Friday, April 1, 2016

What Are You Plans? By Josephine Mattia

Thank you to Romi Carrell Wittman for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review.  This is Ms. Wittman’s debut novel.  So what is it like to become a mother?  Can you work?  Will your job change? Can family help?
Synopsis: 
Kate Martin is your typical thirty year old woman who works as an Editor of U.S. Water Works. Her boss steps down from his position of Editor-In-Chief.  This is the job that Kate desperately wants. Unfortunately, he passes the torch to her rival, Alice.  When Alice begins her new position, and starts making changes by cutting back employees.  Then Kate finds out she is pregnant.  What will she do between work and her family once the baby arrives?  Kate’s friends and family are excited.  She experiences fear and worry about what role her husband Joe will play once the baby is born. How does work handle Kate having her baby?w
My Thoughts:
When I started reading No Kidding, I quickly learned this is one novel that doesn’t relate to me. To start, it focuses an important theme on one’s journey towards motherhood. Ms. Wittman does an outstanding job portraying this journey.  Her writing is well-received for a debut novel. The story keeps you entertained from beginning to end.  She writes characters that are realistic for readers to relate and fight for. The relationship between Kate and her Mother is a complex one.  Since her mother acts like a child, especially when the two of them are in the same Hospital! It was a bit hard to read when Kate was learning to breast feed her baby is three pounds, three ounces. The chapters are not long, which made the book a quick read.
The message of this novel is God’s plan is not mans and is full of twists and turns!
Rating: 5/5
Please visit Romi Carrell Wittman on Twitter.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

What Happens After World War I is Over?

I have read many books in my time, but none about World War I, or what happened after it was over.  I learned in school how it changed history in the United States and other countries.  Author Jennifer Robson shows us in  another country Great Britain.  We meet Charlotte Brown and learn what life was like for women.
Synopsis: 
Charlotte Brown has been in the service of Cumberland family for years.  She has become great friends with Lilly her charge also known as Elizabeth Cumberland.  Charlotte was the governess of Lilly in her childhood but is hired by her brother Edward.  He becomes Lord Cumberland after their father dies.  Will he be able to have what he wants in life?  Once Lilly reaches her eighteenth birthday what will happen to Charlotte?  How does life change when the Great War happens?  Once the war is over Charlotte takes a job in Liverpool.  She  still has contact with the Cumberland family.  What has happened to Edward and how that does affect his relationship with Charlotte?
My Thoughts:
I was excited to read one of Jennifer Robson’s book.  I have not read  of her other work before.   The subject of World War I and life after the war is interesting to me.  I loved the part that focused on the Women’s’ Liberation movement.  I found the novel slow at times.  Charlotte’s character was not  interesting to me.  The author lays out the various layers of this character but takes much of the book to do it.  Her life seems like  normal everyday.  She is well liked by most of the characters.  The climax  questioned whether she would have the courage to step out in faith and claim her future.  
Happy Reading!
Rating:
3.75/5
Please visit Jennifer on her Facebook Page, Twitter, and her Website.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

How Well Do You Know the Bible?

Last summer, I was invited to take part in a summer bible study with Lifeway Women’s ministry.  The study was Seamless by Angie Smith.  The bible study is formatted in six weeks.  I enjoyed getting to know a new teacher.  I hope you will too!
Synopsis: 
The goal of this study is to get through the entire bible.  The weeks are broken down into daily homework sessions.  You will read the bible passages that relate to current topics of each week.  The beginning of each week begins with the session from the Lifeway website.  You have the option to include the video sessions from the actual study.  I found the sessions to be  affordable and they aren’t long videos.  Angie shares her heart and where she is going with this study and what she wants us to get out of it.   There are also review questions at the beginning of each week for group discussion. 
My Thoughts: 
I thought that Angie is a good teacher but this is not the bible study for me.  One aspect of the study I was not aware of  is that this study is geared towards teenagers.   I understand her message that she wanted to help not only teenagers but those women who are new to the faith.  So if you are a starting out in your faith then this is the study for you.  It will help give you perspective and to grow, in your faith.  
Rating:
3.75/5
Please visit Angie on her Facebook page, Website, and Twitter.