Book Review-A-Whisper-of-Peace

 

A Whisper of Peace

(Heart of the Prairie #7)

by

Kim Vogel Sawyer

 

Set in Alaska, A Whisper of Peace, tells of the trials and tribulations faced by an American missionary and his step-sister when they try to start a Mission within an Athabascan tribal village.

Clay and Vivian must contend with Athabascan rituals and rules in a continuous battle to win over the tribe to Christianity.

One of  the rules inhibits a budding romance, although it is the connection between these two parties which brings about a peaceful resolution to one of the strictest rules.  

There was a question I  kept asking myself during this book as I felt it was pivotal to the plot and was being ignored.  Thankfully Clay’s father responded to a plea for guidance in a manner which had me nodding my head in agreement. 

A Whisper of Peace is another easy, enjoyable, read by Kim Vogel Sawyer novel.  I will go back for more.

A definite
4_stars

read.  

Goodreads readers have rated

A Whisper of Peace

an average of 3.77 stars from 462 ratings and 63 reviews

 

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Book Review-Blood-Born

 

Blood Born

(Dr. Anya Crichton, #4)

by

Kathryn Fox

 It is difficult to describe Blood Born, without giving way too much of the plot, other than to say it is another gripping whodunit from Kathryn Fox.

In the Harbourn family, sexual assaults, murders and intimidation all appear to be normal.  Doctor Anya Crichton is once again called upon to find the perpetrators of these crimes and the Harbourns are her main suspects!  But which member of the family is it?  And how have family members managed to avoid past convictions?

These questions are central to Blood Born and it is Anya’s task to solve these crimes either forensically or through just plain old hard work.  However, to do so she must get into the minds of this deranged family and little by little unravel the clues to their crimes and how they managed to avoid previous prosecutions.

Nearly all authors of this genre (crime), who write many books, seem to have a formula for each story.  If you can cope with a certain amount of predictability then Blood Born will be an enjoyable read.

A solid


4_stars

star read.  

Goodreads readers have rated

Blood Born

an average of 3.84 from 511 ratings and 58 reviews

 

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Book Review-Conclave

 

Conclave

by

Robert Harris

 

Conclave, by Robert Harris, was recommended to me as an interesting read about the election, and selection, of a new Pope by the one hundred and eighteen cardinals eligible to vote.  In my opinion, Conclave lived up to its recommendation…and more.

Simply the process of electing a new Pope was, in itself, an interesting read.  However, combine this with the manipulation of good candidates out of contention with half-truths and innuendo left me wondering if there are any honest/clean Cardinals in the Catholic Church.

Conclave is a good easy read.  Thanks to my insomnia of late, I read Conclave in less than a week.  This, for me, is flying through a book.  A 0200 half hour reading session easily became an hour or more.  Fast readers will devour this story as it is a real page turner.

The only thing not in Conclave is straight out murder…and even that is not assured as the Pope’s death was not really explained.  And there was motive!!

One small word of warning, though.  Do not be put off by the first chapter of two as this is where all relevant characters are introduced with their long winded titles.

Whatever one’s religious background, or not, I think Conclave an excellent read.

I have place Conclave on My Favourites shelf on Goodreads.

Conclave is definitely a

5-stars

star read.  

Goodreads readers have rated 

Conclave

an average of 4.0 from 4,203 ratings and 624 reviews


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Book Review-The-Maya-Codex

 

The Maya Codex

by

Adrian d’Hagé

  

First and foremost I need to state that I was listening to the audio version of this book, in my car during holiday time, a few weeks ago.  I find holidays not a good to for concentrating or listening as it is more important to concentrate on drivers who feel it is imperative to speed past in order to gain a twenty metre advantage on the road.  In other words my opinion may be skewed slightly.

 

The first chapters of The Maya Codex (Curtis O’Connor #2) by Adrian d’Hagé are set during World War II in a Nazi concentration camp in Europe.  The story, in my opinion, had potential to be interesting as it followed the fate of one family and how some of children managed to escape.  However, that is where the interesting part ended.  From there on there seemed to be different scenarios each time I tried to listen to the story. 

 I do know that over twenty plus years passed by between chapters, and the child who did escape was now looking for his tormentor, I think.  The Vatican Bank was involved; the South American jungle got a look in, as well as numerous other locations.

By track 35 of 65 I was contemplating throwing in the towel, something I detest doing when reading.  However, by track 45 of 65, I had had enough.

I think I have tried to read, or listen to offerings from this author in the past with little success.  I will probably avoid books by this author in future.  This appears to be a love it or hate book as other Goodreads reviewers have rated it between one and five stars. 

I have mentioned this in the past but will re-iterate here.  The narrator of an audio book either makes or breaks in my opinion and in this case did nothing to help enjoyment of what was is probably a good read.

Only a

stars_2

star read.  

Goodreads readers have rated The Maya Codex

an average of 3.51 from 83 ratings and 14 reviews

 


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Book Review-The-Midnight-Watch

 

The Midnight Watch:

A Novel of the Titanic and the Californian

by

David Dyer

Loved The Midnight Watch from start to finish. Anything about the Titanic is a draw card for me and many others, I suspect.

However, this novel is not about the Titanic sinking, per se.

The Midnight Watch is a fictional account about what was, or was not, done during the critical three to four hours after the Titanic struck the iceberg and sank.  The ensuing cover ups and how all was revealed is what The Midnight Watch is all about.

Fictional, or not, The Midnight Watch is still a great read. Many years ago I was told that this tragedy resulted in changes to maritime laws and operational procedures on board all vessels at sea.

A definite
4_stars

read.  

Goodreads readers have rated

The Midnight Watch

an average of 3.86 from 1,636 ratings and 371 reviews

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Book Review-Where-the-Heart-Leads

 

Where the Heart Leads

(Heart of the Prairie #2)

by

Kim Vogel Sawyer

 

Where the Heart Leads is set among a Mennonite community in America, early in the twentieth century.  

In my opinion, the plot could well be adapted into any community (particularly rural), in any country, regardless of religious beliefs.  I was born and raised in rural Western Victoria (Australia) and watched as nearly all my school mates turned their backs on the family farm and made their way to Melbourne or other cities in search of education and employment.

So it is in Where the Heart Leads.  The Ollenburger family send their son to College/University in Boston where he is exposed to a whole new way of life.  A life far different to that experienced in his hometown in Kansas.

With romantic ties in both his hometown and the big smoke we are left wondering the outcome until the last page or so.

Where the Heart Leads is an easy, enjoyable read.  It is my second Kim Vogel Sawyer book of this genre and I will go back for more.

A definite
4_stars

read.  

Goodreads readers have rated Where the Heart Leads

an average of 4.09 from 634 ratings and 39 reviews

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Where the Heart Leads

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Book Review-The-Twelfth-Card


The T
welfth Card

by

Jeffery Deaver

Although The Twelfth Card is the first of Jeffery Deaver’s books to be reviewed  here, it was my third novel in which Lincoln Rhyme and his team featured as the good guys.

Twelfth Card is a fast paced story.  A story which keeps readers wanting to read the next chapter and in so doing incurring some late nights/early mornings.

I thought the book could/would end about 40 pages earlier than it did, however the twists and turns included made every page thereafter worth reading.

Several times I thought that the story would/could end and was proven incorrect.  This may have been due to fact that I generally read prior to turning my light out at night, and my mind may not have been as alert as it could have been,

This story  kept me intrigued until the last page!

 

A definite
4_stars

read.

The Twelfth Card (Lincoln Rhyme, #6)

The Twelfth Card

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