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.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Renewing Your Mind: Become More Like Christ (Victory Series) (Volume 4) Book Review

I used this book as a personal study tool and not in a small group setting.  I only found session 4 to be helpful to me personally, Overcoming Anxiety.  It does not seem like every session of this study would apply to very many people.  I also found the content/questions to be somewhat confusing at times.  I could not figure out what portion of the text he was referring to with some of the questions asked at the end of each section and therefore it was difficult to make the application.  Some of the questions were good but I had no idea where he was going with them, as I would search again through the verse and text and not be able to figure out what he was referring to.  I am not sure if the series is designed so that you can jump in on study 4 and that may have been part of the problem.  Maybe I would have understood how this victory series was supposed to work if I had started in study 1?  I'm not sure...  Anyhow, I didn't find this book to be as helpful as I was hoping it would be and after doing this study, I don't think I would even care to start in study 1.

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

The Secret of Pembrooke Park Book Review



The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen was the first book I had read by this author and after reading this book, I intend to read more of her books.  I loved this book and could not put it down. Normally with mysteries I am able to figure it out fairly early on in the book, not so with this one. I had my suspicions but didn't at all know how it would all come together. This on top of the fact that the main character, Abigail, was very likeable and real made it a great read. The only drawback for me was that I felt William and Abigail behaved inappropriately at times but I don't feel like it took away from the overall quality of the storyline.  Would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.

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

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Beacoming Bea Book Review


Becoming Bea is the 4th book in the Courtships of Lancaster County series.  I liked this book more than the previous one in the series, although both were good.  The characters were likeable and engaging. Bea, although frustrating at times was very endearing.  I identified with her and her struggle with pride and not being a people person.  I loved seeing her grow in her faith and character throughout the book.  It was also nice to read more about some of the people in the previous books in the series.  This book drew me in quickly and I had a hard time putting it down.  I had to find out if Bea and Ben were ever able to communicate and work out their differences.  You will have to read it to find out if they did.  It was a great book that I would recommend reading.

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

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible Book Review

The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible Book Review is a good reference book. It goes into more detail than the summaries you would normally find at the beginning of each book of the Bible in a study Bible. I don't think this is a book you would just sit down and read cover to cover though, just a tool to use when studying scripture. I especially enjoyed the "Significance" section, it definitely helped to tie it all in to what does this mean to me today. Overall a handy study tool.

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

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The River Book Review


I really enjoyed this book by Beverly Lewis.  I have read many of her books and have always liked them, some more than others.  This one kept my attention very well.  I got through it quite quickly.  It had an interesting plot and enough turns in the plot to keep me reading.  I liked that it was a bit different than a lot of Amish fiction, in that the main characters were Amish turned Englisher returning to visit their Amish family.  Some of the resolutions were a little unrealistic, but it was still well-written and interesting.  Overall a great story that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys reading Amish fiction.

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

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Murder at the Mikado book review

Murder at the Mikado Julianna Deering is a great murder mystery book that kept me guessing til the very end. It was the third in a series, I believe, and I have not read the 2 books that came before this one.  I could tell there was probably a back story that I had missed out on, but I did not feel lost at all when I read this book.  I think she filled in enough of the details so that you do not have to have read the previous 2 books in order to understand what is going on in this one (although after reading this book, I would like to go back and read the others).  This mystery kept me guessing right up until she revealed who the murderer was.  I normally figure out whodunit way before it is revealed in the book, so this was a pleasant surprise.  I really enjoyed the characters and writing style of this author.  This is the first book I have read by Julianna Deering and I look forward to reading more.

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