The Movement of Rings

Keels, Nadine C. The Movement of Rings: The Movement of Crowns- Book 2. Smashwords. 2013.

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SUMMARY:
As a servant to King Aud of Mundayne, spirited maid Naona finds herself entrusted with his signet ring. Torn between staying loyal to the royal family or the Princess of Diachona, Naona must also consider her own future. Hoping to not end up alone yet ashamed of her past, Naona finds herself needing to face her own inner¬†strife while doing what is right for the people. Told from a different perspective than that of Book 1, The Movement of Crowns, author Nadine Keels sweeps readers away into a world of fantasy, romance, secrets, strength, courage and faith…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Though I liked Book 1 of the Movement of Crowns series, I really liked Book 2. Not quite sure why I preferred it, I was drawn to it from the first page and didn’t stop until I finished. Written as completely as a full novel, surprisingly, it is actually a novella. With fully developed characters, a bit of sass and spirit, faith woven within, and turmoil mixed throughout, The Movement of Rings is an outstanding sequel.¬† Word choices, content, and characters definitely work well together for this second trip into fantasy. Remarkably, I am looking forward to Book 3, The Movement of Kings. (Nadine, you may just change my perspective on the fantasy genre yet!)

RATING:
4.75 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Movement of Rings from the author for my honest review*

A Match Made In Texas

Witemeyer, Karen. Connealy, Mary. Jennings, Regina. Cox, Carol. A Match Made In Texas. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House Publishers. 2014.

SUMMARY:
texasFour novellas, written by four different authors, yet all connected to Dry Gulch, Texas in the year 1893. Romance, humor, adventure, and faith all come together as a secret matchmaker works her magic on the back-country ranches of Texas. Included are A Cowboy Unmatched by K. Witmeyer, An Unforeseen Match by R. Jennings, No Match for Love by C. Cox and Meeting Her Match by M. Connealy…each a stand alone story yet linked to the others.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Each delightful novella is interconnected through location and circumstances which prove humorous but sincere. With two of my favorite authors coupled with two new authors (and now both my favorite as well), I truly enjoyed this graceful mix of stories. Overall well written and satisfying, I appreciated that all the short novels were contained in one book (with an adorable cover). Perfect just in time for Valentine’s Day, this collection of sweet, charming and genuine novellas is matchless.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A Match Made In Texas from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review

Dandelions on the Wind

Hodgson, Mona. Dandelions on the Wind. Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook Press. 2013.

SUMMARY:
dandelionsMaren Jenson, originally from Denmark, calls Mrs. Brantenberg’s Missouri farm her home now. After being jilted as a mail-order-bride, Maren has found purpose in caring for young Gabi, even with her now failing eye-sight. When Gabi’s father, Wooley, returns back from the Civil War, things begin to change…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Though only a novella, I found this book to read as a full-length novel. The title intrigued me but the meaning soon became apparent. I especially liked the Christian themes throughout the book in times of trial and thankfulness. I found this be a heart-warming, inspirational tale by an author I will seek to read yet again. (I am glad this is the first book of a trilogy.)

RATING: 4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Dandelions on the Wind from Waterbrook Press for my honest review*