Book Review: Persecuted – I Will Not Be Silent by Robin Parrish

Book Review: Persecuted – I Will Not Be Silent by Robin Parrish

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First off, I received this book free from Bethany House Publisher and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

That said, when I started this book I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting. Well, the back cover gave a synopsis of what the story was about, but the cover art is what made me aware that this was a more serious book than the ones I typically read. The book I started on my lunch hour the day before, and by the time I made it home that evening, I put aside all thoughts of supper and buried myself into the book. It is an easy read, but that’s not saying it is simplistic. Merely, the story pulled you in and made you think of the “what if’s”. The scary part is that even though this is a novel, all of it could potentially happen, if not already in one form or another. For me, it was enlightening. It made me think. What would I do in a similar situation? What would I do if faced with a situation such as the scene in the conference room. I don’t know. But I do know, that I hope I would make the right choice and not bow down to pressure or financial temptations.

The main part of the book that bothered me was the constant switching between the present day and the younger Luke. I understand why it was done, but it made me very confused at times. I’d be reading thinking I was in present day, but instead I was back before Luke found Christ.

I recommend reading this book. I found it hard to put down and this being the first time reading a book by Robin Parrish makes me intrigued. Also, I didn’t realize that there was a movie coming out this summer based on this book. Needless to say, I’m glad I read the book first without knowing that.

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Book Review: Seasons of Tomorrow by Cindy Woodsmall

Book Review: Seasons of Tomorrow by Cindy Woodsmall

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I selected this book from the bloggingforbooks.com program, in exchange for an honest review.

In the past I have really enjoyed reading Cindy Woodsmall’s books, but when I came upon The Winnowing Season, I was a disappointed. Only because Rhoda confused me. But you need to understand, I came into this series at book 2, so I missed the introductory of her and the King family. By book 2, I was trying to get caught up. This book, I discovered I missed book 3, however catching up with what was going on in Book 4 wasn’t difficult. Especially with her fairly entailed synopsis at the beginning of the book. Are you confused yet? I hope not!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, found myself finishing it in the early dusk hours this evening. This book is what I expected from Cindy Woodsmall. I was lost in the characters and eager to know the outcome. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what the outcome of the events were going to be, but was both pleased and surprised by the less that predicted events. There were three stories, no four, that were intertwined in this last book. For the most part, they are tied up and completed and for that I was grateful. I could see perhaps how in the future there could be a continuation, but for now…all questions were answered to the what if’s.

 

 

Book Review: Beautiful on the Mountain by Jeannie Light

Book Review: Beautiful on the Mountain by Jeannie Light

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I selected this book from the Tyndale Blog Network, based upon the synopsis. “If you enjoyed the classic novel Christy and the bestselling Mitford series, then you’ll love Beautiful on the Mountain, a real-life tale about serving God in unlikely circumstances. In 1977, Jeannie Light left her fine plantation home amid heartbreak and came to Graves Mill, a tiny hamlet in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Alone in an utterly new kind of life, Jeannie was determined to find the courage to make a fresh start.”

Christy and Julie by Catherine Marshall are two of my most favorite books ones that I have read so many times they are dog-eared, so this book had some high expectations to meet. The book didn’t meet my expectations. I read the first chapter, then the second, and then the third. By the time I hit the fourth chapter I was skimming and looking for some sort of insight to bring me back in. To make me want to read the book. By the middle of the book, I flipped to the end.

Maybe the problem for me was that it was told in first person. I never got to know the person, feel what she was feeling or even like her. I found her more annoying than anything, and that was only because I never really understood her. Therefore I am probably not the best person to give an accurate synopsis of the book.

This may be the most awesome inspiring true story for some, but it was lost on me.

I received this complimentary copy from the Tyndale Blog Network to give an honest opinion of the book.

Book Review: Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz

Book Review: Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz

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Initially when I started this book, I wasn’t very certain about. It pulled me in, but not far enough. But, I was determined to skim and get to the end. Well, somewhere along the way, the book pulled me fully in and I found myself totally immersed in the story. So much so, that my thoughts were on finishing the book when I was busy.

My version of Courting Morrow Little was on my Kindle. I was reading it on my iPad and then switched over to the Kindle to finish. The story is about Morrow Little. She lives during the frontier life, and her life is torn apart at a young age when her mother and baby sister are killed at the hands of the Shawnee. Her brother, is missing. It then skips to where she is living with her aunt, and is returning home per request of her father. She arrives home to discover her father has made friends with some questionable characters. There are men at the fort who seek Morrow’s attention, but she just isn’t interested. Until she falls in love with an unlikely person, and in turn is no longer safe on the frontier. Together the leave, seeking a new life in the Missouri frontier.

All in all, I did enjoy the book and would probably read it again. It’s not in my list of “delete” that I have stored on my Kindle. The beginning is a little slow, but over time, as I mentioned before, you are pulled into the story. In a sense, I think there could have been a little more character development. There were areas that I felt I was floundering, such as her friends. 

Personally, I think it is worth a read for someone to develop their own perspective. I enjoyed it and would love to read a continuation.