Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Book Review - "The Lightkeeper's Daughter"

Mystery, romance, family relationships and history are all a part of Colleen Coble's latest novel, "The Lightkeeper's Daughter," a Mercy Falls novel. Addie Sullivan grows up a daughter of the lightkeeper at the lighthouse and lives a happy life although she cannot understand why her mother does not appear to love her. Upon recusing a man, Addie learns that she may not be whom she has always thought she was and her parents may not be her parents. As Addie trusts God and the man she helped rescue, things begin to make sense in Addie's life - why does her mother not love her, why does she has recurring nightmares of being in a boating accident?
Addie follows Mr. Driscoll, who claims to be her uncle to an estate under the pretense of being the new teacher for her nephew as someone has been paying for Addie to be taken care of away from her biological family. However, she desires to really get to know her family, especially her father. Addie does not plan to fall in love with her charge's father and discover secrets that question her mother's disappearance and supposed death. Through many twists and turns and emotional moments, Addie discovers who in her life can actually be trusted on and who her true family really is. I highly recommend this book! The characters are not as they appear to be, you will want to read this to find out truth in Addie's life! I cannot wait for another Mercy Falls novel!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Book Review - "An Amish Christmas - December in Lancaster County"

A new must-read for Christmas if you love Amish Fiction and/or Christmas stories! I was very excited to receive this collection of 3 novellas from Thomas Nelson to read and review. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I began reading "An Amish Christmas - December in Lancaster County" as the 3 novellas are all written by different authors (Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller and Barbara Cameron), but the stories are intertwined.
In the first novella "A Miracle for Miriam" the story focuses on a young woman Miriam whom is struggling with low self-esteem and is confused by the attention that she is receiving from Seth, who previously made fun of Miriam and broke her heart with the teasing. Miriam must trust God and Seth and learn that he has changed since the teasing days in the schoolyard. Although, the focus is on Miriam, Lydia and Sarah are both introduced in this story. Lydia's character is revisited and focused upon in the 2nd novella "A Choice to Forgive." Lydia has suffered much heartache - first her true first love left suddenly leaving only a note behind. Just as suddenly he returns to Lancaster County and is finding his way back into Lydia's life and heart, however during the 18 years he has been gone, Lydia married his brother, yet the brother has passed away. Will Lydia allow herself to listen to her heart and her first love?
The third novella focuses on Sarah whom is struggling with not being able to conceive a child. During a snowy Christmas an English couple is brought into their lives, the wife who is very pregnant. Will Sarah be able to put aside her own fears and longings to be able to help this couple? Sarah soon learns that both couples will learn a great deal from each other.
I loved this collection of stories and the journeys that these women and couples experienced throughout the Christmas season.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009