5.25.2017

Review: Saying Goodbye: Part Two by Abigail Drake

Saying Goodbye, Part TwoSaying Goodbye, Part Two by Abigail Drake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I binge read this book in two hours. My boyfriend and I headed down to go horseback riding and normally when we are on a long trip he and I will chat and catch up on "us" time. But when I got the book in the mail I had to stop everything and read. And I'm so glad that I did.

There were several times that I was crying so much that my boyfriend asked me if I was OK. After a while, he just handed me a tissue and kept driving. It's not often that a book will drive me to tears, and when it does, it's a rare treasure.

Samantha learns life lessons from an unexpected person, gets forgiveness for something that she desperately needs, and finds love in unexpected places. This book is a rare treat and was better than the first, even if I didn't think it possible.

Ms. Drake - you've done it again and I can't wait to read more of your work.

~This book was read with pleasure in exchange for an honest review.

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5.24.2017

Review: I Love Your Cupcakes by Olga Núñez Miret

I Love Your CupcakesI Love Your Cupcakes by Olga Núñez Miret
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This isn't a book you're going to have to hang onto the edge of your seats for, but it's a delightful little story nonetheless. There were a few parts that read a little awkwardly, but not so much so that you wouldn't be able to enjoy the book. Kudos for the depth of characters and giving each their own unique types.

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5.16.2017

Saying Goodbye, Part One by Abigail Drake

Saying Goodbye, Part OneSaying Goodbye, Part One by Abigail Drake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Just WOW!

Once I picked this book up I couldn't put it down. Abigail Drake writes characters that will make you love, hate, adore, abhor, and send you right into their lives. You'll never be the same after reading this. DO NOT pick this book up if you want a book that's going to end in a pretty package. You will be left hanging and I hope that Part Two is going to pick up where Part One left off, because I'm invested now, and I don't want to let go.

Samantha really wants a good time before she heads off to Japan for the semester, but what she thought would be a fling ended up being more than that. Deep DARK secrets may break her, but she really finds her strength in places she didn't know she had.

Dylan is in LOVE with Samantha, he's so in love he's a little controlling. Will this relationship work, especially with Samantha leaving for Japan so soon? Will his secrets haunt them, or will they bring them together?

Such a great book with a storyline that grips your heart like a vice and won't let go until the very end. As you finish the book you start to miss the characters the second you put the book down.

Highly addictive, wonderfully written. Way to go Ms. Drake. Kudos!

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5.02.2017

Review: Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo

Sworn to SilenceSworn to Silence by Linda Castillo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



My local librarian recommended this to me. I really like Amish books, but this was less Amish and more murder mystery.

Kate is the police chief in her local hometown. When a murder hits on her watch she thought the person who committed the crime was dead. When she finally figured it out who was committing the murder will she nab him/her or will they get the best of her?

I loved the face paced nature of this book. It starts off grabbing my attention, and never let it go. There were some spikes in the storyline, but it always went back to the fast pace the book offered up.

The only part of the book that I didn't like was the fact that several times in the same chapter the POV would change. I'm a proponent of changing POV from chapter to chapter to lessen the chance of confusion with the reader.

I look forward to reading more by this author.

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5.01.2017

Review: With Love From the Inside by Angela Pisel



With Love from the InsideWith Love from the Inside by Angela Pisel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Hiding from your past is never a good thing. But when you've done it for as long as Sophie has, you get good at it. When life catches up with you and you are faced with choosing your past or your present, which will you choose?

I loved the way that this book had two narrators, one for the mother and one for the daughter. They both lent a great deal to the book. I enjoyed watching Sophie grow into the knowledge that you can only hide for so long until you have to make a choice between what's good and what's right. Can she have both of them?

Grace's only mistake was time. Time to get the right information into the right hands. Was she able to do it? Could her daughter, who she hasn't seen in many years, help in any way? Only time will tell, but does she have it?

A true tale of love, loss, and renewal. Ms. Pisel did a great job writing this book and I can't wait to read more from this author.

Bring tissues.

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4.20.2017

Review: Saving Jason by Michael Sears

Saving Jason (Jason Stafford, #4)Saving Jason by Michael Sears
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Wow, it's taken me a very long time to finish the book. Thanks to Goodreads I'm able to tell you that the book didn't really take off until about 35% of the way through the book. I enjoyed the premise of the book, but I just feel that there was too much of a build up to the big parts and a slam down into the dark abyss afterward. Then you're back at the same pace until the book is finally concluded with a very quickly laid out plot to bring down the bad guys that I didn't quite grasp.

I was very impressed with Mr. Sears' understanding of an autistic young boy. It had to have been derived from a personal understanding. Bravo Mr. Sears, Bravo.

Based on the experience with this book from Mr. Sears, I fear I would not try to read another one of his books.

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4.05.2017

Review: Beyond Suffering Bible


Beyond Suffering Bible-NLT: Where Struggles Seem Endless, God's Hope Is Infinite
by Joni and Friends Inc.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I've spent most of my adult life suffering in one way or another. Whether it be emotional, or physical pain, it didn't matter. And it hasn't been any easier the past 10-12 years. I've been really ticked off at God and what he "did" to me. Because what Daddy (what one of his names (Abba) means) would allow such pain and suffering to exist in the world. Especially while there are those that are good. Truly "bad" (subjective to each person) people seem to live long lives and they don't seem to deserve it. So why? Why would God allow it? This bible helps to put pain and suffering into perspective so you can understand the love that God has for us and that he really doesn't want you to suffer. I still have questions for God, things I don't understand, but that's where faith comes into play. Hopefully, this bible will help me to understand and gain a little more faith with each and every read.

I enjoyed the Connection Points, beginning of chapter intros that show how suffering and disabilities are focused on, and devotionals that are peppered through the pages. I'm glad that I was given the chance to review this bible. Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for giving me the opportunity.

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