Monday, March 30, 2009

The Red Siren

The Red Siren
By: M. L. Tyndall

This book is now on my list of all time favorites. It is extremely well written.

The romance that grows between Faith, the captain of The Red Siren, and Captain Waite, the captain of British Royal Navy ship, is very dramatic and keeps you hanging in there to see just how they will (hopefully) end up together. With so many things keeping them apart - the fact that he is in SC to get rid of pirates, particularly The Red Siren; his personal vow to avoid women at all costs; her impending betrothel to Sir Wilhelm Carteret; her lack of belief in God - how can she have the man of her dreams and take care of her sisters?

Pick up this book when you have a large chunk of time to sit by the window and get lost in the pages (or each night before you go to bed, which is when I have time for books). M.L. Tyndall is a wonderful author that makes the pages truly come alive. I very highly recommend this book!!!

Back of the Book:

Faith Westcott abandoned her shallow faith when a series of tragedies struck her family. To save herself and her sisters from forced marriages, this fiery born-to-the-manor redhead is a lady by day and a pirate by night. How long can she maintain this dual-identity before she's caught red-handed.

God fearing, Dajon Waite, who scours the Carolina coast, expunging it of pirates, is a more-than-capable captain in the British Royal Navy. But when he is asked to take on the guardianship of Faith and her sisters, he's headed for deep waters. Having vowed to avoid women, what will he do when he finds himself falling for Faith?

Sir Wilhelm Carteret has always gotten everything he desired, but Faith seems to be unaffected by his charms. When he devises a plot to rid himself of his competition, more than Captain Waite's reputation is at stake as alarming secrets are revealed.

Will Faith regain her trust in God only to find herself headed for the gallows? Will Dajon scuttle his good name - and neck - to save her?

Sunday, March 29, 2009

I Do

I Do
by: Veda Boyd Jones, Sally Laity, Yvonne Lehman, Loree Lough

The only common thread in this book is that they all find love. Love is found in some very different places; an office building, a library, a retirement home, and a church.

Sydney and Troy decide their sibling are too young to get married and in an effort to try to stop them they begin to sense a strong attraction to one another. Soon after they meet to discuss how to stop the wedding they find that they work in the same building and Sydney realizes that Troy is one of the most sought after bachelors in the building.

Grace leads a very simple, repetitive life. She is a librarian in a small town with little excitement. She does her best to maintain a certain image, but secretly reads romance novels wishing for what she thinks she can never have. . . until Mitch Haywood comes to town to do research for a book about small towns.

Kay works at a retirement that her aunt lives in. One day a very cranky old man, Peppino, is brought there by his grandson. Peppino is placed next to Ella, Kay's aunt, and eventually the two develop an unusual friendship. Meanwhile in an effort to bring Peppino and Ella together, Kay and Daniel find love themselves. - This is one of my favorite novella's ever! I love stories of older people finding love again.

And then there is the story I can most relate to. I could so easily see myself running late and walking into the wrong church. This is exactly what happens to Breena. She is headed to her friend's wedding and realizes too late that she didn't check to see which St. John's they were getting married in. This ends up being the best mistake of her life when she meets Keegan.

A great compilation of novella's for a rainy afternoon. Get some hot tea, sit on the window seat with a blanket and enjoy!!

Back of the Book:

Do you love me? I Do
Love can grow quietly over time or strike like lightning. in either case, the end result is bliss. Share the joy of lastin love in these four novellas by some of inspirational romance's favorite authors.

Do you want to marry me? I Do
Love found in a church, a library, a retirement home, an office building. . . From the first uncertain moments to the final, absolute certainty of love, you'll watch these beautiful stories unfold - including all of the merriment and mayhem on the way to the altar.

Do you promise me forever? I Do
Love to last a lifetime and beyond. From the hearts and pens of romantic storytellers Veda Boyd Jones, Sally Laity, Yvonne Lehman, and Loree Lough come stories of faith and love - stories to make you recall, or anticipate, your own eager wedding words, I Do.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Stitch in Time

A Stitch in Time
By: Cathy Marie Hake, Tracy V. Bateman, Vickie McDonough, Carol Cox

I love books that give a lot of family dynamics. This book reminds me of Lori Wick's Rocky Mountain Memories and A Place Called Home series (which I also highly recommend and will be reviewing sometime in the near future). You get to know everyone in the family and their own unique personalities and interests. This book is easy to read and very enjoyable.

A family of 3 young men, 1 young lady and their grandmother who are very set in their ways have their world turned upside down by the 4 soon-to-be additions. Micah is very set in his ways and doesn't like change. He also doesn't think Deborah can survive in No Man's Land, but she is a much stronger woman than she's given credit for.

Louisa (Lou) falls in love with 2 very special boys and is quite attracted to their guardian, as well. A surprising match for sure!

Josh feels bad for a boy and his sick grandfather that he finds camping on Stafford land. This teenage boy has a big secret and it isn't long before Josh finds out what it is.

Sam, being the last one left is constantly being matched up with the few women available in No Man's Land. The whole town comes together to get him together with the most likely candidate.

The only thing I didn't like was that 'stitchery' is not really a major theme carried throughout.

Back of the Book:

Raised in No Man's Land - a wide-open tract west of the Oklahoma territory - the Stafford siblings stitch together a legacy of faith and family history. But each one struggles to recognize the arrival of true love:
  • Micah can't imagine falling for the refined visitor from the East who "can't ride a horse or shoot a gun."
  • Louisa, a tomboy, almost loses a chance at love by trading her holster for ribbons and bows.
  • Josh is surprised to find the "young man" he rescued is actually Rachel Donovan, disguised to survive the harsh pioneer terrain.
  • Sam takes a closer look - through God-colored spectacles - and discovers a sweet, soft spirit in his bumbling bride-to-be.
In spite of the prejudices, false assumptions, and misleading disguises, God can tie up the loose threads of these lives and bestow His own plan - the unexpected perfection of love.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


This month, CFRB is proud to present "Eretzel" by William McGrath


The story continues where Asulon, the first book in The Sword of Fire
series, left off. The travelers: Prince Daniel of Asulon, the grim
swordmaster Moor, the traveling priest and wise man Simon and princess
Rachel of Eretzel have escaped from the evil Antiochus, Emperor of
Unicornia and slayer of Anak, last of the Earthbound angels.
They sail for Eretzel, the land where East meets West and where the
nations of the earth will gather for war. Also aboard the ship are the
Anakim, the giant sons of Anak. They have sworn vengeance upon the
murderer of their father. But can a being who has slain an angel be
killed by mere giants?

Eretzel sits at the crossroads of the earth, between the merchants of
the West, the warriors of the North, the vast and hungry populations
of the East and the gold-rich lands of the South. Antiochus desires to
rule the world and his path to conquest runs through Eretzel.

My Thoughts:

This series is a great way to get teenagers and adults interested in the history of the Bible as well as the prophecy; mixing a lot of history in the Bible into the setting of the end times in Revelation. Antiochus, the Antichrist is trying to take over the world and Daniel of Asulon is trying to stop him. With him is the princess (whom he loves), his uncles (the Anakim), the priest (Simon), and his instructor (Moor). Join Daniel as he strives to do what Yeshua commands and overcome the evil forces.

An amazing amount of research was put into the making of this series. William McGrath has an amazing way of making biblical times come to life in the readers mind. His word pictures really help you see in your mind what the creatures and places he's describing look like.

For more information visit William's website, The Sword of Fire.

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