Archive | April 2014

Free Book: The Renovation by Terri Kraus

If you hurry over to David C. Cook eBooks, you can download The Renovation by Terri Kraus for free! I read this book a few months ago and just didn’t get around to posting a review. That was around the same time that I posted this review and read The House that Love Built by Beth Wiseman. You would think I was on a home renovation kick, but it was just coincidence.

This was a good read, especially if you are interested in older homes and/or restoration. This book is ultimately about forgiveness, and each chapter begins with a quote or proverb that shares a few words of wisdom on the topic. I found several of them very interesting and a couple enlightening. This book made me rethink whether or not I had forgiven someone for hurting me. The author was able to craft a story that touched on a deep subject while keeping the romance light and the characters real.

What have you got to lose? It’s a free eBook. Try it and let me know what you think.

For Such a Time by Kate Breslin

For Such a Time
I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. While I love their blogger review program, I have been finding it difficult to post my review within a month of receiving the book, since our one-year-old twins demand so much of my attention. I knew I needed to start reading this book when I received another book to review about a week after receiving For Such a Time. One night, after putting all four kids to bed, I told myself I would try to read a chapter or two each night, even though all I wanted to do was fall into bed and sleep. Five hours later, I forced myself to close the book and go to sleep! My husband was out of town at the time, and I ended up reading well past midnight three out of four nights because there was never a lull in the action. (I wouldn’t even let myself pick up the book on the third night because I knew I needed some rest!)

For Such a Time is a retelling of the Biblical book of Esther set against the backdrop of the Holocaust. The main characters in the novel are remarkably similar to the actual characters in the book of Esther. Each chapter begins with a verse from the book of Esther, and the events that unfold in that chapter directly correlate to that verse. Even though you think you know how the story will end, For Such a Time is so suspenseful that it will keep you spellbound until the final chapter. The author has thoroughly researched the Holocaust, the time period, the languages, customs, etc. I was fascinated by this portrayal of life in a concentration camp, and I have continued to read all that I can find on Theresiendstadt, the Holocaust, and World War II. It has been awhile since a book has so intrigued me that I have willingly researched the subject matter myself. Kate Breslin has crafted realistic characters thrust into a horrific setting that was real.

I highly recommend For Such a Time, and I would like to know if you have as much trouble as I did in not trying to finish the book in one sitting!