Reef

By: Nora Roberts

The Reef was based on deep sea diving and the love story of Tate and Matthew. Tate is just starting college when her and Matthew meet. Tate is on her parents boat doing some leisurely diving, while Matthew is doing it with his Uncle Buck, around the same spot so he could sell the artifacts to make money. After months in tight corners Matthew and Tate fall in love. For Tate it was the world and she will give everything to be with Matthew including never going to college. Matthew would never wish that upon Tate so he breaks her heart and his so she will go to college. Years down the road Tate's father calls up Matthew and Buck for one last go around at the beloved Angelique's necklace that was suppose to be cursed to who ever holds it. After hard months of searching for the necklace they can finally put it to rest. Tate and Matthew finally submit to each other and live happily ever after.

Big Question:
Can love truly conquer all?

In the Reef, Tate over came the past resentment that she had for Matthew because of the love she held for him. Through many years of thinking that Matthew had never really loved her, she managed to forgive and forget just because of the love that Matthew showed her when trying to win her heart over, again.

Like or Dislike?

I didn't really like this book as well as her other books. I feel like the Reef did not flow very well and it had a hard time keeping my attention. It was very predictable. I am an avid Nora Roberts reader and this was not as well written as her other books. I would have to force myself to read this book and when I read I like to be lost in the story.

Black Hills

By: Nora Roberts

This book was about an animal refugee, for exotic animals. It was ran by a woman named Tate who has always had love for mountain lions. When she was younger all she wanted to do was track animals like her father, especially mountain lions. When Tate was little she was introduced to a young boy named Coop. He came from New York to live with his grandparents for the summer because his parents were going through a divorce. Eventually the summer ended and Coop had to go home but he always came back in the summer. One summer when he came back after a couple years of not being able to visit, Coop and Tate had both changed. That summer they fell in love and there was no stopping it. But eventually after the summer ended Coop had to go back to the city to be a cop and Tate followed her dreams to many exotic places to track the wild animals. After tracking in the jungle, she comes back to her refugee camp to find that Coop is back, for good. After a battle of wills Tate and Coop finally admit their love to each other and never separate again.

Big Question:
Can love truly conquer all?

In this story Tate and Coop are tested in a battle of wills through the whole book. They are so different, yet perfect for each other in every way. They fight, bicker, and hate each other multiple times throughout the book. They test each other and try to deny the passion and love they have between each other and had had for each other for many years. In the end for Tate and Coop love does, conquer all.

Like or Dislike?

I liked this book because in the end Coop does win Tate over after months of trying to get her to admit that she still loves him. For me, the ending of a book is what justifies if the story is good or not. If the ending is sad and it doesn't work out I feel like the book is incomplete. I live by the quote " Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end." Nora Robert's ended this book with a happy ending and it kept me fairly interested the whole time, so yes, I would say I liked this book.

The Dark Witch

By: Nora Roberts

In the early mid evil era a witch named Sorca was tempted to cheat on her mortal husband, with a dark witch who wanted to put Sorca and his power together so they could be the strongest withes of all time. Sorca would not succumb to his evil power and instead tricked him. She swished poison around in her mouth and drank it, so when he kissed her died along with her. She sacrificed herself to save her three children because the Dark Witch had killed her husband only hours before. In preparation to kill the Dark Witch she gave all three of her children equal amounts of her power. Each child had a special gift. One child had the gift to be in tune with the eagles, one had the gift to be in tune with the horses, while the other had the gift of the home. The one with the gift of the home could make potions, spells, and homely things. Each one was very important. They were told by their mother before she died to not come back until it was time. They eventually came back and generation after generation 3 children out of the family were born with one of the three abilities. All were witches, some embraced it and others ignored it. There were always that three that made their way to Ireland to prepare for the battle that no one knew would happen. But they all knew that not all of the Dark Witch had died that night. He was still waiting for the right time to strike and take the power that he believes is his.

Big Question:
Can love truly conquer all?

This book is the hardest one to connect to love because it is the beginning of a trilogy. This book does show that love conquers all because Sorca gives her life to her children that she loves VERY much. She gives away her power to them so that they could live and be fruitful in their life. The Dark Witch truly does show the love that a mother has for their child can truly conquer all odds, even if they are supernatural.

Like or Dislike?

I liked this book because it is based in Ireland and I love Ireland. I love the atmosphere that it holds. It seems like everyone is lively and always so nice. If there is one thing, the Irish are always ready for a pint. ;) I would say yes, I like this book.

My Story

By: Elizabeth Smart

This book was about Elizabeth Smart, a young, 14 year old Mormon girl, from Salt Lake City, Utah. She was taken from her bedroom at knife point by a man who threatened to kill all of her family and her if she screamed or alerted anyone. She was taken up to a mountain and was abused and raped by a man named Mitchel and his wife, Barzee. Elizabeth was a 14 year old girl who hadn't even started her period yet. Over the course of 9 months she and her captors were moving from the mountain of Salt Lake to California. Mitchel attempted to take two other girls within this 9 month period. At one point Elizabeth was not given food for 7 days, forced to drink alcohol, get drunk, do drugs, was constantly molested, and forced to look at pornographic magazines. Eventually she convinced her capture, who thought he was a prophet of god, that it was in God's plan to go back to Utah. When they got to Utah they were stopped by the police. A police man asked "Are you Elizabeth Smart? If so, your parents love you an are ready for you to come home." Elizabeth was reunited with her family and is now married. Barzee was imprisoned for 15 years in a federal prison, and Michael is in a federal prison with no chance of parole.

Big Question:
Can love truly conquer all?

For Elizabeth Smart the one thing that got her through those horrible months was the love she had for her family and the love that she had for God. In times of despair Elizabeth would remember her mothers voice. The most thing she was fearful of was forgetting her family. She also hung onto the fact that she would not hate God for this, she would love him and lean on him. So yes, the love Elizabeth had for her parents and God could conquer all evil.

Like or Dislike?

I love this book it shows that Elizabeth is a truly good person. It tells a tragic story, but in the end it shows that there are happy endings in real life. This book also makes you think about how blessed you are to have the life that you do and it makes you very grateful. I loved this book.

Relatable

  • "Knowing it can always get worse, I try to be grateful for whatever good I have."
  • I think that everybody can relate to this quote. At least once you think that your life is horrible, you hate it, and when in reality there are people out there who have it way worse than you. I know from my personal experience, when I was sick in the hospital, I thought that I had the worst life ever. I thought I had it bad, but when I was released from being quarantined, I realized I didn't. I was in a wheel chair, which instantly made me feel horrible, but I was taken past rooms where children would wave out their windows at me. They were kids smaller than me who had no hair and some waiting for a lung transplant. It was my wake up call when I realized that I could easily be the one with no hair, or the child waiting on a lung transplant. It was a very, very, humbling experience. From there on out I try to be grateful that I can go to school, have a boyfriend, go outside and ride four wheeler's, and do things that kids are suppose to do. I may be limited, but I can do it. Things that I used to take for granted, I am now grateful for.

Big Question:

All of these books are connected to the big question. They are all basically love stories of some sort and they all overcome trials and tribulations in their relationships, whether it was a relationship between families, between God, or between a man and a woman.

BOOK FOR SALE!!!!

Do you want to find out what happened to this beautiful and smiling girl, Elizabeth Smart? Read her book "My Story" about her life of being captured and tortured for 9 months and how she overcame that. This biography is a heart warming story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and will pull at your heart strings.You can find this book at any Barnes and Noble store. Trust me, it's worth your time and money. You will never forget this girl and the strength she holds.

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