Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Our Favorite Books For May: "Unplanned" and "Night Road"

Gerard's favorite read for May is Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line

by Abby Johnson with Cindy Lambert.  You have to read Unplanned by Abby Johnson because it's just so good! It's the true story of Abby, who was a leader of a Planned Parenthood chapter. One day she had to see the actual abortion, and that changed her whole life from then on. The story is amazing! A coalition For Life was praying right next door and she went to join them. But the part I really enjoyed in this book is her relationship with God! She shares how God can use anyone to spread His word and Abby praying is so good! I got chills reading about it.

This is a powerful book that you will not want to put down. Abby, if you are reading this, thanks for sharing and God bless your husband, daughter and you. You wrote a fantastic book!

Karen's favorite is Night Road by Kristin Hannah

I loved Night Road by Kristin Hannah! This is such a heartbreaking story that delves into friendship, teenage drinking, family relationships, dealing with grief, love and forgiveness. Lexi is a very lonely but nice girl who grew up in foster care for most of her life. She becomes best friends with another lonely girl, Mia, who comes from a very good family. Lexi falls in love with Mia’s twin brother, Zach, the homecoming king. Mia’s parents, especially her mother, Jude, are thrilled Mia has a friend and treat Lexi as a member of the family. In one night, everything changes, just two weeks before graduation when the three good friends drink, drive and get in a car accident that leaves Mia dead.

This is just an amazing read. I could feel the emotions the different characters went through and couldn’t help but feel sorry for Lexi, the driver of the car. Zach, Lexi and Jude all played the blame game, mostly blaming themselves. I can’t say enough good things about this book! The characters were likeable and realistic, the plot is well done and certainly sends a strong message not to drive drunk. I have to read more books by Kristin Hannah—this one was so good! I highly recommend it to parents and teens or anyone who likes a good love story. This is definitely one of the best books I've read so far this year!

We read other very good books this month too but if we had to choose one, it would be these.  We invite you to visit Grab A Book From Our Stack to see our other book reviews. What are you reading? Have you read either of these?


The Author said...

Thank you for sharing your book choices. I had heard Abby's story on a radio interview and I'd love to read the book. Night Road sounds great too.

Ann in the UP said...

I have to read a Kristen Hannah book this next week for my book club. We are reading Winter Garden. I ordered the book from Amazon but if it doesn't come in today's mail, I'll have to resort to listening to the download from the library. I'd prefer to read, but beggars can't be choosers.

Sidne said...

do you think night road makes a good read for a teen mentoring group ages 13-17 yrs. I like the read of both choices.

BeadedTail said...

I always enjoy your reviews and both of these books sound really good! I just started Kristin Hannah's True Colors last night and also have her Winter Garden to read next but I'll be reading Night Road too.

Karen and Gerard said...

Mountain Woman: Gerard says this book was really good and although he read several other very good ones, he chose this as a favorite because it is non-fiction. He also loved "Two Kisses For Maddy" though which he finished after he already told me to use this one.

Ann in the UP: Oh, "Winter Garden" is a very good book for a book club. Lots to discuss there! I think you'll love it. I did. It was my first Kristin Hannah book.

Sidne: I think it would be an excellent choice for a teen mentoring group.

Beaded Tail: Glad you like our book reviews! Thanks for visiting our book blog too. Happy reading! I am on the library waiting list for "True Colors." (I think I ordered that one.) I have three more of her books now to read.

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