Pelican Point by Irene Hannon

Pelican Point (Hope Harbor #4)Pelican Point by Irene Hannon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hannon has a gift with penning heartwarming stories that envelope the reader with a sense of connection and believability. Pelican Point is yet another of her stories that a wide variety of readers can enjoy. The faith element is not overwhelming yet present enough to satisfy readers seeking that aspect of the books they enjoy reading. The characters feel drawn from real life with real life experiences and emotions. The setting feels authentic and as though you could find this place and the people living there. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Phoebe’s Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Phoebe's Light (Nantucket Legacy #1)Phoebe’s Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Typically Fisher is an author that can be depended upon to deliver the complete package in her novels. I found the scenery descriptions to be so well written I could close my eyes and envision them. I enjoyed the diary entries and the lead male character. I wasn’t sold on Phoebe, however. I’m not completely set on feeling that she wasn’t fully developed, just that she didn’t come across as a full character. Instead, she felt rather immature and difficult to relate to. This took away a chunk of enjoyment for me and thus only earning three stars. Otherwise, this is an enjoyable story and definitely clean and well-told. Overall, if you can just take Phoebe as she is, it’s a worthwhile read. I received an ARC through Revell in exchange for my honest opinion.

Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse

Missing IsaacMissing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a good choice if you are looking for a clean, slow, light, and easy read. The Christian elements are not overly thick and there’s no preaching to the reader. The writing and content is clean with no curses or fade-to-black scenes. The overall read is very slow and light. Things seem to mosey along with no hurry or urgency to find anything out. I found the characters, while developed initially, to lose their charm along the way. This is related to a lack of depth in their relationships and reasons for their choices. This is fine for a light slow read but it can become boring for some readers. I found the wrap-up and ending a bit too convenient and felt there was a lack of content related to the historical aspects and setting. Even so, there is promise in the writing for future books and I feel there is a place for this book on the shelf of those who enjoy Christian Fiction. Overall, this is a decent read. I received an ARC through Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review. This is my opinion and it belongs to me.

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

The Secret Life of Sarah HollenbeckThe Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was an ‘ok’ read. Being Christian Fiction, there’s nothing graphic or shocking in terms of the relationship between Sarah and Ben or the language used in the book. It was cleanly written and well edited but it felt preachy, both about writing Christian Fiction and relationships. There were a lot of plot gaps that left so much unexplained or just left it feeling too pieced together in order for the story to fit. While it did have a few funny moments, it wasn’t enough to bring the book up from an ok read. I did like that although the characters have that insta-love that I dislike, they didn’t immediately head to the bedroom. Still, I feel less picky readers, or those who prefer to avoid serious relationship reads, may enough the lighter read. I received an ARC through Revell in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is my own and belongs to me.