Book Review: Beneath the Copper Falls by Colleen Coble

Book Review: Beneath the Copper Falls by Colleen Coble

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Colleen Coble is a new author for me, so after studying the book cover I opted to select it as a book to read. The premise of the story captivated me and begged to be read.

Dana Newell has returned back home to escape an abusive fiancé, and finds her life more upside down than she ever imagined. People are being killed and she fears that her past is what is causing them harm. She finds strength in Boone, a man who has scars himself, and a friendship develops. Together they are able to solve the mystery of what happened to his sister and prevent any further deaths.

The book most definitely had quite a big drama and plenty of angst. Just when you thought you knew who the culprit was, things would change and it made you begin to wonder.

The only thing I didn’t like is the amount of people who fell victim to the bad person, and how the ending of the book happened. To me, the last part of the book just seemed a tad rushed and just a way to eliminate one of the characters. Thought it could have been thought out and perhaps executed differently.

I received this book from the publisher via BookLook Bloggers. All opinions are my own.

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Book Review: Colored Pencil Painting Portraits by Alyona Nickelsen

Book Review: Colored Pencil Painting Portraits by Alyona Nickelsen

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Being a graphic designer, I have the opportunity to experiment with various mediums to create art. My preferred method is digital, but I’ve been longing to attempt art forms in colored pencils. There is a stack of prismacolor pencils I have stacked in a jar on my desk, begging to be used.

Thus, when I selected this book to read and review I was looking forward to seeing how it would assist me. Of course, my initial impression was that it was for some far more advanced than my own miniscule talents. But that said, I was impressed with the book.

First off, the book itself speaks quality. There was no skimping on paper nor on the cover. It is perfect as a companion piece or even as a coffee table book. Although, I prefer it with my other books on art to share with fellow artists.

For me, what I fell in love with the book, is that it can be used as a guide for those just into the colored pencil aspect of drawing, or for those who are farther into the field and want to improve upon their skill. But again, remember, I’m not a professional so for those with many more years experience may not find it as captivating as I did.

What I liked about it was the way it was written. It didn’t write down to me, expecting me to already know so much about pencil portrait drawing. It guided me, encouraged me, made me want to grab a pencil and learn so much more about the drawing with colored pencils. I’m ready to draw!

I received this book from the publisher via Blogging for Books. All opinions are my own.

Book Review: A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

Book Review: A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

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So, I just finished this book. It took several days of starting and being unable to finish it. But a slow period at work finally allowed me to absorb and live within the pages.

Initially, the first chapters I wondered why there was so much talk and writing about a story that Peter was writing, but as the chapters developed further in the book, to be honest, I can’t see the book without it. Peter, who stutters, has difficulty communicating with people in the typical manner. So he writes. He gets lost within himself as he writes and imagines himself in place of his characters. If anything, I could see that this is how most authors end up writing, so for me, it was a peak into their lives.

A Name Unknown is about Rosemary Grisham and Peter Holstein. Rosemary, a thief, has been hired to prove that Peter is a traitor and remains loyal to Germany. This is during a time when anti-German sentiment is growing and in the meantime, Peter is looking for proof from his ancestry that he is loyal to England.

Hired on as a librarian, Rosemary has to make sense out of the mess of the library while finding necessary documents. As time passes by, a friendship develops between the two. There is drama at points, and we are shown tenacity that Rosemary has in defending Peter against the villagers.

Overall I really liked this book. There were so many details involved in the creation of the story, that to be honest, I skimmed over a lot of it. But, this will end up being a book that I will keep on my book case and read over and over and over again. It’s in the same category as the Catherine Marshall books, Christy and Julie.

Despite the lack of excessive dialogue within the book, there was enough to truly understand and be a part of the book. The descriptions and the way the words were woven captured my interest and intrigues me into reading more from Ms. White. My guess is, there will be a series based on the characters within this book and I look forward to reading them.

I received this complimentary book from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.

Book Review: Gathering the Threads by Cindy Woodsmall

Book Review: Gathering the Threads by Cindy Woodsmall

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What an amazing end to an enthralling series. Gathering the Threads ties nicely the pieces that had been hanging in the wind, waiting to be completed. The story of Ariana and Skyler, came to such a satisfying end that I closed the book and smiled.

That said, the story still had just enough angst for me to worry me the direction that Ariana and Skyler would take. It would be horrible to be split up at birth, but add into the mix an English/Amish culture, and it takes an entire different spin. I believe that Cindy did a great job in weaving this tale.

In Gathering the Threads, you definitely need to read the previous two books to understand what is going on with the story.

In this third book, Ariana has returned home, but at the same time the accepting nature of hers has turned to questioning things. Her mind has opened up and she finds it difficult to blindly accept what she’s been taught for so many years. Skylar, finds it hard to accept Ariana, and just wants her gone from her newfound family. While Ariana is struggling to make sense of her new life, her boyfriend Rudy is ready for them to marry.

Once again, I found myself thoroughly enjoying this book. As much as I hated it for the story to end, I was happy to know that the third book brought forth the closure I had sought from book one.

I received this book from the publisher . All opinions are my own.

Book Review: The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories by Celeste Fletcher McHale

Book Review: The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories by Celeste Fletcher McHale

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Once upon a time I lived in Louisiana and Mississippi, so the story of Colin and Jacey intrigued me, looking forward to reliving my days in the southern states in a romantic vibe.

Jacey and Colin initially met on top of a roof, during a flood that swirled around them. They were rescued, but Jacey ended up in a boat with a young family, while Colin stayed behind for the next rescue boat. There is an accident, and the memories that Jacey had are sporadically gone. She remembers Colin and tries to find him, despite losing the information that he gave to her while on the roof.

Time passes and Jacey comes face to face with Colin. He is now a minister and is officiating the wedding that she is a bridesmaid in. Now that they have found one another, she must face the demons that arise when memories surface from the time of the flood.

This story. I didn’t like. I tried so hard to get into it, but I would find myself like the waters in the flood, being swished one way and then the next. It was a great idea for a story, but the follow through in keeping on task was difficult for me to follow. After reading a few chapters, I began flipping through the pages looking for the meat that would carry me through to the end. I didn’t find it. I read very quickly the quirks of the story and the way it ended. Had potential, but for my personal style of writing, this wasn’t it.

I received this book from the publisher via booklook bloggers. All opinions are my own.

Book Review: Fraying the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall

Book Review: Fraying the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall

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With this book, Fraying at the Edge, I recommend that you read the first book in the series, Ties That Bind. It will help you get to know the characters and what is happening within the pages.

With this book, Ariana has found out that her mother is actually English and that she has no DNA ties to her Amish family. In turn, her birth parents want her to come and live with them. Actually, they insist upon it. In turn, Skylar has the option of either going to a treatment center or going to the Amish family to live (and learn about her roots). Neither are looking forward to it, but feel pressured to do so.

So with this book, we have Ariana being introduced to the English life, and Skylar having to live life without electricity and the modern comforts of home. Plus, she finds that no longer is she an only child with a step-sister, but part of a large family. How daunting is that?

 

All in all, I enjoyed this second book in this series and enjoyed reading of how each girl integrated with their news lives. And of course, the book ends just as the story is getting interesting.

I did received this book directly from the publisher. All opinions are my own.