Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble

Published by Thomas Nelson and provided free from BookSneeze and NetGalley for review, “Tidewater Inn” by Colleen Coble has a different feel than her other books and is an enjoyable read.

Hope Island is described as a scenic island that is peaceful and carefree. A place you would want to visit on vacation and stay at Tidewater Inn.   The people of Hope Island are dependent on ocean life and tourism to sustain living there.

The emotions of finding previously unknown family present obstacles which must be overcome and complicates decisions that must be made.  Libby is trying to live her life centered on her new found faith but is fallible as people are. Trying to do the right thing under the duress of her missing business partner and friend she turns to a stranger for help.

<SPOILER ALERT> If you are familiar with Colleen Coble’s Rock Harbor series you will be delighted at the appearance of Bree and Samson. It’s always nice when characters you are familiar with unexpectedly appear.

I recommend this book and look forward to the continuation of this series. It is not as long as some of her other books but definitely worth the time.  Grab a cup of tea (or coffee), make yourself comfortable and enjoy!

Add a comment November 27, 2012
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Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?

Written by Rick Warren, “The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For” (expanded edition) published by Thomas Nelson and provided for review by BOOKsneeze, updates the original publication by adding two chapters and including digital access for additional resources.

For those who read “The Purpose Driven Life” when it was published 10 years ago, now is the time to read it again but using this anniversary addition will enhance your experience. While the 3 most important questions about life remain the same, it is the additional resources that will help re-enrich your study. Access 42 exclusive, 3-minute videos featuring Rick Warren via QR Codes revealing new insights from Pastor Warren gleaned from additional experience since the first publication.

For those who are reading “The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For” for the first time, take a daily journey into a study that will help you discover “Why you are alive”, “Whether your life matters” and “What on earth you are here for”. Use the QR Codes to hear Pastor Rick give you additional insight and encouragement. Web addresses are available if you choose not to use the QR Code feature.

Though published for a new generation, this is an excellent way to revisit your purpose in life.

Add a comment November 26, 2012
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Hope Springs ~ Kim Cash Kate

Published by Thomas Nelson and provided free from BookSneeze for review, “Hope Springs” by Kim Cash Tate is a book that this reviewer did not want to end. Reading about the Stanton and Dillon families was really more like visiting relatives and friends and then having to go home when you really want to stay.

Grandma Geri is the grandmother we would all want to have as a part of our lives even when her flaws are revealed. The cousins (Janelle, Stephanie and Libby) find that recognizing family, sacrifice, loss, love and forgiveness are necessary in order to be who God wants them to become. The lesson learned is, listening to God and following Him when others would not understand and is essential to walking with Him. Janelle searches for direction when she is still mad at God and Stephanie follows His direction when she really doesn’t want to but knows she must. Libby rebels against God and fails to see him working in her life. The Dillon family is an integral part of the neighborhood and the story being told.

Without reservation I recommend this book for your library. Come visit the Stanton and Dillon families and be prepared for God to speak to you.

Add a comment May 27, 2012
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Need You Now ~ Beth Wiseman

Published by Thomas Nelson and provided free from BookSneeze and NetGalley for review, “Need You Now” by Beth Wiseman is a work of fiction that feels real. The story written from each character’s perspective shows their relationship with God and those around them. It is a story that could be about anyone’s family. The characters are enjoyable and fun to get to know. As with life, tissues are at times necessary while reading this touching family’s story.

Brad and Darlene move their family (Chad, Grace and Ansley) from Houston to a small town called Round Top. Hopefully this will provide their children better focus on what is important in life and help them stay strong in the face of the adversarial teenage years. Secrets, feelings of betrayal, lies and loss cause this family to re-evaluate their relationships with each other and with God. Learning forgiveness is the hard lesson of the day.

I must say my favorite character of this book is Skylar, a friend of Grace’s from school. She reminds us that it is easy to judge someone by their looks but we must look beyond the obvious to see who people really are. She is a wonderful friend that any of us would enjoy knowing.

1 comment April 16, 2012
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Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousdale

Published by Thomas Nelson and provided free from BookSneeze for review, “Miraculous Movements” by Jerry Trousdale is a must read for Christians who need an insider’s look at “how hundreds of thousands of Muslims are falling in love with Jesus” in Africa. It is individual stories of how God is working in miraculous ways, using ordinary people, to show His love to a world people group called Muslims. Set aside your distrust and preconceived ideas of the Muslim people and learn, what may be to you a different way of sharing God’s love with anyone. Rejoice with the story tellers at the power of the Almighty God to draw people unto himself.

Keep in mind that this is an important book and read it through to the end. That being said, this is a difficult book to read as it was not well written nor is it well organized. When first starting this book, this reviewer wondered who the audience was supposed to be instead of being engaged in the message. There are redundancies and chapter overviews that are unnecessary and cause the book to be a slow read, induce the wrong questions and are generally boring. This book has an exciting message but it is not presented in an exciting way. Some of the issues could easily have been resolved with some first rate editing and I am surprised at Thomas Nelson Publishers for their part.

Add a comment April 9, 2012
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“Eyes of Justice” by Lis Wiehl

Published by Thomas Nelson and provided free from BookSneeze for review, “Eyes of Justice” by Lis Wiehl is the fourth book of “The Triple Threat Club” series. Cassidy, Allison and Nicole return in this series to fight crime as only these three women can. These women are strong and tenacious in their pursuit of a killer. This is a nail biter and just when you have it all figured out… you don’t! It is clear that these strong women are not only “best” friends but clearly love each other and would put their own lives in harm’s way or jeopardize their livelihood to “do the right thing” and solve the mystery set before them. This book clearly shows what women can accomplish while working in a traditionally “man’s” world.

I had not read the first three books of “The Triple Threat Club” series (“Face of Betrayal”, “Hand of Fate”, and “Heart of Ice”) prior to reading “Eyes of Justice”, but it does not take away from this storyline. Lis Wiehl does a great job of giving you the information you need about Cassidy, Allison and Nicole to stay engaged and not feel like you missed something by not having read the other books. I personally will be reading those books and look forward to more books in the series.

1 comment March 10, 2012
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Beyond Molasses Creek by Nicole Seitz

Published by Thomas Nelson and provided free for review, “Beyond Molasses Creek” by Nicole Seitz is a compelling story line. Ally returns home to bury her father and tells us her story starting from the time she was a child to bring us up-to-date. She recounts her reason for leaving and shows us why she has decided to stop travelling the world and make Molasses Creek her home once again. She reminds us why friendships are important and take work to keep. She also shows us that trust in God is necessary and even when it looks like all is lost God is still in control.

Though overall this is a compelling story of love, heartbreak and redemption showing the thread of God working in lives around the world, this reviewer nearly stopped reading the book after a few chapters. The intermittent flashes of a secondary story were confusing and didn’t seem to fit. It is important to note that what seems to be a secondary story is really “the story” and if you don’t choose to ignore the author’s style and finish the book you will miss a heartbreaking, rewarding story. A cursory glance of other books by Nicole Seitz show that the “style of writing” is usual for this author and unfortunately are written in a style of which I am not a fan.

Add a comment February 8, 2012
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Bittersweet Surrender by Diann Hunt

Published by Thomas Nelson and provided free for review, Diann Hunt’s “Bittersweet Surrender” is a lesson in secrets and the damage to relationships that result. Set in an up-to-date Chocolate Spa, Carly Westlake is a woman who is fighting the issues of self-esteem, doubt and trust. Trusting God when something is going wrong can be difficult, but when it seems everything around you is falling apart and what you thought was truth isn’t, it takes a committed relationship with God for trust to develop. Carly, who through the tragedy of cancer and disfigurement, sees herself as incomplete and lets her physical looks shape her outlook on life and relationships. She uses if/then concepts to determine how she can make her world better. Still, she sees the value of friendship and family so she opens herself up to inconvenience and a lack of privacy in order to help others get a solid footing in their own lives. “Bittersweet Surrender” is packed with humor with an added touch of intrigue that keeps you involved in the story and will make you a fan of Diann Hunt’s books. This reviewer recommends you download a digital version or order your hard copy of “Bittersweet Surrender” today.

Add a comment January 7, 2012
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Softly and Tenderly by Sarah Evans with Rachel Hauck

Written with just the right amount of lightheartedness and humor, “Softly and Tenderly” published by Thomas Nelson and provided for review by BOOKsneeze, is a good read and touches upon issues with which each reader will empathize. The collaboration by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck, provides a second installment of the Songbird Series and is an amusing as well as an introspective story.

Three women in “Softly and Tenderly” become bound together because of secrets which threaten to destroy two marriages. Jade, June (Jades mother-in-law) and Beryl (Jade’s mother) are explicably intertwined by circumstances beyond their control. As they journey together through the storms of life their love for each other strengthens. Follow them as they take a “road trip” to discover that mistakes in their past have been partially responsible for the heartache they now endure and that God still loves them. Enjoy the camaraderie as Jade and June care for Beryl, and Jade begins to understand her relationship with her mother (Beryl).

This reviewer enjoyed the journey as Jade seeks answers to the questions in her life. It definitely leaves an opening for a third book in this series and I look forward to reading “Love Lifted Me” which is in process.

Add a comment December 20, 2011

Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble

Lonestar Angel, the latest in the Lonestar stand alone novels by Colleen Coble, immediately transports you into the suspenseful lives of Eden and Clay. As you continue to be immersed in their lives and the plot deepens you are given a variety of characters that will keep you guessing as to who is attacking Eden and why. Eden and Clay will draw you into their world and keep you engaged in their story. Your heart strings will be pulled as you read about a kidnapping gone wrong and as the personality of a few 5 and 6 year old girls shine with their antics and love. With children at the heart of this book you will fall in love with each child. A glimpse of life in rural west Texas gives you a bit of insight into a world you will either love to be a part of or make plans to never visit.

Published by Thomas Nelson, Colleen Coble continues her Lonestar novels with this wonderful addition. Written in a style that keeps you guessing, Lonestar Angel will entertain you as well as keep you wanting more once this story has ended. This book deserves a five star rating and I highly recommend you make this book a part of your library.

Add a comment October 30, 2011

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