Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
"The Two of Us" is the latest contemporary romance novel from Victoria Bylin and it is my favorite one yet from her! Mia has traveled to Vegas for a wedding, not her own as she has been engaged twice, but not made it to "I do" once. This wedding is for her younger half-sister, Lucy and her fiancée whom Mia has not met yet. Lucy is pregnant and Mia does not believe that is a good enough reason to get married or enough to make this marriage last. Mia likes to have answers and is organized and presents calm and all put together, while Lucy is more carefree and go with the flow. Mia's world is tilted when she meets Lucy's fiancée Sam's best man and mentor in life, Jake. Jake has taken Sam under his wing as his mother Connie was Jake's former partner on the police force until she was killed in the line of duty. Mia has her heart and her mind set on getting accepted into Medical Mission and she has made this commitment to God to serve Him in this capacity as she has given up on love. However, she feels torn after meeting Jake and Sam and knowing that she is going to have a little niece or nephew to love. As Mia is forced to prove that she can adapt quickly and make changes, she moves to Echo Falls and takes over working as a general practitioner, while at the same time pursing her dream, yet she finds herself spending more time with Jake and finding herself a part of a family once again.
This is such an incredible book filled with loveable characters, a cute town and so many storylines. Mia and Jake are the two main characters, but really Sam, Lucy, Claire and Frank are right up there as well. Claire's health struggles are all too common and so relatable as is Frank having to learn to cope with this and Lucy sharing her love and compassion and learning how to best care for Claire. Sam and Lucy are adjusting to married life and a complicated pregnancy. Jake has been struggling with his partner's death and he feels he needs to honor her and that he owes her in a way and his dream of running a camp has been his focus. Mia has her dream for her job and has lost hope for love and a family. There are just so many emotions that you will experience while reading this, there is just so many layers to the characters, the stories and I would love to spend more time in Echo Falls, if Victoria chooses to write more books set in this town. This is a book that will have you wrapped up in the characters' lives and celebrating with them in the high times and rooting for them and praying for strength during the lows.
*Thanks to the Bethany House Blogger Review Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Oh my goodness, I love this book! I have a daughter and daily I pray asking for guidance as society is so different from when I was growing up and yet some of the struggles are the same, some are going to be even more so challenging. I love the layout of this book as there is a reading followed by multiple prayers relating to the topic, then followed by "girl talk" conversations to have with your girl, and there are conversation starters included for three different age groups based upon where your daughter is at (I love this part especially!). This book is divided into 5 main subjects: identity, heart, mind, relationships and purpose, and then these are further divided into topics/chapters. The identity one is the section that really resonated with me as girls are starting at such a young age to be caught up in the "drama" that I do not even remember until late middle school and social media plays a big role in this, as girls are comparing themselves to others, trying to get a large number of "likes" and basing their worth on feedback from others. This is an excellent book and a must-read for parents of daughters.
*Thanks to the Bethany House Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*
I knew from reading the back cover blurb that I was going to enjoy this book and I was not disappointed in the least! It is so easy to have what we do, the roles we fill, the tasks we fulfill each and every day define who we are; however that is not who we are and not what makes us who we are. Jerusha tackles this while discussing Jesus' I Am statements. Divided into eleven chapters, each one discusses different thoughts, different aspects, a varying toxic belief that women may think and believe about themselves. Each chapter ends with personal reflection and/or group discussion questions and also additional resources that could be read to add to the topic more fully.
This is a great read! It was easy for me to get into the book and I felt as if Jerusha was talking with me, not "preaching" at me; her writing style flows nicely. She does a nice job with tying together scripture and her personal stories as well as adding in things to really get you thinking and apply the principles to your own life. This is an inspiring read and one I would highly recommend for women to read!
*Thanks to the Baker Books Blogger Review Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*
Sunday, September 3, 2017
"All in All" is a journaling devotional book by Sophie Hudson that is wonderful for teenage girls right on up to age 100. This journal and devotional book will take you through 100 days, 100 days that will show you, remind you, teach you that Jesus is with us wherever we are, going through everything with us and He is the one whom we each need in our lives. Sophie shares a short (on average 1 1/2 pages) devotional reading for each day. Then the reading is followed up with Biblical text to read and then questions to answer and journal prompts to fill in and answer. The journaling prompts will help each of us to reflect on where we are at in our lives, the role that Jesus is playing and changes that we may need to make.
This is a beautiful edition, hardcover with a nice texture to the cover. It is all done in a very soothing, pretty color combination and there is ample space for journaling throughout the book. It is also a nice size to take with you wherever you are, it will bit in a bag, easy to pull out and work through the day's reading and journaling. I highly recommend this book, it would make a lovely gift!
*Thanks to the B&H/Lifeway Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*