Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Book Review - No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig

Publisher's blurb: New York City, 1897

She came to America searching for her brother. Instead all she's found is a web of danger.

Cara Hamilton had thought her brother to be dead. Now, clutching his letter, she leaves Ireland for America, desperate to find him. Her search leads her to a houseful of curious strangers, and one man who claims to be a friend--Rourke Walsh. Despite her brother's warning, Cara trusts Rourke, revealing her purpose in coming to New York.
She's then thrust into a world of subterfuge, veiled threats, and attempted murder, including political revolutionaries from the homeland out for revenge. Her questions guide her ever nearer to locating her brother--but they also bring her closer to destruction as those who want to kill him track her footsteps.
With her faith in tatters, all hope flees. Will her brother finally surface? Can he save Cara from the truth about Rourke... a man she's grown to love?

My Review: I didn't love this book. I found it very slow in several spots and felt the plot was weak. For those reasons, I probably wouldn't recommend it to friends.

"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 - A Home In Drayton Valley by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Publisher's blurb:                                     A dream of a better life...
A tragedy aboard a wagon train...
A tentative agreement...

Will it lead to love for two seeking hearts? Hoping to escape the poor conditions of 1880 New York, Tarsie Raines and her friends Joss and Mary Brubacher and their two children set off for Kansas aboard an unusual wagon train. But when tragedy strikes on the trip across the prairie, Tarsie is thrown into a partnership with Joss that leaves them both questioning God and their plans for the future.

As their funds dwindle and nothing goes as planned, will they give up and go their separate ways? Or will God use their time in Drayton Valley in a way they never expected?

My review: I found this book a tad unrealistic at parts, but it may have been true to the times. I liked the various characters in the story. It flowed well and was an easy read. 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".

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Book Review - Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson

Ann Silver is a cop's cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region's most trusted investigative positions.
Paul Falcon is the FBI's top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder.
Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his. A car wreck and a suspicious death offer a lead on a hired shooter he is tracking. Paul isn't expecting to meet someone, the kind that goes on the personal side of the ledger, but Ann Silver has his attention.
The better he gets to know her, the more Paul realizes her job barely scratches the surface of who she is. She knows spies and soldiers and U.S. Marshals, and has written books about them. She is friends with the former vice president. People with good reason to be cautious about who they let into their lives deeply trust her. Paul wonders just what secrets Ann is keeping, until she shows him the John Doe Killer case file, and he starts to realize just who this lady he is falling in love with really is....

My review: I haven't previously read any of this author's books & if this book is a good example, I won't be reading any in the future. 

There are a few days of my life I'd like back that I wasted reading this extremely LONG, TEDIOUS book. 

This is NOT a love story. Not in the least. There is not one speck of romance in this book. The relationship between the two main characters is negotiated like a contract instead of a relationship. 

The book overall is too long (473 pgs) and goes into detail we just don't need. It could have easily been written in half the number of pages. The main characters are both rigid overachievers who over-analyse pretty much everything and everyone around them.

Ann, a cop, author, pilot & engineer (what didn't have time to take the bar too?) is apparently an extremely private loyal person, yet as soon as Paul starts to ask questions about her, all her friends spill the beans about her in great detail.

The dialog around Ann's relationship with God is as if there should be shame around her or it should be kept a big secret. Totally off the wall.

The two main BIG stories of the book were both extreme let downs. Really?! You made me read all that just to give me that crappy result? There is no huge secret at the end - total and complete bust!

I would actually advise AGAINST reading this book, please don't waste your time. I get these books for free to review and usually enjoy them at least somewhat. Some I absolutely love, so I am lukewarm about, this one has really annoyed me and I highly doubt I would read another by this author. 

"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".

Monday, 8 October 2012

Book Review - The Reunion by dan Walsh

Publisher's blurb: Everything lost can be found.
Aaron Miller knows a thing or two about loss. He's lost love. Dignity. Second, and even third, chances. Once honored for his heroism, he now lives in near obscurity, working as a handyman in a humble trailer park.
But God is a master at finding and redeeming the lost things of life. Unbeknownst to Aaron, someone is searching for him.
With deep insight into the human heart, consummate storyteller Dan Walsh gently weaves a tale of a life spent in the shadows but meant for the light. Through tense scenes of war and tender moments of romance, The Reunion will make you believe that everyone can get a second chance at life and love.

My Review: I liked this book well enough to keep reading. The premise of the story is very interesting. The story flowed well, was an easy read and had interesting characters. I think the thing that bothered me most is that it was a little too easy,  a little too perfect. There were no glitches, everything happened exactly as it should, everyone was ultra nice. It seems this book was written while wearing rose coloured glasses.

I think the the main plot is great, but think it could have been written with a more realistic slant. I would still recommend this book to others. It is a good read even if a little too fairytailish for my liking.

"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 - All Things New by Lynn Austin

Publisher's blurb: The war is over. The South has lost.

Josephine Weatherly struggles to pick up the pieces of her life when her family returns to their Virginia plantation. But the realities of life after the war cannot be denied: her home and land are but a shell of their previous grandeur; death has claimed her father and brother; and her remaining brother, Daniel, has returned home bitter and broken. 

Her life of privilege, a long-ago dream.

Josephine soon realizes that life is now a matter of daily survival--and recognizes that Lizzie, as one of the few remaining servants, is the one she must rely on to teach her all she needs to know. Josephine's mother, too, vows to rebuild White Oak--but a bitter hatred fuels her. 

Can hope--and a battered faith in God--survive amid the devastation?

My Review: This is the third book by this author I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed it as well as the previous 2. The characters all all extremely believable. There are several interesting story lines within the main story. It flowed well and was an easy read. It made you think about what is important in life. It also gave insight to how utterly boring the life of a privileged young woman must have been for that time period. It touched on how people's core beliefs may be something they were just raised to believe as acceptable while they never questioned whether they are correct or not. I'd 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 Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".