September 28, 2014

The Story Keeper

The Story Keeper
by Lisa Wingate

This is really a story within a story. Jen works for a publisher in NYC and someone leaves a 20 year old book submission - or the first three chapters of one - on her desk. These chapters pull her in because they remind her of her childhood in North Carolina and the more she reads she realizes she recognizes the voice of the author. So she heads back to her hometown area to try to find out if she is right about the author and to convince him to publish the full story with her company.

Of course traveling back to her hometown area also includes revisiting her past. She visits her family and is forced to relive some very hard memories. She also meets some amazing new people too.

I enjoyed both Jen's story in the present and the manuscript she is reading. The manuscript was especially interesting because the main character, Sarra, is a Melungeon. I had never heard of these people and was fascinated by the idea of a tri-race. It saddened me to know that this group of people was so persecuted and abandoned.

Wingate tells some pretty amazing stories and is great with description. But stories within stories aren't my favorite type of book. I was glad that I enjoyed both stories separatey or I might have just skipped pages to read just one part of the book.

Tyndale provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

September 13, 2014

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Money Saving Mom has a great giveaway going on on her blog right now! You should be sure to check it out and enter!

September 3, 2014

Tried and True

Tried and True
by Mary Connealy

I've read quite a few of Connealy's books and really enjoyed them and even reviewed a couple of them here. But in all honestly this new series isn't my favorite. Normally I love her mixture of romance, humor, western and adventure all rolled into one but this book didn't engage me the way her other books have.

Tried and True is the first book in the new series titled "Wild at Heart" and it is about three sisters. From the beginning I didn't fall in love with the sisters because they actually are living life as men. They wear pants, cut their hair short, and their skills on a homestead put most men to shame. I can understand that many women in that time did this in order to help in the war effort but I don't understand why they continued to live that way after the war was over, nor why they insisted on each of the three and the father getting their own homestead. The plot just didn't seem all that plausible. I realize it is fiction but I would have enjoyed the book more if so much of it hadn't centered on three women living as men.

I also didn't love this book as much because it didn't make me laugh. I typically am laughing my way through a Connealy book and this time I don't think it made me laugh a single time. It also didn't leave me longing for the next book in the series and usually I'm dying to read books two and three immediately.

I am looking forward to reading more of her books that I haven't read yet but I'm not sure I'll bother finishing this series.

Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.