Thursday, June 28, 2007

White Chocolate Moments~ by Lori Wick

"And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented."

~Luke 16:22-25

You may be wondering why I chose this verse to go along with White Chocolate moments. In the story the main character Arcineh has to deal with the loss of her parents and the fact that they were not saved when they died. The referred to this verse about Lazarus and the rich man. I really enjoyed this book not just because it was a entertaining read, but because it really made me think of all of the loved ones and friends that are not saved. I had to ask myself am I doing all I can to let the light of Christ shine through me? Am I continually lifting them up in prayer? No one is guaranteed a certain amount of days on this earth and when we die that is it we are going one of two places heaven or hell. The only way to go to heaven is if you now commit your life to Jesus and ask him to forgive you for your sins. Accepting God's gift of grace is such a simple task, but God won't force you he wants us all to come willingly.

Before reading this book I had heard some different reviews that made me question whether I wanted to read it, but I saw a copy in the library and couldn't resist. The story is about a girl named Arcineh who loses both of her parents in a car accident. After the accident she goes to live with her grandfather. When Arcineh is seventeen the issues she had growing up with her grandfather finally come to a head so she moves out as soon as she turns eighteen. The story deals with forgiveness, love, and finding a peace that surpasses all understanding. So go pick up this book I really think you will enjoy it :)

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Split Ends~ Kristen Billerbeck

"Teach me O Lord the way of your statutes and I shall keep it to the end"

~Psalms 119:33

As you probably know from my previous posts I am a Kristen Billerbeck fan. So when she came out with another book of course I was excited. This book tells the story of a small town hair stylist who follows her dream by leaving her small town life and moving to Hollywood. With the help of her cousin she secures a position sweeping hair at a famous salon where she hopes to prove herself and begin the illustrious career she has always dreamed of. But she didn't count on the drama that would follow her there or the tall, dark, and handsome stranger that would capture her heart.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Diva NashVegas~ by Rachel Hauck

Diva NashVegas is a continuation of the story of Aubrey James introduced in the first novel Lost in NashVegas. After 10 years of success in the music business, privacy is one thing that Aubrey values and fights hard to keep. Aubrey's hard earned privacy is compromised when her so-called "friend" tells stories about her to a tabloid. Now determined to tell her side she agrees to an exclusive interview with Inside NashVegas, an interview that will change her life in more ways than one.

I did not read the first book of this series (I know I committed a severe book crime, one I myself attempt to enforce, but hey we all mess up once in a while :) but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a different read than my usual, but I think this book translates even if you aren't a big country music fan. The characters were all interesting and I liked the change in point of view throughout the book which allowed you to get in the heads of more than just the main character. So if you want to get an inside look on the life of a country music diva you definitely should pick this up.


Rachel is the author of many books. Her current release, Diva NashVegas is the second in a series which began with Lost in NashVegas. She is also a Blogger and a CFBA member! She lives in Florida with her husband. Visit her great profile and learn more.

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

These Boots Weren't Made For Walking~ by Melody Carlson

Willing to make the necessary sacrifices–even skipping the occasional latte–to ensure career success, 31-year-old Cassidy Cantrell "invests" in a chic pair of boots, certain they’ll make a spectacular impression and help seal the deal on a long-anticipated promotion from her Seattle employer.But reality tromps all over her expectations. Cassie’s job is abruptly eliminated–and her love life obliterated, when her longtime boyfriend dumps her for a "friend." Her self-esteem in tatters, Cassie limps home to the resort town she once so eagerly fled–only to find her recently divorced mother transformed into a gorgeous fifty-something babe with a thriving social life. Cassie wrestles with envy and apathy as she considers the dismal shape of her own physique and romantic prospects. What will it take for her to jump back into life and regain her stride?This sassy and hilarious novel leads readers on a romp through the wilds of relationships, romance, career, and spirituality, revealing that, while God’s plans may look drastically different than our own, it’ll always be a perfect fit.

I just have to say that I loved this book! It was a hilarious, and unexpected story about a woman who struggles to put herself back together after dealing with some devastating disappointments. Cassie is a character who is easy to identify with and I loved how normal she was. Some of the scenes in the book had me laughing out loud especially Cassie's trip to the local gym. When we have great disappointments we often can't see what good could come of those things but God always has a plan. The story was a nice reminder that even though things may not work out the way we want them to God is always in control.


Melody Carlson has published over 100 books for adults, children, and teens, including On This Day, Finding Alice, the Notes from a Spinning Planet series, and Homeward, which won the Rita Award from Romance Writers of America. She and her husband, the parents of two grown sons, make their home near the Cascade Mountains in Central Oregon. Melody is a full-time writer as well as an avid gardener, biker, skier, and hiker.