Book Review : Unscripted

I grabbed this book on the author’s name alone. We love Davis Bunn’s writing and have thoroughly enjoyed many books!! We also love his pseudonym Thomas Locke!! So I expected a good book, I knew it would be well written, but I really did not know much else.

It is also worth noting that I love legal thrillers. Once upon a time I thought I might grow up and become an Army lawyer, but that was short lived so I enjoy living vicariously through legal stories!

Davis Bunn has written a wonderful story with some characters that I honestly miss! Unscripted takes you into a legal story but so much more! He dives behind the curtain of Hollywood by showing you the drama behind the screen with the writers, producers and even a few actors.

To say I enjoyed this fast read would be a disservice to the fantastic storytelling! I was hooked from the start! There are so many twists and turns in this tale, so many amazing characters that walk onto Mr. Bunn’s stage and it will all keep you wanting more!

If you love a great story grab this book – you will not regret it!

PS. My college son grabbed it on his weekend home to take back and read! These books appeal across many ages!!

NOTE: I received a copy of Unscripted in exchange for my honest review.

About Unscripted

Young line producer Danny Byrd is well-known in Hollywood for being someone who gets things done on time and under budget. But when his reputation takes a beating after his partner–and former best friend–makes off with their investors’ money, Danny has but one chance to redeem himself and restore his ruined career.

LA lawyer Megan Pierce has sacrificed years of her life proving herself to her impossible bosses only to find herself disgusted at their snobbery and their specious business practices. When an opportunity to actually make a difference comes her way, she knows she has to grab it–even though she’s not entirely clear what “it” is.

Danny and Megan are each other’s best hope for redemption. What they never could have imagined was that they might also be each other’s best hope for love.

Bestselling and award-winning author Davis Bunn takes you into the beating heart of Hollywood with two characters determined to thrive in a cutthroat business.

Book Review : I am Brave

Tommy Nelson has delivered a sweet devotion book for girls ages about 9-14 titled I am Brave! The book is filled with daily devotion style sections, some interactive while others are just reading. There are 5 narrators which are the “Brave Girls” : Hope, Glory, Honor, Gracie and Faith. Each narrator shares their personal background story and I would venture to say just about every young girl will relate and connect with one of them.

I sat down with my 13 year old daughter to work through some of these devotions and we both enjoyed it. This would be a great Christmas present for a tween girl in your family or even in your church. The book is well made and seems to be sturdy and would last through daily use.

The focus of this book it to help tween girls navigate tough decisions – friendships, perseverance, courage, our culture and more. This is a great tool for families to use to spark deeper discussions about some serious issues that might be difficult to tackle otherwise.

NOTE : I received a copy of I am Brave to check out and honestly review!

More about the book:

It’s a tough time to be a tween. Body image struggles, peer pressure, social media, and confusion about what truth is and why it matters can make growing up harder than ever. How do you stand firm in what you believe? What does it mean to be brave in your faith? What does it look like to love others? Finding answers to the most challenging questions can help tween girls thrive as they grow into brave young women of God.

I Am Brave invites girls ages 8–12 to join the Brave Girls—Hope, Glory, Faith, Gracie, and Honor—as they grow closer to God every day. The latest book in the popular Brave Girls series, I Am Brave includes journaling prompts, devotions, and lots of great questions to help girls learn more about who God is and who they are.

The Brave Girls are ordinary girls who are stronger and more courageous because of God’s love and guidance. I Am Brave will help your own young reader speak up for truth, stand up for faith and live out the real meaning of godly bravery.  Purchase Link

Book Review : Take Back Your Time

It seems no matter what stage of life you are in, where you live or what you do hour by hour each day, we are all busy. But are we? Really?

Take Back Your Time by Morgan Tyree is one of my favorite time management books that I have read, and I have read a few. I love her approach to thinking about our time and our schedules. In face, I love that she suggests we ban the word busy from our vocabulary. For years I have felt like we throw the term busy around like a badge of honor – and yet is it? I am realizing more and more each day that it is not. We all have the same number of hours in our days and if we are running short of time it is because of poor prioritizing.

I really enjoyed this book, the practical tasks she assigns each chapter and how to put priorities on paper. I really loved her blog too and cannot wait to listen to a few podcasts!!

I am pretty excited to apply many of ideas and concepts in Morgan’s book in the weeks and days to come! I will let you know how it works out!

NOTE : I received a copy of Take Back Your Time in exchange for an honest review.

About Morgan Tyree

Fort Collins Family Photographer

Morgan Tyree knows what it’s like to have to manager your time well. She earned her BS degree in business administration with an emphasis in small business and entrepreneurship from the University of Oregon and has worked in the fields of marketing, management, and human resources. She and her husband, David, have three children and live in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Book Review : Christmas in Winter Hill

One of my favorite things to do on chilly days is to sit by the fire and read! It is even better when I get my hands on a seasonal book like Melody Carlson‘s recent book : Christmas in Winter Hill. I have always loved reading Melody’s Christmas stories and this one is another great one!

The gist of this story is a single mom who has avoided the over-celebration of Christmas takes a job as a city manager of a town known as Christmasville. When she and her daughter arrive to this small town she struggles to feel involved and included. However over time the charm of the town, the people and even Christmas take hold of her heart.

I always enjoy these sweet stories, they are easy to read and fast paced, but very sweet and encouraging. I always enjoy these books in the fall so they can help usher in the Christmas spirit in my heart as well!

This adorable book would make a great Christmas gift for a book-loving friend as well!!

NOTE: I received a copy of Christmas in Winter Hill in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review : Dark Ambition

Dark Ambition by Irene Hannon is the final book in the Code of Honor Series. If you like a book that will pull you in quickly and keep you hooked, this is a great read! It is super fast paced and the story is intriguing! Heather Shields has joined the Phoenix Incorporated group of Private Investigators. When she is hired to help figure out where Rick Jordan’s missing friend is, she is thrown into a series of twists and turns.

I really loved Rick Jordan’s character and his history as a Army Night Stalker. I enjoyed how the story line brought in a bit of his past and his connection with friends from his time in the service.

I also enjoyed seeing Heather figure out just who she was as the new hire for the firm. She and Rick do immediately sense an interest in the each other and while they attempt to keep that at bay, both are looking forward to closing the case and exploring a personal relationship in the future.

Irene Hannon always writes books that take you on an adventure into places you never expected to go. There are many twists and turns that you do not see coming! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading anything by Ms. Hannon in the future!!

NOTE : I received a copy of Dark Ambition in exchange for an honest review by Revell Publishers.

More about the book:

Former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan usually has his camp for foster children to himself during the winter months. But someone has visited recently—leaving a trail of blood. One of the two clues left behind tips Rick off to the identity of his visitor, who soon turns up dead. The police deem it an accident, but Rick isn’t convinced. With the help of private investigator Heather Shields, he sets out to decipher the remaining clue. Except someone doesn’t want them to succeed–and will stop at nothing to keep them from finding the truth.