Monday, December 15, 2014

2nd Christmas

"An Amish Second Christmas" by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid, and Tricia Goyer is a collection of four novellas all centering around Second Christmas.  Three of these stories are romance, the first one is sorta, but not really.  Second Christmas is December 26th; a day when Amish celebrate with friends, neighbors, and extended family.  The 25th is more of a reflective, close family day centered on remembering Christ's birth.  The 26th is more of a party.  Kind of like the "English"'s  Christmas eve and Christmas Day.  I'll give a review of the first novella, "When Christmas comes Again" by Beth Wiseman. 
Wiseman tells of a modern Amish family, whose husband/father has recently died.  The mother (and later the daughter) both stumble across the husband's estranged father.  He seems to be mentally ill and likes to tell tall tales.  He is a hoot and a half! I kind of wish this story had been a full sized novel so that I could  have gotten to know him better.  Wiseman tells the story with both humor and heart break.  The family comes to know their grandfather and begins to heal from their loss.  I really liked these authors.  This book is written like a showcase of their best work.  Definitely worth the money to buy.  I received this book for www.booklookbloggers.com

evening prayers review

"Evening Prayers: For Every Day of the Year" by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt  is a daily devotional.  Every day has a short scripture and a prayer.  The devotions are not necessarily for evening; they can be read anytime.  The entries are of a generic sort and not designed specifically  for moms or men or youth or any particular person; they are for anyone of any age group.  They are also not at a beginner level with a hook, more written for an already Christian looking for closure at the end of the day.  A throwback to the childhood prayers before bed.  I liked having a little closure before bed that this book provided. The only draw back would be that when tired the book wouldn't hold my attention.  I had to start reading it earlier in the evening.  I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Handlebar Publishing.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Rose

"A Christmas Gift for Rose" by Tricia Goyer is a short and sweet novel that takes place shortly after WWII in an Amish community in Ohio.  Rose Yoder is the adopted daughter of an Amish couple who is searching for her place in the world.  Jonathan, an Amish WWII vet, has returned from Europe with hopes of returning to Rose and their relationship.  Rose, however, believes there is only one right way and she gets to decide what that right way is.  The novel watches Rose mature as she searches for her true family and explores PTSD in soldiers returning from war. Goyer brings quiet a lot on impact in such a tiny little book.  Goyer is one of the few Amish writers that I really like, however, this book goes beyond the usual Amish scenario.  It goes much deeper into what a true family is and how all of us have wounds we just need to know how to live with them and heal.  I give this one 4.5 stars.  I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from www.netgalley.com

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mathia's Quilt

"The Doctor's Christmas Quilt" by Kathy Mathias is the story of Laura, a staunch Pro-lifer and physician who's views are tested when her daughter, Megan, a med student, becomes pregnant. Can she practice what she preaches? The author keeps the night of conception a little vague.  Alex, the self-centered and egocentric boyfriend, may have date-raped Megan or there may have been a lot of begging and pleading with a little coercion.  The lines can get blurry, and this one is blurry. Leaving Laura even further tested in her beliefs. 
This is a very well written story entangling, abortion, forgiveness, rape, and spiritual growth.  The author discusses the abortion issue without beating the reader over the head with it.  She shows that even the most dedicated stance can waver when life rears its ugly head.  The characters are all fairly well developed.  Mathias even brings clarity to the Alex character showing both the immaturity and the kindness.  I loved this book and hated to see it end.  I received this book for free from www.bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, November 21, 2014

sooner or later

"God'll Cut You Down" by John Safran is a real life crime story about a white supremacist, a black hustler, a murder, and a whole lotta sides.  "God'll" is the telling of the story in the time of the writing of the book adventure. Safran, an Australian Jew, travels to Mississippi to research the story of Richard Barrett, a white supremacist, who has some sort of relationship with Vincent McGee, a black 20 something repeat offender.  Vincent murders Richard, whether it was a lover's spat or a employee abuse gone wrong, or a race inspired murder, no one knows.  That is what Safran is trying to find out.  All are possibilities.
This is a captivating book.  The murder never really makes much sense, but I imagine most don't.  Strangely, this book is actually pretty funny.  I like how the author spins the story making even the racial tension in the south be amusing.  The further into the book the author goes the less amusing it gets and the more tense it gets.  The murder mystery has more layers than a ogre. I highly recommend this book.  This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review from First to Read. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Breaking up is hard to do

"Breaking the Rules" by Melinda Curtis is a break-up/getting back together novella about Jack, an NBA team owner, and Viv, his angry, capable soon to be ex-wife.  Viv has finally gotten Jack to sign the divorce papers, claiming that he doesn't love her.  However, Jack has cooked up some plans of his own.  He has locked the two of them in a safe room for a 12 hour "cooling period".  This novella is a quick and sexy read.  There is some steaminess.  Not too much so that it gets uncomfortable to read, but you wouldn't want your preteen to get a hold of the book either.  The writing is good, the sex is good, the romance is good.  The only bad part is that Jack falls while in the safe room and re-injures his spine leaving him temporarily paralyzed.  The weird part is that the whole time Viv can't get sex off of her mind.  I'd be freaking out myself.  I might have left that part out or explained it a little better.  However, as far as romances go, I'd give it a whirl if I were you.  I received this book for free in exchange for an honest interview from The Sweet Team. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Christmas with the Robertsons Giveaway winners!

The winners of Miss Kay's first fictional book is.......... Kenny Messick and bookpsycho!  I will mail your books to you this week.