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March 2014

A Match Made in Texas- 5 Stars

A Match Made in Texas is a collection of 4 historical romances, all linked together but still standing alone. The 4 novellas are: A Cowboy Unmatched, An Unforeseen Match, No Match for Love, and Meeting Her Match.

The first novella was probably my favorite. It is about a cowboy named Neill and a young widow named Clara. Clara is pregnant and in need of a man’s help around her ranch. An anonymous person made a way for Neill to come to Clara’s ranch and work for her. She has tried to shut out everyone because of how badly she was treated by her late husband and father-in-law, but finds herself falling for the sweet, gentle, hardworking Neill…

In the second novella we meet Grace, a young, former school teacher who is going blind. Her community and friends are taking care of her as much as they can, but she wishes she had a husband. Clayton shows up at her house, brought there by an ad in the newspaper. Grace is headstrong and somewhat stubborn, but also very delicate and sensitive about her failing eyesight. Clayton not only makes repairs on the home and land but he helps Grace come to terms with doing things on her own with poor sight.

The third is about Lucy and Andrew. Lucy has no family and is desperate for God to make a change in her life. When a sudden opportunity arises to be a caretaker, she immediately leaves town to care for Andrew’s aunt Martha. Once there it becomes clear Martha feels she doesn’t need anyone to look after her, but warms up to Lucy, as does Andrew…

The last novella ties the other three together and reveals the identity of the mysterious matchmaker. That matchmaker finally gets a happy ending for herself as well. I liked this novella the least because I felt the romance didn’t really get to blossom like it did in the other three, but it was still a sweet story.

I felt all of these novellas worked together perfectly. I thought they were very sweet romances that were lighthearted but still contained enough real life problems to make them believable. I also enjoyed the unwavering faith of all the characters.

*I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. *


http://www.amazon.com/Match-Made-Texas-Novella-Collection-ebook/dp/B00DWA6996/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1395453529&sr=1-1&keywords=a+match+made+in+texas

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18059819-a-match-made-in-texas

 

The Fault In Our Stars- 5 Stars

This book…. I’m not even sure I can review this book adequately enough. This will probably be one of my shortest reviews. “I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and  then all at once.” Before I started reading, I knew it was a book about kids who have cancer. Depressing, right? Wrong. Well, somewhat wrong. Of course it was sad, but there were moments of joy, laughter, and love. *I’m cheesy, I know* This isn’t a book about kids who have cancer, or who are dying from cancer.. NO. This is a book that shows how deep love can go when you’re truly living.

Anyway, the book revolves around Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters. The thing I loved most about this book is how real it felt. This book is a legit emotional roller coaster. I’ve seen a few reviews that remark on how the dialogue between Hazel and Gus doesn’t seem real for teens. But I think it works well in this novel because these teens have seen and felt so much in their short lives struggling with cancer. They had to stop being children earlier than they should because of their diseases. The love story between Hazel Grace and Augustus was one of the best love stories I’ve read in a while. Some people, once they are terminally diagnosed, try to live life to the fullest, and others decide that since they are dying they may as well get on with it. HG and Gus know they aren’t going to live long but that doesn’t stop them from loving each other. This story doesn’t end like a sappy romance novel, but I still enjoyed it. It isn’t your typical YA novel, either. These kids are dealing with more pressing issues than “who is going to be prom king?” They are dying, they have to think about death clothes and hooking up G-tubes and oxygen tanks and trying to keep their hearts beating and their lungs breathing! Gus wants to leave his mark on the world, be remembered by/for something, but Hazel could only care about being remembered by Gus. This was an emotional novel, but not one that left me feeling completely void of happiness. I recommend you read it, NOW! Okay? Okay. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11870085-the-fault-in-our-stars

Divergent- 5 Stars

SO sorry for the delayed blog post. I originally started reading the last book in a trilogy I *was* enjoying but I couldn’t get into the last one….Maybe another time. So anyway, I borrowed Divergent from a friend of my mom. We all know that dystopian novels are HUGE right now. I’ve been wanting to read Divergent for a while, and when I realized the movie was out soon, I had to jump on it! (I can’t watch a movie based off the book without reading the book first! SO WRONG.) So let’s get to it!

Divergent is set in a dystopian Chicago world, where the citizens are based off different virtues that place them in a particular faction: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Every year, the 16 year old citizens of each faction must decide what faction they will chose to live with for the rest of their lives. During Beatrice Prior’s testing, we find out her results are “inconclusive”… meaning she doesn’t necessarily fit into one sole faction. She is divergent Being divergent is very dangerous, yet Beatrice has no idea why. On the choosing day, Beatrice surprisingly chooses to devote herself to the Dauntless faction. She felt she was too curious and selfish to stay Abnegation. During initiation Tris (new faction, new name!) questions her choice of becoming Dauntless…she misses her family, she’s in inner turmoil over this whole divergent mess, and then there’s the elusive Four…. *swoon* After a series of ridiculously hard initiation tests, such as fighting, shooting, jumping off of moving trains… Tris ends up ranked first out of all the new initiates. After some near-death experiences, betrayal by a friend (UGH!) the celebration can begin. Except, the Erudites have something else in mind. I really wish I could elaborate more without giving spoilers…but, alas. This book is freaking fantastic. There’s action, suspense, romance (oh SNAP the romance….)   I loved the descriptions Veronica Roth used when Beatrice meets Four for the first time… “He has a spare upper lip and a full lower lip. His eyes are so deep-set that his eyelashes touch the skin under his eyebrows, and they are dark blue, a dreaming, sleeping, waiting color.” (p. 59) Uh, I’m already in love.

While reading this, I kept imagining myself as Tris…she’s small, short… gets picked on and thinks about hurting those bullies… 🙂 Sometimes though she got seriously dark and twisted, but I suppose that’s what happens in a society such as this one.  I felt all the characters were believable, I just wish I had more about Tris’s brother, Caleb, but maybe I will in the remaining books. I can’t wait to start Insurgent!

http://www.amazon.com/Divergent-Veronica-Roth-ebook/dp/B004CFA9RS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1394549788&sr=8-2&keywords=divergent

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13335037.Divergent

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