Saturday, April 30, 2011

And the winners are...


I don't want to make you wait any longer so here are the names of the lucky winners...
Masquerade goes to - Amanda
In Every Heartbeat goes to (updated)- Jackie
Uncertain Heart goes to - Katy

Congrats to the winners! 
(The winners have all been emailed, they will have 48 hours to respond or other names will be chosen.)

Thank you all so much for entering! Keep watching for my next giveaway!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Masquerade by Nancy Moser

My Rating: 3 stars

About the book -  
They risk it all for adventure and romance,
but find that love only flourishes in truth...

1886. Charlotte Gleason embarks from England with conflicting emotions. She is headed for New York to marry one of America's wealthiest heirs--a man she has never even met. When her doubts gain the upper hand, she swaps identities with her maid Dora. She wants a chance at "real life," even if it means giving up financial security. For Charlotte, it's a risk she's willing to take. But what begins as the whim of a spoiled rich girl becomes a test of survival beyond her blackest nightmare.

For Dora, it's the chance of a lifetime. She is thrust into a fairy tale amid ball gowns and lavish mansions, yet is tormented by the possibility of discovery--and humiliation. And what of the man who believes she is indeed his intended? Is this what her heart truly longs for?

My review - 
This is the first novel I've read by Nancy Moser, and what a great book to start off with! I really didn't think this would be as fun and exciting to read as it was. I thought I'd be bored most of the way and just try to get through it, but that wasn't the case at all. Although it did take a few pages for me to get engaged into the story, it was a great ride the rest of the way. What I loved most was the attention to detail she put into the story. Her descriptions of the dresses, jewels, sights, and smells. I felt like I was there experiencing it for myself. Everything seemed to flow and you really are taken on a journey with these two girls. Lottie and Dora's characters grew along the way and they found their purpose and who they are in life, along with love and some great friends. The combination of faith, adventure, romance, and scandal make this a great read you don't want to pass up.

To buy a copy of this book go HERE.

(This book was provided for review by Bethany House Publishers.)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I LOVE my kindle!


I got my Kindle about a month ago and I LOVE it! As you can see I got a skin for it because I wanted to make sure it wouldn't get scratched ANYWHERE. Isn't it cute?!? This is the perfect thing to keep it safe and like new while giving it a cute personalized touch. I still really like the feeling of holding an actual book, but it's great to be able to have a lot of books in one place minus all the weight. I have to admit that before I was so against e-readers. I don't know why. But now I absolutely love them!

I found a few free Christian Fiction kindle books that you might like..

I'm not sure how much longer these ebooks will be free so grab 'em while you can!

The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

My Rating: 2 stars

About the book - 
David Ponder is back. This time the fate of mankind is in his hands.

This is mankind’s last chance. Centuries of greed, pride, and hate have sent humanity hurtling toward disaster, and far from its original purpose. There is only one solution that can reset the compass and right the ship, and it consists of only two words.

With time running out, it is up to David Ponder and a cast of history’s best and brightest minds to uncover this solution before it is too late. The catch? They are allowed only five tries to discover the answer.

Readers first encountered David Ponder in The Traveler's Gift. Now, in The Final Summit, Andrews combines a riveting narrative with astounding history in order to show us the one thing we must do when we don’t know what to do.

My review - 
 The Final Summit turned out to be disappointing. I can't lie and say there was nothing in the whole book that had my interest. The only parts I really liked were when a famous person in history was introduced, it was interesting reading about their lives and the impact they made in the world. As I read about David Ponder and his fellow "Travelers" trying to figure out the two-word answer to the question, "What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization?" I immediately thought I knew what the answer would be. I was thinking something like Trust Jesus, Obey God, or Seek Christ. I was wrong and upset with what the answer turned out to be. I wish this book pointed towards Jesus as the only solution to our problems, because He really is. That is were I feel Andrews messed up. He's basically telling people that in our own ability, we can change the direction this world is going in. Because of that and the fact that there really is no Biblical foundation, I won't be recommending this book.

(This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze program.)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Angry by Laura L. Smith

My Rating: 4 stars

Sixteen year old Emma is angry at the world and God. Her parents are getting a divorce, she's always having to babysit her younger siblings, and she doesn't feel like anyone notices her or even cares. Her life is falling apart and she doesn't have anyone to turn to. She feels like God has forgotten about her too. Emma's friends and the upcoming school play are two things she has to look forward to in the new school year. When she lands a part in the play, she finally has something to distract her from everything going on at home. She now has a way to deal with the pain and hurt of her broken family and God begins to use the play to draw her near to Him. Will she trust Him and turn all the hurt, anger, frustration, and pain that she's been feeling over to Him?

  Angry was a very quick read full of tension, drama, and real life issues. Teens can definitely relate to Emma and the struggles she has to deal with. Laura's writing style is perfect for her targeted audience. It's easy to read and understand. I just wish the book hadn't ended so quickly. In the last couple of chapters Emma asked God to take control of her life and everything was ok after that. Other than the unrealistic ending, it was a good book and I enjoyed reading it. I'd recommend this for older teens due to the touchy subjects it addresses like divorce, adultery, and alcohol. There's also a little profanity so parents might even want to read it before they give it to their teen, so they know exactly what it is they're giving them. 

To buy a copy of this book go HERE.

(This book was provided for review by Navpress.)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Uncertain Heart by Andrea Boeshaar

My Rating: 3 Stars

About the book - 
Unwilling Warrior began the saga of the McCabe Family series that continues with book two, Uncertain Heart. A farmer is the last man Sarah wants to marry! After all, if Sarah McCabe had wanted to marry a farmer, she would have stayed home in Missouri. Ensconced as a governess for Captain Sinclair of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sarah knows firsthand the life she has always desired, a life of luxury, culture, and social privilege. But then she meets Richard Navis, the captain's steward, and those highfalutin dreams seem to vanish in salt air. Sarah loves his teasing tenderness and she admires his commitment to the Lord. Why should Richard want to leave behind his career to buy, of all things, a farm? Sarah McCabe knows exactly what she wants... but what does God want for her?

My review -
Uncertain heart is book two of the Seasons of Redemption series. Its ok if you haven't read book one because this does just fine as a stand alone. This historical romance is a very clean, light read. The pace of this book was a bit slow for me and I was a little irritated for a while. It wasn't until I reached chapter 20 that I actually got drawn into the story. I have to admit that I was hooked towards the end. My frustration with Sarah's uncertainty about who she had feelings for is what kept me reading because I wanted to know who she chose. I felt that the ending was sudden and a bit unrealistic. It just seemed too perfect the way things turned out and it wasn't very believable. There were a few twists that did surprise me, but in the end, I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped. It turned out to be just an ok read.

To buy a copy of this book go HERE.

(This book was provided for review by Glass Road PR.)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Historical Fiction Giveaway

In Every Heartbeat
Finally another giveaway! I'm going to be giving away my review copies of these books. They are in great condition. I just read through them once, so there isn't really any wear to them. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me which book or books you'd like to be entered to win. More details below..

  
Masquerade
 
Giveaway Details
To enter for a chance to win one of these books just leave a comment on this post or send me an email with "giveaway" as the subject.
-U.S. residents only please
- Leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you're one of the winners. Remember to diguise it like this: anotherbooklovingirl(at)yahoo(dot)com


Uncertain Heart
- For an extra entry, become a follower of this blog and leave another comment letting me know.

-Contest is open until April 29, 2011. Any comment left after will not count.
- I will be using Random.org to choose the lucky winners.
-The winners will be announced on April 30, 2011 and I will contact them via email.
-The winners will each have 48 hours to respond or another name will be drawn.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Start! The Bible For New Believers

My Rating: 4 stars

About the book - 
Start! The Bible for New Believers, NKJV was developed to help those beginning a brand new life of faith to place their trust in Jesus Christ while refreshing the foundations of the faith for longtime believers. START! is designed to take the hand of a new believer, or perhaps a believer who does not know their way around the Bible as they ought to, and lead them through. All of the notes are written to be understandable, conversational, and friendly while never assume that the reader knows what all the words mean. Start! The Bible for New Believers focuses on basic discipleship with articles and devotions on subjects including prayer, Bible study, church involvement, sharing your faith, and discovering God's will. Core biblical themes are introduced at basic levels of theological sophistication and presented in very simple language. Features include: · Grow entries, revealing key disciplines of the Christian life. · Know articles, exposing the core beliefs of Christians. · Live messages, focusing on various aspects of salvation. · Learn notes, providing mini-commentaries on key passages for spiritual growth. · Topical Index to articles and Scriptures · Secrets to Spiritual Success from the General Editor Greg Laurie – a crusading pastor and author who has impacted over four million people with the Gospel message, and seen well over 340,000 people come forward to make professions of faith in Christ.

My review - 
Simple. That's what I like about this Bible. It's so simple, while still being a helpful resource for new believers. I personally prefer the NKJV and that's mainly the reason why I chose to review this Bible. The added notes, articles, and devotions turned out to be very useful, and really do help you understand what you're reading as you go along. One thing I didn't like is that it was paperback. I didn't have a choice in what format mine came in  and I saw right away that it wasn't going to last me very long. When I got it in the mail it was folded in half and I was so disappointed and frustrated, but after a few hours of it being under a pile of heavy books it straightened out a bit. The good thing is that it comes in paperback, hardcover, and imitation leather so you can choose which format suits you best. The pages are also very thin and I go crazy highlighting key verses that I want to remember, so I just got a highlighter PENCIL especially for this. It works great and doesn't bleed through. Overall, I really do like this Bible and think it's a great tool for new believers.

To buy a copy of this Bible go HERE.

(This Bible was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze program.)
 
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