Monday, June 11

A Rebel Heart

 I really enjoy books where the main character is strong and determined, without losing her softer, more delicate side. Selah is a great character, and I cared about what happened to her.

With themes of trust and forgiveness, this story has so much heart. The research that must’ve gone into this book is evident, making the post-Civil War scenes and the characters vividly come to life.

Great pacing. I was taken on an emotional adventure, and look forward to the rest of the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell, the publisher.

Monday, May 28

First Impressions

I've enjoyed reading Jane Austen books and watching movie adaptations, so I looked forward to reading this modern day retelling of Pride & Prejudice. This is the first book I've read by Debra White Smith.

I enjoyed parts of this book. I easily became acquainted with the characters, and they certainly had their faults. But, some of them were difficult to sympathize with and the believability of a few of the relationships was lacking. (Eddi and Dave didn't seem like a good fit.)

I thought including a Pride and Prejudice play was a fun part of the plot, and the similarities of Elizabeth/Eddi and Dave/Darcy's lives were evident. I was a bit surprised nobody else in the story seemed to notice that though.

Overall, this is a relatively quick read and provided entertainment, but parts of it felt outdated for a 'contemporary' re-telling.

If you enjoy modern-day retellings of old classics, or are a Jane Austen fan, you might enjoy this book. I'm not completely sold yet, but might give another try to the next book in the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review.

Thursday, May 17

How To Be A Perfect Christian

I wasn't sure how to take this book, initially. I wasn't familiar with The Babylon Bee, and didn't realize the book was a parody of quirky Christian traditions.

There were more than a few places where I laughed out loud, even when I didn't want to. The quips make fun, but not in a hurtful or harmful way. I enjoy a good sense of humor, and this book is overflowing with it.

How To Be A Perfect Christian is 208 pages of harmless and entertaining fun for Christians and non-Christians alike. I received a hardback copy from the publisher. 

Friday, May 4

The Theory of Happily Ever After

The Theory of Happily Ever After is 273 pages of rewarding amusement. I can't count how many times I laughed or the numerous phone calls I made to my sister just to share a hilarious quote from this book.

Kristin Billerbeck’s writing skill and sense of humor is clever and carries Maggie Maguire’s story through one catastrophe to another. The story is amusing, full of heart, and oddly satisfying. After reading a parade of sober tearjerkers, the laughs and smiles this book provided was just the heartwarming fictional medicine I needed.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sappy hallmark movies or witty romantic comedies. A highly entertaining read!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Revell.


Monday, March 26

Surviving Death

Surviving Death is not exactly what I was expecting. I thought it would be people giving their first-hand accounts of their near-death or after-death experiences. It’s much different than that.

I’ve no doubt a lot of time, effort, and research went into this book, but there are many things I personally don’t believe or agree with. It’s just not my cup of tea and doesn’t follow my personal spiritual beliefs.

I received a copy from Blogging for Books.

Friday, March 16

A Chance at Forever

A Chance at Forever is filled to the brim with hope and redemption, and I quickly delved into the lives of the main characters, Mercy McClain, and her childhood bully, Aaron Firebrook.

As a shy student with a disability, Mercy was Bully Aaron's perfect target. Fast-forward to their adult life, Mercy has found it difficult to put the past behind her and forgive. When Aaron returns to their hometown to teach, Mercy worries about his student's welfare. In her quest to protect them, she faces her own demons. As her opinions of Aaron change, so does her life.

This book deals with important timeless issues. I liked the small Kansas town setting, and the uplifting message of forgiveness.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley, and was under no obligation to post a review.

Thursday, March 15

Catching the Wind

This is a gut-wrenching, seat-of-your-pants type of story--following two children, Bridgette and Dietmar, trying to escape the Nazi's during WWII. It's captivating and mysterious, and covers the two time periods nicely. I love dual time period stories, delving into different eras, customs, and such, and finding the ties that bind the stories together. 

Melanie Dobson is a gifted storyteller, creating believable characters and steady storylines that make me want to turn the pages faster (to learn what happens) and slow down my reading (so I can savor the characters as long as I can.) 

If you enjoy historical fiction, I recommend this. The characters are sympathetic and the dual storylines don't distract from each other. Great read.
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