Every Time We Say Goodbye by Liz Flaherty

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Online Book Club provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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Every Time We Say Goodbye by Liz Flaherty

Wholesome Romance

This author has quite a knack for balancing serious depth along with the lighter aspects of a story, and I’d recommend this novel to other fans of wholesome contemporary romance.

Officially reviewed at OnlineBookClub.org with 4 out of 4 stars. Take a look!

The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
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The Goodbye BrideThe Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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“I don’t remember the last seven months.”
“Not at all? That’s…that must be hard.”
Still being in love with the man whose heart you didn’t remember breaking? Not exactly a walk in the park.

Lucy Lovett’s got an unresolved past (both remembered and forgotten) behind her and an emotionally daunting journey ahead of her in The Goodbye Bride, the second Summer Harbor novel by author Denise Hunter.

I picked this book up with little knowledge of its plot, set on reading it on account of how much I enjoyed the preceding novel, Falling Like Snowflakes. In this sequel, I appreciated the glimpses of returning characters and the messages of forgiveness, of relying on God for strength to face human relationships, of love that is stronger than fear. And like the first romance I read by this author, I’d place this one on the steamier side of Christian Fiction–not at all a bad thing!

Still, the romance began to lose my interest after a while, as the instances and descriptions of Lucy and Zac’s attraction became redundant. It seemed that they each stopped to brood over and around the same desires and doubts a number of times throughout the story, and the reading lagged for me in the middle. There also seemed to be a menacing build-up toward something that pretty much fizzled into nothing.

Nevertheless, I’m rather sure this heartfelt return to Summer Harbor has built on a good setup for the next book in the series…

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Here’s my review of Falling Like Snowflakes.

Falling Like Snowflakes

The Someday List by Stacy Hawkins Adams

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
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The Someday ListThe Someday List by Stacy Hawkins Adams

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Apart from her heart surgeon husband, two young children she loves, and her rather privileged lifestyle, Rachelle Covington isn’t exactly sure who she is or what she truly wants for herself. Her journey to figuring it out, and dealing with her past, begins in The Someday List by author Stacy Hawkins Adams.

I can tell how much I’m enjoying a novel when, at some point or another, I hear myself as I read: hear myself laughing, hear myself gasping, hear myself talking back to a character who needs to catch a clue. In this case, a number of points during the reading were punctuated with an audible “Mm” from me as Rachelle’s situation incited my interest, my reasoning, my emotions. The story deals with some hard, real, messy issues without being “messy” about it but also without sugarcoating it all for faith’s sake—the strong faith theme notwithstanding.

Now, while I could feel for Rachelle and a good handful of the other characters, there was one key character who didn’t quite have me convinced. When an antagonist is headed for a change down the road, that character is most intriguing when he or she doesn’t seem “bad” just for the sake of it, when there’s a little deeper dimension to who the character really is and why. This story’s “villain” didn’t intrigue me that way, so his portion of the plot eventually fell a bit flat to me.

Still, this novel kept me invested from the first page to the last, and I deem it a worthwhile pick for other fans of contemporary Christian Fiction.

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The Someday List is first in the Jubilant Soul series.

Worth a Thousand Words (Jubilant Soul #2) Dreams That Won't Let Go (Jubilant Soul #3)

Feast for Thieves by Marcus Brotherton

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers for an honest review.
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Feast for ThievesFeast for Thieves: A Rowdy Slater Novel by Marcus Brotherton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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“And if you don’t last the year…I’ll hunt you down and crush you with the full weight of the law. But–” he cleared his throat, “belly chains and leg irons seem like an awful waste of a man with your potential for success.”

Thus, young World War II veteran, Rowdy Slater, is faced with the choice of either going to jail for bank robbery or serving one year as a town minister in author Marcus Brotherton’s novel, Feast for Thieves.

Rowdy is a down-to-earth, flawed protagonist one can sympathize, even empathize, with, as he says what he thinks in unpretentious English, and perhaps he wouldn’t have found himself on the wrong side of the law here in Cut Eye, Texas if it’d been easier for him, and other men like him, to earn a living after the war. His first sermon in church had me cracking up, and I never would’ve imagined myself saying this before, but, man, I enjoyed the bar fights!

Of course, not all of the violence in the novel is fun and games, not by a long shot, and a certain, dire secret of Rowdy’s just about made my whole heart ache. Now, my interest in his story occasionally waned as he’d take a lot of time getting around to the point or importance of a scene, and his pattern of expression became redundant here and there. I was also a little puzzled at his late reference to a “fisherman from Nazareth,” as I wondered if he actually meant a carpenter or a craftsman.

Still, it’s a rather gritty and relatable depiction of a changing man, with an ending more than open enough to call for a continuation. I wouldn’t mind reading more about Rowdy Slater, and I think other fans of historical fiction with grit and faith wouldn’t mind it, either.