Friday, January 12, 2018

Review: The Lacemaker


The Lacemaker

"When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson is abandoned by her fiancé and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?"






Author: Laura Frantz
Length: 416 pages
Format: paperback, e-book, hardcover


Red or Blue
Which side will you choose?

Though you will be reading this the second week of January, this was actually my first book of 2018. And oh what a book to start the year with. 

This was the first book I've read by Laura Frantz, and will probably not be my last. I really enjoyed her writing style.

As much as I love historical books this one was a bit outside my comfort zone. I haven't really read many books in colonial times. I'm not gonna lie, this book was a tad of struggle for me...
I think because we were SO close to characters that were real people (i.e Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson...) it made my mind scramble trying to recall REAL facts from fiction.

Regardless, I really did enjoy reading from this century. I enjoyed Laura's voice and the dialogue made me smile. She was able to capture the severity of this history, yet I never felt weighed down.

This book, though 400 pages, seemed to fly by. There was a lot of history and information to take in, but it wasn't hard to follow along. To me it was nice, quick, read though not light.

I give this book a 4/5 stars. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoy early American history.


Quotes:

"Oh Lord, thank You for such beauty. New possibilities. Blessed memories of old. Protect us. Lead us. Please."

"Do you really not mind having a Tory beneath your roof?"
He winked at her. "I don't know that you're a true Tory. Your very name is Liberty."

"More tragic reports reached them. Hundreds of sailor drowned. Livestock lost and fields flooded. No one asked who or what was Patriot or Tory. Suddenly such divisions ceased to matter."

*I was sent this book by the publisher for an honest review* *All opinions are my own*

Friday, January 5, 2018

Review: Oath of Honor

Oath of Honor

"Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. With three brothers and two sisters, she's never without someone to hang out with--or fight with. And she knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.

Determined to discover exactly what happened, Izzy's investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's handsome homicide detective brother Ryan shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side?"




Author: Lynette Eason
Length: 369 pages
Format: paperback, hardcover, e-book


This was the greatest book to get out of my suspense genre slump. (Yes, that is a thing...I declared it) It has been a few years since I read a honest to goodness suspense book. But since starting my blog and BookTube, I have been reading outside of my comfort zone more and more. (This is both exhilarating and horrifying)

"Oath of Honor" is the first book in Lynette's new series called Blue Justice. Book two comes out the summer of 2018...and I need it to be here now. I NEED the next book! 
This series is following the St. John family, each one is in law enforcement someway or another. 

St.John children:

Brady
Lincoln (Linc)
Chloe
Isabelle (Izzy)
Derek
Ruthie

Each sibling makes a small cameo in book one. I cannot wait to read everyone's stories! 
Now on to actual review of the book...

So I knew Izzy's partner dies. Everyone knows. It's on the back of the book. But what I DIDN'T know is how fast I would fall in love with Kevin. He was so charming, and witty, and he did not deserve to die!! I needed a minute to just compose myself when he was initially shot. Then I found out he was only 26, and about lost it. HE WAS SO YOUNG! I was already hard-core shipping him and Izzy, not going to lie. They were best friends for pete's sake. 
It was perfect...(currently tearing up because I had so many plans for them, they were so young, they had their whole lives in front of them)

BUT, I will be content with Mr. Ryan Marshall (Kevin's brother btw). Okay, by content I mean completely and utterly happy with him. The Marshall and St. John families had been friends for YEARS, they live across the street from each other. So all the kids grew up together. So Ryan and Izzy ending up together (though the age difference is there...) was music to eyes. Is that a thing? 
I LOVE when childhood friends end up together. there's nothin' like it.  

Marshall children:

Chris
Ryan
Cathy
Kevin

You learn in the book that Chris Marshall died in Afghanistan 18 months before Kevin was killed. (Um, major plot twist in this aspect)
So the Marshall's have been through A LOT in the last two years.
Instead of letting it harden him, Ryan stayed faithful to God and turned to Him throughout the entire book in prayer. 

That was one of the many things I enjoyed about it, both Izzy and Ryan held on to their faith. They never once scream at God, or question Him. They knew they couldn't make it alone, and trusted He would take care of it all.

This book gave me some serious Blue Bloods vibes, and I'm HERE for it!! A huge family all in law enforcement, they are all close, they have family dinner...it was fabulous to see it from a Christian world view. 
I loved each and everyone of the characters. they were super goofy and witty but professional when they needed to be. They knew how to balance work and family. 
The sibling banter brought many a smile to my face, and a giggle to the surface. I love when families feel real, and I can connect with them through the pages. 

There were many things I enjoyed, but at the same time there were a few things that confused me. 
A few aspects felt rushed to me, or just thrown in for paper length. For instance , we get a small portion from the villain's perspective, it didn't actually have to be there. It didn't add to the plot, and we never heard from him again. 
I felt like 6 different cases were going on at one time, we find out a bit about Chris' death, but even that felt weird. It didn't feel like it really enhanced the plot. (Though I guess it technically did) 
There was some minor character's character development that fell flat, but maybe we'll see them again in an upcoming book. 
Also, this is probably just me but I'm gonna say something anyway, Izzy is described in the book to have green eyes. However the girl on the cover has blue eyes. 

There were quite a few plot twists throughout the book! It did keep me guessing. The book ended completely different than I thought it would, though it was anticlimactic in my opinion.



I LOVED that Lynette dedicated this book to all our officers in blue, it brought a smile to my face. Though this was a work of fiction, what they do is real and dangerous. They were on my mind the entire time I read the book. I am so thankful to all our officers around the world, and their families. 


        

I rate this book a 4/5 stars. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys suspense.
All in all I did enjoy the book, I love Eason's writing style, the main characters were great, the families were great. I cannot wait for the rest of the series to come out.

Quotes:

"And don't forget. Only 23 years to go." 
She rolled her eyes. "You remember?"
"Of course. And I'm holding you to it."
"Right," As a teenager, she'd promised to marry him when she turned fifty if they were both still single.

He shrugged."She had horses."
"What? Ryan Marshall, you only wanted to go out with her so she would invite you over to ride a horse?"
He flushed. "Yeah."

"Izzy! What are you going to do?"
She turned, walking backwards. "I'm going to think abut buying a horse."

*I was sent this book by the publisher for my honest review* *All opinions are my own*

Friday, December 22, 2017

Review: The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill


"The lifeblood of the Wiltshire village of Ivy Hill is its coaching inn, The Bell. But when the innkeeper dies suddenly, his genteel wife, Jane Bell, becomes the reluctant owner. Jane has no notion of how to run a business. However, with the town's livelihood at stake and a large loan due, she must find a way to bring new life to the inn. 

Despite their strained relationship, Jane turns to her resentful mother-in-law, Thora, for help. Formerly mistress of The Bell, Thora is struggling to find her place in the world. As she and Jane work together, they form a measure of trust, and Thora's wounded heart begins to heal. When she encounters two men from her past, she sees them--and her future--in a different light.

With pressure mounting from the bank, Jane employs innovative methods to turn the inn around, and puzzles over the intentions of several men who seem to have a vested interest in the place. Will her efforts be enough to save The Bell? And will Thora embrace the possibility of a second chance at love?"



Author: Julie Klassen
Length: 448 pages
Format: paperback, e-book, audio


A young widow.
A failing inn she never wanted.
Can she revive it with the odds stacked against her?

Julie Klassen is an instant buy for me. Her books are always written beautifully! I so look forward to reading any of her work, so when I found out that she was going to write her first series I got excited!! After WAY to long I was finally able to get to book 1 (book 2's release helped push the train along 😜).  
Again, though I wasn't expecting anything less, Julie scooped me up and placed me in a beautiful new world (though sadly it wasn't real). She brought new, wonderful characters and a new, beautiful town with a new idea. 

A splendid blend of love and mystery. And a few cliffhangers... (Boy am I glad that book 2 is already out)

There were a few things I was expecting to happen, that didn't happen. And a few I wasn't expecting to happen, that happened. And I'm not mad about a thing! The book kept me on the edge of my seat, in anticipation, from the first page to the last. 

I really enjoyed all the characters, though there are quite a few. A key might be helpful to remember who's who...
They were all exceptionally written. I cannot wait to learn more about our Ms. Rachel Ashford, Mercy Grove, and hopefully more about Jane Bell. (Cliffhangers stink y'all)

I will say I was NOT a fan of Mrs. Thora Bell when we first started the book. She was so controlling and didn't think any opinion but her own was right. But at some point in the book, (couldn't pinpoint the exact place for you if I tried) she began to soften, and transform into this thoughtful matron. It was so nice to see for I really did not know how I felt about her staying in the Scrooge mindset. 

Klassen's books are never overrun with romance, but I've always enjoyed how she has written it! Honestly I NEVER know who to root for. 😭 I fall in love with them all, it's almost too much for me! 
However, there is an upside to this...I'm never too upset with who they end up with. 😉

I fell in love with Ivy Hill and it's residents, and cannot wait to visit their town again very soon! 

I give this book a 4.5/5 stars, and will recommend this book (and her other books) for now and always. 


Quotes:

"I see. You are wise not to discount the experience and wisdom of your elders, Mrs. Bell, but don't discount your thoughts and opinions either. You are intelligent and educated. I can see that. You have a mid of your own and should not hesitate to use it."

"So the knitting is a guise?"
"Basically," Mercy agreed, eyes twinkling.
"What about the tea?" Jane asked. "Is that a guise as well?"
"Heavens no. Tea is mandatory. What would a clutch of women do without tea?"

"Village life is like an ivy vine climbing a great oak. You cut off the vine at the root, and all the way up the tree, the leave wither. We're all connected."


*I purchased this book with my own money* *All opinions are my own*

Friday, December 15, 2017

Review: The Scarlet Cord (Beauty in Strength)

The Scarlet Cord

"The Scarlet Cord is a story of survival, breaking free, finding your place, discovering faith, and finding someone who sees you for who you really are.
Rahab grows up under the harsh rule of her father who forces her to use her body for his gain. After a great loss, she flees her father's house, but eventually she falls back into living the life of a harlot in order to survive. Despite how she lives and what she has endured, she feels a pull towards the stories of the Hebrew people and their God and somehow knows that her future lies with them. She ends up in the right place and time to be used mightily by the God of the Israelites. She even finds a love she never thought she would have.
Salmon is a commander among the Hebrew people. He was born in the desert, and has been wandering all his life. He has never wed, and feels deeply that God has someone set aside for him. He just hasn't met her yet. Salmon is sent into the city of Jericho as a spy and ends up finding his love in a brave, strong, independent, confident woman, despite that she happens to be a harlot in a godless city."

Author: Debbie McQueen
Length: 240 pages
Format: paperback, e-book

A beautiful, but tainted harlot
A strong, trusting Hebrew spy
A faithful, forgiving God
Redemption, love, and
"Beauty in Strength"


I have always loved the story of Rahab, and this reminded me of that love again.
The story of Rahab is filled with redemption, hope, trust and faith. 

Seeing Rahab as a young girl was so interesting. Seeing what choices were made for her. (I really hated her father not gonna lie) and what choices she made for herself once she was out on her own were eye opening. It's so hard to fathom that that was the time period; it was acceptable in that sin filled city for her to be a harlot...
But God had a plan the WHOLE time. Every choice Rahab made was designed by God, she needed to be where she was for a reason. 

I loved the twist the author gave this story because we see Rahab as a young girl. We see her blossom from a young girl into a young woman. There is even a love interest for our young Rahab. We also see WHO, not what, made her the infamous harlot we all know.  

Though this story in particular is a work of fiction, knowing the story of Rahab is a REAL story makes me smile.

The friendship between Salmon and Hur was FABULOUS! Their scenes had me smiling.

The story was well researched and the author used bible verses in her dialogue. (They were all marked throughout, and sited at the end of the book)

The story was great! Cannot wait to read more by this author.
I give this book a 4.5/5 stars. I would recommend it to anyone who loves biblical fiction.

*I was sent this book by the author for my honest review* *All opinions are my own*


Monday, December 4, 2017

Review: One Christmas In Winter + Giveaway

One Christmas In Winter

"Reba Farwell is finally getting a chance to live out her dreams. Sent to Winter, Montana to direct filming for a crucial, on-location shoot, she knows the next two weeks will make or break her career. And she could definitely use a break. As if that isn’t enough, she’s got a secret that none of her crew knows. All she’s asking for is two weeks of small town, Christmas beauty and a little bit of on-camera sizzle.

Five years ago, Hoyt Bradley’s heart and future shattered in one fell swoop that landed him back in Winter. Thankfully, making lemonade—or his father’s famous lemon meringue pie— out of lemons is what he does best. Running Bentley’s Diner has filled the gaps left in the wake of his heartbreak, even if it hasn’t healed him completely. Not wanting to relive memories of his rocky start in the film industry, Hoyt does his best to steer clear of the dreaded film crew, but Winter has a way of bringing people together.

After one fateful delivery and a score of icy bad luck, Reba finds herself in a bind and at the mercy of what Winter can offer. Will she pull the film together in time to salvage her name as a director? Or will the sparks flying off-camera create more of a distraction than she knows how to handle? 

Come visit Winter, Montana in this Christmas Novella where the Christmas lights are always on and the snow falls most frequently when loved ones share a kiss."



Author: Bell Renshaw
Length: 163 pages
Format: e-book

A movie director from L.A.
An actor from Winter
Lights, Camera, Love

Will she follow her career or her heart?
Will he learn to love again?

Joining Bell's street team has probably been one of the best decisions I've made this year! 

When I found out what this book was about I literally squealed! Finally a Hallmark movie in BOOK form. (We all know it's normally the other way around)

I am now in love with Winter, Montana and wish with my whole heart is was a real town. 

For a novella this story did not feel rushed to me. Everything played out and flowed beautifully. Her writing style is so easy and light.
The characters were so lovable and cute. No one felt under built, they all fit in like a perfectly constructed jigsaw puzzle. They each had their place and they did their job. There were secondary characters that I loved and cannot wait to learn more about. (Ugh December 2018 come quick)

Reba and Hoyt both had to overcome terrible hurts from previous relationships, they both had hesitation about being together, but with those hesitations came time to think and not rush into anything. They weren't led by their overwhelming attraction to each other, instead they were drawn by each other's REAL selves, their real qualities. 

The plot was so cute, though a little cliché. Not that I'm complaining, I love anything Christmas and anything romance! 

I did NOT want this story to end, I took my sweet precious time reading it. I wanted to absorb all things Winter, Montana. All things Hoyt Bradley (yes please!) All things cozy. All things romance, and all things Christmas. 

This book made me giggle, it made me sigh happy sighs, it made me want to curl up next to crackling fire, and it made me want to visit this beautiful town. 

There were a few typos, hey it happens, but that did not take away from the story at all.

I give this book a 5/5 stars. I think everyone should read this book, and I will forever recommend it to people! 


Quotes:

"Please, at least let me pay you something for dry cleaning." That sounded like the right thing to offer, despite the fact that her attitude was making him want to back away slowly and disappear. She had Hollywood written all over her.

He laughed, shaking his head. "You IMB'd me, didn't you?"

"He brought a date." Troy grinned as he stepped behind their mother, making it impossible for Hoyt to hit him.

"Want to take a walk?" 
She grinned at his annoyance. "I thought you were an actor. Don't you prefer an audience?"
"Not when it's my mother and brother. And, ten to one, Beau is back there asking for a play by play."

*I am apart of the street team.* * I was sent a copy of this book for an honest review* *All opinions are my own*


If you are interested in winning a copy of this great story, click the link to my Instagram to enter the giveaway. 



Friday, December 1, 2017

Review: Forward to What Lies Ahead

Forward to What Lies Ahead


"Sometimes being strong isn’t enough. Ever since she was a teenager, Regina Whitman has relied on her tough, independent spirit to survive and to protect the ones she loves. Even when heartache and disappointment strike, she finds the strength to press forward, rebuild her life, and do meaningful work. But just when her outlook seems brightest, a tragic and shameful secret from the past catches up with her, jeopardizing her future and threatening the lives of the people around her. In the face of overwhelming danger and darkness, can Regina learn to trust God and embrace the love she doesn’t think she deserves? Or will the painful guilt of her past destroy her?"



Author: Chloe S. Flanagan
Length: 178 pages
Format: Paperback, e-book



I'm currently still in shock...like I need a day or two to process this book. I need more, but at the same time it was a perfect length.


It was a very face paced story, which threw me a few times. (I read it in e-format, so that might have contributed to that) (The formatting was a bit off on my screen)  I will be buying this book in paperback format, it will be a story I re-read!
It switched perspectives multiple times throughout the book, that has never bugged me, so I was able to follow along pretty well.


The characters were great! Regina was logical and almost cold, though once you know her backstory you understand her so much better. You don't see many main women protagonists as the logical, no nonsense type. It was definitely refreshing. 
There are underlying lines of romance, but it is not the forfront of the story. Healing and forgiveness is the main focus. The story of redemption and grace was so beautiful!

There were some serious plot twists throughout and boy oh boy were they written wonderfully. People die too young, people run from hurt, people fall in love, people have deep dark secrets. It was a WHIRLWIND of emotion for me.
This book made me cry...like sad tears, not laughing tears. That is really hard to do, I'm not a crier when I read. I applaud you Miss Chloe! 


I feel like this book would make a great movie, not gonna lie. They might not be able to capture it as well as Chloe did, but it would definitely be worth watching.

I give this book a 4.5/5 stars. I really really enjoyed it, and cannot wait to read more by this author. I would recommend this book.

*I was sent this book by the author for an honest review* *All opinions are my own*



Quotes:

"Did he call you 'Queenie' because your name is Regina?" 
"That was part of it. But he also said he didn't want to call me 'princess' like other dads because princesses sit in towers and get rescued, but queens fight wars and conquer lands."

"Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14

Friday, November 17, 2017

Review: The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

 "Becoming a Christian is the best and worst thing that has ever happened to Sarah Hollenbeck. Best because, well, that's obvious. Worst because, up to this point, she's made her very comfortable living as a well-known, bestselling author of steamy romance novels that would leave the members of her new church blushing. Now Sarah is trying to reconcile her past with the future she's chosen. She's still under contract with her publisher and on the hook with her enormous fan base for the kind of book she's not sure she can write anymore. She's beginning to think that the church might frown on her tithing on royalties from a "scandalous" book. And the fact that she's falling in love with her pastor doesn't make things any easier.

With a powerful voice, penetrating insight, and plenty of wit, Bethany Turner explodes onto the scene with a debut that isn't afraid to deal with the thorny realities of living the Christian life."



The plot for this book was so interested and unique. I wanted to like it, I really did.
I love romance books as much as the next girl, however the INTENSE attraction was a major turn off. From the moment Sarah and Ben meet, they are fighting their attraction, I felt like I was reading mainstream fiction.

I really don't mind when romances happen fast in fictional books, since it is...well...fiction. But this was another level. They met and were engaged within a month. I felt like the only reason they wanted to get married was for the wedding night. I didn't feel they were compatible any other way. 

Do not get me wrong, the voice in the book was written well. She was HUMAN. Fighting feelings, loneliness, fear, insecurities. These are all things that need to be talked about, but maybe with your pastor's wife or a close confidante.

The book was 304 pages, and I honestly felt like I was missing so much of the story. Sarah became a Christian in like 2 sentences, and then hardly fought staying that way, other than wanting to sleep with the pastor. (Fast Christianity normally happens in fiction. I just wish there had been more substance to this particular story)
I just wish I had seen more character development over all, instead of sexual development.  
Every character and relationship happened fast...I felt like everything was rushed. From Piper, Sarah's best friend, to Joe, Sarah's manager. 
The plot twists that did happen were somewhat predictable to me, though there weren't many in my opinion. 

I had major expectations for this book and was considerably let down when it did not live up to those standards. 
I personally rate this a 2.5/5 star. It just wasn't for me.


*All opinions are my own* * I purchased this book with my own money, I did not receive it from the author*

Friday, November 10, 2017

Anticipated Books of November

Being as I do not have a book to review this week, I decided to do something a bit different.
Today I'm going to talk about my "anticipated reads of November".


Of course we're gonna start with Jen Turano's book! Yes this book did release on Tuesday, but I had to include it in this list because I've been (impatiently) waiting for this book since I knew it was coming out. (Check out my video for the release here)
That book being "Out of the Ordinary". It is the second book in her Apart from the Crowd series.
The story will be following Miss Gertrude Cadwalader and Mr. Harrison Sinclair. You read a bit about them in book one "Behind the Scenes", but I seriously cannot wait to read their full story!




The next book I am looking forward to is "Death at Thornburn Hall" by Julianna Deering. This is book 6 in her Drew Farthering Mystery series. I personally have book 1-5, but have not read them yet.  *covers eyes and shakes head* I know, I know. I will, hopefully, be starting the series this month. (I talk about it in a YouTube video here)
Even though I haven't read them yet I am still anticipating reading this book.


Since the two previous books are historical fiction (yes it's my weakness), I'm going to throw this contemporary fiction book in. This book looks so stinkin' cute. I have not read anything by this author, but her covers make me want to grab them all! I'll put you out of your misery, since I know y'all are dying to know what book, and author I'm talking about. It is "The Engagement Plot" by Krista Phillips. This book scream Hallmark movie, and I. Love. It. This is so up my alley and I cannot wait to read it!


The last two I'm going to talk about are actually collections. There are 7 short stories in both, all centered around one theme. I thoroughly enjoy these collections (as I own quite a few). You can read so many "books" and feel so accomplished. *insert major wink* They are always coming out with new ones and this month there are actually two. I cannot wait to add these to my shelves, since they are already on my wishlist/TBR.

                                                                     

I know most of these are actually already out, but that should make someone happy since they won"t have to wait too long for their books. I cannot wait to get and read these November releases.
Let me know what November release you're anticipating the most.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Review: Concealed by Lisa M. Clark

Concealed
"Book two in The Messengers series!

Less than a year ago, Simon discovered an underground group called the Messengers, and he set out to bring the truth they uncovered to light. The government of New Morgan, however, calls this rogue organization the Darkness and is determined to conceal, even eliminate, everything the Messengers know, whatever it takes.

Coping with consequences and clouded with conflict, Simon tries to navigate the perilous city of Westbend and his new life as an outcast. The Messengers-who formerly only existed in the shadows of Simon's life-have become his family. And it's a good thing, because Simon's life is about to get more difficult than he ever imagined, and there is no way he will be able to make it through alone."


I'm going to be honest...I thought I wasn't going to pick up the next book in this series.
I am so glad I thought wrong! The end of this book made me hunger for the third book. (Of course it's not out yet...)
But oh boy! the plot twists...THE PLOT TWISTS! I can't say much without spoiling it, but boy howdy they got me hard.

Simon grew up so much in this book, that is for sure! You see his faith get tested time and again, struggles with forgiveness, desperation, doubt, and questions. He was so HUMAN in this book. Every Christian has gone through seasons like these, and wondered how we made it out alive. But in the end God worked it out. (like He always does)

I love that each book has a small focus on one of Jesus' disciples, and the redemption of one of his followers. Discovered focused on Simon Peter and Mark, Concealed focused on Judas and Paul. I am anticipating her choices for book 3!

I gave the first book a 3 star, I'm giving this book a 4/5 star. I have such high hopes for book three!

The books are written to flow right into the next. So because of this I recommend reading them in order. (Discovered book 1, Concealed book 2)

Quotes:

“We live in a fallen world. Evil exists. Bad things happen. There's no denying it” -Jonathan Clay pg.98

“We don't get to know all we want to know, but we get to know all we need to know.” -Jonathan Clay pg.99

“We live in a battleground. Truth and deception are at war. Heaven and earth are at odds. Goodness and evil vie for every foothold in every heart.” - Zeke pg.241

“People aren't the enemy son, they're the prize.” - Jonathan Clay (unknown page number)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Review: Discovered by Lisa M. Clark


Discovered
The Message worth dying for . . . 

The government tells fifteen-year-old Simon Clay everything he needs to know. Except what really happened to his mom. And why no one can go out at night. And why the Darkness is so dangerous.

By day, Simon pushes against every boundary there is. And by night, secret visitors and hidden messages make him question everything his life entails. 

There’s a truth out there to be discovered, a truth the government will stop at nothing to stamp out. Join Simon and the Messengers as they risk their lives to protect it.


Discovered is the first book in "the Messengers" series by Lisa M. Clark.
This book is in the "futuristic genre".

The plot behind this series is so unique. The town of New Morgan, once called Morganland, has taken Christianity from it's people. They can't talk about Jesus, and anyone who believes is persecuted. However there is an underground group of believers who are getting God's word back out there again, at the risk of their own lives.  I got so many underground church vibes from this. It was definitely an interesting read.

There was character growth, new converts, faith, mentors, secrets and danger. There were so many layers to this book.

I felt like the story didn't really start until chapter 6. Chapters 1-5 really felt like a lot of backstory, it was a necessity considering this was the first book in the series. Once I got into the meat it was a fast read. (I stayed up quite late so I could finish it) 

I give this book a 3/5 stars, and I am excited to read the sequel. (As well as any other books she may write)
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Quotes: 

"But wherever there is truth, there is an effort to destroy it". 
-Jonathan Clay pg. 123

"Son, we are not of this world, but we are in it. You may feel as if you're the on the outside looking in, and there's a reason for that. But we can't abandon this world altogether. The people of this world need us. And we need to participate in it the best we can as - well, as ambassadors." 
-Jonathan Clay pg. 166  


*I received this book from the author for an honest review* *All thoughts and opinions are my own* 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Review: Whither Shall I Go? by Gina Holder


Whither Shall I Go?
"I miss him too, Bitty, but God knows best. Someday you'll see." If only I could believe that...

In 1911, Ellie Williams struggles to see God's hand in her life when she loses both parents and is sent to live with her wealthy, estranged aunt, who transforms her from awkward country bumpkin to socialite heiress. Six years later, she meets a young preacher and finds hope as they serve the Lord together.

Robert Hampton is deeply devoted to God and desires to take the gospel to the unreached natives of Brazil. He didn't expect to fall in love. When he is drafted, Robert is torn between his duty as a soldier and his budding affections for Ellie. Will Robert survive the trenches? Will he lose the only woman he's ever loved?

Ellie's journey takes her from her home in Cades Cove, Tennessee, to the concrete jungle of New York City, and finally to the harsh unforgiving world of the Amazon River Basin, where she meets Paul, a doctor who's lost his way, and Jack, a soldier with amnesia. Encountering anacondas, jaguars, and an antagonistic shaman, will Ellie give in to the fears that threaten to overwhelm her?

Or can she depend on God's grace to bring about His will for her life?



A historical fiction, with love, loss, heartbreak and second chances. 

I loved the spiritual aspect to this book. It dealt with waiting and obeying God's voice, and doing His will. Things that every young man and woman of God have to deal with. This book really challenged me. It was a deep read, with lots of meaning and feeling behind it. 

I have always had a heart for missions, so I feel in love with the Yanomami people though the wickedness broke my heart. But it is so real in our missions fields,so many people need the gospel! 


Gina's characters had depth and emotion. I felt what they were feeling! I felt the love, the hurt, the abandonment, the faith, the fear, the uncertainty. Real emotions. 


Romance was involved,but it wasn't the FOCUS. God was. And I loved the change of pace. It was different from any of my normal reads.


I had one small issue, it is more of a personal preference. There were a lot of descriptions in the book, it wasn't woven into the story very well. The descriptions were great, do not get me wrong! I just prefer subtle descriptions. 

It did take me a while to get INTO the book, but once I was I really enjoyed the characters and the story. 

All in all it was a fabulous read! A book I will read again, and a new author to enjoy! 

I will definitely be recommending this book to my friends and family.


*I received this book from the author for an honest review* *All thoughts and opinions are my own* 

Friday, October 13, 2017

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