Monday, December 21, 2009

By Love Or By Sea

My sister-in-law lent me some books and I had time to read one last night. It is called "By Love Or By Sea" by Rachel Rager. It is about a young woman named Alice. When she was a young girl she fell in love with a boy and then later he was lost and sea and everyone presumed he had died. Fast forward to the present where she is dating a young man named Clarence Hielott who intends to marry Alice. Then a young sailor walks into town one day and is hauntingly familiar to Alice. He remind her of the young boy Caleb, she was once in love with. She later learns that he is indeed the young boy she once loved. Now Alice finds herself falling for him again and must choose which path her life will take.
I absolutely loved this book!!! I couldn't put it down! I stayed up until I finished it. It keeps you guessing as to what will happen next and if Alice will end up with the true love of her heart. Rachel Rager weaves a tale of love, heartache, and understanding in this book about finding out what true love really is. This is a must read for any hopeless romantic!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Twilight Saga

I must recommend the Twilight Saga to anyone and everyone. I read these books about two years ago and I absolutely love them! I have read them over and over again and they get better with every read. For those of you who are skeptical, know this! I too was skeptical. I too thought that a book about vampires was not going to be good. But I was completely wrong. These books will transport you into another world where you can't stop turning the pages to find out what will happen next. Take a trip into the cold rainy forests of Forks, Washington, and you too will become a fan of vampires!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Dawn's Early Light

Dawn's Early Light is book three is Laurie Lewis' Free Men and Dreamer's series. It is set during the War of 1812 and is a historical fiction novel. I have not read the prior two books in the series, but I understood what was going on and the list of characters in the beginning was helpful to understand who was who. This book makes a fine stand alone, but now that I have read it, I want to read the other two books.
A brief bit about the book:
Dawn's Early Light focuses primarly on a "family" who live in Maryland on a plantation called The Willows. I say "family" because although there is a married couple who live there, there are also many others who are family to them but are not blood related. The entire story revolves around this couple and their "family" at The Willows. Jed Pearson is the owner of the plantation and is a lieutenant in the Maryland militia. Hannah Pearson is Jed's bride and was once engaged to Jed's rival. Frannie Pearson is Jed's sister and then there are numerous former slaves whom Jed has freed who are a part of the family on the plantation. The book focuses on Jed and Hannah and also Frannie and her romantic interests.
All in all I really enjoyed this book. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to follow the story having not read the prior two books, but that wasn't a problem. The history in this novel was great and really gives you a sense of what people went through during this war. Laurie Lewis does a great job of showing the attitudes and prejudices of that time period. She beautifully weaves a story of love and friendship that goes beyond blood relations. I was easily swept up into their world and could feel their pain and heartbreak and also their joy.
I recommend that you take a journey back through time into the lives of Jed and Hannah Pearson and all of their family at The Willows. You too will be crying with them and hoping with them. Congratulations Laurie on a job well done!
I received this book as an ARC and was asked to review it.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Daydreams

I just finished reading Daydreams, by Marcia Lynn McClure last week. I am a big fan of hers and was excited to get my hands on another of her books. A bit about the book:

"Saylor Christy knew chances were slim to none that any of her silly little daydreams would ever actually come true-especially involving Mr. Booker, the new patient-the handsome, older patient convalescing in her grandfather's rehabilitation center. Yet, working as a candy striper at Rawlings Rehab, Saylor couldn't help but dream of belonging to Mr. Booker-and Mr. Booker stole her heart-perhaps unitentionally-but with very little eeffort. Gorgeous, older, andentirely unobtainable-Saylor knew Mr. Booker would unknowingly enslave her heart for many years to come-for daydreams were nothing more than a cruel joke inflicted by life. All dreams-daydreams or otherwise-never came true. Did they?"

Daydreams was not what I expected at all. I thought it would be a whirwind romance with Saylor and Mr. Booker falling in love, dating, getting married, the whole nine. But Marcia Lynn McClure throws some unexpected turns in there. Christy is a young girl just out of high school working for the summer until she starts college. Mr. Booker becomes a patient where she works and she falls head over heels for him. But their age gap becomes an issue and when Mr. Booker leaves, Christy doesn't see him again for years.
When they do meet again, it is under very different circumstances and sparks begin to fly. Marcia Lynn McClure writes a beautiful story where two people have to swallow their fear and trust enough to show their true feelings for the other. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a hopeless romantic at heart like I am. I really felt like I could relate to the character because there is an age gap between my husband and I. A great read, Daydreams will keep you turning page after to page to see if there can be a happily ever after!