Book Review: The Lake Season by Hannah McKinnon

Book Review: The Lake Season by Hannah McKinnon

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I really enjoyed this book. To be honest, the first chapter threw me off and I wasn’t certain how far I was going to make it past. It seemed a little chaotic and I didn’t really get a feel for it. But once Iris discovered the postcard and her decision to leave town, it had me captivated. I made it to a point where I was looking forward to a quiet space, where I could finish the book. Oasis was found in an evening bubble bath. Even after I finished the book and put it down, I found myself thinking about it, reflecting the decisions she made. If anything, it made me think of my sister and her marriage, wondering if she would ever have a chance to rediscover herself and make a new life.

The Lake Season is about Iris, the responsible daughter and sister of the Standish family. But now she has problems and isn’t sure how to handle them. Her marriage is on the rocks, and when she gets a postcard from home, she decides this is the time to head back home her childhood home. Her sister is to be married in a few weeks, so she goes ahead with the understanding that her husband will bring the children in a few weeks.

At the lake, Iris discovers herself, or at least, rediscovers herself. Finds out that putting herself first isn’t such a bad idea. In the midst of rediscovering herself, she finds solace in an old high school crush. In turn, she discovers secrets held from her from her own family.

I highly recommend this book. Despite the wide variety of Christian fiction books that I read, this one is not. However, it is still a book I would recommend reading. In fact, I plan on seeking out other books by the author.

I received this advanced reader’s copy of The Lake Season from Atria books via a Twitter contest.

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Book Review: The No More Excuses Diet by Maria Kang

Book Review: The No More Excuses Diet by Maria Kang

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Most everyone, at some point in time, is in a quest to lose weight or get in shape. My goal is primarily to get in shape. After years of growing up thin, I put on weight over time and lost all muscle I once had. Wanting it back, I tried all sorts of methods and none of them worked. Books I read, looking for a purpose, a reason to just get started. This book did it for me.

Some reviews I read mentioned how the book is for the basics, its a general book on diet. To me, it was a motivator, a reason to get up off my duff and do something. The way she wrote, the ideas she presented it all made sense and made a connection somewhere in my brain.

The book synopsis on the front tells us that it takes three days to break down an excuse, three weeks to easy new eating habits and 3 months to total transformation. Overall, what she says is correct. We all need to exercise to a certain extent and eat a balanced diet. It is the foundation of being well the rest of our lives. And the best part is, she acknowledges that we all do make mistakes with our food choices. But her suggestion is, instead of beating yourself up about it, why not just shake it off and get back into the groove the next day.

All in all, I would most definitely recommend this book for those really wanting to get motivated to work out. There are great exercise samples and the suggestion of doing a food journal. That I did start doing, and it really does help you aware of what you are eating and whether or not you really want to eat that candy bar for snack.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

Book Review: A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

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I selected this book based on the cover, the back  synopsis and my experience in reading other books by Becky Wade. I’m pleased to say, I wasn’t disappointed with the book. It was a book that remained on my mind waiting for the right opportunity to return and finish. Which mean, lunch hours were destined to be spent reading rather than eating. This was a story that had me saying no to lunch with the coworkers, just so I could find out what happened.

The book is about Lyndie, who returns back to her childhood home, to work with the thoroughbred horses of an old childhood friend. She had moved away and lost touch with Jake, but it didn’t mean she had forgotten him. Jake, on the other hand, had also grown up and experienced the horrors of war. Injured, he returned from war with night terrors and an unwillingness to let anyone close, and that includes his once best buddy. Despite that, Lyndie is determined to rekindle her friendship with Jake, despite his extremely difficult personality.

All in all, I really enjoyed the book. It gave a different perspective on a person with PTSD and how it is a life long affect. That I didn’t realize. I thought it was something that the soldier would eventually grow out of naturally. Apparently not. Sounds very traumatic. That said, Becky did well in portraying Jake and his struggles, along with Lyndie and her struggles with a sister with a handicap. I thought that the story flowed well and intermingled the two lives just right. You weren’t left grasping and trying to figure out missing pieces.

Hats off to the author for a job well done!

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.