Thursday, April 27, 2017
Sometimes you get a second chance to live the life you’ve always wanted…if you’re brave enough to take the chance.
In this epic tale of love, loss, and redemption, the year is 1861, a time when women are expected to be married by a certain age. At 26, spinster Emily Wainwright has no reason to believe her sheltered life will ever change — until the charming Samuel Todd unexpectedly crosses her path.
Samuel yearns to homestead and start a family in Oregon, but he first needs to find a wife. Blinded by Samuel’s good looks, and grasping at her final chance to have a husband and children, Emily accepts his marriage proposal. However, Samuel is not the man she thought he was, and her marriage becomes a cold, cruel prison, offering her no solace amidst the hardships of farm life.
When Samuel dies and a second chance at love and happiness arrives in the form of farmhand Cole Walker, Emily must overcome her bitter past—or risk losing Cole and the life she has always dreamed of having.
My Take : This must be a new topic that authors are interested in as I have seen several books lately on the topic of women going on the Oregon Trail. Emily is a bit naive in the book and ends up in a hard life with a husband who doesn't really love her and she doesn't really love him. She ends up going out west out of desparation which I think alot of women felt back then if they weren't married and having a family by a certain age. This book is about maturing and realizing what you want out of life and if you are willing to buck social norms to get it. A great historical fiction book that helps you understand that time period.
Recommend if you like historical fiction.
I Received a review copy of this book by Virtual Author Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
Having restored Michael Johnson's ancestors' house and apothecary shop and begun applying the lessons of family and forgiveness unearthed from the past, Jennifer Rushmore expects to complete her first preservation job with the simple relocation of a log home. But as her crew reconstructs the 1787 cabin, home to the first Dunham doctor, attacks on those involved throw suspicion on neighbors and friends alike. And while Jennifer has trusted God and Michael with the pain of her past, it appears Michael's been keeping his own secrets. Will she use a dream job offer from Savannah as an escape, or will a haunting tale from a Colonial diary convince her to rely on the faithfulness of his love?
My Take: Witch is the 3rd book in the Restoration Triology by Denise Weimer. I haven't read the first two books and think that they probably would add some more light to what is happening in this book but I enjoyed this book just the same. The author weaves the past and present together to form a compelling story that is both thrilling and uplifting. I enjoyed the history throughout the book and learned quite a few things that I didn't already know about the conflict with the Native Americans. I also liked the present day story of restoration in both the buildings and the lives of the characters. This is a Christian historical fiction book and God is very much a part of the story. I hope to go back to read the other 2 books.
I received a review copy of this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review.
According to Japanese legend, folding a thousand paper cranes will grant you healing.
Evelyn Abel will fold two thousand if it will bring Luc back to her.
Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death. After a car crash got him a second chance at life—via someone else’s transplanted heart—he tried to embrace it. He truly did. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again.
And now it is.
Sick of hospitals and tired of transplants, Luc is ready to let his failing heart give out, ready to give up. A road trip to Oregon—where death with dignity is legal—is his answer. But along for the ride is his best friend, Evelyn.
And she’s not giving up so easily.
A thousand miles, a handful of roadside attractions, and one life-altering kiss later, Evelyn’s fallen, and Luc’s heart is full. But is it enough to save him? Evelyn’s betting her heart, her life, that it can be.
Right down to the thousandth paper crane.
My Take: This was a heart wrenching, uplifting, tears streaming , grin from ear to ear wearing book. Go into this book with the knowledge that your heart will be ripped out and stomped on and put back shredded but you won't care because this book is that good. This book is about death and dying so you know that it isn't a light reading book. Definately not a book for a beach trip as you will get burned to a crisp or never come out of your motel room because you won't want to put it down. This book is perfect for those rainy days in spring that will bring the flowers just like this book has the dreariness but also the optimism. This is not your typical YA book and it deals with a heavy subject but it also deals with friendship and new love and just a bunch of emotions. Highly recommend.
I received a review copy of this book from Chapter by Chpater in exchange for my honest review.