Tuesday, August 9, 2016

No Way Up by Mary Connealy

This book is packed full of drama, mystery, excitement, and real cowboys! Who could ask for more? I doesn't take very long to fall in love with the hero and heroine of the book and her family members! I enjoyed this read by Mary Connealy. It was a lesson about how to relate to and get along with siblings in a family setting and how to face past issues that may have driven siblings apart. With a serious mystery involved that did not get settled until near the end, the book was a page turner for sure. The characters were well developed and very realistic. This was a great story by a great author. I was given the book free of charge for my honest opinion.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden

I find Elizabeth Camden's books to be so rich in word pictures that I often feel as if I am right there at the moment in time it is all happening. This book did not disappoint. I was intrigued and engaged throughout the story. It was actually two intertwined stories in one and I loved that about it. Sadly, I did not read the novella Toward the Sunrise first and although its not necessary, I highly recommend that you do. It will pull a lot of the pieces together for you. This story also has a good deal of mystery in it and finding the answer will shock you as it did me! I did not expect the ending to go as it did, which always makes a great read for me. The characters, though stubborn and frustrating at times, are quite lovable. I was given this book free for my honest opinion and I really did enjoy it. It gets a five star rating. It is clean and appropriate for any age. If you pick it up to read, be ready to be taken underground to Boston's first subway in a long ago time. ENJOY!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Bound Heart by Dawn Crandall

Book two has not been a let-down. In fact, I think I love it just a little more than book one, The Hesitant Heiress. I feel like I can totally relate to what "Mer'edy" is going through! She has such an internal struggle going on within her heart and mind that she cannot allow herself to see or experience happiness. When it starts to creep up within her, it scares her so badly that she shuts down immediately. And, not until she is absolutely confident and ready to let go, will it happen. I feel like at one time or another we have all been there. That place where we did something wrong or have had something done to us that we feel we must be punished for. It doesn't matter that God doesn't hold it against us, what matters is that WE hold it against ourselves. It is a real struggle with self-worth and guilt. Often, as in Meredith's case, someone comes along and as the saying goes 'holds us so tight that all the broken pieces come back together'. (I know I read that on Pinterest This is a wonderful story of forgiving not only ourselves, but those that have wronged us. Also, seeing the pure heart of a person, not what they have done in the past. I know that you will love reading this book as much as I did. You do not have to read the first book to enjoy this one, but if you do, it will be nice to see those characters pop up once again. A great story. Written beautifully! I have no doubt you will love it as much as I did!
PS> I also very much enjoyed the story of Wynn, a homeless girl that hopes to find love. She is so sweet!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Hesitant Heiress by Dawn Crandall

I have been wanting to read this author's books for quite awhile. Finally got to do just that. This book was the first in the Everstone Chronicles. I really loved reading it. It is full of depth. Not just a fluff piece, but something you really have to take time to think about. I love those kinds of books. This is a story of Amaryllis who, I will tell you, will frustrate you a time or two throughout the book. She has lived a rather sheltered life and does not believe that she will ever be good enough. So, she has talked herself into spinsterhood and a life without love. She also lives with a ton of guilt about her mother's death that weighs her down on a daily basis. Although the man of her dreams continues to try to convince her that he really does care about her, she just cannot believe him. I wanted to just sit her down and have a talk with her!! Then I wanted to scream at her, but then hug her because she is so damaged and adorable. You will love her and that will take over the fact that at some points you want to choke her! There is a fair amount of mystery in this story also, which I adore. You are never really sure who the bad guy is until he reveals himself. It is a well written, intriguing, frustrating, wonderful story that I encourage you to read. While you are doing that, Amaryllis and I are scheduled to have tea. :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White

So, I got this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. Well, honestly... I LOVED it! It is the second book in a series and the frustrating thing for me was that I HAD the first book, but did not realize it was a series. I was like... Should I go back and read the first one? I decided not to and I must say that Roseanna White did such a good job of incorporating enough of the first story that I was not at all lost. I was so impressed with her writing. This story really gets to your heart. The entire time I was reading it I kept thinking of poor Rowena. What will she do? Will she make the right choice? Even while not reading, she was always on my mind. This book does have a sensitive subject of abuse. The author says that she has never suffered abuse and I am so glad, but I was captivated by how she understood the feelings and emotions that go along with it so vividly. This is a great story and keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat throughout. I know you will enjoy it as much as I did. Thank you, Bethany House and Roseanna White for a great read!