Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Sound Among the Trees - Susan Meissner

A Sound Among the Trees
Susan Meissner
Copyright 2011 by Susan Meissner
WaterBrook Multnomah
ISBN 978-0-307-45885-8

 Marielle has married a widower with two young children and is moving into the house that he shared with his first wife. Her family's old southern hospitality house located in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia. As if that weren't enough, the dead wife's grandmother still lives within the house; a 90-year old woman full of vim and vinegar!

Marielle thinks she can handle living in the house without difficulty. It was best for the children! That is until she hears about the alleged ghost, and the curse upon the house, Holly Oak.

A wonderful novel mixing today with Civil War era history.

Can Marielle make it work living in the house where her husband once lived with his deceased wife? Are there ghosts lingering the halls and stairways of Holly Oak?
Or is the house really the cursed place Marielle has been hearing about?

This is a novel I simply could not put down, sitting up all night to read it! At times goose bumps, at others reaching for the box of tissues...I give this book...

...Five Stars and... Thumbs Up Award!

Suitable for teens and older, this is a great read!

****DISCLOSURE: This book was provided without charge in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Plain and Fancy Christmas - Cynthia Keller

A Plain and Fancy Christmas
Cynthia Keller
Copyright 2011 by Cynthia Steckel
Ballantine Books - Random House, Inc.
ISBN 978-0-345-52875-9

When two baby girls are born in the same hospital, just two days apart, they are mixed up at the time their mother's were discharged for home. Each girl was raised in the home the other should have been raised in. Their destinies forever altered, each girl named Rachel, lived thirty years unknowing of the situation.

When a death bed confession brings light to the hidden secret of the mix -up, lives are once more altered.

What could have been a devastation forever changes who each woman thinks she really is.

This book brought laughter. And tears.

This was a read you simply did not want to set down!

I give this book a ...

...Five Star rating and ... Thumbs Up Award!

I highly recommend this book for all teens and adults! A great book for a study group as well! Released today... don't miss it!

****DISCLOSURE:  This book was provided at no charge from the Amazon Vine program for independent, non-biased review.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

It's Probably Nothing - Beach Conger, MD

IT'S PROBABLY NOTHING - More Adventures of a Vermont Country Doctor
Beach Conger, MD
copyright 2011 by Beach Conger, MD
Chelsea Green Publishing
Published on 30-percent postconsumer recycled paper.

I was enamored with this book! I found it lively and anecdotal.

As a retired nurse I was totally able to relate with Dr. Conger's stories of the amazing country folk of Vermont. [I have many tales of my own which I was able to relate to some of his characters!]

Through his relationship with his patients, to their every quirk and fancy, every ailment, and every imagined one, I felt that Conger made his charcters come to life! I felt by the end of each chapter that I knew the individuals of whom he wrote about! And that is so rare in today's authors.

To my amazement, Conger shares a wit and sense of humor that I was so in-tune with. I laughed and cried throughout the book. Loving every single chapter.

I am happy to give It's Probably Nothing by Beach Conger, MD...

...Five Stars! and... Thumbs Up Award!

***DISCLOSURE: This book was provided by Amazon Vine at no charge, in exchange of a fair and impartial review.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

I Was Wrong - Jim Bakker

I Was Wrong
Jim Bakker
Copyright 1996 Jim Bakker
Thomas Nelson Publishing
ISBN 0-7852-7136-8

When Bakker was accused and convicted, back in the day, I was one of a few who actually believed in him. Even though my parents lost thousands of dollars to his PTL program and Heritage USA, where they purchased life-long memberships, to this day they continue to support him.

So, when my parents offered to loan me this book, I was eager to read it. Before cracking it open, I continued to stand behind the man who admitted openly his mistakes.

However, after reading Bakker's "I Was Wrong", I am left with the feeling I used to get when my children [who are all in their late twenties and into their mid-thirties now] used to confess to doing something wrong when they were little, just to tag on at the end a little "...but...." to the confession.

Oh, yes, Bakker admits to his many mistakes, but has to add to each confessive moment a little "but" whereby he actually transfers the blame to another.

Admitting your guilt in my eyes will show me what kind of a man or woman you really are. But dragging someone else into the blame game.... well it only demeans you to me.

Accept your faults, confess your errors, and then move forward. Forgive those who have erred against you, and leave it all in the past.

Unfortunately, coming to terms with your guilt should not include making a fistful of money by dragging names through the mud with your own.

I give this book...

...One Star and... Thumbs Down Award.

Don't waste your money on purchasing this book should you feel compelled to read it. Borrow it from your library. I recommend that you not waste your time in reading it altogether.

****DISCLOSURE: This book was a personal loan and was not under obligation for review.