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I just started a new book on my computer, so far I’m loving it. Only in the second chapter and already I love the author’s writing style.

Song of the Brokenhearted
Song of the Brokenhearted by Sheila Walsh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Song of the Brokenhearted is about Ava and her well put together life. She has her ministry with the church that occupies what little time that isn’t taken up with her family. She’s planning the wedding of her daughter, dealing with the increasing work load her husband seems to have and the new football season for her son. Then like the click of a light switch her well constructed life seems to fall apart. She’s constantly brought out of the present with reminders of a past she’d like to forget. Then with the ringing of her doorbell she’s set on a path to go visit the past she’d like to forget.

I was quickly drawn into wanting to know more about Ava, we were given little snippets of her life before everything seemed to turn golden for her. It was nice to see that even if you have everything God can work something great through you even if He slowly allows those things you came to rely on to slip away. To make you stronger or to even learn things about yourself that you may not have seen. I loved how Ava handled how things came at her.

I would highly recommend it for anyone who has had a troubled past, and who may be going through a rough time. It was a great uplifting christian based read.

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I love getting new books even better when they come unexpected in the mail. This pregnancy is draining my brain. I’d forgotten I picked this one. Looking forward to starting it!!

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Through Rushing Water
Through Rushing Water by Catherine Richmond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Through Rushing Water by Catherine Richmond is about a Russian born, American implanted teacher Sophia Makinoff. She’s pretty sure she has her future figured out when the man she thought would propose chose another instead. In a sudden decision to join a mission board, with hopes of going to China, she finds herself the new teacher on a small Ponca Indian reservation. Its the last place she wanted to be, but God proves what we want and what we need are two different things.

I loved this story more than I thought I would. I’ve always enjoyed historical type fiction. This one is even loosely based off a true life story. I felt that the story moved well and you actually could get to feel for the different characters. They all become dear and close.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a slowly evolving romance, and looking for a little insight to what it was like back when the west was ‘wild’.

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.”

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Before I Go to Sleep
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I happened across this one on accident at Target. It sounded interesting, and it didn’t disappoint. I found myself enthralled with the main character right away. I found myself wanting to know what happened to her, wanting her memory to become complete so that everything was spelled out. For a while I believed that her husband had caused what happened to her, whether he did it himself or had someone do it. The twists were nice.

There were times within the ‘journal’ writings though that the writer would make errors, or there were errors missed. Especially toward the end of the story. My biggest problem with the story is the ending itself. I felt a little short changed, that there should have been an epilogue. But that is a part of me that I battle with occasionally, wanting things tied up into a nice little bow. This had a good end but I hate having that nagging feeling of what happened with a character that I have invested some feelings for. I didn’t necessarily want a HEA but it would have been nice to know about ‘tomorrow’.

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The Promises She Keeps
The Promises She Keeps by Erin Healy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have had this book for over about a year. It got lost amongst my books when I moved and so I currently found it I felt I should read and finish so I could give a long overdue review. So here we go.

The Promises She Keeps is a story about a 22 year old girl named Promise, she was born with Cystic Fibrosis, she longs to be a famous singer so that she doesn’t just fade away once she is gone. She decides to help out a student with an art piece, Zack, which ends with her death defying fall from a cliff. It causes a chain of events she never could have imagined. The incidents and months that follow help to show her that fame isn’t everything, and it’s not the only way to make an impact on the world. Only one woman can possibly put a wrench in her plans, Porta, an aging witch out to find her own immortality.

This book was hard to put down, even if it was frustrating at the beginning. Not a bad frustrating though. I felt that I didn’t know what was going, what the underling threat was. Then I reminded myself that Erin Healy has worked with the likes of Ted Dekker and I just needed to set aside trying to fit any of the story into a box.

This story would be great for teenagers and up to adults. It’s got a very uplifting message which I think is much needed in this day and age.

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The Help
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading this once I got into it. I love the premise and the overall tone of the book. I think the author did a pretty good job of giving the ‘help’ a good and honest voice. I was glad to have read the book before reading reviews that have been left here. I feel some are so over critical of a fiction piece. Just my honest opinion.

I loved the characters in this book, even the ones that I hated. I felt that they could all be very real people in their time period. They felt real with real emotions, they often made me laugh and sometimes brought me to tears.

Honestly I felt it was better than the movie.

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