Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What a Girl Needs from her Mom

Book descripton:  "Mystified by the situations girls face today?

There's a good reason, Mom. Our girls are growing up in a completely different world than we did. But whether your daughter is very young or a teenager, you can equip yourself with the wisdom and practical help she needs for the pressures and decisions ahead.

With keen insight and warm encouragement, Cheri Fuller shares how you can become a more welcome influence at every stage in your daughter's life. Drawing from her own experiences and the expertise of others, Cheri answers all the top questions, including:

"How can I help my girl avoid the dangers of social media and navigate the digital world?"
"How can I counter society's unhealthy messages about body image and sexuality?
"How can I help my daughter (and me!) deal with her emotional ups and downs?"
"What are the best ways to instill good values?"
"How can I help her grow a firm faith in God?"

Filled with trustworthy suggestions, this book will help you steer your daughter toward becoming a healthy, confident young woman."

My review:  This was a very timely book for me since I have two young daughters.  The author wrote in such a way that was as comfortable as having a conversation with her.  She gave practical suggestions to help with the particular topic she was covering in each chapter.  She also gave plenty of stories to support and illustrate what she was talking about.  Cheri Fuller is a mom that has done her best to understand and encourage her own daughter, and has chosen to encourage other moms by writing this book.  Each chapter covers a specific topic, and they are all very good.  While a lot of what she has written is practical and common sense, there is still plenty of information that I know I never thought of.  Every mom with girls would benefit from reading this book!  I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Taken

Book description:  "An investigator who knows tragic loss firsthand, 
and his new client, missing far too long...

Abducted at the age of sixteen and coerced into assisting the Jacoby crime family, Shannon Bliss has finally found a way out. She desperately wants to resume some semblance of normal life, but she also knows she has some unfinished business to attend to. She might have enough evidence to put her captors behind bars for a very long time. 

When Shannon contacts private investigator Matthew Dane, a former cop, to help her navigate her reentry into society, he quickly discovers that gaining her freedom doesn't mean her troubles are over. If the Jacoby family learns she is still alive, they'll stop at nothing to silence her.

If justice is to be done, and if Shannon's life is ever to get on track again, Matthew will need to discover exactly what happened to her--even if it means stirring up a hornet's nest of secrets."
My review:  This novel, Taken, keeps Dee Henderson as one of the top suspense authors! Not only is the whole book full of suspense, one of the main characters, Shannon, is full of suspense within the book.  While Shannon slowly unfolds her story, the reader will find herself quickly turning the pages in order to get her to tell her story faster.  Dee Henderson gives her characters such depth that the reader is able to enter into their lives in such a way that makes them seem so real.  Just a hint of romance is included for those that like romantic suspense.  This is another awesome book that I highly recommend!  I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

To Win Her Favor

Book description:  "A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who can help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing for good.
An Irish-born son far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He's come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and start a farm, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he'd wagered, especially when Maggie Linden's father makes him an offer he shouldn't accept yet cannot possibly refuse.
Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the annual Drayton Stakes at Nashville's racetrack--the richest race run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance, and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder, Maggie's father--aging, yet wily as ever--makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail--Maggie must marry a man she's never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.
Cullen and Maggie need each other in order to achieve their dreams. But their stubborn, wounded hearts--and the escalating violence from a "secret society" responsible for lynchings and midnight raids--may prove too much for even two determined souls."

My review:  Tamara Alexander is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors!  To Win Her Favor is just one example of why I love her books.  Cullen and Maggie are both very strong characters that make the reader laugh and yell almost in the same breath. Strong prejudice intertwined with a marriage of convenience gives the readers a sense of the struggles still endured four years after the Civil War. Add in a horse farm and this historical romance has everything it needs.  I love the characters, the setting, and the plot.  This is another book that I finished in record time and was sad to see it come to an end. Definitely a page-turner you don't want to miss!  I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from the publisher through the Booklook Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  

Friday, April 10, 2015

Twisted Innocence

Book description:  "When Holly's secrets backfire, is the mess too big to unravel?
Holly Cramer has worked hard to keep the identity of her daughter's father a secret, shamed and embarrassed by the one-night stand. But when the police knock on her door searching for Creed Kershaw, she realizes his identity isn't as hidden as she thought. The fact that Creed is a person of interest in a recent drug-related murder only increases her humiliation.
When Holly's and Creed's paths cross, Holly is unsure whether to be terrified of him or trust him. His tenderness with their daughter makes her want to believe his story that he had nothing to do with the murder. Then she discovers that Creed has a connection to Leonard Miller-who killed both her sister's fiancé and her brother-in-law, and kidnapped her nephews-and things only become more complicated.
Will Creed lead them to the man who has plagued her family, or become another of his victims?"

My review:  Twisted Innocence is the third book in the Moonlighters Series.  I have really enjoyed this series, but this particular book was my least favorite.  I enjoyed continuing the story and while it was very good, I just didn't think it was one of Terri Blackstock's best books.  Even though this is the third book in the series the reader does not need to have read the first two books.  Ms. Blackstock explains enough of what has already happened so that the reader will not be lost.  I felt that Holly's story was not developed enough.  I think her character could have had a little more depth.  As usual with Ms. Blackstock's books you will be kept on the edge of your seat and quickly turning pages.  If you are a fan of suspense novels with a tab bit of romance thrown in, this is a great series to read.  I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from the publisher through the Booklook Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

More Than Just the Talk

Book description:  "The old ways of having the "sex talk" just won't cut it anymore. Sadly, the number one place today's young people go to for answers about sex is Google. Meanwhile, kids view nearly 14,000 sexual references a year on television, and 70 percent of teenagers have encountered pornography on the Internet. If we want our children to know the truth about healthy sexuality, we need to create a comfortable climate of continual conversations.

Jonathan McKee will show you how to move beyond the initial awkwardness of this subject into an ongoing communication with your kids about God's amazing gift of sex. He equips you with what you need to talk openly about dating, temptation, porn, and purity, and you will find answers to tough questions and relevant Scripture on sexual issues.

It's normal for kids to be curious about sexuality, and they need to know that their parents are the most reliable source of information. Be the one your kids turn to on this crucial topic."
My review:  "More than Just the Talk"  is a wonderful resource for parents!  Jonathan McKee presents astonishing statistics that help make you realize how important it is to have open communication with your children.  Not only does he inform and convince the reader of the importance of talking openly with your children about sexual issues, but he gives tips and suggestions on how to talk with them while referencing Scripture throughout the book.  I highly recommend this book to all Christian parents.  I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Bethany House publishers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Inn at Ocean's Edge

Book description:  "A vacation to Sunset Cove was her way of celebrating and thanking her parents. After all, Claire Dellamore's childhood was like a fairytale. But with the help of Luke Elwell, Claire discovers that fairytale was really an elaborate lie . . .
The minute she steps inside the grand Inn at Ocean's Edge, Claire Dellamare knows something terrible happened there. She feels it in her bones. Her ensuing panic attack causes a scene, upsetting her parents. Claire attempts to quiet her nerves with a walk on the beach, to no avail. She's at too great a distance to make out details, but she believes she witnesses a murder on a nearby cliff. When local police find no evidence of foul play, they quickly write off the "nervous" woman's testimony as less than credible.
But Luke Elwell, home on leave from the Coast Guard, has reason to believe Claire. Years ago when his mother went missing, Luke's father suspected she'd been murdered. He died never having convinced the police to investigate. So when an employee of the grand hotel doesn't show up for work, Luke steps in to help Claire track down the missing woman.
As Claire and Luke put together the pieces of a decades-old mystery, they discover that some family secrets refuse to stay buried. And some passions are worth killing for."
My review:  Colleen Coble seems to get better with each book she writes!  I stayed up way too late in order to finish this book.  I was pulled into the story and the mystery from the very first page and was kept guessing until the very end.  Fast-paced with many twists and turns The Inn at Ocean's Edge is a book that readers don't want to miss.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Booklook Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. 

When Grace Sings

Book description:  "Alexa Zimmerman wonders if the Old Order Mennonite community in Arborville, Kansas will ever fully accept her. Her family roots here aren’t what anyone thought when she first arrived, but she is hopeful that her culinary and hospitality skills will win the skeptics over. The bed-and-breakfast she’s operating needs to succeed so Alexa agrees to allow Briley Forrester, the hotshot reporter from Chicago, to stay as a long-term boarder not knowing his real motives for being amongst the Plain folk.

But when Alexa agrees to host her cousin Anna-Grace Braun, the presence of extended family brings out Alexa’s insecurities and sets Briley on the trail to uncovering a web of hidden truths.

Plans for a secure future and the sweetness of young romance hang in the balance when Alexa and Anna-Grace have to face that their secrets are interconnected, binding the two in ways they could not have imagined. They must trust in a loving, heavenly Father and His plan for their futures."

My review:  I'm so glad I read book 1 in this series, The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy. When Mercy Rains introduces the family and begins to unpack the many family secrets. When Grace Sings continues the story of the Zimmerman family.  As Ms. Sawyer delves deeper into the lives of the Zimmermans, she seems to raise even more questions about this family than she answers. More secrets, twists, and turns will leave you on the edge of your seat.  And as the title indicates, grace is a thread that runs through the entire book.  I loved this book as much as I loved the first one, and I will be anxiously waiting for the third and final book in this series to be published!  I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.