Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Necessary Deception by Laurie Alice Eakes

When young widow Lady Lydia Gale helps a French prisoner obtain parole, she never dreamed he would turn up in her parlor. But just as the London Season is getting under way, there he is, along with a few other questionable personages. While she should be focused on helping her headstrong younger sister prepare for her entrĂ© into London society, Lady Gale finds herself preoccupied with the mysterious Frenchman. Is he a spy or a suitor? Can she trust him? Or is she putting her family in danger?

Readers will enjoy being drawn into this world of elegance and intrigue, balls and masquerades. Author Laurie Alice Eakes whisks readers through the drawing rooms of London amid the sound of rustling gowns on this exciting quest to let the past stay in the past and let love guide the future.


Laurie Alice has done it again! I love these characters! Lydia Gale is strong and confident despite the fact she believes her father never approves of her actions. She loves her family beyond anything else and will do anything for them. Christien is a man of honor. He is a man of great feelings and passion. He struggles within himself to honor God in his actions and is willing to give up his ten year commitment of fighting against Napoleon to live in a way that doesn't compromise that honor. They both wonder if God has stopped listening to them because of the choices they have made in their lives. 

The story is full of mystery and intrigue. I was so busy enjoying the story that I didn't take the time to "look" to solve the mystery until the end. By that time I was totally caught up in the story and sitting on the edge of my seat reading the pages over again to try to figure it out before turning to the page that would give me the answer. Not only did Lydia and Christien capture my attention so did Lydia's sisters, Cassandra and Honore. It is my hope that we will learn more about those two in the next two books of The Daughters of Bainbridge House series. 

I look forward to reading many more books by Laurie Alice. She is an amazing writer that fills her books with amazing characters that grab your heart and don't let you go. 


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Monday, October 10, 2011

Life Application Study Bible Devotional: Daily Wisdom from the Life of Jesus

Readers of the Life Application Study Bible-will welcome the arrival of the new LifeApplication Study Bible Devotional. Let the life of Jesus sink into your mind and heart with 312 readings from the gospels-one for each weekday and one for the weekend. In the Life Application Study Bible Devotional: Daily Wisdom from Jesus, each week focuses on a different even in Jesus’ life- drawing out daily wisdom from his parables, teachings, conversations, miracles, and interactions with people. You’ll learn important biblical principles, become inspired to put God’s Word into practical action, and be forever changed by a year spent going deeper with your Savior. 


I was given a copy of this book by Tyndale to review. It is in a form of a large paperback book, very easy to use. Each week has a devotion for Monday through Friday and one for the weekend. This book is based on The Gospels. It goes through the life of Jesus. On the side bars there are scripture references that you are to read each day plus a section called Talking To God that gives you an idea of how to lead your prayer time for the day. You are given background information to help "set the scene" for the day. It is longer on Monday. The Getting Personal section gives you questions to help you personalize the days devotion to your life. In the back of the book you will find a Topical Index and a Scripture Index.

I am enjoying this devotional. The way it is set up makes it easy and enjoyable. It isn't too long for those of us that have so much going on in our lives but helps us get into the Word on a daily basis and find ways to apply it to our daily lives. It gives us some good questions to ponder as we go about our day. I would recommend this to anyone who needs some structure in their daily devotions. 

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Hailee by Penny Zeller

Book #3 in the Montana Skies Historical Romance Series (Whitaker House)

For years, orphan Hailee Annigan was just a ragamuffin in the Cincinnati streets, stealing food to keep her two younger brothers fed. Her thievery landed her in a home for delinquent youngsters, where her life was changed, thanks to her teachers. Now, nineteen-year-old Hailee excitedly heads to Montana to be a teacher, yet she's still plagued by her shameful past and the fear of never seeing her brothers again.

Based on his upbringing in high-society Boston, no one would have guessed that Maxwell Nathaniel Adams Jr. would attend seminary and become a church pastor in rugged Montana. Even now, Nate's parents refuse to put aside their own plans for his future and accept his calling.

When their paths converge, an immediate attraction draws Hailee and Nate together, even as the pressures and demands of others pull them apart. Can the unlikely pair come to terms with their pasts and face the future together?


The first two books in this series were great! I have reviews for them on here for McKenzie and Kaydie. Be sure to check those out if you haven't read them.  Penny has created some great characters in her books. Hailee is no exception. I love Hailee and Nate even more than the others, if that is possible. 

Hailee is a sweet young woman despite the hard times she has lived through as a child. She is very sensitive and caring. It would have been easy for her to be harsh and closed up inside herself. Despite the fact that God worked a miracle in her life she still believes that if people knew what she had done as a young girl they would hate her. 

Nate is a young man that seems wise beyond his 21 years. He is kind and patient even with those who test him greatly. I loved the cousin relationship between him and Davey. After getting to know Davey as a little boy in the first two books and then to see him as a 17 year old was fun. I love seeing characters in other books that I enjoyed in the previous ones. 

As the last two, Hailee is a great book for any age. I would recommend this book especially to young girls who love to read and need something wholesome with good life lessons in them. For both of these young characters you see how they allowed God to lead them down the path they are on. Keep up the great work, Penny!   


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