Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Changing Light, A Wentworth Cove Novel: Book 2 by Rebecca Stevenson

Changing Light: A Wentworth Cove Novel: Book 2 by Rebecca Stevenson
ISBN: 978-1517530280
Published: October 1, 2015
Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Kindle edition, 240 pages

Book description

Haunted by a tragedy in his past and estranged from his parents, photographer Josh Whitehall shuns close relationships and wants nothing to do with pesky children. But when Faith Parker and her exuberant eleven-year-old brother move to Wentworth Cove, Maine, his world is turned upside down. When Josh hears that Daniel needs a photography mentor, he can't refuse fast enough. That is, until he meets Faith....Gradually, Daniel's zest for life and Faith's friendship begin to bring healing to Josh in a most unexpected way.

My review
Reviewed by Sandra Olshaski

I thoroughly enjoyed this Second Wentworth Cove novel.

Faith Parker is a kindergarten teacher who has moved with her family from Texas to Wentworth Cove, Maine. Josh Whitehall is a brooding photographer with a secret. When he is asked to mentor eleven-year old Daniel in his photography pursuits, refusal turns to willingness when he meets Daniel's beguiling sister, Faith. And the chemistry between them begins and slowly builds. A poignant family crisis tests the faith and commitment of the Parker family, drawing Faith, Daniel and Josh ever closer. I thought I had figured out the outcome of this emotionally-charged story, but  was pleasantly surprised when proved wrong.

The characters are real and likeable. My favorite is Daniel, an adorable, lively, thoughtful and self-confident lad even in the face of serious challenges that would discourage any adult. The author has done an excellent job in crafting his character, as well as the others. All are complex in their own way. The author has captured the essence of happy family life, whose members actually talk to each other, enjoy being together, cook together and eat together. And Daniel is the glue that binds them all.

I highly recommend this gentle, well-written story. It is a love story on several levels and highlights the healing power of love and family devotion.

About the author:
Rebecca Stevenson is a freelance editor and writer whose frequent visits to New England have become the inspirations and settings for her stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Dallas Area Romance Authors and currently lives in Texas with her husband

Note: This book is rated G.

Disclosure: Thanks to Rebecca Stevenson for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson (Review)

The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson
Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0718026264
Published November 17, 2025
Hardcover, 320 pages

Book Description: 

The one who needs rescuing isn't always the one in the tower...

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel's hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again---this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.

Friday, November 20, 2015

An interview with Ronald L. Ruiz

On Wednesday I spotlighted Jesusita, a novel about immigrants—legal and illegal—trying to survive in California in the years after World War II.

Today, I have the pleasure of a short interview with talented author Ronald L. Ruiz, whose writing has been said to pull you into the lives of characters with personal and tragic struggles. Ruiz writes literary fiction that leaves you thinking far after the book has been read. Please help me welcome Mr. Ruiz to Library of Clean Reads.

Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers by Sally Allen (Review and Giveaway!)

Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers by Sally Allen
ISBN: 978-0983644613
Published by: Griffins Wharf Productions
Published: November 2015
Trade paperback, 225 pages

Book Description:

Award-winning writer and teacher Sally Allen knows that good books don't just draw us in; they talk to us, shape us, and transport us to times, places, and minds different from our own.

In Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers, Allen deftly weaves personal stories with fifteen thematized, annotated, and illustrated reading lists for what to read next. By sharing some of the treasures in her library and the secret lives they reveal, she gives us permission to embrace the shameless book lover inside each of us. Unlocking Worlds is a testament to how reading passionately - and compassionately - can unlock the world beyond our back yard. Celebrating books and those who read them, Allen shows how the solitary act of reading can be a powerful thread that creates community and connection.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Stop the Diet, I Want to Get Off! by Lisa Tillinger Johansen (Review and Giveaway!)

Stop the Diet, I Want to Get Off! by Lisa Tillinger Johansen
J. Murray Press
ISBN: 978-0996310208
Published July 2015
Trade paperback, 350 pages

Book Description:

The Paleo. The Zone. The Gluten-free. Another day, another diet. We’re caught in a never-ending merry-go-round of weight loss plans, fueled by celebrity endorsers, TV doctors and companies angling for a piece of a $60 billion industry. But do these diets really work? And how healthy are they?

Registered Dietitian Lisa Tillinger Johansen examines dozens of the most wildly popular diets based on medical facts, not hype. And along the way, she reveals tried-and-true weight loss strategies, relying on her years of hospital experience, weight-loss seminars and community outreach efforts.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Jesusita by Ronald R. Ruiz (Book Spotlight and Giveaway)

Jesusita by Ronald L. Ruiz
Amika Press
ISBN-13: 978-1937484330
Published: May 14, 2015
Trade paperback, 288 pages

Book Description:

Jesusita is the story of immigrants—legal and illegal—trying to survive in California in the years after World War II. Jesusita, alone and impoverished, struggles to keep her four young children together. Though she finds support from Padre Montes at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, her faith won’t solve her problems, especially those with her daughter, Paulina.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Reef Libre: Cuba, The Last Best Reefs in the World by Robert Wintner (Review and Giveaway)

Reef Libre: Cuba, The Last Best Reefs in the World by Robert Wintner
Taylor Trade Publishing (Rowman & Littlefield)
Published: February 2015
Hardcover, 266 pages

Book Description:

Cuba reefs host apex predators and coral cover at optimal levels. While Cuban reef vitality may be linked to economic default and no shoreline development, no agricultural pesticides or fertilizers and limited human population growth, the Castro regime is aggressively developing its reef potential.

Seas to the south are now 100% shark protected.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Mystery on the Bayou: Amelia Moore Detective Series (Book 6) by Linda Weaver Clark

Mystery on the Bayou (Amelia Moore Detective Series, Book 6) by Linda Weaver Clarke
Published: November 2015
Published by: Red Mountain Shadows Publishing
Trade paperback, 213 pages

Book Description:

Amelia is approached by a woman who is concerned about the son she gave up for adoption sixteen years ago. Millie has been having nightmares that make her fear he is in danger. She petitioned the court to view the sealed records but was refused. Will Amelia and rick be able to convince the courts to help them? If her son is in danger, will they get there in time?