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I am a wife, mother and grandmother. I am a Christian and try to live as Jesus did.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Trail of Tears by Anne Greene

 So, what happens when one of your favorite authors writes a new book in one of your favorite genres? An awesome book for sure.

Anne has a wonderful way of making her characters very believable. This book is right on par. I enjoyed getting to "know" John Ross and the things he had to go through when the government decided to relocate the Cherokee nation. 

I learned a lot in this book and didn't want it to end. John went from a life of ease to one I can't even imagine. This is the first book in the series and I am so looking forward to the next book. 

I have never been disappointed in a book by Anne Greene. She has a talent for novellas as well as regular novels. Her books run the gamut of genres also. You will not be disappointed in this book, especially if you enjoy Christian historical fiction.

I received an ARC version in exchange for my freely given, honest review. Even as an ARC, the editing was excellent. I highly recommend this book. I give this book a rare 5 out of a 5-star review.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Come Back To Me by Jody Hedlund

I requested to read and review an ARC version of this book because I enjoy Jody Hedlund's books. This review is my own opinion and freely given.

First, I enjoyed the book on it's own merit. The story was unique and the story was well told. It is a time travel book. I would have given this book a 4 out of 5 star review except for the fact this is listed as a Christian book. Because it IS listed as a Christian book and so many things go against my doctrinal beliefs I give it a 3 out of 5 star review.

The characters were well developed, the story flowed well but I could not get past the telling that God didn't guard the Tree of Life well enough. I also didn't feel that God was very much involved in the story, the characters didn't seem to trust God but relied on themselves.  

This review was hard to write because as a regular, clean book, I enjoyed it but as a Christian book, there is too much wrong according to the Bible. One verse that stands out that was totally ignored in my opinion,  Hebrews  9:27 says And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,

If this had not been listed as Christian it would have been a 4 out of 5 star book. I do look forward to the next in the series but I will not expect it to be Chrisitan fiction.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

At Lighthouse Point by Susanne Woods Fisher

 This is the third book in the series and the focus is on the youngest sister. It picks up where the second book left off.

I enjoyed this book and the characters were quite believable. The story flowed well. It is not linear in time as it goes back to different times to tell something that happened when Blaine was a child. This did not bother me as it helped explain why things were as they are now. 

The ook was well written and did leave me wanting more, but I think this is the last in this series as each daughter had a book revolve around them. I enjoyed meeting the characters and think you will enjoy the book also. It is a Christian book but not at all preachy.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions are entirely my own.

I give this a 4 out of 5-star rating.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Miriam's Song by Jill Eileen Smith

 I was very excited to see this book come up for review through the Revell Reads program and extra excited to be chosen to read and review this book. I have never been disappointed in a book by Ms Smith and this is not an exception.

The Bible doesn't tell us a lot about Miriam but this book gave a new insight into what she may have been like. The characters were very well developed and believable. The story flowed well and kept my interest throughout. 

The editing was also very well done, one minor error that I noticed and nothing to interfere with my enjoyment. Ms Smith has a way of bringing these events to life and has you thinking about the surrounding elements in a new way.

This review is my own opinion and freely given. I would recommend this book and I give it a rare,for me, 5 out of five-star rating.

Monday, March 1, 2021

A Small Voice by Anne Greene

 I am always excited to read a book by Anne Greene. Her books cover a wide range of subjects and the mood of the books covers just as much. This book was a bit more serious than the last one I read but still very enjoyable.

This book deals with the serious subject of abortion.

The characters are very well developed for a novella. The story flows well and it definitely kept my interest.

The Christian aspect was well represented also.

And, I don't enjoy novellas in general but have never been disappointed in Anne Greens's novellas. She is able to convey her thoughts in such a manner as to not need it to be a full novel, though I'm sure the books would be great as novels also.

I would recommend this book to my friends and I recommend it to you.

I was given a copy of this book from the author to read and review. The opinions and review are totally my own and freely given.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

A Dance in Donegal by Jennifer Deibel

 This is Jennifer Deibel's debut novel and I must say, she is a promising writer. I aksed to read and revew this book through Revell Reads Program and this review is my own opinion. 

I must also say I rarely give 5-star reviews as those are for the very best books which are few and far between. I give this book a 3.5. 

The story started slow in my opinion. I was feeling like I would not enjoy the book, but I was actually surprised. The story does need work, but for a first attempt, it is well done. I liked the concept of the story and Ms Deibel is very descriptive in her telling. The book was very well edited with no glaring errors. The main characters were fairly well developed though it took me a while to actually like the main character, Moira Doherty.

This is a Christian book and that shone through.

What I did not enjoy was how long it took to get to the real story. I felt the book did not flow as well as it could have. I also felt there was a section just past the middle that was not needed at all. A new character introduced for something not needed and distracting. 

I feel that with some more practice, Ms Deibel will become a well-loved author and very successful.

Friday, February 19, 2021

The Moonlight School by Suzanne Woods Fisher

 I was pleased to be chosen to read and review this book by Suzanne Woods Fisher, one of my favorite authors. This book is another good choice for any who likes historical fiction woven through with truths.

Lucy didn't notice her sister's disappearance as she was so engrossed in her book. Her life after that seemed like an empty shell until she was sent to work with her father's cousin in the hills of Kentucky. This story shows how Lucy dealt with her life and how she dealt with her new circumstances.

This book also reveals what life in the hill country was like for the poor and illiterate.

These combine to make a very interesting read. The book is also very well edited and the story flows well. The main characters were well developed and you could see their individual personalities. 

The only negative in the book is that I felt there were a lot of loose ends, but to tie it all up neatly may have made the book boring and extremely long.

This review is my own opinion and freely given. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to my friends.