Saturday, September 3, 2016

Review: Seasons in Paradise

Seasons in Paradise Seasons in Paradise by Barbara Cameron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I just love kicking back with a good Amish story, especially one of Barbara Cameron's books! Her Amish characters always seem so real to me! She often addresses their anger, which they are not supposed to be, but come on, they're human, they get mad too! I love how she doesn't make them out to be a people that seem so prudish!

Mary Elizabeth was a lovely young Amish woman who had her heart broken by Samuel, who left the Amish community, along with his brothers, because of how their dad treated them. Samuel still has feelings for Mary Elizabeth, but is not interested at all in returning to the Amish. After hearing this heart breaking news, Mary Elizabeth decides to begin seeing other Amish men.

A very sweet, touching story of how life isn't always easy, even if you're Amish. I love how Barbara brings humor to the Amish and on the very next page she can have you in tears! Something else Barbara always does in her stories, she mentions characters from her other stories! So, it's like getting an update every time you read one of her stories! Absolutely enjoy her stories and can't wait for the next one!

I was graciously provided a free digital copy of this book from Abingdon Press in partnership with NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Review: IQ

IQ IQ by Joe Ide
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have to be honest here and say, this is only the second time that I've not finished a book. I can't stand to say I'll review a book and then not finish it. However, I just can't continue this particular book. I am finding the story a bit confusing as it keeps jumping all around. It had a really intense part that caught my attention, then jumped around again, and lost my attention. I really wish I could "get into" the story because Isaiah seemed like a cool character and I would have liked to see what made him change!

I normally would give any book I don't finish a 2 star rating, however, another main reason I am not finishing this book is the language in it. I can look past a few words of profanity in a book, but this book has in one sentence what I normally tolerate in an entire book! And it's constant! And it's not just more tolerable profanity, it's the most offensive profanity along with the infamous "n" word. So, since that's my personal disliking, I decided to leave it at 3 stars. I'm sure if I could look past the profanity, it might turn into a good story.

My Christian friends, I definitely wouldn't recommend this one! However, if you can look past the profanity, and like a present vs. past type story, then this may be the book for you!

I was graciously provided a free digital copy of this book from Mulholland Books in partnership with NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Review: Watching Edie

Watching Edie Watching Edie by Camilla Way
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hmmm....I'm not real sure where to begin with this book! So many things I liked and then an ending that made me feel let down. I have not ever read one of Camilla's books before, so she is a new author to me. I was definitely pulled right into the story from the very beginning! Despite it being first person, I actually enjoyed it. Maybe I'm starting to outgrow my dislike of first person books! Hehe! Anyway, I really enjoyed how all the "After" parts were from Edie's point of view and all the "Before" parts were from Heather's point of view. I was constantly wanting to keep reading Heather's when it would switch back to Edie and I'd find myself thinking, "awwww man, let Heather finish!" Ha!

I really enjoyed the depth of character written for Edie and Heather. Edie had a hard time forgiving herself from a past she knew was wrong. Then, she had to deal with severe postpartum depression after having her baby. I couldn't imagine having to deal with that much depression! Wow! And Heather, what a messed up family she had as well. She just never felt like enough, from family or her friends. How awful some people can be, even to their own children! So sad!

What I didn't enjoy about this story was the ending. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't expecting a happily ever after! I just felt like it could have been a bit different. I don't want to give anything away, but I just feel that although Edie did wrong as a teenager and she knew it, that in the end and how she chose to "fix" it, just didn't seem fair either. I'm not really sure how that makes things right or even if anything could? The ending just left me feeling a bit down. :(

I would definitely recommend this book though, despite the ending, it really did have some great intense moments and kept me wanting to keep reading. To my Christian friends, this book has quite a bit of language, so if that offends you, you may want to pick another book.

I was graciously provided a free digital copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group in partnership with NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Review: Damaged

Damaged Damaged by Lisa Scottoline
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh. My. Gosh! Holy Cow! and WOW! I absolutely LOVED this book! I have never read a book by Lisa Scottoline before and I'm not sure how I've managed that! Damaged is actually the 4th book in the Rosato & DiNunzio series, but can easily be read as a stand alone! I didn't feel as if I was missing anything by not having read the first three in the series.

I'm not sure if my love for this book comes from my years studying Paralegal, but I absolutely loved all the legal information in this story! I was immediately drawn in when Mary was asked to take on a case for a grandfather who was trying to get help for his dyslexic grandson. Mary was known for her strong legal knowledge in special education cases. From there, it turned into a boy, Patrick, who was having many more issues than just being bullied for being dyslexic. Same as Mary, I fell in love with Patrick and was ready to stand right beside Mary and fight for him! Then when things seemed to be at their darkest for Mary and Patrick, I was ready to reach into the book, right into the courtroom, and shake some people! Ha! I was so caught up in the story because it legitimately seemed like something that could happen present time.

I know not everybody enjoys all the true information of legalese, but to me, it made it that much more real. Same as when I read Richard L Mabry or Carrie Stuart Parks, I love the real medical and forensic artist information provided. I loved this story for pulling in the legal system, child services, and school system. I had no idea of all that was involved in helping a child with special education! Wow!

For my Christian friends, this book has a few words of profanity, however, I easily over looked it because I truly enjoyed the story! I fell in love with Mary's family and I loved Mary's determination to follow her heart even though it may cost her everything. I highly recommend this story to everyone! It will make you laugh, enrage you about all the loopholes of our education and legal system, and will pull at your heart strings! I can't wait to go back and read the first three in the series now! Lisa has become one of my new favorite authors!!

I was graciously provided a free digital copy of this book from St. Martin's Press in partnership with NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Review: No Other Will Do

No Other Will Do No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Emma leads an all woman colony which takes in women who have been abused or who need to get away from a man. They are determined they can do all things without a man, that is until they start getting threats to their lives. Emma calls in Malachi for help, a boy she once saved. Malachi comes running, however he is no longer a boy, but a grown, handsome man.

I have to admit this story took me some time to read, however, it wasn't because the story wasn't good. It was a little slow moving for me at the beginning, but then it picked up and I didn't want it to end. I really loved Malachi, he was such a gentleman! And I loved Emma's determination to protect her ladies and save her colony. No Other Will Do is a really sweet story reminding us that "I have no right to demand exemption from suffering when not even your Son was spared."

I was graciously provided a free digital copy of this book from Bethany House in partnership with NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Review: When Death Draws Near

When Death Draws Near When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh. My. Gosh! If you have not read a Carrie Stuart Parks book, you are missing out! I have absolutely moved Carrie to the top of my favorites list! I think I would have to mow anyone down who stood between me and the next Carrie Stuart Parks book! When I start reading her books, I can't STOP! They are just amazing!

I think what I like most is that she combines humor, "I could see how some animals eat their young" along with good biblical scripture, "...let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." With this book, I was also completely infatuated with all the little forensic details she added! I found it SO interesting how she picked up on cues from doing interviews! When a person says a certain word, they are actually saying they are unsure of themselves and may be changing their story. Just fascinating to me!

If you've read my reviews for any length of time, you know I can't stand first person stories, but when Carrie Stuart Parks writes them, I don't even notice!! I got to the end of the book and found myself disappointed that it was over! I just wanted more to read! I think I may have even found myself a new career! Ha!

GREAT WRITING Carrie!! Thank you!!

I was graciously provided a free digital copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in partnership with NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Review: Traces of Guilt

Traces of Guilt Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to be honest, when I first started this book, I wasn't real sure I liked it. The beginning definitely caught my attention, and then it kind of sizzled out and I found myself struggling to keep reading. For me, this was a very different type of suspense than the way most suspense stories are written. At first, I didn't care for it, but it kind of grew on me. Somewhere about 1/3 of the way through, I once again found myself captivated and wanting to know more. I was trying to figure out the mysteries with them. Like I said, this was not the typical suspense story, but rather a story of people trying to figure out old unsolved crimes. I liked knowing all the facts as the characters found them and trying to figure out the mystery with them. Very different and unique for sure! I'm actually very interested in the next one to see if I can "help" them solve the next set of mysteries. Ha!

I was graciously provided a free digital copy of this book from Bethany House in partnership with NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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