Book Review: With Love, Wherever You Are by Dandi Daley Mackall

Book Review: With Love, Wherever You Are by Dandi Daley Mackall

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The story is about Helen Eberhart, who is a spunky young nurse who has finished up her training and is now a full-time nurse. Unhappy with having to deal with spoilt, rich women in the hospital that she works, she quits on the spot and joins up with the army. Sent to an army hospital, she meets a fascinating young man and soon falls in love. It’s a whirlwind romance and soon they are married, and all too soon they are sent across the ocean and away from each other.

The only way they have contact is with letters and too often they are sporadic. But the true question is, will their doubts and worries keep them together or tear them apart?

What I loved about this book is that it was so richly based on a true story of her family, and the additional explanation as to how the story came about. And never do I read the extra pages at the back of the book, the thanks to the editor for assistance with the book. I found it all to be very interesting, including to find out what happened to Boots, the husband of Dotty.

The story was rich is stories, details and experiences. There were sad moments, and yet the happy times. Although, towards the end of the book I was truly wanting it to end and to find out what happened with the rest of the story. So, this will definitely require a reread in the future to see what I had missed.

Initially I was a bit uncertain about having letters be part of the story, and often times in other books have ignore them. But, in this book they were beneficial rather than detrimental to the story. Because it wasn’t necessarily a retelling of an event, rather it was based on an event that wasn’t explained in the chapter.

Would I recommend this book? Most definitely. It’s already in a stack of books to loan to my mom, who will in turn lend to my grandmother.

I received this book from the publisher, Tyndale Publishing. The review is based on my own honest, unbiased opinion.

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Book Review: If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock

Book Review: If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock

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So, I found myself utterly frustrated to discover that I have to wait another year before getting to read the end of the story in book three. Typically, I dislike reading series, just for this reason!!! But, I read the first one without realizing it. BUT, the good thing is that I know that the series will end with the third book and I won’t be placed into a holding pattern wondering what is ever going to happen to Casey.

In this story, If I’m Found, you most definitely must read the first book to understand what is going on. It is not a standalone book, because circumstances in the first book explain why Casey is doing what she is doing.

In this second book Casey is on the run after her near miss of capture in Alabama. She has to obtain yet another identity, and tries to figure out her next destination, in her attempt to stay ahead of the corrupt police force. While staying over in a hotel, she discovers a Bible with a man writing a suicide letter. Disturbed by this, Casey takes the Bible and goes to Dallas to find the person to give it to him.

It’s hard to really say much more than this, but Casey gets involved in a situation where she finds it hard not to get involved. In the meantime, there is a sad situation that arises, actually two, but it’s written so well. Well, the one is. The other just makes me sad, especially since in a way you got to know the character. That said, I’m still intrigued with how well Teri was able to keep her story and pieces all together. Because if something is said in one area, you have to make sure it matches up in another area. So kudo’s to the writer and the publisher for keeping all the puzzle pieces in place!

Would I recommend this book? Most definitely. I just complain that I have to wait until next year to get the final story.

I received this book from the publisher via Book Look in exchange for a honest, unbiased review.

Book Review: The House on Moody Avenue By Cellestine Hannemann

Book Review: The House on Moody Avenue By Cellestine Hannemann

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The House on Moody Avenue was lacking any character with cover design, but because the synopsis of the book sounded so interesting I opted to give it a chance.

The story is about an assortment of people who lived in a house on Moody Avenue over a time. The story is told of the people who lived within the walls. Those who had unshakeable faith, a snob and a variety of other characters promising intrigue. Unfortunately, I found the story to be very dry and uninteresting. The first pages did not succeed in drawing me in. I found it to be more a synopsis of a story, a layout of a story without enough details to make it truly into a story. After skimming through the first chapter, and attempting the second, I gave up. It is not very often that I don’t make an effort to read a book to the end, but sadly this is one of them.

Again, I believe the story had potential, had it been written in a more description manner.

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

Book Review: The Polygamist’s Daughter by Anna LeBaron

Book Review: The Polygamist’s Daughter by Anna LeBaron

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This book is written by one of the many children of Ervil LeBaron, but in her own words. Her memories while growing up, seeking the love from her family, but failing within this faith of many wives and children.

I found the book truly interesting and fascinating, catching a glimpse of how life is affected by the choices of the parents and in this case, the church. There are so many small stories within that could have made Anna into a traumatized young woman, and nearly did, but she overcame and turned into a strong woman.

What I also appreciated, was the photo’s in the back sharing her memories within, of the people in her lives. My only wish? More pictures!

This is definitely a book that I would recommend reading.

I received this book complimentary from the Tyndale Publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Book Review: The Acid Watcher Diet by Jonathan Aviv

Book Review: The Acid Watcher Diet by Jonathan Aviv

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The Acid Watcher Diet is for those who suffer from symptoms related to Acid Reflux that have an impact on your body, such as abdominal bloating, chronic nagging cough, sore throat, postnasal drip and others. The author, Dr. Jonathan Aviv has developed a 28-day program that is essentially a two-phase eating program to help reduce the affects of acid reflux.

I found that the information contained within the book was very interesting and factual, although I do have to admit that I had to reread pages to fully comprehend what he was talking about. There were areas that could have been “dumbed” down for me, to digest what he was telling us for me to understand. As it was, I found myself thumbing through chapters, hoping for a nugget that would center me down into the book.

What I did like were the acid reflux recipes in the back of the book, these I will try along with my tiptoeing into the 28-day plan. That is, once I fully comprehend the best way to get it underway.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books and was under no obligation to post a review.

Book Review: My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, Texas by Erica Vetsch

Book Review: My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, Texas by Erica Vetsch

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My Hearts Belongs in Fort Bliss is about Priscilla Hutchen’s who leaves her successful job as an illustrator for a women’s clothing catalog back east, to head to Fort Bliss, Texas and retrieve her niece and nephew. Having grown up herself, in a military household, she is left with less than pleasant experiences. Primarily due to her own mother’s complaints and disagreeable personality when it came to her father’s death.

So with the intention of retrieving the children and heading back home, she is disturbed to realize that this may not be as easy a task as she anticipated. Both her brother and his wife had died, and now her brother’s wife’s brother, the uncle, has the children in his care. Of course, it doesn’t help that this brother is single and attractive. In addition what doesn’t help Priscilla, is that the uncle has no interest in letting Priscilla just “have” the children.

Because of that, Priscilla finds that she must stay to find out a way to let Elliot, the uncle, allow her to bring the children back home with her.

When it came to the book, I believe that the story and plot was quite interesting, which is what intrigued me to pick up the book to read it. The only place I had an issue with was with Priscilla. I didn’t like her. So I have to admit, I did flip through the chapters a little too frequently to find out how the story ended. Which in turn has taught me, that there are certain genre’s/plots that appeal to me, and certain ones that don’t. I believe those that are centered around forts or the military doesn’t keep my interest nearly as much as those that are centered around ranch life. My interest just wasn’t captured with this book, even though I had such high hopes for it.

Kudo’s though to the cover art. I thought it was pretty awesome. And despite me not liking this particular book, I am interested in reading other stories in the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review..