Monday, May 6, 2013

The House that Love Built

Brooke has only loved one man, her late husband. Owen’s rebuilding after a painful divorce. Can a mysterious house bring them together for a second chance at love?
In the charming town of Smithville, Texas, Brooke Holloway is raising two young children on her own, supporting them by running the family hardware store. The last thing on her mind is falling in love. But she’s intrigued when a stranger moves to town and buys the old Hadley mansion. She’s always heard that house holds a secret—maybe even a treasure—and she can’t wait to see inside. When she meets the new owner and they spend time together, she can’t deny the attraction. Could God be giving her another chance at happiness? Or is she betraying her late husband’s memory by even thinking that way?
Owen Saunders bought the Hadley place to spite his cheating ex-wife. She’d always wanted to restore an old house in Smithville. Now he’s going to do it without her. But if anything needs restoration, it is Owen’s heart. Then he meets Brooke and her kids and finds himself tempted by love. Can he bring himself to trust a woman again?
Throw an eccentric uncle into the mix, along with the town’s teenage troublemaker, and even a finicky cat—and one thing becomes clear: God is bringing them all together for a reason.
I received a complimentary copy of The House that Love Built through the Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze Blogger program in exchange for an honest review. 
I loved this book. The characters are going through situations that are pretty normal for this day and age-one is recently divorced and the other lost her husband in a car crash two years prior to the start of this novel. While one clings to God for support, the other abandons Him. The book follows the characters as they deal with their grief, the need to forgive, and finally their redemption. There is romance and love in a respectful manner and I simply couldn't put it down-I tried twice and ended up not being able to sleep until I knew how it ended! 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Secret of Ella and Micha

A rule-breaker with a fiery attitude, Ella always wore her heart on her sleeve. Then she left everything behind to go to college, where she transformed into someone who follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. Now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home. But once there, Ella fears that everything she's worked so hard to bury might resurface-especially with Micha living right next door.

Smart, sexy, and confident, Micha can get under Ella's skin like no one else. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. If he tries to tempt the old Ella to return, he will be impossible to resist. But what Ella doesn't realize is that when she left, she took a piece of Micha's heart with her. Now he's determined to win back the girl he lost, no matter what it takes.

This is one of those books that I couldn't put down. A classic story of broken characters denying their growing feelings for one another. They both have to come to terms with broken pasts before they can start anew together. There is a preorder available for the next book, and I am looking forward to seeing where Sorenson takes these characters. In the mean time, I have downloaded two more of her books.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Rescue Team

Tired of running from her past, nurse Kate Callison intends to become Austin Grace Hospital’s permanent ER director and make Texas her home. Despite staff friction, she’s moving ahead. Then unthinkable tragedy wraps the ER in crime tape, bringing swarms of media, legal chaos—and a search-and-rescue hero who seems determined to meddle in her life. 

For Wes Tanner, nothing beats finding someone who’s lost; he’s known that helpless terror firsthand. So he’ll expand his team’s lifeline of hope: K9 tracking, swift water rescue, even horse-mounted searches. He’s ready for anything—except Austin Grace’s prickly and dismissive ER director. 

As Kate and Wes discover more about each other, new respect becomes something deeper. Kate wonders if her heart might have finally found a home. Then an unsolved missing persons case—and a startling new one—become catalysts that threaten the loss of all she and Wes have found.

I received a complimentary copy of Rescue Team through the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest review. 

Although this is the second in a series (which I haven't read), you wouldn't know it. I looked the first book up and the characters from the first book aren't even in the second book. 

I really enjoyed Rescue Team. The characters were flawed, and believable, and you will find yourself rooting for them to succeed. A couple of minor plot lines were transparent, but that did not detract from the overall storyline. This was a book that I had to force myself to put down, and I wondered about when I wasn't reading it. If you enjoy Christian fiction with a little bit of mystery, crime and medical drama you will enjoy this book.