Saturday, January 15, 2011

SAVE THE DATE by Jenny B Jones

Thomas Nelson Publishing

Lucy Wiltshire runs a non profit home for girls that have 'aged out' of the child welfare system, but still need help and support.  When her funding is cut, she starts trying to find some way to keep Saving Grace, the home she runs, open.  In steps Alex Sinclair, who is running for congress, and needs to tone down his playboy image.  He makes Lucy an offer, pretend to be his girlfriend, and then his fiance, to help him win the election, and he will give her a donation to keep the house open and a deed to the property.
Lucy isn't your typical southern charm school girl, she's not afraid to get dirty, tell people her opinion, and she doesn't necessarily want to be paraded on the arm of a former football star turned politician.  When her apartment gets flooded, and she is hounded by reporters,  she ends up at the home of a friend of Alex's, Clair Deveraux, former first lady of South Carolina.  Clair is intent on making a 'lady' out of once homeless Lucy.

This book is hilarious, Lucy gets into more 'fixes' than is almost humanly possible.  Alex is always pulling her out of one thing after another. Jenny B. Jones has me laughing loudly with some of these episodes.

I received this book to read and review from BookSneeze.  I received no other compensation, all opinions are my own.

Monday, January 10, 2011

INDIVISIBLE by Kristen Heitzmann

INDIVISIBLE by Kristen Heitzmann
Published by WaterBrook Press

This book is very complex, winding through the lives of all the characters, delving into their phobias and issues. I think anyone who enjoy a good mystery, romance, or a little scare, in their books, will enjoy this book, it held my interest from page one, down to the last paragraph.

Jonah Westfall is the police chief of a small town, where his father had been police chief before him.
He's trying to overcome the memories of a very bad childhood, at the hands of that same father.
And he's also trying to get past the mess he and Tia, the sister of his former fiance, had made of
things, several years ago.
Tia runs her mother's candle shop, and lives in the family home, that the rest of the family abandoned 9 years previous, to go with her sister, Reba, to Arizona.  Tia has never understood her parent's disinterest in her, and her life, treating her as something unwanted.
Piper  rents Tia's extra room, and works for Sarge at the bakery.  She's tired of the vagabond life her family lives, and is looking to put down roots.
Liz is a vet, and has bought the local clinic, which had been closed for awhile.
Miles, an inventor, has many issues, concerning hi size and fear of touching.
These are the main characters in the book, which has several other characters and sub plots. 

This is an author that I'll be reading more of her writing, very soon.

I received a copy of this book from WaterBrook Press to read and review.  No other compensation received.  All opinions expressed here are my own, and I do not give positive reviews to books that I don't enjoy.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

UNTO THE HILLS by Billy Graham

A Daily Devotional
Billy Graham
Published by Thomas Nelson Publishers

This is an updated version of the book reissued on the 25th anniversary of the original.  There is a devotional
devoted to each day of the year, with a Bible verse at the top and a short prayer at the end of each.  I think this is the best way to understand some of the Bible, for those of us who need to delve more deeply into the word of God, but don't take the time to read daily.  I am really enjoying the devotionals, and his Preface, he says he never picks up the book without thinking of his late wife, Ruth, and knows that soon, they will be reunited, but until then, he is dedicating the book to her memory.

I have a very hefty respect for Dr. Graham, so when I got a chance to review this book, I jumped at it.  I seldom reread a book, but this one will stay by my chair, as it seems to touch on many subjects, I can read it and understand his explainations in just a few minutes time.  And with the verse at the top of the page, if you want to go more in depth, you have a location to start reading.

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

Sunday, January 02, 2011

COMING BACK STRONGER by Drew Brees with Chris Fabry

A Memoir
Coming back Stronger
Unleashing the hidden power of Adversity
By Drew Brees with Chris Fabry
Forward by Mark Brunell

First off, let me say, I'm not a big football fan, and I don't watch too many professional sports. I've never been enamored with the glamour and hype that seems to draw a lot of people to read or make heros out of athletes.  So you probably ask why I signed up to read and review this book. I didn't intend to, and passed it by a couple of times, but I kept coming back, and it was still available.  I think it was meant to be, that I read it.
Drew Brees really pretty much tells how it was, from high school and college sports, to being drafted into professional football.  It can be, and many times is, a hard life, no matter what the pay.  How injuries and bad seasons can effect even the most dedicated player.  How he had to work to recover from a bad shoulder seperation, and what it was like, the year after Katrina hit New Orleans, for the people there, the team with a new coach, and never having won a championship.  And then you fast forward to the 2009-10 season, when they managed to pull out a Super Bowl Victory, losing his mother just before that season started.

So you say you aren't a sports fan?  Read this book, you may not be a sports fan when you finish it, but you will have a lot of respect for a Quarterback named Drew Brees

I recieved a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers to read and review.  I recieved no other compensation for this review.  All opinions expressed here are my own, whether favorable or unfavorable.