Monday, April 2, 2012

Need You Now, Pt 1

I received a short preview of this book (the first 10 chapters) from the publisher. It was free in exchange for a review with no requirements as to the content of the review.  My comments are my own.

Beth Wiseman ventures into new territory with this new book.  Need You Now is about a family struggling in the city who moves to rural Texas to raise their family in the country.  The family finds out that being in the country doesn't mean a life free of struggle.  In this preview of the soon to be released novel it is clear that the problems of city life are temptations in the country as well.

As usual Wiseman delivers interesting characters and a page turning read.  The preview sets up a family drama filled with the realization that communication and time truly getting to know your children is important. Its a good reminder for all of us.

I can't wait to read the entire book!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Lis Weihl Heart of Ice

Interesting book but not the typical Christian fiction read.  It is another book in Weihl's "Triple Threat" series.

The storyline revolves around a group of three women who are close friends and also work in various areas related to or a part of the justice system.  The book's plot follows each of the three women that compose the "triple threat": Cassidy Shaw, Allison Pierce and Nicole Hedges.  The three plot lines eventually converge into a resolution, but at times it seemed too much was going on and at times it was a bit unbelievable.   Still it was a page turner and a good vacation read.

This is not a typical Christian fiction book.  Little is mentioned about faith.  There are times when the character's refer to their beliefs but it is not in any way a main theme in the book.  There was a significant amount of violence and hate in the story and while free of the gore and language that has come to be typical of crime novels, it was troubling.  I would not share this book with my daughter where on other occasions we have enjoyed doing "book club" together.   It was enjoyable to me as a former Patricia Cornwell fan.  I am no longer reading her works as a result of the level of inappropriate language and themes, but do enjoy the genre.  Just don't go looking for your faith to be fueled here, this is just a crime novel. 

Overall while it was okay I would not recommend this book.  There are just too many other choices that are better out there.

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