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I haven’t done one of these blogs in a while because I wasn’t able to read a lot from October last year due to my life feeling like a never ending stream of things to add to my ‘to do’ list. I have, however, read a few more books since then and can now give them to you.
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Postscript by Cecilia Ahern
About the book
It’s been seven years since Holly Kennedy’s husband died – six since she read his final letter, urging Holly to find the courage to forge a new life.
She’s proud of all the ways in which she has grown and evolved. But when a group inspired by Gerry’s letters, calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club, approaches Holly asking for help, she finds herself drawn back into a world that she worked so hard to leave behind.
Reluctantly, Holly begins a relationship with the club, even as their friendship threatens to destroy the peace she believes she has achieved. As each of these people calls upon Holly to help them leave something meaningful behind for their loved ones, Holly will embark on a remarkable journey – one that will challenge her to ask whether embracing the future means betraying the past, and what it means to love someone forever…
I haven’t read the first book, but I did watch the movie. This book was brilliant. It had me laughing and crying through most of the book.
I think that this book would be a wonderful help to people dealing with the loss of someone. It’s a wonderful ‘feel good’ book, even though you may not think so in the beginning.
I love the way Cecelia writes and she has become one of my favourites now. I can’t wait to read the next book from her.
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
About the book
The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.
It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…
Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?
Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.
Brilliant as always!! I can’t wait to read the second book in this series. Cassandra has such a beautiful way of writing and is an absolute inspiration to me as a fellow author!
The way she keeps you on the edge of your seat. The hate, love, anger and desperation touches your soul tremendously. The fact that you also feel sorry for the villain because he is that due to circumstances, makes it even more brilliant!
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
I had read this book again after reading book two so that I could end off book 2. I have previously reviewed this book on another blog.
A Seal’s Oath by Cora Seton
About the book
Wanted: one wife, one baby. Love not required.
Navy SEAL Boone Rudman has six months to find a wife and get her pregnant or he’ll lose his chance to win 1500 acres of prime Montana ranch land. So when he discovers Riley Eaton living on his new ranch, all grown up from the tomboy she used to be, he decides she’ll do for his bride—whether or not she’s got other plans.
Riley Eaton quit her job, sold her car and moved to Chance Creek with her friends to pursue the dreams she’d put on hold for far too long. She has no idea her uncle sold the ranch out from under her—and has no plans to marry any time soon—but when Boone shows up, sexy as hell after fifteen years in the service, she begins to wonder if her priorities are all wrong.
When duty turns to desire, Boone launches a campaign to win Riley’s heart. But is it too little, too late? Or can he convince Riley to forget the past and create a future worth fighting for?
I enjoyed the way that Cora wrote this book. She kept me on the edge of my seat in a few parts of the book and even though I could guess most of the outcomes, I still thoroughly enjoyed the read. I liked that the girls were strong female characters without being tomboys that dress like men. They embraced their girly side. Due to this, it emphasized the contrast between the manliness of the Seals and the femininity of the woman very nicely. Cora also gave the girls real weaknesses that they need to work on which made them more realistic.
Cross Roads by WM. Paul Young
About the book
Anthony Spencer is egotistical, proud of being a self-made business success at the peak of his game, even though the cost of winning was painfully high. A cerebral hemorrhage leaves Tony comatose in a hospital ICU. He ‘awakens’ to find himself in a surreal world, a ‘living’ landscape that mirrors dimensions of his earthly life, from the beautiful to the corrupt. It is here that he has vivid interactions with others he assumes are projections of his own subconscious, but whose directions he follows nonetheless with the possibility that they might lead to authenticity and perhaps, redemption. The adventure draws Tony into deep relational entanglements where he is able to ‘see’ through the literal eyes and experiences of others, but is “blind” to the consequences of hiding his personal agenda and loss that emerge to war against the processes of healing and trust. Will this unexpected coalescing of events cause Tony to examine his life and realize he built a house of cards on the poisoned grounds of a broken heart? Will he also have the courage to make a critical choice that can undo a major injustice he set in motion before falling into a coma?
This story has beautiful parts in it that resonated with me when it came to the love of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. William pushes the boundaries of what you can believe God would do to reach you, like he did in The Shack.
I could probably believe most, but the part about being in someone else’s head is a bit hard to believe, but it is fiction after all. The only parts that made me uncomfortable (as a book written for Christians) was when Maggie uses God’s name in vain a few times.
Otherwise, this was quite an enjoyable book to read. It had me laughing and sobbing at times. I love how William makes it so understandable that relationship with God is so simple and without all the nonsense that is sometimes imposed onto people.
War Room by Chris Fabry
About the book
Tony and Elizabeth Jordan have it all — great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house. But appearances can be deceiving. Their world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness. But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, a wise, older widow who challenges Elizabeth to start fighting for her family instead of fighting against her husband.
From the award-winning creators of Fireproof and Courageous comes War Room, a compelling drama with humor and heart that explores the power that prayer can have over marriages, parenting, careers, friendships, and every other area of our lives.
I watched the movie and then I read the book and even though I absolutely loved the movie, the book was even better (as usual). You get to know what’s happening in their heads and to know their internal struggles which they couldn’t put in the movie. This is one of my favourites from the Kendrick Brothers.
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