Wednesday, February 26, 2014

NOT SURE WHAT TO READ NEXT

     Have you ever came to an impasse with your reading?   Do you ever find yourself with so many books; new books by your favorite authors and new to you authors just waiting to be discovered?   You go to your bookshelf pick up a book and it does not grab your attention, you go to your local library and spend hours browsing through the shelves looking for the newest and latest read, but nothing grabs your attention.  You even go to your favorite bookstore and again nothing and to make matters worse you go to your ereader with thousands of books and still nothing grabs your attention.

    This was me last week.  I was at a total impasse on my reading to the point that I was not going to read for a while and do other things.  I started talk books with someone and they made a suggestion of reading the book Demon:  A Memoir by Tosca Lee.

   My thoughts of the book:   It took me back to C.S. Lewis' book The Screwtape Letters and instead of this being a letter it was a first person account from the fall of Satan to Creation to fall of Man to the Birth of Christ and His death and resurrection.   It really made you think a lot of how Satan and Demons work against God in our lives.   The battles that we face is not a physical as it is a Spiritual one.

    The book was excellent in that aspect, but then the ending left me saying huh?   Is that it?  I am wondering if there will be a spin off to this book.


    I will have some exciting news coming to this blog really soon!


God bless,

Tia


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SMITTEN BOOK CLUB

     This is a bitter sweet review.  I fell in love with the Smitten series written by Christian Authors: Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter & Diann Hunt.  I could not wait for the third book in this series to be available.  I normally do not pay full price for ebooks, but I went ahead and bought this one and it was awesome as well as the other two in the series.  This is by far my favorite chic lit series.

     This setting for this book is Smitten, Vermont a town that fell on hard times, but that a town and community pulled together and made it come alive again using tourism.   It was stories of love, loss of a spouse and finding love again even after the loss.   It was story of mistrust and learning to trust again in the midst of all that happens.   It is a mystery woven in there along with the story that adds its own flair!  It is also a story of great friendships between the ladies in the story too.

    It is amazing how I am not a big fan of multiple writers for a single book, because their styles are different and the stories tend not to flow.   But this is totally different, because the book is not just a book about friends, loss and finding love for the first time or the second time around.  It is a reflection and speaks of the relationship between Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter and Diann Hunt.   Sadly on 11/29/13 Diann Hunt lost her battle with Ovarian Cancer her writings will be missed by her fans, but she will be missed by her family and friends.

    I am looking forward to reading more from these ladies both individually and collectively.  I am always looking for new authors to explore and yes I will be reading some if not all of Diann Hunt's books.   



God Bless,

Tia

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

REVIEW FOR SARAH E. LADD

The Headmistress of Rosemere
Thomas Nelson Publisher   ISBN-13: 978-1401688363


I received this book free from Sarah E. Ladd on her Facebook Page.  I was not paid any monetary compensation for my review whether good or negative.

WOW!!!   It has been a long time since I have read books where the setting is the Regency Era.
It felt so good to be taken back into time.  It grabs your attention from the first sentence and there is never a dull moment.  Step back into time of Boarding Schools, Estates, Money, Power and Prestige.  All of a sudden reality is that people hide behind those masks and what ends up being revealed is broken people who need God.  Things do not buy you happiness no matter how hard you try it does not work without God being in the center of it all.

The weather setting was winter.  It was cold, dreary and very bleak.   It set the whole tone of the book even the characters Patience Creighton and William Sterling both had a bleak outlook of life in general.  It is amazing how weather can set the tone of a book and people's outlook of life.

It is amazing when Patience and William both step back and stop trying things their way and start doing things God's way how things work out for them.

I am really excited about this series and can't wait for the third book in this series.   Also, since this is a new author I can't wait to read more from her!

Tia