Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Book Catch Up

I don't know why I don't just talk about a book after I finish it, but I don't.  I might be missing one, but I think I just have three to share with you today from the past couple of weeks.  I did start The Zoo Keeper's Wife, but couldn't get into it...maybe that's the missing one!  I normally enjoy reading books that highlight the survivors and people that risked their lives to save others during the Holocaust.  This book read more like just give me the facts; please and only the facts"...it didn't grab me, so I finally put it down and moved on.  I've heard it's a really good book, so if you enjoy this type of book, you might give it a try.  If you read it, please feel free to scold me for not finishing and I might try it again!

What I have finished though were fun reads!  First, I read Shadows of Lancaster County by Mindy Starns Clark...loved it!!!  She's one of my favorite Christian mystery/suspense authors, and this one didn't disappoint!  The story intertwines with the Amish, and of course that grabbed me right away. Throw in mysterious jewls, DNA research and gene therapy and you're off on a fast paced raced to the end.  Family secrets and past tragedies can't help but give way to God's amazing mercy and grace in this book full of suspense and intrigue. 

Next up was another in the A Booktown Mystery series by Lorna Barrett, Bookplate Special.  These are fun, clean mysteries; did I mention really enjoyable.  They're based in a touristy town that caters to book lovers...oh, if I could only find such a place!  Tricia Miles seems to always find herself right in the middle of the towns mishaps.  She's stubborn, inquisitive and sometimes a little too determined for her own good, but that never stops her from trying to "help" out the local sheriff's department in solving crimes. 

I just finished Sarah's Garden by Kelly Long.  This was the first book I've read by this author, and I can't wait for the next one to come out in the A Patch of Heaven series.  The book is set in the Amish setting...you get that I really enjoy these, right!  When I read the back and it described how Sarah loves her garden, I had to have it.  Throughout the book, God's overwhelming love is shown not only through how the Amish live in forgiving others, but also how He truly does give us the desires of our hearts when we love Him with all of ours.  Sarah found herself falling for an English veterinarian that moved into the house next store and him for her.  So, while the book was a bit predictable and the ending maybe a bit unrealistic, it was the perfectly easy, enjoyable read.  Really cool with this one too...my mother didn't have it already!! 

I'm always on the lookout for new Christian authors or otherwise clean fiction/mysteries, so if you have a favorite author, please share!

Happy reading!


  1. You can write some great book reviews! I have loved EVERY book by Philip Gulley. He is a Quaker minister in real life and writes the cutest books...the Harmony Series...you can see them all HERE. If you scroll down, it shows all in the series. I have rtead every one of them!!! He also writes serious Christian books, and I just think he make s lot of sense for Christianity today. I am a Quaker in spirit, and in my soul too! I see he has a new book out now called If The Church Were Christian, which I must find tonight!!! I am off to Amazon now!

  2. Thank you for mentioning Bookplate Special. The latest book in the series, Chapter & Hearse, came out last month.

  3. I have to write these authors down. The Lancaster County one sounds really good.