Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Serendipity book review

This was a sweet book. It was not one of my favorites, and I had a hard time staying focused with the story. However, it was a quick read and had some really touching moments, as well as humorous ones.
I'm not sure if it was the story line - Maggie Rose is the only woman left in Carver's Holler, taking care of her uncle and the rest of the men. She's perfectly content with her life, but her uncle feels it's time for her to marry and start a family of her own. She says that she'll listen to God or a groom, but she's not going willingly.
Then along comes Todd Valmer. His mother is ill and they have no where else to go, so they end up at Maggie's house. As Maggie cares for his mother during the week they wait for the train to come back, Todd begins to realize that he needs a wife. After some convincing, she agrees and goes back to Texas with him.
But, will this be a match made in heaven? Or did they make a terrible mistake?

Per the back of the book:
The only remaining woman in Carver's Holler, Maggie Rose has cared for a ragtag of old men for years, bartering for a living and making soaps, lotions, and perfumes from a special rose recipe passed down for generations. She hasn't wanted to marry...at least that's what she thought. But when a strapping young man arrives on Maggie's doorstep, searching for a doctor for his ailing mother, life suddenly changes for the dark-haired beauty. 

Todd Valmer is in a desperate situation. His mother needs a caretaker, and he's barely hanging on to his Texas farm. Maggie seems to be the obvious solution. She can cook, care for Ma, tend his house while he works the fields...and she's comely, as well.
But instant attraction does not a marriage make.
As a clash of cultures and a battle of wills ensues, is there any hope that true love will blossom between a free-spirited woman and her uncompromising husband?

*I received this book from Bethany House Publishers Book Review Program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Head in the Clouds book review

My name is Ariel and I'm a bookaholic. There, that's better :-) I love to read! Always have, always will!
Karen Witemeyer wrote a book that I recently read, A Tailor-Made Bride, so I was eager to read her next story. And I wasn't disappointed!
Head in the Clouds was a sweet love story! Adelaide is a hopeless romantic ready to settle down with Mr. Satisfactory. She knows he's not the man of her dreams, but Henry is available and attentive. When she decides to take matters into her own hands, and follows him to Ft. Worth, she gets an unexpected (and unwelcome) surprise. Now left alone, and without a job, she seeks God's path for her next steps. Happening across an advertisement for a governess, she starts her new journey.
She arrives at the ranch determined to have a new start. Adelaide is prepared to teach her new charge, but is not prepared for the young girl's father. Gideon Westcott is a British lord who has come to America to find his way in the wool industry. Agreeing to be the guardian of a young girl, he had no idea what he was getting into.
And between the new governess and Isabella's uncle trying to claim her - and her money, Gideon certainly has his hands full!
Will Adelaide get the storybook ending she's been looking for? Will Gideon look past propriety and face his feelings?

Per  the back of the book:
When a recovering romantic goes to work for a handsome ranch owner, her heart's not the only thing in danger!
Adelaide Proctor longs to find a real-life storybook hero to claim as her own. But when a husband-hunting debacle leaves her humiliated, she interviews for a governess position on a remote Texas sheep ranch and vows to keep her silly romantic yearnings behind. 
Gideon Westcott left his privileged life in England to make a name for himself in America's wool industry, never expecting to end up with a child. To his dismay, five-year-old Isabella hasn't uttered a word since she lost her mother. The unconventionality of the new governess concerns Gideon-and intrigues him at the same time. But he can't afford distractions.
When Isabella's uncle comes to claim the girl-and her inheritance-Gideon and Adelaide must work together to protect Isabella from the man's evil schemes. Soon, neither can deny their growing attraction. But after so many heartbreaks, will Adelaide be willing to get her head out of the clouds and put her heart on the line?

*I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*