Pitch Black

Hi! My review this time is on Pitch Black by Melody Carlson
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What would you do if your brother was a drug addict, your mom just ran off to marry some man almost half her age, and you just found out that your best friend committed suicide? Odds are you’d be devastated with no one to talk to. This is the life of Morgan.
It’s natural that Morgan feels lost and wonders what to do, but her and her friends start considering suicide when they believe that if Jason can’t handle life how can they? When Morgan and her friends are interrupted in they’re attempt at Tylenol overdose, Morgan goes on the hunt to find the truth of her friend’s suicide, all the while trying to determine if she wants to kill herself too.
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First off let me say that if you or a friend is considering please someone. It won’t make you a bad friend. For additional info about suicide and suicide prevention please go to Suicide.
I loved this author. Melody Carlson is that author that pushes the envelope and goes to that area that most shy away from. This book is no different.
A book on teen suicide is something different and particularly the mode of suicide, Tylenol overdose.
Ms. Carlson broaches the questions that all of us would ask if a friend killed themselves and answers most of them. Also she shows how many teens consider teens after a friend commits suicide.
There is one thing I didn’t care much for in this book. The main reason people use to convince people that they shouldn’t commit suicide is that it’s final, which is true but the fact that that was the only reason was a little disappointing.
This book is Christian and is obvious with Morgan’s renewed faith and her grandma’s conversion to Christ. Compared to Melody Carlson’s other books, though, this is a little light but fit extremely well.
Overall, this book was amazing and I loved it. I think it’s the perfect book for teens and is an extraordinary tale about suicide and the symptoms of it. I give it four and a half out of five.
If you think someone may be considering suicide please get help an use the resources above. Some of the symptoms of someone who may be considering suicide are: depression, change in eating or sleeping habits, drug or alcohol abuse, neglect of appearance, withdrawal from friends, boredom, loss of interest, and personality changes.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Praying For Your Future Husband

Wow. I read this one quickly. Praying for Your Future Husband by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer.
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Have you ever wondered about praying your future husband? Would it do any good? Does anyone else do it? This book answers all those questions and so much more. It tells of stories from the authors and real women who made mistakes, prayed, and a ton of other things before meeting the man they were made to marry.
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This book puts a new perspective on a book like this. It’s not a how-to with things to pray for, it’s a collection of poems, tales from the authors, bible verses, and letters from real women who prayed for their husbands.
One thing I love about this book is the authors. They’re brutally honest about not only their past but the mistakes they’ve made.
The way this book was laid out too was great and convenient, plus the pages have a design on them making them so cute. Even the cover is inviting and makes you want to open and read the contents.
Unlike some books, the cover and pages aren’t the best part of book. The contents are. I believe anyone who isn’t married needs to read this and apply it to their daily lives. I’ve definitely started to pray for my future husband daily unlike before when it was every now and again.
Overall, this is a fantastic book that any teen needs to read and is a perfect gift for a teen girl whether it’s your daughter or your best friend.
I give it five out of five.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

A Reluctant Queen

Sorry this took so long. Here’s A Reluctant Queen.
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Esther’s love story. Esther is living a simple life with her uncle Mordecai and loves to try and guess what the new king looks like. When Esther and her friends learn of Vashti’s disobedience and divorce, they’re shocked.
Her uncle dreams a dream and uses Esther to prevent it. Using her heritage she gets into the palace, will she abandon her faith because she’s mad at her uncle. When she starts falling for the king will she tell him and if she does will he divorce her like he did Vashti?
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Joan Wolf definitely had a great idea when she wrote this story, because, like she said, the components for a great love story are all there in the original Esther story. I always wondered if Esther truly fell in love with the king or if she just lived her life love by a husband. Though I don’t know if she ever did, this story kind of fulfills that fantasy.
Unfortunately, there are liberties, but then again I kind of figured that. A few names and origins are changed and the author took liberties in the way that she created situations that may or may not have happened.
The romance in this novel is perfect, there’s passion without being too much. Of course, being as how they’re married there is that factor and Ms. Wolf handled it perfectly.
If you haven’t guessed by now, it’s a Christian book and it truly is a story of bravery and following God’s plan no matter what it costs. Esther’s faith, though she tries to run from it is extraordinary.
Overall, fantastic story, but if you’re a person that takes accuracy very importantly you may not like this one. Also the romance is a little more passionate than most books so it’s not book for younger readers. I’d give it four and a half out of five.
Here it is. Beyond all Measure by Dorothy Love.
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Ada Wentworth is broke and desperate, so when a job offer comes along she packs her one bag and heads off to Hickory Ridge to be a lady’s companion. Little did she know that Lillian Willis is a headstrong woman who knows what she wants.
As Wyatt Caldwell, Lillian’s nephew, and Ada fall in love, will Ada drop everything, including her growing business, to move to Texas to be a rancher’s wife?
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Ms. Love has a knack for description, a gift not all authors possess, and it truly paints a fantastic picture in my head.
I love the fellow ladies of Hickory Ridge and Sophie. All except Bea draw you in and make you love them. They tease and laugh and of course gossip. They’re definitely inviting and you wish that they were in the story more, and real.
The romance kicks in at a great pace, it doesn’t take forever but not too quickly. Of course everyone else realizes their love before they do. 🙂
The story had some pleasant, and not so pleasant, surprises and twists. Particularly with “The Klan” and you find out who really is Ada’s friend and who isn’t.
Lillian is a major part of the faith aspect of this story. Both Ada and Wyatt don’t really have a relationship with God and Lillian makes Ada read her the Bible before she goes to bed.
This book is pretty good but for some reason, I couldn’t really get into it, that’s why it took me so long to post this review. I don’t even know why I can’t get into it. There isn’t really one thing that’s wrong with it.
Overall, I think this book is perfect for people who love historical romances and for people just starting out reading romance because it is very innocent in the romance. For some reason it didn’t draw me in like some books and I was slightly disappointed. I give it three out of five.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Beyond all Measure

Here it is. Beyond all Measure by Dorothy Love.
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Ada Wentworth is broke and desperate, so when a job offer comes along she packs her one bag and heads off to Hickory Ridge to be a lady’s companion. Little did she know that Lillian Willis is a headstrong woman who knows what she wants.
As Wyatt Caldwell, Lillian’s nephew, and Ada fall in love, will Ada drop everything, including her growing business, to move to Texas to be a rancher’s wife?
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Ms. Love has a knack for description, a gift not all authors possess, and it truly paints a fantastic picture in my head.
I love the fellow ladies of Hickory Ridge and Sophie. All except Bea draw you in and make you love them. They tease and laugh and of course gossip. They’re definitely inviting and you wish that they were in the story more, and real.
The romance kicks in at a great pace, it doesn’t take forever but not too quickly. Of course everyone else realizes their love before they do. 🙂
The story had some pleasant, and not so pleasant, surprises and twists. Particularly with “The Klan” and you find out who really is Ada’s friend and who isn’t.
Lillian is a major part of the faith aspect of this story. Both Ada and Wyatt don’t really have a relationship with God and Lillian makes Ada read her the Bible before she goes to bed.
This book is pretty good but for some reason, I couldn’t really get into it, that’s why it took me so long to post this review. I don’t even know why I can’t get into it. There isn’t really one thing that’s wrong with it.
Overall, I think this book is perfect for people who love historical romances and for people just starting out reading romance because it is very innocent in the romance. For some reason it didn’t draw me in like some books and I was slightly disappointed. I give it three out of five.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Hostage

This time it’s Hostage by Don Brown.
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Zack Brewer just wants to forget and move on from his last case, the prosecution of three terrorists pretending to be military chaplains. But that might prove to be difficult as the organization behind the chaplains aim to kill him and his partner Diane Colcernian.
The Dome of the Rock is destroyed by two Muslim-American military pilots, Jack is called for a prosecution, again. Only this time the woman he loves, Diane, could be killed with the verdict. If he loses WWIII could break out, if he wins Diane dies. He has to make a hard choice and sacrifice Diane or millions.
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After having the pleasure of reading Treason, the first in this series, and The Malacca Conspiracy, the follow-up to this series, I had to choose this book when I had the opportunity to choose a book to review. After being pleasantly surprised at Don Brown’s previous books, I hoped that this story would be as good as those, I wasn’t disappointed in the least.
Don Brown flawlessly combines the JAG and Navy with international crises and suspense together to make a very interesting book. His five years of being a JAG definitely show in this book.
Never before have I ever been interested in court-room drama in a book and as I read this series I feel reminiscent of the TV show JAG and how much I enjoyed that show.
This book is Christian as are every book I review and faith is throughout this book. Jack and Diane, the two co-pilots, a few victims.
Because this book deals with terrorism there is references to Allah and the Muslim religion.
Romance is melded into the story, but is very toned down for a few reasons, I believe. One, the romance any stronger would have overpowered the main story and two, it was written by a man. The reason I say that is because books that I’ve read written by men, that have romance in them, have very little, sometimes almost non-existent, romances. Not that I mind in this case.
The ending was kind of bad, but for some reason I liked the way it ended. It was bittersweet and I look forward to reading book three.
Overall, this is one of the best books I have ever read and I will definitely read it again. If you liked JAG when it was on the air and as long as you don’t confuse him with a similar sounding author, Dan Brown, you will enjoy this book. I give it four and a half out of five.
I was given this book free from Zondervan for this review. I was in no way obligated to write a good review. Everything I have written is my personal opinion.

Nick of Time

Today it’s going to be a review on Nick of Time by Tim Downs.
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Nick Polchak, aka The Bug Man, is getting married to a woman that’s just as strange as he is, Alena Savard.
Alena is a dog trainer that people call. A witch because she trains her dogs by visual commands and not sound, and also because she lives on a mountain alone with thirty-seven dogs.
Just days before the wedding, Nick goes to a Vidocq meeting, a group of people that solve cold cases, and finds out his friend was killed. So he goes off on a search for the murderer and solve a mystery, all the while forgetting about his wife-to-be and forcing her to go searching for him.
Will he make it back for his own wedding or will he forget his bride at the altar? Will he solve his friends’ murder or will the murderer prevent him from finding anything?
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I had never read a Tim Downs book let alone Bug Man series book, and at first I was repulsed with the thought of a guy that figures out murders by way of bugs. Ew, and his fiancé lives with thirty-seven dogs. So I had a hard time believing that I was going to like this book, but once the story got started and Nick got arrested, it changes it all.
I learned a lot, maybe more than I wanted, about bugs and where and what they do in and on a dead body.
The faith is pretty much nonexistent with only a pastor that is a close friend of Alena, but he never talks about his faith and that was a little disappointing.
No romance. Despite the fact that the couple is getting married, neither of them are very romantic people.
It had a very shocking twist in the story that is the entire ending so I can’t tell what happens, though I want to. It wasn’t at all what I suspected, but shockingly, I loved it nonetheless and thought it was believable.
Overall I loved this book and will definitely read more from Tim Downs. I’d give it four and a half out of five.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Too Rich For A Bride

Today I’ll be reviewing Too Rich For A Bride by Mona Hodgson.
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Ida Sinclair has a head for business and in 1896 most think that the last place women belong is in business. She’s determined to prove them wrong, so after certain circumstances and a note from her sister telling her about a businesswoman, Mollie O’Bryan, Ida jumps at the chance to go to Cripple Creek.
The last thing she wants is romance, but two men are vying for her attention and she finds herself falling in love.
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The storyline of this story is very interesting, in a good way. Normally with this kind of story I find myself having a hard time liking the main character or characters, but with this book I loved almost every character in it.
Mona has a gift of putting enough back story into a book to keep you interested, but not so much that it overrides your brain trying to keep the facts straight.
The characters are very realistic and are extremely likable, particularly the sisters and their husbands.
But the romance was a little weak, though. Even though they pined after each other, the romance factor of it all left me feeling a little disappointed.
The faith in this book is extraordinary. The preacher trusts God in everything even if it meant he come to Cripple Creek and back to the father that doesn’t talk to him. Even Ida comes to some hard conclusions and it makes her even more likable.
Overall, I would say this a great historical fiction, but as far as a romance it is more watered down so it’s perfect for younger readers and people who are more sensitive to it. I’d give it three and a half stars.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.