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Month: January 2018

To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon

To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon

To Be Where You Are

In a Nutshell:

Age Appropriateness: 16 and above

Genre(s): Literary Fiction

Suspense/Violence: None

Romance: Light romance

Language: None

Would I Recommend It?  Yes

The Nitty-Gritty

Suspense/Violence: 

No mystery or suspense.*

*Reader discretion is always advised.

Romance:

Several of the characters are involved in relationships (married or dating).  Some kissing, hugging, and affection occurs.  No inappropriate relationships or graphic details. *

Additional Comments

Warning!  You will cry sweet tears as you read this book.  I never cry while reading, but I had tears rolling down my cheeks as I finished To Be Where You Are.  Ms. Karen has written another brilliant, beautiful wonderful addition to The Mitford Series.  Readers will be delighted to further follow the stories of Father Tim, Cynthia, Dooley, Lace, Jack, and the other residents of Mitford and Meadowgate Farm.  I can not recommend this book enough!

It is a clean, wholesome story about life in a small town – and the beautiful beginning of the next generation of Mitford.

Now excuse me while I reread it, I’m pretty sure I am now living vicariously through Dooley and Lace on Meadowgate Farm.

Recommended For:

Anyone who enjoys a beautiful piece of modern literary fiction.

*Reader discretion is always advised.

Top 10 Books of 2017

Top 10 Books of 2017

I industriously resolved to read 52 books last year.  I also set had a resolution to graduate from Thomas Edison State University, which I did accomplish, and which seemed to be in direct opposition to my original resolution.  But I did manage to read 52 books last year.

Originally shooting to read a book a week, I quickly changed that to reading when I could.

Out of every great list of books, there are always a few that stand out from the rest.  Here are my Top 10 Books of 2017.

1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  A book I attempted with very low expectations, and was completely blown away by the plot-line and characters.  It is unique, but everyone should read it.

2. Death by Living by N. D. Wilson.  This was not the first time I read this book.  I try to read it once a year, because I am always convicted and encouraged by reading this bookshelf addition.

3. PSmith, Journalist by P. G. Wodehouse.  Can you ever go wrong with Wodehouse or his hilarious, bumbling PSmith?  The witty writing of Wodehouse is something every booklist needs.

4. The Witnesses by Robert Whitlow.  My first Whitlow novel, which was a little slow at first, but turned into an intriguing and enjoyable read.

5. A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War by Joseph Loconte.  Such an amazing book!!!  Gave me new appreciation for the world around C. S. Lewis and the war that changed the world.

6. Notes from the Tilt a Whirl by N. D. Wilson.  This author is the only one to appear twice on my Top 10 List. Yet another read that gives us new perspective to our role as redeemed creations.

7. Without Warning by Joel Rosenberg. I waited for months for the exciting, emotional conclusion to this Rosenberg series.  He did not disappoint, and I highly recommend this book.

8. Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon.  I’m pretty sure that I am living vicariously through Dooley and Lace Barlow in the newest additions to the Mitford series.  Can not get enough of these.

9. The Weight of Glory by C. S. Lewis.  Really, can you go wrong with a C. S. Lewis?  This is a collection of his writings and all of them were incredible.  Each one was my favorite.

 

10. Margin by Richard Swenson. Ah, yes.  Everyone needs a little margin in their bookshelf, and in their life.

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

Book Three in Chesapeake Valor Series

In a Nutshell:

Age Appropriateness: 16 and above

Genre(s): Fiction, Suspense, Romance

Suspense/Violence: Moderate suspense

Romance: Moderate romance

Language: None

Would I Recommend It?  Yes

The Nitty-Gritty

Suspense/Violence: 

This book is suspenseful.  The characters in this book are all employed by the FBI, and (as part of the job description) are dealing with intense situations.  However, there is nothing overtly graphic or disturbing in the book.  Everything is well written and tastefully handled.  The storyline does contain terrorists, people are shot and killed, and one character is caught and tortured (no gruesome details are given).

As mentioned above, one character is tortured.  Ms Pettrey does provide some details on this, but nothing graphic or disturbing.  She provides details that relevant to adequately understanding the gravity of the situation.*

Romance:

Several of the characters are involved in relationships (married or dating).  Some kissing, hugging, and affection occurs.  This PDA may be more than some readers are comfortable with, but I did not find it to be out of Ms. Pettrey’s typical style.  No inappropriate relationships or graphic details. *

Additional Comments

This book is the third in a series.  It could, however, be read as a stand-alone, although it is best appreciated with the other books in the series.  I found it to be an enjoyable, suspenseful read.

Recommended For:

Female, who enjoys Christian suspense.

 

*Reader discretion is always advised.