Saturday, September 28, 2013

Book Review: The Bridge

Hello! Today I have another book review to share with you!

 Review by Marianne

Title: The Bridge
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Rating: 4/5
Age Recommendation: 12+

Plot: Molly Allen left Tennessee five years ago, and the young man that she loved. She now lives in Portland, each day telling herself she should have said something, anything to him.
Ryan Kelly is back in Nashville after traveling on the road and touring with a country music duo. He remembers Molly's kind words about following his dreams, and has missed her every day for the past five years. But he still visits The Bridge when he can, remembering all the time that the two of them spent together in that old book store.
I really enjoyed this book! I had never read any of Karen Kingsbury's books before and I am now really looking forward to reading more. This was a very sweet, well written story that I would recommend to many readers. The author does a great job at writing a heartwarming book that you will definitely want to re-read.
Characters: The characters in this book were very well developed. After a few chapters you find yourself in love with each one. I just wanted to read more and more of this story, and it was hard to put down. Each character was very easy to understand and relate to.
Emotion: The emotion in this book was very sweet. There were some rather sad scenes, but there were many joyful and tender scenes as well. As I expressed before I had trouble putting it down.
My Thoughts: Overall this was a very good book! Very enjoyable. What I didn't like about it was the brief mention of drugs. And even though this was necessary in the story, it did make me kind of uncomfortable. Although I would recommend this book to many readers, I would recommend it to an older audience.
Favorite quote:
Her prayers had been heard... which meant God was exactly who the pastor had claimed he was. The God of second chances. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Book Review: There You'll Find Me

Hello! We're the Dashwood sisters, and we would like to introduce ourselves with a book review!

Title: There You'll Find Me
Author: Jenny B. Jones
Rating: 5/5
Age Recommendation: 12+

Plot: Finley Sinclair was coming to Ireland to heal from the loss of her brother. She is hoping to regain the creativity in songwriting that she lost when he died; and see the same beautiful places he did just a few years ago. It was simple. But her life soon becomes more complicated than ever when she meets Beckett Rush, the Hollywood heartthrob and party boy; and when she is assigned a project involving a dying woman in a nursing home. Things begin to spiral out of Finley's control, and she must learn to leave her problems in God's hands.

We absolutely loved this book! Definitely a new favorite! We expected it to be a sort of silly romance story, but it was much deeper than that. Yes, there was a sweet element of romance to the book, but there was also Finley's struggling relationship with God, and her learning that things don't always have to be in her control.

Characters: The characters in this book were amazing! We truly felt like we had come to know each of their personalities. The author did an amazing job at helping you to feel and understand the struggles they each faced (so much that we cried a couple of times).

Emotion: As we said before, the author did an outstanding job to putting emotion into the characters. There has rarely been a book we laughed at as much as we did this one! It was beautifully written, and we hope to read more of Jenny B. Jones' books in the future.

Elinor's Thoughts: I totally loved this book (and Beckett) and I could really understand Finley's need to be in control of things... this book helped me to understand how to let God handle everything. I simply didn't want this book to end! The only thing that I disliked about this book was the two uses of the word cr*p and a few uses of g*sh.
Favorite Quote:
"You can't walk on water holding all that weight," Sister Maria said. "It makes you sink right down, let it go my dear."

Marianne's Thoughts: When I got this book I wasn't totally exited about reading it, (my sister talked me into it) it didn't take a very long time for me to fall in love with the story and characters.  I really enjoyed every part of this book and I am now very glad that I decided to read it. It was funny, inspirational and heartfelt. Definitely a book that I will want to read again. The only thing that I didn't like about this book (like my sister) was the uses of those two words. Otherwise there really wasn't anything I disliked about it. A great book that I would recommend to anyone who likes sweet, Christian romances.

Thanks for reading!