Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Review of Mesquite

 Mesquite is written by Camilla Hunt Cole and is published by Tate Publishing.

When starting this book you will not know if it is a fictional story or supposed to be a retelling of someone’s life.  It can be confusing but the story grabs you right away and you will want to keep reading till the end.  The style of writing in this book is first person, like the author is telling you the story.  I thought it was well written and flowed well from one story to the next.

I gave this book 4/5 stars for a couple reasons.  The biggest is the confusion of whether the story is real or not.  With the placement of pictures it presents itself as biographical yet is in the fictional section.  I say be one kind of book or the other, don’t be so confusing.  I also thought some of the stories did not need to be there, meaning they really did not add to the whole of the book.  If you are looking for a fun book about a family and some interesting incidents in their life, this is a perfect book for you. 

I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading.  I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.

The Next Step Book Review

The Next Step is written by Millicent Arlene Smith and is published by Dorrance Publishing Company.

There is a wealth of helpful tidbits in this book.  From understanding why you were given the parents you were given to learning that only you can make yourself happy not those around you, each page has helpful information as you take steps to a more productive life.  

I gave this book 4/5 stars.  I liked how the book was presented.  There would be a highlighted section about the authors’ personal life or a verse from Scripture and then an explanation following that.  The explanations were usually advice from the author about the point she was trying to make.  I did have a few negatives about the book.  I thought the lettering was small and wish there had been more space between her sections.  Overall the advice is what makes this book worth reading.  I thought it was very simple and easy to understand with no harsh judgement just thoughtful advice!

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Secrets of Intercessory Prayer Book Review

The Secrets of Intercessory Prayer is written by Jack Hayford and published by Chosen.

The subtitle is Unleashing God’s Power in the Lives of Those You Love.  This book is about prayer and the many different times it is mentioned and used in the Bible with an emphasis on praying for others.  I liked the concept of this book, ways we can pray for those around us during certain circumstances.  Using examples from his personal life and the Bible, the author shows that no matter the situation you are going through you can find a way to pray for the other person.

I gave this book 4/5 stars.  I liked the Biblical examples and thought they were well placed and explained.  I also liked all the Biblical references presented to the reader.  I took the time to look most of them up and found they aptly applied to the principle being discussed.  Although there were great examples of ways to pray I gave this book a lower rating because I felt it did not flow from chapter to chapter.  I would describe it as different essays all put together to make a book.  There was not as much cohesiveness as I thought should be there.  However, if you are looking for a book that highlights ways to pray for others this is a good book to read.

I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading.  I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.

At Every Turn Book Review

 At Every Turn is written by Anne Mateer and is published by Bethany House.

I loved this book and thought the story line was refreshing and it makes this book a must read.  Alyce is a great driver and she is about to experience a once in a life time event.  Will she do well in a race meant for men?  Will she win the heart of her intriguing mechanic Webster? 

I liked how this story was set in the early 1900’s.  It helped make this story believable and a fun read.  The main character, Alyce, is full of life and written very well.  The story is told in the first person and that really helps you get a better understanding of Alyce and why she pursues driving.  The other main character, Webster, is more mysteries and that lends to the story line flowing very quickly.  You can not wait to see how these two get together!

I gave this book 5/5 stars.  I thought it was a great story to escape into.  I thought the characters were well developed and easy to enjoy.  I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a fast paced story with a touch of romance.

I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading.  I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.

All Things New Book Review

All Things New is written by Lynn Austin and published by Bethany House.

This author reminds me of Eugenia Price and her many books about the South.  This particular book takes place after the Civil War has ended and the main character, Josephine returns to her home in Virginia.  This story is very long and detailed but still worth spending your time reading.

I gave this book 5/5 stars.  There was so much detail and description in the story that I was really able to picture what the characters were seeing and the circumstances they were dealing with.  I loved the conversations in the book and thought they flowed well and were expertly written.  Most of the time I read a longer book I say I wish some of the extra story lines had been taken out, but not this time!  I think each page deserves to be there and the story would not be the same had the author skimped on detail or dialogue.  I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a moving story with developing characters.

I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading.  I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.