Sunday, June 24, 2012

Book Review: Crossing Values by Carrie Daws

I was recently provided with a book to read,
in exchange for my honest review.

My first ever book review!
I am so excited.
I have a couple of books on my "to do" list.
I had been looking forward to this one.
It was fiction
not a "self help" 
or guidance book.

This was my first experience with a 
"Christian" fiction book.
But the summary on the back looked very interesting:

For years, Amber traipsed around the northwest avoiding the skeletons in her closet. Job-hopping every few weeks, she refused to let anyone get close to her.
As winter plants itself firmly across the Rockies, she takes a chance on a job at a logging company with a family different from any she’s ever known.
Watching the family interact creates more questions than answers for Amber. Feeling like she’s entered the happily-ever-after written at the end of fairytales, she watches for cracks in the fa├žade.
Surely as the days pass, the play-acting will cease and the real family will emerge.
Or could she be wrong?  Could they be genuine?
Could Faye understand the trauma from her past or Peter think of her as more than just the winter office help? Could this family really hold the key to what she’s seeking?

Crossing Values by Carrie Daws

My Thoughts:

Thankfully it was a quick read.  I needed one of those!
I still can't decide about this book.
It was a bit surreal for me.
I realize it was fiction,
but I couldn't put myself into the book.
And I had a hard time believing the 
events and timeline and the 
whole premise of the book.
Yes, I realize it is "fiction".
Halfway through I knew I didn't love it,
but in the end, there is a reference to a sequel.
I found myself intrigued about the sequel.
I would be interested in reading the sequel,
if it happened upon my doorstep,
but I am not sure I will hunt it out.

I commend Ms. Daws, a fellow homeschooling momma,
 on writing and publishing a book.
Well done and good luck on this journey!

 Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.


  1. I have posted my review of Crossing Values as well. I only rated it a 3 star. I just could not get into this book. Great review.

    1. Thanks! It was my first - can you tell??? ;) It was difficult for me too...but in the end it was worth the time it took to read. I'd like to think I got "something" out of it.

  2. Bummer that you didn't like your first-ever review book! Hopefully, you'll like your next book more. I appreciate your honesty--as hard as it is to be less than positive about a book, we reviewers have a duty to be honest in our recommendations! I just posted my review for the CWA Review Crew, and I share many of your concerns about this book.

    1. Thanks Becky. It was a tough review. Unfortunately - the second book I am struggling through right now and I am having a hard time with it too...