Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin

Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin is the next Christian novel by this author.  Julia Dare has just started a new business, broken up with her on again off again fiancĂ©, moved in with her recently widowed mother, became a new Christian, and if that isn't enough she is a single mom of a young son, Max.  Julia got involved with Max's father, Hunter, while she was dating a good Christian man, Zeke, because he seemed exciting at the time.  Now that Max is in her life however she would like less drama and more help or at the very least some support for what she does every day.  Julia is in search of a new venue for Carter Home Goods.  This company rewards their employees with vacations and Julia is headed out to meet with someone named Ashley and look at a historical resort called Caliente Springs.  When she arrives however she finds that Ashley is at the hospital with her daughter and she is going to meet with the manager of Caliente Springs.  Imagine her surprise, not to mention embarrassment when she comes face to face with Zeke who is the manager.  While Zeke shows her around Caliente Springs she finds that it is in a state of disrepair but utterly charming and speaking of charming so is Zeke.  But Zeke is in trouble because the owner of the resort wants to put on the wedding of the century at the resort not only that but he needs to have this wedding outside and ready to go in only a month.  Julia is sitting in the room and thinks she can help and agrees to be the planner of this event.  What else could happen or go wrong?
  If you love Christian novels then you will like this one.   It has more twists and turns than the average Christian love story and I think anyone especially women and teenaged girls will love this.  There is no strong language or sex in this novel so really safe for any age to read.
I received this book from BethanyHouse for this review.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Wonderland by Amily Shen

Wonderland by Amily  Shen is an adult coloring book inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.  This coloring book has the intricate drawing of most adult coloring books.  Ms Shen is a well known artist but this is her first coloring book.  This book not only has the coloring pages that are expected in a coloring book but also invites the colorer to join her in making the illustrations.  This book not only has the pages to color but also the dust jacket and the answer pages in the back.  The book is relaxing to sit and color with and brings back memories of just why we as children spent so many hours just coloring.  It allows those of us who wish they were artists but are not a time of creativity with color with and pictures that we didn't have the talent to totally create.  This book superficially covers the main aspects of the Alice book but by no means does it cover the whole book.  I would invite anyone who loves still loves coloring but wants more intricate patterns than the children's color books offer to get this book.  I would invite anyone who needs to distress at the end of the workday to get this book.  So many of the color books available to adults have a central theme and this one does also but the variety is so much in this book that I think the colorer will so much enjoy.  Buy this color book over many others because it is so much more than the others offer.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Code 13 by Don Brown

Code 13 by Don Brown is an exciting new book by this prolific military author. Carolyn and P.J..MacDonald had worked together on the JAG legal team in California.  They were a great team working well together until P.J. had been reassigned to the Pentagon.  Carolyn had thought that there might be a possibility of marriage until then but now she finds that she also has been assigned to the  post of such prestige to work with P.J. on the newly formed Project Blue Jay.  This was a drone project in which the Navy and Homeland Security would work together for a new contract to purchase 100,000 light blue drones for who knows how many billions of dollars from one contractor.  On her first day there however while she and P.J. are out on a run P.J. is shot and he instantly dies.  Then right after Carolyn and the group of 4 military personnel meet to try to find the murderer another JAG officer, Ross Simmons, closely involved in the  drone project with P.J. was murdered.  Carolyn was first on the scene because Ross had emailed her to meet him at his home about the information that P.J. had given him in case of his death.  Now Carolyn would not have the information but worse was someone killing everyone highly connected with the drone project?  How were they getting their information from the secretive pentagon?
 This is the 2nd in his Navy JAG series and I thought it was so involved with the many characters but I had not read the 1st book so possibly some of these characters were introduced n the first book.  This book will hold your attention from the first page and you will quickly learn the characters in the book.  From the beginning though start looking for the clues to solve this military mystery for your first clue is early on in the story.  From this aspect it is much like reading a Sherlock Holmes novel.  Read this book of many twists and turns with a surprise ending.  The story is not over until the last chapter.  I found this a riveting and exciting book and would recommend it as good reading for any military or mystery book reader.
I received this book from BookLook for this review.