Saturday, December 22, 2012

My Review of A Home in Drayton Valley


Written by: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Published by: Bethany House

I’m not a big fan of historical fiction, but I have found that Kim Vogel Sawyer does a good job with it, so I was excited to read and review this book.

Set in the late 1800’s, A Home in Drayton Valley tells the story of Tarsie Raines, a young woman who travels with her friend and her family from New York to Kansas. When her friend dies along the way, Tarsie makes a promise to her that she will care for her family… and she finds it hard to keep that promise.



Who the book is for:

Fans of historical fiction.

What I liked:

The story was interesting.

Parts were touching.

Good messages.

What I didn’t like:

Parts of the story moved a bit slow, but not many.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a good read.

I give A Home in Drayton Valley 4 out of 5 stars.

*I will probably be passing this on to my historical fiction loving sister.

I received this book free to review from Bethany House. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My Review of Ryan's Crossing


Written by: Carrie Daws
Published by: Ambassador International

I was excited to receive this book to review, as it was from a publisher that I had considered getting published with…

Ryan’s Crossing is the story of a young man, Ryan, who heads to a small town to reunite with his sister who had run away. In the town, Ryan falls in love with the new family his sister is marrying into.



Who the book is for:

Contemporary fiction lovers.

What I liked:

The basic idea of the story was good…

What I didn’t like:

…but I didn’t feel like it was the emotional read that it should have been.

Some of the grammar was a bit off.

My conclusion:

I wanted to like this book. I wanted to support a small author. But, while it wasn’t the worst book that I have ever read, I am not a fan.

I give Ryan’s Crossing 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Ambassador International. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

My Review of Taming the Wind


Written by: Tracie Peterson
Published by: Bethany House

I read the first two books in this series, and that is why I chose to read book three, Taming the Wind.

Set in the 1800’s, this is the story of Carissa Lowe, a widow with a two year old daughter. After being hurt by her ex-husband, Carissa must learn to love again.



Who the book is for:

Historical fiction lovers.

What I liked:

The story was interesting.

The characters are fun, and I feel like I have come to know them after reading the first two books in the series.

Has a good message.

What I didn’t like:

This was a good book, and I don’t really have anything that I didn’t like about it.

My conclusion:

I enjoyed reading this book, despite the fact that I am not always a fan of historical fiction.

I give Taming the Wind 5 out of 5 stars.

*I will not be keeping this book, as I will be passing it on to my sister who loves historical fiction more than I do.

I received this book free to review from Bethany House. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

My Review of A Kingsbury Collection


Written by: Karen Kingsbury
Published by: Multnomah

I read these three Karen Kingsbury books years ago, and thought it was pretty cool to see them together in a three in one.

In Where Yesterday Lives, five siblings struggle to get along and get over their past, as they deal with their dad’s death and funeral.

In When Joy Came to Stay, an unlikely woman faces depression, while her husband struggles to understand.

In On Every Side, a newswoman must take a stand against someone whom she wouldn’t have expected to be her enemy.



Who the book is for:

Karen Kingsbury lovers! Contemporary fiction readers.

What I liked:

These are good stories, with heart.

It’s fun to impress people by reading such a big book.

What I didn’t like:

The actual reading of such a big book is a bit hard to do. It is so bulky to hold.

The font is smaller than used in most books, so a bit hard to read.

My conclusion:

While good reads, I would prefer the individual copies of these books.

I give A Kingsbury Collection 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Blogging for Books. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.