Friday, October 13, 2017
This is the first book I've read by Bethany Kaczmarek, and I think I've found a very talented writer. This romance is in a timely branch of the romance genre, abuse and stalking. While it's definitely uplifting, you can still feel the threads of emotions in the young women who are so terrorized by the ones who should be honoring and protecting them.
Kasia Bernolak is engaged to a young man who dominates her and has wrecked her self-esteem. He's pulled her away from God and from her family, shame tearing those precious bonds apart. She gathers up her remaining courage to break the engagement and leave the country, literally. She goes to Peru for a summer-long mission and begins to find herself and her God again--but terror haunts her dreams every night.
When she returns home and then back to college, her worst nightmares begin to happen. Blake, her now former fiance', is now her stalker. She makes a decision to go nowhere alone; three guys and her roommate take turns shepherding her from class to home to the place she helps youngsters with their homework. But will it be enough?
Apparently not always. What can she do?
Find out by getting the book from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local bookstore! Well worth the cost of the read!
I received a free copy of the book from the author. The review and evaluation are my own opinions.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Jill Eileen Smith has her own way of bringing out possible Biblical romances. In this series (The Loves of King Solomon), Jill's view of Solomon's first love just melts your heart.
Naamah is the beloved in the Song of Solomon, daughter of one of the princes subject to the Israelite king. She first meets Solomon when David is running from his son Absalom, and even at ten years old is enamored of the favorite of the king. Solomon and she exchange correspondence for a few years, but then he abruptly stops when she reaches the age of thirteen. Naamah wonders why. Finally she talks her father into taking her with him to Jerusalem.
Her adoration of Solomon has, if anything, increased, and she begs her father to offer her as a wife to Solomon. Naamah's father warns her that a king must have many wives to form alliances and establish his power, Solomon will, of course, become king--but Naamah is love-blind..They become betrothed, and a year later they marry. She's ecstatic--and so, apparently, is Solomon.
How will this young woman from thousands of years ago handle what would devastate the modern woman? Find out at Amazon or Barnes and Noble or several local bookstores!
I was given a free copy of this book by the author, but the opinions and evaluations are my own.
Monday, October 9, 2017
After all, it is I, the Eternal One your God, who has hold of your right hand, Who whispers in your ear, "Don't be afraid. I will help you." Isaiah 41:13, The Voice Bible
Some of you might have noticed that lately I've been missing a lot of blogging days. I guess writing slumps (and being down in the dumps) is really not all that uncommon, but I'll sure be glad when the slumps and dumps are in the past. Meanwhile, I apologize to all of you who follow me. This, too, shall pass. Everything has a season, and this season isn't endless.
Lord, thank You for hanging in with me, holding me up through this desert time. I know the spring rains will come eventually, and I'll quit feeling sorry for myself. I love You, Lord. Amen
Monday, October 2, 2017
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me." In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." 1 Corinthians 11:23-25, NKJV
Yesterday was World Communion Sunday, and churches across the entire planet celebrated the thing that all Christian religions agree on--taking the wine (or juice) and bread that symbolize the sacrifice Jesus made for us.
There is something about taking communion that really gets to me. That Jesus would use something so simple as a meal to touch His disciples just reaches down deep inside me.
A couple thousand years before Jesus was born, God set the stage with the exodus from Egypt. He was thinking ahead, you see. This became the favorite Hebrew story and is retold in a LOT of the books of the Bible. Why? Because God knew what was coming.
Really, it started even before that. I don't know about the other continents, but most cultures had a blood sacrifice custom to erase offences against the many gods. I'm not so sure God ordained sacrifice, but He definitely took the thinking of that period and turned it to good. Before the time Jesus came along, Jewish shepherds were always looking for the perfect lamb for the altar.
Perfect. There couldn't be a single wound, scar, bump, or otherwise misshapen part on the entire lamb. People were to give their very best animal for the sacrifice. The lamb was dedicated first to God, and the fat and blood were given to God. The innards, cheeks, and shoulder would go to the priests who prepared the sacrifice. The rest went to the person who brought it.
So on that particular Passover, Jesus was to be killed as the perfect Lamb of God. Jesus knew what was coming, and He told His disciples to eat the bread, which represented His body; and drink the wine, which represented the blood, that He would give for them. Plus the most important part--that they were to remember what He did for them EVERY TIME they ate the bread and drank the wine. It's my belief that He intended that each time we have a meal, we should remember what He did. He went voluntarily.
He didn't want to go to the cross, but He did. He didn't want to suffer, but He didn't complain. That's why I want to cry every time I take communion. He did all that for us, and sometimes we don't even give Him a second thought.
My commitment is that I will remember as long as I am able. There may come a time when my brain no longer remembers, but my heart will. Because He loved me first, I will love Him back, and I will remember.
Thank You, Lord. Amen.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
This one's definitely a romance, but a very difficult and different romance.
Maleah Turner is still hassled by her family, years after Ian Sylvestry served his turn in the pen for driving a getaway car. He's been out for several years, and by determined effort and the grace of God has totally turned his life around. He owns a fancy restaurant and volunteers with autistic kids charities. But her family hasn't forgotten, especially her brother Elliot.
She hasn't done too bad for herself, by the way. Maleah has a degree in Psychology and has just been named to a prestigious position (with a windowed office of her own) in the company she works for--also working with autistic children.
Of course that means she and Ian are going to connect in the work they are doing with and for the children. Her family (with both of her brothers and her father being cops), will never accept him. They both know it. But, you and I know they will always be somehow linked. We just don't know how they're going to work it out without setting off unwanted fireworks.
You can find out by ordering from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Although this book is classified as women's fiction, I can't help but think guys would enjoy it too. I love Ane Mulligan's Chapel Springs series--the books are so ... so ... I dunno. True to life? Zany with a twist of pathos? Swelligant? I love it, whichever. If you've read any of the rest of this series (plus this one), you'll know exactly whereof I speak!
We're back to our heroes, klutzy Claire, her best friend Patsy, and her husband Rob. Plus several other friends and almost-enemies (like the Mayor). Claire is looking forward to her twins' wedding. Megan and Melissa always dreamed about having a double wedding, and that dream is about to come true. In addition, there's a community play underway.
Claire is also trying to be brave. The symptoms she's having--Could she be pregnant at her advanced age of 49? Or *shudder* is it cancer? She's afraid to talk to anyone--even Patsy--about it. Eventually, she'll have to deal with it, but with so much going on there's just no time. At least, that's her excuse to not go to the doctor. Not until after the wedding. And after the play (she's helping prepare the stage settings). And after, oh, anything else. Maybe the symptoms will go away on their own.
As per usual with Claire, there are a few trips and falls and nosings into trouble, but Patsy and Rob always manage to get her up and going again.
If you need a lift, Life in Chapel Springs is definitely the place to find it. Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble and probably a bunch of neighborhood bookstores.
I received this book free, prior to publication, to perform a beta read for the author, but this review is my own idea.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Stories about World War II (or any war): You know they're going to have a little patriotism, some heartache, and plenty of action. That is, if they're any good at all. And this one is. I love the way Terri Wangard weaves the lives of so many people together. I know it's fiction--but it's so darn believable!
Lily Swanson and her husband Frank have so many plans for the future. She wants to be a wife and mother, but while Frank is off fighting the war, she will do her part. She becomes a electrician at Douglas Aircraft and will do the best job she can for the pilots and crews of the bombers she's helping to build. Frank is the chief petty officer aboard a destroyer called the Spence. He gets impatient with the wet-behind-the-ears seamen under his supervision, but remembering his sweet wife, he tries to be also an encourager. Difficult at times. In addition, another petty officer, Frank's friend, Victor, also lets him know when he's coming on too strong.
Joe is a pilot in a spotter plane (a Cub) sent ahead of the troops so they knew where to direct their artillery shells. He has a permanently sore shoulder from the thumps the excited observers give him when their troop's artillery hits the target. Getting shot down isn't part of the plan, but it happens all to often. When it happened to Joe, the Allied doctors glued him back together and sent him out in yet another Cub.
Susan is Lily's sister and more than a little prickly. She considers Lily a Goody-Two-Shoes, but agrees she should also do her part. With her fellow WACs, she's sent to the European front. Of all the crazy things, she becomes friends with another too-sweet-to-be-true girl. Pearl just refuses to rise to the numerous snide remarks from Susan and sticks to her like glue.
Something about people in the armed forces during war--it changes people, just as you will find in this novel. Rough edges either get sharper or rounded off; the weak links become strong, timid souls find courage. No one comes out unchanged.
You can find out by buying Wheresoever They May Be, available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
I received a free copy of this book from the author. The review and ratings of the book are my own.