Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Review - Nightingale by Susan May Warren



At the end of WWII, single mother, Esther Lange, wonders if her fiancé, Linus, is still alive. Esther only knew Linus very briefly before she became pregnant with his daughter. Before Linus left for the war, he sent Ester to live with his family.

Years pass by, and now Esther is working at the hospital - tending the injured soldiers. She receives a letter from a German medic, Peter Hess. He informs her that Linus was severely injured and would not live long. Peter also sent the last letter written by Linus. In the letter, Linus tells Esther to move on.

Esther never really loved Linus, but felt trapped in the relationship after their child was born. She does not tell Linus’s parents about his fate. She is afraid they will throw her out.

Esther continues to correspond with Peter and they soon fall in love with each other. Then, Esther learns that Linus has survived.

Nightingale is a sweet, historical love tale. I easily felt for the main character Esther, who has been through so much in her life. The love story between Esther and Peter is beautifully written. Many soldiers wrote to their love ones for far, so the plot was very believable. If you enjoy an emotional romance novel, then check this book out.

*I would like to thank the Litfuse Group for sending a free copy to review.






About the Author




About Susan May Warren: Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of twenty-four novels with Tyndale, Barbour and Steeple Hill. A four-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Book of the Year.

Susan's larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. A seasoned women’s events and retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!. She is also the founder of http://www.mybooktherapy.com/, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice.

Susan makes her home in northern Minnesota, where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!) A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found at: http://www.susanmaywarren.com./

Friday, 12 November 2010

Book Blogger Hop!

Jennifer from Crazy for Books has created this meme.

If you'd like to participate, here's Jennifer's instructions:


Every day I seem to find another book blog that I start following. In the spirit of the Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blog Hop to give us all bookies a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed!


So, if you'd like to participate, just repost this on your blog, sign MckLinky and check out other blogs in MckLinky! Let's connect and make new book bloggy friends!! So, if you consider yourself a book blogger, come join the fun!

Question of the week: If you find a book that looks interesting but is part of a series, do you always start with the first title?

My answer: I would like to start with the first book, but there have been times where I start with book two or three.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Book Review: Dining with Joy

Dining with Joy (A Lowcountry Romance)Dining with Joy
BY: Rachel Hauck
PUBLISHED BY: Thomas Nelson
PUBLISHED IN: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59554-339-4
Pages: 309
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

Joy Ballard is an author and host of a syndicated cooking show, Dining with Joy. She is excited with her show is picked up by a major network. Dining with Joy will now be in a prime time slot. However, Joy has one problem, she cannot cook.

The producers of the show hire a creative cook, Luke Redmond, to co-host the show. Joy thinks this is the perfect idea. Now she has time to write her books and spend time with her friends. Soon she starts having feelings for Redmond.

Joy and her rival Wenda Devine have a cooking competition on live television and Joy’s secret comes out.

Dining with Joy was a fun delight to read. After reading the book, I wondered how many other cooking show hosts cannot cook. LoL! The characters are believably written. Any romance fan will enjoy reading this book.

*I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy to review.

Review: Goosebumps Horroland: Special Edition: Weirdo Halloween

Weirdo Halloween: Special Edition (Goosebumps Horrorland)Goosebumps Horrorland: Special Edition: Weirdo Halloween
BY: R.L. Stine
PUBLISHED BY: Scholastic Inc
PUBLISHED IN: 2010
ISBN: 978-0-545-16197-8
Pages: 214
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

In this extra long Goosebumps novel, Meg and her brother Chris return from a trip to Horrorland. They are both excited about Halloween, until they get an unexpected visitor at the door. At first, they believe it is a kid dressed in an alien costume, but soon realize it is an actual alien named Bim.

Suddenly and mysteriously, Meg and Chris are transported back to Horrorland. They are chased by robots, Horrors, Goblins and Jonathan Chiller. How will they survive?

Wow! Weirdo Halloween is twice the size of a regular Goosebumps book, and it is weird. Aliens, Goblins, and robots are thrown into this original Halloween tale, with a few twist and turns and a strange cliffhanger ending. It is a chilling read!

Review - Goosebumps Horrorland: Heads, You Lose!

Heads, You Lose! (Goosebumps Horrorland)Goosebumps Horrorland: Heads, You Lose!
BY: R.L. Stine
PUBLISHED BY: Scholastic Inc.
PUBLISHED IN: 2010
ISBN: 978-0 - 545-16196-1
Pages: 136
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

When Jessica and her best friend, Ryan, are at Horrorland, they buy a two- headed coin at the Chiller’s gift shop. Then, while walking home through school they take a short cut through a field. They flip the coin and enter into a medieval world.

Jessica and Ryan encounter a blacksmith, angry guards and a headless Prince. Can they escape the horror?

The fifteenth entry in the Horrorland series reminds me of one of my favorite Goosebumps: A Night in Terror Tower. The plot in Head, You Lose! is very lose, containing mainly of chase scenes in the medieval world. The book is still fun, with a shocking ending.

Thursday Ramblings


I got my new eye-glasses on Monday, and it is taking me a few days to adjust to them.

I received Law & Order UK Season 1 DVD in the mail last week. I just finished watching the last DVD yesterday. I enjoyed watching them. Now, I need to finish watching the 21 Jump Street DVDs.
Last weekend, I found my favorite book Six-Horse Hitch in hardback at a thrift store. It's a first edition published in 1969.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Book Blogger Hop!

Jennifer from Crazy for Books has created this meme.

If you'd like to participate, here's Jennifer's instructions:


Every day I seem to find another book blog that I start following. In the spirit of the Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blog Hop to give us all bookies a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed!


So, if you'd like to participate, just repost this on your blog, sign MckLinky and check out other blogs in MckLinky! Let's connect and make new book bloggy friends!! So, if you consider yourself a book blogger, come join the fun!

Question of the week: What are your feelings on losing followers? Have you ever stopped following a blog?

My answer: I don't take it personally when I lose a follower, but it is nice to get new followers. I have never stopped following a blog.