Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hope SpringsHope Springs by Kim Cash Tate
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was another great read for me. Unexpected but great.

It is about family, love, secrets, reunions, GOD and so much more.

Small town North Carolina is the setting for this story of change. Janelle hasn't been 'home' since the death of her husband. But after arriving to spend Christmas and hearing her grandmother has cancer her decides to move her children home for a season and help. Her cousin, Stephanie, also there for the holiday decides to stay while her husband goes on a mission trip.

This is the story of how these small decisions change their lives and the lives of many around them.

The birth of the Soul Sisters, love, lost, faith and growth are just a few things that will touch you in this wonderful book by Kim.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Coming Home: A Story of Unending Love and Eternal PromiseComing Home: A Story of Unending Love and Eternal Promise by Karen Kingsbury
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was the 24th book Karen wrote about the Baxter family.

It made me cry more than once but it was so well written and so touching that if you haven't read the rest of the series, read this one and then go back to the beginning.

Karen does an excellent job of allowing people who do not have the full back stories of the Baxter children to be able to read this book and love it and then want to read all the others to get the details of everyone's life.

The Baxter family is reuniting for John's 70th birthday. Each child is to write a letter to John and will read them at his surprise birthday party at Ashley's house (formerly the Baxter house).

There are some very touching moments in this book and a great ending to the Baxters, I still hope that we will hear from them again someday as I feel like they could be my neighbors with all I know about them.

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About That Night (FBI / US Attorney, #3)About That Night by Julie James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Third (and I guess final book) in this little series. I have been waiting anxiously (and then of course I forgot about it for awhile) for this book. I did make the mistake of reading reviews from Amazon first which really turned me off of this book but I made the decision to go ahead since I really liked the other ones. And I am glad I did. It was a cute read. I liked that there was no huge crisis, no kidnapping, no lies, nothing huge and I liked that. I found I was able to relate to the characters and enjoyed it.

Most sections were short which made for a nice read. I did not really enjoy all the history of Kyle but it was still good. I like that the main main focus was on Kyle and not Rylann which is nice to have a romance novel with a more emphasis on the hero.

Overall it was a cute read and I am glad I read it.

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Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center

Everyone Is BeautifulEveryone Is Beautiful by Katherine Center
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a book club book and I have to say it was my favorite of all the ones we have read, not sure if that's a complement or not as the others were really really not my fave. However, I did find the characters extremely relate-able and the story pretty true to real life. I did get confused a bit as the story seems to be written like a journal at times with comments like "I would find that would later," thrown in there. I totally get the whole just saying you are pregnant thing even if your not (due to weight issues) and I think it's awesome that other people get that. We all want to be better us-es and that's what this book is about.

A fun note with this is that I took this to an event I was going to (lesson from my parents: never leave home without a book) and a woman who is currently fighting breast cancer saw the title of the book and took a picture of me with it since she's coming to grips with being beautiful even while going through chemo and radiation. So there is some inspiration there.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

The Wedding DressThe Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book spans 100 years and the 4 women who wore The Wedding Dress.

Charlotte, owns a bridal store, is engages to be married. This engagements falls aparts after she buys a trunk at an auction. Once she opens the trunk and finds a perfect wedding dress that is over 100 years old. This is the dresses story and 2 of the 4 women who wore it.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Wish You Were HereWish You Were Here by Beth K Vogt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a book I could not put done.

If I had thought about it enough I knew how I thought it would end but that dind't stop me from reading it in less than 2 days.

The main character kisses her future brother in law a few days before her wedding, this leads to her leaving her finance at the alter and running away.

The book is what happens to her following this.

Does Seth (her finance) forgive her?
Does she run away?
Are there Llama's in this book?
Are there more than one medical accidents is this book?
Who is Bisquick?

So many good questions and for the most part a great story, would I change a few things? Yes. Will it stop me from reading her next book? NO!

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

MissingMissing by Shelley Shepard Gray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shelley did a great job on this book of how a murder can effect a small town.

Abby and some 'friends' are out smoking in the woods and find Perry's body. Everyone thought Perry had left town.

The sheriff invites his friend,who is on medical leave to come help investigate the murder, as you would expect no one has much to say.

Then is love in the air for Abby's brother Walker? You will need to read and find out.

A few other twists that I didn't see coming but make you wish the next book was already out.

Great Job Shelley.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Everyone is Beautiful - Katherine Center

This was my book club book for the month. I probably would of picked it up and read it anyway as it had a cupcake on the cover. I liked the fact that the cast was characters were small and so I could keep track of who everyone was. Peter and Elena move from Houston and start life over without knowing anyone. They have 3 boys and Peter works from home composing music. We learn about the people in their highrise and an old friend of Elana's. Elena learns to carve time out for herself and there are a few funny moments in this book but Katherine just really didn't make the characters come alive to me and therefore I didn't care how it ended. I was hoping for a better read.