Sunday, June 23, 2013

Rock Harbor Search and Rescue by Colleen Coble

Rock Harbor Search and Rescue by Colleen Coble is an installment of the new series.  Emily’s stepmom is a search and rescue team member along with her dog, Charlie.  Emily has been going along with them for a while now and is excited to think that her dad has agreed to help her purchase her own puppy to train.  Emily makes jewelry and is planning a big sale at the next craft sale in town soon.  She needs $150 for her share and she hopes that she will have it ready by next month when her puppy will be ready.  She hoped it until she was accused of stealing the $1000 necklace of the person selling in the booth next to hers.  Her family and friends except her best friend Olivia all act like they believe she is lying when she says that she did not do it. 
I liked this book and would recommend it for reading for any student with the ability to read it.  It is a good mystery probably of interest to those of middle school age.  There is an appropriate love interest among the 14-16 age group of the primary characters in the story.  There is discussion of the difficulties of working through parent’s divorce for the children in the family as well as the difficulties of physical abuse from a parent and how that affects the children.
I received this book from Booksneeze for this review.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Perfecting Kate by Tamara leigh

Perfecting Kate by Tamara Leigh is a Christian woman in her 30’s who has just sworn off men—again.  She is a successful San Francisco artist who is becoming more and more famous for her art work but can she find a good Christian man? No not one.  Christopher Stapleton had just asked for his engagement ring back after finding out that she cannot have children.  It is hard enough knowing that she can never have her own children without the love of her life dump her for that very reason.  Good looking Michael Palmier has entered her world just recently and seems more interested in her that her gorgeous roommate, Maia.  He is a makeup artist for Changes magazine.  He says he wants to feature her in his next makeover of mismatched girlfriends.  Funny though every time he takes her out he has a new doctor he wants her to see—a dentist to fix the gap in her front teeth, a plastic surgeon to remove the mole on her cheek and her nose.  He says that she is perfect on the inside but he keeps wanting things fixed on her outside.  Enter in Clive—excuse me Dr Alexander.  Now that man is good looking and whenever he looks at her she turns to mush.  He says that if it is working for her don’t change it.  Suddenly 2 men are interested in her at the same time instead of her roommate both Michael and Clive.  But are either of them marriage material?
I liked this book. It is an interesting book on the problems that Christian woman find when seeking to find an equally yoked man to marry.  This story tells of Kate’s dilemma of balancing not nixing her Christian standards while trying to be fair to the fact that nobody is perfect.  Ms Leigh does an excellent job of thinking inside the young woman’s head.  I would recommend this book for any ages of young girls and also light reading for women of any age.
I was provided this book from Multnomah for this review.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Point--The Redemption of Oban Ironbout

The Point
The Redemption of Oban Ironbout
Hollie and Goodwin Macbreeze have decided to spend some time away from society at Estillyn Island.  Hollie has been recently diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease which has scared her regarding her future and any chance for future children in their family.  Goodwin when he was a child sketched a picture of a cabin from a photograph for his grandfather which he had entitled “My Cottage Rare”.  He was real certain that this cabin existed on Estillyn Island from remembered conversations with his grandfather, whom he adored.  Hollie had heard that the monks on the Island were doing religious readings daily for Bible studies arranged for those who visited them.  Once on the Island everyone that the couple ran into warned them not to go to the cabin because the owner was crazy and mean and might even try to kill them.  Hollie was properly fearful but Goodwin was undeterred and could think of nothing else but going to the cottage with the picture and talk to the man who lived there about it.  The man was Oban Ironbout.  This book is about how Goodwin and Hollie befriended Mr.  Ironbout and attended the readings making this a most memorable life changing time for all of them.
I liked this book once I got into it.  To begin with the book starts out like a book from the 60’s—going into coffee shops to listen to poems with a few glaring differences this book is about religious readings and the 60’s was most any reading so long as there was the proper sweet smelling smoky haze.  But you need to keep reading the story gets better and much more interesting.  I would read this again for the meaning as well as the interesting way that the story lines weave together.  I thought that though the readings have many interesting points and ways of thinking of scripture passages that are very familiar I don’t think that they are written in as interesting a fashion as the rest of the book though they are an important part of the entire story.  All in all I would recommend it for adult readers.
I received this book from  Handlebar     for this review.