Ибо так возлюбил Бог мир, что отдал Сына Своего Единородного, дабы всякий верующий в Него, не погиб, но имел хизнь вечную.
While I receive many books in exchange for review, I am never required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my very own.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Series Review: Ada's House by Cindy Woodsmall

Ada's House is a trilogy that follow several Amish couples through different struggles and romantic ups and downs. I started out the series listening to the audiobook, and while the reader was good, I was soon so caught up in the story that she just couldn't read fast enough. One of the main characters is Cara, whose Amish mother died without telling Cara about her Amish roots. Cara has a lot of bitterness built up toward her father and her Amish aunts and uncles who never came for her and left her to her fate in foster care. Deborah's fiancé left the Amish life. Sylvia is running from her former fiancé, and his wife, her sister. Lena is ashamed of her birthmark and afraid that no one will ever be able to see the real her beneath the mark. All of them find rest and comfort through the Bible and through Ada, a widow in her 40s who becomes surrogate mom to Cara, and who is definitely on Lena's widower father's radar. All in all, this is a delightful series that makes you wish for more. I want so many sequels. I need more than three books, because I've fallen in love with all the characters and I want to know more about them. Anything about them. I'm giving this series 4.5 stars.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Review: A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Blurb from Goodreads` *For readers who love a heartwarming romance and a rich historical setting comes a tale of a young woman with a heavy burden, the International Cotton Exposition, and the pursuit of true love.

Eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and "take care of Mama" by her older siblings, but Laurel has dreams of starting her own family. Operating a silk loom at the Atlanta Exposition will give her the chance to capture the heart of a man wealthy enough to take care of Laurel and any children she might bear, as well as her mother.

Langdon Rochester's parents have given him an ultimatum: settle down with a wife or lose his family inheritance. At the Exposition, Langdon meets Laurel. Marrying her would satisfy his parents's command, she would look lovely on his arm for social events, and in her besotted state, he believes she would overlook him continuing pursuing rowdy adventures with his unmarried buddies. Langdon decides to woo Laurel. Willie Sharp is not well-off and must take on an extra job at the Atlanta Exposition as a security guard. When mischief-makers cause trouble in the Women's Building, Willie is put in charge of keeping the building secure. He enjoys visiting with Laurel, who seems like the little sister he never had, but his feelings for Laurel change to something much deeper. Can Willie convince Laurel that he can give her better life--even with so little to offer?*

This book has been high on my TBR list since I first saw the cover. Imagine my delight when I was accepted onto the launch team! A Silken Thread was my "spring break project" but really that's code for "I actually have time for leisure reading!" Of course, I was NOT disappointed! One thing I love about Kim's books is that they often hit on events in history that I either have not heard of or that I am not overly familiar with. It's the best way to learn new things. The characters in this book were so diverse and well-written. I adored Laurel and her Mama. Willie and his dad. The cat! And especially the friendship between Willie and Quincy! The issue of interracial friendships, especially in the deep south during this time, was well dealt with. The craft of the writing made this a joy to read. You won't be able to help falling in love with all the characters. (Okay, so you may fall in hate with a few...) Honestly, I think if you are still looking for a gift for your mama for Mothers' Day, you should consider getting this book. What a tribute Kim has written! 4.5 Stars for this wonderfully sweet read with deeper threads than you'd first imagine.

I received this book as part of the launch team. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise. (As always.....)