Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Shawna Williams

No Other:

No Other
In the aftermath of WWII all Jakob Wilheimer wants is to get over his pain, get on with life, and if at all possible, forgive those who've wronged his family -- including himself. But it's hard to do when there are constant reminders. One of them being his former schoolmate, now teacher, Meri Parker -- Miss Port Delamar Pearl, Mayor's daughter, Belle of the town -- Meri Parker.

After enduring the stigma and isolation associated with the internment camp, the awkwardness of going back to school should've been a cake walk. But Jakob didn't expect to find himself inexplicably drawn to Meri. Or to discover that the pain and loneliness of her life surpassed his own. She needed to be rescued from the wretched people seeking to control her life. And more than anything, he needed to be the one to save her.

My Review of No Other:

When I heard about the third book of this series I decided to give the whole series a shot. I figured if I would at least try reading book one and see what happens. Once I started book one though I could not put it down!! Wow!!

No Other by Shawna Williams was amazing. This debut novel was heartwarming, genuine, and very lovable. I read this book in one day; once I met Jakob and Meri I fell in love with them and couldn’t stop reading about their lives. I sympathized with the characters and the situations they were in and I found myself reading and reading in hopes that they would work things out.

You can tell an author is great at writing scenes and dialogue when tears come to your eyes!! That is how it was as I read No Other. It was emotional and exciting and heartwarming from beginning to end.

Content: I consider this Edgy Christian Fiction so I believe it’s for more of a mature audience.

I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for my honest review!! My honest review is this is a great book!! And I’ve already started on book two and I’m loving that as well!! 

In All Things:

Jakob and Meri's story continues...

Meredith Louis's Hollywood career is at a point of transition. No longer under Majestic Studios control, Meri is free to broaden her appeal as an actress and finally earn the recognition she desires.

Meri and Jakob return to their hometown for the holidays where Meri hopes to reconcile with her parents after a decade of silence. But after a disastrous encounter, Meri is plunged into turmoil as old fears resurface in unexpected ways.

Jakob, already dealing with unresolved family issues of his own, is further burdened by his inability to help his wife. Can he learn to step aside and trust God's plan.Will Meri recognize what she already has?

In All Things is a story of faith and restoration, cemented in the belief, "...that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

My Review of In All Things:

As soon as I finished No Other, book one of this series by Shawna Williams, I instantly started In All Things. I went in to reading In All Things with a huge smile on my face; I was so happy that things worked out with Jakob and Meri and I couldn’t wait to read more about their amazing love journey. I expected things to get a little rough for the couple once they pursued Meri’s dream of becoming an actress but it was still hard to read.

Now that the family has moved to California they face all kinds of obsticals and tough roads. Again I was amazed at the way Shawna illustrated her characters. They are so deep and realistic, there is no hiding behind this perfect life, they struggle and their struggles are hard and difficult to read but I was so drawn in to them and so invested I couldn’t get enough! There was times I just wanted to scream at the book and yell “stop listening to these lies”!! Heartbreaking!!!

One of my favorite things about this book and this series is Jakob. He is so amazing in my opinion. He isn’t perfect by any means but he is passionate and caring and not afraid to take a challenge. I loved the part of the book where he decides to try to be a better husband, all his emotions and thought were so passionate, I just wanted to hug him!

I also was amazed at how much In All Things reminded me of lessons I’ve learned but often forget. For example we see how much other people can manipulate us if we let them and also how easy it is to stray from what we believe in when we put ourselves in tempting situations!!

Great story, dynamic characters, very thought-provoking!! Loved it!! On to book three!!

Content: I consider this Edgy Christian Fiction so I believe it's for more of a mature audience.

I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for my honest review!! All opinions are my own!

The Good Fight:

Roger Talbot's life is defined by his devotion to public service. Having just successfully prosecuted a brutal murder case, Roger turns his attention to discovering the shady dealings of Niles Parker -- the town's former mayor, Roger's old boss and the father of the woman Roger almost married.

Pennye Carrington ran away from Port Delamar with plans never to return. However, learning that her brother had murdered a family member of a famous movie star changed those plans. Pennye comes back with the hope of bringing stability to a family in disarray, but facing the torment of her childhood may be more than she can handle.

Roger's mission to bring down Niles Parker and Pennye's desire to keep her brothers out of trouble create a middle ground, where two people who couldn't be further apart, embark on a danger-filled journey of discovery to find themselves and each other.

My Review of The Good Fight:

The Good Fight is the third book I've read by Shawna Williams and it follows the story of Jakob and Meri from No Other and In All Things. However, The Good Fight is more about Meri's "ex-boyfriend" Roger from way back before she married Jakob. After the break-up between Meri and Roger, Roger took a good look at his life and decided he needed to change the way he lived. He changed his career and his goals in life and was moving on with a new lady named Anna. There is new lady in town though that is holding his thoughts captive and he finds himself intrigued by her.

I have to admit when I first got really involved in this story and realized it was mostly going to be about Roger, I was very disappointed. I wasn't real interested in reading about Roger, and all I wanted was more about Jakob and Meri. It didn't take me long though to get invested in Roger's story and I found myself rooting for him to have a happy life and to make peace with his past and his future!

Shawna Williams has a way to her writing that pulls on your heart strings and causes you to think!! The Good Fight is another beautiful tale of forgiveness and honesty. Have you ever been embarrassed by your family so much that you just decided you wouldn't claim them as family? You'd just go on with your life with a new identity and try to forget the shame that person brought to your family name. It was easy to relate to the character Pennye that dealt with this shame. I can't imagine the situation she was in and I loved the message of this story. God is in the business of taking broken pieces and turning them in to masterpieces!!

There is so much to love about The Good Fight; we have a mystery thrown in this story that adds a lot of suspense to this story that was delightful. There is also plenty of romance that had my blood pumping and my face a smiling! The characters are flawed, deep and meaningful and the story is unique and entertaining!! I will keep my eyes posted for more by this great author!!

Content: I consider this Edgy Christian Fiction so I believe it's for more of a mature audience.

I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for my honest review!! My honest review is this is a great book!! I read all three of these books in 1 week, they were so good!    


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