Monday, March 29, 2010

Not a Sparrow Falls by Linda Nichols ~a review~

About the book:
The escape of Mary Bridget Washburn, an Appalachian girl on the verge of womanhood, from her boyfriend and his cohorts, who run a meth lab. With a false identity and a little cash, Mary flees for the upscale city of Alexandria, where she falls in love with a widowed pastor who is beset with troubles involving his children and his job.

· Paperback: 350 pages
· Publisher: Bethany House (February 1, 2010)
· Language: English
· ISBN-10: 0764207474
· ISBN-13: 978-0764207471
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches

About the Author:
Linda Nichols, a graduate of the University of Washington, is a novelist with a unique gift for touching readers' hearts with her stories. She is also the author of the acclaimed novels If I Gained the World and At the Scent of Water. She and her family make their home in Tacoma, Washington.

My Review:
Not a Sparrow Falls written by Linda Nichols is the best book I’ve read this year. If you don’t read any other books read this one. You won’t be disappointed. From the prologue I was captivated. Mary Bridget Washburn was raised in a Christian home, but things went horribly wrong. She was involved in the making and distribution of drugs. These bad choices haunt her daily. She wants to get away from her trouble and start life over. Mary starts helping people and then things start to turn around for her. She starts to help a little girl and becomes involved with a pastors family. The Reverend Alasdair MacPherson is a widow with three children to raise on his own. He fell apart after the death of his wife. He became too involved with other activities, not taking care of his congregation and they are asking for his resignation. This book shows how we all need to be loved and talked to. It really makes a difference to be important to at least one other person in life. Caring for others can really change their life and yours in the process. All this time Mary doesn’t believe that she can be forgiven or worthy to be loved. Soon trouble comes calling and the adventure starts. I highly recommend this book. You will enjoy it greatly. I haven’t read any of Linda Nichols’ books before, but plan on reading them all.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Hunter's Moon by Don Hoesel

Publisher: Bethany House
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0561-3
ISBN-10: 0-7642-0561-7
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.375
Number of pages: 384

Publication Date: Feb. 10
Formats: Paperback

Hunter's Moon
About the book:
Every family has its secrets...
Best-selling novelist CJ Baxter is known for writing hard-hitting stories ripped from his own life. But there's one story he's never told. A toxic secret that's haunted him too long.
Now, after seventeen years, CJ is headed home, determined to expose the truth. But a black sheep airing the family's dirty laundry is the last thing CJ's brother, Graham--and his campaign for Senate--can afford. With so much at stake, there's nothing the Baxter’s won't do to keep their secret...

My Review
Hunter’s Moon is an excellent book. I really like the picture on the cover of the smoking gun and the title of the book. I always look in the book to find out what both of these mean. I thought this book was clear on what they meant. CJ is an author and his grandfather passed away, CJ decided to return to his hometown to attend the funeral. That is when all of the past comes at him. All of the things he has tried to cover up or forget his whole life. Hunter’s Moon has many things, secrets, domestic violence, anger, bitterness and you can see how all of this affects the family. One holds a secret about the other that has shaped the entire families lives and could destroy their future. CJ Baxter has only recently become a Christian, and he is still struggling but makes the right life choices in the end. CJ has been away from his hometown for many years, but finds in the end that it is a special place. This book is full of action, adventure, happiness, sadness, betrayal, and life. Like I said Hunter’s Moon is an excellent book, but it started out slow and I would have loved the ending to have been more to it. I would have liked having the ending wrapped up more and find out what is going on with each character. This would be a great book to have a sequel to. Overall I really love this book. It held my interest very easily and I would recommend it to anyone.

About the Author: Here is Don Hoesel's site

Don Hoesel is a Web site designer for a Medicare carrier in Nashville, TN. He has a BA in Mass Communication from Taylor University and has published short fiction in Relief Journal. He lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee, with his wife and two children. Elisha's Bones is his first novel.

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I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House for reviewing purposes. If I don’t like this book I can review it negatively.

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Winner is.........................

The winner of the certificates for the DVD of Phil Vischer is....................................................................................................................ANGELA

She has been notified by email and soon as she sends me her mailing address I will send them right out to her. If she doesn't respond in two weeks I will draw a new winner April 1st.

Waiting to hear from Angela. The winner was selected by the Random number selector on

Thanks everyone for commenting. Hopefully I will have more give aways in the future.

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Operator is Calling by Rudi London

Product Description
Suddenly, by the flick of a switch, evil came knocking on Michael s door. His entire world stumbled and fell. What had been no longer was. This time he was facing a mountain too tall to climb. Or was it? Madison, his precious daughter, had called them badsters. She'd always wondered, Why couldn’t they just be nice. Michael got a brilliant idea. What if they didn’t have a choice in the matter? First, they needed to quit cussing all together. Language rules behavior, he established. And should they elect not to surrender to good? Great! Then they'll learn what really happens when The Operator is Calling.

Product Details:
Hardcover: 312 pages
Publisher: Amazing Road (May 15, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982302207
ISBN-13: 978-0982302200
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.3 inches

About the author: Rudi London was born on the southern west coast. But, he couldn't really call himself a true southern boy before he later moved to Tennessee. Why did he move, you might ask? Well, Rudi had a troubled past He went from building houses to guarding his King to high-tech military top-secret "Pentagon" style operations. Next, he excelled to computer management and speaking at universities before shaking up his entire family by taking on the rock & roll recording and concert scene. Got on BBC TV and declared the world his own. Then somebody decided to ship him to the U.S. of A. to capture its beauty with his camera. All went Rudi's way until Elvito Corleone walked up the road. The pooch had ideas of his own. He wanted Rudi to get involved with The Operator...

My Review:
I was captured right from the first paragraph and so will you. It would have been easy to sit down and read straight through. I love books that have
adventure, mystery and suspense. The Operator is Calling has all of those and more. This book tells the story of Michael, about the things he has lost, gained and how he makes it through life.
The Operator is Calling has it all. Happiness, sadness, loss, pain, fun, humor, spies, secrets, romance you name it. Many problems that Michael has seem impossible to solve just like our lives, but Michael calls on the Lord and He is there.
Some of my favorite parts are all of the spy gadgets that were used in this book. So many different ways to stop the bad guys, some are even lots of fun.
Michael takes on the mob, enemies and others. He has many adventures and always keeps going. Nothing will stop Michael or will it! You have to read to find out. You won’t be sorry you read this super book. It was a very thought out book that keeps you interested on every page. You just keep wondering what Michael will do next.
I highly recommond it and know it will be a book you will treasure. Keep up the super work Rudi. Rudi is a new author to me, but a new favorite.

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