September 13, 2014

Sharing about a giveaway!

Money Saving Mom has a great giveaway going on on her blog right now! You should be sure to check it out and enter!

September 3, 2014

Tried and True

Tried and True
by Mary Connealy

I've read quite a few of Connealy's books and really enjoyed them and even reviewed a couple of them here. But in all honestly this new series isn't my favorite. Normally I love her mixture of romance, humor, western and adventure all rolled into one but this book didn't engage me the way her other books have.

Tried and True is the first book in the new series titled "Wild at Heart" and it is about three sisters. From the beginning I didn't fall in love with the sisters because they actually are living life as men. They wear pants, cut their hair short, and their skills on a homestead put most men to shame. I can understand that many women in that time did this in order to help in the war effort but I don't understand why they continued to live that way after the war was over, nor why they insisted on each of the three and the father getting their own homestead. The plot just didn't seem all that plausible. I realize it is fiction but I would have enjoyed the book more if so much of it hadn't centered on three women living as men.

I also didn't love this book as much because it didn't make me laugh. I typically am laughing my way through a Connealy book and this time I don't think it made me laugh a single time. It also didn't leave me longing for the next book in the series and usually I'm dying to read books two and three immediately.

I am looking forward to reading more of her books that I haven't read yet but I'm not sure I'll bother finishing this series.

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

September 2, 2014

With Every Breath

With Every Breath
by Elizabeth Camden

Elizabeth Camden is quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors. This is the second book I have reviewed by her (the first was: Into the Whirlwind and it was excellent!) and all of her other books are on my list of books I want to read soon.

This book is about Kate and Trevor. In school they were arch rivals competing in everything. In the end they were competing for a full college scholarship and Trevor won and Kate was beside herself because it was her only opportunity to go to college. She ends up working for the census bureau until one day a new Dr in town asks her to interview for a position working for him with charts and numbers and statistics. She loves math and wants a more challenging career so she goes for the interview only to find out it is Trevor and he has changed his last name!

I love books with a background in history. This book explores the time when tuberculosis was threatening lives and leading people to move to the mountains to seek treatment. But Trevor is searching for a cure right in Washington DC and he needs Kate's help to track the numbers in his treatment trial. At first Kate doesn't want to work for him but in the end she takes the job.

I think what I love about Camden's books more than anything else is that they don't just center on the love relationship. They actually center more on the historical background and the plot as a whole rather than just the love story between two characters. This gives her books a lot of depth and makes them really fun to read. I looked forward to learning how the search for the cure of tuberculosis was going even more than I looked forward to finding out if Kate would ever stop hating Trevor.

This book is especially good because the plot has suspense and intrigue and also because there are some surprises you find out about that will shock you. You won't want to put the book down until you have finished!

Be sure to check out this website to enter to win a copy of the book!

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