Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Larkspur Cove, by Lisa Wingate

Larkspur CoveLarkspur Cove by Lisa Wingate

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed Lisa Wingate's, Larkspur Cove. Andrea is a recently divorced mother of a teenage son. She moves to Moses Lake to start anew. There she can live in her parents' lake cabin as she begins her new position as a social worker.

Mart is a game warden. He and Andrea meet when he tells Andrea what her son has been up to.

In her work, she meets little Birdie, and unkempt little girl who is in the care of a simple man, supposedly her grandfather. Together Mart and Andrea work to make Birdie's life healthier and whole. What they didn't expect was for it to be a dangerous mission.

And of course, the love sparks fly.

I really enjoyed this book. It was refreshing and told in a way that I felt I was there helping Birdie attain a better life.

Book has been provided courtesy of Revell Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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Another Dawn, by Kathryn Cushman

Another DawnAnother Dawn by Kathryn Cushman

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Another Dawn by Kathryn Cushman is about a single mother, Grace, who decides not to vaccinate her son and when she travels to visit her family, the son becomes ill with measles. Unfortunately he infects the church nursery before his symptoms surface.

This story was well balanced in showing the pros and cons of immunization. The author's medical background was obvious. It's a good story about a bitter woman coming to the end of her own self-righteousness and seeing how she was the proverbial pot calling the kettle black.

The story is good, the plot is good. Unfortunately I didn't like Grace and never real embraced the story because of that. Grace reminded me of me before I came to the end of myself and realized my double standards. It wasn't a pretty reminder.

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Promises to Keep, by Ann Tatlock

Promises to KeepPromises to Keep by Ann Tatlock

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ann Tatlock's Promises to Keep is a sweet heart-warming book about a woman and her three children leaving her abusive husband to start a new life in Illinois. With help from her father, she is able to buy a house. A spunky old lady shows up a few days later claiming the house is hers. This happens a few times until the family lets her stay and she becomes an integral part of the family.

Promises to Keep reminded me of The Secret Life of Bees. Set in the 1960's, the story is told in first person by 11-year-old Roz (short for Rosalind) who befriends a black girl and they share their secrets and promise to pray for their fathers to become a part of their lives again.

I loved this story.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Fatal Judgment, by Irene Hannon

Fatal Judgment: A Novel (Guardians of Justice)Fatal Judgment: A Novel by Irene Hannon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Fatal Judgment is my second book to read by Irene Hannon. She is a masterful storyteller, great at weaving romance, suspense and drama.

Jake Taylor is a US Marshall assigned to protect Federal Judge Liz Michaels after her sister is murdered when she was the intended target. Jake met Liz on two occasions prior to this assignment as she was married to his best friend who died, possibly by suicide. Jake feels no warmth toward Liz as he sees her as a cold, insensitive workaholic.

As he gets acquainted with Liz, he begins to suspect he hadn't heard the truth from his deceased best friend. Jake finds himself unable to reconcile his friend's stories with the lady he's protecting. Warmth develops between them and Jake can hardly wait for the assignment to be over so their relationship can go beyond professional.

Tensions mount when Jake goes away for the weekend and Liz is kidnapped by her sister's killer. The author is in her element getting the reader on the edge of the seat with this suspense.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Homosexuality and the Christian, by Dr. Mark Yarhouse

Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and FriendsHomosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends by Mark A. Yarhouse

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends is a thoughtfully delivered book by Professor and Director of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Development, Dr. Mark A. Yarhouse.

Not exactly an easy, quick read, it is a thoughtful one. It covers many topics and is beneficial to the Christian homosexual, parents of a homosexual - either adult or teen, people struggling with "how do I respond" to homosexuality, even spouses who've learn of their mate's homosexuality.

I quickly got bogged down in the first section where he breaks homosexuality down into three tiers; same-sex attraction, homosexual orientation, and gay identity. Initially I didn't "get it" but as I read on I grasped the distinctions and saw the benefit of them.

My favorite idea presented was that we are all called to be stewards of our sexuality. Not just the homosexual, but all of us.

Another favorite section was the church's response and how it's not been altogether helpful in regards to homosexuality.

I greatly respect anyone who can address this subject with grace and kindness but also conviction. Dr Yarhouse did that beautifully.

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More Glimpses of Heaven, by Trudy Harris

More Glimpses of Heaven: Inspiring True Stories of Hope and Peace at the End of Life's JourneyMore Glimpses of Heaven: Inspiring True Stories of Hope and Peace at the End of Life's Journey by Trudy Harris

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


More Glimpses of Heaven is Trudy Harris's second book on death and dying. As a hospice nurse, she and other hospice nurses share touching, peaceful stories of people as they are dying and/or die. The experiences she shares are varied, interesting and touching. I was most struck by the peace that accompanies acceptance of one's dying state.

One reader said, "Hope, love, comfort, and peace fill each page." I agree.

This is a great resource for anyone who works with dying people as it will help her realize her role in helping patients embrace their situation.

It's a great resource for the dying as it will help them see the possibilities of peace, satisfaction, and comfort even in dying.

For the people who love the terminally ill, it will help them see their role as a sacred one in which they can facilitate the embracing of the dying process. They will be mentored by people who have excelled in walking people through their last days on earth and made those last days sacred ones.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.



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The Preacher's Bride, by Judy Hedlund

The Preacher's BrideThe Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Preacher's Bride, by Jody Hedlund, takes place in England in the 1600's. Puritans Elizabeth Whitebread and Preacher John Costin come together in a working relationship after John's wife dies after giving birth leaving him to raise 4 children on his own.

As a busy minister and tinker, John is soon overwhelmed with commitments and life. Enter Elizabeth, purest of pure Puritans, to work as his housekeeper. Slowly an attraction begins, but persecution does too.

A couple times the events didn't ring realistic and I was disappointed. But at the end of the book all my disappointments were assuaged when I was FASCINATED to learn the book is based on the life of John Bunyan and his wife Elizabeth. This made the book so much richer to me. Of course it's still historical fiction, but knowing there were so many true elements made it all the better.

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