Saturday, October 23, 2010

Book Review: Don't Look Back by Lynette Eason

Jamie Cash has spent the last twelve years trying to get on with her life after she was brutally abducted 12 years ago. Although she struggles with trust and keeps her life very private, she is finally starting to recover her independence and make a good life for herself. There is even a guy interested in her, and though she is not quite ready for a relationship, she finds herself drawn to him too.
Everything seems to be going well until her attacker comes back to finish what he started - to end her pain and be her hero. The one that got away will pay!

As the second book in a series, I thought this read pretty well as a stand alone book. I could tell there was a story behind some things, but everything important was explained and it didn't take long for me to catch up.  I enjoyed the action and though I had a pretty good guess about who the bad guy was, it actually probably made the story more exciting for me.  I thought it was scary enough to keep me on my toes but not keep me up at night :-) A good read.

Available October 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Thank you to Revell Publishers for a free copy of this book!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Book Review: The Waiting by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Jorie King is waiting for Benjamin Zook to come back from war to his own people. She is hoping he will have grown into the man she knows he could be - free from his discontent and ready to settle down among his own kind. The plain kind. But she is devastated when she receives the news that Ben will never come home - he has been killed at war.

Caleb Zook is dealing with his own grief while trying to raise a family by himself while fending off the match making wiles of his well-meaning aunts.

As Jorie and Caleb become friends and help each other through the pain, a new love begins to grow. Everything is turned upside down when they receive some shocking news that could change everything.

This book was the best book I have read in a while. Because it's the second in a series, it took me a while to get to know everyone. But once I was into it, I was hooked! I loved that even though the characters were Amish, the book focused on their "normalness" rather than their customs. They struggle with things everyone struggles with. You will definitely need a box of tissue for this - I must have spent half the book balling but it was so good! I will definitely be looking for the rest of the series!

Available October 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Thanks to Revell Publishers for a free copy of this book to review!

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Book Review: The House on Malcolm Street by Leisha Kelly

Leah Breckenridge's life is unfair. How could God take away both her husband and baby? And on top of that, there is no more money and she doesn't dare look to her father for help. She turns to her only hope, her late husband's aunt who has invited them to visit. With her young daughter's strong faith challenging her at every turn, Leah is constantly confronted by her bitterness against God.
As Leah settles into her new home, she begins to heal and find hope for her future again. Will she be able to finally trust God with her hopes and fears and find her faith again?

Grab your box of Kleenex for a great story that looks into the hard time of life. I really loved this story. The  characters were real hurting people who were struggling with hard issues and it was great to watch them grow and heal together!

Available September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Thank you to Revell Publishers for a free copy of this book to review.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Book Review: No More Christian Nice Girl by Paul Coughlin and Jennifer D. Degler

Sugar and Spice and all things nice - that's what little girls are made of. So we've been told, and have been expected to be in society for centuries. But Paul Coughlin and Jennifer Deglen say differently. Jesus expects Christians to be like him and although he was always loving,he was not always what today's society would consider nice. He was instead, GOOD. He did what was right no matter who was offended or who got upset. He was not afraid of whether others perceived him to be nice or not. And he expects us, as women, to be like him.

Coughlin and  Degler give examples of how we are nice but not good in our marriages, friendships, churches and workplaces. When we try to love up to every one else's expectations instead of obeying what God has for us we damage the relationships around us and instead end up burned out and resentful of all those that take advantage of our "nice-ness."

I thought this book had some good things to say about being an authentic Christian. I especially liked their explanation of how conflict increases intimacy when handled correctly.  I wasn't the biggest fan of their writing style, however. I thought the examples were a bit cheesy and I didn't like that they used acronyms for everything. It was a bit over the top for me - almost seemed a little condescending. But I thought they made valid points and I'm sure others would enjoy the writing style - it just wasn't my cup of tea :-)

Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a free copy of this book to review.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Book Review: A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin

Lieutenant Ruth Doherty brings cheer and hope to the many World War II soldiers who have been injured and are under her care. Her gentle ways and easy laugh beings many declarations of love and offers of marriage from the men, but Ruth will have none of it. Her goal is to support her orphaned family at home and not to be distracted from that goal by any man. So she lets nobody past her kind and polite barriers she has erected around her heart.

Major Jack Novak has always succeeded in every area of his life, until a mission lands him under the care of Ruth Doherty and it seems he will not succeed in getting to know her better.
Slowly, Jack is able to befriend the Lieutenant, but as World War II comes to a dangerous climax, everything he has built threatens to fall apart around them.

I am not usually one for stories about war - they are usually just too sad for me to handle, but I thought that this book did a great job of presenting the story with the backdrop of a war without it being too graphic and heart-wrenching for me to read.  I thought her details were great - in fact, I looked up pictures of the planes she described and that really made her descriptions come to life! I enjoyed the plot too - some turns I didn't expect. A great story of following God's will, forgiveness, and friendship! (I totally did not even mean to aliterate that but it's pretty cool ;-)

A big thanks to Revell Publishers for a free copy of this book to reveiw!