Monday, January 25, 2010
It has been a few days since I've posted. I have two more reviews that I would like to share. They are all different genres, but it was a joy to read each one. Here we go!
Never Say Never by Lisa Wingate:
Back Cover: Kai Miller floats through life like driftwood tossed by waves. She's never put down roots -- and she doesn't plan to. But when a chaotic hurricane evacuation lands her in Daily Texas, she begins to think twice about her wayfaring existence. And when she meets hometown boy Kemp Eldridge, she can almost picture settling down in Daily -- until she discovers he may be promised to someone else.
Daley has always been a welcoming place of refuge for those the wind blows in, but for Kai is looks like it will be just another place to leave behind. Then again, Daily always has a few surprises in store -- especially when Aunt Donetta Bradford has cooked up a scheme.
About Lisa: Lisa Wingate is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national best-selling author of several books including Tending Roses, A Month of Summer, and The Summer Kitchen.
My Take: This is a story about two women from different generations who meet during an evacuation of a hurricane. They are thrown together in a difficult situation but before long they strike up a bond. Aunt Donetta is a character that has appeared in the other books of Lisa's. She is from the small town of Daily, Texas. I really like Donetta's character, she is a strong woman with a wonderful sense of humor. She will keep you laughing throughout the book even during times of trouble.
The other main character is a young woman who has had a troubled background. Her name is Kai Miller and she works for a cruise line that has left port early because of the hurricane. She casts to evacuate and along the way she spots three women on the side of the road who are in trouble. She stops to pick them up and they both continue on a journey of ups and downs before they reached safety and are able to go back to Donetta's hometown of Daily, Texas where Kai meets Donetta's nephew Kemp and a bond is formed between them. Of course, like any good romance story the relationship has a few bumps along the way before it is smooth sailing.
One thing I have noticed about Christian fiction, especially suspense, is that it is told from the viewpoint of two different characters. It usually goes back and forth between a female and male character. However, in this book each chapter goes back and forth between the two main characters Donetta and Kai. This kind of writing takes a little bit of getting used to, but it is worth it because story is shown from two different views. If you are in the mood for a little bit of laughter that this is the book you want to pick up and read. Please take a moment to stop by Lisa's website at: http://www.lisawingate.com/. Also, please notice my new widget on the side-bar which features Lisa's book " Never Say Never". You can click on the cover and order directly from Amazon.com.
Things Left Unspoken by Eva Marie Everson:
Back Cover: Jo Lynn Hunter is at a crossroads in her life when her great aunt Stella insist that she returned home to restore the old family manse in sleepy Cottonwood, Georgia. Jo Lynn longs to get her teeth into a note worthy and satisfying project. It is the perfect excuse for some therapeutic time away from her husband.
Beneath the dust and the peeling wallpaper, things are not what they seem, and what Jo Lynn doesn't know about her family holds just as many surprises. Was her great-grandfather the pillar of the community she thought he was? What is Aunt Stella hiding? And will her own marriage survive the renovation?
Jo Lynn isn't sure she wants to know the truth-- but sometimes the truth has a way of making itself known.
About Eva Marie Everson: Eva is an award winning author, a successful speaker, and a popular radio personality. She is co-author of the Potluck Club series in the Potluck Catering Club series. Things Left Unspoken was inspired by her own Southern family history.
My Take: I cannot say enough good things about this book. The story takes place in a small Georgia town called Cottonwood, which is close to Savannah, Georgia . The main character, Jo Lynn has just turned 50 and is beginning to wonder what her life has been about and where she wants to go with her life in the future. When her Uncle Jim dies and she returns to her small hometown her Aunt Stella asks her to remodel the family home. This is the perfect time for reflection. During the renovation she stumbles upon information about the family that has been hidden away for many years. Now she is faced with the decision to bring this out in the open knowing that it will have an effect on family members.
This book brought back so many of my childhood memories. I too was raised in a small Georgia town. Also, since I am in my early 50s I could relate to the transition she was going through in her life. I had the pleasure of meeting Eva last week at a book club meeting in Marietta, Georgia. It was so nice to talk with Eva about her book and how she came about writing it. She told us that the characters are based on members of her family and the house was based on one of their own family homes. However, she did state that the story itself is fiction. If you only read one book in the next few months I would recommend you read this one. Please visit Eva's website at:
http://www.evamarieeverson.com/. Please note her book on my widget located on my side bar. You can order this directly from Amazon.com.