Thursday, September 27, 2012

Book Review: This Scarlet Cord by Joan Wolf

My Review:

Rahab’s love story

This Scarlet CordThose were the words that piqued my interest. We all know who Rahab is, right? She was the woman who helped Joshua’s spies escape in Jericho. She is also mentioned in the genealogy of Christ in the book of Matthew.  

So I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I opened up Joan Wolf’s latest release. Granted the book was not what I expected, but I still enjoyed it somewhat. Miss Wolf’s writing is easy to read, and her imaginings about life in Biblical times appeared factual. 

I really liked how she portrayed Rahab: a free spirit, kind, life-loving, and beautiful girl. However, despite what we were told (that Rahab was only fourteen) it felt like she was much, much older. To pin an age to that, I mean sixteen or seventeen. She didn’t read at all like a fourteen year old, except maybe when she was pining for Sala.

Speaking of Sala, he also at times didn’t seem as mature as his age would demand (eighteen). He had his endearing moments though, which made up for the latter.  His compassion saved Rahab from being sold into slavery and his love brought her to Yahweh, making him an all around likable character. 

Overall, though I felt it took too much creative license here and there, I did like This Scarlet Cord. Before I finish though, I feel I must mention there is a sizable amount of implied sexual relations, due to the pagan culture Rahab lived in, and there was a situation/scene that left me very uncomfortable. Though Miss Wolf spared details, I felt it was unnecessary. For that reason, I give the book three stars.

Back of the Book:
A chasm lies between Rahab and her beloved Sala that can never be crossed.
Though Sala rescues young Rahab from slave bandits, he knows he can never fall in love with a
Canaanite. His belief in the One True God prevents them from a future together. Rahab's beauty
gains royal notice, and she is selected to entice the King during the annual sacred marriage
reenactment praising their pagan god, Baal.
But when the King suffers a heart attack and dies, Rahab is saved from the humiliating act. Her
despair drives her curiosity about Sala's One True God. Could He accept her . . . even love her?
Deceit and pride stand in the way of Rahab's happy ending. Only God can use these events to tell
the larger story of forgiveness and redemption.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Book Review: Code Triage by Candace Calvert

My Review:

A fast-paced medical-drama, which will keep you turning pages until the end!


Miss Calvert has composed fabulous characters that I loved immediately! I felt so connected to Leigh. I ached with her and smiled with her. Nick too. 

Leigh has her own definition of “being stubborn”.  She refuses to believe that “happily ever after” exists for anyone. Her mother only reinforces this belief by never staying with a man and telling her love never lasts.  Leigh is broken by her husband’s unfaithfulness and she doesn’t know how to put the pieces together. 

Nick is a very apologetic man wanting to save his marriage to Leigh.  He really reminded me of Caleb from Fireproof by Sherwood Pictures. He’s expressed in more than one way how sorry he is for being unfaithful and only seeks her forgiveness- and a second chance.  I thought it was admirable how he handled all the repercussions of what he did, despite how dishonorable his actions.   

I’d also like to mention two great supporting characters, Riley and Caroline. Riley is the ER Chaplin and provides a much needed ear to Leigh, but she also needs an ear of her own.  Riley struggles with terrible flashbacks and nightmares of a terrible thing done to her.  Caroline is Leigh’s sister, who’s just getting back on her feet, but also would like to see Nick and Leigh get back together. All four of them combine to make the kinds of characters I love to read about. 

Something I really loved was the suspense and the painful path to forgiveness and healing. There were times I wondered how the ending would play out, and I was never entirely sure if I was right. This book kept me up into the late hours of night, dying to finish.  I’d recommend this novel to any medical-drama lovers or anyone who loves a book that will keep you on your toes.  


Back of the Book:
Dr. Leigh Stathos likes her ER shifts fast, furious, and adrenaline-infused--"Treat 'em and street 'em"--with no emotional complications. Life's taught her a soul-rending lesson: nothing lasts forever, including marriage. And the clock is ticking toward the end of hers. Then an unwelcome confrontation with "the other woman" begins a whole new set of lessons. San Francisco police officer Nick Stathos never gives up, whether protecting his patrol neighborhood, holding fast to faith--or trying to save his marriage. Seven days is all he has to reach Leigh's heart. But when a desperate act of violence slams Golden Gate Mercy Hospital into lockdown, it starts a chain of events that will change lives forever.

Interested? You can purchase the book here!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Book Review: Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney

Dying to Read (Cate Kinkaid Files, #1)My Review:
I love a great mystery! I also love a book that will keep me guessing or suspecting until the very end. Ms. McCourtney provides both in Dying to Read.


I loved this novel. I love most mystery novels, but this one was different than some of the others I've read recently. In Dying to Read, we're brought a whodunit murder merely pages in, and its ready to ensnare your attention until the very end. I was dying to read more. ;-)

I really liked the humor that Ms. McCourtney brought to Cate's character, and while Mitch didn't always feel realistic he brought smiles to my face. Another character to mention is Octavia, the cat. She had such a personality! She also brought a smile or two and I think she was an excellent addiction. 

I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery. :-)

Back of the Book:
Cate Kinkaid is just dipping her toe into the world of private investigating until one of the many resumes she has floating around lands her a real job. All she has to do is determine that a particular woman lives at a particular address. Simple, right? When the big and brooding house happens to contain a dead body, this routine PI job turns out to be anything but simple. Is Cate in over her head?
Readers will be hooked from the very first chapter of this fast-paced and witty romantic mystery from bestselling and award-winning author Lorena McCourtney


Interested? You can purchase your own copy here!

I won this book in a giveaway, no review required.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Book Review: Unlocked by Karen Kingsbury

My Review:
A heart-warming read from Karen Kingsbury! Alas, this is the first novel I've read from Miss Kingsbury and I have to confess, I'm impressed. With well crafted characters and an engaging story there isn't much more to ask for.

In Unlocked we get a glimpse of how destructive bullying is and how judging a person based solely on the external tells you nothing about the person on the inside. It also gave me an insight to autism and how it affects a family's life.

I really enjoyed Miss Kingsbury's novel and I look forward to reading more by her.

I give this book four stars.

Back of the Book:
Before You Take a Stand ... You Got to Take a Chance.
Holden Harris is an eighteen-year-old locked in a prison of autism. Despite his quiet ways and quirky behaviors, Holden is very happy and socially normal---on the inside, in a private world all his own. In reality, he is bullied at school by kids who only see that he is very different. Ella Reynolds is part of the 'in' crowd. A cheerleader and star of the high school drama production, her life seems perfect. When she catches Holden listening to her rehearse for the school play, she is drawn to him ... the way he is drawn to the music. Then, Ella makes a dramatic discovery---she and Holden were best friends as children. Frustrated by the way Holden is bullied, and horrified at the indifference of her peers, Ella decides to take a stand against the most privileged and popular kids at school. Including her boyfriend, Jake.Ella believes miracles can happen in the unlikeliest places, and that just maybe an entire community might celebrate from the sidelines. But will Holden's praying mother and the efforts of Ella and a cast of theater kids be enough to unlock the prison that contains Holden? This time, friendship, faith, and the power of a song must be strong enough to open the doors to the miracle Holden needs.

I borrowed this book from my local library, no review was required. 

Interested? You can purchase the book here! 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Writing Mondays: Getting back into it...

After a two-three week sabbatical on Civil War (I've been preoccupied with constructing my room down stairs) I am happy to announce I'm getting back with it this week!

However, as I opened Scrivener up this morning, I was quickly reminded of my other reason to take a sabbatical.

My outline.

Ugh, I hate them. I love the order they bring but I hate them. And to make things worse I'm stuck.

But it'll be okay. I'll fix it. It isn't the end of the world. It will take some time but in the end it will be worth it. :-) Lord willing, next week I might be over my "stuckness" and ready to proceed with my outline.

How do you handle coming back to a project?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

What's Up for Next Week? :-)

Wow, it's been a great week! And I'm sure this upcoming week will be just as great. :)

Monday there will be a writing post of some kind, haven't decided on what yet so stay tuned.

Tuesday there will be a book review of Unlocked by Karen Kingsbury.

Here's the blurb: Before You Take a Stand ... You Got to Take a Chance.Holden Harris is an eighteen-year-old locked in a prison of autism. Despite his quiet ways and quirky behaviors, Holden is very happy and socially normal---on the inside, in a private world all his own. In reality, he is bullied at school by kids who only see that he is very different. Ella Reynolds is part of the 'in' crowd. A cheerleader and star of the high school drama production, her life seems perfect. When she catches Holden listening to her rehearse for the school play, she is drawn to him ... the way he is drawn to the music. Then, Ella makes a dramatic discovery---she and Holden were best friends as children. Frustrated by the way Holden is bullied, and horrified at the indifference of her peers, Ella decides to take a stand against the most privileged and popular kids at school. Including her boyfriend, Jake.Ella believes miracles can happen in the unlikeliest places, and that just maybe an entire community might celebrate from the sidelines. But will Holden's praying mother and the efforts of Ella and a cast of theater kids be enough to unlock the prison that contains Holden? This time, friendship, faith, and the power of a song must be strong enough to open the doors to the miracle Holden needs.
Dying to Read (Cate Kinkaid Files, #1)
Thursday there will be a book review of Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney.

Here's the blurb: Cate Kinkaid is just dipping her toe into the world of private investigating until one of the many resumes she has floating around lands her a real job. All she has to do is determine that a particular woman lives at a particular address. Simple, right? When the big and brooding house happens to contain a dead body, this routine PI job turns out to be anything but simple. Is Cate in over her head?
Readers will be hooked from the very first chapter of this fast-paced and witty romantic mystery from bestselling and award-winning author Lorena McCourtney


Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Book Review: Like Moonlight at Low Tide by Nicole Quigley

Like Moonlight at Low Tide: Sometimes the Current Is the Only Thing That Saves YouMy Review:
This book is a wonderful read that tapped into my imagination. I could see events play out in my mind's eye. I could feel everything the main character, Melissa, was going through. This book begged for my attention in such a way, that I couldn't put it down!

Ms. Quigley's characters were realistic, relatable, and well rounded. I enjoyed watching Missy and Josh's friendship grow and develop. There were also some moments I could relate with Missy, which made me appreciate the book more.

Another reason I'm so attached to this book is because it's set in Florida, which is where I grew up. Though, I didn't grow up on Anna Maria Island I did grow up near Tampa Bay. I moved away recently from my hometown, and this book gave me a happy at-home feeling that I've missed.

I'd like to note that to make this realistic, Ms. Quigley discussed some teens drinking, including the main character. There was also talk of drugs and overdosing. Nothing is explicit, but some things are implied. I don't disagree with Ms. Quigley's decision to include these things in her novel, because without them the story would seem too fake.

Right now, this book stands as one of my favorites. I highly recommend it to any teen girl.

Back of the Book:
For Missy Keiser, returning to Anna Maria Island, Florida, means two things: her mother made another poor decision with men, and Missy will have to reenter a world where she’s known as “Messy,” a social pariah who dared to have a crush on Sam King, the most popular boy in school.

But much has changed in the three years she’s been away. Missy’s next-door neighbor is no longer an elderly woman but Josh, an intriguing boy who seems genuinely interested in her. At school, she’s surprised to find few people remember who she once was. And any remaining taunts of Messy are silenced when Sam King gives her his nod of approval.

Just as things seem to be perfect, Josh’s sudden distance, her mother’s latest relationship implosion, and her brother’s strange behavior threaten to ruin it all. Missy is forced to decide between the boy she’s always wanted, a boy who is intent on trying to save her, and the brother she’s known all her life. And her decision could have consequences she can never undo.


I received this book from DJC Communications in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Book Review: Aldo's Fantastical Movie Palace by Jonathan Friesen

Aldo's Fantastical Movie PalaceMy Review:
A fantastical and magical read! Aldo's Fantastical Movie Palace is perfect fit for those who enjoyed Narnia. Friesen takes you on a journey through Retinya, a spectacular place thought only fiction by Nick and Chloe.

I loved most of Friesen's characters, particularly Chloe, Nob, and Scout. Others may not agree with me, but I didn't really like Nick. It wasn't because of his character structure, he just wasn't all that likable to me. I pitied him greatly, at times, but he still didn't make it to my "favorites" list.

A highlight, for me, is the clear message Friesen presents in Aldo's: The past is important to who we are today. There are some situations that have left an impression on my own character and without them- who would I be?

To close, my last favorite thing to list is Friesen's humor. I loved it. I was chuckling and grinning more than once, and it made the book so much more enjoyable.

Back of the Book:
In the Darkness of this Theater, Anything Can Happen The family's broken-down theater has always been a safe place for Chloe. There, no one can see the scars that line her face---scars her inventor father accidentally caused, leaving even deeper wounds between them. In the darkness she meets Nick, a boy with his own hurts. While Nick isn't the most pleasant companion, a rocky friendship is formed over their love of films. Soon the two are working on a movie script about a fantastical world---one that suddenly comes alive on the screen. Chloe and Nick are transported into an adventure beyond what they ever imagined, filled with dragons, magical pools, and a sinister vapor that threatens to destroy everyone. But when tragedy strikes, Chloe must find the courage to step out of the shadows and find what she's always longed for.

Book Trailer:
 
Interested? You can purchase the book here!

I received this book from DJC Communications in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done.

Monday, September 10, 2012

What's up this week? (We have a winner!!)

And we have a winner!! Caitlyn S. you've won The Pursuit of Lucy Banning! :-D Congrats! I've sent you an email, you'll have two weeks to get back to me.

Aldo's Fantastical Movie PalaceMoving forward, I want to kind of do a brief overview of what's happening this week since I didn't last weekend. Tomorrow (Tues.), will be a book review of Aldo's Fantastical Movie Palace.

Here's the blurb: In the Darkness of this Theater, Anything Can Happen The family's broken-down theater has always been a safe place for Chloe. There, no one can see the scars that line her face---scars her inventor father accidentally caused, leaving even deeper wounds between them. In the darkness she meets Nick, a boy with his own hurts. While Nick isn't the most pleasant companion, a rocky friendship is formed over their love of films. Soon the two are working on a movie script about a fantastical world---one that suddenly comes alive on the screen. Chloe and Nick are transported into an adventure beyond what they ever imagined, filled with dragons, magical pools, and a sinister vapor that threatens to destroy everyone. But when tragedy strikes, Chloe must find the courage to step out of the shadows and find what she's always longed for.

Wednesday I'll be doing a short little post in honor of my not-so-little-anymore sister. (It's her birthday!) 

Like Moonlight at Low Tide: Sometimes the Current Is the Only Thing That Saves YouThursday there will be another review and this time the book is Like Moonlight at Low Tide. I can't wait to start reading this one today! 

Here's the blurb: For Missy Keiser, returning to Anna Maria Island, Florida, means two things: her mother made another poor decision with men, and Missy will have to reenter a world where she’s known as “Messy,” a social pariah who dared to have a crush on Sam King, the most popular boy in school.

But much has changed in the three years she’s been away. Missy’s next-door neighbor is no longer an elderly woman but Josh, an intriguing boy who seems genuinely interested in her. At school, she’s surprised to find few people remember who she once was. And any remaining taunts of Messy are silenced when Sam King gives her his nod of approval.

Just as things seem to be perfect, Josh’s sudden distance, her mother’s latest relationship implosion, and her brother’s strange behavior threaten to ruin it all. Missy is forced to decide between the boy she’s always wanted, a boy who is intent on trying to save her, and the brother she’s known all her life. And her decision could have consequences she can never undo.


There you have it! I will see you all again tomorrow. :) 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Book Review: The Blue Door by Christa Kinde

My Review:
The Blue DoorThis book was fascinating. I haven't read any fictional books about angels before, for personal reasons. While I understand the Bible doesn't say much about angels, I'm still sensitive with how far people take creative license. I think Kinde did well but there were some things I still was "iffy" on. 

Prissie Pomeroy is an ordinary fourteen year old in a large family. That is, until one day she sees someone no one else can. And this someone is an angel, an observer to be specific, and his name is Koji.

In this fictional world there are many different types of angels, something I heartily agree with. There are messengers, guardians, protectors, observers, caretakers, and so on. Not sure how accurate all these "titles" are, but Ms. Kinde made it seem very plausible. 

I didn't really like some aspects of Prissie. It seemed like she was acting and being treated like a child a few years younger than 14. I don't know, maybe all the fourteen year-olds I know are just more mature than she is. 

I also think Ms. Kinde missed out on a great opportunity to focus more on God than she did. It seemed me the focus was on the angels. Once again, this may just be my opinion. Other than what I mentioned I felt like the story was well written, and while I may not re-read this book I do look forward to reading it's sequel to see what happens next.

I give this book 3 stars. 

The Blue Door is set to release on Sept. 25th.

Back of the Book:
ZonderKidz launches an exciting supernatural series for kids 11 and up. The Blue Door, the first book in The Threshold Series, introduces Prissie Pomeroy, a teen who discovers she can see what others cannot: angels all around. Even more startling is the surprising secret she uncovers about people she thought she knew. As she wrestles with this unexpected ability she must come to grips with the spiritual battles surrounding her. Especially when she learns she received this gift because God has a unique role for her in his bigger plan. But if she's to fulfill it, she'll need faith like never before.This exciting debut by author Christa Kinde draws on the rapidly growing interest in angel stories, an emerging trend in teen and preteen supernatural novels. Boys and girls alike will appreciate her gifted storytelling that captures their imagination with things beyond human sight. And parents will appreciate the family-friendly tone and godly messages maintained throughout this intriguing tale of adventure and spiritual warfare.

I received this ARC from Zondervan's Good Teen Reads in return for an honest review of my opinions.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor Day Weekend Giveaway!

Hey everyone!

Yup, you guessed it! The surprise is Writings of Rosie's first ever giveaway! The featured book is Olivia Newport's The Pursuit of Lucy Banning. We'll start off this fun post with the back of the book and then continue on to my review and the giveaway! :D

Back of the Book:
The Pursuit of Lucy Banning(Avenue of Dreams, # 1)Lucy Banning may live on the exclusive Prairie Avenue among Chicago's rich and famous, but her heart lies elsewhere. Expected to marry an up-and-coming banker from a respected family, Lucy fears she will be forced to abandon her charity work--and the classes she is secretly taking at the newly opened University of Chicago. When she meets an unconventional young architect who is working on plans for the upcoming 1893 World's Fair, Lucy imagines a life lived on her own terms. Can she break away from her family's expectations? And will she ever be loved for who she truly is?
Readers will love being swept away into a world of mansions, secrets, and romance as they follow Lucy through the streets of the Windy City during one of the most exciting times in the city's history. From opulent upper-class homes to the well-worn rooms of an orphanage, Olivia Newport breathes life and romance into the pages of history--and everyone is invited.



My Review:
I thoroughly enjoyed The Pursuit of Lucy Banning and I look forward to the sequel The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow. I have a strong love for books that transport me back to late 1800s and early 1900s and this book, if anything, encouraged my affection. :-)

Lucy Banning is a woman who is beginning to want more than what life is offering her. She wants to be a New Woman and go to a university, get a degree, help out more at orphanages, and so forth. All things that her mother and father disapprove of.

I found this book such an easy read. It captured and held my attention, keeping me turning pages until the last. I could relate to Lucy, as well as Charlotte, a side character, and appreciate how difficult it must have been to be betrothed all one's life.

Ms. Newport allowed into her delightful read mystery and a dash of romance making me like it all the more.

I give this book four stars.

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