Lonestar Homecoming by Colleen Coble
Genre: Romance / Contemporary Romance / Christian Romance
Publication Date: April 13th 2010
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Thomas Nelson (thank you!)
Author's Site, Buy from Amazon.com
Synopsis (from goodreads):
Gracie has spent her life running from her problems. This time, it's a matter of life and death.
With nothing but five dollars, a train ticket, and the wedding dress she's wearing, Gracie Lister escapes with her daughter to the West Texas country where her family fell apart years ago. There, Lieutenant Michael Wayne-devoted single father, dedicated soldier-gives Gracie the hiding place she needs, and a job caring for his two children. Michael and Gracie aren't looking for love, but it finds them right away.
The couple doesn't exactly see eye-to-eye, though. A vengeful druglord has put a price on Michael's head, and he's determined to face the enemy head-on. When Gracie's ex-fiance catches up to her, her impulse is to flee the danger … and the father she lacks the courage to confront.
Will Michael and Gracie find the strength they need in each other to protect their family and the home they've created?
First of all, I didn't know, and didn't read the previous two books. From the synopsis of Lonestar Sanctuary and Lonestar Secrets, and judging from Lonestar Homecoming, they are not very related. I have no problem following this one.
Also, I didn't notice that this is a Christian fiction, and I kind of realised it when I was reading, and I'm not a Christian. However, the Christian elements weren't too much, pretty easy to ignore.
I read around 40 pages before my exams, then read from the beginning after my exams, while I was having beach vacation. So I was very distracted the whole time I was reading this, but interesting enough to keep me reading. I was also actually craving YAs or something light and fun and girly, but I had to finish this.
Everything happens really fast. They fell in love really fast, and the dangers reached them really fast too. I like their romance, it was pretty cute and sweet. And how they care the kids so much, they do everything to protect them. Sometimes, I couldn't understand some things that Gracie chose to do. I can't relate. She's pretty weak and strong, but I admire her determination for her daughter. Sometimes, I also couldn't understand Michael, then again I'm not a guy. But most of their decisions and feelings are pretty easy to understand and relate.
Somehow, I couldn't really imagine the places they described and mentioned, or else those that I imagined doesn't seem like I imagined the right one, and they don't really match. Also, I just couldn't imagine and get into the actions scenes and etc, since they happen so fast. I'm also not very good at imagining these scenes. Sometimes, the scenes are easy enough to imagine though, then I would be lost again because the next scene would be harder to imagine. :(
Anyway, it was a good read. I just wasn't craving for romance. I think I will read this again next time, when I'm in the mood.
Cover Design: Pretty, mainly because of the pretty girl. Loveee the blending of the girl, sky and land. Yes to the fonts too. They don't look odd at all, except for the horses, kinda random, then again it fits the book.
13 July 2010
HELLO, BOOKISH ESCAPE!!
I'm a blogger from candyprison.blogspot.com, that's my personal blog.
Few months ago (February or March probably), I've discovered the PR blogs with giveaways and etc. Through those blogs, I've discovered the existance of book blogs. @_@ No really, I didn't know such a blog genre existed. I'm a book lover myself, and I loveeeeeeeee reading novels. :D I was so happy to discover so many book blogs, and they even have international book giveaways! (extremely grateful) (hey, don't judge, who doesn't love free books, especially if some of them aren't even available in your local bookstores!)
I love reading all these fun and interesting book blogs and discovering new awesome authors and books, and I now know much more about books, covers, authors, and the publishing world. I used to be super mainstream and know only that few famous authors that have their books turned into a famous popular movie / tv series! I am sooooo glad I discovered all these blogs. (I didn't even know about Hunger Games, I know, so sad!)
Having a book blog seems fun and awesome, so I've decided to open a book blog myself! No really, all these memes and reviews, they really look fun. :D Book blog world seems really exciting 24/7. I've learnt a lot during all these months, really, a lot. (even though they probably won't help much in my school exams, I'm still glad that I know!)
I'm a busy student so I can't get my reading done that fast, or buy so many new books that I want badly. :( This blog would probably stay inactive-ish until... December 2010 I guess! After my dreadfully long but important exams. :/
As for my post title, because my first post is the review for Lonestar Homecoming, because I was late to post up a review, so... I insist having a real first post, welcoming my book blog to my book blog.
Now, just let me change the post date a little...