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."