25 February 2011

Book Review

Surrender the Heart

(Surrender to Destiny Series)

By MaryLu Tyndall,

Barbour Publishing

Marianne Denton and Captain Noah were childhood playmates, now engaged, but neither of them truly wishes the match. Set at the build up to the War of 1812, all aboard ship, Ms. Tyndall delivers a tight plot, wonderful romance, and intriguing characters. She has a fantastic grasp on the terms associated with ships and is good at including the information without overwhelming the reader with it. Her secondary characters are some of the best I have seen in some time. This book is a page turner. Which is fine, since I was sick with the flu when I read the entire book in bed over a couple of days. I think if I had to set it aside as I was reading, I would have been irritated because it is a book that demands to be read in its entirety in a short time. That is great for some people but not for me, not usually, but we all need books for those times when we DO have the time to devote only to our reading. And I would much rather have a great brisk plot with wonderful characters than a boring one. Personal preference, however, is for the savoring kinds of books, normally. The kind I can read in chunks and not lose anything.

I give this book a 5 start rating ***** because it is extremely well done, nice wrap-up at the ending, solid from the beginning through to the end, fascinating plot and characters. Would suggest it for either a summer read or a time when the reader can focus just on this book from start to finish. MaryLu Tyndall does a great job of putting emotion and action on every page.

Bibliotherapy points: Unworthiness, self-recrimination, forgiveness, trust, alcoholism, inner character vs. outward appearance, and to some extent co-dependence but it is never really addressed as such.

Disability friendliness: Only available in paperback and on Kindle. This is text-to-speech enabled, per Amazon.

Leave me a comment with your email address for a chance to win my gently used (and signed) copy of Surrender the Heart. May God bless you and yours’.

07 February 2011

Lady in the Mist – Review by Diana Flowers

Thank you to Diana who is a lovely historical romance reader from South Carolina. Diana is a beta reader and an influencer for several of my author friends. Welcome, Diana!

Fantastic read!!

The Lady in the Mist grabbed me from the first few pages. From the way the author describes the misty seaside setting to the description of the characters, it was so real that I felt as though I were watching a movie. This book is not about birthing babies, as much as it is about the history of our country, suspense, mystery, emotional turmoil, and of course, the chance of romance between two totally different men. I savored the book and read it slowly as I always do when reading a good book...and then it was a race to the finish to see how everything was going to play out! Thumbs up to Laurie Alice Eakes...we're going to be hearing a lot more of her in the days and years to come. I am ready for the next book in the series! You also can't beat the cover of the book as far as beauty and the power of attraction.

Thank you for the opportunity to review this book.

Diana posted this review through Christian Book Distributors and graciously shared it with me.

Thanks Diana!!! Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Lady in the Mist by Laurie Alice Eakes.

06 February 2011

Review by Diana Flowers - upcoming

Tomorrow I will post Diana Flowers' review of Lady in the Mist by Laurie Alice Eakes.  Ms. Flowers is a beta reader  for several Christian authors.

04 February 2011

She Sees With Her Heart

Lady in the Mist, Laurie Alice Eakes’ new book, was delivered to me as an advance copy and thank goodness for that because my other copies have not arrived yet. ACK!!! I don’t know why, maybe because it just released. I am over halfway through and she kept me waiting to figure out if the hero really was going to be the hero or not. I think he is. ------- Okay, so I read some more. I keep doing that instead of all the chores I have waiting after my vacation to Disney with my in-laws.

Laurie Alice is blind but it really struck me as I was reading the great book that she sees with her heart. Her guide-dog, Nick, is a fantastic help, but he could not be her eyes for her writing. That just all comes from inside her and her relationship with the Lord. Will post my full review when I am done reading but then again this is one of those books you want to savor. It is a suspense as well as historical romance but not one of those must-rush-through types. I prefer getting to know my characters better.

Apparently this is available in a Kindle Audio version. Off to see what my hubby wants to buy me for Valentine’s Day. A Kindle is very romantic. Do you think so?

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