Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Although the story is very short and simple, it is a nice reminder of spending time with loved ones. This book can be a great discussion starter for children to remember and talk about "adventures" with their own grandparents or other loved ones.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*
Friday, July 22, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
I was hooked on the very first page of C.J. Darlington's "Bound by Guilt!" A new author to me and one that I am sure to read books by again!
Roxi is living with her aunt and cousin and trying to make her aunt Irene happy, Roxi participates in stealing rare and antique books from bookshops. This is not something Roxi feels right about doing, but Irene took Roxi in when her own mother could not care for her and she is better than living in foster homes. One night, Irene's plan does not go as planned and Roxi cannot live like this any longer, a man is dead and she cannot get the image of him dying out of her mind. Abby is suspended from her job as a police officer when she receives the call from her dad that her brother has been shot, presumably a result of a robbery gone bad. Abby and Roxi's lives will intersect and neither one will be the same as they forgive, find forgiveness, and find unconditional love.
Darlington has created a wonderful story! I have found her first novel, "Thicker Than Blood" and cannot wait to go back and read it and learn more about Christy. The characters are all so wonderfully created and ones that the reader will empathize with throughout the tears, joy and growth. Unfortunately, there are many hurting teenagers in the world just like Roxi, and also not enough adults like Keith and Jan. I would love to read another book that picks up where this novel left off as there are so much more that could be shared about Diego, Roxi, Abby and Christy as there lives were all at crossroads at the end of this book. I highly recommend this novel and author!
The fourth book in Ann H. Gabhart's Shaker series "The Blessed" tells the story of Lacey, a 16 year-old girl who has not had an easy life at all and it continues to be tough and confusing.
Lacey's father chose her step-mother over her and Lacey was taken in by a pastor's wife, Miss Mona. However, when Miss Mona passes away the only thing to do it seems is to marry Preacher Palmer. At 16 years of age, Lacey is still finding her place in the world and when they suddenly move to a Shaker community, Lacey finds her world being turned over. Marriage is not allowed in this community, however Lacey is already technically married and yet she has also fallen for a young man in the community. Is this really the place for Lacey to be?
Gabhart ties in so many details into the story in regards to the Shaker community. It is obvious that she has done much research about this sect. The characters are easy to love or easy to hate as the reader will quickly form opinions while reading and rooting for Lacey along the way! This book is full of historical detail, love, hurt and finding one's way in the world.
This is a fourth book in the series, but could be read as a stand-alone novel as well.
“Available July 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
Monday, July 11, 2011
This book is filled with research, scripture references, personal stories and questions and answers. The media is constantly changing and yet it is also always bombarding us, children included and as parents we want to be aware what our children are being exposed to and taking into their minds. The goal of this book is to help connect with your children in regards to the media, find a place where you both are happy with the limitations and allowances and how to better handle conflicts. This is a good resource that I would recommend to parents.
*Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.*
We first meet Katie when she is being transported to a foster home by a girls' home director. Katie has just gotten settled into the group home and then she found out she was being shipped off to a foster home in In Between, Texas to live with James and Millie Scott. Katie's mother is in prison and her father is not involved, so Katie has learned to fend for herself, yet she finds herself adjusting to her "pretend" family and learning what unconditional love is, from both her foster parents and God when she finds herself getting into some trouble.
Jones' book is filled with characters that are humorous, heart-wrenching and so real. Written from Katie's perspective, this book is sure to be a winner with teenage girls. Katie may be experiencing a different life than many, but yet she still struggles with some of the same issues on top of having to live in a foster home and dealing with not being with her biological parents. This is a great start to the series and is highly recommended!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Ida has moved to Cripple Creek to prove to herself and others that women can make it in the business world and it can be done without making promises to men. Two of Ida's sisters already live there and so Ida is thrilled to be near them. However, her sisters and brothers-in-law have reservations about Mollie O'Bryan, Ida's employer. Mollie and Ida are very successful in what they do, but is it wrong how they gain their information in regards to what stocks to invest in? Ida has no room in her life for men, but yet she seems to continually have contact with a very successful lawyer, Colin, and Tucker, a traveling preacher who is in back in town to run his ailing father's business. Both men have secrets, yet which will harm Ida and who does she lose her heart to?
Hodgson has a style of writing that is very easy to follow and it pulls the reader right into the story through the vivid images and descriptions. The characters are lovable and real. I have not read the first book, but I am going to find it and read about Nell and Kat. There are family dynamics throughout this book, along with romance, heartache, healing, and growth - everything that makes for a great read! Be sure this is on your summer reading list!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*
Friday, July 1, 2011
Martha is known for being the sister who was too busy when Jesus was at her home to sit and listen to Him as she was cooking. However, there is so much more to her story! Diana Wallis Taylor shares a beautiful story in her novel, "Martha" that will open the reader's eyes and give a new perspective on who Martha really was.
Martha has had to run her household and bear a great amount of responsibility since her mother had passed away. Taking care of the house and cooking for her father, brother and sister took all of her time and she was not as carefree as others her age or does she see herself as marriage material. Martha and her siblings, Lazarus and Mary have the honor of meeting Jesus and His disciples and also hosting them in their home. Martha learns a great deal and also is told by Jesus that there is someone out there for her.
Martha, Mary and Lazarus come to live in this book and are well-developed characters. It is so great to experience meeting Jesus and His disciples along with them and also being on the journey of coming to believe. Taylor ties in a lot of details and descriptions creating vivid scenes so that it seems as if the reader is right there going to the temple and working in the home. There is romance thrown in as well as each of the three siblings fall in love and yet things do not always turn out as planned and/or hoped, but each learns to seek God. I highly recommend this book!
“Available June 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
This is a great teen series as Scotty deal with real issues and the books are written from her perspective. Scotty is an enjoyable character to read about, and journey with as the reader will connect with Scotty through her various experiences and will empathize with her. It has been enjoyable to read about Scotty and see how she has grown from the first book to the last book. I recommend this series for teen girls!
*I received this book from the NavPress Blogger Review Program. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.