Thursday, January 31, 2013

Book Reviews on Two Wonderful Stories

Valerie J. Steimle

Over the last month I had an unexpected surprise of downloading two wonderful books I had planned on reading eventually. I saw these two books were from LDS authors and thought it would be fun to read next on my long list of books to-be-read. I had just finished reading several regency romances and was not in a hurry to start. I’m not a big fan of silly romance novels of giggling girls and predictable story lines but I was amazed to find that both stories ended up being so very enjoyable to read.

The first one is called 
Once in a Blue Moon by Diane Darcy

Here is the review:
From the start of this story—I was not expecting the main characters to be a family in the modern world. This very clever tale is an entertaining adventure story and NOT predictable. A modern family is sucked back into the western world of the 1880s. It seemed a bit corny to me at first but as I read along, this story became a beacon of strength in showing how a modern family can all grow apart and by the fate of the moon grow back together by living a simple life. I love that this story could have been anyone in the modern world who is a workaholic and thinks their job is more important than their family.

Diane Darcy creates realistic conversations and thoughts of two parents trying to raise a son and daughter which helps the reader learn how to be better parents. 
The story was humorous as well as heartwarming and clean. We were taken through twists and turns until a very satisfying end.  A great read and a great moral!!

The next book:

The Ugly Step-Sister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson is a wonderfully, delightful story of a teen girl who has to deal with her step-sister.

I didn’t know what to expect on this one as well because I knew the premise but once I started reading I was totally drawn in and I could not put it down. I laughed out loud in some of the most hilarious predicaments the main character, Maddie Lowe, finds herself and it was such a joy to read.

Great story for any girl who doesn’t think herself worthy of a happy ending.  I love how Sariah Wilson slowly weaves a believable story of teens dealing with every day ups and downs of high school and develops the characters.  I never read a book twice (other than scripture) but I want to read this one again.  A master piece of YA fiction and clean to boot.  Great story for curling up on a rainy day and just enjoying!!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the review, Valerie! I'm thrilled that you liked it so much. :)