Friday, May 9, 2014

Until I Found You Review



Finding each other was only the beginning . . . 

When Kate Darby swerves off a mountain road to avoid hitting a California condor, she ends up trapped in her car, teetering on the edge of a cliff. Terrified, she breathes a prayer that changes her life.

It's Nick Sheridan who comes to Kate's rescue. Nick is handsome and confident, and he seems to develop a habit of rescuing her, but Kate is in town only until her grandmother recuperates from a stroke. She's not planning to get involved with one of the locals.

Nick is a reformed veteran of life in the fast lane, a new Christian, and a travel writer. When he sees a car dangling on the edge of a cliff, the daredevil in him jumps into action. He doesn't expect to be swept off his feet by the car's occupant. He's made a vow--no dating for a year--but keeping that vow is going to be a lot more difficult now that he's met Kate Darby. . . .

Until I Found You by Victoria Bylin is the first book I have ever read by Victoria and I can now say that it definitely will not be the last. I love the cast of characters in Until I Found You, they are so... human. They have real experiences and real questions and I love the change that I saw in them. This book was a wonderful read and I hope that many people will read it and get as much as I got out of it.

5 out of 5. An Afternoon Snack that was just what I needed.

I got a free review copy of Until I Found You from Bethany House Publishers in return for my honest review.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Broken Kind of Beautiful Review



Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong
 
Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four year old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth—appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line—an irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white. 
 
If only her tenuous future didn’t rest in the hands of Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer. Not only did he walk away from the kind of success Ivy longs for to work maintenance at a local church, he treats her differently than any man ever has. Somehow, Davis sees through the fa├žade she works so hard to maintain. He, along with a cast of other characters, challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth. Is it possible that God sees her—a woman stained and broken by the world—yet wants her still?

A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert is a wonderful story of God's unending love and his redeeming grace. I loved seeing Ivy's character grow and her change of heart. I love how the title reflects Ivy, and so many women, so perfectly. The message of healing, love, and forgiveness throughout A Broken Kind of Beautiful is wonderful and I would recommend this book to women young and old.   

4.5 out of 5. A beautiful Afternoon Snack. 

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.