Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Gone South ~ Meg Moseley

Gone SouthGone South by Meg Moseley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tish Mccomb is enthralled with the quaint Civil War era home that was once owned by her relatives in Alabama. Deciding to take a chance she moves from her comfortable apartment in Michigan and moves to a small town in Jackson Alabama with hopes that old family ties will make fitting in easier. Unbeknownst to her, is a family secret that has ruined any chances of a happy welcome home!
It seems the only people willing to give her a chance is the local antique dealer and a homeless girl Melanie that Tish takes into her new home despite her shady and somewhat checkered past.
Sometimes she is determined to stay and other times loneliness sets in and she wonders why she ever left her home in Michigan to become an object of scorn for the whole town!

I found myself rooting for Melanie through the whole book. Something about a second-chance story that draws me in every time!!
This book is fresh, not a different twist on a popular genre or a retelling of a New York Times Bestseller.. totally unique and innocent. I appreciate that in a book!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are my own.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Barefoot Summer ~ Denise Hunter

Barefoot Summer (Chapel Spring #1)Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Madison and Bekket are totally incompatible. He's the son of the town drunk, the "Bad Boy of Chapel Springs" and she is a McKinley, one of the most respected families in the whole county.
Bekket has had a crush on Madison since highschool but he knows he'll never be good enough for Madison McKinley. Not only is he a known trouble maker but he also holds a secret concerning the death of Madison's twin brother Michael.
Madison is determined that the good looking, howbeit infamous Bekket O'rielly doesn't even know she exist much less like her. Also she blames him for the disappearence of her sister Jade.
Determined to fulfill her dead brothers dream Madison signs up for boating lessons to compete in a local sailing competition, ironically her "substitute teacher" is none other than Bekket O'rielly. Thrown together by circumstances friendship and eventually love begans to blossom but can thier love grow in the soil of guilt and distrust or will it wilt under the scorching light of secrecy?

O.k, I thought this book read like a soap opera. There's really no plot other than Madison and Bekket finally falling in love and overcoming thier past.
I also thought that for a Christian book the romance could be just a little steamy. While there was no sex the passion did go farther than a goodnight kiss and a warm hug.

I recieved this book free in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

The Call of Zulina by Kay Marshal Strom

The Call of Zulina (Grace in Africa, #1)The Call of Zulina by Kay Marshall Strom

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved everything about this book! The cover is absolutely stunning, the story captivating(howbeit emotional), and the writing is flawless!
Grace Winslow is the daughter of a English slave trader and an African Princess. Raised as a "proper English lass" Grace has always been protected from the horror that her family has imposed on the lives of so many African families. Until a "slave" insist that he is not the true slave but she is. A slave to her fancy privileged lifestyle, her powerful mother and her greedy father.
Determined to prove him wrong she sets out to prove her independence and discovers a tragedy that cannot be ignored. Can she turn back to the life she "can't live without" or take a stand against evil? The choice is not easy and it is not one that can be made without sacrifices either way.

If you are looking for a book that will keep you in an emotional grip from the first page to the last this book should definitely be considered!

I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven

Alone Yet Not Alone: Their Faith Became Their FreedomAlone Yet Not Alone: Their Faith Became Their Freedom by Tracy Leininger Craven

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the true story of Barbara and Regina Leininger.
Captured by Indians and separated by everyone they know, including each other. They refuse to loose hope of seeing their family reunited again. They cling to their faith in God, knowing that they are truly never alone.

This story is fascinating especially because it is based off of a true story that actually occurred in the author's family history, however I thought that the simple writing style did the story no justice.
I do think it would be a wonderful book for middle school age children as it is extremely simple in vocabulary and plot.

There is going to be a movie based off of this story coming out on SEPTEMBER 27th!
By the photos in this "movie edition" book I have to say I'm excited about watching it!!!

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