Friday, October 24, 2014

"The Captive Maiden" by Melanie Dickerson



About this book:

  Happily Ever After...Or Happily Nevermore?
  Gisela's childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father's death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela meets the duke's son, Valten--the boy she has daydreamed about for years--and learns he is throwing a ball, she vows to attend, even if it's only for a taste of a life she'll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten's eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.



Series: All of Melanie Dickerson’s books are connected: “The Captive Maiden” in considered #4 in this series. “The Healer’s Apprentice”(#1, review Here!), “The Merchant’s Daughter” (#2, review Here!), “The Fairest Beauty”(#3, review Here!), “The Captive Maiden”(#4) and coming in November, “The Princess Spy”; should be read in this order for the least amount of spoilers. 


Spiritual Content- Many Prayers; Crossing when talking of the dead; Scriptures; A mention of Babylon’s Fiery furnace; A friar witness & talks about God; A mention of Goliath {“
Some children at one of his tournaments in Burgundy had taken to calling him "Goliath". Not the most endearing biblical character.”}; Strong Faiths & Talks about God.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘shut up’s, a jerk is called a ‘devil’, and curses are said but not written; Mentions of killing older horses for their meat & hides; Two pheasants are killed & prepared (detailed); Wine is drank; Blood (highest being semi-detailed); Kidnapping a girl.


Sexual Content- a few not-detailed kisses, a semi-detailed kiss & a detailed kiss; Hand kissing, wanting to kiss & almost kisses; a women is sold; hints about marriage (not-detailed); Love, falling in love, & the emotions.

-Gisela Mueller, age 17
-Valten, Earl of Hamlin, age 24
                                         P.O.V. switches between them
                                              Set in 1412 (Prologue set in 1403) {Medieval}
                                                        281 pages

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Pre Teens-

New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens-

Older High School Teens- 

My personal Rating- 
(and a half)

{ Not for girls sensitive to blood. }
First, let me oooh-and-aww over the dress on the cover! Talk about stunning! Too low for my comfort but that’s the time period. This was a neat twist on the Cinderella story but because of the blood, I lowered it a bit on My personal Rating.


See y’all on Monday!



*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"The Sheriff's Surrender" by Susan Page Davis



About this book:

  “A Murder in Fergus, Idaho, has the Townswomen Scared.
  Gert Dooley can shoot the tail feathers off a jay at a hundred yards from years of test-firing guns her brother repairs. But long after giving up on marriage, she yearns for rancher Ethan Chapman to see she’s more than a crack shot with a firearm. When murder strikes in the sleepy town, Gert forms the Ladies’ Shooting Clue to teach the women how to protect themselves, their families and their businesses.
  Ethan Chapman didn’t ask to be named sheriff, but he accepts the position and takes on the investigation into the mysterious death of his predecessor. Now he’s between a rock and a hard place—being pressured by the townswomen to restore order and safety to Fergus, and by men who insist Ethan disband the upstart Ladies’ Shooting Club.
When another person is murdered, Ethan must turn to Gert and her ladies to help in the investigation. But will Ethan, Gert, and the Ladies’ Shooting Club find the murderer before he strikes again?”


Series: Book #1 in the “Ladies’ Shooting Club” series. {There are a total of three books in this series.} 


Spiritual Content- Scriptures are quoted; Prayers; A few talks about God & forgiving; Church going & hymns are sung; Prayers.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘biddy’, a ‘darn’, a ‘dumb’, a ‘shut up’, two ‘stupid’s, a “h*ll-for-leather”; two curses are said but not written; Mentions of shooting rats & coyotes and then killing other animals for food; Mentions (and going into a) of saloons, drinking, smoking, and gambling; Guns & shooting; Two people are murdered (semi detailed); Blood (semi-detailed); Mentions of someone vomiting; Ethan remembers the Indian was he fought in (Boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed to semi-detailed).

Sexual Content- a semi-detailed kiss; Notices & wanting to touch; a ‘wanton’, saloon girls wear “scanty clothing”; Love, falling in love and barely any emotions.  

-Gertrude Dooley
-Ethan Chapman
                                         P.O.V. switches between them, Milzie, Libby & Cyrus.
                                              Set in 1885
                                                        319 pages

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Pre Teens-

New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens-

Older High School Teens- 

My personal Rating-

This is the second time I’ve read this book, both times have gotten a 3 star rating from me. While I like the plot, I do get a bit queasy about blood and murder, so other girls the same way may not like “The Sheriff’s Surrender”.


See y’all on Friday with another review!


*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

Monday, October 20, 2014

"The Jerk Magnet" by Melody Carlson



About this book:

  “When Chelsea Martin's future stepmother helps her transform from gawky and geeky into the hottest girl at her new school, Chelsea is pretty sure it's the best thing that ever happened to her. But her hot new look has a downside. She's attracting lots of guys who all have one thing in common: they're jerks. And stealing the attention of all the guys in school doesn't endear her to the girls either.
Chelsea finally finds a true friend in Janelle Parker, and a non-jerk, Nicholas, catches her eye. Janelle keeps telling her to be herself, but Nicholas is the only guy around who doesn't give her a second look. Can Chelsea and Janelle come up with a plan to get his attention? Or will Chelsea's new image ruin everything?”



Series: Book #1 in the “Life at Kingston Hill” series. {There are a total of three books in this series.}


Spiritual Content- When she was eight, Chelsea & her best friend committing their loves to Jesus but both were short lived; Chelsea sends up a “Please, God” and a thank you Prayer; Youth group & Chelsea goes to a Christian Concert and Prays to become a Christian; Nicholas has a strong Faith & witnesses.
*Note: a mention that a room looks like a shrine to drama.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘crud’, two ‘dumb’s (one being “dumber than dirt”), four ‘duh’s, five ‘stupid’s; an offensive word is almost said; some coarse language (and a curse) is said but not written; Sarcasm; a Mention of divorce; Mean & Petty girls.
*Note: Rob P*ttinson & Edward C*llen (Chelsea wakes up from a dream with him in it and calls him “dreamy”) and Twilight & Dracula are all mentioned; Many, many brand names, celebrities and movies are mentioned.

Sexual Content- a ‘smoking’, a ‘sl*t’, 9 “hot babe”s; 27 forms of ‘hot’; a jerk tries to kiss Chelsea; Chelsea comments how kids at school fall in & out of love all the time; Chelsea asks if Kate is pregnant (she’s not); Mentions of an affair; Crushes, boyfriends, girlfriends, ex-es, dating & on-again-off-again relationships; Chelsea’s dad says that teenaged boys are only have one thing on their minds and that church boys are the worst of them (Chelsea later tells Janelle that her “dad’s always going on about hormone-driven seventeen-year-old-boys. He thinks they should be locked up until they turn twenty-one.” “Does he honestly think they’ll improve by then?” “I don’t know. But maybe their emotional maturity will catch up with testosterone by then.”); A teacher flirts with a student (Chelsea); Bikini wearing & flirting; breasts, lack of them, & bras are mentioned twice; Guys check girls out; Noticing biceps; Wearing outfits that show off curves; a wondering if a couple broke up because of s*x.

-Chelsea Martin, age 16
                                        P.O.V. of Chelsea
                                                   217 pages

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Pre Teens- 

New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens-

Older High School Teens- 
(and a half)

My personal Rating- 

{ Best for older girls who have been in this situation. }
{ Rating *might* be higher for those in Public School. }
As a Home Schooled High Schooler, this book didn’t really pertain to me as all of it is centered around Public School and drama there.



See y’all on Wednesday!


*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

Friday, October 17, 2014

"The Brickmaker's Bride" by Judith Miller



About this book:

  “In the Clay-Rich Hill of the Newly Founded State of West Virginia, Tow Families Tentatively Come Together to Rebuild a War-Torn Brickmaking Business.
  Ewan McKay has immigrated to West Virginia with his aunt and uncle, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial help. Uncle Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, and it’s Ewan’s job to get the company up and running again.
  Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner’s daughter, and he quickly feels a connection with her, but she’s being courted by another man—a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Resolving that he’ll make the brickworks enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Ireland, Ewan pours all his energy into the new job.
  But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan’s hard work is put in jeopardy. As his hopes for the future crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. Can she help him save the brickworks, and will Ewan finally get a shot at winning her heart?”


Series: Book #1 in the “Refined by Love” series.


Spiritual Content- Genesis 11:3 at the beginning; Ewan has a strong Faith & witnesses as well; Church going; Scriptures are mentioned; Laura questions God’s plan; Many talks about Heaven, God, His plans & Him blessing us; Prayers.
*Note: “folks refer to Pittsburgh as h*ll with the lid taken off” and “some say that living in Pittsburgh is good practice for those who are on their way to that fiery furnace the Bible promises.” are both said once.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a “blarney” and a “shoddy”; Winston says he’s heard that Irish men are prone to drinking; Mentions of gambling & Mentions of drinking; Pipes are smoked.


Sexual Content- six semi-detailed kisses; Notices of lips & touches; *Spoilers* A baby is conceived (and later born) out of wedlock (the jerk told the woman that he doubts the baby is his and “that a girl that was as easily bedded as me had surely been sleeping with every man she ever met.” (which isn’t true); Laura can’t have children because she was thrown from a horse at age 13. *End of Spoilers* Love, falling in love & the emotions.

-Laura Woodfield
-Ewan McKay
                                        P.O.V. switches between them
                                                           Set in 1868-1870
         {Chapters 1-12: 1868; Chap. 13-28: 1869; Chap. 29-End: 1870}                                                    
                                                                   346 pages

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Pre Teens- 

New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens-

Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating-

While at first learning about the making of bricks was interesting, it was much slower in the beginning than at the end. It was pretty cute though.


This has been a wonderful week! Thank you so very much for supporting BFCG to 150 reviews and 20,000 page views! I’m still in shock over all of it! Thank you!

See y’all on Monday with a new review!


*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this review.