Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Suitor For Jenny by Margaret Brownley

As part of Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program, I received A Suitor For Jenny by Margaret Brownley. This was what I would consider a christian romance. You have the love story (several actually), as well as people discovering that they need God in their lives. The story was kind of sweet, but it was very sappy. I will admit that as a teenager I read a lot of christian romance novels, and I still read them when I am pregnant, but I think that I have mostly outgrown the genre. The story was well written, and the characters were fun. It is set in the late 1800's in Texas. After their parents died Jenny felt like she needed to take care of her two younger sisters. She makes some mistakes and feels that she cannot hope for marriage, but is determined to find suitable husbands for her sisters. It is a safe romance, nothing risque. I would give it 2.5/5 stars.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

I am hosting my book group this month, and this is the book that I decided to read. I thought that it sounded fascinating. It is the true story of Percy Fawcett and his explorations in the Amazon. I thought that the information was very interesting, but I found the lay out of the book somewhat confusing. It starts by following three different expeditions in three different time periods, and then interweaves them throughout the book. I would give this book 3.5/5. I enjoyed it, but I thought that the story could have been told in a better way.