Saturday, March 27, 2010
Hunter's Moon by Don Hoesel is about well known writer, CJ Baxter. After being gone for seventeen years, CJ comes back home to Adelia, NY after the death of his grandfather. The Baxter’s have always wanted to build a political dynasty and those dreams are finally coming true through CJ's brother, Graham. But there is a secret that the brothers share and it could ruin Graham’s plans. CJ is a new Christian, and has trouble dealing with his family, his soon to be ex-wife and knowing that it’s time people really knew what happened. CJ soon finds himself in grave danger and finds out a secret his mother and father have kept from him all his life. This book is a good illustration between good and evil, and right and wrong. I received a free copy of this book to review from Bethany House.
Monday, March 15, 2010
In "Never Say Never" by Lisa Wingate, Donetta Bradford and her friends, Imagene and Lucy, are from the tiny town of Daily, Texas. They decide to take a adventurous trip and go on a cruise. After they begin their journey to the ship, the people in the port town of Perdida, Texas, the group’s destination, receive word that a major hurricane is coming their way. When the women reach Perdida, they learn that their ship has already sailed and their only choice is to turn around and become part of the evacuation. Kai Miller, an employee of the cruise ship, misses the boat and must also evacuate. Kai and the three ladies meet up during the evacuation and must travel together to find shelter. The trip is full of humor, adventure and peril as the ladies try to make their way to Daily, Texas. Once they finally get home, Kai meets Donetta's nephew, Kemp. Kai and Kemp are immediately attracted to each other, but another woman threatens their happiness. This is the third book in the Daily, Texas series but it could also be read as a stand alone. This was a very fun read. I received a free copy of this book to review from Bethany House.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
After her siblings are placed in foster care, Mary Bridget "Bridie" Washburn flees the hills of Virginia with a man who lives on the wrong side of the law. When she decides she wants out, she reports him to the police and strikes out on her own. Assuming a new identity, Bridie lives a quiet life until she meets a teenaged girl begging God for help. Alasdair MacPherson, the girl's father, is a widowed pastor struggling to raise three children after his wife's suicide. He hires Bridie to take care of his children while he is working and Bridie is finally happy and realizes God has always been there for her. But Bridie's happiness is threatened when the man she sent to jail is released and tracks her down. "Not a Sparrow Falls" by Linda Nichols is a book that shows us that no matter what we have done, God never turns away from us, we turn away from Him. I received a free copy of this book to review from Bethany House.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
In "Beguiled" by Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand, Rylee Monroe is a young woman from Charleston, South Carolina. Rylee's father left when she was a little girl and then her mother overdosed on sleeping pills. Rylee was raised by her grandmother. When her grandmother can no longer take care of herself, Rylee has to put her in a nursing home. In order to pay the bills Rylee begins to walk dogs for the wealthy residents of Charleston. After several burglaries in the historic district, Rylee becomes the prime suspect. She teams up with writer Logan Woods to try to figure out who really is the Robin Hood Burglar. I received a free copy of this book to review from Bethany House.
“Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen focuses on sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood and their search for love. We see how these sisters love each other no matter what happens and their loyalty to each other, their mother and younger sister. This enduring classic is full of insight from several different authors. It includes interesting details from Jane Austen’s own life to the historical and cultural details from the early 1800’s. The faith in the book is brought out and given Scripture references throughout the book. I received a free copy of this book to review from Bethany House.
Monday, March 1, 2010
In “The Clouds Roll Away” by Sibella Giorello, forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon returns to her hometown of Richmond, Virginia and is soon investigating a cross burning at a celebrity's mansion. It appears to be a hate crime but as she continues to investigate, things become more puzzling and complicated. Raleigh is also helping with a gang related case. When the two cases start to intertwine, she starts wondering who the bad guys and the victims really are. Raleigh also has a hard time with her supervisor who is not certain she learned anything from being sent to Seattle. Her mother is also behaving in an unusual manner and Raleigh has to keep her job in the FBI a secret from her. Raleigh’s former boyfriend, DeMott Fielding, is also trying to win her heart.
“The Clouds Roll Away” is the third book about Raleigh Harmon. The book was well written and researched and I enjoyed reading it, but it was predictable. I would recommend reading the first two books, “The Stones Cry Out” and “The Rivers Run Dry” first if you want the background on Raleigh and what happened to get her transferred to Seattle. But this book could also be read as a stand alone novel.