Book Review: Room for Hope

Room for Hope
by
Kim Vogel Sawyer

Neva Shilling is used to being a part-time single mom.  Her husband, Warren, travels every other month in order to buy items to stock the mercantile they own in Buffalo Creek. When Warren suddenly passes away, Neva is in for the shock of her life.  It turns out that Warren was leading a double life, those months he supposedly traveling he was actually living with another wife and children in a nearby town. His dying wish was that Neva raise his other children as their “Aunt Neva”. When a deputy shows up with a wagonload of Warren’s belongings, as well as his three other children, Neva has a choice to make. Can she find a way to love and raise these children as her own or will she send them away to life in an orphanage? Her own children and the residents of Buffalo Creek don’t make her choice easy, but it’s not long before she realizes she might just have room for hope.

Room for Hope is another fantastic novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer.  I really enjoy the way to she’s able to intertwine historical fact with a captivating story. This book is no exception.  Neva’s story is an interesting one and it’s told in a way that draws the reader in. it’s as if you find yourself right there with the characters feeling their emotions and joining in their story. Readers of historical fiction will not regret adding this book to their shelves.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review: Hiding Places

Hiding Place
by
Erin Healy

This book has a lot going on, so rather than try to give you an overview myself,  I figure it’s best to let the author tell you herself….here’s what it says about the book at www.erinhealy.com:

Eleven-year-old Kate Whitby leads an invisible life, the youngest member of her odd family. They live in their historic small-town hotel, where she is an expert at keeping everyone’s secrets: her sister’s a thief, her great-grandmother isn’t as crazy as people think, her mother lives in the past, and her beloved grandfather might have killed his best friend. When all these secrets spin out into a dangerous web, young Kate puts all her childlike faith into one terrible hope: that the family who has never been able to protect her before might  learn how to do it now.

Now for my thoughts…

It’s been quite a while since I picked up a book that sucked me in like this one did. From the very first page, Hiding Places held my attention.  If it weren’t for my soccer-mom and homeschooling responsibilities, I probably would have finished it in a day or two. The characters were engaging and the story was suspenseful and adventurous. Aside from the entertainment value, I also learned a little bit of WWII history while reading this book.  The way the historical aspects were incorporated into the story was quite interesting and made me do a little research of my own. I really enjoy reading books in the suspense genre and this was no exception; Erin Healy has crafted a beautiful story full of intrigue and action.

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Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review: Waiting for Morning

Waiting for Morning
by
Karen Kingsbury

When Hannah Ryan’s husband and daughter are killed by a drunk driver, her life is forever changed. As she walks through this tragic time in life she questions her faith and wants nothing more than see justice served to the man who took her family from her. Hannah’s grief causes her to become an advocate for MADD, a cause that she throws herself into wholly. Unbeknownst to Hannah, her other daughter Jenny, who survived the fatal accident, is suffering from survivor’s guilt and depression. What Hannah thinks is just teenage moodiness is something much deeper and serious. Brian Wesley, the drunk driver who destroyed the Ryan’s life, is dealing with his own issues after the accident, one poor choice has altered his life forever. His life continues on a downward spiral and he feels hopeless. As Hannah, Jenny and Brian travel through this time of trial in their life, they all must learn that they need to trust in God and his unfailing love. What results is a beautiful tale of grace, love and forgiveness.

Written in a way that is super real and raw, Waiting for Morning is a book that really engages the reader and draws them into the story. Kingsbury deals with the issues of hate, teen suicide, depression, faith, and forgiveness in a way that readers could picture themselves dealing with it. This is a great book, once you start reading it you won’t want to put it down. Just make sure when you to have a box of tissues handy when you start reading. 🙂

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review: Picture Perfect Love

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Picture Perfect Love
by
Melissa McClone

About the Book (from www.melissamcclone.com):

When image becomes everything, it’s up to love to refocus the heart.

Photographer Jenna Harrison wants every bride and groom to look picture perfect on their special day, putting her heart into every wedding to give the couple memorable images of their love. But her own heart is still broken, the unworn wedding dress hanging in her closet a reminder that relationships aren’t always as perfect as they look through her camera lens. But Jenna has faith that she will find true love. Until then, she must be patient and trust in God’s plan and His perfect timing.

Attorney Ashton Vance is the one that got away.  When an embarrassing Photoshopped picture of put an end to his political aspirations, he blamed Jenna. So what if the photo led to his being offered a dream job and changing his life for the better? Jenna betrayed his trust, and two years later, Ashton’s heart still hasn’t recovered. 

It was me. His younger sister’s three words turn Ashton’s world upside down. He must ask Jenna’s forgiveness, but can he risk his heart a second time? Even if Jenna can forgive him, dare he hope for a second chance at her love?

My Thoughts:

Sometimes when an author writes a novella the reader is stuck with a story that feels shallow and empty, this is not this case in Melissa McClune’s latest work.  Despite being constrained to the limits of a novella, McClune has crafted a beautiful story that is well rounded and does not feel as thought it’s lacking anything. Picture Perfect Love was a fun story to read, short in length but well developed and complete. I enjoy being able to read a complete story without having to devote weeks to finishing the book and this one definitely fits the bill. Available in digital and audio form only, it’s the perfect book to put on your e-reader or audio device for a beach vacation with your family this summer.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review: On Shifting Sand

On Shifting Sand
by
Allison Pittman

     Set in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl era, On Shifting Sand tells the story of Nola Merrill. After her mother died and left her with a father who withheld love, Nola searched for an escape.  She thought she’d found her escape in Russ, a local pastor, but she was wrong. As the height of the Dust Bowl hits her tiny Oklahoma town, Nola finds that she’s still not satisfied with her life. This comes to a head when Russ’ friend from the past, Jim, makes an appearance at their home. Nola begins to find everything she thought she was missing through a relationship with Jim. When she commits the ultimate betrayal of her marriage vows, she finds herself weighed down in shame.  So weighed down that she eventually winds up in the hospital, barely hanging onto her life. When at last she finally admits her betrayal, she’s life to wonder if her husband’s love will be strong enough to hold them together when everything feels hopeless.

     Though the story told is in this story is one that has been told by multiple authors, what really sets it apart is how Pittman takes to reader right into the middle of the Dust Bowl. This is the third book I’ve read by Pittman and I’m always amazed at how well she researches the time periods her stories are set in, it’s so well written that it seems to use time travel to take the reader right there into the store. I found this book to be even more interesting that some of her others because my family lived through the Dust Bowl, eventually making their way from Oklahoma to California. While I’d heard stories before Pittman took my understand to a much deeper level with her descriptions and insight. I really enjoyed reading Nola’s story, but I was a bit annoyed by the fact that the resolution happens in the last chapter.  I really wished that the story had a chance to develop even further after that point, it almost feels as if there was more story to be told but not enough pages to tell it.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review: How to Catch a Prince

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How to Catch a Prince
by
Rachel Hauck

About the Book

In this third book of the Royal Wedding series, Rachel Hauck introduces us to Prince Stephen of Brighton and American heiress Corina Del Rey.

Corina’s life was turned upside down 5 years ago when her brother became a casualty of war. Just as she starts to get her life back on track, a secret from the past comes back to confront her.

Prince Stephen is hoping to escape his memories of war while enjoying life as a star rugby player, but he’s got a secret, too. When his brother, Nathaniel, discovers his secret, Stephen knows it’s time that he faces his past.

As Corina and Stephen work through what happened in the past, they have to decide what the future will hold for them.

My Thoughts

I’ve read all 3 books in this series and I’m pretty sure this one was my favorite. There was something super relatable about the characters and the story felt very genuine. Though my life is far different from that of an heiress, I found her character to be someone that most women could relate to. I also really enjoyed the way Rachel Hauck describes the setting, it was almost as if I could find myself in Brighton listening to the cathedral bells. I’m a big fan of her writing and I can’t wait to see what she’s got in store in the future.

Catch Prince Rachel Hauck
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Book Review: Paper Hearts

Paper Hearts
by
Courtney Walsh

Abigail Pressman owns a cozy little book store/coffee shop in the quaint town of Love’s Park, nestled in the Rockies.  She has grand plans to expand her shop but those plans get squashed when the financing falls through.  Now instead of looking forward to expanding, she’s faced with closing or relocating her shop when big city doctor, Jacob, buys the building her shop is in.  He plans to convert the building into a home for his new practice. As much as they try to avoid each other, these two just can’t keep from running into each other. The more they butt heads, the more the realize there might be something more lurking under the surface of their relationship. To move forward with any sort of relationship, they each have to deal with their pasts. Can they get over it and move on? Or will their pride and stubbornness separate them forever?

This was a fun book to read, especially since I can see the beautiful Rocky Mountains from my house.  That made it very easy to imagine a cute little book store/coffee shop in a cozy mountain town. I really enjoyed following the story of Abigail and Jacob.  Walsh’s writing was fun and easy to read and she wrapped up the story really well, there were no loose endings leaving the reader on edge waiting for a follow up book. It left me wishing that Love’s Park really existed and that I could take a quick weekend trip there. 🙂

Disclaimer:
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