Friday, August 4, 2017

The Captivating Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miller (Book Review!)

The Captivating Lady Charlotte
Regency Brides A Legacy of Grace, Book 2
by Carolyn Miller
(received in exchange for an honest review)
The Captivating Lady Charlotte
Genre- Fiction / Christian / Romance
Published by- Kregel Publications
Copyrighted- 2017
Number of pages- 310
Age Group- Adult
Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4451-7

Lady Charlotte Featherington wishes to marry for love.  Her father wants her to marry a widowed duke, not the man she thinks she loves. 

The widowed ninth Duke of Hartington is still hurting from his first marriage, which ended in scandal.  He doesn’t know if he can trust the young lady in their arranged marriage.  He feels as if he will never be able to trust her and any relationships she may have with other men.

These two will have to learn to trust each other.  If they don’t her mother and others will tear apart their relationship forever.

About the Author-

Carolyn Miller currently lives in Australia with her husband and children and has long enjoyed Regency Romance.  She is a member of the Australian Christian Writers and the American Christian Fiction Writers.  Her website is www.carolynmillerauthor.com

My thoughts-

Many stories have characters we love because they are so sweet like Lavinia and Charlotte.  There are also those characters who we love to dislike, because of their actions and attitudes.  This book had Charlotte’s mother and William’s sister.  William’s sister was simply trying to protect her brother and Charlotte’s mother was everything society expected her to be.  She reminded me of Mrs. Oleson from Little House on the Prairie

I was impressed how Carolyn Miller wrote those characters and all the rest of the characters.  She made the Duke, William, a person who didn’t go with what society expected.  He took an active interest in his lands and the improvements that needed to be made.  Charlotte and Lavinia were also memorable characters, because of the way they cared about others and pulled on their faith in God when trouble came.

This was a great book in the series.  I always enjoy reading a romance novel that also draws on the strength of God.  I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey

I recommend it!    

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Captivating Lady Charlotte, by Carolyn Miller, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Cover Story by Deb Richardson-Moore (Book Review!)

The Cover Story

A Branigan Powers Mystery, Book 2

by Deb Richardson-Moore
(received in exchange for an honest review)
The Cover Story
Genre- Fiction / Christian / Mystery
Published by- Lion Fiction
Copyrighted- 2017
Number of pages- 286
Age Group- Adult
Branigan Powers is off to solve another crime.  This time it’s personal, her niece, Charlie, and her friend have been in a tragic car accident.  Charlie was badly injured, and her friend was killed.  Charlie thinks they were run off the road by an old hearse, the police think it was an accident.

Branigan and her friend, Malachi, are determined to learn the truth.  The clues lead them to a nearby university and several sororities.  Soon another young lady is killed.  Will Branigan and Malachi find the murderer?  Is Charlie’s life in danger?

About the Author-

Deb Richardson-Moore is currently a pastor in South Carolina.  She has been a journalist and worked with the homeless.  Her website is www.debrichardsonmoore.com.

My thoughts-

I know I often say that I can’t put a book down, but I really couldn’t put this one down.  I took myself to a people and animal free room, shut the door, and finished reading the book.  I did not want to be disturbed.

I liked how Branigan teamed worked again with Malachi, who is homeless.  It’s interesting how Richardson-Moore shows the invisibility of homeless, but shows that everyone’s perception of them is wrong.  They do pay attention to what you do and they are wonderful at helping in times of trouble.

I read a lot of mysteries.  I thought that it was great that Branigan could get away with look for clues, since she was a reporter.  It sure helps to solve crimes when they involve family members, if all you’re doing is looking for your next big story.

I would like to see more involvement with Pastor Liam and God in future stories.  Pastor Liam plays an important part, but his role as a pastor and advocating for God doesn’t seem as important.

I can’t wait for another book in the series to see what the memorable characters are up to.  I highly recommend this series.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Cover Story, by Deb Richardson-Moore, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Season of Heartbreak by Mark Gregory Karris (Book Review!)

Season of Heartbreak
Healing for the Heart, Brain, and Soul
by Mark Gregory Karris
(received in exchange for an honest review)
Season of Heartbreak
Genre- Nonfiction / Religion / Christian Life / Relationships
Published by- Kregel Publications
Copyrighted- 2017
Number of pages- 226
Age Group- Adult
Description of book- paperback, listed price- $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4471-5

Using his own circumstances and those of his time as a therapist and pastor, Mark Karris has written a book to help those who are grieving. 

This book was written in four parts:

  • Part 1 is about the grieving process.
  • Part 2 is about three different connections- God, others, and yourself.
  • Part 3 is about ways to help grieving- like prayer, journaling, and forgiving.
  • Part 4 is about learning to listen to others and a theology of suffering.

About the Author-

Mark Gregory Karris currently lives in Japan with his wife.  He is a recording artist, ordained pastor, and licensed marriage and family therapist.  His website is www.markgregorykarris.com.

My thoughts-

This book has so many nuggets of advice for those who are dealing with heartbreak.  It was easy to read as it didn’t have a lot of technical terms and had lots of relatable stories from his life and those in the Bible.

While I liked all of the different parts and all of the information that was given, there were some parts I would like to see added.  In nonfiction books like this, I like having a summary at the end of each chapter which discusses the most important points.  I also enjoy having study questions so I can find out more about myself from the material.

Season of Heartbreak would be a great book for those who are suffering and need healing for themselves. 

I recommend it!    

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Season of Heartbreak, by Mark Gregory Karris, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Runaway by Claire Wong (Book Review!)

The Runaway
by Claire Wong
(received in exchange for an honest review)
The Runaway
Genre- Fiction
Published by- Lion Fiction
Copyrighted- 2017
Number of pages- 304
Age Group- Adult
Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-1-78264-242-8

Rhiannon has decided to runaway to the Dyrys Woods near her Welsh village of Llandymna.  Shortly before she turns eighteen she leaves to make a new life.  Her aunt and the other villages wonder where she has gone.  They spend a lot of time lookin in the woods trying to find her, but they are unable to.  Rhiannon doesn’t like living alone, but she thinks of the stories that the village storyteller, Maebh, has told her and the other villagers for years.

While Rhiannon is away the village begins to unweave as Rhiannon’s disappearance causes tension to build and secrets begin to surface.  Who are the two strangers?  Why are the villagers so hard on each other?  How will they find Rhiannon?    

About the Author-

Claire Wong currently lives in Yorkshire where she shares inspiring stories through articles, press releases, and newsletters at her job in charity communications.  This is her first novel.

My thoughts-

I enjoyed reading The Runaway.  I could feel Claire Wong’s storytelling ability.  I was drawn into Rhiannon’s story and then that of the villagers.  I liked how Wong made ordinary lives seem extraodinary.  I could feel the power of Maebh’s storytelling and the daily and long time struggles of the people of the village.  It was like I was there and I could feel the magic.  There wasn’t any, but I could certainly feel it. 

This book wouldn’t have been the same if the point-of-view hadn’t changed back and forth between that of Rhiannon and the village.  It wouldn’t have had the depth and range that it did.  I was able to learn about, appreciate, and learn from all of the characters.

The end of the book had study questions and a short interview by Wong.  I learned that she likes some of the same books I do, like The Princess Bride and Winnie-the-Pooh.

I recommend reading this book.  I’m looking forward to reading more books by Wong.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Runaway, by Claire Wong, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman (Book Review!)

Questioning Evangelism
Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did
by Randy Newman
(received in exchange for an honest review)
Questioning Evangelism Randy Newman
Genre- Nonfiction / Religion / Christian Ministry / Evangelism
Published by- Kregel Publications
Copyrighted- 2017
Number of pages- 270
Age Group- Adult
Description of book- paperback, listed price- $17.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4428-9

Randy Newman has written a book about evangelism that follows the way Jesus talked with others.  Jesus didn’t force His opinions on others, He answered their questions with questions of His own.  That is what this second edition is all about, how we can do the same as He did. 

This book includes a new preface, study questions, numerous Bible verses, and different scenarios to help you become more comfortable with evangelism.     

About the Author-

Randy Newman has been a conference speaker and helps people discuss different faith issues.  He worked for over with Campus Crusade for Christ.  He is currently at The C. S. Lewis Institute as a senior teaching fellow for evangelism and apologetics.

My thoughts-

Part One of this book was hard for me to get into.  I could tell that Randy Newman put a lot of time and effort into writing, but I could have used more personal stories to make some of the chapters more memorable.

There were many parts that really equipped me to evangelize to certain people groups.  I previously had determined that I should be kind and always loving, but because of some scripted conversations and Bible verses I have a better idea about how to direct the conversation.  The study questions at the end of the book helped me discover more answers to questions that I or others could have. 

This book has helped begin to develop a new positive way to approach others when dealing with Christianity.  I hope you find this to be a good for you.     

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Questioning Evangelism, by Randy Newman, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Transformed by Christy Wimber (Book Review!)

Transformed
by Christy Wimber
(received in exchange for an honest review)
Transformed by Christy Wimber
Genre- Nonfiction / Christian
Published by- Monarch Books
Copyrighted- 2017
Number of pages- 224
Age Group- Adult
Description of book- paperback, listed price- $16.99, ISBN 978-0-85721-812-4

As humans we are to yield daily to God.  He has the power to renew and transform us.

This book is based around Romans 12:1-8.  Each chapter begins with a quote or Bible verse that’s relevant to the chapter.  The chapters focus on subjects such as always worshipping, renewing our minds, and what grace means in this century.

About the Author-

Christy Wimber had her husband currently live in California and have two children.  She is a pastor, author, and speaker.  In 2006 she planted a Vineyard Church.  She travels around the world teaching and equipping the Church.

My thoughts-

I felt encouraged as I read Transformed.  The chapter I liked the best dealt with what grace looks like in this century. Christy Wimber did a good job of tying biblical ideas into what happens in our world today. 

There are some thing that I would like to see added to this book

  • I would like to see each chapter have a summary.  When a book is nonfiction, chapter summaries help me remember the chapter better.
  • Discussion questions for each chapter would be fun and helpful too.  The questions would make this book good for group study.

This is a book that will be relevant for many years to come.  I highly recommend it to those in high school and also adults. 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Transformed, by Christy Wimber, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Too Deep for Words by Andrea Boeshaar (Book Review)

Too Deep for Words
(Book 2 of Shenandoah Valley Saga)
by Andrea Boeshaar
(received in exchange for an honest review)
Too Deep for Words
Genre- Fiction / Christian / Romance
Published by- Kregel Publications
Copyrighted- 2017
Number of pages- 299
Age Group- Adult
Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4419-7

Carrie Ann Collier has been happily married to her husband, Peyton for nineteen days when he goes missing in a battle.  She’s determine that he’s still alive, but the rest of the family thinks he died in the battle. 

Not only does Carrie have to find a way to cope with her husband missing, but her sister who she never got along with is now living at the house with her and Aunt Ruth.  The situation becomes even more complicated when an injured Elijah Kent arrives.  He’s Peyton’s best friend and a Confederate.

Will Carrie be able to get along with a sister she’s never been able to?  Will Elijah believe her that her husband is still alive?  

About the Author-

Andrea Boeshaar has written thirty published works.  She is a cofounder of American Christian Fiction Writers.  Her website is www.andreaboesharr.com.

My thoughts-

When I was in high school I was really interested in the Civil War, so I enjoyed Andrea Boeshaar’s attention to historical detail.  Some of the best parts of the book was the “Author’s Note” at the beginning of the book and the quotes taken from various Civil War documents.  I appreciate learning about the historical context behind the book.

As with A Thousand Shall Fall, I thought that the characters were authentic and memorable.  The addition of Margaret, Carrie’s sister, showed me a more authentic view of Carrie.  Carrie certainly had some growing to do when it came to accepting her.

It would have been nice if there had been more about Peyton.  I’m interested in learning where he had been and what he had been doing while Carrie was trying to find him.  As each chapter began I hoped that it would have something about him.

Since the first book came from the North’s point-of-view it was interesting to learn more about what life was like for the people in the South.  I knew life was hard for them, but Too Deep for Words told how hard it truly was.  

I would recommend this book.  I liked this book a lot.  It ended with a lot of questions remaining.  I hope there will be at least one more book.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Too Deep for Words, by Andrea Boeshaar, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.