Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Karen Kingsbury "Angels Walking" (Book #1 in a new series)

Title:  Angels Walking Book #1
Author:  Karen Kingsbury
Pages:  384
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Howard
What an exploding work of fiction!  Angels Walking, the first book in a new series written by Karen Kingsbury, turns out to be an exceptional and inspirational debut.  My curiosity is what drew me to the book; I wondered how the author would portray angels in a fictional yet Biblical way.  When I began reading, I knew beyond a doubt that while a fictional piece of work promised an adventure, I was blessed at how Karen weaves in the spiritual reality of warfare that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
I don’t want to reveal too much of the story so as not to ruin your own discovery, but I will share enough to whet your appetite.  Two angels volunteer for a mission on earth to help two individuals, Sami and Tyler, meet in order to fulfill the long term plan God has for them.  The angels have no clue as to all that the mission will require or the way to do God’s bidding, but they trust that God will show them as they obey each order given.  There is a cost if the two humans fail to meet even though Sami and Tyler wouldn’t be aware of that aspect.  Throughout the pages we read of various characters who find hope in the darkest of moments, comfort in time of pain and the difference between what they thought was God’s plan compared to the fulfillment.
There is a scene where all the angels are applauding God and praising Him, which brought wonder to my imagination!  I lost myself in the characters, both angelic and human.  We should remember that Scripture tells us be aware we might entertain angels without knowing it.  The scenes are a reflection of what people have experienced in living life here on earth, only now with a fictional addition of the viewpoint of angels.  I believe angels are real and are doing the missions God sends them on.  We just can’t always see, know or be able to tell of their presence.  Yet, what matters more is that God loves us so much to send us messengers to help in more ways than finite beings will ever be able to comprehend.
The newest series is something to be read, shared and treasured for all who love good literature!  Don’t miss Book #1, Angels Walking; the journey starts here.
My rating is 5+ stars.
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After the Funeral by Agatha Christie



Title:  After the Funeral (previously published as Funerals are Fatal)
Author:  Agatha Christie
Pages:  286
Year:  2014 (first William Morrow paperback published)
Publisher:  William Morrow
An older gentleman dies suddenly, leaving his fortune to be divided amongst his relatives.  After his funeral, his family is gathered together when his sister blurts out that she thinks her brother was murdered.  No one takes her seriously it seems until she is murdered the very next day.  The lawyer in charge of the brother’s estate begins to investigate on his own, but soon realizes he is out of his element.  He contacts his old friend, Hercule Poirot, to help discover if, in fact, his client was murdered and who murdered his sister.
He inserts himself into the family and has trouble eliminating any of the other family members as suspects.  It appears no one has a verifiable alibi.  As Poirot continues to question the family, he begins to make the killer more nervous, making a mistake that allows Poirot to narrow the field.  The family dynamics and the different characters make the plot interesting with plenty of red herrings to keep readers guessing.
This story was just a great “whodunit”!  I had read the story many years ago and when I read it again, I enjoyed it just as much the second time.  I didn’t figure out the murderer the first time or the second time, but was completely involved in the story and was sorry to see it end.  The characters are quintessentially British and Hercule Poirot is at his finest.   The plot is interesting and will keep readers tuned in from beginning to end.  This is one Agatha Christie mystery readers will not want to miss.  I hope in the future to re-read other of these wonderful classic mysteries and post my reviews here.
My rating is 5 stars.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick


Title:  A Light in the Wilderness
Author:  Jane Kirkpatrick
Pages:  320
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Revell
An awesome and simply moving tale that weaves fiction with historical facts about a colored woman named Letitia.  Readers will follow her travels from Missouri to Oregon before it became a state.  Letitia travels as the only colored woman married to a white man, though known only to a couple of people because at that time it was illegal.  Most people in the wagon train Letitia and David Carson traveled with considered her his property.  Most considered themselves better than Letitia, and they often scorned her not allowing her to seek safety in their company.
Reading about the harsh environment and lack of privacy along with the amenities many of us are so accustomed to having when traveling was interesting.  The tale has many dangers.  Women couldn’t own land regardless of race, and women could only have land in Oregon if they were married.  Some marriages were for survival and ownership of property with loss of life being very common.
I doubt any woman back then would have known that a novel would reflect their story or that various items made would now be in a museum for others to view.  It makes one think,”What will others who come after us learn about the times we lived in and actions we did or didn’t take?”  Letitia had two children, a girl who later married and moved away with her husband onto a reservation and Adam her son who never married and remained on his mother’s land after she died.  He was later buried beside her.
Letitia’s husband came to America from Ireland.  In order to become a citizen, he had to renounce any ties to the government and land in Ireland.  It took years for him to get papers that proved he was a citizen and could legally own land and property.  His character in the novel showed his wandering nature, but also his love for Letitia and their two children.  David Carson was married before and he had a son who followed him and demanded his father’s property after his father’s death.  There were some people in the book who thought a lot of Letitia and stood by her in good times and bad.  In Missouri, there were men who patrolled, looking for slaves who weren’t carrying “free” papers and then returning them to the rightful owners.  Can you imagine walking the street, worrying about the patrollers finding you and then perhaps receiving lashes before being returned as property?
Most of the tale shows how people can learn from each other and make it through life by drawing upon each other’s strengths, relying on the Lord to watch over the “sparrow”.
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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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Aloha Rose

Title:  Aloha Rose (Quilts of Love Series)
Author:  Lisa Carter
Pages:  247
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Abingdon
Kai Barnes is an ex-soldier, living in Hawaii.  He has retired from the military, suffering from PTSD.  He lives on the family ranch and is trying desperately to get the family out of debt.  The last thing he needs is to play tour guide to a young woman who may or may not be related to his foster family.  Kai is very protective of his family and wonders exactly what this woman is up to.  He finds her to be stubborn, compassionate, feisty, and pretty and maybe someone he could love, if he was looking for love, which he most definitely is not!
Laney Carrigan was left on the doorstep of her adoptive parents’ home when she was just a few months old and wrapped in a quilt with Hawaiian flowers on it.  Her father posts the picture on the internet and the next day a response is received.  So Laney flies to Hawaii to meet her birth family.  She doesn’t expect a tall, dark and handsome cowboy to pick her up at the airport or to have him be so suspicious of her and arrogant.  After spending more time with Kai, she discovers another side of this cowboy.  She didn’t come to Hawaii looking for romance, but she can’t control what she feels for him.  Laney has always longed to feel accepted for who she is and her Hawaiian family appears to makes this a reality.  She knows her adoptive parents loved her and she had a good life, but to her there always seemed to be something missing.  Is this family really where she belongs now permanently?  What about her job?
This story showcases two people who are searching to find a place to belong.  Kai has a wonderful life with his foster family, but still clings to guilt and fear from his past that he lets determine his future.  Laney struggles with feelings from what she views as the abandonment of her birth mother, even though she loves her adoptive family.  Both characters must face their fears and realize to Whom they really belong to and Who holds them in the palm of His hand.  The romance between Kai and Laney has great chemistry and humor.  I loved the one-liners and teasing comments that abound in the story.  I look forward to reading more stories by this author.  Please pick up a copy of this easy-to-read story and enjoy an escape to Hawaii for a tropical romance!
My rating is 5 stars.

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