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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Terminus Author: Catherine Leggitt

Title:  Terminus
Author:  Catherine Leggitt
Pages:  356
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Mountainview Books
My rating is 4 stars.
Sometimes I can tell whether a novel is one I want to read or perhaps not at the moment.  Yes, sometimes it is the cover that either draws or repels, especially if the author is new to me.  Other times it’s a feeling I get that the story may be happy or sad, delve into hard topics or any other sense.  With this particular novel, I knew it was going to be hard to read because of the suffering written regarding the child character.  Let’s face it none us of wants to see or hear about a child suffering because it makes us aware of what we cannot do.  However, it can also allow us to experience God and know God as He reveals Himself amidst suffering or tragedy.
If you recently lost someone, I would wait to read the book.  The story both drew me in and repelled me as I knew the ending was going to be something other than what I desired.  What the author does however is show a side to suffering few ever know about because it occurs in the heart of a person.  In the story, a man who has a less than stellar character meets up with Mabel an elderly lady who lovingly takes on the care of the sick child.
I think bringing forth the spiritual aspect of humans in the story along with Scripture is something rarely written into books.  However, the author does an exceptional job of showing how all mankind no matter age, social status, or anything else is in desperate need of a Savior, and there is only One, Jesus!  Should you desire to be touched in your heart, mind and soul you’ll read the book along with the note from the author as to why and how the story came into being.
Here is a book I won’t soon forget as it caused me to remember the seasons in my life where there was suffering, but more importantly there was a deeper revelation of God to me.  So because of those revelations I was and am and will be changing till I go to be with Him!  Want to be filled with peace, joy and new life?  Pick up a copy, read and see what occurs in your heart.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom #2)


Title:  Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom #2)
Author:  Sarah Sundin
Pages:  400
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Revell
My rating is 5+ stars.
We met most of the characters in book one by the same author titled, Through Waters Deep.  Here, the story focuses on Lillian Avery who is pharmacist and Ensign Archer Vandenberg.  Lillian comes from a big family, though with normal sibling laughter and sometimes strife.  Archer is an only child and heir to a vast fortune, but joined the Navy so as not to be forced to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Lillian has taught herself to be independent and that includes not leaning on her Lord, after she had suffered losing a part of a leg in a childhood accident.  Lillian refuses to let her heart be loved or be soft because she sees it as weakness plus a former experience taught her how deep one can be hurt when a heart is risked in allowing someone to love them.
Archer too is a wounded man though he is seeking to allow the Lord to change him and to overcome the combat nightmares he has suffered since his first ship was torpedoed.  Archer knows how his past made him look to women and family too, but he longs to no longer be that man.  When he meets Lillian Archer, he feels as though a fresh breath of life and love may actually be a part of his life.  Until he receives a letter and reverts back to the way he has tested women before coming to Christ.
The author writes a captivating tale of two broken people who long to be loved for who they are and not pity or because of wealth.  For the Avery family, letting Lillian move so far away when she might need help because of her prosthesis is something Lilly wants to disprove.  I love the mystery Lillian and Archer want to solve as it directly affects how sailors are able to do their job on their ships.  I also was moved by how the men who are no longer able to serve on their ships because of nerves or physical injury have to once again return to civilian life even when they want to continue serving.
This is a very moving, climactic, suspense-filled with some romance that will entertain readers for hours! Read Through the Deep Waters before Anchor in the Storm so you can fully enjoy the developing tale!

Anchor in the Storm Sarah Sundin


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Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Reluctant Duchess (Ladies of the Manor #2)

Title:  The Reluctant Duchess (Ladies of the Manor #2)
Author:  Roseanna M. White
Pages:  400
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Bethany House
My rating is 4 stars.
The Duke of Nottingham or Brice to his friends has always gotten by on his charm.  He does have a strong relationship with the Lord and seeks His counsel often.  However, now God has asked him to marry a stranger to protect her.  Brice wants to ignore God, but God is persistently telling him to marry her.  Brice goes through with the marriage to this Scottish woman, Rowena Kinnaird and finds a woman terrified of most everything.  His friends and relatives question his hasty marriage, but he tells them what God wanted him to do.  In addition to a new marriage to basically a stranger, Brice is still in possession of the Fire Eyes diamonds.  These diamonds and their story take place in book one in the series, The Lost Heiress.  Brice is sure Lady Pratt and her brother are still after the jewels and will do anything to get them, but there is another threat that Brice is completely unaware of on the horizon.
Rowena Kinnaird has survived a brutal assault of a man she thought loved her just two weeks before her unexpected marriage to an English duke.  She didn’t want to marry, but was given no choice by her abusive father.  She now has left Scotland and everything she has known her whole life.  She lives in fear and has nightmares.  She doesn’t trust her new husband and sees the dark side of most things instead of God’s light.  She believes in God; she just hasn’t talked to Him in a long time.  Over the course of the next few months, her life will change drastically.
Brice’s character was just great!  He had a sense of humor, wasn’t afraid to poke fun at himself, admitted his faults and sought out God at every turn.  He obeyed God even when he didn’t want to or it didn’t make sense to him.  I could feel the fear that saturated Rowena and her sense of unworthiness.  She had lived as a victim of abuse, which colored everything she experienced.  Her character seemed realistic to me.  I really liked the theme of faith woven into several of the characters as they lived their faith be deed and word.

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.”

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Beautiful Pretender


The Beautiful Pretender Melanie Dickerson



Title:  The Beautiful Pretender
Author:  Melanie Dickerson
Pages: 314
Year: 2016
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
My rating is 5 stars.  
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also, follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
Avelina is a servant to Lady Dorothea, daughter of the Earl of Plimwald, but when her lady runs away with one of her father’s knights, the Earl calls upon Avelina to pretend to be his daughter and go represent him at Thornbeck Castle.  Avelina agrees if the Earl will provide monthly provisions for her family and a dowry for her.  The purpose of her trip to Thornbeck is to be considered by Reinhart, the Margrave of Thornbeck, along with nine other ladies, for marriage.  Avelina must not only pretend to be Dorothea but also not marry the Margrave since it would be improper for a noble and servant to wed.  But the more Avelina tries to divert attention away from herself to one of the other ladies, the more the Margrave is drawn to her.  And there is a wolf among the sheep that tries to win the Margrave for herself no matter what the cost.
Melanie Dickerson has written a classic medieval fairy tale romance that ranks among the most well-known fairy tales of history.  The characters are believable, and the interactions between them are very realistic.  The growth of the relationships between various characters mirror real life in the historical period portrayed as well as in the modern world.  In a time when marriages were arranged for political alliances with love not considered in the equation, here is a story where love blossoms and grows even when it should be avoided.  As one who has an interest in medieval history and culture, I find the story to be plausible, yet it has the romantic feel of a Cinderella story.  Avelina is written as a strong leading lady that knows her place within her world but has her own ideas about how all people, including servants, should be treated respectfully, how people who marry should marry for love instead of duty, and those who have the means to do so should help and care for those who are less fortunate and need protection.  She is stubborn and very opinionated when she thinks she is right, but she knows how to show proper respect to others.  Even when insulted or threatened, she will do whatever she can to defend another even at great personal cost. 
Although there are many wonderful aspects of The Beautiful Pretender, what I most liked about this book is that two people from very different social worlds, in a time when those worlds must be separate from each other, could find love and join together to defeat those who wish to destroy them.  I look forward to reading Melanie Dickerson’s other books about the middle ages.