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Friday, February 27, 2009

Proofreading Error of the Day

Our local paper has a monthly health-related insert. Look at the cover of yesterday's insert and see if you can spot what is wrong.

Did you see it? Did you know that there is a new spelling for diabetes? It's Dietebes.

Now, as an editor by trade or at least, education, I know it can be extremely difficult to find every possible error in a manuscript, especially if you're under a deadline. However, with today's technology of spell check and even with good old-fashioned proofreading, how do you miss a blatant error on the cover of a publication? Not only is an error like this unacceptable for a professional publication, it's a sign of carelessness. When a cover has a blatant error like this one, it sets a negative tone for the rest of the publication and credibility is lost.

I should start a "Proofreading Error of the Day" blog, or at least a monthly post with all the proofing errors I come across. I read so much that I find a lot. Some, I can understand why they were missed. Others, especially when they're on a cover, not so much.

I sent a rather snarky letter to the paper's editor offering my editorial services. I wonder what the response will be...

Married Strangers...Review


About the book:
What do you do when you think you've married the wrong person? If anybody has ever found themselves asking that question, it's Rayna.  And coming up with the answer is no easy feat as far as she's concerned.

Shortly after getting married, Rayna discovered that marriage is not all it was cracked up to be.  On the outside, she appears to be the happily married newlywed, but on the inside, she secretly wants out of this marriage that she knows she entered into for all the wrong reasons.  And now she knows that she needs to get out of the marriage for all the right ones; because she's not physically compatible with her husband.

Her friend, Aja, has problems of her own. She's dealing with baby momma drama and sometimes regrets her decision to get married, too.

Shania is in love and recently engaged…until she uncovers a secret that could rip her world apart. Will she even make it to the altar?

These three main characters in
Married Strangers takes the question of "Why Did I Get Married?" to a whole other level.

In theory, this has the potential to be a fascinating book. The story follows three couples, all of whom have their relationship issues and disagreements. The chapters alternate between each couple, with some minor story overlapping. Each perspective is third-person narrative, with Shania's chapters being first-person. It was hard to tell who the actual story was about.

Rayna is a newlywed who discovers that marriage is not always a daily fairy tale. Aja has issues of her own with her husband's ex, finances and a young suitor, whose advances she doesn't completely discourage. Shania is recently engaged to Mr. Perfect when her sister shows up with a drug-dealing boyfriend and her own issues.

The story is billed as "real life", and one that people can relate to, if it is assumed that every person questions why they got married. Perhaps other people can relate to that. I can't. I've never doubted my marriage, my reasons for marriage or my husband.

I found the story choppy and uneven, with little character development and nothing that drew me to any of the couples. Honestly, most of the time I found myself annoyed with them and their attitudes. It was contrived and forced and then suddenly, every thing was wrapped up too neatly. As it jumped around, I kept wondering if I'd missed some information somewhere. I think it was a story with a great deal of potential. Certainly the issues addressed here are real. Perhaps it would have been better if it had actually centered on one main couple and how they worked through things, rather than three different ones.

Thanks to First Wild Card for the opportunity to review this. You can read the first chapter here. You can find out more about Dwan Abrams here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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2/5 Stars

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tuck...Review

About the book:
"Pray God our aim is true and each arrow finds its mark." King Raven has brought hope to the oppressed people of Wales--and fear to their Norman overlords. Along the way Friar Tuck has been the stalwart supporter of King Raven--bringing him much-needed guidance, wit, and faithful companionship.

Deceived by the self-serving King William and hunted by the treacherous Abbot Hugo and Sheriff de Glanville, Rhi Bran is forced to take matters into his own hands as King Raven. Aided by Tuck and his small but determined band of forest-dwelling outlaws, he ignites a rebellion that spreads through the Welsh valleys, forcing the wily monarch to marshal his army and march against little Elfael.

Filled with unforgettable characters, breathtaking suspense, and rousing battle scenes, Stephen R. Lawhead's masterful retelling of the Robin Hood legend reaches its stunning conclusion in Tuck. Steeped in Celtic mythology and the political intrigue of medieval Britain, Lawhead's trilogy conjures up an ancient past while holding a mirror to contemporary realities. Prepare for an epic tale that dares to shatter everything you thought you knew about Robin Hood.


Absolutely wonderful. The story is told, in part, from the perspective of Friar Tuck. However, it is still a third-person narrative rather than a first-person like Scarlet. Tuck's role in this third novel is much more significant. And the idea that a humble priest can have such an impact on the lives of everyone around him, including the King of England is important.

Tuck picks up right where Scarlet leaves off, with Bran and his followers leaving the King, after the King has gone back on his promise of justice and returning Elfael to Bran. Bran vows revenge and he is darker here than he has been in the previous books. He's angry and not quite as compassionate as he has been before. He kills a bit easier, as he exacts his revenge on the Normans, Sheriff de Glanville and Abbot Hugo, who was given control of Elfael by King William.

The killings here are just as numerous and brutal as they are in the previous books. But, when the Normans stumble into Cel Craidd, tragedy strikes in a heart-breaking way.

Through it all, Friar Tuck stands by Bran's side. Faithful to the end, he does what is asked of him, all the while praying and guiding Bran's Grellon. That it is Tuck who manages to convince the King to do the right thing isn't a surprise, once you've come to know this wise little priest.

In this book, we also meet Alan a'Dale, a minstrel who joins Bran and his followers. The chapters begin with Alan's songs, which tell the tale of Rhi Bran y Hud. Alan is a delightful addition to the Grellon and a faithful supporter of Bran.

Lawhead, as he has done in the previous books, provides an epilogue which details more of the history and shows how minstrels moved from place to place, influencing the people they met. Their songs started in one place and as they moved around the country, were adapted and changed according to the area and the people. Thus, while one song started in Wales, about a man named Bran, a sheriff called de Glanville and King William, it could eventually be sung in England about Robin, a sheriff in Nottingham and King John.

A terrific end to a fascinating trilogy. Easy to read, enthralling and captivating.

Thanks to First Wild Card for the opportunity to review this book. You can find out more about Stephen Lawhead here. You can read the first chapter here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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4/5 Stars

Monday, February 23, 2009

Scarlet...Review

About the book:
After losing everything he owns, forester Will Scarlet embarks on a search for none other than King Raven, whose exploits have already become legendary. After fulfilling his quest--and proving himself a skilled and loyal companion--Will joins the heroic archer and his men.

Now, however, Will is in prison for a crime he did not commit. His sentence is death by hanging--unless he delivers King Raven and his band of cohorts.
That, of course, he will never do.

Wales is slowly falling under the control of the invading Normans, and King William the Red has given his ruthless barons control of the land. In desperation, the people turn to King Raven and his men for justice and survival in the face of the ever-growing onslaught.

From deep in the forest they form a daring plan for deliverance, knowing that failure means death for them all.

Scarlet continues Stephen R. Lawhead's riveting saga that began with the novel Hood, which relocated the legend of Robin Hood to the Welsh countryside and its dark forests. Steeped in Celtic mythology and the political intrigue of medival Britain, Lawhead's trilogy conjures up an ancient past and holds a mirror to contemporary realities. Prepare for an epic tale that dares to shatter everything you thought you knew about Robin Hood.


Scarlet is the second in the King Raven trilogy about Robin Hood. The story picks up where Hood leaves off, with Will Scarlet being kept prisoner by Count de Braose. Will is in prison for alleged treason to the crown, and will be hung, unless he tells the count where to find King Raven. While in prison, Will is narrating his story to a young monk named Odo, so parts of the story are from Will's first person perspective and others are a third person narrative. The dual narratives work here. Will starts his narration with how he came to join Bran ap Brychan's rebel group. Disillusioned with his life as a forester, he seeks out the legendary King Raven's band of outlaws.

As Will becomes an integral part of the Cel Craidd community, he finds love with Noin, a relative newcomer herself. Merian has also remained with Bran, rather than returning to her father. Bran is as committed as ever to defeating the Norman invaders and reclaiming his throne and kingdom.

Scarlet shows us more of the political intrigue and maneuverings of the day. Political lying, deceit and self-preservation were just as much in effect then, as they are today. The King of England proves himself just as dishonest and capable of deceit as one would expect.

This isn't a stand-alone book. You need to read the first one, Hood, to really understand the story.

At once, engaging and entertaining. An easy read and one that will keep you captivated until the end.

Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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3/5 Stars

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hood...Review

About the book:
Robin Hood
The Legend Begins Anew

For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting.

Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him-for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets, and Bran must find a way to make it his own if he is to survive.

Like the forest itself, Hood is deep, dark, and at times savagely brutal-yet full of enchantment and hope. Internationally-acclaimed author Stephen R. Lawhead has created a lyrical rendering of a time-honored story that will lead you down strange pathways into another time and place.


A fascinating take on the Robin Hood legend. Stephen Lawhead has taken the story and set it in 1093 Wales. Bran ap Brychan is heir to the throne of Elfael. After his father's death and after his kingdom is overtaken by Norman invaders and the people enslaved, Bran flees and is presumed dead. He takes refuge in the forest near the Welsh border. Severely injured, Bran is nursed back to health by a mysterious, mystical old crone who convinces him that his duty and honor lie within Elfael. Bran soon finds himself the reluctant leader of those Elfael refugees who fled into the forest when the Normans arrived.

This first installment of the King Raven trilogy takes us through the early beginnings of the man who will be known as Robin Hood. We also meet Little John, Tuck and Merian. I hope that Little John, especially, gets more character development as his role was very minor here. Tuck is delightful and it will be interesting to see how Merian's character evolves as the story continues. A bit of mysticism blended with faith in God brings a richness to the story which I had not anticipated.

I've seen reviews that call the ending abrupt and the story slow, I didn't find this at all. Lawhead mixes English with Welsh and while some of the names, places and words were a bit difficult to understand, it didn't detract from the story. I appreciated the pronunciation guide provided at the end of the book.

Lawhead also provides an epilogue which explains his reasoning for setting the story in Wales and not in England. He provides historical examples of how the legend not only evolved but could have originated somewhere other than Nottingham in England.

Overall, an interesting, compelling story and a relatively easy read. I am anxious to see how the trilogy progresses.

Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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4/5 Stars

Monday, February 16, 2009

Gingham Mountain...Review

About the book:
When Hannah Cartwright meets Grant, a disreputable-looking wrangler, she’s determined to keep him from committing two orphan-train children to hard labor on his ranch. How long will she have to play the role of schoolmarm before she gets a chance to rescue the children? Prudence, the town dressmaker, has designs on Grant. Will she succeed in securing his affections? As Grant struggles to run the ranch and raise six orphans, he finds love making tracks to his heart. Will he be caught in a web of deceit or lassoed by the love of one good woman?

Hannah Cartwright, a young woman who, an orphan herself, has ridden the orphan train trying to find a home for her younger sister. At the end of the line, in a little town called Sour Springs, Texas, her sister Libby is adopted by Grant Cooper. Grant is a bachelor rancher who was once an orphan and vowed that he would help as many abandoned children as he could.

Hannah mistakenly believes that Grant intends to use these children as laborers on his ranch. She stays in town, managing to get hired as the town school teacher, in order to keep an eye on her sister and prove that Grant is using the children as hard labor. Predictably, Grant and Hannah fall in love, and the question about whether they will finally get together is answered.

Add two annoying subplots and there you have Gingham Mountain. The subplot of Prudence, the shady seamstress and her hidden husband Horace was completely unnecessary to the story. It was very contrived. Grace, Hannah's sister, had her own story in book 2, Calico Canyon. Perhaps if I'd read that book first, I would have liked Grace. As it was, all I came away with was that in addition to being annoying, the woman was nuts and her husband and stepsons all needed a good thrashing.

This is the third book in the Lassoed in Texas series. It's the first one I've read. While I believe it can stand on its own, I also think that reading the first two books should give the reader a better understanding of some of the characters. Mary Connealy assumes that you've read her other books.

I found myself wishing for more detail and character development. It's as if the author had the story in her own mind, but couldn't quite get all the details painted for the reader.

Overall, a light, entertaining Christian read. Nothing stellar about it or the writing. But, a nice diversion when you need something light and clean.


Thanks to First Wild Card for the opportunity to review this book. You can find out more about Mary Connealy here. You can read the first chapter here.  You can purchase your copy here.

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3/5 Stars

Saturday, February 14, 2009

America the Beautiful...Review

About the book:
Emily Benton wants to be the first woman president of the United States of America. She has the pedigree, the talent, and the will to succeed as a candidate. And she'll stop at nothing absolutely nothing to achieve her goal.

It's Kate Rosen's job to make Emily's dream a reality. Besides being Emily's best friend, her chief of staff, and her campaign manager, Kate's most important role is as Emily's conscience. Both women entered politics to change the world, but Kate never anticipated how politics would change them. Now she's faced with the ultimate clash between her beliefs and Emily's drive to become president.

Lives are at stake, and Kate Rosen is a woman torn between her duty to God, her duty to country, and her duty to friendship. The fate of the nation, and perhaps the world, rests on what she does next. . . .


Emily Benton wants to be the first female President of the United States. Kate Rosen is her best friend, her chief of staff, her campaign manager and her moral compass. This first installment of the American Series by Laura Hayden covers the campaign through election night.

Emily is high-powered and will stop at nothing to achieve what she wants. Kate finds that politics often clashes with her Christian beliefs.

I found this to be an interesting story, especially as it came out during this last election. While the book doesn't come right out and say who is the Democrat and who is the Republican, it is clear that Emily is a classic liberal who not only believes she can change the world, but believes that she is what America needs. She is young, attractive and fresh, and comes from a famous Kennedy-esque political family with the requisite closet skeletons. Her opponent is a thinly veiled composite of Bush and McCain, portrayed as old and out of touch. I never really came to like or care about her. I did like that she was portrayed as a woman who gained the presidential nomination on her own. She wasn't a VP candidate, she wasn't a sidekick. She was the candidate on her own terms and her own issues. That was refreshing.

Kate, on the other hand, I liked. She's no-nonsense and while she truly believes that Emily is what is right for America, she has a hard time compromising her values to find the dirt on Emily's opponents and blackmail them before they can blackmail Emily.

The behind-the-scenes look at a presidential election was fascinating. Not knowing a great deal about the inside workings of political campaigns, I nevertheless found this to be insightful and educational.

There is very little preaching. Kate prays a lot and prays with those close to her: her mentor Wes, especially. The story shows how easily a person's faith is tested, especially in the murky world of politics where it is much too easy to lose sight of one's values.

Overall, an interesting, easy read.

Thanks to my library for having a copy I could borrow.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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3/5 Stars

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Journey of a Strong-Willed Child...Review

About the book:
You can Parent Like a Pro with Kendra and John Smiley! Readers will be familiar with Kendra’s strong willed child, Aaron, from Aaron's Way.  Updated and reformatted, this book brings to life and light the challenges of rearing a child who wants to do things their own way. John Smiley, the Resident Dad, lends a well-thought-out tactic for the father’s role in a willful child’s discipline.

 This is one of those terrific books that I see myself going back to again and again. Kendra and John Smiley were blessed with a strong-willed son named Aaron. In this book, Kendra shares the experiences of parenting Aaron. What is so terrific is that Aaron, now a successful veterinarian, also writes in this book. He shares his perspective or "closer look" and we get a great glimpse into the mind of a strong-willed child.

I particularly enjoyed the chapters on discipline and the importance of following-through and of setting boundaries. Aaron's experiences in school with difficult teachers was good too, and gave me some insight into situations with one of my own children. Each chapter is liberally sprinkled with appropriate scriptures and references to faith in God. The book isn't long and is easy and entertaining to read. It follows Aaron from birth through college and along the way, you will glean some great advice and examples for parenting your own children. This is a terrific addition to any parent's library.

Thanks to the Blog Tour Spot for the opportunity to review this book. 

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Kendra Smiley is an author, speaker, and radio show host. She married John over 35 years ago and with him raised three sons.
A natural-born entrepreneur, Kendra kept the home fires burning, while growing a home-based business, serving as a youth leader in her church for over 20 years, and staying active in her community. Her work as a mother, entrepreneur, church and community leader did not go unnoticed. In 2001, she was chosen as the Illinois Mother of the Year.
She has written more than half a dozen books, spoken to thousands around the country (and abroad), founded and distributed a daily radio program — today heard on more than 40 stations. Kendra connects with people wherever she is — teaching individuals to make the next right choice.
You can find out more about Kendra Smiley here. You can purchase your own copy of this book here.
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4/5 Stars

A Lever Long Enough...Review by the Doctor

About the book:
In the near future, the Israeli military has developed a prototypic time machine. When believers in Yeshua (Jesus) create a politically explosive situation that threatens the balance of peace between Israel and nearby countries, the Israelis must send a team of four elite soldiers back to film the theft of Jesusʼ body from the tomb and thus disprove Christianity. The team, consisting of a Special Forces soldier as leader, an ex-American astronaut as engineering specialist, an archaeologist, and a linguist, has exactly seventy-two hours to collect the video evidence. Drawn into a web of first century deception and death, the only way to escape is for the team to change the past. In the present, a traitor attempts to sabotage the mission and seize control of the military complex. The Special Forces leader operating in the past is the only one who can reveal him, but he is trapped two thousand years away. Even with a time machine, time is running out...

When this book arrived, my husband grabbed it before I could, so his review follows.
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Synopsis – An Israeli scientific/military team is sent back in time to find proof of the theft of the body of Jesus Christ from the tomb, and thereby discredit the story of the resurrection and in so doing discredit the faith of ‘followers’ in an Israel set in the future.

An author’s first book is always so interesting to me. It’s almost like those annoying American Idol shows (not that I watch, but unless you’ve unplugged your TV, you’ve seen them) where they are listening to people for the first time. You might find a superstar, or you could find something painful and horrific.

Amy Deardon really impressed me. If I had read this, I would not have said that it was her first book. She has a main plot and sub plot, with references to historical events and it is a compelling page turner. The story covers a couple of different genres – a little sci-fi, with an historical action theme. She weaves the story arcs together with dexterity and subtlety. When I read the back cover I wondered how this book was going to play out. Amy confesses to being a ‘skeptic who came to faith’, and I worried that I was about to read was more proselytizing than enjoyable.

Remarkably, she finds a very nice balance between the overall story and the faith that she is explaining. This alone impressed me, since in the hands of an experienced author this would be a tough balance to find, but for a ‘newbie’ to nail this was quite the achievement.

The main characters in the story are well rounded, but a little more work on the supporting cast would have been a useful addition, but that’s probably more my bias for complex and multi-faceted personae than any real criticism of this book.

To sum it up, it did keep me up at night longer than I wanted to be up, which for me is often the truest test of a book.

A great first book – I will definitely read her again.
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Thanks to First Wild Card for the opportunity to review this book. You can find out more about Amy here. You can read the first chapter here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Born Country: My Life in Alabama--How Faith, Family, and Music Brought Me Home...Review

About the book:
From the front man, and lead singer/songwriter of Alabama—the biggest country music group of all time—comes an inspiring memoir of faith, family, and living the American dream.

I need to preface this review by saying that I love Alabama. I adore the guys in Alabama. They are my favorite music group, ever.

Randy's book is terrific. It's like a comfortable conversation with a friend. You can hear his voice. He talks about his life and the way he grew up: poor, but loved. Faith and family were the most important things to him. He still lives in Fort Payne, Alabama, on the land his daddy farmed. He's been happily married to his wife for 34 years. He talks of his love of music and how he and Teddy and Jeff came to be the boys in the band. Some anecdotes I'd heard before, but many were new. For instance, Randy never wanted to be the lead singer. He wanted to play lead guitar, but Jeff claimed that role. He talks of his metamorphosis from shy guy to lead singer. They really changed the face of country music and Randy explains how some of that change came about.

Teddy, Jeff and Mark aren't mentioned much in the book, other than when he talks of the group. This is Randy's story of his life and the group's rise to fame from humble beginnings. He's very open that these are his perceptions not theirs and they might remember things differently. They didn't break up, they just knew they wanted to do different things and work on pet projects and stop the breakneck pace of touring. I went to one of their farewell tour concerts in Lake Tahoe.

One thing I really connected with was when Randy spoke of his daddy's sudden death. Randy's daddy was his hero and it took years for him to come to terms with his death and to subsequently deal with the grief. I understand that all too well.

A significant section of the book is devoted to Randy's charity work including fundraising for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. He and the other guys in the band never lost their appreciation for what they'd earned and they never lost sight of where they'd come from. Giving back was very important to them.

I've loved Alabama since I first heard them in 1982, just as they were hitting it big. Like many fans, I'd never been much of a country music person until I heard Alabama. Theirs was the first music concert I ever attended. In 1984, we saw them perform in Stockton, California. Our entire family went to the concert, including my dad. Of all the myriad of different music concerts I've been to in my life (including many Alabama concerts), that one still ranks as the best. The venue was small: only about 3000 people. And the boys came out and signed autographs afterwards. Randy gave me a hug and spoke with us for few minutes. Mark let my little sister touch his head because she wanted to see if his buzz cut was soft or spiky. They were the nicest, kindest guys: polite and friendly. When Randy talks of how their focus was the people and the fans, he's telling the truth. They treated us like we were the most important people.

I would have loved more detail about the other guys, but it was Randy's story, not theirs. Each chapter is prefaced with lyrics to one of their songs and Randy shares how several of their signature songs were written. It's not a stellar book and could use some editing. But, it's honest and entertaining. If you're an Alabama fan, you'll definitely enjoy it and if you're not, it's an entertaining, folksy memoir that will remind you of days gone by: when small towns hadn't gone away and family and faith still mattered to more people.

You can learn more about Randy Owen here.  Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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4/5 Stars

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Scrapping Plans...Review

About the book:
Scrapping Plans is book three in the Sisters, Ink series of novels for women. At the heart of each story are four unlikely sisters, each separately adopted into the loving home of Marilyn and Jack Sinclair where they still meet as adults in their late mother’s attic to work on scrapbook projects and work through life together. 

The focus moves now to youngest sister Joy who was adopted from China as an infant. Always the quiet one, she and her husband’s struggle with infertility is being drowned out by sister Kendra’s wedding day, her daddy’s new romance, and another Sinclair sister who may see that double pink line on a pregnancy test before Joy does.

Will a trip back to China help Joy understand that God’s timing is perfect, and His plans are the ones to follow?

The 3rd book in the Sisters, Ink series by Rebeca Seitz. This one centers on the youngest sister, Joy, who was adopted as an infant from China. She is the quiet sister, the Martha Stewart wannabe with control issues. Joy desperately wants to have a baby, but fertility issues put a stress on her marriage.

The side plots include her sister Kendra's pending wedding and their widowed father's new romance with a woman very much unlike their mother. The sisters are close, sharing all aspects of their lives and having their traditional scrapping nights where they talk and conspire. Kendra and Tandy plot to run off their father's potential new wife and they all conspire to find out why Joy is withdrawn.

I really struggled with the writing and the lack of editing. The back cover blurb wasn't proofread either. The first sentence had an error in it and the remainder was made up of short, incomplete sentences. Blatant proofing errors really detract from the story.

Like the other books, this one is a light chick-lit story. However, it has some sober overtones as Joy and Scott work through their fertility struggles. The book alternates with first-person journal style chapters from Joy's point of view and third-person narratives. I found Joy's insights interesting, but somewhat melodramatic.

Like the other books in this series, it's predictable, with Christian faith-based lessons to be learned. I liked it. I didn't love it. I'd give it 2.5 stars if I could.

Thanks to First Wild Card for the opportunity to review this book. You can find out more about Rebeca Seitz here and here. You can read the first chapter here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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3/5 Stars