Plain Fear: Forbidden - Reviewed

Monday, August 13, 2012

Book Blurb:
Rachel Schmidt Nussbaum, a young widow, is now seven and a half months pregnant with her first child. She blames herself for her husband Josef’s death and she believes that she is being punished by God for her past sins.
So when a stranger arrives claiming to be an old friend from her wilder years, saying only she can fix things for him, for Josef, and for herself, she makes an impulsive decision to follow him. Thus begins a journey that will lead Rachel to the depths of ultimate danger, the potential for new love, and a battle that will decide both the fate of her soul and the life of her unborn child.

My Thoughts:
I am really enjoying this series. It is not your A-typical Amish book and that is what I love about it. It has a real "BITE" and with all of the same ol' Amish books out there I love something different and this is right up my alley! If you are looking for something different in Amish fiction give this series a try. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!!!!

Invisible Thread - Reviewed

Book Blurb:
When Laura Schroff brushed by a young panhandler on a New York City corner one rainy afternoon, something made her stop and turn back. She took the boy to lunch at the McDonald's across the street that day. And she continued to go back, again and again for the next four years until both of their lives had changed dramatically. Nearly thirty years later, that young boy Maurice has gotten married and has his own children. Now he works to change the lives of disadvantaged kids, just like the boy he used to be.An Invisible Thread is the true story of the bond between a harried sales executive and an eleven-year-old boy who seemed destined for a life of poverty. It is the heartwarming story of a friendship that has spanned three decades and brought meaning to an over-scheduled professional and hope to a hungry and desperate boy living on the streets.

My Thoughts:
What a touching story! I started this book in the evening thinking I'd read a few chapters and put it down and I couldn't. I had to finish it! This is the Blindside meets Rachel Ray. 
What I was surprised by was Maurice's manners. Here is a kid on the street panhandling and he calls Laura, Miss Laura, says please and thank you.  Just not something you would expect from a street kid.
I highly recommend this book! It will inspire you!

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    About the Book: 

    Welcome to Hope Beach. A place of intoxicating beauty . . . where trouble hits with the force of a hurricane.

    Inheriting a beautiful old hotel on the Outer Banks could be a dream come true for Libby. The inn cries out for her restorer’s talent and love of history. She’s delighted to learn of the family she never knew she had. And the handsome Coast Guard lieutenant she’s met there on the island could definitely be the man of her dreams.

    But Libby soon realizes that the only way she can afford the upkeep on the inn is to sell it to developers who are stalking the island. The father who willed her the inn has died before she could meet him, and her new found brother and sister are convinced she’s there to steal their birthright. Worst of all, her best friend and business partner has been kidnapped before her eyes, and Libby’s under suspicion for the crime.

    Libby’s dream come true is becoming a nightmare. Her only option is to find her friend and prove her innocence, or lose everything on the shores of Hope Island.

    Meet Colleen: 

    Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA’s RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

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     My Thoughts:  I loved this book! I lived in Virginia Beach for 3 years and moved to Chesapeake, VA and lived there for 3, and the Outer Banks was a hop, skip and jump from us. It was super fun reading about a place I knew so well. The mystery was great! Kept me turning pages, and up late to finish. Libby was someone you wanted to cheer for and see her get her dream. This is the second book of Colleen's I have read and she keeps making me a fan. Highly recommended!!!!!

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      About the Book: 

      One young woman. Two very different roads. The choice will change everything.

      Even as a pregnant, unwed teen in 1974, Sandy Lincoln wanted to do the right thing. But when an ageless woman approached her in a convenience store with a mysterious prophecy and a warning, doing the right thing became even more unclear. She made the best choice she could . . . and has lived with the consequences.

      More than thirty years later, a pregnant teen has come into her life, and Sandy’s long-ago decision has come back to haunt her. The stakes rise quickly, leaving Sandy with split seconds to choose once more. But will her choice decision bring life . . . or death?

      Meet Robert: 

      Robert Whitlow is the best-selling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the prestigious Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. A Furman University graduate, Whitlow received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. A practicing attorney, Whitlow and his wife, Kathy, have four children. They make their home in North Carolina. 

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      My Thoughts:
      I chose to review this book because I am adopted. Interestingly enough my adoption took place 8 years prior to when Whitlow has the book taking place. I was a private adoption in 1966 and the adoption process began six months into the pregnancy.
      I have mixed feelings about this book. The book takes place in 1974, the height of Roe vs. Wade and what I would consider a much better understanding of teen pregnancy than what was expressed to Sandy. Her mother was more worried about what people would think than how her daughter felt. I was disgusted with her! Funnily enough I also dealt with a teen daughter who got pregnant her senior year. I was recently divorced and she was a senior. It wasn't awful, horrible, it was a mistake. Our kids are suppose to have a soft place to fall and I am glad that if my child was going to make a mistake she could come home to me and not a cold dorm room!

      At the beginning of her senior year Sandy finds out she is pregnant, her mother freaks out, her boyfriend and his family want her to abort the baby, her parents decision is to send her to live with her Aunt Linda. On the way to her Aunt's house in Atlanta she stops at a convenience store and an old lady tells her she is going to have twins and that she needs to separate them at birth because if they ever meet one of them is going to die. Sandy is totally freaked out by this but is determined to separate the twins when they are born.

      Sandy has NO CHOICE in what is going on with her or her baby. She is sent to live with her Aunt Linda who has her read Roe vs. Wade and write an essay on it. What is worse Aunt Linda picks out the adoption agency that Sandy uses and the choices of parents for Sandy to choose from.

      And even when Sandy goes to choose parents for the twins she is going to have, Linda has a problem with different things. For example, one of the potential parents the husband is a pilot and will be gone a lot so she says Sandy shouldn't choose them because he wouldn't be a contributing father. Really???? So I guess military husbands are bad parents too. NOT! My dad was active duty and rocked as a dad!

      As the book progresses both Linda and her parents are better at accepting of Sandy's pregnancy and the birth of the babies.

      When Sandy becomes an adult, is teaching high school and coaching cheer-leading a girl at the school becomes pregnant. The school has it set up that the counselor is to work with the student yet the young girl feels more comfortable talking with Sandy. This ignites a fire storm that will ultimately bring about the prophecy from the convenience store.

      This was my first read of Robert Whitlow's. I enjoyed it. As an adoptee there were a lot of things that I just didn't agree with. I thought Sandy needed to have her own choice on what she should do, whether to go and stay with her Aunt or not. It felt like a lot of what Sandy did was because she felt she had to not because she wanted to. Also, if you aren't adopted I don't believe you could truly understand the depth of this book or what Sandy went through. Just my .02
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