Book Review: The Union of the North and the South

This post was originally part of my old book review website “Christian Book Lady,” which I will be shutting down next week.

I give this book 5/5 stars.

Category: Historical Fiction :: Target Audience: Christians

The Union of the North and the South,” by Ann Mock is an extremely well written tale of Lauren, a woman who has lost everything, well almost everything, when several unfortunate events take place in her life after the Civil War. Things in the South have gotten downright depressing after war. With confederate money being worth nothing, many prominent families are forced to leave their plantation homes and make another way in the world. Though Laura’s family has survived the economic devastation of the war, that doesn’t mean they are free from trouble.

This book was a delight to read. I couldn’t put it down. But at some points I felt very sad for Laura. Is God’s plan for her good? It seems like one tragedy follows another, and then there is the matter of the man that keeps trying to kill or injure her. She isn’t sure which is his goal. If you like historical fiction, you will love this book. The details were definitely well researched. There wasn’t one inappropriate moment in it, either.

Book Review: The Leap of Forgiveness by April Geremia

This post was originally part of my old book review website “Christian Book Lady,” which I will be shutting down next week.

I give this book 4/5 stars.

Category: Contemporary Fiction :: Target Audience: Christians

Boy meets girl, girl falls in love with boy. You would think that the simple beginning of “The Leap of Forgiveness” by April Geremia would lead you down a predictable path to marriage and happiness, but normal doesn’t come easy for Joshua. His past is full of dark secrets, and many of them are unknown even to him.

Just when you think this story couldn’t get any darker, lavender envelopes start magically appearing the mail, offering with them the hope the protagonist needs to press forward. Maybe the stories they tell will be just the thing to help Joshua sort out his past and embrace his future.

I loved the complex characters in this book. The care that Geremia takes with each character’s story arc must be celebrated, as each one grows in their faith and confronts the past.

I did find some of the descriptions to be too much detail. I feel that several thousand words could have been edited out of the book, as I found myself skipping over full paragraphs in search of the continuing plot. That is why I gave this book four out of five. I can’t wait to read Geremia’s next project, whenever it comes out.

Book Review: Ante Up by Chautona Havig

This post was originally part of my old book review website “Christian Book Lady,” which I will be shutting down next week.

I give this book 5/5 stars.

Category: Contemporary Fiction :: Target Audience: Christians

Ante Up,” the final installment in the Aggie’s Inheritance Series is frustratingly real.

I have been an Aggie fan since I read the first book several years ago, and I was ecstatic when I read that author Chautona Havig was going to write a fourth book for the series.

If I’m being completely honest, I would say that this book is not at all what I expected. I wanted to see Aggie and Luke together, overcoming problems, and living in victory over their past difficulties. I know real life isn’t always like that, and I think that was what the author was trying to portray in this book. Although I found this story heavy and depressing, I don’t think that means you shouldn’t read it. It is well written and deals with difficulties that every family faces at one time or another. Aggie’s struggles broke my heart for her and the rest of the family. Sometimes I just wanted to shake her. But that is how life can be.

We all have seasons of joy, and sometimes we indulge ourselves in dangerous seasons of pity and bitterness. God is always there waiting. I will say that I hope we get another book where we get a version of Aggie that is more familiar, but has also grown through her struggles. There are important story lines for the other characters in the family, especially Vannie, Tavish, Kenzie, and Laird. Plus we get a hint as to what is going on with Tina and William, which I found exciting. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that lives in the real world, where God is constantly making us into vessels for His honor.