Friday, November 28, 2014

The Bracelet by Dorothy Love



Title:  The Bracelet
Author:  Dorothy Love
Pages:  336
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Author Dorothy Love adds the aspect of suspense in The Bracelet, which is not normally evident in her stories.  There is faith, romance, family, love and a sprinkle of mystery that surrounds the Browning Home where Mr. Browning, Ivy and Celia live.  The setting is Savannah during the time right before the Civil War breaks out.
Celia is bothered by articles appearing in the town’s local newspaper which cast a dark cloud over the home by insinuating that murder may have happened there years ago.  Celia remembers little of this time frame as she was just a wee girl, but Ivy, her cousin, remembers more but speaks little of it.  In fact, Ivy seems to keep distance between herself and everyone.
The father is in the shipping business and is known as a man of faith and caring for others around him, especially when hard times befall people.  Since her mother’s death, Celia is the one person her father talks to about the business, politics as well as any and every subject.  Celia gives of her time and resources to a variety of charities while she awaits the man of her dreams, Sutton Mackay who is returning from conducting shipping business overseas.
Celia decides that she must uncover whatever secrets Ivy or her father is keeping from her before she marries Sutton.  This decision is what sparks other devious and dark players to try and deter her from discovering the truth.  What will keep the audience’s attention is waiting for the plans to take affect then watching to see if Celia will indeed be averted from discoveries from the past.  No matter how hard she tries it seems the truth is escaping her grasp right before she is able to find proof.
My Thanksgiving Day was spent lost in the pages of this intense and heart-gripping novel.  At times, I would try to guess how various pieces of the puzzle shown in the tale fit together, or who it pointed to as the possible murderer.  As I read I noticed how at that time people stayed in their social circles or classes without any intention of doing anything or speaking anything other than what was expected.  It was interesting to see how Sutton was planning certain designs of ships when war was just talk and no battles had occurred.  The author writes a very compelling tale that draws the reader’s heart, at times feeling the tension building.  Never was I able to see the how the twists and turns of the plot would bring about the finality of the story.  I was enthralled to see that coming in 2015 the author will have another book coming out that continues Celia’s story.  Oh, I cannot wait!  Grab this inspiring book, curl up with hot chocolate and enjoy getting lost in the pages!
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.”

 Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

Swept Away


Title:  Swept Away
Author:  Laura V. Hilton & Cindy Loven
Pages:  240
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
This is a tender story of a grandmother who takes care of her only granddaughter after the death of both parents; now, the aging woman has difficulties.  One desire she has is to see her granddaughter, Sara Jane, happily married before her memories become a blur.  So Sari, the grandmother, begins to play matchmaker and her choice is a man she happens upon at the Heritage Festival.  The man’s name is Andrew and he is a handyman who makes beautiful handmade brooms of all shapes and colors.
Sari decides she is going to hire Andrew to do some tasks for her at the cabin that is if she can remember what they are.  Sarah Jane gets upset with her grandmother for just hiring any man to do work around her cabin without checking to see if it is alright with her as soon her work as a teacher will begin again.  What ensues is a tale that provokes some laughter along with tension between all three key characters grandma, Sarah Jane and Andrew.
The quilt grandma is making will reflect her own story depicting various moments and the love of her life, Cade.  The theme of faith is interestingly portrayed by the brooms Andrew makes and how he shares his testimony through the use of colors.  Grandma thinks Sarah Jane is already a believer because she raised her in the church, but Sarah Jane is well aware of how her faith was rocked when she lost both parents, thinking their death was her fault.
Alzheimer’s is presented in a way that I believe those who know nothing about it or have had life experience with it will be touched.  My husband’s parents and then my father each had their own personal battle with it.  Each person had similarities and stark differences.  The decision to sacrifice to become a caretaker is never easy, but Sarah Jane’s desire to care for her only living relative because of her deep love for her grandmother is a very touching reason.
Each quilt book that I have read and reviewed has been unique in many ways and I am glad to have the pleasure of sharing this one with you.  It is heartwarming with moments of laughter and even moments when the characters are frustrated with each other or the circumstances.  I hope people will enjoy reading the book and at the end get a sneak peek into another quilt story titled, Masterpiece Marriage, written by Gina Wellborn.
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.”

 Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Pound Foolish



Title: Pound Foolish (Windy City Neighbors Series #4)
Author: Neat & Dave Jackson
Pages:  332
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Castle Rock Creative, Inc
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Pound-Foolish-Dave-Jackson/dp/0982054491/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_y

For the story to be thoroughly enjoyed in Pound Foolish, I highly encourage reading the other novels of the series in order Grounded, Derailed and Penny Wise before starting the latest installment Pound Foolish. Each of the novels has two tenets  that run parallel the tales introduce various people in the small suburb of Chicago and each novel focuses on one house and the characters lives inside their homes and also community interactions.
For me this novel was the best of the best thus far!  The focus is on the Singer family highlighting marriage, faith, childrearing and accountability themes to name a few.  One thread which really was encouraging for me to read about was how important it is for believers to be willing to meet with others to pray, bear their soul, encouragement and when necessary exhortation to return to listening to God for example.  Another thread strongly placed before the audience was how a husband and wife need to work together, pray together or listen to one another with an open heart.
When Greg falls prey to false teaching it really begins to tear apart the very foundation of is marriage, and causes Nicole to stumble in her thought life.  As I read the story I saw how easy it is for anybody to erect walls between themselves and their spouse or friend especially when there are unresolved issues.  Yet the authors encourage readers by showing how there can be resolution and reconciliation in the way the players humble themselves before God which leads to changes in their thought life, actions and beliefs.
I read through the novel in short order to see how the writers were going to end the tale the time was well spent.  Another thread which draws reader’s hearts in is the need to be aware of false teachers, and that means reading the Word in context and spending time checking up on what is being taught to see if aligns with the whole Word of God not bits and pieces.  Enjoy this wonderful Windy City Series they are awesome!
My rating 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.”
 Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

Fearless (The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown


Title: Fearless (The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

Author: Eric Blehem
Pages:  288
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Waterbrook Press
 Navy Seal Adam Brown grew up in Arkansas whose life was lived with a born fearlessness of danger, injury, Adam through 100% of himself behind whatever he did wherever he went. Both the highlights and the lowlights are on the pages of the pages of the book not to bring attention to himself but to Jesus. Adam left instructions should he be killed in combat that people know both the skeletons in the closet as well as his accomplishments in his life.  I knew going into the book that I would tear up even though Adam is in heaven, no one can read about his family without feeling sad for what they have gone through and maybe yet going through.
The transparency with which the man’s life is set before readers is amazing and may leave people speechless but above all it will leave them with hope.  When folks read how Adam battled his own demons with his faithful wife Kelley beside him, and became a shining example it will remind us we are still surrounded by a cloud of witnesses as the Book of Hebrews states.  Like the men and women in the Scripture you will see the dark part of life Adam lived through, to the heights of serving his country, hometown and family.
When everything around may state there is no hope or evil is making advances, this book will silence the naysayers who say there is no hope or God.  I learned a lot not just about the man but this particular branch of service along with the high price families pay for our nation!  There are many who need to be reminded that the freedoms enjoyed have come at a high price.  Plus the freedom we enjoy can also be used to bring compassion, help and salvation to those lost in the darkness.  If you have a person who loves biographies or military people, this one should definitely be a gift for them under the tree.
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.”
 Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457