Thursday, June 28, 2007

Pass It On

Almost always, after I have read a book, I pass it on to a friend. What good is a book sitting on my shelf? It just takes up space and collects dust. I write my name in the front and a sentence or two on what I thought of the book.

I will be passing on the book I just completed "The Potluck Club - Trouble's Brewing" by Linda Evans and Eva Marie Everson (see review below). If you'd like to be the one who gets the book - leave me a comment below with your email address. I'll enter all in a drawing and mail the book to the winner. Happy Reading!

Couple of Book Recommendations

I just finished two great books. They weren't on my Summer Reading List, but I read them anyway and loved them both.

1. The Potluck Club - Trouble's Brewing - book 2 in the series, by Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson

This is a fun summer read! I would suggest you start with book 1 - "The Potluck Club", to learn about all the interesting story lines and characters.
Each chapter starts out with a recipe from the character whose point of view the chapter is written in. I passed on the first book too fast, before I got the chance to try any of the yummy sounding recipes. I will not make that same mistake this time! I must try the Upside-Down Hamburger Casserole (because really - can't we all use a new/different way to serve hamburger!), Lazy Beef Stew (I'm all about easy), One Pot Spagetti (yes, another ground beef recipe!), and well, the Red Velvet Punch - I love punches!

The Potluck Club is made up of six women who live in a small town in Colorado. My favorite character is Donna. Through these six women we see pieces of ourselves and how we have the opportunity to be a true friend to those around us.

2. Savannah From Savannah by Denise Hildreth

Loved this book. This is the first in a series of three, and I will definetly be getting the other 2! I read this at the beach/pool so it is water logged, but I will still pass it on to one of my friends in town.
This story is about a young woman named Savannah who lives in Savannah, GA. Savannah is learning to live life on her own and to become her own person after having graduated college. Her mother does not make this an especially easy task. You will fall in love with Savannah, she is smart, funny, cute, well dressed, and really likeable! I could see this as a sitcom or movie even.

I highly suggest this book!
Favorite Line: "I know this city. I know it the way a couple who have been married fifty years know where the lines came from around each other's eyes."

Leave me a comment and tell me what you've read so far this summer!

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Friday, June 15, 2007

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Summer Reading List

Below is my summer reading list:

Not sure I'll get them all in this summer - time and money constraints (hey, if you have any of the above books, email me connievail at hotmail dot com - and perhaps I have some we can trade!).

If you have suggestions of books to add or one above I should put at the bottom of the list - let me know! Right now I'm reading Quaker Summer. I will try to review each one when I'm done. Happy Reading!

Review of Return to Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

I have been a regular reader of Robin Lee Hatcher's blog, but had never read one of her books. Return to Me was my first experience with one of her novels and I was NOT disappointed! Below is my review:

If I knew Robin Lee Hatcher personally, I’d think she wrote this book about me. But, I think that is what is appealing about Robin’s writing. She crafts stories that we can all identify with in one way or another.

You may be the parent who feels the pain of a child leaving, worrying about them, praying they’ll return.

You may be the sibling who misses their brother or sister, yet feels like the one who left and eventually returns reaps rewards that are undeserved.

You could be the lover or friend who loses that someone special and must move on.

Whichever you are, this book has something for you.

This is the first book I’ve read by award winning author, Robin Lee Hatcher. Several of her books will be on my Summer Reading List, the hard part will be deciding which of the over 50 it will be. The skillful way in which Robin weaves her tale made me feel as though I was an eye-witness to each scene.

When Roxy returns home the author writes “It was the reception she’d longed for but hadn’t dared hope to receive. Roxy didn’t deserve his love. She wasn’t the woman he’d raised her to be.”, I was in tears.

“God takes my mistakes, my stupid choices, my failures, and even my successes and the pride that can go with them, and when I trust Him with it all, He turns it into good results in my life.” The key word for me here is trust.

“It’s not easy, this walk of faith. But the walk is good and so is God.” Amen.

Pick up a copy, find yourself in the story, and see God’s love for you, no matter who you are or where you’ve been.

Luke 15:32 says “But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.” That’s what life’s all about folks, being found, returning to Him!