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

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Green Dress (True Colors) by Liz Tolsma

This is the second book I've read by Liz Tolsma and again, I was not disappointed. This is also her second book in the True Colors series. This series is based on strange but true crimes committed in America.

Liz Tolsma writes in a way that keeps your attention but is not nail-biting intense. I like this very much as I tend to read at bedtime. This book kept my interest throughout. I did not feel that there were any unnecessary passages or too-long or too-in-depth situations. The story flowed well.

Her main characters were well developed but in a way to keep you guessing to who the guilty was. You felt like you knew these characters as you would know your neighbors that were not close friends. They were believable.

The editing was done very well also. This is important to me as I do not like having to re-read something to understand it because of wrong words or incorrect punctuation. I always am thankful for good editing, especially in an ARC book.

I am thankful to NetGalley and Barbour Books for giving me the chance to read and review this book. I am not required to review this and I am really not required to leave a positive review. I give this book a 4 out of 5 star review. A 3 star book is good and a 5 star book is beyond excellent, this book is in between so a 4 star.

Monday, March 16, 2020

The Happy Camper by Melody Carlson

I have not read anything by Melody Carlson before but I'm sure glad I read this book. She has a real talent to bring her characters alive. Even the minor characters were believable.

The story flowed very well and was quite unique. On one hand, it was a typical love story but the other hand, it was also about the joys of owning a vintage camper. She brought these two things together very nicely.

Also, the editing of this book was very well done. I find it quite annoying to have to re-read things because of poor editing. I noticed only a couple of things and they were very minor issues and didn't affect my enjoyment of the book.

This was not an "I can't put this down, page-turner" but it did keep my interest throughout.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. A 5-star book is over-the-top, can't put it down kind of book. A 3-star book is a book I really enjoyed but nothing special.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Out of the Embers (Mesquite Springs #1) by Amanda Cabot

 This book is from Revell Publishing and I expected it to be more of a Christian book. This is not to say that it was unChristian in any way, it just seemed that the characters did not rely on God and it was Christian because they attended church. I don't want a preachy book, but when I read Christian books, I like it when the characters depend on God.

The book is historical fiction. It is listed as an adult book, but in my opinion, it seems more relative to young adults and teens. Towards the end of the book, it got a bit bogged down and I ended up skipping over small parts as they didn't add to the story, just added words.

The main characters, Evelyn and Wyatt are quite well developed. The supporting characters are well done. This isn't a deep book so the characters are not deeply developed but well enough to enjoy the story. The story flowed well but was not a page-turner. It is a light read and the plot was fairly predictable.

This is the first book by Amanda Cabot that I have read. I will read more in the future. I give this book a 3 out of 5-star rating. It is a good, enjoyable book, but not the best I've ever read.

I requested to read and review this book through Revell Reads Blogger Program. I am not required to give a positive review and this review is my own, honest opinion.

Monday, March 2, 2020

The Socialite by J'nell Ciesielski

I was pleased to be able to read and review this book through Netgalley and Thomas Nelson Publishing. I truly enjoyed the book. It is listed as a Christian book, but there truly wasn't much about being a Christian at all. But, it is a mostly clean book. One sister is living in open sin with someone but that is as "bad" as it gets.

The story has a new twist on living during WWII. It told a little about the French resistance, it told a little about the Nazi's but it was mostly a love story. It was well told and the characters were very believable. It was a story that draws you in and you are pulling for the heroine throughout.

The Kindle edition I was given was an ARC and it needed very little in the way of additional editing. This was very encouraging to me. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to my friends. My review is totally my own opinion and I am not required to leave a positive review. I give this book a 4 out of 5 star review.

Unveiling the Past by Kim Vogel Sawyer

I have enjoyed every book by Kim Vogel Sawyer that I have read and this book is no different. The story was very well written and even though it was an unedited ARC it was quite well done. There were a few errors such as punctuation and words that were wrong but these errors were few and far between and did not impact the story.
The book is written from the viewpoint of 4 different people. These people are all related and the main story is woven around the dynamics of these relationships. Each of the main characters also has his own story within the story so it's kind of like getting a few stories in one. I really enjoyed this as each new part was introduced with a header so you weren't just thrown into a new aspect.

The characters were very well developed and the story line flowed well. This is a true Christian fiction story. By this, I mean that God is mentioned as well as the need for salvation but not in any sort of preachy way. It shows how the characters that are Christian in the book learn to lean on God's wisdom. This story is set in modern-day times.

I was pleased to hear from Netgalley and Penguin Random House that I would be allowed to read and review this book.  This review is not required and a positive review is never required. These thoughts are my own and freely given. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend this book to my friends.