Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Book Review: Beloved Enemy

I was really hoping to enjoy this book. It is set during the Civil War, and I love a good Yankee/Rebel romance. Unfortunately, I could not get into the plot of this book. I found the characters stiff and the dialogue to be silly and melodramatic. The main female character was supposed to be a spy, but she did very little spying. There was a lot of historical detail given, and the Battle of Bull Run was covered very thoroughly. I just found it all rather dry. This book was part of The Battles of Destiny series, but it worked well as a stand alone title.

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

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Spring Reading Thing 2012 Wrap Up

I can't believe spring is over! It went so fast. To celebrate I got a sunburn last weekend. I'm beginning to wonder if it will ever go away. Anyway, the end of spring means the end of the spring reading challenge hosted by Callapidder Days. I'm happy to say I completed my entire list. Of the original eighteen books, I read fourteen and had four dnf's (did not finish). Here is my original list with ratings:

                                                   The Muir House ~ Mary DeMuth ~ 4/5

Martha ~ Diana Wallace Taylor ~ 3/5

A Most unsuitable Match ~ Stephanie Grace Whitson ~ 3/5

Romey's Place ~ James Calvin Schaap ~ dnf

Love Charleston ~ Beth Webb Hart ~ dnf

Silence ~ Shusaku Endo ~ 4/5

Mozart's Last Aria ~ Matt Rees ~ 3.5/5

Broken Wings ~ Carla Stewart ~ 4/5

Cottonwood Whispers ~ Jennifer Erin Valent ~ 3.5/5

Catching Moondrops ~ Jennifer Erin Valent ~ dnf

O Pioneers ~ Willa Cather ~ 3.5/5

Passionate Housewives Desperate for God ~ Jennie Chancey ~ dnf

Please Don't Eat the Daisies ~ Jean Kerr ~ 3.5/5

A Busy Woman's Guide to Prayer ~ Cheri Fuller ~ 5

Finding Our Way Home ~ Charlene Ann Baumbich ~ 3/5

Wings of Refuge ~ Lynn Austin ~ 3.5/5

A Light to My Path ~ Lynn Austin ~ 5

                                                          The Story ~ GOD ~ 5

I read some great books this spring, and really got my to-be-read pile down to a more manageable size. I'm already looking forward to the Fall Into reading Challenge in September!