It’s No O’Malley, but Unspoken is Okay

Charlotte Graham was kidnapped as a teenager and rescued after four years. Now she has an enormous inheritance hanging over her head. The only problem is that to claim it, she has to marry. And she doesn’t really want that. Will Charlotte and Bryce have a future together, or will the past claim yet another victim?

I am a huge fan of Dee Henderson’s O’Malley series. They’ve been on my bookshelf for years, and I have read and re-read the prequel (Danger in the Shadows) and the first three over and over, although the last three weren’t my favorites. Sadly, I have yet to read one of her recent novels that lives up the standards set in the O’Malley series. Unspoken is better than the last few books I’ve read from Ms. Henderson, but it still leaves something to be desired.

I never grew attached to Charlotte like I did to Sara, Kate, Shari, and Lisa in previous books. I actually sympathized more with Bryce than I did Charlotte! She seemed very closed off, and I never broke through her walls enough that I actually cared that much about her. Also, the plot is a little far-fetched. I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone, but Charlotte is super rich. Like millions and millions just to give away rich. I’m certainly not even close to being comfortably wealthy even, so I had a hard time imagining this plot actually taking place in real life. And as other reviewers have noticed, there is an awful lot of coin talk that is unnecessary at times, although it does show that the author has done her research.

While Unspoken is certainly better than Full Disclosure, it lacks the heart and soul that Ms. Henderson’s earlier books (such as Danger in the Shadows) contain. I debated whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars, but I finally settled on 4 because it was an interesting book, just not up to the standards of Ms. Henderson’s early works. I really don’t know if I’d actually buy a copy or not, but if you’re looking for a clean, decently interesting Christian romance, this book might be for you.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley.

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An Indian Legend to Enjoy

One night Listener the Otter receives a strange message from Spotted Frog.  A great flood is coming soon, and Otter must build a raft if he is going to survive.  But when Otter warns the other animals of the impending disaster, none will listen.  How will the animals survive?  Will Listener be the only survivor?

This story is a retelling of an Indian legend, although it seems to be a bit of a spin-off on the story of the flood from Genesis.  It certainly has some interesting twists, although it is a little confusing at times.  But the illustrations are certainly lovely, and if you enjoy reading origin myths and legends from other cultures, this is certainly a wonderful book.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley.

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A Dozen is 13?

Have you ever wondered why the baker’s dozen is 13 instead of 12?  Wonder no longer, because this book tells the delightful story of how this came to be.

Van Amsterdam is a baker, and he’s very successful.  That is, until a little old lady visits his shop one cold day.  When he refuses her request, she leaves, but not before telling him that he’ll be sorry.  And he is.  From then on, nothing goes right.  Will his shop go out of business, or will Van Amsterdam learn his lesson?

This is the story of the baker Van Amsterdam and his St. Nicholas cookies.  It’s a story about giving an extra measure, a sort of retelling of the golden rule in a creative way.  But there’s another lesson to be learned, a lesson about greed and how it destroys hopes and dreams.

This is a wonderful story that young children will certainly enjoy.  If you like this book, I recommend “The Woman Who Flummoxed The Fairies,” another folk tale with lovely illustrations and a sweet, entertaining story.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley.

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Fairies and Cake Crumbs

Long ago, under cover of darkness, fairies with rainbow wings would creep into people’s houses.  Why?  To dance on the tables and eat cake crumbs!  But the fairies never ever had a taste of the cakes made by the bakerwoman living at the edge of the forest.  Her cakes were so delicious that nothing was ever left, not even the crumbs!  This made the king of the fairies very angry.  How angry?  So angry that he hatched a plan to kidnap the bakerwoman!  Will the bakerwoman outwit the fairy king or will she be trapped forever?

It’s a Scottish folk tale about fairies!  Need I say more?  Of course, this is a picture book for young children, but I still loved it.  The illustrations are perfect, the story is well-written, and the plot is funny enough that young children will enjoy it.  I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves folk tales or a good children’s book.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley.

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