“Let There Be Art” is a poetically written book helping us to see the creativity in the everyday. With stories, honesty, and gentleness, “Let There Be Art” encourages each reader’s own unique creativity, and helps it flourish in unexpected places. Continue reading
Not Quite What I Expected – Guest Review by Hayley
As the final instalment of the “American Royalty” series, “His Delightful Lady Delia” was at the top of my TBR list, since I very much enjoyed the first two in the series. As a musician myself, I was interested in the storyline being set in an opera house, and all the behind-the-scenes politics therein.
I wanted to like this book as much as the first two, and it has good aspects in it, very good in fact. The unconditional love given to us by Christ is echoed as Kit learns more of Delia’s heritage and her parents’ sordid past. As he learns more and more of her family’s secrets, she is constantly questioning whether Kit will still accept her. In an earthly portrayal of Christ’s love, he always does. Continue reading
Amy Lynn Green Pens Another Treasure
To put it simply: anything written by Amy Lynn Green is a MUST-read for me! “The Blackout Book Club” is her newest release from Bethany House Publishers, and as always it exceeded my expectations by far. The influence of books and the power of friendship are two themes that shine so brightly from the pages of this story, and ensure that you will not come away untouched and uninspired… it simply isn’t possible! Continue reading
You Won’t Be Able to Put It Down – If You Dare To Pick It Up!
I don’t know how she does it… Jaime Jo Wright never fails to deliver a story that is simultaneously haunting yet redemptive, atmospheric yet spiritual, and macabre yet beautiful. Talk about a fascinating juxtaposition of themes! “The Premonition at Withers Farm” is one of the most gripping novels I’ve read in a long while, as the mystery and murder sweeping through a small town in the year 1910 brings mayhem and unexplainable intentions. The unexpected part? It seems to be happening again, in the same town, but this time in the present day… Continue reading
Unforgettable – Challenging – Beautiful
Wow, just wow… those are my first thoughts after closing the cover of the second book I’ve read by the amazing Katie Powner. “Where the Blue Sky Begins” is an incredibly powerful story set in a rural little Montana town – a town where, as we quickly discover, it is the perfect place to find answers to the age old question: what are the things in life that truly matter? Continue reading
The Adventures of the McQuaid Family Continue
Jody Hedlund’s “Colorado Cowboys” series continues with the fourth story of the adventurous McQuaid siblings. This time it is the only sister Ivy getting the spotlight, as “Falling for the Cowgirl” ropes us into a dramatic adventure.
From the start, I always guessed who Ivy’s hero would be…
Jericho Bliss. I knew this simply because we’ve witnessed her feelings for him grow and continue throughout the previous three books in the series, and it is high time this romance was brought to the forefront and given the attention it deserved! Ivy as a protagonist is both entertaining and frustrating, because although her big heart cannot be ignored, her strong will is sometimes hard to take. Jericho’s intentions towards her, to protect her from his own life choices, are admirable but as he quickly discovers, feelings can sometimes derail our best intentions. Continue reading
A Beautiful Story Featuring A Very Special Character
I don’t know how she does it, but Stephenia H. McGee’s new release from Revell is so vivid and real in my imagination that it feels more like a movie than a novel! “The Secrets of Emberwild” is a beautiful, sweeping, and unforgettable story that I adored from start to finish, and if you enjoy Christian Historical Fiction it should definitely be high on your to-read list as well. Continue reading
Riveting Yet Challenging – Beautiful Yet Dark – A Guest Review by Hayley
“The Lost Melody” is quite unlike any other book I have ever read, mostly due to the fact it takes place almost exclusively in the setting of the Hurstwell Pauper Lunatic Asylum.
As usual for Joanna Davidson Politano, “The Lost Melody” is written in a beautifully poetic style, with many thoughts and insights that are truly thought-provoking and intuitive. Within just the first few chapters I began to get some distinctly Jane Eyre vibes from this novel, and it continued on throughout much of the story. Plus, there is the usual mystery, intrigue, romance, and twisting, turning, spinning storyline that I’ve come to expect from this author. I had several ideas as to how it would end, but it turned out to be none of them. Not once did I guess correctly on how the mystery aspect of “The Lost Melody” would conclude. I believe that is a sign of a very well-done novel. Plus, readers of “A Midnight Dance” will appreciate a clever tie-in between these two books. Continue reading
A Masterpiece, and Stunning Series Conclusion – Guest Review by Hayley
The final book in a series has rather high expectations attached to it. Especially in a series such as this one, where the characters and plots are intertwined so tightly, each book flowing into the next, and the entire series spanning only a single summer. The final instalment is not only the completion of one story, but of the many tales of each character we have come to know. Continue reading
Wow – What An Amazing Book – Or Should I Say Battle Plan?
When I pick up a book by Susie Larson, I know that I will be challenged, humbled, and provided with so much wisdom and godly strength that I will not be able to remain unchanged after reading it. “Strong in Battle: Why the Humble Will Prevail” is her newest release from Bethany House Publishers, and is perhaps her most powerful work yet. I honestly gained so much from this book that it’s hard to describe… but I shall do my best, because it deserves accolades in abundance. Continue reading