Monday, April 11, 2016

The Atonement Book Review

While I enjoyed this book, it is not one of my favorites from Beverly Lewis.  I found myself kind of lost in the beginning, trying to figure out what was going on and who was who.  Therefore it was a slow start for me.  About 1/3 to halfway through the book, the plot picked up a bit and started making more sense to me.  I like the characters in the story and the message of God's grace and forgiveness and the importance of forgiving yourself.  I was concerned the story would go in a different direction, but was so pleased with the outcome.  Overall it was a good read, it just took me a while to get into it. 

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

More than Just the Talk Book Review

This book is a great resource for parents, I wish my parents had had a similar resource to help guide me through what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior in the world of relationships and dating as a teen/single person.  I love how blunt he is about things and that he doesn't dance around the tough issues.  My one question/complaint is that I didn't even know what one of the terms he used in the book meant.  I am not sure how I am supposed to be my kids go-to person for questions about sex when I may not even know some of the terms they are being exposed to.  Do I google it (the thing he said we should try to keep ours kids away from having to do) and expose myself to the junk that may come up?  I don't know....  Food for thought.  Overall the book was really helpful and had a lot of Q&A examples, which I liked.  I am prayerful that I will be able to discern when I should start talking to my kids about these things, they are still fairly young (6 and 8) and don't attend public school so I know they are exposed to less than some kids, but I don't want to miss the boat on some of these issues.  It is a delicate balance...either way the book will be a helpful tool to use when the time comes.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Dressed for Death book review

Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering is the latest edition to the Drew Farthering Mystery series.
While I enjoyed the other books in this series, this one left me a bit depressed.  So much deception and murder.  The writing was good and the plot was well developed.  I personally just don't like to end a book feeling sad, just personal preference.  I liked that it was not easy to guess who was to blame in the murders, I was completely thrown off the trail and suspected many other characters before the real murderer.  It was a good mystery, I just didn't appreciate all of the deception and murder amongst the friends and family members.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Cold Shot Book Review

I loved this new book by Dani Pettrey.  I thought the characters were very likable and the plot kept me guessing.  Just the right amount of romance and suspense to keep me engaged.  I am looking forward to finding out more about the characters in the coming books.  Yes, there could have been better development of the characters, but the info we were given was enough even though it may have been better if there was a bit more detail.  Overall I felt the book was a great, quick read and, as I said, I am looking forward to the other books in the series.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Painter's Daughter Book Review

While I normally LOVE Julie Klassen's books, I had a couple of problems with the Painter's Daughter.  It didn't grab my attention right away, but I did get into it soon enough and finished it rather quickly.  The biggest issue I had was I felt like the scenes of sexual tension between characters were too detailed and too often.  It was an unnecessary addition to the story line.  She could have conveyed the same feelings with much less detail.  I would think twice before allowing a teen to read this book, probably best for a mature audience, though even with a mature Christian audience I felt the scenes were a bit much.  All that being said, I did enjoy the story overall.  As usual, her characters were well-developed and the story had enough tension/unanswered questions to keep me interested and reading.  Klassen is still one of my favorite authors, I am just hoping she tones the romance down a bit in her next book.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Rising Darkness Book Review

I really enjoyed this 3rd book by Nancy Mehl in the Finding Sanctuary series.  I had read the first book in the series, but not the second, and I was able to read this one without feeling like I had missed something from the story line.  The mystery elements were enough to keep me reading and I enjoyed watching Sophie transform and soften her heart towards God as the story unfolded.  I also enjoyed reading more about some of the characters from the first book in the series.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Christian fiction with a bit of mystery and romance woven through.

I was given a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Not By Sight Book Review

This is the first book I have read by Kate Breslin and I loved it!  The characters were well developed and very likeable.  There was enough mystery in the book to keep me reading and interested.  I loved how Grace's character evolved and matured as the story progressed as did Jack's.  It was fun to read as Jack and Grace's relationship developed into friendship and then something deeper.  The twist with Grace's lady's maid/friend, Agnes, was sad but added depth to the story.  As did the other Women's Forage Corps members stories in the book. Overall a great read!  I look forward to reading her other book. 

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.