Book #45: The Storekeeper’s Daughter

I have always been fascinated by the Amish life and how they keep the faith when faced with difficult situations. Their lives are plain and simple and they do not use things like cell phones, electricity, and cameras. Out of touch with the real world? No, they are a people who have learned to live without material things in fear of becoming a rebellious people.

In this first book – which is a series of three – we are almost immediately introduced to the tragedy in the Fishers’ household when the mother is knocked down by a car. Her request before she closed her eyes was for Naomi to help take care of her younger brother and sisters.

Naomi Fisher’s life takes an about turn. She has to be on the clock 24/7. There is no time to rest, no time for courtships, no time for herself, yet her heart knew it already belonged to Caleb Hoffmeir. Her father seems to be critical of everything she does and often compares her to her mother. That is until one day, baby Zach is stolen from right underneath their noses from an English man, Jim Scott. Jim has a story of his own too. His wife, Linda wanted to care for a child and they set about adopting but when they got to Ohio, things changed and after snatching the baby from the Fisher’s yard, Jim never told his wife that he had kidnapped the baby, instead of faking ‘papers’ about the child’s real identity.

Naomi blamed herself for her brother’s disappearance and pretty soon she runs away from home with her good friend, Ginny. Out of faith and thrust into a strange world, she finds herself missing her family and eventually returns home.

Yet, if Jim hadn’t stolen the baby, Abraham Fisher wouldn’t have met Fannie and be happy again after his wife’s death. Naomi’s faith wouldn’t have been renewed much stronger. This book has helped me understand a little more about the Amish people and I admire their very strong faith in God.

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VERDICT:

4

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The Quilter’s Daughter by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Book #44: Prospect Street

Faith Bronson finds her privileged life shattered when her marriage ends abruptly. Only just beginning to face the lie she has lived, she finds sanctuary with her two children in a run-down row house in exclusive Georgetown.

The historic row house passed down through Faith’s family, harbors dark secrets of its own. Almost forty years ago, Faith’s baby sister disappeared from an upstairs bedroom, and this tragic, unsolved mystery continues to fascinate a nation. Now the secrets of the house on Prospect Street are about to be revealed. As Faith is forced to confront the deceit that has long defined her, she moves closer to freeing those she loves from their torment. For only when the truth is finally told can Faith, her family and the man she loves make a new beginning.

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This is going to be a pretty short review.

I love the characters, the plot, and the surrounding. The author took me there! This story gripped me from the opening paragraph. It was well written and I was captivated thoroughly. It is about love and discovery, but most of all, forgiveness.

I’ll definitely recommend this book although it’s from 2003. It’s so rare to come across 5-star stories lately, so this was refreshing.

VERDICT:

5

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The Storekeeper’s Daughter by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Book #43: The Outsider

For as long as she can remember, Gabrielle Hope has had the gift of knowing–visions that warn of things to come. When she and her mother joined the Pleasant Hill Shaker community in 1807, the community embraced her gift. But Gabrielle fears this gift, for the visions are often ones of sorrow and tragedy. When one of these visions comes to pass, a local doctor must be brought in to save the life of a young man, setting into motion a chain of events that will challenge Gabrielle’s loyalty to the Shakers. As she falls deeper into a forbidden love for this man of the world, Gabrielle must make a choice. Can she experience true happiness in this simple and chaste community? Or will she abandon her brothers and sisters for a life of the unknown?

Soulful and filled with romance, The Outsider lets readers live within a bygone time among a unique and peculiar people. This tender and thought-provoking story will leave readers wanting more from this writer.

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…REVIEW!

If I write as fast as I read, then book reviews would be updated almost every day. This one is going to be short, though.

At first glance, I thought this was an Amish book because of the model on the cover but soon realized that it was a ‘Shaker’. Obviously, I was just excited to read base on the summary, but I soon found myself wondering about this ‘Shaker’ religion. I did some research and was amazed at how many things I learned.

If you like history, then you’re in luck because this Christian Fiction is set during the French and Indian war time period. I recommend this book. 

VERDICT:

4

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Prospect Street by Emilie Richards. It already looks like a good book and I hope I’ll be proven right. 🙂

Book #42: Beach Road

I am just going to get this out: This book was a waste of paper! The entire story did not make any sense at all and a lot of gaping holes littered the story. I thought we had a story when I first started to read, but it was all an illusion. It felt as if one author wanted to go right, but the other wanted to go left and the ending was ridiculously stupid. I keep expecting someone to jump out at me and shout, ‘Gotchu! You’ve been Punk’d!’

Patterson and De Jonge should be ashamed of this book.

I am a hardcore James Patterson fan but being bias is one thing I’m not when it comes to reviewing. This book belongs in the trash.

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The Outsider by Ann H. Gabhart

I can never have too many books…

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#MusingMonday

…or so I like to think.

I love reading and I love sharing the books that I’ve read through reviews for it helps me practice my writing. Despite having hundreds of unread books, I am over the moon whenever I receive new books! 

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New books get me excited like…

Help! Send me to book rehab! … No such rehab exist though. *sighs* 

This is why I’ve decided to hold back on purchasing new books for the time being. I have so many books to read that if I buy new ones, they’ll automatically end up in the bottom pile and I probably won’t read them until 2019 or so. That’s how bad my book addiction is!

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However, because of my love for reading, I’ve come up with a plan to make a small business out of it with proceeds going to help underprivileged children. Never have I thought in all my years that I’ll be doing this, but here I am. I’m in the early stages of planning. 🙂

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Books #34-41: John Grisham rocks!

Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea

It started off well but somehow I was robbed of a proper ending. It was rushed. 

3

Never Tell by Karen Young

Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Couldn’t put it down. One of the best books I’ve read. No, it is not new, but still, I recommend it. 

5

Theodore Boone: The Activist by John Grisham

This book is for young adults and I thoroughly enjoyed it. YA is not always about horny teenagers coming to terms with their sexuality, so kudos to Grisham for writing this story. I enjoyed learning the legal terms. Confession: at one point in my young life, I wanted to be a Lawyer. I still enjoy reading anything pertaining to the law, but it was not my calling.

Oh, and this book is part of a series so you might want to start from ‘Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer’

5

The Racketeer by John Grisham

Grisham’s law thrillers are almost predictable now, but you can’t help but want to continue reading once you get past the first page. This book was unputdownable and I enjoyed the twists and turns. 

5

Sycamore Row by John Grisham

Before Seth Hubbard hung himself, he made a last-minute crude handwritten will which would see his black maid listed to get 90% of his estate. 0% was left to his estranged family. Hubbard listed Jake Brigance to defend his will although the two have never met while Seth was alive. However, Hubbard liked what Brigance did for Carl Lee Hailey (I advise you to find/borrow/buy a copy of the book that started it all for Mr. Grisham: ‘A Time To Kill’).

I learned how boring depositions can be when contesting a will and I also learned about the validness of a handwritten will. I’m a sucker for a law novel and this one hit the right spot. Thank you, Grisham. Thank you for Mr. Brigance. 

4

A Time To Kill by John Grisham

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Of course, I had to go back to where it all started! I love me some John Brigance and I wish the writer would make a series dedicated to him. While reading, I saw Tom Cruise as Jake Brigance… maybe it’s because Cruise did a brilliant job as a lawyer in ‘The Firm’, another one of my favorite Grisham’s favorite! 

4

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7th Heaven by James Patterson

Arsonists and a public disappearance. Enjoyed the courtroom drama, but felt as if the authors could have given a little bit more. 

3

Death Penalty by William J. Coughlin

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One of the best books I’ve read in a long time! 

4

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Beach Road by James Patterson. This is a one day read so I’ll have to get another book to read right after. 🙂

Margaret, this post was for you. Thank you for your continuous support and I am sorry that this review session was so short. ❤ ❤ Have a blessed weekend! 

Book #33: Wicked Business

Wickedly boring and stupid!

Lizzy Tucker is so childish and pathetic and it’s so hard to like her. She’s so stupid, she does not know what an exaggeration is.

Diesel is equally annoying. He’s a red hot blooded male as one can tell by his nasty flirts, but he does not quite know what to do with all that testosterone. He goes through assistants faster than a woman can change clothes, yet he has rarely seen them. This is getting old. It is not mysterious. It is boring.

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In short, I cannot bear to read anymore. I don’t care if they never find the stone. I don’t care if they get blown to bits. Lizzy is so stupid and dumb down that she readily accepts whatever comes her way. And the big stupid school girl crush is unnerving. Wulf is stupid and pathetic. Glo is more stupid than both combined and not to mention desperate to fit in. Diesel is an ego tripping over-confident alpha. A dead turn off. And I had enough with the fart and lame sex jokes already!

How many times, Janet? How many times you’re going to write about Carl farting or giving the finger? It’s annoying. It’s downright stupid and I don’t know why this series was allowed to see the light of day. I’ll hold a burning vigil if I can.

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I also did not ask for a lecture about Boston. If I want to know about Boston, I’ll Google it. The characters are really hard to like simply because there’s no development from the first book. We did not learn anything new about anyone. It was terrible, a waste of my time and I wish I could take that time back. You can’t offer me a million dollars to read the rest of this series.

I’m over this fairy tale. Thank God I did not waste money buying books from this author. Well, maybe I wanted to try that Plum series, but I’m not sure now.

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VERDICT:

NO STEAMING COFFEES

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6 books. 🙂