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Dec 17, 2014
The Devil In Pew Number SevenThe Devil In Pew Number Seven by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kara Hunt recommended this book to me, and I’m so glad she did. On the face of it, it’s a book about a series of tragic events that befall a pastor and his family. But at its heart, it’s a book about forgiveness.

This is not a comfortable read. It’s a true story of a family persecuted for years by a demented man … in their church. What this writer went through, as a very young child, is unthinkable. I had a hard time wrapping my mind around it. Thankfully. But it happened.

What makes this book special is how the family understood their role in God’s plan, and how they lived out their faith. Not only in the past, but even today. The ending surprised me, I didn’t see that coming. And that – always – makes a good story!

Highly recommended reading.
Dec 10, 2014
A Hero for ChristmasA Hero for Christmas by Jo Ann Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An entertaining romance set in the Regency era in England. With the background of Christmas approaching and halls decked with evergreens and holly, the story is well told and characters are engaging. A good book to help set the Christmas mood.

Catherine Meriweather had lost too much, her fiancé, her father, and her faith. Jonathan Bradby has been hailed as a hero, but only he knows the truth. Faced with the danger of smugglers in Sanctuary Bay, can the two learn to trust each other with their deepest secrets?

Dec 4, 2014
Mail-Order Mistletoe Brides: Christmas Hearts\Mistletoe Kiss in Dry CreekMail-Order Mistletoe Brides: Christmas Hearts\Mistletoe Kiss in Dry Creek by Jillian Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two stories that are just what you think about when you think about Christmas romance. The first one is good and the second one is even better. Curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and your favorite slippers for these.

Mercy Jacobs needs a husband to take care of her and be a father to her little boy. Cole Matheson needs a mother for his wayward daughter, but has no desire for another wife. Can Mercy bring joy to his house again?

Maeve Flannagan is running from her past and hiding a secret. Noah Miller has a bunkhouse full of men who need to be fed in an area where cooks are hard to come by. Can the copper-haired beauty actually cook? And is there room for her in his heart as well as his kitchen?

Dec 2, 2014
The Vigilante's Bride (Texas Rangers #1)The Vigilante's Bride by Yvonne Harris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The core story of The Vigilante's Bride is good. The hero, Luke Sullivan, is everything a western hero ought to be. Upright, honest, handsome, a little bit edgy, and a true cowboy. The heroine, Emily McCarthy, is sweet and spunky. All good stuff.

But I found the distraction of every western element thrown into this one story to be a lot to overcome. From mail-order bride, to cattle rustlers, to stage hold-up, to shootout in a bar, to Indians, to dishonest land barren ... it has it ALL . Everything. In one book. I felt at times that it was moving from one western cliche to the next without much rhyme nor reason. And it never really came around full circle to meld the beginning with the end, giving purpose to the journey of both main characters. It just ended.

Was it awful? No. Was it stellar? No. It was somewhere in between. A nice read for when you don't want to think too hard about what you're reading.