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Rich, privileged, on the verge of being accepted into Charleston’s elite social clubs, Jackson and Mary Lynn Scoville have worked hard to provide the kind of life for their three daughters that they never had. But does having everything really make you happy? Jackson is distant and domineering, Mary Lynn has become the kind of wife that has to bite her tongue, and the daughters have issues with insecurity, drugs and sneaking out. That is until two miracles happen.

Sunrise on the Battery is a moderate paced Cinderella story in reverse. Instead of the poor miserly princess getting the prince, the perfect family finds God. The descriptions of Charleston are beautiful, the language is kept natural and flowing. While the plot was somewhat predictable, Beth Webb Hart makes her characters change wildly from materialistic selfish people to outgoing radical evangelists. I was a little uncomfortable with this wild transformation, but it did make for a good story.

The overall spiritual message of the book was very inspiring. I could see a lot of my habits and downfalls in the characters and the life path that they choose spotlighted where my walk with Jesus could be better.

Overall, the book is a quick and easy read with a story that is a wholesome diversion.

I received this ebook free from Booksneeze.com

In a Dog’s Heart is partially a book about the unconditional love that a dog has for all humans, partially a blasting of most of the training methods that are popular today, and partially a resource for training your dog.

The author has presented a very well written and well organized book for anyone who loves dogs. She kept the focus on the issue at hand in every chapter and highlighted her points well with true stories.

The unconditional love and first hand stories were well written and touching. I enjoyed reading about the lives changed by the service dogs that have been trained by the authors sanctuary. But I think that mentioning other people involved in the dog training industry in a negative light was a little over the top. Subtle use of the styles of training would have worked much better.

The training tips and appendixes at the back of the book would be helpful to a new dog owner when bringing the dog home for the first time.

I would love to see Jennifer write a book full of stories about the love of dogs that she has experienced or heard about in her organization. That was more what I was expecting out of this book.

I received this book free from the Goodreads giveaway program.

Imagine your fiance and your best friends wife and child were all raped and murdered in one terrible night. Would the court system provide enough justice to satisfy you? Or would you take matters into your own hands. No Justice is the story of one man who decided to do that, and then continue to do so for others who didn’t feel they would be satisfied by the system either.

Software designer by day, Michael Sykora’s hobby is vigilante hunter. He takes money to rid the world of people he has decided are evil enough not to deserve to live. Then, when an old friend calls out of the blue and asks for help, he may just get in over his head.

The characters in Darcia Helle’s book are deep, complicated characters with realistic feelings. In a word, fantastic! The plot twists keep you on the edge of your seat and this is a book that I couldn’t put down. The descriptions and the dialogue were well written, detailed and at times laugh out loud amusing.

I received the EPub version of No Justice free from Library Thing giveaway.

A girl wakes up in a strange apartment in a strange town with no memory, not even who she is. The driver’s license with her picture says her name is Erin Rose. Also, there is a vampire bite on her neck. Strange enough for you yet? It gets better.

The character of Erin Rose is unbelievably simple. She gets a job and searches for clues about her past. She has a friend and eventually a boyfriend. You only find out about what Erin is feeling as the book goes on. The mood stays at dark and mysterious, slow and quiet throughout the entire story. Steve Perlow is excellent at describing a scene and making it real in your mind without being obvious. And yet I wanted to know more about Erin. I wanted to know what she was feeling when she awoke with no memory, how lonely she was with no friends and family.

The book held my interest by not providing me with enough details. I wanted to know more. Eventually, in the last couple of chapters I did find out enough enough about Erin to make the book worth while. While I was satisfied with the ending and am looking forward to reading the next book, I do hope for more action, more plot twists, and more information about Erin Rose – where she came from and who she was.

I received this book for free in the Epub format as a part of the Library Thing giveaway.

What a fantastic book! The first couple of chapters were a little slow – Cora is a spoiled brat and her mother is overbearing but once Cora meets the Duke and begins to change as a person, I was hooked. I thought that the story was fascinating because of the honesty of the situation – despite being dukes and duchesses and rich people, they were faced with the same problems that each of us face – loneliness, overbearing families and refusal to face the truth of hard situations. The ending was the best part – Cora makes a very wise and mature decision and I was very satisfied with the entire book. I received this book as a part of the Goodreads First Reads.

Gabby God’s Little Angel by Sheila Walsh, Illustrated by Marina Fedotova

My review version of the book was an Ebook in Epub edition. Gabby is a children’s storybook about a guardian angel, Gabby, assigned to watch over Sophie, a little human girl. The book is based on the verses Psalm 91:9,11 “The Lord is your protection…He has put His angels in charge of you. They will watch over you wherever you go.”

The story of Gabby is a simple sweet way to present the idea of guardian angels to young children, probably between the ages of 2 and 4. Gabby is assigned to Sophie, who seems to be a rambunctious girl, and helps her through a frightening pony ride.

The story is very simple. I read the book to my 6 year old daughter last night before bed and she said it was very relaxing and comforting. The illustrations on my reader were in black and white, but were very beautiful and soothing. I thought the story was overly simple, but it did keep the focus on the Bible verse rather than on the characters in the story. I felt the use of only one example of Gabby protecting Sophie wasn’t enough to show that God’s angels protect children all of the time.  I would recommend this book to parents with very small children as an introduction to God’s protection, but for school aged children the book is too simple.

I am giving this book 3 out of 5 stars – it did focus on a particular scripture and had beautiful illustrations but was very very simple and short.
I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their booksneeze.com blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255.









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Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World by Dr. David Jeremiah

Living with Confidence is a practical spiritual guide to thriving in turbulent times. Written with an eye on the current world conditions of economic disparity, job loss, and tragedy affecting the world today, Dr. Jeremiah guides you through Biblically sound principles of staying focused on things eternal while keeping God’s peace in your day to day life.

What a fantastic resource. There was so much written in the first chapter about job loss and economic struggle I thought the entire book was going to be very depressing and dated. However, as I continued reading, the themes of  “Stay Calm, Stay Compassionate, Stay Constructive”, etc. are timeless themes repeated over and over in the Bible. Dr. Jeremiah presents these ideas as good general guidelines for remembering things eternal and striving to live beyond this world. What’s more, Dr. Jeremiah shows practical ways to achieve each of these. He gives specific steps to take and consistently keeps his focus on Jesus and scripture. As I was reading, his words would come back to me throughout the day as a gentle reminder and help me to be more Christ-like in my evaluation and treatment of difficult people and situations.

Dr. David Jeremiah’s writing style is concise, clear and interesting. I have and will continue to recommend this book to anyone who desires to grow in their walk with Jesus, whether or not in the midst of personal trouble. The advice is timely for anyone.

I am giving Confidence in a Chaotic World 5 out of 5 stars – full of excellent information, not too short and not too long, and an easy reading style.
I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their booksneeze.com blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255.

 









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I received this book through Goodreads First Read. I sat down and read this book in less than a day. The storyline, the plot and the characters were amazing! The idea of leaping from one reality to another was presented in such a way that you were hooked right in. The only things I didn’t like the book, and the reason I gave it only 3 stars was that the writing wasn’t very developed. This book, at 303 pages, could have easily been twice as long. Some of the details in the book were painstakingly specific, and others were terrible generic and broad. Example: “Alex and Linda were gone for eight minutes before they walked back into the room and joined their conversation…Miles drove Alex back to her Jeep and they talked casually the entire way.” The specificness of the eight minutes clashes with the casual conversation statement. A few improvements in the writing and this book could be a HUGE bestseller.

FANTASTIC!! I was hooked by chapter 3, and read most of it in a marathon sitting. What great character development, amazingly created future world and a style all its own. This book doesn’t fall into the trappings of science fiction books with the strange names and overly detailed descriptions of the technology, nor does it do what most young adult fiction books do by creating “cute quirky” teenagers. Nora, Pam and the zombie teens are strong, intelligent and determined and I was in love with them. Can’t wait to read the next 2 books! Borrowed this book from a friend who won it from the Goodreads First Reads.

I received this book as a part of the Goodreads First Reads. This book was…random. There were some pretty cool stats, some graphs that made much more of an impact with pictures than words ever would, and some unique looks at baseball as told by an English baseball fan and some very strange stories that I never did quite figure out how they might be related to baseball. Kind of fun to flip through, but definitely not a reread. Gave it to my husband who is a big time baseball fan and he lost interest after flipping back and forth a few times. I don’t think the author understands the average red blooded American male baseball fan. Gave it two stars for the unique set up and many pictures and graphs.