Gripped And Guessing
Have You Seen Her? By Lisa Hall is the most marvellous
contemporary psychological thriller that had me hooked from the start. A very cleverly
constructed plotline ensured I was drawn into the action and consumed by events
until the jaw dropping conclusion.
Written in the first person enabled me to ‘walk’
through the novel. Suspicion lurked around every corner. I was gripped, as were
the characters, by “the dark hand of fear.”
The novel is about consuming passions –
passions that will dictate actions. The reader is never quite sure who to
believe as passions drive people to do ever more desperate things.
The Perfect Choice
Redemption Bay by RaeAnne Thayne is the most delightful feel-good contemporary novel. It is about
family and community.
Small town living has its advantages. Welcome
to Haven Point, the town that lives together and pulls together. A wonderful
warm community atmosphere oozes from the pages. The town looks out for everyone
from the young to the old.
The novel is full of unique characters
exchanging banter. I loved the eighty two and eighty three old sisters who
still have a twinkle in their eye. The inclusion of two dogs added to the family
feel of the novel. The main characters were delightful. The reader could ‘feel’
The Power of Love
The Start Of Us by T.K. Chapin is a powerful
contemporary Christian novel about love. Love comes in many different forms but
we have only one word for it, ‘love.’ The best way to love is to love like
Jesus – whether it’s our parents, friends, work colleagues or spouse. We need
to see people as Jesus sees them – imperfect human beings in need of love and
Our past may have been hard but we cannot let
it define us. If we measure everything by the yardstick of the past, we will
miss out on the present.
Me by Autumn Macarthur is a delightful Christian contemporary romance. It
is the third book in the Chapel Cove series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Autumn Macarthur always writes
novels that wrap themselves around the reader with their warm and welcoming
atmosphere. The community seems to reach out from the pages to encompass the
reader. Small town living means everyone pulls together. There are no secrets
just warm welcomes.
Words spoken over us remain. “The memory of being called ugly, of
feeling ugly, and of wanting so badly not to be ugly.” We believe what others
say of us when really we should be listening to what God says. His opinion is
the only one that matters. There are times when the reader’s heart breaks. “A
familiar chorus of put-me-downs echoed in her head.” No matter how old we are,
old hurts remain if we do not deal with them. We need to hand our hurts to God
and live loved. “Believe Jesus really does love me, even if my mom doesn’t.”