Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dawn Comes Early


Dawn Comes Early 
Margaret Brownley
Thomas Nelson


Disgraced dime novelist Kate Tenney fled the city that banned her latest novel for the emptiness of the desert. Answering an ad to be “heiress” to a vast cattle ranch in the Arizona Territory, Kate hopes ranching turns out to be as romantic as she portrayed it in her novels.
But what awaits her is a life harder than the one she just left. There is no room for mistakes on a working cattle ranch, and Kate is ill-prepared for her new life. She quickly learns that dawn comes early. But she is tenacious.
Having been abandoned by a string of men, Kate has no intention of ever marrying. But she didn’t expect to meet Luke Adams, either. Luke awakens feelings inside Kate she doesn’t recognize, and his steady presence is a constant distraction. She has only written about love in the past, never known it herself. But her feelings for Luke stand in the way of all she has to gain if she is chosen as the heir.
Perhaps God brought Kate to the barrenness of the desert to give new life to her jaded heart.
     I was tentative reading this book because I had read another book by Margaret Brownley, A Lady Like Sarah, and I did no like it AT ALL. (Sorry if that comes off a little strong). I will admit I liked this one better...but not much. It just didn't hold my interest. The characters were not particularly endearing to me, and I found it annoying that Kate and Luke's relationship seemed to be founded on physical attraction more than anything. So many parts of this story seemed to me that they should have been quirky and lovable, but weren't. I did like the bits about Cactus Joe- and Luke's aunts- but other than that I didn't really find this book worth it.
Rating: 5

I received this book for free from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Joyfully At Home


Joyfully At Home
Jasmine Baucham 
Vision Forum

"A Book For Young Ladies on Vision and Hope"

     I greatly enjoyed this book. I actually read it about a year ago, but recently picked it up off my shelf and thought it would be nice if I did a quick, short review of it.
     Jasmine Baucham is both honest and funny. So many times as she was drawing on examples from her own life I was nodding my head and smiling because so many of our feelings and struggles are the same. The introduction had me laughing because all I could think about was, "that is so me!"
     Was this book convicting? You bet! I winced just as much (if not more) than I smiled because so many things hit home.
     Joyfully at Home is one of my favorite non-fiction books, and one I highly recommend- if you buy it, make sure to write your name on the front cover, as you'll be wanting to loan it out to friends! It's a great encouragement to stay-at-home daughters and those who wish to follow the Lord wholeheartedly.

Rating: 10

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms

    The Scent of Cherry Blossoms
Cindy Woodsmall
Waterbrook


     As Annie Martin copes with her father’s absence, her brothers’ rebelliousness, and a contentious relationship with her mother, she is suddenly forced to live indefinitely with her grandfather.
Part of the Old Order Mennonite People, Annie’s family has always been good friends with the nearby Amish families. But a marriage between the two groups is absolutely forbidden by either church. When Annie falls for Amish Aden Zook, they both must face the choice between their love and the church’s rules.
     The Scent of Cherry Blossoms was rather interesting in the fact that I had never really thought much about the religious differences between the Mennonite and Amish communities. Though Aden and Annie do not believe they would be disobeying the Lord by their marriage, they would be disobeying the church.
     The Scent of Cherry Blossoms is a short, sweet, clean story that Amish fiction lovers will want to pick up.

Rating: 7

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Blue Moon Promise

Blue Moon Promise
Colleen Coble
Thomas Nelson Publishers


A love like Lucy and Jesse's only comes along once in a blue moon....
Lucy Marsh has lost everything but her determination to provide for her brother and sister. When she realizes her father was likely killed by an intruder who is now after her brother, she decides to accept a proxy marriage in order to get her siblings out of harm's way. But trouble follows her to Wichita, Texas, and nothing there is as she expected. Not the man she came to marry nor the family ties she'd hoped to find. Can it be true that real security is in letting go of her own strength and trusting in the One who is far stronger than she?


     I'm not overly fond of Westerns...and not really for any reason. They're just not my "thing". However, I did read Colleen Coble's Mercy Falls series and enjoyed them quite a bit. I was a little worried at first, since this was one of those "marriage of convenience" novels- and since the characters are already married, there aren't really any scruples against "mushy" scenes, and I find that some authors take advantage of that. 
      However, I was pleasantly surprised. There was still more kissing (about four kisses in all) than I like to read about but it wasn't overly gooey, if you know what I mean. Because the characters are married, Lucy does wonder at time if she can be a wife to Nate in the "fullest sense" of the word, of which the meaning is pretty obvious, but there wasn't anything explicit.
      The thing that did bother me was that at times the author seemed to lapse into more modern language at times. It wasn't so much the actual words that the author used, but they way she used them.  For example, one word that popped up a lot was "guys". Maybe I'm wrong- maybe they did use that word on a Texas Ranch in the 1800s. I found it a little jarring, though.
      I found the Christian theme of the book to be a good one. Lucy deals with issues of control- a character flaw I haven't found too often in fiction. If there is a character who tends to be controlling, they usually just aren't likable. Thankfully, Lucy wasn't like that. There were a few instances she annoyed me for a moment, but they passed rather quickly. If you've enjoyed novels by Colleen Coble before, you'll probably like this one. Though I'm not a fan of westerns, I am a HUGE fan of mysteries, and this novel had a nice one with some good twists. Though this wasn't my favorite book, I did enjoy it.


Rating: 7
I received this book for free from booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.
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