Friday, November 21, 2014

Bible and Used Book Sale

Dear Readers,

For those of you in the Grand Rapids area, tomorrow is our annual Bible sale.  All our Bibles are 50% off regular retail prices.  It is a great way to pick up the Bible that is on a certain someone's list for Christmas. 

This year not only are the Bibles on Sale but also any and all Used books that are marked $12.00 or less are also 1/2 off.  Which means everyone of the used fiction is 50% off.  Woo Hoo!!  I love being able to restock my shelves with old favorites.  Ones that I didn't get a chance to buy earlier or had, loaned out and then never got back. 

I will be in the store for a couple hours in the morning if you want to come visit, otherwise, come when you can and enjoy the sales.

Happy Reading,

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lisa Wingate

Dear Readers,

I have read several of Lisa Wingate’s books.  Each of them has been loads of fun to read, but none of them have stuck with me like The Story Keeper has. The Story Keeper is about Jen Gibbs, who fled her abusive, conservative, almost cult-like church and family.  She has made a place in the publishing world.  In fact she is on top of her game.  She has just started a new job at Vida house and stumbles on a manuscript that is set in the part of the Blue Ridge Mountains that Jen grew up in.  She is eager to pursue the author and see if they can get the rest of the manuscript and publish the book. 

There are several threads and storylines that run throughout this book.  There is the story that is the manuscript which is about a young Melungeon girl and the young man who rescues her, there is the story of the author and why he is a recluse and then there is the story of Jen and her family. They all twine together and paint a wonderful picture for us all to enjoy. 

I read most of the book sitting in my rocker by the window on a wonderful Sunday afternoon.  It is that type of book, one you will just want to sit and enjoy.  It won’t make you turn pages quickly and it won’t hold a lot of suspense to it, but it is one that you will find yourself returning to as quickly as possible.  I found myself wishing the story of Sarra and Rand continued so I could find out what happened to them.  Yet, the story of Jen and her family's dynamics is also interesting, so when I was reading that part I wanted that part to continue. 

This is one of those books that I didn’t want to end and yet I needed to know what was going to happen.  Yes there is a spark of romance, but that is so much not part of the story and Lisa really leaves it alone.  It is almost like she was letting it develop on its own and when it didn’t she didn’t feel like she had to.  Maybe that is why this book is so enjoyable to read, she just let the characters dictate the pace.  Whatever it was, this should be on your must read book list.

Happy Reading,

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Release - The Secret of Pembrooke Park - Julie Klassen

Dear Readers,

I really only want to say one thing about Julie Klassen's newest book, The Secret of Pembrooke Place.  Read it.  If you have not read any of Julie's books, start now.  They are regency romance at its finest and throw in a little mystery and you have the perfect read. 

Abigail Foster is beginning to think she is going to end up a spinster.  Her only promising prospect seems to have fallen for her younger sister and that has left her with little dowry and no one on the horizon.  When her and her father end up facing financial ruin, they must move one. 

When they are offered the use of Pembrooke place, they jump at the chance.  After they arrive they find out that the house has a secret, one that many people would like to find.  It supposedly has a hidden room that holds a great treasure.  Strange noises and footprints prove that others have and are wandering the halls looking for this treasure, but can Abigail find it first and save her and her father?

I have loved every one of Julie's books.  They are wonderfully written books that make you think of times gone past.  They have a bit of a mystery, that always makes them so very interesting to read, but they also teach you something about living during that time.

I think the thing I like the most about Julie's books is they are such a gentle story.  They are just peaceful to read, which makes them ones that I will continue to read for as long as she continues to write them. 

Happy Reading,

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Release - Trails and Targets - Kelly Eileen Hake

Dear Readers,

A few short years ago a new genre came to the Christian fiction market.  Okay it wasn't really a new genre, but it took a favorite genre in a delightful new way.  Historical romance with a great sense of humor to them.  Several authors were on board immediately, Kelly Eileen Hake was one of those authors.  She is still writing in the genre and fans are still loving her books.

bakerbookstore.comTrails and Targets is book #1 in the Dangerous Darlyns series.  The Darlyn family is held together by Beatrix.  She will do just about anything to keep them all together, along with a whole lot of prayer and some unconventional interests, it seems to be working.  That is until it looks like her father's debts are going to wipe them all out.

So Beatrix puts her pride aside and decides to use her best talent to earn money, her ability with a gun.  Greyson Wilder is looking to leave his past behind.  He sells skeletons of slaughtered buffalos and he is just fine with that, until Beatrix makes him a proposal that he can't refuse.

With a good sense of humor, Kelly reminds us that life doesn't have to be so serious even when things look dark.  Humor and high jinx abound in her books and that makes them the perfect read for someone who needs a little pick me up.

Happy Reading,

Monday, November 17, 2014

New Releases - Nov. 10 - 15

Dear Readers,

This week Saturday is our annual Bible sale.  All in stock Bibles are 50% off regular retail prices.  A great way to get that Bible for that certain someone on your list.  To make the day even more exciting, Used books are 50% off any book $12.00 or less.  Should be a busy day, so come early to get the product you want.

Happy Reading,

A Windswept Promise - Brandi Boddie - Brides of Assurance #2 - Sophie's family expects her to marry well.  Dusty wants to make her his wife, but a lack of money means that Sophie's father will never agree.  Will the two of them be able to trust their hearts or will they do as their families wish?

Love Never Fails - Martha Rogers - The Homeward Journey #3 - Molly is attracted to Stefan when he and his parents visit.  The only problem is, he is career army and she doesn't believe that war is the answer to anything.  But when he returns from battle injured, it is to Molly to help him get over his depression.

Trails and Targets - Kelly Eileen Hake - Dangerous Darlyns #1 - Greyson Wilder has outlived his family.  He has no one to care for, but then again, there is no one to disappoint.  That is until a farm girl makes him a offer he can't refuse.

The Secret of Pembrooke Park - Julie Klassen - Abigail and her father are offered the use of Pembrooke Park.  They except the offer before finding out that Pembrooke has a secret.  A secret more than one person is looking to find.  Abigail goes seeking the treasure that is hidden, will she find it before the others?

Emma Blooms at Last - Naomi King - #2 One Big Happy Family - Just as their now blended family starts to come together, Amanda and Wyman experience a financial set back.  When Amanda rallies the kids, Wyman struggles with what he sees as his responsibility as the head of the family.

Friday, November 14, 2014

New Release - Hawk - Ronie Kendig

Dear Readers,

One of the rules of writing is "write what you know."  Ronie Kendig does that.  She tells us she is a military brat and is married to a veteran.  So she writes about the military and she does it very well. 

Hawk is the next installment of the Quiet Professionals series.  She once again follows her characters into highly volatile situations.  Staff Sergeant Brian "Hawk" Bledsoe keeps his word, but this time it might cost him and his men their lives.

When Brian makes a promise to Fekiria.  She is hiding several young girls from the Taliban.  Brian and the Raptor team agree to help them escape, but when a plot to destroy Raptor comes to light, Brian must make a choice she does not want to.  Save Raptor or the girls. 

Ronie's books are fast paced and yet give you a view of choices our military men and women are making everyday.  Now I know most of them, thankfully, do not have to make the choices Hawk and his team need to make, but it does give you an idea of what it is like behind the lines. 

If you haven't picked up one of Ronie's books before, I highly recommend them.  They are ones you can share with everyone you know. 

Happy Reading,  

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bonnie S. Calhoun

Dear Readers,

Thunder by Bonnie S. Calhoun is one of the newest book in the dystopian genre and I believe it may be Revell Publishing’s first of this genre.  (If I am wrong about that sorry.)  I have read a couple of Bonnie’s books before and have enjoyed her writing style so I was looking forward to reading this book.   The fast pace and interesting characters made it a very enjoyable read.

Selah is trying to prove to her father that she can join the family business of hunting Landers, the people that land on their shores with a certain mark.  The Company is willing to pay top dollar for every one that is caught and keeps their mark.  Selah’s father has made it perfectly clear that she is not welcome in the business, but Selah knows she would be an asset to her family if only given a chance. 

When she does catch a Lander, she is sure it will be praise and welcome from her father, that is until her older brothers steal him away and leave Selah with nothing to prove her catch.  That is until the next morning when she awakens to find herself marked the same as the Landers, now she is the hunted. 

We have this book in our adult fiction department, but could easily put it in our teen section.  It is a good read for either age.  I have to admit that though dystopian novels are not my favorite, I did find myself cheering Selah on as she tried to learn her new reality.  Being forced out of your home with no warning and very little training would prove to be almost overwhelming to me and then throw in that your father and brothers are the ones hunting you, it might just be too much. 

I will be interested in checking out the next book in the series, Lightning, due out in the fall of 2015.

Happy Reading,