Sunday, June 28, 2015

Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason

Who doesn't love a love story but to have two in one book is utterly fantastic!   Two sisters....nothing alike.....who fall in love with the most unlikely men.  Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down.  I love that this book is about a family and the home that they love.  Their father is frustrating and stubborn.  Their mother is caring and loving.  The sisters, Brianna and Colleen have fire and spirit.  Each family member had to look closely at their decisions - past and present.  These decisions had major impacts on those they loved.  Each character had to learn to be true to themselves.  They had to learn to trust in themselves, with others and in The Lord.

Highly recommend.  I give it five stars.  I can't wait to read the next one about their brother, Adam, in 2016!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

To Capture Her Heart by Rebecca Demarino

I just finished this wonderful book. It is rich in history and a joy to read. I was quite surprised how it ended. I did feel that I was at a disadvantage as I didn't read the first book. It took me a few chapters before I could catch onto the storyline and who was who. It is the story of Heather Flower's journey to recovery and being true to herself.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Ann H. Gabhart's The Innocent

"Keep praying."     When you feel like giving up......keep praying.  When you are hopeless and scared...keep praying.  This book had such a powerful message.  Keep praying.  Carlyn continued to pray even when it was difficult to do so.  She couldn't give up.  There were many times she wanted to but she refused to.  During those trying times, she would hear her mother's voice in her head telling her to continue to have faith and pray.

It is very rare to find a character in a book like Carlyn.  She was loyal even when it wasn't easy for her to be.  Her relationships with her husband, her Shaker sister and her dog were warm and loving.    She could have been a very bitter woman due to her upbringing....her situation with her husband,  her struggles...Curt Whitlow's demands..Sister Edna....but Carelyn survived and was better for it.  Mitchell saw Carlyn's strengths and was drawn to her very early in their relationship.   Carlyn and Mitchell were respectful of each other's choices.  Mitchell was willing to wait until Carlyn was ready to move forward.

I loved this book!   Interesting storyline and historical information about Shakers.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

Enjoyable- Yes. Great to take on vacation - yes! This is an inspirational romance book but I found it was much more than that. It was about opening yourself to others, trusting others even when you are scared to and knowing God is there guiding your way. The main characters are Charlotte and Stone. i enjoy a book where the woman is strong and has a warm heart. Charlotte takes it upon herself to "mother" three children that are not hers. She loves them and will stop at nothing to protect them. Stone enters her life and Charlotte isn't sure how to protect her heart from his irresistible charms. Can she trust him? Will Stone let her down? Read this book and find out......