September 2, 2014

With Every Breath

With Every Breath
by Elizabeth Camden

Elizabeth Camden is quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors. This is the second book I have reviewed by her (the first was: Into the Whirlwind and it was excellent!) and all of her other books are on my list of books I want to read soon.

This book is about Kate and Trevor. In school they were arch rivals competing in everything. In the end they were competing for a full college scholarship and Trevor won and Kate was beside herself because it was her only opportunity to go to college. She ends up working for the census bureau until one day a new Dr in town asks her to interview for a position working for him with charts and numbers and statistics. She loves math and wants a more challenging career so she goes for the interview only to find out it is Trevor and he has changed his last name!

I love books with a background in history. This book explores the time when tuberculosis was threatening lives and leading people to move to the mountains to seek treatment. But Trevor is searching for a cure right in Washington DC and he needs Kate's help to track the numbers in his treatment trial. At first Kate doesn't want to work for him but in the end she takes the job.

I think what I love about Camden's books more than anything else is that they don't just center on the love relationship. They actually center more on the historical background and the plot as a whole rather than just the love story between two characters. This gives her books a lot of depth and makes them really fun to read. I looked forward to learning how the search for the cure of tuberculosis was going even more than I looked forward to finding out if Kate would ever stop hating Trevor.

This book is especially good because the plot has suspense and intrigue and also because there are some surprises you find out about that will shock you. You won't want to put the book down until you have finished!

Be sure to check out this website to enter to win a copy of the book!

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

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.