Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Bachelor's Homecoming by Karen Kirst

This is the first book that I have read by this author.  It was a sweet historical romance.  I enjoyed the storyline, and it was a good Christian read.  I like anything historical so I found it very interesting.  I hope to read more from this author in the future.

I recommend it to others who enjoy historical romance.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser

I found this book to have a fresh new idea that was very nicely worked into the history that was occuring at this time.  Being an immigrant myself, I can see how Annie felt about wanting to achieve more than what she appears to have been born into.  Coming to America as a maid for wealthy people, she found herself feeling as this was her lot in life.  She was unable to go or do anything without permission.  She and her two friends plan to run away from the life of servitude and look for better things.

Although that was the hope, it didn't always happen as she had hoped.  Yet despite sadness and hardships, Annie has the faith to keep moving forward.  And as new doors open up for her, she finds an exciting new life.  Annie is a good person, although at times, led in a path that wasn't perfect.  She's human and does human things.But in so doing, has learned to trust God and listen to his direction as she moves forward.

I really enjoyed this book.  It was so different and I actually learned something about a topic I knew very little about.  Very entertaining book!  Look forward to reading more from this author.

I received a copy of this book from the Barbour Publishing Company for my reivew.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Choosing Real by Bekah Jane Pogue

Choosing Real was an interesting book and shared the author's feelings about her relationship to God and how He can help her and us in our lives if we will just let Him in and listen to what is said by Him.

As we go through life, we often forget, in our day to day dealings with work, home, family and friends, that God is there, seeing to our every need, regardless of our awareness of Him.  It is important for each of us to take the time to ponder, and to learn of God's hand in our lives and to accept the answers He has for us.

The author, Bekah Jane Pogue, has a lot of Spirit-led experiences that she shares in her book.  It shows as a reminder that we can accomplish much by listening to the Spirit as we go about our daily life.

I felt that this book was an uplifting read and that we all can succeed, no matter our individual stations in life.  And that we don't need to put on a facade but become real and embrace the God that created us, who cares for us, and will not forsake us.

A highly inspirational book, that will bring us all back to "Real".

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Medical Judgment by Richard L. Mabry, M.D.

Was this a good book?  Yes, it was really, really good!  I had to keep reading because I had to know who was the culprit that was tormenting Dr. Sarah Gordon and causing her total fear and anguish.  There were lots of suspects and I was sort of leaning towards one of them.  But I was wrong.  The poor woman didn't know who to trust, nor did she know why all this craziness was happening to her just months after the accidental  deaths of both her husband and her daughter.

Dr. Sarah learns a lot about herself and that she can be stronger than she was while her husband was still alive.  She tries to take her life back into her own hands only to have more problems.

This book is good.  If you like suspense and a lot of mystery, this is the book for you!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Highwayman of Cordovia by Linda Weaver Clarke

The Highwayman of Cordovia is the second book of the new Rebels of Cordovia series by Linda Weaver Clarke.  I love reading a series and seeing characters from a previous book in the series reappear.  It's wonderful to see how things turned out for them.

This book is the story of Christine, a pastor's daughter and Austin.  Austin and Christine had been friends as youth and separated through the years.   As their paths cross again after many years, things spark up between them.  Yet their lives do not appear to be headed in the same direction.

Christine begins to fall in love with Austin but is not aware of his true self and would not approve of the life he is leading.  The twists and turns will keep you turning the pages.  These books express good moral values and are very enjoyable.

The book is a clean Christian read and historical in nature, which I enjoy.  It was a good book and I look forward to the 3rd book in the series.

I received an e-book copy from the author for my honest review which I have given.

You can read more about this great series at this link where Linda writes about her new series.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Karla by Sharon Srock (Audible Version)

Faith, love, patience, loss, recovery and forgiveness are some of the themes that you will see in this wonderful book by Sharon Srock.  It is book 6 in the Valley View series.  It can easily be considered a stand-alone book as well.  It is the final book of this series.

I really enjoyed it.  Being close to Karla in age, I can understand her feelings of loss after a long, happy marriage and then trying to make it on her own.  It is interesting to see the reactions of friends and family as Karla tries to emerge from the darkness of her loss and return to living a happy and fulfilling life.

Relationships with family can be strained as is apparent in this book and made it feel real to me.  I think the characters were well portrayed and it was easy to see their feelings as they dealt with the problems they faced.

I enjoyed the expression and characterization of the narrator, Laura Jennings, and felt that she did a great job to bring across the feelings of the people she portrayed.  I definitely want to read and "listen" to more books by this author.

I received an Audible version of this book from the author for my honest review, which I have given.
You can grab a copy at this link.

Mystery On the Bayou-Audible Version by Linda Weaver Clarke

I just recently finished listening to the Audible version of Mystery on the Bayou.  I really enjoyed it.  As a young girl reading was my beloved pastime that my friends and I continued to do together through our elementary school years.  Mysteries were my favorite genre in those days, and I can see that my love for mysteries has not waned.

Linda writes a fun and interesting story line.  This is book 6 in the continuing series of the Amelia Moore Detective series.  In book 6, we find Amelia and Rick, two happy newlyweds in a cozy retreat for their honeymoon, only to be approached by a woman who asks Amelia to locate a son she gave up for adoption 16 years ago.  She has discovered she has a hereditary disease that she feels an urgent need to inform her son about.  Not knowing could be deadly for him.  Amelia takes on the case which leads her to Bayou country and a not so easy to resolve case. 

There are several twists and turns making lots of interesting reading.  And I am happy to see that a book 7 is on its way.  I enjoyed listening to the Audible version very much and if you enjoy cozy mysteries, with a little touch of romance, you will surely enjoy it as well! 

The narrator Diane Lehman has a great way of changing voices of each of the characters and she even can sing the tunes the characters sing.  Now there's talent.  It's really enjoyable listening and relaxing to this fun Audible book after a long stressful day at work.  

I received an Audible copy of this book for my honest review, which I have given. You can get your copy here!