Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Lady's Honor Book Review


About the Book

Society is concerned about her honor, but Elizabeth must realize her worth doesn't lie in her inheritance.

In order to avoid a forced marriage to a dangerous man, Elizabeth Trelawney flees London. An unexpected stranger arrives to help her, and as they elude her pursuers across Cornwall in the night, Elizabeth realizes her rescuer, Rouan Curnow, is familiar.

Their differences in social status kept Rouan from pursuing a courtship with the lady his heart wouldn't let him forget. Now because of dangerous smugglers and local murders, the two are plunged into a reckless alliance that rattles Rouan's fledgling faith in God.

The closer they get to Bastian Point-Elizabeth's true home-the more she realizes it is the only place she longs to be. Even the sight of its solid structure perched on the cliffs makes her feel safe. Elizabeth is the most likely to inherit Bastian Point if Grandfather never learns she spent the night, however innocently, with a near stranger.

As spring warms into summer, Elizabeth finds herself torn between wanting to be the perfect grandchild and her growing love for a man of whom no one will approve as a match for her, a man she knows she shouldn't entirely trust. Unsure whether she is being foolish or following the right path, she sets out with Rouan on a quest to find the true culprit behind the local violence.

Their quest leads them to danger, and she must choose whether to follow the man she loves or cling to the safety of her family home. (Goodreads)

My Review

To be honest this was a very disappointing read. The first few chapters were intriguing but as the story continued on it was difficult for me to really get into the story. Elizabeth (the main character) was not my favorite, her attitude and how the characters interacted I did not enjoy. I wish I could say otherwise but this is my honest opinion. I had high hopes and the first part of the book is great with mystery but the story line was not as well developed as I would have liked.
I rate three stars. 

Look for this book in stores April 22, 2014.
"I received this book from BookLook for free in exchange for an honest review."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lip Reading Book Review


She Could Save Millions, or Save Herself

She just needs a little longer. She’s really close. Dr. Rebecca Jackson, a medical researcher, stands on the verge of a breakthrough that will transform medicine. But she soon discovers the reason behind the miraculous progress in her research, and it leaves her with a nearly impossible choice . . . and little time to decide. More than her research is at stake. And more threatens it than this latest revelation. Something she’s tried hard to cover up. There is a high cost to some things in medicine and it’s not always the patient who pays. Can Rebecca find the faith and wisdom she needs to make the right call? The clock is ticking and the pressure is on.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Lip Reading, go HERE.

My Review

This is the first book I have read by Harry Kraus. I really enjoyed the overall story line and the characters. There were many twists that I was not expecting which kept the story moving. Rebecca's character had so much depth and it takes a talented writer to create such a character. Around the middle of the book things got a bit slow and wordy but I still enjoyed the rest of the book. There are a ton of science/medical terms that went right over my head but it added to the story. I rate four stars. 

 "I received this book from CFBA for free in exchange for an honest review."
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Lip Reading
David C. Cook (March 1, 2014)
Harry Kraus


A Word from Harry:

I started writing my first novel during my last year of surgery training at UK. I was a chief resident, and started writing Stainless Steal Hearts in a call room at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Lexington. It was a crazy time to write! I had a very demanding schedule, often spending days and nights in the hospital. I had two sons at that time, and I recognized the wisdom in my wife's urging: "Now doesn't seem the right time for this dream."

My experience as a writer is far from typical. Having received my formal training in biology and chemistry and medicine, my only preparation for a writing career was a love for reading. The longest thing I'd written before my first novel was a term paper in undergraduate school. My first novel was accepted by Crossway Books and published in 1994, and it wasn't until after I had FOUR published novels that I even opened a book of instruction about the craft of writing fiction. This is not what I recommend to others! Yes, I was successful, but I was bending the "rules" without knowing it. I had a natural talent for plotting, but I realize my initial success may have stunted my growth as a writer. I'd have made faster progress if I'd have gone to the fiction teachers sooner.

I have three sons: Joel, Evan, and Samuel. Look closely in all of my books and you'll see them there. My lovely wife, Kris, provides the basic composition for all those beautiful, athletic, dedicated women in my novels.

Mark of Distinction Book Review

About the Book
 London is said to be the glittering jewel of society, a world unto itself—but to Julia Elliston it is a city of shadows. Her life is swiftly dissolving into scandal. And in Victorian society, even a whisper of scandal—substantiated or not—can be the death of a young woman’s reputation.

When Julia discovers that Lord Roy Pierson, her guardian and one of most influential men in England, is the father she has never met, she begrudgingly accepts his protection. But Chance Macy’s power is far-reaching as well.

Thrust into society as the Emerald Heiress, Julia is the toast of London, a celebrated curiosity. But in reality she’s trapped between the clutches of two powerful men. Aided only by a gentleman whose intentions she prays she can trust, Julia must finally take control of her own fate—but outwitting one’s foe rarely goes according to plan. (Goodreads)

 My Review
I loved the first book in this series. It was in my top ten last year and I have been anxiously awaiting this second book. The first book is most definitely better but this book was good to tie the stories together. In the middle I thought it got a bit wordy and drawn out but I enjoyed the characters and the setting just like the first. Julia grows and comes so far from the first book, I wanted to jump into the book at times. Like in the first, this book has a ton of detail which I do like with Jessica's writing. While this book had a finality in the end I am still excited about the next book!
 You must read the first book before starting this, nothing will make any sense if you do not start with book one. 

I rate this book four stars but I still highly recommend this series. 

This book releases May 1, 2014.
 "I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishing House in exchange for an honest review."

Monday, April 14, 2014

Worship Book Revew

About the Book
Worship is so much more than what is sung or played in church on Sunday morning. John MacArthur takes you step by step in a discovery of who and how to worship. From the existence of God and His attributes, to instruction on the right and wrong ways to worship God, MacArthur never strays from teaching and explaining what the Bible says. This book makes it Biblically clear that worship is all about how we prioritize and live our daily lives to honor and glorify God. Make worship your ultimate priority!

 My Review

The concept of worship is intriguing to me as I once had a friend ask me what I thought the word meant. Is it just singing? Is it your life? Is it just in church on Sundays? What is worship? This book goes into a lot of depth on what worship really means and how others have portrayed it over the years. Every aspect of worship is discussed fully with verses backing up thoughts. I enjoyed this book but at times I thought it got a bit wordy. I knew what he was saying, it didn't need to be repeated. I agree for the most part of what worship should be and how I have looked at the majority of my life. Honestly, I haven't thought much about it the meaning itself or how others view it. If you are looking for an in depth look into worship this book is really very interesting.

 "I received this book from MP Newsroom for free in exchange for an honest review."

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