Saturday, March 18, 2017

My Review: To the Farthest Shores


"I sometimes find that Americans treat apologies too carelessly, which gives them permission to drag out old offenses when convenient.  That should never happen once a apology is accepted.  The offense is in the past.  The rift is mended.  It will not be brought up again."  - Ryan Gallagher

Description:
It has been six years since army nurse Jenny Bennett's heart was broken by a dashing naval officer. Now Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher has abruptly reappeared in her life at the Presidio army base but refuses to discuss the inexplicable behavior that destroyed their happiness.

Ryan is in an impossible situation. One of the few men in the world qualified to carry out a daring assignment, he accepted a government mission overseas that caused his reputation to be destroyed and broke the heart of the only woman he ever loved. Honor bound never to reveal where he had been during those six years, he can't tell Jenny the truth or it will endanger an ongoing mission and put thousands of lives at risk.

Although Ryan thinks he may have finally found a solution, he can't pull it off on his own. Loyalty to her country compels Jenny to help, but she never could have imagined the intrigue she and Ryan will have to face or the lengths to which they will have to go to succeed.

About the Author:
Elizabeth Camden is a research librarian at a small college in central Florida. Her novels have won the coveted RITA and Christy Awards. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband near Orlando, Florida.
She regularly posts about the joys of the book world at http://elizabethcamden.com/blog
  



My Review: 4 stars
I always look forward to reading Ms. Camden’s books and this one is no exception!  Her characters are always so unique and I love how her stories manage to both entertain and teach me.  Prior to stumbling across her books, I doubt I would’ve read about opium addiction, or watchmakers in Chicago, or magazine illustrators, or librarians for the Library of Congress, or tuberculosis studies, or pearl farming, or the other curious things she writes about.  And I love that!  I love the adventures I find between the covers.  It’s almost always something unexpected, but that completely works.  This story drew me in from chapter one and rarely slowed!  I just had to know how everything would work out!
As always, Ms. Camden’s writing was excellent!  Her details and descriptions, and the amount of research I’m sure went into this story make it so authentic.  I loved the bit of mystique surround Ryan and his past, and fell in love with sweet Lily.  There aren’t many heroes whose main trait is kindness, but that seemed to be Ryan’s.  He is so kind, but there’s an inner strength and moral compass that guides everything he does.  I confess that I struggled a bit with Jenny’s character at first.  She isn’t exactly the most lovable lady, especially in her interactions with Ryan, though I couldn’t really blame her, either.  One of my favorite things was seeing the relationship between them change and slowly grow, as Jenny learned how to truly forgive.
My only negative comment is that I felt the suspense moments were thrown in rather haphazardly and the story would’ve been fine without them.  They didn’t really drive the story much and seemed more afterthoughts.  And I do love a good suspense novel, but this one was great as just a romance.  So ignoring those, I really enjoyed this book and getting to spend time with some unique characters and their equally quirky friends.

My thanks to NetGalley and Bethany House for my complimentary copy of this book!  I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Once again, thank you for stopping by!  I hope you feel your time has been well spent! 
Now, I have a question for you:  do you agree with the quote at the top of the page?  Because it really hit my heart and I'm curious as to whether anyone else feels the same.
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

My Review: The Elusive Miss Ellison


Description:
Handsome appearance counts for naught unless matched by good character and actions.


That's the firm opinion of not-so-meek minister's daughter Lavinia Ellison. So even though all the other villagers of St. Hampton Heath are swooning over the newly returned seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, she is not impressed. If a man won't take his responsibilities seriously and help those who are supposed to be able to depend on him, he deserves no respect from her. In Lavinia's pretty, gray eyes, Nicholas Stamford is just as arrogant and reckless as his brother--who stole the most important person in Livvie's world.

Nicholas is weighed down by his own guilt and responsibility, by the pain his careless brother caused, and by the legacy of war he's just left. This quick visit home to St. Hampton Heath will be just long enough to ease a small part of that burden. Asking him to bother with the lives of the villagers when there's already a bailiff on the job is simply too much to expect.

That is, until the hoydenish, intelligent, and very opinionated Miss Ellison challenges him to see past his pain and pride. With her angelic voice in his head, he may even be beginning to care. But his isn't the only heart that needs to change.

These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs. But with society's opposition, ancestral obligations, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles in their way.


About the Author: Carolyn Miller


Im an Inspirational Regency romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wale, Australia with my husband and four children.  I love reading (especially Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer), music, films, gardens, art, travel, and food.  I really enjoy creating worlds where flawed people can grow in faith, hope, and love.



My Review: 3.5 stars
I’m going to be honest: I’m not typically a huge fan of Regency novels, though I do enjoy them on occasion and have a couple particular authors whose books I always snatch up and devour.  That being said, I was intrigued by this book - the title, cover, and I love checking out debut authors, so I decided to give it a go.  And while it wasn’t a favorite, I did enjoy it.  The characters were interesting and it is most definitely a Regency novel.  Ms. Miller did an excellent job of making it period correct and it’s obvious she studied her craft and made sure the wording and behaviors would be accurate.  Despite these things, I think this book simply falls into the category of “just not my cup of tea.”
As mentioned, the writing is excellent, but it didn’t capture my attention as quickly as I had hoped.  I struggled, at first, to connect with the characters and found them a bit annoying.  But as the story progressed, I slowly found myself liking them more and cheering them on in the end.  It definitely helped to see them grow through the story and become better versions of themselves.  One of my favorite things about this story was how the author didn’t have them change overnight, but showed them struggling to hold their tongue, or let go of their pride, or not react in the same old manner.  It was a great reminder that we’re all a work in progress.  I know some may dub this book “preachy” because of that very aspect, but I loved the scripture references and spiritual discussions (Lavinia is a rector’s daughter, after all) and seeing Nicholas gradually find peace for his past.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Regency romance that challenges the heart.

My thanks to the author and Kregel Publishing for my complimentary copy of this book!  I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.   


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I made the comment that this book simply wasn't my "cup of tea" - have you read a book that you couldn't explain why, but it just wasn't your favorite?  Or is that just me?

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

My Review: The Illusionist's Apprentice


". . . a hero doesn't always have to slay a dragon to save the day. . . . Sometimes he just walks through the fire alongside you, and that's enough."  - Wren Lockhart

Description:

Boston, 1926. Jenny "Wren" Lockhart is a bold eccentric--even for a female vaudevillian. As notorious for her inherited wealth and gentleman's dress as she is for her unsavory upbringing in the back halls of a vaudeville theater, Wren lives in a world that challenges all manner of conventions.

In the months following Houdini's death, Wren is drawn into a web of mystery surrounding a spiritualist by the name of Horace Stapleton, a man defamed by Houdini's ardent debunking of fraudulent mystics in the years leading up to his death. But in a public illusion that goes terribly wrong, one man is dead and another stands charged with his murder. Though he's known as one of her teacher's greatest critics, Wren must decide to become the one thing she never wanted to be: Stapleton's defender.

Forced to team up with the newly formed FBI, Wren races against time and an unknown enemy, all to prove the innocence of a hated man. In a world of illusion, of the vaudeville halls that showcase the flamboyant and the strange, Wren's carefully constructed world threatens to collapse around her.


About the Author:
Kristy Cambron has a background in art and design, but she fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her debut novel, The Butterfly and the Violin, was named to Library Journal's Best Books of 2014 and nominated for RT Book Reviews' Choice Awards Best Inspirational Novel of 2014 and for the 2015 INSPY Awards for Best Debut Novel. Her second novel, A Sparrow in Terezin, was named Library Journal's Pick of the Month (Christian Fiction) for February 2015 and a Top Pick for RT Book Reviews. Kristy holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three young sons. 
Website: KristyCambron.com  Twitter: @KCambronAuthor  Facebook: Kristy-Cambron

My Review: 4 stars
Despite the many wonderful things I’ve heard about Kristy Cambron’s books, this is the first of hers that I’ve had the pleasure of reading.  There were several things about this book that intrigued me and I couldn’t resist giving it a go.  The first to catch my attention was definitely the cover, then when I discovered it was a mystery set during the 1920s, I was hooked.  I didn’t have much in the way of expectations, except the general ideas I have for any new books, but I can happily say that it did meet those and I’m looking forward to reading more of Ms. Cambron’s books.
I haven’t read many books set during the Roaring 20s and I was very excited to jump into a different time.  Though I don’t know much about this time in history, the author did an excellent job of drawing me into the story and making it seem as though I was right there with Wren and Elliot, searching out the mystery and questioning what’s real and what’s just a clever illusion.  I loved Ms. Cambron’s writing style and how it drew me into the story.  Her words are almost poetic at times, with unique descriptions that perfectly fit the period.  I do confess that it took me a couple chapters to really get into the story, but once I did, I didn’t want to put it down!  I was curious about the mystery and anxious to learn how a man rose from the dead, only to keel over again moments later.  Thinking back over the story now, I am wondering how accurate the portrayal of the FBI’s investigative methods is in this story.  Granted, they didn’t have the copious amounts of modern technology that we have now, but it seemed odd that they pulled Wren in to help before they had much of anything to go on.  Though that may have been common place, given how different everything would have been from our present television shows.  Much of the story focused on Wren, her history and the person she became because of her past, while somehow also pulling the mystery along with it.
Wren Lockhart was a character that I struggled with for a while.  She’s not particularly nice, or kind, or personable.  Instead, she’s aloof, withdrawn, sarcastic, and defensive.  Not traits that are overly endearing.  But it was the glimpses of the broken person behind the mask that kept me from giving up on her.  And after learning more about her past, my heart softened toward her.  I could completely relate with Elliot Matthews, though, and his frustration with Wren’s relentless determination to be entirely independent.  I’m sure it would embarrass him to hear it, but Elliot is such a sweet guy and definitely hero material.  I loved how he continually tried to look beyond Wren’s defensive walls and see the hurting lady underneath.
Overall, this was a good story.  Would I read it again?  Maybe.  Now that I know what’s going on and don’t feel as though I have to rush to the end to find out “whodunit.”  I enjoyed the unique mystery and setting and am looking forward to finding Ms. Cambron’s previous books and diving into them.

My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book!  I was not required to write a review and have not been compensated for it in any way.  All opinions expressed are my own. 


Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and read my review!  I'm learning to be marginally less long-winded, so that's a good thing, right?  I'm a work in progress.  :)
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Oh!  And I do have to just mention one last time how incredibly beautiful this book cover is!  The designers seriously did an amazing job!  A blogisphere ovation for them!  I don't know who they are, or if they even read reviews, but yay for people with that talent!  It's awesome!

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My thoughts: Not For a Moment



I don’t often post things of a more personal nature, but I thought maybe someone else needed to hear this, too.  My life has been crazy lately (though isn’t it always?).  Work, family, friends . . .  Life.  And I’ve been struggling with some health problems for a while that have been not only a physical issue, but also a mental/emotional one.  Sometimes I don’t handle things well.  I mess up.  I get angry and frustrated and I just want to feel better.  I want things to be easier.  And then I feel guilty, because I know there are so many who have heavier loads than I.  And it seems every time I turn on the radio, I hear great songs that remind me God is still God in the midst of my circumstance and songs that remind me He’s got it and I can just be still.  And I love these songs!  They’re some of my favorites, but some days, that’s not what I need to hear.  
I was driving home last night and heard a song titled “Not For A Moment” by Meredith Andrews.  I’d heard it before, but it was like hearing it for the first time again.  It held a whole new meaning for me.  The full lyrics are below, and you can listen to here  if you so desire, but the bridge says:

“And every step, every breath You are there.
Every tear, every cry, every prayer
In my heart, at my worst
When my world falls down
Not for a moment will You forsake me
Even in the dark
Even when it’s hard
You will never leave me!”

I’ve had quite a bit of the “at my worst” and “when my world falls down.”  And He’s been there for all of it.  When even I don’t want to be around myself, He’s been there.  He’s never left me in my questions, in the rubble of my doubt, in the mess of ugly crying, in the darkness of fear.  The Bible says: “For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you.  He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”  (Deut. 31:6b NTL)
He’s never forsaken me.  Despite the times I may feel alone and the questions that won’t stop pelting me with doubt.  “Not for a moment” has He forsaken me.  I’m not forgotten, I’m not abandoned, or alone.  He’s here with me, in this season, in this struggle, in this moment.  And in all of the moments to come.    

Father, thank You that You are a God who keeps His word.  Thank You for walking with me through every moment of this life, the painful ones, and the joy-filled ones.  Thank You for never leaving me, despite the times I push You away or wonder if You're even listening.  Thank You for knowing exactly what I needed to hear and sending reminders of what I should already know, but sometimes lose sight of.  Help me to keep Your Word close at heart and to find my rest in Your arms.  Amen

Lyrics: (copied from KLOVE)
You were reaching through the storm
Walking on the water
Even when I could not see
In the middle of it all
When I thought You were a thousand miles away
Not for a moment did You forsake me
Not for a moment did You forsake me

CHORUS
After all You are constant
After all You are only good
After all You are sovereign
Not for a moment will You forsake me
Not for a moment will You forsake me

You were singing in the dark
Whispering Your promise
Even when I could not hear
I was held in Your arms
Carried for a thousand miles to show
Not for a moment did You forsake me

Chorus

And every step every breath You are there
Every tear every cry every prayer
In my heart at my worst
When my world falls down
Not for a moment will You forsake me
Even in the dark
Even when it's hard
You will never leave me
After all

Chorus

Not for a moment will You forsake me

Sunday, February 26, 2017

My Review: Moving Target


"They say love is blind, but I say love sees all and still loves."  - Maddy McKay
(I loved this quote and couldn't resist sharing!)

Description:
When Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don't show up for Quinn's surprise birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond evidence that Quinn and Maddy just decided to take off for a long overdue vacation. But it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord.

Maddy awakens in a cement room with no idea where she is. But it's not long before she realizes she's in the clutches of a madman exacting revenge by hunting. His prey of choice? Humans. Now Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives, hoping to find their killer before the next game begins. Because if they don't win this game, they die.


About the Author:

Award-winning, best-selling author, Lynette Eason has written/contracted thirty-six books since 2007. She writes for Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense line and for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her books have hit the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists. Lynette has been teaching for more than ten years and is very happy to make the transition from teaching school to teaching writing whenever the opportunity presents. She is married, has two children, and lives in Greenville, SC.









My Review: 4.5 stars
Moving Target is the third book in Lynette Eason’s Elite Guardians series and a book I’ve been very anxiously awaiting.  I made the “mistake” when I was finishing the second book of reading the excerpt for this one that the publisher so kindly included and after that I just couldn’t wait!  I was so happy to learn it would be Maddy and Quinn’s story, one I’ve been anticipating since meeting them in Always Watching, and the cliffhanger in that excerpt - goodness!  I always remember why I skip excerpts, right after I read one leaves me hanging like that.  I’ve been a big fan of Ms. Eason’s books for quite a while and they very rarely disappoint me, and I can happily say that this one definitely wasn’t an exception.  I loved the suspense that kept me engaged from the very first chapter and the mystery that kept me guessing - I was so close to being right, too!
I honestly have no idea how Ms. Eason creates these stories and the mysteries therein, but I so enjoy them, particularly a series that allows me to get to know the characters over several books.  I really enjoy how the author continues to weave the characters from each story back into the current one, while also giving another glimpse into the character for the next book.  I can’t wait for that one, either!  I also love how she continues to build the tension and the mystery until I’m groaning when I have to stop reading and pretend to be a functioning adult while the characters are fighting for their lives.  My only mildly negative comment is that the story lags just briefly for a chapter or two, while the author focuses on the characters and it isn’t so much suspense driven.  I kept turning the pages, waiting for something to happen, a gun to go off, or the villain to show their face, and it continued a little slowly, until it built to the climax at the end that had me back on the edge of my seat.  
As always, the characters are my favorite part of any story and I so enjoyed getting to know Quinn Holcombe and Maddy McKay better.  Quinn sports a hard veneer most of the time, seeming jaded by his line of work and a history that inspires nightmares.  He isn’t the easiest man to know and the challenges he faces encourage him to let others in and learn to forgive before it’s too late.  While Maddy isn’t a character I felt I knew as well prior to picking up her book, I quickly fell in love with her here.  She’s the kind of lady I’d love to have as a friend and one you wouldn’t want as an enemy.  She has hope where Quinn doesn’t, and she challenges him to share his heart, not just with her, but with friends and family.  She is also incredibly tenacious and determined, with an inner strength and kindness.  While I appreciated their strength in the face of evil, I think my favorite moments in this story were the ones where they let down their guards and allowed themselves to be vulnerable.  The times where the suspense paused for just an instant and they learned a little better how to love.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense and a mystery to keep you guessing, but also takes the time for a bit of romance.


Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read my review!  I've been majorly slacking in the blogging department, but I recently got a promotion at work and it's taking a good bit of my time and energy to figure that out.  I'm enjoying it, though, despite losing some reading and writing time.  :)
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

My Review: Still Life


"I want to know why you love me."
"Because I don't make sense without you.  You're part of me."

Description:
Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright--and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.

Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit and support her best friend, who modeled for the show. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead--and the photographer insists he didn't take the shot. Worse, her friend can't be found. She immediately calls Parker for help. As Avery, Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.



About the Author:
Dani Pettrey is the bestselling author of the Alaskan Courage series and winner of the 2014 Daphne du Maurier award for Inspirational Novel, the 2014 Christian Retailing's Best Award for Suspense, and the 2013 Holt Medallion for First Novel. She and her husband reside in the D.C. Metro area. She can be found online at www.danipettrey.com.




My Review: 4.5 stars

I was so excited to read this book after loving Cold Shot, the first book in Dani Pettreys Chesapeake Valor series.  I adore diving into a new series and meeting new characters, but theres just something about the second book in a series, where youve already met the characters and kind of know them and now you have the chance for them to become dear friends.  And these characters definitely do that in this book!  I was so stoked to dive into Parker and Averys story and found I didnt want to come up for air after opening the first page.  The story takes off and left me hanging on and occasionally scrambling to catch up and remember what all was happening.  I loved the dual mystery going on, and how Ms. Pettrey managed to bring all of the loose ends together in a way that left me simultaneously sighing at the ending and wanting to know when Declans book would be releasing.      

One of my very favorite things about Ms. Pettreys writing is how she creates this community of characters in her series and has them stepping in and out of each story.  This book was primarily Parker and Averys, but it was also a little bit Declans and a little bit Kates, with Finley and Griffith stepping in to help and letting us keep track of where theyre story is going.  Everyone is back from the first book, along with Tanner, who brings an intriguing expectation for the next book, and the mystery of the fourth friend that is carrying over.  As aforementioned, I immensely enjoyed the mysteries and the twists and turns, therein.  I appreciated the detail the author put into the story for both cases, explaining some of the procedures to clue in the curious, without bogging down the story with information.  I was left guessing whodunitthroughout the book and I was so close!  I loved reading a book that left me thinking, and rethinking, and trying to guess motive, and wondering if I was right, and then that surprise ending just blew my plotting out of the water!  

Despite how thoroughly Ms. Pettrey tied up all of the loose ends with the mystery, I did think a couple of the personal issues with Avery and Parker were glossed over a bit, in order to keep the story flowing.  I wouldve actually been okay with the suspense taking a break for a few pages in order to bring a bit more resolution to their relationship.  Though with the way the author keeps the characters consistent and continuing to play leading roles in each book, Im hopeful more of it will carry over into the next book.  And Im really hoping Declans book will be next (hint,hint)!

Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed romantic suspense with a mystery that will keep you guessing!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my review!  I've been falling behind in my posting lately, though hopefully I'll get back on track again.  How many times have I said that, now?  Haha!  Anyway, hope you enjoyed!  As always, links are below!
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

My Review: Intermission


I've not read a YA novel in a while and this one left me with mixed emotions.

Description:
Sixteen-year-old Faith Prescott eagerly awaits the day she will exchange her small Iowa hometown for the bright lights of Broadway, but her success-driven parents want her to pursue a more practical career, labeling “artsy” people—including their daughter—as foolish dreamers worthy of little more than disdain.

When Faith meets nineteen-year-old Noah Spencer she discovers someone who understands her musical theatre dreams . . . because he shares them.

Faith’s mother despises everything about Noah—his age, his upbringing . . . even his religious beliefs—and she grasps at every opportunity to belittle his plans to study theatre and pursue a stage career. When those criticisms shift further toward hostility, resulting in unjust suspicions and baseless accusations, an increasingly fearful stage is set for Faith at home, where severe restrictions and harsh penalties are put in place to remove Noah Spencer from her life.

But Faith has never connected with anyone like she has with Noah, and no matter how tight a stranglehold her mother enforces to keep them apart, Faith will not give him up. Behind the curtain, Faith's love for Noah continues to grow . . . as does her determination to hold on to her dreams—and him—no matter how high the cost.





About the Author:
Serena Chase is the author of the critically-acclaimed Eyes of E'veria series and a regular contributor to USA TODAY's Happy Ever After blog. A lifelong performer who sometimes speaks in show tunes, Serena lives in Iowa with her husband Dave, teen daughters Delaney and Ellerie, and a 100-pound white Goldendoodle named Albus. 


My Review: 3 stars
I have mixed emotions regarding this story.  It’s unique, that’s undeniable.  I’d never read anything of Ms. Chase’s before and hadn’t picked up a young adult book lately, so I decided to give this one a go.  I was curious to find out what would happen next, but I didn’t feel I ever really connected with the characters.

 It also felt over-dramatized at times, but then, the main character is an actress and is planning to major in drama, so it’s really not that farfetched.  In the end, it did have a good message, just a bit of an odd route to getting there.
This story is written from a single perspective, Faith’s, in the style of a journal entry or her telling someone her story, and at times felt a bit flat.  I’ve read other reviews that spoke about how deeply they were touched by this story, but I really struggled to connect with Faith.  She endures a lot throughout the story, from the highs of being on stage and having a “boyfriend” who understands her love of theater, to the lows of arguments with her parents and fighting for the future she’s often dreamed of calling her own.  This story encompasses so many of the emotions and questions that teens struggle with as they search to find their place and figure out who they’re supposed to be.  

As far as the relationship between Noah and Faith, that was something else I found to be rather unusual.  I’m honestly not even sure it could be considered much of a relationship, since it was kept so light and they were kept apart for most of it.  I found the idea that they could be “just friends” strange, because that was basically what they were anyway.  Though I did appreciate how the author kept reiterating how important it was for Faith to be honest, despite her desire to simply work around her mother’s rules and skirt a few lines.  Speaking of Faith’s mom, her character was one that definitely didn’t compute with me.  I really thought she was just crazy, or Faith was exaggerating in her retelling.  It honestly didn’t cross my mind until I was reading the author’s note that she was supposed to be an example of verbal and mental abuse.  I’m not really sure how much reading the story with that in mind would change my opinion or perspective.

Overall, this is a story that is unique in several respects.  It contains a good message and a strong sense of morals, and I would definitely recommend it as a clean, Christian read for any teen.

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read my review!  Fortunately for you, since I always struggle to write less than sterling reviews, it's shorter than my usual ramblings.  :)
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