Thursday, December 5, 2013

Welcome to the town of Clairmont Texas



I won a copy of Lie Still by Julia Heaberlin from Random House in their mystery
giveaway.  Thank you for sending the copy.    Emily and Mike move to the town of Clairmont to start over and make a career change.

Synopsis:

Caroline Warwick has invited Emily to be part of a special club that includes women who are just dying to get in.  She does not share their excitement about being involved in this club although her husband Mike encourages her to be part.  This club involves secrets that Emily does not want to share.  One secret that is she was raped in college and her rapist murdered.    One day Caroline goes missing and Mike rethinks his encouragement of her being involved in town life.  Especially after Emily’s stalker follows them to Clairmont and continues to leave her presents.  What really happened to Caroline?  Why is Emily being stalked?

My Thoughts:

Lie Still is a very entertaining novel!  It is very engrossing!  I had a hard time with some parts of the novel because they were very detail oriented. I wondered why some sections were important to know? The author is very deceptive and keeps you guessing as to what is going on next.

The characters in this novel are unforgettable.  Emily tells the story and it is told from her point of view.  You feel her frustration at wanting to know what is going on?  Why are the women in the town so secretive?  The most unforgettable women to me were Misty, Letty, and Liesl.  They all play an important part in the story.

Rating:

3.75/5

Please visit Julia on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her website.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

How to Find Hope in Places of Sorrow



Thank you to Netgalley and Tyndale House for my review copy.  Most of you are
familiar with conflict diamonds, but are you also familiar with conflict minerals?  The story of Congo Dawn centers around one of those conflict minerals.

Synopsis:

Robin has taken one last job with Ares Solution a company that is known for its employment of exmilitary.  Robin’s job is specifically as a translator since she is fluent with both French and Swahili.  The purpose of this job is to provide enough money for her niece to have a surgery she really needs.    Her team is searching for a leader of an insurgent party named Jini.  They are trying to help a mine be able to bring out more molybdenum. One thing she did not count on is running into Doctor Michael Stewart.  Robin has many questions for him from their past.  How will their past affect the future?  What is really going on in Ituri province?

My Thoughts:

One verse reoccurs often throughout the novel Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” (Biblegateway.com)  The question becomes what are we seeing in the lower story or our circumstances?  What does God see?  I have felt recently that it is easier to get lost in the lower story and not see God’s light through our circumstances. 

I am a huge fan of Jeanette Windle’s work.  I have read every one of her adult novels except for one.  I am always excited to share a new release.  The only part of the novel that I did not enjoy is the lag in the story sometimes. Congo Dawn focuses on the suffering of the Congolese people, but yet they continue to have hope and faith in God.  For Robin the main character what does that mean with what she had been taught growing up?

Rating:

4.25/5

Please visit Jeanette on her Facebook page and her website.

Sunday, December 1, 2013