It’s been a while since I read a book (about 10-15 days). I was pretty busy with my personal stuff. I got my hands on the book ‘The Cost of Betrayal’ by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason via NetGalley. This is a book with three short stories. Each story is a masterpiece in itself and Betrayed by Dee Henderson is my favorite. As the title says, the stories are about betrayal by your loves ones or someone you trusted deeply. I loved the line from Betrayed which goes like this.. ‘If you want to betray someone, the best person to target is the one who trusts you the most.’ All the three authors were amazing at the way they narrated their stories. The details were catchy. I didn’t feel bored at all since the pace was just right. Betrayed is about the betrayal by best friend. Deadly Isle is about the betrayal by family member and Code of Ethics is the story of betrayal by colleagues who are considered almost like a second family.
While I’m talking about the book, I also want to add that, the stories are not just about betrayal but also about trusting again, second chances, faith and hope. The stories tell how evil brings out some good out of it, how we must do our part and leave the rest to God and how there is always light beyond darkness.
I totally loved this book and I feel refreshed after reading it. Thank you Bethany House and Chosen Books for letting me be part of their reader crew.
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Messiah’s Handbook is a great book. It is well written. I am sure the author understood life, existence, death, people, religion and society in a very deep manner. His pieces of advice from the book are precious and meaningful. The book inspires me to do what I want and live with the consequences rather than compromising and sacrificing myself. I take the author’s advice and choose not to live my life flatly. This book has changed my perspective towards life and living. This is a short book but cute and apt.. just perfect and I love it so much. Each and every page is a gem and one can always derive an inspiring message from the pages. I would like to mention a few of my favorite lines:
“The only thing that shatters dreams is compromise”
“There is nothing to which you cannot give your consent, there is nothing from which you cannot withdraw it.”
“No one can solve problems for someone whose problem is that they don’t want their problems solved.”
There are many more wonderful quotes like these. Richard Bach advises that one must pick this book, close eyes, ask a question, randomly open a page, choose left or right page and read it. He says one can find an answer to their question. I liked playing that game.
I enjoyed reading A Defense of Honor very much. The story is set up in England in older times. It started off with Graham who was looking for a unique girl for himself to fall in love and ends up meeting Kit. Before anyone might start assuming that this is just another love story, let me tell you, this is a very unique love story. Kit is a very strong woman. I am really impressed with the way the story revolves around her, her guilt and her work of helping other women who are in need. Kit’s friends Daphne and Jesse are special in their own ways. I must say, it blew my mind reading about the Haven Manor, the kids that are growing up there and the dedication the three women have towards taking care of those kids. Graham who was aimless at the beginning of the novel finds a purpose after meeting Kit and visiting Haven Manor. Though he initially doesn’t approve of Kit’s methods for raising funds for the welfare of the kids, he understands eventually and forgives her. The story is also about how Kit was carrying the guilt and how she could never forgive herself. The point where Graham beautifully explains Kit about trusting God instead of taking things into one’s own hands is very nice. It hit a very delicate chord in my heart, as well. I totally enjoyed the book. Cheers to the author who established a very beautiful and strong female lead character. The story runs very smoothly and in perfect pace.
I never had a sister but I always wished I had one because I always thought I wouldn’t have to look outside for a best friend and an ally if I had a sister. The story revolves around two sisters Anna and Esther who born in Russia but sent to live in Winnipeg with the Count and Countess. Esther is elder to Anna, beautiful but emotionally disturbed. Anna is the younger one, tall, but stronger with independent ideas. Esther has her episodes now and then and Anna is always there to support her. Anna is shocked by Esther’s sudden death. The bond between the two sisters is incredibly written. This is not the kind of bond I assumed of with my imaginary sister, but its very different. They are two different people but the sisterhood always brings them together. They are always there for each other whenever there is a significant incident in their lives. Anna’s rebellious nature attracted me. She does what she likes. Anna and Esther both had troubled childhood when they were taken away from their parents, but they both did their part to the less fortunate by volunteering at various causes. The Count and the Countess were of great influence. Many other supporting characters like Vera, the police inspector, Nathaniel, Oscar are well written.
The books took me through the whole Great War period, the If Day and how Jews were affected during that time. I could say this is a historical book. I felt that the book ended too soon. I’m sure the author has her reasons. All in all, I enjoyed the book. I look forward to reading more books from Heather Chisvin.
Falling for You by Becky Wade is a cute love story that also brings a hidden mystery. Willow, a successful model and Corbin, a famous NFL player who were once in love and broke up meet again through Charlotte who is determined to find her missing great-aunt from nearly 40 years. Willow and Corbin while helping Charlotte fall for each other all over again. Nora and Britt, Willow’s sisters, are super cool. Joe, Corbin’s father, is a completely another story. This is a story about love, guilt, heartbreak, misunderstandings, forgiving and rebuilding relationships. It is very well written. Almost all the characters are very strong – from the 12-year old Charlotte to 60-year old Josephine, everyone is determined. The story taught me to forgive and let go rather than holding on to past and hatred. The pace is perfect. I could not put it down till I read the last page. The people of Merryweather are amazing. The love for each other, the family bonding, and the support they show for their loved ones in the times of trial is narrated very well by the author. The characters brought warmth to my heart and I enjoyed the book thoroughly.
All in all, love, patience, forgiving always bring the fruit in the right time.
Thank you Bethany House for sending me the ebook review copy.