? Or will she go back to the life she had worked so hard to create?

I wasn't as excited about this book as I was about Three Sisters Inn series. Though that was a mystery and this one was more romance. The story was cute and a good read. It took me longer to read because I wasn't as excited about it as I thought I would be. This series is written by other authors each taking a book in the series, I would be interested to finish the series out. But the next one I pick by Marta Perry will be a mystery!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Night Light by Terri Blackstock

Night light is the 2nd book in the Restoration series by Terri Blackstock. In this series everything electronic has quit working. From airplanes, cars, t.v.'s to water plants, and electricity. The outage is world wide and families are now having to rely on digging wells, planting crops in their yards and work hard every day just to survive. Life is quite different without the modern conveniences we rely on!

The book is centered around the Branning family. Doug and Kay have 3 children. Deni, the oldest had come home to plan her wedding and return to New York with her fiance to live the big city life. When the outings interupted those plans. When she finally hears from her fiance she has to decide if the big city life is still in her plans, whether the outage is over or not.

Jeff is 16 and has had to grow up to protect his family and help take care of them by working hard. While Beth, the youngest at 12 is the youngest in the family.

In this book the Branning family is robbed by some children, which leads them to an apartment complex across town where they discover the children are living alone. They haven't seen their mother in weeks and have been stealing to survive. The Branning family take the 4 children in, try to show them the love of God while they look for their missing mother. They soon discover there is more involved then they realized.

This book has just a little bit of mystery. Terri Blackstock makes you look through the eyes of the children when they were living with a mother who abuses drugs and how they had to survive on their own, even when their mother was around. They have to learn to trust the Branning family, who want nothing in return for their generosity. This book also teaches you what is important in live as Deni, the oldest, has to makes some big life decisions. The Brannings reach out to other neighbors in their time of need.

This book makes you think; "What would I do, if I were in this situation?" We forget where we came from and it's hard enough when you dishwasher goes out or you need the heater fixed. But to have ever day conveniences as well as all electronics, including your car no longer work! How we would have to truly rely on God!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Movie Challenge

Another challenge that I've decided to do for fun this year is read books that go with movies. I did a few last year but have come across some great ones that I wanted to read.

1. Courageous - Finished this one January 20th!!! Good book and good movie! :)

2. The Vow - Comes out in February 2012

3. Hunger Series - Comes out in March 2012 (already read)

4. Lucky One - Comes out in April 2012 (already read)

5. War Horse - Already out in theaters...on waiting list 50+ people! Will be awhile! Now to just have to wait to see the movie, which I've heard is good!

I will have to add to my list as I find more!

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

This is the last book in the Hunger Games series. I had heard a bunch of hype about these books and how great they were I really wanted to read them. They are not a Christian series but I'm always willing to read a new book! Especially with such big reviews.

The first book took me back by surprise. I wasn't ready for the storyline and it was hard to read. (You can read my book review in 2011). After I was done though I was stuck needing to read the next two books to find out the end of the story. The second book was much better than the second. I actually started to like the story.

The third book is a little different in some ways. There is a lot less fighting and requires a lot more thinking; they discuss tactics and talk about characters (which makes you need to remember who was from which book and how they fit into the story), there is a lot more information given to you about how things became the way they were and makes you even question who's side your on.

I think when reading this series you need to be able to read book 2 and 3 back to back. I got away with waiting between 1 and 2 but waiting even just a little made it harder to remember things.

I have to say that at the end of the series I can say that I do like it. It's funny looking back at how I just could not handle the first book but now I am able to view the 1st book quite differently than when I started out. You see the big picture now. I would definitely recommend this series with caution but would still recommend to read. I am actually looking forward to watching the movie that is coming out in March 2012. Though reading some of the things that take place I'm wondering how they will show that on the big screen?

Here is the link to see the preview of the movie...