Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Book Review - Submerged by Dani Pettrey


A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers. One single clue.
Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey, Alaska, again. She has a past, and a reputation--and Yancey's a town that doesn't forget. She's returned only to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash, but then dark evidence emerges and Bailey's own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.
Cole McKenna can face dangerous rescue dives. He can face the fear a murderer may be threatening his town. But facing the reality of Bailey's reappearance is a tougher challenge. She broke his heart... but doesn't seem to be the same girl who left Yancey ten years ago. And he's not the same guy she left behind.
Racing against the clock and a rising body count, Bailey and Cole must move beyond the hurts of their pasts to work together until the truth of what is hidden in the depths finally surfaces.

My review: I wasn’t sure about choosing this book, it is not my typical read. I found it a little hard to stay focused in the beginning, and didn’t find it any easier as I continued. I found the story a bit rocky actually and the religious conversations seemed contrived and not at all natural. I don’t think I would recommend this book.

"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 - My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade

Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When her grandmother asks her to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance.

Upon her arrival in Redbud, Kate meets Matt Jarreau, the man hired to renovate the house. Kate can't help being attracted to him, drawn by both his good looks and something else she can't quite put her finger on. He's clearly wounded--hiding from people, from God, and from his past. Yet Kate sets her stubborn heart on bringing him out of the dark and back into the light... whether he likes it or not.

When the stilted, uncomfortable interactions between Kate and Matt slowly shift into something more, is God finally answering the longing of her heart? Or will Kate be required to give up more than she ever dreamed?

My review:
I was interested in this book right off the bat. The idea of having an old family house to renovate sounds interesting. I enjoyed the characters, especially the shenanigans of the older folk J The main characters were likable enough although I am sure I would have said something about Hockey guy’s rudeness if it were me. It does seem odd that no one previously tried to draw him out. Overall a good book, I would recommend it 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".
 



Book Review - Travelers Rest by Ann Tatlock



A YOUNG WOMAN determined to honor her commitment...
AN INJURED SOLDIER convinced life is no longer worth living...
A RETIRED DOCTOR certain it's too late to be forgiven...
Jane Morrow has a dilemma, and love alone may not solve it. Her faith has never been strong, yet somehow she hopes God will answer her prayers and tell her what to do. The answer she finds may not be at all what she expected...

My review: I am not sure what made me decide to get this book. It did not grab me and draw me in right away, I had to make myself continue reading it. The characters seemed a little one dimensional. I did like the Truman character and his back story quite a bit. I’m on the fence about this one. It turned out ok but was hard to get into.

"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 - The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport

She has a secret to keep. But will she give her heart away?
Lucy Banning may live on the exclusive Prairie Avenue among Chicago's rich and famous, but her heart lies elsewhere. Expected to marry an up-and-coming banker from a respected family, Lucy fears she will be forced to abandon her charity work and squeeze herself into the mold of the well-dressed wife who spends most of her time and money redecorating.
When she meets Will, an unconventional young architect who is working on plans for the upcoming 1893 World's Fair, Lucy imagines a life lived on her own terms. Can she break away from her family's expectations? And will she ever be loved for who she truly is?
Get swept away into the lavish world of Chicago's high society as Olivia Newport brings to life an age of glitz and grandeur, stark social contrasts, and one woman who dares to cross class lines for what she believes.

My review: What can I say about this book? The characters were interesting enough, the storylines grabbed me, but somehow this book is forgettable. I read this book a week ago and I am having to wrack my brain to remember what it was about. Nothing about it stands out in my mind. Doubt I would 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 - Hiking Through by Paul Stutzman



A life-changing journey begins with a single step
After Paul Stutzman lost his wife to breast cancer, he sensed a tug on his heart--the call to a challenge, the call to pursue a dream. With a mixture of dread and determination, Paul left his job, traveled to Georgia, and took his first steps on the Appalachian Trail. What he learned during the next four and a half months changed his life--and can change yours as well.
In Hiking Through, you'll join Paul on his remarkable 2,176-mile trip through fourteen states in search of peace and a renewed sense of purpose. Along the way, you'll meet fascinating and funny people, experience trail magic, and discover that every choice we make on the path has consequences for the journey. More than that, you'll come away with a new understanding of God's grace and guidance--even in the smallest things.

My review: This is not my typical read but I found I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and flowed nicely. Not a hiker myself, I found all the details of hiking very interesting. I like the idea of just some normal guy making such a huge change and taking on a major endeavor. I also liked the idea of being out on the trail alone if you wanted to be, to just be with nature; sometimes silence is a good thing. 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".
 

Friday, 11 May 2012

A Week In Review

Getting up early for work is still kickin my butt. Most nights I get home by 5:30pm and feel exhausted. I don't get much done other than making lunches for the next day. Last night I actually managed to stay awake until 10pm.

My skin is clear as I am cleaning my face regularly to remove the make-up I put on each morning.

I really do need more biz clothing. Must shop around this weekend.

My current work assignment is nothing more than reviewing documents and is extremely boring, add in my exhaustion and it is hard to not nod off.

I got my new glasses last Friday night - one pair for distance and the other for the computer - I am loving both. Will add a photo of one pair later.

I was too tired to make my lunch Tuesday evening for Wednesday so I bought my lunch on Wed. Well that was a bad idea, as it must have been a bit "off" as I barely made it home and spent the next several hours in the washroom - sorry if that is too much info - I stayed home Thursday as my stomach was still out fo whack.

Almost the weekend - YAY - have a great weekend all - it is supposed to be lovely weather - I have two raised garden beds to clean out and a whole list of chores I'd like to get done on Saturday so I can have a nice relaxing Sunday.