Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Lightkeeper's Daughter

"The Lightkeeper’s Daughter" by Colleen Coble is about a young woman, Addie Sullivan, who grew up on a remote island in California. Her life is turned upside down when a long-lost uncle finds her and reveals that her parents are not her biological parents. She wants to find her family so he hires her to work as a governess to her nephew, Edward North. She turns to Lieutenant John North for help finding out what really happened to her mother years ago. As Addie and John get closer to the truth, danger threatens them and their happiness, but Addies knows that God will see them through and help them find the truth they are seeking.

This was my first book to read by Colleen Coble and I really enjoyed the story. She was able to keep the mystery going until the end without the reader figuring out what happened next. The Lightkeeper’s Daughter reminds us to turn to God when things are hard or we are frustrated and he will see us through. I would definitely recommend this book and author to others. I can’t wait for the next Mercy Falls book.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Silent Gift

"The Silent Gift" by Michael Landon Jr and Cindy Kelley is the story of a deaf mute boy, Jack, and his mother, Mary. Mary and Jack run away from her heartless husband and they find themselves homeless and desperate. Mary discovers that her son has a gift of prophecy that changes their lives forever. Their world is turned upside down when Jack is taken away from Mary and he is reported missing. This is a great story that tells us of a mother's unconditional love for her child and the lengths she will go to protect him from the evil in this world. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Healing Sands

When Ryan Coe’s fifteen-year-old son is arrested, she cannot believe her son committed this crime. She is angry because he will not talk to her about what happened so she goes to Dr. Sullivan Crisp to find a way to cope with her anger. Sully is in town helping one of his clinics and searching for Belinda Cox, the woman whose counseling caused the death of his wife and daughter. Sully's search ends in disaster and now he and Ryan will have to rely on God to survive these storms.

I really enjoyed "Healing Sands" by Nancy Rue and Stephen Arterburn because you can understand why Ryan was angry or why Sully was searching for the person he holds responsible for his wife’s death. This book shows us how to deal with our anger when things do not go the way we thought they should and to trust God no matter how bad the situation looks.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

A Measure of Mercy

"A Measure of Mercy" by Lauraine Snelling is set in the early 1900's in a small North Dakota town. Astrid Bjorklund wants to be a doctor but her dream is put on hold when her family loses most of their income. Astrid decides to remain home in Blessing to study under her sister-in-law, Dr. Elizabeth. Joshua Landsverk returns to Blessing to court Astrid. Astrid is attracted to him, and she doesn’t want to leave when she gets the chance to study medicine in Chicago. The book shows us why God allows things to happen even when we don't understand His reasoning at the time.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Things Worth Remembering

"Things Worth Remembering" by Jackina Stark shows us how important forgiveness is. Kendy loves her daughter Maisey more than anything and until one summer they had a great relationship. Everything changed when Maisey was thirteen and saw Kendy in a moment of weakness. The relationship they had was destroyed and Kendy doesn't know how to fix it. The problem is that Kendy doesn't know what Maisey has seen; and Maisey does not want to confront her mother. Maisey has never been able to forgive her mom and as her wedding day approaches, memories surface that help shed light on that significant summer. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Leaving Yesterday

I received a free copy of “Leaving Yesterday” by Kathryn Cushman from Bethany House. This book is about a mother's love and the lengths she will go to protect her child. Alisa Stewart has spent years coping with the murder of her oldest son and her younger son's fall into drugs. Kurt left his family behind after his brother was killed and turned to drugs to cope with his grief. When a drug dealer is murdered, Kurt becomes one of the suspects. Kurt enters rehab and tries to turn his life around; when questions about the murder continue, Alisa has to decide just how far she will go to protect her son.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Seaside Letters

"Seaside Letters" by Denise Hunter is about Sabrina Kincaid who has been betrayed by her fiancé and her cousin. She has little trust for anyone. She travels to Nantucket and decides to move there. Sabrina joins an online chat room about Nantucket and soon starts emailing a local man, Tucker. When she discovers he is one of her customers at the cafe', she knows she cannot reveal who she truly is because of a shocking secret.

This book grabbed my attention from the start. It has several twists that make it amusing and fun to read. If you are looking for a good novel that will make you smile, I highly recommend this book. Definitely a must read!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Beautiful Mess

"Beautiful Mess" by Diamond Rio tells the story of how the six men from Diamond Rio became interested in music and the struggles they each faced before making it big in Nashville. It also describes how they came together as a band and became a very successful group in country music. Their story is one of determination and commitment and shows the respect the guys have for each other. I grew up listening to country music and Diamond Rio has always been one of my favorite groups. I never knew the ups and downs they had over the years until I read the book. If you are a fan of country music you will like this book.