Friday, April 26, 2013

Letters to Katie



Everything changed between them the first time he called her Katie.
Katherine Yoder has loved Johnny Mullet since they were children, but he never actively returned her affections. Like so many things in their world, he assumes Katherine will always be there. Once his horse farm is a success, then he will court her in earnest.
For several weeks, Katherine has been plagued by severe headaches and dizziness. While resting at home, Johnny unexpectedly visits, but when dizziness strikes, she loses consciousness. She awakens hours later in a hospital bed, unable to remember how she got there.
Seeing Katherine injured and vulnerable stirs something in Johnny, and his guilt compels him to spend time with her while she heals. Soon his heart begins to stir with questions: Does she even remember why he'd come to her house that day?
As Katherine struggles to recall recent memories of Johnny, a surprise visitor arrives in her already unsteady world—a man named Isaac who claims they had been writing letters to each other, even considering marriage, before her illness.
With two men vying for her attention and her memory still elusive, Katherine has never felt so divided. The answer may lie behind a door she never considered opening.
I received a complimentary copy of Letter to Katie through the Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review. 
Letters to Katie is the third in a series by Kathleen Fuller, one of the leading Amish Fiction authors in my opinion. I have also reviewed the first two in the series, Treasuring Emma and Faithful to Laura. Letters to Katie is a typical Amish Fiction book, and if you enjoy those you will certainly enjoy this one as well. While there is not as much action in this book as there was in Faithful to Laura, there was more of an emotional journey. This book also ties up loose ends from the second book and is a good parable for God's faithful love and how it feels to live with unrequited love as God does when his children choose not to follow him.
Bottom line, it's a good story with lovable characters. I would recommend reading the first two first to get the most out of the storyline.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Game Changer Series

I read The Game Changer over my Spring Break back in March. It was one of those books that I couldn't put down. I tried several times, and ended up staying up until 5a.m. reading. I just had to know what was going to happen to these characters. I was completely taken off guard by the ending and a little mad that I'd have to wait until mid-April for the second in the series. L.M. Trio mentioned on Goodreads that she was hoping to get the book out before April 15th, so I found myself searching for it on bn.com for several weeks before it finally came out on the 15th. I forced myself to finish some work before I'd allow myself to start it, knowing how engrossed I would become in the story. Trio did not disappoint me, except to say that this is the conclusion of the story for these characters. However, the book leaves them in a good place, where it was satisfying for me to say good-bye. In all, these books are a steal at $1.99 for Nook or Kindle. I loved them both.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Dandelions on the Wind


Tattered relationships and broken hearts, like a quilt, can be pieced together by God’s love.
                                                                                     
When Maren Jensen took a job on Elsa Brantenberg’s St. Charles, Missouri farm, she never expected to call the place her home. As she grows to love Mrs. Brantenberg and her granddaughter, Gabi, Maren is transformed from a lonely mail-order bride-without-a-groom to a beloved member of the Brantenberg household. 
 
But when Gabi’s father, Rutherford “Wooly” Wainwright, returns to the farm unexpectedly, everything changes for Maren. Despite the failing eyesight that caused her suitor to reject her, she can see that Wooly desperately needs to reconnect with the family he abandoned when his grief sent him running toward the army—and into the Civil War. She also senses there could be something more between the widower and herself, if either can move beyond their past hurts.     
 
Comforted and counseled by the wisdom of the women in her beloved quilting circle, Maren begins to discover the cost such decisions demand of her heart. Are her choices in obedience to God, or is she running from His plan? Is it too late for love to be stitched into the fabric of her life?

I received a complimentary copy of Dandelions on the Wind through the Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Blogging for Books blogger program in exchange for an honest review.

This is a short, quick read that is good for passing time if you're looking for a light Christian fiction romance novel. I enjoyed it and wanted to read about the characters living happily ever after, bu it wasn't so amazing that I couldn't put it down. All in all, I give it three stars. I liked it, but for me it was missing something that could have made it great. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Broken Wings



Angels with wings of blade. Demons with renewed sight. And a girl who has never been more broken.
Brielle has begun to see the world as it really is, a place where angels intermingle with humans. But just when she thinks she’s got things under control, the life she’s pieced together begins to crumble.
Her boyfriend, Jake, is keeping something from her. Something important.
And her overprotective father has turned downright hostile toward Jake. Brielle fears she’ll have to choose between the man who’s always loved her and the one who’s captured her heart.
Then she unearths the truth about her mother’s death and the nightmare starts. Brielle begins seeing visions of mysterious and horrible things.
What she doesn’t know is that she’s been targeted. The Prince of Darkness himself has heard of the boy with healing in his hands and of the girl who saw through the Terrestrial veil. When he pulls the demon Damien from the fiery chasm and sends him back to Earth with new eyes, the stage is set for the ultimate battle of good versus evil.
Brielle has no choice. She must master the weapons she’s been given. She must fight.
But can she fly with broken wings?

I received a complimentary copy of Broken Wings through the Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze Blogger Program in exchanged for an honest review. 
This book is the second in a trilogy. I did not read the first one, but decided to go for this one. It is certainly an interesting concept; celestial world coexisting with our world but we cannot see them. I found myself confused throughout most of this book because I hadn't read the first in the trilogy. Had I read the first, I would have appreciated that it wasn't redundant by constantly reviewing what had already happened. However, not having read the first one, every time the author referred to "the warehouse" I didn't know what she was talking about. I got the gist of it by the end of the book, but spent a good 100 pages trying to piece it together. I also was pretty disappointed in the ending-or lack of an ending. My Nook said I had 15 pages to figure out what would happen and when I turned the page it was the reading guide! I hate that! I know, it's a trilogy and if I want to know the end I have to read the third book. It would have been nice to have SOME type of conclusion though. I felt like I was left high and dry.