Engaging, Quick Read

Very rarely does a book truly draw me in during the first chapter but Shadows on the Sand by Gayle Roper succeeded in this. Immediately I was drawn to the characters and want to see them get their happy ending.

Carrie Carter runs a small café in the town of Seaside, New Jersey and has a thing for one of her customers. Her past life has made trusting people tough for Carrie. Greg Barnes experienced a horrible tragedy in his life three years ago and isn’t sure he is ready to find love again.

When one of Carrie’s employees (Jase) is found dead, there is a lot of speculation about who murdered the boy. Was it Bill, the boyfriend of another of Carrie’s employees who got in a fight with Jase the night he went missing? Was it Chaz, the drug dealer who almost killed Greg when he was evicted? Or was it someone else?

There is a lot going on in this book which I believe is why I enjoyed this book so much. The mentions of modern-day communications such as Twitter and Facebook are amusing.  And the author deals with some really tough issues such as widows, runaways and cults.

Shadows on the Sand was such an enjoyable read for me, I have added more of Gayle Roper’s books to my “to be read” list!

 

***Multnomah Publishing provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Do you Wog?

What is a wog you might ask? Well, it’s a combination between a walk and a jog. It’s what I try and do three times a week for three miles each time. I am S-L-O-W SLOW when it comes to running but I refuse to let that stop me from getting out there and getting some good cardio exercise in as well as some fresh air! So Woggers, unite, we are not alone.

As John “The Penguin” Bingham says, “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”

 

End of week 2: food tracked every day. Just started exercising 60 minutes 6 days a week!!!

Weight: 243.4!!

A Great Role Model for Today’s Teenage Girl

Teenage girls today are surrounded with poor influences and role models. Addy Davidson is someone who girls can both relate to and admire in Krista McGee’s latest book, First Date.

Addy Davidson, a regular (and maybe even a little boring) high school student, is focused on her studies and getting into a good college. One day she is called to the Principal’s office and her world is turned upside down. He has chosen Addy to go on a reality television show in which the winning girl will go to prom with the President’s son.

Resistant at first, Addy just wants to get kicked out of the competition and get back to her life. As the competition continues, however, she forms some great friendships and builds her faith in God as she follows the call to share her faith with those around her. Sometimes she fails miserably but other times she steps out of her comfort zone and shares her faith.

Loosely modeled after the story of Esther, First Date is a great read for Jr. or Sr. high aged girls. McGee does a wonderful job of bringing the reader into the story and rooting for the main character throughout the story.

***Thomas Nelson provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Happy New You–Week 1

Week one of 2012 has gone well. The calendar is really working for me. It’s small enough that I can carry it every where with me and track everything!! I have track everything and stayed within my WW points!!

My exercise regime is also falling back into place. This week I spent 45 minutes on the BOSU, played Zumba 2 for Wii for 45 minutes, worked out 3 days during lunch for 30 minutes and ran both Thursday and Saturday. While I was out struggling to finish my 5k run this morning, I talked myself into signing up to do the Country Music half marathon again this year. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve done it so this will definitely be a challenge.

BLC18 starts this Wednesday. I’m excited to share the challenges I have created with our Sapphires team!! Everyone is checking in this weekend and it’s been fun to meet the newcomers and catch up with the returnees. I feel like I haven’t been far from the computer all weekend.

Wednesday weigh ins will show the results of this week’s progress!!

Last Wednesday weigh in: 245.2

Sunday: BOSU 30 minutes

Monday: off

Tuesday: 30 minutes Jillian Michaels 30 day shred level 1

Wednesday: 45 minutes Zumba Wii

Thursday: 36 minute run; 30 minutes Jillian Michaels 6 week 6 pack

Friday: 30 minutes Turbo Fire

Saturday: 50 minute run

Mrs. T.D. Jakes Tries Her Hand at Fiction….And Succeeds!!

When I first received this book my first thought upon seeing the author’s name, Serita Jakes, was, “I wonder if she is related to Bishop T. D. Jakes.” When I read the author information on the back cover, I discovered the author is his wife.

The Crossing isn’t a book where everything is wrapped up in a neat little package by page 300. Instead if mimics life. Some characters have a happy ending while others do not.

Ten years ago, a group of students coming home from a football game witness the murder of their teacher and cheerleading coach on the bus they are all on. Fast forward to present day and the still unsolved murder is being re-investigated by the ADA. The main character, Claudia, was best friends with the woman who was murdered and is still struggling with the whole thing. Her husband, Victor, is the ADA who re-opens the investigation in hopes of helping his wife overcome her panic attacks. And Casio Hightower was a student who was on the bus that night and is now a cop who wants in on the investigation.

Jakes does a wonderful job of integrating these stories and showing how years of suppressed memories and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has affected the individuals who witnessed the murder. She also does an excellent job of showing how some people are able to overcome that darkness but others succumb to it. I highly recommend this one.

 

****This book was provided to me by Waterbrook Press free of charge in exchange for an honest review.