Friday, May 29, 2015

Can A New Ministry Be a Good Thing? By Josephine Mattia



Thank you to Karla Akins and Harbourlight Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  One woman breaks down stereotypes of bikers and uses faith in this wonderful novel, by Karla Akins.

Synopsis:

As a Christian woman, Kirstie Donovan tries her best to live up to her roles: as a Pastor’s wife, Mother, and Friend. Kirstie makes a choice to make time for her. At the beginning of the novel, we see her attending a meeting at the First Independent Christian Community Center in Eel Falls, Indiana.  Her husband, Pastor Aaron Donovan resides as Pastor.   She lives in a bubble, and is always catering to everyone’s needs as a Wife, Friend, and Mother. Kirstie never has time to do things for herself, so with the support of her friend Reba she gets to fulfill her childhood dream by riding a Bubblegum Pink Motorcycle named Heaven. Lily and Opal also came along for the ride with both Kirstie and Reba. The four of them start a group called Lady Eels on Wheels. Together they have a lot to learn. Kirstie learns that biking can not only be fun, but a ministry.  Will others approve of her ministry? Does she feel that is she is making a difference?

My Thoughts:

Words cannot describe how I enjoyed this book. The book hits home on many levels, yet contains messages everyone can relate to. You learn about stepping out in faith. How God puts your faith to test. Ms. Akins did a magnificent job presenting the characters that you can relate, to as a reader. Opal and I have many similarities such as being shy and unsure of ourselves. She breaks out of her shell and falls in love with a biker, named Atticus. I also loved how Ms. Akins presented a real, honest portrayal of Bikers. For someone growing up in a Christian environment, I can understand that there are people like Berenice and Norman. The writing is incredible, and I hope that the writer continues to create stories like this in the future.

Rating: 5/5

Please visit Karla Akins on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

What Would Life Be Like…?



Thank you to Tandem Literary and Harper Collins for a copy of The Bookseller in exchange for an honest review.  Congratulations to Cynthia Swanson on her debut novel. Any novel that has aspects of a bookstore or the seller sparks my interest.  I hope this one will spark your interest too!  What would happen if you could have taken a different path in your life?  Would anything be missing or different?

Synopsis: 

Katharyn Andersson asks herself this question each time she takes us to Kitty’s life.  Katharyn is married to Lars with three children.  She has a house in a nice neighborhood in Denver. Her parents are there to help out.  In the other world of Kitty she works at a bookstore that she owns with her friend Frieda called Sisters.  Lars never materialized in Kitty’s life.  She has Frieda and her parents, but does she really have them?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this novel!  I wondered where the plot was going when I read it.  What truly happened to Katharyn? Which world is real?  I didn’t expect the answer at the end of the novel.  The novel was written well! 

One topic that was mentioned in the novel is autism.  I worked with autistic children for a time.  I thought that the author did a great job describing the characteristics of an autistic child.  I remember when beginning work in a special needs classroom; I was told you will encounter two kinds of parents.  One will deny that their child is different.  The second is the parent would feel guilty that the child has autism.  One of the answers to why a parent might feel that way came about in this novel.  I am glad that science and understanding of autism has changed in recent years.

Rating:

4/5

Please visit Cynthia on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Time to Bid Farewell!



Today I am sharing the last novel in the House of Winslow series by Gilbert Morris. The White Knight wraps up this series which has forty novels in all.  Would there be any surprises for this finale?

Synopsis: 

Luke Winslow is the son of Peter and Jolie Winslow and they have one other son Tim.  In the beginning of the story Luke is flying in the Spanish Civil War.  His life couldn’t be better with a Spanish sweetheart and enjoying time with her family.  One day a raid by the Germans bomb the Spanish family that Luke is so fond of.   Will he learn to heal from these wounds? While he makes it back to the states through an unlikely friend Luke is unable to heal.  His brother thinks the answer is working for the family company, but is it really the path for Luke?  Or could a ministry at Haven house hold the key for his future?

My Thoughts: 

I am sad to bid farewell to a series that I have loved since I was a child.  What would the last novel bring for me?   I found the plot to be predictable.  The kind of characters that Gilbert Morris creates has a way of standing out to the reader.  What I loved about this novel is visiting with previous characters that I read about, in the series.  This created a satisfactory ending!

Rating: 

4/5

Please visit Gilbert on his Facebook page, Twitter, and his website.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Congrats to the winner of the MKA Prize Pack!

Congratulations to Vivian!  She won the prize pack of both the Summer Rental and Save the Date prizes.  Please contact me by Tuesday evening of this week to claim your prize.