Monday, March 12, 2018

Keturah - Lisa T. Bergren

Pages: 352
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: February 6, 2018

About the book (from Amazon):

In 1772 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the heiresses of their father's estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage.

Although it flies against all the conventions for women of the time, they're determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, proper gender roles are the least of their concerns. On the infamous island of Nevis, the sisters discover the legacy of the legendary sugar barons has vastly declined--and that's just the start of what their eyes are opened to in this unfamiliar world. 

Keturah never intends to put herself at the mercy of a man again, but every man on the island seems to be trying to win her hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. She could desperately use an ally, but even an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend leaves her questioning his motives. 

Set on keeping her family together and saving her father's plantation, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?

My thoughts:

From the moment I started reading this book I was hooked!  I'm not normally a fan of historical fiction, but thought I'd give this title a try.  As previously mentioned in other blog posts, I'm a fan of book covers...I mean really, it's what I first notice and they can totally grab my attention and get me interested in a book.  And what's not to love about this cover??  From the beautiful sunset (sunrise?), to the beach and palm trees, even the main character's's beautiful!  

Cover aside, the writing and storytelling is spot can tell it's from a seasoned author, comfortable drawing the reader in and inviting them to sit and stay for a spell.  The characters are well-developed and likable, so much so that I cannot wait to hear the stories of Verity and Selah, two of Keturah's sidelined females.

If you're looking for excitement and adventure, make sure you pick up this first book in a new series by Bergren!

I give this book 5 stars and highly recommend it.

**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.**

Thursday, March 8, 2018

A Prairie Girl's Faith The Spiritual Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder - Stephen W. Hines

Pages: 224
Publisher: Waterbrook
Publication Date: February 6, 2018

About the book (from Amazon):

A Prairie Girl's Faith provides the first extended, in depth discussion of the Christian faith of one of America's most beloved pioneer women--Laura Ingalls Wilder. Although the faith of the Ingalls' family pervades books in the Little House series, the more specific details of Laura's faith have never been fully explored. It took extraordinary pluck for anyone to survive the harshness of frontier life--from the heartbreak of sudden crop losses to murderous storms to unrelenting loneliness. This book reveals how in surviving, the brave Laura drew not just on her character, but found encouragement, strength, and hope in her relationship with God.

My thoughts:

Anything related to Laura Ingalls Wilder or Little House on the Prairie is definitely bound to grab my attention.  From the moment I caught my first glimpse of the television show as a child, I longed to be Laura; running free through the prairie fields spending time with Ma and Pa, and even Mary.  I was so excited to see this book become available for review!

While I'll admit I have never fully researched the life of the real Laura Ingalls Wilder, I do know that some of the details from the show were not historically accurate.  I did find this book easy to read and the words flowed flawlessly across the pages.  I'm not here to debate facts, I'm here to tell you if you're looking for an interesting faith-filled read, you'll want to make sure to pick this one up.  Oh...and the cover...I LOVE the design and the layout, it's absolutely beautiful (in my opinion)!

I give this book 4 stars.

**I was given a copy of this book in exchange of my honest opinion.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Looking for a New Series?

Pages: 432
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date: September 5, 2017

About the book from Amazon:

Tess O’Rourke dreams of becoming the first female chief of police in Long Beach, California. As commander of the East Division, she is well on her way . . . until the night she responds to an officer-needs-assistance call and fatally shoots an unarmed teenager. Despite being cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury, Tess is so hounded by the public that she takes a job in Oregon to escape the bad press.

Winning over the residents of Rogue’s Hollow might be more difficult than adjusting to her new role as police chief in the small, backwater town. Especially when her closest friend, the pastor’s wife, goes missing and the woman’s cousin is found shot. Tess finds an ally in sheriff’s deputy Steve Logan, but as they track down Rogue’s Hollow’s first murderer, she worries that she’s breaking one of her rules and getting too close to him.

My thoughts:

If you're looking for a new series, this is one you'll definitely want to check out!  For those that may not be familiar with Cantore, she writes edge-of-your seat suspense that will keep you wondering what's around the next corner.  

The main characters in this story were very likable and well developed.  The story-line would be inspiring for any woman to read that has the dream of moving up in a man's world (Tess dreamed of becoming the first female chief of police).  Easy to follow and well researched, Tess and Steve's story will leave you scrambling to find out when book 2 will release!  I easily give this book 5 stars!

*I was provided a copy of this title for my honest review.*