Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist

I have to say for historical romance Ms. Gist is one of my favorite authors. I love her writing style and her characters are well developed and I remember them. In Maid to Match, Tillie is a parlor maid for the Vanderbilts in North Carolina and all she wants is to become the Lady's Maid but then she falls in love with Mack and her plans take a turn. This was a sweet story and I love that Ms. Gist uses actual facts and newspaper articles about the Vanderbilts for her story. If you like this genre you won't be disappointed with this book.

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Indelible is a suspense novel that gets you from the very beginning. I will admit that I was confused through certain parts of the novel with all the different characters but it could have been because I haven't read "Indivisible" yet and that is where these characters first appear. Even so, I really did like this book. It was a great story and I really enjoyed the various characters. I was fascinated with Natalie's eidetic memory and how she expressed her outlet. Trevor's supposed "hero complex" and Fleur's gift as a blind artist. Good read.
I received this book free from blogging for book program in exchange for my review.

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Seraph Seal

I found this book quite interesting. This is an apocalyptic novel that begins in December 2012 and takes you to year 2048 where we follow the events of the end of the world. I liked the way this book was done with practically each paragraph going to a different character in another part of the world to show the global impact. I found it intriguing and really makes you think about all the technology and where its all heading. I also found interesting that the lack of religion becomes the new "religion". I found myself disagreeing with some of the theology of the book but its not necessarily about the theology more about the technology of the world and where its leading us. I look at this book as fiction (which it is) and with that in mind I really enjoyed it. In the end, I would recommend this book as a very interesting read and a great book for discussion. I would not go to this book as my reference for end times. I would stick to the Bible for that.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Out of a Far Country

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this but whatever it was I wasn't disappointed. This book I couldn't put down and read it quickly. Each chapter goes back and forth between Christopher and his mom, Angela. They each tell their own story and how different their perspectives are but each are searching for answers. This was such a good read. The brokenness of Christopher was heart wrenching and the prayerful strength of the mother was inspiring. In the end, the journey led them both to God and He is using them mightily today.
I received this book from the blogging for books program in exchange for my review.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Never Let You Go by Erin Healy

I wanted to try a book by Erin Healy since she has co-authored with Ted Dekker on a couple of books. This book was very interesting as it involved Lexi who is being threatened by someone in her past to pay a debt she knows nothing about or else face losing her daughter. While there is a lot of suspense it becomes obvious that this is more than meets the eye. There is a whole spiritual battle going on that seems to be at the forefront.
I enjoyed the book but I would say this is not my favorite in this genre. There were some spiritual elements missing considering what was going on. That being said, I would still read another of her books and will probably look for another one.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Corruptible by Mark Mynheir

The Corruptible is another book in the Ray Quinn series. This is the first Ray Quinn book I've read but the author did a good job giving some background about Ray's situation. I found the character's very humorous and enjoyed the way they interacted with each other. The story kept me interested and had a few twists and turns. I will say this isn't my favorite book by this author. I had most of it figured out quite near the beginning and was tired of all the suspects in the murder case. I did enjoy the humor and his relationship with Crevis.

I've read his other series "The Truth Chasers" and really enjoyed all three of those. If you enjoy cop/PI mysteries then I would recommend this as some good summer reading.

I received this copy free from Multnomah Publishers for my review

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Blessed

I've been looking for this book in the various libraries that I've been a part of and finally found it recently. This is the final book in "The Gifted" series and I have enjoyed each one of the books. I find the time period interesting since it takes place in the 1200's and deals with the growing power of the church and the political power the Pope has. This group of people who are the "Gifted" are sent on a journey to restore the church to its original intent. Along the way they are teaching people, reading the Bible in the native tongue and baptizing people. The Church is in an outrage over it and the "Gifted" may be executed because of it. Not only are they battling the Church but there is a great evil that is trying to destroy them as well. I really recommend this series, I loved it.