Friday, August 29, 2014

"Interrupted" by Rachel Coker



About this book:

  “Can love really heal all things? If Sam Carroll hadn’t shown up, she might have been able to get to her mother in time. Instead, Allie Everly finds herself at a funeral, mourning the loss of her beloved mother. She is dealt another blow when, a few hours later, she is sent from Tennessee to Maine to become the daughter of Miss Beatrice Lovell, a prim woman with a faith Allie cannot accept. Poetry and letters written to her mother become the only things keeping Allie s heart from hardening completely. But then Sam arrives for the summer, and with him comes many confusing emotions, both toward him and the people around her. As World War II looms, Allie will be forced to decide whether hanging on to the past is worth losing her chance to be loved.


Series: As of now, no.


Spiritual Content- Allie says many times that she does not believe in God, and her mother has told Allie that Christians are hypocrites (Later it’s said that Allie’s father said he was a Christian and when he left, her mom started hating Christians; “Mama hated Christianity, and she told me I should as well.”); When up on a hill, Allie writes that she feels closer to God and the heavens (Which she’s never told her mom as her mother does not believe in life-after-death); When her mother dies, Allie thinks “Are you in a better place, Mama? No, I don’t think you’re in any place at all. Christians are the crazy ones. That’s what you told me—there isn’t a God. There’s no one listening, no one who cares.”; Miss Beatrice tries to get Allie to go to church but Allie says “Mama says church is for the superstitious fools who don’t have enough guts to stand on their own two feet.” Miss Beatrice tries many times to witness to Allie and invites her to church; Allie wonders if her mother is a star now; Allie thinks back many times on what her mother said about Christians; Allie and Charlie talk a bit about God, Allie still believes that there’s no God and that it doesn’t matter Charlie says that you can’t be sure, not completely, “I guess we’ll never be sure until it’s over.” Allie then wonders if she could be wrong about God; Miss Beatrice does a long, detailed prayer which Allie overhears; Many Scriptures are quoted; Church going (semi-detailed); Bible reading; *Spoiler* Allie breaks down near the end and prays. She becomes a Christian after that. *End of Spoiler*; Many talks about God and finding comfort in His arms.


Negative Content- Minor Cussing including: an ‘oh my word’, an ‘oh my gosh’, a ‘shut up’, two ‘jerk’s, two forms of ‘drat’, four forms of ‘darn’, five ‘gosh’s, and 13 ‘stupid’s; Allie curses herself once (“cursing myself”); Allie wishes that a boy would get drafted the tells herself that that was a cruel thought; Mentions of the war.


Sexual Content- Allie calls a boy a “gangly, feminized type”; Irene says her & Daniel want a baby but can’t have one, when Allie asks “Why didn’t God give you a child?” Irene says “Sometimes God doesn’t give us the answer that we want. But that’s no excuse for being angry at him.” {In my opinion, the ‘H’ should have been capitalize}; *Spoiler* Irene says her birth mother was a cabaret dancer & her birth father was “a rich banker with a love for pretty women.” *End of Spoiler*; A bit of love/romance of the end, no kisses though!

-Alycone “Allie” Everly, age 14 (then 18)
                                        First person P.O.V. of Allie
                                              Part 1 is Set in 1939 and Part 2 is Set in ’43-‘45
                                                        247 pages

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My personal Rating-
I liked “Interrupted”, it was really good! While I liked “Chasing Jupiter” better, I’m looking forward to reading Rachel Coker’s next book!


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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club" by Wanda E. Brunstetter



About this book:

  “Join the club of unlikely quilters who show up for Amish widow Emma Yoder’s quilting classes. A troubled young woman, a struggling couple, a widower, a rough and tough biker, and a preacher’s wife make up the mismatched lot. But as their problems begin to bind them together like the scraps of fabric stitched together in a quilt, they learn to open up and lend a helping hand. Is this what God had in mind to heal hurting hearts and create beauty from fragments?


Series: Book #1 in “The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club”. {I’ll be reviewing #2 and #3 this coming month!}


Spiritual Content- Psalm 34:14 is in the dedication; Mary says her Mother (Emma) has an unwavering Faith; Emma witnesses (& prays for) to all of her students; Paul has a strong faith and Ruby Lee is a Pastor’s wife; Many Scriptures are quoted, a hymn is sung and many Prayers are said.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of ‘shut up’, the phrase ‘like a heel’ is said twice, a few ‘jerk’s, four ‘crummy’s, ten ‘dumb’s, and 29 ‘stupids’ (or a form of); An unintelligible word is said but not written; Jan lost his license because he was drinking & driving (prior to the opening); Star says she hated her stepdad; Pam & Stuart argue/fight a lot; Drinking is mentions but not done; Talks of dead animals & ones dying by being hit by a car (semi-detailed for sensitive animal lovers).


Sexual Content- Star doesn’t know her birth father (Her mother got pregnant at age 18, more to the story is added her the end); A friend suggests to Pam that she & Stuart need to get away and be by themselves and that “a little romance wouldn’t hurt either”.

-Emma Yoder   /  -Pam Johnston    /  -Paul Ramires  /  -Ruby Lee Williams
-Star Stephens  /  -Stuart Johnston  /  -Jan Sweet
                                         P.O.V. switches between them.
                                                        313 pages (with a Quilt Pattern & recipe inside)

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A fun storyline! I personally didn’t think it would need to be a series as I thought it ended well. (But after reading #2, I liked them together!)


 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, August 25, 2014

"A Grand Design" by Amber Stockton



About this book:

  “A fun getaway on a charming island may be just what Alyssa needs...if only she can let go of her past.
  Fifteen years ago, Alyssa Denham stopped taking her annual summer trip to Mackinac Island, refusing to tell anyone the real reason she avoided the island she loved as a child. Now here she is, unexpectedly on the island for two weeks with her best friend, Libby, trying to keep her secret buried.
Alyssa's grandmother, who lives on the island, has asked Alyssa and Libby to help piece together a friendship quilt she had started years earlier. Their quest takes them to the homes of some [of] her grandmother's long-lost friends, giving Alyssa amazing insight into her grandmother's life...and attracting the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman.
Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will she finally learn to trust and let God heal her fractured heart?



Series: Book #20 in the “Quilts of Love” series {They do not have to be read in order; see my reviews of number #17, “A Promise in Pieces”, Here! Number #18, “A Stitch and a Prayer”, Here! and my favorite QoL book, “Rival Hearts”, number #19, Here!}


Spiritual Content-  Talks about God & people say “Thank God” and “Praise God”; Ben teases Scott about maybe sleeping in instead of going to church (Ben decides to go when he learns that Libby will be there, Alyssa’s grandmother comments that that’s his first time in a Church in a long time); Other content includes: “bad karma” and “like a towering god of thunder” are both mentioned once.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘sheesh’, a ‘stupid’, a ‘wretch’ and two forms of ‘idiot’; Quite a lot of Sarcasm; a bit of blood (barely above not-detailed).


Sexual Content- two almost kisses, not-detailed kisses, a semi-detailed kiss and a very detailed kiss; Libby talks about wearing “a skimpy little number with a drop-dead gorgeous instructor standing behind…” her; Libby says she has a man radar and calls it a “man-dar”; Libby is able to put her swimsuit in a small handbag (Scott thinks “a suit in need of additional material”); *Spoiler* Alyssa is attacked but before anything happens, Scott saves her; Alyssa’s secret is that Charlie wanted to have ‘fun’ and when she refused to ‘play along’ he got forceful and overpowered her (semi-detailed of Alyssa talking about it). *End of Spoiler*; Staring and noticing people’s bodies; Mentions of shirtless men; Flirting (quite a lot of it); Alyssa & Libby are boyfriend crazy (meaning that they are always trying to get a boyfriend); Love, falling in love & the emotions (semi-detailed being the highest).

-Alyssa Denham, age 29
-Scott Whitman
                                         P.O.V. switches between them.
                                                        187 pages

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(and a half)
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(and a half)
{Because of all the Sexual content}
Hmm. In my opinion, it didn’t start out good with Alyssa saying that she hates the month of June (because that’s when weddings are). That’s my birthday month, missy! :/ Well, thanks. And we really don’t know anything about Scott! The big secret didn’t shock me, as I thought that’s what it would be and as I’ve said before I’m sensitive to those subjects.
So definitely not for this blog’s target age.   

Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, A Grand Design by Amber Stockton. Who hasn't struggled to let painful memories go and move into God's healing? You’ll be sure to love this heartfelt and encouraging tale set on historic Mackinac Island.

Celebrate August’s release by entering to win a Kindle from Quilts of Love and RSVPing for the "Fall into Fall" Facebook author chat party.


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I have a cute book that I reviewed on Goodreads, about a nine-year-old on the Titanic! (Everything works out as fine as you can get, Moms. ;) ) There isn’t any Christian content in it but there’s some fun historical facts in the book! Plus it would be an easy read at only 22 pages! You can see my review of it Here!


See y’all on Wednesday 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 (Abington Press) (through Litfuse) for this review.

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Prelude for a Lord" by Camille Elliot




 {{This is an updated review. Originally posted August 22nd, 2014, it was updated on November 14th, 2019 to the Official Rating System.}}


About this book:

  “An awkward young woman. A haunted young man. A forbidden instrument. Can the love of music bring them together . . . or will it tear them apart?
   Bath, England—1810
   At twenty-eight, Alethea Sutherton is past her prime for courtship; but social mores have never been her forté. She might be a lady, but she is first and foremost a musician.
   In Regency England, however, the violin is considered an inappropriate instrument for a lady. Ostracized by society for her passion, Alethea practices in secret and waits for her chance to flee to the Continent, where she can play without scandal.
   But when a thief’s interest in her violin endangers her and her family, Alethea is determined to discover the enigmatic origins of her instrument . . . with the help of the dark, brooding Lord Dommick.
   Scarred by war, Dommick finds solace only in playing his violin. He is persuaded to help Alethea, and discovers an entirely new yearning in his soul.
   Alethea finds her reluctant heart drawn to Dommick in the sweetest of duets . . . just as the thief’s desperation builds to a tragic crescendo . . .”



Series: Book #1 in “The Gentlemen Quartet” series.  


Spiritual Content- Scriptures are read, thought over, & mentioned; Prayers; Many talks about God, listening to Him, having a divine relationship, & God loving us; Church/Chapel going; Dommick prays and has a faith, but Alethea has not had good experiences in church and believes God abandoned her in her time of need; *Spoiler* Towards the end of the book, Alethea realizes the truth about God and feels peace from Him *End of Spoiler*; Mentions of God & faiths; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; Mentions of churches, chapels, church going, services, & rectors; A few mentions of Christians & sinners; A couple mentions of thanking God;
*Note: “who the devil are you?is said once and “Good Lord” is said twice; Hell is mentioned three times: “where he had seen the gates of hell”, Bayard says he returned from fighting Napoleon, he had a “hellish hole in his sanity” and a person says another person made their “life a living hell”; Different gods are mentioned (Roman god, Apollo, god of the sea, Poseidon, and a man comments “the gods have cursed me”); A man believes that an instrument has the power of the emotions from its previous owner.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blast it’, four ‘idiot’s, and four ‘stupid’s; A few mentions of curses (said, not written); Dommick has PTSD nightmares of fighting in a war (up to semi-detailed); Alethea has flashbacks of her brother breaking her fingers & the pain (up to semi-detailed); Fighting, pain, blood/bleeding (semi-detailed); Kidnappings, being held at gunpoint, gunshots, being shot/being shot at, injuries, blood/bleeding, & pain (up to semi-detailed): Being grabbed, pain, & bruises (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of thieves/intruders & threats; Many mentions of gossip & rumors; Mentions of wars, fighting, seeing deaths of people and animals, blood, & nightmares of it all (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of a man who abused & killed his wife (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a twelve-year-old wanting to stab someone & enjoying the bloodthirsty parts of a play; Mentions of kidnappings & being tied-up; Mentions of bullies & fighting; Mentions of gambling halls & debts; Mentions of lies, lying, & liars; Mentions of hunting & guns; A few mentions of being ordered to kill horses in a war & Dommick not being able to do it (barely-above-not-detailed); A couple mentions of an accident & death; A couple mentions of eye rolling; A couple mentions of a drunk; A mention of a corpse; A mention of pulling the legs off of frogs for fun; A mention of an alcoholic drink; A mention of vomiting;
            *Note: Mentions of Alethea’s brother and cousin trying to sell her into marriages; A couple mentions of women marrying men twenty and thirty years their senior.


Sexual Content- hand kisses (up to semi-detailed), two not-detailed kisses, two semi-detailed kisses, and three detailed kisses (one is called “sizzling” in the discussion questions); Touches & Warmth (semi-detailed); Noticing, Nearness, & Smelling (up to semi-detailed); Lying in bed with a spouse (barely-above-not-detailed); Alethea father had an illegitimate daughter & Alethea is very close with her half-sister; Mentions of marital intimacy & a marriage of convenience not being intimate (nothing is detailed, only questionable part is when bed sheets are ruffled and a bit of blood in put on the sheets to prevent servants from gossiping); Mentions of a man who tried to force himself upon a lady and confessed that he wanted to ruin her, so she’d be forced to many him (she punched him and ran out before anything happened); Mentions of another man trying to force himself on her, but she is saved before anything happens; Mentions of a man trying to kiss a lady and getting slapped for attempting; Mentions of those who believe that it’s unfeminine for a woman to play a violin and that it draws eyes to their bodies; Mentions of men leering at women and lingering at different areas (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of scandals & reputations; Mentions of flirting; A few mentions of a marriage of convenience; A couple mentions of wanting to have a man’s children; A couple mentions of kisses & kissing; A couple mentions of rumors of a maid being a prostitute; A mention of a rumor of a woman returning home in the wee hours of the morning with her gown mussed; A mention of a man possessing his wife; A mention of a young girl believing kissing is disgusting; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
            *Note: A mention of a woman’s “magnificent bosom” threatening to fall out of her dress; A mention of kicking a man in a well-aimed place.


-Alethea Sutherton, age 28
-Bayard Terralton, Baron Dommick
                                         P.O.V. switches between them.
                                              Set in 1810 {Prologue 1809}
                                                        340 pages

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My personal Rating-

This book had me intrigued by the back cover with the mentions of mysteries and violins. The music portions of this novel were so interesting and I would find the piece to listen to while reading. It was helpful at times that there was a cast of characters at the front of the book as there’s quite a few names (and titles) to remember.
I enjoyed many different aspects of this book, so I’m disappointed to give this book only a 2.5 rating. Because of all the kisses and mentions towards the end, though, my enjoyment wavered and that affected my rating. If this series is continued, I will most likely try the next book, but I do hope there won’t be as much detailed kissing.




*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 Publisher for this review.