Saturday, November 22, 2014

No Greater Valor (The Siege of Bastogne & the Miracle that sealed the Ally Victory)

Title:  No Greater Valor (The Siege of Bastogne & the Miracle that sealed the Ally Victory)
Author:  Jerome R. Corsi
Pages:  384
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Each book covering any historical event or person can never quite contain all the material available, the various views or the contested aspects of an event.  I read a couple of different reviews of this book before writing my own as I was curious as to how others viewed the material and whether they agreed or not.  Suffice it to say that books are sometimes downgraded in rating for what they don’t contain or for how they were written.  Each review is an opinion and I understand that, but I would love to see people point out the positive aspects of rich, historical, nonfiction writing like No Greater Valor with the understanding it isn’t meant to be the final word on this particular historical event.
No Greater Valor should be a on the shelf of anyone who loves either history, military or WWII in particular.  The way it is presented, I believe, is to show how much our forefathers who served during this time had a faith that gave them strength and courage when fighting, suffering through the elements or any number of other reasons.  We owe a debt to those who served during this war as we do all our service men and women due to their willingness to lay down their lives for America.
Hitler and his regime were evil and cruel, and the fight of the allies was as much spiritual if not more so than physical.  Corsi points out various leaders sharing what they brought to the war front along with the oral history that was written down for future generations.  In our age of “instant”, we should be reminded of how life wasn’t as instant and people took time to share their stories orally so we could learn from them long after their passing.
What a trip through history the author took to highlight this particular battle in December 1944, along with the outcome.  As most will never forget 9/11, neither should we forget those who have served and are serving, along with the stories that have yet to be told.  I find it quite fascinating to hear a person’s point of view, who was there and lived to tell about the experiences.  Whether you agree with the author or what he presents really isn’t the focal point.  God is the focal point in this one of many battles that took place overseas.  I hope you consider giving a copy to the history person in your family or friendship circle to enjoy, and a copy for your personal library at home to pass on to the next generation.
My rating is 5 stars.
Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Ties that Bind (Book #3) authored by C. J.Darlington

Title: Ties that Bind
Author:  C. J. Darlington
Pages:  402
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Mountainview Books
Sometimes when life seems to throw a curve, besides reading the Bible for comfort, I love to escape into the fictional world created by an author.  Ties that Bind is the final book in this western trilogy which centers around two sisters previously introduced to us in Thicker than Blood & Bound by Guilt.  Christy is the bibliophile while May loves being outdoors and ranching.  We are now introduced to an episode in their parents’ lives of which the two sisters knew nothing prior to their parents’ deaths.  Now, out of the blue, a young woman shows up at May’s ranch asking for a job, and the co-owner Ruth gladly hires her.
When tragedy strikes the ranch, the new girl begins a downward spiral, and Christy knows better than May how to help Brynn Taylor overcome her addiction.  There seems to be more to Brynn’s past which audiences will enjoy discovering as they read the tale.  As time passes, May is the first to learn about their missing half-sister, but never in her wildest dreams could she imagine who it turned out to be.
For me, this was an absolute stunning way to cap off the stories, characters and themes I read in the previous two books.  One aspect of the characters I like was how they, like real people, had to wrestle with problems, forgiveness and more.  I loved how faith was held up as the one and only way to walk through hard times, or even when one fails, God is shown for his loving and forgiving character.  No character in the book desired to become a believer or give up their self-destructive ways which also lends to the authenticity of how humans choose.
All three novels are amazing, encouraging, and faith-filled along with dramatic, pulling readers further into the tale until the very last page.  There is so much more to the novels than I have revealed here, so please grab yourself a set, ask for them as gifts or give them as gifts because they are amazing books you will read over and over again!
My rating is 5+ stars.
Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Bound by Guilt (Book #2) by C.J. Darlington

Title:  Bound by Guilt
Author:  C. J. Darlington
Pages:  402
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Mountainview Books
The first novel in the series, Thicker than Blood, sets the stage for the continuation of the main characters in Bound by Guilt, May and Christy.  The sisters have experienced the loss of both parents in a car accident plus May has feelings of abandonment when Christy took off without explanation after the funeral.  Now readers see in Bound by Guilt the intensity notched up by focusing on a teenage girl who has felt rejected all her life.  Roxie is now traveling in an RV, living a less than stellar life.
Page after page shine of God’s love, forgiveness and provision as readers delve deeper into the tale.  I can say that the depiction of foster situations and group homes in the story is pretty close to reality in some though not all homes.  There are some good foster parents/homes and some group homes should be held up as models for others to emulate.  Please know I used to work in the social work field and group homes.
What readers will sense is the fervor of the action that increases as a murder is committed along with the theft of expensive rare books.  Roxie’s character insecurity and search for a love that won’t abandon her is really heart gripping.  Christy was engaged to the young man who was killed, and the way she works through her emotions to forgive the perpetrators is astounding.  Abby is a policewoman and the sister of the victim.  She is rough around the edges with many questions.  Her past is littered with brokenness.  It is hard for Abby to control her anger and emotions, especially when dealing face-to-face with the accused.  I liked how the author leaves her open minded by not making a decision for or against God.  Real people are like this too.  They need time, and it is work that only the Lord can do.
Audiences are just going to want to get comfy and read all the books in the series one after the other. The order is Thicker than Blood, Bound by Guilt then Ties that Bind.
My rating is 5+ stars.
Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

C. J. Darlington's wonderful novel: Thicker than Blood

Title:  Thicker than Blood
Author:  C. J. Darlington
Pages:  400
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Mountainview Books
The novel opens up with action from the first sentence until the very end, increasing intensity along the way with twists and turns in the plot!  May is raised by her Aunt Edna after the death of her parents.  Her older sister Christy hasn’t been around for years, and May has no clue where she lives or works.  Christy works for a bookstore that sells rare and collectible books they usually get through estate auctions.  May works on a ranch, which suits her to a tee.  The ranch is in danger of foreclosure, which May prays about often believing God will act but not knowing how.  Christy is struggling with the same addiction that cost her parents their lives.  May wonders about Christy’s whereabouts and what she ever did to make Christy angry.  Christy thinks May would never want to know her or see her as she feels May would be greatly ashamed at the choices Christy has made in her life.  Neither sister is right.
While May’s ranch and home are heading into foreclosure, Christy is fired from the bookstore when her controlling boyfriend talks to the owner’s father.  One sister has become a Christian while the other has discounted religion as a whole.  These are just a couple of snapshots of the tale that will tantalize readers in the novel.  There is action, adventure, revenge, redemption, life and death along with finding out truth from lies.
I have read another C. J. Darlington novel called, Jupiter Winds, which received a five-star rating from me.  I am reading her series that actually began her fictional journey!  The other tales in the series are Bound by Guilt & Ties that Bind, which I will be reading and reviewing next.  Thicker than Blood brings to the forefront issues like alcoholism, abuse, and the estrangement in the relationship between the two sisters.  However, the bigger picture is how the Lord can touch the heart of those who seek Him and totally change the life of one who has lost everything and seems to have nothing.
I cannot wait to start the next novel in the series to share with you, as I am sure they are just as breathtaking as Thicker than Blood.  With the holidays around the corner for the booklover in the family, wrap these up for under the tree as the reader will thoroughly love them!
My rating is 5 stars.
Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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