Tuesday, August 28, 2012

This Book Room

Home at last after a visit with their daughter Missie, Clark and Marty come to terms with his new handicap.

Additional notes: This is the fifth book in the Love Comes Softly series. There are eight books in this series and all have been released. You can read my review of the first book here, the second book here, the third book here and the fourth book here.

My thoughts: This was a really heart wrenching book. I read it at the exact moment in my life I needed to read it - I love how God works in mysterious ways! This series is such a must-read - I really could not encourage you enough to read it. It's so uplifting and true. Love, love, love.

In the fifth and final novel of the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, three young women are about to change their lives. Lizzie Anne and Samuel have decided to get married, and Lindsay is about to be baptized in the Amish faith and is courting Matthew. While Katie Kauffman is happy for her friends who seem to have settled their futures, she is also finding herself something of a fifth wheel. When Lindsay's sister Jessica returns to Bird-in-Hand, she finds that Jake Miller has moved on with his life. He lost hope that Jessica would ever be satisfied to settle in rural Pennsylvania and takes comfort in becoming close friends with Katie. However, it's not an easy road as Jake is Mennonite and Katie has just been baptized in the Amish faith. Her father forbids them to see each other, adamant that his daughter marry an Amish man. A Season of Love is filled with surprising twists that will grip you to the very last words. As the stories of your favorite Amish community draw to a close, join Lindsay, her friends, and all the people of Bird-In-Hand for one last volume.

Additional notes: This is the fifth and last book in the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. There are also a couple of novellas for this series. You can read my reviews for one of them here. You can read my review of the first book in this series here, the second book here, the third book here and the fourth book here.

My thoughts: This book was a little weird for me. Actually, this whole series was. I really liked it starting out because it wasn't typical Amish fiction - meaning, the story wasn't just centered on boy and girl like each other, blah blah blah. But the series ended up turning into that... and not really in a good way. I wasn't a fan of this last book...

Another heartwarming tale of life and love on Blossom Street. On the anniversary of his beloved wife's death, Dr. Michael Everett receives a letter Hannah had written him. In it she reminds him of her love and makes one final request: "I want you to marry again." To that end she's chosen three women she asks him to consider.

Additional notes: This is technically the seventh book in the Blossom Street series. You can read my review of the first book here, the second book here, the third book here, the Christmas book here, the fifth book here and the sixth book here. There are currently eight books in this series with the ninth book due out next year.

My thoughts: This was such a great story. I haven't been a huge fan of books in this series that have plots off Blossom Street, but this story was fantastic. I loved it. I loved the characters, especially the main character. And the fact that he was a man made it all the better. Love!

Just because the students at New York College have flown the coop doesn't mean assistant residence hall director Heather Wells can relax. Fischer Hall is busier than ever, filled with squealing thirteen- and fourteen-year-old girls attending the first ever Tania Trace Teen Rock Camp, hosted by pop sensation Tania Trace herself—who just happens to be newly married to Heather's ex-boyfriend, heartthrob Jordan Cartwright. But the real headache begins when the producer of a reality TV show starring Tania winds up dead ... and it's clear that the star was the intended victim.

Grant Cartwright, head of Cartwright Records, wants to keep his daughter-in-law (and his highest-earning performer) alive. So he hires his oldest son, black sheep of the family and private investigator Cooper Cartwright—who just happens to be Heather's new fiancé. Heather should leave the detecting to Cooper. But with a dorm full of hysterical mini-divas-in-training, she can't help but get involved. And after Tania shares a really shocking secret with her, this reality suddenly becomes more dangerously real than anyone ever anticipated.

Additional notes: This is the fourth and latest book in the Heather Wells series. You can read my review of the second book here and the third book here.

My thoughts: I enjoyed this book. It had good parts and it had bad parts. Really, I just wish the characters would grow more. They can be a bit... shallow.

Lara Madigan has a gift. She can help you find your soulmate—your canine soulmate, that is. As a dog trainer with a soft spot for strays, she’s found perfect homes for sulky Shih Tzus, broken-down Border collies, and diabolical Dalmatians. But while she’ll always make room for one more rescue mutt, she’s not sure she’s ready to commit to another human being. Especially after her live-in boyfriend drops the bomb: He’s not a dog person.

Horrified and temporarily homeless, Lara and her furry pack move in with her mother, a wealthy fashionista who forbids even a single drop of drool. As word gets around the exclusive gated community, Lara is overwhelmed with demands for her services. A model wants personal training for her overweight “flabrador”; an aging socialite preps her pedigreed puppy for dog show domination… If Lara can survive the breakup, the outrageous requests of her high-maintenance clientele, and her dogs’ systematically destruction of her mother’s McMansion, she might finally find the rescue dog who rescues her in return– leading her straight to the guy who could be her perfect match.

My thoughts: I so enjoyed this book. I love any book that involves animals in some way, and this book was just a delightful, fun read. I look forward to reading many more of Beth's books!

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