BOOK REVIEW: The Scent of Rain, by Kristin Billerbeck

Date(s) read: July 29 – 31, 2012
Genre: Christian Fiction

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SYNOPSIS
When deprived of her most prized sense, Daphne discovers a life she never expected, right under her nose.

Daphne Sweeten has left Paris – and a career she loves – in order to marry a man she loves even more. But when he stands her up on their wedding day, Daphne’s left reeling. Trained as a professional “nose” or perfume creator, Daphne soon realizes that her sense of smell has somehow disappeared too.

In the days following she moves to Dayton, Ohio, to take on a job creating fragrances for household products. Without her sense of smell, she must rely on her chemistry skills, and hope her handsome new boss, Jesse Lightner, doesn’t notice before she can figure out how to get it back.

Despite her desire to return to Paris, she can’t deny the way Jesse makes her feel. But when Daphne approaches former contacts, she learns her missing ex-fiance has somehow snagged her old job.

As Daphne and Jesse work on a signature scent for their new line, she feels God at work in her life as never before. And the promise of what is possible is as fresh as the scent of rain.

My Thoughts

Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Booksneeze for providing me a copy of this book for review!

I’ve only read one other book that really deals with scent, The Book of Lost Fragrances, and I loved the way that the scents were described — so much so that I could almost smell them through the book. When I saw The Scent of Rain on Booksneeze I was interested because it was written by Kristin Billerbeck who had contributed a story to the Christian romance novel, Smitten — and the main character was a perfume creator. It looked like an interesting read!

Unfortunately, the beautiful cover, the premise, and the characters weren’t enough to make me fall in love with this book. I’ve heard amazing things about Kristin Billerbeck’s writing — and I do agree that she is a great writer — but this book had too many things that pecked at me the whole time I was reading.  Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Sixty Acres and a Bride, by Regina Jennings

Released: February 1, 2012 (Bethany House)
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With nothing to their names, young widow Rosa Garner and her mother-in-law return to Texas and the family ranch. Only now the county is demanding back taxes and the women have only three months to pay. Though facing eviction, Rosa can’t keep herself from falling in love with the countryside and the wonderful extended family who want only her best. Learning the American customs is not easy, however, and this beautiful young widow can’t help but catch wandering eyes. Where some offer help with dangerous strings attached, only one man seems honorable. But when Weston Garner, still grieving his own lost love, is unprepared to give his heart, to what lengths will Rosa go to save her future?

My Thoughts

Oh how I wanted to love this book! When Bethany House Publishers sent out an email about their newest books, I immediately fell in love with this one — how could I not? The cover is absolutely gorgeous! The girl is beautiful and the colours are so pretty. Unfortunately, while I normally don’t have issues with Christian romance books, but sadly this one wasn’t for me.  Continue reading

ARC REVIEW: Angel Eyes (Angel Eyes Trilogy, #1), by Shannon Dittemore

Released: May 29, 2012 (Thomas Nelson)
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Once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee. Everything changes when you’ve looked at the world through . . .

ANGEL EYES

Brielle’s a ballerina who went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.

Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.

Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than Jake or Brielle has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices start.

A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.

My Thoughts

After reading a fair share of Thomas Nelson fiction — and liking it — I jumped at the chance to read Shannon Dittemore’s debut novel Angel Eyes. I knew that there would be a religious slant in it, but I wasn’t afraid. Everything that I’ve gotten from Thomas Nelson has usually been pretty good.  Continue reading