Thursday, April 16, 2015

Quick Lit ~ April Edition

Here are some of the books I have been reading lately.

Nobody's Cuter Than You: A Memoir about the Beauty of Friendship
I really enjoyed this memoir about friendship. I did a full review here.

A Sparrow in Terezin (Hidden Masterpiece #2)
I loved this frame story set in the present day and WW2. I reviewed it here.

The Sentinels (Harbingers Book 3)
Each of the books in this series are written by a different author. I wasn't really impressed with the first installment, but this one by Angela Hunt was pretty good. Sci-Fi with supernatural elements make for an interesting story.Each novella is under one hundred pages, so these are quick reads.

Everything the Bible Says About Prayer: How do I know God hears my prayers? What should I ask for when I pray? What does God say about worshiping in prayer? How should I pray for my family?
This book is more of a resource than a how-to or devotional. Each chapter covers a topic of prayer and a lot of scripture to refer to on that topic.

A Promise Kept
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The stories were well told, and I loved the themes of prayer and redemption that were woven through out. I highly recommend it.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Until the Harvest

What I am waiting for:
Until the Harvest

When does it release? May 5, 2015

Why am I waiting? The first book in this series was sweet and lovely. A perfect summer read.  There was also some magical realism thrown in, which really enhanced the story.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Book Review: A Sparrow in Terezin

A Sparrow in Terezin (Hidden Masterpiece #2)

I really enjoyed A Sparrow in Terezin. This is book two in the Hidden Masterpiece series by Kristy Cambron. While you could probably get by reading this as a stand alone, I would recommend starting with book one, The Butterfly and the Violin. Both books are frame stories with a contemporary story line that continues from one book to the next, and an historical story line set in WW2. These are hard books to read. Much of the stories are set in prison camps, but there is a lot of hope in these characters. Much of that hope is through the art that is created while the prisoners are interned there, and much comes from their faith.

If you enjoy historical fiction or fiction that incorporates art  and music into the plot, I would recommend Kristy Cambron's books. They are both fascinating reads with great characters and lots of historical details.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Book Review: Nobody's Cuter Than You

Nobody's Cuter Than You: A Memoir about the Beauty of Friendship

I have been reading the Big Mam blog for several years. I enjoy Melanie Shankle's wit and writing style. I have also enjoyed her two previous books, Green Sparkly Earrings and The Antelope in the Living Room. While her previous memoirs focused on motherhood and marriage, this one focused on female friendships.This is an interesting topic, because friendship can be a bit sticky for women. Melanie was blessed to have friends throughout her life. She is very honest about the good ones and the not so good ones. This book is a lovely tribute to friendship and a very entertaining read.

Going into this book I expected a lot of humorous stories mixed in with touching moments. This book lived up to my expectations. Melanie has a writing style that is warm and friendly and easy going. I enjoyed her humor and honesty.I would recommend this books to any woman who likes memoirs. If you haven't read memoir before, Melanie's books would be a great place to start.

I received this book from Tyndale for free for the purpose of review.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Maggie Bright

What I am waiting on:
Maggie Bright: A Novel of Dunkirk

When does it release? May 1, 2015

Why am I waiting?  I read The Sentinels of Andersonville last year and loved it. It was so fresh and unique. Maggie bright looks really good as well. I love the title and cover. Plus, when I see the author's name, I have to say, "I am Groot" in my best Vin Diesel voice.

Check out more upcoming releases at Breaking the Spine. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Characters I Want to Check In On

Here are some characters I would like to sit down and chat with. They had so much more story to tell, and I'm curious to see how their lives are now that their books have ended.

The Restorer (Sword of Lyric Series #1)
The Mitchell family from the Sword of Lyric

Anne and Charles from Persuasion

Dear Mr. Knightley
Samantha Moore from Dear Mr. Knightley

The Fatal Tree (Bright Empires, #5)
Mina and Etzel from The Bright Empires

Until We Reach Home
The Carlson sisters from Until We Reach Home

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Book Review: From the Start by Melissa Tagg

From the Start (Walker Family, #1)

From the Start is book one in Melissa Tagg's new Walker Family series. In this book we are introduced to Kate Walker and here Iowa family as they deal with the aftermath of a tornado in their home of Maple Valley. Also in this story is Colton Greene, a newly retired NFL quarterback who is trying to figure out what to do now that his career is over. He enlists Kate to write his biography, but he struggles to reveal anything about himself. This makes it kind of hard to write the book. Kate has to deal with this and a broken heart from a past relationship, making it difficult to trust again.

This is the first book I have read by Melissa Tagg, and I really enjoyed it. I loved the small town, rural setting. I thought the characters were well developed and interesting. The main characters had good chemistry. I am also interested to find out about the other members of her family, and see where their stories lead. The story was well paced and moved along nicely. I loved to see where things were going. It was never predictable, which I appreciated. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance and family series.

I received this book for free from Bethany House for the purpose of review.