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Subject: April 2013 - Reviews/Discussions of Christian Books Read
Date Posted: 4/1/2013 9:33 AM ET
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Please post book reviews and/or comments on Christian books that you have read in January 2013 here

If you are participating in the 2013 Christian Reading Challenge:

Extra, Extra Bonus

Spread the Word:  Post a review of a book that you have read in the monthly review topic and you will be entered for a random drawing of a WL book to be chosen by me (valued under $15).  There will be a minimum of 4 drawings a year with maybe a couple of more thrown in.  You do not have to track them.  I will get the names from the thread.  A person may only win once.

FYI - I am exempt

Date Posted: 4/2/2013 10:44 AM ET
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I finished reading A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin last night;  the second book of the Wings of Glory series........rating it 4.5 stars.   This is the story of two nurses in WWII stationed overseas;  one refuses to date because of a memory from her teenage years she is ashamed of; she has to learn to forgive herself by accepting God's forgiveness and love before she can love again.  The second nurse refuses to date as her fiance was killed when the Arizona was attacked and she doesnt want to lose another loved one........but despite their refusal to date, they both fall in love with American pilots.   Thus the story of how the pilots break through their shells and convince them to share their love. ...I'm loving this series.



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Date Posted: 4/5/2013 3:50 PM ET
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Finished the third book of Sarah Sundin's series Wings of Glory;  Blue Skies Tomorrow......Star rating 4.5 stars............this book is about a third brother who is also a WWII fighter pilot......he is an instructor and hasnt fought in combat, then is sent to manage a supply job stateside near his home town.  He's close enough to go home for weekends and meets a war widow with a young son.  She is struggling with memories of her husband who secretly abused her, living with her inlaws who lets her son get away with more than they should, and he is learning to be aggressive and controlling as his father was..........The pilot and the widow fall in love but she pushes him away so he volunteers to go overseas and fly combat missions...........meanwhile she is fighting her inlaws to be able to live on her own and raise her son as she feels he needs to be raised..........

Date Posted: 4/11/2013 1:59 PM ET
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My reading has slowed down this month but I finished a Christian reading book on my Kindle.....

The Influence by Matthew John Slick......Star Rating 4 stars.........I read this as a book out of my comfort zone and boy, was it.   The story is about the religious battle between angels and demons.........this is a very descriptive book classified as a supernatural thriller.........

Date Posted: 4/11/2013 8:23 PM ET
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That's sounds like one then I would like Lynn.  I love reading books about angels and demons.

Date Posted: 4/13/2013 2:31 PM ET
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Finished reading Dixie Hearts by Debra Ullrick, Andrea Boeshaar, Kay Cornelius, rating it 3.5 stars........This is one of the Romancing America books;  a collection of three romances set in one state of the US.  I was drawn to this one because the stories were set in Alabama.  I enjoyed the first story Southern Sympathies,  the second one A Matter of Security set at the Huntsville Space Center was good, ok, but I couldnt get into the last story The Bride Wore Coveralls.......

Date Posted: 4/14/2013 6:31 PM ET
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I finally got a chance to work on selecting the winner of the first quarter for posting reviews.

Congrats to  Cindy G. (dadena)!!

I will be getting in touch with her.

Date Posted: 4/14/2013 7:33 PM ET
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The first book I finished this month was Eyes of Justice A Triple Threat Novel  by Lis Wiehl, & April Henry.

I enjoyed all the books in this series...this one threw me for a loop right away because one of the three main characters was murdered.  Next, the killer is out for the other two.  I was on pins and needles, worring whether or not another friend would be murdered....and just who was the killer.  Someone all three ladies had some contact with during a "case".  With on FBI agent, one TV reporter, and one Federal Prosecuter, that could still be one of many.

As with the other novels in this series, the twists and turns kept me on my toes and my interest very peaked!

Gave this one four stars

 

Date Posted: 4/15/2013 3:49 PM ET
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Cynthia M. - Wow, thank you!

Date Posted: 4/16/2013 2:20 PM ET
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I got done with two excellent books recently.

Finished reading Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer. This is somewhat different writing from her other books but I really loved it. The characters have their problems but it really was a sweet romance story. You pretty much know what is going to happen but everything doesn't just fall into place. Lots of things come up that you don't foresee. And as with most of Kim's books, there is a lot of history in this one. You find out about the Jewish immigrants coming over to America and how little the US citizens really knew about what Hitler was doing in Germany and the horrible things that the Jews had to handle. Overall a wonderful book and one I would feel comfortable handing to a teenager. Would give it 5 out of 5 stars!



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Date Posted: 4/16/2013 2:27 PM ET
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I also finished Stress Test by Richard Mabry. Can you tell I like a wide range of genres:) 

This is about a doctor who gets kidnapped one evening coming out of the hospital. They are going to kill him but he escapes and passes out. When he comes to they tell him he is being accused of murder. He has no clue what they are talking about as he only remembers some of what happened that evening. He is released but that is only the first part of the book. Someone is out to get him but will they succeed? 

I have only read one other book by Richard Mabry and I was pleasantly surprised by this one. There is a good amount of mystery as you struggle to find out who is out to get the doctor. There is a little bit of romance between Dr newman and his lawyer Sandra but not a whole lot. This is mainly a suspense story. I was impressed with the Christianity portrayed in here. Not pushy but definitely there. Such as a brother who is a missionary, a brief Gospel message and the whole plot of God being in control no matter what happens. Good book that I enjoyed! Another 5 out of 5 stars.

Date Posted: 4/18/2013 11:22 AM ET
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I finished another Romancing America book this morning:  Delaware Weddings by Jennifer Johnson.  Rating 4.5 stars.  I enjoyed this one of the series much more than the last.  The book is three stories that are all interrelated about different family members.   The first tells the story of a girl who gave up her baby for adoption when in college;  five years later she finds out the adopted mother has died.  She moves back to the town they live in, gets to meet her daughter, and falls in with the adopted father.  A beautiful story!  In the second story the sister of the adopted father has three daughters and is widowed.......She finds love again a few years later, her oldest daughter through her rebellion against God since her Dad's death finds herself pregnant, but finds a loving home for her baby.........The third story is all about the rebellious daughter who has grown up, found God again, and how she finds love..........

I loved enjoying the same family throught the three different stories and how each mother who gave up their babies for adoption is blessed along with the family members who adopted the babies.......

Date Posted: 4/18/2013 3:39 PM ET
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Just finished reading Josiah's Treasure by Nancy Herriman. 

This is the first book I have read by Nancy and it was enjoyable. The lead character is a woman who has inherited a house and money from Josiah, hence the name of the book. Everything is going good and she is able to start an art school to help young ladies until a man arrives at the house claiming to be Josiah's son. A battle ensues and Sarah has to fight for her girls and her treasure.  I had a little bit of a hard time with the heroine but I think it was just me. The characters are pretty well fleshed out, obviously if I disliked Sarah so much, but you really get pulled into the history of San Francisco and the gold rush era. I would probably give this 4 stars. 



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Date Posted: 4/18/2013 9:22 PM ET
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I just finished reading Darkness Rising (East Salem Trilogy, Bk 2)  Author: Pete Nelson, Lis Wiehl   4 1/2 Stars

This is the second in the series with the first being Waking Hours. If you aren't familar with the first one, Tommy is a believer but Dani wasn't.  She looks at things from a scientific view point and has trouble with the concepts of faith, grace, etc. Everything that the Christian faith encompasses.  They are engaged in a battle of good and evil. 

I enjoy the characters of Tommy and Dani, both smart people in their own rights but a few times in this book I didn't think that they used it to their advantage. New characters are brought into play and you slowly see a team being built. Charlie the angel is back for a few scenes.

You get to know Tommy's Aunt Ruth and she is a hoot if you ask me. I love this line that she had in the book: "I'm a research librarian," she said. "And a gun collector. I will do research. And shoot people when asked."

This book really explains a lot about what is going on that you didn't get from the first and lays excellent ground work for the next in the series, Fatal Tide.

The only problem that I had with the book and also with the first one, is that for my taste there are too many medical/scientific terms used that I do not know and in a lot of cases didn't follow too well. I found myself skimming over a couple of pages here and there because of it. Otherwise, a great read that I would recommend.

Date Posted: 4/22/2013 9:11 PM ET
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Finished reading Seattle Cinderella by Gail Sattler, rating 4 stars.  The book is a christian romance of four stories, the first one is about a girl who lives with her stepmother and two stepsisters, yes She has a Cinderella relationship with them but fortunately meets her Prince.......In the next stories after the stepsisters realize she isnt so bad and change their ways, they also find their Prince...........in the last story, her godmother (fairy godmother) finds her prince where she least expects to find one............Fun and entertaining stories.

Date Posted: 4/23/2013 10:17 AM ET
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Borders of the Heart by Chris Fabry 4 stars

JD is running from his past and ends up working on an organic farm in Arizona. He finds a Mexican woman near death one morning, and instead of calling the Border Patrol, he takes care of her. Soon he realizes she is in a lot of trouble, which he is now involved in. The book was fast paced and the story took place in 4 days (except for an epilogue months later). There were a few twists and it was somewhat predictable at the end but I enjoyed it. This came from the public library. 

Date Posted: 4/23/2013 9:20 PM ET
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Jersey Brides The Glassblower / The Heiress / The Newcomer - Romancing America: New Jersey
Author: Laurie Alice Eakes    
 
Another trilogy of stories in the Romancing America series visiting New Jersey this time...........Again God leads the young women of each story to love.  The stories take place in the early glory years of New Jersey; historical romances.........Rating this one 4 stars.......not my favorite but enjoyable...........
Date Posted: 4/24/2013 4:26 PM ET
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A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund.

This is a historical book about a German settlement in America. The main character is a woman whose husband dies and she is left trying to run a farm and get out of debt. Her father sends back home to Germany for a groom but there is a mix-up, kind of, and a prince is sent instead. Carl, who tells everyone he is a schoolteacher, knows absolutely nothing about farming or working with his hadns but eventually he falls in love with Annalisa and finds himself enjoying the work. Of course, when the real groom comes along to take his rightful place, he just might find himself in trouble. 

Overall this was an enjoyable book. I liked Annalisa but it took me a little bit to like Carl. He is somewhat selfish and conceited but he grew on me:) Good plot and delightful characters along with a storyline that is realistic made for a nice read. I would give it 4 stars out of 5. 

Date Posted: 4/24/2013 4:29 PM ET
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Just got done reading Duchess by Susan May Warren. Wow!! Let me just say I loved it! There were a couple things I didn't care for, but overall an excellent book. Wonderful characters that draw you to them and a lot of history are enclosed in this novel. It is the third book in a series but it doesn't really make a big difference in reading it. I have reviewed the first one so I knew where things were coming from so it might help some with the characters. But this is pretty self explanatory. I think it would be 4 1/2 stars out of 5. 

Date Posted: 4/26/2013 10:59 AM ET
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Read another Romancing America book:  Cherry Blossom Capers This is a book of four romantic Christian mysteries that take place in Washington, DC.......The first one concerns a White House chef (reminds me of the White House Chef mysteries by Julie Hyzy).......the second about two lawyers........all of them of course ends in a happy after love story........easy light reading,  rating it 4 stars



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Date Posted: 4/29/2013 4:31 PM ET
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I recently read A Place of Peace, A Life of Joy, and A Season of Love by Amy Clipston.  They are books 3, 4, and 5 in a five book series.  I read the first couple some time back.  I enjoyed a Place of Peace and A Life of Joy.  A Place of Peace deals with a young woman who left the Amish community a few years before and comes back due to a family crisis, which leads her to confront communication problems which had led to earlier decisions.  A Life of Joy deals with a young woman introduced in a previous book who had been raised English and, when her parents died, comes to live with an Amish aunt at the age of 14.  In this book she is 18 and must decide whether to settle into the Amish community or return to the English lifestyle.  She leaves for a time to spend time helping English friends of the family which gives her the chance to compare the two lifestyles.  I enjoyed both of these.  A Life of Joy deals with a young newly baptized Amish woman who falls in love with a Mennonite boy and must decide what to do.  She runs into family conflicts over the situation.  I don't have a lot of patience for stories where two characters interact a few times and fall into an undying love, which is essentially what happens in this story.  I felt that more could have been done to develop both the storyline and some of the characters in this story.  Still, I would have to say that the Kauffman Amish Bakery series was overall a good set of stories and would be enjoyed by anyone who likes to read stories with Amish themes.

Date Posted: 4/30/2013 1:44 PM ET
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I just finished Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer.  I was not crazy about her first book (Tailor-Made Bride) but I LOVED this one.  I don't know what it was that  made the different.  I immediately loved the two main characters, the little girl, the family and friends.  Even each servant in the house had a very distinct personality.  And I hated the bad guy.  The characters were all smartly drawn without long-winded explanations and the story moved along at a good pace.  I only had one little issue with the story line....I would have liked a little more explanation about how the dying mother chose Gideon to become guardian for her daughter, and why he agreed. The sketchy info give just didn't make much sense. But once you get past that, the story is very good.

Date Posted: 4/30/2013 5:28 PM ET
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Just recently finished reading Darkness Before Dawn by Ace Collins. 

This is a book that hits a lot of hard areas including how far you would go to exact revenge. The main character is a woman, Meg, who finds out she is expecting her first child on the same night her husband dies in a car wreck. The young man who caused the accident was drinking and just happens to be the son of a wealthy man in town. So you get the idea, right? Nothing is going to come of it and he will walk away. Meg is so set on revenge that she totally becomes another person. Her patients can't stand her, the other nurses want to throttle her and even her mother doesn't know what to do with her. This shows a lot of extremes and I think they are well written. Somewhat drawn out but I think it is well worth reading. Kind of a different genre than Ace normally writes but pretty good. I would give it 4 stars out of 5.