October 24, 2016

Review: Yuletide Redemption

Yuletide Redemption Yuletide Redemption by Jill Kemerer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book contained a depth that I don't usually find in a Love Inspired book. I found the characters in this novel so well developed and matched that I couldn't put the book down. I loved the things that Sam and Celeste had in common both the good and the bad. And little Parker was so adorable. I really loved reading about his interactions with Sam especially.

I know I'm risking some bad feedback but I felt like this book was a great alternative to another recent book where a young woman was serving as caretaker to a young man. I really liked reading the Christian perspective and also how Sam and Celeste truly helped each other move past difficult times. I know the injuries in the two stories are quite different but I loved the positive spin in this book.

It is so refreshing to read a novel where the two main characters really truly care about each other. Neither is perfect but they both do a great job of putting the other first in a truly Christlike selfless manner. I also liked how they both grew spiritually in this book.

The author and publisher provided me an advanced copy of this book. This review is my own honest opinion

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October 23, 2016

Review: The Domino Effect

The Domino Effect The Domino Effect by Davis Bunn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was really interesting! I probably found it more interesting since I work in a bank (not as an analyst or anything that exciting but as a sales and service rep).

I really admired Esther's work ethic and her ability to take her knowledge and use it for good instead of to make herself illegal gains.

Yes, this book was a little technical and full of investment jargon. But I really don't know much about that stuff myself and still found the entire story line and plot quite intriguing. And Bunn included just the right amount of friends, family, and even a little romance to lighten the technical side of the story.

If you enjoy critical thinking, suspense, and finances at all I think you will love this book.

Bethany House provided me an advanced copy of this book. This review is my own honest opinion.

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Review: The Promise of Rayne

The Promise of Rayne The Promise of Rayne by Nicole Deese
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love feuding families that produce love. And this book was the best version I've ever read! Watching events unfold between Rayne and Levi was wonderful. And the feud between the families was just different enough from all the other versions that it truly was unique.

My heart really felt for Rayne throughout this book. I cannot imagine working so hard only to always fall short in the eyes of her family. But I loved her persistence throughout the story. She is my favorite type of heroine. She is strong, passionate, and knows what she wants. Then there is Levi. He is amazing. What first drew me to him was his desire to help others. And I love his devotion to Ford and how he treats him as a father just as much as a boss.

Another part about this story that really drew me in was knowing that these fires that start really do threaten the livelihood and homes of so many people. It was hard to read about evacuations and knowing that it isn't really fiction and that sometimes after a person evacuates they never get to go home again. I cannot imagine that.

Of course the fires weren't the only sparks in this book. There were plenty of sparks between Rayne and Levi. Their story was actually painful at times to read as they dealt with personal issues, family issues, and even job issues. I appreciated the real life obstacles they overcame to reach their happily ever after. There were moments when I was frustrated with the decisions they made - especially Rayne - but there were also so many swoon-worthy moments and le sigh moments that I just loved. And the kisses. So many great kisses!

Oh and did I mention this book has a great surprise in it? You'll have to read it to find out what it is but I have to admit it was a great turning point in the story.

I truly loved every page of this story and couldn't put it down! I cannot wait to read whatever Deese comes up with next.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

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October 16, 2016

Review: This Road We Traveled

This Road We Traveled This Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I heard so many good things about this book and the premise looked really intriguing so I picked it up. I really enjoyed reading a book based on the Oregon Trail time period. I grew up playing that game on the computer and really did enjoy reading about real life struggles of deciding what to pack based on weight and then numerous times on the trail deciding what to keep and what to ditch for the same reason. I also enjoyed how the different people banded together to help each other. But I didn't enjoy how it seemed that the family was more likely to help a stranger than each other oftentimes.

I was overwhelmingly disappointed with how the family treated the mother! I was likewise disappointed with how overtly feminist she came across though too. I felt like between the seemingly premature feminist movement taking place in her life and the poor treatment of family members that I couldn't really get into the story.

It was also hard for me to get into the story because the book read more like a textbook of a pretend Oregon Trail family than a fiction book based on a real life woman from history. I was disappointed to find the book felt more like a historical rewrite and less like a fictional story with basis in history.

I think that readers who prefer very strong historical books might find this more interesting than I did. I love history but have learned through this book that I would rather read an actual memoir or biography than a fiction book written the way this one was.

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

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