Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Book Review: Destiny by Don Brown

Destiny is the powerful and inspiring prequel to the Navy Justice Series. In this book there are three characters, one American, one English and one German. Each faces the war in their own way. Throughout this book, Brown is able to express the family and individual perspective of facing war.

Walter, the American, was drawn in by loyalty and love for his brother, Billy, who served on the USS Arizona, which was located at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack.

Heinrich, the German, joins a group who acts in vengeance after a government official's assassination. He was then placed under Rommel in Africa.

Darwin, an English actor, was the son of a Royal Naval officer who wanted his son to follow in his steps. Darwin, though was a pacifist. To try to receive recognition from his father he joins the reserves and then the Royal Naval Commandos.

Each of these men face death in various battles as they make their way to the Normandy Invasion. Each is unsure of their destiny.

This is such a powerful book that is rich in details and facts, while it brings the war to a personal level of each of the men involved and the families that surround them.

I was given this book by the author, publisher and bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Book Review: Again by John Leatherman

Again, by John Leatherman, centers around Chance Trifle. He is given a possible gift, or a curse of living a day over again for a total of three times. The idea is to change the outcome of the day On the original day Chance was a witness of the murder of Prima, a pop star. The first repeat day he was able to prevent the murder, successfully. On the second day, the day that is remembered, he is not as successful.

This book has many characters that fit into the story, but they are not easily followed. Overall, this was a good book which helped me to reflect on each of my days to see how to live each to the fullest, not only for myself, but for those that surround me.

This book was given to me by the author and bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Book Review: Essence of Evil

Essence of Evil is is e second book in the Finders Keepers Mystery series. Written by Barbara Ann Derksen, this novel centers around Christine and her quest to find missing children, with her dog, Chief.

When she was young, Christine witnessed the murder of her own parents. This has led her down the path that she is now traveling.

This is a fast-pace book that deals with sensitive subjects such as pedophilia, but with kid-gloves. This faith-based book is difficult to put down as Derksen knows how to write to draw her audience into the world of the novel. As long as the reader is aware of the subject-matter, I would highly recommend this book to friends and family.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Book Review: Worn Stories

Opening up the book Worn Stories is like opening a clothing diary. Each piece of clothing that is found in a person's wardrobe has a story, each one special its own way. Some stories are funny, some are full of memories. Each essay has its own photograph.
This was so much fun to read, then it made me want to look at my clothing and think about the memories made with each one. I would give this book the highest rating and would recommend it to everyone I know.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Book Review: Pam

Pam is the third book in the Women of the Valley Series. In this book, Sharon Srock tells about Pam. Pam escaped a physically abusive relationship to fall in love and marry a very good man. At the time of the novel, her former husband decides that he needs to move closer which brings a feeling to Pam that she had not felt for a long time, anger.

This is the story of how she learns to forgive so that she can then have a happy life. Srock has written a book that speaks to others which are dealing with issues in life that need forgiveness.

There are tough issues that are dealt with from various points of view. It is a beautifully written book that speaks to the soul.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Book Review: Praying Through Hard Times

Praying Through Hard Times by Linda Evans Shephard is a book that is written for everyone. Each person, at some time in their life, will face difficulties. This book gives encouragement, through God's Word, which can guide and comfort each person. Shephard wrote a book that can be used as an individual study or as a group study guide.

As I have faced many difficulties throughout my life, looking back, this book would have been such a help and in the future it provides a secure feeling knowing that it is there to guide me through that time.

I was given this book through the publisher, author and bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, December 1, 2014

All for a Sister, by Allison Pittman, tells the story of two young ladies as they try to put together the pieces of their lives.

One of the girls, Dana Lundgren, spent most of her life in prison for a crime which never occurred. There was no trial or sentencing of the girl and for most of her life she was forgotten, except by a few people.

Celeste DuFrane, on the other hand, never lacked for anything in her life, except for perhaps the love of her mother and brother.

The two girls are thrown together to find the truth about each other. As one part of the story is uncovered, other questions arise.

This novel is one of the best that I have read in recent time. The writing drew me in and kept me mesmerized as the story drew me in and kept me guessing as to what would happen next.

Allison Pittman is a talented author and I look forward to future work by her.