Category: Book Reviews

Book Review: Burning Sky

Burning SkyBurning Sky by Lori Benton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Authentic in both historical details and deeply rooted characters set in late 1700s New York, author Lori Benton delivers a visual and emotional journey for readers.

After several years of living in captivity with the Mohawk people, the woman who was called Burning Sky returns to her homestead and white heritage near the settlement of Shiloh, New York. Divided and confused about where her loyalties stand, Willa Obenchain intends to live a solitary life to protect her heart from further pain. But it seems God will not allow her to remain captive to the past. Obstacles collide with her plans including old friends becoming foes, a stranger in need of her care, and her clan brother’s need for her to continue to be a part of his life. Continue reading “Book Review: Burning Sky”

Book Review: Angels Walking

Angels WalkingAngels Walking by Karen Kingsbury
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I listened to this book on Audible, but plan to also buy the paperback copy because there are several people (including my own children) I want to loan the book to. It is my first Karen Kingsbury novel, to my regret, as I realized I should have been a long-time reader of hers given my own future as an author in the Christian Fiction realm.

Generalities aside, I cannot think of anything I did not enjoy about this story. Every detail, description, exchange of dialogue and point-of-view blended together to create an emotional and realistic story. Although the main story focuses on Tyler and Sami, Karen does an incredible job demonstrating how each person in their paths–including well-disguised angels–played a vital part in the conclusion. However, the part I loved the most was in the end, regardless of everyone else, Tyler and Sami had to choose for themselves. Continue reading “Book Review: Angels Walking”

Book Review: Out of the Ruins

Out of the Ruins (Golden Gate Chronicles #1)Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With a perfect combination of historical detail and unique characters, Karen Barnett brought life to early 1900s San Francisco. Amid personal tragedy, the 1906 earthquake forces Abby Fischer to face her fears and take risks she never thought she would. I was on the edge of my seat, up late night after night while slowly reading through the final chapters. I only had time to read a couple chapters per day or I would have probably finished the entire last third of the book in a single sitting!

Karen intricately weaves dialogue and description in a way that makes you feel like you are right there with the characters. Emotional suspense, a city out of control, and lives torn apart all led to an unexpected ending. I can’t wait for Book 2!

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