Sunday, April 22, 2012

Wildflowers from Winter

In “Wildflowers from Winter” by Katie Ganshert, we meet Bethany Quinn. When Bethany receives a call from her mother that her childhood friend, Robin, is going through a traumatic experience and that her own grandfather has had a heart attack, she decides to go home for a visit. Bethany left her small hometown for the big city of Chicago to be an architect. She has not returned in ten years because of several incidents in her childhood that have left bitter memories for her. When Bethany arrives at her grandfather’s farm she meets Evan. Bethany soon finds out that Robin is Evan’s sister-in-law. After Robin’s husband dies, Bethany heads back to Chicago so that she will not have to deal with her feelings. But when she returns she finds out she no longer has a job and she receives a call that her grandfather has died. Bethany returns home and finds out that her grandfather has divided the farm and house between her and Evan. The two clash over the future of the farm and Bethany moves in with Robin. Bethany is determined to pull Robin out of her grief and Evan is determined to find out why Bethany has a wall around her heart. Will Bethany let go of her anger towards God? Will Evan and Bethany have a future together?

This book is a great example of how different people can react to death. Bethany became bitter towards her family and God. She was determined to never have to rely on anybody. Robin turns towards God because she knows that without Him she would never be able to make it day to day. I can definitely relate to Bethany because I have been in her situation and became very angry with God. It took many years to realize that God is in control and will never give me more than I can handle. I loved this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who may be dealing with the death of a loved one. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to read the first chapter of this book.

Covenant Child

In “Covenant Child” by Terri Blackstock we meet Amanda, Lizzie and Kara Holbrooke. Amanda was diagnosed with cancer at a young age and had to undergo a hysterectomy. She didn’t think she would ever find a man who would love her even though she could never have children. Then she meets Jack Holbrooke. Jack was a widower who was raising his twin three-year-old daughters, Lizzie and Kara. After Amanda and Jack marry, everything seems to be going perfectly. The girls love Amanda and think of her as their mother since they do not remember their own mother. When Jack and his parents are killed in a plane crash, Amanda learns that she has inherited a fortune. And then the worst happens. Lizzie and Kara’s maternal grandparents fight Amanda for custody and win. All three lives are turned upside down in the blink of an eye. Even though the girls are heiresses, their inheritance is squandered by their grandparents and they live in poverty for the next fifteen years. The girls turn to a life of destruction. Kara has a bitter hatred for Amanda because of the lies she is told. Lizzie on the other hand believes Amanda is a nice person and really does want the best for the twins. When they finally turn eighteen, Lizzie moves in with Amanda and learns the truth of what happened when they were three but Kara continues to rebel. Will Kara finally see the truth or will she continue down her path of destruction?

“Covenant Child” teaches us that we must wait for what God has in store for us no matter how long it takes. Amanda had to wait fifteen years to get the daughters she loved so much back, but she never stopped loving them or watching over them. Most of us would be like Kara and want to take matters into our own hands instead of waiting for God to show us our path. This book is a good example of how patience will persevere even though we do not see the good in our current situation. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.

Eyes of Justice

“Eyes of Justice” by Lis Wiehl is the fourth book in the Triple Threat series. The Triple Threat is three friends who are in the crime business. Cassidy reports it, Nicole investigates it, and Allison is a federal prosecutor. These three ladies have helped solve several cases but now somebody is after them. When Nicole and Allison find Cassidy dead in her apartment, they take things into their own hands. They enlist the help of an eccentric private investigator, Ophelia. The local police department arrest Nicole’s ex boyfriend for her murder and it appears to be an open and shut case. But Nicole and Allison think there is more to it and with the help of Ophelia, they are determined to find the real killer even if it means putting themselves in danger. Will Nicole and Allison find the real killer before he finds them?

“Eyes of Justice” is by far the best book in the Triple Threat series. Lis Wiehl has done an amazing job with bringing these characters to life and she makes you feel like you know them. This was a very fast paced thriller and it kept me guessing until the true killer was revealed. This book is full of twists and turns. You will not want to put it down. If you have never read any of the Triple Threat books then I highly recommend them. I hope the series will continue with Nicole, Allison and now Ophelia. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Finding Our Way Home

In “Finding Our Way Home” by Charlene Ann Baumbich we meet Sasha Davis and Evelyn Burt. Sasha was a principal ballerina until she suffered a career ending injury. Sasha moves back to her hometown in Minnesota to recover and she hires nineteen year old Evelyn to be a live-in aide. Sasha and Evelyn are complete opposites. Sasha is battling with not only her injury and recovery but also with depression of losing her lifelong dream and the man she loves. Evelyn is a bubbly and outgoing girl who is newly engaged and is optimistic about the future. When it seems that Sasha’s life is getting back on track, Evelyn’s takes a turn for the worse. Evelyn’s parents to not like her fiancĂ© and Evelyn herself is starting to have doubts. When he breaks off their engagement and leaves town, the roles of Sasha and Evelyn are reversed. Now Sasha takes care of Evelyn through her heartbreak. Will Sasha be reunited with the man she loves? Will Evelyn find her own way to a better future?

“Finding Our Way Home” is a great story about the ups and downs people have in their lives. While we are not all broken ballerinas or full of live young women, we can all relate to having our hearts broken or our dreams taken away. What we don’t realize at the time is that there is a greater plan and God knows what’s in store for our futures. We get so caught up in the here and now and blame God when something isn’t going our way that we don’t see the good in any situation or how he is going to use the situation to make us stronger. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from WaterBrook Press.