A Time of Renewal

Late winter and early spring have been busy seasons during which I've had little time to write book reviews here at Budden Book Reviews. I've even been a little slack at posting reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. However, over the next week or so, I intend to play catch up.


What has been the reason for such a lengthy period of silence, you may ask. Well, I decided to take my granddaughter on a spring vacation - just the two of us - before she turned two-years-old the latter part of April. I desperately needed a break from standing on my feet over 50 hours each week and I knew she would be perfect company - and her plane ticket didn't cost anything. She wouldn't eat me out of "house and home" and everywhere we went, there would only be one admission fee because of her age. The best perk of all - besides feeling great about taking her on a trip - was that she didn't come packed with an attitude that I'd rather avoid. Thus, I could really have a vacation.


However, first, I had to plan a vacation after getting home from work during one of the busiest seasons of the year at work. Needless to say, I was tired but excitement soon bubbled to the surface as I started contemplating our trip, then began to research Miami, Florida, and its attractions. I looked at the possibility of taking a day trip to Key West, as well.


We had a splendid trip during which I made wonderful memories, though my granddaughter will, likely, forget since she was, and is, so young. That only means I will need to take her again when she is older.


Key West Photos

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February Picks ~ 2015

Before Time (The Time Trilogy: Book One) by Xunaira J. is a story set in Pakistan which shares the online friendship between Onaiza and Asher (aka Impassioned).


In the story I watch a friendship grow (largely through text messages) to the point that, on a site built around anonymity, the two begin to trust each other. They look forward to the time when they can chat again and even go on to share their real identities and photos with each other.


Before Time isn't a thriller, nor is it filled with suspense. Even so, I continued turning the pages, wanting to see what might arise next in their conversation.


As I read the story, I kept thinking of Asher being a wise soul for his age. Sometimes the comments he made seemed off the wall, until I thought about them for a few minutes.


As I continued reading, I was saddened by some of the revelations Asher shared about his life, the heartache he had lived through, how tragedy stole his passion for living.

Before Time is definitely a story you want to take your time reading so you can fully absorb the conversations taking place between the characters. If you are anything like me, you'll want to see what happens in the second book, which should be released later this year.


Visit its page on Amazon by clicking here.



The Accidental Healer by Joshua Graham was my introduction to this writer and what an introduction it was!  I won't say the story is categorized as being Christian-based but, for me, I could see Biblical connotations attached to some of the incidents in the story. 


From the time I learned the identity of the screaming lady in the dark alley - whom Jack managed to stumble upon in his quest to find a place to commit suicide - every instinct within me sensed the story was centered around a few Christian principles and teachings.


I loved the story which, despite the subject matter, was entertaining. I enjoyed the author's sense of humor which shone through his character, especially when we were privy to his thoughts.

I especially enjoyed one of the themes I took away from The Accidental Healer - that one gains his life when he is willing to lose it, when a man is willing to lay down his life for his family and friends.


I won't tell you anything else, for fear of spoiling the story for you. I want you to decide for yourself what the story means to you. However, I will tell you that, after searching Amazon (just now), I was surprised to see "Horror - Occult" listed among the categories because I would never categorize this book as such.


If you would like to learn more about the book, please visit its page on Amazon.


I've read other titles during February, 2015, but these two titles are the ones which stood out. These are the stories that, if I could twist your arms and elbows and force you to buy them, I would - but let's hope it doesn't come to that. :)

Thanks again for visiting me at Budden Book Reviews.


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January 2015 Picks

If I Break by Portia Moore is the first of four books which form the series by the same name. I started reading this story - unlike any other I had read - and couldn't put it down. I was drawn into the characters' lives and the mystery surrounding the male lead character.


The twist in the story which came closer to the end of If I Break threw me for a loop. I had not expected it and it shook me up so much that I had to keep turning the pages and discovered I couldn't seem to turn them fast enough.


If I Break is followed by Before I Break and Almost Broken, which I began reading as soon as the last page of the previous book was read. The fourth title will be released early 2015 and I can't wait to read it! To read my full review, click here.




Raine is a story which is sure to affect your emotions on many levels. Sometimes you'll feel like hitting something, other times you'll cry while, at others, you smile.


The story is laced with hope in the midst of all the certainty - in the midst of the pain, heartache, even betrayal.


It was hard to put this book down after I started reading. I lost far too much sleep over two nights but the journey was definitely worth it and I'd invite you to take the journey for yourself.


If you would like to read the full review at Budden Book Reviews, click here.



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