Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Persuaded by Misty Dawn Pulsipher review


Persuaded by Misty Dawn Pulsipher

Genre: Romantic Fiction
Content: Clean
Publisher:  Misty Dawn Pulsipher
Release date:  July 2014
Number of Pages:  337

Book Summary/Teaser:
Hanna Elliot had worn the ring faithfully at first. Some part of her still clung to the hope that all was not lost. As the days turned into weeks, she finally took it off and set it atop her dresser. When weeks gave way to months, the ring finally went back into its box, where it gathered dust until it was moved to Hanna’s unmentionables drawer. For the first few years, she had taken it out on the anniversary of the day she’d received it, allowing herself to wallow in what might have been. 

She had been all but stamped out of Derick Wentworth’s mind. 
Sure, he thought about her occasionally, especially on cloudless nights when he lay on the bow of the Laconia looking up at the stars. But as time went on, Derick began to feel grateful that it hadn’t worked out, for one thing was certain: if he ever did settle down, it would be with someone who knew her own mind. Someone who went after the thing she wanted without hesitation. Someone who would never allow herself to be persuaded otherwise. 


Show morePenni's Thoughts:
Although I have not read Jane Austin's version I must say that I really enjoyed this one.  From what I hear the names are similar, but it takes place in the United States. 
 
Famous Sailor Derick Wentworth did all that he could to forget the girl of his dreams, Hanna but the memory of Summer rain, drops of moisture on pale skin, soft blue eyes the color of an early-morning sky kept filling his mind.
 
Hanna continued having her nightmares.  She would wake up in the middle of the night in a deep sweat.  Always the same dream and memory of Summer rain, drops of moisture on pale skin, soft blue eyes the color of an early-morning sky.  What would be better to escape her nightmare of an old fling than to go to an exotic island and visit her sister for the summer?
 
This book has twist and turns through out it.  Hanna is the good sister that's trying to help out her sister that is having some problems.  She goes and stays with her, and may possibly bump into the man that's causing her nightmares, or are they dreams?  Is Derick ok with being with a girl that has to be persuaded?
 
I did really enjoy this book.  I would give it 4.5 stars.  Wasn't my favorite, but it was a very good and clean chick flick.
 
 
 
Although I have not read Jane Austin's version I must say that I really enjoyed this one.  From what I hear the names are similar, but it takes place in the United States. 

Famous Sailor Derick Wentworth did all that he could to forget the girl of his dreams, Hanna but the memory of Summer rain, drops of moisture on pale skin, soft blue eyes the color of an early-morning sky kept filling his mind.

Hanna continued having her nightmares.  She would wake up in the middle of the night in a deep sweat.  Always the same dream and memory of Summer rain, drops of moisture on pale skin, soft blue eyes the color of an early-morning sky.  What would be better to escape her nightmare of an old fling than to go to an exotic island and visit her sister for the summer?

This book has twist and turns through out it.  Hanna is the good sister that's trying to help out her sister that is having some problems.  She goes and stays with her, and may possibly bump into the man that's causing her nightmares, or are they dreams?  Is Derick ok with being with a girl that has to be persuaded?

I did really enjoy this book.  I would give it 4.5 stars.  Wasn't my favorite, but it was a very good and clean chick flick.

Penni's

I do not typically like the 'modern day remakes' of Jane Austen's originals, but this one was different.  I loved it!  Unlike other books of its type, this one was not a mirror image of the original story.  In fact, if the author hadn't kept most of the names the same you might not have even known that it followed "Persuasion." The emotional parts were not entirely sappy and cheesy like other remakes as well.  I thought the pace of the book was wonderful, not too drawn out, but not too short.  I think the writing was really fun, a lot of creative metaphors and descriptions.  I enjoyed this book a lot!  Give it a try, you won't regret it!

Rating: *****

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Changing Fate by Michelle Merrill book review

Changing Fate by Michelle Merrill

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Content: Clean
Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release date:  May 2014
Number of Pages:  252

Book Summary/Teaser:
All Kate wants is to live. Battling cystic fibrosis is hard enough, dying from it is even harder. When her mom moves them closer to the hospital in the middle of her senior year, Kate’s determined to isolate herself—saving everyone the trouble of befriending a dying girl. It’s a difficult task when cheerful optimist Giana insists on being Kate’s friend. Kate’s resolve falters even more when curly-haired Kyler captivates her with his sweet melodies. As her emotional walls collapse, Kate realizes the people she’s been pushing away may be the ones giving her a reason to live. But it might be too late.

Show morePenni's Thoughts:
There are not enough good words to say about this book!! I was sucked in right from the first chapter. 
 
An amazing story about a young girl named Kate that has Cystic Fibrosis.  She tries so hard to make the best of it.  All she knows is how to shut people and feelings out of her life and continue her treatments and take pills all the time.  Her father left when she was little, then she is told she has a 'disease' and she will die at a very young age.
Her mom moves her to a new school that's closer to her doctor and hospital. At this new school she faces many new challenges...including a girl that she just cannot call a friend and a cute boy.  Will she over come her fear of shutting out her feelings and finally have a best friend and a boy friend?
I wish that more YA would read this book!  Kate has an amazing story to tell and the author does it in a wonderful way!  There will always be the bullies, but in this story Kate looks past that and finds her truest friends!
There are not enough good words to say about this book!! I was sucked in right from the first chapter. 

An amazing story about a young girl named Kate that has Cystic Fibrosis.  She tries so hard to make the best of it.  All she know is how to shut people and feelings out of her life and continue her treatments and take pills all the time.  Her father left when she was little, then she is told she has a 'disease' and she will die at a very young age.
Her mom moves her to a new school that's closer to her doctor and hospital.
At this new school she faces many new challenges...including a girl that she just cannot call a friend and a cute boy.  Will she over come her fear of shutting out her feelings and finally have a best friend and a boy friend?

I wish that more YA would read this book!  Kate has an amazing story to tell and the author does it in a wonderful way!  There will always be the bullies, but in this story Kate looks past that and finds her truest friends!
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Show lessShow moreShow lessAmy's Thoughts:

Wow.  I don't read the summaries before I read the books and I had no idea what I was getting into.  If I did, I would have grabbed a box of tissues.  It was a very well written, and a very emotional book.  It gives you an inside perspective on people who suffer with different illnesses and diseases.  It is heart wrenching to put yourself in the main character's position, but then all new emotions come when you put yourself into the mother's shoes, and the friend's, etc.  It did a great job for creating awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, something I wasn't very familiar with.  It is a powerful book.  Don't forget your tissues!

Rating: *****

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Amy reviews Hearts in Harmony by Raine Gillespie





 
Hearts in Harmony by Raine Gillespie

Genre: Romantic Fiction
Content: Clean
Publisher:  Trifecta Books
Release date:  August 2014
Number of Pages:  105
Book Summary/Teaser:
Elahna Nezario gave up her musical dreams to help run the Queen of Hearts, her mother’s chocolate shop, after her sister’s sudden death. After an unfortunate run-in with Elahna’s childhood crush, owner of the Dolce Theater, not only do her dreams surge back to life, but so does her heart.
This book is easy to get interested in, and it is written pretty well.  It is really short and makes for a quick read.  However, this genre isn't for me.  Many of the events are pretty unrealistic, and the characters reactions do not seem fitting.  The conflicts were pretty far-fetched and resolved WAY too easily.  The romance seems a little sappy and "too good to be true."  This is a good book if you are looking for a quick distraction. 
Rating: ***

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Amy reviews And Something Blue by Paige Timothy


 And Something Blue by Paige Timothy
Genre: Romantic Fiction
Content: Clean
Publisher:  Trifecta Books
Release date:  August 2014
Number of Pages:  108
Book Summary/Teaser:
Bridal consultant Laurie Fletcher spends her days helping others prepare for the most special day of their lives. Will true love ever come her way, or is she doomed to watch others get their happily ever after?
I enjoyed the fun simplicity of this book.  You get to know a lot of the characters in this small town and start to be involved in their lives.  Although it's completely predictable it is a fun "feel good" read.  It has the similar Mr. Darcy feel to it which is always welcome.  I have to say that I was actually disappointed with the end.  I feel like the author spent a good amount of time on the story build up and back stories, and then the ending wrapped up in about 2 pages.  I didn't think it did the story, or the other people in the story, justice.  I think she could have taken the story so much farther and done a lot more with it.  I was relieved, however, to be reminded that this is Book One.  That did make me feel better that we haven't heard the last from everyone in the small town.  I guess I will have to keep reading!
Rating: ***