Thursday, December 10, 2015

Have You Ever Experienced the Middle of Somewhere?



The Middle of Somewhere by Sonja Yoerg tells the story of a couple who attempt to hike the John Muir Trail and get more than they bargained for. This novel is Ms. Yoerg’s second.  I enjoyed it from start to finish!

Synopsis: 

Liz is excited to go on the hike and just get away from these last few weeks in her life.  There is only one problem her boyfriend Dante wants to go too when she wanted to take this hike by herself.  So Liz decides to let him go and we are off on the trail.  How long will Dante last?  Liz has secrets that she is keeping from Dante. Will journey allow her the opportunity to share them?  One night at their campsite they meet the Root brothers who give Liz a bad feeling.  Will this be enough to make them quit?  Or finish the trail?

My Thoughts: 

I cannot tell you how much I loved this novel!  I loved learning about the John Muir Trail.  The characters were enough to make the reader come back for more each time the reader opened the novel.  There were times when Dante annoyed me because of his insistence of coming, and that he was holding Liz back.  I also wanted to fight for Liz to be free and open with Dante.  The author leaves the reader guessing as to what will happen next. 

I did not want to put this book down!  I felt as though I was on the journey with them in my sleeping bag or hiking following Liz.  Also a great read for those traveling this holiday season!


Rating:

5/5

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

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

What is In the Heart of Jerusalem?



The Heart of Jerusalem is the third novel in the legacy series by Brock and Bodie Thoene.  This series continues the characters you love from the Zion Chronicles and The Zion Covenant series.  This series continues to follows the history of the country of Israel.

Synopsis:

The fight for Israel has begun…The Hagenah soldiers have spread across Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Jaffa, and other areas.  Moshe and Dov have struck a critical blow to the Arab Legion to protect the old city where the Jews reside.   Will it be enough?  Ellie is given an assignment to cover Madame Rose for the people back in America because of her work with the immigrant Jews.  Will she be able to complete her assignment and find her husband?  Lori is a medic posted in the old city of Jerusalem helping keep the soldiers alive while her husband Jacob fights on other fronts.  Will any of it be enough to save the old city in Jerusalem?

My Thoughts:

I cannot say that I recommend this novel.  The reason is that it took major effort to get through this novel.  There is a direction taken by these authors for future writing.   I just don’t understand the point.  Some great characters are continued such as:  Moshe, Rachel, Ellie, David, Jacob, and Lori.  There are more that I could mention.  The plot deflates in many places in the story which the reader will struggle to follow.

I consider supporting Israel as important but feel that this novel is not one to recommend with great enthusiasm.

Rating:

3/5

Please Brock and Bodie Thoene on their Facebook page and their Website.

Monday, December 7, 2015

For Members Only by Tina Guyden



Anchored is the debut novel by Brigitte Quinn that uses the newsroom as its backdrop to tell the story of Barbara King. Barbara is a news anchor waiting for her Big Break and dealing with all the challenges along the way. Thank you to Ms. Quinn and BookSparks for sharing a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.
 

Synopsis:

Barbara King is a married mother of one working for an upstart news channel in Phoenix. She wants to move to the big league—primetime anchor on an established network. But, like all professionals, no matter the field, she must do her time in a less glamorous setting with others working towards that same goal.  There are the usual characters: the hyper competitive coworker, the functioning alcoholic font of wisdom, the over-achieving boss in training, and the unintended, unexpected love interest. How will Barbara proceed in her career?


My Thoughts:

While I did enjoy meeting Barbara and the people in her world, It was difficult for me to solely focus on the character. Anchored is set in a newsroom populated by people in the profession. There is a language and energy in that world that can be intimidating to the uninitiated. Ms. Quinn made it very easy to form the mental pictures but it was still a challenge for me to focus on the primary characters while learning about the major background one.

It is very easy to see this novel as a weekly, one hour program of the non-reality variety that gives her characters faces and tangibility without becoming caricatures.

Rating:

3/5

Please visit Brigitte Quinn on her Facebook page, Twitter, and Her Website.