The Movement of Crowns

Keels, Nadine C. The Movement of Crowns. USA: Smashwords. 2012.

SUMMARY:
movementofcrownsAs a child born to a barren King and Queen for many years, the excitement of finally producing an heir was dimmed by the child being born a female. At the age of twenty, Princess Constance of Diachona is about to celebrate her birthday by becoming a Royal Junior. As only men have previously been allowed to hold such a position, this strong-willed and level-headed young woman has a lot on her shoulders to bear. Adored by her father the King, caring for her ill mother the Queen, and accepting the responsibility of her kingdom, Princess Constance must face many interested suitors, navigate the customs of neighboring kingdoms, and be true to her heart…all of which prove to not be easy tasks…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Not a huge fan of fantasy, I am glad I did not shy away from this book due to my perceived notions on the genre. Actually a good story with vivid descriptions and plot twists, my favorite aspect was the word choices. Obviously a fellow word-geek, I found myself re-reading several passages to gain the true depth of the selections. Though only a novella, the story was well enough developed to not feel short in length.  A simple yet pure romance was spun throughout this tale suitable for all ages.  Glimpses of mystery, confidence, strength and faith weaved together to create an intriguing story.  As Book 1 in the Movement of Crown series, I look forward to reading more from Nadine Keels, especially in this series.

RATING:

4.5 (out of 5) pennies

I received a complimentary copy of The Movement of Crowns from the author for my honest review.

In Perfect Time

Sundin, Sarah. In Perfect Time. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishers. 2014.

SUMMARY:
timeArmy Air Force WWII flight nurse, Lt. Kay Johnson, is charming, attractive and bright; however, due to her past, it is difficult for her to overcome her fears and uncertainty. Straddled with his own past burdens, pilot Lt. Roger Cooper finds himself just as scared of a relationship. Will helping the injured bring them together? Will finding God and faith have an impact? Is there even a chance for the relationship due to their pasts? Perhaps…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
A new author, a new series, a new time-frame and a new topic all played out in this one book for me. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was more than I expected. With an exciting storyline, vivid descriptions of aircraft and the period in history, intense scenes and of course, a bit of sweet romance all mingled with finding grace from God, In Perfect Time was truly a treat. Part of the Wings of the Nightingale series, this is the third installment. Although it could be read as a stand-alone as I did, it piqued my interest enough (and I enjoyed Sarah Sundin’s writing enough), to return to the two previous novels in the series to peruse.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of In Perfect Time from Revell Publishers for my honest review*

Haunted Waters

Jenkins, Jerry. Fabry, Chris. Haunted Waters. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers. 2005

SUMMARY:
untitledBryce and Ashley are twin-tweens from Colorado who find adventure while on a short weekend trip. While dealing with bullying and helping thwart burglars, the twins learn to grow in their faith, stand-up for themselves, bond with each other and even save their own lives. This is Book 1 of the Red Rock Mysteries Series.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Though this book is written mainly for 8-12 year olds, I found myself turning pages quickly to follow the flurry of activity. The non-stop action, along with the short chapters and the unforeseen surprise ending, all lead to a very appealing read for all ages. I especially liked the real-life situations the twins faced as well as the guidance from parents to morally approach the issues (bullying, loss, acceptance). Warning…have Book 2, Stolen Secrets, within reach of finishing this book.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies (See Ratings page for Youth Book Review explanation)