30 November, 2010

Read Books

I thought I'd recap on the books I've read this year. New ones, old ones, I won't list the non-fiction, I would say it was between 50 to a 100 and I don't have the time to go over those. However here are the fiction books I've read. (Not in any particular order.)

Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin. An amazing read by an amazing author. I’ve wanted to read this for some time and this past Summer finally got the chance too. If you haven’t read this, do so immediately.
A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin as well as her second novel A Memory Between Us. Sarah is a new author of Historical Romance and debuted her first novel this past March.

Rocky Mountain Match by Pamela Neissen. I was reluctant to read this because I’m not interested in romance, but was happy I did pick this book up.

A Light to My Path by Lynn Austin, the third and final book in her Refiner’s Fire series. Now Candle in the Darkness is my favorite in the series, though this one made me tear up the most. You won’t be disappointed with any book in this series.

The Magic of Ordinary Days by Ann Howard Creel, I had seen the made for TV movie based on the book and just loved it so I knew I had to read this. It differs from the movie some, but I was delighted with this book anyway.

Havah: The Story of Eve by Tosca Lee, this has to be my favorite read this past year. I had never read anything by Ms. Lee prior to this, but my sister purchased the book and shared it with our church library. Havah: The Story of Eve is the most thought provoking, tear jerking novel I’ve read in a long time. I was amazed by it and Tosca is now on my favorite authors list!

A Woman’s Place by Lynn Austin, yes another one, as you can tell I’m a Lynn Austin fan. A Woman’s Place didn’t make me tear up like A Light to My Path, but it was amazing just the same. It’s not a romance, but an endearing story of how life in WWII was like and how it changed the lives of so many.

Unashamed by Francine Rivers, the second in the Lineage of Grace series and was a fictional account of the story of Rahab, one of my favorite ladies from the Bible, and had to read this! It was short and sweet and still had some of Francine’s wonderful edginess all tied in.

I have tried to read many other books. Some by Penelope J. Stokes, her WWII series, couldn’t get into it. The NCIS series by Mel Odom which was over dramatized, some books I can’t even remember what their title was or who wrote them they left so little of an impact on me. I have reviewed some of the above books and you can look forward to me reviewing the rest. My latest read is Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar, which was given to me as a birthday present by my sister Veronica Leigh. You can look forward to a review of this book!

The year isn’t over yet and I have many more books that I hope to read from now until December. Some fiction and some non-fiction, though I will only review the fiction ones. Mainly because the non-fiction will reveal my latest book I am working on.

So tell me, what books have you read this year? Have you read any of the above mentioned ones? If so have you liked them or reviewed them? Take care and happy reading!

12 November, 2010

Rosie the Reviewer {Rocky Mountain Match}

4 ****

When blindness strikes carpenter Joseph Drake, the prospect of a lifetime of darkness fills him with despair. But then his brother hires Katie Ellickson. The strong-willed, confident teacher knows what it's like to be outcast, alone—and she won't give up on Joseph, even when he's ready to give up on himself. He thinks blindness is his most difficult obstacle, until he finds a bigger challenge—trying to reach Katie's heart. Will she let him? Katie has secrets that she's carried with her to the Rocky Mountains. And there's a darkness of her own in her past, which she can't escape for long…

My Review:
I am not normally a reader of Steeple Hill’s Love Inspired books, because I’m not really a fan of romance. Though my friend Natalie sent it to me by mail and I decided to pick it up during my break from writing. By the time I was half way through it, even though I knew how it would end, I really began to become involved with the characters and plot. Katie and Joseph were sweet together and things were realistic between them and when Joseph found out about Katie’s secret, he didn’t care. He didn’t “accept” her for who she was, instead he loved her for who she was past, present, and their entire future together. Joseph’s love for Katie was a true depiction of Christ’s unfailing love for us. This book was far better than another novel I read recently with a similar situation. Pamela Nissen’s plot in here was not only written better, but you don’t hate the hero! I can’t help but like Joseph, he was sweet and genuine. Rocky Mountain Match is a refreshing good read that I highly recommend and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

(By the by – Pamela Nissen’s next novel Rocky Mountain Redemption will be coming out in February 2011)

11 November, 2010

Military Tribute "Mariah Carey-Hero"

This is to all our military past, present, and future! God Bless you!

04 November, 2010

Rosie the Reviewer {The Magic of Ordinary Days - Book Fingerprints}

This post will be featuring a book that not only touched my heart, but left a book fingerprint on me. The book is not a thriller, not really a romance at least not by most people’s standards, and was even hard to read when I started it. Though the deeper I delved into the lives of the characters it pulled me in.

Ann Howard Creel’s The Magic of Ordinary Days is set on the WWII home front in Colorado from the perspective of Miss Olivia “Livvy” Dune. Unlike most fiction out there, she is not a perfect heroine and neither was her life. After the death of her mother Livvy, lonely, just wanted to be loved and looked in the wrong place to find it, in the arms of a stranger. When her dashing officer leaves, she soon finds herself pregnant and unmarried. Her father a minister, thinks her a disgrace and has her married off to a farmer away from where she grew up. Livvy doesn’t like the man, Ray Singleton, who was chosen for to marry, but has no choice and they marry. Livvy knows it doesn’t take Ray long to fall for her and between meeting new friends, Rose and Lorelei two Japanese interns at Amanche, she learns from the compassion of Ray and his sister Martha about what love is. By the end Livvy is able to forgive herself and to love Ray, not only as her husband, but as a friend.

The Magic of Ordinary Days isn’t a spectacular monumental piece, it’s different than that, it’s the kind of book that is satisfying and endearing. Two qualities I look for whenever I pick up a book, sometimes only to be disappointed, though this was not the case with Ms. Creel’s book. The Magic of Ordinary Days is a sweet book that isn’t thought provoking, you don’t have to read between the lines to learn about forgiveness and redemption; she pulls it all together nicely in the end.

Ms. Creel’s novel was created into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie a few years ago and whether you read the book first or see the movie first, I suggest you do both. Both novel and movie will leave you feeling satisfied and not as if you wasted your time. I hope The Magic of Ordinary Days will leave it’s book fingerprint on you.