Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Book Review- Glittering Promises

In the beginning of our journey we find Cora a poor farmers daughter. She soon discovers that she is the daughter of Copper King Walter. Hoping to reclaim his daughter, Walter sends Cora on a grand tour of Europe with her new siblings. Throughout the journey she learns how to act like a wealthy lady, fall in love, and trust in God. Cora faces rejection, headaches, scandal, and love. 

Glittering Promises is the culminating book to this grand series. In order to appreciate Lisa's extraordinary research and master story telling, you have to read the previous two installments. Lisa did an wonderful job describing the culture and exciting places of Italy. Her characters remained well developed throughout the series, their various experiences did help mature them though. The only flaw that really bothered me was Cora's unwillingness to completely give her french suitor the boot, her constant heart battle was quite annoying. Though understandable to some extent, Will and Cora fought so much and then made up and back to fighting, it proved to be rather distracting. 

Overall I enjoyed my 1900's summer vacation to England, Austria, France, and Italy with dashing heroes, wonderful balls, and experiencing the interesting sights and people. Though the journey is over, I am satisfied with the way things turned out and how neatly Lisa cut off every loose thread.

I received a complimentary copy, form Litfuse, in exchange for this independent and unbiased review.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Book Review- I, Saul

I, Saul is a story that goes back in forth from present day Rome to Bible character Paul's prison. Right before Paul's execution he yearns to receive his parchments to finish his first account of his early life. Even on the throes of death Paul with Luke's help defy the Romans to do the Lord's will. Finding Paul's account proves to be the greatest find in present day times, and leads to unimaginable adventure and danger. The double stories provided a very unique aspect to the story. 

The extensive research included in this story is clearly evident, so much so it felt that you were walking along the roads of Damascus and Jerusalem. Even the modern day culture in Rome felt quite authentic. My only regret is that there is no actual thing as Paul's parchments. The fictional account of his childhood helped to make Bible reading more alive and personal. 

Tim Lahaye and James Mcdonald did a wonderful job creating a historical, contemporary, adventure, and Christ-centered story. I can't wait to continue my journey with the next installment to this series, I, Paul. 

I received a free copy from, FIRST Wildcard Blog Tours, in exchange for this independent and unbiased review.