Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Book Review: Burning Sky by Lori Benton

Willa Obenchain is returning home after twelve years of captivity among the Mohawk Indians. Instead of finding her family, she find her childhood home abandoned, and her childhood friend a bitter and resentful enemy determined to take her family's home. Her parents have disappeared and, because they were believed to be British sympathizers, their land will be going up for auction. Willa is determined to save her land and clear her parents name. And she is determined to do it all on her own.

I enjoyed this Historical fiction set in the aftermath of the American Revolution. It was well researched, and the writing was beautiful. I had a lot of sympathy for Willa. She is finally able to come home and she is met with suspicion and anger. She endured many hardships, and is a very somber character. I do wish more time had been given to the time she spent with the Indians. I didn't feel like there was much more than highlights about that part of her life.

While I liked the characters and the writing, I felt like the story got long in the middle. I had trouble staying interested. It picked up toward the end though, and had a good finish. I will definitely read other books by this author in the future.  I would recommend this book to female readers who enjoy character driven stories in an historical setting.

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

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Recent Aquisitions

I have been getting lots of books in the mail lately. Makes me happy. Here are some of my most recent "purchases".

Bookstore/Amazon Finds:

Return To Me ~ Ok, this one I actually spent real money on. I was in Books A Million and there it was. It wasn't supposed to be released for a few days. I had my discount card and some money burning a hole in my pocket. Lynn Austin's books are always keepers for me anyway.

Angel Eyes ~ This is a YA supernatural series that I got for Elin. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. I got Angel eyes from a private seller on Amazon for less than $4. I used a gift card I earned on Swag Bucks to pay for it.

Paperback Swap (books cost 1 credit, basically the price of postage):

Sweet Dreams ~ This is Carla Stewart's newest book. It has a beautiful cover.

Unrivaled ~ Siri Mitchell's latest release. The copy I received looks brand new.

Afloat ~ This one looks kinda creepy and fun.

Before the Dawn and Sweet September ~ These are the first 2 books in the Home to Heather Creek series. I thought they looked like sweet, heart warming reads.

Broken Wings ~ This is book 2 in the Angel Eyes series that I got for Elin. Not for me, mind you. I'm sure Elin will enjoy it.

Books to Review (these are freebies):

Burning Sky ~ I will be reading this one soon and posting a review at Blogging for Books.

All God's Children ~ WW2 era fiction I won in a Goodreads giveaway.

That's eleven books, and I spent about $30 on them. Not too bad. What books have you purchased lately?

Saturday, October 5, 2013

My Playlist

Here's what I'm listening to:
Peace Be Still

You Are Love

Already All I Need

All Of My Days

The Word

Friday, October 4, 2013

New and Upcoming Releases I Can't Wait to Get My Hands On

Here are some books I am looking forward to with great anticipation.

Return to Me by Lynn Austin ~ Ms. Austin is my favorite author. I love her historical fiction, so when I saw she was writing a new Biblical series, I became giddy with anticipation. The Restoration Chronicles are set during the time of the rebuilding of the Temple. I saw Return to Me in Books a Million a few days before it was set to release, and I snatched it up. I'm planning on reading it later this month.

Pilgrimage by Lynn Austin ~ This is a memoir about Ms. Austin's visit to the Holy Land, and the impact it had on her life. This releases next month. I may have to put this one on my Christmas list.

Draw of Kings by Patrick W. Carr ~ I loved book 1 in the Staff and the Sword series, I have book 2 waiting for me on my Kindle, and I am already excited to see how this series ends. If you like the fantasy genre, give these books a try. Book 3 comes out in January.

The Wall Around Your Heart by Mary DeMuth ~  A book about the healing only Jesus can give. I love Mary's straight forward, caring style. She speaks from personal experience. Another great book by her is her memoir Thin Places. The Wall Around Your Heart comes out later this month.

Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury ~ I thought this book about a singing show contestant looked like a fun, quick read. It comes out at the end of this month, and my library already has it on order.

Healer of Carthage by Lynne Gentry (March 4, 2014) ~ I saw an early review of this book on Goodreads, and thought it looked fascinating. A modern day doctor goes back to ancient Carthage and becomes the slave of a handsome lawyer. What's not to love?

The Amish Groom by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner (April 2014) ~ I'm not an Amish fiction fan, but I am a Susan Meissner fan. I'll definitely be checking out this new series, The Men of Lancaster County.

Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers (April 22, 2014) ~ Francine Rivers has a new book coming out!!! It's about Hollywood in the 1950's, and the cover is gorgeous!

Shadowed by Grace by Carla Putman (January 1,2014) ~ I thought this book looked lovely. A woman travels to Italy during WW2 to take pictures and look for the father she never knew.

Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell (February 25,2014) ~ This book looks like so much fun. Another up and coming actress story. I have enjoyed the other books I have read by Ms. Mitchell. She has great story lines and great characters.

The Fatal Tree by Stephen Lawhead (Fall 2014) ~ I just finished book 4 in the Bright Empires series, and I am a little peeved that I am going to have to wait so long for the 5th and final installment. And such a cliff hanger there was. Argh! Seriously, though, this is a great time travel series, but you definitly want to read them in order.

So much good reading to do next year. I can hardly wait! What do you want to read in the future?

*A disclaimer. All of my links go to Amazon. They don't pay me any money. I just like them.*