Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Priceless Review

"Priceless:  She's Worth Fighting For" is the novelization of the movie by the same name, written by Joel and Luke Smallbone.  In this book, James becomes a widower and in the process of grieving he looses his home.  In an effort to get back on his feet quick, James takes a job dealing drugs and get prison time on his first time out.  While serving he looses custody of his daughter and in an effort to get enough money to get his daughter back he takes a job driving "cargo", which is criminal for humans.  Now either James is incredibly unlucky or not real bright.  Maybe both.  He soon discovers his cargo is two women and falls for the older one.  Maria and Antonia are sisters trying to make it in America.  Somehow they get caught up with criminals with bad intentions.  And their hero, James.
This book is a quick read, a bit frustrating at times.  The bad or naive decisions get a little hard to watch.  The book is written by a couple of brothers from the band for King & Country with Nancy Rue.  Though they tell a good story it does seem that they are trying to tell too much at once.  I would recommend this for a young adult reader.  I received this book from Worthy Publishers in exchange for an honest review. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Oke Returns to West

"Where Hope Prevails" is the third novel in the Return to the Canadian West series by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan.  This series is a companion story to the TV series "When Calls the Heart."  Though I haven't read the first two in the series of books, I do watch the show.  So while the two do not match, it is still readable without too much confusion. 
In this novel, Beth Thatcher is beginning her new school year at Coal Valley.  Much to her dismay, she is starting it with a new teacher as well.  Being a teacher, I found the back and forth between the two pertaining to educational philosophies rather interesting. The novel follows Coal Valley as it grows by leaps and bounds into a new civilized life and as Beth learns to live on her own before her wedding to Jack, the Mountie.  The novel is an easy read, perfect for relaxing without a lot of strain.  The 'book' Beth is a lot more complex that the 'TV' Beth.  She is more of a worrier and makes more mistakes.  Mistakes that she worries about, of course.  She seems more human and makes it a more enjoyable read.  I don't think what passes on television would make good reading here.  I will probably be searching out book one and two in this series.  Nice read!  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publishing.