August 14, 2014

Miracle in a Dry Season

Miracle in a Dry Season
by Sarah Loudin Thomas

I read the prequel novella, Appalachian Serenade, to this book back in June and then was asked to review book 1 in the series. I can honestly say that I really loved both! My review of the novella is here. 

Miracle in a Dry Season follows the novella perfectly. The novella introduced us to Robert and Delilah and in this book we get to know them a little better as we read the story about their niece, Perla, and her daughter, Sadie. Perla and Sadie move in with them to escape rumors in their hometown. We also get to know a lot of other fun locals including a set of elderly twin women that were once in love with the same man. You also get to know a young man, Casewell, and his parents. And it is all set during a very difficult time in the community when they are suffering from a very severe drought.

This book was just as great of a read as the novella was. I read it in one sitting. Now, that isn't unusual for me but it still tells you it was great writing that I didn't even hardly take a break while reading two evenings ago!

Thomas's writing really transplants you to the time and place of the novel. You actually feel like you are in 1954 West Virginia. You actually feel like you are experiencing the hard times that the people in the novel are experiencing during the drought. Your heart pours out to them as their wells dry up, the creeks run out of water, the gardens wither away, and the farm animals shrivel up and the farmers begin to lose hope.

If you like books that take you to another place and time you'll love Thomas's books! I cannot wait for books 2 and 3 to come out!  What I really can't wait for is to find out who the main characters will be in these new books!

Bethany House and Sarah Loudin Thomas provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review as an influencer for the book.

August 8, 2014

A kid's book review

The Redcoats are Coming

When I first learned about the Imagination Station books I was immediately intrigued! You see, I grew up listening to Adventures in Odyssey as a kid almost every night! In fact it was the highlight of most of my evenings! This book helps me relive those moments with the same characters and locations I fell in love with as a child.

The second best part of this book is the history! I've always loved history and I really enjoyed how this book was written in a way that kids could learn history and enjoy a good story at the same time.

I don't have kids yet, but I plan to someday and once they are old enough I plan to make sure we read these books together in the evenings!

This book was provided to me by the publisher, Tyndale, in exchange for my honest review.

August 5, 2014

Captured by Love

Captured by Love
By Jody Hedlund

I really enjoyed this book by Hedlund. I'm always partial to books where it stretches me to read them because they take place in a time or place that I do not know much about. I grew up in Kansas so Michigan was never a state I thought much about but then in college I moved to Illinois so I met a lot of people from Michigan. That's when I first started hearing about Mackinac Island. I have to admit I've thought it would be a neat place to visit and reading this historical fiction book set there peaked my interest even more.

This book takes place during the British occupation of the island which is putting many of the people in times of great hardship. One of those people is Angelique. She has been left in the care of a guardian step-father after the passing of both of her parents and he greatly mistreats her. Thankfully occasionally she can sneak away from him to help care for her fiance's mother who is frail and blind and left all alone while one son, Angelique's fiancee (Jean), is off fighting and the other (Pierre) is fur trading.

I'm pretty sure that Angelique would be helping the brother's mom even if she wasn't engaged to one of them though since that is just the type of woman she is. But her tender care of their mother is just one of the things about her that both men love.

You'll have to read the book to find out which brother she ends up with in the end. If you love romance, devotion, history, and just a touch of suspense I think you'll love this book. I loved how unending devotion was a theme throughout this book and not just in a romantic sense.

Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.