Friday, November 28, 2014

Fountain Creek Chronicles / Book 3

We're finally on my favorite book of this series! Yeah. After reading this book those who know me will have figured out why it's my favorite one. The main character is French! (I think I've mentioned I have a love for all things French :) I've even been trying to learn the language for a couple years now. Slow process but I've definitely accomplished some. The only problem is I don't think a native French would be able to understand me. :P
 
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Hope y'all enjoy this book as much as I did.
Book Title: Remembered
Book Series: Fountain Creek Chronicles (Book 3)
Author: Tamera Alexander
 
 
Description:
The threat of war--and a final request--send Véronique Girard from France to a distant and uninviting country. In the Colorado Territory, she searches for the man who has held her heart since childhood--her father. Pierre Girard left Paris for the Americas to seek his fortune in fur trading, vowing to send for his wife and daughter. But twenty-five years have passed and his vow remains unfulfilled. Sifting through shards of broken promises, Véronique embarks on a dangerous search for a man she scarcely remembers.
 
His grief finally healed, Jack Brennan is moving on with life. After years of guiding families west, he is now working as a freighter to the mining towns surrounding Willow Springs. What he doesn't count on is an unexpected traveling companion on his trips up into the mountains, and how one woman's search will cause havoc with his plans . . . and his life.
 
My Review: Remembered was a great book, and not just because there was a French person in it. :) I liked the characters of Jack Brennan and Véronique Girard. The story always kept your attention and there was a good message of Christ's love and forgiveness. It was also sporadically funny; which makes me like a book even more--a great ending book for a great series.
 
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Would I recommend this book? Yes. This book is for anyone who likes novels with a Christian and western theme, plenty of adventure, romance, and a great message.
 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Releases: Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café

Book Title: Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café
Publishing Date: February 17, 2015

Description:
What if you could ask God anything? What would you ask? And how would he answer?
 
Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help. Better yet, a miracle.

Then a curious stranger lands at Chelsea's door, and with him, an even more curious string of events. Soon, customers are flocking to the Higher Grounds Café, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They've come for the internet connection to the divine. Now the café has become the go-to place for people in search of answers to life's biggest questions.

When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.
 
My Review: This is my favorite book by Max Lucado; at least novel wise. I love the way his books have such a depth to them. Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café had a great storyline. I loved all the characters, especially Sawyer and Manny. Manny was so sweet and his antics were quite funny. Sawyer, even though he had made lots of mistakes, had a determination and persistence I really admired. I especially liked "the God Blog" but I don't want to spoil the book so I'll let you read it for yourself and find out why. I'm sure you'll be awed by it too--I definitely recommend this book for all to read.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Note: I received this book through NetGalley. http://netgalley.com

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fountain Creek Chronicles / Book 2

Happy 2nd week of November! It's only snowed here once so far this month. Well, at least a snow that counted anyway; it's yet to cover the ground. But we do have four days of snow in the forecast for later this week so who knows, right? I'm really looking forward to Winter this year. I mean, I always look forward to it, always hope for a TON of snow :D but even more so this year with plans for skiing.

This week's book is the second in the Fountain Creek Chronicles series. Revealed is the story of Annabelle Grayson; a previous character in Rekindled. The majority of Tamera Alexander's books have a story of forgiveness and forgetting the past and Revealed is no exception. Annabelle's past is far from perfect; in fact most people avoid her because of it but she learns that in Christ all things are made new, including her. (2 Cor. 5:17)
Hope you enjoy,


Book Title: Revealed
Book Series: Fountain Creek Chronicles (Book 2)
Author: Tamera Alexander

Description: Annabelle Grayson has been given a second chance at life, but she can't claim it with the cloud of her past hanging over her in Willow Springs. After her husband dies, she advertises for a trail guide to accompany her to land waiting for her in Idaho--and a most unlikely candidate applies for the job.

Matthew Taylor is a man on the run, with consequences of past mistakes pursuing him at every turn. Meeting Annabelle Grayson the first time was unpleasant enough, but when she crosses his path again, her presence in his life--and what she reveals--is devastating. If given a single wish, Matthew would turn back time and right a grievous wrong. If given a second wish, he would make Annabelle Grayson pay.

My Review: Revealed tells the story of two characters, Annabelle and Matthew, both running from their pasts. When their lives are brought together, although alike in many ways, the two don't get along. In fact, there's more hate in their relationship than love in the beginning. I liked the main character Matthew but I sympathized for Annabelle because she really was such a sweet person and no one could see that because they shied from her past. I was glad when the book ended it summed up their story like I hoped it would.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Would I recommend this book? Yes. This book is for anyone who likes novels with a Christian and western theme, plenty of adventure, romance, and a great message.

Friday, November 7, 2014

New Releases: To Everything a Season

Book Title: To Everything a Season
Publishing Date: October 14, 2014

Description: Trygve Knutson is devoted to his family and his community. With his job on the construction crew, he is helping to build a future for the North Dakota town of Blessing. Though he loves his home, he sometimes dreams of other horizons--especially since meeting Miriam Hastings.

Miriam is in Blessing to get practical training to become an accredited nurse. She's been promised a position in the Chicago women's hospital that will enable her to support her siblings and her ailing mother. Although eager to return to her family, Miriam is surprised to find how much she enjoys the small town of Blessing. And her growing attachment to Trygve soon has her questioning a future she always considered set in stone.

When a family emergency calls Miriam home sooner than planned, will she find a way to return? If not, will it mean losing Trygve--and her chance at love--for good?

My Review: I had a really hard time finishing this book. It was a slow story and the main character, Miriam didn't even come into the story until the book was half way over! That struck me a little odd. Also, although To Everything a Season was the first book in the series it was like a middle one. The author didn't explain who everyone was and it was like she just expected us to know; so I was a little lost while reading. I liked the Christian message in the book but it's not on my to-read-again list.

My Rating: ⭐⭐
Note: I received this book through NetGalley. http://netgalley.com

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fountain Creek Chronicles / Book 1

I am so sorry everyone for not having posted anything in a long time. With school and all my other activities and projects the time has really zoomed by. Although it's not my favorite season, Autumn sure is a pretty time. The vibrant change of the leaves' colors and the crisp smell in the air. One of my favorite things about this season is all the baked goods made from apples. Apple crisp, apple pie, apple cider, dried apples, apple sauce, apple fritters... You definitely can't beat all that. :) We just got our first snowfall this weekend. Yeah! Winter's on it's way.

I recently read this series of Tamera Alexander's and decided it would be nice one to review for the upcoming weeks. There are three books in the Fountain Creek Chronicles: Rekindled, Revealed, and Remembered. My very favorite is the book three but I really enjoyed all of them.

593031Book Title: Rekindled
Author: Tamera Alexander
Series: Fountain Creek Chronicles (Book 1)

Description: Ten years ago Kathryn Jennings mad a vow. For better or worse. And that promise still holds true, even though her marriage has not turned out as she expected. When her husband fails to return home one stormy winter night, she struggles to keep their ranch, but her efforts are blocked at every turn. After a shocking glimpse into her husband's past, Kathryn uncovers a hidden truth. What she wouldn't give to turn back time and be able to love her husband for the man he was, not for the man she always wanted him to be.
Larson Jennings has spent his entire life running from a broken past, unable to trust, reluctant to try again. One fateful night, his life takes an unexpected twist, and soon he is forced to make a choice. Whatever he chooses, his decision may cost him his life.

My Review: This was a great book. Just reading the tagline made me excited to start it. I loved the characters. They were inspiring and as I read I wanted to be more like them. I just recently heard of Tamera Alexander and now she's on my list of favorite authors. I've already read all of her books.  :)

Rekindled was an exciting and inspiring book. You will not be able to put it down.

My Rating:  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Would I recommend this book? Yes, most definitely.