Monthly Archives: June 2014

A Place in His Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

A Place in His Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

What it’s about: from the publisher/back cover

“She could cross an ocean, but could she ever win his heart?

Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Left at the altar and disgraced in her small hamlet, she is being pressured to marry the eligible son of the London milliner. Puritan Barnabas Horton still grieves the loss of his beloved wife, but he knows his two young sons need a mother.

With tender hearts, Mary and Barnabas take a leap of faith and wed. But when Barnabas’s secret plans to move his family to the New World to escape persecution come to light, Mary’s world is upended. How could she possibly leave her papa and her dear sister?

And will she ever reach the secret places of her husband’s broken heart?”

What I loved:

Rebecca DeMarino is a talented writer. She was able to make me love and hate the characters and how she writes with her flow and descriptions, I was able to picture everything.

I love the time period and marriages of convenience and the Puritan history.

What I didn’t like:

First of all, I don’t know if I was frustrated with how much of the book description gives away or how slow the book was. But it takes almost one-third of the book to get to what we already know from the book description.

It was hard to follow the time periods with skipping years at a time.

I disliked the ‘hero’ Barnabas and don’t consider him one at all and his one son and how they treated Mary.

I did to like how Barnabas was a “holier than thou- God talk” guy who was mean and selfish and the very picture of one of the worst hypocrites. I wanted to throw my book when he had a talk with Mary of never physically hitting her like he was so great for that even though I consider his treatment of her very emotionally abusive.

Final thoughts:

I find it too hard to love a book, no matter how talented the author and the writing when I hate one or more of the main characters and everything they do throughout the book. So, while I didn’t like this book, I am sure others will be able to latch onto the writing and like it and we all have different opinions of people characteristics and what makes a ‘hero’, so some will love this book but I wrote my honest opinion.

I personally rate this book 2.5 out of 5 stars as I didn’t care for it, the writing itself is great, but the story and characters I didn’t like.

I received this book from Revell for my honest review, which I have given.

About the author:

When Rebecca DeMarino traveled to Horton Point, Long Island, with her mother, Helen Jean Horton Worley, in 1999, passions collided: her love of faith, family, travel, history, and writing. Rebecca’s debut novel, A PLACE IN HIS HEART, is a historical romance based on Mary and Barnabas Horton, Rebecca’s ninth great-grandparents. Set in 1600’s Southold, Long Island, book one of The Southold Chronicles will be released by Revell in June, 2014. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and when not writing, she enjoys family and genealogy, travel, reading, running, baking and gardening. Rebecca is represented by Greg Johnson of WordServe Literary Agency.

Rebecca DeMarino is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and The Southold Long Island Historical Society. She was a 2011 Genesis Award semi-finalist and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Tom. A Place in His Heart is based on DeMarino’s ancestors, who came to Long Island in the mid-1600s to establish a life–and a legacy–in the New World. Learn more at http://www.rebeccademarino.com.

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A Romance Rekindled by Kimberly Rose Johnson

A Romance Rekindled by Kimberly Rose Johnson

What it’s about: (from the publisher)

“The small-town CPA can’t forget how Blake Mitchell jilted her and left their hometown without an explanation. But when her first love returns to Leavenworth, the ruggedly handsome writer evokes conflicting emotions, especially when Susan meets the child she assumes is his daughter.

Since his parents’ deaths six years ago, Blake’s been raising his little sister on his own. But he’s never forgotten the woman he left behind. Now, he can’t undo the past, but maybe he can change the future…if he can convince Susan to give him one more chance.”

My thoughts:

I don’t think forgiveness is an easy topic, especially when it comes to dating and matters of the heart. This book tackled that volatile situation. The author created characters that were easily likable, yet with real flaws. I really liked Katie, (and not because we share the same name) Blake’s sister. She was spunky, creative and intuitive and I just enjoyed her personality a lot. It takes a talented writer to make you fall in love with their characters. While I didn’t cry in this book (I’m a sucker for a story that makes me laugh and cry), it did make me laugh out loud and I was excited to pick up the book to see what would happen next because the details of the book kept me wanting to know more. This is a shorter book, where I am able to get more invested than in a novella, but the shorter length allows me to be able to fully enjoy my time committed to reading it in a day or two…. which is why I love many Heartsong books and Kimberly Rose Johnson did a wonderful job with the story as a whole, but even better at tackling the topic of forgiveness and how we struggle to completely forgive and move on.

I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5, meaning I really liked it and enjoyed it and recommend it.

I received this book with no obligation, but promised to tell others if I enjoyed it, which I did, so I am!

Moms’ Night Out and Other Things I Miss: Devotions to Help You Survive by Kerri Pomarolli

Moms' Night Out and Other Things I Miss: Devotions to Help You Survive  by Kerri Pomarolli

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Moms Night Out Tricia Goyer Kerri Pomarolli

What it’s about: from the publisher

“As a Mom, couldn’t you use a good laugh?

Inspired by the endearing, true-to-life movie MOMS’ NIGHT OUT, comedian Kerri Pomarolli has created this light, yet inspiring devotional that will definitely make you laugh, but will also help you discover that indeed you are not alone, and that God’s gracious provision of love and faithfulness is at work in your life and of your loved ones.

Whether you’re running full-speed-ahead or disappointed that it’s Monday (again), you’ll find joy in these devotions where Kerri shares hilarious stories and insights on daily life. Messy homes, messy kids, lost pets, never ending casseroles, forgetful husbands, and the desire to just take a long bath… This world can be a funny place, and these stories are bound to prove it. Read a devotion to brighten your morning, or catch a few words to make you smile before bed. There’s never a bad time for a good laugh, and as a Mom, you need a Moms’ Night Out and Other Things I Miss: Devotions To Help You Survive.

The MOMS’ NIGHT OUT film features Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), Sean Astin (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle), Alex Kendrick (COURAGEOUS), Robert Amaya (COURAGEOUS), Andrea Logan White (REVELATION ROAD), Kevin Downes (COURAGEOUS), and platinum-selling country recording artist Trace Adkins (THE LINCOLN LAWYER).”

My thoughts:

This is the most “real”, relatable, fun devotional that still managed to pack a punch with true heartfelt issues to work through that I have ever read! I laughed out loud throughout this book yet it still managed to stay with me and make me really think and pray about the issues brought up too. It was geared for married moms, but the author did a great job of making if more about the woman, than her marital status and even gave props to single moms and how they do it. I have this on my kindle, but I plan to buy a copy and some for friends, so that should tell you how much I loved it. 🙂

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book in digital format for my honest review, which I have given.