Saturday, April 20, 2013

Love at Any Cost

Love At Any Cost is the first book of a new series by Julie Lessman.  Cassidy McClare has always been an outcast in Humble Texas’s elite society because she would much rather be in pants out on the range with her pa, shooting pool or helping out on the Reservation than being a proper young lady.  That all changed when Mark Chancellor came to court.  For the first time Cassidy felt that she was accepted for who she was until her pa’s oil pumps went dry.  Mark’s affection dried up as well.  To forgive and forget, Cassidy goes to visit her cousins in San Francisco.  The last thing Cassidy needs or wants is another suitor, but Jamie McKenna is determined to win her heart.  As Jamie falls in love with Cassidy he is under the impression that Cassidy is a rich oil heiress that will him support his family and promote his career.  Will Jamie hurt Cassidy as Mark did or trust God with the future?

This is my first Lessman novel and I adore her writing style.  She is absolutely hilarious and reminded me of Deeanne Gist or Mary Connealy.  This is a beautiful story of love, forgiveness, family ties and is interwoven with much humor that made for a very enjoyable read.  Cassidy is a mix of fragile and strength and her journey to forgiveness and trust after loss was great to watch unfold.  Jamie’s bitterness over his past and fierce determination to depend on himself while leaving God on the sidelines was very realistic and added so much to the storyline .  This is a wonderful novel that had many twists and turns that kept surprising me along the way.  Can’t wait for the next book in the series!

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Available April 15, 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Monday, April 8, 2013

A Cast of Stones

A Cast of Stones is book one in a new fantasy series by Patrick W. Carr.  Errol Stone has resolved himself to be the village drunk and will do anything for a taste of ale.  He takes on a mysterious mission to take very important letters from the royal city of Erinon to two reclusive priests that will keep him in the ale barrel for a week.  Errol doesn’t realize he has taken on a deadly mission and is the beginning of a new destiny for himself and the kingdom.  With deadly assassins in pursuit, Errol must escape the only life he has ever known with the two priests.  Errol discovers that God has blessed him with the talents of being a reader, a revered skill that many would like to silence.  With a dying king, no heir to the throne, deadly spiritual enemies on the verge of invasion and not knowing who is friend or foe Errol begins a journey to change himself from drunk to warrior and just what the crumbling kingdom needs to survive the turmoil. 

This is a very powerful read.  The character development is superb and I immediately was engrossed in the magical kingdom that needs Errol to rise above drunk and become a warrior to save everyone.  There are so many likeable characters that pull on your heartstrings and you can’t help but cheer on.  The villains that are very exciting and intense and I loved the suspense.  Carr is extremely creative and this book will appeal to adults and teens alike.  I am not a big fantasy fan, but I found this book hard to put down and am looking forward to the next book in the series. 

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