Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Reluctant Queen Book Review

A Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf is the bible story of how a simple Jewish girl became queen and saved a nation. 
I absolutely love Christian historical fiction based on the bible.  The book of Esther is one of my favorite books in the bible and I thought that A Reluctant Queen was a beautiful interpretation.  I felt that Wolf had a real grasp on the time era and has definitely done her research.  I am sucker for a good romance and I loved watching Esther reluctantly fall in love with the king.  Her take on Mordecai and Haman were really interesting.  The only odd thing was that the bible story of Esther the king is named Xerxes. Wolf named the king in her story Ahasuerus. Other than that one detail it was great!  I would highly recommend this one!

A Tailor Made Bride Book Review

A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer is about Jericho “J.T.” Tucker, a livery owner has nothing but disdain for the new dress shopper owner Hannah Richards.  He has seen and suffered from her kind and does not need a beautiful woman to hurt him again.  Unfortunately, Hannah becomes dear friends with his sister Cordelia and he can avoid seeing her let alone spend time with her.  Is there more to this woman than just pretty dresses? 
I thought this was a sweet story of learning to overcome past hurt and trusting God with the future.  I thought Witemeyer did a wonderful job of intertwining romance, faith in God, and a small western town into an enjoyable read.  If you enjoy Christian historical fiction you will like this story. 

A Whisper of Peace Book Review

A Whisper of Peace by Kim Vogel Sawyer is the story of Lizzie Dawson, a young woman alone in the Alaskan frontier.  Lizzie does not only battle the harsh environment, but also the rejection of her tribe the Athabascans, for her white father’s blood running through her veins.  Clay Selby has come to the Athabascan village with his step sister Vivian to bring the good news of Jesus and serve the people.  He is deeply driven with a goal of opening a school and church for the Alaskan natives.  Nothing is going to get in the way, especially a strikingly beautiful and banished young woman.  As their attraction deepens the risk of Clay’s purpose for coming to Alaska is at stake. 
I was really impressed with the character development of this book.  Sawyer weaves in the histories and traits of the characters so well that you feel like you understand their struggles and triumphs.  It is very apparent that Sawyer knows the Alaskan terrain and history.  The love story, struggles with the culture clashes and action in the book make for a very satisfying read.  This is my first time reading Kim Vogel Sawyer.  I absolutely loved this book and look forward to reading her new one, Song of My Heart that just came out.