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Book Review: The Time of Jacob’s Trouble by Donna VanLiere

The Time of Jacob’s Trouble is not what I expected, nor was the writing the Donna VanLiere that I’m used to.

A typical day at work turns into a nightmare for Emma Grady when her favorite patient and several colleagues vanish in front of her. What could make so many people vanish in a moment? And not just in New York, but all over the globe?

Do you remember the Left Behind series from the early 2000s? As a believer those books packed a punch. To me they were an easier way to see what the Bible describes in the book of Revelation. The Time of Jacob’s Trouble seems to be VanLieres way of doing the same thing. But this book did not work for me or pack the same punch the Left Behind series did. The characters lacked depth and their stories and how they are written felt jumbled and without flow. Then suddenly, the book just stops! I was not expecting a cliffhanger! What I didn’t know when I started this book was that it is the first book in a series.

Why did my Kindle say there was nearly two hours left in the book when I reached the end of the story? Because the rest of the book is segments titled Where in the Word? The best way I can describe these segments are as Bible study material. VanLiere dives into the scripture surrounding the events in the fictional chapters she has written. I did not read these segments because I was not prepared for them. Their inclusion was such a shock to me. I wasn’t prepared to study the end times as told in Revelation in depth. My head was completely in the fictional characters and what was happening to them.

While this did not live up to my VanLiere expectations, it was still an okay read. I’m not sure how this book is classified, but it seems better suited for a Bible study group to experience together. I’m not sure that I’ll read the next book, but I’ll probably read the fictional portion only and skip the study material if I do decide to continue the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

 

Rating: 3 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: The Time of Jacob’s Trouble

Author: Donna VanLiere

Release Date: March 17, 2020

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Book Review: A Million Dreams by Dani Atkins

A Million Dreams, the latest from Dani Atkins, isn’t perfect but it did give me all the feels.

Pete and Izzy’s eight-year-old son Noah is their whole life. When they receive a surprise phone call from the fertility center that helped them have Noah, it’s surely nothing to worry about. But what they learn from that call sends their dreams for their son crashing down around them.

While I didn’t find the plot new or particularly fascinating, Atkins created characters that I needed to see through their circumstances. Atkins wrote a story that I could see from both sides and more than a week after finishing the book, still don’t know which side I would choose. The choices and the emotions are packed into this aspect of the story.

As I mentioned, this book isn’t perfect. I can’t fully explain that statement because that would involve giving spoilers, but there were two things that bothered me. First, I would have liked to see more exploration of a relationship between two characters and secondly, the ending needed an epilogue. As far as the relationship, I needed more details, more something to make it feel real. Regarding the ending, if you follow my reviews, you know I’m that reader that wants the author to spell it ALL out. This was one of those cases. The story ends well, but I needed that epilogue to give me that last scene. How did it go? I needed those details.

Again, without trying to give spoilers I could really relate to another portion of the story. As a mom with a child with medical issues, this part of the story gutted me. The feels, y’all!

This is the third book that I’ve read by Atkins and she has yet to fail in telling a great story. Add this one to your list. May it give you all the feels too.

Copy of A Million Dreams provided by NetGalley.

 

Rating: 4 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: A Million Dreams

Author: Dani Atkins

Release Date: February 19, 2020

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Book Review: What Holds Us Together by Sandi Ward

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Book Review: Full Circle by Andrea Barber

Like a lot of you, I grew up watching Full House on Friday nights, and more recently enjoying Fuller House on Netflix. When I came across Full Circle by Andrea Barber, aka Kimmy Gibbler, on NetGalley I was curious about the woman who brought this character to life. Continue reading “Book Review: Full Circle by Andrea Barber”

Book Review: Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock

I didn’t find Smoke Screen as intense as some of Blackstock’s previous works. Continue reading “Book Review: Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock”

Book Review: Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

I know when I pick up a Colleen Hoover book I’m going to FEEL and that was definitely the case with Regretting You. Continue reading “Book Review: Regretting You by Colleen Hoover”

Book Review: Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

Diane Chamberlain has done it again! She drew me so tightly into the story, it was hard to let go of it in the end. Continue reading “Book Review: Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain”

Book Review: 29 Seconds by T. M. Logan

29 Seconds did not capture me as completely as Morgan’s first novel. However, there were a couple of moments that had me eagerly turning the page. Continue reading “Book Review: 29 Seconds by T. M. Logan”

Book Review: The Dark Side by Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel is not as good as I remember her being years ago. Is it me or is it her? Continue reading “Book Review: The Dark Side by Danielle Steel”

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