Wednesday, November 25, 2015
"The Golden Braid" by Melanie Dickerson is a re-telling of the Rapunzel story. It is set in Hagenheim like many of her other stories. "The Golden Braid" actually overlaps her book "The Princess Spy" and you can see some of the action from a different perspective. I love Melanie Dickerson's books and "The Golden Braid" lived up to my expectations. There were some classic elements from the Rapunzel story, with new twists to make this story unique. I enjoyed the characters and stayed up way too late to finish the book. The conflict wasn't just the hero and heroine running through the forest to escape the bad guys, which was also nice.
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I received a free copy of this book from booklookbloggers in order for me to review it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Monday, November 23, 2015
"Every Girl Gets Confused" by Janice Thompson is the second book in the "A Brides with Style Novel" series. I did not read the first book, but it would be a good idea to read it first as "Every Girl Gets Confused" continues on from the story in the first book.
I had a hard time reading this book. It just didn't flow for me. It was told in the first person, which is different than most books, but I've read first person perspective that flowed easier for me. I understand that not everyone likes the same books and this book just wasn't my style. The book is supposedly about Katie Fisher being confused about whether she should stick with her current boyfriend, Brady James, or go back to her ex-boyfriend Casey Lawson. I didn't really get a sense that Katie was really that confused. She sort of wonders about Casey seeming to want to spend time with her, but she always sticks with Brady. The quotes about or by Doris Day at the beginning of the chapters were fun, but along with the titles, didn't seem to go with the chapter's content. Everyone seemed to be arguing about something all the time and there was constant bickering about what denomination church the people went to. It was also strange to me that Katie's family was so tied in with the people from her work with her brothers both dating coworkers.
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I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher in order for me to review it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
"All is Calm All is Bright" by Colleen Coble contains two Christmas novellas.
All is Calm Lauren Everman remembers her time at Bluebird Ranch when she was a foster kid as a haven, so when she needs somewhere to hide, that's where she heads. Brendan Waddell is immediately drawn to her, but can also tell she's hiding something. Will they be able to sort things out before her past catches up with her?
All is Bright Delilah Carter manages the Tidewater Inn and is planning the wedding for her friend, but when her car is forced off the road, she wonders if someone from her past is trying to harm her. Sheriff Tom Bourne doesn't feel like he's in the same league as Delilah and has kept his feelings for her to himself. He realizes that he needs to do what he can to keep her safe or whomever is trying to hurt her may succeed.
"All is Calm All is Bright" has romance, suspense, and mystery all wrapped up within the Christmas setting. Things happen quickly in the stories which is expected in a novella. I liked the characters in both stories and rooted for them to be able to solve the case and get the bad guys. In "All is Calm",
the mystery kept me guessing up until the end, but I had guessed what was going on in "All is Bright". I still didn't know all the details of what was going to happen, so the story wasn't totally predictable. It was fun to have a quick and enjoyable book to fill a day.
Thomas Nelson and Zondervan are having a contest right now on their Facebook page that you can win a copy of "All is Calm All is Bright" along with Colleen's other Christmas novella book "Silent Night Holy Night"
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I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in order for me to review it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Miranda Fortner is not feeling very into the Christmas spirit having lost her job and her husband and about to loose her house as well. When her 85 year old neighbor asks her to go on a cross country trek to spread Christmas Joy, she figures she doesn't have anything else better to do and this way she can make sure Joy gets their safely.
"The Christmas Joy Ride" was a very quick read that puts you in the mood for Christmas. As Joy and Miranda make stops along Route 66 delivering Christmas Joy surprises to 6 contest winners, Miranda finds her joy returning. I got teary eyed as they described the situations of the winners and why Joy wanted to help them out. The ending did seem a bit rushed, but with it being a novella, it isn't always possible to elaborate. In all, I thought it was a fun book.
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I received a free copy of this book by the publisher in order for me to review it. All thoughts and opinions are my own and a positive review was not required.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Gretl Schmidt escapes from a train headed to Auschwitz, but at only 6 years old, she is left destitute. Jakob Kowalski brings him to his house, but she isn't able to stay there forever. There are already too many people living there. He brings her to a German orphanage and prays he is doing the right thing for her. With her connections to Poland, the Catholic Church, and her Jewish ancestry, she has a lot to hide. There is little hope that Gretl will see Jakob again, but they both can see the moon at night and she takes comfort in that.
"The Girl from the Train" starts in April 1944 and spans the next 16 years. It is told from both Gretl's and Jakob's experiences. I found it easy to read and stayed up too late on more than one occasion because I didn't want to stop reading. The characters were realistic and fleshed out. It was interesting to learn about the events that were taking place in Poland during and after World War II. I also was not aware of the German orphans that had been relocated to South Africa.
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I received a free copy of this book for me to review. No other compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
"Winning the Queen's Heart" by Carol Moncado is the second book in the "Brides of Belles Montagnes" series and I would recommend reading the books in order (It would be best to start with the Montevaro Monarchy books as those characters are also carried over into the Brides series, too).
Christiana has been the queen of Ravenzario since her parents died when she was five. Her uncle, who rule as her regent, was shown to have less than honest intentions for the country and was put in prison. Now, about 18 months later, she learns that her fiance was not who he claimed to be either. She is left with no groom for her wedding. How will her people survive another blow to their country?
Alexander Bayfield has been a part of Queen Christiana's inner circle after bringing her uncle's duplicity to light. When she has no one left to turn to, he steps up to be her protector. Can he win her heart or will events from the past tear them apart?
When I loaded this book on my Kindle, I opened it to make sure it had loaded properly. I started reading and didn't want to put it down! It sucked me right in. I loved how protective Alexander was of Christiana and all the things he did for her. Christiana is sweet and loves her people. This book has romance, suspense, and twists I didn't see coming.
There are many threads woven through the book and not all of them are finalized, but will carry over through the other books in the series. I can't wait to read the next one and find out what is going to happen next.
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I was given a copy of this book by the author in order for me to review it. No other compensation was received and a positive review was not required. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
"The Imposter" by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the first book in the "The Bishop's Family" series. It is Katrina Stoltzfus' story, but also that of her father David, her brother Jesse, and of Birdy Glick. Katrina thinks she knows how her life will play out, but when her plans crumble, she needs to find her place in the world. She is baffled by her interest in the new farmhand, Andy Miller. Is he too good to be true? Meanwhile, David Stoltzfus is trying to lead the church according to God's will and the Bible. When the bishop of the church seems out to get him, what will he do? Birdy Glick has never been the ideal specimen of a lady. She's much to large and clumsy for that. What is she to do when her heart longs for David Stoltzfus and her brother seems out to get him? Jesse is a restless soul. Always on the lookout for some action. Will he be able to put his old ways behind him and take on the responsibilities that are laid at his feet?
There is a lot going on in this book with all the people it follows. I felt immersed in the story and the community of Stoney Ridge. I wanted the good to prevail and for them to get their happily ever afters. The storylines don't seem completely wrapped up, but it isn't really a cliffhanger ending, either. I really enjoyed reading "The Imposter" and found it quick to read.
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I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in order for me to review it. No other compensation was received and a positive review was not required. All thoughts and opinions are my own.