Thursday, May 3, 2018

I Can Only Imagine - A Book Review

I was so excited to get the chance to review I Can Only Imagine - A Memoir by Bart Millard.  I'm sure by now most of you have already seen the movie, you know the song, but did you know there's a book?

After seeing the movie the first week it released I had so many questions as to what was true to life and what was "hollywood upped".  The Memoir has answered all my questions.  By reading the book you get to go behind the scenes of the movie, plus a backstage pass, so to speak, to Bart's life.

One thing I especially liked about the book is that included Shannon's side of the story.  I loved this addition and it was great to read her take on things.  I also really like that Bart included personal pictures of his family.  I admit that I looked at the pictures first.  This actually helped me to put real faces to the people I was reading about rather than Hollywood actors.

I would recommend this to any fan of Mercy Me and the song/movie I Can Only Imagine.  It will give you a much more personal look into the life of Bart Millard.

Thanks to for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Weaver's Daughter - A Book Review

The Weaver's Daughter is a Regency Romance Novel by Sarah E. Ladd.  She is one of my favorite Authors and this book is an example as to why.  So elegantly written with such detail, she paints such a vivid picture of the events. I also am a huge fan of historical fiction and Sarah E. Ladd is an author that you can always tell has studied and done her homework.  I can't recommend this beautiful novel enough.  And just look at the cover!  Isn't that enough to make you want to go out and buy the book right now!

Kate's father is a weaver and loyalty runs strong in the Dearborne family.  Weaver's stay with weaver's.  Henry has loyalties as well.  He strives for a better future for their small town where tensions are growing.  Kate wants to be loyal to her father, but as misguided actions are brought to light she begins to wonder if she has placed her loyalty in the wrong place.

Henry is a different man when he returns from war, but when tragedy strikes he must take up the Stockton business and protect his family's livelihood.   Henry and Mercy have both been warned to stay far away from each other as Stockton's and Dearborne's do not intermingle.

In spite of the warning it seems as Henry and Mercy keep ending up toghether and soon they must come together to find a way to create peace for both of their family and the well being of the whole town.

***Thanks to for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

A Chance At Forever - A Book Review

Mercy McClain works at a local orphanage in Teaville, Kansas with her brother and sister in law.  As a child Mercy was bullied by a boy in school for a physical deformity that she has.  She is determined to protect the children of Teaville against the same kind of treatment.

When Aaron comes to town and applies for a job as a teacher, Mercy soon realizes that it is the man who bullied her as a child.  She is able to delay the school boards decision, but Aaron is soon employed at the orphanage as he awaits the decision.  Mercy can't believe that Aaron has changed.  Little does she know, that he has given his life to God and is trying to make restitution to all the people in Teaville he hurt as a child.

Will Mercy ever be able to forgive and forget? Has he really changed or is he still the same old mean bully?  So much of Aaron's future lies in Mercy's hand, but he will have to prove himself worthy of her trust.

What a beautiful story this is!  I fell in love with both of the characters.  They are so relateable.  Mercy has so many insecurities plus she is holding on to some past hurts and struggling with forgiveness.  Aaron battles his past.  It seems to haunt him at times, but he is doing his best to change.  I love that he tries to make everything right.  Forgiveness is easy, restitution sometimes is not, but when God gives forgiveness we need to seek forgiveness from those we have wronged as well.

This is such a heartwarming story and one that I will read again!  I can't wait to read more from this author!

***Thanks to Bethany House Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

A Light On The Hill - Book Review

A Light On The Hill by Connilyn Cossette is the first book in the Cities of Refuge series.  This is the first book I have read by this author and I am an instant fan.  This is the best biblical fiction book I have ever read.  I did not want to stop reading and several nights I lost sleep because I just could not put it down.

The story is about Moriyah, a fictional character, but it is surrounded by true biblical events. I absolutely loved this.  Sometimes when I read a biblical fiction story that revolves around a beloved Bible character I have trouble with the story being changed.  With this being a fictional character it made it so much more enjoyable for me.  I did not feel like it was veering from the Bible, but instead brought greater light to the culture and what life was like during that time period.

As a young girl Moriyah was branded during the battle of Jericho.  She now wears a veil to cover the scar that brands her a prostitute.  Although, nothing physical ever happened she is still viewed as a bad women.  This leaves her without any prospects for marriage.  Her father changes that, when he offers his vineyard in exchange for his daughter's hand in marriage.  After an unthinkable event that forces Moriyah to flee for her life, she finds solace in a very unlikely source.  This story is about Moriyah's journey to one of the Levitical cities of refuge.

I seriously cannot say enough good things about this book.  It is going on my shelf of favorites and I'm already looking forward to reading it again.  I can't wait for the next book in this series!

***Thanks to Bethany House Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Gardener's Log Book: A Five Year Planner

On of the most enjoyable things for me is gardening.  At the first sign of spring (and sometimes earlier) I begin planning what I will plant as soon as it's warm enough. I've always kept notes on how many tomato plants I get, how many rows of corn, etc. 

I was really excited for the opportunity to review A Gardener's Log Book.  It's a Five year gardening planner in one spiral bound book.  There are several things that really stand out about this planner.  For one, the cover is waterproof.  This is perfect for taking outside with you when you go to do your gardening.  It will wipe clean if you get it a little dirty.

It also has a place for plant names with a place to document bloom and harvest times throughout the entire year.

It is also divided by seasons which is nice.  For each season it gives reminders for planning, planting, chores, etc.

There is also plenty of pages for journaling and drawing pictures just the way you want to document it. 

The only thing I wasn't completely satisfied with is the size.  It's a medium size book and I would have loved it to be a bit bigger.  Five years is a lot to cram into such a small book.

Overall, I think it is a great planner and I would definitely recommend it for anyone who loves to garden.  Whether it be vegetable gardening, flower gardening or both, you will enjoy documenting your activity in this great planner!

***Thanks to for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Sibley Birds of Land, Sea and Sky Postcards

Whether you are a birdwatcher, art enthusiast or lover of nature, Sibley: Birds of Land, Sea and Sky Postcards is something you are sure to love.

The 50 postcards come in a very nice and sturdy box.  The box is so nice, with colorful birds displayed on front, that I will be displaying it on my book shelf.  The postcards feature original bird paintings by David Sibley.  They are in vertical format and rendered in watercolors.  Within the box they are divided by tabs separating them by type (sea birds, birds of prey, songbirds).

These would be great for mailing to friends and family.  You could use them as gift tags.  Or you can use them like I will...for inspiration in my own artwork.  I love to sketch and I plan on using these beautiful watercolor paintings as my inspiration.

This is a great set that I would highly recommend.  It would make a great gift or you could just treat your self to this beautiful set!

***Thanks to for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

If I Live - Book Review

If I Live is the third and final book in the If I Run series by Terri Blackstock.  I was so excited to get this long awaited book.  This has been one of the best suspense series that I have ever read and the way the Author wrapped up the series was perfect.

The story continues in the third book and we are still following along with Casey as she is fleeing the law.  She is wanted for a murder she didn't commit.  There are sever "dirty" officers on the force and they want her dead.  She is arrested and she has to fight for her life like never before.

You definitely need to read this series in order.  It is not meant as a stand alone book.  The good thing is that now all three books can be read and you don't have to wait for the release of another book.  That was the worst thing for me.  Having to wait.  Each book was so good I could hardly wait until the next book release.
I would highly recommend the whole series.  In the final book there were still a few surprises and a lot of action that keeps you turning the page until the very end.

***Thanks  to for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

When God Made Light - A Children's Book Review

When God Made Light is a sweet children's  book that focuses on God's wonderful creation. More specifically when He created light.

The story is brought to you in rhymes, which is sure to keep your child's attention. The illustrations are bright, colorful and very creative.

It shares with the child the many things that can be done during the light that God creates. For instance, when the sun is shining you can "go skipping or flipping or down a slide slipping". When the stars are shining you can "sing songs around campfires, make marshmallow s'mores, let grandpa tell stories, wage flashlight wars".

To end the story there is a perfect timed message as to not be fearful of the dark and how the child can shimmer and shine and be the light that God made them to be.

This is the perfect book to include in your child's library or to give as a gift!

***Thanks to blogging for books for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Phoebe's Light - A Book Review

Phoebe's Light is the first book in a new series by Suzanne Woods Fisher called "Nantucket Legacy".

After caring for her father for years, Phoebe yearns for an adventure of her own.  Finally her dreams are coming true as she marries Captain Phineas Foulger.  As they prepare to sail away from Nantucket, Phoebe's father gives her the journal that belonged to her great grandmother.

Phoebe soon learns that the adventure she craved is not so easy. She's lonely and disillusioned so she turns to the pages of her great grandmother's journal and finds within the pages a secret that can change the course of everyone on the ship.

I am huge fan of historical fiction and I love reading about the Quaker lifestyle so this book was a joy for me to read.  It has a dual storyline that jumps back and forth between Phoebe and Mary the great grandmother.  The characters are all well developed and I quickly connected with them all. What was a surprise to me was the twists and turns in this book.  I did not expect page turning suspense and was well pleased with the excitement of this book.

I can't wait to read the next book in this series!  Definitely a book to read if you are a fan of Quaker life and historical fiction.

***Thanks to Revell for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

A Passionate Hope - A Book Review

The Bible story of Hannah is one that is well known.  Her words "for this child I have prayed" are heard and seen all around.  They are used at baby dedications, whispered by mothers, hung as wall decor in nursery's...but have you ever thought much on the women behind the words?  Do you ever wonder what she was really like?

Jill Eileen Smith does a beautiful job of feeling in the gaps for us.  We know what the Bible tells us, but in A Passionate Hope we can read a fictional account of what the life of Hannah may have been like.  The book will transport you back to biblical times and you'll feel like you are write there experiencing the sadness, patience and hope that Hannah deals with.

I know that some people are hesitant to read biblical fiction.  I have read some novels in this genre that I was sorry I ever picked up, but that is not the case with this book.  I think it is important to remember that this is just a fictional account based on true events.  If you keep that in mind, this book will give you a deeper and better understanding of a well loved woman of the Bible.

This was the fourth book in the Daughters of the Promised Land series.  You do not have to read the books in order.  I haven't read any of the previous books, but I will definitely be checking them out now!

***Thanks to Revell for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.