Saturday, October 26, 2013

Balancing Act: Somedays You Just Have To Be Lazy

Some days you just have to be lazy. If you don't you spend all your time cooking, cleaning, and taking care of others and you will lose yourself. Of course if you are like me then that one lazy day may end up with extra work the next day but it is oh so worth it. On my lazy days I like to read. And I read a lot anyway but those days there is a book in my hand all day. I recently read 2 books that I want to share with you.

Book #1

"Jewel of the Pacific" by Linda Lee Chaiken is a interesting read. It is book 3 in a series called The Dawn of Hawaii. I actually did not realize that when I requested it. You can read the story without having read the rest of the books and you will be okay- just a little confused at the beginning. After that you're good.

Eden and Rafe have been through a lot. Then a fire almost takes Eden's life and Rafe loses his eyesight. A series of misunderstandings leads to heartbreak for them both. With strife in the Hawaiian government and both families heavily involved, will they find there way back to each other?

Even though this is the 3rd book in a series it is able to hold its own. You can invest in the story and the characters without a lot of the background provided in the first 2 books. You definitely find yourself getting mad at some characters and cheering others on. And you know how you are watching a movie and you keep telling the characters to watch out or keep going? You definitely do that here.

This is a period in history that I actually don't know a lot about but this book made me interested. The story is set before Hawaii becomes a territory of the United States and tells a little of the history of the leper island communities. It is definitely an  interesting time in history.

Book #2

"Unspoken" by Dee Henderson is the story of Charlotte and Bryce. Charlotte inherits a large collection of coins and decides to sell them to Bryce. Bryce takes on the challenge after stating that he was a "bored". But Bryce gets more than he bargains for. Ann and Paul are investigating a cold case and find new leads to a break. Not everything is as it seems and digging brings up some hard questions and memories.

In my opinion a good book plays out in your head like a movie. This is one of those books. I found myself wishing that someone could turn this book into a movie until I remembered how much they would change to do it. Suspenseful, page turner is just one way to describe the story. I enjoyed reading it and absolutely did not see all the twists that came.

Great ending to the story but it is also left open for further stories about the characters. I am adding Henderson to my authors to look for list and will be looking for new books by her.

**I received "Jewel of the Pacific" from Moody Publishers in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. **
***I received "Unspoken" from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.***

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