Wednesday, September 29, 2010

IN EVERY HEARTBEAT by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Bethany House Pubishers
Historical Fiction 346 pages

3 friends, all raised in an orphanage, go off to college in Missouri.
Libby Conley, who was left orphaned when her parents were killed in an accident,wants to be a famous journalist, and make a name for herself.
Bennett Martin, who was left on the doorstep of the orphanage, as a baby, was there to have fun, meet girls and find a place where he can belong.
Pete Leidig wants to become a minister, but he has yet to forgive his parents for putting him out at a young age, and while trying to survive on his on, the loss of his leg.
Libby starts submitting romantic stories to a magazine, and soon she gets a small check and a letter that they will print her story, she is ecstatic, until Pete tells her he is trying to get those titillating romantic stories removed as they were not 'fit reading' for young women.  He has no idea she has written one of those stories, so Pete doesn't understand the reason she is upset.
On a trip home to the orphanage for a wedding, Libby finds that the woman she always wanted as a mother, has adopted twin girls, and she feels abandoned,.  She also discovers that she is in love with Pete, and that he is in love with her.  Shortly afterward, she goes home with a roommate, so that she can meet a published author.  She sees a notice in the local paper about a 16 year old who ws convicted of murder, while robbing a store, and is to be hanged.  The picture of the young man looks a lot like Pete, so she goes to see the young man, and then starts waging a campaign to save him.

This is a very compelling story, with several twists and turns.  It is the first I've read from this particular author, but I will be interested in reading more.

I recieved a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers to read and review.  I received no other compensation for my review, and I am not required to post a positive review.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


Ruth Livingston thinks her father will change his mind before he sends her away, with Lily an 18 month old, the daughter of  murdered prostitute, Rosalie Peale.  Her father, Reverend Livingstone tells her she can keep her given name, but she is to become Ruth Malloy, a young widow, whose  husband died in New York City, and now her time of mourning has ended.   He was sending her to Elias and Phanaby Garner, who would introduce her as a distant relative.

Shortly after her arrival in Toms River New Jersey, word reaches her that her father has been arrested and is being tried for Rosalie's murder.  Then she reads in the papers that they are looking for Ruth to see if she has run away with evidence that her father was a murderer. 

Between hiding from reporters, and caring for a small mischevious child, she is quite stressed, and Phanaby suggests she work in the garden across the river, at an abandoned cabin.  But, turns out the cabin is now occupied, by an injured man, Jake Spencer, who tells her she can continue with the flower garden.

Her father is acquitted of the murder, and she thinks she can soon go home, but people still say he is guilty, and shortly afterward, her father passes away, and she is left an orphan, with an orphan, who is not her child but she has come to love, to raise.  And if she admits she is Ruth Livingstone, someone will take Lily from her,  Reporters constantly show up in the area, looking for her story, so she continues to hide.  She begins to fall for Jake, but then finds out he is a reporter, and is he just after a story?  Or does he really care for her?

Delia Parr has written a very compelling story, and I really enjoyed it. 
I recieved this book from Bethany House to read and review.  No other compensation was recieved. 
All opinions expressed here are my own.

Don't Kiss him Good-bye by Sandra Byrd

2nd in the London Confidential Series books.
Juvenile Fiction/Teligious/Christian
US $6.99

Savvy Smith has settled well into the new school and getting acquainted with more of her classmates in Wexburg Academy just outside London England.  She is still delivering the school newspaper, The Wexburg Academy Times, and secretly writing the school advice column.

She learns that there is to be a May Day Ball, and she probaly wont be invited to go, since most dates have been settled on, since early in the school year.   Then she gets an invitation to attend, by a new acquaintance, Rhys, who she meets in the library, when he asks her for her help on some school work.  At first, she wants to go with him, but the longer she knows him, the more flags she sees waving as to his character.  They've already bought her dress, and paid for her share of the limo ride, and she feels badly that her parents will be out that money.  What should she do?

I know these books are meant for tweens and young teens, but I totally enjoy them, and feel that it doesn't hurt  parents and grandparents to read a little of the stress from wanting to belong to the crowd. 
Sandra Byrd has totally captured my reading heart.

I recieved ths book free from Tyndale House publishers to read and review.  I recieved no other compensation, all opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, September 20, 2010


Six Stories that Share the Smiles, the Heart, and the Hope of Christmas
by Robert J. Morgan
forward by David Jeremiah
Thomas Nelson Publishing

The stories are:
Ollie-A story of how a mix up turned into a wonderful Christmas of sharing.

Poet Boy- Christmas Eve, the Nativity told in a little different way, when a young man forgets his lines in a play.

Over My Dead Body-  A famous carver, and how a grandchild opened his eyes to God, and the Nativity Scene he carved that everyone wanted.

Five Quarters of a Mile- A blizzard, a child alone with his grandfather, who has a heart attack, and how the Nativity carved by the grandfather's grandfather saved them.

Nativity Seen Smiling- A pre Christmas wedding, a honeymoon that goes badly, and a young couple whose marriage starts off on the wrong foot, and how a a Nativity Scene helps them back on the right road.

Sugarplum and the Christmas Cradle-A story with a surprise ending, including a real live Nativity.

The first story, Ollie, had me in tears very quickly, and I can bet that most of the others who read it, will shed a tear or two.    Poet Boy had tears rolling for a different reason, and you can really imagine that this is a true story.   

My first thought, this would make a great gift book and it will, but it is also a book that I will keep, and reread every Christmas.  All the stories are special, and touching in many different ways.

I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze, to read and review.  I received no other compensation.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Waiting Waiting Waiting....

I have nothing to read, can you believe that one!!
I have at least 7 books on the list, one of which will have a review due in early October, and not one has arrived.  Whatta you want to bet that they all show up the same day?

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

FAITHFUL by Kim Cash Tate

Christian Romance/fiction
Thomas Nelson Publishing

Cyd Sanders, turning 40 and wondering why she's never found the man of her dreams.
Stephanie Sanders London, her sister, who has found a man, Lindell London, and married him, but did she marry him for the right reasons?
Phyllis Owens, married to Hayes, but she wants more from him than he is willing to give.
Dana, married to Scott, but there is a shadowy 3rd person who is trying to break up their marriage.
Cedric London, brother of Lindell, but are they anything alike?
Rod Clarke, widowed, with 2 young daughters, where does he fit into this?

Why have I written this review with only questions, and no real synopsis of the story?
Because this is an amazing story, that needs to be read with a fresh mind.  Kim Cash Tate has woven this novel around these central characters, and I don't think a short synopsis could do this book justice. 
If you want to read a story that will make you cry, laugh, and praise God, then you need to read this one.
I could not put it down.

I recieved a free copy of this book from Booksneeze to read and review.  No other compensation was given.  The opinions expressed here are my own.