Sunday, January 30, 2011

Stars Collide

By: Janice Thompson

In this novel we are introduced to Kat Jennings and Scott Murphy who are both actors on the television show Stars Collide. What started out as just parts played in a show begins to spill over into real life as these to stars begin to develop feelings for each other and begin to have chemistry both on ans off the screen. Kat lives with her grandmother who used to be a Hollywood star a long time ago but has become quite eccentric in her old age. This usually isn't a problem until she mistakes an on screen proposal as the real thing and begins to make plans for her granddaughter's wedding. Add to the confusion an onslaught by the paparazzi to discover the truth about the actors, plans for the big wedding scene, and long buried family secrets that arise and you have a page turning novel that grabs you and keeps you reading until the last page is turned. Can these two people survive the onslaught of family and press and will their love with stand the strain and test that arises. Pick up this novel and find out what really happens when Stars Collide.

I know I say this about all the books but I really loved and enjoyed reading this novel. It really gives you a glimpse into the lives of Hollywood celebrates and gives you something to think about. Even though we see them on t.v every day and read about them in books and magazines they are people just like us. They laugh, cry, eat, sleep and love just like we do and they also value their privacy. I like how even though Kat and Scott are celebrates they have not compromised in their faith. Both of these character are true to God and have not let themselves get pulled into the traps of Hollywood and being a success. I think that more people could learn from these two characters about thinking about the image that they portray to others and the influence that they have on those who see them especially the younger generation. This is true for all of us whether we realize it our not. We are all being watched by those younger than us and should be aware of the image we portray. Would we want our children and younger siblings doing the things that they See us do? I also enjoyed watching the love that develops not just between Kat and Scott but between another couple in the novel as well. It shows us that it is never too late to love and no matter how much time passes there is always room for forgiveness and a second chance. Love really does conquer all if you allow it to. Keep an open mind and an open heart and always remember to pray and keep God first.

Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Fatal Judgment

By: Irene Hannon

In this book we are introduced to Federal Judge Elizabeth, Liz, Michaels who has just been through a terrible tragedy and worse her very life could be in danger. She begins to wonder if it is something that she is doing wrong since she has suffered through a similar tragedy not to long ago. Liz must learn to trust in her instincts again and to trust her life in the hands of U.S Marshal Jake Taylor who is a friend of her deceased husband.

Jake Taylor has just returned home from Iraq when he is called up on a protection detail for Liz Michaels. He must first overcome his resentment in the part that he believes that Liz played in the death of his friend. As he spend time with Liz he begins to realize that what he thought was truth might not have been and that he really did not take the time to get to know Liz or even to listen to her side of what happened. Can Jake over come is misconceptions about Liz and protect her from the madman that is out to kill her. Pick up this book and find out.

This book was a definite page turner and a nail bitter from beginning to end. I found it very hard to put it down because I just had to know what happened next. This story grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't turn you loose until the very end. I loved the growth of Jack and Liz from the beginning to the end of the story. Jack must learn to put his personal feelings aside in the beginning of the story to do his job but he begins to realize that he might have been wrong about Liz on many levels. Like many of us he judges Liz based off of what he was told by one person instead of getting to know her himself. In the end he realizes what a truly generous and caring person she is. We all should take the time to get to know people before we judge them by what others think or even what we see.

Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Search

By: Suzanne Woods Fisher

This is book number three in the Lancaster County Secrets collection. In this story we are first introduced to several characters whose lives are all intertwined in this wonderful Amish story. One of the main characters in this story is Lainey O'Toole who is hiding a dark secret in her past from fifteen years ago. After having grown up in the real world she all of a sudden finds herself stranded in the Amish community of Stoney Ridge where she once used to live. while there she is confronted with the consequences of her actions that long ago night and with the effect that it has had on several lives. We also meet Bess Reihl who comes to Rose Hill Farm to help take care of her ailing grandmother Bertha. There are also a host of other characters whose lives become intertwined in this story and as secrets come out they must all deal with the results.

I really enjoyed reading this story and following along with the characters as they were faced with tough decisions and dealing with their problems. I liked the over all message of forgiveness and that everyone deserves a second chance no matter what they may have done in the past and what they may still be continuing to do now. I like how Bertha never gave up in her brother no matter what he was like or how mean he was to her and that she continued to try to help him even though everyone else had given up on him. Each character went through a lot of growing in this story and I like that it over all had a happy ending. This was a great story and I would encourage anyone to pick up and read this book if you are looking for a great story of forgiveness, hope, and the true meaning of love and self sacrifice.

Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.