Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Covered Deep by Brandy Vallance

Title: The Covered Deep
Author: Brandy Vallance
Pages: 400
Year: 2014
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     Some dreams are worth searching for.

     Bianca Marshal is looking for a man who can quote both Jesus and Shakespeare. Not surprisingly, that man is hard to find in the small Appalachian town where she lives. Her mother insists that Bianca lower her standards. On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, even Bianca wonders if her mother is right.

     Still set on experiencing love, or at least a little adventure, Bianca wins an essay contest that propels her into a whirlwind search for the perfect romantic hero. Via the opulence of London and the mysteries of Palestine, Bianca’s true love will be revealed – but not without a price that might be too heavy to pay.

My review:

     An incredible debut novel!

     The premise for this story caught my attention immediately. The development of the plot did not let me down. The main character, Bianca Marshal, is beautifully presented. She has a high standard set for the man she will marry. Will she truly find someone to meet those standards or will she have to relax them?

     There are a number of other characters who are just as well developed. Some are masters at manipulation, while others are open and forthright. I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions between them all. I was intrigued by the buildup and revelation of the motivation behind the planning of the trip and the contest to see who would be going on it. The bottom line for this story, as I see it, is that there is always the need to forgive others.

     Brandy Vallance has written a wonderful debut novel. I’m looking forward to seeing what she will write next. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 stars.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber

Title: Mr. Miracle
Author: Debbie Macomber
Pages: 256
Year: 2014
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track – and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store.

My review:

     A light, entertaining Christmas story.

     Debbie Macomber once again develops quite an array of characters. Addie Folsom displays her maturity throughout the story as she deals with a difficult situation and a difficult neighbor. Harry Mills is a guardian angel on his first mission to earth. I really enjoyed Debbie’s ideas on what it is like for an angel to take on a human body.

     There is only one thing that did disappoint me in this novel. I’ve read a number of other Christmas stories by Debbie. Each of them had multiple riotous comedic scenes in them. I only found a few amusing scenes in this story and I missed being able to let loose with laughter.

     I enjoyed this book and am giving it 4 stars. I’ve grown to expect more comedy from Debbie’s Christmas stories. I do highly recommend this book.