Thursday, May 24, 2012

Book Review of Waiting for Morning by Karen Kingsbury

It has long been my belief that God places the right people at the right time in our lives. Now, it appears, that is true of books too.

Years ago, I started writing Rudolph, a Child’s Love Story as an effort to come to terms with an unhappy childhood. After finishing the book, I thought I had but somehow, even though I felt I understood, something seemed missing. Like Hannah Ryan of Waiting for Morning, I still lived in a dark prison of my own making. But why?

I didn’t realize that true acceptance and peace requires forgiveness.

In Waiting for Morning, Hannah loses her husband and first born daughter through a drunk driver. She nearly loses her surviving daughter through her consuming anger and hatred of that driver.

The author compassionately and insightfully crafts each of her characters to the point where I felt like I understood and cared about all of them.

Be sure to read this book with a box of tissues nearby.

I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Can Vampires be Redeemed?

Book Review of Tandem by Tracey Bateman, May 9, 2012 By Mary Russel This review is from: Tandem: A Novel (Paperback) Can Vampires be redeemed? Tandem is a sequel of Thirsty but it isn't necessary to have read it to enjoy this one. I didn't realize this book is about vampires when I agreed to review it or I would not have read it. I'm a bit tired of the vampire craze. I'm glad I didn't know because I would have missed a good book. Tracey Bateman's characters are believable and relatable. My favorite character was Lauryn McBride whose father, now suffering from Alzheimer's, started the family business, an auction house. Lauryn's life revolves around the care of her father and the responsibilities of the auction house. While investigating the antiques from the Chisom estate, she uncovers some ancient secrets that evil forces are determined to remain hidden. The frequent changes in point of view were a bit confusing. Lovers of mystery and suspense will enjoy the compelling twists and turns, if they can suspend their disbelief of vampires. So, can Vampires be redeemed? You'll have to read the book to find out. I received this book free from WaterBrook Press in exchange for my honest review.