Friday, June 15, 2012

Wildflower from Winter - Book review

Wildflowers from Winter
by Katie Ganshert

  "A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn, has built the life she dreamed of during her trailer-park teen years. An unexpected call from her estranged mother reveals that tragedy has struck in her hometown and a reluctant Bethany is called back to rural Iowa.
     Determined to pay her respects to her past while avoiding any emotional entanglements, she vows not to stay long. The unexpected in heritance of five hundred acres of farmland and a startling turn of events in Chicago forces Bethany to come up with a new plan.
     Handsome farmhand Evan Price has taken care of the Quinn farm for years. When Bethany is left the land, Evan must fight her decisions to realize his own dreams. But even as he disagrees with Bethany's vision, Evan feels drawn to her and the pain she keeps so carefully locked away.
     For Bethany, making peace with her past and the God of her childhood doesn't seem like the path to freedom. Is letting go the only way to new life, love, and a peace that she's not even sure exisits?"
     Author, Katie Ganshert, pulled me in to this story within the first paragraph. How can you not be enticed to read a book when it starts with a twelve year old saying "I don't deny I swam to the bottom of the public swimming pool. I don't even deny I decided to stay there. I only defend my motives. My decision was muce less about escaping this world and much more about joining another." I could not help but want to read more, know more about her story.
     Through the book you learn that something happened in Bethany's past that plagues her and whether she realizes it or not it determines her every decision in her present life. Bethany is a flawed character, she isn't perfect, she gets angry, she is real. I think at one point or another everyone can say they have felt the way Bethany feels. Confused, alone, mad.
     I think this is a great read for anyone but especially those who have lost faith due to a trauma in their life. Maybe this book can help you gain perspective on why you feel the way you do. It definitely came in to my life at the right time.

* I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review * 

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

May Rewind

I've decided to start doing a monthly rewind of all the books I read that month. I got this idea from when I stumbled upon her vlogs on Youtube. 

Recipe for Trouble
by Diane Muldrow

"The Moore family hits the road for a family vacation in New Orleans! With visits to gourmet restaurants and a cooking lesson with a world-famous chef, Molly and Amanda are thrilled to visit this exotic, mysterious city. But when the twins discover a real-life mystery, they'll need the long-distance help of Shawn, Peichi, and Natasha to figure out what's really going on in this exciting adventure"

     I picked this book up in the dollar tree because I liked the cover. I skimmed the back cover and read the words 'family road trip' and 'new orleans.' It sounded good to me based on the very little that I read about it. Plus if I hated it, it was only a dollar. Well, once I started reading it I realized it was a series for middle school aged children. This definitely a cute book but not something that I would normally read. The cover art was very deceiving, it portrays two young adults, possibly teens, possibly young twenties, however, the book does not have people in this age group in it. One day, maybe, I'll learn not to pick up a book based solely on the front cover.

F My Life
by Maxime Valette, Guillaume Passaglia, Didier Guedj

"Enter the devastatingly funny world of F My Life, where calamity is comedy. Covering every disastrous pratfall in love, work, family-life, and more, F My Life proffers other people’s ruinous, real-life happenings to brighten your gloomiest day: someone getting dumped through a greeting card, ignored at their birthday party, or insulted by their own grandmother. Spanning everything from ironic twists of fate to down-right shameful moments, F My Life’s squirm-inducing stories are schadenfreude at its finest. So today, take solace in knowing that at least you’re not that guy. There now, don’t you feel better?"

Blue is for Nightmares
by Laurie faria Stolarz

White is for Magic
by Laurie faria Stolarz

 Silver is for Secrets
by Laurie faria Stolarz

Red is for Remembrance
by Laurie faria Stolarz

Stacey is not your average girl, she's a witch. She uses spells in her every day life as well as to help her get through some rough times. Stacey has scary nightmares that are premonitions of what is to come if she can't figure out what to do to stop them. Follow Stacey and her friends as they go through their junior and senior year in boarding school, summer vacation, and first year of college. 

I first read this series when I was in high school and love it just as much now as I did then.

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