Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Book Review: The Magnolia Duchess by Beth White

Fiona receives news her brother has been captured by the British Navy. Around the time she receives that news a British soldier with no memory washes ashore and Fiona is the one who finds him.

It's definitely an interesting plot, but hard as I tried I could not stay involved with the story. I can't quite put my finger on why, but there you have it. The story did seem to lag and it was a bit too wordy at times, so that I found my thoughts drifting. I also could not sympathize with any of the characters. I did not feel like I knew Fiona - she fell a bit flat. 

I love historical fiction - it is my #1 reading choice. It was disappointing that although it was set at such an interesting time in history the story could not hold up. 

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin

What's more exciting than a book set in the WWII era? For those of us who love historical fiction it always makes for a great read. The book being written by a talented author who has certainly done her research makes it all the better!

I did not know this was the second book a series - you obviously don't have to have read the first to understand what was going on in this one. I definitely will seek out the first book, however, as I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

Sarah definitely walked me into the WWII era. It was written so well I felt as if I were there, in the story, experiencing it all with Lillian. It was a very interesting plot line - both Lillian trying to prove herself as a working woman and the prejudices soldiers had to go through with PTSD. It was something I'd never read about before and I enjoy having more knowledge on the subject now.
I enjoyed all of the characters in the book. They were complex and endearing. Lillian and Arch's romance was made better by the fact there was more depth in their relationship than the average romance story.

All in all, I definitely recommend this book.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Book Review: When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner

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

When God Made You is a beautiful written and illustrated, lyrical, moving message to young children about how individualistic and special they are to God. 

The second line alone shows you what a treat you're in for: An incredible you, a you all your own, a you unlike anyone else ever known.

That is just a sample of how sweet the book is - it barely touches how moving the words are. The book would be incomplete without the illustrations. Gorgeous, sweeping colors amidst a theme of beautiful fantasy.

This is just the kind of message I want my children to grow up with. Not only are they precious to God, but they're unique, and have a special purpose in life. 

Both the writing and illustrations are five stars and I'd definitely recommend this book for your own children's library.