Friday, August 8, 2014

A mystery....

*I received a copy of Murder at the Mikado from Bethany House.  My opinions are my own."
I wanted to love this book, I do love mystery novels, but I just didn't.  It was just slow moving for me.  I had a very hard time getting into the novel. I have read either of the previous Drew Farthering mysteries, if I had, it may not have taken me as long to get into the novel.  I had to play catch up on each of the characters and the back story.
Once I got about half way through the story, I started to get into it a little bit more.  I enjoyed the second half of the book, it seemed to move much more quickly. I may try to read the first two to see if I would enjoy it.

A new review - Snack Girl to the Rescue!

*I received a copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program. My opinions are my own.*
I had another chance to read a book through the Blogging for Books program.  This time I took advantage of the extension of the program and got a cookbook from their list.  I got Snack Girl to the Rescue from the program. I loved the writing style, but have to say that I was disappointed in the foul language.  Since I have only gotten books from Waterbrooks Multanomah (their Christian publishing division), I didn't even think about that potential of language, so I was taken by surprise.

If you need some new ideas to get you headed in the right direction. There were some great snacks and ideas in the book to help with some new ideas in the kitchen.  If you can handle the few curse words, you may find a great resource for your new "skinny lifestyle."

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn

I received my copy of the book from the publisher to review. My opinions are my own.
I enjoy historical fiction, and thought this book would be good fit because of that love.  There were parts of this book that I loved.  I loved that it was set in the state of Franklin, which I had never heard of before.  It made me look into the existence of the state and the relation between the new state, North Carolina and Tennessee.  I also liked all the western adventure that was included in the story.  The beginning of the book was great, but I will confess, during the second half of the book, I felt like the story was a little bit harder to follow.
The story was an interesting one, and made me think about things in a different light. It wasn't my favorite book ever, but in reading reviews I seem to be in the minority. I felt like the second half was slow, and in parts too graphic for my sensibilities. :). In the words of Lavar Burton, "you don't have to take my word for it."
You can find the book on amazon or your local library. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

I Like Giving Book Review

I received a copy of this book to review from the publisher.  My opinions are my own. 
I like giving is a book that gathers the stories of "givers" in one place. It is inspiring to hear  the results of how each of these individual stories turned out, to hear  how the world has already been changed by those that are already giving.  This is a book that is easy to read a few pages at a time, while you have a spare minute, but it is not a book I would sit down and read from cover to cover.  A great bathroom reader, doctor's office time killer, or even a coffee table book, but not a book that kept me up all night so I could finish.  If you want a shot in the arm to get you thinking in a generous way, or you want to change how you already approach giving this is the book for you.  I enjoyed the book, but I wouldn't fight my way to the front of the line to pick it up.  Check it out for yourself!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Silenced ~ A book review.

I was provided a review copy by Bethany House, my opinions are my own.  My opinion is that I loved this book.  I have loved every one of Dani Pettrey's novels.  Her books are a combination of adventure, mystery and romance.  This book is based in Alaska (along with all of her others) and follows the McKenna family. This book starts with Kayden McKenna, we've met her in all of the other books, but this gives a lot more depth to her character and gives a lot more about what makes her tick.
Kayden is a rock climber, and as she climbs with her sister she finds a body.  Was it an accident?  Kayden thinks something looks wrong, was this murder?  Jake is called back into service as a Sheriff's Deputy when things are stretched thin in the department.  Can he solve this case, and can he protect Kayden as they pursue it? 

Check this book out!  You won't regret it.  Pick up your own copy!

Spoken For ~ Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke

I love to read, and I love to read good books.  Being a part of Blogging for Books has been great for me and my local library.  I have enjoyed reading the books and then passing them on to my church library or my local library.  I received my copy of the book from the publisher, my opinions are my own.
This month I read Spoken For by Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke.  I loved it.  It was written for young adults, but I think applicable for everyone.  It reminds us that we are wanted, loved, pursued, and yes, even Spoken For.  Robin and Alyssa use the marriage relationship to describe our relationship with Christ.  To remind us of how we are loved.  It was a good, inspirational and uplifting.  Alyssa and Robin both relay their personal stories of loss and love and remind us that Christ is faithful, always, even when our earthly relationships are not. 
You can purchase your own copy from amazon and I recommend you do so.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Table by the Window ~A Book Review

I received a review copy from the publisher, but my opinions are my own. 

I loved this book!  It was the best of food and romance.  I loved Etta's spunk! She is a food writer, chef and maybe even a restaurateur.  Her life has been completely defined by food.  Her French mother and Italian father run a thriving restaurant, and most of her family is in the industry in one form or another.  In this season of life she is just trying to learn who she is, what she wants, and who she wants to do it with.  Meanwhile, she is trying to find out who the picture of the handsome man is hidden in her grandmother's things, especially since he looks like an older version of her brother! 
Read the book, cook the recipes, have fun!  This is a fun read and the given recipes help bring the book to life.