Thursday, November 21, 2013


I received a copy of PERIL by Jordyn Redwood from Kregel Publications.  I have read her other books, PROOF and POISON, in the Bloodline Trilogy, and I didn’t expect anything less than emotion and danger – I received all that and more.  I had received POISON from Kregel Publications in the past, but I found PROOF on my own. 

The writing is what I love most about Jordyn Redwood’s literature.  The suck you into that place; all of the trials of the world fade and you know only the main character, Morgan.  You feel what she feels, you say what she says, and you wince with her when things don’t quite go as planned.  Then again, you also cheer with Morgan when everything goes perfectly.  One of my favorite lines in the book came on page 94: “…a haunted darkness in her voice.”  Lines like that send a chill over your skin.

I am going to pass this book onto my aunt, who is a nurse like Morgan, and I know she will appreciate the medical references.  I’m hoping to get her hooked on this series with me so we can share opinions, and watch for more novels by Jordyn Redwood.  Even though this is a trilogy, I’m hoping for a fourth book.  

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Stones for Bread

I received a copy of STONES FOR BREAD by Christa Parrish from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  The opinions I have expressed are strictly my own, and receving this book did not mean I had to make a favorable review.  With that said…

This was a heartwarming book, both inside and out, and by that I mean that I smiled through every page and then made myself some bread in the bread maker.  I haven’t felt inclined to do that in many a moon. 

The main character, Liesl, comes from a family of bread makers.  Her entire life seems to revolve around bread – boy, did that make me hungry!  It is a quiet existence of peace and security.  In a way, it is the life everyone needs but not everyone hopes for. 

Then – and of course you knew something had to get in the way of that – life gets more complicated for Liesl.  My favorite of those things happens to be a mysterious woman who says she’s Liesl’s half-sister. 

I enjoyed how well this book explored faith in God; sometimes, religious fiction only touches upon that topic, but this one dove right in and left me feeling complete.  I will keep my eyes open for other books by Christa Parrish.