It’s been awhile since I’ve done a book review but I’m back!!
I hope you find the right helpful 📘
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a book review but I’m back!!
I hope you find the right helpful 📘
Synopsis: In a small Texas town ruled by gossip, Fawn Blaylock believes others are justified in condemning her untimely pregnancy. Stifled by guilt, she yearns for grace while the local football coach treats her with gentle respect.
Justified perfectly captures the rhythm and romance of life in a small town, telling the unforgettable story of a woman searching for renewal, a man looking beyond what others see, and a community torn between judgment and love. It is the unforgettable story of broken dreams, second chances, and relentless hope.
Review: This book captivated me from the get-go. There were lots of twists and turns. Fawn’s ex-boyfriend does all in his power to get her back and their unborn child back. Coach on the other hand was caring, supportive, and genuinely caring. To make a point and to distance herself from her wealthy parents, she makes the decision to rent a run down home. How difficult to find yourself pregnant, suddenly single, and trusting God for your future. I would highly recommend Justified.
Synopsis: “Ema, give me your hand.” These were the words Jesus spoke to Ema on Christmas Eve before He straightened her crooked foot, hand, neck, and spine, and restored her mobility.
Easter weekend, eighteen years earlier, an ordinary workday turned into a nightmare when Ema McKinley passed out and was left hanging upside down in the storage room.
Rather than improving, Ema’s body became progressively bent and disfigured. Doctors diagnosed Ema with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), an extremely painful trauma-induced disease which led to Ema’s hand and foot deformities, painful sores, insomnia, gastrological distress, curvature of the neck and spine, heart and lung failure, and permanent confinement to a wheelchair.
Once an athletic, powerhouse woman with multiple jobs and volunteer positions, Ema became a modern-day Job who lost everything except her faith and desire to trust God more fully. Ema wrestled with pain, anger, and unforgiveness, but now takes the reader on a healing miracle encounter of Biblical proportions.
Rush of Heaven will ignite readers’ passion for Jesus and help them walk hand-in-hand with Him through life’s darkness. It will open hearts to embrace the impossible.
“Jesus gave me this miracle for you too!” — Ema McKinley
Review: This is a book that is going to stay with me for a very long time!! We don’t always get to know why God allows pain and suffering, but I choose to see my own as a gift from His hand. I know that Ema endured incredible pain and suffering over the 18+ years before Jesus healed her, but her attitude was one of submission, trust, and desiring God to use her in spite of her RSD. God put some amazing people in her life to help her. She did not sugar coat her suffering at all, and it makes me angry at everything the insurance company made her go through that made her illness so much worse! It is not uncommon for spouses or significant others to leave when faced with the chronic illness of a loved one. I’m so happy her sons and dad were there to help her through. You have to read this book…your life will be forever changed!!
Synopsis: When D.C. lawyer Hannah McCrae heads home for her brother’s wedding, she’s dragging a lot of baggage along with her—and she doesn’t mean suitcases. Betrayed personally, and humiliated professionally, the last thing she wants is a new man. That’s fine with square-jawed, rugged contractor Calder Blue. He and Hannah may be wildly attracted to one another, but all he wants is to build the town’s hotly contested new yacht club and mend a centuries-old family feud. Yet thanks to resentments old and new, day after day the pair wind up tangled in each other’s business—and maybe soon in each other’s arms.
Every bride needs something “blue”…
Includes a delicious wedding cake recipe!
I was given an advanced copy of this book to review by NetGalley
Review: I thoroughly enjoyed this story with all its twists and turns. From the get go I found myself rooting for Hannah and Calder. The three sisters, Hannah, Kerry, and Fiona could not be more different, and yet they each have wonderful traits that are endearing. There are a couple of tastefully steamy episodes, but I found some of the language distasteful and not at all necessary, in my opinion. Having been born in Maine, I enjoyed the fact that Blueberry Cove is on the coast of Maine. Family issues are always front and center and allow the characters to learn to trust one another in the midst, difficult though that is at times. Who doesn’t love a great love story with a bit of craziness mixed in? I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!
It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward’s husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news—Cal’s family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal’s reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt.
Charting the course of an uncertain life—and feeling guilt from her husband’s tragic death—Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal’s unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff. This unknown legacy, now Merritt’s, will change and define her as she navigates her new life—a new life complicated by the arrival of her too young stepmother and ten-year-old half-brother.
Soon, in this house of strangers, Merritt is forced into unraveling the Heyward family past as she faces her own fears and finds the healing she needs in the salt air of the Low Country.
Look for book 5 about Kate coming late 2015 and book 6 about Karla coming in 2016!!
Reviews: Each of these women of Valley View are interconnected through their church and Bible study. They are good friends who always there for each other. They experience real fears and doubts, go through real struggles – sometimes with dire consequences. Each of these women is so relatable. Callie helps to reunite a dad with his two young daughters and a granddaughter. Terri struggles with her desire for marriage and a family of her own. Pams ex husband moves back to town with his new wife and she struggles with forgiveness, as he struggles to tell her something that will turn her world upside down. Samantha is raising a daughter on her own and gets involved with a wonderful young man…but there are roadblocks neither of them are sure they can overcome. I can’t wait to read Kate’s story! She’s a widow looking for Gods will in her new life. I think you will grow to life these women as I have. It’s the kind of book you don’t want to end. If you read them, please leave me your feedback. 😃
Synopsis: Has the Christian Holocaust Begun?
Synopsis: A victim of rape, sixteen year old Scottlyn Rich is disowned by her family when she refuses to abort the child she carries. Determined to raise her baby, she has no idea how to handle the obstacles ahead, she only knows that giving her daughter, Mercie, a chance to live is the most important thing she’ll ever do.
Widowed school teacher Diana Kensington lost everything she held dear the day her husband’s plane fell out of the sky. Four hundred and thirty nine days later she still has no answer to her daily prayer. “What now, God?”
Can trust be built between these two lost women? Can they work together to fill the void in each other’s lives, for Mercie’ s sake?
Review: This is a quick read, but a very inspirational read on what God can do in the life of someone to bless others, thus being blessed themselves. Scottlyn was kicked out of her fathers house when she discovered that she was pregnant as a result of rape. In fact, her father threatens to take her to court to force her to place the baby for adoption. Behind the scenes God has been working in Diana’s heart to heal her grief and help this young woman. I don’t want to give to much away…I loved this story!!
Synopsis: Are winds of change, doubt, or grief swirling around you? Engaging author and teacher Jan Harrison shares how, when storms strike, you can depend on God’s spiritual supplies– His promises, His Spirit, His ever-present help, and the treasures of His Word.
After a storm of loss forever changed the landscape of Jan’s life, her faith and years of Bible study were tested. In that journey, she discovered how God was and is able to fill her every need. Now, with compassion and courage, Jan will help you:
Whether you or someone you care about faces a difficult season, the lifelines of God’s promises will lead you to life and hope after the storm.
Review: This book completely captured my heart! It was so difficult to put down, and I’m not usually a fan of non fiction. It was heartbreaking reading about the loss of her son, her grief made even more tragic because he was in another country at the time of his death. For a mom that is crushing…he was only 27. She shares her journey to surrender and healing…not easy by any means. Even as a believer we struggle with questions like “why” when unspeakable tragedy invades our life and turns it upside down. I love that she talks about switching from thinking of all the “what ifs?” And starts to think in terms of “God, even if”. That spoke to me. If you are in a storm currently or know someone who is, this book will really bless you. Share it with someone you know that needs to hear Jan’s story and her incredible honesty and vulnerability, all the while working towards surrendering her plans and embracing Gods.
Synopsis: When Jeff Bauman woke up on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 in the Boston Medical Center, groggy from a series of lifesaving surgeries and missing his legs, the first thing he did was try to speak. When he realized he couldn’t, he asked for a pad and paper and wrote down seven words: “Saw the guy. Looked right at me,” setting off one of the biggest manhunts in the country’s history.
Just thirty hours before, Jeff had been at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon cheering on his girlfriend, Erin, when the first bomb went off at his feet. As he was rushed to the hospital, he realized he was severely injured and that he might die, but he didn’t know that a photograph of him in a wheelchair was circulating throughout the world, making him the human face of the Boston Marathon bombing victims, or that what he’d seen would give the Boston police their most important breakthrough.
Up until the marathon, Jeff had been a normal 27-year-old guy, looking forward to moving in with Erin and starting the next phase of their lives together. But when his life was turned upside down in ways he could never have fathomed, Jeff did not give up. Instead he faced his new circumstances with grace, humor, and a sense of purpose: he was determined, no matter what, to walk again.
In STRONGER, Jeff describes the chaos and terror of the bombing itself and the ongoing FBI investigation in which he was a key witness. He takes us inside his grueling rehabilitation, and discusses his attempt to reconcile the world’s admiration with his own guilt and frustration. And he tells of the courage of his fellow survivors. Brave, compassionate, and emotionally compelling, Jeff Bauman’s story is not just his, but ours as well. It proves that the terrorists accomplished nothing with their act of cowardice and shows the entire world what Boston Strong really means.
Review: The Boston Marathon bombing was a horrific event! Jeff Bauman did not see himself as a hero or a celebrity or anyone that was even all that special. Little did he know how much his life was going to change as he stood at the finish line to cheer his girlfriend Erin on as she finished the race. There were certainly many heroes that day helping to save the lives of the victims. This book tells the story of what happened on that fateful day, as well as how Jeff dealt with and healed from his traumatic injuries. His girlfriend Erin stood by his side through the entire ordeal. Theirs is certainly a very special love story! There were so many parts of this book that just really moved my heart, it’s hard to just name a couple of them but I would highly recommend this book. It really made me realize how the ordinary become the extraordinary in the face of trauma. We truly are….Boston Strong!!
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