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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Review of Tonya Kappes A Charming Wish

Product Details

Bubble, Bubble. . .

It seems shop owner and newly appointed Whispering Falls Village President June Heal has it all: Beauty, wits, bewitching powers...Sheriff Oscar Park. Life is good. Because life in Whispering Falls is magical.

Cures and Trouble. . .

But when a member of the community is found dead on the steps of A Charming Cure, June's homeopathic cure shop, and her fingerprints show up at the scenes of local robberies, she is kicked off the village council and her powers fall under scrutiny. Until it's uncovered who is wreaking havoc on the town...June's magic is suspended.

Magic Stirs. . .

With the help of a rather obnoxious genie and Mr. Prince Charming, June's Fairy-God cat, June is determined to figure out who is framing her. Time is of the essence when it becomes clear that the true villain is trying to get rid of her...permanently!

And Trouble Doubles. . .

Oscar Park will do anything to protect June even if that means giving up all of his magical powers. . .or worse, his life.

My Review

This was a witty and charming story.  It has spells and charms and a genie!  June is looking for a bottle to put a potion in when one starts glowing, when she gets it open a genie comes out.  After that, everything goes haywire.  She is made Village President and she is accues of muder and robbery.  She has to use some of her magic to figure out who really commited the crimes.  In the process, her boyfriend denounces his powers.  What is a girl to do?

A very cute read, I finished in a few hours, with a little dirstraction from my son!

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

Review of Head Case by Jennifer Oko

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HEAD CASE is a new, exciting and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny mystery from an author whose work has been called "SIMPLY RIVETING" by The New York Times and "SHARP AND FAST-PACED" by Publisher's Weekly. It's like Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones meets Carl Hiaasen's Nature Girl (with a dash of Janet Evanovich's One for the Money) as Olivia embarks on a postmortem quest to deconstruct the remarkable events that lead up to her mind-altering death.

A comic satire of the influence of the psychopharmaceutical industry on American life, HEAD CASE takes Olivia and her estranged friend and roommate Polly Warner on a collision course involving ethically challenged executives, spotlight-hungry celebrities, third-rate mobsters and drug-dealing babushkas. A smart and savvy page-turner, HEAD CASE explores the meaning of personal relationships, emotional intelligence, and mental health while taking the reader on a synapse-stirring, neurotransmitting rollicking ride.
 
My Review:
 
I really wasn't too sure about this book when I first started reading it, but it surprised me, it was pretty good.  It has a few curse words in it, but I could deal with that.  It was very well written and flowed really well.  It is told from Olivia's point-of-view, and Olivia is dead.  She starts the story right after she is killed and it goes back and forth from several months before she dies to right before her death and after.  She also figures out how ghosts do things, and helps her friend Polly solve her murder.  Polly thinks that it is all her fault that Olivia got killed, but Olivia helps her see otherwise.  I also kind of like the idea of bringing the abuse of perscription drugs out and that they are as or more dangerous than street drugs.  Usually this type of writing is confusing, but this story isn't.  It takes you right along with it.  A lite read, that goes fast.  I enjoyed it, great job Jennifer.
 
I received a complimenary copy of this book for my honest review.
 
 
 

 
Author Bio:
Jennifer Oko’s first book, Lying Together: My Russian Affair (written under her maiden name, Jennifer Beth Cohen), was published in 2004 and received numerous positive reviews. The New York Times Book Review called Lying Together “riveting” and twice named it an Editors’ Choice. The San Francisco Chronicle raved, saying it was “a heady cocktail” and “a quick, juicy read.”

Her second book, a satirical novel about morning television news entitled Gloss, was a Marie Claire “pick of the month” in 2007 and chosen as a “hot summer read” by USA Today.

Currently working as a freelance writer and media consultant, Jennifer is a “recovering” journalist and award-winning television news producer. A graduate of Columbia University’s Journalism School, her career has taken her across the country and around the world. She now lives with her husband and two young children in Washington, DC.

 
 


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Review of Love in the Balance by Regina Jennings

About Love in the Balance:
Handsome Cowboy or Debonair Tycoon.
How's a Girl to Choose?
Molly Lovelace dreams of a life without cares in Lockhart, Texas. She also dreams of handsome wrangler Bailey Garner, her ardent but inconsistent beau. The problem is, with Bailey's poor prospects, she just can't fit the two dreams together.
Then mysterious stranger Edward Pierrepont sweeps into town-and her life-and for the first time Molly wonders if she's met the man who can give her everything. But he won't be in Lockhart long and while it certainly seems like he talks about their glorious future together, she can't quite get Bailey out of her mind.
What's a girl to do with all these decisions when love is in the balance?
Link to buy the book: http://ow.ly/iTdiA 
 
My Review:
 
This book started out slow, and for me, it never really picked up.  The only character in the book that I liked was Bailey.  He was the same the whole way through the book.  Molly was too spoiled.  Her parents were just snobs.  They didn’t want her to marry Bailey because he didn’t come from a good enough family for them and had no money.  So, Molly ends up “marrying” Edward Pierrepont, or she thought so anyway, because her parents thought he had a lot of money.  But Molly is fooled by Edward in a big way.  She ends up back home humiliated.  But Bailey still loves her.  There was also a little intrigue to this book.  Molly’s father, who owns a sawmill, is losing money and Bailey and Molly figure out who is taking the money and also solve a murder that as pinned on a friend of Molly’s.
This book was well written, and it had a very good message of faith.  Once Molly learned to give her troubles to GOD, things got better for her and Bailey always trusted GOD. 
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
Meet Regina: 

Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children.
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Review of A Sound Among Trees by Susan Meissner




A Sound Among Trees

WaterBrook Press
A house shrouded in time.
A line of women with a heritage of loss.
As a young bride, Susannah Page was rumored to be a Civil War spy for the North, a traitor to her Virginian roots. Her great-granddaughter Adelaide, the current matriarch of Holly Oak, doesn’t believe that Susannah’s ghost haunts the antebellum mansion looking for a pardon, but rather the house itself bears a grudge toward its tragic past.
When Marielle Bishop marries into the family and is transplanted from the arid west to her husband’s home, it isn’t long before she is led to believe that the house she just settled into brings misfortune to the women who live there.
With Adelaide’s richly peppered superstitions and deep family roots at stake, Marielle must sort out the truth about Susannah Page and Holly Oak— and make peace with the sacrifices she has made for love.


My Review:


I thought this book was going to be better than it was.  I was expecting something along the lines of Phyllis a Whitney.  Don't get me wrong, I did like the book, but it wasn't near as suspenseful as I thought it was going to be. 
It is a story of a house and the people who have lived in it.  Marielle comes to Holly Oak as Carson's bride.  Holly Oak was the home of Carson's first wife Sara's family.  Everyone thinks that it is odd that Marielle wants to live at this house.  Adelaide is Sara's grandmother and the house belongs to her, but upon her death, it goes to Carson's children.  There are whispers that the house is haunted by Susannah, Adelaide's great-grandmother.  Susannah was thought to have been a spy for the North during the Civil War.  We come to find out, through letters that Susannah had written, that the house is haunted by her ghost, but by the people who can't let the past rest.
I did enjoy the book, I guess I was just expecting a little more suspense.  All in all though, it was good.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
 
Image of Susan Meissner
I cannot remember a time when I wasn't driven to write. I attribute this passion to a creative God and to parents who love books and more particularly to a dad who majored in English and passed on a passion for writing.
I was born in 1961 in San Diego, California, and am the second of three daughters. I spent my very average childhood in just two houses. I attended Point Loma College in San Diego, majoring in education, but I would have been smarter to major in English with a concentration in writing. The advice I give now to anyone wondering what to major in is follow your heart and choose a career you are passionate about.
I didn't do a lot of writing in the years my husband was on active duty in the Air Force, when we were living overseas, or when we were having children. When my little heirs were finally all in school, though, I became aware of a deep, gnawing desire to write a novel; a desire I managed to ignore for several years.
Finally when I could disregard it no longer, I resigned in 2002 as editor of a small town newspaper, and set out to write my first book, "Why the Sky is Blue." It took four months to write and ten months to be accepted by a publisher. But I was absolutely thrilled to sign with Harvest House Publishers in 2003. I am now working on my sixth novel for Harvest House and it's been a wonderful, thrilling ride.

Susan's Website




Review Til the Last Drop by Marquis Boone





 
 
 
My Review:
 
This book wasn’t very long, but, boy did it pack a punch.  It was truly amazing!  GOD is there for you even when you aren’t asking him to be, he is always watching out for you, no matter what.
This is the story of Valencia and her journey with a medical problem.  She goes through a lot, because of this.  GOD hears her cries, though, even when she doesn’t realize it.  He sends interceders on her part to help her through her problems.  She loses a lot on this journey, including her marriage.  GOD continually sends people to help Valencia on her journey, and Valencia finally realizes she needs to fully rely on GOD for everything.  The ending will surprise you.
There really wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this book, maybe that it was short, but that didn’t take away from this book at all.  Marquis was able to deliver an amazing message without a lot of unnecessary words and dialogue.  This book will truly bless anyone who reads it, whether they are a new Christian or a long time Follower of GOD.   Great job, I was blessed to read this book.
 
 
 

 
 
 




Til
The Last Drop
by
Marquis Boone

Author
Bio:

Marquis
Boone is a pastor, motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur, mentor
and spiritual advisor to a host of celebrities. Marquis is the Lead
Pastor of Fresh Start Church which exists to revive, refresh, release
and restore people back to God. He has been deemed one of America's
most influential and talented pastors in his generation. His message
of resurrection, healing and restoration is unparalleled and
transcending cultural barriers within the church. Boone holds a
Master of Arts in Christian Leadership and Masters of Divinity from
Luther Rice University. He studied at World Harvest Bible College and
completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a
minor in Management from American InterContinental University.


Genre:
Fiction/religious/
general/medical

Publisher:
iUniverse

Release
Date:

Jan. 24, 2013

Buy:
Amazon

Description:
Arthur
and Valencia share happily ever after as husband and wife until
tragedy comes knocking at their door. Life deals Valencia a crisis
that requires a miracle of biblical proportion. She'll have to find a
love so strong it defies logic, reason and heartbreak. After
receiving a life changing phone call that no one ever wants to get
Valencia Todd's life is left in shambles, with no signs of ever
getting better. Struck with grief, frustration, sickness, and
loneliness, Valencia is determined to find the cure to life that will
get her back to normal.

Til
the Last Drop is a supernatural story filled with passion, pain,
sadness, twists and turns that will leave you in awe. The story of
Valencia and all of the drops she experiences along the way teaches,
as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of
listening to our hearts, learning to never give up, and, above all,
trusting God.

A
vow, betrayal and story...good until the last drop.


Excerpts:

Prelude

The
almighty Father stormed into the room as a mighty rushing wind. As
His very presence passed by, each servant stood at attention as they
lined His pathway. Gabriel followed Him very closely and spoke:
“Lord, I don’t understand.”

The
Father stopped midway and turned to Gabriel and gave a declaration.
“The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings.
You shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the
soles of your feet on the day that I do this. It is warfare, Gabriel.
Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in Horeb
for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send
Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day.
And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the
hearts of the children to their fathers.”

The
Father continued toward His seat. He sat in heaven exasperated. He
turned and looked at His Son, who was looking down at Earth. “Son,
what seems to have your attention?”
Father,
come look at this,” the Son said as He stood gazing down toward
Earth at Arthur and Valencia Todd and their daughter, Lindsy Todd.

The
Father walked over, joined His Son, and together they looked down at
the Todd family. 







Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Review of Reflections of Rosalyn by Theresa Franklin

   
Theresa Franklin/ Reflections of Rosalyn, A Life of Victory
ASIN: B00962OT0U | List Price: Kindle $5.99 |Format: Kindle or PDF |Page Count:198
Rosalyn is a recent widow facing life alone for the first time in over forty years. She spends time looking back at her life as a young girl, Rosie, and how each episode in her life was a stepping stone to get her where she is today.
Rosie has a tumultuous childhood and a terrible relationship with her self-centered mother. As a teenager she faces an unplanned pregnancy. Her decision about that pregnancy will shape the decisions she must make for the rest of her life. The first decision she makes is to leave home. She finds work in an assisted living facility, which is the root of many comical interactions.
The book is a series of flashbacks with events of today reminding Rosalyn of a time in her earlier life as Rosie. This is a book of laughter and tears. There were many times when I, as the author, had to stop writing and compose myself before I could continue. There were just as many when I actually laughed aloud as my characters interacted.
This is a story that grew from my heart. It is a story of victory. Rosie, the teenager, must overcome many obstacles in her life to become Rosalyn, the woman.

My Review:

I really liked this book.  Once I started reading it, I didn't want to put it down.  It is the story of Rosalyn and when it starts out, her husband has just died.  It goes back and forth from the present to the past as we find out how Rosalyn got where she is in the present.  I was enchanted with this book.  This is the first book I have ever read by Theresa Franklin, but it probably won't be my last.  It had a good Christian messsage, and even though Rosalyn made a mistake, she was still faithful. This just goes to show us that everyone makes mistakes.  Great job Theresa.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

  

About the Author: Theresa Franklin has lived outside of Beaumont, Texas for 38 years.
Theresa taught for 12 years, then moved into administration. As she was preparing for retirement, she decided to fulfill her life-long desire of writing books.
Connect with Theresa on her blog: http://thereadingsection.blogspot.com/
You can purchase this book on Amazon.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

BOOK BLAST and GIVEAWAY! January Justice by Athol Dickson

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

About the book:

Reeling from his wife’s unsolved murder, Malcolm Cutter is just going through the motions as a chauffeur and bodyguard for Hollywood’s rich and famous. Then a pair of Guatemalan tough guys offer him a job. It’s an open question whether they’re patriotic revolutionaries or vicious terrorists. Either way, Cutter doesn’t much care until he gets a bomb through his window, a gangland beating on the streets of L.A., and three bullets in the chest. Now there’s another murder on Cutter’s Mind. His own.


 
 
About the author:
Athol Dickson’s mystery, suspense, and literary novels have won three Christy Awards and an Audie Award. Suspense fans who enjoyed Athol’s They Shall See God will love his latest novel, January Justice, the first installment in a new mystery series called The Malcolm Cutter Memoirs. The second and third novels in the series, Free Fall in February, and A March Murder, are coming in 2013.
Critics have favorably compared Athol’s work to such diverse authors as Octavia Butler (Publisher’s Weekly), Hermann Hesse (The New York Journal of Books) and Flannery O’Connor (The New York Times). Athol lives with his wife in southern California.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

My Review of Mary Connealy's Swept Away

About Swept Away:
When a cowboy focused on revenge encounters a woman determined to distract him, there's going to be trouble in Texas!
Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't terribly upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke Stone...so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.
Luke is on a mission to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men currently on the property won't let it go without a fight. Luke plans to meet up with friends who will help him take back the land, and since he can't just leave Ruthy in the middle of nowhere, she's going to have to go with him.
But the more time Luke spends around the hardworking young woman, the more he finds himself thinking of things besides revenge. Will Ruthy convince him to give up his destructive path and be swept away by love?
Link to buy the book: http://ow.ly/iwbMo
 
 
My Review:
 
This was a very good book.  It was action packed from the very start.  I'm not much on Western's, but I love Mary Connealy's writing.
 
Luke is on his way to reclaim his father's ranch that was stolen by a ruthless rancher. Ruthie is on a wagon-train headed to California with a family that expects her to marry their son, when they get caught in a flash flood.  Luke finds Ruthie on his way to Broken Wheel and has no choice but to take her with him.  They arrive at his friend Dare's house.  Luke, Dare,Vince, Jonah, and Big John were regulators in a Civial War prison camp and are close friends still.  They set out to reclaim Luke's land, and in the process they have to save the ruthless rancher's wife and her children from him.  This story has a strong sense of friendship that I really liked.  The "regulators" stood by each other no matter what.  Also, Ruthie and Luke have a very storng connection and they stick by each other no matter what also.  They also realize they need to listen to GOD and he will deliver them.  A great read and I look forward to the next book in this series.  Great job Mary.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
 
Meet Mary:
Mary Connealy writes fun and lively "romantic comedy with cowboys" for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Kincaid Brides, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie's Daughters series, and she has been a finalist for a Rita and Christy Award and a two time winner of the Carol Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.

Find out more about Mary at http://maryconnealy.com/.
 

Review of the Persnickety Princess by Falcon Storm


 

 

 

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About the book: High up in the tallest tower of the purplest castle in the Kingdom by the Sea, Princess Lavender awaits rescue. Desperate as she may be, only the most dashing, well dressed, properly mannered prince will do. Oh, and he must stand exactly four and three-quarters inches taller than her. A princess has got to have standards, after all.

When, finally, one such prince comes to her castle—not to rescue her, but her younger sister—Lavender refuses to be ignored. Instead of waiting for the next suitor to come along, she devises a plan to put herself in danger, thus forcing the upstart prince to forget her sister and rescue her instead.

Well accustomed to getting her way, there is only one thing, unfortunately, that this princess can’t control—her luck. When her plans go awry, putting her in very real danger, will she allow the prince to rescue her as he sees fit? Will he even want to try?

And will anyone be able to find a way to rescue Lavender from her persnickety ways once and for all? Find out in this comedic tale of princes, dragons, and dreams that just may come true.

The Persnickety Princess is a lower grade chapter book intended for kids 6 to 9 years old (although kids of all ages are sure to enjoy it! Pick up your copy through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords or Kobo Books.


 

My Review:


This was a very cute fairy tale.  I really enjoyed.  I believe any young girl would enjoy it and even some young boys.  I thought Lavender was way too silly, but that is what made the book so enjoyable.  She tried her hardest to get the Prince to rescue her, but it never happened, he was trying to rescue her sister, Petunia, and Lavender kept getting rescued by the Prince’s squire (or that is who she thought Dave was).  Filled with characters you expect in a fairy tale, you had the not so Wicked Witch, Natalie, and the Dragon, who Petunia names Persnickety.    The ending was very good.  Then there is Upon A. Time.  He is an outrageous Bard who tells the story.  I highly recommend this story and think it would make a very good cartoon.  Great job Falcon.  I look forward to the next book in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.



About the author: I was born in the frozen wasteland of Alaska with the unfortunate stigma of being both a daydreamer and left-handed. Starting from an early age, I've filled my life with stories of every sort from my father's hunting trips to the Holy Trilogy (read: Star Wars). In the fourth grade, I became more interested in telling stories of my own than listening to those of others. Doctors—being doctors—attempted to medicate them out of me, but the best cure has always been a pen, a notebook, and my crazy, unrestrained imagination. I continue to whittle away at these stories in my endless search for the one that will finally bring me back to reality. All the while, I secretly hope such a story will never come along. I hear "reality" is far too boring. Connect with Falcon on his website, Facebook,



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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Review of Doggone Dead by Teresa Trent


Product Details


Book Genre-Cozy Mystery

Publisher – Tightwad Tess Press
Release Date February 2013


 

Book Description:

 

 

Give me land lots of land....and a puppy on the loose. When Betsy Livingston's puppy runs away, she has no idea it will lead her to a murder on a movie cowboy star's estate. Not only has there been a murder, but the town reports sightings of the dead cowboy himself. He's out to seek revenge on all who wronged his daughter who became the victim of her own money-loving butler. Enjoy a little time on the Fourth of July in the tiny town of Pecan Bayou Texas where old cowboys never die...
 
My Review:
 
Well, Teresa Trent has done it again.  She has written a wonderful cozy mystery that leaves you guessing till the end.  As always, the book was filled with wonderful characters, like Betsy Livingston, who always seems to get into trouble.  This book had everything a good cozy mystery should have, humor and it leaves you guessing.  I literally could not put this book down and had to finish it in pratically one setting.  I can't wait to read more about the quirky characters from Pecan Bayou Texas.  Great job Teresa, keep up the great work.
 
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
 
Amazon's Teresa Trent Page
Teresa Trent lives in Texas and loves writing about small town life. She first got the idea to create Pecan Bayou after visiting the Texas Hill Country to view the millions of springtime flowers alongside the roads and highways. The town of Pecan Bayou does not exist in Texas, but there is a body of water in the state with the name. Pecan Bayou does exist in Teresa's imagination and heart.
Teresa is the parent of a child with Down Syndrome. After realizing there is so little fiction with characters having disabilities, she wanted to create someone with a developmental delay who worked, was part of a loving family and who even helped solve a few mysteries.
 
 
 

Review of Rita Gerlach's Beyond the Valley



About the Book:
When Sarah Carr's husband Jamie drowns, her young life is shattered and takes a turn that she never expected. Pregnant and now widowed, she reaches out to Jamie's family for help, but they are unwilling. Instead they devise a plan to have her kidnapped and taken to the Colonies to live a life of servitude. Sarah's new life in the Colonies finds her surrounded by a family's whirlwind of secrets, while she hopes the young doctor she loves with will bring her freedom.

AMAZON| BARNES& NOBLE

 

 

My Review:

 

I really enjoyed this book.  It kept my attention the whole way through.  It was very well written.  This is the first book I've read by Rita Gerlach and I look forward to reading the first two book in the Daughters of the Potomac series.  You really feel Sarah's struggles, but through all of her stuggles, Sarah never forsakes her Lord and realizes that GOD is with her.  She never looses faith and in the end, she is rewarded.  A great story, I highly recommend.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

 



About the Author:
Rita Gerlach writes inspirational historical fiction with a romantic bent, with unique settings in both America and England. She lives with her husband and two sons in a historical town nestled along the Catoctin Mountainsamid Civil War battlefields and Revolutionary War outposts in central Maryland.

Her latest book is Beyond the Valley.

 

 

Book Excerpt:
Lem Locke’s house stood on a green plain of ground above the rugged cliffs of Hell’s Mouth in St. Ives Bay. Far below, the sea thundered against sheer cliffs. Gulls screeched and flew in circles against the sky. Gray peppered stones made the old dwelling cold, the windows dark and uninviting. The door, also gray due to weathering and a lack of paint had a wrought iron handle and a rope knocker that dangled from a rusty hook, the end a ball of jute. Sarah could not help but wonder if the dreary house reflected the people within it.
Drawing in a deep breath, she trudged up the path and approached the door. She hoped Mary would see her from the window and rush out to greet her. But it wasn’t until she raised the knocker and let it fall that her sister-in-law appeared. The same height as Sarah, Mary stood beneath the lintel slim as a reed. She looked older since Sarah had last seen her. Her hair, partially tucked up beneath a white cap, hung straight around her ears and temples. Her mouth, lined by a hard life, looked drawn with worry.
A look of surprise sprung over Mary’s face. “Sarah? What are you doing here?” She looked down the road.“Where is my brother?”
“Hello, Mary. May I come inside? I must speak with you.”
Mary stepped back and waved her in. “Oh, please tell me he did not leave you and you have come to us for help. I will be very put out if he did.”
A lump swelled in Sarah’s throat. “Yes, he has left me. But not in the way you think.”
 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Review of Snow by Kathryn Hewitt






My Review: 
 
Wow, I truly believe this book should be read by all teenage girls. Ruth’s struggles will make them think twice about decisions they will have to make as teenagers. Kathryn Hewitt did a wonderful job with this book and I am very impressed. She really made you feel Ruth’s pains. I’ll admit sometimes I would have really liked to slap some sense into Ruth, but Kathryn hit the nail on the head with this story. When someone thinks they are in love they aren’t going to listen to anyone. Ruth gets into a bad relationship and does things she doesn’t believe in, that lead her to decide to do something else she doesn’t believe in. But alas, GOD has other plans and as we all know, GOD has a perfect plan for everyone and everything and He doesn’t make mistakes. This is a very emotional book. Great job Kathryn, I am so glad I got the opportunity to read and review this remarkable story.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
 
 






About The Author:

Kathryn Hewitt was born
and raised in the small town of Camden, South Carolina. Breaking away
from becoming a statistic, she was an Honors Graduate from Camden
High School and went on to study British Literature and Sociology at
Charleston Southern University, inspiring to teach High School
English.

Kathryn has a passion for
teaching teenagers and reaching out to those who seem as though the
world has closed the door. Because of her own experiences, including
becoming a teenage mother at fifteen, Kathryn knows the value of life
and the blessings it contains. Understanding the importance of making
wise decisions, Kathryn passionately seeks to instill that wisdom
into the minds of every young lady she encounters. The inspiration
for Kathryn's writings comes from her own experiences, and she is
never afraid to speak the truth that others refuse to acknowledge.

Kathryn married in 2005
and is a stay at home mom with her four sons. She and her family
currently live in the same town she grew up.

Author
Bio Summary

As
a teenage mother, Kathryn Hewitt understands the consequential trials
and sacrifices resulting from teen pregnancies. Leadership positions
throughout high school, college, and church provided a forum for her
activism in promoting premarital abstinence and accountability, and
pro-life support.

Kathryn
currently lives in Camden, South Carolina with her husband and four
boys.




Book
Genre

Religious Fiction/ YA (13+ or 7th grade)
Publisher
Westbow Press, Inc A Thomas Nelson Division
Release
Date May 2012

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Snow
is a fiction novel, based on true events, about the struggles of a
teenage girl and the consequences of a devastating mistake. Whether
readers are young adults, exploring their sexuality for the first
time, or an older adult, struggling to understand their teenage
daughter, everyone will have a character in which to relate.



Young
adults will be gripped by the reality and bluntness of it's
characters. Parents will appreciate the censorship of otherwise
“uncomfortable” topics. With sexuality among young adults
beginning at an early age, "family values" are now being
pushed back into the forefront of parental teaching.
Snow
influences people with Christian values, such as sexual abstinence,
pro-life advocacy, and prayer, without pushing God as the subject of
the book. Biblically based information is strategically scattered
throughout the novel with dialect and personal thoughts.



The
protagonist's quest to discover the path she needs to take unearths
findings of a secret life, lead by her boyfriend. With two lives at
stake, readers will eagerly anticipate the outcome only to find
themselves with lessons and warnings about the consequences of making
detrimental mistakes. Comfort will be found in understanding that God
is bigger than any situation and He catches ever tear. Miracles so
often go unnoticed, yet powerfully affect those they touch.
Snow
will set the stage for future novels reflective of countless miracles
and divine intervention.

Excerpt:

Mrs.
Davis grabbed Luke by the arm and pulled him along behind 
her
as she purposefully marched toward the bar. After ordering a 
Grey
Goose martini, she turned around to face Luke.

"You
know why I brought you over here," she glared at him, 
her
voice shaking with anger.

"Yeah,
I know." Luke sat on the bar stool and folded his arms 
on
the counter.

"What
are you going to do about this, Luke?"

"I
don't know, Mom. She wants to have it."

"You
can't allow that to happen. You know that."

"I
can't make her do it." Luke ran his hands through his un-gelled 
hair.
" And her mom! She just won't stop interfering. She 
had
this church lady come over yesterday and talk to Ruth about
having
the abortion. That lady managed to change her mind, 
because,
believe it or not, I did have her convinced."

Mrs.
Davis sipped her martini and lit a cigarette. 
"Well,
we have to get rid of this one. You can't have two of 
these
things hanging over your head for the next eighteen years."

"I
don't know how to convince her." He laughed as he said, 
"I
told her, when we first found out, that I'd hire someone to beat 
her
up and make her miscarry."

Mrs.
Davis chuckled, "Or you could just kill her."

"Mother,
please."

Mrs.
Davis tapped the ashes off her cigarette and motioned 
for
Luke to leave. "Don't worry; I'll take care of this. Tell her to 
come
here."

Luke
got off the bar stool and went into the arcade. He should 
have
gone straight to look for Ruth, but part of him didn't want 
his
mom to convince her to have the abortion. He loved how
sweet
and obedient Ruth was and didn't want to lose her. His 
eye
caught a military game, so he headed over, ready to release 
some
frustration.

What Readers Are Saying:

"Heart-tugging, heart-warming. beautiful story." ~InsightfulTruth

"The honest account girls need!" ~M. Morgan

"Finally! A book that isn't afraid of the truth." ~T. Gill

  • Characters & Important People (From Amazon)


    • Ruth McColl: 20 year old Ruth McColl walks a treacherous road to her past where she is faced with the demons that have haunted her for years. Broken and filled with unworthiness, Ruth sabotages every relationship. Will she do the same with the man she's about to marry?15 year old Ruth is a fun loving, outgoing young girl filled with innocence and determination. An honor student and active in her church, Ruth is caught up in a whirlwind romance with a man, too many years her senior. The decisions she must make will alter her life forever. The question is, will it be for the better?

    • Luke Davis: Luke, a charmer, shows up in the small town of Westbrook just in time to catch the eye of young Ruth. Captivated by her innocence it doesn't take long for Luke to set his sights on his newest prize. But what is his ultimate desire? And why was he sent to Westbrook?
  • Notes for Parents:


    • Reading Level: Young Adults

    Read this yourself. You'll gain a great understanding of what your kids are going through at school and socially. Then, give it to your daughter (or son). This novel was written to tell the truth. It's not sugar coated...it's just blunt. The main character, a virgin, looses her virginity to a guy she believes loves her. Over time he has made her feel obligated to prove her love to him. After a one time mistake she finds herself pregnant at 15. Her boyfriend has a checkered past filled with girls that either were pregnant or are pregnant. He and his family pressure her to abort the baby. The novel graphically describes the abortion process and reveals the emotions that overwhelm Ruth. There are many lessons in this book and although it may invoke discussions about premarital sex, abortion, and abuse you will be grateful that your daughter (or son) is receiving a valuable, positive message.Because of the content, I do not recommend this book to anyone under 13 or 7th grade.







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