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- WATER and other stories
on Nov. 30, 2010
I just read the collection of short stories in the Ebook Water, a free download.
This book had a very Christian theme with two of these short stories coming from stories found in the Bible.
What I appreciated about these stories was the reminder that people have feelings. All people, regardless of their circumstances. Most of the time we do not know what battles people are fighting inside, the demons that rage. Not all trials are physical and visible as the man in the last story. In all three stories there was a showing of kindness and I think that we could all benefit from the reminder that kindness brings about greatness. It can make a difference.
- Ride to Raton
on Dec. 02, 2010
I'm not sure why but I am a sucker for a good western. I really do love them. Maybe it's because I love the west. It's home. Maybe it's because I love a good, tough and rough, handsome male character. Marsha Ward has written a great story here, including the tough ways of the west, love and loss. Then ending was so sad. Poor James. Can't he catch a break?! Well, maybe in the next book?
- The Hollow of Mont Noir
on March 27, 2012
One of the best thing about being a book blogger is getting to read books I maybe otherwise wouldn't have known about or wouldn't have selected on my own. I love reading. I'm grateful to Jennifer Kray for sending me her book to read through. She is so generously offering up an e-copy of her book here for a giveaway too. :) Thanks, Jennifer.
So, let me first say, I liked The Hollow of Mont Noir. It was easy to read and get into. Allison is an unusual girl with an unusual ability. I really had to appreciate her kindness and desire to treat others with respect even when she didn't feel like it. Allison is an easy character to like.
As I was reading I had a few "Twilight-ish moments". Some things in this story were just very similar to Twilight. I'm not saying that is good or bad, it just is. The main make character reminded me of Edward because of his very proper way of speaking and his formal way of presenting himself. He is untouchable and unapproachable at school. Then we have the wolf aspect. Allison has a visitor in her room at night and leaving early before the parents can catch wind. Allison also gets it in her mind that she wants to be "turned" and seems determined to find out how the process happens and who can do it. See what I mean? A few Twilight-ish elements.
I found the Allison's whole family dynamic interesting. When her brother goes missing, her parents do whatever they think it takes to search for their son. It had me wondering what I would do in a similar situation. Her parents have different ways of coping and I just found it interesting. Allison sort of gets lost in their preoccupation with finding their son.
There are obviously a lot of unresolved issues in this book and I am really looking forward to reading the next book in this series to see where everything is going to go. Even for all those unresolved issues though, I still felt like I had some resolution at the end of the book. I didn't feel like I had been left hanging out off a cliff. That was nice.
- The Turning Tides
on April 02, 2012
Right here and now I'm going to give a huge sigh of relief. PHEWWWWWWWW! That is what happens when you finally get to the end of a series you have been waiting for. It's over. Am I glad? Am I sad? Yes and yes.
Marina has been on quite the journey. Poor Ethan has been through the wringer. I was so ready to snuggle down with the 4th book in Marina's Tales and find the last chapter, the resolution. So, for that I was glad.
But how sad it is to come to the end of the road with characters you've become attached to, right? I had to say goodbye to Ethan. Oh, and Marina. Right. :)
The Turning Tide was a great book to end on. I loved the tension and the bit of action there at the end. Very nice. I felt so satisfied in the end, like everyone was where they were supposed to be. Happily Ever After. It made me happy.
- The Cinderella Project
on Aug. 30, 2012
Have you read many romantic type books by a male author? I really haven't. Well, I can think of a few. (Nicholas Sparks, Richard Paul Evans) The Cinderella Project is written by a guy~ Stan Crowe. It is also written from a guys point of view. I actually thought that Nick sounded exactly like a guy. (surprise, surprise) Lots of times you read books by women authors and the guy just doesn't sound like a typical guy. You know? While I would definitely not rank this book up there with Nicholas Sparks, I will say that it was an enjoyable read. I am a girl who appreciates a good, clean romance novel and this one delivered in spades.
Nick is, I think, like many men. He is extremely focused on his project to the point of being nearly oblivious to everything else. Ironically enough, Nick's project is based on finding the secrets of everlasting love but he seems completely dense when it comes to this part of his own life. Although I will say that his loyalty (however blinded and misguided it is) to his fiance and that relationship is admirable. He didn't run after the pretty new girl the first time she blinked. I really did want to throttle Nick several times though.
Thank goodness there was Moire. Boy did she save the day, several times. Her character was fun and likable. This book would have been nothing without her. :)