Showing posts with label Adult Christian Mystery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Adult Christian Mystery. Show all posts

Monday, July 18, 2011

Called Home: Two Hearts Answer – Gloria Schumann

Publisher:   Savant
Pages:  342
Source:  Review copy from author
Genre:  Adult, Romantic Mystery

Emma Benson's view of life was crafted as a child by the death of her brother, the abandonment by her father and later, the man she trusted she would marry. A teacher by training, she forgoes her chosen path to save the Wisconsin farm she calls home from financial ruin.

A tornado threatens damage, but David Schlosser—back in town after years in New York writing best-selling novels—could ruin her neatly tended life. He's looking for the charms of the small town he once rejected and finds more than he bargained for. He risks everything to get what he wants.

The storms of life throw Emma and David together and into the world of a criminal determined to ruin their plans by any means necessary. Robbery and near death connect Emma and David to their nemesis and during the throes of securing life and limb they make every effort to resist falling for one another.

My Review:
First let me be honest about something, I usually don’t read romance novels.  When Gloria Schumann emailed me and asked me if I would be willing to read and review her book which was “ a sweet romance with plenty of passion and longing without sex scenes, and a bit of crime and suspense  thrown into the mix to make a compelling story”, I thought I’d give it a try.  By that I meant I would try it because it had the element of crime and suspense mixed in.  It was those elements as well as how well she crafted the romance that drew me in. 
Emma was rude at times to David.  I identified with her situation somewhat.  After my divorce I thought I’d never remarry.  Why take a chance again?  I’d lost my first fiancĂ© to cancer and later my husband left me with two small children.  When my current husband and I got together, we’d both had failed marriages so I figured marriage was out of the picture.  My husband was patient and persistent.  Like Emma I’m a teacher who grew up on a farm.  I connected with David wanting to go back to the quiet life.  I live in a city, and long for the day I can move to the country.  The author has done an excellent job of creating a realistic romance that is not mushy.  The suspense is great.  I will gladly read anything else this author comes out with.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Rooms - James L Rubart

Publisher:  B& H Publishing, 2010
Genre:  Mystery
Pages:  400 Pages
Source:  Purchased

Micah Taylor was a successful software developer.  he had spent his life building a life like no other and counting on no one but himself.  All of this changed the day he received a letter from his long deceased  great-uncle Archie.  The letter told him he had inherited a mansion on Cannon Beach.  The reason was so Michah could face his painful past.  A past that turned him away from God and his family.  Michah checked the place out just to ease his mind.  What he found was; a mansion that changed  constantly, the meaning of surrendering alll of yourself, and what true forgiveness is.
I absolutely loved this book.  I believe everyone who erads it will see themselves in Micah's character.  It was well written, the characters were well developed.  The supernatural element reminded me of Robert Liparulo's "Dreamhouse Kings" series.  This is a must read for anyone who loves mysteries.  It definitely won't disappoint.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Blog Tour: Limelight by Melody Carlson

Publisher: Multnomah
Pages: 376
Source: Review copy from publisher for book tour

This book can be purchased at Random House.

I am quickly becoming a fan of Melody Carlson. I have read this book and a teen book she has written and have already made a wish list of her books to be placed on my shelves at school.

In "Limelight" I found a book that could make my emotions ride the rollercoaster. It is the story of Claudette Fiore, an 82 year old former actress. After her husband passes away she finds that his accountant was paying himself instead of their taxes. The IRS does not look favorably on this and has therefore seized most of her assets, including her beautiful home in Beverly Hills. She sees everything as lost and hopeless and attempts suicide. Her step-son flies in to save the day. As a set designer he is used to making lists and working the lists to make magic happen. He sets Claudette down and the process begins. It is then she tells him she owns a home in Silverton, California. He thinks that is terrific. Even when she tells him about how poor she was growing up, he sees the silver lining in all of it. He drives her back to Silverton and turns her mother's former house into something she can feel comfortable and cozy in. She had always had servants around to do everything for her and without that help she as helpless as a baby. With the help of friends she had left behind when she fled Silverton, she manages to survive and actually thrive.

I loved Claudette. She was a snob at the beginning of the book. She trampled on people all of the time and her character made me angry. Then when I saw her situation I felt bad for her because I figured she wasn't going to make it. The problems she has after moving in to her house just cracked me up. The fact she didn't know how to go shopping for the simplest of items just blew me away. Her attempt at doing laundry made me roll on the floor. I knew by the time I had finished the book and I was laughing and crying that I would have to recommend this book to all of my friends. It was a real pleasure to read and review this book.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Soldiers of the Cross by J. Laurence Stillwell

Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc, 2009
Pages: 224
ISBN: 978-1-4327-3970-6
Source: Review Copy
I loved the idea of telling the story through poetry and it was definitely beautifully done. At times the poetry didn’t flow smoothly due to the story line. Paul is a dreamer and is taken on a journey through the world of spiritual warfare. He realizes that he can't just stand by and watch the wars around him, he must participate actively. Not all battles are won. It is very applicable to anyone who reads this book, young or old. One of my favorite parts was reading about Daniel standing with the other soldiers facing off the demons. They tried to tempt him and scare him into changing sides because of his size and age. He courageously stood his ground and fought the demon. The book is filled with scripture references. That was another reason it was so slow reading it. At first I kept my Bible along side and tried to look the scripture up. Finally I had to wait until I had finished and go back to find the references. I believe this is a must read for anyone. This should especially be read by Christians who fight the fight alongside Daniel.