White Chocolate Moments by Lori Wick

white_chocolate_moments_by_lori_wickSynopsis: Arcie was eleven when her parents died and she went to live with her grandfather, Sam. Though the pair became closer than before, Arcie spent most of her childhood with the housekeeper. When Sam makes an announcement Arcie can’t live with, she leaves her life of luxery to make a living for herself. Years later, a chance encounter causes Arcie and her grandfather to come together and try to start over.

Pacing: The story spans over a decade of Arcie’s life and the author manages to seamlessly pass through time. This prevents the story from dragging –and being three times thicker!- while still allowing for prominent moments in Arcie’s growing older.

Location: Though the novel takes place in Chicago, it doesn’t tell much about the city. Other than the occasional business trip Sam took his grand-daughter on, most of story takes place either in a home or a workplace.

Character Development: Sam is a man who puts work before his family. He is also a man who plays favourites among his grandchildren, something that causes great contention within the family dynamic. During the time that Arcie was estranged, Sam found God and began to change his ways as he learned that family and faith is everything.

Romance: Arcie and Gabe meet is a series of “coincidences” that keep throwing them together no matter what obstacle gets in the way. This subtly shows that God always has a plan and a way to make His plan come to fruitation.

DIY: Arcie took dance classes as a child, but after leaving home she gave it up. Even if you don’t have time for regular classes or can’t afford them, you can always look into drop-in classes as plenty studios have that option.

Quote: “There you go again, picking those romantic settings… Our first real kiss was in your garage, then you told me you loved me in your office, and now you propose in a hospital room.”

The Verdict: This is a good read if you don’t want to deal with a whole series, as it is a stand-alone novel. I rather liked this book, but find myself curious about the parts of Arcie’s life that were passed over even though such details were not needed.

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Teaser Tuesday (May-3)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
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Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

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White Chocolate Moments by Lori Wick

“Did God make white chocolate?”

“I’m damaged goods –rather broken right now.”
“All of us would have to say that, but I come with extra Band-Aids.”

Book Review: Wings of the Morning by Lori Wick

wings of the morningSynopsis:  Smokey Simmons is the best sea captain around with the fastest ship and the most loyal crew. What most people don’t know is that Smokey is actually a twenty-five-year-old girl named Victoria. Smokey doesn’t intend to sail forever, she just didn’t know what else to do upon the death of her father, but when she meets Captain Dallas Knight she begins to think of home and family… that is, until a treacherous pirate decides he wants Smokey and her ship for himself.

Product: The book I acquired from the library is a trade paperback; its size makes it difficult to hold comfortably in one hand and is a bit on the floppy side. There also seems to be a slight error in that the half-title page happens after the prologue, which may cause a reader to miss where the story actually starts.

Plot: I’d read this book previously a few years back so the storyline wasn’t a surprise to me, but I do love a tale that empowers women so it is fascinating to read about a lady captain in the mid-1800s.

Location: The prologue is set entirely at sea on a ship, while the remainder of the novel takes place in Maine, England, and the ocean in-between.

Character: Brandon and Sunny Hawkesbury, the Duke and Duchess of Briscoe, make an appearance in this second novel of the Kensington Chronicles. They are friends of Dallas Knight and try to help protect Smokey from the pirate who wants to kidnap her.

Point of View: The majority of this novel is told from the perspectives of Smokey and Dallas, with minor detours into the outlook of various friends and family of the pair.

Romance: It is rather lowering to know that Dallas only becomes interested in Smokey once he learns she owns the Aramis, prior to that he gives her little notice because she is not strikingly beautiful, well dressed, or comfortable in social settings. He does, however, fall in love with who she is as a person, a very competent sea captain, thus redeeming himself to both Smokey and the reader.

Ponderings: Kathleen’s mother wants Captain Knight for a son-in-law and advises her daughter that the way to catch a man is to be “slightly dull in a cute sort of way, and helplessly dependent on him”. Sadly, this idea is still somewhat prevalent today as it is often seen in various forms of entertainment that ditzy blond cheerleaders get dates with the handsome athletes, rather than drama club geeks or the debate team nerds.

Memorable Moment: Smokey is captured as part of the pirate’s plot to acquire Smokey and her ship, but Smokey still tells her “roommate” that God did not desert her, as she will always be free because Jesus died for her sins. Smokey’s worst days became the beginning of Aggie’s journey to salvation, because there is never a time not to share Christ’s love.

Quote: We have a God who loves to give us the desires of our heart.

The Verdict: This novel was just as enjoyable, if not even more so, that the previous Kensington Chronicles novel. It is a cross between a sea-adventure, a romance, and a suspense novel. I have said it before, and I will say it again: Lori Wick is a fabulous author who is not to be missed.

Teaser Tuesday (Mar-3)

 

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences (or more).

 

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

Every storm – Lori Wick

“I wished I shared your confidence.”
“You don’t have to. Just ask me, and I’ll keep telling you what to do.”

“She’s a bang-up little reporter.”
“I give her cookies.”

Waiting On Wednesday (Feb-3)


“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

I have been going through a phrase lately of rereading a book series I somewhat liked when I was younger. I had only read two of the stories when they had been given to me as a gift, but thought nothing of reading any of the rest. I happened to come across them again and decided to read the whole series… or at least the ones I could get my hands on. Now I am waiting from them to come in at the library!

Mandie books by Lois Gladys Leppard

Teaser Tuesday (Feb-2)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

The Rescue by Lori Wick

“We don’t own anything. We have what we have only because God bestows it upon us.”

“I think believers do this. They try to overcome a sin without putting something else in their heart. Don’t let there be an empty space inside of you, and God will see you through every moment of pain.”

Book Review: Hope by Lori Copeland

BridesOfTheWest.LoriCopelandSynopsis: After the death of their father, three sisters decide to become mail-order brides so as not to be a burden to their only relation, an elderly aunt. Hope has accepted the suit of John Jacobs, a mercantile owner in Medford, Kentucky, but her stagecoach is held up by robbers. One of the robbers is a government agent tasked with infiltrating the gang and discovering who is leaking information to the outlaws, but soon finds himself trying to keep Hope out of danger and into the arms of her fiancé.

Plot: This was by far the most interesting storyline of the three sisters’ stories. Other than the knowledge that everything will go wrong, you never know just what was going to happen next! The lot is completely unbelievable, but an incredible adventure nevertheless.

Point of View: The story alternates between Hope’s journey towards her groom, and of John Jacobs waiting for his bride. The trip to Medford is mostly told from Hope’s perspective, but does occasionally include Dan Sullivan’s outlook.

Theme: The idea behind this novel seems to be that God has a plan for each of us. We might not like what happens and we might not understand why it must happen, but it will all come about to God’s will. It also shows that no matter what situation we may find ourselves in, there is always a way to spread the word of the Lord.

Character Development: Frog is one of the outlaws who kidnap Hope. We know that he rides with two other criminals robbing stagecoaches, and acquired his nickname from the damage he received to his throat during a brawl. As the story continues Frog begins to speak up for himself, and eventually for Hope. In the end he tries to atone for his sins and wants to follow God’s word.

Romance: From the beginning it is obvious to the reader that Hope is unsure of the man she picks to be her husband as she isn’t pleased with the idea of being a mail-order bride nor is she overly fond of her fiancé’s appearance in the picture he sent her. On the other hand, Hope immediately notices one of the outlaws –the masquerading government agent- and is attracted to him until, over time, she finally falls in love with Dan.

Quote: You are the only woman I know who could get herself kidnapped twice and consider it a blessing.

The Verdict: This is definitely my favourite of the three Lori Copeland novels. It is funny without being slapstick, serious without being heavy, and teaches about God without sermonizing.