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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Photo used with permission from Rosehaven Cottage.

Thanksgiving: 
1: the act of giving thanks
2: a prayer expressing gratitude
3: a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness


"To express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven."  --Thomas S. Monson

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Winter Bloom...Review...DNF

About the book:
There would be tunnels of roses, beds of strawberries, fountains of overflowing herbs. And there might even be love...


In the heart of bustling modern Dublin is a littered, overgrown garden of tangled weeds and a stagnant, hidden pond. Belonging to an iron-willed elderly lady named Mrs. Prendergast, who is rumored to have murdered and buried her husband there, the garden draws Eva Madigan, a young mother struggling to move on from the pain of her past. Eva is joined by Emily, a beautiful but withdrawn college dropout; Uri, an old-world immigrant; Seth, his all-too-handsome son; and occasionally even Mrs. Prendergast herself. But what drives Eva to transform the neglected urban wilderness? What makes the others want to help her? Even as Mrs. Prendergast puts the land up for sale, the thorny lives of all the gardeners are revealed and slowly start to untangle. Overgrown secrets are dug up and shared. Choices are made; a little pruning is in order. Now Eva is about to discover that every garden is a story of growth toward a final harvest...

It's a story of friendship and how care for an abandoned garden brings people together, which is a terrific premise.  It just wasn't a book I could get into.  I didn't find the characters particularly likeable and, ultimately, there wasn't anything to motivate me to finish it.

The book contains prolific and unnecessary use of the F-word.

Thanks to Simon & Shuster for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Tara Heavey here.  You can purchase your own copy here.  You can find other, positive reviews at Bookalicious Babe, Frugal Plus, and Novel Chatter.

Read 11/10

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1/5 Stars

Monday, November 22, 2010

Nightingale...Review

About the book:
Esther Lange doesn’t love her fiancé—she’s trapped in an engagement after a mistaken night of passion.

Still, she grieves him when he’s lost in battle, the letters sent to her by the medic at his side giving her a strange comfort, so much that she strikes up a correspondence with Peter Hess, an Iowa farmboy. Or is he? Peter Hess is not who he seems. Indeed, he’s hiding a secret, something that could cost them both their lives, especially when the past comes back to life. A bittersweet love song of the home front war between duty and the heart...a battle where only one will survive.

Don’t miss book 1 in this stand-alone collection, Sons of Thunder.

Esther must live with the consequences of a one-night stand.  While she loves her daughter, she doesn't love her fiance and living with his parents is a nightmare.  When a letter arrives that leads Esther to believe that Linus has been killed, she begins to correspond with the medic who cared for him.  As Esther and Peter fall in love, they must face the realities of war and the knowledge that the secrets they keep from each other could separate them forever. 

This one kept me on my toes.  I loved Esther and Peter.  The story is historically rich, and I had no idea German POWs were housed in America during World War 2.  A fascinating and entertaining story.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Susan May Warren here.  You can purchase your own copy here.  You can see other reviews and tour stops here.

Read 11/10

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4/5 Stars

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Within My Heart...Review

About the book:
Determined to fulfill her late husband’s dream, Rachel Boyd struggles to keep her ranch afloat with the help of her two young sons. But some days it feels as though her every effort is sabotaged. When faced with a loss she cannot afford, she’s forced to trust Rand Brookston, the one man in Timber Ridge she wishes to avoid. And with good reason. He’s a physician, just like her father, which tells her everything she needs to know about him. Or so she thinks...
Dr. Rand Brookston ventured west with the dream of bringing modern medicine to the wilds of the Colorado Rockies, but the townspeople have been slow to trust him. Just as slow in coming is Rand’s dream to build the town a proper clinic. When a patient’s life is threatened, Rand makes a choice—one that sends ripples through the town of Timber Ridge. And through Rachel Boyd’s stubborn heart.

A strong female protagonist and a handsome doctor with a secret.  Rachel struggles to keep her ranch and deal with a challenging child.  Rand works to build his medical practice and open a proper clinic. This story isn't just about Rachel and Rand.  The secondary characters all play a strong role too.

I wish I'd known ahead of time that it was part of a series.  I haven't read the first two books. And, while I think it probably does stand alone, it has many references to what I assume are character experiences from other books and, at times, it felt like I was missing out.

Ultimately, it was still an enjoyable read.  Not quite a light, fluffy romance, but still somewhat compelling.

Thanks to Bethany House for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Tamera Alexander here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 10/10

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3/5 Stars

Friday, November 19, 2010

Mermaid's Pendant...Review...DNF

About the book:
Inspired by the beloved classic The Little Mermaid, The Mermaid's Pendant is a modern fairy tale about growing up and discovering who you are—and what you believe in. At times lyrical, this novel is a fantastic journey filled with magic, myth, romance, and adventure.


Four years after John Wilkerson claims the mermaid Tamarind for his wife, they have an idyllic marriage that depends on a talisman that she crafted on their island paradise. But Tamarind learns a painful truth: it takes more than legs to live on land and more than magic to sustain a bond. When the talisman breaks, she and John are forced to rely on themselves instead of magic.


Three wise women play key roles in the young lovers’ journey to mature love. Ana, Tamarind’s aging mentor, casts spells and performs seductions to keep the lovers apart. Valerie, an ex-pat jewelry maker cum fairy godmother, works her own magic to bring them together. Lucy, their widowed neighbor, grounds the couple in the realities of marriage, parenting, and family.

The Mermaid's Pendant is a story for anyone who has ever believed in the transforming power of love.

The premise of this story sounded so good.  I love the story of the Little Mermaid and the beginning of the book is a modern retelling of that story.  The second half is the story of the "happily ever after" and what might happen after the beautiful mermaid, turned human flies off into the sunset with the handsome man?  Life, family and employment struggles happen, and magical forces conspire to separate them emotionally.

I wanted to like this story so much.  The writing is descriptive, but it's laborious and time consuming. I never connected with the characters and, ultimately, I didn't care enough about them to finish the book.  Some will like to know that there is mild profanity and at least one well described scene where an adult sends a child pornography.

Many others loved the book, and you can see other, more positive reviews at The Cajun Book Lady, and Colloquim, and other tour stops here

Thanks to Pump Up Your Book Promotion for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Leann Neal Reilly here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 11/10

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1/5 Stars

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Heidegger's Glasses...Review...DNF

About the book:
A mysterious compound deep underground.
A love affair larger than a World War.
A fairy tale with atrocities.
And it all begins with one single letter….

Heidegger’s Glasses opens during the end of World War II in a failing Germany coming apart at the seams. The Third Reich’s strong reliance on the occult and its obsession with the astral plane has led to the formation of an underground compound of scribes–translators responsible for answering letters written to those eventually killed in the concentration camps.


Into this covert compound comes a letter written by eminent philosopher Martin Heidegger to his optometrist, who is now lost in the dying thralls of Auschwitz. How will the scribes answer this letter? The presence of Heidegger’s words–one simple letter in a place filled with letters–sparks a series of events that will ultimately threaten the safety and well-being of the entire compound.


Part love story, part thriller, part meditation on how the dead are remembered and history presented, with threads of Heidegger’s philosophy woven throughout, the novel evocatively illustrates the Holocaust from an entirely original vantage point.

Some books just resonate with you, some don't.  This one didn't move me at all.  Historically, it sounds fascinating and it's certainly a different perspective from which to look at World War 2 and the Third Reich.

The writing style was surreal and philosophical and reminded me of something you might read in an advanced English class in school.  I found the book difficult to follow and I was more confused than intrigued.  Ultimately, I didn't have the time nor the energy that this book required of me and I didn't finish it.

My reaction to the book seems to be in the minority.  For many others, this book is a favorite and you can see other, positive reviews at Diary of an Eccentric, Life in the ThumbUnabridged Chick, Book and Movies, That's What She Read, and 'Til We Read Again

Thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Thaisa Frank here.  You can see other stops on the tour here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 11/10


1/5 Stars

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas at Harrington's...Review

About the book:
Christmas is approaching, and Lena Markham finds herself penniless, friendless, and nearly hopeless. She is trying to restart her life after false accusations landed her in prison, but job opportunities are practically nonexistent. When a secondhand red coat unexpectedly lands her a job as Mrs. Santa at a department store, Lena finally thinks her luck is changing. But can she keep her past a secret? This tender story about fresh starts will charm readers as all of Melody Carlson's Christmas offerings do. Full of redemption and true holiday spirit, Christmas at Harrington's will be readers' newest Christmas tradition.

My first Christmas book of the season and it didn't disappoint!  This was a lovely story of redemption and hope.  People can be truly cruel, life isn't always pretty and, too often, doesn't go the way we plan.

Lena Markham is one of those to whom life was cruel.  Falsely imprisoned, she is released eight years later with a chance to start over.  Finding herself in a small town, she meets a sweet woman who takes on the role of her guardian angel.  When Lena is offered a job as Mrs. Santa, she begins to find hope. 

The story is Christian, with Lena learning that God is a loving, forgiving God, rather than the harsh, unyielding God her father raised her to know.   When her past is exposed, Lena finds the strength to persevere and realizes that redemption is possible, that true friends stand by you, and that Christmas is a wonderful time of year.

Available November 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Donna Hausler and the Baker Publishing Group for the opportunity to review this book. ou can learn more about Melody Carlson here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 11/10

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4/5 Stars

Monday, November 15, 2010

Dining with Joy...Review

About the book:
Joy Ballard has a secret: she's a cooking show host who can't really cook.
When her South Carolina-based cooking show, Dining With Joy, is picked up by a major network, Joy Ballard's world heats up like a lowcountry boil.

Joy needs help. Then she meets chef Luke Davis who moved to Beaufort after losing his Manhattan restaurant. A cook at the Frogmore Cafe, he's paying debts and longing to regain his reputation in the elite foodie world.

Luke and Joy mix like oil and water…until Joy is exposed on national television. With her career and his reputation both under fire, they'll have to work together to fix the mess. Is it possible that they can learn to feast on God's love and dine with joy?

The premise for Dining with Joy is cute and a little far-fetched.  Joy can't cook and, after her father's sudden death, took over his cooking show out of obligation.  Rather than learning to cook, she perpetuates the myth that she's a celebrity chef with help from her staff, family and friends.  When her show is sold to a new producer, her secret is threatened.   However, she doesn't voluntarily confess to anyone, yet she professes belief in God.

I'm sorry, anyone who seems to be as bright as Joy is, can learn kitchen basics.  I found myself frustrated with her and her self-centered attitude. Although, after her secret is exposed, she began to redeem herself and became more likeable.  Luke is the charming Mr. Perfect who falls in love with Joy and simply wants to help her succeed.  Side characters are quirky and fun.

Everyone manages to find themselves and get their just rewards.  The story starts out light and frothy like something Luke might whip up in his kitchen, but by the end, we see more substance and meat. Third in a series, it seems to stand alone just fine.  I haven't read the first two, but didn't feel like I'd missed anything crucial.

I have a hard time taking a book seriously when there are proofing errors on the back cover.  My enjoyment of the book goes downhill when I find multiple editing errors as I read, especially careless ones.  Being an editor myself, I know that no one is infallible and mistakes do happen.  But, computers have spell check for a reason.  However, spelling a character's name wrong on the back cover is simply unacceptable.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Thomas Nelson Publishers for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Rachel Hauck here and here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 11/10

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3/5 Stars

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Season of Miracles...Review

About the book:
Looking back on the 1971 Little League season, Zack Ross relives the summer that changed his life...Gunning for the championship is all that matters until twelve-year-old Zack meets Rafer, a boy whose differences make him an outcast but whose abilities on the baseball field make him the key to victory.  Admired for his contributions to the team, Rafer turns everyone's expectations upside down, bestowing a gift on Zack and his teammates that forces them to think--is there more to life than winning and losing?  And what is this thing called grace?

Written as a memoir, this is a book of fiction, and I wish it was a true story.  I wish Zack was out there somewhere, coaching Little League as an adult.  I loved his character.  I loved the entire Robins baseball team.  These were fantastic boys.  Not perfect by any means and in so many ways, your typical 5th and 6th graders.  But, as they come together to play baseball, they learn so much more.

When Zack sees the potential that Rafer has when it comes to baseball, he convinces his coach and teammates to put Rafer on the team. The baseball season that follows is unlike any they will experience again as they learn about teamwork and the worth of others.  Rafer's autism permits him to see the world differently and his ability to teach his teammates about life and God is remarkable.  But, it's truly a coming of age for Zack and he learns about true friendship, love for others and the role God plays in his life.

Those who love the game of baseball will treasure this novel for the memories it invokes and those who don't will certainly appreciate it for the heartwarming, moving story it is.  Rusty Whitener has written a grand slam.  I can't recommend it enough.

Thanks to First Wildcard and Kregel for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Rusty Whitener here.  You can read the first chapter here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 10/10

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5/5 Stars

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Cool Woman...Review

About the book:
In 1971, Bill Mann, a pilot who sought to make aerial combat his guiding star, is already lost whether he knows it or not. Although he’s at the top of his Air Force class and married to a beautiful woman, his life is centered on drinking and partying—perhaps a way to escape a haunting memory. As a ten-year-old, Bill killed the two white men who beat his black mother to death.

In 1972, Mann is in Vietnam, flying his aircraft, The Cool Woman, in combat environs that have been called the most hazardous in air warfare history. He remains confident and considers himself "the envied of the envied" until the moment his beautiful wife says she wants a divorce, and the downward spiral of Mann’s life and his survival odds begins.


Military novels aren't always my genre of choice, but I often find them fascinating and educational.  This one sounded terrific. A hot-shot pilot.  A beautiful woman.  Lots of action.

As a retired military pilot, John Aubrey Anderson has a vivid way of describing some of Bill's experiences.  I thought the perspective of a lone black pilot in 1970's Vietnam was accurate . 

I did find a lot of the story hard to follow at times.  There is detailed military language and even though there is a glossary at the back of the book, I was often lost. However, I could still get the gist of what was happening even if I didn't completely understand it, but it was frustrating.  At other times, the narration was a bit disjointed as far as back history goes and I'd keep thinking I'd missed something.

I've seen other reviewers mention the "come-to-Jesus" theme and it is very strong here.  Bill Mann is about as far away from Jesus as a man can get and there is a lot of preaching from other characters towards converting him.

Still, an interesting novel and those who enjoy military history will probably enjoy this one too.  You can see another positive review at Relz Reviews.

Thanks to Danielle at Planned Television Arts for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about John Aubrey Anderson here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 11/11

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3/5 Stars

Friday, November 12, 2010

Crestmont...Review

About the book:
“A dream, after all, needn’t be fueled by particulars, only by desire.”

So notes main character, Gracie Antes, in Crestmont, a historical fiction gem set in the 1920s.

Determined to take control of her life, sheltered Gracie Antes leaves her unhappy home in 1925 to pursue her dream of a singing career. On her way to the big city, she accepts a job as a housemaid at the bustling Crestmont Inn. Once there, Gracie finds a life-changing encounter with opera singer Rosa Ponselle, family she never imagined could be hers, and a man with a mysterious past. Relive the 1920s with a colorful cast of characters. Discover with Gracie that sometimes we must trade loss for happiness.

Set in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, the story is interwoven with details about the town, the rich history of the Crestmont Inn, and the family who passed ownership from one generation to the next. Many attempts have been made to explain how the mountaintop lake nestled in this tiny town came to be. Crestmont gives a new twist to an old Native American legend, setting the tone of grace around which the story is built.

Let the period of the Roaring Twenties spark your interest with its unique social mores, fashion, jazz, and yes, a little bootlegging thrown in for pizzazz.

I'm having a difficult time putting my thoughts to paper, or rather to virtual paper.  I enjoyed Crestmont, but reading the book, I kept wondering what the point/purpose/reason was for telling the story.  Oh, it is Gracie's story and how she finds herself and what is important in her life, but there is no true conflict, no real villains, and nothing dastardly or tragic happens.  It reads almost as if it's a memoir of the Crestmont Inn itself and the narration is just what happens to Gracie and those in and around the inn.  Perhaps that is what the author intended. 

I liked Gracie, although she was a little too good and there were many other endearing characters in the story. The narration moves in and out of several people's lives, without the reader ever really knowing the whole story.  I often wished for more detail and character development.  I was left with lots of unanswered questions.  The book does bring to mind a different time and era and is historically rich in its descriptions.  The author includes an extensive section at the end which is devoted to research and references.

It's an easy, smooth read.  I enjoyed it, I didn't adore it. In short, a sweet, mellow Christian novel. 

Thanks to First Wildcard and the author for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Holly Weiss here.  You can read the first chapter here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 11/10

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3/5 Stars

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Handling Workplace Gossip

Workplace Gossip
Rosemary Flaaten

Gossip is a nemesis that runs rampant in workplaces. A tantalizing snippet of information or a morsel of exaggerated juicy news goes a long way to spice up a humdrum work environment. But, left unchecked, it creates a toxic environment that will suck the health out of workplace relationships.

The effects of gossip can only be felt when they are passed from one coworker to another. When your gossiping coworker starts to share with you the latest bit of office gossip, it is best to simply stop it. Interrupt her monologue and say “I really don’t want to hear this about this person. I don’t want to get drawn into gossip”. You’re not slamming her behavior; you are simply setting boundaries on your involvement. Chances are she will be surprised and may even mutter something like “Well, you’re no fun.” or sarcastically exclaim, “Aren’t you all high and mighty. We’ll give you the Miss Perfect award.”

Unfortunately, you may find that your unwillingness to participate in her gossip circle may make you the brunt of her gossip. But, know that doing the right thing is always the best rule. Perhaps your courage to stand up and stop being engaged in the gossip will make a positive impact on the workplace environment.

Jesus had a great deal to say about how to get along with the people in our lives who are our enemies – people who gossip about us and even slander our character. Jesus evidenced for us the value of speaking the truth in love but He went even further to give us relational pointers that will reverse the toxic nature of gossip. C.S. Lewis referred to the topsy-turvy nature of God’s kingdom and these four points from Luke 6:27‐28 are indeed counter‐cultural:

1. Love your enemies ‐ If loving your coworkers is too high of a hurdle to stride, use the work care instead. Caring for this coworker means that you will not force your convictions on her; you will forgive her for the offensives she has made against you and you will take pleasure in only the truth about her. If this seems impossible – you’re right, it is, on our own. We must open our heart to God and allow His love to flow into us so that we can become the conduit of Love to those people who desire evil against us.

2. Do good to those who hate you – Kindness disarms hostility. Find ways to show kindness to her, even while she continues to gossip or slander you. Raise the bar. You have the opportunity to bring kindness and benevolence into the workplace.

3. Bless those who curse you – blessings involves desiring good things to happen to and for others. Blessing is the antithesis of retaliation. When given a chance to say something unkind about someone who has been spreading gossip, choose to find something good to say about them. Follow the adage “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

4. Pray for those who mistreat you – As Christ hung on the cross, he prayed for those who had orchestrated his crucifixion. Praying allows God to transplant our bruised heart with a supple heart that turns our focus to God rather than the mistreatment we have received by the words of others. True heart change will occur when we start praying.

It is never our responsibility to try to change the gossiping habit of our coworkers. We are simply responsible for our behavior. Deciding that we will not even be a receiver of gossip will break the cycle. Being on the receiving end will necessitate a decision between retaliation and love. Treating our enemies the way we would want to be treated is living out the Golden Rule.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Almost Heaven...Review

About the book:
"I suppose you can sum up a man's life with a few words, but I need to put this story down to fill in the missing pieces. Or perhaps I can convince the people who know me as a hermit that there was some reason for it all.  But this is not really for those outside looking in. This is for me." 

Some people say Billy Allman has a heart of gold.  Others say he's a bit odd.  The truth is, they're all right.  He's a hillbilly genius--a collector, a radio whiz--and he can make the mandolin sing. Though he dreams of making an impact on the world beyond the hills and hollers of Dogwood, West Virginia, things just always seem to go wrong. 

But however insignificant Billy's life seems, it has not gone unnoticed. Malachi is an angel sent to observe and protect Billy. Though it's not his dream assignment, Malachi always follows orders.  And as Billy's story unfolds, Malachi slowly begins to see the bigger picture--that each step Billy takes is a note added to a beautiful song that will forever change the lives of those who hear it.

I adored June Bug and when I was offered the chance to review Almost Heaven, I jumped and although it took a little bit to get into it, I wasn't disappointed.

To the world, Billy Allman is a poor, backwoods man who lives on a hill in a holler and has nothing to redeem him. To those whose lives Billy touches however, he is a remarkable man, full of true compassion.  His life has been hard and he has seen more than his share of tragedy.  But, through it all, Billy has simply been a good person.  He's always done the right thing, he's always cared and he's always tried. 

The chapters alternate between Billy and Malachi and I found Malachi's part interesting.  His perspective was from the guardian angel who must protect his charge from the evil minions of the adversary.  Often, his narration portrayed the dark, hopelessness that surrounds us.  But, he also spoke of the creator who knows all and sees all and has an eternal perspective, we mortals don't have.While Malachi's narration added a unique depth to the story, I think Billy's story would have been rich and resonant on its own.

This is a beautiful story that shows the worth of each individual soul and that God will use the most humble, ordinary and even ignored people to fulfill his work here on earth.  Chris Fabry has such a remarkable way with words and this is a compelling, satisfying story.

Thanks to LeAnn at Glass Roads PR for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Chris Fabry here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 10/10

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4/5 Stars

Monday, November 8, 2010

Love's First Bloom...Review

About the book:
She must conceal her past, her identity. What hope can there be for love?

Life changes drastically for Ruth Livingstone the day her father puts a young child in her arms and sends her under an assumed name to a small village in New Jersey. There she dutifully awaits his acquittal, certain that her father, Reverend Livingstone, soon will be cleared of the outrageous accusations against him.

When tragic events transpire, Ruth finds solace tending a garden along the banks of the Toms River—a place where she can find a measure of peace amid her growing heartache. It is also here that she meets Jake Spencer, a man who both frustrates and intrigues her. Fearful of the newspapermen intent on tracking her down and unsure of whom to trust, Ruth knows she must carefully maintain her identity as Widow Malloy. But as love begins to slowly bloom, can the tenuous affection growing between Ruth and Jake withstand the secrets that separate them?

Delia Parr seems to like unconventional heroines and unusual settings!  Hearts Awakening was that way, and so is Love's First Bloom.  When Ruth Livingstone's father is accused of murdering a prostitute, he sends Ruth into hiding with the murdered woman's secret child.  With journalists on her tail, Ruth integrates herself into a new community even as she awaits word of her father's trial.

Like Hearts Awakening, this is a light Christian novel.  Even with its theme of murder and reformed prostitutes, it's not heavy handed or preachy.  With twists and turns and secrets, the book is nothing stellar, but still an enjoyable easy read.

Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Delia Parr here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 10/10

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3/5 Stars

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Mailbox Monday 11/8

It's time for another Mailbox Monday, which was created by Marcia at the Printed Page, and this month is hosted by Julie at Knitting and Sundries.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week... Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

I didn't participate last week so this is what arrived at my home over the last two weeks.


Dear Mrs. Kennedy, by Jay Mulvaney and Paul De Angelis (for review from the author)
Lipstick in Afghanistan, by Roberta Gately (for review from Simon & Shuster)
Promise Me, by Richard Paul Evans (for review from Simon & Shuster)
The Christmas Chronicles, by Tim Slover (for review from Pump Up Your Book)
The Tapestry of Love, by Rosy Thornton (for review from the author)
A Path Less Traveled, by Cathy Bryant (for review from First Wildcard)
Dining with Joy, by Rachel Hauck (for review from TLC Book Tours)
Amy Inspired, by Bethany Pierce (for review from Bethany House)
Hatteras Girl, by Alice J. Wisler (for review from Bethany House)
Christmas at Harrington's, by Melody Carlson (for review from Baker Publishing Group)
The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House, by Melissa Anderson (from the library)
Christmas Mourning, by Margaret Maron (giveaway win from Reviews from the Heart)

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What new books did you receive last week?
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