Not Abandoned: A Review

Title: Not Abandoned
Written By: MacKenzie Morganthal
Genre: Christian Suspense
Recommended Ages: 13 & up (due to the topic, not the content)

Introduction:

Human trafficking. It’s something that most people don’t talk about, but it happens every day. Maybe you know someone who just disappeared and was never heard from again. This is a reprehensible crime, so why don’t more people talk about it? MacKenzie is trying to change that in whatever way she can. In this case, writing a book about it. Continue reading

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Where Dandelions Grow: A Review

Today I am privileged to have a new book on my blog. Not mine, you’ll have to be a little more patient for that, sorry. Hopefully November, but don’t quote me on that. This book is by an author I have seen around here and there, but never really connected with until she emailed me about 1 1/2 months ago. It was fun getting to know her a bit and now I’ve also had the honor to read her new book and review it here. But first, a little about the book.

About the Book

What happens when your world falls apart and your dreams are mocked by those closest to you?

Destiny’s idyllic childhood full of laughter and cousins abruptly ended when her mom uprooted the family to move them across the country with strict instructions to never talk about Swallow Ridge again. Eleven years later Destiny moves back to her hometown, determined to find her cousins… and answers.

Plagued by generations of bitterness and manipulation, Destiny hides her life-long goal – unwilling to let anyone else trample her fragile dreams. But living in the cozy town full of dandelions teaches Destiny there’s more to life than what she’s been taught.

Is it possible Swallow Ridge not only holds the answers Destiny so intensely searches for, but also the hope?

Buy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0753JSDBS/

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Book Review: Gestern

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Did you know Gestern is the German word for Yesterday? I didn’t until I read the excerpt I’ve included in this post. J. Grace Pennington has a new book out entitled, Gestern. I’ve read the others in this series and it sounds like another intriguing one. There are some great giveaways and guest posts going on, so be sure to read all about them.

About the Book

GesternFrontCoverYou never escape your past

Andi Lloyd is more comfortable than most with interstellar travel, but she’s not prepared for the perils and peculiarities of a world she has all but forgotten—the planet Earth. As the Surveyor undergoes repairs, her brother August receives a message with news that will send both of them across the world to a place he never wanted to visit again.

Neither of them are prepared to be thrust into a world of political intrigue amid the tangled forests and crumbling ruins of Austria.  They aren’t prepared to encounter wild animals and endure cross-country hikes.  And they definitely aren’t prepared to face it all alone.

But despite the dangers they must press on into the unknown to find a way to save Andi’s life, to decide the fate of Earth itself—and to rescue a lonely girl who just happens to be their little sister.

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Book Review: Worth the Wait

Title: Worth the Wait
Written By: Karen Witemeyer
Genre: Christian Western novella
Recommended Ages: 13 & up

Introduction:

This book all takes place in one day in Tori and Ben’s life. And what a day it is. I’ve read both of the novels in this series and must say that I personally prefer the novels over the novellas, but more on that later.

Characters: 1/1

As always, the characters are done well. Each of them has a unique personality and grows in some way during the story. My only complaint is that I think Ben was a little bit too perfect in this book. He may not have all the struggles that Tori does, but I think he should have had at least one flaw. He does get angry in a couple spots, but both times it is justified and he doesn’t overreact.

Dialogue: .75/1

The dialogue was well done, period accurate, and perfect for each situation. There was wit, frustration, arguments, and so much more. Some of the dialogue did seem a little stilted or rushed. I think that’s one problem with many novellas. If the author doesn’t want it to get too long, the dialogue tends to speed up a little more than it should.

Plot/storyline: .5/1

Overall, the plot and storyline are good. However, when I finished the book, I was a bit disappointed. I felt like the plot wrapped up a little too suddenly. I think Tori and I have similar personalities, especially with hiding emotions and if I had been in her situations, I’m not sure I could have been so quick to do what she does at the end (trying to avoid spoilers here). Yes, she had a little bit of time to think about it, but I personally would have wanted to take at least another day to mull things through and work out my own personal demons so to say before taking that next step.

Overall writing quality: .75/1

The writing quality was excellent as usual with Karen’s books. Besides the rushed nature I mention above, I have no other complaints.

Un-put-down-ability: 1/1

This book was nice and short and I got to read it while bottle-feeding and holding a baby all in about two hours. Even if I hadn’t had that wonderful chore, I wouldn’t have been able to put it down.

Conclusion: 4/5

Despite the flaws I pointed out before, I still really liked this book and would recommend it for anyone who wants a quick read.

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!

The Secret Slipper: A Review

About the Book

Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose is to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?

Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?

As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn’t even know is searching for her?

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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