August 23, 2014

Through the Deep Waters

Through the Deep Waters
by Kim Vogel Sawyers

This book was quite heartbreaking in many aspects. Dinah's upbringing in a brothel is the most heartbreaking childhood you can imagine. But even after she is able to move away from that city she is plagued by nightmares of what happened to her one night. Thankfully her new roommate is a Christian and a Pastor's kid and invites her to church and she begins to learn about God's love. Unfortunately she feels unworthy to even sit in the church pew let alone accept God's love. After many hard weeks though Dinah opens up to God's grace and forgiveness.

Of course this book is also a love story. But not a perfect love story. Dinah and Amos have plenty of trials both together and individually. Dinah with her past, Amos with his handicapped leg, and both of them with learning to love.

If you enjoy traditional Christian romance novels where boy meets girl and falls in love in spite of hard times I think you'll love this book.

This book was provided to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. 

August 14, 2014

Miracle in a Dry Season

Miracle in a Dry Season
by Sarah Loudin Thomas

I read the prequel novella, Appalachian Serenade, to this book back in June and then was asked to review book 1 in the series. I can honestly say that I really loved both! My review of the novella is here. 

Miracle in a Dry Season follows the novella perfectly. The novella introduced us to Robert and Delilah and in this book we get to know them a little better as we read the story about their niece, Perla, and her daughter, Sadie. Perla and Sadie move in with them to escape rumors in their hometown. We also get to know a lot of other fun locals including a set of elderly twin women that were once in love with the same man. You also get to know a young man, Casewell, and his parents. And it is all set during a very difficult time in the community when they are suffering from a very severe drought.

This book was just as great of a read as the novella was. I read it in one sitting. Now, that isn't unusual for me but it still tells you it was great writing that I didn't even hardly take a break while reading two evenings ago!

Thomas's writing really transplants you to the time and place of the novel. You actually feel like you are in 1954 West Virginia. You actually feel like you are experiencing the hard times that the people in the novel are experiencing during the drought. Your heart pours out to them as their wells dry up, the creeks run out of water, the gardens wither away, and the farm animals shrivel up and the farmers begin to lose hope.

If you like books that take you to another place and time you'll love Thomas's books! I cannot wait for books 2 and 3 to come out!  What I really can't wait for is to find out who the main characters will be in these new books!

Bethany House and Sarah Loudin Thomas provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review as an influencer for the book.

August 8, 2014

A kid's book review

The Redcoats are Coming

When I first learned about the Imagination Station books I was immediately intrigued! You see, I grew up listening to Adventures in Odyssey as a kid almost every night! In fact it was the highlight of most of my evenings! This book helps me relive those moments with the same characters and locations I fell in love with as a child.

The second best part of this book is the history! I've always loved history and I really enjoyed how this book was written in a way that kids could learn history and enjoy a good story at the same time.

I don't have kids yet, but I plan to someday and once they are old enough I plan to make sure we read these books together in the evenings!

This book was provided to me by the publisher, Tyndale, in exchange for my honest review.