Happy spring, lovely one! The trees are turning green, and the flowers are blooming. Despite the beautiful, mild weather, I still find myself drawn to my books. I have a bad habit of reading more than one book at a time because I just don’t have the patience to wait!
Both Anneliese and Beckie have endured great hardship over this past year, but their faith and perseverance is a light to many–including myself.
Although these featured authors are my friends, this post is not sponsored in any way. I simply love their work and want to share it with all of my lovely readers and followers. Let’s begin!
Awakening (Book four of the Beauties from Ashes series)
(You can find Awakening here.)
Summary: In this captivating conclusion to Beckie Lindsey’s Beauties from Ashes series (I just love that title!) we continue the journey of four friends as they deal with the tough issues of adolescence and discover faith in Christ.
Overarching Themes: Redemption, identity, spiritual warfare.
My Thoughts: What I love about this YA series is that Beckie is not afraid to dive into the deep issues everyone, even believers, face. Issues like teen pregnancy, depression, eating disorders, and abuse are all addressed. And even more importantly, we see the climactic spiritual battle between angels and demons behind all of these issues. There is so much I want to get into, but I don’t want to spoil the thrilling plot for those who haven’t read it! Even though I am not a teen anymore, I still found all of the characters relatable and enjoyable.
Quote to Remember: “In fact, all of us are damaged and broken, ‘Kenzie. But God–He’s in the business of making things brand new.” (page 328)
The Marriage Maneuver (Book two of the Arranged Marriage series)
(You can find The Marriage Maneuver here.)
Summary: In this beautifully written Regency period romance, Lady Selina Kendall is a daughter of a viscount, but was given away to live with her aunt and uncle as a child. Now that she has come of age, her parents are forcing her to marry Lord Hugh FitzWalter, a wounded veteran who is battling a heartbreak of his own.
Overarching Themes: Forgiveness, redemption, love.
My Thoughts: I have to admit that I am a sucker for period dramas, and I was amazed at how well written Anneliese’s series is! All of her characters are multi-dimensional, and there is a great story of redemption. Although the main plot centers on Selina’s and Fitz’s complicated love story, it is done in a God honoring way. What’s really neat is that the main characters from this novel were taken from her first one, Reluctant to Wed. Though you don’t need to read the first book to understand the sequel, I highly recommend it!
Quote to Remember: “I don’t know how it’s possible, but I’m free! Come what may, I am free! If I hang, I am still free! I’ve been forgiven!” (page 244)
I hope you enjoyed these book reviews! What have you been reading? What are your summer reading goals? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!
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