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About this Book

A past filled with shame can be washed away with a love that conquers all

Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel, timid seventeen-year-old Dinah Hubley was raised amidst the secrets held in every dark, grimy room of her home. Anxious to escape, Dinah pursues her dream of becoming a Harvey Girl, waiting tables along the railroad in an upscale hotel. But when she finds out she isn’t old enough, her only option is to accept a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. Eager to put everything behind her, Dinah feels more worthless than ever, based on a single horrible decision she made to survive.

The Clifton offers a life Dinah has never known, but blinded to the love around her, Dinah remains buried in the shame of her past. When a handsome chicken farmer named Amos Ackerman starts to show interest, Dinah withdraws further, convinced no one could want a sullied woman like her. Despite his self-consciousness about his handicapped leg and her strange behavior, Amos resolves to show Dinah Christ’s love. But can she ever accept a gift she so desperately needs?

About the Author

My Review

This is the third book I’ve read by this author and she continues to impress me with her story telling ability. Each story she develops at least one character that I find extremely endearing. In this story there are two, Dinah and Amos, our two main characters.

Both of our main characters are broken in their own way. Each struggle to find acceptance, yet Amos had his faith that he leaned on. Dinah broke my heart with the depth of her pain and the feelings of worthlessness. I saw myself in Dinah as I think many women will. Ruthie, Dinah’s roommate and co-worker was also a great character and I enjoyed watching her as she struggled with how to handle her new roommate. However, in many ways my favorite character was Mr. Irwin.

The story itself is well told and not completely predictable. It’s well paced and I found myself drawn in from the opening pages.

This is a stand alone story. If you’ve read and enjoyed other Kim Vogel Sawyer books you will absolutely love this story. If she’s a new author to you this will give you a great introduction to a talented writer.

Disclaimer: The author provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

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All Right Here – Carre Armstrong Gardner

About this Book

Ivy Darling can’t have children of her own, and her husband Nick’s resentment is forcing them apart. And while Ivy has the support and love of her large, close-knit family, Nick’s family has never welcomed her into the fold.

When the three children next door are abandoned by their mother, Ivy and Nick take them in for the night. One night becomes several, and suddenly Ivy and Nick find themselves foster parents to the only African-American kids in the town of Copper Cove, Maine. As Ivy grows more attached to the children, Nick refuses to accept their eclectic household as a permanent family. Just as Ivy begins to question whether or not she wants to save her emotionally barren marriage, Nick begins to discover how much Ivy and the children mean to him. But is his change of heart too little, too late?

My Review

I’ll start by saying, not every book is a great fit for every reader. This book was an example of that for me. Conceptually, it was a good story idea and I did enjoy the ending. However, I struggled to get through the story. I also struggled relating to the main character, Ivy. Her husband, Nick, and his family just made me sick with their attitudes. The character I did love was the oldest foster child, Deshaun. He was a joy to watch him develop under the care of Ivy.

The story was told from several points of view, which at times felt awkward and a little confusing. Likewise, there were times when I felt like I was being given way too much detail about the day to day lives of the characters.

Although, there were several things about this story that I personally didn’t enjoy, I’m glad I finished it. There were some good things at the end. If you read other reviews you will see there are those who enjoyed it a great deal. It just wasn’t a good fit for me.

**Disclaimer: ** Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Unspoken – Dee Henderson Review and Give Away

About this Book

Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history.The task force of FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, rescued her, but it took four very long years. The fact she was found less than three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She’s changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life.

She’s never said a word–to the cops, to her doctors, to family–about those four years.

A family legacy has brought her back to Chicago where a reporter is writing a book about the kidnapping. The cops who worked the case are cooperating with him. Her options are limited: Hope the reporter doesn’t find the full truth, or break her silence about what happened. And her silence is what has protected her family for years.

Bryce Bishop doesn’t know her past, he only knows she has coins to sell from her grandfather’s estate–and that the FBI director for the Chicago office made the introduction. The more he gets to know Charlotte, the more interested he becomes, an interest encouraged by those closest to her. But nothing else is working in his favor–she’s decided she is single for life, she struggles with her faith, and she’s willing to forego a huge inheritance to keep her privacy. She’s not giving him much of an opening to work with.

Charlotte wants to trust him. She needs to tell him what happened. Because a crime cops thought was solved, has only opened another chapter…

  • File Size: 1654 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2013)
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My Review

You will read a lot of criticism of this book in regards to the amount of time and detail on the coin collection in this book. The author did go into a great deal of detail regarding coins, the types and condition, which if you’ve not collected coins or lived with someone who has it’s definitely overwhelming. Having a husband who collects coins I could see him salivating over a collection like this. With that said the author did spend a lot of time on the coin collection aspect of the story. However, it provided the opportunity to see the character of Bryce Bishop which was important for Charlotte.

I really liked Bryce A LOT! I would consider him an all around solid guy. He was a businessman, teacher in his church, but most of all he was a man of integrity. It was also fun to watch him grow in his relationship with Charlotte. Charlotte was a very interesting character. She had a lot of baggage from her past but she was a survivor. She stepped out of her comfort zone by getting close to Bryce. In many ways John was my favorite character because of his no nonsense manner, but yet he cared deeply for Charlotte. I also LOVED the fact the Ann and Paul Falcon were a part of the story.

But the thing I liked most about this book is the overall theme of it. As you read Charlotte’s story and learn more about her time in captivity you begin to understand her pain and her dilemma when it came to God.   It really caused me to think how would I feel if I had been Charlotte. Would I be any different than she was? Or would I be even more skeptical? I also put myself in Bryce’s shoes. How would I respond to Charlotte’s questions? For me that was the strength and message of the story.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, in that it made me think. Yes it does go into a great deal of detail on coins and the other items of this massive estate that can be overwhelming.  For those not interested in coin collecting may find themselves skimming that part.

Disclaimer: I would like to thank Bethany House for the opportunity to read and review this book. I was expected to give my honest opinion.

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