July 31, 2014

Christiansen Family series

by Susan May Warren

I just finished reading the first three books in this series. Usually I find I like each book in the series more and more but this time I found I liked book one the best, then book two and didn't LOVE book three.

I know I was drawn to book one because it put so much emphasis on the young boy that Dare is fathering alone since the passing of his wife in a horrible accident. I always love any books that put children first. I also loved how well Ivy connected with "Tiger" which by the way is a way better name than "Theo" :)

Book two just wasn't as interesting to me and didn't draw me in quite as much. But it was still good.
I really enjoyed Eden and Jace's story! I'm always drawn to characters that do Newspaper or writing of any sort since I did newspaper and yearbook in both high school and college. I'm not sure I could ever write Obits like Eden does but I love how much effort she puts into her work and I also loved how she kept a side journal with more details and stories than she was allowed to put in the Obits.

I've never been a huge hockey fan though so that part of the story took me a little more effort to get involved in. However, the more I read about Jace the more I liked him. He wasn't perfect by any means and he spent a lot of time second guessing Eden but I suppose she did the same thing to him!

I really enjoyed how Eden and Jace continually worked together to help the John Doe in the hopsital and how they both were endless cheerleaders and good friends to Sam and his daughter and also to Owen.

I'm always amazed at the family dynamics when there are so many kids as the Christensen clan has! I'm glad she decided to write about a big family! 
Book three was a cute story and I did enjoy the background of the book being in Hawaii and centering around a cooking show that Max and Grace entered as a competition. But I really didn't enjoy the story line as much as the first two books. I think what made it hard for me to enjoy book three was how it seemed to focus too much on other characters and didn't do enough focusing and developing of Max and Grace's story. I think the author could have really pulled me in if she had spent more time letting me enjoy the great chemistry between Max and Grace!

I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series though!

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July 24, 2014

Life Support

Life Support
by Candace Calvert

I've now read all 6 of Calvert's books and I really love them. This book is part of the Grace Medical series but she also wrote a series called Mercy Hospital. I have to admit that I liked the Mercy Hospital books just a little bit better but really I've loved all of them.

I've always loved the TV show Grey's Anatomy. I know I probably shouldn't since it isn't the cleanest show out there but I'm a sucker for the medical dramas.

Thankfully Calvert's books give me the same wonderful medical drama fix without all of the inappropriate drama and sex! She does a great job of writing intriguing stories with great love stories and plenty of life saving without wasting any of our time with inappropriate relationships and so much sex.

I really liked this book because it also brought a little bit of controversy to the table with the title of Life Support. The main male character's brother has a traumatic brain injury and often has trouble breathing due to asthma complications. Unfortunately that makes some people think that he might be better off if they didn't continue to intervene to prolong his life. Thankfully his brother always stands up for him and they find him a good home to live in where the nurses even help him use an iPad to text!

I really think that if you like medical dramas on TV that you'll love all of Calvert's books!

July 23, 2014

The Waiting

The Waiting

This story is quite amazing. I do love stories about adoption and I also love real-life stories of reunions. Minka loved her daughter more than you can imagine but due to unfortunate experiences in her life she was pretty much forced to place her for adoption. From giving her up in 1929 to 1906 when she was reunited with her Minka never stopped loving her daughter. In fact during the first 18 years of her life she kept writing her letters that were placed into a file with the government.

I really loved the true devotion that Minka felt toward her daughter even though she was unable to raise her. And I truly felt bad for her that something so awful happened to her with such a heartbreaking ending. But I'm glad that Ruth's adoptive parents took such good care her!

If you like true life stories and love reunions I'm sure you'll love this amazing story