Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer

Jeremiah Prins is 10 years old, and leads a sheltered, pampered life in the East Indies.   In 1942, when the Japanese Imperialist invasion begins, Jeremiah’s life is turned upside down and backwards.   He becomes the man of the house for his younger siblings, and realizes that his mother needs more care than he realized.

Life in the camp is full of hardship, cruelty, and a life that Jeremiah never imagined possible.  He comes to lean on Laura, who is quickly becoming his best friend.  Jeremiah and Laura learn a lot about the strength that God gives and the light that shines in the dark as they live through the horrors of camp, and find beauty in life.  But it’s what happens later in life… when Jeremiah is 81 that will bring tears to your eyes.

This book was good and powerful.  I found it a little slow going, but it was good.  And I love historical fiction.  I’ll give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

Thanks to antibiotics, tuberculosis is a thing in the past, that we just don’t think much about.  But in the late 1900s, it was the leading cause of death.  Patients were outcast victims, shunned and ignored by the public.  Desperate to find a cure, doctors began experimenting with surgeries and treatments.  Some of these were cruel and barbaric – killing the patients before tuberculosis got to them.  But other doctors had gentle methods and sought to heal with sunshine, good food, medicine, and lots of prayer.

Trevor McDonough, is just such a doctor.  A well respected graduate of Harvard, Trevor is taking a risk treating patients with tuberculosis.  He takes the failing patients, the ones that are dying and seeks to find a way to help them.  To reverse the damage this disease is doing to their lungs.  

Kate Livingston knew Trevor in grade school, but they didn’t part on the best of terms.  Now he asks for her in particular as his assistant.  Kate’s openness and Trevor’s distance hit heads at first, but they soon develop a friendship.  But then dark secrets from their past start coming out, and Trevor’s are the darkest of all.  Can Kate live with Trevor’s past?  And what that means for his future?

This was a wonderful, light read.  The romance element was woven into the story, and wasn’t silly or overdone.  You found yourself rooting for these characters, willing Trevor to find a cure!  

Rating 4 out of 5 stars.

Fearless by Eric Blehm

The full title of this book is Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown.

Adam Brown was described as a “man of extremes” and that is a perfect description.  He climbed every wall, and crossed every line.  He battled a drug addiction, lost an eye, and yet ended up in the top tier of the U. S. Military.

He lived life hard and to the fullest.  He always landed on his feet, until March 17, 2010 when he was killed in Afghanistan.  He left behind a loving wife, his children, a lost SEAL team, and a powerful legacy that lives on today.  At one minute you were laughing at Adam’s antics and the next you were crying with his SEAL team.

I enjoyed this book, and the story it held.  Adam Brown walked the fine line between sanity and crazy, but he had a powerful faith that was tested many times but remained strong.  However, there were several parts in it that were for a “mature” audience.  Also, the author strove to provide “realistic” language, which led to a very rough book.  Read with discretion.

Overall, I enjoyed reading, but it won’t go on my “reread” shelf.

Rating 3 out of 5 stars.

 

Child of Mine by David and Beverly Lewis

“What a tangled web we weave…”

Although that quotation does not actually appear in Child of Mine, it reminded me of it.  The the overarching theme of how one lie leads to another, so easily, is convicting.

Eight year old Natalie lives with her uncle, Jack, who adopted her when her parents were killed.   Eight years ago Kelly’s baby was kidnapped and sold for drug money.   Two stories and two lives.  So far apart and so intertwined.  Or are they?

When Jack is traveling, Natalie is cared for by her Amish nanny, Laura Mast.  And Kelly spends her day lying to mothers as she tries to run genetic tests on their young daughters.   One final, desperate lead drops Kelly into the lives of Jack and Natalie – confusing and complicating their lives.

When Jack finds that Kelly has used them and lied to him, what will that do their friendship?  And what will the genetic test say when it comes back?

What I Thought

This book was well written, intriguing, and interesting.  I enjoyed every minute of reading it, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a pleasant, quiet read.  Only two things bugged me:

1) You end up getting frustrated with Kelly when she just won’t come clean and stop lying.

2) The part with Laura Mast, the Amish nanny, felt a little forced.  Like they really just wanted to just have an Amish character in the story and didn’t know where to put her.

But like I said, I enjoyed it, and would recommend it.

4 out of 5 Stars

The Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Running a Business

This book was amazing! Hands down,one of the best books on running a business I’ve ever read. It was clear and well written, it was well developed and made sense. I enjoyed every section, making mental notes on everything. Now I use it as a reference book.

And one of my favorite places to reference is the Financial section. The different topics and ideas that are covered and explained will change the way you run your little business. Overhead costs, liability, production costs, the list goes on and on. I learned so many different applicable things. For instance: how to figure retail and wholesale costs. And how to charge for a service versus a product.

And it’s not just for “Young Entrepreneurs”. My dad is reading the book now!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Duel with the Devil by Paul Collins

There is nothing new under the sun, including political rivalries.  And in 1799, the brand-new United States of America was home to one of the fiercest political rivalries ever.  Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were two of the greatest lawyers ever, and, as the new election approaches, tension is growing.

Until a young Quaker woman is found murdered.  Accusations begin to fly, most landing on the young woman’s suitor, Levi Weeks.  As days pass, Levi begins to fear that he will never even make it to a fair trial.  He needs the best legal team the world can provide.

So the unlikeliest of allies join together to take on the courtrooms of New York.

My Thoughts

This book is wonderfully written and draws you in.  However, there are some “adult topics” hinted at, in regards to the young lady.  So be careful what ages you recommend this book too.  Prereading would probably be a good idea.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Undetected by Dee Henderson

My sisters and I have been waiting and waiting for this book to come out.  And Dee Henderson did not disappoint us.  This book combines intense action, cliff hanger suspense, and a touch of romance to make for a wonderful read.  Definitely my favorite so far in her newest series.

What I Liked

Gina Gray is highly intelligent, very successful, and a little lonely.  She would love to be married, but her brains seem to run men off.  While the U. S. Government can’t imagine life without her, Gina wishes for someone who would care about her.  Mark Bishop is a submarine commander, who understands better than anyone the power of Gina’s discoveries.

On his trip home, he encourages Gina to go out on dates with another submariner.  Only to discover he’s the man for Gina.  Now he has to convince Gina of this and figure out a way to protect her from herself.  Especially when she makes another powerful, world shaking discovery.

What I Didn’t Like

I have to wait another year before she writes the next one!

Five out of five stars!