What Will You Do to Save Your Sister? A Review of Alana & Alyssa’s Secret by Joana James

This is the second book I have read by Joana James. While it's less perfect technically than Nightmare at Emerald High, it's still a very moving, powerful story about the power of God and the prayers of the faithful. Could anybody have more to overcome than Alana and Alyssa? You won't know unless you read... Continue Reading →

Impossibilities and Possibilities: a Review of The Beautiful American by Marilyn Holdsworth

"La Belle Americaine" is a phrase often repeated in this story. It appears in the diary which Abby Long finds hidden in a beautiful antique desk she buys at auction. But it isn't used to describe the person I believe is the truly "Beautiful American" in this story. Jasmine is a slave who providentially comes... Continue Reading →

Causing and Calming Storms: A Review of Summer Storms by Rebekah Lyn

I was given a copy of the book by the author's publicist. If you dismiss Christian fiction as sappy or shallow or "chick lit," you'll miss really fine books like this one. It isn't really a romance. It's certainly not women's fiction. Several male characters get a lot of ink, men flawed, fine, and being... Continue Reading →

Mysteries, Characters and Distractions: A review of Allon by Shawn Lamb

Allon is the first in a fantasy/allegory series by Shawn Lamb. The biggest mystery is who you can and cannot trust. Lamb presents characters, some only briefly, but startles us with their motives and revelations of good or bad character, and the consequences of their actions. Beware of jumping to conclusions. Some things are predictable... Continue Reading →

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