Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Karen Kingsbury is Back!

Karen Kingsbury is back!
First, I need to thank net galley for the advance reader copy.

This book reminds me of the first of the Baxter series. Karen Kingsbury is back to her astonishing writing.

Ellie's life is turned upside down. Her mom had an affair, and in a hasty decision, her Marine corps dad moves them from Savannah to San Diego, and Ellie has to leave her best friend, Nolan. They write letters and bury them at their favorite oak tree, and agree to meet there in 11 years.Years pass and the hurt piles up.

This book has a theme of undying faith in God and of the importance if commitment. Mrs. Kingsbury makes this book relatable to everyday life. It drew me in from the beginning, and I read it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. This is a great book!

Monday, December 24, 2012

"The Bride Wore Blue" by Mona Hodgson

The last entry in "The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek" is a good book! Author Mona Hodgson brings home baby sister Vivian. Her other siblings have settled in Cripple Creek, Colorado, and are glad for her to be joining them. Vivian has her own interests in mine. She wants to be a fashion designer, but through her adventures she lands a job as a hostess at a house of ill repute. Not wanting her sisters to know, she hides this bit of information. The love interest of the story is Sheriff Carter Alwyn, whom Vivian provides a sketch of the train robbing bandits to. What happens? Read to find out!

The author does a great job, bringing historical details to life and creating characters that are relatable. Forgiveness is a main theme in this book. If you like historical romance, this book is for you!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Widow's Hope by Mary Ellis

Author Mary Ellis is sort of new to me, even though she is not new to the Christian fiction world. I stumbled upon her after looking for books on Overdrive from my local library. The first book I read by her is A Widow's Hope.

Character Hannah Brown and I share much more than just our first names; we also share the need to assert our opinions and do what we feel is right. Hannah Brown lost her husband, and is moving to be with her sister, Julia, who is suffering from arthritis. Julia's husband, headstrong deacon Simon, doesn't care for Hannah and her outspokenness.

Simon's brother, Seth, lost his wife a while back. His daughter, Phoebe, hasn't uttered a word since.

Hannah comes into their lives with a heard of sheep. Yes, sheep! Simon detests these sheep.  But for Hannah, they are all that she has left of her husband.

Without giving away the ending, this book does end in your typical happily ever after sort of way. Its a typical Amish Christian fiction book, but the way Mrs. Ellis writes, it pulls you in. I was able to identify with the characters easily. And with this being a series, this book definitely made me want to continue through.

I'M BACK!!!!!

What a whirlwind these past few months have been! I completed my last semester of nursing school, was pinned as a nurse on December 13, graduated from Troy University on the 14th, and I will soon embark on the beginning of my nursing career. Excited doesn't even cover it!

So far I've read 2 books, The Bridesmaid by Beverly Lewis, and A Widow's Hope by Mary Ellis. Reviews to come on the blog!

I hope that, once I pass my NCLEX and become an "official" registered nurse, I will get to blog on a more regular basis.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Bombardment

I so miss reading! Since starting my last semester of nursing school, I have been bombarded with homework, clinicals, etc. I so miss my (for pleasure) books!!! If I can just make it through, graduate, and pass my NCLEX, I am only going to read for pleasure for a long time!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Craziness!

There are several book reviews I have not done. Life has been crazy and busy, but I will get to them!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

"The Scent of Cherry Blossoms" by Cindy Woodsmall

Wow, wow, wow!!!! It has been a long time since a book has totally engrossed me into its world. "The Scent of Cherry Blossoms" did just that.

The main character, Annie, is Old Order Mennonite. She is going through trying times with her mother, and her mother sends her to live with her grandfather. While there, she helps out at a diner that her grandfather partially owns. This is where the Zook family enters, and they are Old Order Amish. Twins Aden and Roman have been close all their lives, even after a farming accident took the use of Roman's legs and left their dad with problems. While Roman is away, Annie takes his place at the diner.

What ensues from here...only time will tell! Look for a story rich in love, faith, and family.

I love that this book included two types of Old Order religions, and that it addressed an Amish person with an acquired disability. A lot of Amish themed books tend to sound alike, but the author spun this one to where it would have a spark all its own. 

This book was given to me by waterbrookmultnomah in exchange for my honest review.