Sunday, October 4, 2015

Now & Forever

Now & Forever
Wild at Heart Book 2
Mary Connealy
Matthew Tucker noticed Shannon Wilde while helping the family with some home renovations. He doesn't believe the Wilde family that he's noticing a guy. This is confirmed when Shannon saves him from an angry grizzly by jumping with him into a raging river.  They spend a harrowing experience trying to survive on a river that no one is known to have survived. Once they are rescued their troubles only multiply. Now they are teaming together to stop a crazy man from killing.

I enjoyed this story. I think I even liked it better than book 1. While the two stories definitely go together, they can also be read as a stand-alone. There were two almost separate parts to the story. They were both enjoyable for me, but my mind had a slight problem transitioning between them. Otherwise the story was smooth and flowed well. The story has romantic elements, suspense, drama, and faith filled moments. It's a fun, quick read and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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

Friday, October 2, 2015

Paul's First Day of Preschool

Paul's First Day of Preschool
The Many Adventures of Preschool
Marianne Schwartz
Paul is really nervous. Today is the first day of preschool and he isn't sure he wants to go. He tries to convince his mom to let him stay home, but she insists he try. The story is of Paul's morning as he gets ready to go to school and what his reactions are once he arrives. It deals with the anxiety a child might have when facing a new situation.

The story would be a great book to read to a child who is getting ready to go to school for the first time or getting ready to do anything that might be intimidating for the first time. The vocabulary fits the intended age. Children will enjoy the story and will be able to relate to the little boy. My daughter enjoyed the story, but didn't care for the illustrations. My son read the book to his little sister and mentioned that the illustrations didn't fit with the story.

I received this book free of charge from Goodreads in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Perfect Arrangement

The Perfect Arrangement
The October Wedding
Katie Ganshert
Amelia is a florist who now owns her mother's flower shop. Trying to escape an awkward situation she accidentally bumps her car into another car. Eager to escape, she quickly exchanges business cards with a man named Nate and rushes off. She emails him and they settle the car issue. But when she sees her brother's fiance in an unusual setting she emails her best friend for advice. But the email goes to Nate and an email friendship begins. Amelia is cautious and a scared of letting anyone get too close to her heart. Can she trust Nate to keep her heart safe?

I loved this novella. It was my favorite of all of the wedding series. The characters were delightful and refreshingly real. The story had some humorous moments, but also some heartfelt ones. The romance was clean and sweet. It focused on friendship, instead of physical attraction, which is a wonderful change from most romances. I loved the element of emails that made me think of the book "Daddy Long Legs" and other similar books. The book is full of delightful little details about old movies, long ago romances, and the meaning of certain flowers. I really hope that there is another story about this couple. I really loved them.
Definitely a book I would recommend.

I received this book free of charge from BookLook Blogger in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Girl Meets Change

Girl Meets Change
Truths to Carry You Through Life's Transitions
Kristen Strong
 Change happens to all of us. Sometimes it's anticipated and celebrated, such as having a baby or getting married. Other times, it isn't something we planned for or wanted, such as a car accident or death. But our attitude when the change happens is what dictates how we will feel during and after that change. The author knows all about change and has written a heart felt book about how to deal gracefully with change as it comes. She talks about how to draw from your faith to handle the things that might not have turned out how you had planned.

I enjoyed reading this book. It was well written and interesting. The flow of the book felt like I was having a chat with the author. She incorporated personal stories to bring out her points. Plenty of scripture and biblical references made this a strong, faith-filled book. Since the author struggles with change, her writing gives the feel of comradery and encouragement. While the book is geared towards women, I think men might enjoy reading it as well.

I received this book free of charge from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Free Books

Here is a chance for free books that is unlike anything I've ever done on here before. But free is free, right?!
I've read all of these books before, but three of them were favorites. I've written my thoughts on those. But don't let my influence sway you. =)
This is an offer from a non-profit organization that is offering Bible studies and Christian books based on the Bible to people who are interested in learning more about Christ or enjoy reading Christian books. Since the majority of what I review is Christian, I thought some of my readers might be interested.

Truth Seekers
"An you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32
 A free hard-back book is yours for the asking. Choose one from the following list:

Patriarchs and Prophets
Prophets and Kings
The Desire of Ages
The Acts of the Apostles
The Great Controversy
Steps to Christ

Please contact us at:
Truth Seekers
P.O. Box 545
McEwen, TN 37101
Steps to Christ is a wonderful book that uses lots of scripture to show you the beautiful message of salvation.
The Desire of Ages is the story of Christ's life here on earth. Probably one of my all time favorite books. I'll never look at the life of Christ the same.
The Great Controversy is an incredibly well written and enthralling books about the history of religion and end time events. If you like history or reading about future events then you'll love this book. It is one of those books that will stick with you for a very long time.

*This is just a picture that I grabbed off of the internet. The free book might not look like this one.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Night Over Water

Night Over Water
Ken Follett
England has just declared war with Germany. A luxurious airliner nicknamed the Clipper is preparing for take-off. They will be flying across the Atlantic to land in the United States. On board are a surprising mix of characters. Each of them has paid a high price for a seat on the plane. Each of them is escaping Europe for some reason. All of them will become intimately acquainted before the 30 hour trip is over. Some will lose their lives, some will find a completely different life than the one they intended, none of them expect the violence or turbulence that will be waiting.

The story started out with separate story lines as the author brought each character to the day when they boarded the plane. There were plot twists, drama, and intrigue. The story covered a very small time period, but filled over 500 pages with grip your seat suspense and drama. If descriptive sex makes you uncomfortable, there will be a few paragraphs that you will want to skip. While I felt it unnecessary to the plot, it didn't really detract from the story for me. Overall, this was a great introduction to a new author and I will definitely be reading more of his books.

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Mistress of Tall Acre

The Mistress of Tall Acre
Laura Frantz
Seamus returns home to Tall Acre after the war with a young daughter. He's in desperate need of a mother for his little Lily Cate. Sophie agrees to marry him, knowing there isn't any love involved. But when trouble comes back to haunt them, they find love in unexpected places and must learn to trust not only each other, but their heavenly Father as well.

I really enjoyed this book. The scene was set dramatically and the drama continued through the entire book. The word pictures made the book come alive. The author created characters to love (or love to hate). The book was very plot driven and while the outcome was assumed, I enjoyed the whole thing. The story brought to mind the book Jane Eyre. I would definitely read more by this author based on this book.

I received this book free of charge from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.