Friday, November 21, 2014

"A Bride's Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee" by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer



About this book:

  “Heaven’s Stolen His Heart.
  After witnessing the ravages of the Civil War, Travis Logan vowed to give up doctoring. But when fellow steamboat passenger Caleb Wharton collapses at his feet, Travis knows he must lend his aid. As the old man lies dying, he makes Travis promise to take care of his land and find Heaven. Travis can’t help but wonder what Heaven has to do with a real place, so he heads to Caleb’s farm to fulfill his promise.
  Weeks of facing marauders and caring for her father’s home have finally taken their toll on Heaven Wharton. When an unknown young man charges the house, Heaven attempts to fire a warning shot but ends up shooting the man instead. Shocked, she and her sister, Angel, drag a semi-conscious Travis into the house and nurse him back to health.
    As Travis and Heaven both struggle to control their destinies, will they learn that only a heart that follows God can ever find peace on earth?”


Series: Part of the “Brides & Wedding” series. {They don’t have to be read in order; all should end with a City, State in the title. You can see our review of “A Bride’s Portrait in Dodge City, Kansas” Here!}


Spiritual Content- Mentions of Prayers, Praying and actual Praying; Mentions of Jesus’ birthday; Mentions of church going & Scriptures; Bibles reading & mentions of different parts of the Bible; A couple Scriptures are quoted; Jake tries to play the doubting game with Angel (trying to get her to doubt about God).


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘sissified’, two ‘dumb’s, two ‘hush’s, two ‘stupid’s; A fox attacks a hen-house & many hens are killed (semi-detailed); Mentions of killing/hunting animals for meat; Mentions of the war; a Mention of gambling; a Mention of having to put a horse down; a Mention of smoking; Blood (barely-above-not-detailed); People die (not-detailed).


Sexual Content- a Not-detailed kiss, Two semi-detailed kisses & a detailed kiss; Wanting to kiss & Mentions of kisses; Noticing; a women asks if another women & man slept overnight in the same house (that second women wonders if the other women meant under the same quilt; which they didn’t.);  Love, falling in love, and the emotions.

-Heaven Wharton
-Travis Logan
                                         P.O.V. switches between them, Angel, Annabelle & Jake
                                              Set in After the Civil War {Maybe 1866? It’s not written}
                                                        316 pages

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Pre Teens-

New Teens- 

Early High School Teens- 

Older High School Teens-
(and a half)

My personal Rating-
(and a half)

{ Lower these ratings half a star for very sensitive animal lovers. }
Again, I say, I like Western novels with the lady almost shooting her future lover. {Why? Maybe because it’s a women with a gun, protecting herself?} I enjoyed this novel but had to work on not dwelling on the animal killings. And I’d like to add how much I adore Angel! I’d love to see a story with her as the main character when she’s Heaven’s age!


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.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"Make a Wish" by Sandra Byrd



About this book:

  Now that Lucy and Serena have found the diary, it’s time to jump into their first adventure. Since the diary girls had a party, Serena decides it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate Lucy’s twelfth birthday! Lucy isn’t so sure. She knows only a few girls on the Island, and some of them have been pretty rude. Will anyone come?
   Lucy’s never had a birthday party with other kids before, so she decides to go for it. But in the midst of all their plans, one of the invitations comes back to her—with a threat to cancel the party. Lucy wonders if she made a big mistake. Should she cancel the party…or face the threat head on?


Series: Book #2 of the “The Hidden Diary” series. {Read Book #1’s Review Here! There are 8 books in this series.}


Spiritual Content- James 4:8 is on the back of the book (Just the reference, it’s not written out there but is written out at the end of the book.); Serena’s a Christian & Lucy wishes she could be close to Jesus like her; Prayers & Christian Music; Lucy notices that her parents are changing and wonders if that’s because of Jesus.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two forms of ‘stupid’ & four ‘dumb’s; Julie is rude to Lucy; It’s hinted (then mentioned) that Lucy’s parents argued & separated the year before the book started (Lucy’s afraid that it’ll happen again); Lucy gets huffy when her dad doesn’t tell her she had a message; a Mention of smoking.


Sexual Content- Jake is nice to Lucy which makes Serena smirk & giggle.

-Lucy Larson, turns 12 in this book.
                                         P.O.V. of Lucy
                                                        109 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-
(and a half)

{ Lowered ratings for mentions of Lucy’s parents arguing & separated a year prior. }
“Make a Wish” had a good lesson about being nice to those who aren’t and forgiving. It was also really neat to see Lucy’s Faith grow. :)

See y’all on Friday 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.

Monday, November 17, 2014

"Tried & True" by Mary Connealy



About this book:

  Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister—and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It’s a risk—they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as “boys”—but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.
  Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?



Series: Book #1 in the “Wild at Heart” series.


Spiritual Content- Prayers; ‘H’s when talking about God are capital; Four mentions of Scriptures; Kylie tries to witness to a man.
*Note: “hands of h*ll”, “I’m in h*ll already” and “h*llish” are said once each.  


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a “confound it!”, two ‘blasted’s, three ‘hush up’s or ‘hush’s, five ‘idiot’s, fifteen forms of ‘stupid’; “blamed-fool” is said many times; a curse is said but not written; Having to stitch someone up & drinking away the pain (barely-above-not-detailed); Lots about the battlefield, war, killing, murdering & blood (semi-detailed); Mentions of hunting animals for food; Killing snakes (semi-detailed).


Sexual Content-  Noticing, Staring, Gazing & Wanting to kiss (semi-detailed); Many, many not-detailed kisses, fourteen semi-detailed kisses; Sitting in laps (kissing, semi-detailed); Touches (semi-detailed); “We can be together all day and……all night.” (TMI, y’all); Seven hints & mentions of wedding nights; three hints & mentions about what married couples do; Wanting a person, love, falling in love & the emotions. (lots of it).

-Kylie Wilde
-Aaron Masterson
                                 P.O.V. switches between them, Myra (a couple times) & Tucker (once)
                                              Set in 1866                                                    
                                                   308 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-

{ Lots of kisses & sexual hints. }
I’ll admit I smirked a couple of times, but it wasn’t enough to make up for all the Sexual stuff. :( Way too much kisses and sexual hints. I haven’t had much luck with Mary Connealy’s books, so I might just stay away. What a few other reviews are saying is that Kylie is whinny, I’d like to add to that…fifteen “stupid”s?! In the first chapters, everything is stupid to Kylie, and frankly, that got on my nerve.


See y’all on Wednesday 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 Publishers) for this review.