Saturday, November 22, 2014

Book Review - "Trading Secrets:"

"Trading Secrets" is another excellent Amish teen fiction novel by Melody Carlson that is enjoyable for teens and adults alike.
This was such a fun read that began years ago with a little misunderstanding when students were assigned pen pals.  Micah was mistaken to be a boy and she never corrected the assumption, but now it is time to meet her pen pal face to face.  As this journey sets off Micah and Zach are faced with the truth and neither are prepared for how this meeting will end.
This is quick read that I completely enjoyed just as her other Amish teen fiction novels.  Melody does a great job with bringing the Amish culture to life, specifically how it is for teenagers, and mixing the  Amish way of life with the English. 

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Book Review - "The Christmas Cat"

Melody Carlson's latest Christmas novella, "The Christmas Cat," is a sweet read that will get you in the spirit of giving and remind you of the important things in life.
Garrison has been out of the country for almost a decade and has felt lost since returning to the states.  Now he feels even more lost when his grandmother passes away, his only relative.  Now he more than just without a job, he without family and must deal with taking care of his grandmother's final wishes, even with how odd they are. As Garrison tries to fulfill his grandmother's wishes, he finds himself meeting people whom he probably would have never met otherwise and he finds himself thinking more about his dreams and also his future.
I really enjoyed this book, it was short, sweet story that I will probably be rereading each year at Christmas time.  I loved the interactions between Garrison and the other characters such as Cara, Elliott,
and Vincent and the roles each of them played with Garrison finding himself and finding peace and home. Melody does a fabulous job with creating the scene as I felt as if I was right there with Garrison inspecting the homes and meeting the families as well as when he was fixing up his grandmother's home.  I highly recommend this book to be put on your to read pile at some point in the next month.

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.* 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"Discover God's Heart"

Book Description from the publisher:

A new read-through-the-Bible Bible divided in manageable portions and featuring deep and relevant devotionals that bring readers close to the heart of God.

As they journey through the Bible from cover to cover, readers will appreciate how the NIV Discover God's Heart Devotional Bible will help them through tough spots such as Numbers and Leviticus while giving them deeper understanding of the Scriptures and connecting them with the heart of its Author. Readers will experience rich insights into the original contexts of Scripture, and God's heart will be unveiled in new ways.

This Bible includes 365 engaging devotions to serve as your tour guide, walking you through Genesis to Revelation in manageable portions. Each devotion includes a summary section of the Scripture passage, an application section that reveals God's good heart, and an insight section that ties each passage into the rest of God's great story.

As you experience God's Word through this devotional Bible, you'll see his divine fingerprints from beginning to end, even in the most unexpected places. And you'll encounter a deeper, fuller picture of the Jesus you thought you knew.

Whether you are starting out on your first steps or a seasoned traveler, let the NIV Discover God's Heart Devotional Bible open your eyes to God's good heart. Join him in his story. And experience a more intimate walk with him.

My Review:
I really like the layout of this devotional Bible as it is reader friendly.  There are several options for what reading plan you would like to follow at the time, ranging from short-term to long-term.  Each devotional is right with the Biblical passage that it corresponds to which I love instead of having to flip through several pages and searching for either the reading or the passage.  I would highly recommend this for someone whom is hoping to learn more about God at a deeper level or for a new Christian as this really shares God's love, God's character and background information on the authors of the various books of the Bible and details helping the reader to gain a clearer understanding of Biblical passages. 

*Thanks to the Booklook Bloggers Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Happy Handmade Home

"A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home: painting, crafting, and decorating a cheerful, more inspiring space," by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, is a fantastic book for anyone whom is looking for ideas for decorating and do it yourself projects in the home.
Elsie and Emma created A Beautiful Mess blog on which they share so many things and some of these are inside this book, a convenient collection of inspiring ideas and pictures to help you decide how to make your house into a space that is perfect for you.
This book is divided by room and I love this as it makes the book so user-friendly. I was surprised by the variety of ideas in here and I love flipping through the pages looking at all of the beautiful pictures.  I cannot wait to try so many of these projects!  These two sisters are truly inspiring and I loved being able to spend some time inside their worlds.

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"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Book Review - "Christmas at Rose Hill Farm"

I featured this book on my blog a few months ago and it is officially on tour with Revell right now and perfect timing as we have had our first snow and I am getting completely into the Christmas season and ready for winter!
I love all things Christmas, and I was so excited to receive a Christmas book written by one of my favorite Amish fiction writers, Suzanne Woods Fisher!  "Christmas at Rose Hill Farm" is a sweet love story that has the Christmas season as a backdrop and the snowy landscape and the frigid weather set the scene nicely and drew me into the story. It was nice to revisit a few characters from previous novels; I love when authors do that as it's like a nice family reunion when you can get caught up on the lives of characters whom you have enjoyed spending time with. Bess was told that she was in the midst of a love triangle before and now she is once again as her wedding is approaching and the one whom her heart still loves, but she is not marrying, returns home. I really enjoyed spending this time with Bess, Billy and Amos and I will be rereading this once again nearer to Christmas I'm sure!
*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Book Review - "Surprised by Love"

"Surprised by Love" is book #3 in Julie Lessman's The Heart of San Francisco series and I really enjoyed getting back into this series.
I loved returning to the McClare family and getting involved with all these relationships and spending time with them once again.  Megan McClare has returned home and she has changed during her time away; yet she is not sure if she is ready to face everyone from her past.  Bram, Devin and Megan are all characters whom I loved and I loved the interactions between them and seeing their relationships change and develop.  Julie has done an excellent job once again with brining this time period and the characters to life.  I have really enjoyed this series and I think this book has been my favorite because Megan was easy for me to relate to.  I highly recommend this series for historical fiction fans. 

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Friday, November 14, 2014

"Where Treetops Glisten"

About the book: 

The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime
Siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories, filled with the wonder of Christmas
Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America's involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.
In Cara Putman's White Christmas, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements---until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.
Abigail's brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theater in Sarah Sundin's I'll Be Home for Christmas, trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete's friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he's no longer the bully she once knew?
In Tricia Goyer's Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, "Merry" to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that's precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.
The Turner family believes in God's providence during such a tumultuous time. Can they absorb the miracle of Christ's birth and His plan for a future?

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About the authors: 

TRICIA GOYER is a prolific author of nearly forty books, including Chasing Mona Lisa, and a speaker and blogger. 

CARA PUTMAN is the author of twenty books including Shadowed by Grace. She is the winner of the 2008 Carol Award for historical fiction. 

SARAH SUNDIN is the critically-acclaimed author of the Wings of the Nightingale series, the Wings of Glory series, and the forthcoming Waves of Freedom novels.

My Review:
I really enjoyed the novella collection, "Where Treetops Glisten!"  This is a beautiful Christmas collection by three fabulous authors that each share a story involving the Turner family, a kind-hearted, fun family that is trying to survive World War II and yet also keep the magic and love of the Christmas season alive.  I love how each of the three novellas focus on a different member of the Turner family and the stories span a three year time span.  This time period is brought to life and I love how various aspects of life during the war are highlighted.  In the very first story I really enjoyed the small town feel with the candy and soda shop which Abigail works at and the yummy descriptions of making the drinks and treats like candy canes.  This is the perfect book for each historical fiction fan as it will transport you to a different time period and ignite the Christmas spirit in each reader. 

To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!

*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour.*