Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Memory Between Us

By: Sarah Sundin

This is book two in the Wings of Glory series and in it we are introduced to Major Jack Novak. Like his brother in book one Jack is taking part in WWII as a bomber pilot. Jack is struggling with balancing his wishes to remain in the army as a pilot and with his dad's wish for him to become a minister when his army stint is over. Jack also is dealing with his own dependence on God when he is in trouble and with his dependence on himself. He faces this problem a lot when he has important decisions to make that could cost the lives of his men and innocent people if he makes the wrong choice. Does he trust in God to make a way out or does he depend on himself to know the answer?

We are also introduced to Lieutenant Ruth Doherty who is an army nurse who is fighting a terrible past that is full of secrets and shame. She first meets Jack when he is hospitalized after suffering an injury during a mission. Ruth however is not interested in a relationship with anyone and is only interested in working hard and sending home as much money as she can to help with the care of her siblings who are being raised by different family members back home in the states. When she is given the option to take a job that will give her more money to send home she takes it completely unaware of the new problems that it will cause. Ruth is struggling with a lack of faith due to the deaths of her parents and the traumatic childhood that she endured. It has left her terribly scarred and afraid to put her trust in anyone. Can she over come her past and find a Life with Jack pick up this story and find out.

I really enjoyed reading this story and look forward to reading about the next Novak brother. I enjoyed the struggle that each character endured in the fact that it can be related to everyday life. We all have had things to happen in our past weither in our childhood or even as adults that we would go back and change if we could and it is only by putting trust in God that we can move on and overcoome them. Many people today also deal with the hard choice of trusting in God to come through for use or trying to fix problems on our own the best way we know how. This story does a good job of showing us what happens when we put more trust in ourselves than we do in God.

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

Monday, September 20, 2010

A Hope Undaunted

By: Julie Lessman

In this novel we are introduced to Katie O'Conner and her family who are living in Boston in the 1920's. Katie is the youngest of six children and is one of the hardest to discipline at the age of 18. Katie has her life all planned out and has no intention of veering from that plan. She will marry her boyfriend Jack and then both of them will pursue careers as lawyers. All her happy plans begin to change when she is forced to do volunteer work over the summer and is forbidden to see Jack except on weekends. Little does she realize that this summer will change the course of her life.

Luke McGee was a boy from Katie's early childhood who was the bane of her existence. Now he is a man grown and has returned to Boston to live and work. He is currently working as a lawyer for the Boston Children's Aide Society which just happens to be one of the two places that Katie is being made to volunteer at this summer. Luke is dealing with problems of his own as he tries to over come a past that helped to shape his present and as he deals with trouble finding homes for Boston's needy children.

As these two work and spend time together feelings begin to develop but little do they know the difficulty and trials that await them as the summer progresses. Can Katie let go of the plans that she has so rigidly made for her future and can Luke over come the test that arise in his life? and will these two be able to find the love that they each seek? Pick up this book and find out what happens to these two and their friends and family.

I really loved reading this story and I especially loved the characters and the shocking twists that occurred throughout the story. I loved the theme of be careful how you treat people because you never know who they will grow up to be. This book was definitely a page turner because just when you think you know what will happen next you turn the page and are hit with a surprise. I really enjoy books that keep me guessing til the very end and you are never quit sure if things will work out by the last page. Not only do the two main characters have test to over come but so do the other characters in the story as well. There is a lot of discussion about prayer and seeking for answers and guidance in the this story which I really like and I enjoyed how much love you could feel between the characters in this story and how that helped each of them to overcome the trials that they faced. I can't wait for the next Winds of Chance book to be released.

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

Monday, September 13, 2010

Making Waves

By: Lorna Seilstad

This is book one in the Lake Manawa Summers series. Here we are introduced to Marguerite Westing and her family. Marguerite's father decides to take the family and spend the summer of 1895 camped at Lake Manawa, Iowa. Marguerite sees this as a chance to escape for a moment the marriage that she is being pushed into by her mother that she is not sure that she wants. While there her father takes her out on a sail boat and she falls in love with the experience and longs to sail a boat of her own. This is not however a pursuit that gentle ladies pursue according to her mother who is against her learning how to sail. Marguerite encourages her brother to learn how to sail and to take her along so that she can learn as he is being taught.

Trip Andrews is a sailing instructor who is also getting his own ship ready to compete in the sail boat races that are held every year. Trip is battling hard to gain the approval of his father and he feels that the best way to do this is to win the sail boat race this year. Trip meets Marguerite when she and her father take a ride on his boat. Later when she hatches her scheme to get her brother to take sailing lessons Trip is the man she chooses to be his teacher. When a freak accident occurs and she falls over board he bans her from his boat due to the fact that she can't swim. The more time that these two spend together strong feelings begin to emerge between them and Marguerite is forced to make some hard decisions. Add to these a secret that her father has been hiding from his family and you have a recipe for disaster and heartache. Will Marguerite follow her heart or the pressure from her mother. Pick up this book and find out how the story ends.

I really enjoyed reading this story and following along with the characters as they traveled on their journey of love and discovery. I especially like the theme of how wrong it is to lie and how once begun it can be hard to stop and can cause hurt in others. This is a lesson that takes a while for Marguerite to learn but she does in the end but not after it causes her a lot of pain. Lies even ones that we think are small and are harmless are still wrong. It all starts with little ones and before you know it you are pulled in much deeper than you intend to be. IT is always best to tell the truth and if not then to say nothing at all. remember the saying that Silence s Golden and that if you Can't say anything nice don't say anything at all.

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