Sunday, November 6, 2011

House of Secrets

In “House of Secrets” by Tracie Peterson we meet the Cooper sisters. Bailee, Geena and Piper Cooper have had a secret they have kept since childhood. They saw their father murder their mother. When their father wants them to all get together at the house where their mother died, the secrets start to come out. The sisters decide it is time for the truth and to confront their father. What they do not plan on is for their father to announce his new marriage and faith in God. When they finally accuse their father, they find out that what they have believed all these years is far from the truth. During this time Bailee starts having dreams about her childhood and in turn remembers certain events that she has long forgotten. In a moment of panic she calls her friend Mark to come be with her. What she did not count on is her feelings for Mark to grow into love. None of the girls want to have anything to do with God because when they needed him most they feel that he was not there. As the secrets start to come out, Bailee feels betrayed by both her father and God. With Mark’s help she finally realizes she does need God in her life and turns to him. Will the Cooper family be able to finally put the past behind them?

As someone who had several tragedies in my young life I could definitely put myself in Bailee’s shoes. When something happens to rock our perfect world, we wonder why God allowed it and sometimes we turn away from him. What we all need to realize is that He never left us. This book helped me remember that no matter how bad life can get He will always be there with us. I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels that God has not been there for them at some point in their life. I received a complimentary copy to review from Bethany House Publishers.

A Sound Among the Trees

In “A Sound Among the Trees” by Susan Meissner, we meet the descendants of Susannah Page. Susannah lived in Virginia during the Civil War and was rumored to be a spy for the North. Since the years of her death all the women in her family have had bad things happen to them. Some people believe the house is haunted and the ghost of Susannah is to blame for their problems. When Marielle Bishop marries into the family, she sets out to discover what is really going on at Holly Oak. Susannah’s great-granddaughter, Adelaide, still lives in the house and while she does not believe the house is haunted she does believe the house is stuck and cannot move past what Susannah did. With the help of Adelaide’s daughter, Caroline, Marielle discovers the rumors about Susannah are not true and she realizes Susannah does not have a reason to haunt Holly Oak or cause harm to the people living there. Will they be able to convince Adelaide and the people of the town?

This was my first book to read by Susan Meissner and I loved it. She does a good job of connecting the present to the past. She brings the characters to life and makes you feel like you are one of them. This book also shows how easy it is for people to believe something they hear instead of wanting to find out the truth. This was a very good and fast book to read. I received a complimentary copy of the book to review from WaterBrook Press.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Love on the Line

In “Love on the Line” by Deeanne Gist we meet switchboard operator Georgie Gail from Brenham, Texas. When Georgie’s train is robbed by the Comer Gang, she meets the leader Frank Comer and Texas Ranger Lucious Landrum. Lucious has been after the Comer gang for quite some time and he almost had them this time. Georgie finds Frank to be nicer than she thought an outlaw would be and Lucious to be show off. Lucious’ new assignment is to go undercover as Luke Palmer disguised as a telephone salesman and repairman in Georgie’s town. Georgie and Luke do not see eye to eye at first and they definitely do not want to work together but they soon find themselves attracted to each other. While Luke is busy repairing phone lines and searching for clues about the Comer gang, Georgie has started up the Brenham Ladies’ Plumage League. The ladies are protesting the use of real bird parts for decorations on ladies hats. When Georgie’s passion for saving the birds brings danger to her, Luke is there to protect her. During this episode they realize how much they love each other and Georgie finds out that Luke is really Lucious. Luke finally figures out who is in the gang and tries to apprehend them but nobody in the town will help so Georgie has to. When Luke meets Frank Comer he realizes the outlaw is someone that was very close to him and thought he would never see again.

“Love on the Line” is a very sweet and fun read. Deeanne Gist never misses with her books and this is another favorite. It is not hard to figure out what is going to happen but it is still a great read. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.