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.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Love On A Dime
Cara Lynn James

Around the time of the turn of the century, society had it's rules to be followed. Reading what were called dime novels, was not something a lady from society should be doing. Writing these cheap novels could bring shame and loss of respect by others, to anyone who authors these novels. Lilly is the main character who just happens to write "dime novels' under the nom de plume of Fannie Cole. While vacationing in Newport Rhode Island and working on her latest dime novel, Lilly finds that a house guest from her past is also there. The man she was in love with has returned as a self-made successful business man, not the poor young man that her family had feared Lilly would want to marry. Lilly is being courted by a somewhat dull, but rich man that her family approves of. The story brings us through the trials and tribulations of coming to grips with Lilly's painful decision to marry her current beau or go against what everyone thinks is best for her.
Although you might think that the story will go as you expect it to, there is a lot of interesting turns to this story. Various family members have their own secrets and problems and the personalities of some of the other characters will hold your interest throughout this book.

This book was provided to me for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Scars and Stilettos Blog Tour

For more information on the blog tour please use the link up above.

Scars and Stilettos by Harmony Dust.

This book is about an exotic dancer who is able to turn her life around. The author tells us about her childhood, the lack of guidance by responsible people, and how she wound up as an exotic dancer but found her way to Christ.

If you have ever wondered about the how and why of exotic dancers, this book will open your eyes. After reading Harmony's story about the abuse, rapes and lack of decent role models throughout her childhood, you will begin to understand how a girl/woman can turn to exotic dancing to make money and support themselves. Unfortunately there isn't any real satisfaction in this type of occupation. Money isn't everything and lack of self-esteem just leads to more unhappiness.
Scars and Stilettos is a gripping story that will hold your interest through until the very end. It's nicely written and I recommend it to anyone who is in this line of work and wants to get out or to anyone who just wants to understand how or why women get into this type of work.

Scars and Stilettos was provided to me by Litfuse to read and give my personal review of the book.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hearts Awakening by Delia Parr

Secrets and misunderstandings abound in this historical romance book. Elvira Kilmer is in need of a job and Jackson Smith needs a housekeeper and someone to help with his two young sons after the death of his wife, the boys mother.

There is some tension in this book. Tension between the characters and tension in the reader wanting to know how this story will finally end. The author leads us through the story without a lot of explanation, so we are often wanting to know more, but answers come at the author's own pace. "Every wrong should be made right, and no right should be forgotten." (Gram, a character in the story), It is an interesting story and does keep your interest throughout the entire book.

This book was provided to me by Bethany House to read and review.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Sixteen widows who are left to carry on their lives without their husbands are given the choice of being at the mercy of relatives, or going west to Nebraska to start a new life claiming land and supporting themselves. Unbeknownst to the women involved, they were meant to be brides, not land owners when they arrived at their destination. Some of the ladies were satisfied to become brides again, but others were not happy with that idea at all. This is the story of those brave women who continued with their quest to own land and to support themselves.

I really enjoyed reading and learning a little about what women and men faced in setting up a new homestead on the prairies of Nebraska. The characters are interesting and likable and that makes the story easy to read. This book has much to offer anyone who is interested in how women lived back in the 1870's. The story flows nicely and is hard to put down once you start reading this story.

Bethany House Publishers provided this book to me free, to read and review.