Review: A Cowgirl Remembers When

A Cowgirl Remembers WhenA Cowgirl Remembers When by Dawn Nelson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"A Cowgirl Remembers When" by Dawn Nelson was a good read, and I enjoyed it. I am very happy that I was chosen to receive it from the Goodreads First Reads Program.

This book is a collection of adventure stories the author remembers from her childhood, teenage years and beginning of adulthood that involved her family, friends, horses and other pets. To western fans out there, this is a true read.

Personally, I’ve never really been exposed to the range or the life of a cowgirl, and I really appreciate the fact that Ms. Nelson paints a pretty vivid picture of it for her reader.

She does a great job of staging her words for the reader, making them feel as if they are rolling and tumbling down the hills with her, and I could almost feel the barbed wire as if it were being taken from my leg when she described, in her story "Pain Cow," how she pulled a string of barb wire from her leg. Some other stories that I really enjoyed were "The Escape," "Horse Thief," and "A Lost Soul."

The writing was okay, but the great imagery that Ms. Nelson lays out for her readers really bumped it up a notch.

I would recommend this book to others and would be open to reading other books from the author.

I give it 4 stars.

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Review: Love, Charleston

Love, CharlestonLove, Charleston by Beth Webb Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Love, Charleston” by Beth Webb Hart is the warmest, most charming novel I’ve read in a long time. It was a real page-turner, and I found myself picking it up every chance I got. I’m so happy that I was chosen to receive it from the Goodreads First Reads Program.

It, initally, starts out about Rev. Roy Summerall, and his not wanting to move to Charleston after a job proposal has been presented to him. As time goes on, this move proves to be the best thing for him and his family.

However, the real heart of the novel takes place between two sisters and a cousin, Anne, Lish and Della. Even though these three women are different, they have a bond that’s untouchable and unbreakable. Anne, single and very tall, believes that she heard God speak to her about waiting for a mate. As a result, she’s been doing just that, but she’s starting to wonder if she heard correctly afterall…Lish is a doctor, mother of three, and has a doctor for a husband as well, and her life “seems” to be picture-perfect. But, is it? And, Della, mother of one, and married to an artist, isn’t sure if she made the right decisions with her life, and begins to contemplate it all. She begans to wonder whether life on the other side of the fence is greener, or did she always have everything she ever wanted all along.

“Love, Charleston” by Beth Webb Hart is a definite read for anyone that enjoys good chistian romance with sides of family, love and old-fashioned human spirit mixed in.

I give it 5 stars.

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Review: Chosen One

Chosen OneChosen One by E’yen A. Gardner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“”Chosen One” by E’yen A. Gardner was a very enlightening read.  I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads Program.  Mr. Gardner and I had become friends on Goodreads prior and, because of this, I was already exposed to some of his writings through his blog, Step Into Fold

However, after reading this book, I am very happy to state that I find Mr. Gardner even more inspiring and encouraging than I did before. Not only did he help the reader become more aware of his/her stance in life, and how it relates to God, but He also laid a foundation for us, the “Chosen Ones” to follow. I believe this author has a true gift when it comes to helping and inspiring others. We can witness this through his own personal examples which we are priveleged to in “Chosen One.”

I also enjoyed this book because it was easy and simple to read. Mr. Gardner portrays a writing style throughout his writing that anyone with any type of education or none could understand. I believe that’s very important when reading because it can interrupt your reading if you have to stop and search a dictionary for every other word.

I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Mr. Gardner in the future.

I give it 5 stars.

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