2010 Reading Challenges...COMPLETE!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Yep, yeah, uh huh, yes...I completed all three of the challenges that I signed up for in the year 2010!!!!! I signed up for Margaret's, Christian Historical Fiction Challenge, a general Historical Fiction challenge and just last month I signed up for a Christmas Reading Challenge which I just completed. I'll admit the historical fiction challenges weren't really challenges for me since I LOVE historicals. I'm thinking next year I need to sign up for something that is actually a "challenge." Since I'm not a huge fan of Christmas related fiction I only signed up to read one book which just so happened to be really good (A Forever Christmas by Missy Tippens) so I guess that one was sort of a challenge.

I listed all of the books that I read for the Christian Historical Fiction Challenge HERE.

The books that I read for the Historical Fiction Challenge I've listed below.
Challenge levels as taken from the host, Queen of Happy Endings
-- Curious – Read 3 Historical Fiction novels.

-- Fascinated – Read 6 Historical Fiction novels.

-- Addicted – Read 12 Historical Fiction novels.

-- Obsessed – Read 20 Historical Fiction novels.

* Clicking the linked titles will take you to Amazon*
1. The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund
2. Finding Becky by Martha Rogers
3. Sharpshooter in Petticoats by Mary Connealy
4. Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander

5. In Every Heartbeat by Kim Vogel Sawyer
6. A Suitor for Jenny by Margaret Brownley
7. Nightingale by Susan May Warren
8. Crestmont by Holly Weiss
9. Highland Blessings by Jennifer Hudson Taylor
10. Uncertain Heart by Andrea Boeshaar
11. Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer
12. Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner
13. Wrangler in Petticoats by Mary Connealy
14. Masquerade by Nancy Moser
15. Surrender the Heart by Mary Lu Tyndall
16. The House on Malcolm Street by Leisha Kelly
17. Love's First Bloom by Delia Parr
18. A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin
19. A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman
20. The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson
21. Petra: City in Stone by T.L. Higley
22. Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad
23. McKenzie by Penny Zeller
24. Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington by Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss
25. Mountain Rose (novella) by Cheryl St. John
26. The Edge of Light by Ann Shorey
27. Catching Moondrops by Jennifer Erin Valent
28. Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Connealy
29. The Seeker by Ann H. Gabhart
30. Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz
31. Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn
32. Beautiful Bandit by Loree Lough
33. Touching the Clouds by Bonnie Leon
34. The Gunsmith's Gallantry by Susan Page Davis
35. I Serve by Roseanne E. Lortz
36. Claim by Lisa T. Bergren
37. Healer by Linda Windsor
38. A Love of Her Own by Maggie Brendan
39. Ransome's Crossing by Kaye Dacus
40. Love on a Dime by Cara Lynn James
41. The Homecoming by Dan Walsh
42. Abbie Ann by Sharlene MacLaren
43. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
44. She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell
45. A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer

Hmmm I think it's safe to say I'm OBSESSED since I read waaay more than I even have listed here!

As for the Christmas challenge like I said above I read one book, A Forever Christmas but it was really good. If you enjoy sweet love stories that feature high school sweethearts reuniting over the holidays it's one for you! Since it was released last year I'm sure you could find it on eBay or Amazon for a few pennies plus shipping! Use that giftcard you got for Christmas! *wink*

No matter what type of book you're a fan of I hope you find some great ones to keep you entertained in 2011!

Happy New Year!

Best Books of 2010!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ah yes it's that time of year again time to recap on all things that we've accomplished in the year and to make plans and set goals for a new year. For this blog I participated in three reading challenges, two I completed and one I'm working on but will complete before the 31st. In the process I've read a ton (literally) of great books. It is always hard to choose just a few of my favorites since I often read so many awesome books and this year a lot of books got 5 star reviews from me. Since I didn't include any young adult fiction on last year's Top Ten list I'm including a few this year that I thought were incredible. It was so difficult to choose but if you're an author and I didn't feature you or your book on my list PLEASE don't be offended. You know I loved your book if I gave you a five star review on here or on Goodreads. I don't give 5 stars to just any book ya know, it has to be AWESOME! ;-)

Here they are in no particular order:

Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz (Historical Christian Fiction/Romance)

Sons of Thunder by Susan May Warren (WWII Christian Fiction)

Nightshade by Ronie Kendig (Contemporary Christian Fiction/Suspense)

Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer (Historical Christian Fiction/Romance)

A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman (Historical Christian Fiction/Romance)

Code Triage by Candace Calvert (Contemporary Christian Fiction/Romance)

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Young adult fiction/dystopian)

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (Young adult/paranormal fiction)

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (Young adult/paranormal fiction)

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (Young adult/paranormal fiction)

This list does not even come close to containing all of my favorite reads of 2010. If you're interested, visit my Goodreads profile to check out my five star picks! To see a list of my Top Ten Christian Historical fiction books visit my earlier post @ Christian Historical Fiction.

Look What I Got Today!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A few months ago I discovered BEARPAW SHOES at the local Shoe Carnival. I fell in love with their awesome boots but since I was broke I had to leave the store waering the ugly old boots I walked in with. I was sad, but wouldn't you know a few weeks later BEARPAW offered an awesome giveaway for their Facebook and Twitter fans, 1000 pairs of BEARPAW Shoes were up for grabs to the first 1000 entrants and wouldn't you know I was one of them, talk about a blessing! In such times as these I'm sure there were a lot of folks who couldn't afford a new pair of shoes for themselves for the holidays and BEARPAW went and did this and made a ton of people happy! I know my "paws" are happy! I'm excited to wear my cute new "HANNAH" shoes outside. It's 32 degrees, perfect weather for sheepskin lined shoes. Thank you Bearpaw!

Be sure to check out Bearpaw's site, they just added a ton of great new styles just in time for blizzard season, including the cute Brandy style boot! You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter too. They have a "Free Shoe Friday" for Twitter followers where you can tweet and be entered to win a pair of shoes or boots!

Make Time for the Doctor!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Most of you know that I don't watch a lot of tv, there's just not anything on that appeals to me. I was never a fan of Lost (don't hate me) and I don't watch Survivor but the few shows that I do watch I absolutely love and if I miss an episode it's the end of the world...seriously. ABC's Castle, The CW's The Vampire Diaries and PBS's Masterpiece Classic are definitely my "can't miss" shows. However, my all-time favorite show is BBC's Doctor Who. I absolutely love it and ever since it first aired on the Syfy channel in 2005 I haven't missed an episode...until this season when it moved to BBC America which is not a channel in my satellite package. Luckily I ordered some gifts for friends on Amazon for Christmas and got some credits to watch some Video on Demand on their site so of course I had to watch season 5 of Doctor Who! I'm loving it so far!

If you know anything at all about the Doctor Who series you know that Christopher Eccleston played the Doctor for the 2005 season. When he left the show I did not think I would like David Tennant as the new doctor but (surprise!) I did. David was awesome as the Doctor and just proved that personality is everything. He wasn't the hunkiest guy but I developed a serious crush (yes I know he's a fictional character) on him as the Doctor soooo when I found out he was leaving the show in 2009 I was heartbroken. I thought, "That's the end of my love for the show, they'll ruin it by casting someone who is ridiculous or annoying." Boy was I ever wrong! I have to say that whoever cast Matt Smith as the new Doctor is pure genius!!!! He's my favorite Doctor yet...I hope he sticks around for awhile.

I still don't get all the aspects of time travel but the Doctor and his new companion, Amy Pond played by Karen Gillan make it a blast to watch every week! And may I just say that I didn't like the Doctor's previous companion, Rose's boyfriend Mickey or Amy's current boyfriend, Rory? They seem like kind-hearted, brave lads but next to the doctor they seem reallllly dumb. Poor guys. I guess I should learn to like Rory, he's funny and you gotta feel bad for a guy who gets called an idiot at least once per episode. When all is said and done Doctor Who is just an all around excellent show. I can never predict what's going to happen except that the Doctor will somehow save the day. I love it and I know no matter how serious things get on the show you're always guaranteed a laugh!

Well I'm off to watch the rest of Season 5! If you're a fan I'd love to hear why you love the show, who your favorite Doctor is or even your favorite episode. Your thoughts on anything Who please!!! :-) If you're not familiar with the show let's discuss your fave BBC show or movie!

Here's the trailer for the 2010 series, the next season starts in Spring 2011! Yay!

*Click on the poster pics to check them out on Amazon*

Christian Fiction Review: Sharpshooter in Petticoats (Sophie's Daughters, Book 3) by Mary Connealy

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sharpshooter in Petticoats (Sophie's Daughters, Book 3)
by Mary Connealy
Copyright 2011
Barbour Books
320 pages
ISBN: 9781602601482

From the publisher:
Mandy Gray, a wealthy sharpshooting widow, is content living in her mountain home and raising her young-uns alone. But how long can she protect herself when thieving outlaws have her surrounded? Rancher Tom Linscott can’t bear to see a defenseless woman in danger. Yet his rescue efforts end up bringing trouble right to her door. Now that they’re both trapped on Mandy’s Mountain, can they learn to live together—or will they die alone?

My Review:
If you like Sophie's Daughters or any of Mary's other historical romance series' you will really enjoy this book especially since (I think) it features every character from Montana Marriages and Lassoed in Texas. Sharpshooter in Petticoats not only gives Mandy the ending she deserves but reunites all the characters we know and love in a fashion that only Mary Connealy can pull off.

As a follower of the series I was excited to read Mandy's story. Since having read the fiasco with Sidney in Doctor in Petticoats and pretty much loathing him from the get go I had the feeling he wouldn't be around for the long haul...thank goodness he wasn't! I'm usually pretty quick at figuring things out and becoming attached to certain characters. Sid wasn't one of them. I was hoping that I would be seeing a little more of Tom Linscott and I wasn't dissappointed. When you put two stubborn folks like Mandy and Tom together there's bound to be some friction and boy do the sparks fly. Chaotic, crazy, action-packed, and of course, hilarious this is one book not to be missed. This was the first book I read on my Nook but I enjoyed it so much I plan on getting a "real" copy to put on my bookshelf!

My Review of Doctor in Petticoats (Sophie's Daughters, Book 1)
My Review of Wrangler in Petticoats (Sophie's Daughters, Book 2)

To learn more about Mary Connealy and her books visit:

*I received my complimentary copy through the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for posting my review of the book.*

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I realize I haven't been around much this week and I apologize but, "Tis the season..." and all that sort of thing! :-)

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season with safe travels and great get-togethers with family and friends! I'll be back full swing next with week with some great books and fun posts! To get in the holiday spirit click on the "Merry Christmas" below and listen to Black 'n Gold Girl's favorite holiday video of the year ;-)

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christian Fiction Review: Within My Heart (Timber Ridge Reflections, Book 3) by Tamera Alexander

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Within My Heart (Timber Ridge Reflections, Book 3)
by Tamera Alexander
Copyright 2010
Bethany House Publishers
384 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0391-6
Historical Fiction

From the publisher:
Sometimes the greatest step of faith is taken neck-deep in fear.

Determined to fulfill her late husband's dream, Rachel Boyd struggles to keep her ranch afloat with the help of her two young sons. But some days it feels as though her every effort is sabotaged. When faced with a loss she cannot afford, she's forced to trust Rand Brookston, the one man in Timber Ridge she wishes to avoid. And with good reason. He's a physician, just like her father, which tells her everything she needs to know about him. Or so she thinks....

Dr. Rand Brookston ventured west with the dream of bringing modern medicine to the wilds of the Colorado Rockies, but the townspeople have been slow to trust him. Just as slow in coming is Rand's dream to build the town a proper clinic. When a patient's life is threatened, Rand makes a choice—one that sends ripples through the town of Timber Ridge. And through Rachel Boyd's stubborn heart.

From the beloved, bestselling author of From a Distance and Beyond This Moment comes an unforgettable story about faith in the face of fear, about tarnished hopes and second chances, and ultimately about the resilient courage and tenacity of hearts broken——and mended——by love.

My Review:
You can really tell when an author pours their heart and soul into their work. Tamera Alexander's books are some of the best out there just for that reason alone. If her books don't touch your heart I honestly don't know what will. There is so much emotion on every page that is so raw and authentic it's sometimes even difficult to read!

Right from the start I knew that Within My Heart was going to be a real tearjerker and by the time the end rolled around I had to break out the tissues. That said, this book was almost too sad. There was so much grief and sorrow throughout. I will say this however, the relationship between Rand and Rachel which grew out of their love and respect for one of their patients was beautiful to read. I also felt that the ending fit with the rest of the story. There was no unbelievable, sugary-sweet ending but a nice, natural closure for most of the characters.

If you're looking for a light-hearted romance you will want to put this book off till later (but definitely plan to read it). If you want a story of forgiveness, loss, and love that will keep you reading until the wee hours, read this. Tamera Alexander is a premier Christian fiction author who writes books that touch the heart and teach lessons that we can all learn from.

To learn more about the author visit:

*I received my complimentary copy through the publisher's book review program in exchange for posting my honest thoughts*

Poor Puppy :(

Friday, December 17, 2010

When I saw this I immediately thought of Coco, I'm not sure that she would put up with being sat on however...

funny dog pictures-To great danes

see more dog and puppy pictures

YA Fiction Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Nightshade (Nightshade, Book 1)
by Andrea Cremer
Copyright 2010
Philomel Books
454 pages
ISBN: 9780399254826
YA fiction/Paranormal

From Goodreads:
Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything— including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

My Review:
**5 STARS**
If you look at my Goodreads profile you'll see that I read this in a day and it's 400 plus pages so that's saying a lot. I've been wanting to get back to reading paranormal/YA fiction and since I read Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick a few weeks back I've been picking some awesome YA fiction. I'm really lucky I guess since there's a lot out there to choose from.

Nightshade is unlike any other novel I've read before. I'll admit I'm a huge Twilight fan but I never really liked werewolves until now. Jacob who? yeah you'll be saying that after you meet Ren and Seamus. The only issue I had was with Shay dissing Pride and Prejudice but other than that he's a perfect potential hero! And Calla? don't mess with her, she'll kick your butt! Don't let the name fool you, she's not the lily-livered type, she perfectly represents the alpha female with great strength and leadership qualities.

Their world may not be perfect but if you're looking for a story with violence and passion this is definitely it. It's making my list for Best-Reads of 2010! Is it time for Wolfsbane yet?

Sidenote: Technically they're not really werewolves, they're Guardians, but I keep calling them werewolves in my head, I can't help it.

To learn more about Nightshade and the author visit:
Andrea's WEBSITE
The Nightshade SITE

*I swapped for this ARC online and was not obligated to review it*

Waiting on Wednesday: City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, Book 4) by Cassandra Clare

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Jill over @
Breaking the Spine hosts a weekly meme that features one book that you can't wait to be released! Be sure to visit Jill's site to see what she and other readers can't wait to get their hands on.

These past few weeks I've been neglecting YA fiction on this blog so I figured I would feature a book in a series that I want to read badly! So far I've only read book 1, City of Bones but this cover is SO awesome I just had to share it! What you think?

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, Book 4) by Cassandra Clare

From Goodreads:
“Love, blood, betrayal and revenge — the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels. Simon Lewis is having some trouble adjusting to his new life as a vampire, especially now that he hardly sees his best friend Clary, who is caught up in training to be a Shadowhunter—and spending time with her new boyfriend Jace. Not to mention that Simon doesn’t quite know how to handle the pressure of not-quite-dating two girls at once. What’s a daylight-loving vampire to do? Simon decides he needs a break and heads out of the city—only to discover that sinister events are following him. Realizing that the war they thought they’d won might not yet be over, Simon has to call on his Shadowhunter friends to save the day — if they can put their own splintering relationships on hold long enough to rise to the challenge.”

Releases April 2011, Available now for Preorder!

It's Not Christmas Until...

I see the Eat 'n Park Christmas tree commercial!

Ever since I can remember the regional restaurant Eat 'n Park, known for their yummy buffet and smiley cookies has had the same Christmas commercial. There are no funky characters and no words till the very end but if you watch it you will know why I love it. If you grew up in the Pittsburgh area, I think no matter how old you are you will always look forward to seeing this commercial around Christmas time.

Merry Christmas!!!

I'm Late Picking Winners :(

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I am SO sorry! I can't believe that I forgot to choose a winner from among you who were nice enough to help me out by commenting on my Christmas wishlist post about ereaders! I AM SO SORRY and since I'm a little late I chose TWO winners using random.org and they are...

Congrats ladies I will be emailing you soon for your address information!

Merry Christmas!!!

Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides Trailer!!!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Squee! It's the trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane and Geoffrey Rush. I am a HUGE fan of the series and even though Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom aren't in it it still looks AWWWWEESOMMMEEE! Can you tell I'm *slightly* excited?

Fiction Review: The Topkapi Secret by Terry Kelhawk

The Topkapi Secret
by Terry Kelhawk
Copyright 2010
Prometheus Books
425 pages
ISBN: 978-1-61614-213-1

From the publisher:
A fourteen hundred year old cover-up…
All who threaten this secret die…
A race through the Middle East to uncover evidence buried in plain sight…

Cultures clash and emotions soar as Arab researcher Mohammed Atareek and American professor Angela Hall race away from death towards discovery. Will they succeed in their journey to expose the truth, or will the opposition terminate them first?

On display within the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul lies the Topkapi Codex—an ancient manuscript of the Koran involved in the murder that split Shiite from Sunni. What’s the truth about the Topkapi Codex? Is there blood on it? Are its contents the same as the modern Koran’s? No one knows because the Topkapi Codex is off limits to research.

Mohammed Atareek is obsessed with getting his hands on this mysterious manuscript. His research has convinced him that the Koran has been changed many times, and the text of the famous codex could prove it. But other scholars are turning up dead. Did they share his conviction? Should he expose himself to their risk?

Angela, a UC Berkeley English professor, married money and kept it; but lost the marriage, most of her family, and a friend under traumatic circumstances. On top of that, she makes a career move that puts her in the Middle East and in Mohammed’s path. His overconfident, witty, and impulsive personality is both puzzling and refreshing to Angela. But when Mohammed tries to engage her in his quest, he finds she has an agenda of her own. Cat and mouse games, heated discussions, and sparks of romance inevitably ensue.

My Review:
Lately I've been on a roll, reading more suspense novels this year than I've read in my entire life. From the looks of my books to be read pile this book, The Topkapi Secret will be the last suspense novel that I review until the new year. What a way to finish off the year! While I've seen this book on a lot of Christian fiction sites it's not Christian fiction but rather religious fiction set around the roots of Islam and the Koran. I don't know a lot about the Islamic faith but I have to admit that this book was really interesting and appeared to be very well researched. Anytime I read a novel where the author provides an appendix of sources that she used I'm more apt to appreciate the story itself. It really shows that the author cared enough about what she wrote and tried to make it as informative as possible while still making great fiction.

If you are a fan of suspense you will not be disappointed in the least. The Topkapi Secret starts out with a murder and the intrigue continues from that point on and doesn't let up. The characters were in a race across the Middle East and Europe, I was always wondering what was going to happen next. In fact, I was on the edge of my seat for most of the story! While mostly serious, there were a few moments of comic relief where I could catch my breath.

The characters of Mohammed and Angela weren't the most dynamic but it was interesting to read a story where two cultures, American and Middle Eastern collided. And while I'm a fan of romance I must say it almost detracted from the story that. The rather silly ending prevented me from giving this book five stars but it's definitely a four star book and I'd like to read what Terry comes out with next.

***PLEASE NOTE: This novel has some language (an abusive man uses abusive language early in the book) and an intimate scene (necessary to the plot development late in the novel).


*Many thanks to Glass Roads PR for providing my complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.*

Special "Top Ten" List

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hey everyone! Be sure to stop by Christian Historical Fiction today where I posted a special Top Ten Christian Historical Fiction book list. It was sooooo hard for me to choose just ten historical books so I can't even begin to imagine how difficult it will be for me to choose ten books for my overall Top Ten Books list later this year for this blog! Please stop by today and comment by leaving your thoughts on my picks and let me know what you would have picked, I would really love to know! Who knows maybe someone will get an idea for a last minute Christmas gift! ;-)

Christian Historical Fiction Top Ten List

My "Grown Up" Barbie Dream House!

Friday, December 10, 2010

The chill in the air, the snow and the holiday songs on the radio have put me in the Christmas spirit. Y'all know I HATE the cold but I do love Christmas. I was even interviewed by Hannah @ Project Journal Blog about the holidays including presents that I wanted but never got. I used to want a Barbie Dream House but they were pretty expensive back in the day so I never got one. Well today my tastes are quite a bit different and a little more grown up but still completely unattainable! A girl can dream though right? Who knows maybe I'll get that dream job soon or win the Power Ball (yeah, I don't play). Here's a pic of my "grown up" Barbie Dream House! You know it probably has a huuuuge library too!

And if you're a fan of old homes and their character and charm check out this site where there are tons of pics of great historic houses that you can buy! I'm warning you though only visit if you have a bunch of free time. ;-)

GO HERE to see my favorite, what do you think?

Waiting on Wednesday: Out of Control (The Kincaid Brides, Book 1) by Mary Connealy

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Jill over @
Breaking the Spine hosts a weekly meme that features one book that you can't wait to be released! Be sure to visit Jill's site to see what she and other readers can't wait to get their hands on.

Mary Connealy is one of my favorite Christian fiction authors, I love the fun and adventure that is pretty much a given in each of her books. I'm excited to read her next series, The Kincaid Brides which starts out with Out of Control. Check out the cute cover!

Out of Control (The Kincaid Brides, Book 1) by Mary Connealy

From the publisher:
Julia Gilliland has always been interested in the natural world around her. She particularly enjoys her outings to the cavern near her father's homestead, where she explores for fossils and formations, and plans to write a book about her discoveries. The cave seems plenty safe--until the day a mysterious intruder steals the rope she uses to find her way out.

Rafe Kincaid has spent years keeping his family's cattle ranch going, all without help from his two younger brothers, who fled the ranch--and Rafe's controlling ways--as soon as they were able. He's haunted by one terrible day at the cave on a far-flung corner of the Kincaid property, a day that changed his life forever. Ready to put the past behind him, he plans to visit the cave one final time. He sure doesn't expect to find a young woman trapped in one of the tunnels--or to be forced to kiss her!

Rafe is more intrigued by Julia than any woman he's ever known, but how can he overlook her fascination with the cave he despises? And when his developing relationship with Julia threatens his chance at reconciliation with his brothers, will he be forced to choose between the family bonds that could restore his trust and the love that could heal his heart?

Available now for pre-order, releases August 2011.

Christian Fiction Review: In Every Heartbeat by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Monday, December 6, 2010

In Every Heartbeat
by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Copyright 2010
Bethany House Publishers
352 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0510-1
Historical Fiction

From the publisher:
Three best friends, three cherished dreams, three searching hearts...

As three friends who grew up in the same orphanage head off to college together, they each harbor a special plan for the future. Libby Conley hopes to become a famous journalist. Pete Leidig believes God has called him to study to become a minister. And Bennett Martin plans to pledge a fraternity, find a place to belong, and have as much fun as possible. But as tensions rise around the world on the brink of World War I, the friends' differing aspirations and opinions begin to divide them, as well.

When Libby makes a shocking discovery about Pete's family, will it drive a final wedge between the friends or bond them in ways they never anticipated?

My Review:
Kim Vogel Sawyer has written some wonderful stories these past few years, it's easy to see why she's made a name for herself as a top Christian fiction author. With her knack for telling sweet stories with faith and love at the heart I always find her books to be enjoyable reads and recommend them to those who love romance.

Her latest book, In Every Heartbeat takes place in the early part of the 20th century with three very different characters who are coming of age and attending university. While Kim's naturally easy paced style is present and her characters making some tough choices I just could not connect with the characters. Libby Conley, the heroine just seemed immature to me. With jealousy and campus antics it all seemed a bit juvenile and not something I was expecting from three orphans who had to "grow up" fast. However, I will say this, as the story progressed Libby did seem to mature but I was kind of left hanging as to what happened with Bennett.

I was never bored with the story and was very interested in the lives of the Leidig family and hope to see more of them in the future. I would like to see them as adults and see what they did with their lives and what they made of themselves. I love the themes of this story including that love and God are always with us in our hearts.

To learn more about the author visit:
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*I received my complimentary review copy from Bethany House in exchange for posting my honest review.*

Love Finds You Blog Party!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Be sure to stop by today through December 10 and visit Amber at her blog, Seasons of Humility. If you're a fan of the Love Finds You series published by Summerside Press featuring some of today's finest Christian fiction authors you will want to check out all the fun giveaways and events she has planned. To visit click the button below and let her know Renee sent you! ;-)


Christmas Interview and Giveaway!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Hannah @ Project Journal interviewed me about my favorite things of the holiday season. If you stop by be sure to enter my giveaway there!

Please visit Hannah's blog today and all month long for great guest/author interviews and giveaways.