The Launch of Christian Book Heaven!

There’s a new place to get curated ebook deals for Christian books:
Christian Book Heaven!
You can sign up to receive emails for free and discounted books and new releases. Visit the site to subscribe and pick your genres here.
(That’s a referral link, and, yes, I myself am a subscriber to Christian Book Heaven. 🙂 )

 

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Clean Indie Reads Fall Sale 2016

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Clean Indie Reads, the Home of Flinch-Free Fiction, is holding its annual fall sale
October 21st-23rd, 2016.

Find free and discounted books in a range of genres! Enter the sale here.

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The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter

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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

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

“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.

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The Someday List by Stacy Hawkins Adams

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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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Four Silver Stars

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)