Thursday, November 21, 2013

Made To Last

Miranda Woodruff is the star of the TV show "From The Ground Up". The network is considering making some changes and Miranda's manager knows they must step up their game.

Miranda has talked about her husband in each episode. There is one problem... she is NOT married! The idea of having someone pretend to be her husband comes into play. This is a tough act to pull off as Miranda now has a reporter (Matthew) following her and documenting and blogging about her life. There's also the fact that this is all a lie!

Not unlike a lot of us, Miranda has a lot of pain that she hasn't faced buried within her. When you add that pain along with the fact that Miranda is living a lie and the stress of the future of her show, you have a great story! Melissa Tagg pulled me into her book. This is the first time I have read a book authored by Tagg. I like how she held my attention and wrote an interesting story in a modern era.

I received this book complimentary from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for this review. This review is strictly my own and I was in no way paid for this review.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fired Up

"Fired Up Trouble In Texas" (book 2) by Mary Connealy was a fun read. We get to know Dare Riker, a "doctor" in the town where Glynna Greer now lives. Glynna is a twice-widowed mother of two children. She has faced some extreme hardships in her life.

Glynna decides to open up a diner so that she is able to support her and her children. The first day her diner opened, it was discovered that Glynna was a terrible cook! The men in town would still come to eat at the diner though because they loved just getting a view of the beautiful Glynna in this limited of women town.

Dare feels a pull toward Glynna and feels the need to help and protect her. Dare is dealing with his own insecurities as a doctor. He keeps saying that he is going to quit and become a rancher, but it seems that every time a doctor is needed, Dare runs to help. He cannot help himself.

I found this read to be light and easy, yet interesting. There was someone out to kill Dare and the author kept me guessing as to who it was. This was one of those books where I was disappointed it was over!

I received this book complimentary from Bethany House. This review is my own and I have not been paid for this review.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Sisterchicks On The Loose

In the book "Sisterchicks On the Loose" by Robin Jones Gunn, Sharon, a mother of four and Penny, a mother of two are two very opposite people, yet wonderful friends. Penny is a very successful realtor, fun-loving and former biker. Sharon is a stay-at-home Mom who works endlessly to meet the needs of her children and husband. She is not a risk-taker and seems to find comfort in the same day in and day out routines.

While their children were babies, Penny and Sharon came up with the idea to go on a trip together when their children were grown. One day, Sharon received a package from Penny. It was a plane ticket for a trip to Finland. Sharon assumed she wouldn't go. Her family needed her. Sharon's husband encouraged her to go with Penny and enjoy this amazing opportunity.

There were many events that came to pass during this trip. We learn with Sharon that it is good to step out of our comfort zones. Sharon found out that life can be so much more fulfilling when she did so.

I found this book to be a little "blah". It was a little boring to me. I like the concept of the book, but I did not connect with the characters as I often do in the many books I am privileged to read. It wasn't a bad read, it just wasn't an interesting read for me.

I received this book from Multnomah in exchange for this review. I was in no way paid for this review. These opinions are strictly mine.

She's Twelve Going On Twenty

I have become a believer that every believing mother should read "She's Twelve Going On Twenty" by Kim Camp. I was so impressed with this book. I believe that this book would be helpful not just for parents of tween daughters, but also those in their teen years.

This book is split into three sections: spirit, body and soul. Each and every chapter in this book addresses so many concerns and situations that we as mothers deal with on a daily basis. At the end of each chapter, there is a section of questions and items to discuss with your daughter called "Working It out Together" segments. I read the book through the first time without doing this part. I will be going back to do so though, because I think it will be a wonderful way to discuss many issues with my daughter that will help her as she matures.

It is my constant and continued prayer that my daughter will lead a pure and beautiful life dedicated to Christ. I am always looking for tools to help me instill godly principles in my daughter's life. This is one book that I will be referring back to many times for wisdom and advice.

I received this book from Booksneeze in exchange for this review. I was in no way required to give a positive review, nor was I paid for this review.