Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Hasan and his son, Najib, love America,  and they celebrate the ideals of freedom and patriotism.  There allegiance is called into question when they are incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay.  Navy JAG sends Matt Davis is to defend them.  He is willing to sacrifice his career for them even with his secret girlfriend is on the prosecuting team.  It's a secret because she outranks him.  In addition to all this, the director of Homeland Security is corrupt and trying to overtake the entire government.  He gets away with it for a while, but soon the truth is revealed.

I like a good suspense novel and enjoy the military aspect.  This book fit the bill, but it was slow to start.  The first half of the book lays the groundwork for the story line.  There are too many characters to introduce and too many plot lines to develop.  So it took a while for the story to real get going.  Once it did, it moved fast, too fast.  Since this is the first book in the Navy JAG series, the groundwork was necessary, but it was still tedious to read.

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

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Until the Harvest

Henry is a young man trying to figure out his life after his father suddenly dies.  Margaret is a young woman just trying to figure out her life.  They are surrounded by caring friends and family who help them see and reach their potential and even their affection for each other.

I did not realize that this book takes place in the same town from Miracle in the Dry Season.  The author interweaves some of the same characters, but the books can be read independently and out of order.  It was just nice to be back in the lovely town of Wise, West Virgina.

Being from West Virginia, I appreciate the truth of character.  No one was a complete redneck; however, the poor and the privileged and everyone in between were represented.

This was a nice summer read.  It was not fantastic or horrible.  Instead is was a good book to read in my  spare time.

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

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Acing the ACT

I never took the ACT, just the SAT, but my teenage children will be taking their college preparatory tests soon.  So I was interested in reading the strategies presented in this book.

Although a small book, it is loaded with tips and tricks.  The author truly wants to help students navigate some of the more challenging questions and simplyfies the process of how to solve some of the more challenging questions.  I learned a lot from this book, and I will be passing on the information to others.

I can foresee this book helping anyone do better on the ACT.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.