Home For Christmas is a wonderful collection of stories, absolutely perfect to get you in the mood for the festive season.
A Cowboy For Christmas by Debra Ullrick is an absolutely charming Christmas story grounded in God, faith, family and love.
Callie’s Dad broke hers and her mother’s heart when he walked out on them for her Aunt Dee. Callie has guarded her heart ever since, preferring to lock it away rather than risk being hurt. After all, all men behave in the same way, don’t they?
Murder, Mystery, Mayhem and Romance
Miracle Drug is another edge of your seat Christian medical thriller from Richard Mabry. Once again I approached my reading with my heart pounding and the adrenalin racing.
Richard Mabry writes novels that incorporate his vast medical experience and knowledge. I am not medically trained, but that does not matter, as everything I need to know is explained within the pages.
Miracle Drug focuses on the attempted murder of a former American President. It’s pages are full of intrigue, plots and crimes. I found myself completely caught up in the action, as the novel twisted this way and that. As with other novels by Richard Mabry, I found myself guessing and questioning who committed the crimes. As with previous novels, my scenarios turned out to be completely wrong! Good job I am not a detective!
After by Joy Ohagwu is a novel about discovery and transformation. It follows singer and new Christian Candace as she struggles to become a woman of God.
As the novel opens Candace is battling the world of showbiz. As a Christian, Candace no longer wants to sing worldly songs and she is unpopular with her record label. She wants her life to glorify God.
After is a novel with God very much at the centre. He is a God of new beginnings and second chances. As Candace is told ‘Man wants to toss you aside after one mistake. God holds you after ten thousand.’
Start With A Book, Finish With A Friend
Finding Myself In Britain by Amy Boucher Pye is a wonderful book – charming, chatty, anecdotal and amusing. And I was blessed to receive a copy.
Amy is an American, married to an English vicar and living in London. The book is an insight into her life, as she compares life and the customs in Britain, with life as she had known it in the States.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and loved the way the chapters were divided up over a year, which began in September and ended with a Summer holiday a year later. Each chapter evoked memories within me – ‘More Tea Vicar’ had me instantly transported back to being four years old and drinking tea (sometimes slurping out of the saucer!) and dunking ginger nuts, at my Nanny’s house. Amy has a marvellous ‘chatty’ style of writing, that has the effect of making the reader forget they are reading a book. It feels more like reading a letter from a dear friend, and therefore has the power to draw out memories from deep inside the reader. In fact, just reading the title stirred up very vivid memories for me, with ‘The Day They Buried Diana’. I was overcome with the immense feeling of sadness, which was both personal and part of the national grief experienced at that time.