On This Foundation by Lynn Austin

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My rating: 4/5 Stars 

Description: 
The Powerful Concluding Novel

to The Restoration Chronicles
When news that the wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire, Nehemiah, Jewish cupbearer to King Artaxerxes in Persia, seeks God’s guidance. After fasting and prayer, he’s given leave to travel to Jerusalem and rebuild the city wall, not anticipating all the dangers that await him on his arrival.
The leaders of the surrounding nations become his fierce enemies, plotting to assassinate him and halt the work. A drought, meanwhile, has left the country impoverished, many families resorting to selling their children as bondservants just to keep from starving.
Capturing the rebuilding of the wall through the eyes of a number of characters, On This Foundation is a powerful exploration of faith in the midst of oppression, and hope that, in spite of appearances, the gracious hand of God is upon those who believe.

My review: 

This was a very, very good & interesting read. The author is a very skilled writer & I found it a true account according to history & most importantly the Bible. I was nervous about starting it, because the size of the book kind of intimidated me (I know, lame lol. But I could feel a reading slump coming on!) Thankfully, this book helped to pull me right back into reading again! The characters were so well developed! Even though I have already read the story of Nemimiah, this novel was just so captivating & kept me entertained the whole time. I recommend anyone whole loves a good biblical story or a novel on history to read this incredible book! 

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Truest by Jackie Lee SommersĀ 

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My rating: 5/5 stars

Description: 

Silas Hart has seriously shaken up Westlin Beck’s small-town life. Brand new to town, Silas is different than the guys in Green Lake. He’s curious, poetic, philosophical, maddening– and really, really cute. But Silas has a sister– and she has a secret. And West has a boyfriend. And life in Green Lake is about to change forever.
Truest is a stunning, addictive debut. Romantic, fun, tender, and satisfying, it asks as many questions as it answers.
My review: 

I swear that description just doesn’t do this book justice.
 Ya know when you read a great book, & it just changes your life completely? That’s what Truest done for me. It’s like John Green & Nicholas Sparks got together & created a beautiful work of art, except better. I know, how could it possibly be that good? Just read it for yourself & you will see. 
The characters were so complex & the love story between West & Silas was adorable. Silas is the most amazing guy, he is quite near perfect. The book was a quick & easy contemporary novel, but yet at the same time it was so poetic & deep. Sommers is literally a genius for writing a novel as amazing as this one. I can’t find enough good words to actually describe it. It had me laughing, crying, feeling all the feels. I’m actually on my second time reading it, that’s just how good it was! 

I was sent this book by the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

The Memory Weaver by Jane KirkpatrickĀ 

   

My rating: 4/5 stars 

Description on book cover: Eliza Spalding Warren was just a child when she was taken hostage by the Cayuse Indians during a massacre in 1847. Now the young mother of two children, Eliza faces a different kind of dislocation; her impulsive husband wants them to make a new start in another territory, which will mean leaving her beloved home and her departed mother’s grave–and returning to the land of her captivity. Eliza longs to know how her mother, an early missionary to the Nez Perce Indians, dealt with the challenges of life with a sometimes difficult husband and with her daughter’s captivity.

When Eliza is finally given her mother’s diary, she is stunned to find that her own memories are not necessarily the whole story of what happened. Can she lay the dark past to rest and move on? Or will her childhood memories always hold her hostage?
Based on true events, The Memory Weaver is New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick’s latest literary journey into the past, where threads of western landscapes, family, and faith weave a tapestry of hope inside every pioneering woman’s heart. Readers will find themselves swept up in this emotional story of the memories that entangle us and the healing that awaits us when we bravely unravel the threads of the past.

My review: 

What really interested me in this book was the beautiful cover! Yes, I know, “don’t judge a book by its cover” but we all do it. I had a rough start with this book. It was interesting at times, then it got boring. I almost put it down but made my self stick it out till the end. & grateful I am that I did. I couldn’t really connect with the character, Eliza the daughter. Nor Eliza the mother. But the writing was very good & that kept me intrigued. By the end of the book, I could see huge character development in Eliza the daughter. However, I don’t see this as a book I will read again. Historical fiction is my thing, but I just sadly didn’t enjoy this book. 

I was sent this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.