Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Shadow of the Storm!!!

Shadow of the Storm

by Connilyn Cossette

This is the first book I have read written by Connilyn Cossett, the first thing that interested me in reading her books was the biblical aspect of her story line. From the moment I picked up the book to the end I was hooked to the story. Getting to take a step back into the time period of Moses was a delight for me. It gives me a different look at the scriptures and helped me to understand some of the events that happened  during the long journey to the promised land.

This is the second installment to the Out Of  the Egypt series, it continues with the Israelite's journey to the promise land. Shira now is living in freedom with her family at the foot of Mt Sinai.When the opportunity comes along for Shira to learn a new trade, it awakens a new desire in her. Going against her mother's wishes to continue in the families weaving trade; she pursues the calling of becoming a midwifes apprentice. 

When a delivery goes wrong, Shira finds herself in a very difficult situation that has her bound to man who betrayed her heart. As the danger increases with the tensions between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners; the flames of another rebellion flicker. Shira comes face to face with the pain of her  hidden past as it seems to repeat itself. Will she be able to let it go and embrace the love that is being given to her? Will Shira be able to believe in a hopeful future that is being presented to her.

A big thank you to Connilyn Cossette and Bethany House Publishers for providing  a  complimentary copy of  this book. This review is all my honest opinion of the book and I received no compensation for it. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Truth and Forgiveness!!!

Shine like the Dawn

by Carrie Turansky

Carrie Turansky brings us a very beautiful story that is set in time of  Edwardian Northern  England, Margaret Lounsbury life was uprooted four years ago when tragedy struck in the form of a boating accident taking the lives of her parents and older sister. Her grandmother took in Margaret and her younger sister providing them with a roof over their head and food on the table. Their days are spent with Margaret working in her grandmothers Millinery Shop, while she helps to raise her younger sister. Even though she is willing to do anything to protect her sister, her heart still weighs heavy with the loss of her parents and sister. 

When Nathaniel Harcourt receives news from his stepmother telling him of his father's illness. He returns  back home to Morningside Manor in time to say his last goodbyes to his father. Now he is the heir to the partial control of his father's engineering company and the duty of repaying a debt owed to the Lounsbury family. 

The years that have separated Nathaniel and Margaret have put a strain on their friendship.  Now as Nathaniel reaches out to try to help his childhood friend he is met with a cold reception. As things start to heat up with the tensions in the factory and the search for truth opens more questions for both Nathaniel and Margaret. Will Margaret be able to let go of the deep resentments that she has held on for so long? Also will the search for the truth about her parents death  draw the two closer or cause a deeper divide between them.

I love getting to read books that are written in different time periods then our own, I can say this was another delightful read. Carrie Turansky has done it again and brought to us a book that you will not want to put down till you get to the end.

Thank you to Blogging for books  for the complimentary copy of this book that I received in exchange for a honest and personal review. All comments are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review. I was not required to write a positive review, but I did because the book deserves it.


Friday, January 20, 2017

Identity and Forgiveness!!!

Today we will be having a very special person visiting the Blog!! We welcome Rachelle Dekker, the author of the Seers series.

The Returning (A Seer Novel Book 3) by [Dekker, Rachelle]

The Returning 

by Rachelle Dekker

When I heard that Rachelle Dekker was the daughter of Ted Dekker, it really peaked  my interest in reading her first book The Choosing. I truly do love getting to read new authors books, because I never know when I might find another fave.  

After I read The Choosing I was hooked and could not wait to read the next book. Rachelle is very good at taking a story line and moving it along in years; without making you feel like you missed out on something. Also she takes the Christian faith and puts it into a very different way of thinking that even had me looking at my life differently. It made me take a step back and see how much we are like Elise. That we each as believers have a light inside of us that we need to let shine on all who is around us. Also being able to see our Lord Jesus Christ portrayed thru Aaron, made me realize that Jesus also walked on this earth among the people. I love that Rachelle brings the message of identity and forgiveness in her writing.

The third installment starts 20 years down the road after The Calling ended, it finds Remko and Carrington living in Trylin City with their second daughter, Kennedy. They are now facing the possibility of being able to reunite with Elise or lose both of their daughters in Authority City. As part of the Seven that have been chosen for the mission to go out rescue Elise from the danger that faces her. All that  Elise Brant has ever known is Jesse and that her parents did not want her in their life. In the darkest moments of her life, there seemed to be someone who was there thru every moment. When Elise thinks that she is at the end of her rope, hope comes in the form of a young boy. The Seven and Elise set out to the mission that they are called to do and that is to free the city from the Genesis Serum.

As I read this last book in the Seers series, my deep fears was touched there was moments I wanted to just not finish the book. But the hope of that the character Elise brought even when she struggled with what her true purpose was kept me going to the end. I was able to realize I needed to take a second look at my life and see I am loved no matter what happens in my life.

The Seer series is a must have in my collection of books. It is also a good read for everyone from the teenagers to adults.

Here is some questions and answers with Rachelle Dekker

The theme of identity is explored in all three Seer books. How does forgiveness relate to identity? 

For me, forgiveness is more about the one who feels wronged than the one who committed the wrong. What if, for a moment, you believed that nothing could harm you? That you, as a believer, are seated at the Father’s table and standing with him? Can anything harm the Father? If you believe no, then can anything harm you—the true you, the true spirited self? So then, forgiveness becomes more about letting go of false belief and stepping into the true identity that the Father gave to you. I know it’s radical, but belief like that could change the world, don’t you think? 

What themes are explored in this book? 

Identity is something I am always exploring, so that’s no different in The Returning. But in this novel I took a really hard look at forgiveness and how that relates to our journey of discovering who we really are.

How have Carrington and Remko developed as characters throughout this series? 

Well, we meet them as young adults, just out of their teen years, and we find them middle-aged in book three. So we’ve journeyed quite a bit of life with them. They have grown and changed, as people do, and even in this last novel they struggle with remembering their true identities. I believe life is always stretching us and showing us different ways to love, so their growth reflects that.

You talk about the power of belief in the book. What is the purpose of faith, and what makes faith so powerful in people’s lives?

Belief and faith are everything. We form our own realities. We make judgments based on the past and what we think the future will bring; then we shape our idea of what we are capable of around those beliefs. Imagine if we truly believed we were infinite sons and daughters of the creator. How different would the world look then? When we believe and have faith in who the Father calls us, then the world looks pretty different.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Faith, Hope and Love!!!

Fraying at the Edge

by Cindy Woodsmall

With the second installment of The Amish of Summer Grove, we return to find the lives of Ariana Brenneman and Skylar Nash turned all upside down. Both girls have found out that they had been switched at birth and now are to spend a whole year living with their birth families. With only one link to there old lives, each of these girls have to take another look at the world around them. Each from very different worlds now having to take another look at their lives and decide what is the next step to take.  

Cindy Woodsmall has brought us another very heartwarming series, that reaches out to each one of us and pulls us in. The story line is about two babies switched at birth, that both come from two very different backgrounds. It is not easy to be uprooted from all you ever known and be placed in a total opposite lifestyle. The way Cindy takes each of the families and intertwine each of their stories, while keeping us turning each page is outstanding. 

I loved reading this series, It grabbed me from page one of the first book and kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next in these young girls lives. I can say this is not your average amish fiction read, this is very much a must read for all. I can't wait to read the third installment to this series. 

 I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are all my own.