Friday, April 24, 2015

"The Meeting Place" by Janette Oke and T. Davis Bunn



About this book:

  “Set along the rugged coastline of 18th century Canada in what was then called Acadia (now Nova Scotia and New Brunswick), The Meeting Place re-creates a world that was home to native Indians, French settlers, and English garrisons. Such diverse populations did not live in accord, however. Instead, they were isolated within their own groups by a brewing political tension under the difficult English rule.
  Amid such chaotic times two women, both about to become brides and both trying to live lives of quiet peace, meet in a lush field of wildflowers. Louisa, a Frenchwoman, and Catherine, who is English, continue to meet secretly through the seasons, sharing both friendship and growing faith.
  The outside world does not mirror their own tranquil happiness, and the dreaded crackdown by the English throne threatens far more than their growing bond. In the face of a heart-wrenching dilemma, Louisa and Catherine strive to maintain their faith and cling to their dreams of family and home.”



Series: Book #1 in the “Songs of Acadia” series.


Spiritual Content- Matthew 5:9 at the beginning; Many, many Prayers; Many talks about the Bible & reading it; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Bible reading & many Scriptures are quoted or mentioned; Very, very strong Faiths!


Negative Content- Eel hunting (semi-detailed; Yes, it’s a thing, call me na├»ve but I didn’t know that!); Blood (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of wars, fires & guns (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of killing and hanging (not-detailed).


Sexual Content- A couple kisses between married couples (barely being barely-above-not-detailed); An urge to kiss someone; A mention of touching his wife’s hair (barely-above-not-detailed).

-Catherine
-Louise
                                      P.O.V. switches between them, Andrew, Henri, & John (three times)
                                              Set in 1753-1755
                                                        281 pages

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My personal Rating-
I’ll admit I really didn’t know much about the French Acadians or King George’s War before reading this book, so this was educational! This also was my first Janette Oke book! (Though I’ve been watching the “When Calls the Heart” series on Hallmark, #Hearties unite! ;D ) I was a little worried at first because of the married couple being the main characters, because most married couple books have a lot of Sexual hints...it gets awkward for us unmarried, young girls (and I would think those who are married, too, but I can’t speak for them)  but Oh. My. Goodness. There was seriously nothing! Like, look at the Sexual Content! Can we get all “new” Christian authors to do like Janette Oke?! It was so refreshing with the super strong Faiths and lack of icky stuff! And another note: Eel hunting. Okay, what? It’s makes since I guess, but I’ve sure never thought about that before!


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, April 22, 2015

"The Piano Girl - Part One" by Sherri Schoenborn Murray



{Congratulation to Ellie A. for winning a copy of “After a Fashion” by Jen Turano! Please look for an email from us! We’ll need your address by the end of month to mail your prize!}

About this book:

  “She plays from memory. Her memories.
The day after her sixteenth birthday, Princess Alia finds out that she's been given away in marriage to a man she’s never met. The war has just ended, and for Alia’s protection, she must travel to her future kingdom disguised as a chicken farmer's daughter. This princess to pauper story is filled with problems, prayers and plenty of piano. This is Part One of a two-part series. In 2016, the Counterfeit Princess series will continue with Alia's sister, Wren.”



Series: Part One of Book #1 in the “Counterfeit Princesses” series. {Part Two will be reviewed next Friday.


Spiritual Content- Proverbs 2:2 at the beginning; Many, many Prayers; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Psalm 23 and another Scripture are quoted; Mentions of Goliath-sized creatures.
*Note: “the bowels of this h*ll” and “the pit of h*ll”; Plus, a witch.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dummy’; Alia has to pretend to be mute and dumb, therefore being called ‘dumb’, ten times; Hunting & shooting animals for food (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of beheadings & removing someone’s thumb (neither happen, barely-above-not-detailed); A couple mentions of drinking; Mentions of giants that eat people (not-detailed).


Sexual Content- Alia’s first kiss is stolen (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing; Long is blind so when he talks about his wife, he outlines her plump curves and when singing about her a line says “Little old woman who shared my bed” .

-(Princess) Alia Dory Vankern Wells. Age 16
                                        1st person P.O.V. of Alia (with Prince Wron once in 2nd)
                                              Set in 1882 (Prologue set in 1869)
                                                        141 pages

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(and a half)
This was a very interesting story! I wasn’t expecting it to be historical, so that was an interesting twist! I’m not normally one for fantasy but this was a fun, light fantasy! I did get a bit confused over all the accents, but it had me laughing to decode them. ;)
I think this will be a good series and y’all can see my review of Part Two on Friday, the 1st!


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.
*I received this e-book for free from the Author for this review.

Monday, April 20, 2015

"Ring of Secrets" by Roseanna M. White



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 About this book:

  “Winter Reeves is an aristocratic Patriot forced to hide her heart amid the Loyalists of the City of New York. She has learned to keep her ears open so she can pass information on British movements to Robbie Townsend, her childhood friend, and his spy ring. If she's caught, if she's hung for espionage...well, she won't be. Robbie has taught her the tools of the trade: the wonders of invisible ink, drop locations and, most importantly, a good cover.
  Bennet Lane returns to New York from his Yale professorship with one goal: to find General Washington's spy hidden among the ranks of the elite. Searching for a wife was supposed to be nothing more than a convenient cover story for his mission, but when he meets Winter, with her too-intelligent eyes in her too-blank face, he finds a mystery that can't be ignored.
  Both believers...and both committed to a separate cause. Will their faith in God lead them to a shared destiny or lives lived apart?”



Series: Book #1 in the “The Culper Ring” series.


Spiritual Content- Psalm 91:4 at the beginning; Many, Many Prayers; Many Scriptures are quoted; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Witnessing; Mentions of Church going; Mentions of Quaker beliefs; Bennet believes we have the Bible so we don’t have to bother God; Bennet believes in theology instead of faith;
*Note: a ‘what the devil’; A mention of Egyptian gods.
                

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘what the deuce’, two ‘what in blazes’s, three ‘blasted’, three ‘confound it’, six forms of ‘idiot’, 17 forms of ‘blast it all’ and 17 forms of ‘stupid’; Curses are said but not written; Winter’s grandfather does not like her (he and her grandmother pushes and smacks her once as well); Mentions of hangings; A man is beaten (barely-above-not-detailed).


Sexual Content- Forehead kisses, almost kisses, a semi-detailed kiss and a detailed kiss; Noting & Nearness; five forms of ‘harlot’; Winter’s grandfather threatens to take her to a harlot (and later does, but nothing sexual happens); Winter’s grandfather had an affair; Winter’s grandmother tells Winter to do whatever it takes to get proposed to (even compromising situations, which Winter doesn’t do); A mention of leaving one’s husband to go to another man & cause a scandal; Love, falling in love & the emotions.

-Winter Reeves
-Bennet Lane
                                         P.O.V. switches between them & Robbie
                                              Set in 1779-1780 {With the Epilogue in 1811}
                                                        331 pages

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My personal Rating-
(and a half)
I was prepared not to like this book—only because of the time period it’s set in, I normally don’t go before the Civil War—but I surprisingly enjoyed it! There are some things I didn’t like: a.) the cover! It’s awful! b.) the unequally-yoked relationship between Winter & Bennet, it finally gets evened-out right at the end, though. c.) The Epilogue being 31 years after the original story. But, I did like Winter’s Faith and I plan to read the rest of the series. :)


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.

Friday, April 17, 2015

"A Simple Prayer" by Amy Clipston



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About this book:

  Linda is no stranger to hardship. Now she dares to hope for a chance at love and a new beginning.
  As the sole survivor of a buggy accident that left her orphaned at age four, Linda Zook was reluctantly raised by her Uncle Reuben. She longs to be worthy of someone, but the lasting trauma of her injuries and embittered upbringing have destroyed her self-worth. When Hannah Peterson asks her to work at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast, she’s finally able to realize some confidence.
  Aaron Ebersol left the Amish community seventeen years ago when he could no longer bear the restrictions or the constant tension with his father. Despite years of unanswered letters to his parents, and the roots he’s put down in Missouri, Aaron rushes back to the Amish community of Paradise, Pennsylvania, after receiving word of his mother’s stroke. Hesitant to get too close to the family he was once a part of, he decides to stay at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast. Talking with Linda allows him to explore his feelings about his family and his position in the Amish community.
  As Linda and Aaron open up to each other, their feelings for one another turn into more than friendship, and Aaron must make a decision about his future as an Amish man.
Can Linda and Aaron forgive the family members who have deceived and forsaken them? And will Aaron be able to convince Linda that she is worthy of his love?”


Series: Book #4 in the “Hearts of Lancaster Hotel” series. {I have read them all, but have not posted “A Hopeful Heart”’s review. You can view Book #2’s, “A Mother’s Secret”, review Here! Book #3’s, “A Dream of Home”, review Here! Plus a novella found in “An Amish Cradle” is connected to this series. You don’t have to read in order, but you’ll enjoy them more. I would recommend reading them in order.}


Spiritual Content- Talks about God & His Will; ‘H’s are not capital when referring to God; Bible reading and a few Scriptures are quoted; Prayers & Blessings over food; Church going; The Prodigal Son is mentioned and Aaron is considered one.
                

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘stupid’; Mentions of when Aaron was a teen and he smoked, drank and lit a barn on fire with his friends.


Sexual Content- a cheek kiss, a not-detailed kiss and a semi-detailed kiss; An urge to kiss someone; Noticing; Touches (barely-above-not-detailed); Love, falling in love & the emotions.

-Linda Zook, age 31
-Aaron Ebersol, age 32
                                    P.O.V. switches between them, Solomon (three times), Hannah (twice), Lily (twice), Ruthie Joy (once) & Becky (once)
                                                        320 pages

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Oooooh! Truly, this was super clean and a perfect wrap-up to the end of this series! While I’m sad this this the last book of this series, I’m looking forward to reading what Miss Amy writes next!


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 Author for this review.