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.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Live Long and... by William Shatner

"Live Long and.. What I Learned Along the Way" by William Shatner is a memoir on living life the best way you can.  Now I will say yes I knew of William Shatner from Star Trek and many other shows/movies but thought he was an arrogant jerk.  But this book has changed my mind about him and would like to meet him one day.  He really is open in this book especially about feeling like a loner even in a group of people I am so like that.  He really is down to earth more than the character types he usually plays.  This book was interesting and very encouraging.  I like how he talks about no matter what your age embrace the adventure in life and stay active.  If if you are only a slight fan of his but need encouraging to live life and enjoy it read this book.

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

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Unified by Tim Scott & Trey Gowdey

"Unified" by Senators Tim Scott & Trey Gowdy is about how two senators from different backgrounds and races have come together to not create division but to friends in diversity.  This was such a powerful book on their friendship also on how yes we may not experience the things the same way as others but we can still be friends.  My favorite quote from the book really points that out which "No matter what differences we may have with another person - social, racial, political, spiritual, ideological - if we will look for something we have in common, or something we can admire or emulate in the other person, we can always build on that."  These two senators attitudes and love of the lord Jesus is just so powerful on how they show Christian love no matter what has or is happening to them.   They don't dismiss the racism that still happens to African-American's today but the don't focus on it and try to show love to others.  They also talk about how people are still treated differently due to skin.  One area that can be considered controversial that they talk about is how people selling small amounts of cocaine are usually slapped on the wrist while someone selling small amount of crack the book is thrown at them.  This is just a very good book on race and working together as Christians, I highly recommend it.

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

Monday, September 24, 2018

Everything She Didn't Say by Jane Kirkpatrick

"Everything She Didn't Say" by Jane Kirkpatrick is the story of Carrie Strahorn who wrote down her life and her internal struggles dealing with a loss she was not wanting to have.   This was a typical Jane Kirkpatrick book where she takes the life of a real person and makes a novel out of it.  As normal she did an excellent job. We not only read of Carrie's day to day life but also her inner struggles she deals with while being a supportive wife to a railroad promoter and writer.  Now if you were expecting and exciting adventure at every turn then this book is not for you.  Now if you are me who likes sometimes to just read about the day to day life adventure of someone then this is your book.  I have so much more I want to say especially about the inner struggle Carrie deals with but since that gives away a good part of the book I will not do that.  So I highly recommend this book to read as the weather cools down.

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.

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 aft...