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.

Friday, October 13, 2017

God Gave Us Family - A Children's Book Review

Little Pup's wolf family is on their wat to a special reunion with lots of cousins, games, roasting marshmallows and fun.  As the young wolf thinks about different kinds of families, it's the perfect opportunity for Mama and Papa to teach their inquisitive child about hte families that God brings together.  Some families are big and some families are small.  Some are led by grandparents and some are led by just one parent.  Some families include adopted children, yet each family is truly special.

Even the member of Little Pup's pack fill an important role in his family, although they sometimes pester him.  Papa gently reminds his son "We need to love the family God gave us".

This heartwarming tale will delight young hearts and help them understand how families of all types reflect God's unconditional love.

God Gave Us Family is a beautiful children's book written by Lisa Tawn Bergren and illustrated by David Hohn.  It teaches children the differences in families and how we should be thankful and love the family that God blessed us with.

The art work is so cute and colorful and this is the perfect book for snuggling up with your little one for some quality one on one time.  I love the "God Gave Us" theme! It is perfect for teaching your child about all that God has blessed them with.

This would be a great addition to your children's library.

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

A Time To Stand - A Book Review

In a small Georgia town where racial tensions run high and lives are at stake, can one lawyer stand up for justice against the tide of prejudice on every side?
Adisa Johnson, a young African-American attorney, is living her dream of practicing law with a prestigious firm in downtown Atlanta. Then a split-second mistake changes the course of her career.
Left with no other options, Adisa returns to her hometown where a few days earlier a white police officer shot an unarmed black teen who is now lying comatose in the hospital.
Adisa is itching to jump into the fight as a special prosecutor, but feels pulled to do what she considers unthinkable—defend the officer.
As the court case unfolds, everyone in the small community must confront their own prejudices. Caught in the middle, Adisa also tries to chart her way along a path complicated by her budding relationship with a charismatic young preacher who leads the local movement demanding the police officer answer for his crime.
This highly relevant and gripping novel challenges us to ask what it means to forgive while seeking justice and to pursue reconciliation while loving others as ourselves.

This is the first book I've read by Author Robert Whitlow and I am now a fan!  It is a beautifully written novel and one that is very much needed with everything that is going on within our country.  It addresses so many issues with the main one being racism. 

The book speaks truth and healing and it will leave you thinking about what you read long after you put the book down.  I can't wait to check out some of the other books by this author.  If they are have as good as this one I know I will love it!

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


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Isaiah's Daughter - A Book Review

Isaiah's Daughter: A Novel of Prophets and Kings by Mesu Andrews is a truly remarkable book!  this novel is completely different than most of the books I've read.  I'm always a little leary of "Bible story" fictional books.  For one, I don't want to read a book in biblical language.  I want to read and relax and understand.  For two, I don't like when a Bible story becomes so fictional that it strays from the truth.

What I do like is reading a book like this and it being rich in The Word of God.  A story that helps you relate and connect with biblical characters that you've read about your whole life. These are the things that Isaiah's Daughter offered for me, not the prior. 

It is very obvious that the author is rich in knowledge of the Bible.  She has a writing style that is captivating and I felt transported to biblical times as it felt I was walking beside the characters as their story unfolded.  

I will definitely be checking out more of the Mesu Andrews books.  If her other books are anything like this one, she will quickly become a favorite of mine!

I want to share a little excerpt from the beginning of the book...  Isn't that just beautiful.  It's simply poetic!  The first sentence had my heart and I knew I was in for a great reading experience.

Songs are written of sons, but daughters are left to whispers. So gather near, friend, to hear of a daughter beyond imagining. She had the heart of a lion. Braver than a soldier. Wiser than a king. She was queen in Judah long after King David’s bones had turned to dust. Long after the arrogance of Solomon’s son split Israel into two nations. When the northern tribes seized the name Israel, the southern tribes called their new nation Judah and placed David’s descendants on their throne. Judah’s capital was the city of Jerusalem and its God was named Yahweh. But Israel bowed to pagan gods and even led some of Judah’s kings astray. Yahweh’s prophets spewed warnings, and Judah’s brave daughter, the lion-hearted queen, dared ask the prophets why? When? And how will Yahweh’s judgment fall? One incomparable prophet answered, foretelling Assyria’s cruelty as Yahweh’s weapon of wrath. Isaiah, a man born to royalty, shouted at kings and comforted beggars. The records proclaim him husband to a prophetess and father of two sons. This is recorded, detailed, written. But what of his daughter? Her story begins when the northern kingdom of Israel joins forces with Aram, a neighboring nation. They attack Judah in retribution for refusing to join their coalition against Assyria. Isaiah prophesies to Judah’s King Ahaz— a promise and a warning. Ahaz ignores both. His decision forever changes the life of Isaiah’s daughter.

Isn't that just beautiful.  It is simply poetic!  The first sentence had my heart and I knew I was in for a great reading experience.

I would definitely recommend this book.  Head on over to Amazon and grab your copy now!  You won't be sorry.

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

Christmas at Carnton - A Book Review

Aletta Prescott is doing her best to support herself and her six year old son.  Recently widowed (her husband died fighting for the cause in the war against the states) and a baby on the way she knows she must find work soon.  If things weren't bad enough she is not being threatened with eviction.  Thankfully she sees a flyer that the Women's Relief Society is hiring.  She goes straightway to apply for the position only to find out that the position has already been filled.  Before leaving, she meets Captain Jake Winston, a wounded soldier who is recuperating from his wounds and ordered to help at the society.  Because of Captain Winston's willingness to help she gets another opportunity at employment.

A quick friendship forms between the two of them and it's not long before deeper feeling begin to develop, but they both are intent on fighting their feeling for each other.  Will love win out?  Will Aletta risk falling in love with another soldier? Will Jake's injuries ever completely heal?

I'm pretty sure this is the first book I've read by Tamera Alexander and I was not disappointed!  I absolutely loved the character of Aletta. She is such a strong character and strength is profound.  She has a determination to not give up under any circumstance.  It's no wonder Captain Winston fell in love with her, but on the other hand it is very evident how Aletta fell for Jake!  

This is the perfect holiday story.  It offers hope, faith and the true meaning of Christmas.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history and romance.

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

Cherished Mercy - A Book Review

Cherished Mercy is the third book in the series Heart of the Frontier by Tracie Peterson.  Mercy is the last of the three sisters to be featured and I think her story was my favorite yet. She has such a gentle spirit and strong faith.  You don't necessarily have to read the books in order, but I think you will enjoy the series all the more if you do.

Historical fiction is my favorite and Author Tracie Peterson did an amazing job combining historical facts in a fictional story.  It offered all the things I love about a good novel.  I hope the author decides to revisit this family because I would love to continue with this story.

FROM THE BACK OF THE BOOK:

Mercy Flanagan survived the Whitman Massacre as a child, and now her heart's cry is for peace between the native peoples and the white settlers inhabiting Oregon Territory. Unfortunately, most of the settlers would rather the tribes were removed from the land completely, one way or the other, and tensions are rising. Mercy has grown tired of Oregon City and feels that she has a larger purpose in life, so when she learns that family friend Eletta Browning is pregnant, she travels south to the Rogue River Valley to help. 

At the Rogue River Mission, Mercy meets Eletta's brother-in-law, Adam, who has suffered a broken engagement. Mercy finds him attractive, but Adam seems determined to focus on ministering to the local tribes and keeps Mercy at arm's length.

When tragedy strikes and tensions in the territory reach the boiling point, Mercy is pushed to the limit of her strength. She and Adam must rely on their firm faith in God in order to make it out alive.

If you haven't started this series yet, I encourage you to do so.  This final book ends the series beautifully.

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

Monday, September 25, 2017

Picturing Heaven - Book Review

Picturing Heaven: 40 hope-filled devotions with coloring pages, written by Randy Alcorn and illustrated by Lizzie Preston is a beautiful book!  It by far, passed my expectation.  When I received it in the mail and began to flip through the pages I got so excited!  Such beauty!  The illustrations are amazing.  Each have gold details already filled in.  I think this was very fitting given the title.

To be honest, I was hesitant to color in it!  The pictures seemed so perfect just the way they were and I didn't want to take away from it.  I soon seen that adding a little of my own color and creativeness just enhanced the page!

The devotions that are included are just as beautiful as the pictures.  What better way to unwind at the end of the day then with a devotion that sets your mind on the promises of God.  Coloring also helps me relax so the coloring pages paired with a devotion is the perfect way to set my mind at peace and concentrate of the things of God.

This would be a great gift to give to someone who enjoys coloring or to just treat yourself!

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

Coloring Christmas Devotions - Book Review

Coloring Christmas Devotions is the perfect book for the upcoming holidays!  It is the perfects size to take  on the go or curl up with at home.  Each page offers a short devotion or scripture.  On the opposite side there is a fun Christmas scene to color.  The verses are quoted in NKJV.  The pages are thick enough to use markers or gel pens without fear of bleeding through.  If you do not like coloring in book form, the pages are perforated to make it easy to remove and color more easily.

Each Christmas season I try to find a good devotion book that helps me step back from the hustle and bustle of the season and focus on the true meaning.  This book is perfect for this season.  The pictures are beautiful,the devotions are meaningful and the price is reasonable.  You can get it from CBD for $6.99!

As the holiday season is fast approaching now is the perfect time to pick up this great book.  While your at it you might as well pick up a couple to give as gifts!

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Draw 50 Sea Creatures - Book Review

I've always wanted to be able to sit down and draw whatever I want without it looking like a two year old did it. Truth is though,  I am not artistic when it comes to drawing. Lucky for me there are plenty of books out there that help.

Draw 50 Sea Creatures is a great book to help anyone who can hold a pencil to draw fish, sharks, dolphins and more. The book takes you step by step until you have a complete drawing. It starts with simple shapes and slowly adds detail.

Now, I'll be honest. I've already admitted that I'm not an artist, but my penguin definitely looked like a penguin and my fish and turtle were recognizable as well. Now they weren't as good as the examples in the book, but definitely better than anything I could accomplish on my own.

This is a great book for all ages, however, I do think younger kids would enjoy it the most.

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

An Amish Christmas Love - Book Review

Do you know that there are only 103 day left before Christmas! How can that be! It seems like we were just celebrating the new year! 

Summer is always my favorite season, but as the weather starts turning cooler I always find I have more time to read. 

An Amish Christmas Love is a book composed of four novellas by some of the best Amish fiction authors. 

The four stories included are:  Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman, The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston, Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin and Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid. 

They are quick reads and sweet little stories that will quickly put you in the Christmas spirit. This book would make a lovely gift for anyone who enjoys reading Amish fiction. 

Herr is a short description of each story:


Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman
Three generations of Stoltzfus women are all living under the same roof. At twenty-five, Naomi has never been married, and both her mother, Barbara, and her grandmother, Ruth, have recently been widowed. Each nursing broken or lonely hearts, they also each have potential suitors. When a storm on Christmas Eve forces the three couples to take shelter in the basement of the Stotlzfus homestead, secrets are revealed, hearts are opened, and all three potential grooms drop to their knees for very different reasons—a proposal, a prayer, and an epiphany.
The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston
Emma Bontrager is spending her first Christmas alone after her husband of 45 years, Henry, passed away in July. Although the Amish don’t normally allow animals in their homes, a big, fat, orange barn cat keeps coming into Emma’s house. She shoos the cat away, but it continues to appear in her house, settling on Henry’s favorite wingchair. But the cat isn’t the only Christmas visitor: a group of young people help bring the Christmas spirit to Emma, reminding her that love and hope abide.
Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin
As a young man enjoying his rumspringa, David Byler gave his heart to an Englisch girl, but he eventually realized he couldn’t give up his Plain faith and family for her, so he let her go. He’s found a new love in his Bee County Plain community, Molly Shrock. Molly has been patient, waiting for the man she loves to love her back. Just as he is ready to propose, David makes a startling discovery: Bobbie McGregor, his Englisch love, is back. Will Molly’s prayers for a Christmas love be answered?
Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid
When a misdirected GPS sends Ellie Whetstone to the wrong address, she inadvertently finds herself breaking into the home of Amish man, Ezra Mast. Ellie hopes to fix up the house left by her aenti and sell it quickly, but a series of run-ins with Ezra and his young daughter have her questioning whether a hasty sale is the right move. Could this new place with its slower pace be the right home for Ellie?

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

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bringing Maggie Home - A Book Review

Kim Vogel Sawyer has been one of my favorite Authors for quite sometime.  Bringing Maggie Home is her newest novel and it was a little different than what I'm used to from her, but it was still an enjoyable read.

When Hazel was 10 years old she was picking blackberries with her little sister.  Hazel turned her back for just a few minutes and just like that her sister was gone.  The little girl was never found and no one really knew what happened to her.  The tragedy shaped Hazel's life and she never got over being responsible for the loss of her little sister.

Almost 70 years later, Hazel faces her past when her granddaughter finds pictures of Maggie.  The sister that no one knew Hazel even had.  Meghan is an investigator and decides to call on her partner for help in solving the case of what happened to Maggie.

Hazel's daughter and Meghan's mom, Diane, has a lot of bitterness towards her mother.  As she learns more about her mother's past she begins to realize why her mom was so overprotective and why she did some of the things she did.

In their search for Maggie, relationships begin to heal and lives are changed, but will they get to the bottom of what happened all those years ago?

The book jumps around from past to present and from the different character's point of view.  I liked this set up and it made the book much more interesting.  The mystery of what happened to Maggie kept me enthralled and I couldn't wait to find out what really happened.

I would definitely recommend this book!

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible

I really enjoy Bible journaling. If you haven't tried it yet, you should. It really enhances my Bible study time.

There are so many different journaling Bibles to choose from. So many, that if you are a beginner it can be overwhelming. So let me help you!  The NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible is a good one to start with. NIV is not my version of choice, I prefer Kjv, but regardless this is a great Bible for Journaling.

There are quite a few pages throughout the Bible that have printed images that are waiting for you to add your own personal touch through coloring. There are also a lot of blank areas for you to add your own special touch and add your own designs.

The pages are thick enough that I did not experience any bleeding. I used Micron non bleed pens, gelatos and cored pencils for the majority and was very pleased with the outcome.

The Bible is listed as large print, but I would not label it as that. It's not teeny tiny print, but definitely not large. The Bible itself though is a very nice size and it has a beautiful cloth cover. The Bible lays flat while you are reading and working on your pages.

I am very happy to have this Bible to work through and I would recommend it to others!

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


Monday, August 14, 2017

The Promise of Dawn - Book Review

I cannot adequately put into words how much I love Lauraine Snelling's new book, The Promise of Dawn. It is the first book in  her new series, Under Northern Skies.

I am just so excited about this series. I absolutely loved the books about the Bjorkland family set in Blessing, North Dakota. In the very first chapter of this book you'll learn there is a connection to the featured family and Ingeborg! I was so excited about this. Dare I hope that somewhere in this series we will revisit the beloved matriarch?

Either way, this series is one I'm looking forward to. I loved the character of Signe and her patience with Aunt Gerd...my, oh my, I don't know how she out up with her or uncle Einar. But, as the book progressed I have to say I even came to love these difficult family members.

One thing I really like about Lauraine Snelling's writing is that she describes the daily activities in such detail. This picks me up and transports me to a place in history and I can experience through words what life was like for these immigrants.

I can't recommend this book enough! Such an enjoyable read! I can't wait for book two!

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

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Beloved Hope - A Book Review

Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson is the second book in the Heart of the Frontier series.  I would definitely recommend reading the books in order as they are tied together.  I did not do this and I did struggle some.  After I got through the first few chapters it began to come together better for me and the story began to flow.  I am so intrigued with this story that I want to go back and get the first book and read it as well.  I'll also be following up with book three when it is released!

The series is about the Flanagan sisters:  Faith, Hope and Mercy and how they make a new home in Indian Territory.  The sisters parents were killed in a terrible massacre and this is their stories.  The first book featured faith and this book was centered on Hope.

Hope is now safe in Oregon city and enjoys caring for the family's flock of sheep.  her mind and soul is starting to heal from the horrible massacre, but everything is put to the test when she is asked to testify against the Cayuse responsible for the massacre.

Hope is not sure she can bear to relive the horrific events, but neither can she risk her attackers being released.  As Hope struggles to make her choice an Army lieutenant named Lance Kenner becomes and unexpected ray of light in her life.  Perhaps she is still capable of love after all.  But will Lance still want her if he learns the whole truth of what happened to her at the mission?  Or are the secrets that lie in his own past more troubling?

I would note that there is some mature content in this book dealing with murder and rape during the massacres so it may not be appropriate for all readers.

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

The Return - A Book Review

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an amazing author and her book, The Return, is a a perfect example of why I love her books.  I have to say though, that it was the beautiful cover that first drew me to this one!

I have always been a huge fan of historical fiction and this book is inspired by true events.  There is a section in the back of the book that includes what's true about the story.  I always love when and Author includes these details! Not only is this an enjoyable fiction read you will learn a lot while reading it.  

The story is set in Pennsylvania in the 1700's, pre-revolution.  Betsy Zook never questioned her family's rigid expectations nor those of devoted Hans-but then she never had to.  Not until the night she's taken captive in a surprise Indian raid.  Facing brutality and hardship, Betsy finds herself torn between her pious upbringing and the feeling she's developing for a native man who encourages her to see God in all circumstances.

Greatly anguished by Betsy's captivity, Hans turns to Tessa Bauer for comfort.  She responds eagerly, overlooking troubling signs of Han's hunger for revenge.  But if Betsy is ever restored to the Amish, will things between Hans and Tessa have gone too far?

Even though this is book three of this series it makes a great stand alone book.  You will not want to put it down.  It will grab you from the first page and keep you enthralled all the way to the end.  There is lots of adventure and a little suspense.  The romance is sweet and pure.  Such a fulfilling book!

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

Gathering The Threads - A Book Review

When it comes to Amish fiction Cindy Woodsmall is my favorite author.  I have read all of her books and she never disappoints!  Her newest series,The Amish of Summer Grove, is my favorite yet. I have been patiently waiting for Gathering The Threads ever since I finished Fraying at the Edge.  I was so happy to finally get it and I was not disappointed.  This is the third and final book in the series and I was happy with the way the Author concluded the series.

First off, if you have not read the first two books I would definitely recommend starting from the beginning.  This is a series that needs to be read in order and Gathering The Threads is not meant to be a "stand alone" book.

The series starts out in an Amish birthing center where one women has just given birth and another is about to when a fire breaks out.  It's complete chaos.  The story then jumps forward 20 years.  The series is about Ariana and Skylar.

In the third book, Gathering The Threads, Ariana is back in the Old Order Amish world that she loves.  She had new perspectives and you'll have to read to see if they will draw her family closer or completely rip them apart.

Skylar has finally found her place among the Brenneman family, but when Ariana arrives, Sklyar feels that her new identity is being threatened as well as her sobriety.  Both girls must discover the true cords that bind a family and community together and grasp tight to the One who holds their identities close to His heart.

If you love Amish fiction I cannot recommend this series enough!  Actually all of Cindy Woodsmall's novels.  They are all great!

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


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

With You Always - A Book Review

With You Always by Jody Hedlund is the first book in the Orphan Train series.  I'm really excited about this series! I've always been interested in the Orphan Trains and historical fiction is one of my favorite genres.  Not to mention I love Jody Hedlund.  So really, I was destined to love this book.

It is the early 1850's and Elise Neumann is working hard to care for her younger sisters.  They have been living at the 7th Street Mission.  The mission helps prostitutes reform, but the Miss Pendleton wants to help out Elise.  This makes the other ladies very jealous.  

The city is a very dangerous place and one day while on an errand Elise finds herself in the midst of danger as the gangs of the city start rioting.  Thornton Quincy comes to her rescue and helps her back to the safety of the mission.  There is an instant connection between the two, but Thornton must stay focused.  He has the chance to inherit his family's wealth, but he must first prove himself more worthy than his brother.

Elise and Thornton are two people for completely different worlds but they cannot deny the spark between them.  If they let it continue to grow they will lose everything they've been working for.

I always enjoy the Author's note at the end of the book.  Not all Author's include this, but Jody Hedlund did not disappoint here either.  I enjoy getting a glimpse into the thought process behind a book and a little more facts to go along with the fiction.

I would definitely recommend this great book.  I can wait for the second book in the series to come out!

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

Abiding Mercy - A Book Review

I can't believe we are already well into the month of July.  This year is flying by!  As the temperatures are heating up this week, I have found myself wanting to sit inside where it's cool with a good book. If you find yourself wanting a good summer read, then I have a recommendation for you!

Abiding Mercy by Ruth Reid is one of the best Amish fiction books that I have read in a long time.  It is a story that grips at your heart.  As the story begins you read about a little baby being snatched away.  Fast forward several years and we get to know 16 year old Faith.  She is a young Amish girl who loves her life and is looking forward to joining the church and marrying Gideon.

Faith's world comes crashing down around her when she finds out she is not who she thought she was.  Not Faith, but Adriana who was kidnapped 15 years earlier.  She has so many questions.  Can she really trust anyone?  Will she ever feel like she belongs anywhere again?

What I love about this book is that you get to see both sides of the story.  There is so much emotion involved and there was more suspense then what I thought there would be.  You think you pretty much have it figured out with the general story line, but let me tell you, this book goes a lot deeper then what I expected.

An excellent read and a great way to spend a hot summer day!  You won't want to put this book down until you are finished!

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

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

You'll Think Of Me - A Book Review

Sometimes you just don't connect well with a book or it's characters.  This was the case for me with You'll Think of Me.  I have read lots of great books by Robin Lee Hatcher and she is a great author, but I really struggled with this book.  There was a certain thing that went against my personal convictions and I think that might have added to my struggle.  Plus, I had just finished reading a great novel right before this one so my expectations were pretty high.

Although I did not care for the book I think if you are a fan of this author you should still give it a try.  I know I will continue to read future novels from Mrs. Hatcher.  This book just was not a good fit for me.

From the back of the book:

In a small town in Idaho's idyllic wine country where the past looms large, can two people realize their individual dreams for the future . . . together?
Abandoned once too often, Brooklyn Meyers never intended to return to Thunder Creek, Idaho. Her hometown holds too many memories of heartache and rejection. But when her estranged husband Chad Hallston dies and leaves his family home and acreage to her and their ten-year-old daughter Alycia, it's an opportunity to change their lives for the better—a chance Brooklyn can't pass up, for Alycia's sake if not her own.
Derek Johnson, Chad's best friend since boyhood, isn't keen on the return of Brooklyn Meyers to Thunder Creek. He still blames her for leading his friend astray. And now she has ruined his chance to buy the neighboring ten acres that would have allowed him to expand his organic farm. To add insult to injury, Chad's dying request was that Derek become the father to Alycia that Chad never was. How can he keep that promise without also spending time with the girl's mother?
Brought together by unexpected circumstances, Derek and Brooklyn must both confront challenges to their dreams and expectations. He must overcome long held misconceptions about Brooklyn, while she must learn to trust someone other than herself. And if they can do it, they just might discover that God has something better in mind than either of them ever imagined. 

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

I'll Push You - A Book Review

When I received I'll Push You I wasn't really sure what to expect.  It's different than the usual books I read and I wasn't convinced that I made a good decision in choosing it for a summer read.  My doubts were quickly pushed aside as I began this inspiring book.  It is a quick read and if you have some extra time you can easily finish it in one long sitting.  For me that was a good thing, because once I started I did not want to put it down.

It truly is an amazing book about friendship and love.  I felt as I was on a journey right along with Justin and Patrick.  I laughed, I cried and was inspired by this book.  This is the kind of friendship that everyone needs.

Come to find out there is a documentary being made and I can't wait to see it!  I definitely recommend this book and when you are done you can pass it on to a friend!

Two best friends, 500 miles, one wheelchair, and the challenge of a lifetime.
Friendship takes on new meaning in this true story of Justin and Patrick, born less than two days apart in the same hospital. Best friends their whole lives, they grew up together, went to school together, and were best man in each other’s weddings. When Justin was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease that robbed him of the use of his arms and legs, Patrick was there, helping to feed and care for him in ways he’d never imagined. Determined to live life to the fullest, the friends refused to give into despair or let physical limitations control what was possible for Justin.

So when Justin heard about the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile trek through Spain, he wondered aloud to Patrick whether the two of them could ever do it. Patrick’s immediate response was: “I’ll push you.”

I’ll Push You is the real-life story of this incredible journey. A travel adventure full of love, humor, and spiritual truth, it exemplifies what every friendship is meant to be and shows what it means to never find yourself alone. You’ll discover how love and faith can push past all limits―and make us the best versions of ourselves.

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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Esther - Drawn in Bible Story

If I had to pick a favorite Bible story, the story of Esther would be at the top of my list.  I've always loved reading about her courage and her faith in God.

So naturally, I was excited to see there is a Drawn in Bible Study series and one of the women featured is Esther.  Other books in the series include Ruth and Mary.

This is a unique Bible study that features a Bible study combined with coloring pages and questions.

In this busy paced life you can take time to reflect on God's word with this book and enjoy some relaxing time of coloring while you are at it.  Included are notes for the author that enrich the Bible Study as well.

If I were to change anything about this book I would make it larger and add a few more coloring pages.  I would also like to see it in a different Bible translation.  I have never been a fan of The Message Bible and would rather see it in a different version. However, this did not take away too greatly for me.  It's easy enough to read out of your favorite version and use the book for the study questions, thoughts and coloring.

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

Indescribable Coloring Book

I am so excited to tell you about my new coloring book!  I think everyone has heard the song "Indescribable" by Chris Tomlin.  Now there is a coloring book based on the song!

It is without question, my new favorite coloring book. The lyrics to this #1 worship song is paired with awe-inspiring pictures in this beautiful coloring book.

There are more than 90 coloring pages and they have perforated edges if you want to tear the pictures out for easier coloring.  I myself like to keep the pages in the book, but it is just my personal preference.

I love the pictures.  They display real pictures that are the perfect size.  The pages are thick enough for markers without worrying about bleeding through.

This beautiful coloring book would make the perfect gift for anyone on your list.  Better yet, buy it for yourself and enjoy some relaxing and peaceful moments while enjoying the beauty of this one of a kind coloring book.

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

Friday, May 12, 2017

Guide to the Empty Nest - A Book Review

What's a mother to do when her children are no longer children, but adults?  In recent months I have found myself asking "What's next for me?" or "What am I going to do now?"  My oldest son got married and moved more than 10 hours away.  My youngest daughter just finished her senior year which also ends our homeschool journey as a family.

For the past 23 years my life has revolved around my children and I wouldn't of had it any other way, but now that they are grown it is time for me to refocus and see where it is God wants me.  Just because my kids don't need me 24/7 anymore does not mean my life is over.  In a way it is just beginning.  I have plenty to look forward to and plenty of free time now to do other works for the Lord.

I wanted to read Guide to the Empty Nest because of where I am in life.  I though it would offer some encouragement and maybe a little direction.  I really didn't care for the book.  For me personally it made me feel like the authors think you have to go out and do something huge during this stage in your life.  I did not relate to their stories and personally felt a little let down after reading it.

I think greatness depends on you.  Maybe all you can do is visit a sick friend or sew a blanket for a new born, but to the person you are helping...that's a great thing.

Find your purpose and don't let others tell you what that is or make you feel inadequate!  You can do great things for God no matter how small you think they might be.


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

Warfare Praying - A Book Review

Warfare Praying:  Biblical Strategies for Overcoming the Adversary by Mark I. Bubeck is a follow-up to the bestselling book The Adversary.  Author Mark Bubeck uses his pastoral heart, biblical wisdom and personal stories to write this compelling guide to walking in spiritual triumph.  He shares his time-tested tactics for victory with a sincere desire for you spiritual welfare.

* Live out your union with Christ
* Be filled with the Holy Spirit
* Wear the whole armor of God
* Pray mightily amid spiritual warfare
* Help others stand strong in the faith

Prayer is such a vital part of the Christians life, but all too often we fall into a habit of "good night prayers" or "table graces".  If ever there was a time to step up your prayer life, it is now.

This book is such a great resource and encouragement.  It is rooted and grounded in The Word of God and is not base on one man's opinion.  In our life we are faced with spiritual warfare daily so it is vital that we know how to pray a warfare prayer.  It is time to put on the whole armor of God and this book will guide you in a way that will enrich your prayer life like never before.

This book will be going on my shelf of favorites and will be something I know I will be referencing and loaning out in the years to come.

No matter what your battle you can fight it on your knees!  God is there to help you through.

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

Threads of Suspicion - A Book Review

I used to only read christian romance and historical fiction books, but anymore my favorite "go to" genre is suspense.  Its books like Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson that has made me love the mystery and suspense.  I don't like anything too dark or gory.  I always think it sounds funny to say "christian suspense" but this book is the perfect example of what I like.

From the moment you open the book you won't want to put it down.  The characters are well developed and the story is fast paced with plenty of things to keep you guessing.  I was not aware that this author intertwines characters from previous novels so this has intrigued me to pick up some of her prior books to see what the back story is of a few of the characters.

If you are looking for a great summer read this is a good book to start with!

BACK OF THE BOOK:

Evie Blackwell's reputation as a top investigator for the Illinois State Police has landed her an appointment to the governor's new Missing Persons Task Force. This elite investigative team is launched with plenty of public fanfare. The governor has made this initiative a high priority, so they will have to produce results--and quickly.

Evie and her new partner, David Marshal, are assigned to a pair of unrelated cases in suburban Chicago, and while both involve persons now missing for several years, the cases couldn't be more different. While Evie opens old wounds in a close-knit neighborhood to find a missing college student, David searches for a private investigator working for a high-powered client.

With a deep conviction that "justice for all" truly matters, Evie and David are unrelenting in their search for the truth. But Evie must also find answers to the questions that lie just beneath the surface in her personal life.

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


A Stranger at Fellsworth - A Book Review

First of all, let me just mention the beauty of the cover of this book!  If that does not instantly draw your attention I don't think anything will!  Absolutely gorgeous!

Sarah Ladd has written some of my favorite books and how I missed the first two of this series is beyond me.  I will have to go back and start fresh with book one.  With that being said, even though this is the third book in the series, it is also a great stand alone book.  It's not one of those series that you have to read everything in order.

This is a historical romance and it has plenty of mystery and romance.  It is a quick read and fast paced.  No saggy middle!  Sometimes I struggle with the Regency era, but this author tends to make it modern enough for me to enjoy while still having enough history to make it believable!

I would definitely recommend this book!  It would be a great summer read to relax by the pool with!

BACK OF THE BOOK:

In the fallout of her deceased father’s financial ruin, Annabelle’s prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancĂ© has called off their betrothal, and now she remains at the mercy of her controlling and often cruel brother. Annabelle soon faces the fact that her only hope for a better life is to do the unthinkable and run away to Fellsworth, where her estranged uncle serves as the school’s superintendent. Upon arrival, Annabelle learns that she must shed her life of high society and work for her wages for the first time in her life.
Owen Locke is unswerving in his commitments. As a widower and father, he is fiercely protective of his only daughter. As an industrious gamekeeper, he is intent on keeping poachers at bay even though his ambition has always been to purchase land he can call his own. When a chance encounter introduces him to Annabelle Thorley, his steady life is shaken. For the first time since his wife’s death, Owen begins to consider a second chance at love.
As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.


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