Monday, August 26, 2013

"Into the Whirlwind" by Elizabeth Camden

About this book:

“After her father's death, Mollie Knox takes over his watchmaking company and uses her head for business to solidify the good name of the 57th Illinois Watch Company. Her future looks bright until the night her beloved city is destroyed in the legendary Great Chicago Fire. With her world crumbling around her, Molly must do whatever it takes to save her company in the aftermath of the devastating fire.
  Zack Kazmarek is an influential attorney with powerful ties to the political, mercantile, and ethnic roots of Chicago. His only weakness is Mollie Knox, a woman who has always been just beyond his reach. However, all bets are off after the fire destroys Chicago, and Mollie is in desperate need of assistance. Just as Zack finally begins to pursue the woman he loves, competition arises in the form of a hero from her past who can provide the help she needs to rise from the ashes.
  While Mollie struggles to rebuild, the two men battle for her heart. One has always loved her, but the other has the power to save her. In the race to rebuild the city, can she survive with her business and her heart intact?”

 Series: No.

Spiritual Content-
Comments like ‘I felt like Eve being offered the apple’ and ‘Jesus was a carpenter’; Talks of going to church, people say ‘Thank God’; Mollie and the others stay in a church after the fire.

Negative Content-
Zach calls Mollie an Idiot, she calls him an idiot and a stray dog.

Sexual Content-
Kisses; Zach touches Mollie on her hip & the collar of her blouse.

-Mollie Knox
-Zach Kazmarek

                                         P.O.V. switches between Mollie & Zach
                                                 Set in 1871
                                                                                           374 pages

(and a half)
To tell you the truth, I don’t know what to rate this book… sometimes I loved it and hung on every word… and others I was shaking the book in frustration! It wasn’t going how I thought it should! (I got over it fast) I needed to know what was going to happen! Overall, I enjoyed this book, the first book I’ve read by her, by Mrs. Camden.  

 *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 Bethany House for this review.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

"The Governess of Highland Hall" by Carrie Turansky

About this book:

Worlds lie between the marketplaces of India and the halls of a magnificent country estate like Highland Hall. Will Julia be able to find her place when a governess is neither upstairs family nor downstairs help?
   Missionary Julia Foster loves working alongside her parents, ministering and caring for young girls in India. But when the family must return to England due to illness, she readily accepts the burden for her parents’ financial support. Taking on a job at Highland Hall as governess, she quickly finds that teaching her four privileged, ill-mannered charges at a grand estate is more challenging than expected, and she isn’t sure what to make of the estate’s preoccupied master, Sir William Ramsey.
   Widowed and left to care for his two young children and his deceased cousin Randolph’s two teenage girls, William is consumed with saving the estate from the financial ruin. The last thing he needs is any distraction coming from the kindhearted-yet-determined governess who seems to be quietly transforming his household with her persuasive personality, vibrant prayer life, and strong faith.
   While both are tending past wounds and guarding fragile secrets, Julia and William are determined to do what it takes to save their families—common ground that proves fertile for unexpected feelings. But will William choose Julia’s steadfast heart and faith over the wealth and power he needs to secure Highland Hall’s future?”

 Series: ‘Edwardian Brides’ book 1.  

Spiritual Content-
Songs of Solomon 8:7 & Matthew 5:8 are quoted in the front of the book; Galatians 5:13-14 and Psalm 112 are quoted; Julia, being a missionary, is so firm in her Faith, she does many prayers.

Negative Content-
Some staff members are rude to Julia.

Sexual Content-
Kisses; Julia says, while she and her family were in India, they saved girls who were sold by their families to Hindu temples.. “’s a very heathen practice that takes away a young girls innocence & purity..”.

-Julia Foster
-William Ramsay

                                         P.O.V. of Julia, William, Sarah, Ann & Mrs. Emmitt
                                                 Set in 1911
                                                                                           314 pages

The first book I’ve read by Mrs. Turansky, and I have to say, I’m impressed!  I really liked it! It was a clean, sometimes witty, with a touch of romance, historical book! 

This book comes out 10/15/13! Pick it up then or Pre-order it today! 

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