Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Greatest Story Ever Told: A Memoir


Grandma's Guest Review

Dikkon Eberhart, the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Eberhart, grew up surrounded by literary and artistic greatness. The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Greatest Story Ever Told is his memoir.

This is an account of being the son of a famous poet and the many stories and social events of the inner circle of a famous father. The length of the events is a good collection of short stories. 

I enjoyed reading the way these family events took place and the influence of the famous people on Dikkon Eberhart. His exposure to a wide range of intellectuals is delightful, and he seems to be a careful observer as he shapes his own future. The influence of these famous people certainly helped shape his future as he follows his father's footsteps.

The chapters are all believable and factual with personal touches. The writing style is easy to read, and the events are well described. 

I particularly enjoyed the fact that no matter how famous you become or who you know personally, the ultimate goal in life is finding God and repeating the four life changing sentences. 

The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Greatest Story Ever Told is beautifully told, and the life change and peace that comes with the most important decision one can make is a wonderful closing to this book.

My overall rating of this book would be a 5 out of 5. I enjoyed the content and the story of finding an identity, as that applies to each and every one of us.




The publisher provided a review copy.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Grandma's Guest Review: The Potter's Lady

The Potter's Lady (Refined by Love) 

The Potter's Lady by Judith Miller is Book 2 in the Refined by Love Series.

This is a wonderful story and easily stands on its own, as I had not read Book 1 in this series. The length of the book is perfect, but it left me eager for the next book!

This is a book I would recommend to friends, because of the beautiful family story involving a brother and sister and a family pulling together and trusting each other. The way the family works together in faith and love is inspiring, and the friendship they create with Ryland Campbell is so natural. 

It is such a good story of working together and having trust and faith. 

I would certainly love to read more by this Judith Miller. My favorite thing about this book is the easy flow between events.
The characters are likable, believable, and people I would like to develop friendships with.  

The writing style is descriptive and easy. The time, places and events are well described.
If I were telling a friend why she should read this book I would tell her it would be perfect for a rainy afternoon and hard to put down. 

I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5, because I loved it and hated for it to end.


The publisher provided a copy of The Potter's Lady.

Grandma's Guest Review: A Heart's Home


A Heart's Home (A Journey of the Heart)

This is Book Six in A Journey of the Heart series by Colleen Coble.

This is a continuing story of life at Fort Kearny, Wyoming Territory following the journey of Issac and Emmie.

I would recommend to friends that they read book 5 and 6 together as the story continues. Like Book 5, this, too, is a very short book and quickly read. For the price, these books are too short, and would be a better buy if all bound together. 

I would read more by this author and hope to complete the series as books become available. I would prefer having them in one book, though.

I enjoyed the suspense and descriptive way life on a fort in the 1800s is depicted. The Christian lives of the characters is refreshing. The characters are likable and believable, and I had a clear picture of what daily life was during that time period.

Events are beautifully described, and I could easily imagine myself there. 

It is clearly a Christian book with examples of faith and suspense throughout. I would recommend reading book 5 and 6 together.

My rating of this book would be average (3).




The publisher provided a review copy of A Heart's Home.

Grandma's Guest Review: A Heart's Promise



This book is the fifth book in the A Journey of the Heart series by Colleen Coble.  A Heart's Promise is a very short (97-page) softcover. For the price, I felt the book was too short and only a one-night read.

I would recommend this book to friends as a good romantic, suspense Christian read, because of the sweetness of the story--even though it was action packed with Indian skirmishes at the fort.
I would read more by this author and hope to complete the series as books become available.

My favorite thing about this book is the Christian theme and language used throughout. The characters are likable and believable, and I could imagine being in the story myself. The writing style is easy and events and locations amply described. 

A Heart's Promise is a sweet book that includes suspense and action that is a very quick read.

I would rate this book as average (3).


The publisher provided a review copy of A Heart's Promise.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Going Off Script


One of my favorite summer reads--Going Off Script: How I Survived a Crazy Childhood, Cancer, and Clooney's 32 On-Screen Rejections by Giuliana Rancic.

It was hard to put this book down, especially after I had been looking forward to it from the first time I heard it was coming out. I have watched Giuliana on E!News for years and have followed her story through infertility and breast cancer. Her candid memoir is both honest and real, and though she has celebrity status, she is definitely a real person. Going Off Script is well-written and engaging, tracing her unique childhood and her journey to a career in Hollywood. There are many surprises inside, humor, and heartbreak. I laughed out loud at many incidents she replays, such as her response to Johnny Depp at poolside.

Giuliana recounts her harrowing diagnosis and fight with cancer with bluntness and honesty. This is such a motivation for anyone facing a devastating challenge--as Giuliana shares her raw emotions, she shares hope and understanding.

If you're looking for an inspiring, entertaining book, Going Off Script does not disappoint. After reading it, I admire Giuliana even more and look forward to seeing what the next chapter has in store for her.


 
The publisher provided a review copy of Going Off Script.