Book Reviews

The Breathless 
by Tara Goedjen

This is a darkly beautiful book, imbued with echos of the past in its lush Southern setting. I have to admit that what initially drew me to the book was the stunning, mysterious cover. But after starting the book I realized that the cover was just an appetizer to what was inside the pages of the book. Mae Cole is still living in the shadow of her golden sister Ro, almost a year after Ro died. When Ro's former boyfriend knocks on the door of their historic home with no memory of the past year, his return sets off a haunting, magical mystery. I tore through this book, especially as I got toward the end, and I never saw the last few pages coming. Tara Goedjen writes gorgeously and weaves a suspenseful tale of secrets, obsession, and love.

The Mountain Between Us
Charles Martin

I must admit that what intrigued me to read The Mountain Between Us was the fact it was being released as a movie. The short bio I read about the book definitely intrigued me and I was curious if it was actually good enough to be made into a movie. This book was different from anything I’ve read before, but it was so worth the read. I found that I couldn’t put it down while reading and couldn’t wait to read what happened next. One chapter turned into two and before I knew it hours passed by and I was 3/4 of the way through the book! I literally could not put the book down. Charles Martin has a way of keeping his readers glued to the pages and waiting for the next twists and turns. There were so many things that Grover said in the beginning and Ben said throughout the book that really hit home and made me think about my own love life. I didn’t expect to be so captivated in a book the way I have with this one, but I think that just goes to show how remarkable of a book it is. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the movie will be adapted from this wonderful, addictive novel. I also will be reading more Charles Martin after this book.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about God (But Were Afraid to Ask) 
by Eric Metaxas
This is such an amazing book filled with questions I never thought to ask but always wondered about. This is the perfect book for any young or old adult. Being head of the Worship at my Church I purchased copies for all of our Graduates to take to College with them. I know when I was young and starting life I questioned so much. Had I had this book when I was that age I feel that I would have given my life over to Christ so much sooner. If you have a young one or someone who is questioning their faith I highly recommend this book to them!

 That's So 90s Pop Activity Book
 by Patrick Sullivan

Coloring is said to relieve stress. And let's face it the older we get the more stress we have! Right? This coloring book is a 90s Kid dream coloring book! Have fun while reminiscing about your years growing up and singing in a hair brush while pretending to be Britney Spears. I Know I'm not the only one that did this! This book is a great nostalgic concept that would be a great time waste on vacation or a road trip...or if you just need a few minutes to "escape" reality. This would also make a great gift for any friend who grew up in the 90s. It's a fun book that is also an activity book so for those who want something a little more challenging than just coloring in the lines. Definitely a blast remembering some celebrities long gone and some still thriving in the industry.

 Together at the Table
by Hillary Manton Lodge

I wish I would have read that this  
was part of a series because after reading this book I want to go back and read the other two books as well- I wish I would have read them first actually. The books are stand alone but it's easier to know the story line and history if you read the previous two first. This book has it all- romance, mystery, rich family history, ancestry, humor and the story line was great and easy to read. It's beautiful, well written series! I loved how the stories didn't skip time but one led into the next. The story keeps building and you find many twists that lead to the ultimate ending. Can't wait to read more from this author.

How May We Hate You? 
by Anna Drezen and Todd Dakotah Briscoe

This book was so fun to read and it was a quick read as well. The book kept me engaged and eager to turn the page to read what they had to write about next. It had me laughing at times, sad at times as I remembered doing some of the things they suggest not to, and eager for my next trip now that I'm equipped with so much expert knowledge. The book also gives you a huge insight into the people hotel employees have to deal with daily! Gesh! Makes you reflect back on your stays at hotels over the years and wonder what type of guest you are. It's also a great reminder to treat the concierge nicer next time and to not ask them stupid questions that they shouldn't be asked. This book is a great, entertaining book that you'll want to share with family and friends. I also LOVE how each page is different on not just filled with text. The quizzes are fun and the graphics are entertaining.

The Book of Joan
by Melissa Rivers 

This was a quick and enjoyable read for me. It made me laugh, cry and reflect on my close relationship with my mother. The stories made me think back to when I first saw Joan and would watch her thru out her life. Melissa did a great job on this book! I so enjoyed her mother for so many years. From her comedy to QVC, books and of course the RED CARPET! I adored her on the E! Red Carpet coverage. I am thankful to Melissa and David D to keep her style and creations going on QVC! If you enjoyed Joan at all over the years, grab this book, sit back and enjoy!

Meet the New You
by Elisa Pulliam

Get ready to meet the new you…because after reading this book you will be changed. I more than half-way through this book, and already it is having an impact on my life! I find myself thinking, acting and living differently since reading this book. What a treasure in today's world where Christian women need to constantly be equipped to become the women Christ has created us to be rather than to be crushed and formed by the world around us. I think this book would be great for a women’s bible study.

Where's Karl?
by Stacey Caldwell, Ajiri Aki, and Michelle Baron,

This book is so cute and perfect for fashionista's or people who know fashion designers. It's a great book to flip thru with your girlfriends and a bottle of wine. Not only will you spy Karl but there are many other designers and celebrities in the book. Definitely a fun and cute book and would make the perfect gift!

Little Miss Basic
by Dan Zevin

When I got this book I was disappointed by how small it was, but then I started to read it and that
disappointment vanished. This book is stupid but yet so ridiculously cute and funny that it's actually a great read. The way the book is written is so point on with today's society. I found myself laughing and thinking about some people I've come across. I actually want to get the rest of the books to read and have on my shelf. It's a quick read but I think my teenager niece will love the books as well. Definitely a funny author! Would read this book again and again.

Finding Your Way Back to God Participants Guide
by Dave and Jon Ferguson

The participants guide was very interesting, however, I found myself wanting to read more and missed actually having the full book. I think that if you want to get this you should definitely purchase the actual book with it.

by Nathan Ripperger

When you mention coffee table book what comes to your mind first? If it's cute, fun, humorous than this book is for you. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but knew from the title it would be humorous. Each page is filled with a bright image to go along with the quote the author wrote. Some of the things he's said to his children actually had me laughing, but others were just okay and made you wonder if he really said that. If you a book that will be a hit at a gathering or dinner party than this book won't let you down. If you're looking for a book that you'll want to read more than once...than I'm afraid this is not the book for you. Or at least not for me.

by Peggy Wang

I absolutely love this book! The recipes are fun, easy, and delicious...which I'm sure after a few of the boozy recipes you might be fun and easy as well. The food recipes though- so clever! Who would have thought to put ice cream in your Jell-o! GENIUS! A few of the recipes I've done before but thanks to this book I can now throw away all the stacks of paper because they are all in once place! A holiday twist on the 5 Minute Pretzel Bites - instead of making a sandwich with them after you remove them from the oven- take a colored candy (like M&M) and smush it down on top of the Kiss. I've done green and red for Christmas, and pink and red for Valentine's day. Just a nice, quick, and easy holiday gift for people.

This book would make a great gift for anyone! Throw it in a bag with some of the ingredients and it would be perfect! One note which made me love this book even more- it's a sturdy board book with full brightly colored pages where each page has a deliciously photograph of the various outcomes of the recipe. If you are thinking of buying one book- get this one and thank me later!

by Vicki Hinze

I loved this book. There was so much going on that the story just flew by. There was drama, suspense, mystery, romance, it had so much too it. This book kept me guessing most of the way through and was definitely a quick read for me. I just couldn't put it down. I will admit that the first few pages of the book were confusing and it took me a chapter or two to get fully hooked. I was sad that I finished it since it was the third book in a trilogy and would love to go back and read the first two now. I definitely recommend this book.

by David Gregory
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I wasn't sure if I would like this book since most religious books just give you the facts and nearly try to shove it down your through. Dinner with a Perfect Stranger was not like this. It was not filled with fluff or was over bearing. It made me think and ask questions I never even thought about. The book also answered questions in a way that made me look deeper at my faith and relationship with God.

A quick read, Dinner with a Perfect Stranger was an hour of my life that changed my perception on faith.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has a question or is skeptical about religion.

by Kristen Heitzmann

Great book! I would recommend this and would say it's a "re-readable" book. You know the books you would definitely read again. Kristen does a great job of weaving the back stories and too-present realities of each character.

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