Sunday, February 21, 2016

Miriam by Mesu Andrews

I received this book from Waterbrook Press, a division of Penguin Random House, in exchange for an honest review.

From the Back:

The Hebrews call me prophetess, the Egyptians a seer.
But I am neither. I am simply a watcher of Israel 
and the messenger of El Shaddai.
When He speaks to me in dreams, I interpret. When He whispers a melody, I sing.

At eighty-six, Miriam had devoted her entire life to loving El Shaddai and serving His people as both midwife and messenger. Yet when her brother Moses returns to Egypt from exile, he brings a disruptive message. God has a new name – Yahweh – and has declared a radical deliverance for the Israelites.

 Miriam and her beloved family face an impossible choice: cling to familiar bondage or embrace uncharted freedom at an unimaginable cost. Even if the Hebrews survive the plagues set to turn the Nile to blood and unleash a maelstrom of frogs and locusts, can they weather the resulting fury of the Pharaoh?

Enter an exotic land where a cruel Pharaoh reigns, pagan priests wield black arts, and the Israelites cry out to a God they only think they know.

My thoughts on Mesu Andrews:

Mesu Andrews is an amazingly talented and learned writer. You can tell that she does her research for each and every book that she puts out. Mesu is also very humbled and down to earth. She is a sweet person to talk to and I am so happy to be part of her BFF team. 

My thoughts on Miriam:

This was a very interesting book because it taught me more than I ever knew about the biblical character of Miriam AKA Moses' sister. Growing up in Church, I never knew much about Miriam other than she was the sister of Moses and Aaron who was also known as someone who complained a lot. Mesu brought her to life in many different ways by exploring her life and by doing her research. 

The cover is pretty neat because I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to see the Red Sea open up before my very eyes. Talk about having faith to witness miracles and be amazed by the power of our God. I was impressed that she was able to come up with the image clear enough to be able to see the water and to watch it rise up where they could walk through it. 

I included pictures of Mesu and of the cover for your viewing pleasure. I also included one that I did for Mesu. I would give this book a 4 star rating. Thank you for the insight into this biblical character. 

Until next time, 

The Traveling Gypsy 

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Amish Sweethearts by Leslie Gould

I received this book from Bethany House as part of their Reviewer program for free in exchange for my honest review.

From the back of the book:

Can These Two Friends from Opposite Worlds Find Love? 

They've been best friends for years, but as high school ends, Zane Beck can't help but look at his Amish neighbor, Lila Lehman, with different eyes. Her controlling father sees only one future for Lila, though, and arranges for her to be courted by an upstanding young Amish man. When Zane sees the two together, his plans for the future crumble, and he impulsively enlists in the Army, following in his father's footsteps.

However, the passing of years and the distance between them isn't enough to halt their now hidden feelings for each other. If being together used to be difficult, it's now impossible, especially with the Amish opposed to war. Zane's service takes a dramatic turn when he's sent to Afghanistan. Being on the front line and the reality of taking a life has him questioning whether he can continue to serve or not. But all choices have consequences--both his and hers. With Lila preparing to marry another, will these one-time sweethearts ever find the life together that they both still long for?

My thoughts on Leslie Gould:

Seeing as this was my very first book I have ever read from this amazing author, I was quite pleased. Leslie Gould is a real treasure of a gem when it comes to Amish Authors that actually makes me want to read their books. Now that I have this one under my belt, I have a feeling she will become one of my favorites. She kept my attention through the amazing characters, heartfelt story line and just how much love, research and pride she puts into her books. Leslie Gould is definitely one to watch for sure. 

My thoughts on Amish Sweethearts:

I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! It made me laugh, it made me cry, it tugged at my heart many times. This book deserves 10 STARS not just 5. 

The characters are so relatable yet have their own stories to tell. My all time favorite characters were that of Lila and Zane. Zane reminds me of a very good friend of mine from high school if he were to join the military. It's amazing how well she got the character down of what I can imagine my friend going through. Lila reminds me a little bit of me when I get to going about hard work and caring about people. I practically devoured this book within two and a half weeks because it was so amazingly written. 

That being said, I must address the characters I didn't like so much. Grant was AWFUL! Couldn't stand him. Casey was nice, kind of your average girl friend that would have your back through and through. Lila's sister Rose was a stuck up brat. Her father just struck me as one who was hurt through life's issues that he had been handed. I loved Daniel....he was my next favorite character. He seemed to have a good head on his shoulders. Mandy seemed like a great fit for Simon due to her troublesome ways. LOL. Overall, this book is a MUST READ!!! 

I highly recommend this book. I recommend that everyone become a follower of Leslie Gould. 

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Until next time,

The Traveling Gypsy