Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Seeker

By: Ann H. Gabhart

Charlotte Vance is a southern belle growing up in Kentucky in 1861. It has just been her and her father since the death of her mother many years ago. She has her life all planned out and is happy until her world comes crumbling down. First the man that she has planned to marry calls of the wedding only a month before it is to take place and tells her that he wants to join a group of shakers living at Harmony Hill. Following this news her father returns from a campaign trip with a new wife. Charlotte and her new step mother do not rub very well and this creates a lot of friction in the house. Traveling with her father and his new wife is artist Adam Wade. Adam works as an artist for Harper's Weekley doing sketches and pictures to the paper of certain events. He was pushed by his sister into painting a new portrait of the new Mrs. Vance. He runs into Charlotte in her mother's garden the night of her father's welcome home party and the spark ignites. As things continue to heat up at home between Charlotte and her new stepmother she decides to leave and join the shaker group at Harmony Hill. Mix in with this a country on the brink of civil war and all her plans are lost. Pick up this novel and find out of these two can over come adversity and find love or will they be torn apart.

This book took a while for me to warm up to in the beginning but as I continued to read I found myself enjoying the story more and more. One of the things that I really liked was the idea that life is not all about you. This is a lesson that Charlotte learns as the story unfolds. Many people today face this same view point. There are a lot of people who go day to day thinking only about themselves and what they can gain for themselves. I also liked how the characters were willing and in some cases pushed outside of their comfort zones and how they handled the adversity. I also shows how you can't judge people by their outward appearance and by how things may seem. The only way to truly get to know a person or even a specific group of people is to spend time just talking to them. Don't go through life making judgements off of other people's assumptions and beliefs. Always seek out knowledge on your own as the Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:15 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

Available July 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Courting Morrow Little

By: Laura Frantz

In this novel we are introduced to Morrow Little and her father in Red River, Kentucke. When she was little Morrow lost part of her family when a band of Indians attacked her home. Years later she is still haunted by the memory of that day. Returning home to Red River at the age of 18 she once again is faced with reminders of the past. Her father has made peace and forgiven the Indians who attacked and has even made friends with two Indians. Red Shirt is one of the Indians that her father has befriended. As it turns out he is the little boy that both she and her father nursed back to health not long after the raid on her families home. Morrow has grown into a beautiful young women and its not long before she is catching the eye of all the men at Red River Station and trouble arises. The more time that Red Shirt and Morrow spend together feelings begin to blossom between them. Along with these feelings comes the realization of just how different their two worlds are as tension and threats of war emerge between the soldiers and the Indians. Can Morrow put aside her fear and anger at the Indians for killing her family and grab a hold to the love that is in front of her, or will she let fear and anger destroy the future that she could have. Pick up this novel ad follow along with Morrow as she faces heartbreak and Love in the Kentucke wilds.

This was a very good story full of heartbreak and forgiveness and excitement. It was a definite page turning and kept me hooked until the end. I loved the overall theme of finding forgiveness and moving beyond the past. There are many people today who are carrying around hurts and pains from the past and are allowing it to hinder their future happiness. I truly felt for Morrow as she went through each trial in her life and how she managed to use faith to push forward. She, like many of us today, allow bad experiences and the actions of a few people to color our view of an entire race or to label them all as one way pr the other. This is a true story about looking not only inside your self but truly looking at others and judging them not as the world does but looking at them as Christ would. With the eyes of forgiveness, compassion, and love, also with the understanding that we all make mistakes but what is important is to learn form them and move on from that point to grow and mature into the person that God intends for us to be.

Available July 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Touching the Clouds

By: Bonnie Leon

This novel is book one in the Alaskan Skies series. In this novel Kate Evans is an independent young women who loves flying and has been flying with her dad for years. One day a tragic accident occurs and Kate has to make peace with herself. Here several years later it is still having an effect on her life. She decided to leave home and head to Alaska to pursue her desire to become an Alaskan bush pilot. When she arrives she has to deal with a lot of stuff including proving to the men that she works with that she is just as capable as they are at flying and doing her job. While there she meets Paul Anderson who is living alone up in the Alaskan wilderness. Paul is facing demons of his own from the past and headed to the wilderness to try and find peace. Follow along with Kate and Paul as they face off against the Alaskan Wilderness and each other in this wonderful story of adventure, Romance, and forgiveness.

I really and truly enjoyed reading this novel. It was full of adventure and nail biting, page turning excitement. It kept me hooked until the end and I am looking forward to reading book 2. I loved how Kate followed her dream even though it was looked down on. She chose to follow a field that was mostly male dominated but did not let that stop her from doing what she loved. We all face this today in society where a lot of jobs are so called male dominated areas. I also loved how both Paul and Kate are dealing with issues from their pasts and how each is encouraging the other to let go of the past and to move forward. No one knows what God has in store and why he allows certain things to happen. The one thing to remember is that no matter what happens in this life God means it for our good.

Available July 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.