Monday, July 30, 2018

"The Hope of Azure Springs" by Rachel Fordham


About this book:

  “Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won't be able to do it alone.
  For Azure Springs Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He's determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn't expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart.
  Debut author Rachel Fordham invites historical romance readers to the charming town of Azure Springs, Iowa, where the people care deeply for one another and, sometimes, even fall in love.”


Series: As of now, no.


Spiritual Content- Prayers; Talks about God & prayers; ‘H’s are not capital when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of churches, church going, & ministers; A few mentions of blessings & being blessed; A few mentions of angels; A couple mentions of sin & a sinner;
             *Note: A mention of a man who is a close relative of the devil; A mention of seeing the devil in a man’s eyes; A mention of a man with the devil behind him & having evil excitement; A mention of evil men in a story.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘darn’, a ‘stupid’, a ‘what in blazes’, and three forms of ‘blasted’; A few mentions of curses (said, not written); Some sarcasm & eye rolling; Prologue is after Em was shot, therefore blood/bleeding, pain, & passing out (up to semi-detailed); Being kidnapped & pain (up to semi-detailed); Seeing a fight, blood/bleeding, & death (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of a murder (shooting and hanging), a body, burying the body, shootings, blood/bleeding, wounds, & pain (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of a war & deaths; Mentions of fevers & deaths; Mentions of an accidental death (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of hangings & gallows; Mentions of a fight, a death, & injuries/bruises; Mentions of robberies, crimes, & criminals; Mentions of stealing; Mentions of a fire, burns, & pain (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of intruders, & them causing a ruckus; Mentions of cigars/cigarettes, tobacco, & smoking; Mentions of saloons, drinking, & drunks; Mentions of gossip & rumors; Mentions of hunting & killing animals for food; A few mentions of a public hanging of a young boy; A few mentions of saloon brawls & injuries; A few mentions of hatred; A few mentions of switches & whippings; A few mentions of privies and the smell; A few mentions of dead animals & rotting (barely-above-not-detailed); A couple mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of throwing up.


Sexual Content- a fingers to lip touch, two cheek kisses, a forehead kiss, and a barely-above-not-detailed kiss; Wanting to kiss & staring at another’s lips (barely-above-not-detailed); Touches, Dancing, Nearness, & Hand holding (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing; A man tries to get Em to work at his saloon & another man unwantedly touches Em (barely-above-not-detailed, it’s hinted what some girls do there, but never said); Mentions of a (forehead) kiss & kissing; A few mentions of wanting to kiss (or not); A few mentions of married couples kissing; A few mentions of flirting; A couple mentions of a couple living like they were married when they weren’t (they were not an item at all); A couple mentions of “tainted” women; A couple mentions of stories with kissing; A couple mentions of reputations; A mention of a young girl selling herself (she did not); A mention of getting the wrong impression of seeing a man near a girl’s skirts; A mention of a man looking Em up and down; A mention of jealousy; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: A few mentions of girls’ curves & the lack of a girl’s curves.

-Em Cooper, age 19-20
-Caleb Reynolds
                                P.O.V. switches between them
                                                 Set in 1881
                                                        331 pages

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Well, I’m a crying mess now.
This book had its really sad moments, y’all, but that happy epilogue is what got to me.
For a debut author, I thought “The Hope of Azure Springs” was good. I think the dialogue could have been improved, but it was still a good read. This “romance” story is as far from insta-love as you can get, and I love it. Talk about refreshing. Em is regarded as plain (which I do have to say that I believe no one is plain) and Caleb (who could be a bit dense at times, albeit) was more like a friend at first for the most part. The Spiritual Content was light, but so was the romance content. Their very light romance was based on their characters and attitude and it was so refreshing.
Y’all know orphan care is so near to my heart, so it’s probably why I enjoyed this story so much. I will be watching for news about the author’s next book.


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 (Revell) for this honest review.

Friday, July 27, 2018

"Shining Night" by Alena Pitts


About this book:

  “Lena’s overnight fame as an actress, after being cast in a lead role in a film, continues to pull her into the spotlight, while teaching her what it means to shine for God. And now she’s faced with her biggest challenge yet. When Lena’s favorite music artist, Mallory Winston, sends her a gift box filled with photos and memories of their time on tour together, she finds out that new friends from the children’s hospital they visited need help, including a little girl she became very fond of. The hospital is closing and the little girl’s parents can’t afford the ongoing care she needs.
  Now, Lena wants to find a way to help. Rallying the support of her school, friends, and family pulls together a huge concert to raise funds that features Mallory Winston. What she doesn’t realize is that coordinating such a big event is harder than it looks. Lena must face the challenge of taking on a responsibility that sometimes seems too big for her to handle, and convincing others she won’t give up. On this journey, Lena discovers that helping others comes at a cost, but what matters most in life cannot be bought. With the encouragement and mentoring she receives from her family and even Mallory, she is constantly reminded that God is her strength and his plan is bigger.”


Series: Book #3 in the “Lena in the Spotlight” series. Reviews of Book #1 Here! and Book #2 Here!


Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned, read, remembered, talked about, & thought over; Many Prayers & Thanking God; Witnessing; Many talks about God & praying; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers, praying, & thanking God; Mentions of Bibles, Bible reading, & a devotional; Mentions of churches, church going, & services.


Negative Content- Mentions of pain, a scream, & injuries.


Sexual Content- 2 ‘babe’s (one from a married couple, another to a dad to his daughter).

-Lena Daniels
                               1st person P.O.V. of Lena
                                                        146 pages

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In remembrance of Mrs. Wynter Pitts, Books for Christian Girls decided to share a review of the third book in the “Lena in the Spotlight” series. I have found this series to be so sweet and encouraging, even while I’m outside of the target age. I’ve loved seeing their family and faith shown throughout these three books. My prayers, hugs, and thoughts are with the Pitts and their extended family.


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, July 25, 2018

"This Quiet Sky" by Joanne Bischof



About this book:

  “There is nothing extraordinary about Tucker O’Shay’s dreams. Go to college. Become president. Fall in love. And pretend like he has enough time to get it all done.
  Sixteen-year-old Sarah Miller doesn’t expect anything out of the ordinary when she begins her first day at the one-room-school house in her new hometown of Rocky Knob. But when she meets seventeen-year-old Tucker O’Shay—the boy with the fatal illness who volunteers to tutor her in algebra—she finds herself swept up in a friendship that changes the way she sees the world and a love that changes her life.”


Series: Connected to another series by the author.


Spiritual Content- A Scripture is read and mentioned a few times (not recognized as a Scripture, however); Talks about God & asking Him questions; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Sarah gets mad at God at a point, but gets better; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers & blessings over food; Mentions of churches & sermons; Mentions of Christmas songs; A few mentions of events in the Bible; A couple mentions of Bibles; A couple mentions of blessings; A couple mentions of sins; A mention of a book of the Bible; A mention of the sermon on the Mount; A mention of church mice; A mention of a hymn.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of ‘suckered’ and two ‘drat’s; Mentions of deaths; A couple mentions of a husband abusing his wife; A couple mentions of cheating; A couple mentions of sarcasm.


Sexual Content- a finger kiss, a hand kiss, a cheek kiss, two head/hair kisses, two barely-above-not-detailed kisses, four detailed kisses, a very detailed kiss; Remembering a kiss (semi-detailed); Touches, Nearness, Brushes, Heat/Warmth, & Tingles (semi-detailed); Noticing, Staring, & Butterflies (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of (and talks about) kisses & kissing; Mentions of flirting, blushes, & talking to the opposite gender; A few mentions of (being married and) feeling a husband’s skin and waking up next to him; A couple mentions of impropriety; A couple mentions of Maggie and her admirers; A mention of a man cornering Sarah; A mention of an attempted “necking” that resulted in the man being slapped; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: Sarah’s parents were 14 & 19 when they married; A few mentions of Sarah saying she has no curves & later on the curves that she gets; A few mentions of a cancer that only men get (details are never named).

-Sarah Miller, age 16
                                1st person P.O.V. of Sarah
                                      Set in 1885 (Epilogue in 1903)
                                                        149 pages

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I was hoping to enjoy this one due to it being a Historical YA (something we don’t see too often) but, unfortunately, the sexual content was so much. The touchy and kissy parts are just too much for me to feel comfortable with reading—especially since this is supposed to be a Young Adult book.


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.