Monday, November 07, 2011

The Magic Garden

by Gene Stretton-Porter

The more I read of this lady's work the more I wish she had written. This was the first book I found by her and it enchanted me. It is a young adult or adult tale of a little girl who is hungry for love. When she finds someone who loves her she and he both wait and prepare themselves for each other when they are ready to be together. I couldn't stop reading how they were loving and waiting for each other.

In a culture that doesn't think very far ahead, it was so nice to see a story of long-term love and addressing the idea of making sure that all you do is what's best for your future spouse.

Highly recommended for ages 13 and up.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Color of Rain

Michael and Gina Spehn


ISBN: 9700310331871

What would you do if your spouse died, leaving you with an empty heart and young children to take care of?

This true story relates the intersection of two families who, through their church, faith, and trust in each other, come together to make one family.

I really appreciated reading about this heart-wrenching life event. I cried a few times. It really made me think about how our lives work and how they can be changed in an instant. It made me appreciate my family so much more. Highly recommended.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Sweetest Thing

This was a charming book about the Depression and how a girl from a privileged family dealt with and learned about others and how they were affected by the Depression.

Many of the Christian Historical Fiction books I read are overly naive or sweet. This one had just the right amount of realism thrown in to make it a good read.

I would like to see more from this author.

I was provided this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not paid for this review or required to give a positive opinion.

Recommended for high school age or older.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Half a Life: A Memoir

by Darin Strauss

As part of the Amazon Vine program I was given, free, this book to review. This review is my unbiased opinion on the book.

I found this book to be very intense. I couldn't read it at bedtime for it gave me nightmares.

The author relates how as a teenager he killed a cyclist while driving. As he moves through the grief process we see an intimate look into the guilt and grief someone in his situation experiences.

I appreciated his honesty in that he realized that he DID live, and that the family and friends of the girl who died are experiencing a completely different kind of grief than he is.

I also learned about "Complicated Grief Disorder".