Review: Spring for Susannah

Spring for SusannahSpring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Spring for Susannah” by Catherine Richmond was a refreshing read, and, for this author’s debut read, awesome! Susannah has lost her parents, and has no more home…as a result, she decides to accept a marriage proposal from her pastor’s brother who lives hundreds of miles away from her home. Upon arrival, she’s not sure what to expect, but she soon finds out…her husband, Jesse Mason, is handsome, hard-working and loves God…and, to Susannah’s surprise, head-over-heels for her, and this scares her to pieces because she thinks she’s all wrong, and the way Jesse want her to be – how he wants to be able to talk to her, share opinions want her, and find out what she needs and wants is so against what she was brought up to believe.

Nevertheless, after a while, Jesse is able to break her exterior and get Susannah to lighten up, and, when she does, she finds that not able does she want Jesse Mason, but she needs him…he’s shown her a way of life that she did not believe was possible before, and, through introducing her to God, helped her find herself…a self that she can like and love, and doesn’t believe is so bad.

I thought this book was really good and has so much potential; however, I became confused during the part of the book when Jesse left to find work…I know that this probably had to happen for her to get to her “real” self, but was still a little off from the rest of the story.

Despite this, overall, “Spring for Susannah” was awesome, and I would definitely recommend it to other fans of Christian Romance. I also look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

I give it 4 stars.

P.S.  “Spring for Susannah” was received courtesy from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Shattered: A Daughter’s Regret

Shattered: A Daughter's Regret (Secrets)Shattered: A Daughter’s Regret by Melody Carlson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Shattered: A Daughter’s Regret” by Melody Carlson was a good read…Cleo Neilson has always been pampered by her mother, but, instead of being grateful, she feels as if her mother is too involved in her life, especially now that she’s seventeen. And, to top everything off, Cleo’s best friend, Lola, is moving away, and Cleo wants to for them to have one night to themselves…without her mother tagging along as a chaperone.

On the last night that Lola’s in town, she and Cleo have tickets to a Christian concert in the city. However, instead of Cleo’s mother driving them to the concert like her mother wanted to do, Cleo decides to disobey her mother’s wishes and she and Lola take the bus into the city.

What happens next almost destroys Cleo because she finds that her mother realizes that the disobeyed her on the night of the concert. Because of this, her mother goes into the city to look for her and ends up getting murdered. Cleo goes through severe guilt because of this and even gets addicted to drugs in the process.

Ms. Carlson does a good job of conveying to her readers, especially teens, why it’s so important to obey your parents and the consequences that can occur if they don’t.

I give it 4 stars.

P.S.  “Shattered:  A Daughter’s Regret” was provided by Glass Road Public Relations in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Living in the Overlap

Living in the OverlapLiving in the Overlap by Steve Schaefer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Living in the Overlap” for Steve Schaefer provided informative and enlightening material regarding our “living” between the time that Jesus advised us he was coming back until the time that He comes again. There were several positives of this book: one was the extensive research that Mr. Schaefer lends to his readers through his writing and the footnotes. His writing was detailed, and the footnotes were organized in a manner in which the reader could associate the material in the book to its attached footnote. Another positive was that, once I was able to grasp the material, the flow of my reading was smooth. However, from the time I began reading the book, it wasn’t until I was about 25-30% into my reading that I really felt that I was beginning to understand what the book was really about.

I would recommend this book to readers who have an understanding of what had already happened in the beginning and to those who are well-versed on what will be coming down the road. And, even though I feel as if I had some difficulty with “getting into” this book, I would still be open to read other books by Mr. Schaefer. He is educated on the subject on which he is writing and offers readers a different perspective from what they might be accustomed to…

I give it 3 stars.

P.S.  “Living in the Overlap” was provided by Glass Road Public Relations in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Flavors

FlavorsFlavors by Emily Sue Harvey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Flavors” by Emily Sue Harvey was a real treat to read, and such a diversion and a different mix of “flavors” than my usual reads. Ms. Harvey gathers her readers up, and travels them on a trip back to 1950 where television and radio were not so commonplace, and simple walks with your friends were all the enjoyment that you needed. It was a simpler life then, less complicated, more black and white and, if you ask Sadie Ann Melton, just plain fun.

However, as the years go by for Sadie, she soon finds herself in complex situations, and realizes that life is not all fun and games like it used to be…especially when you grow older. She comes to the realization that, just like seasons, your life changes, sometimes for better and sometimes for worst, and a different “flavor” is associated with each.

Ms. Harvey does a fantastic job of attaching a flavor to each stage of Sadie’s life. I believe it helps the reader come to understand more of how Sadie really felt about that particular situation and how it affected her. I would recommend this to readers who like reading about everyday life and who enjoys transforming themselves back to a place in time.

I give it 4 stars.

P.S.  “Flavors” was received courtesy from Pump Up Your Book in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: An Unlikely Blessing

An Unlikely Blessing (Forever Hilltop Trilogy)An Unlikely Blessing by Judy Baer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“An Unlikely Blessing” by Judy Baer was a very refreshing read…Alex Armstrong, a newly “fresh-picked” pastor, moves to North Dakota, of all places, to become a pastor and friend to two churches that are in need of leadership. However, he soon finds that the church members are the ones that become “true-blue” friends to him. From cooking his meals to mowing his lawn to drinking “egg-coffee”(this book also has some great recipes throughout its pages too), Alex Armstrong realizes that being away from the country, growing-up in the city all his life, he’s missed out on some of life’s great pleasures.

Reading this book was a wonderful departure for me…especially after the reading list I’ve had for the past couple of months(true crime, vampires and slave ships.) It has also done wonders for me to reflect back on the book and its characters while writing this review. Further, I would definitely recommend this book to other readers who are searching for that “light, refreshing” side of like. The only complaint about it was that it left a lot of things unanswered, especially about the members of the church. Did Jonas Owens end up losing his farm, did Alf Nyborg start socializing with other people, and did Alex and Lydia ever make a love connection? These and more are some of the questions I hope Ms. Baer answers in her upcoming books in the Forever Hilltop Trilogy series.

I give it 4 stars.

P.S.  “An Unlikely Blessing” was received courtesy from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.

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