Thursday, May 22, 2014

"Lost and Found," by Sarah Jakes

"Lost and Found," by Sarah Jakes
  • Like every girl, Sarah Jakes dreamed of a life full of love, laughter, and happy endings. But her dreams changed dramatically when she became pregnant at age thirteen, a reality only compounded by the fact that her father, Bishop T.D. Jakes, was one of the most influential megachurch pastors in the nation. As a teen mom and a high-profile preacher's kid, her road was lonely. She was shunned at school, gossiped about at church. And a few years later, when a fairy-tale marriage ended in a spiral of hurt and rejection, she could have let her pain dictate her future.

    Instead, she found herself surrounded by a God she'd given up on, crashing headlong with Him into a destiny she'd never dreamed of. Sarah's captivating story, unflinchingly honest and deeply vulnerable, is a vivid reminder that God can turn even the deepest pain into His perfection.

    More than a memoir, Lost and Found offers hope and encouragement. Perhaps you, like Sarah, find yourself wandering the detours of life. Regardless of how lost you feel, you, too, can be found.

  • Unless you have been in the exact same situation you shouldn't judge people.  However in this book I honestly found it hard not to judge.  I admired her parents sticking by her through thick and thin, and as a parent I would have done exactly the same.  But to stay with a man who constantly cheated on you, I just can't wrap my head around that.  That situation features heavily in this book and I know Sarah tells of how all this made her stronger to put yourself through all this that, I just don't get it.

    Stars out of 5 : 2 Sorry I just wanted to scream at Sarah and say for crying out loud leave him.  I know the message was that you do go through all sorts in life and it can make you stronger, but I really didn't enjoy this book.

    "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

    Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

    Monday, May 19, 2014

    "Sincerely Yours," by Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes, and Ann Shorey

    "Sincerely Yours," by Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes, and Ann Shorey
    Four unexpected letters. Four intrepid women. Four lives changed forever.
    Spanning a century and a continent, these romantic novellas will lead you on a journey through the landscape of love. Four young women find their lives altered after each receives a letter that sets her on a new path. From a Hudson River steamboat to a lush drawing room, from a carousel carver's workshop to a remote hospital, you'll be swept into the lives of women who are making their way in the world and finding love where they least expect it.

    Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes
    Camilla Renfrew is a highborn English lady fleeing false accusations when she runs smack into love on a steamboat bound for the new Erie Canal. But can this unexpected attraction survive the treacherous journey?

    Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey
    Marigold Montgomery Bentley writes marriage advice for Kipler's Home Weekly even though she is single. Everyone assumes from the initials that "M. M." is a man. When the editor asks to meet Mr. Bentley, can Merrie come up with a ruse to keep her writing job?

    One Little Word by Amanda Cabot
    Lorraine Caldwell will lose her family fortune to a reckless cousin if she doesn't marry quickly. When she learns her long-lost brother is alive, she hopes she's found the answer to her problems. What she finds instead is a mysterious carousel carver who turns her life upside down.

    A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick
    Grace Hathaway must rescue a dear friend from a remote and notorious clinic that promises healing but delivers only heartache. In a place laced with deceit, where lives hang in the balance, whom can she trust to help her?


    I enjoy short stories, and although all these stories have a common thread in that they all involve letters, they are all very different stories.

    All the authors put their own twists into their tales and I loved how each story involved a different type of heroine.  All had an inner strength that they called on along with their spiritual beliefs that were strong.  

    Each story was easy to read and easy to get engrossed into.  If I had to pick a favorite it would be Laurie Alice Eakes, Moonlight Promise.  The historical background written by each author after their story is very interesting and should be read as well.


    Stars out of 5 : 4.5 Well worth the read as you get four stories in one book.  All are enchanting and are enjoyable reads.  A book I would recommend with stories by well known authors.  

    "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

    Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    "One Perfect Spring," by Irene Hannon

    "One Perfect Spring," by Irene Hannon
    Independent single mom Claire Summers is doing her best to make lemonade out of the lemons life has handed her. Workaholic Keith Watson is interested only in the bottom line--until a letter from Claire's eleven-year-old daughter reaches his desk and changes everything.

    As the executive assistant to a philanthropic businessman, Keith is used to fielding requests for donations. But the girl isn't asking for money. She wants help finding the long-lost son of a neighbor. As Keith reluctantly digs into this assignment in his usual results-oriented style, he has no idea how involved he and Claire will become--nor how unusual the results will actually be. Who could have guessed that a child's kindhearted request would bring love and hope to so many lives . . . including his own?


    This was a lovely book and I love how the author compares life to lilacs, where the biggest blooms come only after the harshest winters.  There were multiple stories in this book that involved only a few people but all their lives were intertwined with one another.  All had, had very "harsh winters," or periods in their lives and as their stories are told they begin to bloom with the help of one another's love.


    This book is a page turner as the more you get into the book the more you have to know what will happen next.

    Stars out of 5 : 4 A bit of a slow start but once it gets going you don't want to put it down.  Well worth the read; another great book from Irene Hannon.

    "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

    Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

    "Meant to be Mine," by Becky Wade

    "Meant to be Mine," by Becky Wade

    Ty Porter has always been irresistible to Celia Park. All through high school--irresistible. When their paths cross again after college--still irresistible. This time, though, Ty seems to feel exactly the same way about Celia. Their whirlwind romance deposits them at a street-corner Las Vegas wedding chapel.

    The next morning they wake to a marriage certificate and a dose of cold reality. Celia's ready to be Ty's wife, but Ty's not ready to be her husband. He's a professional bull rider, he lives on the road, and he's long planned to settle down with the hometown girl he's known since childhood.

    Five and a half years pass. Celia's buried her dreams so that she can afford to raise her daughter. Ty's achieved all of his goals. Or thought he had, until he looks again into the eyes of the woman he couldn't forget and into the face of the child he never knew he had.


    How much will Ty sacrifice to win back Celia's trust and prove to her that their spontaneous marriage can still become the love of a lifetime?

    Just loved this book, it was such a romantic book and you got hooked onto the story right away.  You couldn't help but fall in love with Addie, she was such a precious little thing.  You want Celia and Ty to get back together even if they don't want to.  It's one of those books that despite thinking it could never happen to you, this could actually happen in real life.  It was also a good story to show you how sometimes you have to fight and do whatever to win the love and trust of someone.

    Stars out of 5 : 4.5 Great book to read, one you don't want to put down and one where at times you just want to bang Celia's and Ty's heads together to make them see sense.  Well worth the read in my opinion.


    "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

    Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

    "Until I Found You," by Victoria Bylin

    "Until I Found You," by Victoria Bylin
    Finding each other was only the beginning . . .

    When Kate Darby swerves off a mountain road to avoid hitting a California condor, she ends up trapped in her car, teetering on the edge of a cliff. Terrified, she breathes a prayer that changes her life.

    It's Nick Sheridan who comes to Kate's rescue. Nick is handsome and confident, and he seems to develop a habit of rescuing her, but Kate is in town only until her grandmother recuperates from a stroke. She's not planning to get involved with one of the locals.

    Nick is a reformed veteran of life in the fast lane, a new Christian, and a travel writer. When he sees a car dangling on the edge of a cliff, the daredevil in him jumps into action. He doesn't expect to be swept off his feet by the car's occupant. He's made a vow--no dating for a year--but keeping that vow is going to be a lot more difficult now that he's met Kate Darby. . . .


    What a wonderful book, two very strong characters in Kate and Nick, each one wanting what they wanted or thinking they knew what they wanted.  I love how the story of the condor's was intertwined into the book and found that aspect very interesting filling in what little I do know about condors.

    The twists and turns throughout the story made it very interesting and well worth the read.

    Stars out of 5 : 4.5 a page turner and an easy book to get immersed in. The authors description of the area made it feel very life like.  A good book to read to fill in an afternoon or two.


    "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

    Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".