Belinda Davis had trained as a nurse to assist her older brother, Doctor Luke. But as time goes by and she sees those she's grown up with getting married and settling into their own lives, Belinda becomes restless. What had seemed exciting and fresh becomes dull and routine. When she meets an elderly woman who needs nursing care, Belinda jumps at the invitation to go to Boston--a large, "civilized" city with cultural opportunities she's never even dreamed of in her little prairie town. But in spite of financial security and countless new experiences, Belinda finds herself restless, lonely, and empty inside.
Additional notes: This is the seventh 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, the fourth book here, the fifth book here and the sixth book here.
My thoughts: This book was so great. I loved that it was a real coming-of-age story. I really cannot say enough about this entire series!
The small town of Parrish Springs is not ready for Matilda Honeycutt. A strange older woman with scraggly gray hair and jewelry that jangles as she walks, Matilda is certainly not the most likely person to buy the old Barton Building on the town's quaint main street. When it becomes apparent that her new shop doesn't fit the expectations of Parrish Springs residents, a brouhaha erupts. After all, Christmas is approaching, and the last thing the town needs is a junky shop run by someone who looks and acts like a gypsy. But as townsfolk venture into the strange store, they discover that old memories can bring new life and healing.
My thoughts: This book was okay. I really love Christmas stories, but this book was seriously just okay. I'm glad I read it, and the characters were a bit interesting, but overall, the whole thing was lackluster.
Jenny McCarthy's hilarious, no-holds-barred personality has made her an instantly recognizable TV personality and a bestselling author. In Baby Laughs she examines the full range of challenges that new mothers face, including:
The humiliations of postnatal numbing spray, Tucks medicated pads, and adult diapers; jelly belly, balding, and gum disease; and becoming a five-foot puke rag for the baby
Heart-stopping terrors, such as baby manicures, breathing checks, and burp failures
Inadequacies, such as lullaby illiteracy and the need for a heavy rotation of toys, videos, and mobiles
Daddy antics, such as infant wrestling, home-movie mania, sleeping like a log, and expecting sex
Dueling grandmas, germ-ridden guests, Olympic-class competitive mommies, anorexic pets and much more.
Mothers and fathers will find much-needed relief and insight in this sometimes touching, sometimes gritty, but always perceptive and outrageously funny account of what it truly means to have your very own small bundle of joy.
My thoughts: This book was not as funny as Belly Laughs. I may just be a bit crazy, though, because the whole time I'm reading this book, I'm knowing the author and her husband eventually divorced, and that made the bits about him a bit awkward and weird.
Additional notes: This is the first book in the Redemption series. There are five books in this series and all have been released.
My thoughts: I really, really enjoyed this book. There were twists and turns I didn't expect, especially near the end. If you enjoy reading Christian fiction, this series is definitely for you.
Jorie King has been waiting for Benjamin Zook to return home to Lancaster County so they can marry. When news arrives that Ben has been killed, Jorie finds comfort in the friendship of his brother Caleb. That friendship ripens into love, and it seems that they are meant to be together. But when the unexpected happens, their worlds are turned upside down once more. Will Jorie trust God to lead her into the arms of a new man?
Additional notes: This is the second book in the Lancaster County Secrets series. There are three books and one Christmas book in this series and all have released. You can read my review of the first book in this series here.
My thoughts: This book was just like the first for me, in that it was difficult for me to get into. But this series definitely stands out for me because the story lines go in all kinds of unexpected ways! So if nothing else, this series is fantastic just based on that.