Monday, May 27, 2013

Gone South

Tish McComb leaves her life in Michigan and buys a home in Alabama.  This house was once owned by her great-great-grandparents, Nathan and Latisha McComb for whom she is named after.  By moving to a new town, Tish is trying to rebuild her life after the tragic death of her fiance.  However, the people of this small town still remember her ancestors, and they do not take kindly to strangers or to what the McComb family did.  Is the past truly in the past or does it affect those living in the present?  Tish is about to find out.

Like the cadence of a southern drawl, the story line was slow and deliberate.  At times, it was too slow.  I got bored about 200 pages into the story, and it was 300 before the truth comes out.  It was not a bad story, just one that took too long to develop.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  Visit the author's website here.

Monday, May 13, 2013

What a Son Needs From His Mom

Nothing I read in this book was earth-shattering.  Instead it was a gentle reminder that as a mother, my role is to prepare my children, especially my son, to leave the home and become independent adults.  The hard part is letting go.

The one takeaway I have is that adolescent boys are trying to separate from their moms. It is a natural part of life; however, it is not always easy.  I am now aware that some of the conflicts between a mother and son are normal and natural.  As the boy asserts his independence, the mother needs to relinquish control.  That is hard to do when the mother has had to take care of the child's many needs since the day he was born.  She needs to let go and let him make a few mistakes as he learns to take care of himself, both physically and emotionally.

I would recommend this book to moms of adolescent boys.  This is when we need the reminder to continue to love and guide our sons to adulthood while letting go of our need to control every part of their lives.

Bethany House has provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Afloat

I usually enjoy diving into a good work of fiction.  Unfortunately, I felt like I was drowning while reading this book.  (Yes, puns intended!)

The story is about a single mom who is trying to do her best to raise her son alone.  She lives in an apartment on the water, literally built on floats.

The story is also about a man who is building these floating apartments.  He is struggling to face his own demons of alcoholism and family dysfunction.

The apartment experiences catastrophic damage, the river rises, and the people are stranded.  Communication is down, electricity is off, and the water is potentially hazardous.

The plot sounds exciting enough; however, the first half of the book takes place on just one day.  There were too many characters with their own issues thrown together in the life or death experience.  There was also some sort of supernatural occurrences, but the reader was never sure what was real and what was fake.

Overall, it was just too much fantasy for me to make this story realistic.

Thomas Nelson provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Guardian

Beverly Lewis is the trailblazer for Amish fiction.  I remember reading The Shunning years ago while discovering this new genre.  She set the standard for all others who endeavoured to write Amish fiction.

In this latest book, Jodi Winfield visits a local Amish community and rediscovers her own faith while learning about the Amish culture.  The story is also about Maryanna Esh, a young widow and mother of 4, who learns that she can love again.

The storyline is nice.  The setting is charming.  The people are delightful.  Even the food sounds delicious.  The middle of the book was tedious as the plot stagnated, but the ending was satisfying.  Overall, this was a good book.

Bethany House provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.