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I review books on a regular basis. These books are usually provided by the publisher or author. I am not paid for my reviews in any way.

Monday, June 27, 2011

This Book Will Grab You and Not Let Go!

I just finished Tracey Bateman's book "Thirsty". Talk about a book that is a real pages turner! I finished it in one day because I had to keep reading it to see what was going to happen. The storyline was well written and had you on the edge of your seat. It was not your average predictable suspense. And I liked that!
Here is a little of what the book was about:

Nina Parker was married and is now divorced with two children, her demons comes flying at her in every possible moment on the pages. After hitting rock bottom, Nina's sister, Jill, takes the broken woman in. Jill lives in Nina's hometown of Abbey Hills, Missouri, and has arranged for a job for Nina as a waitress until she can get back on her feet. Nina was a vet before alcoholism took over and is hoping to save enough to return to Houston one day and open up her own practice.
Returning to Abbey Hills is a difficult idea for Nina as it's a place she hasn't seen in 16 years. She left one terrible night when she was only 18 years old, not yet realizing that she had become pregnant. She hadn't faced her parents in all that time, and they had never met her children. They are overjoyed to get the opportunity now, but it's a hard situation for Nina to face.

Nina's daughter, Meagan, accompanies her for a week-long trip, the stay being arranged by her dad is an attempt to repair an extraordinarily strained mother-daughter relationship. Though Meagan is furious about the forced trip, she has lost faith in her mother long ago, Nina still holds on to the hope that she can begin to make up for years of hurt. The only catch is that Meagan's real father also lives in Abbey Hills and Nina doesn't want him to know about her. And there have been disturbing events on the news, with some animals nearby having been found mutilated and a young woman murdered. The community is in a state of panic, and the situation has escalated enough to make both Hunt, Nina's ex and Nina nervous.

Nina becomes friends with Markus who is her sister's neighbor, and who seems charming enough, but he is holding a dark secret as well.

Nina, Markus, Jill, Meggie and Hunt became so real that I felt that I knew them. I found myself having to put the book down for a few moments several times in order to catch my breath as events unfolded. The authors ability to develop the relationship between Nina and her daughter was so believable for anyone that has raised a teenage daughter.

Ok, I have to stop or I will tell you too much about the book. You have to read it! You will either end up liking it, or not. But it definitely will keep you in suspense. I think Tracey did a great job with this one!

Happy Reading**

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Convenient Groom-by Denise Hunter, A Book Review

"Kate wrote the book on finding the right mate. But she couldn't write the chapter on true love . . . until now. Kate is always used to having this so planned out and perfect and when things are falling apart right in front of her she is finally left without a plan.
Five hours before her Nantucket beach wedding, Kate receives the worst news of her life, her fiance's decides not to marry her, that's right, he won't be showing up. And this is all happening on the same day her big book launch.
Along comes Lucas Wright, who offers to stand in for the missing husband-to-be and marry her. Kate's desperate enough to agree,although she's sure this Mr. Wright is completely wrong for her. They might just be able to pull this off. But Kate has one crucial question: what's in it for him?
I enjoyed this book from the very beginning. It had you voting for your favorite characters and wanting to yell at some of them to "wake up and smell the coffee". It also showed good points of what happens when you rush into things without going to God in prayers first.
I could actually see this made into a movie.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

My Review of "Fade to Blue"

We all loved Julie Carobini when she wrote "Chocolate Beach" and the sequel "Truffles by the Sea". Now she has another book as part of the Otter Bay Series called "Fade to Blue"
"Suz Mitchell is a determined dreamer, and won’t allow her ex-husband’s jail sentence to ruin their young son Jeremiah’s life. An accomplished artist, Suz moves with her child across the country to California’s central coast, and lands a job restoring priceless art for the historic Hearst Castle overlooking the sea.

But even dreams have shocking twists. To her surprise, a serious old flame, Seth, works at the castle and jumbles the new aspirations in Suz’s heart. While sorting through their past and a palette of spiritual differences, an even bigger brush with yesterday awaits. Suz must learn to let God be the true restorer of all that once seemed lost."

I really enjoyed the book, it was a quick read, and one that kept me waiting to see what would happen next.
There was a little bit of everything in this book, mystery, romance, suspense. I love Julie's writing style, she really allows you to put yourself in the scenes like you are a part of the characters life, one of her friends.
I am looking forward to the next book to see what other adventure lies ahead.

My Review of "Heaven is For Real"

From the first couple of pages of "Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back" by Todd Burpo,& Lynn Vincent, I was drawn in, I could not put the story down. The story is well told and just grips you deep inside your soul.
Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. He tells of meeting his sister that was miscarried of whom he was never told any details about from his parents, and a Grandfather that he had never met, who had died 30 years prior. He goes on to tell of other incredible things he experienced while being dead for those three short minutes, including sitting on Jesus' lap and hearing the angels sing.
This story is told by Todd Burpo,the father, but often in Colton's own words.
What I found to be true is that even if a the father were to have embellished on Colton's recollection of his visit to Heaven, so that you were to have doubts, then you would have to have doubts about your faith and the Bible and what God's word says. This story was nothing short of AMAZING!!!
When I finished reading it, I was so deeply moved I wanted to buy copies for my friends and family.
I do recommend it for all to read, sceptics included!! I dare you to believe!!