Monday, November 21, 2011

Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks

"Just when April Grace thought the drama was over . . .

After an automobile accident, Isabel St. James—resident drama coach and drama queen—needs help putting together the church play. Mama insists April Grace and Myra Sue will help. April’s fall is now devoted to spending every afternoon with Isabel and Myra Sue—if anyone is as big of a drama queen as Isabel, it’s Myra Sue. Plus, she’s dumb. (Okay, not dumb, but "older sister dumb.") If that’s not enough, Isabel is wreaking havoc in the community trying to get Rough Creek Road paved, the new boy at school will not leave her alone, and then Mama drops the biggest bombshell of all . . . April Grace is no longer going to be the baby of the family . . .

Girls will completely relate to April and love her sense of humor as she deals with siblings, boys, and the many changes that come with growing up."

I received a complimentary copy of Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks Confessions of April Grace by KD McCrite through the Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze blogger program in exchange for a review. I am not required to provide a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

I feel like a dork admitting it, but I tend to enjoy teen and preteen fiction. There, I said it. I like that the stories are easy to read, and usually quick reads that I can complete in a day or two even with a busy schedule. Sometimes I just don't want a heavy storyline. I thought that this would be one of those quick, cute books, but I was wrong. I was a little confused that it was set in the '80s, as most kids reading it wouldn't understand any of the '80s references. Many of the characters went by their first and middle names~maybe that's more common in Arkansas, where the story is set, but I don't know anyone that does that personally. The flow of the story was a little slow moving, but it certainly wasn't a bad story by any stretch of the imagination. All in all, I give it three stars. Take it or leave it.

Women of Faith

I really didn't know what to expect when I went to Women of Faith last month in St. Paul, Minnesota.

I knew it was a pretty big deal and I've known a handful of people who have gone, but really didn't know anything about it. I did some research before I went about the women who would be speaking and was very pleasantly surprised by the wide array of Godly women who spoke.

I sincerely feel that Women of Faith is an annointed ministry of God, and that they are reaching lives everywhere.

I was very touched, especially by the stories of Sheila Walsh and Angie Smith. I loved hearing God glorified through their stories. I was also very impressed by Dr. Henry Cloud, who spoke so frankly about psychological issues and how they work together with God's plan for our lives.

I also LOVED hearing MaryMary and Natalie Grant. I now follow all of these women on Twitter and can't help but feel like we are all old friends!

All in all, I was very impressed with the Women of Faith Imagine conference and am so thankful I had the opportunity to go! Thank you so much!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Attracted to Fire

Secret Service Agent Meghan Connors has dreamed of protecting the president. Now she is one assignment away from achieving her dream. Unfortunately, so is her direct supervisor~who hates having women on his team. This book is faith, mystery, and romance all rolled into one. Mills does an excellent job at creating deep characters that are flawed and scarred, just as real people are. While the "who done it" was a little predictable, the how, why, and who may have helped will keep you guessing until the end. I enjoyed every moment of this book. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for a review. I was not required to provide a positive review and all opinions are my own. 

An Amish Wedding

I received a complimentary copy of An Amish Wedding by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Long through the Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze blogger program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Wiseman, Fuller, and Long are favorite authors of mine and I was looking forward to this book as soon as it was announced. I expected three short stories that were unrelated to each other but had a wedding theme. My expectations were surpassed when I realized that the stories are actually of three different couples and their budding relationships in the days before one of their weddings. Each author took one couple's story. The book begins with Wiseman's tale of the bride-to-be's best friend and her fiance and continues with Fuller's telling of the same bride-to-be's sister just before the wedding and concludes with the bride-to-be and her wedding. If you enjoy Amish fiction, you will enjoy this book.