May 30, 2016 
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May 28, 2016

Someone Like You 
"Someone Like You"
Victoria Bylin

Single mom Julia Dare has a lot on her plate.
A brand new Christian, Julia is busy trying to run her own business, spend time with her widowed mother, and raise her young son, Max, despite his father’s less-than-ideal influence on him. When a big account from her event-planning business sends her to the Caliente Springs resort, she’s shocked to come face-to-face with Zeke Monroe, the resort’s general manager and her college sweetheart.
With his faith in tatters, Zeke Monroe is determined to keep the historic Caliente Springs resort running despite financial difficulties. But when Julia walks back into his life, he can’t ignore the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client’s dream wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. When Zeke and Julia are pushed to their limits both personally and professionally, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together?

Such a delightful, summer read.  "Someone Like You" is a very true-to life story, as in it's very relatable.  The characters face real life problems and handle them like every day people.  I love how the characters were dedicated to God and being the best for Him that they could be.  Well, most of them.  I also liked how the characters handled the jerk in the story.  They treated him a lot better than I might have, had I been in the same situation.  He really grated on my nerves.

The author brought Zeke and Julia back together beautifully.  It wasn't extremely drawn out as it usually is in other books. 

There is a strong theme of God's grace, love and forgiveness.  But I do wish that we could have read the scene where Zeke get rights with God instead of it just being stated later that he did.  

While this book was enjoyable, it was a bit drawn out for me, as a whole.  

"Someone Like You" would make a nice, relaxing summer read.

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May 16, 2016

Sister Dear 
"Sister Dear"
Laura McNeill

All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start. But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?
Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish – time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.
But Allie’s return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family.
As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.

As much as I want to post some good words about this book, I just can't.  There is absolutely nothing Christian about this book.  There were sexual innuendos and sometimes she didn't even bother to just imply, she just explained things disgustingly in detail, which I immediately stopped reading.  No thank you.  

Emma's dark side penetrated with evil that I could feel it coming from the pages.  It was quite disturbing.  

Along with the sexual innuendos, there was a lot of smoking, drinking and immorality.  

This book did not encourage me at all.  Quite the opposite.  I was highly disappointed and it just made me cringe all over.  I did not even finish the book.  Actually, I didn't finish reading half of it it was so appalling.  I will not be recommending this book to anyone, nor this author.

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"Code 13"
Don Brown

Caroline is just getting her feet wet at the prestigious Code 13, but is thankful for at least one familiar face—her old flame, P.J. MacDonald. He loops her into the assignment he is currently working on—the legality of a proposed drone-sharing contract with Homeland Security that would allow the sale of drones for domestic surveillance. The contractor wants a legal opinion clearing the contract for congressional approval. But the mob wants the proposal dead-on-arrival.
When P.J. is gunned down in cold blood and a second JAG officer is killed, one thing becomes clear: whoever is ordered to write the legal opinion on the drones becomes a target. Which is exactly why Caroline goes to her commanding officer and volunteers to write the legal opinion herself. She is determined to avenge P.J.’s death and trap the killer, even if that means making herself a target.
It is a deadly game of Russian roulette for the sake of justice, but Caroline is determined to see it through, even if it costs her life.

Code 13 was an excellent the beginning. The plot is excellent and very suspenseful at points. As you read through the book different characters and their actions are introduced; however, the actions of the characters is what made me have to stop reading the book without completing it. In this "Christian" book drinking and smoking are mentioned often; then infidelity of some characters is mentioned and even at one point homosexuality. I was reading along not expecting any of it but especially the mention of homosexuality. As soon as I read it I put down the book and haven't read anymore of it. Just because things like this is happening in real life does not mean that it must be mentioned at all to sell the book. The plot was enough to sell the book without the frequent indiscretions. Also, for it being a Christian book God and the Bible were not mentioned anymore than five times in the first 250 pages I read. This only added to the disappointment. I rate the book a two but only because of the interesting plot.


May 9, 2016

Song of Silence 
"Song Of Silence"
Cynthia Ruchti

Lucy Tuttle is a dedicated music teacher, that is until she is force to retire early because her music program is being eliminated due to funding.  She is finding it very difficult to handle this unexpected turn of events in her life.  Her family doesn't seem to understand how difficult this is for her.  

Her husband, Charlie who retired early, looks at it as a time for him and her to start a new adventure together, of all things he wants to raise earthworms.  

Her life sums to only become more chaotic when her son marries a deaf girl with an autistic 4 year old son.  On top of that they move in with Lucy and Charlie. 

Their daughter, Olivia, is going back to school and has already moved back home.

Can things become more hectic?  Yes.  When he a misstep lands Lucy in the hospital and can take her song away from her.

Read this story and realize how God works everything out for our own good and be blessed.

I enjoyed this story very much.  It showed how we should let God control our lives and to never give up hope.  This was very well written and very true to life.

The emotions that Lucy had to work through were similar to how I felt when I had to give up teaching because we relocated.  It was a grieving process that was hard for some to understand.  Lucy's solution was an encouragement to me.  

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May 5, 2016

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"The Atonement"
Beverly Lewis

Wrapped up in her mistakes of the past and unable to forgive herself and others, Lucy Flaud throws herself into doing volunteer work.  The more she can do, the more she is able to forget what happened during her running around time.  That is until something makes her remember.

Her father begins going to an Englisch grief counseling group at a nearby church.  He becomes friends with an Englisch young man who is curious about the Amish way of life.  Mr. Flaud invites Dale to visit their farm where he meets Lucy.  It looks as if history is going to repeat itself when Dale and Lucy start spending a lot of time together, seemingly to help a homeless young woman and her little boy.  

What about Tobe Glick?  He has loved Lucy forever but she feels she cannot date him because of her past.  Tobe is moving with his family to Colorado.  Will Lucy ever see her friend again?  

Will lucy ever accept God's forgiveness and can she forgive herself?  Read Beverly Lewis' novel and discover what happens when you accept God at His Word.

I enjoyed this book very much.  I will have to admit that it takes many chapters before you find out what has happened to Lucy and her father.  At times, this was a little frustrating.  I appreciate Mrs.  Lewi's emphasizing the King James Bible in her novel.  This was a great story on God's forgiveness.  I would give this book 5 stars.