“Bittersweet Surrender” or “How Life Can Turn Things Around”

Carly hasn’t had it very easy the last few years.  She has undergone treatment for breast cancer (without insurance), her husband walked out, her best friend died, her dad died, her brother keeps hitting her up for money, her business’ financials are messed up (she runs a chocolate spa), and to top it all off, her stepmom has decided to move in with her.  Wow…I’m tired and worn out just looking at that list!

Even though she could let all of this get her down, she tries hard to focus on improving things.  She has hired her best friend’s husband (who is an accountant) to look at the books and straighten things out; she takes advantage of her stepmom moving in as a way to eat healthier; she survived breast cancer; and she has decided to stand up to her brother.

For a few months, she has been corresponding via email with her brother’s best friend from high school.  She had a crush on him in high school, but he was too cool for her.  Lucky for her, he is moving back with his teenage daughter.  That is her other reason for getting in shape and eating better.

However, nothing goes as it should.  The mystery of why Carly’s business is having problems is spread through the entire book, with an ending that is a surprise.  People Carly has relied upon for years turn out to be not so reliable, and things she thought she knew turn out not to be true.  But what I think hurts Carly the most is how those who are closest to her have ended up letting her down over the last few years.  She has to find the strength within herself to move beyond her past and her current struggles and find happiness.

This book was provided as part of the Booksneeze program, in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

“The Bone House”

I have to admit – the description of this book sounds fabulous:

One piece of the skin map has been found. Now the race to unravel the future of the future turns deadly.

Kit Livingstone met his great grandfather Cosimo in a rainy alley in London where he discovered the reality of alternate realities.

Now he’s on the run-and on a quest-trying to understand the impossible mission he inherited from Cosimo: to restore a map that charts the hidden dimensions of the multiverse. Survival depends on staying one step ahead of the savage Burley Men.

The key is the Skin Map-but where it leads and what it means, Kit has no idea. The pieces have been scattered throughout this universe and beyond.

Mina, from her outpost in seventeenth-century Prague, is quickly gaining both the experience and the means to succeed in the quest. Yet so are those with evil intent who, from the shadows, are manipulating great minds of history for their own malign purposes.

For me though, the reality was different.  I really struggled to get into this book.  After I started, I realized it was the second book in the series and I was able to get it cheaply at Amazon.  However, even trying to read that one was difficult.  I only made it part of the way through each book.

I like sci-fi.  I like time travel.  I think that these books were difficult for me because I didn’t have the full understanding if their universe.  Things moved quickly and it was hard for me to remember from one reading session to the other where/when everyone was.

I like Stephen Lawhead’s books.  I have read a few others that I enjoyed.  For some reason however, this one did not grab me and pull me into the story.  I will definitely try them again later.

I received this book from Booksneeze.  I was not required to write a positive review (obviously).  All opinions are my own.