Saturday, October 30, 2010

Emily's Chance

By: Sharon Gillenwater

This is book two in The Callahans of Texas Series. In this novel we are reintroduced to Emily Rose whom we first meet for a brief moment at the end of book on which was Jenna's Cowboy. Emily has been hired to head up the Callahan Crossing Historical Museum. When a fire breaks out and ends up burning down the old museum Emily along with the help of Chance Callahan are able to save a few of the historical records before they are destroyed. Emily is doing her best to achieve her dream of becoming the curator of a major museum and falling in love with Chance is not part of her plans.

Chance Callahan has had feelings for Emily since the day that he helped her to save a bunch of boxes from the old museum before it burned down. Chance is also working as a Builder for those who have lost there houses in the fire and he is also helping out at the families ranch. He is determined to win Emily's heart and to convince her to stay in Callahans Crossing and become his wife. As the story unfolds these two are faced with many difficult decisions and are forced to step back and reexamine their lives and the plans that they have for the future? Will Chance end up with the Woman that he loves or will Emily leave for the Job of her dreams. Pick up this Novel and find out what happens to these two.

I really enjoyed reading this novel and it was great to return to Callahan Crossing and see how the people are moving ahead and rebuilding after the terrible fore that destroyed a large part of the town. It was also nice to catch up with Chance and Emily and to see how these two were getting along. I liked how both characters were able to look back at the decisions that they were making and were both willing to ask the question, Is this really the plan that God has for me? I also liked how each character was willing to do whatever was revealed to them by the Lord and how each one knew that he would not lead them wrong. Many people today go through life making decisions for themselves and then get discouraged and depressed when things don;t turn out the way they want. There are also a lot of people who miss out on blessings because they are so focused on what they have planned that they forget to stop and reevaluate where they are headed.

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

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Don't Look Back

By: Lynette Eason

This novel is book two in the Women of Justice series. In this book we are reintroduced to Jamie Cash who is the sister of Samantha Wolfe. Jamie survived a brutal kidnapping and managed to escape and is just now managing to recover from the ordeal. She is now working as a forensic anthropologist. While working on a case she begins to see similarities between what happened to the victims and what happened to her when she was taken twelve years ago. Could it be that the same person that kidnapped Jamie is at it again and could he be back to finish the job off the one that got away?

In this story we are also introduced to FBI Special Agent Dakota Richards who has had a crush on Jamie since he first meet her. Even though he is not aware of the full tragedy of her past he knows that Jamie is hiding a secret that continues to effect her even know. Being a patient and understanding man he is willing to wait on her to come to terms with his feelings for her and how she feels towards him. He gets even more involved in her life when it turns out that the killer they are tracking is the same man that kidnapped and almost killed Jamie twelve years ago. Can he and Jamie find the killer before he strikes again or will they find out to late who he is in time to stop him from succeeding. Pick up this story and find out.

I really loved reading this book just as much as I loved book one. It was a definite page turner and it keeps you guessing as you turn each page. There are a lot of twist and turns in this story that keep you on the edge of your seat and keeps you turning pages til the very end. I also found myself having great admiration for Jamie and how she refused to let circumstances dictate how she acted throughout the story. She refused to let hate into her heart and instead chose to forgive the man who has haunted her memory and life for twelve years. We can learn a lot from her about letting go of hurts in the past and learning to forgive people no matter how horrible what they did was. Refuse to let them continue to direct your life and choose to live the life you want as if the past never happened.

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

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The House on Malcolm Street

By: Leisha Kelly

In this novel we are first introduced to Leah Breckenridge and her daughter Eliza Rose as they set off to meet an unknown aunt of her late husband. Leah lost her husband in a tragic accident and shortly after that she lost her young son as well. Follow that by the loss of her home and we see a woman that is very down on her luck and who is deeply worried about the well being of her young daughter. As a last resort she turns to her late husbands Aunt who owns a boarding house and is hoping that it will be a safe place for her and Eliza to stay until she can come up with a better plan for their future. Leah is also suffering from a lack of faith throughout the story because she just cannot understand how God could take both her husband and her son.

We are also introduced to Josiah Walsh who is also a border living at the boardinghouse and he to is suffering from the loss of his wife and their baby. Unlike Leah however Josiah has found peace with God although he still struggles to stay on the path he has chosen to follow. This becomes harder however when Leah and her daughter move in and are a constant reminder to him of what could have been had his wife and child not died. He is also struggling with the idea that Aunt Mari wishes for him to befriend Leah since they have both suffered so much and may be good support for each other. Can these two over come their uneasiness with each other a form a bond that will help each other or will they miss out on the chance to help each other? Will Leah find the strength to forgive God and seek his arms and learn to trust him again? Pick up this Novel and find out.

I really enjoyed the overall theme in this story and how true to life the characters are in this novel. Each character is dealing with the loss of loved ones and is having to face a test of their faith. Leah must learn to lean on God again and to trust that he never makes a mistake even when we fail to understand why he allows bad things to happen. Josiah on the other hand has to learn to forgive himself for the mistakes of the past and to look forward to the future. These are the same problems that we face today when tragedy strikes in our lives. We go through a period of fear and a time of searching for answers to the question of why would God allow this to happen to good people?

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