Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Review and Giveaway: Together at the Table by Hillary Manton Lodge July 7, 2016

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About:

Three months ago, Juliette D’Alisa’s world changed.

In a bittersweet series of events, her mother’s health took a turn for the worse. Juliette and her brother opened their restaurant together to rave reviews, but her romance with Memphis immunologist Neil McLaren ended in anger and tears.

As autumn sweeps into the Pacific Northwest, Juliette feels that she’s finally on the cusp of equilibrium. The restaurant continues to thrive, and her family is closer than ever. She and sous-chef Adrien are seeing each other, both in and out of the kitchen. Just when she thinks her world might stop spinning, a trip to the waterfront lands a familiar face into her path.

Rather than dwell on her personal life, Juliette throws herself into work and research. After reading her grandmother’s letters from war-torn Paris, she still wants to know the full story –  and she’ll travel across countries and oceans to find it.

But even Juliette can’t outrun the man who stole her heart. As she finally uncovers the truth about her family history, what will it mean for her own chances at lasting love?

About Hillary Manton Lodge

Hillary Manton Lodge is the author of Plain Jayne, a Carol Award Finalist, and Simply Sara, an ECPA bestselling book. A graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism, Hillary discovered the world of cuisine during her internship at Northwest Palate magazine. A storyteller at heart, in her free time she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, watching foreign films, and exploring new walking trails. She and her husband live in Portland, Oregon.

My thoughts and giveaway:

What an amazing wrap up to a great series. This book was fabulous, probably my favorite out of the whole series.

It is divided into two parts. I will say at first, at the end of part I, I was like well, now what, a lot seemed resolved? But I totally get it now. Truly, it’s like getting two books in one.

Juliette starts the book with Adrian and I knew it felt all wrong. When she see’s Neil my heart ached for them to get back together. I loved the way Hillary handled that.

Then there is the mystery surrounding Juliette’s grandmother. That was a beautiful story as well.

I love Juliette’s family, especially Caterina, what a great personality.

There are recipes included with this book. So if what you read about sounds good you can cook it up.

You probably could read this book without reading the others but I think I was more deeply invested in these characters because I had read the other two.

The ending was totally perfect, a great way to wrap the series.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review. 

 

 

The Ishbane Conspiracy by Angela, Karina and Randy Alcorn February 5, 2015

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About:

Jillian is picture-perfect on the outside, but terrified of getting hurt on the inside. Brittany is a tough girl who trusts almost no one. Ian is a successful athlete who dabbles in the occult. And Rob is a former gang-banger who struggles with guilt, pain, and a newfound faith in God. These four college students will face the ultimate battle between good and evil in a single year. As spiritual warfare rages around them, a dramatic demonic correspondence takes place. Readers can eavesdrop on the enemy, and learn to stave off their own defeat, by reading The Ishbane Conspiracy.

My thoughts:

If you have read Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness and like it then this is a book you will thoroughly enjoy.

From the beginning I was pulled into this book and the “realness” of it. This book is so close to real life and what teen-agers struggle with.

Our four characters are all going through something, or have gone through something and the enemy is playing on the their weakness and wounds.

Oh, to be inside the head of the enemy made me so mad sometimes because I know these are the games he really tries to play with us and our children. He even talks about how he knows he can’t take down those that are already believers but can make us ineffective…grrrr.

This book is layered in truth and grounded in the Word. I think it was eye-opening for me to read this and be reminded how the enemy uses seemingly innocent things for his twisted plans.

The main characters are young but I don’t feel this is a young adult novel. I believe this book is for everyone and parents with teens will especially glean a lot from this book.

This is a novel I highly recommend 🙂

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Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer August 14, 2014

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About This Book:

A past filled with shame can be washed away with a love that conquers all

Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel, timid seventeen-year-old Dinah Hubley was raised amidst the secrets held in every dark, grimy room of her home. Anxious to escape, Dinah pursues her dream of becoming a Harvey Girl, waiting tables along the railroad in an upscale hotel. But when she finds out she isn’t old enough, her only option is to accept a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. Eager to put everything behind her, Dinah feels more worthless than ever, based on a single horrible decision she made to survive.

The Clifton offers a life Dinah has never known, but blinded to the love around her, Dinah remains buried in the shame of her past. When a handsome chicken farmer named Amos Ackerman starts to show interest, Dinah withdraws further, convinced no one could want a sullied woman like her.  Despite his self-consciousness about his handicapped leg and her strange behavior, Amos resolves to show Dinah Christ’s love. But can she ever accept a gift she so desperately needs?

My thoughts:

This is the first book by Kim I have picked up, although I have heard she is wonderful writer. I’ve discovered myself it’s true.

In Through the Deep Waters Kim weaves a story of heartache and hope.

From the first chapter this book gripped me and drew me into Dinah’s story. She is living under horrible conditions and reaches a point of wanting to escape and help her mother all at the same time. She tried to be honorable and to the right thing but when things don’t work out she does what she never thought she would do.

Wounded and afraid Dinah tries to build a new life in Florence, Kansas but her past is always right behind her. She lives in fear of someone finding out her secret, the horrible thing she did.

My favorite line in the whole book is when Dinah meets Amos for the first time and she sees his limp. She asks him, “What broke you?” It reminded me that some people’s brokenness is on the outside for all to see while others carry their brokenness inside and we can hide it more easily, such is the case with Dinah, but it always spills out.

Another important character in this book is Ruthie, Dinah’s roommate at The Clifton. Ruthie tries to reach out to Dinah but Dinah continually pushes her away, she won’t let anyone get too close.

Being in Dinah’s head is a bit depressing at times, she’s so sad. But Kim does a great job of having a thread of hope as Amos sees more in Dinah and as Ruthie struggles with her own feelings toward her new roommate. I knew redemption would come but I didn’t know how and you’ll just have to read the book to see how Kim works it all out.

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