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CURRENTLY HAPPENING: Anne of Green Gables Read With Me || #AnneOfGreenGablesReadalong

Hey!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! In 2020, I’m hosting a read through of the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery, and YOU’RE INVITED!!!!

Here’s how it’s going to work: every month I will put out a reading plan, and we’ll all just read along together! It’s super lowkey, and if you arrive a month or two behind, you can still join! We have a year to read 9 books, so take your time. 🙂

You ready to hop in? Grab your Anne of Green Gables plans here!

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Book Review: Point of Danger by Irene Hannon (Triple Threat #1)

About the Book-

Radio talk show host Eve Reilly is used to backlash from her pot-stirring on-air commentary and interviews, but now it seems a disgruntled listener is resorting to more than angry words to express their displeasure. When a suspicious package arrives on her doorstep, Eve turns to law enforcement for help.

Police detective Brent Lange can’t find any evidence to link the string of unsettling incidents that follows, but he’s convinced they’re connected. As the harassment grows more menacing, it becomes clear someone wants Eve’s voice silenced–permanently.

But unless he can track down her foe, fast, the gutsy woman who is willing to take risks for what she believes–and who is swiftly winning his heart–may not survive.

Bestselling author and three-time RITA Award winner Irene Hannon is back with a heart-stopping new series that will have you turning pages well into the night.

My Review-

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This was . . . interesting. I’ve been trying out a lot of suspense authors lately, and Irene Hannon is a new one that I hadn’t read yet up until this point. I enjoyed the book: the writing style was clear and it kept me reading all the way until the end, and the suspense was well built and the perpetrator wasn’t obvious until the end, which was good.

The book is narrated from several points of view, some of which aren’t quite understood until the very end, which made it a little confusing to read when I was first starting off. There were also a lot of characters described: maybe 15 or so characters and 6 or 7 points of view, which made it a little tricky to keep track of. Eventually, I figured out what was going on, but not until a fair way into the book.

In addition, when I first started the book, I was a little wary of what was to come, because of the hefty descriptions of the two main characters. Eve, the protagonist, is described by the love interest as a “slender thirtysomething . . . every toned muscle of her five-foot-sixish frame . . . a pair of notable legs, and a moss-green tank top outlined generous curves . . . the typical girl next door, with a hint of exotic glamor,” and the love interest was described by Eve as dressed in “a snug T-shirt that showed off his broad chest and impressive biceps, plus a pair of of broken in jeans that hugged his lean hips and muscular legs,” so needless to say, there is a lot of physical attraction going on. Other than that, there were a lot of mentions of their chemistry, and the two of them started to pursue a romantic relationship fairly early on in the story.

Eve is a political show host known for her conservative views, some of which are shared in the book. Politically, I don’t agree with some of her views, so while that’s a matter of preference, there is that. In addition, there is an alternative perspective that is shown that I agree with more, but then the holders of that worldview were very clearly portrayed negatively, which I wasn’t a huge fan of. I’m particularly concerned about the extent where the moderately left leaning views having a negative impact on the conservative readership of these book. I understand most of the people who read these books/my reviews of them are conservative, so this wouldn’t be an issue for them, but that was my experience, and my concerns make it such that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I could have.

With all that being said, there were several parts of the book that I did enjoy. I really liked the actual suspense part of the book. The story was engaging and kept me reading, and the ending was very well done. There were also several discussions about marriage, being faithful to one’s spouse, and marital abuse/domestic violence, in the secondary storylines, which I don’t see often in Christian fiction, as generally, the discussion lies more heavily on the getting married part, but much less about what happens once the wedding occurs. Although they didn’t really add to the overall story arc (and were possibly even a little distracting), I really appreciated the discussion of them, especially the one about marital abuse.

Overall, I enjoyed this book! I don’t think I would read it again, or honestly recommend it to many people, but I did like some of the discussions that it contained and the overall suspense plot!

My Rating-

5/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

Blog Tour: The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller || Book Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway

About the Book-

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Author: Carolyn Miller
Genre: Historical, Regency Fiction
Release Date: February 28, 2017

Pride, Presumption, and forgiveness…

Hampton Hall’s new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter—all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend’s daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother—his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia’s world.

Nicholas Stamford is shadowed by guilt: his own, his brother’s, the legacy of war. A perfunctory visit to this dreary part of Gloucestershire wasn’t supposed to engage his heart, or his mind. Challenged by Miss Ellison’s fascinating blend of Bluestocking opinions, hoydenish behavior, and angelic singing voice, he finds the impossible becoming possible—he begins to care. But Lavinia’s aloof manner, society’s opposition and his ancestral obligations prove most frustrating, until scandal forces them to get along.

Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what happens when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she’s ever known?

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My Review-

This was a fun book! I’d seen a lot of hype surrounding it in the past, but never got a chance to read it until recently. It has been a good long while since I actually read a regency novel, so I really enjoyed getting a peek into that world again.

I really enjoyed the book! If I had to give a mashup for it, I would say that it reads like a mixture of Carrie Turansky and Roseanna M. White. The banter between the characters and love-to-hate aspect of the book were really fun to read.

The character in the book were so much fun to read: they each had distinct personalities and the banter between them was IMMACULATE. Lavina Ellison was so so much fun: she was a great musician, but could also hold her own in tasks that “normal women” didn’t do, at least at the time. I also really liked her devotion to the poor, especially where she didn’t go out with her friends, because she had already previously made arrangements to help out an impoverished friend.

Overall, this was a really fun book to read! It’s very much a /Christian fiction/ book, so it’s definitely not for everyone, but it was a fun and light book to read 🙂

About the Author

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Carolyn Miller lyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher.

A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her Regency novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena’s Secret, The Making of Mrs. Hale, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, Underestimating Miss Cecilia, and Misleading Miss Verity, all available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Koorong, etc. Her contemporary novels include Restoring Fairhaven and Regaining Mercy, as part of the Independence Islands series.

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Blog Tour: Brought to Book by Barbara Cornthwaite || Book Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway || Celebrate Lit Blog Tour

About the Book-

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Title: Brought to Book
Author: Barbara Cornthwaite
Genre: Christian cozy mystery
Release Date: June 24, 2020

There’s nothing in Emily Post about dealing with murder.

Katrina just wanted to spend time among the books at Frank’s Bookstore. Yes, that’s an unimaginative name for a store, but Frank’s an unimaginative guy–or he was.

Now he and his murder are the reason Katrina is spending her spare time with Wilkester detective, Todd Mason. Or, that’s what she tells herself.

Why would anyone want to kill Frank Delaney? Who would do it? And is Katrina herself even safe?

Mixing faith, literary humor, sweet romance, and a cozy mystery that will keep you guessing, Barbara Cornthwaite’s first Wilkester Mystery has everything you want for a cozy read.

Begin your investigation of Brought to Book today.

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My Review-

This was a really fun read! I like to read cozy mysteries to relax (is that paradoxical?) and this one was a good one that I really enjoyed!

Unlike a lot of bookshop focused cozy reads, the main character of this book is in her forties, and has been a professor for a while now. This kind of threw me off, because I’m not used to reading from that point of view, but I quickly got into it.The main characters are pretty standard for a mystery novel: the single but attractive book-focused woman, and the muscular, attractive detective assigned to her case. The story was also pretty standard but was still a really enjoyable read.

There were some things in the story that I particularly enjoyed: first off, the main character (Katrina) was best friends with a family that was involved in foster care. I really liked the look into the foster care system and the situations that arise as a result of fostering children: I thought it was a neat little spotlight! I also liked the different Christian components that are sprinkled throughout the book: Katrina is involved in the church, has friends in the mission field, and overall does more than the “average” Christian character who goes to church maybe once in the whole book. There is overall a lot of discussion about doing God’s will and being used by him, which I don’t see a ton of in books and really liked as well.

The murder story itself was pretty standard, and I actually feel like it was the weakest part of the storyline. I enjoyed the other bigger, “life” conversations (like marrying widowers, foster care, mission work, etc) more than the actual story plot. However, I do always enjoy a good murder mystery, and this was a fun one to read.

My Rating-

3/5

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

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Barbara Cornthwaite lives in the middle of Ireland with her husband and children. She taught college English before “retiring” to do something she loves far more; her days are now filled with homeschooling her six children, trying to keep the house tidy (a losing battle), and trying to stay warm in the damp Irish climate (also a losing battle). She is surrounded by medieval castles, picturesque flocks of sheep, and ancient stone monuments. These things are unappreciated by her children, who are more impressed by traffic jams, skyscrapers, and hot weather.


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Book Review: Backlash by Rachel Dylan (Capital Intrigue #2)

About the Book-

CIA analyst Layla Karam is thrust into a dangerous DEA field operation against a cartel that puts a target on her back. Though Layla never wanted to be a field agent, Langley had other ideas. After one of her team members is murdered because of fallout from the op, Layla is left scrambling to find safety.

At the same time, the CIA opens up an internal investigation against her. Out of options, Layla turns to ex-boyfriend and private investigator Hunter McCoy for help finding out who might want to ruin her career.

Layla and Hunter soon discover a mole inside the DEA has sold out the team’s identity to the cartel. She must clear her name with the Agency and protect herself and her teammates from cartel retaliation. With threats on all sides, Layla must put her trust in Hunter–the man who broke her heart–and hope they both come out of it alive. 

For those who are content sensitive: this book contains non-graphic scenes and descriptions of physical and sexual assault.

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My Review-

TW: sexual assault, death

I enjoyed this book! After reading End Game, the first book in the series, I wasn’t super excited about this book, since while I did enjoy it, it was very dense and terminology heavy. However, this one was pretty fun to read! I’m not sure if I’m just more used to the writing style/familiar with the characters or if this one really did just read smoother, but this one is in my opinion, much easier to read and follow.

Something that I find really interesting about Rachel Dylan’s books is that she herself is a lawyer, and so she is very knowledgeable in the field. This contributes to some of the dense terminology, but I think having an expert in the field write fiction about it is just so cool!

The primary focus of this book is on Layla and Hunter: Layla is an analyst (actually based on Dylan’s life!) and Hunter is a private investigator. They have had some history between them in the past, but have been forced to work together as Layla’s team is being targeted by a cartel after a mostly successful mission. I’m not a huge fan of the “broken up but are getting back together couple” trope, and this one was but a mediocrely done one.

While it is apparently that there is still chemistry between Layla and Hunter, the reason they broke up was . . . a pretty major deal breaker (it turns out okay, but it is a spoiler so I won’t say) and it feels like them getting back together should have happened in more than a “oh I still like you and by the way [aforementioned spoiler]” kind of conversation. I enjoyed reading about them together, but since I wasn’t a huge fan of how their relationship history went, it wasn’t really that great.

In my review for End Game (Book 1), I mentioned that there was a sexual assault on one of the characters. The character and couple are the “B” storyline in this book, and honestly I like it a lot more! Her assault is unpacked a little bit more, and while sexual assault is a very heavy topic to discuss, I appreciate that it is being discussed in these books. There is a lot more development with that story arc (that continued from book 1) and I like the way it was handled. With that being said though, it is discussed a lot more and in more detail in this book, so if you are uncomfortable with it, or if it is triggering to you, this may not be the book for you.

With all that being said, I like the suspense part of this book a lot more! Like the last one, the mystery was not easily deciphered, and I didn’t so much as suspect who the perpetrator was it was revealed. The suspense kept me reading, and it took me just about 24 hours to read it, which hasn’t happened in a while. I also liked the reappearance of characters from book 1 (though I remember very little from it so there’s also that).

I also liked the discussions about faith in this book a lot: Layla especially talked openly about what she believed in, and I really enjoyed that! They didn’t pray or go to church or anything in the book, and it wasn’t a super important part of the book either, but I did appreciate where it did appear.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one! It kept me reading (which hasn’t happened in a while) and suspense was really well written.

My Rating-

7/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

5 Peaceful Habits You NEED to Implement This Semester & My First Day In My Apartment || College Lifestyle

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve written a productivity themed blogpost, and I’m super excited to be sharing one today! Today I’m here with 5 Peaceful Habits To Add To Your Day!

Since starting quarantine, I’ve done a lot of staring at screens, video calls, and not interacting with a ton of people, and it’s super easy to get caught up in the virtual world and forget to take care of yourself. At least, that’s how it’s been for me.

To help combat that, I’ve been experimenting on habits that I want to implement into my life to help me become a better person overall. I haven’t figured them all out yet, but I’ve been playing with them and I think they’re helping. Taking the time to slow down, step away from my screens, and practice some self care has been life saving to me and I hope these habits and tips help you out as well!

  1. Journaling. If you go back in the archives of this blog, you’ll see that there are a BUNCH of posts where I set a goal to journal more. I started journaling at the end of last year, and I’ve been doing that this year as well. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still doing it on and off (at the time of writing this I haven’t journaled in 3 days #oops) but it has been a habit that keeps me grounded and sane. It also reminds me of the day to day, and I have never once regretted having done it. My friend Grace Anne was the one who really encouraged me to start journaling, and she has two posts on her blog that have really helped me start journaling. You can find them here and here.
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  2. Drinking tea/having a ritual drink. Pre-quarantine, I never really drank tea: it would get cold too fast, or it wasn’t a flavor that I liked, or I didn’t have time to make it, and the list goes on and on. Since quarantine started, though, I have begun making a cup of tea in the evenings (and sometimes during the day too!) and just enjoying the calming process of doing so. If tea isn’t your thing (& I get it, it wasn’t for 20 years of my life!), any drink works for this. Whether it be hot coffee in your french press, making an iced matcha, even a glass of cold lemon water, slowing down and making yourself a drink is such a relaxing thing that you can do to create a peaceful spot during your day.
  3. Reading for pleasure. Since starting the semester back up again, I’ve been reading less and less. Textbook readings and recorded lectures have been my sink of free time, and I haven’t felt like picking up a book and just reading, like I used to do. Yesterday night, I finally sat down and finished the book that I was currently reading and it felt so. good. I know most of the people who follow me already read a lot, but if you haven’t in a while, here’s your reminder to go read a book, just for fun! You’ll love it, I promise.
  4. Making your space somewhere you enjoy. This is very much tied to my having moved recently (which, haven’t updated the blog on that! but I did!) but I’ve decorated my space here at college, as well as redone my space at home (you might remember my floating shelves project over the summer) and it’s just been so so good for the soul. I still haven’t finished my room here at school, but once it’s done I’m excited to show you! (hint: read more of this post for a clue 😉 ). Having a space you like being in is SO important right now, when we’re all staring at the same walls all. day. long.DSC_0365
    Declutter your stuff, print some photos and put them up, buy some plants for your space, or even just rearrange the furniture already in your room! Making a change in your everyday workspace will make you feel more free in your space. If you don’t have the time to invest into switching up your space, then just commit to keeping it clean! Having a neat and tidy space will make it so much easier to work and give you more peace of mind.
  5.  Take time to do something you love! Obviously, this can’t happen every day, but at least once a week, turn off your computer, put on some music, and do something that fills your spirit. Last weekend I sat down and wrote a bunch of letters, which has been my new favorite hobby. This week, I edited a video and will probably write more letters later on in the week. If you’ve been on my page, you know I’m a huuuuge proponent of doing the things that you love, and that is definitely a habit I recommend you work into your life.

So there you have it! There are some of the ways that I’ve been keeping my life peaceful, and if not peaceful, at least sane. I hope they help you, or at the very least, inspire you into making your life something that you enjoy, rather than something that you go through.

To go along with this blogpost, I have a new video up! It’s a video of my first day in my new apartment! I moved in (just shy of a month ago at this point) to my college apartment, and I filmed the first day I was here. It was so much fun to film and edit, and it’s the best video I’ve made so far (at least, I think). I really love it and I’m really proud of it and i hope you check it out!

What is something you do to help you when you are stressed? What drink are you a fan of? What is your favorite hobby at the moment? Leave a comment and let me know!

Book Review: A Portrait of Loyalty by Roseanna M. White

About this Book-

Zivon Marin was one of Russia’s top cryptographers until the October Revolution tore apart his world. Forced to flee to England after speaking out against Lenin, Zivon is driven by a growing anger and determined to offer his services to the Brits. But never far from his mind is his brother, whom Zivon fears died in the train crash that separated them.

Lily Blackwell sees the world best through the lens of a camera and possesses unsurpassed skill when it comes to retouching and re-creating photographs. With her father’s connections in propaganda, she’s recruited to the intelligence division, even though her mother would disapprove if she ever found out.

After Captain Blackwell invites Zivon to dinner one evening, a friendship blooms between him and Lily that soon takes over their hearts. But both have secrets they’re unwilling to share, and neither is entirely sure they can trust the other. When Zivon’s loyalties are called into question, proving him honest is about more than one couple’s future dreams–it becomes a matter of ending the war.

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This book was so good! I feel like I’ve said this about every book I’ve read in 2020, but I’ve felt like I’ve been in a reading slump for a while and this book was such a good one to read to get me out of it!

I’ve been reading this series for a while, as well as the Shadows Over England series and the Lost Heiress series, which tie into The Codebreakers series, so really it feels like a whole series (ugH I love books that do that thank you Roseanna M. White), so finishing this book felt really bittersweet. I loved seeing characters from other books making an appearance in this one.

As for this book, I really loved both the main characters! Zivon was a ~dark and mysterious~ type, but half of the chapters were written from his perspective, so that his thoughts were revealed and it helped him feel more personable. I actually feel more connection with him than Lilly, the main female lead and I really liked his introspection and his faith.

Lilly was also really fun to read! I loved reading about her work (and of course, like I have mentioned MANY times, I LOVE reading about women who have had “real” jobs throughout history and this was no exception). In addition, I loved reading about her relationship with her sister, as well as her family overall! Her romance with Zivon was also so sweet, and I loved reading it.

The alternate perspective that was given in this book was also super interesting and added a bit of a suspense element to the book (I can’t say exactly what because it’s not mentioned in the blurb and would be a spoiler), but I did really enjoy the secondary storyline as well!

The historical setting in this book was excellent: I remember learning about the Germans and Russians in World War I during high school, but it didn’t really sink in until I read this book. There was also a lot of historical pieces scattered throughout this book, such as the flu pandemic (which . . . was Certainly Something to read in 2020, especially when wearing masks were mentioned!), the end of WWI, as well as Lilly and Zivon’s work in the British Admiralty office. The line between historical brain dump and including enough facts to make a story feel authentic is thin but Roseanna does it so well, in this book, as in all her other books.

The faith topics in the book were also really good! Zivon was a Russian Orthodox, and Lilly was a ~standard Protestant~ and both of them contributed to the faith discussion in the book, which were really good. There was also a good discussion about using one’s skills and talents to benefit the overall good of the world, which I found really insightful.

Overall, I really really enjoyed this book! It tied up the series very well with the end of the war, and while I will be sorry to see this story wrap up, I’m glad I’ve read it! It’s probably one of my favorite Christian fiction series, and in a way, it changed my life and my reading habits.

My Rating

9/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

Blog Tour: The Crownless King by Kara Linaburg

About the Book-

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Title: The Crownless King
Series: The Broken Prince #2
Author: Kara Linaburg
Genre: YA Fantasy
Editions: Paperback & ebook, 275 Pages
Release Date: September 1, 2020

She won’t meet her worst enemy on the battlefield…

War is brewing and the kingdom of Sindaleer is torn as the Knights of Norcir draw the folk to their side. When Sabriel, a specially Gifted, pledges her blood to their cause, she is ready to give all to bring the peace her leader promises. She understands Tirich’s deep hatred toward the king, and has prepared for this moment all her life.But when her identity as a knight is discovered by the childhood friend who betrayed her years ago, Sabriel’s plans for justice come toppling down. Now distracted by what once was, Sabriel fights to hold onto what she’s believed to be true for so long.

Nick never forgot the red-headed lass of years past, but she’s not the friend he remembers. As enemies connected by their past take opposing sides on their country’s freedom, Nick refuses to believe what she’s become.

Voices warning Sabriel she’ll never succeed, and loyalties torn, she begins to realize that all is not as it seems. Tirich’s power is growing stronger, and she fears she was wrong about the good she once saw in him.

The concluding book following The Broken Prince, reminds us of the inner war we all face, and what it means to rise from the ashes when all hope feels lost.

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My Review-

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I have been friends with Kara for many years now (at least 5?) and I’ve loved seeing the process behind her books coming to life. This is the second book in what I believe to be a duology, and I really enjoyed it!

Overall, I liked The Crownless King better than The Broken Prince: I think there were less editing errors (typos, missing scenes, etc), which overall made it easier to read, but also the story flowed better and was structured better. Granted, I’m not a professional writer or work in the field, but it felt like the story was planned out better and was told more smoothly.

I loved seeing characters from The Broken Prince reappear: Milosh and Serena were the best, and I loved seeing their relationship grow  from book 1. I also really liked seeing the world from another perspective: that of Sabriel and Nick’s! They were also really sweet (and the ending was definitely not what I expected or wanted). I didn’t like their story quite as much as Milosh and Serena’s, but I definitely enjoyed it still.

The story was also AMAZING: there were so many plot points that came back in this book that tied back into topics that came up in book 1 that I didn’t expect but really enjoyed! It also made me think: there was a lot about “doing evil for the sake of good,” which is super relevant right now, as well as overall just a lot of thought-provoking insights. Sabriel is also meant to mirror something similar to anxiety & depression, which was also really well done, I think!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I loved seeing the growth that was exhibited by the author and the improvement in the writing! I also really loved seeing how well the two books tied together and themes that reappear.

My Rating-

4/5

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author-

Kara Linaburg is most content sipping an iced chai while watching the sun set over the mountains of her home in West Virginia. When she’s not dreaming about her next adventure or being a mad scientist in the kitchen, you can find on http://www.thebeautifullybrokenblog.com where she strives for authenticity and beauty in a broken world. The Crownless King is her second novel.

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Book Review: Acceptable Risk by Lynette Eason

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Sarah Denning is a military journalist with the Army in the Middle East when she is taken hostage. When former Army Ranger Gavin Black is asked by his old unit commander–Sarah’s imposing father–to plan an extremely risky rescue, he reluctantly agrees and successfully executes it.

Back in the US, Sarah is livid when she’s discharged on a false psychiatric evaluation and vows to return to the Army. Until she learns of her brother’s suicide. Unable to believe her brother would do such a thing, she puts her plans on hold and enlists Gavin to help her discover the truth. What they uncover may be the biggest story of Sarah’s career–if she can survive long enough to write it.

My Review-

I have been meaning to read Lynette Eason’s books for so long, but have never gotten around to it until now!

tw: suicide, ptsd, emotional abuse, drug abuse

This is the second book in a series, which I don’t think I knew when I picked it up. I don’t think it really influenced my reading of this book, but I’m pretty sure there were some characters that were introduced in the first book that I wasn’t already familiar with, and there was an allusion to a organ trafficking ring that I suspect was the plot of the first book. Other than that, I read this book with no problem.

I really liked the pacing of the story, as well as the overall storyline. It wasn’t especially unpredictable (although I knew who the antagonist was fairly quickly after they were introduced). The characters weren’t particularly overwhelming (as suspense books can sometimes get), and the story moved pretty quickly but not too quickly.

I don’t really know how I feel about the setting? It’s very very military heavy and it’s set in Afghanistan and I don’t know if I really like that? At the very beginning of the book the main character, Sarah, is captured by the Taliban with a bunch of children and a girl named Fatima is shot. After she is rescued (none of this is spoilers btw, since this is in the blurb), there is no more mention about the children or Afghanistan and the whole thing just felt a little cultural appropriation-y to me. Different people have different opinions about it, but it just didn’t really sit comfy with me.

I . . . don’t think the blurb is quite accurate to the book? The first paragraph of the blurb happens in the first chapter or so, and the other half is . . . not really what the story is about either. I hadn’t read the blurb before going in, so I didn’t expect anything, but for people who read blurbs, that might be a thing to note.

In addition, there were some science things that I’m unsure about. I realize that a college bio major is probably not the intended audience for these books, but there were just some science/bio related things that are . . . definitely not how things are done/how science works, and not just the legal/bureaucratic aspect of it. So that reduced the enjoyment of the story for me a little.

I really liked the characters tackling some pretty difficult topics, and the lowkey relationship. Content wise, this was a pretty solid book for me (cultural appropriation aside). There was pretty much no Christian content, though, so if that is something you look for, there’s that.

Overall? I really enjoyed this book! There were some things that didn’t really sit right with me, but I did enjoy this book a lot (more than some of the other Christian suspense/romances that I’ve read?) and will definitely be reading more from the author in the future!

My Rating-

3/5

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.