Review of Undaunted Hope, Risen, and Vinegar Girl

Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund

Synopsis: “Tessa Taylor arrives in 1870s Upper Peninsula, Michigan, planning to serve as a new teacher to the town. Much to her dismay, however, she immediately learns that there was a mistake, that the town had requested a male teacher. Percival Updegraff, superintendent and chief mine clerk, says she can stay through winter since they won’t be able to locate a new teacher before then, and Tessa can’t help but say she is in his debt. Little does she know that Percival will indeed keep track of all that she owes him.

Determined to become indispensable, Tessa throws herself into teaching, and soon the children of the widowed lighthouse keeper have decided she’s the right match for their grieving father. Their uncle and assistant light keeper, Alex Bjorklund, has his own feelings for Tessa. As the two brothers begin competing for her hand, Tessa increasingly feels that someone is tracking her every move, and she may not be able to escape the trap that has been laid for her.”

This book took a secondary character from a previous book and brought her to the forefront of this one. It was a pleasant read that I enjoyed very much. I am looking forward to the next book by Jody Hedlund. I give this book a 3.5 out of 5

FTC: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Risen by Angela Hunt

Synopsis: “A Powerful Novelization from Bestselling Author Angela Hunt
Epic in scope, yet deeply personal, this novelization offers a unique perspective on the story of the resurrection. Roman Tribune Clavius is assigned by Pilate to keep the radical followers of the recently executed Yeshua from stealing the body and inciting revolution. When the body goes missing despite his precautions, Clavius must hunt it down.
His investigation leads him from the halls of Herod Antipas to the Garden of Gethsemane and brings him in touch with believer and doubter alike. But as the body still remains missing, Clavius commits to a quest for the truth–and answers that will not only shake his life but echo throughout all of history.”

Roman Tribune Clavius is assigned by Pilate to keep the radical followers of the recently executed Yeshua from stealing the body and inciting revolution. Riveting in its historical detail of the varied people who witnessed Yeshua’s resurrection, Risen tells again in touching and vivid details the story surrounding the most profound event in the history of this world. But, I must be honest I did not enjoy nor like this book because of personal reasons. I did not believe this book is for me and would not see it in its motion picture form. I can’t rate this book because I believe it would be bias of me to do so.

FTC: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Synopsis: “Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies

Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she’s always in trouble at work – her pre-school charges adore her, but their parents don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.

Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There’s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost.

When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he’s relying – as usual – on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?”

Vinegar Girl is a great book! A modern take of The Taming of the Shrew. Vinegar Girl is a great book! A modern take of The Taming of the Shrew. The story is funny, the characters are interesting, especially Pyotr and his foreign-isms. This is a light hearted, fun read that I am sure every one will love. The story is funny, the characters are interesting, especially Pyotr and his foreign-isms. This is a light hearted, fun read that I am sure every one will love. I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

FTC: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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