Saturday, December 31, 2016


UNPLANNED by ALANA TERRY

This book  handles a controversial subject with grace and insight. I appreciated how the author gave both viewpoints and allowed readers to really  grasp the issue with details and openness. I love the authors writing style and I am now a huge fan of hers. The story is fast paced, gripping with tension and keeps readers rushing to turn the pages.

The main character in the book Kennedy , is a young woman who has just returned from China. I can't imagine going to a foreign land and trying to understand the language. Can you imagine being oversees for ten years and then suddenly come home to the states? Kennedy has a full load as she attends Harvard. The author did a great job of describing the day to day schedule for a college student. Kennedy is trying to balance everything in her life but I think at times  she may have been overwhelmed. When she decides to volunteer at the pregnancy hotline center she finds herself in a situation that will test her faith. The caller tells Kennedy some very unsettling things but won't let Kennedy know who she is. The tension on the phone was a pure adrenaline rush. The author gives a chilling account of what happens when a young girl finds herself in trouble. Will Kennedy be able to find the girl in time?

The book is powerful and at times very intense. I thought the story was well written without giving the choices more biased on one side then the other. The reader can  feel the strain the young girl is going through as her voice shakes with fear as she talks.  I found myself thinking how people are so quick to judge others. No matter what you believe , this story is a heartpounding  action packed read  till the end. Will the young girl who called come forward? What happens at the pregnancy center that causes people to be on edge? I enjoyed the book and appreciated the attention given to people who volunteer to work hotlines at different places. It can make a difference to someone in trouble when the person on the other end of the phone is compassionate and non judgmental. Thank you for writing an inspiring and intriguing story. I look forward to more books from this gifted author.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bookfun.org. The review is my honest opinion .

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO RUTH by KEVIN FOSTER

I have been blessed lately with receiving several devotional books. They are different from each other but all draw from the Word of God. I like devotionals because they draw me deeper into the Bible and give me points to really think on. This particular devotional is centered around the story Ruth along with Naomi, and Boaz. It is well written and holds readers attention with scriptures and illustrations found in the Bible.

The devotional book is  longer than others but it has a vast of wisdom and knowledge that seems to draw you in the book as you turn the pages. What is significant about the book of Ruth? There are so many nuggets of truths  to keep reader's immersed in the devotional for an intimate time with God. I did like the discussion about marriages. It says on page 13, "Husband's, the decisions you make will be felt by your family long after death. Your decision has the ability to bless or curse." That sure is a big responsibility to take on but with guidance God can help husbands make good choices.

I have always heard that God sees and hears everything .   Do we forget about that when we try to hide things that we know are wrong? It's funny how that slips our mind as we think about things not of God. As I taught a Sunday School class one day I gave this illustration to the 10 and 11 year old boys and girls. I asked them to think about  what they had done over the weekend. Did they say things with their friends that hurt someone else?  Were they  disrespectful to their  parents? As I continued I asked them if they knew Jesus was sitting right beside them during the last few days, would they have changed anything they did or said ? Would  we change anything we do or say if we could see Jesus right  beside us?

The book is filled with chapters that readers will find can be applied to their daily life. I liked how precise and thought provoking the author wrote. I would encourage readers looking for a book that helps  you study scriptures and the  book of Ruth with a fresh insight to grab a copy of this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bookfun.org. The review is my own opinion .

BUILDERS and BLOCKERS OF LIFE by RANDALL SMALLS

I loved the way  the book opened by the author asking, "What will it look like when your dreams come true?" That sure is a question to think about. We all have dreams about having great jobs, money, power, fame etc. but what would we do if it suddenly happened? Would we be ready for the outcome? I always had a dream of becoming a teacher. I loved teaching and wanted to share with others. I wanted to make a difference. But things got in the way and my dream never happened. One of the key things the author said that really spoke to me was, "You might want to start now by imagining what it would feel like to have finally made peace with your past." I loved his encouragement to move forward and "stop obsessing over your past." That sure was a heart check for me. I have allowed my past to keep me stuck where pain dwells.

The book tells us that we don't need to change everything overnight but rather take baby steps. I know I can go full throttle when I want to change something. I lack the patience I need and sometimes I move to quickly without thinking everything through. One of the keys ingredients I  forget to include is God. It's time to take a step back, close my eyes and focus on one thing at a time. I sure do know about  disappointment and that causes me to say"well I tried and give up." What happened to my faith? Did I give up on hope? How many excuses will I find not to change?

I found the book to have a great plan to guide readers to get rid of what has been "blockers in your life" and start taking steps to having a better life. I never though about fear being a bully. That one really grabbed my attention. I live with fear , anxiety and depression everyday . What I didn't realize that I have let those things bully me into feeling worthless . For me it is time to stand up and fight . I loved the tools he has given readers to become courageous and "face challenging tasks and confrontations." The more I delved into the book, the more I could feel something rising inside of me. I want to be free from my past, I want to stop being bullied by fear and I need to be courageous and go for for it.

"We can literally change our lives simply by changing our minds."

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bookfun.org. The review is my honest opinion.

MIRACULOUS POTENTIAL by WAYNE CHANEY JR.

I wasn't sure what I was in store for  when I started this book. As I read about the author's sudden emergency I knew I was in for a powerful story.  I was a bit surprised that the author thought that " more people make resolutions at funeral services than they do on New Year's Eve." Maybe it's because at a funeral it is a wake up call . We are not promised one moment on this earth and being at a funeral will certainly make you rethink your life choices .

The book really made me ponder what I have done during my life . Did I listen to my call that God had for me? Am I just going through the motions and not being serious about the things I should be? Have I been listening to God's voice? I knew the answers to these questions and realized I have not really started to be obedient to what He has called me to do. I think about a simple encounter at a grocery store. I run into someone I haven't seen in awhile. We exchange pleasantries but I never ask where she is going to church  at. Did I miss a chance to share God with her? What if that was my opportunity to guide her back to church?

I enjoyed the different references of people in the Bible. I loved  how he talked about Eli's son and their rebellion and unrighteousness acts. The good news is God will forgive us for our rebellion and we can get back on track. I know I have veered off course with my own selfish desires.  I have also let fear stop me from listening to His  directions. It is nice to know that we have a God of second chances. One of the things I enjoyed most about the book was the way the author spoke with compassion and gave us directions  on how to overcome obstacles we let get in the way. We all make mistakes but for some of us we let that keep us from doing the work God has called us to. We may lack confidence but with God's guidance we can overcome what is stopping us from reaching our full potential.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bookfun.org. This is my honest opinion.

EARTH PSALMs by FRANCINE RIVERS with KARIN STOCK BUURSMA

I have been waiting to get my copy of this book for awhile. When I opened up the package and saw the book I was in awe. This book is so beautifully laid out that I couldn't put it down. It was everything I hoped it would be , but so much more. The devotional is fifty-two weeks long but I had to glance at every page right away. The pictures are amazing and vibrant. The words are like a breath of fresh air. Each week is a different subject that speaks  to your heart. I loved the scriptures that accompany each week. It brings the Word to life and reemphasizes what the topic is.

The devotional is such a joy to have and at the end of each week  the book includes a reflection, how to apply what you read and a prayer. I have read several devotions but this one  is so easy to read and talks about subjects we all struggle with. Since tomorrow is the first day of a new year, I will begin the devotion in earnest. I can't think of a better way to start a new year than with God's word so eloquently presented in a book that will certainly encourage me, feel me with joy and give me topics to ponder. I highly recommend everyone grab a copy of this book. I am excited to start a new journey in 2017 with a devotion that touches my soul and gives me comfort as I absorb every word .

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bookfun.org. The review is my own opinion.

Friday, December 30, 2016


PEACH BLOSSOM RANCHER by ADA BROWNELL

I have not read a book from this author before but I find her writing quite intriguing. The story is set in the late 1800s to the early years in 1900. The author does  a good job of describing the time period and how it was difficult during that era. I have always loved books that are set in the 1800s and love learning about the way of life for people during that time.

John Parks has returned to make the ranch a profitable place again. He sure has his hands full trying to reestablish the peach orchard and making the ranch a thriving place again. What obstacles will he face ? I loved the character and thought he was a hard worker with great instinct. I loved how the author included a mystery that made John at the center of it. He seems to have his hands  full with the sheriff breathing down his back. Can he prove his innocence? To add to his increasing challenges he has some female admirers. Will John be able to keep his focus on getting the ranch and orchard running again?

What really grabbed my attention in the book was the vivid description of the insane asylum. I could feel my skin crawl as I read the different people that were in there. I think it really bothered me about the treatment the people endured. It made me think about old movies where the patient  gets  shocked. There always seemed to be creepy staff that didn't want to be bothered with the patients. They got labeled as crazy and locked away in a little room.  The author really did her research about the treatment during this time period of patients locked up in the asylum. I could feel tears come to my eyes as some were so desperate to leave there. They were mistreated and misdiagnosed with no one to defend them. Can you imagine being in a place like that knowing you don't belong there? Dr. Dillion Haskill  is determined that he will get out of the place. Will he succeed in getting freed? What happens to the other patients in there?

This story is packed with intrigue, love interest , injustice and faith. I found myself thinking for awhile after I finished the book. How many of us have had to fight against accusations? Do we turn our back on people with mental illness?  I really loved this book a lot and it  gave me some real soul searching to examine in my life.

I received a complimentary copy of of this book from the author and Bookfun.org. The review is my own opinion .

Thursday, December 29, 2016


BURIED MEMORIES by CAROL J. POST

What an intense , intriguing thrill ride this book is. All the elements are there for an  action packed story that grabs you at the beginning and doesn't stop till the very end. The author once again gives her readers an edge of your seat story with vivid descriptions that keep your heart pounding with anticipation. I started the book and found myself hanging on every word, every action and couldn't turn the pages fast enough.

Nicki Jackson has moved to Cedar Key to start fresh after a broken engagement. I loved her strong character and her determination. After the murder of her mom when she was a child she lived in foster care .  She endured abuse, and lost  contact with her sister and always wondered what had happened to her. What happens when Nicki starts searching for her sister after  such a long time apart?

Tyler has come back to Cedar Key to stay with his brother and sister-in-law to recover from injuries sustained in the war. He is very guarded and doesn't like to talk about his past. it was nice to see Nicki and Tyler reconnect after many years. I wonder who had a crush on who when they were younger?  Tyler is having nightmares but tries to play them off as nothing. The intensity of his nightmares brought on by PTSD were very well written and I loved how the author made it authentic.

As Nicki and Tyler begin to rekindle their friendship strange things start to happen. Why is Nicki having recurring nightmares about a woman getting killed? The incidents start mounting and danger lurks nearby when threatening letters start showing up. No one is safe around her and Nicki thinks she should leave. Will Tyler be able to keep her safe? The story is powerful with threats, attacks and an explosive ending. I loved the twists in the story and how faith and trust in God brought people together to help Nicki. You don't want to miss this story that has intrigue, a mysterious stalker, danger , surprises and an ending you won't see coming.  Be sure you grab a copy and get ready to be captivated by the riveting story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion.

THAT SUMMER by JO HUDDLESTON

This book reminds me of a coming of age story. The setting was described very well and detailed the hard times people went through in the late 1920s. It was hard to find work to support your family during those hard years. Our main character in the book is Jim. He is a hard working young man who tries to please his dad but it doesn't seem to be enough. Jim's dad is quite abusive at times and the entire family tries to stay out of his way. Jim's mom was a very  sweet lady and loved her family. After awhile Jim decides he has had enough and leaves his home for the city.

Jim hopes once he reaches the city he can find work and give some money to his mom to help out. He did worry about his siblings and mother but hopes he can prove to his father he can make it on his own. The story flowed with ease and gives us a sense of what it was like growing up during the depression. I can just  imagine people going door to door looking for work and the discouragement they felt as they were told there is no job available. I loved Jim's never give up attitude as it continued throughout the story.

I don't want to give a lot of the story away but I will say it was a very emotional read at times. Jim has to find his way back to his roots and will learn hard lessons along the way. I liked how the author used temptation to show how easy it is to stray away from God. Will Jim fall for the first girl he meets? Sometimes we make wrong decisions but God is always there to help us. There are several characters in the book that will have a great impact on Jim's life. I loved the feeling of watching the story unfold before me and how each decision or wrong turn in Jim's life defined his next journey. It is a wonderful story that shows us how faith and love are so important as we go through our lives. You don't want to miss this inspiring story of a young boy that starts a journey to make his life better and the lessons he learns along the way. I loved the ending and it made the story come to a beautiful close with happiness and a few surprises.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Bookfun.org. The review is my own opinion.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


A ROYAL CHRISTMAS WEDDING by RACHEL HAUCK

When I was younger I always dreamed of a fairytale wedding. I wanted the beautiful sweeping wedding dress and a white carriage to ride in to the church. There would be a red carpet for me to walk on and as I saw my prince I would hear harps playing in the background. Yes I bet young girls everywhere had similar dreams about their weddings. This  story is enchanting, graceful and filled with forgiveness and love. I enjoyed the references to faith throughout the book that wasn't overwhelming but subtle.

Avery had her heart broken several years ago by Prince Colin. Now she and her mother are traveling to see her sister in Brighton Kingdom for Christmas. It will be a nice distraction for  them since the death of Avery's father. There is one slight problem though. Who do you think she will run into when she gets to Brighton? Will she be able to forgive Colin for the pain he caused her?

Colin is a handsome and very eligible bachelor. All the young women are vying for his attention. Even though he is seeing someone,  will old feelings stir up when he sees Avery again? It must be hard to grow up in a royal family. There are protocols to be followed and appearances made with the up most of refrain. Can you imagine always being in the spotlight and everything you do is scrutinized? Colin has a strong sense of faith and I loved how he stands up to his dad with great respect.

One of the best parts of the story for me was the  Pembroke Chapel Bell. The history goes back one hundred eighty- two years and was so interesting to read. For me the bell was the focal point for the entire story. I loved the details of it and how the author brought the bell to be a part of a beautiful love story. I really enjoyed the book and thought it flowed well. Will Avery find her Prince? Will Prince Colin listen to God and follow his heart? Get ready for a story that is faith filled with a romance that little girl's dream of.

I received this book from The Fiction Guild. The review is my own opinion.

TWILIGHT AT BLUEBERRY BARRENS by COLLEEN COBLE

I can always count on this author to write a book that keeps me glued to the pages. Her writing style is very poetic with words that flow with ease. I love a story that has strong characters and this one is filled with them. I loved how the scenery was described and learned a lot about how blueberries are grown.

Kate has her hands full trying to keep the family business going. It is not an easy task. As the crops falter she must devise a way to get extra income. The little cottage on her land would be a perfect place to fix up and rent out. I think I would have liked to live at the cottage myself. It sounded very quaint and peaceful. I was a bit overwhelmed with all that Kate had been through and thought how strong she was to be able to continue being focused on the day to day chores. She certainly has had a rough time with cancer, and several family members going off to prison.

Drake has suddenly taken custody of his nieces when a tragic accident takes his brother and sister-in-law. He can't believe that his brother had anything to do with the unforeseen tragedy. Drake can't let it go and wants to investigate the senseless deaths on his own. Drake finds the perfect place to stay with his nieces at Kate's newly remodeled cottage. I loved how Kate took to the little girls right away. I think it helped her to begin to heal from everything she has gone through.

The book has several ongoing story lines that I found to be very intriguing. Kate senses that someone is after her . Is it one of her relatives that has revenge in mind?  Drake is determine to find out how his brother and sister-in-law really died. Will he find the answer he needs? The story has some intense moments that give readers twists  and turns. If you enjoy reading books with intrigue and a bit of romance I highly recommend this book.  The author does a great job of showing how important trust and faith is. No matter what we are going through we must remember to have faith and remind ourselves we are important to Him.

I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. The review is my own opinion.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


MATTIE'S PLEDGE by JAN DREXLER

I love reading books set in the 1800s. You can get a sense of how tough it was to survive during this time period by the great description the author provides. I can't imagine traveling for  days in a wagon filled with all your belongings. The terrain is rough in areas and dust blowing around certainly didn't add any comfort to the trip. The story is well written and I felt like I was sitting in the wagon with Mattie and her family.

It will be a new adventure for Mattie as her family decides to move from Pennsylvania to Indiana. Have you ever moved to a different state? For Mattie she is looking forward to the move but saddened that her sister Annie will not be going with the family. Annie and her husband Christopher have decided to stay in Pennsylvania. I could feel the sadness that swept over the family as they soon would be leaving without their sweet Annie. It is always hard on parents to see one of their children start a new life. I could sense that Christopher was determined that he would not move his family. I really liked his character and thought he was a good family man.

Mattie will learn along the way that there are many choices to be made. As the wagon train grows, Mattie is reunited with an old friend. Jacob and his family have joined the group in hopes of a better life. Does Jacob know that Mattie has always been smitten with him? I found Mattie's character to be a dreamer and looking ahead for something better. She is smart and wants to get out of her rut of day to day routines. Will the new land they are traveling to be just what she is looking for? i can't imagine what it was like to be stuck on the road for days with no real place to sleep comfortably at night. When we go camping I usually stay awake all night. I hear strange sounds and always think some  big animal is going to attack us.

The story is very interesting and takes you on a journey with families looking for new beginnings and a better life. I loved how the author portrayed Mattie struggling with her faith. Is she mad at God because she doesn't think He is listening to her? Sometimes we find out that the things we thought we really wanted, wasn't what we needed to be happy. The story also deals with forgiveness in a very compassionate way. Do you find it hard to forgive someone who has hurt you? I loved the story and found myself so caught up in Mattie's story that I didn't put the book down till I finished it.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Program. The review is my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.

Monday, December 26, 2016


GETAWAY WITH GOD by LETITIA SUK

In the world today it seems like women have busy schedules. There are meetings  to attend, errands to run, chores to get through and a family to take care of. When was the last time you took a day for yourself? How long has it been since you and God shared a meaningful talk or spent time in His presence? For me I seem to always have something I need to do, but it's time for each of us to relax and have a "me and God" time. I have gone to my share of retreats. They are fun and there is always great teachings and fellowship. But I always feel kinda let down when I leave . It feels like I wasn't really there totally because I couldn't concentrate.

I loved when the author says, " A retreat beckons you to snuggle up with God and let him love on you." That is exactly what I need. I want one on one time with God. I loved  the idea of finding a quaint little bed and breakfast to use as a personal retreat. There is no hustle and bustle there, no schedules and you are left to yourself to enjoy the peace and quiet. The author includes a list of helpful ways to get ready for your retreat and even includes what to pack for your trip. Now it's up to us to move forward and prepare for the retreat.

There are different retreats that will meet your needs. Maybe you just want to stay in your room and rest and study a particular scripture. For others it might be to take a walk in the country and enjoy the beauty that He  made. Whatever you decide,  make it fit your needs so you can get the full benefits of a personal retreat. The more I read the book the more I felt the promoting of the Lord . I have longed to get away to just be by myself for awhile. I know I need to get back on track and deepen my relationship with God. The book is very useful and guided me through steps to make my desire come true. I encourage you ladies to take that first step. It's time to get refreshed, renewed and "Getaway with God."

" You too have a future that only God can see, and He invites you to have a hand in shaping it."

I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications. This is my honest review.

Saturday, December 24, 2016


ILL MET BY MURDER by ELIZABETH J. DUNCAN

The book is a great and entertaining cozy mystery. The details are so good that I might possibly have been on stage with the characters. The story goes at a good pace and I found myself really enjoying the book. It was an interesting concept to have the story set during a production of none other than  a Shakespeare play. That sure does bring back memories from school when i had to learn lines from his multitude of plays.

It's time for another big time production at the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company. The town is all excited as it brings in a much needed fundraising. Paula Van Dusen reminds me of a snotty well to do person who has many ties to wealthy people. She is known to be the biggest name around to bring in the money when needed. It just so happens that this year's production also will include a celebration for her daughter's upcoming wedding. Now how convenient is that? Two parties for the price of one sounds a little fishy but we will have  to see if Paula can pull it off.

Things don't go well as the party gets into full swing. The bride and her fiancé have a little competition going with a fellow guest at the party. What a coincidence that Adrian  the fiancé is a real estate mogul and who else is there? Well it's none other than his biggest enemy oops I mean competitor Hugh. Who do you suppose is found dead at the fundraiser?

Charlotte who has become an amateur sleuth .  With her able assistant  they decide to snoop or perhaps look around for clues. Why does it feel a little chilly among the bridesmaids? Do they know something about the murder?  The tension mounts as fingers are pointed and hypothetical guesses are made on why there was a murder? Is it tied to Adrian and his real estate dealings? Is he hiding something from everyone? The story is a fun read with a cast of wonderful  characters. There are secrets and twists that will have  readers on the edge of their seat. Will Charlotte and her side kick find  themselves in danger as  they try to  unravel this fun mystery?

I received a copy of this book from The Goodreads Giveaway Program. This is my honest opinion.

AND THE GREATEST OF THESE by JOE PRITCHARD

Mental health for some is a very hard subject to talk about. If it gets brought up, you can see people start to get uncomfortable. They don't know what to say and sometimes people are pushed aside when they desperately need help. I loved this book because it brought a tough subject to the forefront. Why are people who have mental illness classified as crazy? That is the stigma that society has labeled them. In this book the author really did a good job of letting us see the inner workings of an ER department and the procedures they use to help the mentally challenged. What if your grandparents were suddenly found at an ER and your granddad was being evaluated by the psych department?

John and Maggie find themselves on a roller coaster ride when John is examined and determined that it is in his best interest to be admitted. How do you explain to someone who is temporary not thinking clearly that he needs to stay for his own safety? It doesn't  help when you can hear staff complaining and realize you have  to leave your husband of over fifty years in their care. Maggie must have felt helpless.  I loved John and Maggie's story and the deep love they had for each other. Will they be able to get through the red tape and get John the help he needs?

I was overwhelmed with all the paperwork they had to endure and frustrations of trying to get the best care for John. Michael is a great character and I loved his bedside manners. He treats his patients with kindness and I loved how he slowly became part of John and Maggie's inner circle. His determination to help this couple was refreshing and emotional.  Some of the staff sure don't have any patience when it comes to the psych ward. It must be scary for a patient to be there and sense that no one cares. The book is very good and really details the ongoing problem with mental illness. Well John get the help he needs or will he get lost in the bureaucratic system? I was very impressed with the storyline and I fell in love with John and Maggie. There are some very emotional moments in the book that broke my heart as I felt myself sitting  there watching the story unfold in front of me. I became invested in the story and eagerly turned the pages in anticipation of what was to happen next. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand the struggles patients have with mental illness and a doctor who cared enough to help them.

I received a copy of this book from The Goodreads Giveaway program. The review is my honest opinion.

Friday, December 23, 2016


THE OTHER SIDE OF REASON : A JOURNAL ON PTSD by DAVID GIBSON

The book is an account of a tragedy that happened to David Gibson.  If you have ever experienced a traumatic event then this book may bring back some unwanted memories but is not intended to be a self help book. I know first hand what PTSD can do to a person. It is not easy for others to understand but it is real and at times very emotionally draining. I appreciate the authors willingness to share his story with openness and honesty.

Who knew that September 18, 2013 would turn into a disaster for passengers on a bus that ultimately resulted in a crash with a train? Who was to blame for that accident? It was later decided that the driver of the bus was at fault. On that fateful day five lives were lost. Those that survived were left to recover from physical and emotional pain. David  now must face the aftermath of going through a traumatic event. No one can truly understand the full impact that PTSD has on someone unless you experience it yourself.

David tells us through poems and writings the nightmares, the struggles, the pain, the anger and helplessness he faced everyday. His poems at times might seem like rambles but for a PTSD person they make absolute sense. It is hard to put into words the inner struggles you face and I myself find it easier to write my thoughts down. I appreciate the  author sharing his story and shining a light on PTSD. Many people deal with it everyday and this book is one that hopefully will reach people and make them aware that PTSD is real and people live with it everyday.

I received a copy of this book from Librarything's Early Reader program. This is my honest review.

DIASTER FALLS by STEPHANE GERSON

This is a very emotional and heartbreaking story to read. I found myself needing to take breaks from the book many times. Losing a child has to be the most difficult thing to go through. As Stephane tells the story of his son Owen I could feel the gut wrenching pain he and his family have gone through. Do you ever get over the loss of a child? I don't think you ever do and I'm sure there are days that are more difficult than others.

A fun family rafting adventure turns to tragedy when Owen tragically drowns. There is no way to predict that the day would turn to grief as the family enjoyed their trip on the Green River. I can't imagine hearing your son saying "this is the best day of my life" and in a blink of an eye Owen is gone. How safe is river rafting? Did the guide make sure that the family understood all the dangers involved in the excursion? I can't imagine the guilt and torment Stephane feels at the loss of his son. The decision to put Owen in a smaller raft that fateful day will haunt Stephane for a very long time. Parents do everything they can to protect their children. Sometimes accidents  happen that we have no control over.

Owen's family they must have been in shook when the realization hit them that he  was gone. Stephane writes with a  gripping and honest look at the toil it takes on him and his family. I appreciated his willingness to share his story.  There are no parent books that warn us about every danger our children may face . We do the best we can to protect them but sometimes something happens that we have no control over. The book is well written with emotions that are felt on each page.

The book reminds me to make each moment count with your loved ones. We are not guaranteed one moment on this earth, so make the best of it while you can. If there are relationships that need mending don't wait till it's too late to repair them. Take time to appreciate what you have and most importantly  cherish each moment with loved ones.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from The Librarything Early Reader program . The review is my honest opinion.

AFTER SEPTEMBER by STEPHANIE SMITH

Between the pages of this book is a captivating story about a woman who rediscovers herself. Along the way her life is changed and with it the author brings an unforgettable emotional journey of  new beginnings.  I loved the character development and felt like they were my friends. The children in the story are precious and yes I wanted to take them all home.

Rose needs a change of scenery after her divorce and decides to take the summer to reflect on her life. She finds herself in St. Croix with beautiful clear skies and water that is crystal clear. The place she rents is homey and relaxing. I loved the friendship between Rose and Wendy. It was refreshing to read how their friendship  developed from a simple transaction of renting a place to stay to forever friends. Wendy is one of those people you instantly like.

An unexpected accident sends Rose to the clinic to see a doctor. The doctor she sees also runs  the orphanage in town. It was easy to like Patrick as his character is very humble, has a heart for children and strong beliefs that he doesn't back down from.  Their attraction grows and now Rose finds herself starting to really like Patrick. Can Rose let go of her hurt from the divorce and open her heart to a new relationship? Patrick has his own past that he hasn't let go of. Why does he feel guilty at times being with Rose? I loved how the author showed Patrick as a true gentleman and wouldn't give in to temptation.

 Rose's idea to include the children in her project  for the orphanage brings  excitement to the children. It is so true that children want to feel needed and loved. Her involvement with the children brings her joy and she finds herself starting to get attached to the children.  In the story you will meet a very special young boy. I can tell you that he captured my heart and I was ready to bring him home.

I loved when Rose decides to go to church and meets the pastor. The pastor is this big as life person overflowing with joy, love and compassion. There are moments in the story where Rose struggles with her faith. Will she find her way back to God? When it is time for Rose to return home, will she be able to leave? The story is very emotional at times and has a great message of forgiveness, letting go, and finding happiness. Make sure you grab your copy of this wonderful book.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Bookfun.org. This is my honest opinion.

Thursday, December 22, 2016


REFLECTIONS WITH GOD by LINDA SEGER , TH.D.

I have come to really enjoy books written by this author. They are always informative and written  with passion. I appreciate her openness and sharing personal struggles. As I began to read this book, I felt a sense of peace as the words soothed my soul. I'm sure there are many of us that are waiting to be healed from something. In some cases it is physical healing and in others it it emotional healing. I have been guilty of asking God why has He not healed me yet? The author makes a good point when she said, " Our struggle with health often triggers a struggle with faith." People around us are encouraging us to have faith but it sure is hard when you see nothing changing. I can sometimes get into the why  me pity party and forget all about God's promises.

Do you find yourself angry at God when you are still waiting for your healing and nothing is happening? I never thought about the people who God places in our pathway as someone who could help me. We get so focused that we forget to look around us. We hold on to every word the doctor says in hopes of being  cured. What we forget though is that there are other people who may have the answer we have been seeking. An interesting thought is seeking out someone with a similar illness and asking them for directions. Who better to ask then someone going through exactly what you are going through. What if that was God's plan all along? Yes we can get sidetracked and miss what God is trying to show us.

I really enjoyed the reference that the author used about Job. He was a man who lost everything and struggled for answers. When  he realized that God was real he repented  for doubting him. That is a great reminder for all of us to not give up but to keep fighting. The author encourages us to surround ourselves with family and friends who will support us and pray for us. Sometimes I find myself shutting out the world and trying to deal with things by myself. Isn't that a perfect time for the enemy to isolate you from the truths of God? Before I realize it, I find myself depressed, angry and lose my focus on His Word. The author provides many scriptures that are helpful  as we go through our struggles. I find that saying the scriptures aloud gives me more strength to fight and not give up. There is power in His word.

This is a powerful book that will help you and encourage you as you walk through your illness. Reach out to God and rely on Him. Be conscious of people around us who want to help . Be sure and celebrate each improvement that brings you closer to your healing and never give up.

"We never walk alone and God promises never to leave us alone."

I received a copy of this book from Bookfun.org and the author. This is my honest opinion.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


OUT OF THE FRYING PAN by MICHELLE GRIEP & KELLY KLEPFER

Zany. Crazy. Quirky. Laugh out loud moments. Mystery. Twist and Turns. Loveable characters. A dead body. Now what do all of these have in common? The funniest cozy mystery I have read with a murder that has everyone looking like a suspect. It's like Lucy and Ethel meets Mrs Fletcher trying to outwit the Detective . There are plenty of great moments in the story where I couldn't  stop laughing.

Fern and Zula are sister-in-laws who have assigned themselves detectives when the chef of Sunset Paradise Retirement Village is found dead. Yes they have promoted themselves as bonified sleuths who can't seem to stay out of trouble. I loved the interactions between the two and wasn't quite sure who was in charge at times. They sure are stubborn and get in the way of Detective Jared Flynn more times then I can count. Can Detective Jared solve the murder before Fern and Zula find themselves in danger? The people at the retirement center were comical when the ladies living there  thought it was their job to keep Jared occupied with their granddaughters. That did seem a bit strange, but not to be out done, our lady sleuths call in their niece Kathryn  to come help them. Or is she there to meet the dashing Detective Jared Flynn?

I do believe Jared has his hands full with women flirting with him, a murder to solve and ladies who want to solve the case on their own. Will Fern and Zula turn on each other? With finger pointing and drugs turning up there  is a lot to keep the town buzzing with gossip. This is one book that kept me laughing all the way till the end. The writing is well crafted and the characters are like mixed match socks. They don't really go together but they sure make you comfortable around them. They become your friends and in the end, they fit perfectly into the story.  Make sure you grab a copy of this book and get ready for laughs and shenanigans that keep the story entertaining and lively.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Bookfun.org. This is my honest opinion.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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HEALING OF THE HEART by LOREE LOUGH

What would you do if you had a father who was a thief and killer? Would you try to hide your identity from other people? I know we don't get to pick who our parents are, and that is exactly what Ruby faces in this unforgettable story of redemption , secrets and trust. After Ruby's father is hanged for his crimes, Ruby is stunned to find out that he has left her a very wealthy woman. I think at first she had a hard time taking the fortune because she knew how it was obtained. What would you do if you inherited money that you knew was tainted?

I found Ruby's character was very interesting and heartfelt. She wants to do the right thing and make amends to all the families her father hurt. It was a big task but her heart was so broken by her father's wrongdoing she needed to lessen the pain she felt in her heart.  She knew this is what God wanted her to do. I loved the story and found it to be a great lesson in forgiveness and healing. Her heart must have been crushed to learn of the evil doings her father did. Was Ruby feeling guilty and somehow  taking responsibility for her father's sins?

When Ruby and her mom travel to FairPlay, Colorado to continue using the inheritance there seems to be a bit more to do in this town that will be a big challenge for them. Rex Truett is the sheriff of the small town and is a bit suspicious of Ruby and her mom. He is a very strong character and I loved his unconditional love for the two children he was taking care of.  Ruby and Rex sure don't see eye to eye at first. I'm not sure who was more stubborn but it sure made for many encounters with each other that were tension filled. Rex has to be asking himself " Why would a beautiful woman and her mom travel to a town where they know no one with the intentions to improve the town? "

The story is very well written and flowed at a nice pace. There are others in the town that will add a bit of intrigue to the story. There are many surprises and secrets that have people wondering who they can trust? Will Ruby be able to let go of the shame of her father's sins? Can Rex find a way to trust again? The story is filled with a glimpse into the lives of people who have trust issues, guilt, insecurity  and learning to love again.

"When we're hurting, we have a choice , too. We can get all mad and mean, or go to God for comfort and strength."

I received a copy of this book from Bookfun.org.This is my honest opinion .

Sunday, December 18, 2016


HIS PRAIRIE SWEETHEART by ERICA VETSCH

I have become a huge fan of historical fiction and after reading this story I have found an author that depicts the historical fiction  with precision. Pioneer days were hard with little to eat at times . The weather could be treacherous and the author described a blizzard with such great detail I found myself shivering . I love when an author can make me feel like I can vividly see the story unfold before me.

Savannah is a very beautiful woman who has all the luxuries she needs. She is excited that she will become a married woman and finally the day is here to say her vows. Well not everything goes  as plan when the groom doesn't show up. I can't imagine the hurt and embarrassment she must have felt when she realizes her dreams have just been shattered. The story takes on a great adventure when Savannah decides she needs to get away .

She finds herself in Snowflake, Minnesota as the new school teacher. Not everyone is thrilled to see her though. Elias who is the sheriff has seen several women leave the teaching position because they couldn't handle the harsh life out on the prairie. I really like Elias and found him to be a strong character. He does  give Savannah a hard time but I found it to be quite funny at times. Who in their right mind comes to a small town out on the prairie in fancy clothes?

 Savannah is in for a culture shock as she realizes that the townspeople are Norwegian immigrants. I laughed so hard as she tried  to talk to the people and suddenly realized  that they speak very little English . I think someone left out that  little bit of information when she accepted the teaching job. She is in for an adventure that will test her faith . I loved how the author included scriptures in the story with the children learning them as part of their lesson at school. I have to mention probably one of the funnies things that happens to our beloved Savannah. Let's just say her introduction to a skunk was not the most enjoyable encounter. I think after that incident I would be packing my bags and saying goodbye Snowflake, Minnesota.

The author did an exceptional job of describing the history of Minnesota and the Dutch uprising of '62. I found it very fascinating and loved learning about the Norwegians and their customs. The story is so well written I didn't want it to end. Will Savannah convince Elias that she can endure the weather and any obstacles that come her way ? Is she the right choice as the teacher for this small close knit town?  Be sure and grab a copy of this wonderful book and discover how pride, love and faith come together to make an unforgettable story .

I received a complimentary copy of this book. The review is my opinion and I was not compensated for it.

Saturday, December 17, 2016



 
 

About the books: 

ScriptureDoodle: A Six-Week Devotional Experience (David C. Cook, October 2016)
With inspiring exercises and prompts, this unique interactive guide introduces readers to a creative connection between Bible study, artistic expression, and worship.
Often, in the busyness of life, Christians forget that God created them to enjoy creativity. With guided instruction and completed examples, this beautiful book invites readers to draw closer to God through their own art.
More than a coloring book, ScriptureDoodle is a combination of Bible study, creative expression, and artistic community with artwork shared online at #scripturedoodle.  

Exploring topics such as being generous, finding rest, and facing grief, ScriptureDoodle gives the heart the creative space it needs. This book stimulates the reader's imagination and helps integrate God's Word into everyday life.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2gUdlHF



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I really enjoyed this beautifully designed devotional. At the very beginning it gives you a list of items you will need to use the book and get the full experience from it. It even encourages you to share your work online so others can follow along. What a great idea to journal with others as you dig deep into His word. The author includes scriptures that you can memorize and then color to enhance the words on your heart. There are many different subjects the author has included and each one made me feel at peace. I enjoy these type of books as they are relaxing . One particular subject I especially enjoyed was titled "Through The Psalms." It asks you to go through the book of Psalms and choose a verse and then pick a word or phrase. As you read the phrase you are to start drawing what imagine you see as you read it. I am a visual person , so for me it made the phrase come to life. I encourage everyone to pick up a copy and start your journey in this six weeks devotional and be creative.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from LitFuse. The review is my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.


ScriptureDoodle God's Promises: A Six-Week Devotional Experience (David C. Cook, December 2016)

Some of the most incredible stories in the Bible are of God's promises and faithfulness to His children.
ScriptureDoodle God's Promises refreshes believers who are feeling burned out or stuck in a rut in their relationship with God. Each of the creative worship prompts in this interactive guide includes biblical encouragement and ideas for worship through art. Artist April Knight includes creative lettering tips, color ideas, and completed examples to inspire readers to respond to promises in Scripture related to trust, faith, and the power of God's Word in all circumstances.
This unique blend of Bible study and creative expression provides the opportunity to connect with God as Creator in a new, life-changing way.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2gUhyLR



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In this well designed devotional we follow a six week experience by reading about God's Promises. This one is a great tool to remind us of His promises and to study the scriptures where His promises can be found in the Bible. In one week the book talks about "Fit Together." We all have a place in this world and our talents should bless each other. The word tells us to work together as one , but are we doing that? How many of us are working on our own and forgetting to include others on our journey? That was a real reminder for me. I'm guilty of getting all excited about something God has laid on my heart. I go full throttle trying to run the race by myself. What I forget is there are others that are suppose to joining me. I am thankful that I am reminded to slow down and let others do their part. I don't have to do everything myself .  I want to work beside people so that I am honoring God.

Another chapter I really liked was called " Faithful to Forgive." That is one of the hardest things I have found to do. When someone hurts you , you are to forgive them. For me I sometimes hold back and refuse to forgive. One of His promises says ,  "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all righteousness."  (IJohn 1:19) . After reading that I did the exercise that accompanied it. This is one you don't want to pass up. I really liked how the author has taken subjects from the Bible and used pictures, scriptures and includes our own ways to express how we feel. You don't have to be an artist to enjoy this book, you just need a wiling and open heart.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. The review is my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.


About the author:



April Knight is a worship artist based in Asheville, North Carolina. Knight's work includes live worship painting and leading ScriptureDoodle workshops online and at conferences and retreats around the country and internationally. Her family of four is her greatest joy, along with serving alongside her husband at their local church. 


















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Friday, December 16, 2016

WAITING FOR WONDER BLOG TOUR AND GVEAWAY


Because God’s timing is so rarely our own and we lose the wonder in the waiting of life, desperation strikes, plans backfire, and we begin to wonder why God does not fill the emptiness. Be encouraged to find strength and hope in Marlo Schalesky's new book, Waiting for Wonder. Journey into the heart of God where you will wrestle with personal questions, think deeply about God’s true character, and learn to appreciate His divine work as you discover your own path to the promised land. Recapture your hope, restore your soul, and renew your vision of a wondrous Savior when you learn to live on God’s time.

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Sometimes the hardest thing for us to do is wait for answers. Sometimes the hardest thing is to feel alone. Sometimes the hardest thing is to face our past. Sometimes the hardest thing is to feel free. With this book all those "sometimes " can be overcome and a new life emerges. I enjoyed how the author used the story of Sarah and showed how waiting can be painful, but God's timing is always perfect. Many of us have been through pain, hurt, loneliness and brokenness. As I began to read this book, I felt a sense of the past starting to rise up to trap me once again. But then I read,"He is the God who uncovers the deepest places of our shame and pain and promises to bless the whole world right from those places." It is time for us to allow God to heal us and hold our head up as His glory surrounds us. I can picture Him as He holds the hurting and dries their tears. I am not very patient and I try to run ahead and make things happen before it is time. I don't like when someone tells me I just have to be patient and wait. I really liked how the author used Haran in explaining why we are in that" holding zone " as I call it. We know of His promises so what is taking so long? It sure did open my eyes as I read that maybe we are in the way of moving forward. What it is in your life that is holding you back? The book is filled with stories that are easily relatable. The author breaks down subjects into different chapters and takes us on a journey with Sarah as she sees the promises manifest. This is a very intense book at times that really made me search myself. What thoughts have I had that is keeping me in a barren land like Sarah? Am I really listening to God or trying to do things my own way? Throughout the book I found encouragement, and scriptures that reminded me of His love and promises that He keeps. It is our choice to change things that are not right in our life and to experience God's unconditional love. "No matter how helpless you are or how you've been betrayed, God can bring blessing and restoration to your life." I received a complimentary copy of this book from LitFuse.


 The review is my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.



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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

egg-drop-dead-large-banner-new-640Egg Drop Dead
by Laura Childs

After reading this book, you will have a smile on your face, it has a happy ending, but the best part of ending this book are the recipes you find at the last pages, to allow you to try the savoury dishes you read during all the story!
~Varietats
The author’s descriptive and colorful use of language effortlessly draws you in, making you feel like you’re experiencing what Suzanne is experiencing.
~Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder
These are people you want to spend time with. Laced with humor and heart, pull up a stool at the Cackleberry Club cafe or come for tea and gossip.
~Laura’s Interests
Great ending! Lots of action. Enjoyable cozy mystery!
~MysteriesEtc
EGG DROP DEAD is an enjoyable read with a surprising amount of humor and action…
~Readeropolis
Such a great mystery for anyone who loves small towns and quirky residents!
~Community Bookstop 
Ms. Childs is quite talented in keeping each series separate in style and tone. These books are such a delight to read.
~Editing Pen 
Suzanne, Toni, and Petra were such affable, believable women, that mid-way through the book I felt as though they were people I really knew, and not just characters in a story.
~The Book’s the Thing
EGG DROP DEAD entertains by providing a thought provoking mystery with numerous shady suspects while bringing attention to certain societal issues.
~Cozy Up With Kathy
Laura Childs is a talented writer who knows how to entertain readers with a well-crafted mystery, vivid setting, and engaging characters.
~The Power of Words 
True to her writing this book holds enough twists and turns that the reader comes out surprised at the killer…A reader looking to read funny, charming and quick wit will eat this book up!
~Bibliophile Reviews
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Egg Drop Dead (A Cackleberry Club Mystery)
Series: A Cackleberry Club Mystery (Book 7)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Berkley (December 6, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-0425281703
E-Book ASIN: B01CZCW4MW
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Synopsis

In Laura Childs’s New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni—co-owners of the Cackleberry Club café—are back to track down another bad egg…
Maintaining good personal relationships with their suppliers is one of the secrets of the Cackleberry Club café’s success, so Suzanne doesn’t mind going out to Mike Mullen’s dairy farm to pick up some wheels of cheese. She’s looking forward to a nice visit with the mild-mannered farmer before heading back to their hectic kitchen.
But when she arrives, Mike’s nowhere to be found. The moaning of his cows leads her to look in the barn, where she discovers a bloodcurdling sight—the farmer’s dead body. Apparently not everyone was as fond of Mike Mullen as the Cackleberry Club.
Churning with grief and outrage, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to find the farmer’s murderer—but as they get closer to the truth, the desperate killer gets whipped into a frenzy and plans to put the squeeze on them…
RECIPES INCLUDED!
laura childs from facebookAbout The Author
Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop MysteriesScrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.
Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:
The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.
The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!
The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.
Laura’s Links:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/laura.childs.31




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Its hard to believe but this is the first book I've read by this author. I don't know how I've missed reading her books, but I will be going back to read every book she has written. I was very impressed with the description of the  Crackleberry Club  Cafe. The food they served was described so well I could smell the turkey bacon frying and the yummy muffins that filled the cafe with a delicious aroma. I loved the idea of a cafe that serves farm to table foods. It will draws attention to the hard working farmers and gives them a boost for their products.

Suzanne has stopped at the farm that Mike Mullins owns to pick up fresh cheese for her cafe. To her surprise she can't find him anywhere. She starts looking around for Mike and stumbles  onto a bloody scene. The author did a great job of describing the horrific murder scene with graphic details . The question Suzanne can't understand is who would kill such a nice man with such force that it leaves a scene right out of a horror movie?

There are quite a few characters in the book with outlandish personalities. I'm still not sure how I feel about her friend Toni. She really is a flirty thing and really has no morals it seems. Toni's soon to be ex-husband is nothing to write  home about. I did love the banter between them and found them to suit each other well. There are plenty of laughs in the book as Suzanne and her friends decide they need to solve the murder. With Suzanne preoccupied with the murder, her fiancé Sam is starting to wonder if they will ever be able to talk about their upcoming wedding. I did like Sam a lot and thought his character was very smart and could easily calm Suzanne down.

There are quite a few subjects the author touched on that bring   some serious moments to the story. I'm glad she tackled them with no sugar coating . The topics are what happens in the world  today and I'm glad she put them in the story to add attention to them. They all tie together to make for a good mystery with suspects that lead to a very dramatic ending . Overall  the book has some great action, fun characters and a well thought out plot. Don't miss the recipes at the end which look so good I will have to try a few out myself.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Great Escapes Book Tour . The review is my opinion and I was not compensated for it.


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