Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble {A Review}

(From my 13-year old)

I cannot stress enough what an amazing author Mrs. Coble is, however, this book didn’t impress me as much as her previous ones. To me, it was much slower and it didn’t flow as well.

For the past 15 years, guilt has kept Mallory Davis from her home in Folly Shoals, Maine. But when her father is murdered, Mallory has no choice but to return to the home and people she’s been running from. As Mallory struggles to find the answers to her father’s murder, it soon becomes apparent that she isn’t just hunting down a killer, she’s looking for herself. And what about her former fiance, Kevin, who she abandoned without even an explanation? Can they really start over? As she race to find her father’s killer before he find her, Mallory begins to realize that everything she’d ever known is drawing to a close. But is redemption even still possible?

Whispers in The Reading Room by Shelley Gray {A Review}

(From my 15-year old)

51oh93zrenl-_sx329_bo1204203200_I love fluffy books–almost consider myself a connoisseur of fluff.And can I just say Whispers in The Reading Room is some of the best fluff I’ve read in a long time.

If you aren’t a fan of predictability, I can’t recommend this book. It’s got all the great qualities of a Christmasy-Hallmark movie, sweet, emotional, romantic with a more or less predictable plot, in some aspects. The murder mystery part had me guessing till the end, but I’m mostly oblivious.

I cannot tell you how much I loved this book! Lydia Bancroft is used to her quiet life, divided between her cherished reading room and working hard to hold her place in society through her and her mother’s rapidly depleting wealth. She’s your standard, good-girl, following her mother’s wishes to the letter. Things start looking up for the Bancrofts when Lydia gets engaged to a wealthy, high standing member of society, Mr. Jason Avondale. But there’s a stranger in her reading room that she can’t quite get out of her mind–Sebastian Marks, master of mystery.

Through various circumstances, Lydia allows herself to cautiously befriend the mysterious gentleman, drawn to his gentle caring ways and chivalry. But he’s not good for her social standing–especially after she finds out that under all that mystery lies the owner of one of the most prestigious gambling clubs in Chicago. Lydia ignores the warnings of her “friends” in high Chicago society and chooses to befriend Sebastian anyway.

Lydia’s a pretty stubborn girl once she’s made up her mind and she convinces Sebastion to take her to his club one night. That one night is all it takes, however, and suddenly everything Lydia’s ever known is blurred before her eyes when a murder is committed outside Sebastian’s club. No one is who they seem to be and Lydia must decide if she can trust the man everyone in town seems to fear. Can she act against the natural instinct and follow her heart? What other secrets surround Sebastian and Jason? Is either of them to be trusted?

Shelly Gray has molded relatable yet unique characters true to their time and I truly fell in love with the story. The underlying mystery combined with a dash of romance finish out the novel as one you’ll always leave room for on your shelf.

Like Father, Like Son by Pete Alwinson, {A Review}

lfls“If you’ve ever finished a book about how to be a man and felt worse than when you started, you need Like Father, Like Son. Forty years of men’s ministry has convinced Pete Alwinson–and will soon convince you–that knowing God’s fatherly love changes everything for a man.”

So reads the back of the book by Pete Alwinson, Like Father, Like Son, How Knowing God as Father Changes Men. It is  a true statement, but one that I think has been said many times before.

I have long heard ( and wholeheartedly agree) of the importance of men, I’m a fan of men. I agree wholeheartedly that fathers are important. I know how important it is to have a good view of God as a father, and how we perceive God in that role changes us. (yes, even though I’m not now, nor ever will be a father.)

This book, though well-written, is more than a little redundant, at least in my opinion. Mr. Alwinson didn’t say anything different in chapter 5 than he said in chapter 1. As I read I found myself getting frustrated because it had already been said.

Mr. Alwinson did point out very well the importance of  having a right relationship with God. He reiterated the importance of completely relying on God to help us parent.  He showed us time and again the importance of fathers–and fathers who are present. He talked about different types of fathers and how they are (or should be) all rolled into one.

If you’re a father, or will be a father someday, you might want to check this book out.

 

I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

Faithgirlz Bible {A Review}

There was only one thing I disliked about this Bible: There were no features that were exclusive to this particular Bible. The cover was new and creative by the inside was virtually the same.

As I said, the cover design was beautiful and I loved it. Especially the magnetic closure. My Bible (and books in general) have a habit of falling open in my bag, so the snap was very exciting.

As far as the inside goes, there is really nothing notable to report but the features were as follows:

  • Dream Girl–Ever wondered what it was like to live in Bible times? This feature uses your imagination to show you what it may have been like to witness some key events.
  • Bring It On–This is a personal favorite of mine. They are scattered throughout and they are quizzes and each answer is backed up with a Bible verse.
  • Oh I get it!–Basically a Q&A explaining some of the things you may not understand.
  • Treasure This!–Good verses for memorizing!
  • Is there a little____ in you?–Quizzes that will help you understand some Bible characters–and yourself–a little better.
  • In Your Own Words–You get to summarize some key events in Scripture in your own words.

I give this four out of five turning pages.

(Review written by my 12 year old. I did not read this book.)

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

The Splendor of Ordinary Days by Jeff High {A Review}

If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent a few wintery days curled up on the couch watching cute, sappy movies on the Hallmark channel. But for those of us who don’t have cable, I highly recommend Jeff High’s book, The Splendor of Ordinary Days. Set in the cozy town of Waterford,TN, this is a book full of fascinating characters, belly laughs, and a splash of small town romance that will keep you hooked to the very end.

But there’s more to Waterford than meets the eye. Young physician Luke Bradford finds himself playing part-time detective and peacemaker as the tension between the people of Waterford and the Mennonites nearby grows steadily, fueled by the newspaper published by crochety Luther Whitmore. Mystery surrounds Luther and his past, and though he poses a daunting obstacle, Luke is determined to find the root of the dispute between the two communities–and make an attempt to capture the heart of Christine Chambers, local school teacher.

The Splendor of Ordinary Days gets off to a slow start, but stick with it and you own’t be disappointed. I give it four out of five stars.

I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.