Monday, November 10, 2014

New Releases - Nov. 3 - 8

Dear Readers,

Swept Away - Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven - Quilts of Love series - Sara Jane can out wit a roomful of kids, but her match making grandmother is an whole different thing.  Grandma plans to teach Sara Jane how to quilt as a plot to introduce her to the handy man, Drew. 

The Fatal Tree - Stephen Lawhead - #5 A Bright Empires - In the conclusion to the series, Each of the questors find themselves in different worlds trying to find solutions to the End of Everything.  As worlds and realities collide and collapse. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

New Release - Surprised by Love - Julie Lessman

Dear Readers,

Julie Lessman makes no secret of her desire to bring good romantic books to the Christian reader.  When she realized what some of the girls she knew were reading, she decided she could do better than that for them and include a good message for them.

Surprised by Love is book #3 in The Heart of San Francisco series and with no apologies to anyone, it is a romantic book filled with young love. 

Megan McClare leaves San Francisco for Paris and no one really thinks anything of it.  She is a wallflower and not what one would call a great beauty.  That is why when she returns people take notice as she has bloomed into a young woman everyone is now taking note of. 

She now has a job working alongside a young man who used to tease her mercilessly in school.  She turns to a friend who has always been a support system for her, but now finds himself attracted to her also.  Which of her new suitors will Megan choose?

Fun, light, and a wonderful read for a relaxing afternoon.  Julie's books make us all long for that knight in shining armor.

Happy Reading,

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Katheine Reay

Dear Readers,

Every one of us has been touched by cancer, whether it was a family member, a close friend or yourself, it is something that we all seem to have in common.  I have walked with several different people on their journey with cancer.  No journey is the same for any of them.  Each fight is a very personal event and everyone reacts differently to the treatment, but one thing that journey can do is draw us all closer.

Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay is a book about two sisters, many years apart in age and yet with so much in common.  They haven’t spoken in years because of what happened when their mother was dying of breast cancer.  Jane is now in her own battle with breast cancer and Lizzy, because of the pleading of their father, returns home to help while Jane’s husband is overseas.  The tension between the two has had several years to build and it will take something major to clear the air. 

I really liked Katherine’s first book, Dear Mr. Knightley, but there is something very special about this book.  I think it is because it is a topic that so many of us can relate to.  Stress levels are elevated during a time of illness and we struggle to keep our emotions in check, but sometimes they win and we say what we are actually thinking.  That is why I liked this book so much.  The characters are very real, their emotions are at times raw but they come from the heart when dealing with something that can take a loved one away. 

If you have never gone to a cancer clinic with someone while they are receiving chemo, Katherine does a really good job of showing how it is.  How everyone cheers each other on during their treatment, but how they grieve when someone loses the battle.  It can be a very beautiful place to visit even if it makes you uncomfortable at first.  And once again, the emotions are real, from those who are just putting in time to get it over with, to others who are so very angry, but have no place to direct their anger. 

A very interesting read and one I will recommend to many others.

Happy Reading,

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Release - A Lady at Willowgrove Hall - Sarah E. Ladd

Dear Readers,

Just a few short months ago the genre I got asked the most for was Amish.  Everyone wanted to know the new Amish releases, well that is changing a bit.  I am getting asked more and more about Regency Romance.  That genre is gaining ground and the authors are responding.

bakerbookstore.comA Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd is on of a couple different titles I have gotten here at the store in that genre.  It is book #3 in the Whispers on the Moor series and has been very popular with the readers.

Cecily Faire knows she must keep her past a secret.  If anything would slip out her das as a lady's companion at Willowgrove would be over.  As she is adjusting to her new job, she comes face to face with someone who could ruin everything.

Nathaniel has secrets of his own he has to keep.  He must keep them to secure his father's position as the Hall's steward.  The two must either confront their past and come to terms with it or they will continue to run the rest of their lives.

Beautiful covers wrapped around a delightful story, books don't get much better than that.  Sarah takes us in to a past that is just so much fun to visit.  Not sure I would want to live during that time, but visiting is nice.

Happy Reading,

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Release - Beyond I Do - Jennifer Slattery

Dear Readers,

I love being able to find books that I would not normally carry.  I get ideas from authors, fellow readers and websites.  I track the books down and then bring them in when I can.  Beyond I Do by Jennifer Slattery is one of those books.  

Ainsley Meadows is just looking for a little stability in her life.  Raised by a mother who was always moving on the next job or boyfriend, she is ready for something a bit different.  Her fiance' seems to be the ticket.  He is predictable and safe and they will have a happy life together.

BeyondIDo_N144123That is until a battered woman and her child enter the picture.  Suddenly a long forgotten dream resurfaces and Ainsley is rethinking her plans.  She wonders if what she has plans is really God's plan for her or if she must follow in a different direction.

A gentle story to remind us that we need to listen to God when he nudges us in a different direction.  It doesn't mean we have to give up all our plans we just have to include him while planning.

Happy Reading,

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Releases Oct. 13-18

Dear Readers,

The past two weeks have been so busy I have had little or no time to read.  I always feel a bit out of sorts when that happens, thankfully I will have more time to catch up again this week.  Then on Saturday I will have a chance to share those books with the Librarians at the Evangelical Church Librarians Association meeting in Chicago.  It is a great group of librarians that get together and visit and exchange ideas and learn lots from each other.  If you are a church librarian and are interested in attending, let me know and I will get you in contact with the person in charge.

Happy Reading,

Surprised by Love - Julie Lessman- #3 The Heart of San Francisco - Wallflower Megan McClare headed to Paris to study, but no one was ready for what she would be like when she returned.  With new beauty and pose, she is ready to take on the world, including her old nemesis, Devin.

Promise to Cherish - Elizabeth Byler Younts -  #2 The Promise of Sunrise Series - Christine Freeman is a nurse working at the local hospital. Everything is going great including her new friendship with Eli, that is until her abusive boyfriend returns from the war and turns everything upside down.

Playing Saint - Zachary Bartels - Parker Saint is very comfortable in his pastoral job.  Lead Pastor is a mega-church, a book deal on the horizon and fans galore.  But a scandal threatens it all.  He is offered a deal by the police department, one he can't refuse and suddenly he is trying to help find a serial murderer.

The Daughter of Highland Hall - Carrie Turansky - #2 Edwardian Brides - Katherine is ready to make her debut.  She needs to make a strong one in order to land a proper husband.  Scandal puts an end to her season and she finds herself needing to support herself.

When Mercy Rains - Kim Vogel Sawyer - #1 The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy - 20 years ago Suzanne was sent away from her Old Order Mennonite community.  After making a life for herself and her daughter, she feels she has moved on.  Now she has received a letter from her brother asking for her help caring for their ailing mother.

Friday, October 17, 2014

New Release - Heretic - Henry Vyner-Brooks

Dear Readers,

I have found interest in the new fiction genre that seems to be making in onto book shelves lately.  There are more and more books on church history.  Now I remember church history from high school and it was not my favorite subject.  It was a bit dry and well boring.  I wonder if part of was that the class was right after lunch, but I do know that some of it was because it was just boring.

That said, I am enjoying the books about those time periods and learning lots.  Heretic by Henry Vyner-brooks is the latest of these books that have arrived in the store.  It is a daunting book with just over 600 pages, but the story line sounds very interesting.

Brother Pacificus is hiding out from his past and the real world.  When he arrives back into the world he discovers things much different that when he left.  He and his rag tag band of misfits are ready to fight to the new world order, but will any of them survive long enough to make a difference?

Set in 1536 the Bible is becoming available to the 'common' man and the church is in flux.  The rich and powerful know that if they don't get rid of the rebels and soon, they will loose everything that they hold dear. 

It is not the proudest time for the ruling church, but it is part of their history and it is something we can learn from.  The Bible was written for all men, not just those in power.  Fiction books like Heretic as always a good reminder of this for all of us.

Happy Reading,