Sunday, June 29, 2014

When I Fall in Love

“When I Fall in Love” by Susan May Warren takes us back to Deep Haven with the Christiansen family. Grace Christiansen loves to cook and has dreamed of going to culinary school but has never been accepted. Her family surprises her with a trip to Hawaii for a cooking retreat. Grace does not like to be out of her comfort zone and does not look forward to the trip at all especially when is seems her sister has set her up with a travelling partner, Maxwell Sharpe. Max is a professional hockey player but he loves to cook and every summer he goes to Hawaii to the cooking school for three weeks. When he is asked to look after Grace he is not happy but he finds himself drawn to her. Once in Hawaii, Grace does not think she will be able to leave her hotel room. She is far removed from her comfort zone and wants to go home, but Max makes her experience Hawaii and dares her to do things she would not normally do. The two start to fall for each other but then Max pulls away and leaves Grace wondering why. Max has a secret and is afraid to tell Grace the truth and he knows there can be no future with her. Will Grace and Max have their happily ever after?

This is another amazing book that will keep you turning the pages until the end. This book will make you laugh, make you cry, and leave you with a smile. In this book we see how Grace turns to God to make her complete when Max walks away. We see how Max relies on God to see him through an uncertain future and gives him the courage to finally take a chance on love. This is the third book in the Christiansen Family series and I highly recommend reading “Take a Chance on Me” and “It had to Be You” first. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Seagrass Pier

“Seagrass Pier” by Colleen Coble takes us once again to Hope Island. In this book we meet Elin Summerall and Marc Everton. Elin is a single mother and she also has the responsibility of taking care of her mother who has dementia. Elin’s life has taken a crazy turn lately. She was the recipient of a heart transplant and it seems that she is having flashbacks of the donor’s life. Most importantly the night the donor was murdered. No one believes that can be happening but Elin fears for her life because the murderer wants her silenced. Marc is an FBI agent and was assigned to the donor’s murder case but things changed when his partner was killed as a result of the investigation. Marc sets out for justice for his partner and did not count on his feelings deepening for Elin. However, they have a history together that is soon uncovered and will change them both forever. Will Marc be able to put aside his hurt feelings in order to solve the mystery before it’s too late? Will Elin keep her faith in God to see her through?

This is another amazing book of faith, hope, and love that will keep you turning the pages and wondering what will happen next? There are many plot twists to keep you guessing who is after Elin. This is the third book in the Hope Beach series and while it can be read as a standalone I recommend reading “Tidewater Inn” and “Rosemary Cottage” for more background on some of the minor characters. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from BookLook Bloggers.

Through the Deep Waters

“Through the Deep Waters” by Kim Vogel Sawyer takes us to 1883 Florence, Kansas. Dinah Hubley’s mother was a prostitute in Chicago and Dinah was raised in a brothel. Dinah’s childhood was filled with sadness as she never knew her father and never knew a mother’s love. Dinah longs to flee Chicago for a better life and become a Harvey Girl but she has no money and her mother is dying. In order to survive and take care of her mother Dinah does the one thing she thought she would never do. Dinah leaves Chicago after securing a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence. She keeps to herself and longs to put the past behind her but there are two people who want to be her friend. Her roommate Ruthie is a preacher’s daughter and has been raised to see the best in people and in life but Dinah has built a wall around herself. Amos Ackerman is a local chicken farmer and he shows interest in Dinah and tries to get to know her better. Amos has a physical disability and has had to deal with people making fun of him for years. All he longs for is a wife and children and a way to make a living. He believes God has chosen Dinah for him but she is afraid he will not want her when he finds out her past.

This is a wonderful book that tugs at the heart. You will feel for Dinah and Amos as they both struggle with trust and love and most importantly feeling like they belong. This book shows us that no matter how bad we think our pasts all we have to do is call on God to forgive us and our sins are no more in His eyes. We also see that when God shows us the path to take we should always listen to Him and never doubt that He knows what is best for us. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. Click here to read chapter 1.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A Place in His Heart

In “A Place in His Heart” by Rebecca DeMarino we travel from England to the new Colonies in the 1630’s. Mary Langton was left at the altar and now her father is pressuring her to marry. He picks out the son of a milliner in London but Mary does not love him and she does not want to marry someone she does not love. When she runs into Barnabas Horton there is an immediate attraction. Mary remembers him from when she was a child and soon that attraction blooms into love on her part. Barnabas is a widower with two small boys and is looking for a mother for them. He knows that he will never be able to love another woman like he did his first wife but he can provide a nice home and wonderful life for Mary. Mary’s father is against the match from the start manly because Barnabas is a Puritan but he does give in to Mary and allow them to marry. There are many rocky times in their marriage especially when they move to the colonies. Barnabas feels that God is leading them to this new country in hopes of setting up a new church. Mary is torn between staying in England with her father and sister and going on this new adventure with her husband and children but she knows that she can rely on Barnabas and God to see them through but will she ever win her husband’s love?

This was an amazing and well written book and that will draw you into life in newly settled America. This book will also tug at your heart as you travel the journey with Mary and Barnabas. You will sympathize with Mary as she makes a home with her new family and tries to win their hearts. You will also feel for Barnabas has he holds on to his first love and fears loving again. In this book we see how even though both Mary and Barnabas are strong in their faith they forget to turn to God when times are bad and that once they do He does surely see them through. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell. Click here to enter for a giveaway from Rebecca DeMarino.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

A Moment in Time

“A Moment in Time” by Tracie Peterson once again takes us to 1893 Colorado. In “A Sensible Arrangement” Marty Olson travelled to Colorado to be a mail order bride for Jake Wythe. Jake ran the bank there and had a good job but needed a wife. The two fell in love despite the both of them fighting their feelings for each other. Now it seems that their time in Colorado has come to an end and they must move back to Texas. Jake leaves Marty and her former maid, Alice, in Denver while he secures a job in Texas. Marty has no desire to return to Texas but she longs for her husband. Alice is still fighting demons from an attack that left her scarred and is eager for a new life elsewhere. She believes that she is all alone in this world and will never find a man to love her. Eventually the two women make their way to Texas and return to Marty’s family and to Jake. Upon arriving at the Barnett ranch Alice meets Marty’s nephew Robert and it is love at first sight for the both of them. But others have different plans for Robert and he must convince Alice she is the woman for him. Will they all put their trust in God to see them through?

This is a sweet romance that you will not want to put down. Tracie Peterson writes amazing historical stories that draw her readers in and make them long for more. We see the main characters struggle with their fears and problems and we see how they each turn to God for His guidance. You will want to read “A Sensible Arrangement” first for more of Marty and Alice’s story. I also highly recommend reading the Land of the Lone Star trilogy, “Chasing the Sun”, “Touching the Sky”, and “Taming the Wind”, as those characters are in this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.