Monday, March 20, 2017

To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden

I don't how authors like Elizabeth Camden do it. They come up with the most interesting story lines and every book is different and intriguing. I feel like I learn so much from her books and enjoy every bit of them. I know a book is good when it takes me 3 days to read the final chapter because I am not ready to be finished. To the Farthest Shores was different than I expected. It was about a nurse and a soldier, but not at all in the typical sense. Throw in some spies, a kind sailor and his bird, oysters and pearls. a precious child, and deceit and you have a wonderful story. Oh, not to forget the flirty neighbor next door and hidden, yet exposed secrets. This book makes you question whether one can trust another to take a chance on love once they have been badly burned. I found myself wondering if I was in that situation would I have done it that way? I honestly don't know. Decisions of the heart are painstaking and sometimes unable to be undone. Pain and vulnerability must be involved at some points. It is a tough call, but all one can do is hope to do what is right. This book was involved, action packed, humorous, and delightful. I highly recommend it. I was allowed by the author through Bethany House to read it in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

All that master violinist, Rebekah Carrington, wanted to do was play her instrument before an audience and be appreciated for her talent and love of music. She didn't want to make a ton of money, just to share the deep affection she had for the violin and stir others to love it as well, Unfortunately, in her time period, women were not allowed to play the violin publicly, and sometimes even privately. It was very much looked down on and even the Nashville Philharmonic was made up entirely of men. The conductor, Nathaniel Whitcomb, was never going to budge and let her join. Mainly because doing so would put his reputation and career at risk. He did not deny the talent she possessed. However, Nathaniel had secrets of his own. And when Rebekah stumbles upon them, a bond stronger than one's reputation is forged. But, how can these two people fight for the love they want and against the external factors of society and serious health issues? I won't tell you how or whether this works out, but rather that this is an amazing, uplifting, frustrating, and wonderful story. Tamera Alexander touches the heart and soul of her readers once again. I was so thankful to Bethany House for letting me read this in exchange for an honest review. I truly enjoyed this story and highly recommend it to all age groups and types of people

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

This was my first read from Jocelyn Green. She is now on my favorite author list. I really enjoyed this story. I was given it free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. I am so glad I got a chance to read this story. It opened my eyes to a lot of history that I did not realize happened the way it did. This book had major heartache, surprises, twists, turns, and very enjoyable moments. If you want a fluff read, this is NOT it. Be prepared. It will rip your heart out, paste it back together, rip it apart again, and hand it back to you. WONDERFUL!! Emotional!! I loved every minute of it and feel like I was right there feeling the mud suck between my toes and mosquitoes biting me all over. (ick) I highly recommend this story to anyone looking for a good adventure!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen

This is Julie Klassen's first series. I am so excited to continue reading about the characters of Ivy Hill. While this had a bit of romance to it, I would not call it a romance. It is more about strength to overcome what life sends at you. It is about relying on your friends to keep you going and how a small town works together to keep thriving. Forgiveness plays a big role. Another story plays along in the background that I really enjoyed about one of the main character's friends. I was quite enamored with that story as well, As always, Julie Klassen delivers an interesting and involved story that keeps you reading right until the very end...wanting more. This is a very enjoyable read and I look forward to her next book and many more to come. I was allowed by the author to read this book and give my honest review. SO glad I did!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin

Well, I just don't know where to begin. This is such an amazing story of decisions, forgiveness of oneself and others, and moving forward. It brings to life the age old question: Do I do what is right or what my heart tells me? It is a story of an older woman reliving her story as she writes it down and a young girl and how their lives and decisions are very similar and yet so very different. I really enjoyed the way the book was laid out and the writing involved. It felt as if you were right there with the person and going through all the things they were. Your heart ached for her to make the right decision while you aren't really sure what that is. It is an amazing story. Parts of it are predictable, but its like you know what is going to happen and you cannot wait because it is going to be so amazing. But there are a number of twists and turns involved also. Some total shockers! I highly recommend reading this book. It is NOT a fluff piece, but totally filled with weighty issues and emotions. LOVE IT! Thank you, Lynn Austin, for another great read that has touched my life!
*The author gave permission for me to read this book and asked that I give an honest opinion of it. I was not asked to give it a positive rating if I did not like it.