Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Friend In Me (Review)

This review is for the book "A Friend in Me" by Pamela Havey Lau. This is not the first book on friendship I have read this year, but it was one of my favorites. I loved the writing style of Lau, and I loved her honesty. I loved reading the perspectives of other ladies that Lau was able to incorporate into the book.

This book is filled with ideas on how to be a good friend, how to find good friends, mentoring, and she describes every topic with a variety of scripture background. The things in this book are things you can begin putting into action in your life. I hope that I can apply many of these things to be a better friend to my friends, and hopefully be a mentor or find a mentor one day. Now I realize the importance of these things.

I highly recommend for all women to read this book.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Letters From My Father's Murderer (Review)

This review is for the book "Letters From My Father's Murderer" by Laurie A. Coombs. This book was absolutely unlike any other book I have read in my life.

When Laurie's father was murdered, her father's killer was punished by life in prison. But Laurie was still full of anger and bitterness. She knew she was supposed to somehow forgive this man who murdered her father, so she wrote him and requested visitation rights. She was denied those rights by the prison, but her communication with Anthony did not stop. She was completely open and honest about her feelings towards him. She knew God was calling her to forgive Anthony but she did not know how she could get to that point. She also allowed Anthony to tell his side of the story from the night that her father was murdered.

The journey of their relationship is intriguing and fascinating. It is pretty unbelievable. Both of them go through the feelings of anger, shame, and confusion, but they both have their faith in God to lean on while they are sifting through all their feelings. I highly recommend this read.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Two Roads Home (Review)

This review is for the book "Two Roads Home" by Deborah Raney. This is the second book in her Chicory Inn series. I have read the first in the series but I believe this could be read as a standalone.

In this book, the focus is on Corinne and Jesse Pennington. The Penningtons are very restless. Corinne is tired of Jesse traveling so much for business, and it doesn't help matters when a coworker files a claim of harassment against Jesse. Not only that, the coworker seemingly won't leave the family alone, stringing them alone in threatening notes and actions. At the same time, Jesse is coming clean about wanting a career change, which would greatly affect the lifestyle Corinne has become accustomed to, and so she is also struggling with that.

Throughout the book, you can sense a restlessness with Corinne's parents as well, particularly her mother, who run the Chicory Inn, so I would think that will be a focal point in a future novel.

I enjoy these characters and I like Raney's style of writing. I would like to continue reading this series as they come out.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

What You Left Behind (Review)

This review is for the book "What You Left Behind" by Samantha Hayes. I read my first book written by Samantha Hayes about three months ago and I loved it. I loved the twists and turns in that novel and I really liked her writing style. So I was looking forward to reading another book by her. This one did not disappoint me.

In this book, Lorraine Fisher has come to Radcote just for a simple vacation with her sister. The city is still healing from a rash of teenage suicides when it looks like more suicides are beginning to take place. Lorraine is a detective inspector, so her police instincts set in. She begins investigating.

There are tons of suspicious characters - homeless teens, an autistic son, and plenty of other people who are just plain creepy. While reading the book you can prepare to suspect just about everyone of foul play. The ending is twisted and you won't be able to guess it. I love books like that. I look forward to reading another Hayes novel in the future.

Thank you to Waterbrook Multonah for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, June 19, 2015