Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Book Review: The Colour of Magic

The Color of Magic is the first book in the marvelous series of Discworld.  In this book we are introduced to Rincewind, the tourist Twoflower and the suitcase. They are a great place to begin the adventures that await in Discworld. Rincewind is a wizard who had a bad accident while at school, the tourists asks many questions, which are also informative, and the suitcase does not need to be carried as it walks on hundreds of little legs. Plus it is handy to have in a fight.
I love these books. Sir Terry Pratchett had such an imagination and humor. I am always thrilled when I think how my daughter started me on this series 12 years ago. Now I always have them with me.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

This is the second book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. In this book, Harry Potter, along with his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, find more adventure at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This is the second year for these three at the school and they discover there is a new ghost to be found. Plus there is something mysterious which is turning students, and a cat to stone. To have to face all of this and keep their minds on their studies can prove a challenge.
I love this series of book and have read each one multiple time.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Book Review: Once Was a Time

Once Was a Time by [Sales, Leila]In 1940 Charlotte Bromley and Kitty McLaughlin are best friends. When Charlotte's father, a scientist, discovers something that the Germans will want, Charlotte has to make a hard decision. Should she stay with Kitty or travel somewhere in time and place. Her decision leaves her alone in the world. She does not know what happens with Kitty. She knows she has to find a way to return to her friend.
This book is written for children in grades 4-6. I believe, although it is intense, children in these grades will love this book. It is a wonderful story of friendship, and the idea of time travel.
This beautifully written book is exciting and the ending is perfect. I highly recommend this book.
I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: A Light on the Hill

A Light on the HillMorivah had no chance to be married, she was branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods in the Battle of Jericho. However, no she has found the right man but instead she is made to run. She goes to a city of refuge but along the way there are even more

After being branded during the battle of Jericho, Moriyah has had no prospects for marriage--until now. She hopes to please the man, but things go horribly wrong and she is forced to flee for her life. Seeking safety at one of the Levitical cities of refuge, she is unprepared for the dangers she faces, and the enemies--and allies--she encounters on her way and within the city.

This is the first book I have read by this author, though I see she has written others. If her others are anything like this, I know I will love them. She has such a way of telling a story. I felt like I could feel the shame, fear and hope that Morivah felt throughout the book, plus I kept hoping that she would find peace and love.

From my past reviews, it is obvious that I enjoy reading books set in Biblical times. I would recommend this book very highly to others that enjoy this kind of book. It will become a favorite that will be read again and again. 

I was given this book by Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review. 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Book Review: A Worthy Heart by Susan Anne Mason

A Worthy Heart (Courage to Dream Book #2) by [Mason, Susan Anne]This is the second book in the Courage to Dream series. I had not read the first one, so it did take me a few pages to catch up. Once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Maggie Montgomery wished to see Rylan, her brother, and his wife when she traveled to America. In her heart she wants to make this more than just a visit, she would like to stay in America where she can find her fortune and love.
Adam O'Leary, Colleen's brother, has spent time in jail. He is looking to change and to find his way back into his family. He has no desires to fall in love at this time.
This is the story of these two, very different, people and if they are able to bridge the difference and find a life together.
I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Book Review: Domestic Secrets

Domestic Secrets by [Noonan, Rosalind]Rachel owns the local hair salon. she serves many of the women in Timbergrove, Oregon. Her friend, Ariel Alexander, used to be a television star. Together they have helped each other through the adventures of single motherhood.
Lately, however, it seems to Rachel that Ariel's parenting skills have been slipping and she has a secret love. In addition to worrying about Ariel, Rachel also has a son who has become distant. The two families are torn apart by an event that Rachel has a hard time understanding. This leads her to discover other things about those she has trusted in the town.
I was taken in by the way the book explores things that tie people together and the things that can separate them. I had a little discomfort with how honest the writing was, but this is a personal feeling. Overall, I feel like Rosalind Noonan wrote a book which will leave the reader satisfied in choosing this book.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Book Review: Winter of the World

Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2)Winter of the World is the second book in the Century Trilogy by Ken Follett.
This book begins soon after the Fall of the Giants ends. We still have the American, German, Russian, English and Welsh families as they each face the start of the Third Reich. The story continues through World War II and into the beginning of the Cold War.

Now we are discovering the children of the families. Carla von Ulrich has a German father and English mother. Faced with the Nazi world that in engulfing her she decided to commit an act that took bravery. Woody and Chuck Dewar are brothers who have secrets. Their story takes one of them into Washington, while the other goes to the Pacific. Lloyd Williams is a student who faces the Spanish Civil and he wants to fight Communism and Fascism. Daisy Peshkov wants to be popular, that is until the war changes her. Volodya is Daisy's cousin who is able to work his way into the Soviet intelligence.

Each of these lives are connected, yet they may not know each other. Follett has created such diverse characters that the reader may not always like, but does not want to see their lives end. The second book in the series has kept my attention and made me want to continue reading the series.

I cannot rate this book high enough. I most highly recommend it.