Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Illustrated Book of Sayings by Ella Frances Sanders

 This is a cute little volume full of sayings from around the world. They are printed in the native language and then also in English. There is a description of the history of the saying on the opposite page. While this is cute and fun I think that after one flip through of it I'm done. It didn't hold my attention and I think that's because I'd be more interested in hearing the background of American phrases than of those from all around the world. "Mind your p's and q's" is one that was in there and I found it very interesting. Other than that they were just a little odd.

This book provided for review by Blogging for Books

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Long Way Gone by Charles Martin

 Once in a while you read a book that wraps itself around your heart. This is what Long Way Gone by Charles Martin did for me. A modern-day retelling of The Prodigal Son, this is more than just a story,  it's a supernatural experience. I don't use those words lightly and may have never thought this way about a book before, but this book has the power to bring life back to a heart that's dead and cold. Somewhere within the story there lies truth. So many lines rang true to my heart. This was a refreshing book laced with hope and the love of a Father. One that will attract readers of all kinds. If you know a reader who needs to know their value then point them to this book. It was a pleasure to read.

This book provided for review by Book Look

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin

 Why can't every book be like this one? This is why I read. I laughed and cried and didn't want this book to end yet I couldn't put it down. I anguished between lingering over the story for several days and just rushing through to the end. I ended up in the tub for a little too long with this book, tears streaming down my face, to the end.
Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin is a perfect read. It follows the life of Anna Nicholson as she vacations in Michigan while trying to decide if she should marry her fiance out of what's best for the family instead of for love. She befriends a man in a lower class and he explains life from a Christian perspective. There is certainly much more to this book but I don't want to give anything away. Likely the best book I've read in a long time. I can always count on this author to write books that captivate my imaginings long after I've put them down. You will not be disappointed with this one.
This book provided for review by Bethany House

Monday, October 3, 2016

Newton & Polly by Jody Hedlund

 Newton and Polly is the story of the life of the writer of the world's most famous hymn. Long before John Newton penned Amazing Grace, he fell in love with a girl named Polly and had to work for years to turn his life around and grow into a man worthy of her love and hand in marriage. This is a beautifully written fictional account of their lives and love. This book drew me in from the first page and kept my attention throughout. I've come to trust Jody Hedlund for historical fiction that engages my mind and spirit. This is one not to be missed. 
This book provided for review by Blogging for Books

The Domino Effect by Davis Bunn

 Some books draw me in on page one and others take more time. Others still never grab my attention and this is the category I need to place The Domino Effect by Davis Bunn into. I've read other books by this author and have enjoyed his works over the years but this one did not engage me at all. I didn't even make it through the first chapter before setting it aside and ultimately forgetting about it. I should know better than to put a book dow.
This book provided for review by Bethany House

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon

 Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon is the third and final book in the Men of Valor series. What I love most about this author is her ability to write such a strong story that I forget everything going on around me and just read. Tangled Webs is no different, the action begins on the very first page and draws the reader into the middle of a story filled with intrigue, mystery, drama, and romance. This author can always be counted on for a clean read. I had a very hard time putting this book down. Loved it! 
This book provided for review by Revell

Tuesday, September 27, 2016