Good Beach Read


I admit it, I’m a fan of Chick Lit. Bittersweet Surrender by Diann Hunt fits the definition of Chick Lit. If you can overlook some of the inconsistencies in the story line, then the book is just a fun read for a day when you want something light to get through.


Carly Westfield loves her chocolate spa. It is her dream. The spa, however, has some financial difficulties. Carly’s best friend, Scott, has come in to help her with her books. The financial issues at the spa is not the only problem in Carly’s life. She has a brother who is always asking for her to bail him out of trouble with his gambling debts, her step-mother has moved in and the guy she likes is moving back to town so she needs to lose 25 pounds fast! And on top of all of that, her ex-husband also left her when she was in the middle of breast cancer treatments.


From the beginning of the book, you determine who you want Carly to be with and there is no surprise there but getting to that point is full of ups and downs for the characters in Bittersweet Surrender. It’s a light, enjoyable read if you are not looking for anything with deep spiritual meaning.


***Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a free copy of this e-book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Seven Broken People, One Old Van

Tim Owens

I personally have never been on a search committee and if one has ever visited a church I was attending, they did a good job of blending in. Tim Owens’ first novel, The Search Committee, gives a very unique insight into the role of the search committee from the committee’s point of view. Weaving humor and heart-felt moments into the story, Owens’ does a wonderful job of developing characters you want to see have a happy ending.

Seven people are on the hunt for a new pastor for their church. As they travel through a few southern states, sneaking into different churches (even different denominations) to hear each of the pastors speak, each person forms their own opinions of who should be their next pastor. Each person is also struggling with something in their personal lives and trying to sort that out as well.

This book is not about the actual search for a pastor, it is more about the people looking for the perfect replacement. It is about people dealing with the trials, sin and struggles in their lives and strengthening relationships. Sure the book takes a few chapters to get in to but once you’re in, you want to see what happens to each member of the search committee.

***This book was provided to me free of charge by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review