Bad Girls of the Bible by: Liz Curtis Higgs

Are you a bad girl?

Liz Curtis Higgs book Bad Girls of the Bible brings about so many current events. Remember Lot’s wife and the fact that she looked back at Sodom and Gamorrah, makes me wonder what people are doing during this time of floods and tornados in the South. Will they turn back and try to rebuild? Will they walk away to make another life somewhere else? I think time in prayer would be the best answer to this one.

In this day and age, not many know the words “thank you”. How often are we blessed by someone else and yet all we do is just want more. I know my kids are this way; nothing is enough, they always want more. Higgs brings about the story of the “Sinful Woman” in a way that brings tears to the eye. How many times have you heard of someone being so grateful they fell down and kissed the feet of the one who had a hand in their forgiveness? I don’t recall any outside of the Bible and Higgs’s book.

Higgs has brought about simpler and more realistic stories to those of the Bible. How bad girls act and what the consequences may be. Her book is a good read and has Scripture to help back it up and research more.

Publisher: WaterBrook Press; Published: 1999, 2007 ; Category: Fiction – Adult: Other: Christian Format: Paperback; Source: Received for review from Publisher.

Published in: on May 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm  Comments (2)  

The Priest’s Graveyard by: Ted Dekker – Book Blog Tour

The Priest’s Graveyard by: Ted Dekker

Two abandoned souls are on the hunt for one powerful man. Soon, their paths will cross and lead to one twisted fate. Danny Hansen is a Bosnian immigrant who came to America with hopes of escaping haunted memories of a tragic war that took his mother’s life. Now he’s a priest who lives by a law of love and compassion. It is powerful men and hypocrites who abide by legal law but eschew the law of love that most incense Danny. As an avenging angel, he believes it is his duty to show them the error of their ways, at any cost.

TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels with a total of more than 5 million copies sold worldwide. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil.

The Priest’s Graveyard was an exciting read. Having read a few of Ted Dekker’s books, I new I was in for a ride. At the beginning of this book, I was expecting something different about Danny Hansen. As a Priest, I thought his “sin” was going to be something more extraordinary than it was. I’m not saying he was right or wrong, it was just something different than what I had in mind.

Renee really got on my nerves. Her ignorance of things was rather irritating at times. I completely understand what Mr. Dekker was going for, but some of it, for me, wasn’t really believable. Which may be something I have just never experienced or been around.

All in all, The Priest’s Graveyard was an exciting, thrilling, and great read. If you’re in the mood for some suspenseful and on edge reading, go get your copy on April 19th. You won’t be sorry!

Another stop on the tour for today: Jenn’s Bookshelves

Tomorrow’s stops: Urban Bachelorette and Fable Freak

Published in: on April 13, 2011 at 8:17 am  Comments (2)  

Trevor’s Song by Susan Helene Gottfried

 

When your bff has a girl and you are still alone, how does that make you feel?

Do you want a girl? Or do you just want it to be you and your bff?

 

Trevor Wolff is a rock star. He’s arrogant, stubborn, and just a pure donkey’s butt when he wants to be. In Trevor’s Song, Susan Helene Gottfried brings about the downside of having a best friend in love. She shows how strong that love can be and how not all women will bow down to Mr. Trevor Wolff.

Trevor isn’t the greatest in the band, but he and Mitchell have been together for years. It’s always been them and the band. They don’t do relationships. However, Mitchell is in love with Kerri and she with him. Kerri gives Trevor just as much as he gives her. She doesn’t back down and lets him know that she loves Mitchell.

Kerri knows how much Mitchell and Trevor’s friendship means to them; yet, she doesn’t push the issue. She loves Mitchell and deals with Trevor because of that love. But when she thinks something is going on with Trevor, she does the best she can to help him. Even through his derogatory comments, she still tries to help him.

In the beginning, I couldn’t stand Mr. Wolff; but, by the end, I wanted him to have it all. Susan Helene Gottfried writes a tale of friendship, love, and touring in a bus. The story kept me wanting more. Trevor’s song was a great read and I can only hope that a sequel is written.

 

Publisher: Susan Helene Gottfried; Published: November 12, 2010; Category: Fiction – Adult; Format: eBook; Source: Won

Special thanks to book’d out for hosting the giveaway and for Susan Helene Gottfried for the eBook!

 

 

Published in: on March 19, 2011 at 11:09 pm  Comments (2)  

Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs

Not realizing I was reading a book that was the last in a trilogy, Mine is the night by Liz Curtis Higgs was a hard read. I am a fan of historical fiction, but maybe this one was beyond me. The language was hard for me to read and, sometimes, understand. Being unable to finish it, I am only 1/3 of the way through and for some reason cannot get into this one.

Liz Curtis Higgs writes a tale of faith, family, and hope. In the age of this tale, women find it hard to actually get a good job; outside of housekeeping and such. It seems that some women, even in this day and age, can’t escape being taken down off their high horse.

From the beginning of Mine is the night, the former Lady Kerr finds out what humility truly is. Her title taken away and homeless, she must lower not only her standards, but her head and accept that things may not ever be as they were. She learns that her daughter in law isn’t as bad as she may have thought and that sometimes, you have to ask for forgiveness.

I hope to finish this book one day and get the previous two; I will post another review when I have.

Publisher: WaterBrook; Published: March 15, 2011; Category: Fiction –Historical:  Adult, Christian – Romance; Format: Paperback; Source: ARC

This ARC was received from the Publisher in return for a honest review.

Published in: on March 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm  Comments (1)  

Love Inspired: Inspirational Romance

The Love Inspired books, published by Steeple Hill, are among some of the sweetest Inspirational Romance books I love to read. Each book is based on Faith, Love, and God’s word. These books remind me of the innocent days gone by. The Authors each have a different story to tell and each bring about a sense of peace by journey’s end.

 

This week, I’ve read Finally a Family by Carolyne Aarsen and His Small-Town Girl by Arlene James.

 

In Finally a Family, Carolyne Aarsen touches on a subject that has caused many fights among family; the reading of the will. Hannah Kristoferson once thought that the man she considered to be a father, had left and never given her a second thought. Ethan Wetserveld has sworn off women and is rather upset, an understatement, at what is Uncle Sam has done.

Hannah is called to the hometown of Sam; the only man she ever knew as a father. She’s been called in for the reading of his will. With no clue as to why she would need to be there, she is astonished once she finds out.

Ethan has worked his Uncle’s farm for years. When this Hannah woman is called in to hear the will, he is beyond mad about what his Uncle has written. However, with determination and prayers about, Ethan not only has his work cut out for him, but must learn that every “city woman” is not the same.

Can these two work together and fulfill Uncle Sam’s will?

 

For Tyler Aldrich, he just wanted to get away and have some peace. However, when he reaches Eden, the type of peace he was looking for, is not the type he finds. Charlotte Jefford knows what type Tyler needs. Showing him the meaning of family, love, and what it means to have God in your life, Charlotte shows him that money is not everything.

In Arlene James’s His Small-Town Girl, Tyler learns what family truly is. Never being around people of little money, he realizes that he is the odd ball in the town of Eden. Soon, he also comes to see what is more important than anything that money can buy; God. God is the only One that can give us peace – The peace that passes all understanding.

 

Both of these Love Inspired books were great. They always leave me wanting for more at the end, but the journey through the characters and their trials is always amazing. I only with that life was a simple as these books.

 

Finally a Family by Carolyne AArsen

Publisher: Steeple Hill; Published: June 1, 2008; Category: Fiction – Adult: Other: Christian: Women’s Fiction; Format: Paperback; Source: Own

His Small-Town Girl by Arlene James

Publisher: Steeple Hill; Published: June 1, 2008; Category: Fiction – Adult: Other: Christian: Women’s Fiction; Format: Paperback; Source: Own

 

 

 

Published in: on February 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm  Comments (2)  

Sunny Chandler’s Return by Sandra Brown

 

 

Going home, could you show your face in your home town, years after walking out on your wedding day?

Sunny Chandler did. Sandra Brown kept me wanting more in Sunny Chandler’s Return. Sunny is back in her home town for her best friend’s wedding. Not wanting to be there, she is still the object of the busy bodied people of the small town. All she wants is to be there for her friend and leave again.

Ty Beaumont is the town’s sheriff and he is dead set on bedding Sunny. However, he has his work cut out for him. Ty thinks he is every woman’s dream; but with Sunny, he has another thing coming. His straight forward approach is something that brushes her the wrong way from the very beginning.

Sandra Brown brings about a strong-willed woman in Sunny Chandler. She knows what she wants and she works hard to get it. Sunny doesn’t trust easily and one Mr. Ty Beaumont is definitely not to be trusted. Sunny Chandler’s Return is one of Sandra Brown’s novels that I will read again. Its characters are strong and stubborn.

Some women don’t seem to really want a man, and some men don’t seem to know when they’ve met their match.

Publisher: Bantam; Published: January, 2004(first Published in 1987); Category: Fiction – Adult, Romance; Format: Hardcover; Source: Won

This signed copy, was won from a giveaway through Goodreads.com, by the Author.

 

 

Published in: on February 25, 2011 at 8:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Insatiable by Meg Cabot

Do you believe?

In good and evil; that something so vile can be good? The ask Meena Harper how she feels.

For Meena, each day brings about new events. Will someone change their fate today? Will someone die? Meena deals with the results of her gift in silence. She doesn’t tell the person what is about to happen; as they probably would call the psych ward quickly.

Vampires…they’re not real. Meena is sick of them.

Insatiable by Meg Cabot, is a good read. Meena is a writer for the television show, Insatiable. Being overlooked for a promotion, she now has the job of writing in a Vampire.  Hating the idea, Meena goes home for the day, only to meet the Prince of Darkness.  Lucien is a Vampire; his father was and is known world-wide. Meena can’t help but fall for him. Not knowing his secret, she agrees to a date. Little does she know that she is now the one in danger.

Meg Cabot’s novel is a bit different but still has its similarities to other vampires. The short chapters allow for a quick read. In the beginning I was a little worried that I couldn’t get into it; but, I finally did and couldn’t put it down. Even the small history lessons added to its appeal. I only wish that Cabot would have added a little more at the end.

Publisher: William Morrow; Published: June 8, 2010; Category: Fiction – Adult; Format: Hardcover; Source: Purchased

Published in: on February 17, 2011 at 8:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

H.: The Story of Heathcliff’s Journey Back to Wuthering Heights by Lin Haire-Sargeant

 

Did you ever wonder?

One day while at the library, I came across H – The Story of Heathcliff’s Journey back to Wuthering Heights by Lin Haire-Sargeant. I am not a fan of the original, but was intrigued with the idea of this book.

Charlotte couldn’t have imagined that her train ride would have resulted in learning about the death of Heathcliff. Hearing speak of Heathcliff, Miss Charlotte Bronte is excited to read the papers of Mr. Lockwood’s. Curious as ever, Charlotte wonders if the Heathcliff of Mr. Lockwood’s is the same Heathcliff that her dear sister Emily had spoken of.

It seems that Heathcliff got lucky on his leaving Wuthering Heights. He was taken in, educated, and given ample opportunity to become a gentleman. Yet, he never could forget his Cathy. As stubborn as a mule, Mr. Are still pushed forward in helping the bloke.

In the end, Lin Haire-Sargeant suggests that there could have been more to the story of Heathcliff and Cathy. With Emily detailing certain “imaginations” to Charlotte, the idea of both Heathcliff and Cathy being together, only raised more questions.  Haire-Sargeant’s tale of Heathcliff’s away years is contrite; to the one and only Ms. Dean.

Truly, was he a man of gentleness or a man of pure hatred?

Publisher: Pocket Books; Published: July 1, 1992; Category: Fiction –General Fiction – Literary Fiction/Classic; Format: Hardcover; Source: Library

 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is a classic. I recently did a review of the book for Fictionista Workshop.  You can read it here: http://www.fictionistaworkshop.com/category/projects/courting-the-classics/

 

 

Published in: on February 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm  Comments (1)  

The Parting (The Courtship of Nellie Fisher #1) by Beverly Lewis

 

What would you do if you had to adhere to a certain guideline and could only read certain excerpts of the Bible?

In The Parting by Beverly Lewis, the elder Amish are strict. They walk a line of doing what had been taught and what the Bishop has said. However, some are being shunned and turned away. Not because of things done and seen as “wild” or ungodly; but because they are reading other verses in the Bible and accepting Jesus as their Savior.

The Fisher family is going through a trial; the death of a child. Their sixteen year old daughter drowned and now the rumors are rampant. Was she going wild? Or was she helping turn others toward the Lord? Nellie Mae thought she knew her sister, but some things are not as simple as she once believed.

Knowing what is going on in her family; Dat is praying out loud and praying like he never has. Nellie is scared of what is coming. She loves Caleb, but he is strictly standing by others in the laws of the old ways. Nellie is unsure of what to do; she doesn’t want to lose him.

Beverly Lewis has created a lovely journey in the life of the Amish. The family pretense of following your parents and the laws set forth, it makes one wonder what would happen if you were in the same situation. Who do you follow? Your family, the one you love, or the Lord?

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Published: October 1, 2007; Category: Fiction – Adult: Other: Christian: Women’s Fiction; Format: Hardcover; Source: Purchased

 

Published in: on February 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Love Finds You in Deadwood, South Dakota by: Tracey Cross

Want a peek into local American life – past and present? The Love Finds You series published by Summerside Press features real towns and combines travel, romance, and faith in one irresistible package! (inside the back cover)

 

How far would you go for your child to have a home?

Love Finds You in Deadwood, South Dakota, by Tracey Cross is a compelling story of a widow, her son, and the unborn child she carries. Jane Albright not only is in grief over the death of her husband, but also the fact that he took a loan out against the land and home. But Jane being Jane, she will not be run over and will do what it takes to save her home.

Franklin Lloyd had not met a woman as stubborn as Jane. He hated to take away her home, but a deal was a deal. He felt for her and her son; yet, he couldn’t bring himself to just let the note go.

Jane decides to run freight and gets in with the wrong person. Upon learning her mistake, it’s almost too late. Being pregnant is not the only thing that has saved her from being forced into prostitution. By the grace of God, He is keeping her safe.

Follow this journey as Jane works to gain what is rightfully hers and as Franklin realizes that God is still there. The pair is both strong-willed and pushing each other’s buttons. Tracey Cross brings about a story of strong faith, family, and how love will lead you to do almost anything to save them.

Publisher: Summerside Press; Published: August 1, 2010; Category: Fiction – Adult: Other: Christian: Women’s Fiction; Format: Paperback; Source: Purchased


Published in: on February 9, 2011 at 10:29 pm  Leave a Comment