Sunday, April 17, 2011

Leaving by Karen Kingsbury

Zondervan Publishing has Provided Me with A Complimentary Copy of this Book.

The Bailey Flanigan series begins with Bailey leaving Bloomington for the adventure of a lifetime. She has won an audition for the ensemble of a Broadway musical in New York City.

She's determined to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but is she really ready to leave family and friends for the loneliness of the city? And what of Cody? His disappearance has her worried about their future and praying that their love can survive. In order to be closer to his mother in jail, Cody takes a coaching job in a small community outside Indianapolis. New friends, distance, and circumstances expose cracks in his relationship with Bailey Flanigan.

This book is the first book in the Bailey Flanigan Series by Karen Kingsbury. Karen is the BEST author of Women Fiction that I know of. I have read all of her books when she wrote the Baxter Series.

This book was GREAT. Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. It is a story about Bailey Flanigan and how she deals with her relationship with Cody Coleman. She doesn’t understand why Cody just left her in January but she feels she just has to move on. Then she goes and auditions for a play on Broadway in New York City. In the meantime, her and her family fly to Hollywood, California for the premiere of Unlocked and realizes the feelings she has for Brandon Paul, the big movie star and she feels she is not cut out for that but she has feelings for Brandon.

In the meantime, Karen touches on Ashley Baxter Blake and her family. That part will touch your heart big time, when she has to deal with Landon (her husband) having a health issues and the feelings with that are tough for Ashley to accept, so that part is ongoing as well. The Lord works through Ashley's heart also.

This book is one that I would suggest to family, friends or just anyone who love Karen Kingsbury’s writings. She is GREAT. I can’t wait for her next book.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Abigail's New Hope by Mary Ellis

Harvest House Publishers have Provided Me with A Complimentary Copy of this Book.

Amish midwife Abigail Graber loves bringing babies into the world. But when a difficult delivery takes a devastating turn, Abigail is faced with some of the hardest choices she has ever had to make. Despite all her efforts, the young mother dies-but the baby is saved.

When a heartless judge confines Abigail to the county jail, her younger sister, Catherine, comes to care for the home while Daniel works his fields. Catherine meets Daniel's reclusive cousin, Isaiah, who's deaf and thought to be simple-minded by his community. She teaches him how to communicates with his fellow man, and in so doing, discovers he possesses unexpected gifts and talents. Catherine makes a difference in all their lives and in return, finds love, while Isaiah discovers God, who cares not for our handicaps or limitations.

This book is a Good book. I believe that everyone needs to pickup this book and read it because it is a wonderful story. I thought it moved a little bit slow at first, but then it picked up speed and after that I could not put it down. Abigail Graber loved being a midwife, but when she supplies a drug to Ruth Fisher, she is sentenced to jail. Abigail writes to her sister and she comes to take care of Abigail’s family, her husband (Daniel) and her 2 children (Laura and Jake).

I believe that the Lord works in mysterious ways throughout the book, dealing with Abigail in jail and her husband has to learn how to cope without his precious Abby. But, when Abby’s sister comes to help out, different things happen. She falls for Isaiah, Daniel’s cousin and sparks fly between them. It is just a Great book and would suggest everyone read it.