January Book Round-up Part 1

Welcome to the first installment of The Book Round-up!  I’ve decided to do a monthly post dedicated solely to books I’ve read in the month and what I thought of them.  If reading is not your thing, you may not be as excited as I am, but I look forward to sharing book reviews and hopefully you’ll find a few to add to your to-be-read-list.  Ha! I shouldn’t really add any more to my list that, if printed out, would probably stretch from here to Durban.  But if there’s any books you think I should read feel free to comment on this post and let me know.

This post will be a super marathon if I include all the reviews, so with my dear readers in mind I will be splitting them into a few parts. And to do the reviews a bit differently, I will be writing 5 thoughts about each book and then giving each a rating out of 5.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Even Now – Karen Kingsbury

Shane Galanter is ready to put down roots after years of searching. But is he making the right choice? Or is there a woman somewhere who remembers a love that hasn’t faded with time? Lauren Gibbs is a successful international war correspondent who gave up on happily-ever-after years ago—when it was ripped away from her. So why is life so empty? Emily Anderson is a college freshman raised by her grandparents, about to take her first internship as a journalist. But before she can move ahead, she discovers a love story whose tragic ending came with her birth. As a result, she is drawn to look back and search out the mother she’s never met, and the father she never knew. With hallmark tenderness and power, Karen Kingsbury weaves a tapestry of life, loss, love, faith—and the miracle of resurrection.

  1. Even Now is a story about how costly mistakes can be and the healing found in forgiveness.
  2. The character’s joys and trials draw you in right from the start.
  3. Once you start, you won’t be able to put this book down.
  4. I sometimes got extremely irritated by Lauren, but this does not make it a bad book.
  5. You will have to read the sequel once you finish Even Now. Trust me.

Ever After – Karen Kingsbury

In this moving sequel to Even Now, Emily Anderson falls deeply in love with a young Army reservist who is about to serve in Iraq. At the same time, Emily’s parents seem on the verge of losing all they had gained. Will heartbreaking tragedy be the turning point for all of them?

  1. When I finished this book my eyes were all puffy and red, and still this book is now one of my favourites.
  2. I probably cried non-stop from about halfway through all the way to the end.
  3. Ever After is an incredible book that is well-written and thought-provoking.
  4. This book forces you to think about where you stand on issues like war and the cost of freedom.
  5. Be warned: Ever After will touch even the hardest of hearts.

{images and book descriptions from shelfari}

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