I <3 Book Review: The Husband’s Secret

The Husband’s Secret

Liane Moriarty

July 30,2013

G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Fiction

394 pages

3 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

MY TAKE 

 

 

This was the book of the month for my book club.  I normally wouldn’t select this type of book to read but I’m glad I did.  I enjoyed this book, it tells the story of three women who live in Australia and how their lives are all connected because of a secret.  Cecilia is a community active stay at home wife and mother who discovers a letter addressed to her from her husband.  The letter is to be opened after his death, dun dun dun…. He’s still alive.  She opens the letter against her husband’s wishes and the secret revealed can change their lives for ever.  Rachel comes off as a bitter older woman whose only joy is her grandson.  Years ago her teenage daughter was murdered and the killer never found.  She still obsesses over the case but goes overboard when new evidence comes to light.  Last but not least is Tess, her life seems to be smooth sailing until her husband and cousin confess to being in love with each other.  SCANDALOUS!!!

The best thing about this book is the relatable feel it has.  No, not everyone in this story has a happy ending and that’s life.  I also enjoyed that the author did not bring the women together to address their problems get over them and then focus on one big bad.  There is also a bit of mystery and romance without overdoing it.  Overall a good story.

WHAT I DIDNT ❤

  • It took me two months to get through this book :-O to me it was not a page turner.  And there were a few times I felt the book to be boring and slow.
  • The author included a fourth point of view somewhat towards the middle of the book that I don’t believe added anything to the story.
  • The best part of the book was the epilogue.  Not because it was over but it was really well written, funny and provided closure.  I know these are all positives but to ready a book and you favorite portion is the end is really disappointing.  But I still say this was an OK book.

MycheleAnjelica

I purchased this book and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I <3 Book Review: Broken Wings

By Shannon Dittemore

By Shannon Dittemore

 Broken  Wings   (Angel Eyes #2)

Shannon Dittemore

February 19,2013

Thomas Nelson;Young Adult Fiction

320 pages

5 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Angels with wings of blade. Demons with renewed sight. And a girl who has never been more broken.

Brielle has begun to see the world as it really is, a place where angels intermingle with humans. But just when she thinks she’s got things under control, the life she’s pieced together begins to crumble.

Her boyfriend, Jake, is keeping something from her. Something important.

And her overprotective father has turned downright hostile toward Jake. Brielle fears she’ll have to choose between the man who’s always loved her and the one who’s captured her heart.

Then she unearths the truth about her mother’s death and the nightmare starts. Brielle begins seeing visions of mysterious and horrible things.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s been targeted. The Prince of Darkness himself has heard of the boy with healing in his hands and of the girl who saw through the Terrestrial veil. When he pulls the demon Damien from the fiery chasm and sends him back to Earth with new eyes, the stage is set for the ultimate battle of good versus evil.

Brielle has no choice. She must master the weapons she’s been given. She must fight.

But can she fly with broken wings?

MY TAKE 

I first read this book about two months ago, so why has it taken me this long to write about it?  That’s a blog in itself.  What I can say is God has perfect timing.  I wanted to reread the first book (Angel Eyes) before I started to write this review. And if you haven’t read it yet you are clearly sleep. So I read Angel Eyes again and then I reread Broken Wings. And I must say I was so blown away.

Besides the bible there are few books (one, two) that make me relish in God’s love and His glory.  After reading these books I just wanted to praise and worship my Heavenly Father.  There was even a point where I cried in the shower after just a moment of reflection. I’ve been going through a lot these last few months but I finally felt a release from those burdens, it was awesome. See I told you it was a blog in itself 🙂

So, Broken Wings continues to tell the story of Brielle, aka elle, the girl with the gift of sight and Her boyfriend jake, the boy with the healing hands.

SPOILER ALERT!! If you have not read the first book stop reading this review and go read the books… Then come back . Please 😉
At the end of AE the demon Damien was sent to the pit after being defeated by the angel Cannan, in BE not only is he freed from the pit but the prince of darkness himself has restored his sight. He sends Damien on a mission to capture and Brielle so he can corrupt their spiritual gifts.  Just another reminder that the devil comes to steal,kill and destroy.  Brielle and Jake are adjusting to being boyfriend/girlfriend learning how to live with gifts they were given. And on top of that  Jake is keeping a secret that could change both of their futures.

There is so much in this book, I felt my everday life was getting in the way of my reading. So I will “explain” in hashtags.

#angels #demons #war #emptygraves #hell #fires #missingring #disappeared

As usual you get no spoilers from me, but I can say I loved the book!!!

Favorite Quotes:

“Nothing draws attention like shards of light piercing the darkness.”

“Creation, it says, without belief in the creator,will never be anything more than a pretty picture.”

“How glorious is must be to have ones days numbered by the Father.  How precious it makes each and everyone.”

God Bless,

M.Anjel

I received this book free from the publisher Thomas Nelson Publishing through Booksneeze. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I <3 Book Review: A Deeper Love Inside

By Sister Souljah

By Sister Souljah

A Deeper Love Inside

Sister Souljah

January 29,2013

Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Fiction

432 pages

4 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

At last, mega-bestselling author Sister Souljah delivers the stunning sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever.

Cold, raw, and filled with adventure and emotional intensity, A Deeper Love Inside tells an unforgettable coming-of-age story in the words of Porsche Santiaga, Winter’s younger sister.

Sharp-tongued, quick-witted Porsche worships her sister Winter. Cut from the same cloth as her father, Ricky, Porsche is also a natural-born hustler. Passionate and loyal to the extreme, she refuses to accept her new life in group homes, foster care, and juvenile detention after her family is torn apart. Porsche—unique, young, and beautiful—will do whatever it takes to reclaim her status and return to her wealthy, loving family.

In A Deeper Love Inside, readers will encounter their favorite characters from The Coldest Winter Ever, including Winter and Midnight. Souljah’s voice will again move your heart and soul and open your eyes to a shocking reality.

MY TAKE 

When i saw this title in the catalog of books to be reviewed i knew i had to read it.  13 years ago The Coldest Winter Ever was published.  I remember how popular the book was back then in urban society, especially among young African-American females.  The book was raw, so raw that I wasn’t allowed to read it.  My mother felt it was inappropriate for a young impressionable teenage girl to read.  I didn’t care, so everyday after school before my mother got home I would sneak and read it (how many kids do you know that sneak to read books? None).  Winter was beautiful, fly and rich. Her father, Ricky Santiaga was the biggest drug dealer in Brooklyn and every girl wanted to be Winter.  She had the clothes, the boys and she was very free with her sexuality (not a good thing).  At the end of the story there was a raid on their mansion, Ricky was arrested and the kids taken.

In A Deeper Love Inside we meet Porsche, Winters’ younger sister.  She is currently locked away in a juvenile detention center.  She hasn’t seen or heard from anyone in her family.  She easily stands out because she’s beautiful and she can dance so that makes her a target for the other girls to hate.  Shes then recruited to the Diamond Needle gang by Riot the leader, but they are not your average gang.  They are smart and all have high level jobs that give them insight into the detention center.  After Porsche joins she learns the girls have a plan to escape and escape they do.  It isn’t until after they escape that we really get to know Porsche.

Porsche wants to go home, so when she and Riot make it to the Indian reservation their next plan is a way to get her home.  But when she gets there everything isn’t as it use to be for Porsche.  Her father is still in prison, her older sister Winter is now in prison, her twin sisters have been taken and adopted and her mother is a crack head.  And because of all she’s been through she suffers from Multiple Personality Syndrome but she doesn’t know it.  It’s not until Porsche meets Elisha that she starts to finally find herself and sees that the love she was looking for was inside all along.

In this book we see what young girls are going through to often now.  They are growing up so fast and forced to be adults when they really should be living their lives as kids.  They look up to reality show drama queens and celebrities to teach them how to be anything but young respectable ladies they are.  Porsche is a representation of girls everywhere looking for love, they are so desperate for love they don’t even know how to identify it.  It was so heartbreaking to read.  I applaud Sister Souljah for this beautifully written sequel.  For showing young girls and women that it’s not about the how much things are in your closet or the best way to get and keep a man.  Those things wont make you happy, if anything they will take your to the place furthest away from it.  You have to have self-worth, and be intelligent to make it in this cold world we live in.  But unfortunately some of them wont learn this until it’s too late.

I really don’t want to spoil the book so there is some stuff that I wont even go over.  I suggest you read The Coldest Winter Ever before you even start to read this.  It was a great followup and I highly recommend it. … Oh and Midnight makes an appearance 😉

MycheleAnjelica

I received this book free from the publisher Atria/Emily Bestler Books through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I <3 Book Review: Come To the Table

By Neta Jackson

By Neta Jackson

Come to the Table (A SouledOut Sisters Novel #2)

Neta Jackson

December,2012

Thomas Nelson

Christian Fiction

400 pages

2 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Kat Davies is suddenly wondering if her good deed was a bad idea.

Kat may be new in her faith, but she’s embraced the more radical implications of Christianity with reckless abandon. She invited Rochelle—a homeless mother—and her son to move in the apartment she shares with two other housemates. And she’s finally found a practical way to channel her passion for healthy eating by starting a food pantry at the church.

Her feelings for Nick are getting harder to ignore. The fact that he’s the interning pastor at SouledOut Community Church and one of her housemates makes it complicated enough. But with Rochelle showing interest in Nick as a father-figure for her son, their apartment is feeling way too small.

But not everyone thinks the food pantry is a good idea. When the woman she thought would be her biggest supporter just wants to “pray about it,” Kat is forced to look deeper at her own motives. Only when she begins to look past the surface does she see people who are hungry and thirsty for more than just food and drink and realizes the deeper significance of inviting them to “come to the table.”

MY TAKE 

DISCLAIMER !!! I have not read the first book in this series Stand By Me.  And that is probably where I went wrong.  I did not have an emotional attachment to any of the characters like you normally would have in a sequel  so my thoughts are purely on the book and not the overall series.

The story focuses on Kat and her roommates Nick, Bree and Rochelle. Kat,the “babe in Christ” has the extra dose of passion all new believers have.   She brought in a young mother and her toddler son to live in the apartment she shares with her two other roommates, she wants to help people living healthier lives by teaching them about nutrition, she’s secretly in love with her roommate Nick the pastoral intern and she dumpster dives for food…for her house.  I don’t know about you but if I found out my roommate was getting our food from the trash I think Id… Nick is a seminary student looking to be a pastoral intern at SouledOut the church.  Which is interesting because he shares an apartment with women and he likes one of them.  We don’t know too much about Bree except she works at a coffee shop.  And Rochelle is a single mother to a hyperactive two-year old with a secret that affects the whole house.

When Kat gets a revelation to start a food pantry at the SouledOut church instead of teaching nutrition classes we really see her struggle with “is this God or is the me”? Does she have the faith to see the vision through? Even when some of the church members are not quite sold on the idea. And that isn’t her only problem, she notices Rochelle and Nick are growing closer and she’s worried their friendship may turn into something else.  As usual you have to read to find out what happens ( I’m not in the spoiler business).

One thing i liked about Kat was her passion for helping others.  She had a very sincere heart but she didn’t know what to do with it.  Sometimes she came off as smart and determined and in the next page she could be weak and scatter brained.  It’s no secret in the book that she liked her roommate Nick but because of her immaturity I didn’t find myself rooting for the hero and heroine, which is strange for me.

I was not crazy about this book, in fact throughout most of the book I was quite annoyed.  The author was trying so hard to get you to like the book that it seems forced.  But who am I?  I suggest you read a book for yourself unless I say absolutely NOT TO.

MycheleAnjelica

I received this book free from the publisher Thomas Nelson Publishing through Booksneeze. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: Right Where I Belong

Krista does it again

 Right Where I Belong

Krista McGee

December 11, 2012

Thomas Nelson;Young Adult Fiction

320 pages

5 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

How do you find your place in the world?

Tired of watching her father flit from one wife to another and having formed a true bond with her most recent stepmother, Natalia decides to move with her from Spain to Florida when the divorce papers are finalized.

There are a couple of things Natalia knows for sure: 1) She’s being groomed to take over her father’s international business. Success is expected. 2) There is no such thing as true love. Just look at her father. 3) Her stepmother’s faith is real. And Natalia wants more of it.

Being in a new place, though, has a way of challenging one’s preconceived notions. Natalia is still searching but before it’s over, she hopes to discover right where she belongs.

MY TAKE 

Krista McGee is easily becoming one of my favorite authors!  Every-time I pick up one of her books I always leave with a kick of humility and a feeling of God’s love.  I’m getting out of the habit of believing in coincidences  and starting to realise its just God trying to get my attention.  It’s no secret to people who know me that fulfilling the purpose God gave me is my top priority, but here is the kicker I don’t know what that is lol.  So I’ve been praying and journaling and begging for a while now.  I was given the opportunity to review A Purpose Drive Life by Rick Warren (review) and right after this book came along and what do you know it’s about purpose.  I’m a firm believer that God has a sense of humor.

In the story Natalia leaves her home Spain to follow her ex-stepmother to the United States after her father files for divorce.  Now can I just say I don’t think I would have been that bold.  Her stepmother Maureen is the one who introduced her to Christ and was the only person besides her pastor that she could talk to about her faith.  As soon as Natalia’s feet hit American soil she is instantly filled with doubt an looks to God to confirm her decision.  And as time progresses her stepmother goes into depression and starts to question her on faith.  Such a confusing time for Natalia.

In the midst of her home life she is starting at a new school in her SENIOR year of high school, her parents are hounding her to decide what kind of career she wants to pursue and there is this guy (always a guy) that she likes but will not purse (I currently know the feeling).  She is afraid that she will fall for a man like her father that will not stay committed, so she’s sworn off dating . But one missions trip to Costa Rica changed not only her life but the life of all the characters involved.

As usual you get no spoilers from me, but I can say I loved the book!!!

Extras:

  • Addy and Kara from “First Date” and “Starring Me” make an appearance.
  • The story is based on the book of Ruth
  • If you have not read any of Krista’s other books please do yourself a favor and read them
  • Great book for Teens/Young Adults

Favorite Quotes:

“Better to be sleep deprived than God deprived.”

“There will be times when your faith is shaken, when you don’t understand what is happening.  Remember that God has plans for you. And those plans are good. Trust him. He will never, ever let you down. He will never leave you.”

“The trial we face in our lives help shape us into the person Christ wants us to be.”

“… your heart is broken. Your spirit is broken.  There’s no shame in getting help so you can heal.  That’s what the body of Christ is for right?”

God Bless,

M.Anjel

I received this book free from the publisher through the netgalley  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore

 Angel Eyes ( #1 of the Angel Eyes Series)

Shannon Dittemore

May 29, 2012

Thomas Nelson; Chrisitian Fiction

336 pages

5 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee.

Brielle went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and an incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.

Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.

Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than either Brielle or Jake has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices begin.

A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.

MY TAKE 

Ok I am a big fan of Urban Fantasy, especially if there is a mention of supernatural worlds with demons and angels.  Angel Eyes gave me that with a Christian view.  It tells the story of  a girl gaining sight to the Celestial (supernatural) when she moved back home after experiencing a great lost.  She meets this new boy and that’s when her life started to change.

As you know I’m not big on spoilers, so I won’t tell you what happens after that.  What I can say is the book does a great job of keeping the reader engaged in the story.  Although I’ve had the book for a while it only took me a day to read it.  This is a YA (Young Adult) book but there isn’t too much romance where you feel you’re reading a romance hover but just enough to make you want more. I loved the extra back story and details on satan and his fallen angels.  Maybe I’m the only one but I think the story of Lucifer falling from grace and taking other angels with him is interesting and I enjoyed Shannon’s interpretation of it.

For this to be a fiction I learned so much about God and his personality, fear and what i looks like, and about believing a power that you don’t always understand.  I believe this book made my faith a little stronger.

All in All it was well deserving of my 5 stars and I would gladly recommend it to anyone to read, especially if they like sci-fi and urban fantasy. Part 2 Broken Wings does not come out until Feb 2013 and it has me waiting with anxiety.  Great job Shannon on your first novel!!

Favorite Quotes:

“Our spirits will outlive our physical bodies, so its our spirits we have to take care of.”

“A righteous God isn’t bound by time. He has an eternity to make things right/”

“But your sin—no matter how dark a stain you think it has left—can never keep you apart from God. Only your stubborn will can do that. ”

“But it starts with trusting that you don’t know everything. That God does.  That His decisions are better than yours, even when they hurt. You do that for a while, and you realize that regardless of what He allows, God’s our best hope. Our only Hope.”

God Bless,

M.Anjel

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Teaser Tuesday…

TEASER TUESDAYS… is a weekly meme where you share two (2) “teaser” sentences from your current read to try to entice others to want to seek it out

My Teaser

I can’t give you my name over the phone.  If they found out I talked, I’m in big trouble – Eyes of Justice: A Triple Threat Novel by Lis Wiehl and April Henry

Don’t forget to share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

 

MycheleAnjelica