Saturday, June 29, 2013

Trouble in Store

As with most historical fiction, the heroine tries to be independent and strong but still enjoys having a man save the damsel in distress.

The heroine of this story is Melanie Ross who is fired as a governess and must make a way for herself out west.  She has no family left but inherits half of a general store.  The other half is owned by Caleb Nelson, a widower and the single father of young Levi.  Melanie and Caleb do not agree on how to run the store and often find themselves at odds.  Only when they have to defend the store and the honor of their uncles, do they settle their differences.

The story line was slow.  The action did not really pick up until the last quarter of the book.  I thought the story was about the difference of opinions between Melanie and Caleb.  Instead it was about the deaths in town that were tied together but a common thread.  By the time this part of the story reached its climax, the romance between Melanie and Caleb was long overdue.  Even though the murderer was not who I expected, the rest of the story was predictable.

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

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Clean: A Proven Plan for Men Committed to Sexual Immorality

I really do not think that any man is immune to the sexual temptations which are prevalent in our society.   It is all around us, and we do not have to got far to be tempted.  Sometimes, we do not even have to look for it, it just finds us.  The world has become so desensitized that we hardly notice the scantily clad girl on the billboard or on the internet ad.  Yet, men notice and are easily tempted by it.

Douglas Weiss does not hold back but shares the whole ugly truth of sexual sin.  I appreciate his direct approach.  He provides statistics, anecdotes of men who struggle, and a Biblical strategy to overcome this sin.  He writes to get your attention and to inspire you to do the work necessary to become free from sexual sin.  I am so glad that someone is rising to the occasion to encourage men to be more than just "one of the boys".

This book gives me hope that we are not destined to live in sexual sin even though the world around us might say otherwise.  Men truly can live sexually pure lives.

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Jennifer: An O'Malley Love Story

I read the O'Malley series years ago and wondered why Jennifer never had her own book.  All the other siblings had a book, but Jennifer was left out, until now.

Since it has been so long since I read the O'Malley series, I was excited to read this novella.  The story is a flashback to when Jennifer became a believer in Jesus and when she fell in love with Tom.  It was not exciting or earth-shattering.  Instead it was sweet and comforting.  Although the end of the book (SPOILER ALERT) begins Jennifer's journey with cancer, it is still an enjoyable book.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who read the O'Malley series and to anyone who is looking for a nice summer read.

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

Monday, June 10, 2013

Clear Winter Nights

Unfortunately, this book does not come out until September 17th.  Fortunately, it is a good book and worth the wait.

The tag line at the bottom of the cover says "Theology in Story".  That is an apt description for this small but powerful book.  A young man, Chris Walker, has doubts about his faith and struggles to really know truth.  He spends a weekend with his grandfather who helps him worth through his struggles.  Together they discuss more than just his struggles but the deeper truths.  The book weaves theology into story seamlessly and wonderfully.

Some may be quick to compare this book with The Shack.  I would not.  This book is more realistic and relate-able whereas The Shack was more fictitious and fantasy.  Clear Winter Nights delves into truths without getting other-worldly.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  For more inforamation, you can check out the author's website.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales

A young lawyer, Landon Reed, is no stranger to controversy.  He already spent 2 years in jail for a conviction of point shaving while playing football in college.  He found Jesus and is turning his life around.  His girlfriend, Kerri, waited for him while he was in prison, and married him as soon as he was released.  She is an up and coming journalist wanting to make it big.  It does not take long for trouble to find Landon and Kerry.  He finds himself in the middle of a trial where his life is threatened and he needs to find out why.  It might be connected to the big story that Kerri is researching.  But will they stay alive long enough to find out?

This is certainly a page-turner.  Even though the story is far-fetched, it is an enjoyable read.  It kept my interest throughout the 400+ pages because the author gave the reader just enough information to keep me interested without giving away the whole story.  I was on the edge of my seat all the way up to the very end.

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

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Barefoot Summer

The first half of this book was too slow.  The author doled out the backstory piece by piece which took up too much print.  I was starting to get bored with the book and would have put it down if not for this review.  The second half the of the book was interesting and exciting.  The pace of the story started to pick up and the story line was finally interesting.

The story is about Madison McKinley who struggles with the loss of her twin brother who died tragically 10 years ago.  She stuffed her emotions and tried to move with life, but that never works.  She finally has to face her emotions and the truth of what happened.  When she does, she finds hope.

I liked the story, but I wish the backstory was not so slow in developing.  I still recommend the book because of how the characters had to deal with real emotions and face real truths in their lives.

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