Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thrifty Thursday! A tip, a review, and a giveaway!

Thrifty Tip #31:  Writing book reviews is a great way to enjoy a new no cost!

Many of you have been masterfully writing book reviews on your blogs for quite some time, but today, I'm jumping on the book review bandwagon!  Truthfully, I'm a little a lot nervous!  My regimen of reading has been mostly consumed with children's literature or Christian living / ministry books the last few years.  It was surprisingly fun to read a novel again!

Here are a couple of the sites that offer books for bloggers:
(let me know if you have other recommended sites)

Waterbrook Multnomah: Blogging for Books
Book Sneeze

Here we go:

Shades of Morning by Marlo Schalesky is filled with hints of romances and much intrigue through many, many twists and turns!  Marnie Wittier is living the seemingly dream life as the owner of a peaceful coffee shop and quiet book store in beautiful California.  She has moved miles and years beyond her past regrets, hurts, sins, and sorrows and has become the picture of kindness and compassion to her new patrons.  Any hints from her past are quickly stuffed into a secret box where she dares not face them.
Marnie's life is suddenly turned upside down with the notice that her sister has passed away leaving a child in her custody.  Emmit arrives and Marie unwillingly dives into a life of caring for a 15 year old boy with Downs Syndrome.  As Emmit slowly wins Marnie's heart, more and more of her past secrets are brought to life.  Marnie is given a chance to heal from her regrets and experience restoration.  But will she take the opportunity or continue to run?

The story is suspensefully woven with tales of sins and regrets which can only be resolved through the forgiveness, grace, and redemption offered through Jesus Christ. Malachi 4:2  The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings.

I would highly recommend this book for fun summer reading.  Not only is this a great story which you will be glued to, but you will be encouraged and challenged with spiritual lessons woven throughout the book.  A huge bonus for me was the reader's guide in the back.  Every theme and spiritual nuance is explained with Scripture and discussion questions are provided.

One more thing... I did discover that the author, Marlo Schalesky, is known for adding an unexpected twist at the end of her novels. This book doesn't disappoint! Don't say you weren't warned...

It wouldn't be right to let a good book like this sit on my shelf collecting dust, so would you like to read it?  Just leave me a comment!  One comment will be chosen at random on SATURDAY NIGHT at MIDNIGHT to receive my very gently loved copy!

You can also purchase the book here at Multnomah Publishing.
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Company.


Anonymous said...

So, Londa, your blog is the first one that I am officially commenting on after 2 years of blog-stalking. Don't you feel important? I guess the free book pushed me over the edge :-). Anyway--very nice book review!

Anonymous said...

ooh sounds like an interesting book! sign me up to win it!

also how did you get hooked up with this company?

Mandi said...

I'm in!
*did you get this recently? I haven't gotten anything to review from W.M in so long! Looks good tho!

Mark and Laura said...

Thanks for a wonderful review. Sounds like a great book and I would LOVE to read it. Enter me to win it!

I always enjoy reading your blog. I love your tips and recipes (I've tried several with the most recent being your pasta, broccolli, tomato one...YUMMY!).

Meredith said...

OOO! I love blogs & books & giveaways!! I am itching to get into some good & intriguing christian lit.

fingers crossed!!

Unknown said...

I'm in it to WIN IT! Very nice book review, by the way. Cloe is going to have it made when she hits the book-report stage at school - don't do her homework for her :-)
Marlo is a funky name.
Seriously, we need to get together for some coffee. Miss ya. I need my Londa fix :-)

une autre mère said...

What a fab idea! And great review! They should start paying you to do this! Miss you - I feel like it's been forever since I've seen you!

Amy said...

I could always use a good read!! :)
Amy K.

Kate said...

I love reviewing books! Yay you!

The Sneaky Mommy said...

...and an entry for my mom! Someday she'll master the art of blog commenting. I'm sure they'll be every bit as entertaining as Bea O'Problem's.