Wednesday, June 21, 2017

REVIEW: An Outlaw and a Lady by Jessi Coulter









About the Book



Renowned songwriter, singer, and wife of Waylon Jennings writes an intimate, enormously entertaining memoir of American music, of life with Waylon and the Outlaws, and of faith lost and found.


The daughter of a Pentecostal evangelist and a race-car driver, Jessi Colter played piano and sang in church before leaving Arizona to tour with rock-n-roll pioneer Duane Eddy, whom she married. Colter became a successful recording artist, appearing on American Bandstand and befriending stars such as the Everly Brothers and Chet Atkins, while her songs were recorded by Nancy Sinatra, Dottie West, and others. Her marriage to Eddy didn’t last, however, and in 1969 she married the electrifying Waylon Jennings. Together, they made their home in Nashville which in the 1970s, was ground zero for roots music, drawing Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shel Silverstein, and others to the Nashville Sound. And Jessi was at the center of it all, the only woman on the landmark Wanted: The Outlaws album, the record that launched the Outlaw Country genre and was the first country album to go platinum. She also tasted personal commercial success with the #1-single “I’m Not Lisa.”


But offstage, life was a challenge, as Waylon pursued his addictions and battled his demons. Having drifted from the church as a young woman, Jessi returned to her faith and found in it a source of strength in the turmoil of living with Waylon. In the 1980s, Waylon helped launch the super group The Highwaymen with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson, and the hits kept rolling, as did Waylon’s reckless living. Amid it all, Jessi faithfully prayed for her husband until finally, at Thanksgiving 2001, Waylon found Jesus, just months before he died. 


An Outlaw and a Lady is a powerful story of American music, of love in the midst of heartache, and of faith that sustains.















My Review


An Outlaw and a Lady is the memoir of a country girl who fell in love with one of the most famous stars of Country music, Waylon Jennings. An Outlaw and a Lady tells the story of Jessi's early life at home and her early years in church. Jessi describes her own mother as an amazing servant of God. Yet some how when Jessi got older she found herself walking away from the faith. The book goes on to tell how she met Waylon and them falling in love and marrying. Their life together and family they built is also talked about. 


Jessi also goes on to talk about her husband's struggles. To be specific, his drug and alcohol struggles. But in all the craziness she stayed with Waylon, through thick and thin. And many years into their marriage Jessi found herself running back to God. And thankfully, describing how Waylon returned to faith in God not long before he passed away.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

REVIEW: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber

















About the Book


Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi's dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth's corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth's Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi's the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she's convinced he's been taken to the ice-planet.

Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.

For Miguel, Earth's charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight's bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he's a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.












My Review


*Sigh* What to say. I definitely like the Storm Siren trilogy better so far. While I love that Sofi Snow is Science Fiction, human trafficking is dealt with within the story, and Sofi is a Native American character there are things I did not like about this novel. Firstly, the language caught me off guard. While it was mostly mild it is sprinkled throughout the story and there was a use of a pretty vulgar and crass word. Sex is implied and we learn that Sofi, a 17 year old has slept around. It's becoming quite clear that Thomas Nelson has different standards than they did with the previous owners. I'm stuck in the middle here. There was a lot I loved and yet things I did not love. This is not a book I definitively recommend to young YA readers. I think this would have worked better being an Adult novel.

Monday, June 12, 2017

REVIEW: Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge



















About the Book


Just a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane’s tea plants, determined to start over yet again.

But life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos. Their unusual living situation is challenging and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia. When Jane meets and falls for up-and-coming musician Sean Willis, the chasm grows deeper.

While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune – retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected—Texas. 

In this modern spin on the Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn't so far away.














My Review


Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge is a riveting and sensational retelling of Sense and Sensibility. Now to be perfectly honest, Sense and Sensibility is one of my least favorite Austen tales. With Emma being my absolute least favorite. However, with that being said that didn't deter me from enjoying this novel. I loved the Southern inspiration Jane of Austin had. I enjoyed the characters very much and they didn't get on my nerves. (YAY!) I am not usually into Womens Fiction, but I have to say Hillary did a great job and I hope she writes another Austen-inspired novel. I'll be on the look out.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

REVIEW: Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal









About the Book



Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal invites you to mix creative journaling and coloring into your personal time with God. Prayers that focus on topics such as being thankful, dealing with stress and heartache, caring for yourself and others, listening for God’s leading, and waiting patiently on Him will guide your thoughts and calm your spirit. Filled with more than 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling, and 40 needs-based prayers, Tranquility will help you express your devotion to God with your whole heart.













My Review


While I haven't gone through the entire book yet ( I color really slow lol) I have found that I very much am enjoying this adult coloring book. Filled with prayers, scripture, space for journaling and full coloring pages this book will be perfect for that friend or relative who loves inspirational coloring books. 

REVIEW: The One True Love of Alice-Ann by Eva Marie Everson










About the Book



Living in rural Georgia in 1941, sixteen-year-old Alice-Ann has her heart set on her brother's friend Mack; despite their five-year age gap, Alice-Ann knows she can make Mack see her for the woman she'll become. But when they receive news of the attack on Pearl Harbor and Mack decides to enlist, Alice-Ann realizes she must declare her love before he leaves. Though promising to write, Mack leaves without confirmation that her love is returned. But Alice-Ann is determined to wear the wedding dress her maiden aunt never had a chance to wear--having lost her fiance in the Great War. As their correspondence continues over the next three years, Mack and Alice-Ann are drawn closer together. But then Mack's letters cease altogether, leaving Alice-Ann to fear history repeating itself. Dreading the war will leave her with a beautiful dress and no happily ever after, Alice-Ann fills her days with work and caring for her best friend's war-torn brother, Carlton. As time passes and their friendship develops into something more, Alice-Ann wonders if she'll ever be prepared to say good-bye to her one true love and embrace the future God has in store with a newfound love. Or will a sudden call from overseas change everything?




















My Review


Eva Marie Everson's One True Love of Alice-Ann is a story about 16 year old Alice Ann and the love of her life Mack. Set during the second World War, Mack decides to enlist after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Alice decides it's time to declare her love for Mack despite their 5 year age difference. He promises to write her and leaves without telling her whether he loves her too. Alice and Mack write to each other for three years and they grow closer, but then Mack's letters stop coming. Fearing what happened to her aunt is happening to her Alice throws herself into work and caring for her best friend's war torn brother. But soon enough their friendship begins to blossom into something more. Can Alice-Ann let go of her first love and begin anew with a new love?


Eva Marie Everson's new novel is absolutely beautiful, heart wrenching, romantic, and thrilling. The One True Love of Alice-Ann very much felt like in the vein of Francine Rivers. Francine could have wrote this book, but Eva did making her a new favourite author. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

REVIEW: Be Light by Samuel Rodriguez









About the Book




The Blueprint for Overcoming Darkness and Living in God’s Light.

Our world unravels more each day. It feels as if we’re drowning in a sea churning with greed, violence, and lust. As darkness advances, hope dims.
 
Yet within that reality, God gives us a profound mandate...
 
             Be Light.
 
Light has always defined God and his followers. At creation, God spoke light into existence. Jesus is the light of the world. And we are born to absorb and then reflect God’s light. 
 
In Be Light
 Samuel Rodriguez--described by Fox News and CNN as “America’s most influential Latino Evangelical leader”--provides a blueprint for confronting darkness in every realm of our lives. He issues a clarion call for individual believers and the church to rise up and once again be that bright city on a hill, which doesn’t simply expose the invading darkness, but overcomes it with God’s blazing light.




















My Review

Be Light was a refreshing read, but yet nothing new to me. I recently discovered Pastor Rodriguez on youtube and when I saw Be Light return to blogging for books I had to review it. The book is what he calls the "blueprint for overcoming darkness and being the light". Again, while nothing in this book was new to me it was a good refresher and would be a great book for any new believers. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

REVIEW: A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd









About the Book



Could losing everything be the best thing to happen to Annabelle Thorley? 

In the fallout of her deceased father’s financial ruin, Annabelle’s prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé has called off their betrothal, and now she remains at the mercy of her controlling and often cruel brother. Annabelle soon faces the fact that her only hope for a better life is to do the unthinkable and run away to Fellsworth, the home of her long-estranged aunt and uncle, where a teaching position awaits her. Working for a wage for the first time in her life forces Annabelle to adapt to often unpleasant situations as friendships and roles she’s taken for granted are called into question. 

Owen Locke is unswerving in his commitments. As a widower and father, he is fiercely protective of his only daughter. As an industrious gamekeeper, he is intent on keeping poachers at bay even though his ambition has always been to eventually purchase land that he can call his own. When a chance encounter introduces him to the lovely Annabelle Thorley, his steady life is shaken. For the first time since his wife’s tragic death, Owen begins to dream of a second chance at love. 

As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.














My Review


Through out reading this series I've had mixed feelings about it. The first book was fantastic, the second book was good but not as great as the first. And this book was a great conclusion to this beautiful regency series. Filled to the brim with mystery, romance, and beautiful descriptions. Although I was not suprised at how good this series was. Sarah's previous regency series is even better than this one so I highly recommend that series as well as this one.