April 15, 2018

Sins of the Mothers

Sins of the Mothers, by Caryl McAdoo, is book four in the Texas Romance series, and the first book I’ve read by this author. 

The book is identified as Christian Historical Fiction, but I might add that it includes some unsettling subject matter, such as a sexual relationship between cousins, adultery, pregnancy out of wedlock, bar fights, etc. Thankfully the sinful natures don’t include graphic explanations or descriptions. Many of the characters make poor life-choices, and deal with the consequences of not following God’s plan, as well as the joys and comforts of finding forgiveness and redemption.

If you like drama, there is an over-abundance of it in Sins of the Mothers. It displays so many dilemmas and characters that it is sometimes hard to follow. Although Mary is the main character, I found myself more sympathetic to some of the secondary characters. Mary is a stubborn, credulous character who makes rash, regretful decisions, which kept me frustrated with her for much of the story. There are aspects of her spirit that are admirable, though—she is forgiving and caring—which redeems her in some ways.

The main themes of this story are caring for others and the importance of forgiveness—wonderful Biblical teachings.

Pros: The story has a nitty-gritty undertone, making the time period and experiences feel authentic, especially for the 1800s. It also offers a soft, cleansing aftertaste that gives it a restorative glow.

Cons: The author’s word choices and sentence structures were sometimes difficult to follow. Strong, diligent editing would improve the story greatly.

You can get your copy on Amazon.

3 Stars

Cover: Love
Title: Like
Pages: 316
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
First Line: With everyone on the porch for the clan’s send-off, Mary Rachel decided for sure and for certain and could wait no longer.

I received a free ebook copy to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

April 3, 2018

Flying at Night

Flying at Night is different than anything I’ve ever read. That’s the simplest way to describe it. My experience is as if I watched the scenes from between my fingers—my hands shielding me from the full anguish of this dysfunctional family.

These characters (who feel so real it’s eerie) are raw, unyielding, and to be quite honest, unlikeable—initially.

The story involves three generations of the Whitman family, told from their individual points of view.

Lance ‘the Silver Eagle’ Whitman – starts out as a two-sided man, a hero pilot to the community, and a brutal, insufferable father and husband to his family.

Piper, Lance’s daughter, suffers from her brutal childhood, holding in years of anger and resentment from never finding acceptance and love from her father.

Fred, Piper’s son, is an incredible soul, and the shining light in this story. His Autism makes him especially interesting. His view of the world he lives in and the people in it, illuminates a simplistic reality that everyone can learn from.

Initially, I wasn’t sure I’d like this story. I was appalled at Piper’s suppressed anger, and her pessimistic view of her life. I even preferred Lance, her emotionally and verbally abusive father, over her. But as the events progressed and hearts were revealed, I felt more compassion toward her injured soul. I grew to sympathize and love each character, and gained a strong desire to nurture their lifelong injuries and heartbreaks. Piper’s husband and mother play an intricate part of the story, Lance is unforgettable and has burrowed a place in my heart, and Fred will forever shine as a special literary soul.

I had an incredible mix of emotions while reading this book. It evoked a concoction of horror, joy, intrigue, inspiration, sadness, humor, and a strong sense of satisfaction from me. The characters are superb, their growth is enormous, and I’m completely satisfied with the emotional ending.

This is the first book I’ve read by Rebecca L. Brown. She’s now on my watch list. Her style is full, distinctive, and satiating.

5 Stars!

Cover: Love
Title: Love (Perfect title!)
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 334
Pace: Steady

I received an Advanced Galley from the FirstToRead program.

April 2, 2018

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March 30, 2018

Send Down the Rain

I don’t think it’s possible for me to not love a Charles Martin book. His writing seeps to my core and squeezes every drop of emotion out of me. 

Send Down the Rain is beautifully written, entwining two stories together and sealing them with passion and everything heart-squeezing. I love Jo Jo Brooks and his compassionate soul. He’s a great main character that won’t soon be forgotten.

This is a great read, oozing with powerful themes and overflowing with heart. Get your tissues ready. You’ll need them.

5 Stars

Cover: Love
Title: Love
Pages: 352
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley.

Hurricane Season

I was introduced to Lauren K. Denton’s writing last year, with The Hideaway. With Hurricane Season, as with her first book, I was drawn in to by the lovely cover art and title. I enjoy reading about family relationships, and the premise of closing the distance between sisters intrigued me.

This isn’t a fast-paced page-turner, yet it still held my interest. I love the alternating points of view between Jenna, Betsy, and Ty (Betsy’s husband.) Their strained relationships are revealed in a soft and gentle way, but the depth of their pain and struggles are visible and believable. I sympathized with all three of them, and wanted them to find a way to bridge the gaps in their relationships.

I wasn’t as closely attached to any of the characters as I wanted to be, but like I stated before, I still longed to see the outcomes revealed. Each character deals with their individual storms and shows satisfying growth by the story’s end. Ty is probably my favorite character, even though the principal story is between the sisters. He is a hardworking, dedicated, and admirable beta male and, in my opinion, the ideal glue that binds this story together.

Even though The Hideaway kept me more entwined within the characters and story, the Hurricane Season holds it’s own style of charm. I will be watching for new work written by this author!

4 Stars

Cover: Love
Title: Love
Pages: 400
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
First Line: She usually stayed in bed until at least six, but this morning she was restless, like animals get when the barometric pressure drops before a storm.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and BookLook Bloggers.

March 26, 2018

Exhibit Alexandra

Exhibit Alexandra is good. I’d like to say it is great, but there are a few things about it that disappointed me—mainly, a particular character that gave away a little too much. I’m not a big mystery reader, so that accounts for some of my disinterest, but at the same time, I want to be surprised. The beginning was a little slow for me, the middle was intriguing, and then my interest began to wane. I liked the many layers of finding out new information about his wife the best, and was the best part of the story.

3 Stars

Cover: Okay
Title: Okay
Publisher: Crown
Pages: 320
I received a complimentary copy from BloggingForBooks