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!