November 22, 2015

Another Way Home 
"Another Way Home"
Deborah Raney

Dallas & Danae have been praying for a baby for a long time.  Danae is ready to consider adoption, but Dallas will not even think about doing so.

Needing something to occupy her time and keep her mind off of their big empty house, she volunteers at the newly opened women's shelter.  There she meets Misty & Austin, who are trying to escape Misty's abusive husband.  She finds herself being drawn into their turbulent and she pulls Dallas in with her.

Misty goes home for the Thanksgiving weekend to visit her family, but she doesn't want to take Austin with her.  So she asks Dallas and Danae to keep him until she returns.  Misty is late returning and they soon learn a tragedy has occurred.

Danae finds her prayers being answered in a way she never thought of.

I enjoyed book #3 of the Chicory Inn Novel series.  This book concentrates on the daughter Danae and her husband Dallas.  Life doesn't always seem fair and that's how it feels to Danae.  She longs for a baby.  Her sisters both have children, but God doesn't seem to hear her cries for just one child.  But He has heard Danae's cries and chooses to answer them using unusual circumstances.  When Danae lets go and lets God, she receives the answer she's been longing for.  It seems that God does this often, but we must learn to let go first.  God's ways are not always our ways and He sometimes uses tragedy for good.  

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October 29, 2015

Ties That Bind Book Review

"Ties That Bind"
Cindy Woodsmall

For twenty years, Ariana Brenneman has lived in her parents house and followed the Old Amish Ways.  She has two goals in life:  1) to open a cafe, so she can help support her family and 2) to keep other Amish from being lured into the Englisch life by Quill Schalabach.

Quill once held a very special place in Ariana's heart, until he and her best friend, Frieda ran away together.  Even though Ariana now has another beau, she still carries the wound of his betrayal.  Now for some reason he is back.  Probably to help some other Amish leave the fold.  Ariana fears it be her younger sister.

In spite of how things seem, Quill still cares about Ariana and longs to protect her.  But somethings even Quill cannot protect her from.  It seems as if he is helping to turn her life upside down.  Can she ever forgive him?

This book is an interesting read with many twists and turns and unexpected happenings.  Sometimes it seems as if it may be better not to bring up old mistakes.  

Can't wait to read the next book to see how things turn out!

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October 16, 2015

"Falling Like Snowflakes"
Denise Hunter

When the Christmas season finds Eden in Summer Harbor, Maine, she's on the run from trouble. Romance is the last thing on her mind.
Riding in a bus in the thickly falling snow, Eden Davis wonders how it ever came to this-fleeing under cover of night with young Micah sleeping fitfully in the seat beside her. When a winter storm strands them in Summer Harbor, Maine, Eden wonders if what might have been the end could be a new beginning.
Beau Callahan is a habitual problem-solver. He's recently left his job with the sheriff's department to take over the family Christmas tree farm to save it from insolvency. But he's flummoxed. During the busiest season of the year, he's shorthanded. Then Eden shows up looking for work, and Beau believes he's been rescued. Competent, smart, and beautiful, Eden's also guarded and quiet. He soon figures out she comes with a boatload of secrets. But Beau can't seem to help himself from falling for her.
As Christmas Eve approaches, Beau discovers he'll do anything to keep Eden safe. But who's going to protect his heart from a woman who can't seem to trust again?

This book tells a beautiful story about faith, love, family, trust and letting go of fear.  I was swept away from page one with this lovely novel.  The characters were all likable and jelled very well together.  Since this book takes place during winter and they celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, I loved this book even more!  

While you may think this book would be predictable, it isn't.  The end result was expected, but the way it came together wasn't.  

Eden had a hard life, but in this book, everything turns out perfect for her.  I LOVE books that have a happy ending.  

There was also some unexpected suspense throughout the whole book.  Looking at the cover you wouldn't think that this was a suspense book, but it was!  It was written very well! 

"Falling Like Snowflakes" would be a new favorite of mine, however, I did NOT appreciate all of the language in a Christian fiction book.  Really?  Is it necessary?  NO!  The language really disappointed me, even if it was "slang".  I especially when God's name was taken in vain.  Unacceptable.  

Hopefully the next book will be just a good of a story but without the language!  

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October 11, 2015

The Methuselah Project 
"The Methuselah Project"
Rick Barry

Nazi scientists started many experiments. One never ended.
Roger Greene is a war hero. Raised in an orphanage, the only birthright he knows is the feeling that he was born to fly. Flying against the Axis Powers in World War II is everything he always dreamed—until the day he’s shot down and lands in the hands of the enemy.
When Allied bombs destroy both his prison and the mad genius experimenting on POWs, Roger survives. Within hours, his wounds miraculously heal, thanks to those experiments. The Methuselah Project is a success—but this ace is still not free. Seventy years later, Roger hasn’t aged a day, but he has nearly gone insane. This isn’t Captain America—just a lousy existence only made passable by a newfound faith. The Bible provides the only reliable anchor for Roger’s sanity and his soul. When he finally escapes, there’s no angelic promise or personal prophecy of deliverance, just confusion. It’s 2015—and the world has become an unrecognizable place.
Katherine Mueller—crack shot, genius, and real Southern Belle—offers to help him find his way home. Can he convince her of the truth of his crazy story? Can he continue to trust her when he finds out she works for the very organization he’s trying to flee?

This book has a very interesting story line.  One that intrigued me.  I have always enjoyed reading about the WWII era and thought this would be different.  Well, it was different, but unfortunately, it didn't click with me.  Keeping track of the two different timelines was confusing and hard to keep up with and kind of weird.
I'm just not one for science fiction.  But if you enjoy science fiction, then you should definitely read this book.  

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October 6, 2015

When the Right One Comes Along (K-9 Trilogy, #1) 
"When The Right One Comes Along"
Kate James

Brought together by disaster. Kept together by love.

In the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, it's chaos for trauma surgeon Jessica Hansen. Among the many victims, one patient stands out—San Diego Police K-9 search and rescue officer Cal Palmer.

Cal vows to help Kayla, a child orphaned by the disaster. But he needs Jessica's help. Will their shared concern for Kayla and for Cal's canine partner, Scout, allow them to put aside their personal torments and discover the difference love can make?

This book is filled with adventure from page one.  It keeps your attention and the pages turning.  I can't ever remember reading a book that involved an earthquake before, so I enjoyed the different story line from that perspective.  

I didn't appreciate the language that was dropped in here and there.  

I loved Scout and the relationship he and Cal had.

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Cal heard a car pull into his driveway. Going by the sound of the engine, he figured it was a sports car. He thought the staid and presumably conservative doctor would’ve driven a practical sedan. For a few seconds, he wondered if his visitor was someone else.
He hobbled over to the window and squinted through the blinds in time to see the doctor climb out of a spiffy yellow Miata. She managed to do it gracefully despite her height.
As he watched, she noticed his personal car, a classic Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet he’d bought on a whim after leaving Lincoln. She tucked her hands in her back pockets and slowly circled it, stopping to peer in through the driver’s window before stepping back and giving his car a final appreciative look.
Well, what do you know? The doc likes fast cars.
Jessica Hansen looked much as he remembered her from the quake site. But a cleaned-up version. Seeing her in jeans, low-heeled sandals and a tank top made her seem more…approachable. The thing that struck him most was her hair—long, loose and cascading down her back. It seemed so incongruous with the prim and proper doctor he assumed her to be. Gorgeous hair, clearly intelligent and a fondness for dogs and cars. How could a guy not be captivated?


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September 30, 2015

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn 
"A Wedding At The Orange Blossom Inn"
Shelley Shepard Gray

A wedding brings together two young widowed parents . . . and gives them a second chance at love.
Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband, Sanford, passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. Though several years have passed, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty—a handsome widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. Still, she is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship—and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband’s memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?
Emma’s gentleness with Jay’s boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when his oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son’s joy, Jay wonders if it’s time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.
Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

I enjoy the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.  They are an enjoyable read where everything turns out for the best.  A very relaxing book to read when everything around you is going crazy.

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