Tuesday, January 26, 2016

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

Colin Hancock’s past is littered with a history of violence, bad decisions, and the threat of prison hanging over his head, but he’s determined to walk the straight and narrow. Colin throws himself into his studies and avoids his destructive patterns, reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons. The last thing Colin is looking for is a serious relationship, until a chance encounter on a rain-swept road alters the course of Colin’s life forever. 

See Me reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize. The reviewer thoroughly enjoyed this novel and if you like dramatic, suspenseful novels this book may be for you!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sky Lantern by Matt Mikalatos

Matt finds a sky lantern broken and crushed in his backyard, and when he smoothes it out he sees the message “Love you, Dad. Miss you so much. Steph.” As a father of three daughters, Matt could not let this heart-wrenching note go unanswered. Not sure on how to find “Steph” he posts an open letter to her on his blog, which goes viral overnight. Little did he know how that small act of kindness would lead him to the real Steph and change his family’s life in remarkable ways.

Matt Mikalatos offers a compassionate look at a father’s relationship with his children, the healing power of a small act of kindness, and the certainty that even death can’t stop love in this deeply moving memoir. The reviewer enjoyed this read about what it means to love, to be loved, and to love well.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

One kick by Chelsea Cain

Kick Lannigan has taught herself to be dangerous. She can pick any lock, throw any knife, and fire any weapon. When John Bishop shows up and asks her to help rescue some missing kids, she is reasonable wary. John appears to have unlimited funds, high-level contacts, and details of Kick’s background that no one should have access too. For Kick, whose interest in kidnapping is deeply personal, partnering with Bishop is a risk worth taking.

This is the first book in the Kick Lannigan Series and it captured the reviewer’s attention on the first page. The non-stop action, and twists in abundance did not let it go until the very end. If you like fast-paced thrillers this book may be for you!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski; illustrated by P.J. Lynch

Jonathan Toomey is a lonely man who rarely smiles and never laughs. He is the village woodcarver, and the best in the valley. One day he finds his simple life intruded upon by a young widow and her son, who request a carved nativity set to replace the one they lost when they moved. As the story progresses, we learn more about what makes Jonathan Toomey so gloomy, and begin to see his character gradually change. As each piece of the nativity scene slowly takes shape amid the story, the heartwarming message of patience and healing, family and friends is artfully spun.

The richly detailed watercolors depict the small details of faces, hands and wood grain lit by the winter firelight of an early American setting. Their beauty compliments the author’s lyrical style and brings the characters perfectly to light. I highly recommend this book for family reading nights, for its wholesome and heartwarming theme, and will likely reread it myself every Christmas for years to come.