Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunrise on the Battery

In “Sunrise on the Battery” by Beth Webb Hart, we meet the Scoville family. Mary Lynn and Jackson Scoville moved to Charleston, South Carolina so that they could provide a better life for their daughters, Catherine, Lilla and Casey. Mary Lynn has done everything she can to be accepted by Charleston society so that her girls will have more opportunities open for them. Jackson is constantly reminding their daughters what is important in life and he always pushes them to do better in school and other activities he thinks are appropriate. Mary Lynn starts to realize there is more to life than just being accepted by society. When she starts to go to church and read the Bible she tries to get her husband to join her but Jackson does not believe in God. Jackson feels like God left him a long time ago. Mary Lynn starts praying for Jackson and asks her friends at church to do the same. Jackson has a life altering experience and realizes he has been wrong all these years. Jackson goes from one extreme to the other and becomes so wrapped up in spreading the Gospel that he forgets about his family. Word spreads around Charleston about Jackson and his family has to pay the price. Mary Lynn is no longer accepted in the social circles and the girls get picked on at school. Mary Lynn feels betrayed by God and wonders if she will be able to stay in her marriage. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Most Unsuitable Match

In “A Most Unsuitable Match” by Stephanie Grace Whitson, Fannie Rousseau has just lost her mother and does not know what she should do next. When Fannie’s father died several years earlier he left control of his business affairs to Mr. Vandekamp. Now that Fannie is all alone in the world she realizes how bad things have gotten with her financial situation. When Fannie has to go through her mother’s things she finds a stack of letters and a picture of her mother’s twin sister, Edith. Fannie has never met her aunt and did not even know her mother had a sister. She decides to go to Montana to find her aunt and to also get away from Mr. Vandekamp because he is trying to marry her off to someone that is not suitable. While on the boat bound for Montana Fannie meets Samuel Beck. Samuel is trying to find his sister and make amends with her after she ran away from home. When the boat sinks, Fannie’s servant Hannah dies and Samuel and his friend Lamar help Fannie the rest of the way to Montana. What they find in Montana is a wild and rugged land and that Fannie’s aunt is not who she portrayed herself to be in the letters. During these months Fannie and Samuel become close and realize they deeply love each other. Will Fannie and her aunt be able to move past the things that happened in the past? Will Fannie and Samuel be able to be together? I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.