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Killer Bunny Hill
Killer Bunny Hill
by Denise Robbins
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.10
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Fun!, September 6, 2009
This review is from: Killer Bunny Hill (Paperback)
"Killer Bunny Hill" is a fun book. I know it probably sounds cliched to say, but the action was non-stop and it was easy to keep reading. One of the other reviews had a problem with the realism in the book, but I really didn't pay much attention to this. Did the characters fall in love too fast? I don't know, maybe. If an injured woman showed up on a guy's doorstop would he notice her beauty as much as the wound? Who knows! Frankly, I don't think these questions really matter that much. If Robbins' goal was to write a technically flawless book (as if there is such a thing), perhaps it doesn't quite succeed. If she wanted to write a book that is fun to read and keeps a reader's attention, she scored a bullseye. All in all, four stars from me!

Leto's Book Sample
Leto's Book Sample

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All in all, I recommend this book!, May 9, 2009
Author Timothy Nies captures the reader's attention immediately from the opening paragraph. As I read it, my main reaction was, "A man turning into salt? What the--?" Of course, I kept reading. Mysterious books, golden eggs, intriguing characters with just-as-intriguing names, and some good descriptions beckoned me on chapter to chapter.

"Leto's Book" reads quickly and well. It is original and imaginative. I personally would have liked to see the dialogue ramped up a bit, but that's just me. Hopefully, Mr. Nies continues on his promise to complete this ten-part series!

All in all, I recommend this book!

Cry for the Moon
Cry for the Moon
by William Woodall
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Worth a Read!, May 8, 2009
This review is from: Cry for the Moon (Hardcover)
"Cry for the Moon" has a captivating and unusual beginning and this was what intrigued me most, actually. When I heard the book was kind of Christian fiction in genre, I was expecting the usual fare, but Woodall steps outside of the box somewhat and explores some boundaries I think a lot of other Christian fiction authors might do well to examine.

Woodall keeps the book clean, however, and the story of Zach's search is intriguing. He keeps us interested in not only the story, but the character of Zach himself.

The book itself is told in a style perhaps a bit too journalistic for my taste, but this is probably just a matter of preference.

Check out this book!
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A Promise for Ellie (Daughters of Blessing #1)
A Promise for Ellie (Daughters of Blessing #1)
by Lauraine Snelling
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read., November 6, 2006
Set in the South Dakota of 1900, "A Promise for Ellie" tells the story of two young people, Andrew Bjorklund and Ellie Wold, who have been a couple for years. Finally, their big day is within sight until Andrew's father, Haakan, asks him to postpone the wedding. The reason is because he feels that it is God's will, although he doesn't know why.

Upset at the request, Andrew speaks with Ellie and is further angered when she agrees with his father. He can't understand why she is so passive about the delay and throws himself into work in an attempt to forget his anger and disappointment.

Suddenly, however, tragedy strikes and all their plans are in jeopardy as Andrew sets out to avenge the wrong. Will he let God take control or will he ruin everything including his and Ellie's love? This book will keep your attention all the way through as you feel the love that flows through Ellie and the anger that surges through Andrew. A must read. Four stars.

The Bedazzling Bowl
The Bedazzling Bowl
by Wendy Lynn Decker
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.34
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4.0 out of 5 stars Character-building literature for children, November 6, 2006
This review is from: The Bedazzling Bowl (Paperback)
Take a young girl heroine like Aly M. Bellisher and combine that with an imaginative author like Wendy Lynn Decker and you get an amusing and clever story filled with adventures and childhood fantasies. Is Aly's new teacher really a cannibal? Is she responsible for the disappearance of Aly's best friend Sandy?

In this funny and applicable story of faith in the midst of change, Aly must learn to cope with undesirable circumstances and venture outside her own comfort zone in order to make new friends, even those who may not be the most popular kids in school.

"The Bedazzling Bowl" is a great book that I'd recommend to any parent looking for quality, character-building literature for their children. Four stars!

Sassy Cinderella and the Valiant Vigilante (Ruby Taylor Mysteries, Book 2)
Sassy Cinderella and the Valiant Vigilante (Ruby Taylor Mysteries, Book 2)
by Sharon Dunn
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.06
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-crafted, fast-paced read., May 19, 2005
Starting with a mysterious nighttime intruder and ending with a deadly game of hide-and-seek on a university campus, Sassy Cinderella and the Valiant Vigilante constitutes a literary home-run for the author, Sharon Dunn. Throughout the fast-turning pages, Dunn successfully carries on the lightly woven threads of several storylines, only to tie them neatly together as the story comes to an end.

Filled with memorable characters who interact with one another on a realistic level, Sassy Cinderella and the Valiant Vigilante takes the reader inside the mind of spunky, red-headed, relationship battered Ruby Taylor. Armed with a lifetime's supply of biting sarcasm and hilarious one-liners, thirty-one-year-old Ruby continues to hold the torch for her one-time boyfriend, Wesley Burgess. This "six feet of gorgeous," harbors no little attraction for the sassy Cinderella, either, and together, they struggle to put together a relationship they would be "proud to show to God."

Sassy Cinderella and the Valiant Vigilante is packed with mystery and perplexing questions. Did Dr. Aldridge really commit suicide, or is there a more sinister plot at work? Who is the strange man lurking outside the Aldridge house? Is the man who suddenly shows up at the Taylor house in the middle of the night claiming to be Ruby's long-lost brother really who he says he is?

In short, Sassy Cinderella and the Valiant Vigilante is a well-crafted, fast-paced read and receives full endorsement.

Craig Hart (...)

Daughter of Liberty (American Patriot Series, Book 1)
Daughter of Liberty (American Patriot Series, Book 1)
by J. M. Hochstetler
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!, May 19, 2005
J. M. Hochstetler's historical novel based on the American Revolution, Daughter of Liberty, thoroughly captures the tension which hung over New England in the days immediately preceding the outbreak of hostilities. Plagued by constant information leaks and unable to apprehend the slippery American courier known only as Oriole, the British prepare to march on Concord.

Elizabeth Howard, young patriot daughter to one of Boston's most respected Tory families, is caught in a deadly game of wits when she meets a dashing captain of the Seventeenth Light Dragoons, Jonathan Carleton. Although it is obvious the captain is attracted to her, and she to him, Elizabeth is painfully aware of her secret, that she is the hated Oriole.

From the "shot heard round the world," to the Battle of Bunker Hill, J. M. Hochstetler weaves a story accurate in historical detail, while simultaneously drawing the reader into the tumultuous lives of her characters. Filled with quick action, the battle scenes are so absorbing you can feel the smooth, rounded wood of a Brown Bess musket nestled against your cheek. highly recommends Daughter of Liberty for fans of American History, or simply those who enjoy stories in which the stakes are life and death.

Craig Hart - Magazine

DragonSpell (Dragon Keepers Chronicles, Book 1)
DragonSpell (Dragon Keepers Chronicles, Book 1)
by Donita K. Paul
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.57
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...sure to please lovers of the genre..., May 19, 2005
As quickly as a reader's fingers turn to the first chapter of Donita K. Paul's Dragonspell, they are transported to a strange and amazing world inhabited by bisonbecks, emerlindians, o'rants, and many other races, each serving a specific purpose in the story. A novel in the genre of The Lord of the Rings, Dragonspell is much more than a fantasy adventure, although it is certainly that, and serves a deeper purpose. An allegory in the finest sense of the word, Dragonspell continually draws imaginative comparisons between the plot of the story and the teachings of Christianity.

Sent on a mission to recover the priceless meech dragon egg from the evil Wizard Risto, Kale, once a slave, becomes a servant to the mighty Paladin and throughout her journey discovers the meaning of true service. She must learn to obey, accept responsibility, and correctly use her natural gifts.

In short, Dragonspell is a fantasy free-for-all, sure to please lovers of the genre, while holding high the standard of ultimate truth. Bravo!

Craig Hart - Magazine

Broken Things: Two Women. Two Pasts. One Future
Broken Things: Two Women. Two Pasts. One Future
by Andrea Boeshaar
Edition: Paperback
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, May 19, 2005
Several years out of a disastrous marriage and with her son soon marrying, Allie Littenberg prepares to begin her life anew. While preparing for a move, she discovers an old photograph of Jack Callahan, Chicago cop and past love interest. The picture stirs a multitude of memories, some good, but many painful to recall. Coming to a sudden decision, Allie decides to revisit the places of her youth and, hopefully, rectify some of her past mistakes.

Arriving back in Chicago, Allie is dismayed to find that Jack Callahan, the once robust Christian and the man who had led her to the Lord, has forgotten his faith. Even though her first meeting with Jack turns out to be less than she could have hoped, other old friends are happier to see her and Allie manages to remake several old acquaintances.

Also in Chicago on business, Allie's new assignment consumes much of her time, allowing time away from the disappointments of her homecoming. On the job, Allie meets a dying cancer patient, who is bitter and angry not only at her current circumstances, but with her own shattered past. Allie connects with the woman and pours herself into trying to help her find God.

Broken Things is the immersing story of broken relationships, the search for forgiveness, and the healing power of Christ. highly recommends Andrea Boeshaar's Broken Things. Excellent!

Craig Hart - Magazine

Ahab's Bride: Book One of Ahab's Legacy
Ahab's Bride: Book One of Ahab's Legacy
by Louise M. Gouge
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ...the prelude to Herman Melville's Moby Dick..., May 19, 2005
As the prelude to Herman Melville's Moby Dick, Louise M. Gouge's Ahab's Bride stirs a reader's desire to read the classic novel. Gouge's handling of the text is well done, her characters jump from the page, and the narrative fills in the blanks concerning the life of literature's mightiest whaler, Captain Ahab.

Hannah Oldweiler is drawn to Captain Ahab from their first meeting, as he is to her. They marry, much to the disappointment of both Hannah's father and her young suitor, Jeremiah Harris, both of whom worry for her spiritual welfare.

It does not take long for Hannah to realize that her marriage to Ahab will have no effect on his vocation, as he continues to disappear on the interminable whaling ventures, leaving her to care for the estate. At the conclusion of one of these voyages, Ahab returns with a wooden leg, lost in a struggle with a giant white whale, and becomes consumed with revenge.

Taking second place to Ahab's grudge match, Hannah and her small son are left to face life alone. How will Hannah learn the lessons life is offering her and how long will it take before she turns back to God in her loneliness and confusion?

Craig Hart (...)

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