Monday, November 7, 2011

Review: Wreath

This is a book that I picked up after meeting the author at ACFW in September. With my daughter's birthday in October, I had a feeling she'd like an autographed copy. I was right.

Here's what she has to say about this book.

This was my favorite book that I've read recently. Wreath is amazingly strong. She's able to move place to place with her mother and survives. But when her mother dies in her arms, Wreath is forced to leave home. She wants to start a new life where her mother grew up. She never met her dad, because he died before she was born. She ends up living in a junkyard that she names Rusted Estates. Wreath finds a job at an old furniture store that is going down the drain. But she's making a life.

I loved Wreath. She inspired me with the way she was so strong through everything. Sure she could have opened up and let people help her sooner, but she's still amazing.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Review & Giveaway: The Wishing Pearl

The Wishing Pearl is the latest book from my daughter's favorite author Nicole O'Dell. The moment she received this book, she disappeared to reappear after the adventure was complete.

Here's what she says:

I absolutely loved it, because Olivia Mansfield, the main character, is faced with a tough life. Her dad died in a car accident when she was seven. Olivia was in the car with him, and that's just the beginning of her troubles. She has an abusive stepfather (note: heavy content), starts going partying -- it would have been bad if her mom caught her, but it's even worse that her brother does -- and ends up in another car accident. She goes to Diamond Estate, similar to a Teen Challenge program but for girls only.

Olivia learns that she can't face everything on her own. She can't control life and has to turn everything over to God.

I kept reading because the book is filled with action and tough choices. It was fun to watch how she dealt with everything. She made some dumb choices, but it was fun all the same.

So if you're looking for a book that deals with the gritty details of life but shows you the way to hope, definitely give this book a try. Leave a comment because I have a copy to give away!

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