25 Book Reviews

Monday, November 19, 2012

A New Take of Taming of the Shrew- THE AMISH VERSION!!

"Courting Cate"
The Courtship of Lancaster County, book 1
           By Leslie Gould
Leslie has truly written a winner with this book. It is a totally different take on "The Taming of the Shrew", Amish style, and she does it in a unique , appealing style. The first book grabs your attention and you are unable to put this book down!!! It has to be read  AND fast!!! You are compelled to find out what happens!! Twists and turns in the plot keep you engrossed and at times, even totally confused.
The characters, although realistic , are so different from one another. They are described with such detail that you feel they become one with you. You feel the hurts, temper tantrums, as well as the joys and fears that the characters experience..Cate,  with the sharp tongue, and fiery temper , seems to be out of character, with her beauty and striking appearance. She has driven away every suitor who has come her way. Her sister, Betsy, on the other hand, is sweet, lovable and flirty. She has attracted  more bachelors in Lancaster County than you can count. 
Then, we come to the father of these two very different girls. He is a very wealthy, strong willed man who has made a rule that is upsetting and heartbreaking to his two daughters. He has said that Betsy cannot marry until Cate is settled in a permanent relationship and married. BUT untameable Cate will not cooperate . She has driven away every available suitor, UNTIL  Pete , a great , stubborn, determined man arrives on the scene. He is prodded by men in the area to take a chance and win  Cate's hand, , BUT she wonders, is his interest true or is it because of a scheme?????
You will have to read to discover the answer to this strange situation. I found this book so hard to put down, that it was completed in a day and a half.

Well done, Leslie!! A five star book!!!!!!

About Leslie Gould:
Leslie has been the coauthor of the bestselling book "The Amish Midwife, winner of  the 2012  Christy Award for Contemporary Series. She has an MFA in creative writing  and lives with her husband and four children in Portland, Oregan.

Friday, November 9, 2012

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Another Number One Romantic Suspence
                By Kristen HeitzmannThe Breath Of Dawn

Taken from book cover:
“Heitzmann weaves a many-layered tale keeping readers entertained and wondering when the next bit of drama will occur.” –Publishers Weekly
Corporate turnaround specialist Morgan Spencer, dubbed the “success guru,” has a Midas touch in business. But losing his wife sent him to the brink, and his two-year-old daughter, Livie, is all he’s living for–until they encounter a woman whose trouble just might draw him out of his own.
Four years ago Quinn Reilly did the right thing. Now the man her testimony put in jail is getting out. Though she has put up barriers to protect herself and those around her, she has come to care for the Spencer family, especially the winsome Livie and her mercurial father. Unwilling to put them at risk when the threats begin, she requests something she hopes the super-successful Morgan might be able to deliver.
Fixing problems is what Morgan does best, but his counterproposal takes them in a direction neither is equipped to handle. Determined to confront the past,

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Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of over a dozen novels, including “Freefall”, “Halos”, “A Rush of Wings”, and the Christy Award winner “Secrets”. She and her husband, Jim, and their family live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she serves as worship leader in their church. Visit www.kristenheitzmann.com for more.
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My Opinion and Views of this book:

Opening this book, was like breaking into a box of specialty chocolates, knowing that it will be a great experience, but also being surprised at what is found in each individual candy, BUT, instead of a taste of chocolate , we have a DELICIOUS mystery/thriller/ romance!. This was my feeling when I started reading Kristen's book!!  You can't eat just one!! You can't read just one chapter! Once you start, you are hooked, until you have read that last page at the end of the book.  Her ability to grab your interest on the first page is outstanding. I just HAD to read to find out what happened next and next and next!!
The characters are described in such vivid detail, they become one with us, a very dear friend  or member of the family. You find yourself thinking for them and wanting to give advice or at times, a big hug. The struggles that are felt within each, becomes YOUR'S! The joys and happiness , as well as the tears and fears are also felt deeply within the reader. It is that feeling that keeps you totally engrossed in this book.
Kristen is also very talented at developing a main plot with subplots, each one, enveloping you in a sense of intrigue, mystery and love.
The twists and turns keep you guessing and wondering if the past will be confronted. Will the characters survive to build a future?

This is truly a mind boggling story- wondering what will occur next, a book of showing the importance of trusting God and using your faith to plan the future, all in God's timing. Will the main characters survive long enough to do so??

Definitely a five star book!! Keep them coming , Kristen!

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Another Fantastic Read by One of My Favorite Authors, Vannetta Chapman!

An Amish Proposal for Christmas  By Vannetta Chapman Synopsis: Her deepest Christmas wish will bring more than she imagined…in this novel by...