August 30, 2014

Reviewing "Undetected" by Dee Henderson

      "Undetected" by Dee Henderson is a very enjoyable and worthwhile read. I didn't know what to expect in regards to the theme of the book because I don't read much military based fiction, but I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I became enthralled with the story.  The enormity of research the author must have done in the process of writing this book is mind boggling and resulted in a very believable, informative and interesting story based on the lives of Nuclear Submarine Commanders and crew.  As I read,  I felt like I received a very interesting eduction on the practices and operations of submarines in general.  The science behind sonar was also explored in depth, as well as the study of solar flares and I enjoyed it more than I would ever have expected. It was fascinating.  To top it all off, all of this fun science serves as a great backdrop for a sweet romance.
        The book spends most of its time concentrating on the work and personal lives of Commander Mark Bishop and scientific genius Gina Gray. Bishop is in charge of the ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada, and Gina Gray is a scientist specializing in ocean science research.  I don't want to give too much of the plot away, but I will say that I loved both of these characters. They would be people I would like to be friends with in real life and they also serve as great role models in many ways.
         I haven't read any other Christian romance novels based on submarines and science, so this is definitely a unique book. Even if you don't think you are interested in the science and feel skeptical about how interesting the book could be, I would recommend this book to anybody who likes Christian novels with romantic themes.  It really is fascinating to think about all that is going on in our oceans every day. It's a world that few are privy to and it was fun to get a little window into what that life is like.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Bethany House for free in exchange for an honest review.

August 8, 2014

Book Review for "Under the Heavens" by Thomas Nye

"Under the Heavens"  by Thomas Nye is the first book in his Amish Horses Series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Nye is an extremely gifted writer, and I found myself sharing some beautiful quotes from this book with family and friends on several occasions.
Being a fan of Amish fiction, I was excited to try this new series.  Many of the Amish fiction books I have read in the past have a style and voice that I have become accustomed to, but Nye brings a fresh new perspective to the genre.  It didn't feel like all the other Amish books I had read, and that made it even more interesting to me.
Although the book does focus at times on relationships between the Amish family members, the majority of the book focuses on the main character Lenny who leaves modern society to live with his Amish relatives for the summer.  His Grandfather puts him to work on the farm and teaches him the art of farming with draft horses. At first very intimidated, Lenny second guesses himself and lacks confidence, but with the help of his wonderfully invested Grandfather, he overcomes his fears and  blossoms into an expert horseman. His relationships with the individual horses are very endearing to the point that the horses themselves become much loved characters for the reader.
There are all sorts of twists and turns throughout the book which add both levity and drama, and more sweet moments between Grandfather and Grandson than can be counted. "Under the Heavens" is a heartwarming, thoughtful and worthwhile read.  I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction, or Christian fiction in general.
A quick note about the cover: My copy arrived looking very dark and foreboding (darker than the photo above), but that does not at all represent the wonderful contents of the book. I think it was a printing issue.  Click here to check it out on Amazon: "Under the Heavens"

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookCrash in exchange for an honest review.