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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway: The Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall

Let me thank Liz at Random House for letting me be a part of this blog tour.

Before my review here's a little tidbit about the book:

Carrie Bradshaw -- in a Bonnet

My Review:

It took me a little while to get all the characters straight with this one. There were so many being introduced in the beginning that I started to get a little confused. Once I got a few chapters in things all started to fall into place and I was able to keep track of who was who.

The dialogue in this book was very easy to follow (for some reason I get lost easily in dialogue). I didn't have to keep going back and re-reading to try and figure out who was saying what. I REALLY liked that.

The story was pretty decent. It didn't blow me away but it was still pretty good. There were parts that were a little suspenseful, and there were some really touching parts. It had a little bit of everything.

What I liked most about this was that it was a look into how modern Amish people live. Even though they stay true to their beliefs modern culture does leave its mark on the Amish. I'm glad this book showed that. In the past books that I've read about the Amish are very biased and stereotypical. I liked that the author was able to use her real-life connections to give a true glimpse into Amish life.

This one was a pretty quick read. Although it didn't draw me in and keep me totally captivated the writing was well done and I didn't have to labor to finish it.

It was a decent book, not something I loved but I definitely liked it.

To find out more about The Hope of Refuge please visit Random House's website.

Now for the Giveaway!

I will be giving away 1 copies of this one.

Giveaway will end 8/28/09 at 11:59 pm.

To enter simply leave a comment with your email address.

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Tweet, blog, or link to this giveaway for another entry! Just let me know where I can find it.

US only please as I am mailing this one myself.

Also just a note: I am a smoker and I have pets so if you have allergies you may not want to enter. This giveaway isn't for the copy I read, so the book has never even been opened but smoke and animal hair have a way of getting into everything! I don't want to cause anyone to get sick!

Good Luck!