Saturday, March 28, 2009
There are some books that I've read in the past three months that I've finished in 24 hours. They have been exceptional reads and needing a rating of their own. So I will be going back and updating my previously rated books to add the Twenty-four Hours of Bliss rating. All of them will be fiction since it takes me a while to finish non-fiction (been reading Flannery by Brad Gooch for three weeks now. Not past the third chapter). I'll have to create a rating for non-fiction later.
Author: Tamara Alexander
Rating: Twenty-four hours of Bliss (NEW!)
Every woman needs a good cowboy story. My friend Linda and I have a reoccurring conversation about cowboys. I love cowboy stories (and movies, especially Wyatt Earp, War Wagon, Big Jake, El Dorado, Tombstone, The Sons of Katie Elder, McLintock, The Outlaw of Josie Wales, Dances with Wolves, The Magnificent Seven and of course, Blazing Saddles.) I love the way cowboys honored women and there were just some things you didn't say and do around a lady. Boy I wish those days were back...
Anyways, Linda is a history buff, so she loved all things remotely historical. I, on the other hand, have to take my historical stories in small doses. But I can tell you I was long overdue for a cowboy story and Tamara Alexander delivered.
The story is about McKenna Ashford, a young woman who's had a very hard life. She is the sole caretaker of her little brother, Robert, who I'd like to take out into the barn and give him a good dose of tough love. The Ashford siblings are on the run from their past, only to run right back into trouble in their future. Enter Wyatt Caradon, a US Marshall. I must admit, I screamed when I saw his name was Wyatt. A cowboy named Wyatt. How hot is that!
This is a great book. I blazed through it in 24 hours. There are strong themes of redemption, tough love and justice. But it has a cowboy named Wyatt in it. Ok, a U.S. Marshall named Wyatt. Nuff said.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Author: Linda Windsor
This is the first and a very fitting addition to my Clearance Charms. I bought this book on a whim at Family Christian Bookstore. I'd gone with my little brother just to keep him company. Unfortunately, I have a horrible disorder that prevents me from leaving a bookstore without buying a book. So I grabbed Fiesta Moon at the last minute and bought it.
Corinne is looking for her birth mother and her search has led her to a Mexican town. When the trail turns cold, she decides to stay and run an orphanage. The orphanage is falling apart and needs a makeover. Enters Mark Madison, a spoiled entitled engineer sentenced to the small town after another DUI. Both Mark and Corinne are strong personalities and it doesn't take long for the fireworks start.
This book is absolutely hilarious. It is a humorous look at cross-culture relations and how easy for misunderstands to abound. I love the way the author handles the bilingual interactions in the book. Muy Bueno! To top if off, it's a good ole fashion romance.
I am looking forward to reading more of Linda Windsor.
I'm not saying that all books on the clearance are bad, but many of them are. But in my frequenting the clearance rack, I find a book that I thought was too good to be there. This gems have not only been wonderful reads, but they have introduced me to writers I never knew existed. I've created a new section of my blog that will review my clearance charms.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Author(s): Ted Dekker and Erin Healy
Rating: One Cup of Tea
Even though I didn't give this book the highest rating, this rating is meaningful coming from me. I've been mad at Ted Dekker since House. I own Skin, Showdown and Sinner, but I was afraid to read them. I was afraid that they would exacerbate my love-hate relationship with Ted.
I loved Blink (or Blink of an Eye as it's called now) and I liked Three, although it left me with some questions (I guess crazy people need love too, but I wouldn't have be trying to see Kevin again.) But House and the Black, Red and White trillogy left me scratching my head.
I gave Kiss a chance for two reasons. First, it was at the library. When you are mad at an author, you're a little reluctant to buy another book from them. My second reason was Erin Healy. No, I didn't know who she was, but I was hoping she could remedy some of the issues I have with Ted Dekker's writing.
Kiss turned out to be better than I expected. One complaint I have with Ted Dekker is some of his writing can be very cerebral. Meaning, sometimes I get confused about what's actually happening in a scene (or in a whole book in the case of House). But the collaboration paid off. The books is Ted Dekker with a woman's touch.
The story is gripping enough. A woman who's lost six months of her memory. The suspense is good and the characters are credible, even though I thought her relationship with her father was a bit extreme for the ending. Don't worry. I won't spoil it.
My favorite scene was when Shauna runs into someone from her past. She's attracted to him, but she doesn't remember why. The romantic tension is really high.
Since I'm not so mad at Ted Dekker anymore, maybe I'll go ahead and read Skin, Showdown and Sinner now.
Author: Randy Singer
Rating: Spend the Day Sleepy
Ok, I'm slow. I kept seeing this book in my local Family Christian and something about it kept drawing me to it. I put it on my list of books to buy and one day while I was in the library, it was sitting on the shelf. So I checked it out.
So why do I say I'm slow? I read the whole book, which I loved before I realized that Randy Singer wrote another book I own and loved: The Cross Examination of Oliver Finney. My husband and I both loved that book and have reommended it to several people we know.
Anyways, By Reason of Insanity definitely gets a spend the day sleepy. Well written as usual, but the subject matter was very gritty. I'm in the process of broadening my subject matter reading, but still I wouldn't have dreamed that I would enjoy a book about jail so much.
Also, as in Cross Examination, the inspirational elements flow in the plot. And the plot delivers all the twists and turns you'd expect from a good legal thriller. Also, the theme of the book, justice, wasn't covered with kid gloves. It showed that justice isn't automatic, even though it should be. And it showed how things can go very bad in our legal system.
This was a great book. Maybe next time I'll remember that I love Randy Singer.