Thursday, March 3, 2011

What I'm Reading

What I'm Reading!

Well, I'm a little behind on posting what I've been reading so I thought I had best get this post up now since I'll have another to post soon! 

What it's about: When There's Nothing Left But Memories... Andie Phelps is the envy of Santa Barbara. A devoted mother with a loving son and a successful husband, her greatest joy comes from reaching out to others... Melanie Johnston is the envy of no one. A single mom who works long hours to pay the bills, and her greatest joys relate to her teen daughter and son. Then the accident that changes everything. When opposite worlds collide, the impact reaches far beyond these mothers' personal losses. Two wounded women...Two families seeking hope...A community torn apart... How far will they go to fulfill...A Promise to Remember.

This is a 2nd read for me and well worth it.  I like the fact that you know from the beginning what the loss is for each of them and the story deals with the walk they each walk and the healing each family receives.  It is a realistic story and reminder of what true Christianity is about - the walk, not the talk.  I would recommend this book for a good read on a snowy afternoon (or on a sunny beach, soaking up the sun LOL)

Letter Perfect by Cathy marie Hake -
Ruth Caldwell has always tried to live up to her mother’s expectations of what a lady should be…often with less than impressive results. But when she’s forced to journey west to meet the father she’s never seen, Ruth hopes that this might be the place she’ll finally fit in. But her arrival brings about more mayhem than even Ruth is used to. She soon meets Josh McCain, the son of her father’s business partner, but discovers some startling news: Her father passed away years ago. And though Josh urges Ruth to claim her inheritance, he grows suspicious of something more sinister at hand when her "accidents" seem to go beyond Ruth’s normal bumbling ways and leave her very life in danger.
This is another 2nd read for me, and will be my last 2nd read for awhile - I have some new books to read, thanks to my mom!  Anyway, this is another fun read.  I will say that the 2nd half of the book gets a little "silly" and isn't as interesting of a read but the story is still cute.  Would I recommend it?  Yes, but just know that the story line does get a little silly :-)

 This is the last book I have by Cathy Marie Hake and it is another cute read.  Here is the basic overview of the book:

When Britisher Lady Sydney Hathwell's father dies, the American who planned to wed her suddenly reneges. Stranded in America and penniless, Sydney contacts a relative in Texas who, mistaking her male-sounding name, invites his "nephew" to join him on his ranch. "Big Tim" Creighton, however, is appalled when this mincing fop arrives at Forsaken. He determines he'll turn Fancy Pants Hathwell into a man before the boss returns home. From the get-go, he has "the kid" mucking stalls, clearing and plowing a field, and assisting with a difficult calving. But when Sydney's true identity is uncovered, Tim resents being deceived. Yet in time, he also finds that he doesn't like all the attention Sydney garners now that she's wearing pretty gowns...Together Sydney and Tim will discover the importance of family and what it means to be a man--and a woman--of God.

This was another second read for me (ok, so I re-read one more since it was by the same author!).  I enjoy the lightheartedness of the book even if it is a little bit far-fetched but sometimes those are the "good" reads too!

 This is a brand new book!  It is the latest book in the series "A Cape Light Novel" by Thomas Kincaid and yes, I've ready them all!  Honestly, normally, when my mom passes on the latest book in the series, I re-read the entire set - which I believe is close to 10 books now.  The books revolve around the residents of the town of Cape Light and yes, the books build on each other.  If I were you, I would check out your local library and see if they have this set! Each book is a great read and I'm already looking forward to the next one.  (And no, I did not re-read the set this time since I had just re-read it a few short months ago!)
Finally, this is one of the books for my Jan-April reading list. (You can check out the complete list here.)  I loved this book - partly because it was written by Sandy Patti, whom I so enjoy, and more so because of her theme.  This book focus' on her "recent" Lap-band surgery and road through weight loss but more than that it talks about God's forgiveness and the path that so many have to take to get to the point of accepting themselves as "enough" for God.  Have you ever thought about that?  God doesn't ask for anything spectacular from us - we are "enough" for Him, just as we are - just the way he made us with just the talents he gave us.  Pretty extraordinary, isn't it?  I've always adored Sandy Patty - her music, her "realness" (is that a word) so when I saw this book released, I just grabbed it right up without even reading a peep about it but it was far better than I imagined.  I would recommend this to anyone but especially if you really struggle with your self view - I think she has some great words to help you! 

So what am I reading now?  I'm trying to concentrate on a few more books on my list before reading any more of the "light" stuff but it's hard - I like to read at lunch time . . .and the light stuff is more fun for that LOL.  I also just went through some books to pick out some titles for my next quarter of reading (yes I know it is early but in case I need to purchase any . . .I need to plan!).  And yes, I love to read hahaha.

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