Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
The 1920s are drawing to a close, and feisty Katie O'Connor is the epitome of the new woman--smart and sassy with goals for her future that include the perfect husband and a challenging career in law. Her boyfriend Jack fits all of her criteria for a husband--good-looking, well-connected, wealthy, and eating out of her hand. But when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Luke McGee, the bane of her childhood existence, Katie comes face-to-face with a choice. Will she follow her well-laid plans to marry Jack? Or will she fall for the man she swore to despise forever?
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I don't read many Christian suspense novels because normally I find them pretty corny. Nothing really bad happens and it's like the authors are afraid of having anyone get hurt or even die in their book. It's just a book, and when it comes to crime scene investigations I expect stuff like that to happen! Thank the Lord this one did not disappoint on that level! Now, I don't want to sound like a freak but come on, "Crime Scene", "Suspense Novel". I thinks it's okay.
I wish the investigation would have prolonged a while longer. The whole book took place over a time of about a week, except for the Introduction. I practically knew what happened every single second of everyday.
Another thing I didn't like was that it seemed like everyone that worked Alexia's case: Cops, Forensic Scientists, Detectives... all went and graduated from the same High School as her. That was not realistic and it kind of got annoying that she knew everyone already from High School.
I liked the romance between Alexia and "the detective" but I wish that the time period in the book would have been prolonged also because of that. After not seeing each other for years and then all the sudden sorda dating after a couple days was also not realistic in my opinion.
I liked how Alexia came to know God through seeing how he worked in people's lives she would have never thought possible. She thought she was to far gone to be forgiven for anything, but once she saw some people after years of isolation from them and then saw their forgiveness and love. It just pushed her to her breaking point, and that I really liked!
All in all, it was good but their were definitely things I would have changed.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Summary from: http://www.fandango.com/theimportanceofbeingearnest_v261812/plotsummary
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Description:Lovely but tough as nails, Lael Click is the daughter of a celebrated frontiersman. Haunted by her father's former captivity with the Shawnee Indians, as well as the secret sins of her family's past, Lael comes of age in the fragile Kentucky settlement her father founded. Though she faces the loss of a childhood love, a dangerous family feud, and the affection of a Shawnee warrior, Lael draws strength from the rugged land she calls home, and from Ma Horn, a distant relative who shows her the healing ways of herbs and roots found in the hills. But the arrival of an outlander doctor threatens her view of the world, God, and herself--and the power of grace and redemption.
I had high hopes for this book because I had heard many good things about it and I like the author. But I was disappointed with this one.
It was sooo... slow for a pretty long time. I'm a person who likes dialogue, and in my opinion their wasn't enough. Lael's conversations would start and then within about the next page the person she was talking to was leaving. Then the same thing would happen with the next person. So, I didn't feel like I REALLY got to know anyone but her.
If you read the description above then you already know that Lael has/had feelings for a few men. SPOILER- At one point in the book one of the men promises to come back for her so they can be wed/be together, but he NEVER shows up again! AND it doesn't say what ends up of him. I feel like that was a loose end not tied up by the end of the book. Which really irritated me.
About half way through the book it got better and I read that pretty fast, and I was very happy with the guy she ended up with in the end. So, altogether it was okay but not my favorite from Laura Frantz. I most definitely enjoyed her book, Courting Morrow little, and I would highly recommend that one:)
Rating: 3 Stars
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Definition:Book 1 in the Refiner's Fire series. The daughter of a wealthy slave-holding family from Richmond, Virginia, Caroline Fletcher is raised in a culture that believes slavery is God-ordained and biblically acceptable. But upon awakening to the cruelty and injustice it encompasses, Caroline's eyes are opened for the first time to the men and women who have cared tirelessly for her. Her journey of maturity and faith will draw her into the abolitionist movement, where she is confronted with the risks and sacrifices her beliefs entail.
My Opinion:Thanks so MUCH Aerykah for recommending this! At first I was a little hesitant to read this book. The back of it didn't come with much of a description so I figured it would focus and drag on about Abolishing Slavery without giving me anything entertaining... Basically I thought reading it would be like a huge history lesson in school, instead of a story, and I would have to strive to stay awake.
Boy was I wrong! Yes- It did focus on Slavery. Yes- It definitely showed how BOTH Confederate and Union Soldiers thought. And Yes- It did have a lot of talk about the Civil War: Where camps may have been set up, army lines, defenses, dates of attacks...etc. BUT it was all done in an entertaining story which I very much enjoyed!
It was focused on Caroline and her growing relationship with her Father's slaves over the years, and how as she grew up she had to decide who SHE was going to fight for. Would she stand up for Slavery? Or would she, in some way, fight for Freedom?
Their was also where her Beau and "Wanna-Be-Beau" came in. Which would side with her? Which would she end up having to choose in the end? I'm writing these questions because it's hard to mention these things without giving away the answers. So instead, I will just have you thinking about them. ;)
Romance was another thing I was worried about. I didn't think this would be a book I could read for my blog, but I gave it a shot. There was plenty of romance to satisfy me and it was tied to one of the most important things in the book- Where your Loyalties lied.
I loved how Caroline's "Slave" Eli was a big role model in her life, for his behavior, character, and relationship/walk with God. Eli was one of my favorite people in the story. He always knew the right thing to say, whether it be for comfort or building Caroline up.
The one and ONLY thing I did not care for was the VERY end. It was too rushed for me and I thought it should have been explained/taken a little slower. I was so devastated at the end and then within about three pages everything is supposed to be fixed. I didn't have time to see how it was exactly fixed though, and that was a little disappointing.
However, Candle in the Darkness is still going on my all time favorites list. I can't wait to read the others:) Best book I've read in awhile!
Rating: 5 Stars
Friday, July 12, 2013
I read this book, The Healer's Apprentice, not to long ago and really enjoyed it. Their was this part in it that I absolutely loved. It's a part where Wilhelm and Rose are at a party and Wilhelm's younger brother goes up to Rose and asks her for the next dance. Wilhelm couldn't do anything about it because he was playing music with the band that was there. I love Wilhelm's reaction... he got so jealous and I couldn't help feeling bad for him. But I also loved this part because it's where his feelings truly started to show for Rose. Here's the part so you can read it for yourself...
Wilhelm glanced up just in time to see Rose walk in. His jaw fell. Her hair, her dress, her face… She made everyone else in the room look pale and lifeless.
He’d better close his mouth before someone saw him staring.
Her gaze turned in his direction and he smiled to let her know he approved.
He suddenly realized that he had stopped playing in the middle of the song. He looked down and tried to concentrate on his lute. But his mind was filled with her image.
A pang of guilt stabbed him. He must stop this nonsense. It was unwise to… well, to even look at her.
He tried to concentrate on the music, but when he glanced up again, Rupert was striding from the other side of the room toward Rose. He reached her, bowed, and placed his hand over his heart. He must be asking her to dance. A knot tightened around Wilhelm’s chest.
So this is how jealousy feels. – From The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson
|Of course this would be the other way around- Two guys and one girl, |
plus they would be a lot older, but you get the point.
Monday, July 8, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
I don't know about any of you, but I am in the mood to laugh. Cheesy pick up lines never fail to make me do just that and I thought I would share some that I have found and or have known for a long time. I hope these add a smile to your face... who knows... maybe sometime you can use one:)
More:•Are you religious? 'Cause you're the answer to all my prayers.
•Are you from Tennessee? 'Cause you're the only ten I see!!!
•If you were a library book, I would check you out.
•Is there an airport nearby or is that my heart taking off?
•Do your feet hurt? 'Cause you've been running through my mind all day!
•What are you doing for the rest of your life? Because I want to spend it with you.
What About You?Comment and tell me your favorite out of these and or a pick up line that you like that I haven't posted. I would love to hear them:)
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Madeline's Protector was really good for a first book. Granted, their were things I didn't care for and their were grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors. But not so much that it makes the book unreadable.
Most Christian books that I have read from self published authors don't mention God as much as I would like. This one however did a pretty good job. It focused on the fact that Madeline knew she could never be completely happy as Justain's wife unless he had a relationship with God like she did. The one thing that I didn't like about this was that Justain was bullheaded throughout the whole book on this topic until the VERY end. Probably the last few pages. I think his character should have started to sway in his beliefs throughout the book, not just all the sudden, BAM, I want Jesus.
It's obvious that Vanessa tried to have more conflict in the story than just Madeline and Justain butting heads, for example, Justain's issues with his brother's killer. And I like that she tried to do this because I do need more than just a romance story, but I didn't care for how she did it. Sure, theirs a little violence in the beginning, but then the rest of the book is pretty calm. Nothing else happened to get my heart pumping. Justain's issue is occurring "Off Camera" because the people who work for him are handling it, and by the end of the book his problem is not even resolved, only Madeline's is.
The romance was good, but I was extremely upset at the end. Neither of the two said, "I love you!" You know that they do love each other, but it would have been a whole lot better if they said the words.
Overall, it was good for a first book. Their were things I liked and things I was glad she tried to achieve in her writing. I was just disappointed with the outcomes.
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars