Thursday, September 3, 2015

Luther & Katharina by Jody Hedlund Book Review

24605318// Luther & Katharina //

By Jody Hedlund

Book Synopsis:

Katharina von Bora has seen nothing but the inside of cloister walls since she was five. In a daring escape, Katharina finds refuge with Martin Luther and seeks his help to pair her with the noble, wealthy husband she desires.

As class tensions and religious conflicts escalate toward the brink of war, Martin Luther believes that each day could be his last and determines he will never take a wife.

As the horrors of the bloody Peasant War break out around them, the proud Katharina and headstrong Martin Luther fight their own battle for true love, in one of the greatest love stories of history.

// Bethany's Book Review //

Katharina von Bora, a runaway nun, finds shelter with Martin Luther a munk, who helps her to find homes to work for and live in. Martin Luther helps her to rebuild her life after the only one she's ever known as a nun, and much to the discouragement of others, promotes nuns leaving their solitary lives to get married and start families of their own. As time progresses this is made obvious as he grows fond of Katharina, and she of him. The marry, and work together as a team to begin the protestant reformation to further the name of Christ, providing a prime example of marriage and working together for the Lord.

I've always had a deep fascination with Martin Luther, and his story! Being a Reformed Presbyterian, Martin Luther is a huge part of my church history, and I always enjoy any opportunity to learn more about him and his life!

Prior to reading this book, I honestly didn't know much about Katharina von Bora Luther. I'd heard about her, and knew of her as the Reformer Martin Luther's wife; but aside from that I didn't know much else. I was so excited to read this book, and found that Katharina and Martin Luther's love story was so fascinating and interesting!

Jody Hedlund has always been one of my favorite historical fiction authors because of all the research she puts into each novel. I always feel like I not only enjoy a great, exciting story, but also learn the equivalent of a history lesson in a non-boring setting! I certainly wasn't disappointed with this novel of hers, and was so excited to get to learn the Luther's story! I'd definitely recommend this novel to all fans of historical fiction, as well as those interested in the Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Luther & Katharina from Blogging for Books, for the purpose of this review. I was not paid to write this review, and all thoughts expressed are my own unbiased honest opinions. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer Book Review

// A Worthy Pursuit //
By Karen Witemeyer
Book Review Written By Bethany

Book Synopsis:
 Stone Hammond is the best tracker in Texas. He never comes home empty-handed. So when a wealthy railroad investor hires him to find his abducted granddaughter, Stone eagerly accepts.

Charlotte Atherton, former headmistress of Sullivan’s Academy for Exceptional Youths, will do anything to keep her charges safe, especially the little girl entrusted to her care after her mother’s death. Charlotte promised Lily’s mother she’d keep the girl away from her unscrupulous grandfather, and nothing will stop Charlotte from fulfilling that pledge. Not even the handsome bounty hunter with surprisingly honest eyes who comes looking for them.

When the teacher he’s after produces documentation that shows she’s the little girl’s legal guardian, Stone must reevaluate everything he’s been led to believe. Is Miss Atherton villain or victim? She acts more like a loving mother than an abductress, and the children in her care clearly adore her. Should Stone break his perfect record?

Then a new danger threatens, and Charlotte is forced to trust the man sent to destroy her. Stone becomes determined to protect what he once sought to tear apart. Besides, he’s ready to start a new pursuit: winning Charlotte’s heart.
// Bethany's Book Review //
Anyone who has been reading my book reviews for a while now, will know that Karen Witemeyer is hands-down one of my favorite authors, and has been for some time. So obviously I was rather thrilled when I learned she had a new book coming out, and eagerly read it as soon as I received it in the mail! I'm so glad that I did, as this book is a very exciting one that I'm glad to be adding to my collection of Karen's books, in their designated place on my shelf.
Karen Witemeyer is known for her fun-loving, western themed novels, full of strong female characters and a humorous western feel, and this book didn't fall short of those standards! This book definitely had those traits that I've come to love in Witemeyer's writing style, and I absolutely enjoyed every page of this novel! Due to a very busy schedule with my work, I wasn't sure how quickly I'd be able to finish this book, but I quickly found that I had the hardest time putting it down, which is always a plus! The story was very funny, and moved along at a steady pace, making me not want to close it!
As always, I fell in love with Witemeyer's characters. I loved how she included some children as main characters in this book, and enjoyed the aspect of the other character's personalities that they brought out. The story itself was very engaging and quite an adventure, sure to please any proud
Texan with the western theme!
I'd highly recommend this book to all fans of Witemeyer's novels, or fans of western historical fiction, as this one is sure to not disappoint!
D I S C L A I M E R :: I received a complementary copy of A Worthy Pursuit from the publisher, for the sole purpose of this review. I was not paid to write this review, and all thoughts expressed are completely my own and unbiased.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rise of the Fallen by Chuck Black Book Review

22318567 // Rise of the Fallen //

Wars of the Realm #2

By Chuck Black

Review by Bethany

Book Synopsis:
A six thousand year war rages and now the demonic Fallen are coming for him—the one man shrouded in mystery. Only Validus stands in their way.

Validus is the last and least of God’s angels, but he’s seen much across the millennia since his creation. Empires have risen and fallen as angelic and demonic forces battle in a raging war that will determine humanity's fate – and the fate of his defeated brothers.

Eventually called to be an earth-bound warrior, Validus rises to a position of power and respect, commanding legions of angels through impossible battles and overwhelming odds. But when orders arrive from the Creator's most elite Messenger, he finds himself suddenly demoted to a task of apparent insignificance considering the fierce war they are waging against the demonic Fallen – the covert protection of one unbelieving man.

Validus soon finds himself on a mission that will push him beyond his abilities as he battles to protect Drew Carter, for the Fallen are coming for him. Legions of them.

As Validus races against time to discover why Drew is so important to humanity's survival, can he stand between Drew and all who would destroy him?

// Book Review // 
I read the first book in the Wars of the Realm series, Cloak of Light and really enjoyed it! Chuck Black is a great christian fiction author, and I've always enjoyed the biblical application he has in all his books!

One of the reasons I have enjoyed this series, of the books published so far, is because of how it is based on spiritual warfare, and sheds a new light on angels and their roles. Each book has two point of views, one of angels and spiritual realms, and one of humans on earth. Throughout the story you get to view both sides, that of the angels protecting humans, and that of humans being protected by angels. This theme provided a very interesting outlook, and through the reading of these books I've become more aware of angels and demons, the reality of them and how their roles affect humans. It's been an eye opening journey, and the stories themselves are very exciting and fun, while strengthening your faith.

In addition to the spiritual aspect of this book, the story itself is very well thought out and adventurous! Action packed, the second book is similar to the first book, although I quickly noticed that the second book had more to do with angels than the humans, as it goes back in time and shows the part angels played in important biblical events. However I was expecting it to be more like the first with equal human and angel interaction. Due to this, I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first, but would still recommend it! Especially if you enjoyed the first book!

Disclaimer: I received a complementary copy of Rise of the Fallen in exchange for this review. All thoughts expressed are completely my own and unbiased.