Book Reviews

Why I Created the Character “Preacher”

  One of the interesting things I’ve found since the release of One Among Men, is the almost universal regard of the 6’8” muscle-bound African-American dude-from-the-hood character nick-named Preacher. Many reviews state how they loved Chris and Samantha, the main characters … but they really loved Preacher. My sister, after having read the manuscript some … Continue reading »

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Catching Serenity by Joann Durgin

A woman torn apart by secrets. A man held prisoner by the truth. Can the greatest love of all set them both free? Serenity McClaren had it all before her life crumbled around her like the sand castles on her beloved beach, causing her to flee Croisette Shores and the only home she’d ever known. … Continue reading »

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Serenity to Accept—A Review

I love when I can relate to a story and its characters, especially ones where matters of faith are central—and “Serenity to Accept” is one of those stories. This is a story like we see in my neighborhood where the church is not the centerpiece of the community. For many, it’s just a place to … Continue reading »

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Hotline Girl by K. Dawn Byrd

K. Dawn Byrd writes for the younger set. Her stories reach into the world of teenagers and the problems that are so unique to them. This is true for her latest book, now available from Desert Breeze. Pick up your copy in either Kindle or Nook on Amazon.com or b&n.com.   Here’s what you’ll find … Continue reading »

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The Trouble with Denise Hunter—A Review of the book, “The Trouble with Cowboys”

The trouble with Denise Hunter is that she writes books that suck me in and won’t let me go. I can’t do anything else until I read THE END. Somehow, I get stuck in my large easy-chair, feet tucked beneath me indian-style, sunlight dimming through the window, the only glow left, the lamp on the … Continue reading »

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Sandwich, With a Side of Romance

Have you read a good book lately? Here’s one you might like to try.  She moved to Sandwich, Illinois, in search of a new life, but ended up in a giant pickle.  Sandwich represents hope for twenty-year-old Maddie Buckner and Kyle, the eleven-year-old brother Maddie wants to spring out of foster care. Then she loses … Continue reading »

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Julie Klassen’s “The Girl in the Gatehouse”—A Review

Rich layered cake with ice cream, nuts and frothy whipped cream. Why is it that we love all these flavors together more than each on its own? And why is it this delicious mix of textures came to my mind while reading Julie Klassen’s The Girl in the Gatehouse? Hmmm. This Regency-period novel is about … Continue reading »

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Camy Tang’s “A Dangerous Stage” and Why Great Characters are a Must!—A Sort-of Review

Tessa Lancaster could be me … uh … except for the fact that she’s courageous, half Japanese and once was an enforcer in her uncle’s yakuza (Japanese mafia) organization. Other than that, I so relate. Why? She’s real, down to earth and human, complete with strengths, weaknesses and insecurities. My kind of character. In fact, … Continue reading »

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Are You A Wemmick, Too?

I’m a Wemmick! Oh no, and I tried so hard not to be. Still, not only am I a Wemmick, but I’m a Wemmick whose box of gray dots is almost empty. Argh! A couple weeks ago, I told you about the story You Are Special, by Max Lucado. A story of a wooden manoverwrought … Continue reading »

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Whose Review Should You Let Stick?

A few years ago a woman read the book You Are Special, by Max Lucado to our homeschool group. Yes, this is a children’s book and we were all adults. She wasn’t recommending the story for us to read to our children. She was recommending this book for us as homeschoolers. Now, I’m recommending it … Continue reading »

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