Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hearts Awakening


“Hearts Awakening” by Deila Parr is about two people in desperate circumstances. Life has left few choices for Elvira Kilmer. Her dreams for marriage and a family of her own have long since passed her by, and her arrival on Dillon's Island is not of her choosing, but she needs work. Jackson Smith needs a housekeeper and someone to take care of his two young sons. Ellie never imagined Jackson would be so young and handsome. Jackson, on the other hand, has never met anyone quite so plain. Jackson quickly comes to realize that Ellie's presence may solve his own problems with both the raising of his young boys and the shame that surrounds his first marriage. Ellie and Jackson have a hard time agreeing on how to raise the boys, and Jackson has a hard time trusting Ellie because of the infidelity in his first marriage. They both have to trust in God to get them through this time and realize the love they have to each other. I received a free copy of this book to review from Bethany House.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Somewhere to Belong


“Somewhere to Belong” by Judith Miller is a story of two young women trying to figure out what they are looking for in life. When Berta Schumacher’s parents move her the Main Amana colony she is certain that her life is over. Berta is used to the Chicago city life and she doesn’t know if she can settle in to life in the religious village. Johanna Ilg was born and raised in Main Amana, but she sometimes wonders what it would be like to live somewhere else. Johanna is given the job of teaching Berta her new duties in the kitchen and the way of life in Amana. Johanna has her hands full with the willful girl, who is determined to find a way to return to her home in Chicago. Johanna had always believed her roots were in Main Amana, but after she stumbles across a family secret, she begins to wonder exactly where she does belong. I received a free copy of this book to review from Bethany House.