Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lead Me Home

Shiloh Griffin must learn to forgive, but it is forgiving herself that has become the biggest challenge.  She learns grace and forgiveness from some of the most unlikely places.  Shiloh discovers that living in shame was never God's will for her.

I loved this book.  What I liked was how real the characters are.  Even though they are Christians, they still struggle.

I am looking forward to the next book in the Winds of Change series, Finding Home.  That being said, even though I did not read the first book, Coming Home, I was not lost in the storyline by jumping into the second book of this series.

This book was refreshing, encouraging, and thoroughly enjoyable.

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

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Once Upon a Prince

A charming and delightful story....

Susanna Truitt always had a plan for her life, but when that plan falls apart, she must fully trust God with her future.  Her boyfriend of 12 years dumps her; she loses her job; and she is forced to move out of her cottage.  Nothing seems to be going her way.  Even when she meets a man and enjoys a few dates with him, he returns to his Euorpean home after 2 weeks.  But this man, Nate, is really Prince Nathaniel II, and Susanna's future might just become her own fairy tale.

Initially, Susanna does not know that Nate is a prince but eventually learns the truth.  What I liked is that this was not a belabored point in the story.  There is some time and confusion between meeting Nate and discovering that he is a prince but not so much time that the reader is annoyed.

I am surprised that I liked this book.  Usually young adult fiction is immoral, predictable, and overly romantic.  Instead, this book was delightful, engaging, and thoroughly enjoyable.

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

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Prairie Song

Anna Goben is a good woman trying to do what is best for her family.  She is even willing to sacrifice romance and true love in order to take care of her mother and grandfather.  After they learn of her brother's death in the war, Anna decides to move out west in hopes of fresh start for her whole family.  It is a good decision for everyone including trail worker, Caleb Reger, who has his own issues with responsibility and always doing what is right for those around him.  He tries to hide his past but must confront it and learn from it.

The story is also about the people who travel together out west.  As with any group, not everyone is going to get along.  That is true in this story.  But in order to survive, these people must learn to set aside their differences and help each other.  It is a good lesson for all of us.

In this book of historical fiction, it is expected that Anna and Caleb fall in love.  They do, but is is not without some complications and frustrations.  There are some surprises along the way but the ending is pleasing enough.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.    Check out the author's blog or here for more information.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Angels in the Fire

Dann and Tracey Stadler survived a head-on car accident that should have killed them.  Instead they were visited by an angel who saved them.  Tracey also saw heaven but choose not stay.  She wanted to return to take care of her young daughter, Meghan.  Tracey was not the only one to see this angel.  Others at the accident site confirm seeing a man who was full of light and helped in saving both Dann and Tracey.

Usually I cannot get enough of these stories where people share their experiences as they get a glimpse of heaven.  However, this book was more about the couple's struggles as their bodies heal from the horrific accident.  It does not diminish their incredible near-death experience.  Instead the book focuses more on their life after the accident.  I think I was disappointed because I was expecting to read more about heaven and less about life on earth.

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