Friday, February 12, 2016

Keeper of the Stars (A Kings Meadow Romance) by Robin Lee Hatcher

About the book: Forgiveness is the only cure for heartbreak.  But can Penny forgive the man she holds responsible for her brother’s death?  When her mother died from pneumonia, Penny Cartwright was heartbroken.  But now, after burying her younger brother just 12 years later, she is devastated.  Anger, guilt, and sorrow cloud Penny’s mind, and the last thing she wants is to be reminded of her pain – but that’s exactly what happens when a stranger comes to town.

Trevor Reynolds has been chasing fame for more than a dozen years, but his musical career can’t get off the ground.  While on the road, an accident kills his young drummer, Brad Cartwright. Trevor wasn’t behind the wheel, but he still blames himself…and so does Brad’s sister, Penny.  Now Trevor finds himself in Kings Meadow, determined to follow through on his final promise to his friend.

Still feeling the pain of Brad’s death, Penny and Trevor must learn that forgiveness is the only thing that can heal their hearts.  And if they do forgive, something beautiful may rise from the ashes of heart break.

Review: Keeper of the Stars is the third book in the series A Kings Meadow Romance by Robin Lee Hatcher.  I have not read any of the other books in this series and as I found out, you do not have to have read the other books before reading Keeper of the Stars.  There is no confusion of the characters or storyline.

When I started reading Keeper of the Stars, I anticipated it to be your typical romance novel and while it didn’t have any great surprises, it was very enjoyable to read.  I found myself sympathizing with both Penny and Trevor in how they were dealing with the loss of a brother and a friend.  I like how the author had “flashbacks” from the brother’s perspective that filled in details of why Brad was with Trevor when he died and also why he wanted Trevor to go to Kings Meadow.

Even though the book is fiction, there is nothing fictional about the way Robin Lee Hatcher writes about the forgiveness of God.  It is woven through each chapter of this book.  True forgiveness only comes from God and can only be extended to others through the help of God.  The author makes this very clear in her writings and I enjoyed that aspect as much as the actual story and characters.

“Keeper of the Stars” is a keeper! (rev. P.Howard)

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DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group to facilitate this review. Opinions are those of the reviewer. No compensation was received.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Step by Step (Crisis Team) by Candace Calvert

About the book: Three years after a tragic accident left her a widow, ER nurse Taylor Cabot is determine to move on, checking off one item on her Survival List after another.  Her relationship with a handsome plastic surgeon even gives her hope for the last point – “fall in love again.”  At least until crisis chaplain Seth Donovan steps back into her life, reawakening unanswered questions about her husband’s death.

While in San Diego to train community volunteers, Seth hopes to learn why Taylor is backing away from the crisis team and from their friendship.  But nothing prepares him for the feelings that arise when he sees Taylor again…and sees her moving on with another man.

When a community crisis hits home and puts lives at risk, emotions run high and buried truths are unearthed.  Will hope make the Survival List?

Review: Step by Step is the second book in the Crisis Team series written by Candace Calvert.

When I started reading this book, I did not realize this was a series, much less the second book in that particular series.  However that did not keep me from enjoying this book.  The characters are easy to like or dislike and the story line is not too challenging to follow.

Candace Calvert knows “her stuff” when it comes to writing medical mysteries and Step by Step does not disappoint.  Good, clean fiction books are getting harder and harder to find.  Candace Calvert is an author you can depend upon to give you good characters and good story lines; and when an author also includes in her writings the underlying note that ultimately God is in control, then that is a win-win all around and Step by Step falls in this win-win category. (rev. P.Howard)

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by the author to facilitate this review. Opinions are those of the reviewer. No compensation was received for this review.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Story of the Nativity retold by Elena Pasquali and illustrated by Sophie Windham

  • ISBN-13: 978-0745965413
  • Hardcover $16.99
No doubt the Nativity Story is one of the greatest true stories ever told and generally one that is easily retold and enjoyed.  However, I absolutely did not like this particular re-telling of the Nativity Story.  To be more definitive, the illustrations used to re-tell the story I immensely dislike.  They feel very depressing and the illustrator has included these strange looking cats in most of the pictures.  The drawing that I dislike the most however is the one at the very end of the book that is apparently her thought of how Christ looked as a young boy.  It has a very effeminate and unreal look.  While we cannot know exactly what Christ did look like, I don’t believe he looked like a girl!
“The Story of the Nativity” has no obvious errors as retold, it most definitely is not a re-telling that I enjoyed.  There are other books that have done a far better job in both the story line and the illustrations and would be a better investment of both your money and time. (rev. P.Howard)