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Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Bride For Keeps by Melissa Jagears




Melissa Jagears' A Bride for Keeps tells the story of mail order bride Julia Lockwood and her intended groom Everett Cline. Everett's first three attempts at getting a mail order bride have resulted in disaster, so he vows to live alone. His neighbor Rachel Stanton is lonely and encourages Julia to come west and be Everett's bride.
 Both Everett and Julia carry deep wounds from their past, how can they overcome all of their misgivings and find love.
 A Bride For Keeps is a lively tale filled with humor and sadness. I loved meeting all the people of Salt Flats Kansas. They are a very realistic group of people and I look forward to continuing their tale in A Bride In Store.

A Simple Faith by Rosalind Lauer



A Simple Faith by Rosalind Lauer is a welcome trip back to Halfway Pennsylvania. We were first welcomed to Halfway and the King family in a Simple Winter. Although the King family makes a cameo this story features nursing student Haley Donovan and psychologist Dylan Monroe. On her way home from the hospital Haley witness an accident between an SUV and a van full of Amish. Elsie Lapp and Ruben Zook were passengers on the van. A Simple Faith is the story of how Englishers and Amish deal with the aftermath of the accident.
Rosalind Lauer brings to life the people of Halfway and draws one into their lives. The people are very real and I found myself laughing and crying along with them. I love the vivid descriptions of each persons trauma, whether physical or mental and the revelation of unrelated trauma in other people. I am looking forward to reading A Simple Hope, the next book in the Lancaster Crossroads saga.

Monday, August 18, 2014

For Such A Time by Kate Breslin



Kate Breslin's For Such A Time is a "modern" retelling of the story of Esther from the Bible. Stella (Hadassah) is rescued from the firing squad at Dachau, by SS Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt.He believes her to be an Aryan mistakenly branded as a Jew. He takes her to be his private secretary. Meanwhile, her uncle Morty who raised her is in the Jewish ghetto run by Aric. To complicate matters, Captain Herman (Haman) has lost his position as commander of the ghetto and the right to live in the big house to Aric.
I cannot say I enjoyed this book, due to the subject matter (the Holocaust). But I could not put it down. The story is very engaging and draws one along. I hope that Kate Breslin continues to write as I believe her to be a gifted storyteller.

Added on august 9, 2015
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First let me state I am of Jewish decent. I read this book with an open mind as Kate Breslin was a new author to me. I believe this story to be plausible as there were many Germans forced into the Nazi ranks. Some were just mindlessly following which still goes on today. One just has to look at our Nation's view on abortion, and the whole Planned Parenthood atrocity. And I know this will anger many, but a Jew who
accepts Christ is not abandoning their Faith, but embracing Yeshua Ha Mashiach, their Messiah. Please stop bashing Kate Breslin, if you do not like the book, don't read it. There are many books I don't care for or find offensive, I simply ignore them. Kate writes a very good story.
Just my 2 cents worth.

For all of the nay-sayers, For Such A Time is not beyond the realm of possibility: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3193520/Read-real-life-story-Auschwitz-prisoner-Helena-Citronova-falling-love-SS-guard-Franz-Wunsch-amid-controversy-Kate-Breslin-novel-Time.html