Showing posts from March, 2013

Once Upon a Prince

Once Upon a Prince Rachel Hauck Zondervan
Well, as I am sure many of you know, I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction. I’m just not fond of it- I have very “old-fashioned” morals and ideas, so it just comes down to the fact that I don’t agree with/relate to most contemporary fiction. But I’ve been meaning to find some novels set in present day that I actually would enjoy. I saw Once Upon a Prince available for review- and let’s face it: I love anything to do with royalty. So this book seemed like a good place to start.
When crown prince Nathaniel takes an American holiday to St. Simon's Island, he's not looking for love. Like everything else in his life, the choice of a bride is out of his hands---a matter dictated by his royal position. But when he meets Susanna under the ancient Lover's Oak in southern Georgia, will romance trump responsibility?
Once Upon a Prince kind of reminded me of those Hallmark channel chick flicks, both the pros and cons of it. It was clean and ch…

The Heiress of Winterwood

The Heiress of Winterwood Sarah E. Ladd Thomas Nelson
Darbury, England, 1814 Amelia Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s baby. She'll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father—a sea captain she’s never met. When the child vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting to her whereabouts, Amelia and Graham are driven to test the boundaries of their love for this little one. Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she’s forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride. Graham’s strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect. Both must learn to accept God’s sovereignty and relinquish control so they can grasp the future He …

A Noble Groom

A Noble Groom Jody Hedlund Bethany House Publishers
I read Jody Hedlund’s The Preacher’s Bride not that long ago and quite enjoyed it, so while I admit I couldn’t take the cover of this book seriously (handsome man looking off in the distance with his tie blowing in the wind…*giggles*) I decided to check it out.
Recently widowed Analisa Weiss has the feeling her husband was murdered but can't prove it. Alone with her young daughter in 1881 Michigan, she has six months left to finish raising the money needed to pay back the land contract her husband purchased, and the land is difficult to toil by herself. She needs a husband. With unmarried men scarce, her father sends a letter to his brother in the Old Country, asking him to find Analisa a groom.
I did enjoy this book. It was rather more romance-y than I usually like (quite a few skippable kisses, in my humble opinion) But I think Mrs. Hedlund is a good writer, and I loved the fairy tale references used throughout.
Analisa’s daughter Gr…

The Last Princess

The Last Princess Galaxy Craze Little, Brown, and Company
So, this is honestly a book that I thought sounded interesting rather against my will. It’s a piece of young adult post-apocalyptic fiction about the “last” princess of England:
Happily ever after is a thing of the past.
A series of natural disasters has decimated the earth. Cut off from the rest of the world, England is a dark place. The sun rarely shines, food is scarce, and groups of criminals roam the woods, searching for prey. The people are growing restless.
When a ruthless revolutionary sets out to overthrow the crown, he makes the royal family his first target. Blood is shed in Buckingham Palace, and only sixteen-year old Princess Eliza manages to escape. Determined to kill the man who destroyed her family, Eliza joins the enemy forces in disguise. She has nothing left to live for but revenge, until she meets someone who helps her remember how to hope-and love-once more.
Now she must risk everything to ensure that she does not…

Ring of Secrets

Ring of Secrets Roseanna M. White Harvest House Publishers
Though I’ve been a follower of the author Roseanna White’s blog for a while now, I’ve never actually had the chance to read any of her books, so I was really excited to finally get a free copy of Ring of Secrets in the mail.
Set around an actual spy group known as the Culper Ring, this book is set during the Revolutionary War and it had some things about it that I really liked.
My favorite part of the book was the heroine’s “fake” personality. To please her horrid grandparents (and disguise her intellect so no one would suspect her of espionage) she plays the empty-headed socialite. I found it actually pretty funny, but I also hurt for her with the things she had to put up with and the hidden insults she had to deal with because everyone thought she was idiotic. I think I liked this aspect of the book so much because she reminded me a little of a female sort of Sir Percy!
Winter, the heroine, was being courted by two men who really …

A Cast of Stones

A Cast of Stones Patrick W. Carr Bethany House Publishers
A Cast of Stones was another of my attempts at reading fantasy. I wasn’t so sure about all the allegorical elements- I’m always a little cautious when it comes to mixing fantasy with faith- but overall, I wouldn’t say I found anything in the book really offensive or confusing. It was more medieval than magical, which I always prefer.
Though it took me awhile to get into it, by the middle of the book I was really interested, and I would be willing to read the other books in this series. (Plus, the castle on the cover looks pretty cool, doesn't it?)
Rating: 7
Objectionable content: There was a lot of action/violence, but there wasn’t anything graphic. The only thing that really bothered me was that there were about three kisses, but it was done by the same guy and a different girl each time!
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.