Monday, May 2, 2016

The Reluctant Bridegroom

The Reluctant Bridegroom
Shannon Farrington
27190088
 Rebekah has spent her life trying to please her father, but failing miserably every time. She's learned to not speak, not express her opinions, and obey immediately. Now her father is aligning himself with a opposing politician by forcing her to marry the man's son. Rebekah knows she has no choice, but prays for a good man. Henry has no intention of following his father's orders to marry this unknown woman. But when an innocent act puts him and the nieces in his care into jeopardy, he realizes that by marrying Rebekah he might have a chance of keeping everyone safe. Both realize that this isn't a loving union, but have hopes of a decent marriage. 

There were several pros and a couple of cons. I'll get the negatives out of the way first. The background of the cover, while pretty, has nothing to do with the book. Clearly an oversight of the publishing company. The female protagonist is all over the place emotionally. While this didn't detract from the story too much, it didn't ring true in several places and left me confused. 
On to the good stuff, this was a unique setting and I loved how the author presented the turmoil and unrest right after the war. She did a great job of setting the scenes and the relationship between the two characters was very romantic. The faith infused into the story was authentic and I thought was nicely presented. The little girl in the story is precious. I could see some spin offs from this story, as several of the other characters were entertaining or hinted at more. Overall, I really enjoyed the story and would definitely read more by this author.

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

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Small-Town Brides

Small-Town Brides Romance Collection
9 Romances Develop Under the Watchful Eyes of Neighbors
Janet Barton, Susan Downs, Darlene Franklin, Pamela Griffin, 
Kelly Hake, Debby Mayne, Donita Paul, Kathleen Y'Barbo
26113237
Nine authors write romantic stories in historical settings. The first three stories are connected. But the remaining stories are not. Each story can be read as a stand-alone and is mainly connected to the others by the theme of small town love stories. The authors did a great job of staying with the theme, incorporating faith, forgiveness, christian love, and trust into their stories. Each one has romance, friendship, and love.

I enjoyed each story, a few more than others. These are the types of stories that give you insight into an author's writing style. They are great for when you only have a short time to read or want something different from what you normally read. Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a new author, wants some clean, Christian romance, or is short on time.

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

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Her One and Only

Her One and Only
Porter Family Book 4
Becky Wade
26974629
Dru Porter is the youngest in her family. She's also the only girl. As the late in life child, it's been a fight to keep up with her older brothers. Her mother tried desperately to get her interested in princess activities or dance, to no avail. After a stint in the military, Dru is now working for a security firm as a protection agent. Her next client is a football player named Gray Fowler. Gray has a stalker that has taken a turn towards dangerous. And until the police can figure out who is sending the letters, Gray must suffer with round the clock body guards. Neither party is happy with the arrangement. Dru is protecting a womanizing guy who plays for the wrong football team, Gray is sure that a tiny woman like Dru can't protect him and will ruin his reputation as a tough guy. 

I've enjoyed all of the books in this series. But I think this one is a favorite. The author mixed suspense with the romantic elements which gave it just the right amount of drama and intrigue. The reader is able to catch a glimpse at the couples from the previous books. I think this book would work as a stand-alone since the references to the previous characters fit with the book and don't leave the author guessing. I really liked how the author wove the theme of faith and trust into the character's lives. I loved how the book started off with a bang and then went back to tell how the characters arrived at the dramatic ending. Dru is a dynamic character that jumps out at the reader from the page. She's strong, but has a gentle side. She's a super hero. My favorite secondary character is Augustine. This woman is hilarious and really rounds out the story. This family was a joy to read about and I'm sad that there aren't any more in the series. But I'm sure the author has something even better coming out next.

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

Monday, April 25, 2016

Giant Killers

Giant Killers
Overcoming Obstacles and Seizing Opportunities
Steve Lawson
David was a giant killer. Armed with just a sling and some stones, David did what none of the warriors could do. He did it because he was confident in the abilities of his God. Using this story to base the concept on, the author takes the reader on a journey to kill their giants. Giants come in many forms, but are always something we are afraid of. We tend to be afraid of change, things that we are unsure and scared of. God doesn't want us to be afraid. He loves us and thinks of us as worthy. He's given us tools to slay our giants. And now we need to grasp those tools and overcome our fears.

The author weaves personal and Biblical stories together to create a book that speaks to the scared soul. He uses lots of scripture and backs his theories or thoughts up with references. The book is interesting, convicting, and well written. It was thought provoking and affirming. This is a book that every Christian should read. I highly recommend it and look forward to reading more by this author.

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

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Song of Silence

Song of Silence
Cynthia Ruchti
26331919
Charlie and Lucy have a great marriage and amazing kids. Charlie retired from his job early, but Lucy loves her career as a music teacher and plans to engage in her passion indefinitely. But when the entire music program is cut, Lucy finds herself without a song. She's drifting and Charlie has no idea how to help.

This was a complex book of emotions and insight. The book started out a little slow for me, but it didn't take long before I was immersed in the main character. Despite the age difference there were so many things that I could relate to in the story. The author did a great job of conveying how Lucy felt. This was way to reconnect emotionally with my own marriage and see how I could make a difference in how I react or respond. I would highly recommend this book for several reasons - the writing is exceptional, the thoughts on marriage are spot on, it deals with empty nest and depression, the story is also humorous and entertaining. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by this author.

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

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Kiss the Bride

Kiss the Bride
Three Summer Love Stories
Melissa McClone, Robin Lee Hatcher, Kathryn Springer
 26309261
This last summer the publishing company Zondervan came out with an e-book each month celebrating weddings. Each novella was written by a different author. This summer they are coming out with the stories bundled together and are also available in paper books. Each story has characters who are integral parts of the wedding behind the scenes, such as photographers or wedding cake bakers. These young women soon find themselves in love and planning their own wedding.

I reviewed all three of the novellas in this book and enjoyed them. Each novella is fun, romantic, and clean. The authors weave different aspects of faith throughout the stories. These stories also give the reader a glimpse into the author's writing style. Several of the authors used characters from a series they were working on. While they can be read as stand-alones, fans of the on-going series enjoy the side story the novella provides. Overall, these are quick fun reads that any fan of romance will enjoy.

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

My reviews of each novella -




Saturday, April 16, 2016

Rocket-Bye

Rocket-Bye
Carole P. Roman
29580147
Two little boys visit the stars and planets on a special rocket ship during the night. The words are written in a lyrical, poem style. The illustrations are colorful, fun, and fill each page. They draw the reader in to the story, fostering creativity and imagination. The font meanders across the page in a whimsical style. The story ends as the children come to rest in their little beds at the end of their journey with their toy rocket beside them.

Children will love the pictures and the easy flow of words. The book can also be educational as most of the planets with some brief descriptions are given in the poem. The colors of the illustrations are muted to provide a great backdrop for the bedtime story. The words flow smoothly and the story ends with a good closing for bedtime. Overall, my children really enjoyed this book and I enjoyed reading it to them. I would recommend this as a great bedtime story for young children interested in astronomy.

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