January 15, 2018

Review: Love Undocumented: Risking Trust in a Fearful World

Love Undocumented: Risking Trust in a Fearful World Love Undocumented: Risking Trust in a Fearful World by Sarah Quezada
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've followed Quezada's blog for quite a while, so I knew some of her and her husband's back story but I enjoyed reading a more detailed description of everything from how they met to where they are today. I appreciate her candor as she tells their story. I also find her sincerity refreshing as she admits how little she knew in the beginning about immigration and how much she has learned. Of course I also enjoyed reading about their dating relationship and how they fell in love.

The balance in this book between personal stories, research, and scripture is superb. The book could have been written as just a memoir of their personal experience without all of the research and still would have been great. But with the extra time Quezada took to learn more about the details of immigration and the specific scriptures to back everything it took the book to another level. I gained a new perspective reading about Moses, Joseph, Esther, Noemi, Ruth, and even Jesus himself in light of immigration. I hadn't ever thought about any of those stories that way and learned a lot. It was good to be reminded that we are called to reach out to others no matter their socioeconomic status, race, language, or culture.

I've previously read books by immigrants or about immigrants, have a Master's degree in Spanish, and am an ESL teacher at a school with many immigrants so much of the information in this book wasn't brand new news for me. But I did appreciate the perspective of a person to whom it was all brand new information. She included a lot of details I might have missed and assumed more people knew. I like that she was careful to dispel myths and misconceptions that many people have about immigrants.

I love it when a book makes me really stop to think. I pray that through my job I can continue to be a light in the lives of my immigrant students. I also pray that everyone that reads this book will feel called to go outside their comfort zone and be Christ to an immigrant in their church, neighborhood, school, or workplace.

I received an advanced copy of this book through the publisher on NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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Review: Oath of Honor

Oath of Honor Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason

I really wanted to love this book but in the end, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I want to note that I LOVE Lynette Eason's books. I especially love the Elite Guardian series. So honestly I was shocked that this wasn't a better fit for me.

This book honestly was hard for me to read from the beginning. There were SO many characters and other names. And another thing I noticed was that a lot of characters were referred to by first and last names. It was just overwhelming. Another part that was hard for me was how everything in a decent length book took place in a very short amount of time. It was a lot of details to keep up with.

I think this book would be a hit for anyone who loves police procedurals. In the end, I think I was hoping for a little more action than procedure. I also think that I was hoping for a little romance.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Janice Cantore's books. It has a similar feel. It also had some notes of reminding me of Dee Henderson's O'Malley series and also the tv show Blue Bloods because it was very much family oriented.

Revell provided me an advanced copy of this book. This is my honest review.

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January 4, 2018

Review: Troubled Waters

Troubled Waters Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another wonderful book in an action packed series. I was excited to finally get a story featuring Ian and Sierra.

I found myself starting to like Ian more in this book. He was finally starting to move on and make his life be about more than just finding his niece. I understood why he was searching for her, but it was nice to see him starting to look for other important things in his life.

I never fell in love with Sierra. I think I've always been frustrated with her need to solve everything and her unrequited love for Ian. Even in this book I still didn't love her. But I do love her drive and ambition to see PEAK stay afloat even during hard times.

My favorite parts of this book actually included Jess and Pete - so I'm hoping they have a bigger role in the next book. For some reason I'm more drawn to the mountain scenes than the water ones.

I was glad that this book was finally revealing secrets to the characters. There have been so many secrets hanging that I've been waiting for the characters keeping them to stop.

Overall I loved the action in this book, and I enjoyed the reconciliation between characters and the romantic moments.

I received a copy of this book from Revell. This is my honest opinion.

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January 2, 2018

Review: The Saturday Night Supper Club

The Saturday Night Supper Club The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to admit I was a little intimidated going into this book. I'm not much of a foodie or a cook. The only cooking show I've ever watched was MasterChef Jr. (Those kids are adorable and amazing!) But I loved Laureano's MacDonald Family books SO much that I knew I wanted to try this one. I'm so glad I did because it is amazing!

This book definitely fits the swoon-worthy romance category. I absolutely fell in love with Alex from the very beginning and only grew to love him more as the book went on. His commitment to making things right was the first of many things that made him undeniably attractive.

I've always loved strong female characters, so it wasn't hard to love Chef Rachel. I was so inspired by the hard work she put into getting herself to where she was professionally. But I was equally impressed by her spiritual growth. I loved that she was part detail oriented but also very good at adapting when things didn't go perfectly. That was a unique combination you don't find often.

Now for the foodie parts. I'll admit that a lot it was over my head. But I learned a lot of new foodie vocabulary (thanks to my Kindle and hover over definitions!) and it was cool to read about such fancy fare. I enjoyed the scenes with food more than I expected to.

I also appreciated Laureano giving Alex an interesting hobby which also forced me to learn some adventurous vocabulary. The detail with which his climbs were told was amazing. I almost felt like I was there.

The romance in this book was so wonderful. Great kissing scenes and some really great flirting. But as much as I loved the romance and the kissing and flirting I really loved that prayer, journaling, and commitment to God were included as well. I love characters that seek God. This book was filled with wisdom and spiritual growth that really gave the book a depth that made it stand out from some other books I've read lately.

So, all that said...whether you're a foodie or not (like me!) please pick up this book - you won't regret it!

I received an advanced copy of this book from Tyndale through NetGalley. This is my honest review.

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