Book Review: Luther and Katherina by Jody Hedlund

Luther and Katherina

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis: 

Katharina von Bora has seen nothing but the inside of cloister walls since she was five. In a daring escape, Katharina finds refuge with Martin Luther and seeks his help to pair her with the noble, wealthy husband she desires.

As class tensions and religious conflicts escalate toward the brink of war, Martin Luther believes that each day could be his last and determines he will never take a wife.

As the horrors of the bloody Peasant War break out around them, the proud Katharina and headstrong Martin Luther fight their own battle for true love, in one of the greatest love stories of history.

My Review: 

Jody Hedlund is an incredibly talented author! Her writing all but dares you to put the book down as you read vigorously what will happen next! Her characters come alive in such a unique way and her stories always have motivation and inspiration found in the main plot. In Luther and Katherina, Jody dives into Martin Luther’s world and brings it alive like I’ve never seen, or read. So it was definitely tense and suspenseful yet it was beautiful at the same time. The only thing that I would warn the readers on, is that Jody is a master of description, so the sexual issues that took place in this time of history are shown, yet they aren’t overly detailed. However, the violence is detailed enough to see clearly.

Nevertheless, I rate Luther and Katharina 5 out of 5 stars and will probably be reading this book again in the future!

Thanks for reading!

Book Review: Anything by Jennie Allen

Anything

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis: 

Safe. Comfortable. Happy.
Words we all love. Feelings we want. Even crave. We may love God, but being that he’s invisible, words like comfortableseem to feel better faster.

We are all chasing something. Our hearts were made to run hard and fast after things that move us. But as a generation we are all beginning to stir and wake up, identifying that these words don’t satisfy for long, especially when compared to God. If God is real, and we are going to live with Him forever, shouldn’t He be everything?

Caught in this familiar haze of worldly happiness and empty pursuits, Jennie Allen and her husband Zac prayed a courageous prayer of abandonment that took them on an adventure God had written for them.
“God, we will do anything. Anything
Anythingis a prayer of surrender that will spark something. A prayer that will move us to stop chasing things that just make us feel happy and start living a life that matters. A life that is…
Surrendered. Reckless. Courageous.
If we truly know a God worth giving anything for, everything changes.

My Review: 

Jennie Allen has a beautiful passion for God and I love how she makes herself transparent so that she can be relatable. But I believe that it’s her boldness in her calls to action that really caused me to love this book. As I read, I wanted to underline and highlight pretty much every other sentence! I mean it was that good! Her passion is evident and her faith is real. Jennie touches on several different topics but for the most part its on abandoning the ordinary to obtain the extraordinary. And the only way to do that is through prayer.

So, needless to say, I am rating this book 5 out of 5 stars and highly encourage you to pick up this book for a devotional, it will affect you!

Thanks for reading!

Book Review: Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

Through Waters Deep

I received this book from the author/publisher via Litfuse for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

Synopsis:

It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. Back on shore, Boston Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to be out of the limelight. Yet, despite her reserved nature, she never could back down from a challenge. When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await them.

My Review: 

After reading In Perfect Timing I absolutely fell in love with Sarah’s writing as well as her characters and stories. I was not in the least disappointed with Through Waters Deep as it had an excellent amount of action and romance! I love the characters and the story was thrilling. And how about that cover?! Awesome! Honestly, I really didn’t notice anything particularly “bad” in this book, but there were a few detailed kissing scenes that may annoy/disturb some. Also, the story tends to lag a bit in the middle, but not bad. So overall, I rate Through Waters Deep 4 out 5 stars and will definitely be reading book 2 to the Waves of Freedom series!

Thanks for reading!

Wow…

Wow guys! I have 65 followers! When did this happen? I just look up one day (today) and there you all are! So I see lots of other blogs throwing blog parties when they reach a certain amount of followers and I’m thinking I’ll throw a party for when I hit, I don’t know, 83 followers?! Why 83? Because I feel that 100 is celebrated far too often and 83 just seems like such a fun number! 

I’m not sure what kind of blog party I shall throw, so if you have any ideas for something fun and engaging, let me know in the comments below (did you see how perfectly that rymed?! Totally unintentional!!!). I have a few ideas, like blog dares, challenges, tags, or contests but I want to do something really fun that y’all will want to participate in. So please let me know and I might even do something special for the 83rd follower….the wheels of my brain are turning! 

So thanks to all of you my special peeps! My blog wouldn’t be what it is now without you! 

  

A More Relaxed Youth Review: The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill

  

Ellie Sweet is a lot of things—good girl, novelist, silent adorer of the new boy at school, Palmer. But when “outcast” gets added to the list, she decides it’s time to take reality into her own hands … and tweak it as needed.
In the pages of her book, she’s Lady Gabrielle, favorite of the medieval Italian court. Her once-friends are reduced to catty ladies-in-waiting, and the too-charming Palmer—who in real life never spares her a second word—gets to be nothing more than a rake wracked by unrequited love for her. She even has a perfect real-life villain in the brooding Chase, who hails from the wrong side of town.
But just when she’s getting along great in her fictional world, the real one throws her a few curves. With Chase pursuing her, Palmer wanting to date her—but in secret—and the details of her manuscript going public, Ellie suddenly receives more attention than she ever really wanted. And when her former-friends discover what she’s been writing, they’re determined to teach Ellie a lesson about the severe consequences of using her pen as her sword.

My review: 

Okay, so this book has recently received a new cover, so I saw it fitting to change the title of the story as well…I chose”My New Favorite Book”! After finding and reading Stephanie’s (and Jill’s) Go Teen Writers blog about a year ago and reading Jill’s Safe Land series, I have really wanted to read this book to support Stephanie (and plus it sounded just so fantastic!). So, when I found that this book was blessedly free on kindle on the day that I was completely quarentined to my room due to sickness, I started and finished the book in that same day! In fact I even tortured myself by reading the first 3 chapters of the sequel so that shows you how much I loved this book! 

I think the main reason that this was such a great book was because it was so realistic yet it still had that fairy-tale twist to it. Being a writer myself, I could relate to Ellie in more ways than one (even to the strange point that my novel is also starring a royal from the medieval times) and she was an incredibly developed character. Stephanie did a great job on all of her characters and should receive a medal for the “most swoon-worthy heros”! I mean really, how can you choose between love-sick Chase and pretty boy Palmer? Its just so difficult! 

As for the storyline, it was just so well thought out and pieced together so beautifully that I have to wonder how long Stephanie babied this before she finally declared it finished. Because it is the most perfect fictional book that I have probably ever read! 

Great job Stephanie and please keep writing because you’re awesome! 5 out of 5 stars! 

Book Review: Among the Fair Magnolias by Tamera Alexander, Shelly Gray, Dorthy Love, and Elizabeth Musser

Among the Fair Magnolias

I received this book from the author/publisher via Litfuse for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis: 

Four Southern women are at a turning point in history . . . and in their own hearts.

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander

The Civil War cost Savannah Darby everything—her family and her home. When Aidan Bedford, an attorney from Boston, buys the Darby estate, he hires Savannah to redecorate. Can she find a mysterious treasure before her job is finished?

An Outlaw’s Heart by Shelley Gray

When Russell Stark returns to Fort Worth, he’s determined to begin a new life. But when he arrives at his mother’s homestead, he discovers that she is very ill and the woman he loved is still as beautiful and sweet as he remembered. With time running out, Russell must come to terms with both his future and his past.

A Heart So True by Dorothy Love

Abigail knows all too well what is expected of her: to marry her distant cousin Charles and take her place in society. But her heart belongs to another. A terrible incident forces Abby to choose between love and duty.

Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser

Emily has a secret: She’s in love with one of the freedmen on her family’s plantation. Meanwhile, another man declares his love for her. Emily realizes some things are not as they seem and secrets must be kept in order to keep those she loves safe.

My Review: 

Over the course of my reviewing time, I have really grown to love reading and reviewing novella collections such as this one because the book sets a theme and some of my favorite authors team up and write similar, yet equally unique, short stories. In Among The Fair Magnolias, I only knew two of the four authors (Tamera Alexander and Dorthy Love) but was excited to try the other two’s writing. Each one of these stories are charming and I was not disappointed with the characters nor the plots. Each author has a writing style that blended perfectly with the other’s and I was very pleased with how each of the stories fit together to match the title. Among the Fair Magnolias is probably one of my favorite novella collections and I am sure that I will be rereading each of the stories throughout my future!

5 out of 5 stars and highly recommended!

Youngster Review: My First Plane Trip by Kim Jenkins (AND GIVEAWAY)

My First Plane Trip

I received this book directly from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis: 

Great airplane book for children that are getting ready to take their first airplane flight. Pack, check-in, security, boarding, taking off and landing. Its all covered in simple terms with real photos.They will know exactly what to expect each step of the way. The book level is perfect for the 5 to 9 age group.

If your child is even a bit nervous about their first airplane flight or if they just love learning about airplanes, this is a great book for them.

My Review: 

 Kim had a really great idea when she wrote this book illustrating it with real photos rather than just illustrations. Kids get to look at the photos as Kim beautiful explains the different parts of going on an airplane trip. Kim keeps everything on the kid’s reading level (really any child under 12) but yet keeps the terminology so that they will sound smart :-) She writes with a fun voice and her humor will be adored by anyone who reads this book! So saying that, I definitely give My First Plane Trip 5 out of 5 stars and believe that this series is very promising!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Also….as a fun bonus…the author has allowed me to give away 10 eBook copies of her book to the first 10 who comment on my blog :-) If you would like a copy, comment below telling me which youngster(s) in your life are going to be blessed by you receiving this book (you don’t have to include names if you don’t want to). Then, if you could email me at TypeWritersHeart@gmail.com with your interest, I will be sure to let the author know and she will send you a link. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you will enjoy the book as much as I did!