This was a pleasant surprise and as such, is easily recommended for all readers. The Christian Fiction elements are light with no preaching; the character makes mention of God’s plans or her writing being between her and God and says a few prayers. The romance elements are also light; no instant-love, fade-to-black, or heavy petting. I absolutely loved the mystery and historical fiction elements and feel this made the read unique and fresh. The characters all feel unique and well fleshed out, complete with their little flaws. It’s not easy to write a book in first person but Joanna did a fine job with this one. The reader sees and feels everything the character does through a well-crafted and presented story. I was drawn in from the first chapter, loved the little plot threads weaved throughout the story, and feel you will enjoy it as well. I received an ARC through Revell in exchange for an honest review. This in no way has influenced my opinion or recommendation.
This is a gentle slow moving story with an abundance of repeating retrospective thought. At times it was interesting while several times through the read I just wanted to skip several pages. This is an excellent choice for those looking for a calm summer read, keeping the blood pressure from spiking, while escaping from any sort of excitement. While the writing is excellent, the story and constant reminders of what the primary characters are thinking take away from the enjoyment. That’s not to say this is a terrible book. There are readers who can’t get enough of this type of read, and for them I highly recommend this book. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Locke has an excellent grasp of the English language and how to bring to life not just a scene, but an entire world with depth and layers. The writing is top-notch with nearly perfect pacing throughout the entire novel. The characters are so well fleshed out that they feel real. I’m a huge fantasy genre fan so I was excited to read the first book and thrilled to read the second. I admit I was a bit hesitant since the first book was so good, but Locke more than came through with this one. This is a real gem of a find. The plot is very well constructed and the fantasy elements are authentic to the genre. The read is smooth and open to a wide range of readers. This comes highly recommended from our household. I received an ARC through Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review by Sarah: “I am a huge reader of Amish stories. One of my friends is Amish and we share a love of these types of stories. I loved reading Hannah’s Choice. The way Jan Drexler describes the land and scenery is so beautiful I can picture it in my mind. The title is perfect for the story inside. Hannah really has to struggle with her choice and I could feel the tugs in both directions. I like the historical parts as well, especially the different ways the slaves where viewed. Sometimes it felt like I was really there and seeing it all happen. I was able to read this book thanks to Revell Reads. My review is my own and is provided of my own free will.”
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review by Sarah: “I absolutely adore stories that originate from the Bible, especially when they come through with such authenticity and emotion as this one does. Jill Eileen Smith is an expert in her chosen craft and more than capable of weaving a story about one of God’s chosen. Deborah comes across true and faithful with some important decisions along the way. I’ve read other books by the same author and loved them as well. There needs to be more books like this one available for Christian readers and the young impressionable minds coming into their own.” We received an ARC through Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced our opinion.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Review by Shawn: “I did not read the first book of the series. Even so, I was not lost when I read this one. I was able to get right into the book without feeling like I missed out on something important. I like that the book does not have filth and unnecessary descriptions. This is my first Christian formatted political thriller and I really liked it. There is no preaching or pushing of Godly values so it is a good read even for those who avoid that and just want a good clean and fun to read book. It seems that the group of writers came together in a great way in order to have this as the finished product. I plan to read the first book and the third book when it comes out this fall.” This book was received free of charge in exchange for an honest review without pressure for a positive review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Review by Sarah: Amanda Cabot is able to write a smooth flowing romance with all the right elements and none of that unnecessary stuff that Christian Romance Readers prefer to avoid. I like my romances clean and straightforward although I did feel there was a little bit of a questioning in the way the main female acts towards the men she supposedly does not want to marry. All in all though, it was handled very nicely and appropriately. I like that there wasn’t anything to distract me from the story. We received an ARC through Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review.
I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Nappa definitely has a skill with words. From the first page I was intrigued and wanted to find out more. It was very difficult to put down from the start. While this is a Christian Fiction genre book it’s not the least bit preachy or heavy, which makes it enjoyable by a much broader range of readers. I was pleasantly surprised by just how well-written this book is. I love the characters and feel they are very well fleshed out with interesting quirks to boot. The plot is very well threaded through the book and one that is fresh, unique, and well-paced. Overall I feel this is an excellent book and one I can easily recommend. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
Review by Sarah “I loved reading this sweet tear-jerking book. There were times I just wanted to reach into the story and give hugs. I laughed, I cried but mostly I smiled. I love books that do this to me! Sawyer knows how to weave a story as though it were true. I wanted to read the book non-stop, it was that good. I love how Sawyer wrapped everything up at the end.”
Sarah helps me read and review books from time to time. In this case she wouldn’t stop talking about it and swears it is worth more than just five stars. I plan to read it myself when I have the spare time since she convinced me it was one of her top reads. We received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced our opinion.
The overall theme of this book is a bit on the dark side of humanity but it is written well. I admit there were times I skimmed past the descriptive pages in order to continue with the story. I like that faith was involved in certain aspects of the characters. A few moments were more difficult to process than others as they touched home a bit too close for comfort due to recent events. The overall story is nicely presented although I feel there is room for improvement in the lengthy areas. This gives parts more of a told than shown feel but not enough to ruin the book. A few characters didn’t feel quite as fleshed out as the rest making it difficult to connect with them on any level. I don’t feel that the religious content is thick or overdone and shouldn’t be a put-off for those who are not religious. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.