Monday, January 7, 2019

We Hope For Better Things by Erin Bartels

"We Hope For Better Things" by Erin Bartels is about a journalist Elizabeth Balsam who has been asked by an elderly man to return an important item of a relative of hers, she has never known about.  While she is learning about the man connected to her elderly relative, she also learns even more about her family history.  One part of the story takes place in modern times, one part takes place in the mid-1960's and the other part takes place in the mid-1860's.  Each chapter takes place in the one of the different eras which is a feature I really enjoy because then it is much easier to follow the different story lines.   Each story was so powerful and good that I could not out the book down just so I could finish each story to find out what would happen.  Truthfully each story could have been their own bookmaking this a series with one in 1860's, one in 1960's and one in the present.  This book deals with racism, love, betrayal, and lost in an era which makes it a very powerful book.  I highly recommend this as it was a great novel and I am glad it was my first book to read in 2019.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Monday, December 10, 2018

Enclave by Thomas Locke


"Enclave" by Thomas Locke is a futuristic book about 100 years from a great crash and now America is a bunch of enclaves.  In one of the largest named Catawba a vein of Gold is discovered under neath it and now their fate is up to a trader named Caleb.  Right off the bat I had a hard time getting into this book it really started out as if you would have to have read a book before this one to understand what is going on.  I really got lost right off the bat as for the story was all over the place.  Plus at times with the speech patterns I would forget that I am in the future not in the old west. It went back and forth with the characters I just could not get into this book.  I am realizing this author is just not for me but you can try him for yourself.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Hidden Peril by Irene Hannon

"Hidden Peril" by Irene Hannon is the second in the Men of Valor in this one we find Kristin Dane as a teenager wanting to change the world well as an adult does in a small way with her fair trade store but internationals problems hit her doorstep.  Her problems start when people connected to her shop start dying and we meet Detective Luke Carter who needs to solve this international mystery before more die or Kristin dies.  This was an ok paced book, normally her books have great pace to them making me want to sit and read in one sitting. Not this one I really had a hard time getting into the story.  It might be I am getting tired of the typical international terrorist story that is now the norm.   I mean seriously can't we just have a murder mystery that is just about a local mystery not so much an international one.  This book also put the romance of Kristin and Luke as a main point of the story.  I am just not a romance book or movie person just give me a good mystery without romance.  I am on the fence on recommending this book she normally writes great books but this one seemed rushed.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Monday, November 5, 2018

The Light Before Day by Suzanne Woods Fisher

 "The Light Before Day" by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the third in the Natucket Legacy series.  Henry Macy returns to Nantucket after three years on a whaling ship.  Henry and his sister Hitty's grandmother has passed away leaving them a vast fortune however there are some rules they must do to get that fortune.  While the siblings are not too thrilled with the rules they don't want it to go to their dad's form thieving business partner.  This book is a good stand alone book that you do not have to read the previous ones to understand it. Their relationship with their grandmother was not always a good as she was big into only the best people in her family.  The story is interesting even though at times it can be slow.  I am really enjoying how we are starting to see more quaker stories instead of only Amish.  As at this time in history 1700's and 1800's the Quakers were more common than the Amish.  I highly recommend this book as a good story about how sometimes people push us for the wrong reasons but good can come out of it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White

"A Song Unheard" by Roseanna M. White is the second book in the Shadows Over England series which takes place just before World War I.  Our main characters are Willa a prodigy violinist and thief that must steal from Lukas De Wilde.  This book was interesting in the aspect of the historical time frame as the author is very good at combining history with a story.  Now to the story itself usually I really enjoy this author's writing but not this one.  The story really dragged on to the point I almost did not finish the book. The characters themselves were not that interesting even though the background to the story was.  It just wasn't for me.  Not the author's best but I will still keeping reading her works. Maybe it was just me so try it for yourself.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Monday, October 8, 2018

The Brave Art of Motherhood by Rachel Marie Martin

"The Brave Art of Motherhood" by Rachel Marie Martin is a book with the authors stories of motherhood that are to encourage us to fight fear and be confident in who we are.  This was not your stereotypical Christian motherhood book about their perfect life this author admits things have gone wrong and her kids are not perfect.  My favorite encouragement the author gave me was talking about how I can be happy no matter if my house is spotless or messy nightmare.  I also really enjoyed when she talks about the sins of being to busy and the sin of pride how they can be the same or even different at the same time.   Another topic that helped me even though she doesn't completely point it out that I need to finish items not just hop from one idea to the next. I highly recommend this book and I especially want to point out something the author points out also that sometimes as a mom we do need to freak out as it can help get things done.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Publishers.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

A Secret To Die For by Lisa Harris

"A Secret To Die For" by Lisa Harris is about a women named Grace whose client Stephen is murdered and the bad guys think she can help them get what they wanted from him.  The mystery portion of this book was very good until about half way through then the stereotypical romance with mystery.  The author is very talented in writing a very good descriptive and page turning novel but this novel was way to formulaic.  I would love to read something the author wrote that strayed from the standard Christian mystery romance story.  I still recommend this book as the mystery made it worth it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

We Hope For Better Things by Erin Bartels

"We Hope For Better Things" by Erin Bartels is about a journalist Elizabeth Balsam who has been asked by an elderly man to retur...