12.24.2012

The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann

Corporate turnaround specialist Morgan Spencer, dubbed the "success guru," has a Midas touch in business. But losing his wife sent him to the brink, and his two-year-old daughter, Livie, is all he's living for--until they encounter a woman whose trouble just might draw him out of his own. Four years ago Quinn Reilly did the right thing. Now the man her testimony put in jail is getting out. Though she has put up barriers to protect herself and those around her, she has come to care for the Spencer family, especially the winsome Livie and her mercurial father. Unwilling to put them at risk when the threats begin, she requests something she hopes the super-successful Morgan might be able to deliver. Fixing problems is what Morgan does best, but his counterproposal takes them in a direction neither is equipped to handle. Determined to confront the past, will they survive to build a future?
I'm not one for romance novels but when combined with suspense it makes for a great read. I loved the character development and it made me feel as if I knew the characters personally which I found drew me in more. There are so many twists and turns I found I didn't want to put the book down because I had to see what was happening next. It's a great read and there could definitely be a follow up book
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Courting Cate (Book 1 in The Courtships of Lancaster County series) by Leslie Gould

In Paradise, Pennsylvania, Cate Miller is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her striking appearance. Her sweet and flirty sister, Betsy, on the other hand, seems to have attracted most of the bachelors in Lancaster County! But the sisters' wealthy father has made one hard-and-fast rule: older Cate must marry first, before younger Betsy can even start courting. Unfortunately, untamable Cate has driven away every suitor--until Pete Treger comes to town, that is. Prodded by the men of the area, Pete turns his attention to winning Cate's hand. But is his interest true or is there a scheme at play?
Amish fiction is one of my favourite genres. I am not big on Shakespeare and the shakesperian language but was told that this novel is similar to the taming of the shrew. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. Cate is not your typical Amish woman, looking to marry off and stat a family of her own. Cate actually hates cooking and cleaning and the kitchen in general and is why she has scared off all the bachelors in her aea, that's when Pete comes to town. There is a lot of humor and lightheartedness which makes for a great ready. Looking forward to book 2!
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

12.19.2012

Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot

Celia Anderson doesn't need anything for Christmas except a few more boarders, which are hard to come by in this small mining town. She certainly doesn't have a husband on her Christmas wish list. But when a wandering carpenter finds lodging at her boarding house, she admits that she might remarry if she found the right man--the kind of man who would bring her roses for Christmas. It would take a miracle to get roses during a harsh Wyoming winter. But Christmas, after all, is the time for miracles . . . Amanda Cabot invites readers to cozy up with a romantic, heartwarming tale of the greatest gift of all--love.
I never was a lover of romance novels, until I started reading Christian romance. I thoroughly enjoy the loving feeling I get from these books and appreciate how theyre not filled with lewd thoughts and words. I do wish it would have been a little longer, but the author did a great jobdeveloping the characters quickly and drawing the reader in, I was captivated right away and couldn;t put it down. It├Ęs a story of two people who are not really looking for love, but find it in their search for something else. It adds to the miracle of the Christmas season!
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson

Eight-year-old Lucy Turnbull knew better than to wish for a pony that Christmas in 1937. Her mother had assured her in no uncertain terms that asking for a pony was the same as asking for the moon. Besides, the only extra mouths they needed at their boarding house were the paying kind. But when an interesting pair of strangers comes to town, Lucy starts to believe her Christmas wishes might just come true after all. The queen of the Christmas novel, Melody Carlson pens another magical tale of expectation and excitement as one little girl dreams big and the impossible becomes possible.
For many, many reasons, Christmas is my favourite time of year, and Christmas books are my favourite books of all! This book is set in the 1930s and a time when a family being minus a husband, finds it hard to get by. Then the little girl wants a pony so badly that she puts her childlike faith in God and starts praying. The book goes on to show what can happen if we just believe and have a child like faith. It also brings us back to the simpler times and the true meaning of the season, rather than the hustle and bustle we so often find ourselves in this day and age.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

C Is for Christmas: The History, Personalities, and Meaning of Christ's Birth by David W. Wiersbe and Warren W. Wiersbe

C Is for Christmas tells you everything you want to know about Christmas from a Christian perspective. So many traditions have woven themselves into the celebration of Christmas that it can be difficult to know what the season of Christ’s birth is all about. Now beloved writers Warren W. Wiersbe and his son, fellow pastor David W. Wiersbe explain the backgrounds and reasons for our symbols and traditions. From angels and Bethlehem to yuletide and Zechariah, the information in this unique guide will enlighten anyone who wants to have a deeper understanding of Christmas. If you feel like something is missing from your celebration of Christmas, C Is for Christmas is sure to deepen your appreciation for this beautiful season.
Did I mention how I love to get hardcovers? lol. Now back to the book! Oh, How I love Jesus! This book brings us right back to the discovery and the eye opener that was the birth of the messiah, to save us all from sin. Bck to the days of the wise men who followed that star, to the virgin who gave birth in a stable. The author goes on to talk about how we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle and the commercialism and traditions, we forget what the true meaning is. This book provides the reader with a deeper meaning of why we have the traditions we do and the symbols of the season and what they represent. A great history lesson and some very great insight!
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

12.11.2012

Still Lolo By Lauren Scruggs

In December 2011, Lauren (“LoLo”) Scruggs, a 23-year-old fashion journalist, suffered a sudden injury that made headlines around the world. She had been on a short flight to look at Christmas lights and, upon exiting the small plane, was hit by the still-moving propeller blade. A frantic 911 call, several major surgeries, and thousands of prayers later: Lauren lived. But she lost her left hand and left eye. And she had to face some incredibly difficult questions: What kind of future will I have? Where is God in all this pain? Will anyone ever be able to love me now? In Still LoLo, Lauren speaks out for the first time since her accident. She and her family reveal what really happened that night, what Lauren’s life is like today, what got them through their journey toward healing, and how they conquered all odds to persevere as a family. It’s a compelling and fiercely beautiful story of faith, determination, and staying true to who you are—no matter what.
It's such a great but sad story at the same time. I don't remember hearing about this through the news or anything, but I enjoyed hearing Laurens story of tragedy and triump and how she still kept her faith in God. I enjoyed how the story was told from several points of view, her parents for example give their accounts and how they were feeling at different points in their lives. I like how the book was honest, even though it wasn't all sunshine and roses, it let's the reader pause and reflect how things are not always what they seem, like the marriage of the parents for example. I think this story is one of triumph over tragedy. There is also a foreword by Bethany Hamilton, the lady who was injured by a shark. I enjoyed this true story and would reccomend. Here is a link to first chapter of the book: http://mediacenter.tyndale.com/downloads/press_kits/StillLoloCh1.pdf
I recieved this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review