a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Friday, January 8, 2016

a book review or two

I am delighted to review two books from fellow bloggers on my blog today.  There are so many wonderful writers out there who have published books.  I follow a few of them; I think I should make a resolution to read at least one book they have written in this new year.  We'll see.

I read both of these books over the Christmas break.  

The first one, 30 Seconds, was written by Chrys Fey.  


This had an interesting plot.  Dr. Dani Hart is unfortunately at the wrong place at the wrong time.  She is mistaken by the mob by a police man who infiltrated the mob trying to solve a crime.  His name with the mob was like hers and the mob was out looking to do away with the person by her name.  The policeman, Blake Herro, is determined to keep her safe at all costs.  At first she is reluctant to be under his watch and doesn't realize the danger she is in, but through a series of events comes to understand that indeed she is at risk and she needs to trust Blake.  As he is protecting her, they do manage to have feelings for each other and fall in love.  In the end, it all works out that the mob has been taken care of and Dani and Blake get together and stay together with a cute little twist at the end of the book.

I liked the book.  Chrys has a great blog where at times she will feature how to write about a season or an event, etc.  She is very descriptive in her writing of the book, as she is on her blog and I imagined myself right there with Dani and Blake and the trouble they were in.  It was a believable plot and an easy read to get into the book and wanting to read more of it.  Definitely worth checking out.  Also check out Chrys' blog; always fascinating with what she writes and she also puts out a free monthly newsletter.

The second book I read was called Captives by Megan Whitson Lee.


This was a very sad book but it dealt with a very real problem that is still rampant across not just country but the world involving sex trafficking.  Right at the beginning of the book you know that a victim of it, Amy, is found dead, having disappeared a few years back from a roadside stop her parents had stopped at on a long drive.  The book doesn't focus on too much events of what actually happened to Amy, but focuses on the impact her disappearance has on her sister, Blaise, and also the effects of pornography on a young man who later on we find out he is related to someone who had something to do with the demise of Amy.  Also featured in the story line was a young woman, Asha, who had escaped sex trafficking and was now helping others and making people aware of the problem.  She still carries the scars though of her times in captivity.  A lot of healing takes place in the three main characters over the course of the book mainly through their increasing or coming to faith in God.  It is ultimately a story of redemption for the three and has a very nice pleasant ending, though there is always the sadness of families destroyed because of the terrible effects of pornography and being torn apart by being a captive in sex trafficking.  

Megan, who also has a blog and is a high school English teacher, has a heart for those affective by sex trafficking as well as to educate others about it.  You could see that compassion and passion she has for it in the words written.  I felt I knew the characters really well and could see the struggles they were dealing with and how hard it was too to change thoughts and behaviors.  It was a sad book but a relevant topic.  I really wanted to have gotten to know Amy and to see how she ended up where she ended up and would have wanted to see how to have helped her not get there.  It was a well written book.  Definitely would recommend it too.

(Have a good weekend; its cold here; we got some snow, still snowing off and on and more expected over the next few days; and its COLD; bring on Phoenix!!!)


25 comments:

jack69 said...

I do like anyone who can review a book objectively. I think you have done well. It is also nice of you to take the time to review the books. I know any author appreciates the time and effort you expend on their behalf. I sure appreciated it when you reviewed one of mine. I enjoyed the read. I read at least a book a week, if not writing I do two as a rule. My genre calls for 'good feelings' and a good ending with the good guy winning. I tell my friends I see too much of the other in real life, I appreciate a 'John Wayne or Roy Rogers'. Smile.

Bijoux said...

Both sound like good reads, Betty. Have a super weekend!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

There are a lot of talented writers in biogland for sure ! I always like to see book reviews. These days I try to stay away from sad and stick to the lighter side though. We're having rain here this weekend, but next week they say we should see some snow too.

Chatty Crone said...

There are a lot of great books out there aren't they?
So tell me - did you get snow - I heard that area was hit out there.

Intense Guy said...

Enjoying diverse reading material is a sign of being smart.

:)

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

They both sound very interesting. I'll have to check them out. You can never have enough to read :)

Pat Hatt said...

Some good reads indeed today at your feed.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much for reviewing 30 Seconds on your blog, Betty! It was a special treat to see it here. Captives sounds like an intense story. I am going to check it out. :) Thanks, again!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much for reviewing 30 Seconds on your blog, Betty! It was a special treat to see it here. Captives sounds like an intense story. I am going to check it out. :) Thanks, again!

Megan Whitson Lee said...

Thank you so much for reviewing CAPTIVES! That was a wonderful review, and I really appreciate it. I also thought Chris's sounded great, and I love a good thriller, so I'll be sure to get that one this week.

Mevely317 said...


I'm sure anxious to read these; 30 Seconds in particular. That's neat they're each written by fellow bloggers ... yes, I'll be blog-hopping this weekend!

BTW, one of my favorite authors, J.A. Jance, writes a weekly blog of her own (http://jajance.com/Blog/) I think you'd like her, Betty!

Paula Kaye said...

Both of these books sound very interesting. I will be adding them to my ever-growing TBR list!! Good job on reviewing them!!

DMS said...

I have heard of both of these, but didn't know much about them. I always enjoy stopping by Chrys's blog. Wonderful to read your reviews. I love reading books written by my blogging friends. :) Thanks for sharing.

Sorry to hear that it has been so cold in AZ! It has been cold here too. :(

~Jess

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Thx for those reviews; both sound interesting. One is light reading and the other - well, brave reading, I think!

Liz A. said...

Great that you got a chance to review some books by bloggers you follow. I always mean to check some of these out, but don't always get around to it. I'm sure the authors are grateful for the time you took to write your thoughtful reviews.

Linda said...

Even more fun reading good books when you know the authors. We had a pretty and light snow yesterday also. Take care!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love your header bench with a view. How nice of you to review their books and thank you for sharing your thoughts on them. Have a wonderful weekend.
Debby

Deanna said...

Thanks for the book reviews Betty. I might just have to check these two out.

Your bench has me dreaming of warmer temperatures.

Blessings to you!

Deanna

Nick Wilford said...

Good reviews. Chrys is a great writer; I love the advice on her blog. With topics such as those in Megan's book, it's important to handle them sensitively and it sounds like that's been achieved.

David P. King said...

I didn't know they had books out! Cool. Will have to check them out. Happy New Year! :)

Sharon said...

Great reviews, Betty! I am so inspired by bloggers who also write books. Maybe one of these days I might take the plunge myself?!

It's been cold here, too. Last week we had over two feet of snow fall. It made life a bit more *challenging* for sure - but it is awfully pretty to look out on a winter wonderland!

GOD BLESS!

Bobbi and Gracie said...

Great reviews! I am a chapter-a-night reader and it seems to take me forever to finish a book... but maybe I will get to these sometime in my not so distant future. In response to your comment on my blog entry for tonight: You did not misunderstand at all. We were going to leave the Christmas village up until the end of January but after the kids had their way with it yesterday, we decided to retire it for the season. It was either that or put it back together so we just packed it away.
We haven't got much snow at all so far. It is cold though... Stay warm! And think Phoenix! :-)

Lux G. said...

Sounds intriguing for me. Thanks for the review.

Ruth said...

I love book reviews. They give me ideas on books to buy my daughter.

Veronica Lee said...

Both reads sound interesting and that was a wonderful review, Betty.