Book Review: Halfway to Nowhere

I was in a precarious position. Having finished my last book two days earlier, I knew I had to choose a new book before my trip out of town. I searched for hours for a Christian fiction book, but nothing struck my match.

This book came up, and it looked satisfactory, so I lept. It was ok. Nothing great, but not a bad read either. 

My biggest concern was I finished the book when it said I was 39% done. What a kill joy! No time to prepare myself for the end. It came suddenly. I didn’t feel like it was long enough. 

Concern number two was the language. I am sure it is not enough to offend most, but as I said, I am used to Christian novels, and they generally are very clean.

That being said, it was well written, and the character were vividly alive. I was compelled to turn the page, and keep reading, never wanting to put it down. 

My honest review is, it’s ok, buy don’t expect great. Definitely worth the read if you are in a lurch.

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The Silver Music Box: Book Review

The Silver Music Box was a thrilling account of a Jewish family over three generations.  A fictional story set in tortured truth of time, this book shows just some of the battles the Jews faced, when their home country, whom they fought and died for, decided they were not worthy to live there anymore.

No matter where we are, who we are, or what we go through, one thing is a common denominator to everybody. . . . . Family. You will be hard spent to find somebody who has nobody. We thrive on togetherness. Love. It is what makes us human. 

But at the same time, we all have an enemy. Hate. Hatred is the enemy at the root of every war. And as the book says, “Humans always seem to need an enemy!”

Let love, and family, and friendship rule your life. Let it wage war against hatred that blinds. 

I give this book all stars, and 2 thumbs up!

Book Review: Where We Belong by Lynn Austin

Lynn Austin’s newest book, Where We Belong, is a masterpiece in words! Never to disappoint, this author will intrigue you from cover to cover! Based on a true story about two sisters, this book will take you on a roller-coaster of emotions!

Where We Belong is a question many of us ask from the time that we begin puberty, until we grow very old. Why am I here? What is my purpose? When we believe in God, we put our trust in Him, that our lives will fulfill His greater purpose. 

Jeremiah 29:11King James Version (KJV)

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

We must trust that He knows us better than we know ourselves. His plans are greater than our plans. He sees the big picture.

In this book, the two main characters encounter many obstacles. Whether they are racing the great Chicago fires, sailing on treacherous seas, or melting in the Sinai Desert, they continue to walk in faith, influencing all who are with them. 

Our walk during hard times will not only strengthen our faith, but it will also compel unbelievers to put their trust in God.

Soren, one of the young men in the story, decides to give his life to God, because he wants to be just like the sisters. Who is watching your life? Who have you influenced to follow God? 

I read a comment someone made regarding this book, and it really impressed me. Are you a Rebecca, or a Flora? These two sisters both serve God, but they are very different. Flora is more reserved, more feminine. Flora loves to dress in beautiful dresses, and socialize. She has an insatiable desire to help the poor. In contrast, Rebecca hates all the frills of lady’s dresses. She despises all the pretenses of putting on aires, going to teas, and talking for hours about nothing. She desires true love and adventure! Which sister are you?

I received this book for my honest review by Bethany House.

Emma’s Gift

I try to be nice. I want to be remembered as a nice person. That being said, I had a hard time with this book. It is not a happy book that let’s you feel good. This is a book full of heartache and mourning and tears! 

It really deprested me the whole time I read it. For me, there was just too much tragedy. I read to escape to a better place. This book is not the case!
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Julia’s Hope

I had never heard of this author before reading this book, but I must say, it was well worth the gamble! It is written from the perspective of the three primary characters, Julia, Sam, and Emma. 

Sam and Julia find themselves at rock bottom, with no job and  no hope. But God’s provision led them to an old soul, with an old farm, and they all find they need each other. 

This was an awesome read, and I would delightedly recommend it to you!
Julia’s Hope
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Fire by Night by Lynn Austin

I have been reading the Refiner’s Fire series, focusing on the Civil War Era. Fire By Night is the second book in this series and is told from the North’s persprective. The first was told from the South’s perspective, and the last will be from a slave’s perspective.

That being said, I really enjoyed this book. The story focuses on two women during the war, one coming from a wealthy background, and the other from a poor background. The characters meet eventually, and become friends. 

I love anything to do with hospitals, doctors, and nurses, so I really got this book. One of the characters runs away to become a nurse at the field hospital. The other eventually ends up becoming a nurse too.

I love the personalities Ms. Austin gives the characters. They soon become your friends, as you see their struggles and victories.
I highly recommend this book!

Fire by Night (Refiner’s Fire) (Volume 2) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0764211919/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_hiYczb6M6D8MW