Thursday, March 23, 2017

Symone Biles autobiography

"Courage to Soar" is the autobiography of Simone Biles, multi gold medal winner at the 2016 Olympics in gymnastics.  Symone starts at a baby and goes through to present day.  She covers memories, her life as a foster child and then adopted.  She also tells of her love for gymnastics and her adventures, struggles, and achievements.  Of course since, she is so young the book is rather short and a quick read.  You could probably read it in a day if you wanted to.  It is very enjoyable.  She is a good writer and keeps the reader interested.  Keep in mind, she is a gymnast and gymnastics is in this book a lot.  She loooooves gymnastics!  Which is great for the typical reader of this book, who probably does too.  If you grabbed it randomly and don't care for sports, you should probably pick another.  I, myself thought it was great.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.booklookbloggers.com

Amazing Grace

"Newton & Polly:  A Novel of Amazing Grace" by Jody Hedlund is one of the sweetest love stories you will ever read.  The novel follows the romance of John Newton and Polly Catlett from the start of their relationship.  John is the heroic bad-boy, full of adventure and nerve.  Polly is the calm that gives him peace; grounded in her faith and music.  You may of heard of John.  He's the author of the most famous hymn, Amazing Grace.  Though there is little physical content in the book, it never comes across as corny or unrealistic.  There is adventure and quite a bit of danger is this novel so don't take it as G rated.  I loved these two and their love story.  I highly recommend it.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Waterbrook Publishing. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Heavy World

"The Weight of This World" by David Joy Follows a couple of boys in Little Canada.  Thad and Aiden are what society might call "white trash."  Aiden's father killed his mother when Aiden was young in a murder-suicide.  Thad is the product of rape leaving his mother to raise him, yet never love or care for him.  Both boys grow up motherless in a trailer on a mountain taking more drugs than one might consider humanly possible. 
This novel brings to light what is probably happening in all those downtrodden homes you pass and think little of.  One might believe there is a stretch in the likely hood of this tale being possible, but other than the large amount of dying in the end, yeah, it is.  This book is well written and an eye opener for the sheltered.  It is a blending combination of action and contemplation.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.firsttoread.com

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Amish Cooking Class

Wanda E Brunstetter, well-known Amish Fiction writer has come out with a new novel, "The Seekers", the first in the Amish Cooking class series.  In this book, Heidi Troyer had decided to fill some of her spare time with a cooking class.  What starts as a simple idea turns into a dramatic turn of events.  Heidi and her husband have allowed a drifter, Ron, to live in his RV on their property.  Though he is taking her class, he has alterior motives.  The other members of her class bring their own excitement to the mix as well. I'm usually not a big fan of Amish fiction and this one was ok.  Brunstetter is quiet famous and has a hug following, so I am sure her fans will like this one as well.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mark of the King review

"The Mark of the King" is the newest novel by Jocelyn Green.  The novel follows Julianne, a midwife, through an accidental death in the delivery chamber, her incarceration for that death in France, her forced marriage and an exile to Louisiana. Shortly after arriving she is widowed and takes back up the practice of midwifery.  She endures not only the primitive life in Louisiana in the 1700s, but all of the backward politics and sexist injustice that went with it. 
This is the first Green novel I have read and I must say I love it.  She writes Julianne so clearly it is as if she is a real person.  I am not sure how historically accurate this novel is, but judging from the acknowledgment section, it is probably pretty close.  It is a true eye opener for the way of life for the times.  Warning:  There is a miscarriage in the middle of the book.  It is pretty honest.  It's pretty hard to read actually.  I saw my daughter miscarry about three months ago and after crying during this scene in the book, I have elected to stop for now.  I will return to reading at a later date.  That aside, I would recommend this book to not only history buffs, but to all women.  It is truly a brilliant book.  I received this novel in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publishing. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Infamy

"The Other Side of Infamy" written by Jim Downing is the autobiography of a sailor's experiences during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  Downing uses the Pearl Harbor experience as a base board for his life story focusing a lot of the book on his journey to Christianity. 
This is a really good book.  It's full of detail and is well written.  I would recommend it to not only a history buff, but anyone.  I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review.