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Together at the Table

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A Novel of Lost Love and Second Helpings Have you ever read a book that takes place in another part of the world, and it makes you want to travel? Well, Together at the Table , by Hillary Manton Lodge, makes me want to cook, and eat. I practically tasted the dishes, and savored this story. Though this is the third installment of the Two Blue Doors series, it does well as a stand-alone. This is an enchanting story of Juliette D’Alisa, who, after reading her grandmother’s letters from the past, goes on a quest to find answers about her family history, to (partly) avoid her love-issues in the present day. I have to say, Juliette’s restaurant business and the recipes included in the book, have me fantasizing about having my own cooking business. Now, that’s quite a feat, because I rarely use our stove or oven. Still, I do plan to try out some of the yummy recipes included. I can’t wait to read more of this author’s work. Her writing style is easy and smooth, and kept m

Sister Dear

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Sister Dear, by Laura McNeill, is an interesting story, and I was instantly pulled in, but still it wasn’t fully what I expected. I love reading Christian fiction, and thought this story fell in that category—but I found very little Christianity in it. The premise, to me, is of perseverance and discovering the truth. While parts of the plot are riveting, there are others that seemed a little over the top, and some characters fell flat. I was intrigued by this mystery, and though I knew certain aspects early on, I searched for the impetus, keeping me turning the pages. I also enjoyed the different points of view, since every single person in a situation has their own way of perceiving it. All in all, this was an interesting read. Allie Marshall is a unique character and I cared about her dilemma. The writing was clever and appealing, and the pacing was well governed. I only wish the Christian aspect was a little more present, and that the story ended a bit sooner than i

Land of Silence

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If the LORD had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. (Psalm 94:17 ESV) Land of Silence is the first book I’ve read by Tessa Afshar. Her writing style is superb, and she moves the story forward with purpose and an elegant smoothness. Although little is said in the Gospels about the woman with the twelve-year bleeding issue, Ms. Afshar gives a compassionate, fictional account of her life prior to the miracle of healing that occurred as she reached out in faith and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment. This novel is both tragic and marvelous, showing us how young Elianna’s sufferings and sacrifices bring her to a place of healing. For it’s through perseverance that we gain strength and character. I adore this character. Elianna is believable, and her dilemmas are authentic, especially for Biblical times. Times were much different then, but her struggles are easy to relate to, easy to sympathize with. Ms. Afshar hauled me through t

All the Time in the World

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Oftentimes tragedies in life set us on course to a new life, such as the story of Charlotte, a young music composer, in Caroline Angell’s debut novel, All the Time in the World. Having been a babysitter and nanny when I was younger, I could relate to young Charlotte in many ways. Her struggles and uncertainties are believable, and unique. Cons: The story kept me reading, but there were parts that were very tedious, and didn’t move the story forward. It left me skimming some parts. With a story heavy in dialogue, I expected to get a deeper sense of Charlotte, but sometimes she seemed flat, or perhaps needed better or more flaws. Overall, this story kept my interest. It’s a coming of age story that pulls a variety of emotions from the reader, and deals with grief, healing, and the process of coming into ones own. Cover: Love Title: Love Publisher: Holt Paperbacks Pages: 336 Pace: Slow/Steady First Line: The day she died was not beautiful.