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Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan January 21, 2019

Filed under: Book Reviews,Uncategorized — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:59 am
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Book Description

“Patti Callahan seems to have found the story she was born to tell in this tale of unlikely friendship turned true love between Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis, that tests the bounds of faith and radically alters both of their lives. Their connection comes to life in Callahan’s expert hands, revealing a connection so persuasive and affecting, we wonder if there’s another like it in history. Luminous and penetrating.” —Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife

In a most improbable friendship, she found love. In a world where women were silenced, she found her voice.

From New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan comes an exquisite novel of Joy Davidman, the woman C. S. Lewis called “my whole world.” When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis—known as Jack—she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn’t holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy.

In this masterful exploration of one of the greatest love stories of modern times, we meet a brilliant writer, a fiercely independent mother, and a passionate woman who changed the life of this respected author and inspired books that still enchant us and change us. Joy lived at a time when women weren’t meant to have a voice—and yet her love for Jack gave them both voices they didn’t know they had.

At once a fascinating historical novel and a glimpse into a writer’s life, Becoming Mrs. Lewis is above all a love story—a love of literature and ideas and a love between a husband and wife that, in the end, was not impossible at all.

“Patti Callahan Henry breathes wondrous fresh life into one of the greatest literary love stories of all time . . . The result is a deeply moving story about love and loss that is transformative and magical.” —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

“I was swept along, filled with hope, and entirely beguiled, not only by the life lived behind the veil of C. S. Lewis’s books but also by the woman who won his heart. A literary treasure from first page to last.” —Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

“Profoundly evocative, revealing an intimate view of a woman whose love and story had never been fully told . . . until now . . . Becoming Mrs. Lewis is a tour de force and the must-read of the season!” —Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House Reunion

“Patti Callahan somehow inhabits Davidman, taking her readers inside the writer’s hungry mind and heart. We keenly feel Davidman’s struggle to become her own person at a time (the 1950s) when women had few options . . . An astonishing work of biographical fiction.” —Lynn Cullen, bestselling author of Mrs. Poe

“Patti Callahan has written my favorite book of the year . . . It is both a meditation on marriage and a whopping grand adventure. Touching, tender, and triumphant, this is a love story for the ages.” —Ariel Lawhon, author of I Was Anastasia

My thoughts:

Joy is leading a life many of us lead. She is holding on to her marriage, all that she knows she should do, no matter the tatters it lies in. She hope for more, and better things. In God she finds hope, which is where we all should look.

With that being said, I really wanted to love this novel, as all the reviews above say, but for me I couldn’t get lost in it. It was much too easy to put it down and walk away. It didn’t capture me the way I wanted it to. It’s unfortunate because I really was looking forward to devouring this book.

As always, this is my opinion only and you can see above many others loved the book, it just wasn’t for me.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 

 

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Freedom’s Light by Colleen Coble December 3, 2018

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USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble explores the mystery and the romance of the Revolutionary War.

A young lighthouse keeper must navigate the dangerous waters of revolution and one man’s obsession with her to find safe harbor with the sea captain she loves.

Hannah Thomas believes she’s escaped Galen Wright’s evil intentions by marrying an older lighthouse keeper. Seemingly safe in faraway Massachusetts, her world is upended when John is killed in one of the first battles of the Revolutionary War. Hannah is allowed to continue the difficult task of tending the twin lighthouses in John’s place, though she faces daily disapproval from John’s family. She thinks her loneliness will subside when her younger sister arrives, but she finds Lydia’s obsession with Galen only escalates the dangerous tides swirling around her.

A stormy night brings a shipwrecked sea captain to Hannah’s door, and though he is a Tory, her heart is as traitorous as the dark-eyed captain. Even though she discovers Birch Meredith isn’t the enemy he seemed at first, Hannah isn’t sure their love will ever see the light of freedom.

My thoughts:

Wow, what a fantastic read.

I will say at first I wasn’t so sure I would like it but then a few chapters in I realized I was completely absorbed in the story and I had stop make myself stop reading so I could go to sleep.

Colleen has crafted a highly engaging story full of secrets, flawed characters and hope.

Hannah was such a strong young woman. I kept forgetting she was only eighteen. Birch was a great hero but he definitely needed to learn to let things go.

Lydia, Hannah’s sister irritated me-which I think was the point, but I hoped she would wake up and see the truth.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the BookLook Blogger program. All opinions are my own.

 

Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks September 4, 2018

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An artist hiding from an escaped killer uncovers one of World War II’s most dangerous secrets—a secret that desperate men will do anything to keep hidden.

After the murder of her twin sister, Murphy Anderson changed her name and appearance and moved to Kodiak, Alaska, to avoid the press and publicity. But when local authorities discover she’s an artist and request her help in drawing a dying man’s memories, she unintentionally ends up in the limelight again—and back in the killer’s crosshairs.

The deathbed confessions of an Alaskan hunter have Murphy drawing the five bodies he discovered on remote Ruuwaq Island ten years ago. But what investigators find has them mystified. Evidence suggests that the bodies were deliberately destroyed, and what they uncover in an abandoned Quonset hut from World War II only brings more questions.

As one by one the investigators who were at the hut die, Murphy knows there is something much darker at stake. What happened on this island during the war? And who is willing to kill to keep its secrets buried?

My thoughts:

This book definitely has an interesting story-line and a lot going on.

For me I just never connected with the book. I felt like Murphy’s faking being a forensic artist (not sure if that is what they are really called) was pretty unrealistic. There was so much going on in the book that my brain could never really land anywhere. I was never pulled into the story.

This book just wasn’t for me, but I have read other great reviews, so as always this is my opinions only.

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A copy of this book was given to my through the BookLook Blogger program. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

Whiter Than Snow by Joan Deppa July 30, 2018

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Bonnie Turner has recently moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is enamored by its beauty in the wintertime. While enjoying the beauty, Brad Jorgenson bumps into her and takes it upon himself to show her the sights and how she can enjoy winter in the Upper Peninsula. But will Bonnie be able to show Brad how he can release the anger and bitterness he’s carried since childhood and introduce him to the Creator of the beauty he enjoys? Can God’s love and forgiveness really make him “whiter than snow”?

My thoughts:

I picked this up because of the setting. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is one my favorite places to visit right up there with Mackinac Island.

Joan painted a beautiful picture of the U.P. in the winter. She made me want to visit there during that season, something I hope to do some day.

But I need to be honest. As much as I liked the setting the writing left me wanting more. This story didn’t capture my interest and I was so bummed. I really wanted to love this book and read the others in the series but I don’t think I will be doing that.

For me the characters lacked a depth I was looking for. They had issues and wounds but I didn’t feel them. I hate saying that, as I now how hard an author works on their books but I have to give my honest opinion.

This book wasn’t for me but it has received other great reviews, so perhaps it’s just me. I always encourage people to form their own opinions. If this book sounds interesting to you then give it a try.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the BookLook Bloger program. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

 

Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin July 26, 2018

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Mountain Between Us comes a new, spellbinding story of buried secrets, lost love, and the promise of second chances.

Allie is still recovering from the loss of her family’s beloved waterfront restaurant on Florida’s Gulf Coast when she loses her second husband to a terrifying highway accident. Devastated and losing hope, she shudders to contemplate the future—until a cherished person from her past returns.

Joseph has been adrift for many years, wounded in both body and spirit and unable to come to terms with the trauma of his Vietnam War experiences. Just as he resolves to abandon his search for peace and live alone at a remote cabin in the Carolina mountains, he discovers a mother and her two small children lost in the forest. A man of character and strength, he instinctively steps in to help them get back to their home in Florida. There he will return to his own hometown—and witness the accident that launches a bittersweet reunion with his childhood sweetheart, Allie.

When Joseph offers to help Allie rebuild her restaurant, it seems the flame may reignite—until a 45-year-old secret from the past begins to emerge, threatening to destroy all hope for their second chance at love.

In Send Down the Rain, Charles Martin proves himself to be a storyteller of great wisdom and compassion who bears witness to the dreams we cherish, the struggles we face, and the courage we must summon when life seems to threaten what we hold most dear.

My thoughts:

There aren’t many books that I have read that seem to touch a very deep place in my heart. This one did.

The raw brokenness of the characters, the situations they found themselves in all added up to a book I simply couldn’t stop reading.

There were somethings that seemed a bit to coincidental for me and the main character could have come across as stalker-ish but I could overlook those things because the overall story was wonderful.

If you want a book that will speak deeply into your hurting places and offer hope then this is a must read.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the BookLook Bloggers program. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Honeysuckle Dreams by Denise Hunter May 22, 2018

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After Brady Collins’ ex-wife dies, he receives devastating news—his nine-month-old son Sam isn’t his son at all. And Sam’s wealthy maternal grandparents want custody of the child. Brady knows he’s in for the fight of his life. But regardless of what any blood test says, Sam is his son, and Brady will go to any lengths to keep him.

Brady’s attorney tips him off that one major life change would virtually assure him of winning guardianship of baby Sam at the final hearing: an impending marriage. And his friend Hope is willing to step in as the loving and devoted fiance.

Local radio celebrity Hope Daniels has been driven by a solitary goal her entire life, and after a happy accident she’s finally offered her dream job. But if the truth comes out about her arrangement with Brady, she may miss the chance of a lifetime and stand in the way of a dear friend’s dreams.

As Brady and Hope make sacrifices to help each other in their times of need, they risk uncovering a truth neither of them expects to find.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This is a different kind of romance. It definitely doesn’t begin the way you might think.

But things seem to go along well once Brady and Hope decide to get married and the romance brews pretty hot.

So I figured what could possibly go wrong, but I wasn’t even halfway through the book. I knew something had to happen to stop things from flowing so smoothly.

What that is you will have to read to find out. If you enjoy Denise Hunter or romance you will enjoy this book.

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Leave a comment by June 4th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me through BookLook Blogger program. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: The Man He Never Was by James L. Rubart April 19, 2018

Filed under: Book Reviews,Uncategorized — Melissa Finnegan @ 6:32 pm
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What if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?

Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on—with more than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep out of the blue, they’re shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he’s changed. Radically.

His anger is gone. He’s oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he’s been but knows he’s been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he’s been. Finding out how it happened. And winning back his family.

But then shards of his old self start to rise from deep inside—like the man kicked out of the NFL for his fury—and Toren must face the supreme battle of his life.

In this fresh take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, James L. Rubart explores the war between the good and evil within each of us—and one man’s only chance to overcome the greatest divide of the soul.

My thoughts and giveaway:

What a deeply spiritual and moving book.

There are so many underlying meanings going on. I was probably looking too much but I couldn’t help myself.

I wondered how this relationship could ever be restored, Sloane seemed so unwilling to move. Yet, I appreciated her prayer life and how she relied on God.

I felt a lot of sympathy for Toren and wanted him to get his family back. But James kept the reader wondering and guessing if that would happen.

And then the whole mystery of what happened to Toren in the first place, where was he all those months and what happened to him?

If you are looking for something a bit different but that will move you I highly recommend this book.

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Leave a comment by May 3rd for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me through the BookLook Bloggers program. All opinions are my own.