Thursday, August 25, 2016

Catherine West

Dear Readers,

The Things We Knew by Catherine West is a story about a boy and a girl.  When they start to discover that they may love each other life interrupts and choices are made.  What makes this such a pleasant read is the story of how they find each other again.

Lynette Carlisle grew up in a wonderful family, not a perfect family, but they loved each other.  That is until the night her mother died.  12 year old Lynette watched the rest of her siblings grow up and leave Nantucket to find their way anywhere but at home.  She is left with the pieces.

Even the boy next door who promised always be there for her disappears into the world with no explanation. Nick Cooper was like family, his family life was at best tolerable, at worse... well it just is hard to explain why is father seems to hate him.

Lynette is trying to keep her head above water with a father who is loosing his grip on reality and a house that is falling down around them.  No one seems interested in helping them or believe her when she tells them it is bad.  They all just go one with their lives.

I think that is what is most interesting about this life.  Every one of the characters seems to think that they are living life well, but each one has a flaw.  Each one needs the others and yet they all seem to want to stay apart.  This makes these characters so very real.

Catherine does not make light of any of the baggage she gives her characters.  She doesn't give pat answers to the problems, like if you just believe and pray all your problems will go away.  She makes them struggles, everyday struggles.  Something that is dealt with every time you wake up in the morning until you sleep at night.

If you like books that are not wrapped in a neat little bow at the end with all the problems solved and happily ever after on the doorstep, then I suggest this book.  I found that when the book ended, even though the boy and girl were not married or perfectly happy at the end, I was happy with the conclusion as it left the door open for them to live lives like the rest of us.  Normal, well as normal as we all are.

Happy Reading,

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Author Visit - David and Diane Munson

“The Looming Storm” Coming September 01, 2016

David and Diane Munson
visiting Baker Book House 
Thursday @ 7:00 p.m.

I can't wait to see David and Diane again.  They have been a favorite of mine since introducing themselves to me at the Holland Baker.  Thankfully they were also a regular here in Grand Rapids.

If you like reading action adventure or are just interested in here about a couple who lived on the front lines of the government, join us tomorrow night.  Love to see you there. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New Release - Disillusioned - Christy Barritt

Disillusioned - Christ Barritt
Nikki Wright is desperate to help her brother, Bobby, who hasn’t been the same since escaping from a detainment camp run by terrorists in Colombia. Rumor has it that he betrayed his navy brothers and conspired with those who held him hostage, and both the press and the military are hounding him for answers. All Nikki wants is to shield her brother so he has time to recover and heal.
Disillusioned by Christy Barritt
But soon they realize the paparazzi are the least of their worries. When a group of men try to abduct Nikki and her brother, Bobby insists that Kade Wheaton, another former SEAL, can keep them out of harm’s way. But can Nikki trust Kade? After all, the man who broke her heart eight years ago is anything but safe…
Hiding out in a farmhouse on the Chesapeake Bay, Nikki finds her loyalties—and the remnants of her long-held faith—tested as she and Kade put aside their differences to keep Bobby’s increasingly erratic behavior under wraps. But when Bobby disappears, Nikki will have to trust Kade completely if she wants to uncover the truth about a rumored conspiracy. Nikki’s life—and the fate of the nation—depends on it

Monday, August 22, 2016

New Releases - August 15 - 20

Dear Readers,

When you read this post I shall be on vacation.  There is something sweet about being able to write a post a couple days ahead.  For some reason and I guess it is so I don't have to worry about it on vacation, it just makes it more satisfying.   Whatever it is, I plan on getting some reading done and I can't wait.

Happy Reading,

A Heart Most Certain - Melissa Jagears -Lydia joins the Teaville Moral Society to help those in need.  She understand what that is like as her family is experiencing it because of her father's debts.  Her first task is to get a donation from the wealthiest man in town - but he turns her down.  Melissa is determined to get a donation no matter how small.

Sewn with Joy - Tricia Goyer/Sherry Gore - #3 The Pinecraft Pie Shop - Joy Miller is ready to be a wife and mother and it seems to be her relationship is leading to that.  Well that is until the TV crews arrive.  They want to film a new series about the Amish and the tension not only threatens the community it threatens Joy and Matthew's relationship.

Until I Love Again - Jerry S. Eicher - #2 The St. Lawrence County Amish - Susanna Miller's rumspringa is not something she wants to talk about.  Things got a bit out of hand and she really just wants to forget about it.  That is until a birthday sign shows up and she knows that her relationship has maybe gone too far.

Disillusioned - Christy Barritt - Nikki Wright is just trying to help her brother.  Ever since escaping the terrorists in Colombia, he has been in hiding.  Rumor has it he helped the terrorist and everyone wants to know his story.  When she finally finds him, they both realize the paparazzi is not their only problem.

Sarah's Orphans - Vannetta Chapman - #3 Plain and Simply Miracles - Sarah Yoder's life in not plain and simple.  She has taken on the raising of her younger siblings after a series of tragedies.  Paul Byler is ready to have a place of his own, a quiet place, but the place he owns is next to Sarah's property and they always seem to need help.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Morgan L. Busse

Dear Readers,

I was enjoying spending time on an author chat on Facebook.  It was fun to interact with not only other readers, but also various authors.  I later found out I had won one of the drawings for a book, how fun and new book!  Tainted by Morgan L. Busse.  I will freely admit this is not a book I would normally read as it is in the steampunk genre.  I will also say  that I am very glad I read it.

Tainted is book #1 in the Soul Chronicles with book #2 due out the spring of 2017.  Which is not soon enough in my humble opinion.

Kat Bloodmayne has always known she needs to keep her emotions in check.  There is a power within her that is released when she has any strong emotional response.  This power can hurt others and she has little to no control over it.  Her greatest desire is to find a cure so she can live a normal happy life.

Bounty Hunter Stephen Gray has a reputation of always finding his man.  But when Kat shows up one morning asking for help Stephen knows there is something very different about her and her request.

A fast-paced action adventure filled with evil scientist, steampunk themes, and fantasy.  I would recommend this book to not just fans of steampunk, but for anyone looking for a good read.  I am looking forward to what happens to Kat and Stephen.

Thank you Morgan to being brave enough to wade into a different genre in the Christian Market.

Happy Reading,

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Release - My Sister's Prayer - Mindy Starns Clark/Leslie Gould

My Sister's Prayer - Mindy Starns Clark/Leslie Gould - #2 Cousins of the Dove

My+Sister%27s+PrayerWomen of Fearless Devotion Virginia, 1705 Celeste Talbot is usually such a sensible young woman--until she falls for an English soldier reassigned to the Colonies. Leaving her Huguenot family behind, she sets sail for America, only to learn that her younger sister Berta has been kidnapped and forced on board the very same ship. Whom can Celeste trust? The dashing soldier? Or the vigilant carpenter who remains by their side in the perilous New World? 

Virginia, present day Madeline "Maddee" Talbot has her hands full when she agrees to take in her younger sister Nicole following a serious car accident. The young women grew apart when Nicole fell into drug addiction, and Maddee prays this will be the start of a better life for her sister. But as they investigate a trauma from their childhood, Maddee must keep a diligent eye on Nicole--and the shadowy figure watching them from afar. 

From the Christy Award-winning team of Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould, My Sister's Prayer tells an epic tale of two women compelled to protect their sisters, confront their fears, and navigate the muddy waters of betrayal to find true love.