Wreckage: A Book of Survival, Love & the Secrets In Between

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Wreckage: 

For Lillian, a normal everyday housewife, this trip to Fiji is an unusual escape for her everyday, mundane life.  One that if she were to be completely honest with herself, she wasn't completely looking forward to.  Margaret, Lillian's mother in law, won a trip of a lifetime and having never taken a vacation just herself and her daughter-in-law, felt this would be a great way for the two to bond.

Never in a million years could the passengers aboard that small little private jet imagine the chaos that lies before them.  Strangers when they board the plane, they will find themselves intimate over the next several months in a way that only people who are trapped together with a common trauma can be.

What begins as a peaceful flight, ends so very violently.  What's left are just fragments of what used to be.  The survivors must now cling to their lives and fight for their survival.

The story is told jumping from the present day to the past.  The story is told while Lillian is giving what she hopes to be the final interview so that she can finally put the 2 1/2 years she fought for survival and her life behind her and focus on her family.  We also hear Dave's side of the story as he recounts his part of the story for the reporter.  

Their story that they are telling to the world, while not fully the truth, is a truth that they have fabricated to help their loved ones to deal with the lost years.  

The reporter thinks that she knows the real truth.  That their story is a story of a "Love Triagle", she believes that Lillian and Kent were in love and that Dave was overcome with jealousy over the love shared by Lillian and Kent.  However, that is so far from the truth it's almost laughable.  In a way, hearing this, Dave is overcome with peace that the "Real Truth" is safely tucked away in he confines of their minds.

With a plane ride that started out with five passengers, only two people will survive long enough to see their final rescue after two and a half years stranded on a deserted island.  The scars that are with them are not visible and cannot be easily healed.

This really was a gripping story.  I stayed up most of the night trying to devour each and every word.  I couldn't wait to read what happened to Lillian and Dave next.  Although there were a good few bits that I was able to correctly predict, there were a few surprises and twists and turns as well.

One of the nicest surprises came towards the end.  To see a husband so accepting of his wife and the life she made when survival was the only option, was incredibly beautiful and touching.  To see that when the truth comes to light, it frees not only you, but everyone involved.

I really urge those of you who love psychological thrillers, mysteries, those types of books to give this book a chance!!  It really is attention grabbing.  There wasn't one dull moment.


Review: A Stolen Child by Laura Elliot



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One of the most emotionally charged, captivating books I've read in ages. There were moments when it was so emotionally charged that I actually had to put it down for a bit. It's a brilliantly written book, and the lives of three women are weaved together so expertly and seamlessly.

The story is centered around two women. Suzanne and Carla. Suzanne, it's clear from the beginning is suffering emotionally from the loss of multiple miscarriages. I hadn't really read the description of the book so, I wasn't really sure what to expect. So, it was rather alarming when as the story continued to open up and the idea was formed and born of Suzanne going through the pretense of her pregnancy despite having miscarried. It was kinda like watching a train wreck. Not wanting to look, but being so mesmerized and with a longing to see what was going to unfold.

Suzanne, who has lost her baby and yet decided in a maddening, emotionally charged moment to just bury the truth because she's unable to at that moment deal with the truth of the situation. Yet, as time passes, in order to hide the truth, she must create a new story for herself. And she realizes that the story she's telling will require a child.

Enter Carla. Carla, is a model and has been plastered all over the media during her pregnancy. Carla is married to a undercover detective, who is extremely uncomfortable with all of the publicity and intrusion into their private lives. However, neither could have predicted that a woman unable to face the truth of her own loss, would in a moment see Carla and see with clarity that Carla's child would be her own.

I have to say, I kept thinking HOW.... There were some wonderful pieces throughout the story that in the end makes everything come full circle. The author did an excellent job of breaking this story into wonderful pieces of a puzzle...

The author did such a wonderful job at making you connect with the characters and the story. It really was extremely well done. I cannot convey adequately how wonderful this book is, and how well written it is, and what a wonderful storyteller Ms. Elliot is. While admittedly, there were times it was too emotionally draining for me, and I had to put it down, it still was able to hold my attention.

You know, there are so many times in our own personal lives when sometimes our truth is hard to deal with and so we put it in a box and lock it away to deal with it another day, so in that sense, I could understand Suzanne's character and her motivation, and also why she was at a constant battle with herself. She definitely knew what she was doing was wrong, and because of being Unable to free herself with the truth, she became a prisoner of her own making.

I definitely recommend this book to those who love a good psychological thriller.

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Duck Dynasty:  Faith And Family

Beautiful Gifting Page:  Duck Commander BibleSo, I'm sure most people are pretty familiar with the "Redneck" family from the hit TV show "Duck Dynasty", that catipulted a little redneck family to super stardom.  Most people, if they are even a teensy bit familiar with the media and pays attention also are well aware that this "redneck" family who has made their gold from "Duck Callers" are also a family of faith.

Their outspokeness about their faith is truly inspirational.  Most people who find fame and fortune lose their faith.  They forget their roots and who it is that truly they should be thanking for the good fortune that they find.  Not true with the Robertson clan.  These TV favs have truly used their fame for the "Good".  

As a Christian myself, I truly have mad respect for this family and how they have used their fame to speak about the Word and try to show the world that "Christians" are just normal folk but with a heart dedicated to God.  Christians aren't some weird mythological creature, nor are we born of perfection.  We are just sinner's who are trying to make it in this world with our eyes on the prize.

The Duck Commander Faith and Family NKJV Bible

Hardbound Cover:  The Duck Commander BibleIt's not too far a stretch of the imagination to think of the Robertson's now having their own Bible.  Afterall, when you put your focus on Christ then I think it's only a natural move to have a Bible after your namesake show that has brought such a success.

I was THRILLED when I received the opportunity to review this item.  While I am not a big TV junkie anymore, I do enjoy the "Duck Dynasty" show and love what this show and this family represent.  My husband and kids all are huge fans of the show and I knew I would score serious COOL points in their book with this score!

Duck Commander:  On The Hunt

SO, in addition to being a standard New King James Version Bible (you know, the version that is more relatable and readable...) this Bible also has some really nice features that make it more "Duck Dynasty" worthy.
  • 125 Articles by Phil and Al Robertson
  • Personal Welcome note from Phil and Al
  • A Topical Index
  • Reading Plans
  • Supplementary Scripture References
I've never reviewed a Bible before, so I'm not like an expert or anything.  I've read plenty enough Bibles though...  So, I guess that gives me some knowledge of the subject.

I love that there are little articles that relate to the scripture in question.  It personalizes it.  I wish they had a bit more devotional type material, but it truly is a really nice Bible.

I love how they broke it down....

Set Your Sights:  

These are then broken into five topics:  Faith, Family, Fellowship, Forgiveness or Freedom.

Set Your Sights:  The Duck Commander BibleI love that they have those categorized and so if you are having an issue with forgiveness you can go to the back and look in the "Set Your Sights" Index and find all the related scriptures or "Devotions" that have to do with Forgiveness.  That's super handy.  

I've always had a strong faith, but I'll be honest I cannot quote scripture for the life of me...  Hopefully that doesn't make me not the best Christian, but I've just not been good at memorizing a lot of scripture.  So, for someone like me, having it broken down like that does TRULY come in handy!

On the Hunt: The Duck Ccommander Bible On The Hunt:  

On the Hunt is part of the Set Your Sights and gives you other scriptures related to the topic at hand!

The ABC's of Salvation:

They even have an awesome guide in the back that breaks down Salvation.  It includes some of the great salvation scriptures...  From Romans 3:23 " For all have sinned and fallen short..." to 1 John 3:1  "God loves YOU so much...."


Overall:

I absolutely loved this Bible.  It will be a gift for my husband for Christmas.  He will think I'm the most awesome ever when he sees this Bible.  

Gift Idea:

This makes an awesome gift idea for the man or woman or teen in your life who LOVES watching Duck Dynasty.  I can't think of a better gift than the gift of eternal life and not that by giving a Bible means your gifting eternal life, but it definitely is a necessary tool for those who believe.




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