Friday, November 29, 2013

Every Waking Moment... a book review

Cover: Every Waking Moment
Every Waking Moment
by Chris Fabry
Available now!
ISBN: 978-1-4143-4863-6
Fiction, Christian

Meet Treha Langsam, a mysterious young woman with a gift - a gift for reaching the unreachable.  When Treha receives an anonymous letter bringing her to Desert Gardens to work, little did she know that her story would intersect with one of the residents.  With no memory of her childhood, Treha spends her days helping the retired residents share their stories with a documentary team.  When the board of directors hire a new director, Treha loses her job and begins a journey unraveling her own past.  Is she ready to learn why she is the way she is? 
"As the truth slowly unravels, Treha and those around her must each tackle a difficult question: if this is as good as life gets, is that enough?" (back cover)

Read Chapter 1!

Chris Fabry writes from the heart and delves into the souls of his characters.  After a slow beginning, the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together.  He gives a voice to the aging population in Every Waking Moment, an insight into their thoughts and desires. During the documentary interviews, we see each resident striving to retain their dignity and independence. As Devlin and Jonah record their oral histories, they are intrigued by Treha and her gift.  Can they help her remember her past?  Is she the reason they are at Desert Garden?

Throughout the novel, Chris weaves the love of Christ - His forgiveness.  A message I needed to hear; God has a plan for each of us right where we are.  I do not have to be perfect for Him to use me, just open to His leading.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry from Tyndale Publishing for my honest review.



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Peril... a book review

Peril, Bloodline Trilogy Series #3   -     By: Jordyn Redwood

Bloodline Trilogy 3
by Jordyn Redwood
Kregel Publications
ISBN: 978-0-8254-4213-1
Available now!

A serial killer.
A marriage in trouble.
A mysterious medical experiment.
A family full of lies.

Pediatric nurse Morgan Adams feels like she can't face life much longer.  Her infant daughter is dead, her own kidneys are failing, and hospital horrors confront her every day.  When her mother reveals a stunning secret, it's the last straw for Morgan.  How an the faith she used to have survive in the face of her awful world?  How can she?
When a rogue soldier from her husband's medical trials comes after her, Morgan is almost grateful-until the people she loves come under fire.  Now, the pain of her past and the peril of the present may mean an explosive end for them all....                           Publisher's Description

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As a critical care and emergency nurse, Jordyn Redwood has inside knowledge into the medical world.  In Peril, she combines both futuristic medical possibilities with the realities of those suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). 
The book began very slowly as Jordyn laid the foundation of the three seemingly separate storylines - sexual assault, an infant's death, and experimental research .  As you continue on, the storylines begin to find common ground.  At this point, the plot and action take off!  Add in some psychological twists and turns, and you have  a very well-written novel.  A novel I did not want to put down!
Although this is the third in the Bloodline Trilogy, I did not feel lost in Peril because I had not read the first two books - Proof (1) and Poison (2). 
Jordyn Redwood has opened the door to many conversations.  Is it ethical to use fetal cells?  If so, when should it be harvested?  How does ethics fit into the equation?  Who decides what is moral or amoral?  This novel is so much more than just a good read.  It gives the reader some meaty issues to consider.  Well done!
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I received a complimentary copy of Peril from Kregel Publishers for my honest review.
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