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See Me by Nicholas Sparks

see-me“Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he’s determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship. Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed. A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin’s and Maria’s lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves. As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possible look like… until menacing reminders of events in Maria’s past begin to surface…” Continue reading

The Death Cure by James Dashner

the-death-cure“It’s the end of the line. Wicked has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends – the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test. What Wicked doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a world of what they say. Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all. The time for lies is over.”

This is the third book in the Maze Runner Series. Picking up where the second one left off, we are able to continue on with Thomas’ story as though the previous novel had never ended. I’m going to be honest that this novel did take me longer to read than the previous one had. I started this one as soon as I finished the second book but after the first few chapters I just couldn’t get into the story. On one hand I wanted to know what happened and what trials they had left to face before everything was over, but on the other hand I was a bit tired of the story. Continue reading

From This Day Forward by Lauraine Snelling

from-this-day-forward“Deborah MacCallister, head nurse at the Blessing hospital, has loved Toby Valders since her school days, but she’s had enough of their on-again, off-again relationship. With the help of the young woman of Blessing, Deborah decides that by the end of the summer she will either have won Toby’s heart – or she’ll give up on him forever. Toby truly cares for Deborah, but he’s never felt like he could commit to marriage or a family. When Anton Gendarme, the new schoolteacher, comes to town, sparks fly between Deborah and Anton. The sudden competition makes Toby do some serious soul-searching, but is it too late? As the town of Blessing prepares for harvest, Deborah faces the most important decision of her life. But where does her heart truly belong?”

This novel is the final book in the Song of Blessing series. When I first started reading it I was a bit hesitant for a few reasons. But before I state one of those reasons let me just say that I absolutely love Lauraine’s novels! She is one of my all time favorite authors and not too long ago (about a year or two) I had the pleasure to not only meet her but also have a brief interview with her!! Continue reading

A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson

A Beauty Refined“Phoebe Van Bergen, the daughter of a German count, is excited to visit America for the first time while her father purchases sapphires in Helena, Montana. Little does she know, however, that her father’s intentions – both for her and the gemstones – are not what she thinks. Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the dignified young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie – a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom. Meeting Ian has changed everything for Phoebe, and she begins to consider staying in America, regardless of her father’s plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger that results when her family’s deception begins to unravel.”

This novel, A Beauty Refined, is the second book in the series Sapphires Brides. I’ll be honest and say that I have not read the first novel but I greatly enjoyed reading this book. Continue reading

Hanging On To Max by Margaret Bechard

Hanging on to Max“It’s Sam Pettigrew’s last year of high school. And he’s spending it figuring out how, at age seventeen, he is supposed to care for his baby son, Max. Max wasn’t part of the plan. He wasn’t even part of the backup plan. But he’s here now, and Sam is attending an alternative high school with other teen parents like himself. Talk about a wake-up call. But Sam is determined to make it work, to show everyone – his dad, his new girlfriend, himself – that he has what it takes to be a good dad. Trading footballs for diaper bags and college brochures for feeding schedules, Same gives fatherhood his best shot. Only no one told him it would be this hard. What if his best isn’t good enough?”

I read this novel back when I was in middle school and loved it. But reading it from a tween perspective and now in my early 20’s I’ve noticed that some of my thoughts about this book have changed. Continue reading

The Chase by Kyle and Kelsey Kupecky

The Chase“Only God could have written a love story as beautiful as Kyle and Kelsey Kupecky’s. From their teenage days thousands of miles apart when they separately wrote letters to their future spouses, to a chance meeting backstage at a concert, their story brings inspiration and hope to ever girl. It’s easy to get impatient for the future to play out, especially when it comes to love. Before long you find yourself chasing the perfect guy and trying to write your own happily ever after. But the truth is, your best future won’t be found chasing boys – it’ll only come by first chasing God. In The Chase, Kyle and Kelsey take turns telling their story – with Kelsey sharing secrets to a godly relationship and Kyle revealing the truth about what guys really think. Together they’ll show you how to put God first, protect your heart, deal with the loneliness and peer pressure that come along with purity, and see yourself as God does. Are you ready to trust God with your very own happily ever after? Let the chase begin!”

I don’t even know where to begin in describing this novel or my opinion of it. It was… life changing. Continue reading

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Scorch Trials“Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. The Gladers have two weeks to cross the Scorch – the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has been sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction – and they’re determined to survive.”

This novel is the second book in the Maze Runner Series. Just like the first novel this one also seemed to follow a similar pattern. The new setting was laid out for us prior to the action scenes and by the end answers were given out but not before new ones were formed. The stakes were higher in this novel and the scenery was even more gruesome than imaginable! I am not a fan of scary things and the images that my brain conjured up gave me goosebumps. People who are missing noses is not exactly what I prefer to imagine before going to bed. Continue reading