Wednesday, July 25, 2012

"Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy," by E L James

"Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy," by E L James

There has been such a lot of hype about these three books, that I was really looking forward to reading these books.  I borrowed them for someone else, and first let me say, I was so glad I borrowed them, rather than purchase them.

So I guess we'll get the "sex scene's" topic over with first.  Honestly by the time I got to the third book my reaction was, "Oh for crying out loud, here we go again." It was boring and totally unnecessary.  I don't claim to be an expert in what they were talking about/doing, infact I had never heard of most things, but I am quite sure you could get your point accross in lesser detail!!!

If you took out the sex scenes from the three books, it would have been one book, not three books.  The actual storyline if you took out the sex part of it was a tad weak and over the top.   Poor student meets rich millionaire with a lot of emotional issues; he wisks her off her feet and they live happily ever after with a few "blips" along the way.

I had a couple of thoughts along the way.  One was I would be so exhausted by their lifestyle, it just wasn't realistic, though I guess with all their "staff" all they had to think about were themselves, not the day to day chores, about making dinner, doing the laundry etc.

Also "the playroom," when they come to sell the apartment, I wonder how the real estate agent describes that room?

I have read a lot better books, but if are going on vacation and fancy doing some reading, well take these along to fill in some time, I guess.  Me personally I'll stick to my more "normal" kind of books, but I can always say I read these ones!!!!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

"Remembered - Fountain Creek Chronicles Book Three," by Tamera Alexander

"Remembered - Fountain Creek Chronicles Book Three," by Tamera Alexander

The threat of war—and a final request—send Veronique Girard from France to a distant and uninviting country. In the Colorado Territory, she searches for the man who has held her heart since childhood—her father. Pierre Girard left Paris for the Americas to seek his fortune in fur trading, vowing to send for his wife and daughter. But twenty-five years have passed and his vow remains unfulfilled. Sifting through shards of broken promises, Veronique embarks on a dangerous search for a man she scarcely remembers.

His grief finally healed, Jack Brennan is moving on with life. After years of guiding families west, he is now working as a freighter to the mining towns surrounding Willow Springs. What he doesn't count on is an unexpected traveling companion on his trips up into the mountains, and how one woman's search will cause havoc with his plans... and his life.

This is the last book in the series, and again it was a really good book to read.  It also brought together characters from the first two book, while introducing you to Veronique.  I enjoyed the way the author mixed the French and English words together, as it made Veronique seem more real, as you could image her talking like that.

This book however left you wanting more from the series, as I do feel there are still more stories to be told, especially about Miss Maudie and Lilly.

Stars out of 5 : 5 I really enjoyed this book.

This series of books got better with each book, and all these books were purchased from Bookcloseouts by myself and will be donated to my local library.

Coming in August will be a review on the 50 Shades of Grey Series!!

"Revealed - Fountain Creek Chronicles Book Two," by Tamera Alexander

"Revealed - Fountain Creek Chronicles Book Two," by Tamera Alexander

Annabelle Grayson has been given a second chance at life, but she can't claim it with the cloud of her past hanging over her in Willow Springs. After her husband dies, she advertises for a trail guide to accompany her to land waiting for her in Idaho—and a most unlikely candidate applies for the job.
Matthew Taylor is a man on the run, with consequences of past mistakes pursuing him at every turn. Meeting Annabelle Grayson the first time was unpleasant enough, but when she crosses his path again, her presence in his life—and what she reveals—is devastating. If given a single wish, Matthew would turn back time and right a grievous wrong. If given a second wish, he would make Annabelle Grayson pay.

Of the three books in the series I enjoyed this one the best, although the third one was good as well.

The lead characters were great especially Annabelle, which by the way is the name of my childhood doll!!  She pocessed a depth of character I wish I could have and a heart as big.

This book teaches you that you can't judge a book by it's cover, it's whats inside that matters and God does give all mistakes.

Stars out of 5 : 5 Super book, easy to read and it brings together what you read in the first book.

""Rekindled - Fountain Creek Chronicles Book One," by Tamera Alexander

"Rekindled - Fountain Creek Chronicles Book One," by Tamera Alexander

Ten years ago Kathryn Jennings made a vow. For better or worse. And that promise still holds true, even though her marriage has not turned out as she expected. When her husband fails to return home one stormy winter night, she struggles to keep their ranch, but her efforts are blocked at every turn. After a shocking glimpse into her husband's past, Kathryn uncovers a hidden truth. What she wouldn't give to turn back time and be able to love her husband for the man that he was, not for the man she always wanted him to be.

Larson Jennings has spent his entire life running from a broken past, unable to trust, reluctant to try again. One fateful night, his life takes an unexpected twist, and soon he is forced to make a choice. Whatever he chooses, his decision may cost him his life.

At a different time, in a different place, under different circumstances... could two people fall in love once again?

This is book one in a three part series.  I have read and will review all three books.  This book is hard going to start with.  It wasn't until I got into chapter 7 or 8 that I actually began to enjoy the book.  Prior to that I found the book long winded, depressing and just plain boring.

However I will assure you it is worth persevering as this book lays the foundation for the series and once you have read this one, it makes things easier for the other two as they are connected.

Star out of 5: 3 It's a shame this was such a hard book to get into as this is a good series of books.  I am glad though that I read it as it made reading the others in the series easier.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

"When Hope Blossoms," by Kim Vogel Sawyer

"When Hope Blossoms," by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Amy Knackstedt hopes a new start in Weaverly, Kansas, will help heal the pain of losing her husband and provide a better future for her three children. But her new neighbor, Tim Roper, is not pleased to have an Old Order Mennonite family living next to his apple orchard. Tim left the Mennonite faith years ago and doesn't want any reminders of his former life.

Yet when circumstances throw Amy and Tim together, they form a friendship that surprises them both. Will past hurts always be a barrier between them, or will this tentative relationship blossom into something more?

Have to say this book was a pleasant read.  The characters of the children were delightful and you couldn't help but love them; especially Adrianna.  The storyline was believable and there was a slight twist in it, that I didn't see coming.  You can probably guess the outcome and it was a pleasant one.  I feel there could be a follow up book to this one as the book did stop just like that.  I would have preferred an epilogue just to put an end to the story.  Quite often though you writers don't do that and this was the case here.

Stars out of 5 : 4 a quick and easy read for a hot Summer's day with a happy outcome and nothing too over taxing on the brain.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

"The Tinderbox," by Beverly Lewis

"The Tinderbox," by Beverly Lewis With her parents' twentieth anniversary approaching, eighteen-year-old Sylvia Miller find...