Tuesday, October 28, 2014

At Bluebonnet Lake by Amanda Cabot Book Review

Review Written by Madi
Book Title: At Bluebonnet Lake
Author: Amanda Cabot
Source/Sponsor: Revell Buzz
Genre: Christian Fiction
Number of Pages: 377
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3434-3
Publisher: Revell
Year of Publication: 2014
Book Description
Marketing maven Kate Sherwood’s world is fast-paced, challenging, and always changing. The last thing she wants to do is slow down to a crawl at Rainbow’s End, a dilapidated resort in the Texas Hill Country. But she cannot deny her ailing grandmother’s request to visit the place where she and her deceased husband spent one glorious week (albeit fifty years ago). There Kate meets Greg Vange, the resort’s handyman. But there’s more to Greg than meets the eye–billions more, in fact, as he recently sold his successful software company and is at the resort in search of what’s next for his life.
Kate isn’t looking for romance, but she can’t deny the sparks of attraction that fly every time she and Greg are together. She even starts to see potential in the rundown resort. Could there be a future there? Or will Kate’s long-sought promotion take her back to the big city?
Book Review
 I have always had a weakness for sweet southern romances, so when I saw this book I just had to read it. I have read a few other books by this author and I remember really liking them, so I was pretty excited to get this novel in the mail. The first thing I noticed was the cover. The blurry version of the one I included above really doesn't do it justice. It's super cute. Anyway, when I started reading this book I was immediately interested in it and read it in just a  few short hours. My favorite character from At Bluebonnet Lake is most definitely Greg, by a long shot. He's a good looking guy that is most comfortable in jeans and boots, he is a nerd that earned a fortune by inventing a computer software that went viral, and he has a super cute personality. He reminds me of some of my own friends. This book has as sweet plot and is an intriguing, light, and funny read. It wasn't super intense, it wasn't very suspenseful, but I still really enjoyed it. This is what I call a "beach book". It's a book good for some good, old fashioned relaxation time. I loved how the story unfolded and I thought that the author has a really nice writing style. I would recommend this book to someone looking for a quick, lighthearted read.
D I S C L A I M E R: I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion by Revell Buzz. I was not further compensated to review this product and all thoughts/sentiments expressed above are completely my own and unbiased.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Lady at Willowgrove by Sarah E. Ladd Book Review

Review Written by Madi
Book Title: A Lady at Willowgrove Hall
Author: Sarah E. Ladd
Source/Sponsor: Litfuse
Genre: Historical Fiction/Christian Fiction
Number of Pages:  344
ISBN: 978-1-4016-8837-0
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Year of Publication: 2014
Book Description
Willowgrove Hall is full of secrets, but soon everything hidden is brought to light.

Cecily Faire has a secret—and she intends to keep it. But when she arrives at Willowgrove Hall to serve as a lady’s companion, she comes face-to-face with the only person who knows the truth about her past.

As the steward of Willowgrove Hall, Nathaniel Stanton is dedicated to serving those around him. Nothing escapes his notice—including the beautiful new lady’s companion. He is certain the lovely Miss Faire is hiding something, and he determines to uncover it. But Nathaniel has a secret of his own: he is the illegitimate son of Willowgrove’s former master. Falling in love was not part of his plans . . . until he meets Cecily Faire.

When Willowgrove’s mistress dies, everything changes. Fear of exposure forces Cecily to leave under the cover of darkness, embarking on a journey to finally find her long-lost sister. When the will is read, Nathaniel’s inheritance makes him question his future plans. Cecily and Nathaniel are forced to make decisions that will change the course of their lives. Is their love strong enough to survive?
Book Review
 A Lady at Willowgrove Hall is the third installment in the Whispers on the Moors series. I read the first two books in the series and I seriously loved them. I could not put them down. So, needless to say, when the opportunity presented itself to read this novel, I jumped on it. I had high expectations for this book, so I was a little disappointed when it started off kind of slow. For the first half of the book there wasn't much going on. Once things DID start happening, though, it was kind of a whirlwind. But, I can't really say that I was surprised by anything that happened. In all honesty it was kind of predictable. The characters didn't make a huge impression on me. I was really disappointed on how this book turned out. I mean, it's not BAD, per say, it's just not as good as I was expecting it to be after reading the first two books in this series. It's technically a good book, and I would probably be more praiseful of it if I hadn't read what this author is capable of in the past. I enjoyed it as a one time read, and would recommend it to someone looking for a laid back book to read on a weekend vacation or something.
D I S C L A I M E R: I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion by the Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not further compensated to review this product and all thoughts/sentiments expressed above are completely my own and unbiased.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Live Original by Sadie Robertson Book Review

Review Written By Madi
Book Title: Live Original
Author: Sadie Robertson/Beth Clark
Source/Sponsor: Howard Publishers
Genre: Biography
Number of Pages: 203
ISBN: 978-1-4767-7780-1
Publisher: Howard Publishers
Year of Publication: 2014
Book Description
Seventeen-year-old Sadie Robertson star of A&E's Duck Dynasty and daughter of Willie and Korie Robertson—shares her outlook on life as she opens up about herself and the values that make her family what it is.

Sadie Robertson represents everything that a well-adjusted teenager should be, even while growing up in the spotlight on Duck Dynasty. She exhibits poise, respect for her family and friends, and a faith that influences her choices. Everyone wants to know how a family as eclectic as the Robertsons are raising such confident, fun, family-loving kids. With this book, Sadie sheds light on the values instilled by her family that make her the person she is.

Sadie lives by a simple list of principles that lead her to personal and spiritual growth and allow the relationships she has with her friends and family to flourish. These values include think happy, be happy; dream big; shake the hate; do something; and many more.

Living as a culturally relevant teen who loves God and her family, Sadie has become a role model for other teens and for parents who are eager to instill the same characteristics in their children.
Book Review
 I am really glad that I took the time to read this book! I am not gonna lie, I was kind of expecting an almost boring biography, but thank heavens I was wrong. This book is more about how a teenager plummeted into fame kept her head on straight and didn't compromise on her values and how all teenagers can do the same and make a difference even with a smaller/different platform. It's nice to see that I'm not the only teenager in this world that hasn't gone freaking crazy. Believe it or not, people, there are young people out there that aren't interested in partying and drinking their lives away. I liked how there were little "challenges" at the end of each chapter. My favorite chapter in the book was the one on dating. With so many people it's one extreme or the other: mindlessly hooking up or straight out courtship. It was nice to get another perspective on things that I believe in as well. There CAN be a happy medium, you know. She had a lot of good ideas on how to keep a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship Christ centered without having a chaperone breathing down your neck at all times. Another thing I liked about this book is how plainly written it is. This girl dosen't sugar coat stuff, and I for one appreciate that. I prefer it when people get straight to the point (maybe because that's how I am with most things). I would highly recommend this book to teenage/preteen  girls everywhere.
D I S C L A I M E R: I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion by Howard publishers. I was not further compensated to review this product and all thoughts/sentiments expressed above are completely my own and unbiased.