Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Review ~ The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

Another short review here< this one is a WWII and current day story. The Butterfly and the Violin

Excellent book! I loved the way Ms. Cambron jumped back and forth between today and WWII. I enjoyed getting to know all of the characters, and their stories, as well as the story behind the painting. The only thing that could have been a bit better was the transitions in time. I felt that we missed stuff at times, that more story could have been on either side, especially the modern day part, but was cut in order to keep it to a certain length. Overall, it was a fantastic book, and one of my favorites for this genre. Excited to read more.

Review ~ A Match of Wits by Jen Turano


These next few reviews are shorter than those I've written in the past, but I hope you enjoy them nonetheless!

This is the fourth book in Jen Turano's Ladies of Distinction series, and by far my favorite. A Match of Wits

AAAHH! I totally loved this book. I'm sad it's the last in its series, but it was a wonderful conclusion to the Ladies of Distinction. Jen did a fantastic job telling Zayne and Agatha's story. I LOVED Matilda, and I now totally want a pet pig of my own. She added so much excitement, laughter, and character to this book - she totally stole the show. The story itself was great, and the romance was dreamy. :) I also loved the mystery, and had fun trying to figure out who was behind all the dastardly deeds!

Keep up the great writing, Jen! Looking forward to reading more!

I hope you all enjoyed this book as much as I did.

Happy readings,

Sarah K.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Review ~ The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

Hello Friends! Sorry for the long absence. I've got a few reviews I've written over the past year, and will be uploading them shortly. I apologize if they aren't as fancy as my previous ones. I'll try to get back into that style soon!

Up first: The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

I have looked forward to this book for quite some time. I love Rachel Hauck's Royal Weddings series, and I enjoyed The Wedding Dress as well. I had a feeling I'd like this one too, and I was right.

This book switches back and forth between both time periods and point of view quite often. Ms. Hauck weaves back and forth between today and the 1940's-50's, and the story is told through the eyes of four characters - Coach Jimmy and retired actress Colette, and Taylor and her husband Jack. These characters are all intertwined, though at first it isn't quite clear how, their story of love and heartbreak, sacrifice and turmoil speaks clearly throughout. While this may sound confusing, Ms. Hauck does a great job of helping the reader keep track of who is speaking and when at the beginning of each chapter.

The story itself is beautiful, and spoke to me. Taylor and Jack are newlyweds struggling to figure out how to make marriage work. At times I wanted to smack them both and tell them to just communicate already! It caused me to sit back and look at my own marriage, however, and reflect on my own communication skills with my husband.

The other issue that was important in the story was that of sibling rivalry, and the idea that there are two sides to every story. It reminded me, yet again, that it is easy to judge someone when you don't know the whole story, and while sometimes that information doesn't change things, often times it does. Taylor's grandmother and Colette were sisters, and didn't get along at all. Many characters in the book didn't think well of Taylor's grandma, but she had a good relationship with her. This spoke to me, and reminded me to find the good in those around me.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Wedding Chapel, and recommend it to anyone who loves a good romance with history thrown into the mix!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*