Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Book Review: The Choice

The Choice by Robert Whitlow is part legal thriller and part women's fiction. The plot of the story revolves around Sandy Lincoln and the decisions she makes after she finds out she is pregnant at the age of seventeen. The story explores the themes of the sanctity of life, the moral issues of the abortion movement, adoption and the bonds of motherhood.

The beginning of The Choice is set in 1974 just a couple of years after Roe v. Wade. Sandy discovers she is pregnant and is pressured by most of the people around her to have an abortion. One lone aunt offers to let Sandy live with her while she is pregnant and encourages her to put the unborn child up for adoption. This offer changes the course of Sandy and her unborn child's life forever. The second half of the book deals with the effects of the adoption on Sandy's adult life, and her relationship with an unwed pregnant teen at the school where she teaches.

I thought the author did a good job showing how precious life is, and how one decision can change everyone's lives for the better. There was a strange supernatural element to the story that I could have done without, but other wise I enjoyed the book. I would recommend The Choice to fans of women's fiction and/or legal thrillers.

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

6x6 Challenge Update

Today is the last day of the 6x6 challenge that I participated in with Mary DeMuth's blog. I'm happy to say I completed all the things on my list. I enjoyed this small challenge. I found it very doable, and an easy way to put a time limit on some of those things I like to put off. Thanks Mary for the great idea!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Book Review: A Season for Tending

I enjoyed this Amish fiction book by Cindy Woodsmall. It is the first in the series Amish Vines and Orchards. In it we are introduced to the Byler and King families. The two families are sort of thrown together through dubious circumstances. I found this story to be different from a lot of fiction that I have read. The families are more business minded. They tend to come into contact with the outside world a little more often than they do in other Amish fiction books.

I found the characters interesting. They have a lot of secrets, some of which are revealed in this book. There is also a lot of tension between the characters as they struggle to understand and get to know one another.

Overall, I found it to be an interesting read. I would recommend it to any fan of Amish fiction.

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

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Chick Flicks 3

It's been a while since I did a movie post. I was looking at my past chick flick lists here and here and realized there were a few that I missed, and there are a few new ones. Elin and I have recently discovered Hallmark Channel movies. If I can't find them on Netflixs, I can usually find them at the library. All of these should be reasonably clean flicks:

Love Comes Softly (and its sequels)
The Magic of Ordinary Days (the book is really good, too)
North and South (this is NOT the John Jakes mini-series)
Love Begins (prequel to Love Comes Softly)
While You Were Sleeping (my favorite Sandra Bullock movie)
You've Got Mail (my favorite Meg Ryan movie)
Have you seen any of these? What would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments.

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for:
~ink stains on Adam's fingers
~the ability to be flexible
~breaks from school work
~blooms on the bottle brush tree
~new birds