Saturday, January 28, 2012

Heart of Gold

Against Shannon's wishes, love stakes its claim in her heart. Will she discover treasure or treachery?
When Shannon Adair accompanies her minister father to the western gold rush town of Grand Coeur, she's certain she'll never be happy away from her beloved Virginia, even though the South is still gripped in civil war.
Wells Fargo driver Matthew Dubois isn't sure the lovely Shannon belongs in Idaho Territory either, but he is a desperate man. His widowed sister is dying and leaving her young son, Todd, in his care. Matthew wants to return to driving coach for the express company soon—so he'll have to find a wife to look after the boy when he's away.
Shannon is determined not to lose her heart to a man who is neither a Southerner nor a gentleman. But love stakes its claim. Now, will her heart survive learning the truth behind the courtship?

Thomas Nelson Publishing's Booksneeze program was gracious enough to provide me with a complimentary copy of Robin Lee Hatcher's Heart of Gold in exchange for an honest reviewAs I began this book, I really didn't like the main character. I found her to be pompous, and ungrateful and wondered how I would continue reading when I didn't like her. However, as the author appears to have intended, as the complicated layers of this character's personality began to emerge I found myself liking her more and more. I enjoyed this book a lot, and am thankful for the chance to review it. My only disappointment was that the conclusion of the book left out a bit about some minor characters receiving the justice they deserved, but the conclusion for the main characters was perfect.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Beyond Molasses Creek

Three lives are bound by a single book . . . and the cleansing waters of Molasses Creek.

Having traveled to the ends of the earth as a flight attendant, Ally Green has finally returned to the Lowcountry to bury her father as well as the past. But Vesey Washington is still living across the creek, and theirs is a complicated relationship--he was once her best friend . . . and also part of the reason she's stayed away so long. When Ally discovers a message her father left behind asking her to quit running, it seems her past isn't through with her yet.

As Ally's wandering spirit wrestles with a deep longing to flee again, a young woman on the other side of the world escapes her life of slavery in the rock quarries of Nepal. A mysterious sketchbook leads Sunila Kunari to believe there's more to her story than she's ever been told, and she's determined to follow the truth wherever it leads her.

A deep current intertwines the lives of these three souls, and a destiny of freedom, faith, and friendship awaits them all on the banks of Molasses Creek.

Upon receiving this complementary eBook through the Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze blogger program in exchange for an honest review, it took me a little while to get into the book. Seitz has an artful, descriptive way of writing that is very beautiful, but took me about 100 epages to get used to. Once I was used to the writing style, and the book began giving me the background information on the characters I started to really enjoy the storyline. The characters are trapped in their circumstances by societal mores and are all trying to break free from what others expect of them. In a complicated turn of events, the authore manages to bring them full circle and show the glory of God's love even in the most horrible of situations. This is definately an emotionally charged book that will leave the reader with a new found thankfullness of the people around them.