Category Fiction

Once Upon a Summertime

Product DetailsOnce Upon a Summertime
By Melody Carlson
Revell
Retail Price:  $14.99
Amazon Price: $12.06

Book Description:   Managing the Value Lodge in her hometown was not what Anna Gordon had in mind when she set out in the hospitality industry. But it’s a safe choice for a woman whose childhood was anything but stable. Out of the blue, she gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reinvent herself by moving to New York City, where she hopes for a management position at a stylish new boutique hotel. The big city is full of surprises–not the least of which is Sean O’Neil. Her childhood crush has applied for the very same position!

Sweet, romantic, and endlessly entertaining, this romp through the storied streets of New York City will enchant readers. Melody Carlson has created characters so charming that readers will long to meet them in the lobby of the stunning Rothsberg Hotel.

Review

This was really a fun read.  My interest was captured right from the very beginning and it never waned throughout the entire novel.  Though the main characters were not in my age group, I still enjoyed reading about their courage to live out their dreams, even when the prospect was not quite what they expected.  The plot was well developed and the Christian values shined through without being overly preachy or judgmental.  I am a Melody Carlson fan, and this book is a good example of the reason why!  It is a must-read!

~Reviewed by Rosie B.

    The Valley of Decision

    Product DetailsThe Valley of Decision
    By Lynne Gentry
    Howard Books
    Retail Price:  $14.99
    Amazon Price: $12.62

    Book Description:   Every choice has a consequence in the explosive conclusion to the Carthage Chronicles as Lisbeth returns to third-century Carthage for a thrilling final adventure.

    Thirteen years ago, Lisbeth made an impossible decision—leave third-century Carthage and her husband Cyprian behind for good. She knew it was to protect her daughter Maggie, so Lisbeth gathered the strength to move on with her life.

    All these years, Lisbeth has thrown herself into her work and raising her headstrong daughter, all to live up to the promise she made to Cyprian. But Maggie is sick of being protected. In an act of teenage rebellion Maggie decides to do what her mother can’t—secretly returning to the third century on a quest to bring her father back, leaving Lisbeth no choice but to follow.

    With Maggie’s surprise arrival in Carthage, chaos ensues. She finds her grandmother on trial for murder and attempts to save her, but instead the diversion sparks a riot that nearly destroys the plagued city. Only one thing will appease the wrath of the new proconsul of Carthage: the death of the instigator.

    Will Lisbeth arrive in time to save her daughter from the clutches of Rome? How can God possibly redeem such a slew of unwise decisions and deep regrets? Filled with heart-wrenching twists and riveting action,Valley of Decision brings the romantic adventure epic, The Carthage Chronicles, to an electrifying conclusion.

    Review

    The Carthage Chronicles is an exciting series that combines time travel and romance and it produces adventures that you won’t likely forget.  Though this book does stand alone, I highly recommend that readers to read the first two books to get a sense of the characters. This has not been my favorite series, but I do love time travel and I like fiction that is based in the early years of Christianity. Gentry is a fabulous author. She knows how to mold and sculpt language to make her stories feel like they are breathing. (I know that sounds weird, but for me as a reader I feel like this book is so full of life how can it not feel like that when I’m reading it?)

     

    Valley of Decision is the third and final installment of this series.  Though this book does stand alone, I highly recommend that readers to read the first two books to get a sense of the characters.  The plot is exciting with many twists and turns that will keep you on your toes and turning the pages, making the book hard to put down.   Gentry wraps things up nicely, leaving you with a surprising, yet satisfying ending.  I highly recommend this book and the entire series!

    ~Reviewed by Allie B.

      Eve

      Product DetailsEve
      By Wm. Paul Young
      Howard Publishing
      Retail Price: $16.00
      Amazon Price: $8.75

      Book Description:  From the author of the twenty-five-million-copy bestseller The Shack comes a captivating new novel destined to be one of the most talked-about books of the decade.

      Eve is a bold, unprecedented exploration of the Creation narrative, true to the original texts and centuries of scholarship—yet with breathtaking discoveries that challenge traditional beliefs about who we are and how we’re made. Eve opens a refreshing conversation about the equality of men and women within the context of our beginnings, helping us see each other as our Creator does—complete, unique, and not constrained by cultural rules or limitations.

      When a shipping container washes ashore on an island between our world and the next, John the Collector finds a young woman inside—broken, frozen, and barely alive. With the aid of Healers and Scholars, John oversees her recovery and soon discovers that her genetic code connects her to every known race. No one would guess what her survival will mean…

      No one but Eve, Mother of the Living, who calls her “daughter” and invites her to witness the truth about her own story—indeed, the truth about us all.

      As The Shack awakened readers to a personal, non-religious understanding of God, Eve will free us from faulty interpretations that have corrupted human relationships since the Garden of Eden.

      Thoroughly researched and exquisitely written, Eve is a masterpiece that will inspire readers for generations to come.

      Review

      I generally enjoy the books written by Wm. Paul Young so I was excited to read his latest book Eve.  While I don’t always agree with the author’s theology, I must admit that he always makes me think outside the box and examine my own beliefs.  This book had the same effect on me.  Eve was in interesting and thought provoking read that was basically two stories in one.  The first storyline follows a young woman who washes up on the shore of an island and her journey to health and wholeness. The second storyline is a retelling of the biblical account of creation and man’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden.  I am not totally sure I agree with his retelling of man’s fall, but it is interesting that he puts the blame squarely on Adam’s shoulders while most theological circles blame Eve as if she was alone in the garden when tempted.  All in I found this book enjoyable. The characters were well-written and interesting and I thought Young did a great job describing the setting.  I think readers will need to remind themselves that this is a fiction book, bordering on the fantasy genre, and should not be seen as a theological treatise.  If one can look at it this way, I think the book is more likely to be enjoyed.  Personally, I recommend it.  Let it stretch you.

      ~Reviewed by Jason C.