Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Trading Secrets

There was a sweet innocence to this book, Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson. Two pen pals that have been writing one another since 5th chance a meeting. As the book title  suggest, secrets are to be had. Can you ever keep a secret when the challenge arises that you have the chance to be forthcoming and be honest with yourself and others, or do you continue to hide.

Micah can't help the name that her mother gave her. It is not her fault that the amish teacher removed her picture before distributing the first pen pal letters. Micah, a bit of a tomboy in 5th grade enjoyed being outdoors, flying kites and talking about the planes that her dad flies. When her pen pal Zach assumes that she is a boy, Micah never lets on, now they are 18 years old, no longer in the 5th grade. When the opportunity arises during her High School Spring Break for her to meet Zach face to face, she has to either expose the truth or try to hide who she is.

Zach being amish struggles with the requirement to conform. He is in the deciding years of venturing out on his own or joining the amish church. Does he follow his dreams, or does he stick with what he has always know. A pregnant mare in trouble may be the deciding factor.
Great read even though the ending of the book left you wanting to know more. Where do these two friends go from here?
Received this book from the publisher for my honest opinion and review.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Accidentally Married

Another new author for me and I think I will search out more from her. I loved this book! It is filled with funny moments that had me laughing out loud and there are tense moments to keep you interested in what will happen next. Clean, great read!

Madison is an actress (well trying/wants to be) and she needs a job. She hears of a possible job and goes to apply. The owner of the company has a different need a fake girlfriend. He needs one in time for a family gathering. This is not the job Madison had in mind, but she is a actress, so this should not be that hard. One thing though, don't make her mad, she knows how to get revenge. Problem is, she took things a little too far to get back at him and now they are "engaged" with a "fake" wedding fastly approaching.

What neither of them tell the other is that by the time the wedding comes around, they want the fake to be real...

I loved this book, downright hilarious, grinned through the whole thing and I didn't want to stop reading.

Was wonderfully allowed to read this book for my honest opinion, so there you have it. LOVED IT!!

All for a Story

All for a Story was a little disappointing. Don't get me wrong, it was a fun read while being funny and exciting at times. but some books feel like the author gets tired of writing the ending gets a bit rushed. This felt like one of those books. I agree with another remove that I saw  and I wish that the author had fleshed out the  development on Monica's new found faith and Max's place in her life. I guess the author could do a spin off to show how their relationship develops and how the "new" Capital Chatter fares.

Monica enjoys her lifestyle for the most part. I personally think she is craved for attention and flapper lifestyle and the makings of it give her the attention she desires. The author laid it out there for all to see (read :)) Thankfully, no thorny details there.

Max's character is a little tougher to grasp. I think his previous employer a bit kooky, but Max is wholesome and I like how he is trying to turn the stance of the paper around.

This is the first book by Allison Pittman that I have read. I may try to search out some of her other books to see how the others fare.

I received this book for a fair and honest opinion from NetGalley.

Love in the Balance

Love in the Balance is a continuation of the series that began with Sixty Acres and a Bride. (If you have not read Sixty Acres and a Bride, you ought to do yourself a favor and check it out, kind of a retelling of Ruth's story from the bible with little comical twist along the way. At the beginning of the book, you can tell this young lady is totally wrapped up in her own little world. By the way, you meet Molly in that first book. As you continue to read, you realize that the snotty brat persona has been shaped due to the expectations/ideas of her family. She carries the burdens of expectation with her throughout the book. She faces some horrible circumstances later on due to miscommunication and sickness. Through God's grace you discover a completely different Molly who shows us not only the power of love and grace, but forgiveness that God gives us.

This book gives us Bailey which is a wonderful reminder that when we feel led by the to Lord, we need to stick to what we believe and not give in. Even though he may love one, the love of the Lord and looking for guidance reigns above all. He knows that in time, with God's help, he will be able to win over Molly's family and over come the expectations they have for her. If only he can get Molly on board and get her to cooperate.

Great book. All kinds of twist and turns and frustrations to work through. By the way, just wanted to ring Edward's neck!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for review purposes but the opinions and review are my own.


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