Saturday, August 1, 2015

Book Review: "Island Dreams" by Kimberly Rose Johnson

Piper Hunt goes to Wildflower Island to scout out the land where she hopes to build a resort. It is her last chance to show her father/boss that she can handle her job. She knows that she needs an advocate with the locals and hopes that she'll find that in the owner of the neighboring piece of land, Chase Grayson. Chase feels an attraction to Piper, but doesn't think her resort is what Wildflower Island needs. Will they find a way to compromise or are they destined to be apart?

I really liked Chase. He was helpful even when Piper's ideas went against his own desires. I didn't like Piper as much. (I didn't hate her, either!) She seemed to get upset over the strangest things. I agreed with Chase on not understanding what he'd done wrong! But this is what makes the characters more realistic. I'm sure there are people I wouldn't like in real life, too! Piper does realize she's being irrational at times, so there is redemption. I liked seeing both Chase and Piper open up and learn from their pasts and be able to better move forward.  I would like to go and visit Wildflower Island and stay at the B&B.

Being the 2nd in the Wildflower B&B Romance Series, it would be best to read the 1st book before you read "Island Dreams". As of the writing of this review, the first book "Island Refuge" is free  for Kindle. It would help to meet the other characters before jumping into their lives in "Island Dreams" since their story continues in this book.

I thought this was a nice book and was a fairly quick read. This is a clean, Christian romance.

You can get "Island Dreams" in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 4891 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink (August 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00XYYRP66

I received a free advance digital copy to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Book Review: "I Hope You Dance" by Robin Lee Hatcher

Skye Foster is a hopeless romantic and dreams of a cowboy sweeping her off her feet and riding off into the sunset to get married and have a large family. She just hasn't met the cowboy yet. When Grant Nichols comes in for private dance lessons in preparation of a wedding he's a groomsman for, they have an instant attraction for each other. The only problem, Grant is from a large family and doesn't want any kids of his own.

This is a really quick read. If you have read other books in the Kings Meadow series of books, you will notice some familiar people. (I'm sure that also helps with backstory for them as well) The romance moves along really quickly, but as this is a novella, you kind of expect that. The characters themselves even are concerned about how fast it is moving.

"I Hope You Dance" by Robin Lee Hatcher is the July installment for the Year of Weddings Novella Series. I have read some other novellas and books by Robin Lee Hatcher. While none of them were my favorite books, I enjoyed reading them.

I would recommend this novella to those who like clean, Christian stories to read in a short amount of time.

"I Hope You Dance" is available for Kindle:
  • File Size: 2364 KB
  • Print Length: 74 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (June 30, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 30, 2015
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English

I received a free digital copy of this book from booklookbloggers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Book Review: "Prison" by Toni V. Lee

Sonja Grey and Max Trent are narcotics detectives and Max always gets on Sonja's nerves, so when their Sergeant pairs them up for an undercover  drug operations, things could get a little tense.  It isn't a normal stake out, either.  It's going down at Sonja's church. Will they get their man without any of the church congregation getting involved, and find a way to express their true feelings for each other?

This was the first book I've read by Toni Lee.  I felt that she did a good job of portraying the African-American culture.  I felt like I was there with Sonja and her "Aunties" at the Prayer Tabernacle.  They made me laugh at their antics.  I felt slightly lost with some of the secondary characters' backstories, but I discovered that they were introduced in a previous book called "Expectations".

I received a free digital copy of this books from booklookbloggers when I requested to review another book.  I wasn't sure if I would like the book,  but why turn down a free book?  Well, it turns out I enjoyed the book quite a bit.  There is some action and suspense thrown in along with the romance. There is no sex in the book, but a couple of the characters had previously had intimate relations before they were Christians. The gospel message is clearly given.

"Prison" is available in paperback:
  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: WestBowPress (April 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449748503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449748500
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches

In Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 532 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1449748503
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WestBowPress (April 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 28, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZL0ONU

And hardcover:
  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Westbow Press (April 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144974849X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449748494
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Book Review: "A Simple Prayer" by Amy Clipston

Aaron Ebersol left the Amish community 17 years ago. When he gets word that his mom has suffered a stroke, he comes home, but he isn't sure if he will be accepted back into his family and church.  Linda Zook has had a rough childhood, being orphaned at a young age and being raised by her uncle who seems to resent her. Together, can Aaron and Linda find the peace that they are looking for?

I have not read any of the other books in the Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel series by Amy Clipston. I did read a novella by her in "An Amish Cradle" that had some of the characters from the series. She does a good job of filling you in on details of the characters' lives, but it would be best to read the books in order. I had a hard time putting the book down and got pulled into the story and reading about Aaron and Linda. I wanted to yell at Solomon for how he made things worse (and truthfully, I did! I was glad no one was around to hear me yelling at my book!) I felt like the characters were realistic and if I went to Paradise, Pennsylvania, I could visit their houses.

There was no violence, sexual content, or swearing in this book. There was mentions of the characters wanting to know God's will and praying and going to church.

I would highly recommend this book.

"A Simple Prayer" is available in paperback,
  • Series: Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 5, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310335884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310335887
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches

in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 1874 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 5, 2015)
  • Publication Date: May 5, 2015
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English

and in hardcover:
  • Series: Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel
  • Hardcover: 445 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print; Lrg edition (July 8, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410479455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410479457
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 1 inches

I received a free paperback of this book from the booklookbloggers in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and a positive review was not required.

Friday, July 24, 2015

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Book Review: "To Capture Her Heart" by Rebecca DeMarino

Heather Flower is kidnapped at her wedding after being forced to watch her new husband die. Even after the ransom is paid, she is left alone to die. Dirk Van Buren rescues her and brings her back to Fort  Amsterdam where Heather Flower's long time friends Joseph and Benjamin Horton get her and bring her back to her aunt's house.  With both Dirk and Benjamin interested in winning her love, how will Heather Flower know what she is supposed to do?

"To Capture Her Heart" is the 2nd in the Southold Chronicles series. I did not read the first book and felt lost as to who all the characters were. The names were hard to keep track of, also. I liked the concept of the story and the era it was set in, but couldn't get into the book. It did not pull me in and carry me along. It was unrealistic to me on how Dirk had just rescued Heather Flower and he was already in love with her. I never got a sense of either man being in love with her. It just kept being mentioned that she had two men who loved her.

"To Capture Her Heart" is available in paperback:
  • Series: The Southold Chronicles (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (July 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800722191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800722197
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches

in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 5609 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800722191
  • Publisher: Revell (June 30, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 30, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00QMSCJ26

and in hardcover:
  • Series: The Southold Chronicles (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print; Lrg edition (September 23, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410481573
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410481573

I was given a free paperback copy of this book by Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Book Review: "The Wonder of You" by Susan May Warren

"The Wonder of You" by Susan May Warren is the 5th book in the Christiansen Family Series. Amelia Christiansen is the youngest child of the Christiansen clan and her family tends to hover around her to keep her safe, but she longs for adventure. After her time in Prague she flees home with a broken heart. When Roark St. John follows her to Deep Haven, Amelia is confused on what she wants--the familiar Seth Turnquist or the exotic Roark St. John.
Roark knows that he needs to tell Amelia that he is the heir to the Constantine Worldwide company of hotels and is very rich. He wants to be honest with her, but he also wants to know if she loves him for him or for his money.
Will they find the path that God has for them? How will Amelia know which man God intends for her.
Any book by Susan May Warren is a reason to read it, so I was excited to read "The Wonder of You". Susan May Warren creates realistic and developed characters. I didn't want to put the book down. I enjoyed the way the characters wanted to do what God wanted them to do but sometimes struggled with following, just like a regular person would.
Besides the main story line, this book also follows Max Sharpe, Grace Christiansen's fiance, and his struggles to love life with his realization that he is going to die earlier than Grace. Susan May Warren also sets up the story for the last book in the series, "You're the One That I Want" scheduled to be released in February 2016. (I can't wait!)
It would be best to read the books in the series in order as you can get to know the characters better that way and the later books have continuations of the other siblings' stories from the earlier books.
I would highly recommend this book.
"The Wonder of You" is available in paperback
  • Series: Christiansen Family
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (June 18, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414378459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414378459
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches

And in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 3551 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (June 18, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 18, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00PCK3A7I

I received a free paperback of this book from Tyndaleblognetwork in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.