Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Vada Allenhouse and her three sisters live with Doc, their father in Cleveland, Ohio in 1898. They are all trying to overcome the tragedy from 17 years earlier when Vada's mother mysteriously disappeared. Vada lost her youth as she took over being mother to her younger sisters. Now that the girls are grown they are each trying to find love and purpose for their lives.
Their whole world changes the day that the Brooklyn Bridegrooms come to play baseball against the Cleveland Spiders. A spectator at the game gets hit on the head by a fly ball. This unconscious young man is brought to Doc and suddenly the girls find themselves surrounded by eligible bachelors - besides the baseball players a young sports writer hangs around to try to get a story. Vada, who works for the Cleveland Orchstra, already has a steady boyfriend but she is tempted to leave the securty of the known for the excitement of the unknown. At the end of the week the other sisters have found love and Vada realizes that she's had love all along.
I enjoyed reading this book. Each chapter was a day in this very special week for the Allenhouse family. I thought the characters were well developed and I came away feeling like I knew them personally. If you enjoy historical fiction/romance then I recommend The Bridegrooms by Allison Pittman to you.
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group
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Sunday, February 28, 2010
Beneath A Southern Sky is a story about Daria, a missionary in South Africa whose husband is reportedly killed in a remote village. Daria returns home to the U.S. to mourn his death and prepare for the birth of their daughter. As she tries move forward with her life she meets Colson Hunter. He falls in love with her and asks her to marry him. Daria feels that God is calling her to return to South Africa but she ignores His voice and marries Colson. Not long after their wedding she receives a telegram that turns her life upside down. You'll have to read the story to find out what the telegram says, and what Daria's response is. I really enjoyed this book.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I have just begun to read this book. The first two chapters gave me so much to think about that I needed to stop and really ponder these thoughts. After an introduction, Batterson begins his book with a talk on heart transplants, and how the recipients of new hearts say that they receive new desires, cravings and habits with their new heart. Batterson goes on to say that when we accept Christ as our Savior we get a heart transplant - we receive Christ's heart. With that heart should come new desires, cravings and habits. We should feel different, and one of those new feelings should be compassion. Then Batterson asks, Does your heart break for the things that break the heart of God? (p. 17) Is you faith in your heart, or only in your mind?
The second thought that grabbed me was this: In my experience it's much easier to act like a Christian that it is to react like one. Anyone can put on an act. But your reactions reveal what is really in your heart. (p. 22) Batterson had been talking about what it means to love God with all your heart. This thought made me examine how I react to the world around me - and has already begun to change my reactions.
I have not finished the book yet, but I have been changed and challenged by it. I highly recommend Mark Batterson's book Primal: A Quest for the lost soul of Christianity. Make this the first book you read in 2010.
Primal is published by Waterbook Multnomah Press.
You can find this book at Barnes and Noble or Amazon.
I would love it if you would leave a comment for me after you read the book. Tell me what point was most life changing for you.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The second book is Limelight, by Melody Carlson.This book is about an elderly woman who once was a Hollywood beauty. Claudette is quite a character. At the beginning of the book she is in a nursing home after trying to commit suicide. She has lost her youth, her beauty, her mansion and extravagent lifestyle, her wealth. However, she realizes that she does not want to live the rest of her life her, and fights to be independent.She returns to her hometown to live, and to repair her relationship with her sister. She begins to question the values she had all her life, and learns what real beauty is.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Christmas is just around the corner, and New York Times best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall offers just the right reading treat for the holiday season—the story of a young Amish woman bearing a weight that isn’t hers to carry, a young man who might just be able to help her heal, and a meddling aunt who just wants to see them happy.
I loved reading this book. Condy Woodsmall is a wonderful author. She writes in a way that makes the reader feel a part of the story, as if you live in the same town as the characters. I had a hard time putting this book down - I just had to find out how the story ended. I encourage you to read it too!
This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.
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