Monday, February 24, 2014
From the publisher:
When a suspicious accident occurs at the famous Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas, Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to investigate the circumstances surrounding the event and how the factory treats its youngest employees—the child workers. Caroline’s fervent faith, her difficult childhood, and compassionate heart drove her to her job as an investigator for the Labor Commission and she is compelled to see children freed from such heavy adult responsibilities, to allow them to pursue an education.
Oliver Dinsmore, heir to the Dinsmore candy dynasty, has his own investigation to conduct. Posing as a common worker known as “Ollie Moore,” he aims to find out all he can about the family business before he takes over for his father. Caroline and Oliver become fast friends, but tension mounts when the two find themselves at odds about the roles of child workers. Hiding their identities becomes even more difficult when fate brings them together over three children in desperate need. When all is revealed, will the truth destroy the love starting to grow between them?
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Kim Vogel Sawyer writes a novel that will teach you and captivate you. This book I was not able to read as quickly as I wanted to but each time I had to put down the book I was eager to come back--and that was from the very beginning.
The story changes points-of-view between four characters but mainly two and Sawyer weaves the story together in a way that this does not distract from the story but enhances it. Readers will enjoy the insight that the different points-of-view give to the story and those specific characters.
Throughout the story God is shared in the character's own personal relationship and other times as they share their relationship with God with others. To me some of the more touching aspects of this story had to do with Oliver's character. He is very well written and developed so that you feel for him and his situation.
I also liked that the story wasn't purely based on romance but had depth to it, even the romantic part was developed in a way that didn't feel rushed. Instead the romance was a sweet build up from friendship to more.
I highly recommend this book.
I received this book free from WaterBrook in exchange for my honest review.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
From the publisher:
Allie Kirkland has always heard the call of her father's unfinished destiny. When she's offered a production assistant's job on a docudrama filming in the hills near Moses Lake, Texas, the dream of following in her director-father's footsteps suddenly seems within reach. The reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood is a first step into the film industry. A summer on set in the wilderness is a small price to pay for a dream.
But in 1861, the real Wildwood held dangerous realities. Town founder Harland Delavan held helpless residents, including young Irish schoolteacher Bonnie Rose, in an iron grip. Mysterious disappearances led to myths and legends still retold in the region's folk songs. Eventually, the entire site was found abandoned.
When filming begins, strange connections surface between Allie and the teacher who disappeared over a century ago, and everyone in Wildwood--including Blake Fulton, Allie's handsome neighbor on the film set--seems to be hiding secrets. Allie doesn't know whom she can trust. If she can't find the answers in time, history may repeat itself...with the most unthinkable results.
This novel is a mystery. The reader will want to know what is going to happen from the very beginning. Lisa Wingate captures your attention from the first pages of this novel. Even without reading the back of the book the reader can easily tell that this book is going to be a mystery the needs the reader to keep reading to figure it out.
The book moves back and forth between Allie, in present day, and Bonnie Rose in 1861. I found that I wanted more details about Bonnie Rose and her life. Just the story of Bonnie Rose alone could have been a novel and I felt that the dark parts of Wildwood weren't really shown, but rather told. I also felt that Allie's story was kind of a whirlwind near the end. I wanted to really connect to both Allie and Bonnie Rose but felt that in splitting the story both characters came up lacking. And not only Allie and Bonnie Rose but Blake, James, and the other important supporting characters.
This is a Christian novel but little was mentioned about God or any of the characters' relationship with Him. I felt this could have been more developed.
I received this book from Bethany Publishing in exchange for my honest review.