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Friday, December 2, 2011

A Whisper of Peace by Kim Vogel Sawyer Book Review

A Whisper of PEACE by Kim Vogel Sawyer

From the Publisher:
Ostracized by her tribe because of her white father, Lizzie Dawson lives alone in the mountains of Alaska, practicing the ways of her people even as she resides in the small cabin her father built for her mother. She dreams of reconciling with her grandparents to fulfill her mother's dying request, but she has not yet found a way to bridge the gap that separates her from her tribe.
Clay Selby has always wanted to be like his father, a missionary who holds a great love for the native people and has brought many to God. Clay arrives in Alaska to set up a church and school among the Athabascans. He is totally focused on this goal... until he meets a young, independent Indian woman with the most striking blue eyes he's ever seen.
But Lizzie is clearly not part of the tribe. And befriending her might have dire consequences for his mission. Will Clay be forced to choose between his desire to minister to the natives and the quiet nudging of his heart?

My Review:

This was a very interesting book.  It focuses on the natives that live in Alaska.  I gained a new appreciation for this state and the pioneer missionaries who went against some strong odds. 
I really liked how the author let you gain insight to a village and a missionary's journey to a different kind of culture.  The story itself was intriguing and wonderful.  There were hardships such as food and shelter.  Then the customs that were to be learned.  This book made me grateful to the simpler times we have now.  
As for the love story, it was a little weird to me.  It unfolded a little too fast for me.  I would have liked a little more suspense.  But, that is just my opinion.
  I would recommend this book but it is probably not for little eyes due to the mature content.

Blessings to you!  You are loved!

Note: I was sent complimentary copy for review purposes only. This review has not been monetarily compensated. The review was my honest opinion and views and not influenced by the sponsor in any way.

Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble Book Review

Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble

From the publisher:

Eden’s hope is rekindled when Clay delivers astounding news: their baby girl has been found.
Five years ago Eden and Clay Larson’s baby was stolen. When they went to pay the ransom, what happened changed their lives forever—the kidnapper’s car with Baby Brianna inside sunk deep into the river. Eden blamed herself, Clay lost himself in work. Their young and rocky marriage ended. Or so Eden thought.
Now Eden’s moved to a new town. She’s found faith and is trying to rebuild her life. She’s even dating again—a sweet guy named Kent who plans to marry her. But then Clay arrives out of the blue and delivers shocking news: he never signed their divorce papers, so they’re still married. What’s more, Clay has been searching for Brianna all this time. And he believes he’s found her: their daughter is in Bluebird, Texas, at a youth ranch. All five little girls there are the right age—he’s just not sure which one is Brianna. Or how she survived.
To uncover the truth, Eden and Clay sign on as counselors at Bluebird Ranch. They move into small quarters in the bunkhouse and oversee the kids as they try to find out more. Working together, they rediscover their love for each other. But danger is closing in—Eden, Clay, and all their young charges are in jeopardy. As they fight to save their family, Eden realizes that God has been fighting for them all along. And His plans are for a more abundant life than they’d ever hoped.
My Review:

I was excited to read another book from Colleen Coble.  She has a way of keeping me interested and they are usually fun stories.

Sadly, this book was not one of my favorites from her.  It lacked substance.  I felt the characters were just silly at times.  (Leaving with a ex-husband when you are about to marry another man - was way out there!)  There was no real substance. I was highly disappointed.

I will read her books again.  Her first three books in the Lonestar series were great reads - hopefully she will gain in her next book what was missing in this one.

I will say the cover is very pretty.  This book was a stand-alone.  You do not need to read the whole series to understand what was happening.
Blessings to you!  You are loved!

Note: I was sent complimentary copy for review purposes only. This review has not been monetarily compensated. The review was my honest opinion and views and not influenced by the sponsor in any way.