Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Most Inconvenient Marriage (Ozark Mountain Romance Book #1) by Regina Jennings

The story starts with Abigail Stuart as a nurse during the Civil War. She is tending a patient who is not going to live.  He is quite insistent that Abigail marry him so that when he dies someone will look after his sister Rachel.  Abigail has nowhere else to go when the war is over so she agrees to marry this man, Jeremiah Calhoun. She goes to Jeremiah’s ranch in the Ozarks and introduces herself to his sister and mother as Mrs. Jeremiah Calhoun
Everything is going smoothly until the real Jeremiah Calhoun shows up at the ranch.  Abigail is floored.  Jeremiah is furious.  He thinks Abigail is after the ranch and he is having none of it or her. Jeremiah was shot in the leg during the Civil War and has to use crutches to get around.  Abigail knows she can help him if he will only let her. 
I found this to be a very good book.  It was amusing and soul searching at the same time. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a clean, language free book.  It was listed as a Christian book and that is exactly what it is, although there wasn’t much mentioned about God.
I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman

Megan McClare has always been a shy an unattractive person. Her very thick glasses have not helped her appearance either.  She spent a year in Paris for her senior year of school.  She took ill and lost a lot of weight and discovered the new invention, contact lenses.  Devon Caldwell is the boy who unmercifully teased her all through school.  She would come home sobbing because of all the unkind things he would say about her behind her back and to her face.  Megan accepts an internship with the DA’s office for the summer. She is shocked and upset when she discovers that Devon is also going to be an intern.

Abraham “Bram” Hughes is like family to the McClare’s.  He has been Megan’s best friend, confidant, and soother of feelings ever since she can remember.  When Bram sees the new Meg, he is left speechless.  Both Meg and Bram realize that their feelings for each other have changed.  But they can’t do anything about it because of Bram’s commitment to his father.

This is the third book in “The Heart of San Francisco” series.  It would have been very helpful to read the first two books to understand things that were referenced to in this book.  As I found this book boring, I will not be reading books one or two.  When I first started reading the book, I quit and read another book because I just couldn’t get into it.  By the middle of the book it started to get a little interesting.  It did have some twists to it I did not see.  I still found myself skimming some of it.  I judge a book on whether I will re-read it.  I will not be re-reading this book.  Therefore, I can give this book no higher that two starts.  The two starts are because the story line was good.  But there was too much repetition and how many times can you say that Meg was teased.

I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.    

Thursday, November 6, 2014

At Bluebonnet Lake by Amanda Cabot

Kate Sherwood is a marketing executive on her way to becoming a partner in the firm she works for. Her grandmother, Sally, wants her to go to Rainbow’s End Resort in Texas for a month long vacation. That is where Sally spent her honeymoon. Kate has never taken off for more than a few days and her boss isn’t exactly thrilled that she will be gone at all.  Kate doesn’t fell like she can tell Sally no after her grandparents raised her when her parents were killed when she was seven.  When they get to Rainbow’s End they discover it is in need of repair and is not the resort it use to be.  Also, there is no cell or internet service for Kate to stay connected to her job.

Greg Vange is also at Rainbow’s End but for an entirely different reason than Kate and Sally.  He has recently sold his tech business and is a billionaire several times over and now is looking for God’s direction in his life.  Greg and Kate instantly hit it off.  At first she mistakes him for the maintenance man as he is repairing the screens on their cottage. 

At Bluebonnet Lake shows us how much we rely on ourselves instead of God for the direction our life is taking us. We don’t stop and ask God which direction he wants us to take.  We just plow ahead with our own plans.  This was a very relaxing read.  I wouldn’t say I couldn’t put it down. But I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to anyone.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.