Book Review: 5 Steps to Better Blurbs

Title: 5 Steps to Better Blurbs
Written By: Julie C. Gilbert
Genre: Writing Helps/Non-fiction
Recommended Ages: Any

Introduction:

If you have trouble with writing blurbs (and what author doesn’t?), you need to read this book. Continue reading

Book Review: Heart On the Line

Title: Heart on the Line
Written By: Karen Witemeyer
Genre: Christian Western Romance
Recommended Ages: 15 & up

 

Introduction:

“There is nothing new under the sun.” So says Solomon in Ecclesiastes and I believe he is correct. You know all those online dating sites? Well, apparently the Old West had something similar. The telegraph. Telegraph operator was one of the few jobs a female could have back then and in this book, two operators fall in love over the line.

Characters: 1/1

I really enjoyed meeting each of the characters in this book. Some of them I knew from when I read “No Other Will Do,” but many of them were new to me. As always, Mrs. Witemeyer did a great job with developing her characters.

Dialogue: 1/1

The dialogue had me laughing more than once in this book. Of course, there was some serious dialogue as well, but the author certainly knows how to turn a phrase.

Plot/storyline: 1/1

I liked the originality of this story was refreshing. I’ve read many books and it seems so many of them are basically the same, but with different names and slightly different plots. This one was different.

Overall writing quality: 1/1

Not a single typo and great sentence structure. Karen Witemeyer did a great job with this story.

Un-put-down-ability: 1/1

I started this before church on Sunday and really didn’t want to stop, but I did. Then I spent most of the day finishing it. So yeah, I think that qualifies as being hard to put down.

Conclusion: 5/5

If you like unique Christian romances, you’ll like this book. It also has humor, difficult situations, and ***SPOILER WARNING*** there is some torture as the antagonist tries to get information from one of the characters. ***END SPOILER*** I really liked the book and highly recommend it.

Book Review: Write Well

Title: Write Well
Written By: Rachelle Rea Cobb
Genre: Writing Helps/Non-fiction
Recommended Ages: Any ages

Introduction:

If you are a writer who has problems with grammar, this is the perfect book for you. Rachelle has lots of great tips given in a funny way that entertains as well as teaches. Continue reading

Book Review: Risen

Title: Risen
Written By: Angela Elwell Hunt
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Recommended Ages: 13 & up for sexual references (not blatant, just implied) and violence

Introduction:

I don’t read much Biblical Fiction because I often find the authors take too much liberty with what is in the Scriptures. I should also mention that I have not seen the movie this book is based on. After reading the author’s note, I am curious to see the movie just to find out how different it is. Continue reading

Book Review: A Question of Honor

Title: A Question of Honor
Written By: Jesseca Wheaton
Genre: Historical Fiction-WWII
Recommended Ages: 13 & up for some violence

Introduction:

All the emotions. All the joy, horror, everything. Joyanna, David, Erich, Nadetta, the creepy Sergeant who’s name is escaping me, everyone. I felt like I was right there with each of them.

Characters: 1/1

When it comes to real life, words are easy to say and hard to put into practice. A couple characters in this book learn that in intense ways. Then there’s Erich. The contradiction. He wants to do what’s right for the SS and Germany. But he has these conflicting thoughts that make it hard to follow orders. Ms. Wheaton does a great job creating and describing both of those things.

Dialogue: .75/1

The dialogue was at times witty and uplifting. Other times it was sad and depressing. Each time it did exactly what the story needed it to.

Plot/storyline: 1/1

Even after reading the description, I didn’t really know what I was in for with this book. The plot was well done, unpredictable, funny, sad, and historically accurate. I loved learning more about the Battle of Britain, Royal Air Force pilots, and the Americans that went to help England before the US joined the war.

Overall writing quality: .75/1

Even with sad books, I don’t often cry. This time I did. I won’t say why because it’s a spoiler, but if you’ve read the book, you can probably guess. I felt for the characters, especially during that time. My only complaint is that the ending with Erich and Joyanna felt a bit too rushed.

Un-put-down-ability: 1/1

I started the book, set it aside, picked it up again, set it aside, and then finished the last 2/3rds in one fell swoop. I never set it aside because it was boring. I set it aside because life got too busy. Make sure you set a good chunk of time aside when you read this book.

Conclusion: 4.5/5

I’ve read a few Christian WWII novels over the years, but I think I can honestly say this is one of the best I have read. I can’t wait to read the next book!

For Men Only: A Review

Book Reviews

Title: For Men Only
Written By: Shaunti Feldhahn and Jeff Feldhahn
Genre: Relationship Helps/Non-fiction
Recommended Ages: 13 & up

Introduction:

First of all, yes I know I am a woman. No, I’m not having a gender identity crisis. There are reasons for me reading this. And yes, it is helpful. I learned more about myself and other women. Especially since I’m not necessarily a typical woman in some areas. Continue reading

For Women Only: A Review

Title: For Women Only
Written By: Shaunti Feldhahn
Genre: Relationship Helps/Non-fiction
Recommended Ages: 13 & up (skipping one chapter if not married)

Introduction:

This was my second time reading this book and I still learned a lot about myself and the men in my life. Even though this book was about how men’s brains work, I found a lot I could relate to personally for myself. In other words, don’t put people in boxes, they won’t always fit. This book would be especially great to read together as a couple. That way you know for sure that’s how your man or woman is really like. If you do that, though, definitely do it with the Feldhahn’s book, For Men Only as well. Continue reading