Sunday, 31 August 2014

Book Review - Surviving Henry by Erin Taylor Young



Publisher's blurb: Sometimes you seek out love. And sometimes it broadsides you.

You don't always know what you're getting into when you bring home a puppy. You hope for laughs and cuddles, long walks and a wagging tail. And sometimes you get . . . Henry.

Henry is a boxer who suffers from Supreme Dictator of the Universe Syndrome. He vandalizes his obedience school, leaps through windows, cheats death at every turn, and generally causes his long-suffering owner Erin Taylor Young to wonder what on earth she did wrong that God would send this dog to derail her life.

But this rogue torpedo of a dog wasn't sent to torment his owner--well, not just to torment her. Through all the hair-pulling and questioning of her own sanity, Erin learns something very powerful from Henry, a dog who brings new meaning to the concept of unconditional love.

Through his laugh-out-loud antics and jaw-dropping escapades, Henry will careen into your life and steal your heart.

My review: Let me preface this by saying we got our new puppy Bentley just before I read this book. So I understand new puppies. 

I have got to say Henry is a wee bit neurotic but more than that, I think his owners need training. Some of the things that his owner tried are downright ridiculous. I mean who ties a dog to a scooter?! Who buys a dog a life jacket (and complains about the price) but NEVER puts the dang thing on the dog?! You cannot blame the dog for that. It made for laughable reading to begin with then I just started thinking that the owner needed to go to school instead of the dog. I am sure many parts were embellished for the book but honestly, it got to the point where I didn't want to read anymore about the crazy dog or his crazier owner. I did finish the book but would probably not recommend it to others.

"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".

Book Review - Blind trust by Sandra Orchard


Publisher's blurb: Kate's not sure how deep this deception goes--but she'll do whatever it takes to find out.

Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money and can't believe that it came from her sweet elderly neighbor. Or that it has landed her in the middle of another of Detective Tom Parker's investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor's innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation--and one that strikes too close to home for comfort.

As family secrets come to light, her world--and her budding romance with Tom--begin to crumble. To Kate, it's clear that she won't be safe until she uncovers all of Port Aster's secrets. But then will it be too late for her and Tom?

My review: Well at first I did not even remember the first book of this series - this is the 2nd - I had to find my review - apparently I liked the first book although I cannot remember too much about it. This book, not so much - I found it disjointed. The main characters did not seem to connect with each. There seemed to be too many holes in the story line. There were too many unanswered questions left at the end - I know there is another book - but I felt abandoned - there was no closure. I can;t say I liked this book much at all.


"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".


Book Review - Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas



Publisher'sblurb:
In a Drought, It's the Darkest Cloud
That Brings Hope

It's 1954 and Perla Long's arrival in the sleepy town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle.

Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor...until he meets Perla. She's everything he's sought in a woman, but he can't get past the sense that she's hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perla's unique gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.

My review: I get the premise of this book, but reading it, I couldn't get past how far-fetched it was. I don't like how judgmental Casewell is to begin with - his views seem much more old fashioned then 1945. I also did not connect to meek little Perla. This is a "nice" little story - it is not something I will remember next year or maybe even next month. I read a LOT of books, the ones I remember have made an impression on me - this one didn't. If you are looking for a nice light read - then this fits the bill.

"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"

Book review - Truth Be Told by Carol Cox



Pulblisher's blurb: When Amelia Wagner takes over her father's newspaper in 1893 Granite Springs, Arizona, she vows to carry on the paper's commitment to reporting only the truth. But Amelia soon learns that even the truth can have serious consequences. Her father's revealing articles about the Great Western Investment Company have caught the attention of the wrong people, and pressure mounts for Amelia to retract her father's statements.

Determined to find out the real story, Amelia begins her own investigation. She's joined by Benjamin Stone, a Great Western employee who's been assigned to keep tabs on her for the good of the company, a man Amelia finds both perplexing and intriguing.

What they uncover stuns them both--and has far-reaching implications for not only Ben and Amelia but all of Granite Springs. Can they reveal the truth before the enemy finds a way to silence them for good?

My Review: I liked this book - it had a nice little mystery going. The characters were realistic and enjoyable and the storyline event filled enough to hold my interest. I would recommend this book to others.

"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"

Book Review - With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden



Publisher's blurb: In the shadow of the nation's capital, Kate Livingston's respectable life as a government worker is disrupted by an encounter with the insufferable Trevor McDonough, the one man she'd hoped never to see again. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and business is the only reason he has sought her out now.

Despite her misgivings, Kate agrees to Trevor's risky proposal to join him in his work to find a cure for tuberculosis. As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor's past, his hidden depths fascinate her. However, a shadowy enemy lies in wait and Trevor's closely guarded secrets are darker than she ever suspected.

As revelations from the past threaten to destroy their careers, their dreams, and even their lives, Trevor and Kate find themselves in a painfully impossible situation. With everything to lose, they must find the strength to trust that hope and love can prevail over all.

My Review: I enjoyed this book - it was engaging and very informative. The characters were realistic and believable. It was interesting to read how medical research was handled back then. I would definitely recommend this book to others.

"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"


Saturday, 16 August 2014

Book Review - Woman of Fortune by Kellie Coates Gilbert



Publisher's blurb: You never know what you're really made of until you lose everything.

Texas socialite Claire Massey is living the dream--designer clothes, luxury cars, stunning homes. But everything comes crashing down when her charming cattle broker husband is arrested for fraud. Suddenly she finds herself facing attorneys, a media frenzy, and a trail of broken hearts. Betrayed and humiliated, Claire must face incredible odds to save her family--and discover a life worth living.

My Review: I have mixed reviews on this book. I am stunned that someone could be so completely clueless to the character and business dealings of their life partner. Claire seemed completely baffled about everything that was happening. And more then a bit spoiled, but I guess there are people like that in the world. Also how the older son and daughter in-law handled the situation was extremely selfish. They all seemed to be living in their own little bubble of entitlement. I'm really not sure if I would recommend this book to others - it was well written but the subject matter and plot left me cold.

"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". 

Book review - Love Comes Home By Ann H. Gabhart



Publisher's blurb: When the flush of victory fades, there remains a winding road to an uncertain future.

World War II is finally over and the people of Rosey Corner are joyfully welcoming the boys home. The Merritt sisters in particular are looking toward the future. Kate is eager to start a family and live out her dream of happily ever after with Jay. Evangeline craves a beautiful house and encourages Mike to pastor a big-town church. Victoria wants what can never be. And Lorena is growing up and wondering more and more about her birth family.

Each sister must learn to hold her plans with a loose hand, trusting that God will guide and strengthen them as they share the joys and sorrows of life in their little corner of the world.

Award-winning and bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you back to Rosey Corner for a heartfelt story that closes the distance between the things that were and things that can yet be.

My review: I really enjoyed this book, the 3rd in the series. It was written with real life emotions and realistic expectations. The characters where relatable and likable. I found myself crying more than once. I am hoping there is a 4th book about Birdie's future. I would recommend this book.

"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".