Monday, September 30, 2013

For Every Season by Cindy Woodsmall Review....

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I received a free copy of this from the publisher Waterbrook Multnomah for my honest review. This is the third book in a series of 4, the last one will be published next year. I have previously read the two books in the series and was really looking forward to this book. Rhoda is trying to determine which brother she wants or doesn't want, however she also feels a sense of responsibility, guilt, etc. The reader continues to learn more about the past of Rhoda's boyfriend Jacob. Which does nothing to endear me to him, and makes me even more suspicious of his past relationship with Sandra (although, it doesn't appear any of the Amish have too much of an issue with it). At one point neither of the three main characters are getting along Rhoda, Jacob, or Samuel.  There are still challenges at the new orchard, that add to everyone's stress level.We find out more about Camilla and Bob, the English neighbors of the new Amish community. This book adds more characters, and it will be interesting to see how those new members play out in the next book. In the end, Rhoda's choice was made for her, but I do think it was the right one.
I rank this book 3 out of 5:
The one thing that shows in this book, is how someone can be blind to their own faults, but always call someone else on the same ones. I thought that same character who had those issues, will perhaps wake up in the next book and realize who they have really loved the whole time. I felt the book ended to abruptly even though there will be another one. I felt Rhoda really needed to make the choice on her own, as that was a problem she had throughout the book, not having it decided for her. In some ways I have more questions than answers still, and really hope some of them will be addressed in the next book.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta Review....

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I received this book for free by Tyndale House Publishers for an honest review. The main character is Julia and the setting is in the early 1800's in England. After the suicide of her mother, Julia is trying to determine the best financial options to her.  Of course during this time period, the only real option was marriage. She tries to elicit help in choosing a husband, and various people have different views on who the husband should be or not be. Old friends, pacts, schemes all try to play a part in her decision. With all of this, you get the feeling that Julia is aware that something is amiss, but has no idea what it is. In some instances, this led to the detriment of her situation, which was not the original intent of those "trying" to help her. Throughout the whole book in various different situations, I was trying to determine what was really "behind the scenes". From start to finish this book, keeps you on your toes with the various mysteries and agendas of the characters. I don't want to give too much away, so I know my review is a little vague. This book is one that you want to read in just one setting. This is the first book in a series. I rank it 5 out of 5. Here is more information on the book. My only complaint is later on with so many characters, they would change from using a persons last name to first name, and then I was trying to remember who had that first name.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Iowa State Fair: Doll Houses

I have always enjoyed looking at doll houses, especially the ones that compete in the Iowa State Fair. I don't think I could ever make one like they do. Enjoy the lovely pictures!