Book Review: “The Cutting Edge” by Ace Collins

October 30, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Ace Collins in his new book, “The Cutting Edge book coverThe Cutting Edge” published by Abingdon Press takes us into the life of Leslie Rhoads.

From the back cover:  When your entire future is destroyed, why would you bother to rebuild?

Leslie Rhoads may have grown up in a small town, but is on the verge of becoming a supermodel in the Big Apple, when the 24-year-old is chosen to grace the cover of Style magazine and star in the controversial Passion Nights perfume ads. But before she can step into the spotlight, Leslie is assaulted by a drug gang and disfigured with a broken scotch bottle. Without her perfect face, she is lost and no amount of surgery can ever make her what she once was.
Now trying to hide her face from the world, Leslie encounters more trouble as she seeks to rebuild her life: unrequited love, thoughts of suicide, and her assailant out to finish the job. Little does she know that a young girl named Angel will turn it all around, showing Leslie the joy and potential in life and the fact that love truly is blind.

Ace Collins understands that what we judge others by is the face.  If the face looks good then we say the person is good, whether that is the case or not.  Leslie is about to take over a prime perfume account and become what she always dreamed about:  a supermodel.  That dream is shattered by a gang attack and a beer bottle.  Her face is badly scarred and irreparable.  Now what does she do?  And on top of everything her attacker wants to finish the job he started.  I think this is a brilliant character study with the focus on beauty.  Mr. Collins throws in all kinds of sub-plots that keep the story moving briskly As Leslie begins to move on with her life.  Through Mr. Collins’ excellent writing skills we come to understand Leslie and want her to be healed from her almost crushing pain.  Mr. Collins has given us themes of devastating loss, and forgiveness and how we can deal with them.  This is a fun read that gives us a lot to think about.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Abingdon Press.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: “Grace’s Pictures” by Cindy Thomson

October 29, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Cindy Thomson in her new book “Grace's Pictures book coverGrace’s Pictures” Book One in the Ellis Island series published by Tyndale House Publishers takes us into the life of Grace McCaffery.

From the back cover:  “Listen to me,” her mother had said. “I don’t care what lies your father once spoke to you, darlin’. . . . Remember instead this: You are smart. You are important. You are able.”

Grace McCaffery hopes the bustling streets of New York hold all the promise the lush hills of Ireland did not. As her efforts to earn enough money to bring her mother to America fail, she wonders if her new Brownie camera could be the answer. But a casual stroll through a beautiful New York City park turns into a hostile run-in with local gangsters, who are convinced her camera holds the first and only photos of their elusive leader.

A policeman with a personal commitment to help those less fortunate finds Grace attractive and longs to help her, but Grace believes such men cannot be trusted. Spread thin between her quest to rescue her mother, do well in a new nanny job, and avoid the gang intent on intimidating her, Grace must put her faith in unlikely sources to learn the true meaning of courage and forgiveness.

I admire all that came to America as immigrants.  They gave up their homeland and came here to start over mostly not knowing anyone over here and never having been here before.  They certainly had a spirit of adventure.  Despite the fact that Grace is timid she is an immigrant and has that sense of adventure.  We take pictures left and right now practically everywhere we go but back in the 1900’s taking pictures was an entirely new thing and not everyone wanted their picture taken.  Grace takes a picture of a gang leader and, since this is the only picture ever taken of him, the gang wants to destroy it.  Owen is the cop who wants to help Grace however she has a distrust of cops and wants nothing to do with him.  “Grace’s Pictures” is about friendship, love, betrayal, healing from past wounds and finding your place in the world.  This is a fun read filled with adventure and romance.  I do not recommend starting this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you will not want to put it down.  Ms. Thomson has given us an excellent beginning to this wonderful series and I am looking forward to the next one.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: “Perfectly Matched” by Maggie Brendan

October 29, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Maggie Brendan in her new book “Perfectly Matched book coverPerfectly Matched” Book Three in The Blue Willow Brides series published by Revell Books takes us into the life of Anna Olsen in 1888.

From the back cover:  His life runs like clockwork.  Hers is a spontaneous adventure.  But God’s timing is always perfect.

Anna Olsen knows it’s time to leave her sister’s increasingly crowded house and start a life of her own. Following her sisters’ examples, she becomes a mail-order bride, and after a short correspondence with clock maker and jeweler Edward Parker, she moves to Denver to become his wife.

Almost immediately it’s painfully apparent that Anna and Edward are very different. Anna is a free spirit who would rather be painting and enjoying the company of friends than cleaning house. Edward is a consummate perfectionist who, on their wedding day, hands Anna a list of chores that need to be done around the house daily.

Can this mismatched couple see past their differences to a harmonious future? Or will their disparate passions create obstacles neither is willing to surmount?

Maggie Brendan closes her Blue Willow Brides series with a heartwarming tale of true love despite misunderstanding, showing readers that God’s timing is always perfect.

I like Mail Order Bride stories.  Maybe it is because they portray the woman with such a sense of adventure and trust.  She has to pack up everything, say goodbye to family, probably for the last time, and move to a different City and State to marry someone she did not know nor had yet to meet.  This is what Anna Olsen agrees to as she travels out to Denver.  Anna and her new husband, Edward, are two different personalities.  Ms. Brendan has done it again.  She has provided a story that has real substance to it, as to what makes a good marriage, while showing us the fun in learning about another person.  I think that “Perfectly Matched” is a winner and may be Maggie Brendan’s best story to date.  “Perfectly Matched” is a wonderful, sweet story with power and depth that will keep you flipping pages.  I liked it a lot and am sorry that this series is over however I am looking forward to the next book by this highly talented author.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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