Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New Release - A Broken Kind of Beautiful - Katie Ganshert

Dear Readers,

 You will seldom hear me say this.  Read this book, A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert.  My review is coming in a couple of weeks and in some way I feel it is kind of mushy, but it is a book that lends itself to that type of review.  Don't get me wrong this is not a overly romantic book, it is just a tender story that will speak to your heart, that part of you that longs to be loved.

Ivy is only 24 but in the fashion industry it is considered old, especially when the newest models are younger every year.  Models that have the look that everyone is after.  But model is the only placed that Ivy has felt loved and worthy, what will she do if she no longer has that?  Is it worth continuing on? 

Davis gave up his photography career when one rash action cost his sister dearly.  Why should he pursue the thing he loves when she can no longer follow her dream.  Two very hurting people that need to be reminded that they are most important that what is on the outside. 

A book that you will want to share with others.  Everyone of us needs those reminders from time to time that we are loved no matter what.

Happy Reading,

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Release - Bridge to Haven - Francine Rivers

Dear Readers,

There are very few authors that generate as much excitement when it is announced they are writing a new novel as Francine Rivers.  I read Redeeming Love many years ago and it is a story that has stuck with me ever since.  I have read all of her books and there is not one that I didn't enjoy.  They have all had special messages in them and each have come to mean a great deal to me.

Bridge to Haven is the long awaited newest by Francine and it is one that you will get read quickly.  It is set in the golden age of Hollywood when every young teenage girl dreamed of being discovered and made into a star. 

Lena Scott is the brightest new star to hit the silver screen.  She is beautiful and every little girl dreams of being her.  But few know the price she paid to get where she is today and that she only dreams of going home again. 

Pastor Ezekiel Freeman knows who she is.  He knows all about the little girl that is seeking to just be loved.  He longs for her to come home again, but has no way to let her know all is forgiven.

Once again Francine will tug at your heart strings with a beautiful tale that is meant to remind us of God and his pursuit of us no matter what we have done.

Happy Reading,

Monday, April 21, 2014

New Releases - April 14 - 19

Dear Readers,

The new titles are still pouring in.  I can not read them fast enough to keep up.  I really need a job where I just sit and read all the new titles that come in.  *Sigh*  maybe someday, until then I will just have to try to do my best to keep up.

Happy Reading,

Mom's Night Out - Tricia Goyer - inspired by the movie of the same title - All Allyson and her friends want is one night of adult conversation, so they leave the kids with their husbands.  What could possibly go wrong in 3 hours?

Critical Condition - Richard Mabry - What is suppose to be a quiet dinner party turns into a scene of a murder when a stranger is killed on Shannon's front yard.  Now there is someone wanting to know what he said before the stranger died and he will stop at nothing to find out. 

Out of the Ruins - Karen Barnett - #1 Golden Gate Chronicles - (from the backcover) A shaky prayer, a shattered faith.  A city in ruins.  What - or who - will bring Abby back to God?

One Perfect Spring - Irene Hannon - Keith had no idea that the letter that lands on his desk will change everything for not only himself and the letter writer, but those around him also.

All My Belongings - Cynthia Ruchti - (From the back cover) Where to you turn when changing your name doesn't give you anonymity you want?  When running

The Pursuit of Tamsen Little John - Lori Benton - Tamsen escapes the life of hardship under her step-father and an arranged marriage with Jesse Bird.  What she finds is harder than she imagined, but maybe just what she is seeking.

Seasons of Tomorrow - Cindy Woodsmall - #4 Amish Vines and Orchards - As Ronda and the new community settle in it seems all is well.  Until Leah's involvement with an Englischer could up set everything.

A Broken Kind of Beautiful - Katie Ganshert - Ivy Clark has only known the fashion industry.  As her career seems to be coming to an end, will she be able to find herself in something besides her looks.

Friday, April 18, 2014

New Release - Woman of Courage - Wanda Brunstetter

Dear Readers,

Wanda Brunstetter is taking a small break from her typical Amish fiction with Woman of Courage.  She is writing about a Quaker woman who joins with other missionaries to reach the Nez Perce'  Indians.  In her gentle writing style Wanda takes us on a journey that is filled with danger, adventure and the hope of better things.

Amanda is jilted by her fiancĂ©e on the eve of their wedding.  She vows to give up on romance and turns to her faith for support.  She is determined to follow fellow missionaries Rev. and Mrs. Spalding of the mountains to reach the Indians. 

After finding herself recovering from a life threatening accident in a cabin with a trapper and his Indian wife.  Both who have been hurt by Christians earlier and want nothing to do with the Christian faith.  How will Amanda be able to reach them?  How about their friend Buck McFadden who has only found pain from those claim the name of Christ. 

Like I said a bit different for Wanda, but her fans will find lots to be excited about with this new title from Wanda.

Happy Reading,

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Amy Sorrells

Dear Readers,

How Sweet the Sound is Amy Sorrels debut novel.  If it is any indication of what is to come from her, we are in for a treat every time she releases a new title.   Her book is a wonderful combination of Southern charm and Southern crazy.  The characters come to life in a gentle manner that has you settling in for a good read and suddenly you find yourself in the middle of a dysfunctional family.   On the back cover it is called a “tender coming of age tale,” and in some ways I agree with that, but it is so much more.

The Harlans are a very respectable southern family, at least on the surface.  Underneath there are secrets, dark deadly secrets that they all try very hard to keep there.  One night it all ends with Anniston witnessing something awful.  Something that removes all thoughts from her mind that her family is normal.  There has always been something off about her Uncle Cole, and after that night she knows there is more to him than she ever knew. 
As her grandmother struggles to keep a normal that doesn’t, and maybe never did, exist,  Anniston is finding herself growing up quicker than expected.  Her new friend Jed has a whole different set of issues that make life even harder to understand. 

In some small ways I felt like I was reading a book that I could compare to the style of To Kill a Mockingbird.  It has that feel to it, there are bigger issues below the surface and it is a taking a child to find them and bring them to light.  The adults in the situation don’t seem to want a change or even to acknowledge that things are not right.

I don’t want to scare you away from reading the book, it is not an easy read, but it sure is a good one.  With a slight nod to the story of Tamar in 2 Samuel, you will find yourself wondering how Anniston and her family are doing today.   Amy does a good job handling what is a very tough topic.  It is not one many of us choose to deal with, but I also believe it is important to understand what it is like for family members and even the victims. 

I can’t say, pull up a chair and relax while reading this, but read this book.  You will thank me later. 

Happy Reading,

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Release - Sing for Me - Karen Halvorsen Schreck

Dear Readers,

Sing for Me by Karen Halvorsen Schreck is set in 1937 with a Jazz club as the backdrop.  Rose longs to sing more than the songs the Baptist church.  She has fallen in love the radio.  As a Birthday surprise her cousin takes her to a jazz club, which open a whole new world to her.  A world that is a foreign to her as the moon, but one that she can't wait to belong to. 

When one of the bands offers her a chance to be their singer, she is ready for the chance to do her heart's desire, but will it also be more dangerous that she plans.  When she finds herself falling in love with their colored piano player, Rose may find not only her faith tested, but her life at risk.

I have often found that one of the aspects of Jazz clubs, the races mingled freely and it seemed as if they were all equals.  That was until the lights dimmed and they stepped outside the club.   Because they have romanticized jazz clubs so much, I have seen where those relationships were tolerated, but in reality they were not. 

The roaring 20's followed by the depression era has always been a part of fiction, but because of the popularity of Downton Abbey, they have made a big resurgence again.  Much to readers excitement.  Take the time to visit an exciting time in US history, put on your flapper dress and pearls and enjoy.

Happy Reading,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Release - The Pelican Bride - Beth White

Dear Readers,

 I think I am going to have to do some research and find out just how often mail - order brides actually happened in America's history.  The Pelican Bride by Beth White I #1 of the Gulf Coast Chronicles and is set in 1704 in the new world and once again the heroine arrives in the setting because she is a mail order bride of sorts.

Genevieve  and her sister board the small boat, Pelican, after agreeing to become brides for the men working to settle the Louisiana colony.  The sisters are fleeing persecution for their outlawed beliefs. 

Unrest and trouble between the colonist and the native people is growing and threating her new life.  Is her past part of what may cost the colony and its inhabitants their lives? 

It is fun to read a book about a time in our history that I know so little about.  I really don't know much about the settling of Louisiana and what becomes Mobile, Alabama.  That is what makes fiction fun, you can learn history without it seeming like you are learning. 

Happy Reading,