Thursday, June 25, 2015

Whenever You Come Around

Book description:  "Just when Charity's wild imagination failed her, a flesh-and-blood hero walked into her life.
Best-selling author Charity Anderson returns to her hometown of Kings Meadow to defeat a bad case of writer's block. She imagines she'll spend a lonely summer writing and then return to her home in Boise. She soon finds herself caring for Buck Malone, a wilderness guide-and the object of her unrequited teenage crush. But what else can she do? Her dog Cocoa caused the accident that left Buck with a broken ankle and wrist, taking him off the trail for weeks of prime tourist-season work.
Buck and Charity have gone different ways since high school, and at first it seems they have little in common. Buck loves the simple, low-key life he's made for himself in the mountains of Idaho, and she's a woman accustomed to the faster, bustling pace of the city. But spending so much time together has Buck hoping to change her mind about staying in the small town she thought she'd left behind for good.
It's a summer for discovering that young love is a spark not soon extinguished."

My review:  This is a wonderful story of forgiveness.  While part of a series, this book can stand alone although after reading it, the reader will probably want to read the other books in this series. Robin Lee Hatcher does an amazing job with her characters, but especially with Charity and Buck's relationship. There were times I sat and chuckled at them, and other times I wanted to yell at them. Even though the ending is inevitable, the reader can't help but wonder at times if Charity and Buck know how the ending is supposed to go.  This is a great summer read especially for fans of Robin Lee Hatcher, and one you won't want to put down.  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.  

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hearts Made Whole

Book description:  "1865, Windmill Point, Michigan
Can She Forgive the Hurting Man Who Costs Her the Role She Loves?
After her father's death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren't supposed to have such roles, so it's only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper--even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her.

Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle. He's secured the position of lighthouse keeper mostly for the isolation--the chance to hide from his past is appealing. He's not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who's angry with him for taking her job and for his inability to properly run the light. When his failings endanger others, he and Caroline realize he's in no shape to run the lighthouse, but he's unwilling to let anyone close enough to help. Caroline feels drawn to this wounded soul, but with both of them relying on that single position, can they look past their loss to a future filled with hope...and possibly love?"
My review:  Although this is the second book in the series, you do not have to have read the first book in order to enjoy this one.  A wooden cross ties the stories in the series together, but other than that and the fact that the stories take place at a lighthouse, there is not much of a connection between the two.  Jody Hedlund is an awesome story-teller.  Her characters are real and the story pulls you into their lives and doesn't let go.  There is a little bit of mystery and a lot of romance, so if you like romantic historical fiction this is a great 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.  

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.