Friday, April 16, 2010

Another Book Review

This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.

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Here is the write up from the back of the book:

Crossroads Crisis Center owner Benjamin Brandt was a content man—in his faith, his work, and his family. Then in a flash, everything he loved was snatched away. His wife and son were murdered, and grief-stricken Ben lost faith. Determination to find their killers keeps him going, but after three years of dead ends and torment, his hope is dying too. Why had he survived? He’d failed to protect his family. Now, a mysterious woman appears at Crossroads seeking answers and help—a victim who eerily resembles Ben’s deceased wife, Susan. A woman robbed of her identity, her life, of everything except her faith—and Susan’s necklace. The connections between the two women mount, exceeding coincidence, and to keep the truth hidden, someone is willing to kill. Finding out who and why turns Ben and the mystery woman’s situation from dangerous to deadly. Their only hope for survival is to work together, trust each other, and face whatever they discover head on, no matter how painful. But will that be enough to save their lives and heal their tattered hearts?

Here is my review:

Well, first of all, I finished it! Most of the time that is a good sign. (I have finished some books that I'm not sure why I kept going.)

Here is what I liked about the book: it had an interesting idea, I liked the interaction between the main characters...they were pretty likable and I rooted for them the whole book.
What I didn't care for: the whole NINA terrorist group was like the author was trying to write a book similar to the Da Vinci Code, but this group was confusing and not very interesting. I kinda zoned out when there was a section devoted to them. Then there were different guys trying to kill the main character and they confused me. Not sure who they were or who they were working for or why they did what they did. Again, I zoned on those parts. Although those people and the group are important to the story, I didn't get the full impact because I didn't like that part of the story.

I guess this book would be considered a thriller, but I never had an "Oh!" moment. It was an easy, fast read. It is a Christian fiction book, which I usually don't read, so that was a little odd to me.

Overall it was a decent book. I feel bad writing these reviews...I'm such a harsh critic!

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Lately I have been obsessed with drinkware. (is that a word?) Anyway, Dan has a Tervis Tumbler (I just like to say Tervis Tumbler!) that he got at Bed Bath and Beyond that he uses for coffee and beer. The cup is big and holds a lot. (almost 2 beers Dan says) I load it up with ice and a can of pop and still have room at the top. I have been searching for one with flowers. I found this one...
Then when I was at Books A Million I saw these:
they are water bottles for Monday-Friday. They come with a base that they sit in...if you need to take them with you to work or wherever. I like the idea of drinking out of pretty bottles. I fill them all up and use them throughout the day and keep one by my bed at night. I find that I am drinking more water because of these pretty bottles! (they are PBA free)
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I saw these in the Lakeside Collection catalog. I thought they would be perfect for when my friends come over for a playdate. My classy friends prefer to drink out of a glass with ice...which I like now too. Before I would just swig from the can...I guess everyone has some billy in them!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

If You Like Pina Coladas, and Chewin' Gum In The Rain

Then try's my new favorite gum. It's like vacation in your mouth!


On an unrelated note to yumminess and Rupert Holmes...Girly Tomboy Extraordinaire is the winner of the Blog For Books book. Please leave a comment with your info and I will ship it out to you! Or leave your email and I will contact you...whatever you are more comfortable with. Hope they let you blog for books in Canada! :)