Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Case of the Sin City Sister by Lynne Hinton

The Case of the Sin City Sister by Lynne Hinton is the 2nd in the Divine Private Detective Agency series.  If you have not read the beginning of the series then fear not you don't have to have already read it.  I hadn't read it  but completely understood and enjoyed this great book. 
Eve Divine is worried.  She has not heard from her sister Dorisanne in quite a while and neither has her dad.  It is not rare that she has not talked to her on the phone but usually Dorisanne responds to her messages and she has not.  Eve has made religion her life by taking her vows and lives in a monastery working as she was needed by Father Oliver the monk in charge.  He had given her a leave of absence to help find her sister who lived a very different life in Las Vegas with her often trouble husband, Robbie.  Money was always a problem for him with his gambling problems and now it appeared he and Dorisanne was working for a loan shark stealing credit card numbers that he was currently indebted to.  Now they were not in contact with any of the family and when Eve returned to her dad, the Captain, in Santa Fe she was planning to work through the detective agency that her dad ran in town.  Sister Eve and a local police officer, Daniel, who used to be the Captain's partner when they were both on the police force heads for Las Vegas to find Dorisanne.  Where to look?  Eve had never ever been to Dorisanne's place but oddly enough it seems that Daniel knows exactly where she lives. hmmm.  You will have to read this mystery to find out if they ever find Dorisanne before the loan shark does.

I love a mystery and I liked this one also.   It is an easy read but not beneath the reader of any age.  Adults will enjoy the read and also children of about middle school age would also enjoy it and there is no reason to worry about the content.  Good read and one that I think anyone would enjoy it.
I received this book from Booksneeze for this review.

Friday, June 5, 2015

How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible by Keith Ferrin

How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible by Keith Ferrin is a book about just that-enjoying reading your Bible.  Reading your Bible not because you feel guilt if you don't but rather reading your Bible because it is exciting and enjoyable and you just can't wait to be able to read it again to find more that God wants to tell you.  Does this sound crazy or fanciful?  This book on its own is an enjoyable read but if that were it you would miss the point.  The author is a speaker who memorizes entire books of the Bible then does dramatic presentations of that book on stage for audiences.  Not only that but people come to hear him and enjoy it.  Mr. Ferrin explains in this book how the reader can also experience this joy of building a relationship with God through enjoying and reading the Bible-His letter to you personally.

Mr. Ferrin has developed 10 tips for reading and enjoying the Bible.  He has put it into a Bible study format but certainly the reader does not have to be a part of a study group in order to read and enjoy reading the Bible using his methods.  Really his methods, once you have read them make perfect sense and you will have many aha moments.  I would recommend reading this book for any Bible readers who are new Christians or even mature Christians who would like more enjoyment from Bible reading.  Who hasn't read the Bible from guilt or worse yet didn't read the Bible from fear of boredom. hmmmm.
I received this book from Bethany House for this review.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter

The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter is a novel about the life of Jane afterbeing employed as a nanny Jane looses a child while on a walk with both the little girl, Lily and her father.  Jane is only 15 years old when this incident happens but it is a turning point from which she never recovers for the rest of her life.  The walk happens on the grounds of an old estate and insane asylum.  Jane does grow up and 20 years later becomes an archivist for the small Museum which is a part of the asylum's estate.  The ghosts of the asylum are always around Jane watching her with interest and they add their own interest to the story.  When the museum for which Jane works announces it closure and they employ a speaker for their final closing it turns out to be the famous William Eliot, the girl's father, who has just won the Chester-Wood prize.  Jane is interested in seeing him again until he begins to speak and his speech is on the asylum and the research he has done which is the same research that Jane has been working on.  Jane is instantly angered and when he finishes and walks down slaps him soundly across the face.  Jane's research was centered on the years ago loss of a girl from the asylum and the similarities to the loss of the girl in Jane's past.  Jane leaves the museum closing celebration and quickly steals a car and goes back to explore the old buildings left on the asylum site and finds a young man, into which she quickly forms a friendship.

I found this story a difficult read.  I started this story and put it down often.  I found it confusing especially in the beginning.  The ghosts of the asylum's past intermingle with the present story and it takes a little while to figure out where everyone fits.  There is a mix into the story of possible child abuse but it is never fully explained which further complicates the story.  Jane after the slapping incident then becomes sexually involved with a very young man.  There is just a lot going on in this one book.  I would only recommend this book for reading by adults and I think that they are all who would have an interest. 
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.