Sunday, September 17, 2017

REVIEW: To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander








About the Book



With fates bound by a shared tragedy, a reformed gambler from the Colorado Territory and a Southern Belle bent on breaking free from society's expectations must work together to achieve their dreams—provided that the truth doesn't tear them apart first.

Sylas Rutledge, the new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this venture, partly for the sake of the challenge. But mostly to clear his father's name. One man holds the key to Sy's success—General William Giles Harding of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sy Rutledge is beer and bullocks. Sy needs someone to help him maneuver his way through Nashville's society, and when he meets Alexandra Jamison, he quickly decides he's found his tutor. Only, he soon discovers that the very train accident his father is blamed for causing is what killed Alexandra Jamison's fiancee—and what has broken her heart.

Spurning an arranged marriage by her father, Alexandra instead pursues her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmen's university in the United States. But family—and Nashville society—do not approve, and she soon finds herself cast out from both. Through connections with the Harding family, Alexandra and Sy become unlikely allies. And despite her first impressions, Alexandra gradually finds herself coming to respect, and even care for this man. But how can she, when her heart is still spoken for? And when Sy's roguish qualities and adventuresome spirit smack more of recklessness than responsibility and honor?

Sylas Rutledge will risk everything to win over the woman he loves. What he doesn't count on is having to wager her heart to do it.

Set against the real history of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation and the original Fisk University Jubilee Singers ensemble, To Wager Her Heart is a stirring love story about seeking justice and restoring honor at a time in history when both were tenuous and hard-won.
 







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My Review


To Wager Her Heart is Tamera Alexander's third installment in her Belle Meade Plantation series. Which I did not know when I requested this book. An OOPS on my part. But it really read like a standalone novel so I think it would be fine to read To Wager Her Heart if you haven't read the previous two installments. And it's a Southern Romance...you really can't go wrong with this.


To Wager Her Heart was a sweet tale of a Southern Belle wanting to break free of societies expectations and a a reformed gambler. Alexandra, a teacher at Fisk University, the first Freedman's school in the United States. Sy, the new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad. Both struggle for justice. Alexandra also to let go and move on. Sy, to win the heart of the woman he loves. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

REVIEW: Many Sparrows by Lori Benton



















About the Book


When settler Clare Inglesby is widowed on a mountain crossing and her young son, Jacob, captured by Shawnees, she'll do everything in her power to get him back, including cross the Ohio River and march straight into the presence of her enemies deep in Indian country. Frontiersman and adopted Shawnee, Jeremiah Ring, promises to guide Clare through the wilderness and help her recover Jacob.
Once they reach the Shawnees and discover Jeremiah's own Shawnee sister, Rain Crow, has taken
custody of Jacob--renaming him Many Sparrows--keeping his promise becomes far more complicated, the consequences more wrenching, than Jeremiah could have foreseen.









My Review

 Set in the West in the 1800's, Many Sparrows tells the story of Clare Inglesby, a widow and a mother. Her son however has been captured by the Shawnee tribe and Clare will do whatever she must to retrieve her son Jacob. She sets on her journey with Jeremiah, a frontiersman and adoptive Shawnee. They finally find themselves on Shawnee land, but unfortunately discover Jacob has been adopted...by Jeremiah's own Shawnee sister Rain Crow. Jacob has also been renamed Many Sparrows. Both Jeremiah and Clare discover getting Jacob back will harder than they thought, but especially Jeremiah. 

Many Sparrows exhibited a heart wrenching and heart filled story that only could be concocted by Queen Lori Benton herself. Be sure to treat yourself and not only grab Many Sparrows but every book Lori has released.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

REVIEW: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

























About the Book

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.
When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…











My Review

I wanted to love Ink and Bone. I wanted to...seriously. But I just didn't end up liking this book. I didn't like the writing style, I didn't like anny of the characters nor did I care anything about them or what happened to them. There was also some content I didn't like either. Again, I wanted to love and enjoy this. But that just didn't happen.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

13 Reasons Why Doesn't Have What You're Looking For









I'm sure every person on the planet at this point knows about the Netflix series, "13 Reasons Why". The show's main character Hannah Baker commits suicide and sends 13 tapes to the 13 people she blames for her taking her own life. The Netflix series was a smashing success and Netflix already has plans to bring it back for a second season. 


Recently, JAMA Internal Medicine released a medical study on how the series is actually causing a rise in suicidal thoughts and tendencies. It shows that internet searches using the phrases, "how to commit suicide, "commit suicide", and "how to kill yourself" have risen an overall 19% in the 19 days following the shows release. Now call me crazy but isn't shows like these suppose to help kids dealing with suicidal thoughts and tendencies? In this article, HERE, examples are given by psychologists about their own young patients mentioning the program in their sessions. One doctor told about his 12 year old patient.


“She said to me, ‘I saw that show and it really convinced me that suicide was a normal thing to do,’” he said. “I’ve never heard that. In 30 years, I’ve never heard a child say this thing made me think suicide is normal. That really got my attention.”


The reason why this show is causing more psychological and emotional pain is because 13 Reasons Why doesn't give the audience a lasting and eternal answer for your problems. The only lasting and eternal answer is through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And if you want to watch a program laying out this answer for you please think about going to https://www.theexitmovie.com to watch EXIT: The Appeal of Suicide.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

REVIEW: The Promise of Breeze Hill


























About the Book



Natchez, MS; 1791
Anxious for his brothers to join him on the rugged frontier along the Mississippi River, Connor O'Shea has no choice but to indenture himself as a carpenter in exchange for their passage from Ireland. But when he's sold to Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation, Connor fears he'll repeat past mistakes and vows not to be tempted by the lovely lady.

The responsibilities of running Breeze Hill have fallen on Isabella's shoulders after her brother was found dead in the swamps along the Natchez Trace and a suspicious fire devastated their crops, almost destroyed their home, and left her father seriously injured. Even with Connor's help, Isabella fears she'll lose her family's plantation. Despite her growing feelings for the handsome Irish carpenter, she seriously considers accepting her wealthy and influential neighbor's proposal of marriage.

Soon, though, Connor realizes someone is out to eliminate the Bartholomew family. Can he set aside his own feelings to keep Isabella safe? 












My Review


I absolutely LOVED The Promise of Breeze Hill. Set in what is now known as Mississippi which at this time was controlled by the Spanish and filled with utter chaos and lawlessness. Isabella is left to run her family's plantation after her father is injured and her brother is suspiciously found dead along the Natchez Trace. And she fears they may lose everything they have. Enter Connor who is an Irish carpenter has been sold to Isabella's family. As Isabella and Connor begin falling for on another Isabella does consider accepting her wealthy neighbor's proposal just to save her family's livlihood. Isabella and Connor must also figure out who has it out for Isabella's family. The Promise of Breeze Hill is not just another historical novel, but a romance and mystery wrapped up into a satisfying adventure.

REVIEW: Freedom's Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli























About the Book



Boston, 2015
Two years after nearly losing her life in the Boston Marathon bombing, Annie David is still far from “Boston strong.” Instead she remains isolated and defeated―plagued by guilt over her niece, crippled in the blast, and by an antique ring alongside a hazy hero’s face. But when she learns the identity of her rescuer, will he be the hero she’s imagined? And can the long-past history of the woman behind the ring set her free from the guilt and fears of the present?

Boston, 1770
As a woman alone in a rebellious town, Liberty Caldwell finds herself in a dangerous predicament. When a British lieutenant, Alexander Smythe, comes to her rescue and offers her employment, Liberty accepts. As months go by, Alexander not only begins to share his love of poetry with her, but protects Liberty from the advances of a lecherous captain living in the officers’ house where she works.

Mounting tensions explode in the Boston Massacre, and Liberty’s world is shattered as her brother, with whom she has just reunited, is killed in the fray. Desperate and alone, she returns home, only to be assaulted by the captain. Afraid and furious toward redcoats, Liberty leaves the officers’ home, taking with her a ring that belonged to Alexander.

Two women, separated by centuries, must learn to face their fears. And when they feel they must be strong, they learn that sometimes true strength is found in surrender.
















My Review


Freedom's Ring was a refreshing historical read. A multi-generational story of two women living in different periods of American history and their journeys toward the freedom they desire greatly. Both women must face fears and overcome obstacles to achieve their liberty. Freedom's Ring was wonderfully engaging, well researched and fleshed out novel that makes an impact.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

REVIEW: Unraveling by Sara Ella



















About the Book


What happens when happily ever after starts to unravel?

Eliyana Ember doesn't believe in true love. Not anymore. After defeating her grandfather and saving the Second Reflection, El only trusts what's right in front of her. The tangible. The real. Not some unexplained Kiss of Infinity she once shared with the ghost of a boy she's trying to forget. She has more important things to worry about--like becoming queen of the Second Reflection, a role she is so not prepared to fill.

Now that the Verity is intertwined with her soul and Joshua's finally by her side, El is ready to learn more about her mysterious birth land, the land she now rules. So why does she feel like something--or someone--is missing?

When the thresholds begin to drain and the Callings, those powerful magical gifts, begin to fail, El wonders if her link to Ky Rhyen may have something to do with it. For light and darkness cannot coexist. She needs answers before the Callings disappear altogether. Can El find a way to sever her connection to Ky and save the Reflections--and keep herself from falling for him in the process?










My Review


Unraveling is the sequel to Sar Ella's debut YA Fantasy, Unblemished, about a girl who's very power is in her insecurities. Unblemished was an almost perfect yet still a five star read. Unraveling continues the story and doesn't disappoint. It isn't very often when a sequel is almost just as good as it's predecessor, but Unraveling hits the mark.