Monday, February 12, 2018

Death at Thorburn Hall

Death at Thorburn Hall is the 6th book in the Drew Farthering Mystery series by Julianna Deering. I have read a few of the books in this series and have enjoyed them, but they don't necessarily keep me engaged as much as some other mysteries do. There were plenty of plot twists (I did not necessarily expect the person who was guilty in the book to be who it was) and the characters are likeable, but it was a slow read for me.  I like that there is a continuing thread of the mystery of Drew's mother throughout the series and you do get some answers where that is concerned in this latest book.  Overall it was an enjoyable read, but I didn't devour the story like I do when I am really into a book and can't put it down.

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

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage Book Review

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage is the 2nd book in the series Tales from Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen. Once again Julie Klassen did not disappoint.  I loved this 2nd book in the series and will be anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.  This book focused more on Rachel and Mercy, but we did still get to learn more about Jane's story as well (the focus of the first book).  I love the characters in this series and the anticipation of seeing how things will work out for them, relationally and otherwise.  Things are still up in the air for Jane and Mercy, but Rachel's situation is mostly resolved within the pages of this story.  There are enough questions/mysteries in the story to keep you interested and reading.  I highly recommend this author and this series.

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

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Blind Spot Book Review

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey is the 3rd book in the Chesapeake Valor series. While I normally like Dani Pattrey's writing and have enjoyed many of her books, I found this book hard to follow. I wasn't able to sit down and read through it quickly and consistently but that normally is not an issue as far as picking up where I left off in a book. With this book, that was very difficult. I found it really confusing keeping everyone straight and following all of the different story lines that were going on at once. I read the first 2 books in this series, but it would have been nice to have some reminders at the beginning of the book as to who everyone is. Even having read the other books, I had a hard time remembering who was who and what their background was. The characters are likeable and the story is interesting, I just found I had to really concentrate when I was reading so that I could follow the story. Perhaps if you read all 3 of these books in a row, it would be helpful and things would make more sense.

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

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Deadly Proof Book Review

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan is classified as a legal thriller. While I enjoyed the characters in this book, I never really got into it.  I could easily put it down when reading it and it took me a long time to get through it.  The main characters, Kate and Landon, were likeable and I enjoyed how their relationship evolved as the story developed. The plot was also interesting in theory, it was just slowly developed and there wasn't a lot of suspense or twists to keep me interested and engaged.  Overall the book was ok, but I'm not sure I would be interested in reading book #2.

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

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Becoming MomStrong Book Reivew

I LOVED this book, Becoming MomStrong: How to Fight with All That's in You for Your Family and Your Faith, by Heidi St. John.  I have been recommending it to all of my mom friends.  I think I highlighted half the book.  It covers so many topics that there is sure to be something in this book that connects with each and every mom out there.  I love how she emphasizes hearing from God more than hearing from people and the importance of spending time in God's Word in order to grow in our faith, wisdom, and our role as a mom.  There is so much truth and encouragement in this book. 

My favorite section of the book, as someone who struggles with anxiety, was this: "The question isn't whether our children should see our struggles and burdens. The question is, 'Does our response to trials point our children to Jesus Christ even as we stumble and struggle along the way?' If we tell our children that we trust God but we're living in a constant state of panic and distrust, what are we saying with our lives?  Through our actions we put our trust in God on display for our children....  Does your life demonstrate a trust in God's provision? In His goodness? In His Word? In His timing? It's critical that is does. Why? Because we can't give our kids what we don't have."  I do believe in God's grace and mercy in our areas of weakness, but this part of the book was so convicting to me and such an important reminder.  I see evidence of my anxiety showing up in my kids and that is something I want to overcome as a family. 

This is a book I know I will come back to over and over again for encouragement and prayer prompts (each chapter has good prayer prompts at the end with verses that go with each prompt). 

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

Monday, September 11, 2017

Crisis Shot Book Review

Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore is the first book in her new series The Line of Duty. While I enjoyed this book, it wasn't one of my favorites of this author. With exception to the end of the book, I could easily put it down and not pick it up to read again for a few days (that is very unusual for me if I am really involved in a book). I liked the characters, but I didn't feel like I really "got to know" the characters very well and the story line didn't keep me all that interested. Even with the main character, you don't learn that much about who she is.  I will likely still read the other books in the series when they come out because I did enjoy the characters and would like to see how they evolve.

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

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Dark Deception Book Review

Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl is the second book in her Defenders of Justice series. I hadn't read the first book in this series, but that certainly didn't detract from me loving this book.  I loved the characters and the pacing of the book.  I figured out some of the things along the way but others kept me guessing til the end.  I got through it quickly because I wanted to figure everything out.  I love how Mehl wove Biblical truths and lessons into the story so it didn't feel forced but fit seamlessly into the story-line.  I am looking forward to reading book 1 and book 3 when it comes out.  A great mystery/suspense story!

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