Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Book Review - Playing by Heart by Anne Mateer



Publisher's blurb: Lula Bowman has finally achieved her dream: a teaching position and a scholarship to continue her college education in mathematics. But then a shocking phone call from her sister, Jewel, changes everything.

With a heavy heart, Lula returns to her Oklahoma hometown to do right by her sister, but the only teaching job available in Dunn is combination music instructor/basketball coach. Lula doesn't even consider those real subjects!

Determined to prove herself, Lula commits to covering the job for the rest of the school year. Reluctantly, she turns to the boys' coach, Chet, to learn the newfangled game of basketball. Chet is handsome and single, but Lula has no plans to fall for a local boy. She's returning to college and her scholarship as soon as she gets Jewel back on her feet.

However, the more time she spends around Jewel's family, the girls' basketball team, music classes, and Chet, the more Lula comes to realize what she's given up in her single-minded pursuit of degree after degree. God is working on her heart, and her future is starting to look a lot different than she'd expected.

My review: I didn't like the "old-fashionedness" (yes that is TOO a word :P) of this book. Not of the era but of the way the main character is treated just because she is a woman. I know it may be true of the time, but it annoys me none-the-less. I also didn't like how weak the male lead appeared to be either. Both characters could have been much stronger if they weren't being constantly run over by everyone else. The story-line was different. It was an easy read, but forgettable. 

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc." 

Book Review - At Blue Bonnet Lake by Amanda Cabot



Publisher's blurb: Her life is set to warp speed. His is slowing to a crawl. But love has its own timing.

Marketing maven Kate Sherwood's world is fast-paced, challenging, and always changing. The last thing she wants to do is grind to a halt at Rainbow's End, a dilapidated resort in the Texas Hill Country. Still, she cannot deny her ailing grandmother's request to visit the place where she and her deceased husband spent one glorious week fifty years ago. There, Kate meets Greg, who appears to be the resort's unassuming handyman. But there's more to Greg than meets the eye--billions more, in fact.

Kate isn't looking for romance, but she can't deny the sparks of attraction that fly every time she and Greg are together. Could there be a future there? Or will Kate's long-sought promotion take her back to the big city?

Amanda Cabot invites you to step into a place away from the pressures of the day. You might be surprised by what you find at Rainbow's End.

My Review: This book wasn't bad - it wasn't great either. I found parts of it very interesting and others very unbelievable and/or annoying. There were some details that seemed to be added just to make the book longer as they did not add anything to the story. If you are looking for a quick feel-geed read, this will do.


"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc." 

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick



Publisher's Blurb: Three very different women. One dangerous journey. And a future that seems just out of reach.

Letitia holds nothing more dear than the papers that prove she is no longer a slave. They may not cause most white folks to treat her like a human being, but at least they show she is free. She trusts in those words she cannot read--as she is beginning to trust in Davey Carson, an Irish immigrant cattleman who wants her to come west with him.

Nancy Hawkins is loathe to leave her settled life for the treacherous journey by wagon train, but she is so deeply in love with her husband and she knows she will follow him anywhere--even when the trek exacts a terrible cost.

Betsy is a Kalapuya Indian, the last remnant of a once proud tribe in the Willamette Valley in Oregon territory. She spends her time trying to impart the wisdom and ways of her people to her grandson. But she will soon have another person to care for.

As season turns to season, suspicion turns to friendship, and fear turns to courage, three spirited women will discover what it means to be truly free in a land that makes promises it cannot fulfill. This multilayered story from bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick will grip your heart and mind as you travel on the dusty and dangerous Oregon Trail into the boundless American West. Based on a true story.

My review: I enjoyed this book. The characters were realistic and believable. The story spanning many years and much tragedy and triumph was never dull. I would recommend this book to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group". 

Book Review - The River By Beverly Lewis



Publisher's Blurb: She looked once more at the dreaded river. Since Anna's death, it had been such a barrier . . . a place and a moment she could not seem to move past.
           
A line I can't move beyond...
The River

Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters, are plagued by unresolved relationships when they reluctantly return to Lancaster County for their parents' landmark wedding anniversary. Since departing their Plain upbringing, Tilly has married an Englisher, but Ruth remains single and hasn't entirely forgotten her failed courtship with her Amish beau.

Past meets present as Tilly and Ruth yearn for acceptance and redemption. Can they face the future in the light of a past they can't undo?

My review:   Oh what to say about this book...it was...BORING! I have enjoyed other Beverly Lewis books but this one has no redeeming features. All of it was boring! There is no better word to describe it.  I would tell others to not bother wasting their time on this one as you won't get anything out of it.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group"



Book review - Tried and True by Mary Connealy



Publisher's blurb: Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters!   

Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister--and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It's a risk--they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as "boys"--but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.

Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?

My review: While I did find it highly unlikely that these woman could pose as men, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next 2. I found the characters both likable and realistic. The story was fast-paced and engaging.

I would recommend this book to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group"



Sunday, 31 August 2014

Book Review - Surviving Henry by Erin Taylor Young



Publisher's blurb: Sometimes you seek out love. And sometimes it broadsides you.

You don't always know what you're getting into when you bring home a puppy. You hope for laughs and cuddles, long walks and a wagging tail. And sometimes you get . . . Henry.

Henry is a boxer who suffers from Supreme Dictator of the Universe Syndrome. He vandalizes his obedience school, leaps through windows, cheats death at every turn, and generally causes his long-suffering owner Erin Taylor Young to wonder what on earth she did wrong that God would send this dog to derail her life.

But this rogue torpedo of a dog wasn't sent to torment his owner--well, not just to torment her. Through all the hair-pulling and questioning of her own sanity, Erin learns something very powerful from Henry, a dog who brings new meaning to the concept of unconditional love.

Through his laugh-out-loud antics and jaw-dropping escapades, Henry will careen into your life and steal your heart.

My review: Let me preface this by saying we got our new puppy Bentley just before I read this book. So I understand new puppies. 

I have got to say Henry is a wee bit neurotic but more than that, I think his owners need training. Some of the things that his owner tried are downright ridiculous. I mean who ties a dog to a scooter?! Who buys a dog a life jacket (and complains about the price) but NEVER puts the dang thing on the dog?! You cannot blame the dog for that. It made for laughable reading to begin with then I just started thinking that the owner needed to go to school instead of the dog. I am sure many parts were embellished for the book but honestly, it got to the point where I didn't want to read anymore about the crazy dog or his crazier owner. I did finish the book but would probably not recommend it to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Book Review - Blind trust by Sandra Orchard


Publisher's blurb: Kate's not sure how deep this deception goes--but she'll do whatever it takes to find out.

Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money and can't believe that it came from her sweet elderly neighbor. Or that it has landed her in the middle of another of Detective Tom Parker's investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor's innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation--and one that strikes too close to home for comfort.

As family secrets come to light, her world--and her budding romance with Tom--begin to crumble. To Kate, it's clear that she won't be safe until she uncovers all of Port Aster's secrets. But then will it be too late for her and Tom?

My review: Well at first I did not even remember the first book of this series - this is the 2nd - I had to find my review - apparently I liked the first book although I cannot remember too much about it. This book, not so much - I found it disjointed. The main characters did not seem to connect with each. There seemed to be too many holes in the story line. There were too many unanswered questions left at the end - I know there is another book - but I felt abandoned - there was no closure. I can;t say I liked this book much at all.


"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".