Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sisters of the Quilt by Cindy Woodsmall

Hannah Lapp is only seventeen when her world goes from bad to worse. While walking home from her fiances home she is accosted and the unmentionable happens. The bishop questions her and she learns that her father has come to doubt her account of the events that happen that night. After a heart shattering death Hannah flees her Amish home to search for her long lost aunt. Now Hannah must forgive her family and return to her Amish home if she is going to save her little sister. But going home is far from easy for her when she comes face to face with her former fiance and old feelings start to stir again.

This book will open your eyes to how life would be Amish. It lets you into a strange new world with hard rules and even harder consequences. I enjoyed reading about Hannah's life and the Amish customs. The story line was captivating and I couldn't wait to see what could possibly happen next. Although it was frustrating waiting to see how events ended it does not disappoint.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Search Committee by Tim Owens

Cover: The Search Committee
Travis is afraid of becoming a father because of how he grew up and what happened to his little brother. Dot is the town gossip, and she believes that her husband is cheating on her but is unsure of how to find the proof she needs. Bill has been married to the women of his dreams for over fifty years but when the Lord calls her home Bill has trouble living without her. Susie is strapped for cash and is having troubles with her wayward son. Matt is unhappy with the way his life turned out and finds his purpose in a truck stop waitress. Frankie saw her brother and father murder, and is afraid of losing her brothers memory but she must move on. These ragtag group of people must go on a search for a new pastor for their church. But can they get past their own baggage to help out when there s a need?

The Search Committee is about letting go of past baggage. Every character has something different either in their past or present, that is hindering them from moving on with their future. It shows how not only is God with you through the hard times, he is also there to help you heal. There are short sermons throughout the book and the last sermon had the most impact. This book was excellent and I would recommend it to someone who is looking for a quiet reminder of how God works in peoples lives.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Bittersweet Surrender by Diann Hunt

Carly has been through a lot in her life. She has been through breast cancer treatments, her husband left her for a younger woman, her best friend died, and shortly after her father died. Now her chocolate spa business is floundering and an old crush is moving back to town, while buried secrets start popping up in unexpected ways. Carly and Scott have been friends for along time, but when things between them heat up can they move past all the hurts and betrayals done to them to have a life together?

This book shows you that no matter what life has thrown your way God can help you get through it. Full of secrets and suppressed feelings this book will have you wondering what can possibly go wrong next. This novel does use references to God but it does not preach at you which is nice and refreshing, a book anyone can enjoy. I enjoyed this book and would refer it to anyone who enjoys tame love stories.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze.