Title: An unexpected woman
Author: Sandi Layne
Genre : Romance, Inspirational
Length: 156 pages
TBR Reviewer: Shyla
Rating: 5 Stars - A Must Read!
I’m a spiritual person, so this story really resonates with me with on a few levels! I think at times the hardest part about following God, or a higher power if you’d prefer, is keeping the faith when you’re in a
valley, and trying not to let your mind toss you into doubts. These characters 'live' their faith in a very real, honest, and non contrived way. It takes a lot of skill to write that. Kudos to Ms. Layne for a job well done here. Writing a warm, engaging , Christian fiction that breaks through the labels is no small
The heroine, Shelly may be a religious woman, but she’s in no means stereotypical. Working a masculine job, she teaches the hero Mark about tools and fixing things. A turn-about I loved. In my household my
mother was Mrs. Fix it, so I could totally relate. Quirky, accident prone, witty, and master at flirting, she’s impossible not to like right away. Her concern that she isn’t suited for Mark is understandable,
especially given her past. You intrigued yes? Mark. Sweet Mark. I felt for him. Haven’t we all at one point wondered, if in our life we were meant to be alone? I know I was a late bloomer ( by Mid-west standard) and I had this same mental conversation. When a hurricane is coming you prepare and listen to someone’s whose ridden it out before. Let me zip my lip now before I giveaway too much.
Needless to say there was plenty to like about this story. The world Ms. Layne creates is full of fun, fleshed out characters, ever day victories, and a warm setting that makes the lack of heat worthwhile.
Even if you aren’t a huge inspirational buff, you’ll enjoy this romance.
Having been a voracious reader all her life, Sandi never expected to want to write until the idea was presented in a backhanded manner. Once the notion occurred to her, though, she had to dive in the deep
end (as is her wont) and began by writing historical fiction. She has since written more than twenty
novels—most of which will never see the light of day.
Sandi has degrees in English and Ministry, has studied theology, spent years as an educator, has worked in escrow and sundry other careers, but research is her passion. She won an award for Celtic Fiction in 2003, but as well as history, she is also fascinated with contemporary research and has self-published several novels in the Inspirational Romance genre.
She has been married for twenty years to a man tolerant enough to let her go giddy when she
discovers new words in Old Norse. Her two sons find her amusing and have enjoyed listening to her read aloud—especially when she uses funny voices. A woman of deep faith, she still finds a great deal to
laugh at in the small moments of the everyday and hopes that she can help others find these moments, too.
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Code Red by Amy Noelle
Genre - Romantic Comedy
Length - Novel
TBR Reviewer - Daniella
Rating: 3 Stars - It was a good read.
Heat: 3 handcuffs - Blush worthy.
After being hurt by a bad romance in college, Nicole has sworn to never have her heart broken again by a man. She and her group of friends created Code Red, meaning if one of them meets a good-looking guy with the potential to break their hearts, they call the code and everyone comes to the rescue.
A few years later, Nicole has created a structured life for herself, with a good job, close contact with her best friends and her two cats. Most of her friends have succumbed to their last Code Reds, but Nicole is still single and happy with that. That is until Joshua Daniels is transferred to Nicole´s office and assigned to work with her on a special project. Joshua is everything Nicole doesn´t want to let herself fall for. When Nicole calls the Code Red, her friends don´t really seem to want to save her this time and Joshua seems determined to show her that Code Red isn´t needed at all.
The story is a romantic comedy, with a great male lead and funny banter between the characters. I picked this book, because I wanted just that. The book is very well written, with well developed character and while I did enjoy large parts of the book, the story as a whole didn´t do it for me. I think the big part of this was Nicole. She came through as very immature, who constantly pestered her friends with whiny texts and e-mails, and it felt like she couldn´t take a step in any direction without fretting about it and going through everything in detail with her friends. Joshua was great though, a really good guy and a gentleman. He won´t run away when Nicole tries to push him away, but at the same time he won't just give in to her,
without her opening up and letting him in to her life. I also loved the little side story of Jen and Ryan. Jen had really been hurt badly and deserved a good guy.
This is a lighthearted, fun book.