Friday, December 15, 2017

The House On Foster Hill - A Book Review

If you like a good mystery The House On Foster Hill is the book for you.  This is the first book for Jaime Jo Wright and she has made me an instant fan.  From the very first page, I was intrigued and did not want to put this spine tingling book down.  I tend to do most of my reading at night and this book gave me the heebie - jeebie's.  So if you get creeped out easy like I do, you may want to opt for reading during the day light hours!

The story intertwines two stories, two characters...Ivy and Kaine.  Ivy's story is set in the early 1900's and Kaine's is present day.  They both revolve around the House on Foster Hill.  There is mystery, murder and a touch of romance.  It is brilliantly written and the way the two characters stories come together is pure genius, especially considering there is over a century between them.

I would recommend this for an older audience due to the creepy factor. But if you are older and love a good suspenseful read you have no reason to look any farther than this book.  It is perfect and will leave you thinking about it long after you set it down.


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

You're Gonna Love Me - A Book Review

You're Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher is a sweet story of second chances.  Samantha suffered a tragic and unexpected loss in her family.  She is not filled with fear and decides to protect her self from experiencing hurt again.  She breaks up with her boyfriend Nick because of his adventurous lifestyle and the risks that he takes.

Two years pass and Samantha's grandma is in need of a caregiver.  Samantha heads to Thunder Creek, Idaho.  When she walks into her grandma's hospital room the face she sees is that of Nick, her old boyfriend.  But has Nick changed? Is love worth the risk?

I found this book very enjoyable and full of hope.  Do you ever wonder what if?  Not very often are we given a second chance with someone and this story is filled with easy to relate to situations.  The romance is perfect and I love the small town feel that the story has.

Robin Lee Hatcher is an author that never disappoints and she has done it again!


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

Friday, December 8, 2017

Reflections of God's Grace - A Book Review

I'll be honest.  I'm extremely picky and hard to please when it comes to devotional books.  I've tried so many and have been left disappointed more times than not.  I have come to the place where I have low expectations why I get a new one.

Well, let me tell you...I was pleasantly surprised with Reflections of God's Grace by Michelle Hanna.  It is a great and encouraging little devotional book that is very easy to relate to.  It does not bind you with dates, but instead lets you set your own pace.  I absolutely love this, because some days I may want to read two, other days I may not want to read a devotion at all, but instead just stick to God's word.  So this was a plus for me.

Her life stories were easy to connect with and everything was uplifting and focused on God's love and Grace.  I would definitely recommend this to others and I think you will enjoy it as much as I did!

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

A Prairie Girl's Faith: The Spiritual Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder

I am a huge Little House on the Prairie fan.  I pretty much have all the books there are available so I get really excited when there is a new book that comes out.  Coming this February you will be able to get A Prairie Girl's Faith by Stephen W. Hines.  I was blessed with the opportunity to review the book and I was so pleased with everything about it!

As a child I learned my Bible lessons by heart, in the good old-fashioned way, and once won the prize for repeating correctly...verses from the Bible.  -Laura Ingalls Wilder

The author of this book, Stephen Hines has definitely done his research.  He gives a very in-depth look at the spiritual journey of a beloved Author.

As you read the Little House books you can see hints of the Ingalls' family faith sprinkled throughout.  Think of some of the songs pa played on his fiddle or the family not being allowed to do anything on Sunday.  This book brings to light the deep faith that Laura had and plenty of information about pioneer life.

One chapter I especially liked was "The Church Potluck".  The author included quite a few recipes which was a very nice touch.  I also loved that each chapter began with a quote by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

This book will be going on my shelf of favorites with all my other Little House on the Prairie books.  If you or a loved one is a fan of the Ingalls' family this book is a must!

***Thanks so much to Blogging for Books for providing me a copy of this awesome book in exchange for my honest review and thanks to the author for writing a faith based book of one of my all time favorite people!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Devotions from the Mountains - A Book Review

I love being outdoors.  There is something about being out in nature that always makes me feel closer to God.  Enjoying the beauty of His creation and getting away from modern technology is something that I crave.  Whenever I feel burdened down by every day life I know it's time for me to take refuge in the great outdoors.

With winter setting in I know those times are more limited, so I was thrilled when I received Devotions from the Mountains.  It is a beautiful devotional book with breathtaking pictures.  I've flipped through and looked at the pictures over and over.   The devotions are uplifting and encouraging.

 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.  Psalm 121:1-2
One thing I really like about this devotional is that you can start it whenever you want. So many books like this are dated, but not this one.  It makes it great for not feeling like you have to stay on a schedule or start at the beginning of the year.

With Christmas just around the corner this would make the perfect gift for the nature lover in your life

***Thank you to booklookbloggers.com for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Delusion - A Book Review

The Delusion is a different kind of christian fiction book than what I normally read, but I was very glad I decided to review it!  It's one of those books that keep you turning the pages until the very end.  You won't want to sleep or do anything else, but immerse yourself into the story.

The book covers some heavy topics so if you are a parent I would read it first before passing it on to your teen.  Suicide and spiritual warfare are main themes, but it has a very touching ending.

Eleven students at Masonville High School have committed suicide.  Amid the media frenzy and chaos, Owen tries to remain levelheaded until he endures his own near-death experience and wakes to a destressing new reality.

The people around him suddenly appear to be shackled and enslaved.

Owen frantically seeks a cure for what he thinks are crazed hallucinations, but his delusions become even more sinister.  An army of hideous, towering beings, unseen by anyone but Owen, are preying on his girlfriend and classmates, provoking them to self-destruction.

Owen eventually arrives at a mind-bending conclusion:  he's not imagining the evil-everyone else is blind to its reality.  He must warn and rescue those he loves, but this proves to be no simple mission.  Will he be able to convince anyone to believe him before it's too late?

Owen's heart-pounding journey through truth and delusion will force him to reconsider everything he believes.  He both longs for and fears the answers to questions that are quickly becoming too dangerous to ignore.

This type of book is not for everyone, but if you are willing to give it a try I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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

The Sound of Rain - A Book Review

The thing that first drew me to The Sound of Rain was the beautiful cover and I soon realized that it had an equally beautiful story withing it's pages.

The Sound of Rain is by Sarah Loudin Thomas.  It is set in the 1950's in South Carolina.  After a family tragedy Judd decides to never work in the mines again.  He leaves his hometown in West Virginia to start a new live in Myrtle Beach South Carolina.  It's not long before he begins to develop feelings for his bosses daughter.

Larkin has lived a life of simplicity.  Because of her father's money she doesn't have many worries.  She is free to live her life dancing and doing as she pleases, but she longs for something more meaningful.  She wants to help the poor children in Kentucky, but leaving would mean leaving Judd.  When a hurricane hits Larkin and Judd are drawn together and they both find their selves seeking God's will for their lives.  Will it include each other or lead them down different paths?

If you've ever suffered loss.  If you've ever sought after God's path for your life, this book will be one that you easily connect with.  The story will tug at your heartstrings and leave you feeling encouraged.


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

Monday, November 13, 2017

Noelle - A Book Review

If you are a dog lover and a lover of Christmas, Noelle is the book you need to read. It is written by Greg Kincaid, New York Times Best Selling Author of A Dog Named Christmas.

As with A Dog Named Christmas, it features the McCray family. Noelle is a rescue dog and you are sure to fall in love with her while reading this beautiful story.

There is so much beauty in the small things and this book brings that to light. Christmas is all about love, family and being together and you will find all that within the pages. 

Warning though! If you don't already have a dog you will for sure want to go out and get one after reading this book! 

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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Be The Gift - A Book Review

Be The Gift by Ann Voskamp is a book that I can't recommend enough!  I was so excited when it came in the mail and it has far exceeded my expectations.  First of all, before even reading it, the book itself is simply beautiful.  It's a nice hardback book with a silk attached bookmark.  The photography is breathtaking.  I enjoyed just flipping through the book and looking at the beautiful pictures.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect.  I was mostly expecting a type of devotional book with designated reading per day, but this book is way better than that.  You can read one page, two page or twenty-five.  You can set your own speed and read as much or as little as you want in each setting.

This is a book that is much needed in today's day and age.  Instead of focusing on your own pain, heartache, trials and whatever else you are facing, you can find the healing and happiness you need through helping others.

Thank you to the Best Selling Author Ann Voskamp for a beautiful book!  I will definitely be checking out her other writings!

More about the book:

Did you know that your heart is beautiful even if it's cracked? Dare to share the abundance of your brokenness! Pairing her stunning photographs with selections from her best-selling books, Voskamp encourages you to G.I.F.T. Be the Giftincludes:
  • 60 days of Give-It-Forward-Today ideas
  • Free gift tags for attaching to your GIFTS (located inside back sleeve cover)
  • Space to journal your experiences of GIFT-giving and intentional acts of kindness and givenness
***Thanks to booklookbloggers.com for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Too Far Down - A Book Review

Mary Connealy is an author that continuously keep my eye out for.  I instantly became a fan of hers when I first read the Kinkaid Brides Series and I have read all of her books since.  Too Far Down is the last book in The Cimarron Legacy series. 

If you have read any of Mary Connealy's books you know that she has a witty writing style and will keep you laughing throughout the whole book.  She also knows how to write a good western love story.  I had a little bit of a hard time with the first book in this series, but I stuck it out and I am so glad I did.  I have really enjoyed this series.  It has it all.  There is plenty of action, love, romance, mystery and humor.

One thing I like about this series is that you don't have to think.  They are easy, quick, entertaining reads.  I like to call them feel good novels.  If you are needing a book to fill your day this winter this is a great series to start with!

Cowboys, Action, Humor, and History Collide in Too Far Down
When an explosion kills men and damages the CR Mining Company, the Bodens realize their troubles are not behind them as they thought. Shadowy forces are still working against them. 

Cole Boden finds himself caught between missing his time back East and all that New Mexico offers. Sure he fights with his siblings now and then, but he does care for them. He enjoys running the mine and, when he's honest, he admits that Melanie Blake captures his interest in a way no other woman ever has.

Melanie has been a friend to the Bodens forever. A cowgirl who is more comfortable with horses and lassoes than people, she never expected to find herself falling for someone. Particularly for refined Cole Boden, a Harvard graduate who may not stay long at the ranch. She's determined, however, to help the Bodens finally put an end to the danger that's threatened all of them. But will putting herself in harm's way be more dangerous than anyone expected?

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