April 22, 2015

Every Bride Needs a Groom

Every Bride Needs a Groom
by Janice Thompson

I've read quite a few of Thompson's past wedding planning novels so I wasn't surprised to see her writing a new series. This new series wasn't quite good enough to replace "Weddings By Bella" as a favorite series but it was a cute story.



Katie is almost as opposite of myself as a girl could get. I barely planned my own wedding after I got engaged and Katie had hers planned before she even had a ring! But to each their own. She had great taste in everything she wanted...except for the groom!

Brady is in a time of transition. In my opinion not a very realistic transition for him but I loved that he was bending over backward to help out his mother.

I keep on reading novels set in small towns and I think these novels do well especially for us that live in big cities because it gives us a chance to escape to a small town for a few hundred pages but still be 1 mile from a CVS that is open 24/7 :) These small towns have charm but I like my city life.

The only aspect of this book that I really just couldn't get into was how deceitful everyone was. I know it was the story line but it drug on for so long that it really started to bother me. I also didn't care for how neatly things wrapped up for the characters. Even the secondary characters had such an easy time with their relationships. I would love to see the characters have to work a little harder to earn their happily ever afters.

Overall though this was a cute, fun read that would be perfect to take along to the beach or on vacation.

This book was provided to me by Revell in exchange for my honest review

April 12, 2015

Double Cross

Double Cross
by Diann Mills

After reading the first book in this series I knew I'd enjoy the second book, however, it just didn't have quite as much action as I enjoyed in book one.

Double Cross by DiAnn Mills


Elder abuse is a booming business right now for scammers and is a terrible problem. I was glad to see this brought to light in a setting where people might start to keep a better eye on their bank accounts and those of their older relatives too. However, there were some fairly serious inconsistencies with the banking issues in this story.

I also didn't find the plot to be quite realistic enough for me with Laurel's undercover activities. I was surprised they put her back into the same undercover position she had previously but I suppose that does happen sometimes.

Anyway, all that aside I really enjoyed the relationship that was cultivated between Laurel and Daniel. I also appreciated how the lifechanging events brought multiple characters either to Christ or back to Christ.

I'm curious where book three will take us!

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

April 4, 2015

Taken

Taken 
by Dee Henderson

5 Stars!!!

Releases on April 28!

Dee Henderson has been my favorite Christian Fiction author for as long as I can remember. I first fell in love with the O'Malley's and then read every single one of her books. When there was a six year break between books before Full Disclosure came out in 2012 I was admittedly concerned she wasn't going to write any more books! But Full Disclosure and the other books that have released since have been more than worth the wait and Taken is no exception.



Henderson writes with great attention to detail. As I read Taken I can tell that every single line is well thought out and even more impressive is the massive number of characters she writes about throughout all of her books. I loved opening Taken and running into many of my favorite characters again. Somehow she is able to weave all of their stories and careers together and it provides such a wonderful level of continuity in her books even if they aren't part of a series. Between the detailed characterization and descriptions I also love the ability she has for such complex plots. It is impossible to get bored in Taken because you are truly discovering new parts of the story up until the very end.



I really loved Matthew and Shannon. Shannon's tenacity, bravery, and memory were astounding. I was equally impressed with Matthew's patience and wisdom. This book does not have the level of romance that some Henderson books have but I wasn't at all disappointed. This book would have been ruined by any higher level of romance and I'm glad she didn't force the issue.

Typically in Henderson books one character comes to Christ and the book is a great testimony to the power of prayer and witnessing but Taken is written from a different perspective. In this case all of the main and secondary characters are strong Christians already but Matthew and Shannon have some very deep discussions about God giving us free will. They also talk very frankly about how God is always with us. I really appreciate how Henderson never minces spirituality in her books. She could write excellent non-Christian books but chooses to make her books a powerful influence in people's lives for Christ.

Taken will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. From the very first pages to the very last pages you are in suspense. I don't know how she does it but she manages to take a plot line and perfectly space it out over more than 400 pages. I really loved how Shannon fed Matthew information a little at a time without making it seem too spread out. Shannon's story is truly amazing and while it is a heartbreaking story Henderson handles it beautifully giving readers just enough information to be intrigued without being morbid or overbearing with kidnapping, theft, and murder involved throughout the book.

These themes may have been used for countless books in the past but only Dee Henderson can take a book about a kidnapping and bring it to this level. I was amazed at how many of her previous characters reappeared in this book and cannot wait to go back and re-read their stories.

Anyone who has ever read and loved a Dee Henderson book needs to read Taken. I would also recommend her books to people who enjoy Irene Hannon and Dani Pettrey's books. I'm still holding out hope that someday someone will make a movie out of one of her books but until then I'll just have to settle for reading them over and over again.

Now that I've finished Taken I'm feeling quite depressed that it is over! I cannot wait for what Henderson will come up with next.

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