3 1/2 Stars, Low Romance, Low Violence, Moderate Language, Moderate Religion

Perspective

Confession for you all, I have always been more on the sensitive side I cry during movies, watching TV, and while reading books. Heavens, I’ve even cried watching facebook videos! Since having my first baby however, my hormones (lets just blame it on the hormones) have been out of control.

So Healed by Miranda Lotz may not have been the best choice, it is 100% a heart wrencher. I cried through more than half of it.

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“Stephanie knows God answers her prayers. Giving birth to her daughter after five miscarriages is proof of that. 

But when baby Abby is diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy and treatments begin to spiral out of control, Stephanie is left to question why a God of miracles doesn’t guide her to heal Abby.

Stephanie’s husband, Jared, wants to try Mary’s Miracle–an organic CBD oil made from hemp–to treat Abby’s seizures, but Stephanie wants to know what God has planned for them.

As treatments dwindle and options run low, Stephanie must learn how to trust her instincts and follow her heart, finding a path forward for her daughter, and a path back to God for herself.”

The author did a beautiful job of reflecting all the pain hurt and struggle a family can go through when they find out hard news about their little angels. Miranda Lotz’s writing not only pulls on your heart strings, but gives you perspective. She did a very good job of making you feel and understand all the emotions.

I did struggle a little with the points of view it was written in, the chapters were labeled with the person’s name, but every now and then it seemed to switch to third person or even a completely different view.

Be aware of the sensitive nature of this book before you decide if it’s for you. Also a few other points: The book is very heavily religious as this family struggles in understanding why God would allow this, but it’s not preachy. There is heavier language than most books we read, so keep that in mind. Lastly, although there is no violence in the book its first chapter is pretty graphic in the telling of her delivery.

That all being said, this is a good book to turn to for perspective, for faith, and for a really good cry. –A.B.

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4 1/2 stars, Giveaway, Low Violence, Moderate Language, Moderate Romance

Segue not Segway

You know what I love? A Good segue. When a writer can transition seamlessly from one point of view to another, or one time period to another, or one chapter to another. That’s one of the things that first caught my attention when reading Bria Quinlan‘s “The Catching Kind”, her transitions from one chapter to another keeps pulling your interest along, keeping you hooked.

“Hailey Tate thought she was worth more than a straight flush. Apparently not.

When camera-shy author Hailey Tate’s agent loses a bet and brokers a deal, it leaves Hailey in the last place she wants to be: backed into the corner of Publicity and Paparazzi. Now, thanks to her girl-next-door image and role as pretend girlfriend to a womanizing shortstop, she’s getting the attention she always managed to avoid.

Connor Ryan is not only America’s Sexiest Athlete, he’s also the current Bad Boy of Baseball. But when he goes a base too far, management wants to bench him…permanently. One thing he never counted on? Falling for his sweet, fake girlfriend. He’s the guy who can catch anything and now she’s next on his list”

Bria Quinlan’s writing is delightful, she creates witty banter that made me smile through the whole book. She exhibits the life of an author in Hailey. From her insecurities, to her crazy schedule, to her quirkiness, she was such a fun and authentic character to read.

I loved Connor and Hailey’s romance, it was not just believable, but adorable. It is a little higher on the romance meter than I usually read, thought there wasn’t even very much kissing, but there were more inuendos for those who want a heads up about those kind of things. That being said, I plan to read the other’s in the Brew Ha Ha series.  The second in the series, “Worth the Fall” is free today, so I guess that’s going on my kindle 🙂

 

 

Author Bria Quinlan

RWA RITA award finalist and USA Today Best Seller Bria Quinlan writes Diet-Coke-Snort-Worthy Rom Coms about what it’s like to be a girl and deal with crap and still look for love. She also writes books for teens that take hard topics and make you laugh through your tears. Some people call them issue books. Some people call them romantic comedies. Bria calls them what-life-looks-like.

Her stories remind you that life is an adventure not to be ignored.

 

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Low Religion, Low Violence, Moderate Language, Moderate Romance, Three Stars

Flight Plans

When I heard about the book The Best Laid Flight Plans, by Leigh Dreyer, I was super excited for a few reasons: 1. I love re-tellings,  but that’s nothing new 2.  It was put into the military life I have come to love and enjoy.

The Best Laid Flight Plans: A Modern Pride and Prejudice Variation (Pride in Flight Series Book 1) by [Dreyer, Leigh]

“In this modern Pride and Prejudice variation, Captain William “Fitz” Darcy has just received a new assignment as an instructor pilot at Meryton Air Force Base. Soon he meets the intrepid 2nd Lieutenant Elizabeth Bennet, a new student at the base that he cannot keep out of his head. Elizabeth, on the other hand, finds Captain Darcy to be arrogant and prideful and attempts to avoid him at every turn. Despite Darcy’s insulting manners, Elizabeth soars her way through pilot training, but can she soar her way into love as well?”

I was excited to read one of my favorite regency stories, Pride and Prejudice, with an Air Force pilot twist! And while Leigh Dreyer did a good job with doing just that, I did not love it as much as I had hoped. The end was probably my favorite part, the author took a bit of liberty with the story that really threw some suspense into a story I already knew so well.

I did struggle with a couple things. I found it a bit distracting that she kept the names exactly the same, such old fashioned names were hard to put into my modern thought of the story and along those same lines some of the language was not consistent. There were modern words, even some cussing and then all of the sudden an Air Force pilot is using a sentence with words like “absolutely delightful” and “it is lovely”. I can’t picture a normal ’30 something saying’ that, let alone an Air Force pilot.

My one other confusion came when the author took the officers to the military ball. At the ball, there was a toast given.  It’s one I’ve never heard at the military balls I’ve attended. Though beautiful, the toast spoke only to pilots, which is not all the Air Force is made up of, and seemed out of place. I attempted to reach out to the author to get better understanding, but did not receive a response. So while there may be an explanation for it. To me it was confusing.

I did enjoy that I was able to understand the military lingo and acronyms and though she did have footnotes could see that being daunting for other readers. I enjoyed the story enough that I am going to read the next book that will be coming out despite some of my hiccups with this one. –AB

 

Moderate Language, Moderate Romance, Moderate Violence

Reckless Magic

Hey sis! Confession, I love me a good teen flick, kind of embarrassing for an adult, but it’s true. I also love when a book can keep me guessing! Reckless Magic by Rachel Higginson is about Eden a spunky 16 year old girl in a mixed up world, and with each twist and turn in her adventure I got more and more sucked in!41L1ivDXLzL

“Sixteen-year-old Eden Matthews has been in and out of private schools for the last two years. She can’t seem to stop herself from closing them down. Kingsley is her last chance to finish high school.

Only Kingsley isn’t like the other schools she’s been to. The students are different. But, then again, so is she. After meeting Kiran Kendrick, the mysterious boy who seems to be the source of all her problems, she is suddenly in a world that feels more make-believe than reality.”

For me you know a book is good when it keeps you up late at night because you can’t put it down. The romance is fun and the writer kept me guessing on Kiran’s character and motives… good or bad? This was definitely a top favorite for me.

 

*One conversation about belief in God, but not really any religious themes.

Additional confession: This book is the first in the Star-Crossed series, after book 4 of this series Eden’s story ends. The romance, language and violence creeps up to high with books 5-7 in the series; with the romance going beyond my liking. –A.B.