Smoking but not tawdry that is what comes to mind when I think of Heart of Design by Ellen Butler. The description “Love California Style” gives a hint to the romance ~ everday girl meets Hollywood star. There are several twists and turns that I shall not divulge as I hate a “spoiler”. This is a great summer read ~ after all, girls we love a summer love story and this is a great one! I love the characters, the plot twists, the descriptions and the romance. The cover tells you she is an interior decorator, he is a Hollywood star. To know more you have to read this wonderful romance over! This book is well written, steamy romance but not vulgar. I loved this book. It is the first book by Ellen Butler I have read but it will not be the last! I highly recommend this book. It was a great vacation read for me I Paris ~ the city of love!
The Harbinger has been on the New York Times Best Seller list. This prestigious award in and of itself makes it a bit daunting to write a review at times. However, I shall take the plunge. I was skeptical if I would like reading this book and the prophetic connections to 9/11. I decided to take the challenge – “The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn fiction or prophecy?” This book is written in such a way that it will continue to make you wonder about the answer to this question long after the last page is turned. I believe our countries founding fathers were men of deep Christian faith. I do believe that America was founded for freedom OF religion and not freedom FROM religion. Given that this is the lens through which I see, I can buy into the overarching premise that America has wandered from God. I believe that this book makes us look at what the impact of that drifting and running from God. What is the impact not only as a nation but as individuals?
As to some of the other messages in the book about the exact nature of the prophecy I will encourage you to read and enjoy thinking them through for yourself. I did find this book well written and it leads me to some thought provoking ponderings. I think we each have to ponder how are we doing in our personal relationship with God? What are the eternal consequences of our choices on earth? If I call myself a Christian what are my responsibilities in holding true to my faith? Are my beliefs not just responsible for my personal eternity but for my countries destiny?
Sometimes I feel like we are living in a test. Having a Christian perspective in a time that honors the individual and wants to respect all choices can be very grueling. If I choose to say that anything is against my belief as a Christian I am seen as disrespecting other points of view. If someone expresses a non-Christian point of view they are see as condemning and yet they can impact my choices – school prayer rings a bell here. However, if someone expresses a point of view I differ with I am seen as narrow-minded. How can it be? Can we value a difference of opinion without disagreeing on what God’s word says? I am throwing some of these questions out there because that is where this book has led my mind. I invite you to take up the challenge and see where it leads your mind. All in all I come down on the side of both, some fact with some fiction thrown in. Read the book and post a comment so I can consider your point of view about this book.
Dan Verner’s novel, On Wings Of The Morning, is an exciting tale of a young boy who dreams of becoming a pilot and the epic adventure of that dream becoming a reality. Otto will get his dream of becoming a pilot in unusual circumstances for a young boy from Wisconsin. This tale goes on to tell of Otto in WW II as a pilot with many successful missions. This wonderfully written book is full of twists and turns; with a lot of adventure and a pinch of romance for good measure. I found it to be an enlightening and captivating read about WWII. I confess generally I steer away from any sort of military tale. I found this story captivating as I could see the story unfolding like a movie in my minds eye. Verner beckons the reader back to the era of the Greatest Generation and invites you to experience that time through his tale of Otto and his crew. This tale of tragedy and humanness is very believable and that is part of the magic of this well written book. Verner’s book helps us several generations younger to see the courage of their time and recognize why they are, the Greatest Generation.
What a surprise I loved Catwalk: Messiah by Nick Kelly. Looking at the cover I thought it was going to be a android robotic tale that I might not like. Surprise, I loved it! Actually this is a very futuristic book set in the year 2033. It is the exploits of a former cop named Leon “Catwalk” Caliber. Catwalk was anything but your typical cop – he was the cop that chased down rogue machines that needed to be “retired”. Cat left the beat of being a cop but continued to be a “cleaner”. Now instead of retiring rogue machines he kills and destroys for those that can afford to pay him. Problems arise when Cat becomes the target. As gun for hire in the City of Angels Cat’s training as a cop is useful in this new life as a hit man that is up for any challenge if the money is right.
The year 2033 is a very violent time and Kelly describes these battles between Catwalk and his foe in great detail that leave me hoping this book will become a movie. Kelly’s ability to draw the reader into the scenes makes this a wonderful read. I do not want to spoil the story but I will tell you it is a page turner till the end. Some will say this is a book for the Young Adult reader. I, however, believe this is a great read for those like myself that are young at heart. This book at times reminded me of Dick Tracey and other heroes of my youth only faced with an apocalyptic challenges. The detail Kelly describes the way that Catwalk is able to function is intriguing and wonderfully detailed. Cat is a human that is technologically enhanced while fully human in his emotions.
Enjoy! I look forward to the next installment in this series and hope for a movie for this one!
Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews is a wonderful summer read. Well, for me I love a good beach read in the summer, but I suppose you could read it anytime. This is a wonderful story of Ellis, Julia and Dorie who are childhood friends. Each one had a reason to get away and go to the beach. It is a story of three BFF’s who decide to rent a beach house in Nags Head on the Outer Banks of North Carolina for the month of August. Having been to the Outer Banks for many summers this book will take you right there walking on the beach and enjoying the sun at this summer rental! Enjoy the confessions of BFF’s!
The Dovekeepers is a wonderful novel by Alice Hoffman. Having been to Masada in Israel and seeing the dovecotes first hand reading this tale of fact and fiction was wonderful. Hoffman’s book tells the story of four women that came to Masada and work in the dovecotes. This books tells of life in about 70 A.D. when nine hundred Jews held out for months on Masada against the Roman army. There are many interesting historical facts interspersed in an easy to read story that engages the reader in the time period. I loved how she describes the area and the culture of the day. This is a must read if you are interested in what I call historical fiction, real facts and history of an era told through fictional characters. It is a wonderful telling of some of the history of Israel. Hoffman also helps the reader understand the interrelationship between the doves and the people of Masada, this bodes to the interconnected relationship of humans and animals. I really enjoyed this book.
Take a Seat by Dominic Gill is a fascinating autobiographical story about biking from Alaska to Argentina on a tandem bike. I am an avid bike rider but more to the 10 to 25 miles at a time (not the 20,000 mile journey. Gill decided to use a tandem bike as a way to meet people along the journey. Dominic is an excellent writer and you can live this adventure vicariously by reading his book – I did! At times I felt like I was a stoker riding on the back of his tandem. He tells of the interesting people he meets along the way as well as the hardships he endured. I found this a fascinating read as well as an inspiring adventure book! Enjoy!
Hope Amid Hardship, Pioneer Voices From Kansas Territory by Linda S. Johnston is written and illustrated by Linda. Remember when you were a child and you looked for a book and one of the considerations was the pictures. This book is a lovely reminder of those times for adults. The wonderful watercolor drawings are absolutely beautiful and well worth buying the book to enjoy the paintings and drawings alone. This book will be treasured by those who have lived in Kansas and enjoyed by those who like living history. This book is a collection of diary entries interspersed with letters that describe the hardship and celebrations of the pioneers of Kansas. Many of these stories would ring true for early settlers of any state. It gives the reader a look into the private thoughts of those that lived and loved in Kansas in the 1800’s. It is a joy to recommend this book! Enjoy and leave a comment on your thoughts on the book!
Loved it! Laura Hillenbrand is a masterful story teller and has an amazing ability to make you feel like you are right in the middle of the story. She tells the mesmerizing story of Louis Zamperini who wanted to run in the Olympics and instead was in WWII. This is a masterpiece that will captivate you from the beginning and hold you attention through the end of the book and beyond. I find myself thinking of the soldiers that protect us everyday in new ways since reading this wonderful book. I confess I am not one who generally reads “war stories” but I truly loved this one! It is so much more than a war story it is a story of life lessons.
Wasps in the Bedroom, Butter in the Well: Growing Up During the Great Depression, by June Kilpatrick is a wonderful read. This book is about life in the Depression. June shares life experiences and has a wonderful ability to tell the story of life in that time.