Thursday, July 31, 2014

An Italian Mystery

The Proof

Cheryl Colwell

Shrouded in mystery, a precious relic known as Il Testamento, or The Proof, circulated among the early Christians for centuries. Before their deaths, its guardians hid it from their adversaries, leaving only a crude map of its location. 

For centuries, it lay in darkness. Until now. Reports of its existence have resurfaced, inciting an ancient rivalry between a ruthless group that seeks to destroy it, and a secret association that lusts for its power. 

Summoned to Siena by a grandfather he has never met, Gabriel Dolcini is thrust into a dark maze of danger. And into his divine destiny.

     I really enjoyed this book. It is so different then the books I usually read. It had so many duplicitous characters just as in real life motives aren't always pure or clear. Our belief system generally regards Islam as our biggest opposition, but this book makes an intriguing if not subtle point. Our greatest hindrance is often the existence of opposing factions and the desire for mainstream culture to have some say over the matters of Christ.I think that the point comes across in a ddelightfully teasing manner. 

     As for the plot itself, it is set in a fairly short period of time and it all happens so quickly. The characters take a bit of getting used to but once you come to know them they are rather like family. They may have annoying faults, but you cannot help but want to be around them. I did find this book really frustrating because you don't know what the reason behind everything I'd until practically the last chapter. Honestly I was like ugh! I wanted so badly to know what the proof is and at times not k owing what it was just made itconfusing . However, if you don't mind being confused for just a little.bit then it is certainly worth the three hundred and thirty pages. Also, it is only two dollars on the Kindle, I could not say the price of any other eBook. 

I do apologize for any mistakes that may appear. I wrote this review on a rather disobedient tablet. Happy Reading . 

I received a complimentary copy of this book I exchange for my honest review. 

Handing Over the Tongs Takes Years

A Place in His Heart

Rebecca DeMarino

The Southold Chronicles #1

She could cross an ocean, but could she ever win his heart?Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Left at the altar and disgraced in her small hamlet, she is being pressured to marry the eligible son of the London milliner. Puritan Barnabas Horton still grieves the loss of his beloved wife, but he knows his two young sons need a mother. 

With tender hearts, Mary and Barnabas take a leap of faith and wed. But when Barnabas's secret plans to move his family to the New World to escape persecution come to light, Mary's world is upended. How could she possibly leave her papa and her dear sister? 

And will she ever reach the secret places of her husband's broken heart?


     This book was really well constructed and quite fascinating. It reminds me of the style of Jody Hedlund: a somewhat serious and all consuming experience of a less elegant past. I loved the way style made the pages feel grimy in my hands, and I think the ability to make the raser feel such a potent and overwhelming emotion is nothing short of a blessing. 

     At a bit over three hundred pages the story eclipses somewhere near ten years of a not necessarily loving marriage. For ten long years these two struggle to come to peace with their positions in their relationship and their importance to the other. The book does go through a couple lengthy time skips, which is why it is important to keep an eye out for the dates, but focuses mainly on pieces that contain action. It is so easy to fall into the action because when you get back from the time jumps everything feels so comfortable and like you have been reading it for years. In all seriousness it really is very important to keep track of the dates so you are aware of how the story is progressing. 

     I really enjoyed the romance between Mary and Barnabas. At the start of the story she is so naive to believe that life will be without hurdles, but as the story progresses and she experiences tribulations she perserveres and holds tightly to her marriage vows. Barnabas must deal with the addition of another woman in his life after his live dies. I think the portrayal of their struggles is uplifting and a wonderful picture of what marriage could stick with. Anyway happy reading this summer!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.