Friday, July 31, 2015

The Love List

The Love List
The Complete Series
Jennifer Conner, Sharon Kleve, Angela Ford, Joanne Jaytanie
Four seperate stories by four different authors tell about how four young women are tired of dating and want to fall in love with the man they will marry. A little bit too much wine and a lot of desperation lead to The Love List. Each girl puts a name in the hat of a man she doesn't want to date, but who could be a good potential for one of the other girls. What happens next is exactly as planned. But love always finds a way and eventually each girl finds her man.

The premise for the story was amusing. The feel of the book was very YA for me. The reactions and conversations were more teenager than adult. While the stories were interesting, I had a really hard time with the inconsistencies in the editing and story lines. Most novellas written by multiple people match much better than these four stories did. I think this would be a cute little YA book if it had some serious editing and a clean up of some of the physical romance. 
I received this book free of charge from Goodreads in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Not by Sight

Not by Sight
Kate Breslin
Britain is in the midst of WWI. Grace has a brother who has joined the fight and she wants him to come home. She naively thinks that if more men will join the war will be quickly over. So she crashes a party one night and hands out the white feathers to men she thinks are cowards. One man in particular is her focus. Her actions land her in trouble with her father and soon she finds herself working in the country helping with war efforts. What she finds there will change her life and that of her entire family.

I've been wanting to read this book since I first heard of it. Thankfully it more than lived up to the hype. The book captured my attention from the very first chapter. The characters were complex and well defined. The descriptions were vivid and allowed me to "see" the story. The author was able to take a story during a dark period in history and add some beautiful elements to it. The plot was both complicated and yet easy to follow. I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense and twists the author used to guide the plot. I enjoyed the friendships and the elements of faith that the author wove into the story. This is definitely an author that will be added to my favorites list. I look forward to her next book.

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Among The Fair Magnolias

Among The Fair Magnolias
Four Southern Love Stories
Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love, Elizabeth Musser
Each of the four stories are connected by their location and time period. Each one is set in the south during or close to the Civil War. The women in each story must overcome obstacles to have the men they love. Each author captured the essence of the time period.

I enjoyed each of these stories and found some new authors to check out. The one author I was familiar with took a secondary character from one of her previous books and wrote a love story for her. It was really fun to go back and visit them again. It made me want to read other books by the other authors to see if they did this as well. Rich stories that really showcase each author's writing style and the history for that time period.

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

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hope Harbor

Hope Harbor
Irene Hannon
Tracy is content working her family cranberry farm with her uncle in Hope Harbor. But finances, or the lack of, were threatening to shut down the farm. So she enlists an a vacationer named Michael to help while he's visiting. Michael has come to town to try to recover from burn out at his job and to hopefully heal some mental and spiritual wounds. The two just might find healing together.

This wasn't the typical story that I'm used to reading by this author. But it was still a good read. The story had a sweet, small town feel with quirky characters, faith filled moments, and a bit of romance. It showcased the importance of family and forgiveness and left me with a deeper appreciation for my loved one. While not what I was expecting, it was a good book that I would definitely recommend.

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

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Real Food for Rookies

Real Food for Rookies
Kelly Moeggenborg
The author changed her family's diet and wrote this book to show the reader the simple steps to implementing a healthy in their lives. She begins by talking about how to take it one step at a time and what to start with first. She then builds on each chapter with additional information. 

This book is for the beginner in healthy cooking. The steps are simple and easy to understand and implement. There are a few black and white pictures and six recipes included in one of the chapters. With the exception of the soda pop recipe, all of the recipes are simple and easy to make. This book would be great for someone who is completely lost when it comes to implementing a healthy diet and needs a starting point and some general ideas.

I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my review.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Twinkies Cookbook

The Twinkies Cookbook
A New Sweet and Savory Recipe Collection
from America's Most Iconic Snake Cake
Hostess has an 85th anniversary edition cookbook full of recipes that all include Twinkies. The book begins with the history of Twinkies. Quite a few of the recipes are submitted by Twinkie lovers from across the country. The recipes starts with a few sentences by the originator of the recipe. Seven different categories range from the sweet to the savory. 

The recipes are simple and easy to make. Colorful photography and creative ideas will make this book a favorite with Twinkie lovers. But anyone one who enjoys a sweet treat will enjoy looking through and making the recipes in this book. It's compact size and novel idea also make it a perfect gift for the cook in your family.

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

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

To Capture Her Heart

To Capture Her Heart
The Southold Chronicles Book 2
Rebecca DeMarino
Heather Flower is an Indian princess. When she's captured by another tribe of Indians, her father sends a Dutch man named Dirk to rescue her. She watched her husband be murdered and can't go back home, so she goes to visit her aunt until her heart can heal. A long time friend Ben is there to help her feel welcome in his community again. Heather and Ben must heal their broken hearts and decide if they have room to let another person in again. The story also catches the reader up on the happenings of the small community that was introduced in book one.

This is a book that is rich in details and has a large cast of characters. It is a historical family saga that spans quite a bit of time. The book picks up approximately 12 years after book one ends and tries to catch the reader up on everything that has happened since. I was immediately bogged down in the details. The romance was weak and didn't grab me. There were so many characters that I had a hard time remembering who was who, despite the fact that I'd read the 1st book. I wasn't convinced of the great love between the two characters and couldn't really get a feel for their personalities. This book will appeal to someone who enjoys this type of thing, but I couldn't get into it.

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