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May 31, 2011
Legendary Space PilgrimsLegendary Space Pilgrims by Grace Bridges

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was very different from any I have read in a long time. I haven't delved into a true sci-fi book in ages. It's an interesting idea of taking "Pilgrims Progress" into outer space. That's a tall order, to be sure, but Grace Bridges does a nice job of making it all believable. The reader follows the pilgrims from their life of slavery toward what we assume will end in salvation. However, the book ends abruptly - leaving one unsatisfied and with the need to look for the sequel to find the answers. Sometimes I find cliffhangers exciting, but because we know what the outcome should be (if we've read "Pilgrims Progress" anyway), this ending seems to drag out the inevitable.

I had a little trouble getting into the characters in the beginning of the book. They are slaves on a planet that attempts to wipe out all emotion. Since emotion is generally what I connect to with a character, be it good or bad, I struggled to work up much empathy or interest in what was happening to Mario and Caitlin. But I'm glad I stuck with it. The emergence of emotions is slow but steady as this pair breaks free of their emotionless bondage and learns to accept and deal with their feelings.
May 19, 2011
Simple Deceit (Harmony, #2)Simple Deceit by Nancy Mehl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nancy Mehl did a wonderful job of pulling the reader back into Harmony in this sequel to "Simple Secrets". With numerous plot twists and turns, she keeps the story moving and the reader guessing. In this sequel, Gracie cuts her ties to the city and moves back to Harmony, only to find an abandoned baby on the church steps, some skulking around her back yard, another dead body, and an arsonist. All of these events unveil more of Sam's background and how that might impact their future together. This one is worth reading! Now I need to find "Simple Choices" to find out how this series ends.

May 10, 2011
Simple Secrets (Harmony, #1)Simple Secrets by Nancy Mehl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn't know what to expect of a romantic suspense book set in a Mennonite community. What I found was a tale with plenty of twists and turns to keep me happily turning the pages. The characters are interesting and believable. The setting is a quaint little town in Kansas. The heart of the story revolves around a mystery that has gone unanswered for most of a generation. The romance is big city girl meets down-to-earth farm boy. It all comes together in a book I can highly recommend for older teens and adults. I would not recommend this one for younger teens due to some non-offensive but mature content.

May 2, 2011
Give the Lady a RideGive the Lady a Ride by Linda Yezak

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you want a fun read with snappy dialog and spunky relationships, this is the book for you! Linda Yezak does a great job of combining a love story with a realistic portrayal of life on the ranch. Patricia is a big city girl who inherits a working ranch in Texas. Add her best friend and two good looking cowboys, toss in a few bulls, and you have a lighthearted romp to read through. Woven through the story is Patricia's reawaken faith and trust in God. I highly recommend this one!