The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

First off, I need to say that this book is a different genre than I normally read. I usually read romance but this novel is more of an adventure novel than a romance. Anyways, on with the review!
Ben and Ashley are complete strangers until they meet at the airport.  They start chatting and as they wait to board the same plane. The snowstorm becomes too strong and the flight gets canceled. Ben finds a way for them to get home on a private flight, he rushed back to get Ashley who is on her way home to get married.
Making things even more interesting between the both of them  after their plane crashes, leaving them stranded in the mountains. Ben protects her as their time in the mountains stretches into months. Along the story we get snippets into Ben’s life before any of this happened, as he talks to his wife.
All in all I thought this was a great book, it was a little lengthy though.
-Skylar N.
The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library. It is also available for download from Overdrive.

Book Review: Love’s Image, by Debby Mayne

loves_image_coverThis is a great love story with some very powerful messages:

  • Beauty is not only skin deep.
  • What’s on the outside of someone is not as important as what’s  on the inside.
  • Have faith and never ever give up.

My great-aunt read it and thought I would like it. She was right.

Model Shannon McNab has been in a terrible car accident that wounded her face. Left with a long scar as a reminder, she knows that her career as a model is shot and her self-confidence has flown out the window. Her boyfriend leaves her because he no longer finds her attractive.

When one of her friends takes her to a singles group at church, Shannon is apprehensive about going at first. It is there that she meets Judd Manning, a kind, funny school teacher who makes Shannon smile once again. He makes her believe that she might be able to find someone who doesn’t judge her by her scar and will love her the way she is. She begins to feel better about herself again and falls in love with Judd.

As her scar fades over time, her love for Judd and God grows. She is confident again and finally happy, having found the true meaning of her life and believing that everything does happen for a reason.

This novel is definitely a favorite of mine and a real feel-good story. It shows how to have faith in God, other people, and yourself.

-Lauren B., 12th grade