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.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Taken by Dee Henderson Book Review

This was another interesting read by Dee Henderson. While not really suspenseful like I was hoping, it was still a good read. I did not get through it as quickly as I would a suspense story, however. The mystery part of figuring out what happened to Shannon Bliss and who had her kidnapped was enough to keep me interested in the story.  Characters from Dee's other recent books were in this one, which was fun as well. Overall a good read with good character development.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Worry Less So You Can Live More Book Review

Worry Less So You Can Live More by Jane Rubietta introduces a tool in every chapter that may help you in overcoming your worries.  Each chapter ends with discussion questions/journaling prompts so it can be read alone or in a small group.  While I connected with some of the stories Jane shared (the red shoes story and a few others), I got bogged down in her writing style at times.  I love that each chapter is about a tool that may help you in overcoming your worries.  I am going to counseling for anxiety right now and one of the things we discuss is having tools in your toolbox to help with different levels of anxiety.  This book reinforced some of those tools and also gave me a few new ones to try.  I think this book is good, but as I said, I just didn't connect well with her writing style. Not sure how to describe it, but she can be kind of "flowery" at times, too wordy for me.

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

365 Moments of Peace for a Woman's Heart Book Review

365 Moments of Peace for a Woman's Heart is a daily devotional with a scripture, writing, and prayer for each day of the year.  While this is a nice book, I didn't connect with the daily readings like I did with Susie Larson's devotional Blessings for the Evening.  While some of the devotions in this book were comforting/thought-provoking, there were many that didn't make an impact on me one way or another.  The daily devotions are a nice quick read, a nice way to start your day if you don't have a lot of time, but if you are seeking peace/comfort/inspiration I would suggest Susie Larson's Blessings for the Evening or Blessings for the Morning.

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

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sabotaged Book Review

This was a great final book to Pettrey's Alaskan Courage Books.  I have now read all of them but the 4th, which I intend to read soon.  Having said that, I didn't feel lost reading this one even though I hadn't read #4; so these books can be read alone even if you haven't read the others, you will just know more about all the other characters if you read the others first.  I continue to love the characters and how they have evolved throughout this series.  This book was a quick read with plenty of mystery/suspense to keep me reading.  I liked this book more than some of the others in the series and love how Pettrey tied it all up at the end.

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