Friday, 28 September 2012

Book Review - Love's Reckoning by Laura Frantz



Publisher's Blurb: On a bitter December day in 1784, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of blacksmith Liege Lee in York County, Pennsylvania. Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship quickly and move west. But because he is a fast worker and a superb craftsman, Liege endeavors to keep him in York by appealing to an old tradition: the apprentice shall marry one of his master's beautiful daughters.
Eden is as gentle and fresh as Elspeth is high-spirited and cunning. But are they truly who they appear to be? In a house laced with secrets, each sister seeks to secure her future. Which one will claim Silas's heart--and will he agree to Liege's arrangement?
In this sweeping family saga, one man's choices in love and work, in friends and enemies, set the stage for generations to come. This is the Ballantyne Legacy.

My review: I liked this book. It had a nice balance of mystery, revenge, love, intrigue and scandal. The story was well defined enough to keep me reading to see what happened next. It had several interesting characters. Even though it takes place in the 1700s, it is a bout real live and the drama that often comes with it. A few things bothered me, certain people not getting their just desserts, but I suppose that is rel life too, people don't always get what they deserve. 

At the end of the book, there is an excerpt from the next book in the series which focuses on Silas & Eden's daughter. It too looks like it will be a good book. I would definitely 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 Bridesmaid by Beverly Lewis


Publisher's Blurb: Eben Troyer hopes to make Joanna his bride--if he can ever leave his parents' farm in Shipshewana, Indiana. Yet Eben's hopes to build a life with Joanna hinge on his brother's return from the English world....

My review: While this book was interesting enough to continue reading, I found it lacking excitement. This is not a book I will remember. It was just sort of a story, but with no highs or lows, it all seemed to be written in a monotone, if that makes any sense. The story flowed well enough, there just wasn't much to the story. I was a tad disappointed.

"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".

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Book Review - With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin



Publisher's blurb: They know everything about each other--except their real names.
Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not looking forward to writing a letter to a man she's never met--even if it is anonymous and part of a morale-building program. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence--he's been trying to escape his infamous name for years.
As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other's true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face-to-face for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage by their pasts?
Combining a flair for romance with excellent research and attention to detail, Sarah Sundin vividly brings to life the perilous challenges of WWII aviation, nursing--and true love.

My review: I found the beginning a little a slow to get into but then ended up loving this book. Some of the day to day duties had to be explained and I found them uninteresting, but understood why they were there. I found the secondary characters interesting as well, the girls in Mellie's group as well as Tom's men. Not sure I believe the controversy behind Tom's father, but people can be weird, so anything is possible. 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 Hidden Truth by Judith Miller




Publisher's Blurb: In the closed communities of the Amana Colonies, hidden truths are about to change everything for two young women....

East Amana, Iowa
1892

When Karlina Richter discovers that a new shepherd will be sent to her village, she fears she'll no longer be allowed to help her father with the sheep. She'll be relegated back to kitchen work, stuck inside all day. Her fears increase when the new shepherd shows little interest in the flock--or in divulging why he's suddenly been sent to East. Is he keeping secrets that will impact Karlina's family?

Dovie Cates visits the Amana Colonies to learn more about the place where her mother grew up. But when Dovie begins to ask questions about her mother's past, no one seems willing to reveal anything, so she decides to take matters into her own hands. Will the answers she finds spell disaster for her future plans and the longings of her heart?

My Review: I found this book a bit slow to get into. Dovie is trying to find out about her mother's past, but it never really explains why. I found the characters too simplified & one dimensional. It was easy to predict what would happen in most situations. I didn't hate this book, I just didn't love it & doubt I will remember it is a month.

"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".