Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Domino Effect by Davis Bunn

Esther Larsen is a risk analyst at one of the largest banks in the country.  She has been watching the market for years and understands how interconnect and fragile it has comes.  When she sees things heading to the brink can she help avert a disaster?

I had a hard time getting into this book.  There is a lot of talk about financial matters that I didn't completely understand.  Once I was into the book I did enjoy it.  There were some plot points that didn't make sense to me.  The relationship between Craig and Esther was not fully explained.  It felt like they met and instantly became a couple.  I wish that more time had been spent on developing this relationship.  I also found it hard to believe that Esther had been so distant with those around her for so long, and then suddenly lets everybody in.  I did enjoy the character of Esther.  I liked how decisive and intelligent she was.  I feel that the book is relevant to our time.  The beginning of the book took me a long time to read, but once the story started going I grabbed me more, and I was able to finish it much faster than I had started it.  Over all I would give this book 3/5 stars.  There were many plot points that I didn't find believable, but I did enjoy the characters and the overall story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in return for my review.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Where Hope Prevails by Janette Oke & Laurel Oke Logan

I have loved Janette Oke's books since I was a little girl.  I was so excited to get the chance to review one of her new books!  I also love Hallmark Channel's When Calls the Heart TV series.  I didn't get a chance to read the first two books in the series, but I felt like I already knew many of the characters because I have watched the TV series.   Elizabeth Thatcher is returning for her second year of teaching in Coal Valley.  She had an eventful summer and is excited to return to her familiar town.   When she arrives she discovers that everything has changed.  She has a new home, a new school, and many new faces in the town.  There is also a new teacher to share the teaching duties with.  I really like Elizabeth Thatcher.  She is trying so hard, but sometimes she makes mistakes.  Or sometimes, even when she knows that something is wrong she has a hard time changing her mind.  I could really relate to her.  She is very down to earth and is striving to follow God's will for her.  There are many bumps in the road, but eventually she is able to accept those around her, and see in them what God sees in them.  I found my opinion of  Robert Harris Hughes changing as Elizabeth comes to accept him and see the good in him.   I really enjoyed reading this book!  I would give it 3.5/5 stars.  I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for my review.

Monday, May 23, 2016

In Good Company by Jen Turano

Millie Longfellow is a good nanny, and she is determined to find a family that will actual value her skills.  She is unconventional in her methods and has been dismissed by one to many families.  Everett Mulberry is desperate to find a nanny that can actually outwit his charges.  When the both arrive at the employment agency at the same time they are given one last chance.  They must work together.

I really enjoyed this book.  I like that we get to see some of the same characters from a previous book.  I always enjoy Jen Turano's books.  The characters are strong, and fun.  Millie knows that she is right in her methods, and is tireless in making sure that the children in her charge get the love and attention that they need.  Everett is slow to notice how much he has withheld from the children, but Millie makes sure that he understands what they need.  I enjoyed watching the romance develop.  Caroline is completely inappropriate for Everett, and you are just hoping that he will notice before it is to late.  There is a lot of excitement along the way, and even a mystery to solve.  I would give this book a 4/5 stars.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my review.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Playing the Part by Jen Turano

Lucetta Plum has taken care of herself for years.  She finds herself if a situation where whe has to depend on others to protect her, and she has a hard time accepting their help.  She is one of the most sought after actresses in New York City.  When one of her admirers gets too determined to have her she has to hide until it blows over.  This leads her to the mysterious Ravenwood, and it's attractive owner, Bram Haverstein.  Will she be able to accept his help?

I really enjoyed this book.  I have read several books by Jen Turano, and they are always a fun read.  The characters are unique and quirky.  There is a good pace to the book, and you never know what is going to happen next.  Lucetta is an interesting character.  She is not perfect, and that makes you like her all the more.  Bram is also interesting.  It is fun to watch him as he learns that Lucetta is not the person that he assumed her to be, but then grows to love her even more for the person that she actually is.   There are several impossible situations that happen in the book, and it is always fun to see how they are going to get out of them.  I would give this book 4/5 stars.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker

I was really excited to read this book!  I love reading dystopian novels, and seeing the different ideas of our future.

Carrington Hale has spent her whole life preparing for her Choosing Ceremony.  She has done everything that was expected of her and excelled at it.  So how come she wasn't chosen? 

I found the world very interesting.  I like to see how the author had society rebuild itself.  It seems very plausible to me that the society could be based on a religion, and that the people in the city are required to live by the religion.  I found it sad that it was such a constricting religion and that it valued women so poorly.

The characters were interesting.  Some were creepy, and some were people that I could see myself being friends with.  I felt like the characters grew throughout the book.  It was interesting to see them come to understand themselves and their world.

I liked that the book talked about finding your own worth.  I think that this is an important thing that gets overlooked.  Our worth is not defined by what we have, or who we know.

Overall, I enjoyed this story.  The plot was a little predictable, but the characters and the world were interesting.  I would give this book 3/5 stars.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers.

A interesting Q&A with the author can be found here.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

After a Fashion by Jen Turano

Harriet Peabody always prays for a birthday wish.  This year she has left it up to God, and just asks for something wonderful.   Now can she survive the journey and find out what it is he has in mind for her?

I always enjoy books written by Jen Turano, and this book is no exception.  Harriet is a very likable character.  She is surrounded by a cast of characters that is both fun and crazy.  Harriet is a very strong woman.  She has plans and dreams and is going to make them happen.  Oliver is a very nice, if somewhat crusty gentleman.  It is fun to watch the relationship develop between them.  I also enjoyed watching Oliver develop his relationship with God. 

Books by Jen Turano are always a fun, light read.  The characters find themselves in impossible situations but they always manage to come out on top.  I would give this book 4/5 stars.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh

Abigail Pressman has everything she has ever wanted.  Almost.  The opportunity to finally expand her business is finally happening.  If she can only buy the building before someone else does.  Abigail has seen love fail too many times to want to have it happen to her.  But, then the handsome Dr. moves to town.  Can she open her heart and let God lead her?

The characters in the book are fun.  Abigail has her quirks and is a very likable character.  You want her to be happy and to have her dreams happen.  There are a lot of fun, quirky people in the little town of Loves Park.  The town is obsessed with love, and it would be fun to visit.  Jacob is conflicted, but nice.  I had a hard time with the fact that he was so easily okay with kicking Abigail out of the building.  The paper hears was a really cute idea.  I like that the book tries to show that love isn't always perfect.  There are hard times and good times.  I would give this book 4/5 stars.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale.