The review of books on this site, are my own opinions. I have either bought these books, borrowed these books or been given an advanced reader's copy to review. I never receive any money for my personal reviews.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God

Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God by Sheila Walsh

Sheila Walsh writes about her own experiences while giving us excerpts from the Bible to show us that others have also faced challenges in their lives. The main message throughout the book is let us know that God is in control and that we must trust God and allow ourselves to follow Him. We all have tough patches to get through, but trusting that God will bring us through if we just trust Him is what we need to do.

Although this type of book is not what I normally read, I did enjoy it and recommend it to others. At times some of us feel like we are the only ones who have ever had troubles in our lives. Hearing stories from the Bible helps to remind us that everyone has rough patches along the way in life and that we must not give up or be ashamed if we feel that we have failed in some way. At times in this book, I felt a bit sceptical about the simple message to just follow God. It's not always that clear to most of us as to which way to go or what to do. It would make everything a lot easier to just be able to accept that God has a plan for each of us. I do recommend this book to everyone, especially women who have doubts about their own lives and need to be reassured that God does have a plan and that we all can follow Him where he leads us.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Snow lol

For whatever reason, we didn't receive any mail on Friday of last week. Saturday mail delivery was canceled because of the "big" snow storm. Whatever happened to "neither snow nor sleet nor gloom of night, shall keep these brave curriers from their rounds"? Nevermind, I guess they just don't make mail personnel like they used to lol. Just kidding, I know safety is most important. Anyway, there wasn't much mail of importance delivered today. Most importantly, I was hoping for some new books to review, in my mailbox today. Now it's snowing again and I kind of think there won't be any mail delivery again tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sue Grafton

Did I mention that Sue Grafton is one of my favorite authors? Well she really is one of most favorite. She writes mysteries that have each started with a letter of the alphabet in order, such as A is for Alibi, B is for Burglar. The newest one is U is for Undertow. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy and read it. It's a bit sad that she is running out of alphabet. Maybe numbers will be next or who knows what will be next. I just hope she keeps writing and uses her main character, Kinsey Milhone in many more books to come.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Lethal Legacy by Linda Fairstein

I love a good mystery and Linda Fairstein writes really intriguing ones, set in New York. There is always a bunch of interesting information thrown in concerning the sites used in her story. This story delves into the theft of missing maps, books and artwork that have been donated to the main library system in New York City. Facts about restoration are interesting to read if you like old books as I do. The plot involves murders, thefts and much more as you learn about the various characters and the history of the New York Public Library. I recommend this book highly.

The Devil's Queen by Jeanne Kalogridis

This is a novel about Catherine de Medici. I am not a historian, so I have no way of knowing how accurate this story is. It held my interest throughout the story and is an enjoyable read. There are parts that are quite graphic and if you are sensitive to violent descriptions of sex and corporal punishment, then parts of this book may offend you. In spite of Catherine's dependence on Ruggiero, a medieval psychic, spells and good luck charms, I enjoyed reading it very much. It is a complex tale of how royalty spread their influence into many areas of the world. Wars and weddings were used to unite or to take over various kingdoms. This may not be totally factual, but it is interesting to read.

Why should I review books?

Have you ever read a negative review on the back of a book? Hopefully I will be able to give you both sides of a review. There are few books that I absolutely hated, but a few that were a bit hard on my nerves to get through. For instance, some of the books by Diane Mott Davidson have really tried my patience with her relationship with her son. She is a bit too protective in my opinion and it bothers me the way she handles him. Her relationships with various men in her life is also a bit bothersome to my way of thinking. I have read most of her books and do like them though. I have even tried a few of the recipes found in her books and enjoyed them.

Some of my favorite authors

Most of the books that I read are mysteries with strong central women characters. Here are a few of my favorites: Lisa Scottoline, Anne Perry, Jan Burke, Carol O'Connell, Kathy Reichs,  Carolyn Hart and Laura Lippman. I also read Mauve Binchy and a few other non-mystery writers.


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