I Chronicles 29:11 "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all."

Monday, October 03, 2016

Book Review: Shadow of the Storm

This was an excellent book! I am never sure with historical (especially Biblical) fiction, whether it will be accurately portrayed or not. I felt the tone of the story and historical pieces were really well done. The characters were believable and the story line compelling. I really enjoyed reading this!
I found the practice of midwifery very interesting, and loved how Shira found her calling by assisting in births: whether they be human or animal. It was great to see her stand up to her mother (in a strong but respectful way) and refuse to remain in a career that was clearly not where her skill set lay.

The character of Dvora was interesting but infuriating. I have known people like her, and it is ridiculous how long they get away with their wiles and deception. However, there always comes a time when they are called on the carpet for them. While it is satisfying to see them answer for their deeds, it is also disheartening, as you wish for redemption for them. Dvora is no exception to this. 

I will say there were a few places where Shira's self-blaming became monotonous, and where I was frustrated with how she limited herself, and couldn't seem to see past being a victim, but I was very pleased with how the book ended, and I would definitely read more from this author. 

I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Book Review: Finding Me by Kathryn Cushman

I thought the plot of this book was intriguing. A man, tired of his life the way it is, runs away (faking his death in the process) and becomes someone else- taking his one year old daughter with him.

I found Kelli to be a wishy-washy lead character. It seems she let everyone tell her what to do, and couldn't make any kind of decision without weighing how it would make everyone else feel. I wish she had been determined to do something because she wanted to- not because of how others would respond.

Beth- oh Beth! Does she have some sort of mental illness that prevents her from understanding that her pushiness is not endearing? Everyone around her treats her like it is a cute personality trait, and no one is blunt enough to walk away or tell her to stop it already. She was a very annoying character, and I found myself skimming every scene she was in.

Kenmore and Shane- Liked them both. The father/son dynamic was nice, and Shane obviously cares about his dad. I did think it was sad that Kenmore felt he had to hide his plans from his son, instead of talking about the future together.

Kelli's journey- Throughout the book Kelli goes from extreme to extreme. I think I would like her if I met her in real life, but as a character in a book, she was not compelling. I wanted her to find out the truth about her past, but I wanted to slap a lot of people along the way.

For someone who is almost broke, she makes a lot of driving trips back and forth from California to Tennessee!

Also, the ending just didn't sit right to me as realistic. While I think it was nice that Kelli didn't want to do what her dad did and leave a commitment (the restaurant in California with friends), she was also putting off her own true desire for happiness. She could have been a long-distance investor and just not involved in the day-to-day running of things. I can't believe that after finding her true family that she wouldn't rush to be with them- especially since everything was laid out so nicely for her. I thought her suggestions to Kenmore about the future of the shop were kind of contrived, and felt like she was still trying to just make amends for her father's past actions.

This was an ok read. I wouldn't recommend it with high praise, but I didn't hate it.

I received a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Book Review: The Secret of Pembrooke Park

I loved this book. Loved it! I sometimes feel that Christian fiction is heavy handed with trying to show the daily lives of Christians and keep a plot moving without being bogged down by religious lingo. Not so with this book. The characters who know the Lord prove so by their actions, not by spouting religious verbiage constantly.

I liked the main character immensely. I think every woman has felt like Abigail. Perhaps not sharing partial responsibility for their family losing most of its fortune, but by having a prettier, smarter, more charismatic, or more something sibling and noticing parental support and doting on said sibling. Abigail handles it with grace and humility.

I did find it odd that she went from someone who never attends church, to someone who would understand about the sacrifice of Christ without making that commitment herself. Perhaps I overlooked that part of the story. But twice she shares the Gospel with other characters and I don't recall an impassioned embracing of the cross herself.

I liked the way the mystery was revealed, little by little. Usually when they climax of a story is completed, I rush through the end because whatever else is written doesn't matter, and is just fluff. Not so with this book. There were still some issues left to be sorted, even after the main mystery was finished, and it didn't drag at all. I enjoyed this book all the way to the end.

I highly recommend this book for young adults, and adults alike.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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