Sunday, August 26, 2012

Song of the Brokenhearted

Ava has a loving family, a beautiful house, and a solid faith.


Suddenly, her ideal life will be completely broken . . . in the best of ways.

Ava’s life is full of great things. Her daughter is getting married to just the right guy, her husband’s company has kept them financially thriving for years, her son is a freshman in high school, playing football and doing well, and the ministry she started is keeping her busy as she reaches out to those with “broken hearts.”

Then it all falls apart. Ava’s safe world becomes unanchored, and she is forced to face the childhood she’s run away from her entire life. Just as she’s trying to sift through the pieces, the doorbell rings and Ava is confronted with the surprise of her life.

Ava must set out on a journey that takes her back home—something Ava hasn’t done in twenty years. As she travels across the state of Texas, strangers offer her kindness and remind her of the meaning of hope and forgiveness.

It is in this journey back that Ava discovers God in a new way. She sees she's been hiding her brokenness behind good deeds and a safe life. Learning what it means to lose it all is just the start of Ava’s journey – as is the new song God is writing on her heart.

After reading some other Booksneezers' reviews of Song of the Brokenhearted, I was extremely excited to request a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. Although it is a very good book, I was a bit disappointed to find it not quite to the caliber of some of the reviews it has received. The story is solid, and the characters are believable, but I was certainly able to put it down and not be dying to pick it back up again. I did, however enjoy the ending and was slightly surprised at the final decision the family made. I was happy that the authors decided to show us how things were going with the family a few months down the road. The door is left open for a sequel, but a reader would not be left unsatisfied if there is not a sequel released. All in all, I give this book four stars out of five.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Faithful to Laura

Laura’s Amish faith requires her to forgive, but she can only think of revenge.

Laura Stutzman leaves her Kentucky community for Middlefield, Ohio, with one purpose: to find Mark King, the man who pledged his love to her, then left. She can’t move on with her life until he explains why.

Sawyer Thompson is a Yankee who spent his teen years in an Amish home. Now an adult, he has to make a decision—go back to the life he knew as a child or join the church. Having suffered loss at a young age, he understands Laura’s anger, but is determined to follow God’s will and forgive. As their friendship grows, Laura begins to let her guard down.

New information about Sawyer’s past threatens the couple’s budding relationship. Both Laura and Sawyer will need to release the anger they’re storing in their hearts and forgive the people who’ve harmed them. As Laura struggles to trust God, will Sawyer do whatever it takes to remain faithful to Laura?

 Faithful to Laura is the second book in Kathleen Fuller's Middlefield series. The book continues the storyline from Treasuring Emma, shortly after the first book concluded. Kathleen Fuller is an expert Amish Fiction writer, as far as I am concerned. Her books are fun and easy to read. Faithful to Laura was no exception. I found myself wanting both Laura and Sawyer to find their path and their faith (and each other!). Their journey was believable, but interesting enough to keep me up late wanting to know what would happen next. I am looking forward to the next book in the Middlefield series.



I received a complimentary copy of Faithful to Laura through the Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze Blogger program in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Abducted

 After solving the mayor’s murder and exposing corruption among the top brass in Las Playas, Carly Edwards is happy to be back on patrol with her partner, Joe, putting bad guys behind bars. For once, everything in life seems to be going right.

But then everything starts going wrong. Slow to recover from an injury, her ex-husband, Nick, begins pulling away just as they were starting to get close again. Meanwhile, when Joe’s wife lands in the hospital with a mysterious illness, their baby is kidnapped. As Carly chases down every lead in a desperate search to find the baby, her newfound faith is pushed to its limits.

I sincerely loved the last book I read by Janice Cantore, Accused, so I was extremely excited to find another book by her on the Tyndale Blog Network. Abducted is every bit as good as Accused, and picks up four months after the conclusion of the first book. It was fun to read about how the characters were adapting and changing to their new found faith and how that faith was working in their lives. I highly recommend the Pacific Coast Justice Series to any mystery lover~in fact I am passing them on to a friend today! 

Tidewater Inn

Welcome to Hope Beach

Where the sea breeze is fresh, sun sparkles on sand . . . and trouble appears with the force of a hurricane.

Inheriting a beautiful old hotel on the seaward shore of Hope Island could be a dream come true for Libby. The inn cries out for her restorer’s talent and love of history. She’s delighted to learn of family she never knew she had. And the handsome Coast Guard lieutenant she’s met there on the island could definitely be the man of her dreams.

But Libby soon realizes that only way she can afford the upkeep on the inn is to sell it to developers who are stalking the island. The father who willed her the inn has died before she could meet him, and her newfound brothers and sisters are convinced she’s there to steal their birthright. Worst of all, her best friend and business partner has been kidnapped before her eyes, Libby’s under suspicion for the crime, and her handsome lieutenant clearly doubts her innocence.

Libby’s dream-come-true is becoming a nightmare. Can she find her friend and establish her innocence? Must she sell Tidewater Inn and lose her family again? Or can she find a home for her heart on the beautiful shores of Hope Island?

When I read the description for Tidewater Inn on Thomas Nelson Publishing's Booksneeze Blogger program, I wasn't sure if I wanted to request it. I wasn't totally sold on the description of the book. However, I have loved all of Colleen Coble's books that I have read, so I decided to give it a shot. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review, and I am really glad that I did. 

From the opening scene, this book captures the reader's attention and demands to be read.  The characters are real, and the situations kept the reader wanting to know how the characters were going to handle each issue. I enjoyed the book from start to finish and look forward to many more books by Coble.