Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton


Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton is an amazing story of family relationships. Betsy and Jenna are sisters who were raised by career focused parents. Betsy and her husband Ty are the owners of Franklin Dairy Farm in southern Alabama. The farm has been in Ty’s family for years. When he was just 15 years old his grandfather informed him it would be his one day. After eight years of marriage, Betsy and Ty have been unable to have children and are working on accepting this.

Jenna is the younger sister who has always been a free spirit. She is a single mother of two little girls who works at at coffee shop. Jenna has always loved photography, but has put that aside to make a living for her family. A friend encourages her to apply to an art retreat and she gets accepted. With no one else to care for her children, she takes them to Betsy for the two weeks of the retreat. While at the retreat, she is invited to spend the rest of the summer there.

Betsy and Ty are having many struggles. Betsy is trying to move past not being a mother. She did not consult Ty before taking Jenna’s girls and Ty is upset about this. When Jenna does not return when she says she will, Betsy and Ty wonder is she will come back for the girls. It is soon hurricane season and Ty and his crew are busy preparing the farm to possible damage. Having survived other hurricane’s they know what to watch for and how to prepare.

This is a great story that focuses on family and doing what needs to be done for family. This story is so well written, it is easy to get lost in it. The story touches on real life issues, such as infertility, single motherhood, and doing what is needed. The things in the story that stand out to me, are how Betsy has taken on projects to help the farm. And, that with going to the retreat, Jenna is able to think of ways she can have a job to support her family as well as find time to pursue her love of photography. But the thing that stands out the most are the memories the sisters have of their childhood, of having each other for support when the parents were too busy for them. Especially the memories of Betsy trying to talk her parents into allowing Jenna pursue photography I really think anyone who enjoys modern day story of family relationships will enjoy this book. While this book is published by Thomas Nelson, a Christian publishing company, there is minimal Christian references. The only references are going to church and praying.

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391 pages

ISBD: 9780718084257

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Just Claire


Just Claire by Jean Ann Williams is a story of the Monteiro family. The father has just moved his family to be with him working a temporary job when his wife goes into labor. The couple have chosen to have home births when this birth brings about complications that takes them to the hospital. They leave the older children behind with Claire being in charge of taking care of them. With needing to go to school, Clair takes the youngest sibling with them. But when her mother finally comes home from the hospital, she is forced to leave the little girl home.

Clair’s mother struggles with mental illness and the birth of the new baby has brought this to the surface once again. So when Clair should be enjoying time with friends, she is running a home and caring for her younger sibling. Clair is also struggling with wanting to fit in a popular group in her new school.

This is a great story that is meant for children 12 to 18 years of age. As an adult I also enjoyed this story a lot. The story focuses on family, friendships and community helping others. One of the things that stands out to me in this story is that Clair would win the competition of writing about the area with the short time she was at the school.

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Jade’s match by Hallee Bridgeman


Jade’s Match by Hallee Bridgeman is book 7 in the Jewel series. Jade and Davis are using a wireless phone not yet released to promote the phone as well as to bring attention to the Olympic games. Jade is a silver medal winner for playing volleyball and Davis will be taking place in this years Olympics. They are to play the part of a couple meeting and getting involved in a steamy romance. At their first meeting Jade remembers seeing a photo of Davis in the paper and jumps to the conclusion that he was involved in an incident that she felt could jeopardize her reputation. Jade also lets something that happened in her earlier years affect how she reacts to Davis.

Davis spends time away from Jade and his family working toward the Olympics. He also struggles to work with dealing with his anger when put in hard situations.

Jade and Davis are both devote Christians, putting their Christian beliefs as a priority and not putting themselves in a situation where others might question their faith and actions.

This is a fun, easy to read story. With just 149 pages this is the perfect length to read in an evening or on a lazy afternoon. The thing that stands out to me in this story is when Davis stresses to Jade to let him open the door for her. This is one way a man shows respect to women and a woman letting a man open the door for her, is respecting him. Another thing is the reaction others have to Davis’s ethnic background instead of his abilities.

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The Miracle of Mysteria by Leonid Belov


The Miracle of Mysteria, by Leonid Belov is a story based on true events in the village of Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany. The story takes place in 1348 during the Black Death. While the death is taking people in surrounding towns, the people in Rundschau come together to perform the Passion of Christ. The story tells us how taking part in the performance affected some of the people. We also see how those who watched the performance were affected, so much so that the play was repeated in the future.

This is a very interesting story to read. At a time when death is all around and is almost a guarantee, the characters were able to put aside their fears and put on such a dramatic and touching performance. One of the things that stands out most in the story to me, is that this one small area was saved from the Black Death. This is such a touching story to read.

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The Hidden Side by Heidi Chiavaroli


The Hidden Side, by Heidi Chiavaroli, is a very powerful modern day story blended with a historical fiction story. This story is so good, it is hard to put down. While I did struggle with putting the two stories together initially, there is a lot of similarities between them.

Natalie is a mother of twin teenagers who struggles with connecting with them. The story starts with her going through her son’s room to see if she can find anything alarming. Just a short time later, her son takes one of his father’s guns to school and shots his sister’s boyfriend and a couple of their friends. This part of the story gives us a glimpse into what it could be like for the family of the shooter and the struggles they go through. In this case, the shooter feels he is protecting his sister from her boyfriend, who is not all that he seems to be. This part of the book is told by Natalie and her teen daughter, of the struggles they go through and how they deal with finding out Chris’s feelings.

While going through her son’s room she finds a book that she borrows to read. It is a historical story based in 1776. It is a story of a young lady who become a spy during the war, helping get information to Washington. Mercy was engaged to be married when her boyfriend is captured and put to death. Mercy tells her story of loss and secret.

I really enjoyed reading this story. It is not an easy story to read. The is violence through out the stories. The modern day story is written so well, it was like reading a true story of modern events.

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448 pages

ISBN: 9781496423238

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Pelican Point by Irene Hannon


Pelican Point, by Irene Hannon, is a contemporary romance set in Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast. Army doctor Ben Garrison has returned to Hope Harbor following the death of his grandfather. He is also freshly retired from the military and is planning to join a friend’s medical practice. He plans to take care of his grandfather’s estate before moving into the practice.

Marci Weber has been living in Hope Harbor for just a couple years. She came to Hope Harbor to take care of her aunt’s estate, but this small town quickly became her home, a safe place to start over.

As Ben receives an offer for the sale of his grandfather’s light house, Marci leads a group to find a way to save the light house.

This is a good story to curl up with and just get lost in. While it is a romance, it is not over the top and contains suspense as well. The story line is very good with not to many characters. The theme of forgiveness and moving on is very strong in this story. Not only are Ben and Marci starting new lives, but Ben’s neighbor is trying to move on with his life following an injury while deployed. One of the things I enjoyed most about this story is the caring community members and how they come together to help.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. This is my honest review.

Series: Hope Harbor

345 pages

ISBN: 9780800728809

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Shadows of HOPE by Georgiana Daniels


Shadows of Hope, by Georgiana Daniels, is an awesome story that deals with contemporary women’s issues. Marissa is a crisis pregnancy worker who befriends Kaitlyn, a college student working at a coffee shop. Kaitlyn is unmarried and expecting a baby as a result of an affair with one of her teachers. Marissa invites Kaitlyn to come to the crisis center and eventually hires her to work there.

Meanwhile, Marissa and her husband, Colin, are growing apart after years of marriage and trying unsuccessfully to have a family. Colin admits to having an affair and having a child on the way. Marissa wants nothing to do with Colin’s child.

This is one of those books that just tugs at your heart. The author writes of issues such as infidelity, infertility and unwed mothers. The story is very well written with minimal major characters who are very well introduced. This is the first story I have read by Georgiana Daniels. I hope it is just the first of many for years to come. I think anyone who enjoys reading contemporary stories of women issues will really enjoy this story. The book contains very good discussion questions that would make this a very good choice for book clubs to read.

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317 pages

ISBN: 9781683225454

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The Little French Bistro by Nina George


The Little French Bistro, by Nina George is a story of a 60 year old lady, Marianne, who is in a loveless marriage, living the life she feels her husband allows her. While in Paris she decides to take her life. After being hospitalized, she disappears to the coast of Brittany. Everyday she goes to the sea thinking to end her life and everyday some thing stops her. She spends her time cooking and playing the accordian. When her husband shows up in Brittany, she decides to go home with him. On the trip home, she goes by the place she tried to take her life and memories come back to her.

I decided to read this story based on the title and back cover. I had trouble getting into this story. In the beginning it felt like something was missing from the story. One minute Marianne is being told by the doctor he wants to do more tests and then she is elsewhere living a new life meeting new people. But once the story settled in Brittany it moved along rather smoothly. There are a lot of characters in this story that made it hard for me to follow along at times, but by the end of the story I had pretty much placed most where they belong.

While this is not the typical type of story I read, there are some good points to this story, mainly Marianne putting off her plans of ending her life until “nothing remained of her intentions other than a deep sense of shock that she might not have lived her life to the full”. Others were the questioning thoughts Marianne had of her marriage.

This book also contains readers discussions, additional information of Brittany as well as recipes.

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338 pages

ISBN: 9780451495594

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The Kremlin Conspiracy by Joel C. Rosenberg


God always knows what we need, and it we’ll just trust him, he’ll provide from the most unlikely of sources.”

The Kremlin Conspiracy by Joel C. Rosenberg is a very fast moving political suspense story that will keep you wanting to read to the end. This story takes place in Russia and the United States starting in 1999. The story is about two young men who have high position jobs within their government systems. The price they pay for their jobs are very high for their families and when the Russian president plans to go to war the two meet and eventually share secrets.

I really enjoyed reading this story and was very happy I chose a day when I could take the time to keep reading. The suspense was so great it was very hard to put down. The story is so well written that it can be hard to remember it is fiction. The author has used actual events in history to create this awesome story. While this is not listed as being part of a series, the ending of the book makes me want to read more and see what happens. I think anyone who enjoys reading political thrillers will really enjoy this book. There is a lot of action and does contain some violent scenes.

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480 pages

ISBN: 9781496406170

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Surviving “Uncle Hitler” Journey of a German Girl by Dorothea Wollin Null


What I want most for my story to convey is that the Lord led me through the trials and tribulations of my life in order that I could find meaning, joy, and peace. Because I am approaching the end of my life, I want to inspire my readers to question their own choices, priorities and values in order to find peace with the Lord and joy in their hearts.”

Dorothea Wollin Null has written her accounting of her life during WWII. Surviving “Uncle Hitler” is a short book of just 119 pages that takes the reader through a young German girl’s life during WWII. Dorothea tells us of her travels to flee the bombings to go live with her aunt until they are forced to flee there due to the Russians coming. She tells of her life in a camp and then in a tiny third floor apartment after the war. The book tells the reader how the war shaped Dorothea and other family members into the adults they became. The author also tells us of the family dynamics and how they affected her through out her life.

This is an interesting quick read that show the reader how life was for the younger people in Germany during the war. The author also tells us of her faith and that of her family members. Some things that stand out for me in this book is how important school was, even while living in camps, the children had school outside. As well as the depth of their struggles for housing and food. This is a good book that would be enjoyed by those who enjoy reading about that time in history.

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121 pages

ISBN: 9781937333492

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