Tuesday, October 19, 2010
In “Resurrection in May” by Lisa Samson, May Seymour has recently graduated from college and does not know what she wants to do in life. May plans a mission trip to Africa in hopes of figuring out what she wants to do with her life. While in Africa she meets people that are very different from her, and most surprising, she begins to love them. A great tragedy happens and everyone is killed but May. May has to learn how to survive on her own and is traumatized by what has happened to her and what she has seen. When May returns to the States, she decides to live with an older man she met before she left. Claudius takes May in and tries to help her heal from her experiences. When Claudius dies suddenly, May relies on other people to do for her like Claudius did. May soon realizes she has to learn to do for herself and she can get away from the farm without something happening to her. May has help with this from an old friend, Eli. Eli is in prison for murder and is awaiting his execution. May and Eli become pen pals and Eli talks May into getting off the farm and becoming independent again. And when Eli needs a friend in his hour of need, May makes a big sacrifice that will change her forever. I received a free copy of this book to review for Thomas Nelson.
In “Love’s First Bloom” by Delia Parr, life changes for Ruth when her father sends her away with a young child to protect. Ruth’s father, Reverend Livingstone, has been ministering to young prostitutes and helping them find new paths in life. When one of the young ladies, Rosalie, is murdered, Reverend Livingstone becomes the prime suspect. He sends Ruth and Rosalie’s daughter, Lily, to live with a couple in New Jersey while he is waiting for his trial to begin. Ruth meets Jake, a man that frustrates and intrigues her. Jake is the type of person Ruth is most fearful of, a reporter. Jake has been sent to find the Reverend’s daughter for an article. Ruth slowly starts to trust Jake and they become friends, but Jake knows it’s not going to last when Ruth finds out the truth about him and Ruth worries he will leave her when she tells him her own secrets. Can their relationship withstand the secrets that separate them? I received a free copy of this book to review from Bethany House.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
“The Vigilante’s Bride” by Yvonne Harris is about Emily McCarthy, a young lady that does not have any family left, and Luke Sullivan, a cowboy who has set out to confront the man who cheated his father. Emily is a mail order bride and is on her way to Montana to marry a rancher in hopes of a better life. Luke is a vigilante that is looking for a different path in life while seeking revenge for his father. Luke kidnaps Emily and takes her to the orphanage that he grew up in. When her intended husband finds out what has happened, he sets out to destroy Luke. Luke also finds out that the orphanage is being cheated out of land and that someone is rustling their cattle. Luke and Emily have to work together and soon the attraction starts to grow. Emily also helps Luke realize that God is listening even though he thinks God is ignoring him. I received a free copy of this book to review for Bethany House.
In “Pursuit of Justice” by DiAnn Mills we meet Special Agent Bella Jordan. Bella is one of the most promising up-and-coming agents the FBI has. When Bella is sent to investigate the murders of three men on a ranch in West Texas, she has to confront her past. Bella is connected to one of the prime suspects, Brandt Richardson, and is slowly falling in love with another, Carr Sullivan. Carr has a past that he has tried to put behind him, but now it seems to be catching up with him. Carr is out to prove he is innocent and works with Bella to try to find the real killer. With Carr’s help, Bella is able to reconnect with her father and siblings. Carr also tries to show Bella she isn’t alone in the world and God will always be there for her. I received a free copy of this book to review for Tyndale.