Share Your Love of Christian Fiction with your Teenage Daughter(s)

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If you are a reader of Christian Fiction, there is a chance you have read at least one of Colleen Coble’s many books. In Search and Rescue, written with Robin Caroll, she takes younger readers into her popular Rock Harbor series.

Fourteen-year-old Emily O’Reilly knows what she wants to do when she grows up. She wants to work in Search and Rescue just like her stepmother. While trying to earn money for her own puppy selling some of her handmade jewelry at a local celebration, Emily is accused of stealing an expensive necklace from another artist. Feeling that no one believes that she is innocent, Emily decides she is going to prove her innocence on her own.

Coble and Caroll do a great job of writing for middle school age children, touching on a few subjects that are very relevant (mean girls, fear of parents getting divorced and boys to name a few). An engaging, quick read with a good message and interesting, uplifting characters Search and Rescue would be a great addition to your young reader’s library.

*****Thomas Nelson Publishing provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. I was not compensated in any way for this review.

A Story of Healing and Friendship

I have had Finding Our Way Home by Charlene Ann Baumbich for close to a year now. It has taken me a while to pick it up to read because it’s not my usual type of book (I’m a fan of the suspense/mysteries or the full on romances). I finally determined to read through this book this weekend. And what surprised me the most was how quickly I read through the book.

Sasha Davis, a ballerina, has returned to her small Minnesota town to recover from career-ending injuries. Evelyn Burk is a spunky, determined young lady who has taken on the task of taking care of Ms. Davis. Both women have hurts in their life and at first butt heads but as they spend time together, learning more about each other, they develop an unlikely friendship. Through their time sharing together, both grow in their faith and their hurts and wounds begin to heal.

I did find the part with the snow globe a little hokey but other than that, it was a fairly decent read. And while a little slow at the beginning as you are introduced to the characters, Finding Our Way Home has a lot of heart. You begin to feel for each of the characters and want them to find their happy endings. If you struggle with friendships with other females, this book just might give you a peek at what a true relationship should include.

****Multnomah Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. I was not compensated in any way for this review.

Depends on the Reader

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I chose to review The Whisper Theory written by Amber Albee Swenson because no one else had reviewed it yet. After reading a few chapters of the book, I began to see why. In the preface there is a comment about how it is not the author’s intent to put a heavy burden on teens. That was the first clue.

Meghan Shanahan believes she is a good Christian and is determined to influence her two college roommates—Carol and Jeff. What she didn’t count on was the power of their influence on her. Through a series of bad choices, Meghan ends up with a broken heart. Will Meghan turn her hurt and despair over to God or will she turn from him completely?

My major issue with this book is that I feel like someone who is secure enough in their faith to share it constantly with others would reflect on what they were doing wrong. In The Whisper Theory, the main character makes bad choice after bad choice with no reflection on her decisions (other than mentioning she’s never done that before). She doesn’t pray about anything and doesn’t spend time in God’s word, even though she talks to her roommates about needing to be in God’s word.

There was a lot going on in this book and after each chapter of the fiction story, there is a chapter that is a Bible study which is really confusing at first. I could see this being used as a girl’s Bible Study but would not recommend teenage/college age girls read it themselves.

****Thomas Nelson Publishing provided me with a free eCopy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.

Austen Fans Rejoice

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I am a fan of all things Jane Austen. I read Pride and Prejudice every year and have read a lot of the books of what happens after. For the past couple of months I have been absorbed in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. The online, updated adaptation of P&P but those ended last Thursday. I had been looking for something else to fill that void. I happened to be posting my last review on Booksneeze and caught a glimpse of another reviewers post on The Heiress of Winterwood and immediately know what I would be reading next.

Amelia Barrett, heiress to a large estate, made a promise to her friend that she would take care of her baby, Lucy. She is willing to do whatever it takes to keep that promise. Captain Graham Sterling is an honorable man who wants the best for his child. Is Amelia’s proposition the best course for all of them? How will Amelia’s family and fiancée hand the new? And then Lucy goes missing and a ransom note appears and all plans are put on hold while Graham and Amelia desperately begin the search for the babe.

My only complaint about Sarah E. Ladd’s book is that it ended!! I would have loved an epilogue in this book but since the cover shows that this is the first book in what I am hoping is a long series, I hope to see Amelia and Graham again. This was a wonderfully written regency-era novel that was a fast read. I was so engrossed in the story that I did not want to put the book down and read it in a day’s time. The faith aspects of this book fit into the story well and didn’t feel contrived as they tend to be in a lot of Christian Fiction. This book and this author has become one of my favorites in one reading.

****Thomas Nelson Publishing provided me with a free copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Forgiving and Letting Go of the Bitterness

I would say that is the major theme in The House that Love Built written by Beth Wiseman. There is also the theme of family (no matter whether it’s traditional or untraditional, the love family is what makes us who we are). This is the first book I have read written by Wiseman. An Amazon search shows she has written several books, most of which look like they are in an Amish setting. The House that Love Built is not set in an Amish Community. It is a modern day love story.

Brooke Holloway is learning to survive as a young widow with two young kids. Owen Saunders has survived a bitter divorce and has bought a local mansion (with a mysterious history) to spite his ex-wife as she had always wanted to restore a large house in Smithville, Texas. Brooke has always wondered about the secret to the Hadley mansion and when she meets Owen she is excited about the possibility of getting inside to look around. What starts as a friendship soon blossoms into more but are these two people ready for another chance at love?

This book was a very quick and easy read. The mystery of the house was definitely a small part of the story. My only complaint about the book was that it seemed like to author was determined to introduce us to every character in the book in the first two chapters so it got a little muddled. As I continued reading, though, things started to make sense and I was able to keep up with who everyone was. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something that is probably pretty typical Christian Chick Lit.

*****Thomas Nelson Publishing provided me with a free copy of this eBook in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not compensated in any way for this review.