Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Blue Moon Bay

In “Blue Moon Bay” by Lisa Wingate we meet Seattle architect Heather Hampton. Heather grew up in Moses Lake, Texas but when she left, she had no desire to ever go back because the tiny town holds bad memories for her. For Heather to climb in her job she must convince her family to sell the farm land in Moses Lake, but her family does not want to cooperate. Heather travels back to Texas to talk some sense into her family and she finds out that they are leaving her out of their plans. While she is in Moses Lake, Heather runs into a former classmate, Blaine Underhill. Heather tries to get Blaine’s help with her family and she soon realizes that her high school crush on Blaine has never gone away. Heather also realizes that she has forgotten the good times she had with her father in Moses Lake. Will she be able to put the past behind her and move forward? And just what is her family really up to?

“Blue Moon Bay” is the second book in the Moses Lake series. This book grabs your attention quickly and you will not want to put it down. Although this book can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading “Larkspur Cove” first as it will give you a little more background of some of the minor characters in “Blue Moon Bay”. I can’t wait for the next book in the series, and remember; “The future is a blank page, but not a mystery.” I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Promise Me This

In “Promise Me This” by Cathy Gohlke, we meet Annie and Owen Allen. Annie and Owen lost their parents and Annie has been raised by a very strict aunt. When Owen sees a chance to go to America and start a new life for him and Annie, he takes it. Owen gets a ticket on the Titanic and is excited to leave for America. Before he sets sail he moves Annie into a boarding school so that she will be away from their aunt. A few days before the Titanic leaves Owen meets Michael Dunnagan. Michael is running from an abusive uncle and Owen takes him under his wing. Michael becomes a stowaway on the Titanic and Owen teaches him everything he needs to know about growing flowers for the nursery his family owns in New Jersey. As fate would have it the Titanic never reaches America. Before the ship sinks, Owen makes sure Michael is put on a life boat. Owen does not survive the sinking and Michael continues to New Jersey alone. He is welcomed by Owen’s aunt. When Annie learns of her brother’s fate, she becomes angry that Michael survived. As the years go by she begins to forgive Michael and they become good friends through writing letters and finally come to love each other. Before Annie can leave England, World War 1 breaks out in Europe. Annie has trained to be a nurse and wants to help in the war effort. Her aunt makes her go to the heart of the war and puts her in great danger. Michael decides to go to Europe to be near Annie and to protect her. Will the war keep Annie and Michael apart or will they live happily ever after?

This book is a definite tear jerker. We all know the story of the Titanic and of World War 1, but this makes both events a little more real. This book also shows us that in the midst of tragedy, God is with us and will never leave us no matter how bad it may get. I highly recommend this book, but have a tissue handy! I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Dawn Comes Early

“Dawn Comes Early” by Margaret Brownley is the first book in her Brides of Last Chance Ranch series. In this book we meet Boston dime novelist Kate Tenney. When Kate’s latest book gets banned, she moves to Arizona Territory. Kate sees an ad for someone who is looking for an heiress to their cattle ranch. The catch is that in order to inherit the ranch, she must never marry. Kate soon realizes that the world she has written about is a lot different than how it truly is. When she first arrives in Cactus Patch, she meets the infamous outlaw Cactus Joe as he tries to hold her hostage. Then she soon realizes the woman she is to be working for is a hard person to get along with. Kate’s determination never waivers even if she was not prepared for life on a cattle ranch. Kate soon becomes friends with the town blacksmith Luke Adams. She has no intention of marrying but the more she is around Luke the more she likes what she sees. When Kate is kidnapped, Luke realizes how special she is to him and tries everything he can to win Kate’s heart. Kate knows she has fallen for Luke but if she marries him she will not inherit the ranch she has worked to get. Will Kate forfeit the ranch to be with the man that she loves?

This was my first book by Margaret Brownley and it will not be my last. The book grabs your attention from the start and you will not want to put it down. I can’t wait until book two comes out. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.