Friday, February 10, 2012

Beauty For Ashes

She’s a beautiful young widow. He’s a Southern gentleman with a thirst for adventure. Both need a place to call home.
After losing her husband in the Civil War, Carrie Daly is scared she will never have the family she longs for. Eligible bachelors are scarce in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, but Carrie Daly has found love. Not the weak-in-the-knees kind, but something practical. Still, she isn't quite ready to set a wedding date with Nate Chastain.
Griff Rutledge is a former member of Charleston society, but has been estranged from his family for years. He’s determined to remain unattached, never settling in one place for too long. But when asked to train a Thoroughbred for an upcoming race in Hickory Ridge, he decides to stay awhile.
Despite objections from the townsfolk, and her fear that true happiness has eluded her, Carrie is drawn to Griff's kindness and charm. It will take a leap of faith for them to open their hearts and claim God's promise to trade beauty for ashes.
I am so thankful that I received a complimentary copy of Beauty For Ashes by Dorothy Love through the Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze blogger program in exchange for an honest review. The characters are real and the author takes her time digging deep into each character to reveal their strengths as well as their flaws. As a reader, I was drawn in to the story and spent many nights staying up way too late when each chapter ended with an event that made me have to know what was going to happen next. The ending was relatively predictable, but not in a disappointing way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am considering picking up the first of the series to see how the characters got to where they start in this book.

Monday, February 6, 2012


 Detective Carly Edwards hates working in juvenile—where the brass put her after an officer-involved shooting—and longs to be back on patrol. So when a troubled youth, Londy Atkins, is arrested for the murder of the mayor and Carly is summoned to the crime scene, she's eager for some action. Carly presses Londy for a confession but he swears his innocence, and despite her better judgment, Carly is inclined to believe him. Yet homicide is convinced of his guilt and is determined to convict him.

Carly's ex-husband and fellow police officer, Nick, appears to be on her side. He's determined to show Carly that he's a changed man and win her back, but she isn't convinced he won't betray her again.

As the investigation progresses, Carly suspects a cover-up and strikes out on her own, uncertain whom she can trust. But when danger mounts, she begins to wonder if she made the right choice.

I was extremely excited to receive my complimentary copy of Accused by Janice Cantore through the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest review. I have been really enjoying police mysteries lately, and have always liked Christian fiction. This book has both. I found the characters to be real and easy to relate to. Whenever I thought I had figured out "who done it," I would second guess myself. The book was easy to get into and most definitely a page turner. There were many times that I stayed up way too late because every chapter I'd declare "I'm going to bed after this chapter," but the chapter would end with too much suspense for me to actually sleep! I truly enjoyed this book, and am happy to see that it is the first in a series; which I will certainly be reading the rest of as well.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

From Blah to Awe

Have you ever felt bored with God?
Everyone, especially teenagers, struggles with being bored with God from time to time. Sometimes church services and Bible reading don’t seem that exciting, and it’s easy to get busy and not make time to pray . . . but when this happens, we are missing out!
Jenna Lucado Bishop shares her testimony and others' stories to see what a radical, living relationship with God looks like. But this book is not just based on feelings. The Bible gives steps that will help girls hunger and thirst for more of God.
This book will not only offer girls a fresh perspective, but it will also help them do a little soul-searching and discover where they are in their own lives. Plus, it will let them in on the world’s greatest secret—that the Creator of the Universe loves and cherishes them deeply and that a fulfilling relationship with Him is the most exciting they will ever have.

I received a complimentary copy of From Blah to Awe by Jenna Lucado Bishop through the Thomas Nelson Publishers' Booksneeze blogger program in exchange for an honest review. I went into this book hoping for something that would be easy to read and inspiring but also attainable and at an average person's level. However, I found it to be very typical of pretty much every other devotional I've read. Stories of Christians that do amazing things and lead amazing lives~that I could never relate to. Instead of being inspired, I found the book itself to be pretty "blah."