“Chasing the Sun” by Tracie Peterson

9 May

 “Chasing the Sun” by Tracie Peterson

About the Book

Hannah is desperate for help…
William is determined to regain his family’s land…

When her father disappears in war-torn Mississippi, Hannah Dandridge finds herself responsible not only for her younger siblings but also for the Texas ranch her father recently acquired. A marriage of convenience could ease her predicament… but is it the true desire of her heart?

Wounded soldier William Barnett returns home only to find out that his family’s ranch has been seized. Though angered at this turn of events, he’s surprised to discover that it is a beautiful young woman with amazing fortitude who is struggling to keep the place running.

Despite these circumstances, Hannah and William form an uneasy truce… and an undeniable attraction builds between them. In a land where loyalties are divided in a country ravaged by war, is there any hope that the first blush of love can survive?

My Opinions

Okay, so I have to admit that when I first received this book and saw the cover the first thought that came to my head was, “I don’t like this cover”, I personally do NOT like covers with people’s faces on it. I like to imagine how the characters will look like and honestly the images on the front kinda throw me off. Now, that said, I have learned through out the years not to judge a book by its cover and I was reminded of this once again when I read this book. I absolutely LOVED this book! I thought it would be another book where the girl is helpless and honestly dumb but I couldn’t have been more wrong! I loved these characters, I could understand them and the situations they were going through and I completely forgot about the cover. I recommend this to anyone and believe me you will not regret reading it! Five stars!

Thanks Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book for me to review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

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Amazing…Heartbreaking…Beautifully Written Story

9 May

“Interrupted” by Rachel Coker

In 1939- Since she was about ten years old Alcyone has had to care for her mother, and watch her slowly deteriorate because of the illness that is killing her.  Allie doesn’t mind taking care of her mother at all though; in fact her mother is all that is really important to her, so keeping her mother healthy and alive brings joy to Allie. So when Allie’s neighbor, Sam, comes over and Allie’s mom dies from a fall she can’t recover from; Allie blames Sam. She is then adopted but can’t move on from the past. She misses her mother and can’t accept that she is gone. Three years later Sam appears once again.

Throughout the years I’ve read numerous book and I’ve realized that even if I personally wasn’t fond of the book there are other people somewhere around the world who have read and loved the same book I disliked…Frankly there are few books that have really left me speechless; in my opinion there are only a couple of stories that really touch and get to each and every one of us. Honestly there are few stories/books that I feel have actually been worth my time, and I can truly say that “Interrupted” was most certainly one of these books.  It was a quick and easy read but it was much more than that. Coker did an excellent job with this novel, throughout the entirety of it I felt so many emotions, and I truly understood all the characters.  I felt so much heartache towards Allie for having had to watch her mother slowly die and going through so much, she was not the only one I felt for and gosh, I must admit that I cried more than once. It was beautifully written, and I loved how Coker integrated God in the story, she included beautiful scriptures directly from the bible which even I could relate to. I rate this book 5 stars.

Many thanks Zondervan Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to review.  I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

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“Eye of the Sword” by Karyn Henley

11 Mar

About the Book

To prove himself worthy of a princess, Trevin must first defeat the terror of his past.

In Camrithia, a land of shadows and mystical secrets, Trevin lives to serve King Laetham. But his heart belongs to the princess, Melaia. When the king sends Trevin on a dangerous quest to find the missing comains, he must leave Melaia to the advances of a swaggering Dregmoorian prince.

Challenged to prove his worth, Trevin throws himself into his quest. Challenged to prove his love, Trevin undertakes a second mission—find the harps Melaia seeks in order to restore the stairway to heaven. Through fire caves, rogue winds, and murderous threats, Trevin remains steadfastly dedicated to his quest—even when he is falsely accused of a heinous crime. As Trevin’s time runs out, he realizes he must face the shame and horror of his own past and the terror-dream that has come to life. Will he have the courage to finish what he has started?

My Opinions

In book One, Breath of Angel we learn about the Angelaeon, how Melaia is the daughter of Dreia, the guardian of the wisdom tree and stairway to heaven, and how she is to restore the stairway to heaven. In this book Melaia does not come out that much anymore, instead we are taken on a journey about the life of Trevin, we learn about his past and future.

I read the first book, Breath of Angel, which was awesome so, I couldn’t wait for the second book to come out. Of course when I found out that the book would not be from Melaia’s point of view I was a little disappointed. I was not so interested in knowing about Trevin’s life but, when the more I read the more I realized how wrong I was. The second was even better than the first! There were so many turns and twists; I was shocked so many times through out the whole book! It never got boring.  I rate this book 5 stars!

Thanks Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book to review. All opinions expressed are mine entirely.

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“Beauty for Ashes” by Dorothy Love

10 Mar

About the Book

She’s a beautiful young widow. He’s a Southern gentleman with a thirst for adventure. Both need a place to call home.

After losing her husband in the Civil War, Carrie Daly is scared she will never have the family she longs for. Eligible bachelors are scarce in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, but Carrie has found love. Not the weak-in-the-knees kind, but something practical. Still, she isn’t quite ready to set a wedding date with Nate Chastain.

Griff Rutledge is a former member of Charleston society, but has been estranged from his family for years. He’s determined to remain unattached, never settling in one place for too long. But when asked to train a Thoroughbred for an upcoming race in Hickory Ridge, he decides to stay awhile.

Despite objections from the townsfolk, and her fear that true happiness has eluded her, Carrie is drawn to Griff’s kindness and charm. It will take a leap of faith for them to open their hearts and claim God’s promise to give beauty for ashes.
About Dorothy

Before returning to her writing roots in historical fiction, Dorothy Love published twelve novels for young adults. Her work has garnered numerous honors from the American Library Association, the Friends of American Writers, the International Reading Association, the New York Public Library, and many others. The Hickory Ridge Novels mark her Christian fiction debut.

For more about Dorothy visit her website,www.dorothylovebooks.com or friend her onFacebook.com/DorothyLoveBooks

My Opinions

Beauty for Ashes is the second book in the Hickory Ridge Romance series; I Didn’t read the first one, but that was not a problem at all. I was not confused in any way and it was an easy and enjoyable read. At first I was a bit angry with the way the events were turning out in the book, and I couldn’t believe what Carrie had to endure. It got better with more that I read but, still I think some thing were unfair. I thought the ending could have been better and honestly I did like the book, but there could have been a bit more excitement. I pretty much saw everything that was coming; no surprises or twists. I rate this book 3 stars.

Many thanks to Litfuse Publicity  for providing me with a copy of this book to review.  I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

About the Giveaway

We’re thrilled to announce the fun giveaway Dorothy is hosting! First, she’ll be giving away a Kindle Fire (3/1-3/20), then on the evening of the 20th she’s inviting everyone to her Facebook Author Page for a fun Author Chat party! Don’t miss a minute of the fun … sigh.

Enter Today and Save the Date-3/20!

One beautiful winner will receive:

  • A Brand new Kindle Fire with Wi-Fi
  • Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Love
  • Beyond All Measure by Dorothy Love
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 3/20/12. Winner will be announced at Dorothy’s Facebook Author Chat Party on 3/20. Come for an evening of chat, trivia, and a sneak peek at the next book in Dorothy’s Hickory Ridge series – bring your friends! She’ll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books and a stunning sapphire ring!

So grab your copy of Beauty for Ashes and join Dorothy and friends on the evening of March 20th for an evening of fun.

Don’t miss Dorothy’s delightful giveaway and party. RSVP TODAY and tell your friends via FACEBOOK orTWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 20th!

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“Halflings” by Heather Burch

26 Feb

“Halflings” by Heather Burch

Nikki Youngblood is a happy girl; she goes to school, paints in her free time and practices karate. Then her life turns upside down when she is attacked by hell hounds in the forest. She is rescued by some mysterious beings whom she later finds out to be Halflings;half angel, half human. They don’t know why but they have been sent on a mission to protect her from all the harm that comes after the hell-hound attack. During the process though, Nikki becomes attached to her protectors, Mace Raven and Vine ( who just happen to be teenagers just like her). She feels her heart splitting in two between Raven and Mace; and still with so many attacks coming at her will Nikki survive? Will the halfings come through and figure what it is they have to do, and why Nikki has been targeted?

I figured this book would be amazing, something out of the ordinary, at least that is what I thought…it was okay but honestly it was nothing special, nothing new. I felt the whole story was rushed and I found that some of the character’s actions didn’t quite fit to their description,their character. For example Nikki is described as a very great girl who cares about others and would never betray those she cares about and yet she keeps hurts Mace throughout the whole book. I just don’t see how that fits, and that is just one example. The storyline wasn’t anything new; and we never even figure out why Nikki is targeted, which is the whole point of the story. Overall, it was just okay, I rate it 2.5 stars.

Many thanks Zondervan Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to review.  I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

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“Replication” by Jill Williamson

1 Feb

“Replication” by Jill Williamson

Wow! I had never EVER read a story about clones! Mrs. Williamson did an exceptional job in creating this story; it is something new, completely original. With so many authors writing about vampires and all types of fairy tales it is nice to find something different. I loved the characters and was amazed by how well everything was done, the only thing I feel Williamson could have carried out better was the ending, I felt that she wrapped everything up in a bit of a rush, and I wanted more… still, I loved Replication; I rate it four and a half stars. Recommend to anyone looking for a quick, captivating read.

Martyr knows he is going to expire soon, his purpose in life is to died as a sacrifice for the people outside…or so he thinks. When Dr.Goyer  comes to work in Jason Farms he treats all the Jasons differently, he is kind and caring, unlike the other doctors. Martyr knows that Dr.Goyer might be the only way that he can go to the outside if only for a moment to accomplish his one desire before expiring, to see the sky.

Abby Goyer can’t believe that her father is making them move to Alaska, she doesn’t want to leave her friends and family behind.When she arrives in Alaska she knows something weird is up in her dads new job, she doesn’t know what, but when a boy shows up in her room asking to see the sky she knows everything is at as it seems.

Many thanks Zondervan Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to review.  I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

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“Alienation” by Jon S. Lewis

21 Jan

Alienation, the second book in the C.H.A.O.S. Trilogy, was absolutely amazing! I read the first book Invasion when it barely came out and I’ve been waiting for the second ever since. It was completely worth the wait, I must admit that at first though I was not immediately captivated with the story but once I got through the first few pages I couldn’t put the book down! It was so action packed! I honestly can not wait for the third book to come out!

Colt is barely settling in to his new life, where everything he believed to be myths and legends are actually real. “A world of high-tech gear, shape-shifting aliens, simulated reality, and hoverboards.” When he and his best friends, Danielle and Oz, are invited to come study at the C.H.A.O.S Academy and his life becomes even stranger than before.  Then to top it off Colt comes to the realization that someone wants him eliminated. Everything isn’t as it seems, what could happen to Colt and his friends?

Many thanks to Thomas Nelson publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to review.  I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

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“A Sound Among The Trees” by Susan Meissner

15 Dec

 “A Sound Among the Trees” by Susan Meissner

Adelaide has lived at Holly Oak all her life, about 87 years. She raise her daughter Caroline there and also Caroline’s daughter Sarah, when Sarah married Carson they lived with Adelaide also. Then Sarah died and after four years of mourning her loss Carson married Marielle; his new wife, lives at Holly Oak with not only Adelaide but also Sarah and Carson’s children, isn’t that a difficult situation? Then to top it off it is said that Holly Oak is haunted by Susannah Paige’s spirit, who was rumored to be a union spy during the civil war. What really happened with Susannah? What will happen with Marielle?

At first I have to admit I was not so interested in the book, not until after the first 50 pages was I actually captivated by the story and its characters. The story was amazing yet tragic; the reader learns of Susannah Paige and what she suffered during her long tragic life, it is actually very emotional. The reader also learns about the other characters though and the events that take place in their lives, it really is a story of loss and pain. Still I think Meissner did an exceptional job bringing this type of story to life, I rate it 4.5 stars.

Thanks Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book to review. All opinions expressed are mine entirely.

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“An Amish Wedding” by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, & Kelly Long

2 Dec

“An Amish Wedding” by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, & Kelly Long

Rose has planned on marrying Luke ever since they were young children but now that the time for that is finally here she is not so sure she is ready for that, and she is convinced Luke is hiding something from her, but what could it be?

Priscilla has been looking forward to her wedding day, her perfect wedding day, but with so many things going wrong she isn’t so sure she is taking the right path.

Naomi is Priscilla’s older sister and with all the wedding preparations going on she wonders if she’ll ever find the right person as well.

An Amish Wedding is actually three separate stories about three young Amish girls, two who are looking forward to their own and each other’s wedding day, and the third just waiting on God for the right person to come along. Each story was about 120 pages each and honestly I thought since they were so short they made me feel as if the story was rushed and I can not say that I completely enjoyed them, they were to short and seemed unreal. The second story A Perfect Match was actually about two characters, who after about three weeks of meeting each other realize they are in love, I personally don’t think that happens in real life and didn’t like that everything was so fast paced. Still, all three stories were okay…nothing exceedingly great…I rate the entire book three stars.

Many thanks to Thomas Nelson publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to review.  I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

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“Love on the Line” by Deeanne Gist

5 Nov

 “Love on the Line” by Deeane Gist

Texas Ranger, Lucious Landrum is assigned to find and capture bandit Frank Comer and his gang of train robbers. After many failed attempts, Lucious is sent undercover as a trouble-man to Brenham, Texas where Comer is rumored to reside. There he meets the young unmarried switchboard operator, Miss Georgie Gail; she is a bit tempestuous but determined and passionate about her beliefs and as time progresses Luke realizes he cares for her more than he should. He hadn’t believed he would make any progress or gain anything by going undercover but is proven wrong when he acquires information he wouldn’t have as a Ranger. Then Georgie is put in a dangerous situation and Luke must do his job and protect her from her harm.

I very much enjoyed reading Love on the Line; I didn’t know how the first telephones worked, and it was interesting to find out. The plot was great and there were a few twists that enhanced the story; they weren’t a total shock because they were foreshadowed throughout the story but everything fit nicely. What I really liked about the story was that everything flowed and was actually believable; nothing was rushed and there was much vivid detail, I enjoyed that. I rate  4.5 stars.

Thanks Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book for me to review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

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