Saturday, October 15, 2011

This Book Room

New York Times bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby returns with this delightful sequel to The Best of Everything, in which the infamous Reverend Curtis Black's beautiful daughter, Alicia, is all grown up—and headed for trouble of her own. Her first marriage didn't work out, but that isn't going to stop Alicia Black, the privileged daughter of the charismatic Reverend Curtis Black, from getting what she wants. One month after her wedding to her second husband, she can't believe her good fortune. God has heeded her prayers, blessing her with Pastor JT Valentine, a handsome, dynamic man of the cloth with his own large congregation, just like her father.  Unfortunately, Alicia doesn't understand just how much like Curtis her new husband truly is. She doesn't know that JT has been sneaking around town with other women—or that he only married her to get close to her father's money and fame. But while Alicia is blinded by love, her dad certainly isn't. He warned his little girl that JT simply can't be trusted. After all, it takes one to know one, and who better to see into the darkness of a sinner's heart than Curtis? It will take a miracle to save the day. But God acts in mysterious ways, and soon a host of lies, longtime secrets, and acts of betrayal comes to light, and Alicia must face some very crucial and life-changing decisions. This time, she's got to be careful what she prays for. . . .

Additional notes: This is the seventh book in the Reverend Curtis Black series. There are currently eight books in this series, and so far as I know, this series is ongoing. You can read my review of the second book here, the third book here, the fourth book here, the fifth book here and the sixth book here.

My thoughts: This book was so, so much better than the sixth book. This book is one of the best in the series. I felt it tackled more serious issues of relationships, money, and living your truest life.

Miriam Raber enjoys life in her Old Order Amish community, and she is hopeful that Saul Fisher will propose to her soon. But when Saul starts talking about leaving the only world either of them has ever known, Miriam imagines what her life might look like as an Englischer. One thing she knows for certain, she loves Saul and feels he's the one God has chosen for her. But Saul's indecision has come at an inconvenient time as Miriam is noticing advances from Jesse Dienner, a man she went to school with, who is committed to marry and live his life in the Old Order community. Complicating matters is the arrival of Miriam's cousin, Shelby, a worldly Englisch girl sent to live with Miriam's family following trouble back home. Who will Miriam choose a life with, and who will choose to stay in the Old Order Amish community?

Additional notes: This is the fifth book in the Plain, or Daughters of the Promise, series. You can read my review of the first book here, the second book here, the third book here and the fourth book here. This is the latest release from Beth for this series.

My thoughts: I liked that this book was more about Miriam and Shelby and less about Miriam and Saul. But I didn't like that the first book in Beth's new series technically occurred between book four and five of this series, so I learned information that kind of ruined book one of the new series for me. So as a heads up, if you're going to read both, read book number four, then book number one of the Land of Canaan series.

Things are looking up at last for Lizzie Nichols. She has a career she loves in the field of her choice (wedding gown restoration), and the love of her life, Jean-Luc, has finally proposed. Life's become a dizzying whirl of wedding gown fittings—not necessarily her own—as Lizzie prepares for her dream wedding at her fiancé's château in the south of France. But the dream soon becomes a nightmare as the best man—whom Lizzie might once have accidentally slept with . . . no, really, just slept—announces his total lack of support for the couple, a sentiment the maid of honor happens to second; Lizzie's Midwestern family can't understand why she doesn't want to have her wedding in the family backyard; her future, oh-so-proper French in-laws seem to be slowly trying to lure the groom away from medical school and back into investment banking; and Lizzie finds herself wondering if her Prince Charming really is as charming as she once believed. Is Lizzie really ready to embrace her new role as wife and mistress of Château Mirac? Or is she destined to fall into another man's arms . . . and into the trap of becoming a Bad Girl instead?

Additional notes: This is the third and final book in the Queen of Babble series. You can read my review of the first book here and the second book here.

My thoughts: Such a great ending to this series! I loved it. Now if only Meg would write another series I could fall in love with...

When Eddie was twelve years old, all he wanted for Christmas was a bike. Although his life had gotten harder -- and money tighter -- since his father died and the family bakery closed...Eddie dreamed that somehow his mother would find a way to have his dream bike gleaming beside their modest Christmas tree that magical morning. What he got from her instead was a sweater. "A stupid, handmade, ugly sweater"The Christmas Sweater is a warm and poignant tale of family, faith and forgiveness that offers us a glimpse of our own lives -- while also making us question if we really know what's most important in them.

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this story. A fantastic ending, but I was sad to learn that the story this story was based off didn't end the same way. This was a good story to remind myself to live each day the best that I can because I don't get any do-overs.

Emily Detweiler's family abruptly moved to Colorado after tragedy struck in Ohio. But Emily can't get far enough to escape what happened there. David Stoltzfus is not happy when his family relocates from Pennsylvania to Colorado. Never mind that they haven't told him why. David struggles not only with this unwelcome move, but also with the fear that a health condition could keep him from living his life in full.Emily and David each struggle with a past that follows them, testing their faith and resolve. Then they make a shocking discovering that draws them together and allows them to see past their own worries. Will they step onto the path God has chosen for them?

Additional notes: This is the first book in the Land of Canaan series. A second book has been released, and this series is ongoing so far as I know.

My thoughts: This book was just okay for me. I'm kind of over the whole boy-meets-girl plot. So if you are too, skip this one.

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