Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"Wonderful Lonesome" by Olivia Newport



About this book:

  “”Without Church for over a year, this is a wonderful lonesome place to be.”
  In a struggling Amish settlement on the harsh Colorado plain in 1914, Abbie Weaver fights for the life of the church she cherishes. Hail, wind, drought, and coyotes are daily enemies to the farming Amish, and some families are giving up and returning east. But the lost the community feels most deeply is the lack of a minister. Visiting bishops have stopped coming—a mystery that demands explanation.
  Even Abbie’s closest friends aren’t much comfort: Ruthanna is pregnant and afraid her husband will die. Rudy is lonely and weary. Willem is fiercely determined to succeed at any cost. Their unfolding responses to daily challenges press Abbie to confront the convictions that form the backbone of her dreams for the settlement. Though Abbie loves Willem, his choices put a wedge between them. She turns her gaze to Rudy as a blessing that just might save the settlement.
  When Abbie discovers the root of the unspoken spiritual divide that runs through the settlement, she finds herself questioning her own father’s faith. Will a collision of loves and values cost her Willem forever?”


 Series: Book #1 in the “Amish Turns of Time”. {Book #2, “Meek and Mild”, is coming February 2015.}


Spiritual Content- Many, many, many talks & mentions of God’s will; Many Scriptures are quoted; Prayers & Hymns; Missing church & church going; The big question of salvation outside of the Amish church.


Negative Content- Quite a few mentions of slaughtering animals for bait or twisting necks for food (semi-detailed); A calf is born (semi-detailed (it all ends okay)); coyote attacks on chickens (semi-detailed); a coyote gets killed (semi-detailed); a coyote attacks a dog (the dog is found and it’s very detailed); A mention of a dog of old age so the father shot it; Illnesses (semi-detailed); A dead body and what to do with it (semi-detailed).


Sexual Content- three semi-detailed kisses & a not-detailed kiss; Two embraces (semi-detailed); Ruthanna says that it would be nice “to sleep in her own bed, besides Eber” (but they are married and expecting); When Abbie says she’s going to make a quilt and Willem asks if it’ll be big enough for two; Abbie puts new sheets on Willem’s bed (she cleans for the single men) & imagines that one day it could be her bed too; A mention of a baby being the (married) parents’ “fruit of their love”; A baby is born (semi-detailed); Mentions of a quilt covering a man’s bed instead of another man’s bed; Love, mentions of love, love triangles, and the emotions.

-Abbie Weaver, age 23   // -Willem Peters, age 26
-Ruthanna Gingerich   // -Rudy Stutzman, age 28
                                        P.O.V. switches between them
                                              Set in 1914                                                     
                                                   310 pages

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Pre Teens- 

New Teens-

Early High School Teens- 
(and a half)

Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating- 

{Not for animal lovers or sensitive girls—lower 2-3 stars}
*Just a note that this is the first Amish Historical I’ve ever read.
When I started reading this book, I was really enjoying it; I loved how there were mentions of future generations. But, as it kept going the coyotes popped up more and more. As a very sensitive girl (and I’d like to tell fellow girls who are the same way, there’s nothing wrong with being sensitive!) the animal parts were way too much. With all that and the many, many plot twists, I wasn’t a fan of the book. Though, I will be trying other books by this author.   


See y'all on Friday!


*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 (Shiloh Run Press) for this honest review.

Monday, September 29, 2014

"The Heiress of Winterwood" by Sarah E. Ladd



About this book:

  Pride goes before the fall . . . but what comes after?
  Darbury, England, 1814
  Amelia Barrett, heiress to an ancestral estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s infant baby. She'll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father, Graham, a sea captain she’s never met.
  Tragedy strikes when the child vanishes with little more than a sketchy ransom note hinting to her whereabouts. Fear for the child’s safety drives Amelia and Graham to test the boundaries of their love for this infant.
  Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she examines her soul and must face her one weakness: pride.
  Graham’s strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline.
  Both must learn to accept God’s sovereignty and relinquish control so they can grasp the future He has for planned for them.



Series: Book #1 in the “Whispers on the Moor” series. {Book #2 will be reviewed next week. :)}


Spiritual Content- In the Prologue, Psalm 23 is said & Amelia isn’t happy with God for taking another person she loved; Katherine had a strong Faith; “for all that is good and holy” is said once; Many Scriptures; Jane witnesses to Amelia & another man witnesses to Graham; Church going; Many Prayers; Amelia & Graham both have difficulty trusting God (they work on it near the end).


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘hush’, a ‘stupid’, two ‘Egad!’s, two ‘idiot’s, three ‘shut up’s (or “shut yer mouth”s); five forms of ‘blast’, a “who in blazes”, a “what in blazes”, a “devil of a time”; Four curses are said but not written; A mention of how a horse runs as if “the devil himself was at it’s heels”; Mentions of gambling; Mentions of drinking, drunks & pubs(and Wanting to drink but does not); Fighting, Guns, Knifes & Blood (semi-detailed); A not-scary nightmare; And like the back of the book says, kidnapping.


Sexual Content- a semi-detailed kisses & a detailed kiss; Wanting to kiss; Nearness & blushes that cause warmth & shivers; Notices of a person’s smell; Flattery; A mention of how William was drunk and forced himself on Amelia, kissing her (barely above not-detailed); Edward says two suggestive comments to Amelia (one about having as many babies as she wants & he comments about sleeping alone); *Spoiler* A baby was conceived out of wedlock. *End of Spoiler*; Love, falling in love, and the emotions.

-Amelia Barrett
-Graham Sterling
                                         P.O.V. switches between them.
                                              Set in 1814
                                                        310 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)

The big twist mention on the back of the cover doesn’t happen till a bit half-way through the book—which I was totally okay with. Because that meant I wouldn’t be in suspense for so long. ;) As I’ve mentioned before I like predictable stories and “The Heiress of Winterwood” was a bit predictable but there were also some surprises I didn’t see coming!


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, September 26, 2014

"Hidden in the Stars" by Robin Caroll


About this book:

  “Following an attack that killed her mother and stole her ability to speak, 21-year-old Sophia Montgomery has no choice but to accept her estranged grandmother’s offer to return to their family home. Although detective Julian Frazier is working hard on the case, Sophia unknowingly frustrates him because her inability to speak thwarts her eyewitness evidence. The fact that Julian is undeniably attracted to Sophia doesn’t help either, so Julian hides his feelings as concern for a trauma victim and focuses instead on finding the killer.
  Little do they know, the clues to solving the case may be right in front of them, displayed in Sophia’s mother’s “special” quilt design. Who will realize the secret Sophia’s unwittingly been hiding in plain sight? When the truth comes to light, will Sophia find her voice again? Or will the murderer—still at large—silence her forever?



Series: Book #21 in the “Quilts of Love” series {They do not have to be read in order as they are not connected. See my reviews of number #17, “A Promise in Pieces”, Here! Number #18, “A Stitch and a Prayer”, Here! Number #19, “Rival Hearts”, Here! and Number #20, “A Grand Design”, Here!}


Spiritual Content- Sophia cries out to God; Alena says that watching Nina dance “was like watching bog (God) breathe life.” She says a bit later that Nina danced “like a goddess”; Julian doesn’t want to believe in God because of things that happened in his past, but his partner Brody does and witnesses; Sophia has a strong Faith; Many Prayers; Many talks of God & forgiving.  


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘heck’, a ‘shut up’, a ‘drat it’, five ‘stupid’s; Sophia has flash-backs of the attack (it’s not so detailed like it was happening to the reader, but it’s pretty detailed..around semi-detailed); Blood (semi-detailed & detailed); Guns, knifes, shooting, killing, murder and hurting (all semi-detailed); Mentions of a drug cartel.


Sexual Content- a ‘sexy’; a semi-detailed kiss & wanting to kiss; Noticing (semi); With the flash-backs, Sophia remembers a man straddling her (no-details, it was most likely to keep her still, not sexual, but I thought I should add it); *Spoiler* Sophia was born out of wedlock and her grandmother wanted Nina to abort the baby. *End of Spoiler*; A baby was conceived out of wedlock; A Mention of dating; Love, falling in love and a tiny bit of the emotions.

-Sophia Montgomery, age 21
-Julian Frazier, age 29

                                         P.O.V. switches between them.
                                                        203 pages

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Pre Teens-
New Teens-

 Early High School Teens- 
(and a half)


Older High School Teens- 
(and a half)

My personal Rating-
(and a half)
{I think a trusted adult should read before the teen}
{For those very sensitive to blood & murder, lower 1-2 stars}
{This was a very hard to rate book, please remember that these are my opinion}
I really enjoyed this book and while it was different from Miss Robin Caroll’s pre-teen books, “Samantha Sanderson at the Movies” and “Samantha Sanderson On the Scene”, there were parts I could tell were written by the same author. “Hidden in the Stars” has a really interknit plot; and since the back of the book says about the murder, I was able to prepare myself for any parts of that. It had humor sprinkled in and it was a very good suspense book. It’s tied with “Rival Hearts” for being my favorite “Quilts of Love” book.    


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 See y’all on Monday 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.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Abingdon Press) (through Litfuse) for this review.