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Mailbox Madness

With my new membership on Paperbackswap.com and two recent purchases on Amazon (something that is incredibly rare for me these days) I have found myself with a mailbox full of books which is, in my humble opinion, a happy problem. (Although I am not sure my roommates would agree, considering the incredibly large pile of books in our living room that are waiting for me to finish re-constructing my bookcase.)

In any case, I’ve had quite a few books come my way recently, and I thought I’d share. Here’s the madness:

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

from Paperbackswap.com

I don’t remember exactly how I discovered Lisa See…but I think it was the suggestion of Shanghai Girls on Amazon that I subsequently purchased and then inhaled before buying the sequel Dreams of Joy. See is a fantastic writer, and reading those two made me want to work through a few more  all of her novels.

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

from Paperbackswap.com

I honestly can’t explain my recent obsession with the Lost Generation writers. Maybe its my viewing of Midnight in Paris and the sheer number of literary references I missed. Maybe its my recent brush with World War I literature, and my interest in the way it subsequently shaped the thinking of those impacted by it. Either way, I found myself ordering a few of Hemingway’s novels, and that first that arrived was A Farewell to Arms. I also received a copy of The Sun Also Rises last week.

          Inescapable by Nancy Mehl

from Amazon.com

I read a review of Inescapable over at www.5minutesforbooks.com and found myself curious, however, it was not available at my local library, nor coming soon, so I took a risk and ordered a copy. The premise is interesting: the story is about Lizze Engel and her daughter Charity who return to Lizzie’s hometown of Kingdom after losing her job, hoping to escape a man stalking her. What awaits her in Kingdom is her incredibly strict father, an Old Order Mennonite resistant to change, and a flood of memories. In spite of Kingdom’s off the map status, Lizzie’s stalker manages to track her down.

I must confess: as soon I opened this one I knew I would end up reading it immediately, casting aside the six other books I am reading…and I did. So far, I feel sadly disappointed though. I am about a third of the way through, and it has not been nearly as gripping as I had hoped. I will continue on, however, and let you know what I think.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

from Paperbackswap.com

In case you didn’t believe me about my obsession with writers from the Lost Generation, I present to you further evidence in the form of F. Scott Fitzgerald. I would be a little bit of a liar, however, if I didn’t admit that part of my reason for reading The Great Gatesby which I somehow managed to avoid all the way through middle school and clear through high school, is in anticipation of the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  I am curious to see how it would be adapted on screen.

The Elusive Mr. McCoy by Brenda Baker

from Amazon.com

This is another book I just couldn’t help but purchase after I found out it would not be at my local library any time soon. I was fascinated by the double life presented, and by the idea that the “offender” as Jennifer from 5 Minutes for Books refers to him, is decidedly absent from the story as it focuses on his families. I am looking forward to reading and reviewing this one.

As always, I have so much to read and so little time. 🙂

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Reviewing the Call of Duty Series by DiAnn Mills

All three books of the Call of Duty Series by DiAnn Mills, Breach of Trust, Sworn to Protect, & Pursuit of Justice appeared on my Summer Reading List and I’ve had the chance to read two of the three so far (if you note my Goodreads widget, I have started the third). For those unfamiliar with the work of DiAnn Mills, she is a Christian Fiction author that tends on the side of light and fluffy. She has written a few Christian Romance novels, but her best work seems to be her suspense. Unlike a lot of Christian fiction authors that I have encountered, Mills seems to be able to communicate the Bible and theology more solidly.

The Call of Duty series follows three women in three different branches of law enforcement as they wrestle with some aspect of what their job requires and their faith. In good formulaic fashion, there is also a life threatening danger, and a love interest…but I digress.

The first in the series, Breach of Trust, surprised me.  Although I would not wax poetic about Mills prose, the story is interesting, and she does a good job of giving depth to the characters. In this first volume, Paige is a former CIA agent who was forced out by an agent who turned. She assumes a new identity and comes to faith, but is reminded regularly of her past. She faces difficult choices as she struggles with her faith and the false identity she has taken on. Mills handles the issues thoughtfully, and gave me pause to think.

The second in the series is  Sworn to Protect which is about Border Agent Danika Morales. Her husband was killed the same day she discovered that they shared very different views regarding immigration, however, the same individuals that sought her husband now seek her to kill her.

There is an interesting discussion on immigration laws that takes place in the novel, touching on the many controversial views, as well as immigration from a biblical perspective. Although  Mills did not treat the topic as deeply as she could have, it again made me think, and honestly, want to learn more about the subject.

Both were decent stories and good light reads, and I look forward to completing the third in the series.

So far, I would give the series three stars.

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