Book Review: Becoming a Woman of Excellence by Cynthia Heald

Book Review: Becoming a Woman of Excellence by Cynthia Heald


This book is about what God asks of us to become a “woman of excellence”. The questions is what is He asking of us. It helps tame the hunger that many women hold within us and delves into the issues.

To be completely honest, I was not expecting a book that consisted more of study guide rather than personal lessons. Sadly, I did not take the time to truly go in depth with this book. Perhaps in the future, now that I know it requires a pen to accompany it.

I received this from the publisher at Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Drawing Lesson by Mark Crilley

Book Review: The Drawing Lesson by Mark Crilley


This was the most awesome book on drawing that I have ever owned! I have take Drawing I and II while pursuing my degree, read numerous other books on drawing… but this book spoke to me the best.

Loved the graphic comic on how a lesson was taught. A young boy sees a woman in the park and loves what she has drawn. In turn, he “demands” that she teaches him how to draw like she does. With patience, she sets aside her drawing and gives him a quick, but effective tutorial on the basic of drawing what you see. Then she, believing that is it, and she no longer will see him again… he insists on another lesson. And from there, the story continues.

Superb way of teaching someone to draw, whether they are young or old, I believe that all ages could come to appreciate this method of drawing. At least those who are challenged by drawing and all other methods haven’t done so well. Mine was due to a teacher who insisted on one particular method of teaching that didn’t translate well to my understanding. This book, spoke to me.

Definitely recommend trying out this book. If anything, enjoy the graphic novel. That in itself is worth a read.

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

Book Review: The Things We Knew by Catherine West

Book Review: The Things We Knew by Catherine West


The story is about Lynette Carlisle who remained home after a year in college to care for her ailing father. Her siblings had long left the nest and never had an interest in returning home. That is, until she cried out for help and they dragged their feet in their own way.

Lynette Carlisle we are introduced to in the beginning but I never really liked her. She seemed immature, childlike and bordering on an innocence that seemed almost simple. Nicholas Cooper I liked. His character shone through and it made me wonder why on earth he liked this crazy girl next door. And then you have the rush of siblings into the story. They all added a mix, but yet it wasn’t a cohesive mix. Especially once the missionary brother arrives. Oh wait, and then there is the drama of Lynette remembering all those many years ago the night her mother died.

Despite me not really caring for much for the main female character and the way the story went about, I did like Catherine West’s writing. I felt as though, there were some situations where you thought Nicholas would answer in a stereotypical manner, and yet he didn’t.

The ending of the book I didn’t like. It had an ending, but yet, it didn’t. It was left completely open ended that I could forsee a second story. Will I read it? Probably not. Book one of the Carlisle family was enough for me.

This is a Christian fiction book from the publishers of Thomas Nelson, but despite their Christian leanings I felt as though this book leaned more towards the public sector rather than those of a Christian leaning.

The two characters, Lynette and Nicholas made mention of church, and Lynette had a brother who was a missionary, but the typical leanings on faith was missing from this book. I felt as though I had gone into the wrong section of the bookstore and selected a book from the other side. Not that there is a wrong section, I enjoy books in the non-religious sector. Just as long as I’m aware ahead of time what I’m reading.

I received this book from the publisher and BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter

Book Review: An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter

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This was my first time reading a book by Kristi Ann Hunter, and I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed. This is a book where I enjoyed each and every page, finding it to be rich with details and details. Considering how quickly I read it towards the end, it will be one that I will find myself reading again in the future, so onto the bookshelf it shall remain. Other than an occasional lending out to family or friends.

An Elegant Facade is about Lady Georgina Hawthorne who is facing her debut season. She’s been looking forward to this for years, having practiced diligently with her lady’s maid, learning the who’s who of society. In turn, she’s create her own persona in the pursuit to find herself a man of high ranking. With such a high ranking,¬†she feels like the secret that she carries will remain just that, a secret and carefully hidden away.

Unfortunately, Colin McCrae is causing some problems with Georgina’s pathway to marrying someone already entitled. He’s not titled, but for some reason is consistently is finding himself in the presence of Georgina. Needless to say, she’s not that pleased with the arrangements. Especially since he has no title and she would rather not be seen in public with him. In turn, Colin is intrigued by Georgina, but yet at the same time disgusted by her desperate pursuit for money. Disgusted by her interest in only her appearance and the status of her, and those around her.

But as time passes, so do the feelings for one another. A secret that Georgina holds close to her, is threatened to spill forth and when it does, she is at a loss.

The book was a great read, and I did not find it to be an easy read. That is good, because it was rich in details and information, that you needed to take the time to read all the nuances that were hidden within, like easter eggs bursting forth. For part of the book, I kept thinking I had read it before, but as it came close to her revealing her secret, the atmosphere of the book changed and charged forward.

All in all, I truly enjoyed the book and upon lending it to my mom, gave it to her with a two thumbs up.

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