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Subject: 2011 Christian Reading Challenge - October Open Discussion
Date Posted: 10/3/2011 3:49 PM ET
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We will use this thread to discuss possible books to be used for any of the categories. 

This is the link to keep up with your Challenge List:

2011 Christian Reading Challenge - Lists Only!!!
 

I will also post the instruction here in this thread on how to keep up with the Points Bonus Categories.

When we actually start the challenge in January, I will start a new thread where we will discuss our actual books that we have read.  This way, it won't get confusing when we go to add our points for the different bonus categories.

Feel free to post any questions about books, authors, etc.

Peace to all who enter.

 

If anyone is interested in posting their totals to a spreadsheet that I created, here is the form to do so.

There is a place to post number of reviews, WL books posted, TBR books mailed, and number of pages.

You can post as often as you would like, doesn't have to be weekly.  Also, it is not necessary to do so.

CF 2011 Reading Challenge Recap Form

Date Posted: 10/4/2011 8:09 AM ET
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The Sister Wife by Diane Noble 3 stars

This is the story of a group of Mormons who travel from England to the US to join with others in the religion. Mary Rose and Gabe are unsure of joining until Brigham Young supposedly performs a miracle. Gabe then eagerly joins but Mary Rose is hesitant about some of the group's practices (plural marriage), especially when her husband it told to marry her best friend. I thought the book was an interesting look at the Mormons, and somewhat similar to Forsaking All Others by Allison Pittman (another story about the Mormons where the woman questions their beliefs). I'm returning this to the library.

The Betrayal by Diane Noble 3.5 stars

This is the sequel to The Sister Wife. Like the first book, the plural marriage belief of the Mormons is discussed. This book focuses more on the first 2 wives of Gabe (he has 3 in this book) plotting their escape without others in the group finding out. There was plenty of action in this book that kept me reading to find out what happened. The ending seemed a little abrupt and I wonder if there will be a third book. This book is being returned to the library.

Reviews moved from Sept. thread:

Treasuring Emma by Kathleen Fuller 3.5 stars

This is an Amish novel about Emma, who is dealing with the loss of her mother, the return of her first love, and a disagreement with her sister. Instead of trusting to God, it seems like everyone tries to do things their own way. I was glad to see them change by the end of the book. The interesting thing in this book to me is a distant cousin, Mark, who is not what he appears to be. It is finally revealed what his motive is but that part of the story ends in a cliffhanger. I thought this was a good book and am returning it to the library.

Summer Dream by Martha Rogers 2 stars

This is the story of a minister's daughter who falls in love with a man who has turned his back on God. Despite advice from others, she continues to be interested in him despite his obvious distaste for spiritual things. A series of events turns his life around and that's about it to the story. I found the book predictable and the plot is basically summed up on the back cover.

 



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Oct. reviews moved from Sept. thread

10/1 Presumption of Guilt (Sun Coast, Bk 4) :: Terri Blackstock 4.5 stars

Continuing action and suspense with a nice ending to the series.  It was nice to follow all the characters through the series.  I think I liked this installment a bit less because of the children's situation in the story.

10/2 Till Morning is Nigh: A Wortham Family Christmas :: Leisha Kelly 4 stars

A quick read that really brings the hardships of the depression era to light as well as the good Christian hearts of the couple that take the children in.  The nativity story the children act out is precious.

 

Date Posted: 10/4/2011 9:50 PM ET
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Nightmare :: Robin Parrish 5 stars

If ghost stories leave you trembling in your shoes, be prepared to t-r-e-m-b-l-e.  The characters ghost hunting expeditions are based on true recorded events at real locations. Very interesting reading.   The fictional mystery solving portion of the book is a real page turner.  

Date Posted: 10/5/2011 7:27 PM ET
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Caught In The Middle (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense) :: Gayle Roper 5 stars

Good romantic suspense story with a bit of Christian faith mixed in.  The suspense kept me guessing till the end.

Date Posted: 10/6/2011 1:57 PM ET
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I thought I was finished with books for Sept, but came home from work and have read this book from beginning to end in just a couple of hours:  Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish :: Mark R. Levin........It's a true story of a family's love of their pet and the pet for the family........how the family has to watch the dog's health deteroriate and make that final decision to let their pet go and be at peace........having done this just a couple of years ago with my cat we'd had for 18 years,  I know what they were feeling......

Not a wishlisted book but it's now posted to my bookshelf.......

Date Posted: 10/6/2011 1:58 PM ET
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Finished reading my second book for October: Promise Me Always (Pinky Promise Sisterhood, Bk 1) Author: Christine Lynxwiler. I'd rate it 4 stars.  It's a quick read,  written by the author who wrote the series about the McCord girls.  The heroine of the book os one of a group of friends who call themselves the Pinky Promise Sisterhood (I see a resemblance there with the Red Hat Society, especially since I'd just read a book about Red Hatters)........She enters a landscaping contest and her friends join her to do the work;  along the way here comes romance!  Not a wishlisted book, but I am posting it to my bookshelf.
 

Date Posted: 10/6/2011 4:28 PM ET
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Love Finds You in Sunset Beach Hawaii by Robin Jones Gunn 3.5 stars

This story is about one of the author's characters (Sierra) who had her own teen series of books years ago. Sierra takes a break from missonary work in Brazil to have a Hawaiian vacation with a friend. Jordan is a photographer who is on assignment in Hawaii. Both spend the book praying about their futures as both are at a crossroads regarding work. The overall story is good and it was nice to read more about Sierra's life. I do think the book ended rather abruptly and another chapter would have been nice.

Date Posted: 10/6/2011 5:01 PM ET
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Finishing up One Lane Bridge: Don Reid  this evening..........rating it 4.5 stars.  It's a story of the struggle between a man and his wife when he discovers he can go back in time and visit a family living in poverty.  After he discovers this family the first time, and attempts to take his wife to visit them, he can't find them.  Then he goes alone and there they are.  Sometimes they are there, sometimes not. 

His first visit the wife is ill, his second visit which is actually 2 years later......she's died but the daughter is ill........Now he tries to get back with medicine to help the daughter.......and thus the book continues........(Can't tell how it ends and spoil the story............)

The book is written by Don Reid, one of the Statler brothers singing group...........I've posted it to my bookshelf and it's already on wishlist hold. 
 

Date Posted: 10/7/2011 3:34 PM ET
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Caught In A Bind (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense) :: Gayle Roper 5 stars

A very good Love Inspired Series.  This book had a bit more faith and action in it than the previous book.  It's always fun to see the characters grow in their relationships with each other and with God.  There are 2 more books in the series I'd like to read.

 

Date Posted: 10/8/2011 6:09 PM ET
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Love Finds You in Prince Edward Island Canada by Susan Page Davis 3 stars

This book takes place in 1860, when Prince Albert Edward visited Canada and the US, as happened in real life. A farmer's daughter, hired as a maid for the event at the governor's house, meets an understeward in the royal party. I like this author and the setting (I love Anne of Green Gables), but I thought the book was only okay. The story didn't hold my interest like I thought it would.

Date Posted: 10/9/2011 3:46 PM ET
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I know it's only October but today I read ;The Paper Bag Christmas: Kevin Alan Milne   I reate it five stars!. It's a story of two young brothers who are invited by "Santa" to go with him to a children's hospital as Santa's elves.  They meet children being treated with cancer.....and learn the true meaning of Christmas.  It's a tearjerker that will touch your heart.  It's a wishlisted book and I've posted it to my bookshelf.........

 

Date Posted: 10/9/2011 4:03 PM ET
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Sunset Beach (The Beach House Series) :: Trish Perry 5 stars

An interesting book with different levels of faith presented from the non-believer (soon to believe) to the experienced friend & counsulor in the form of Zeke with the dreadlocks and calling everyone Sister.  There is much family conflict to work out while staying at the beach house, again on several levels.  As with other subjects of the book, romance is also represented on several levels, from new, just discovering each other, to the renewed summer romance of before, to the happily married, to the newlyweds.  It all comes together nicely in a very emotional story. 

Date Posted: 10/9/2011 8:34 PM ET
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George Washington Stepped Here by K.D. Hays 3 stars

This is a Heartsong Mystery (a series that has been discontinued) that I picked up at the dollar store. Single mom Karen is given a case to solve by her PI brother. She has to find a missing artifact at a local historic house, and goes undercover to do it. Along the way, she meets an interesting group of reenactors, including a handsome man. I thought the story was good and found it interesting that Karen has no use for church until the end of the book, when she realizes that church isn't as boring as she had thought.

Date Posted: 10/10/2011 11:30 AM ET
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A chance to win a free copy of Winter by Keven Newsome.

I really liked it.

Date Posted: 10/11/2011 9:46 AM ET
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Deep Trouble by Mary Connealy  3.5 stars

Shannon's father believed there was a city of gold and had coded maps showing the way. After his death, Shannon goes searching for this city to prove her father right. As so many times happens, the desire for gold leads to more trouble than Shannan can handle. She is left to die in a cave high on a cliff with no way down.

She is rescued by Gabe who wants nothing more than to visit his older brothers before he settles down on his ranch in Wyoming. Shannon talks him into continuing the search for treasure. Danger is soon on their trail.

I didn't enjoy this book as much as some others by this author. I just couldn't connect with Shannon. But the descriptions of the Grand Canyon were wonderful, and having never seen it myself, I could imagine seeing it for the first time as Shannon and Gabe. Standing in the shadows on the eastern side, watching the sunrise reflecting on the western side. Awesome!      

Date Posted: 10/11/2011 2:07 PM ET
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Out of Control by Mary Connealy 3 stars

Julia likes to explore caves when not helping out at home; Rafe is a rancher. He rescues her when she is trapped in a cave, and the fireworks begin. They spend most of the book arguing and kissing, much to the amusement of the others in their families. I found all of this rather annoying. I like the author but this book isn't a favorite of hers.

Love Finds You in Camelot Tennessee by Janice Hanna 3 stars

The town of Camelot TN is having financial problems and needs a revival in the economy. Amy proposes the town perform the musical Camelot to bring in business. At first, the townspeople are against the idea, but hidden talents emerge, and the soon they are rehearsing. I thought the book was good and typical of the author. I've never seen the movie (musical) Camelot so I'm not sure how accurate the author's portrayal was.



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Shield of Refuge (In the Line of Fire, Book 3) (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense #125) :: Carol Steward, Carol Steward 5 stars

The Guardian's Mission (The Sinclair Brothers Trilogy, Book 1) (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense #111) :: Shirlee McCoy 5 stars

Both books had just the right amount of suspense, romance, and faith.  The only problem I have with my favorite Love Inspired books are that they are over way too soon.

Shield of Refuge was easy to understand even though I had not read books 1 & 2.  The Guardian's Mission will have me on the look out for the other 2 books in the series :)

Date Posted: 10/13/2011 5:43 PM ET
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I had read 2 books that I had forgotten to post, or even mark read in my TBR files.

A Penny for Your Thoughts (Million Dollar, Bk 1) :: Mindy Starns Clark 5 stars
An excellent beginning to a series.  If you enjoy Mindy Starns Clark more recent mysteries, these are certainly worth your reading time.

Don't Take Any Wooden Nickels (The Million Dollar Mysteries, Bk 2) :: Mindy Starns Clark 5 stars

I especially enjoyed the Eastern Maryland shore for the setting of this book.  I grew up on the western shore of the Chesapeake and all it tributaries, so felt right at home "on the water".  Nice mystery solving skills with some dangerous supsense. 

ETA:  I read the series out of order, and it didn't lessen my enjoyment of the stories a bit. 



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Belonging by Robin Lee Hatcher 3 stars

This is a western about an orphan girl who becomes a schoolteacher and moves to Idaho. Most of the townspeople take a liking to her right away,but one older rich woman causes trouble right from the start. The overall story is decent but the ending seemed like somewhat of a cliffhanger. Supposedly this book is #1 in the Where the Heart Lives series. I'm returning this to the library.



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Date Posted: 10/16/2011 2:58 PM ET
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A Lady Like Sarah (Rocky Creek Romance, Bk. 1) by Margaret Brownley, 5 Stars

I loved, loved, loved this book! Couldn't read fast enough. Sarah's transformation to a lady, and her spiritual birth, were not the only ones in the book. I can't wait to read the next in the series about Rocky Creek.      

Date Posted: 10/16/2011 4:13 PM ET
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Hello, Hollywood! by Janice Thompson 3.5 stars

This is the tale of a Greek woman who is the head writer for a sitcom, and a Greek man who gets hired as one of her coworkers. Her family owns a Greek restaurant, where there is plenty of love and laughter. I liked this book. It reminded me in some ways of the author's Weddings by Bella series, which featured an Italian family who had a great time together.

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Date Posted: 10/18/2011 1:44 PM ET
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I just started my last book for the challenge.  Soon by Jerry Jenkins for the He Shall Come as a Thief in the Night:  Read a Prophecy/End Times/Apocalyptic category.  I've only read the first chapter and a half, but it really grabbed my interest so it probably won't take me too long to read it.  It's on my phone (kindle app) and the only thing I don't like about that is I never know how many pages I have left.  It does tell me how much I've read in percentage when I first open the book though.  I'm one of those weird readers who likes to keep track of how many pages I have left to read in a book.  I have little checkpoints along the way like 75 pages is 1/4 of the way and 150 is halfway, etc.  I always start counting down at the half way point, but sometimes even earlier.  That doesn't work as well with an e-reader.  :)



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Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida :: Sandra D. Bricker 5 stars

Nobody acts their age in Holiday Florida!  The dance sessions were great, as I have 2 left feet also.  Can you picture the seniors all dressed up and disco-ing?  A sweet romance between two slightly younger characters, and a real estate fraud to add a bit of mystery fills out the story nicely with lots of LOL moments.

Date Posted: 10/18/2011 3:20 PM ET
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I didn't read that series Lisa but did listen to it on CD.  I really enjoyed it, especially since I don't listen to audio books very often.  The guy reading did a very good job.

 

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