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

Monday, January 28, 2019

The Seamstress by Allison Pittman

   This is the first book I've read by Allison Pittman. The story was interesting but somehow it felt heavy. It switched back and forth between two cousins and what they were going through. The time period is just before and during the French Revolution. It was an Advanced Reader's Copy so the editing wasn't perfect but still well done.
     What I liked about the book was that it was well written and the story was interesting. What I did not like was the use of the French words/terms. I speak English and sometimes the words/phrases were re-stated in English but many times they were not. If you are writing in English and want to add foreign words and phrases make sure they are re-stated in English so your readers can follow along.
     I give this book three out of five stars mostly because of the French words/phrases. This is a Christian book and it is not overly preachy but does deliver the Gospel message in a nice way. I requested to read and review this book through Netgalley. The opinions are my own and freely given.

Friday, January 18, 2019

The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y'Barbo

This is another book in The Daughter's of the Mayflower series. I have read some of the books, but not the one previous to this. It didn't really matter but would have made the book a bit more entertaining if I had. I recommend reading them in order.

The characters were quite well developed and easy to understand. The plot was original and had history along with the fiction. It was an advanced reader's copy and not the final edit so there were errors but not a lot. There were not enough to dim the enjoyment I had in reading this book.

I have enjoyed all the books I have read written by Kathleen Y'Barbo and this is the same. I did enjoy it very much.

I asked for a review copy from Netgalley and was granted one. The review is voluntary and my own opinion. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano

I just love Jen Turano's books and this was no exception. Jen is able to write so you feel like you are watching what is going on and not just reading. As my grandson once said, "It's like a movie in your head". She brings her characters to life and in an upbeat sort of way.

This book is Christian fiction and both descriptives fit. The book is not preachy but brings God's plan together, especially at the end. It is good, clean fiction.

Even though I read an advanced reader's copy, the editing was very well done. There were very few errors and the final edition should be error-free, at this rate.

I requested a copy of this book to read and review through Netgalley and was granted the opportunity to do so. All opinions are my own and freely given.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Recipe For A Husband by Anne Greene

I just finished reading this book.  It is definitely by Anne Greene. A very unique storyline. It is a novella so it is a quick read. I liked it so much I would have finished in one sitting but ran out of time. The characters are quite well developed for the length. The story flows well. And, being a Christian story, it shows God and His grace without being preachy. I definitely recommend this book for a fun, easy read. You will enjoy. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. I did receive this book free from the author but was not required to leave a review, I chose to do that on my own.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

We Hope For Better Things by Erin Bartles

I requested a review copy of the book through Revell Reads and was granted it. I am writing this review on my own. All opinions are mine.

The book is very unusual and is divided among three main characters and how their lives are similar and yet different. It also deals with racism then and now. It is partially a historical fiction novel and partly modern times. The story goes from one era to another quite well.

The characters were well developed and you felt like they were real people. The story captured my attention from the very beginning and it was one that I didn't want to put down. The editing was also very well done. It is important to me to have it flow well and the grammar and punctuation be correct.

But, and this will take away one star leaving it as 4 out of 5, the story is supposed to be a Christian novel. Not one of the main characters was a Christian or at least a practicing Christian. In the whole book, I would guess, only two or three minor characters would truly be Christian. It did not show anyone's faith but more the lack of faith. It did not address these issues but left them. I enjoyed the book, but I would not recommend it to an unsaved person because if I were unsaved and read this, I would not see any benefit in becoming a Christian. If it were sold solely as a novel, not a Christian novel, I would have not problem recommending it to an unsaved person. Read as a Christian, it was a disappointment that so many opportunities were missed.

All in all, I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to a limited number of my friends. I give this 4 stars out of 5.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Memory House by Rachel Hauck

I asked, through netgalley.com, to read and review this book. I was granted an ebook to do that and this is my own review.

I do not give a synopsis of the book, you can read that on the cover, etc. I will tell you what I thought about the book. First, it was an interesting concept, but not executed in the best manner. I enjoyed reading the book but it was not the kind that you "can't put down". It jumped back and forth between one group in the late 50s and early 60s to another group in the early 2000s. That was ok, but there were some things I felt could have been left out.

The characters were quite well developed and were interesting in general. The story in part was believable but other parts were hard to believe.

What brought my rating down was the need for more editing. There were several times that the words were wrong or mixed up. It is harder for me to enjoy a book that has so many errors. I double checked and it did not say it was an advanced readers copy. If it had not been finalized I probably wouldn't mention this.

Overall, I give it 3 stars out of 5. I would recommend it to anyone that likes a novel. It is a Christian book, but not at all preachy. It does have some Bible verses but the characters in the book are not all Christians. It is a good, clean read.