Monday, 27 August 2012

Book Review - The Haven by Suzanne Woods Fisher



Publisher's blurb:
Spring brings new life, young love, and second chances to Stoney Ridge.
On a warm spring day, Sadie Lapp returns home to her quiet, unassertive life in Stoney Ridge after spending the winter in Ohio.
Gideon Smucker, an awkward schoolteacher, has been in love with Sadie since childhood and eagerly awaits her return. But does Sadie feel the same about him?
Will Stoltz, a charming and impetuous college student, has been banished for a semester and sent to babysit endangered peregrine falcons nesting at the Lapp farm. He'd rather be anywhere else . . . until he befriends Sadie.
As the hopes and ambitions of these three young people converge, life in Stoney Ridge may never be the same.
Once again, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher intrigues and delights with a story that explores the bonds of friendship, family, and true love in this captivating series.

My review: I really liked this book. I had a bit of difficulty remembering the previous book in this series, I guess I didn't like it as much as I liked this one. There is a huge twist not mentioned in the publisher's blurb that takes over most of the book.Most of the characters are lively and enjoyable while I did find some not as well defined, such as Gideon, I would have liked him to be less of a mouse. I give this book a 4 out of 5.

"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 - To Love and Cherish by Tracie Peterson & Judith Miller



Publisher's blurb:
Escape to a Beautiful, Historic Island Resort

Bridal Veil Island, Georgia
1898

Melinda Colson has been waiting months for Evan, the assistant gamekeeper at the Bridal Veil Island resort, to propose. Without an offer of marriage, she must return to Cleveland with the family she works for as a lady's maid.

Evan isn't afraid of hard work, and he hopes to be promoted soon. He wants to marry Melinda--but not until he's sure he can support her and a family.

Letters strengthen their romance until a devastating storm strikes the island. With no word from Evan, Melinda knows she must journey back to Bridal Veil in search of her beloved.

But the hurricane isn't the last calamity to shake up Bridal Veil. Melinda finds a new job on the island, but still no offer of marriage comes her way. Has she given her heart to the wrong person? Will she ever find a man to love and cherish?

My review: I liked this book but I didn't love it. It was an easy read but I found it slow in places. I also found it extremely predictable. The characters were a little flat I found. I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5.

"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".
  

Friday, 17 August 2012

book Review - Whispers in the Wind by Lorraine Snelling



Publisher's blurb:
She's Come This Far.... Must She Turn Back Now?
After fleeing North Dakota and the now defunct Wild West Show, Cassie Lockwood and her companions have finally found the hidden valley in South Dakota where her father had dreamed of putting down roots. But to her dismay, she discovers a ranch already built on her land.

Cassie's arrival surprises Mavis Engstrom and forces her to reveal secrets she's kept hidden for years. Her son Ransom is suspicious of Cassie and questions the validity of her claim to the valley. But younger son Lucas decides from the start that he is in love with her and wants to marry her.

Will Cassie be able to build a home on the Bar E Ranch and fulfill her father's dream of raising horses, or will she be forced to return to the itinerant life of her past?
My Review: This is book 2 in a series. While I liked the 1st book, I didn't like the way things were left hanging. The same applies to this book. Things were not properly wrapped up. I know there is another book coming, but each book should be able to stand alone. I also find there are a lot of mindless irrelevant details. I don't need to know that they took water from the bucket to douse the fire, this adds nothing to the story. There are places where these details make sense, when explaining how they butcher and smoke the elk for instance, details there are interesting. I found some of the characters too flat and boring. Ransom's character isn't evolved enough I found, neither is Lucas'. They all seem somewhat one dimensional. I enjoyed the story enough to keep reading and will read the next book, but wish it were more exciting. I would give this book a 3 out 5, so not sure if I would recommend it to others, not a bad read, just not the best either.

"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 - Mary Magdalene by Diana Wallis Taylor



Publisher's blurb:
One woman desperate for hope. One Savior with the power to heal.
A beautiful girl blossoming into womanhood, Mary has high hopes for a life filled with learning, family, and young love. In one dreadful night, all of that changes. The nightmares come first, then the waking visions of unspeakable terror, until Mary hardly remembers her dreams for the future.
Can the Most High deliver her from this torment? How long must she wait for healing?
This vivid portrait of the enigmatic Mary of Magdala comes to life in the hands of an imaginative master storyteller. Diana Wallis Taylor introduces you to a Mary who is both utterly original and respectful of the biblical account, opening your eyes to a redemption that knows no bounds.

My review: I have never before read the story of Mary Magdalene. I found this story very interesting and  thought provoking. Those familiar with her story may not find it as interesting, I don't know. Overall, I foudn this book focused on loving your fellow man as well as believing God will provide, if you ask him to. 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 Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Book Review - Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney



Publisher's blurb:
All she wanted was a paycheck. What she got was a murder.
Cate Kinkaid's life is . . . well, frankly it's floundering. Her social life, her career, her haircut--they're all a mess. Unemployed, she jumps at the chance to work for her PI uncle, even though she has no experience and no instincts. After all, she is just dabbling in the world of private investigating until she can find a "real" job.
All she has to do for her first assignment is determine that a particular woman lives at a particular address. Simple, right? But when she reaches the dark Victorian house, she runs into an hungry horde of gray-haired mystery readers and a dead body. This routine PI job is turning out to be anything but simple. Is Cate in over her head?

My review: This was a fun read. I really enjoyed the quirkiness of the characters Cate & Willow. Octiva is a bit of a characher as well! This story had various twists & turns, some I anticipated, some I did not. It was fun, fast-paced and hard to put down. I would definitely recommend this book.

"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, 10 August 2012

A Watercolour Painting

While watching my online friend Dede (Inkwell) stream a drawing/painting of a faery and butterfly yesterday, I was inspired to once again pull out my watercolours and attempt a painting.

I started with this Linda Ravenscroft 2008 calendar that I kept because I like the images.



It actually came together faster than I imagined it would. I got to this point before going to bed at midnight last night.


Then by about noon today.



And then finished it off today by 3pm.