Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pilgrimage of Promise - Review


Broken promises, enduring love...

A dusty stack of unopened love letters forces Bo and Mona Beth Miller to revisit a part of their past they’d rather leave buried–especially in the face of death. Only as they retrace history will they learn the truth about the shattered promise that threatens to come between them. But can their relationship endure the deception and sabotage they unearth, or will the experience compel them to trust more fully in the promises that never fail?

My Take: 

This book is part of a series. I haven't read them all, but it isn't necessary to enjoy and follow this book. The more familiar you are with the characters the better - but reading the rest of the books would be like icing on a very good cake.

This was a bittersweet story. It seemed more true to life than some. We watch Bo and Mona Beth go through a series of bumps in the road on their way through life. We also watch them grow as people as they endure the trials. In the end there is a strength and beauty that wouldn't have been possible otherwise.

I want to thank the author for my copy. Her generosity in no way influenced my review though.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Review - The Heiress of Winterwood

Summary: Darbury, England, 1814

Amelia Barrett, heiress to an ancestral estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s infant baby. She'll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father, Graham, a sea captain she’s never met.

Tragedy strikes when the child vanishes with little more than a sketchy ransom note hinting to her whereabouts. Fear for the child’s safety drives Amelia and Graham to test the boundaries of their love for this infant.

Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she examines her soul and must face her one weakness: pride.

Graham’s strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline.

Both must learn to accept God’s sovereignty and relinquish control so they can grasp the future He has for planned for them.

My take:

First I have to confess some cover love. The dress is exquisite and I love the background too. 

I also must confess that this is one of my favorite time periods to read about. I may be a bit biased because of that.

I thought there was a lot to this book. You not only have the complications arising to . . . try to derail their romance, but there also was a bit of adventure and mystery with the kidnapping. The crisis seems to be yet another blockade to their plans in the beginning. In the end it bonds them and draws them closer together.

I thought the relationships and characters were interesting. I cared what would happen to them. This was a good read and I thank BookSneeze for providing my copy to review. Their generosity has in no way influenced my review.