Hello all, and welcome back! It’s time for another book review, and trust me, you won’t be disappointed! I recently finished reading A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay, and I have two words for you–HOLY WOW! To say I enjoyed this novel would be an understatement. To say it was perfect, amazing, flawless, and otherworldly would also be an understatement! I am literally at a loss for words, friends!
I suppose I better start at the beginning–the cover. I have always adored the artwork on Katherine’s novels. In fact, it’s what drew me to Dear Mr. Knightley in a Barnes and Noble some years ago! But this cover is phenomenal! There are very few covers these days (especially in the Inspirational Fiction genre) that aren’t campy or over the top. Emily Price has the tailor made cover! When I close my eyes, I feel like Lucy Honeychurch touring the Italian countryside, skipping through fields of poppies. And that’s just the cover!
Like a beautiful person, having an attractive outer shell is nice, but even better is a lovely soul. This book has one of the loveliest souls I have ever beheld. (I know what you’re thinking, “Can books have souls?” Roll with me here!) The meat and substance of this book is incredible. This is no fluff piece of chick-lit, although I do love me some good chick-lit. This reads like a map of someone’s life. There are all the high points–the good times, the times that make me smile so wide my friends ask me what I’m so happy about, and the laughter, oh the laughter! But there are also the valleys–the times that had me on the edge of my seat, rooting for Emily to make the right choice. I totally felt one with Emily Price. Meeting her was like looking in a mirror and seeing all my flaws and all my points of beauty (this coming from an extremely insecure girl). I learned through Emily that we all have our moments of pain, but we also all have our moments of beauty. And the interesting thing? There are more moments of beauty than you think. You just have to look closely, take out your restoration equipment, and be patient to see the results. And boy, the results from Emily Price were astounding.
I’d like to thank the author, Katherine Reay, for allowing me to be a part of her “peeps team” for the release of this novel. All the opinions in this review are my own, and I was in no way required to give a positive review. Pick up A Portrait of Emily Price wherever books are sold on November 1, 2016.
I recently finished reading A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White. What a lovely conclusion to a lovely series! Each one of these books has been such a pleasure to read! I absolutely adored Ella and Cayton’s story! It was everything I was looking for and more! The characters were real, slightly snarky, and extremely adorable! Ella definitely knew her own mind, and her teasing ways never failed to bring a smile to my face. Cayton was the perfect hero, and he definitely brought to mind the brooding ways of Mr. Darcy. The mystery of the Fire Eyes wrapped up very nicely, and I loved how everything came together. If only there were more books in this series! I think I would enjoy reading about these characters eating breakfast for twenty pages I enjoy them so much! Overall, a fantastic story with phenomenal characters! I would highly recommend! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
I recently finished reading Where Hope Prevails by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan. I enjoyed this conclusion to the Return to Canadian West Series. It has not become my favorite by Janette Oke, but it was a fitting end to this series. To be completely honest, this series could have been fulfilled with only two books if some of the minor plot points were removed. The majority of this book, for instance, focused on some schoolroom drama that did little to drive the story forward. However, I did enjoy how the overarching story concluded, and I felt that trademark Janette Oke charm present throughout the story. Overall, a fun read for an old fan of Janette Oke, but not the series I would recommend for starting her work. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
I recently had the opportunity to read To Follow Her Hear by Rebecca DeMarino. Unfortunately, this book was not my cup of tea, and I did not end up finishing it. I found it to be way too wordy and descriptive. The first few chapters focused on mostly domestic activities, which I frankly have no desire to read. I cannot speak to the quality of the actual story, as the descriptive narrative was too much of a road block for me as a reader. Perhaps if you enjoy a lot of detail in your world building, then give this book a try. Otherwise, you might be better off skipping this one. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
P.S. Also, can we take a moment to appreciate how entirely awful this cover is? The gentleman on the cover looks hilariously disturbed with the maiden in his arms.
I recently finished reading An Elegant Façade by Kristi Ann Hunter. This was a very fun book to read that was full of extremely relatable characters and moments! Georgina was a very real character with faults, struggles, and moments of beauty. I really appreciated her struggles and journey of faith. Not only did she go through a significant spiritual transformation, but she also learned a lot about love, honesty, and the meaning of family. I found this story to be an incredibly instructive one–one that taught me the importance of being my true self and allowing the world to see me for the person I am. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a thought provoking and thoroughly enjoyable read! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
I recently finished reading Missing by Lisa Harris. This book was quite the page turner! Full of action and intrigue, Nikki Boyd and crew kept me guessing with every turn of the page! The mystery was well done and complicated, but not to the point of being confusing. All of the characters played a key role, and I didn’t see any of the story’s twists and turns coming. Bottom line–if you’re looking for an action packed summer read, look no further than Missing. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
I recently finished reading No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer. This was such a fun and exciting read! Every page was full of mystery, and every moment left me hungry for more! My feelings for this book are off the charts! All of the characters were effortlessly real and full of life, longings, hopes, and dreams–just like any real person. And the best part was that the gospel rang as clear as a bell in the pages of this western-thriller! Many people may dismiss romance novels as mere chick-lit, but that couldn’t be more wrong. Books with a romantic storyline can also teach us about faith, family, doing the right thing (no matter the odds or consequences), and yes, love! But before you dismiss this book as simply another love story, take the time to consider this gem of a novel and all the lessons it can teach. You never know what you might discover! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
I recently finished reading Girl Defined by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird. This was an amazing book! It’s difficult to put into words how amazing and impactful this book has been in my life. It has been such a blessing for me to read all about what being a true woman of God really means. I only hope that this book will make as big of an impact on you as it has on me. Not only do Kristen and Bethany go over exactly what a godly woman is and is not, but they also address gender roles and the importance of marriage and motherhood in the eyes of God. This book was extremely challenging for me, and it made me reevaluate a great deal of the thoughts and opinions I had on the role of a woman. Overall, an incredible and thought-provoking book that every Christian woman of God should read! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
I recently finished reading Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E. Ladd. All I can say is, “Wow.” Where do I begin? This book was so utterly charming I could not put it down. Isabel is such a loveable, honest character that you can’t help rooting for her happiness. Not only is she loveable, she is also very relatable. I found there were times when I was almost looking into a mirror when Isabel thought about her insecurities and hopes. In a way, Isabel reminds me a great deal of Fanny Price from Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. And let me tell you, that is high praise coming from me, as I adore Mansfield Park and its characters. The plot also had a level of calm mystique– it subtly left you wanting more and dying to know its outcome. Bottom line: I cannot recommend this book more highly. If you ever wished that Jane Austen wrote more books, then fear not. Sarah E. Ladd has flawlessly continued her legacy. I received this book from the publisher/author in exchange for my fair and honest review.
I recently finished reading They Were Christians by Cristóbal Krusen. What an inspiring read! While I had at some point in my education learned about the faith of a few of these men and women, for the most part, this book provided entirely new information on the spiritual lives of some of the world’s greatest humans. A great deal of these important people had very unimportant starts in the world, but through their devout faith in God, they changed the world for the better and left a lasting legacy. I enjoyed the length of each biography, and I never felt bored while reading this book. I also appreciated the little peeks into Cristóbal Krusen’s life at the beginning and end of each biography. It was almost like a mini-memoir, and it was very effective in weaving all the biographies together. Overall, this was a fantastic and inspiring read. If you desire to leave a legacy of faith in this often dark world, take some time to read They Were Christians. You will leave feeling ready to truly live. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.