Monday, March 31, 2014
This story picks up right where book one left off and you will come to know and appreciate Captain Baret "Foxworth" Buckington and Miss Emerald Harwick much more as they brave the open sea in search of a father, a lost treasure and a love that seems to be falling apart because of vicious lies and trickery. I applaud Miss Emerald as she fights hard against brutality, slavery and cruel gossip and continues to remember she is a "child of the King". She never loses sight of her standing as a child of God, and she will endure a lot in this story. Baret is truly a man who knows what he wants and doesn't let much stand in his way of getting it. He may have let lies affect his judgement, but true love will win out in the end. Be prepared to step back in time and get ready for a true adventure on the high seas and on land. I am off to see how this all ends by readying the third book in this series, "Jamaican Sunset".
Friday, March 28, 2014
The sub-title to this book is "Re-Examining a Popular Myth" and this is what the author does; and quite well I might add. I can't begin to convey how much this author did in helping me see how this self-love concept has infiltrated the church and what the scriptures say and do not say regarding this topic. He deals a lot with man's theories and always brings it back to what does God and the holy scriptures say. I can always tell how good a devotional book is after reading it, when I go back through the book and see all the notes and underlining I have done while reading. This book is filled with such things. I will say the beginning chapters and ending chapters were the best because the middle of the book spent a lot of time discussing the humanistic world views and the men who first promoted this self-love theory. I highly recommend this book and will keep it on my shelf as a tool to use when dealing with this subject.
Monday, March 24, 2014
There is the Viscount Baret turned pirate and/or buccaneer who is trying to find out if his father is still alive and to find him and refute those who are trying to disparage his name. Then there is Miss Emerald who is rejected by her father's wealthy family and is trying to escape her life by running away with an indentured servant to America. The Viscount and Emerald will meet under unusual circumstances and from then on they will find their lives intertwined throughout the story. There are many more characters and situations to follow throughout this story and it keeps you on your guard trying to keep track of everything. It is more of an adventure story than a romantic book, although there is a touch of romance. If you like a good pirate adventure story I think you will like this story. I am interested to see how the story continues in book two, "The Pirate and His Lady".
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
It is the year 1944 and Hadassah Benjamin finds herself rescued from a firing squad and handed over to SS Kommandant Aric von Schmidt, who thinks she has wrongly been accused of being a Jew. He takes her in and she becomes his secretary. Hadassah must keep her nationality a secret in order to live and hopefully help "her people" in the concentration camp Colonel Aric von Schmidt is running. Aric finds himself attracted to Hadassah and she finds him a caring person and not at all like other officers she has met and been beaten by. But can she truly trust him with her secret and can these two people from very different backgrounds really come to care for and love each other? I would say not possible, but the author did a great job of convincing me otherwise. I won't spoil the ending, but stress it is a work of fiction and things that happened near the end are pure fiction. What takes place in the concentration camps though are real and very hard to understand how people lived through this dark time in history. I highly encourage others to read this story and be moved by the characters and the history they will read about.
I received an advanced reading copy from LibraryThing through Bethany House to read and review.
File Size: 4468 KB
Print Length: 432 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 1, 2014)
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Monica and her two young children find themselves being given a gift of a trip to the Bahamas. It is something that will be good for Monica whose husband died two years ago. She is just looking for a little rest and relaxation. So when she finds Joshua Corbett walking in to her 3 bedroom suite she is a little startled, and so is he; why is the maid allowing her children in the room while she is cleaning it, or so he thinks. As you can tell their initial reaction to each other is not the best. The hotel is full and Joshua, for reasons you will soon discover, wants to only stay at this hotel. So, he works out a plan of paying all of Monica's expenses if she will let him have one of the bedrooms to stay in. That is only the beginning of Joshua's requests and his pleas for help to Monica. Although I thought Joshua was a little slow on what he thought he wanted and needed, I did enjoy his love of the children and his consideration of Monica.
All in all, I had a good time sharing this get-away to the Bahamas with a couple of people who had issues to deal with, but ended up with more they they each bargained for.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Mariah Aubrey has been banished from her home because of a mistake she made and now must live with in secret. A distant relative lets her come and stay in an old gatehouse in need of repair and a good cleaning. Mariah arrives with her traveling companion, Miss Dixon and the two of them begin their life in the gatehouse.
Captain Matthew Bryant arrives on the scene when Mariah's distant relative dies and he rents out the estate house with the hope of one day owning it. He meets Mariah and a friendship slowly takes place. But Mariah has secrets she is not sharing with anyone. And there are more secrets and mysteries as you get to know all the characters in this story.
A story with mystery and intrigue and a sweet romance that slowly develops over time. The characters in this story were all interesting to get to know and it was set in the early 1800's at a time when many things were handled differently back then. I could easily see this made into a movie, which I would very much enjoy watching.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Susanna Truitt has found her true prince, Nathaniel II of Brighton Kingdom. She is weeks away from the big day and finds herself doubting what she is doing. So when Nathaniel tells her in order to get married she must renounce her American citizenship, and then she finds out key people in her life can't make it to the wedding, she gets "cold feet" and flies home to St. Simon's Island to see her family. Nathan fears she won't return, but he finally decides he must devise a plan to win back the love of his life.
What a dreamy romance story! I loved the way these two obviously loved each other and Nathan sure does know how to show his love to Susanna near the end of the book. Susanna also got some very wise counsel from her Pastor and a great reminder of where, as a Christian, our citizenship really is. This is a short book and could be read in one evening. So sit back, curl up on a comfortable sofa and be prepared to fall in love with "A March Bride".
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
This is a story filled with suspense and drama and trying to figure out what is going on in Las Playas with murder, bombings and gang fights. Carly and Nick Edwards work for the police force and you will know them well if you read this series in the order they were written (this is book 3). Something isn't adding up and someone wants Carly's name smeared and to discredit her as a good police officer. Both Carly and Nick must rely on their faith and trust in God throughout this story. Another exciting and action packed story by Janice Cantore.
I highly recommend you read these books in the order they were written, so you can understand and know the characters and their background. But you could read this as a stand alone and still enjoy it very much!
Monday, March 3, 2014
Jocelyn White finds herself, again her will, leaving for America aboard a ship with her Uncle, John White, and cousin Eleanor and her husband, leaving her father behind who is ready to die. She is a stubborn, rebellious, independent and beautiful young lady who will be severely tested throughout her life. She will make a hasty marriage to Thomas Coleman, a minister fleeing England for reasons you will not find out till later in the book. As Jocelyn is told, "love is a decision and today you have both made it. Trust God to do the rest", Jocelyn will have to do A LOT of trusting and leaning on the Lord, because at times I wanted to scream at her husband. He was SO messed up in his mind about love, marriage and pretty much everything in between, that I didn't think I could ever come to like this man. It was a story of endurance for all the colonists and I found myself caught up in their lives and wanting to know more about them. An excellent book on a part of history that we will never know for sure what exactly did happened.
There are more stories in this series and I definitely think they also would be worth reading. This story left off at a place that I can see and hope the next book picks up with. If you are interested in history and don't mind a little fiction thrown in, you will enjoy this book a great deal.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
This story was interesting but I felt like I was at times reading a quick version of what really went on by someone who didn't have much feeling for any of the characters they were talking about. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but just felt like there could have been more depth to this story. I enjoyed myself while reading it, but just felt there was something missing in the whole telling of this story. The story definitely kept moving so it was a fast action type story with a well written romance, along with some mystery and suspense.