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April 16 2014 4 16 /04 /April /2014 00:45

 

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     "Love Comes Calling" by Siri Mitchell was published by Bethany House on March 4, 2014.

 

     Ellis Eton is an aspiring actress who is having trouble passing her classes at college.  Juggling her lack of attention, bad friends, and almost-boyfriends, she has a lot on her hands.  After she drops out, Ellis plans to go straight to Hollywood; however, her good friend and look-alike Jamie's parent dies, and Ellis must temporarily fill in for her at Jamie's job of being a "hello girl".  Ellis sees it as the ultimate acting opportunity and seizes the chance without any training on connecting calls.  Meanwhile, she overhears a dangerous plot that she believes could put the life of a dear friend in danger.

 

     Griffin Phillips has admired Ellis from afar, but she continually avoids his advances.  He's tried and tried to talk to her, but she keeps skittering off.

 

     Personally, I found it hard to stay engaged with the characters because Ellis frequently jumped everywhere with her thoughts, and it was hard for me to follow, yet funny; however, a whole book of it gets old.  The setting and plot were unique, and the message of accepting yourself as you are because that's the condition that God's going to use you in was excellent.  It was just the character leading me there that made it hard to remain with the story.  I have read other works by this author and have thoroughly enjoyed it, and I know every time that someone writes something, they go out on a limb, because you never know what will grab readers.  I applaud this book and would recommend it.  The message is great and the author superb.  I just wouldn't necessarily read it again.

 

     Thank you so much to Bethany House publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own.

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April 9 2014 4 09 /04 /April /2014 23:43

 

 

 

"Young Women of Faith Bible"

 

     "Young Women of Faith Bible" is published by ZonderKidz and was released on March 11, 2014.

     I very much enjoyed the quality of "Young Women of Faith Bible" and found it pleasingly durable.  Also, I liked the side notes here and there around the margins. I appreciate the font size and how it was very readable and found the content translation clearly understandable.  I find favor in how each book begins asking:

"Who wrote this book?",

"Why was this book written?",

"What do we learn about God in this book?",

"When did this happen?",

and also,

"What are some of the stories in this book?"

and so they answer each of the questions that is known to mankind, or respond with estimates for what is not known.

     I recommend ages of all kinds, specifically ages eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, and possibly thirteen.  This book is availible on amazon.com in leatherback and hardback.  

     I would like to thank both ZonderKidz publishing and the Book Look program for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not affected in any way other than this book itself.

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April 7 2014 2 07 /04 /April /2014 17:52

 

 

     Free book alert! "Born of Persuasion      " by Jessica Dotta is free on Kindle.  I'm not sure how long this deal will last! This is the first book in the " Price of Priviledge" series, published by Tyndale House publishers. Enjoy!

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April 2 2014 4 02 /04 /April /2014 01:24

 

     "Traces of Mercy"

     "Traces of Mercy" is written by Michael Landon, Jr. and Cindy Kelley, and published by David C. Cook publishers on October 1, 2013.  It is the first book in the new "Mercy Medallion Trilogy", the second releasing October 1, 2014 and entitled "Finding Mercy: A Novel".

     Mercy wakes up after an accident and cannot remember who she is.  In this novel, she searches for her identity and past, set during the wake of the War Between the States.

     I have seen a few films directed by Michael Landon Jr. and loved his dad's acting.  I did not know that Michael Landon Jr. was an author, so I decided to try this one out.  I am also fairly interested in the Civil War, so that was a bonus.  As it turns out, this book has it all: befuddled heroine whom therefore keeps you reading to find out what happens to her, setting of the post-Civil War, romance, and mystery. 

     Thank you so much to Net Galley and David C. Cook publishing company for providing me with an advanced electronic copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not affected by the publisher or Net Galley in any way.  Thanks!

 

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March 26 2014 4 26 /03 /March /2014 20:05

 

     "Fair Play"

     "Fair Play" is written by Deeanne Gist and is somewhat of a sequel to "Into the Whirlwind      ". It is published by Howard books and will be released on May 6, 2014.

 

     Billy Jack Tate was named after her grandfathers on both sides.  She's not a rough-and-tough tomboy by any means; instead, she's a city girl striving for her place in a society full of men.  She has worked hard and graduated cum laude to become a doctor.  Even though she has practiced for seven years in many important places, no one will come to her door.  Thus, when offered a job at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, she agrees.  Mostly, when she works there Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, it's just bad cases of dehydration or fainting.  On her days off, she works at her own practice, but no one ever stops by; ergo, she also is a speaker for women's rights.

 

     Hunter Scott is a Texas Ranger on duty as a watchman of the Women's building of the World's fair: where all the women and their inventions, jewels of international queens and Billy are.  It's one of the lowest jobs he can imagine.  He wants to be promoted and tries to take on extra shifts, but soon a medical problem blocks him.

 

     The two of them form an unconventional and unlikely friendship.  But their feelings and relationship with each other is tested as they spend more and more time in the poorer parts of town, making friends with the children and playing with them, so as to try and keep them out of trouble.

 

     I really enjoyed this book.  Its unique setting drew me in, and the characters were irresistible.  Even the secondary characters tugged on my heartstrings.  The plot was fairly unpredictable.  Overall, I enjoyed this book.  While I read "Into the Whirlwind", I found that this one made for a good stand alone.  The only thing really tying the two books together is the same time period/setting and a little scene where the characters make small talk in passing.  Personally, I liked this one better than the first.

 

     Thank you to Net Galley and Howard books for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not affected in any way other than the book itself.

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March 19 2014 4 19 /03 /March /2014 00:47

 

     "Dare to Love Again"

     "Dare to Love Again" by Julie Lessman and published by Revell on January 7, 2014.  It is the sequel to "Love at Any Cost      " in the series "The Heart of San Francisco".

 

     Allison McClaire, the cousin of last book's protagonist Cassie McClaire, is excited to begin life as a teacher in the new school she, her mother, and Cassie began recently.  It's kind of on the seedy side of town, but the McClaires wanted to give the opportunity for better education to unprivileged kids.  Allison is itching for her own independence after having her heart broken by three different men.

 

     Nick Barone [long E] is a detective agent for the police.  Logan McClaire, Allison's uncle, hires Nick to help out around the school and watch the women.  Later, when Alli wants more freedom, Logan gets Nick to teach her jiu-jitsu as self-defense.  However, Nick has to promise not to fall in love with her because of all her previous heartbreak.  Seeing as all the two have had together are several fiery conversations, Nick does not see that as becoming a problem.

 

     I really, really enjoyed this book.  The characters and dialogue were laugh-out-loud funny, and the message a blessing.  The plot was well thought out, and the scenes both heartwarming and frustrating.  There were several twists and turns that I did not see coming; I could not put this book down both because of the surprises and because of my attachment to the characters.  They were so charming; not only the main two, but also the supporting characters, really worked together to make a wonderful story. 

 

     Thank you so much to Revell and Net Galley for providing me with an e-copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my honest own, and they were not affected in any way except by the book itself.

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March 13 2014 5 13 /03 /March /2014 00:06

 

 

     "Becoming Myself"

     "Becoming Myself" is written by Stasi Eldredge and published by David C. Cook on August 1, 2013.  This is a wonderful book on finding our new identity through Christ Jesus.

 

     My mom, sister, and friend have all read this book or are currently reading it.  There are videos online that correlate with this book as well.  Overall, this was a breath of fresh air; I could free myself from all the "you're not good enough"'s because I don't have to be good enough-my God is, and that is all that matters! Hallelujah! Because Christ came down to earth to die for us, we are one with Him.  Because we are one with Him, we do not have to worry about how we do not measure up; our God's grace is sufficient for all our needs.  We do not have to worry about what the future holds; we do not have to beat ourselves up or take on condemnation from others because of our shortcomings.  Our God is sovereign and that is enough for me to rest in.

 

     Thank you so much to Net Galley and David C. Cook publishing group for letting me read and review this book. 

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March 11 2014 3 11 /03 /March /2014 22:01

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     Today only, "The Vigilante's Bride" by Yvonne Harris is free on eBook. (Regularly $14.99!)

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March 6 2014 5 06 /03 /March /2014 21:59

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     Today only, "Wings of a Dream" by Anne Mateer is free on eBook. (Regularly $7.99!)

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March 5 2014 4 05 /03 /March /2014 23:08

The Dancing Master

 

     "The Dancing Master"

     "The Dancing Master" by Julie Klassen is published by Bethany House on January 7, 2014.  It is a stand-alone book.

     Alec Valcourt and his family are a mess.  Because of an incident with his father and one of the family's dancing academy's students, the Valcourts are disgraced and forced to flee London to avoid charges.  Alec, his mother, and his sister come to live with his uncle on his mother's side in Beaworthy.  Alec attempts to open a dancing and fencing academy in Beaworthy so he can provide for his mother and sister.  However, no one will open up, and everyone looks at him with suspicion and disdain.  Alec can't figure out why; no word of the reason for their sudden departure from London has been leaked.  Then he finds out that Beaworthy has a most unusual, unspoken rule: no dancing.

     Julia Midwinter is sick and tired of not being able to attend a ball or party, and wants desperately to go to London, but her mother, Lady Amelia Midwinter, forbids it.  Lady Amelia has declared that there be no dancing, and no dancing masters, in Beaworthy.  When Julia meets Alec, she flirts constantly with him, as she has with all other men because her father never loved her. 

     This book, honestly, was very lackluster for me.  The research done and time invested were very apparent, and the effort was incredible, but I just could not make myself enjoy the book.  I have read several of this author's books and have always been impressed with the details and intricacy of her books, but this just did not seem to measure up to them.  It is advertised as being a historical romantic mystery, but there was no romance to the romance - only frustration, and no mystery to the mystery - only a lack of communication.  The characters were deep in their pains and their past, but the reconciliation was abrupt and deficient.  I think that the characters were excellent and very interesting, by only looking at their backgrounds, and can tell the author is amazing creative.  Mainly, it was the plot lacking.  The characters pretty much just sit around all day, except Alec occasionally gets harassed by the town's wrestling champs.  Overall, there was a lot of potential for this book, but even about halfway through, nothing really notable had happened! I wanted to like this book, truly, because I have such high expectations for this author after having read her previous works.  As I mentioned before, the characters were superb, but that was all.

     Thank you so much to Bethany House publishers and Net galley for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review.

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