November 24, 2015

Glimmer of Hope

Glimmer Of Hope, written by Sarah M. Eden, is a delightful read!  When Miranda Hartford returns from her daily walk to find her home at Clifton Manor overrun by servants, new and old, she suddenly discovers that a house party has been planned to take place in her home and is about to begin!

When Miranda encounters her husband, Carter, who she has not seen in over three years, she is not quite sure how to respond.  Miranda, who still has no idea why he left and never returned in the first place, has not idea why he has decided to return now! 

You will enjoy this tale as Miranda and Carter slowly begin to rediscover the reasons they initially fell in love and why they were ruthlessly separated, so soon after their marriage began!

November 22, 2015

For Elise

I recently picked up a novel written by Sarah M. Eden.  I was excited to dive into another Sarah Eden tale.  The book was entitled For Elise.  The story begins when Miles Linwood finds it necessary to stop in a small village on his way home to have his carriage repaired.  He cannot believe his eyes, when he is suddenly face-to-face with Elise, his childhood friend who disappeared years ago!

On the pages of this book, you finally learn the reasons that Elise vanished four years ago; but the story felt like it had to be dragged out inch by inch.  There was definitely a mystery to be solved and you do finally learn who the culprit is by the end of the book; however, the journey to final page was a bit laborious!

I did not find For Elise as easy to read as the previous Sarah Eden books I have read.  Pass by For Elise if you are looking for an easy read; however, if you are looking for some great reading material, check out her series,  The Jonquil Brothers.  You will not regret the time spent!

November 17, 2015

Best Hair Book Ever

Best Hair Book Ever by the Editors of Faithgirlz! and Girls' Life Mag is the place to start if you are looking for a fun gift for your young daughter or maybe granddaughter!

This book is filled with beautiful pictures, along with written descriptions on how to attain each look.  There is a lot of information on how to care for your hair as well as details about the styling.

This book is full of lots of tips on how to achieve each great style!

I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for my unbiased review

The Lost Heiress

The Lost Heiress is the latest novel by Roseanna M. White.  This book tells the journey of Brook Eden as she travels from the sunny beaches of Monaco to the windy moors of England in hopes of locating the family she has never known!

Brook's dear childhood friend, Justin Wilden, had found a place that might be her home.  You will enjoy watching as Brook is instantly accepted by her father, the Earl of Whitby, as the daughter who was taken from him so many years ago.  You soon discover that there is another mystery to solve: Why was her mother riding recklessly across the moors the night that lead to her death?  Join this next journey as Brook seeks to find out what really happened to her mother!

As this story continues, you find that Brook's friendship with Justin has evolved into something new.  Both Justin and Brook had deeply loved each other as just friends, but will this friendship grow into something so much more?

This is a fun tale to wade through as you look for all the answers to come to light!

November 12, 2015

Rising Darkness

Rising Darkness, by Nancy Mehl, is the third book in her Finding Sanctuary series.  You are introduced to Sophie Wittenbauer as she is on her way to the small Mennonite town of Sanctuary.  Sophie is currently working as a writer for a St. Louis newspaper and she is following up on a tip she overheard about a decades-old crime that has never been completely solved.  Sophie feels like this is her chance to finally make a name for herself!

Sophie had been trying to leave her former Mennonite life behind, but driving into Sanctuary is bringing old memories and fears to life again.  As Sophie settles into this new life, she is posing as Emily McClure to the residents of town.  Sophie is using the story that she is searching for information about her family, who were former residents of Sanctuary.  Sophie is making good progress on identifying the names of the residents who have recently moved into the area, when she suddenly runs into a man from her past, Jonathon Wiese!  A man who she used to love!

When Jonathon realizes who Emily really is, he begins helping Sophie discover the answer to this story she has been trying to crack.  This suspense will take you down numerous roads, until you finally are able to put all the pieces together.  Will Sophie find her true place with God, as well as find the answer to this mystery?

The first two books in this series were exciting from beginning to end; however, the end to Rising Darkness was a bit disappointing to me.  I have to say, though, that all three books in this series are definitely worth the read!

 I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my unbiased review.

November 7, 2015

A Refuge at Highland Hall

A Refuge at Highland Hall, by Carrie Turansky, is the final entry to her Edwardian Brides series.  Join the Ramsey family once again as they are navigating difficult circumstances.  This time it includes the beginning of World War I!!!

The tale begins in London.  Penny Ramsey has come to town to provide assistance to her sister, Kate, who not only has eight orphans to care for, but she is now pregnant as well!  Kate's husband, Dr. Jon Foster, is very busy providing his services at a London hospital, so Kate needs an extra set of hands at home.  Shortly after her arrival, Penny meets Alex Goodwin, a childhood friend of Jon's.  Alex is currently training to become a pilot in the Royal Naval Air Service.  You instantly sense something between Penny and Alex, but you wonder how anything can develop between them at a time like this!  When Alex comes by the Foster's home that evening, they are all thrown into a panic as the Germans begin dropping bombs on London in the dark of night!

As Jon quickly moves his family to the country to stay with family at Highland Hall, Alex moves forward with his training and is soon moved into the fighting in France.  As Alex and Penny begin exchanging letters, they both are hoping it will lead to something more in the future.  When Alex becomes severely injured during one of his missions, he is left in a state of hopelessness.  What will he be able to do with his life and what will he have to offer anyone?

Will Alex be able to look past his limitations to see what God wants to do with his life?  Will Penny be able to trust God and stand firm in her love for Alex?  Watch and see how this tale unfolds on the final pages!

I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my unbiased review

November 2, 2015

The Wedding Chapel

The Wedding Chapel is the latest novel by Rachel Hauck.  Initially, you are introduced to Jimmy Westbrook as he is viewing a photo of his best friend's cousin, Collette Greer.  He cannot keep his eyes off her face!  Fast forward to current day where you meet Taylor Branson.  She is an up and coming photographer, who is struggling with her recent marriage to Jack Forester, a successful advertising executive.  You will not believe it when you find out how intertwined these four lives are!

Their lives are slowly brought together when Jimmy suddenly decides to put his wedding chapel up for sale.  He built this beautiful chapel years ago for his high school love, Collette, in hopes that she would return someday.  She never did!  When Taylor returns to her hometown to photograph the site, she is overwhelmed by the beauty of the chapel.  She instantly senses that Jimmy is making a mistake thinking of selling.  You soon learn that Collette is a famous actress, who has been playing a soap opera character for years and that she is also a sister to Taylor's grandmother!  These sisters had not spoken in years.  While Taylor is in town, she plans to help her sister sort through their late grandmother's belongings.  She soon learns that there is a secret hidden amongst her things, waiting to be revealed!

What will Taylor do when Jack shows up in town, further complicating the situation? When hurts and secrets from their past lives come to light, will it draw them together or push them apart?  It is interesting to see how all the details come together to reveal the truth in the end!

I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for my unbiased review