52 Books in 52 Weeks Update

Leah Courtney




I read two easy reads this week:

The Oak Leaves by Mareen Lang is a novel of discovery.  When Talie finds some old family mementos and a journal in her parents attic, she begins to discover a secret family "curse."  As she reads the journal of her long dead relative, she begins to look for evidence of the curse in her own young son.

I enjoyed this read.  The story line was interesting.  At first, I didn't like the way it jumped back and forth between the present and the journal, but as I read I enjoyed the style more and more; and it was certainly relevant to the story's development. The theme of learning to trust God with "all and whatever" was prevalent, and it's something I always need to be reminded of.  Talie's reaction to the developmental issues of her young son were a little over the top sometimes I though; but, to be honest, it's something I haven't dealt with, so perhaps I judge too quickly.

I definitely give this one a strong 4 stars with a purely G rating.

Dodge the Bullet by Christy Hayes was a pure twaddle romance novel.  It was a sweet story of widow Sarah Woodward her two sons who move out to take over the family's Colorado ranch when Sarah's husband dies.  She, or course, meets a handsome, but hardened cowboy.  He, of course, softens his hard and crusty personality when faced with beautiful and independent Sarah.  They argue and struggle, but ultimately fall in love with the promise of a happily ever after.

It was sweet and predictable and an easy way to waste some time with pointless reading.  I give it 4 stars because, to be honest, I enjoy easy and predictable and sweet time wasters sometimes.  This one is R rated, so reader be warned.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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