Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Book Review - "The Accidental Bride"

I know that I, like many other Denise Hunter fans, have been waiting anxiously for another book to be released! "The Accidental Bride" is book two in A Big Sky Romance series and is just as good if not better than book one!

Shay struggles day at day with just keeping her ranch and home as money is tight. She has no idea that when she agrees to play a bride in the Founders Day celebration that her life is going to be completely changed and she will now be trying to keep her heart intact as well! Travis was her high school sweetheart and Shay finds herself face to face with him at the end of the aisle and in the midst of confusion and a mistake Shay and Travis find themselves legally married! Is it worth saving her ranch if she loses her heart?

Denise Hunter has not disappointed in any way with this new book! It was impossible to stop reading and I fell in love with the characters and became immersed in their lives. Shay, Travis and Olivia are all such real characters and a family who you would love to have as neighbors. This is a must read for Hunter fans and one to add to your collection!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review*

Friday, December 9, 2011

Check this out!!!! "The Christmas Singing"

I posted a review of Cindy Woodsmall's latest book, "The Christmas Singing" earlier this book. If you are still looking for a wonderful gift for an Amish fiction reader, then I would highly recommend this book!

Check out this video about this Christmas treasure:

Here you can read an excerpt:

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Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Book Review - "Smitten"

Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and Diann Hunt, four wonderful authors, have joined together to write a great collection of stories in "Smitten." Each of the four authors write a novella and each novella is about a different woman, yet they are all connected!

Smitten, Vermont is a town that is kept afloat by the lumber mill that hires so many people living in the town. Julia, Natalie, Shelby and Reese, four friends, devise a plan to "save" their town when the lumber mill is closing. They do not want their town to "close" or die along with the lumber mill. The four friends decide that their town, Smitten, is the perfect romantic getaway spot and begin to work on this idea and saving the town. Not everyone is thrilled with the idea, including the men in the town and yet some of the men join them on the project as well. Not only are these women promoting the town as a romantic spot for tourists, but they find that it may be a romantic spot for them as well.

I really enjoyed this book - all four stories! Each author writes from a different woman's perspective and shares her story, yet they are all joined together to create a great story! There is humor interspersed and the misunderstandings and love make for a great read! A great light-hearted read!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Monday, December 5, 2011

Book Review - "The Christmas Singing"

I am a huge fan of anything Christmas and I love Amish stories as well, so I was so excited to be able to read Cindy Woodsmall's new book, "The Christmas Singing." This is a quick read and a beautiful hardcover edition! I love the scene on the front of the book - so perfect for this time of year!

Mattie had her heart broken years earlier on Christmas Eve and now she must face this rejection and decide how to handle this hurt. Gideon wanted to protect Mattie, but ended up hurting her anyways and now he knows that the truth is the best and only way to handle things. During the three years since their broken engagement Mattie has moved on physically to a new town and also emotionally as she has a new beau. Circumstances bring Mattie back home and back in contact with Gideon, has Mattie really moved on to far or is the love still there between the two?

This is a well-written story that will enjoyed every year at Christmas time! Mattie and Gideon are both such lovable characters and I found myself rooting for them from the very beginning of the story. This is a great story as well for each of us on forgiveness, trust and telling the truth. A must read for Amish fiction fans!

* I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for a honest review. *

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Review - "The Names of God Bible"

"The Names of God Bible" is a wonderful edition of the Bible for anyone who wants to study the Bible more in depth. This is a nice hardcover Bible edited by Ann Spangler who is the author of "Praying the Names of God." I have not ever had a Bible that is a God's Word translation, so it is a little different at first, but it is very easy to understand. There are so many different names of God and names that are used in reference to God. This Bible goes into great detail about the various names of God giving the reader a deeper understanding of God and who He is. Each book of this Bible begins with a description of the book and also which names of God are found in that book. I found these introductions to be very interesting and a great perk to this Bible! There are also reading plans included at the end of the Bible which is a useful tool for those wanting to stick to a consistent reading schedule. I would recommend this for a new Christian or for anyone who wants to get to know God on a deeper level.

Friday, December 2, 2011

GIVEAWAY!!!! "My Favorite Bible"

This could be yours! Are you still trying to find a gift for a child? Or would like something to read with your child each night? Leave me a comment and this could be yours shipped directly to you from Revell Publishing Company! I will choose a winner on Monday, December 5th! I will notify the winner and get a mailing address which will be given to Revell and the Bible will be sent to the winner! Good luck!

The publishers say:

With the vibrant illustrations and engaging text in this Bible storybook, you can enjoy sharing the best-loved stories of the Bible with the children in your life and encourage a life-long love for the Word of God. My Favorite Bible is a book of exciting Bible stories and activity pages that guide children through the foundational truths of Scripture.

Each story is fully illustrated and includes a simple narrative full of things kids love: repetition, rhythm, and energy, along with a key biblical theme, a key Bible verse, and discussion questions to help adults introduce children to the Bible.

The colorful illustrations will capture the imaginations of children ages 4–8, and the stories will help adults to pass along the most important truth in life—the Gospel. Families will cherish this time as they read, listen, learn, and love, growing closer to one another even as they grow closer to God.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Book Review - "The Christmas Shoppe"

If you are looking for a quick read to put you in the Christmas spirit, Melody Carlson's "The Christmas Shoppe" is just the book for you! Matilda purchases a store much to the dismay of many residents as this is on Main Street and neither the store's wares or Matilda have the right "look" for this area of town. Susanna, new city manager, is trying her best to do a good job and keep everyone happy at the same time. Susanna is not only trying to keep peace with the council members, but also her mother-in-law in line as well. When Susanna's mother-in-law and daughter begin to spend time with Matilda and form a bond with her, Susanna realizes that this may be more difficult than she thinks until she ventures into the shoppe herself. This town is filled with people who are hurting, seeking for something or needing to find peace and/or forgiveness in regards to their past. No one would have guessed that Matilda is helping each person to heal when he or she walks into her shop.
This is a very quick read, but it is filled with charm! The characters are all such interesting people and while they all try to put on a good front, they are really hurting and needing something. What they each need is found in Matilda's shoppe and each person's story is shared a little bit more with the reader. There is so much packed into this story and you will finish the book feeling happy for the characters and also thinking what you would pick up if you happened to come upon Matilda's shoppe yourself!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Book Review - "A Wedding Invitation"

Alice J. Wisler's "A Wedding Invitation" is more than just a tale of a wedding, but a tale of new love, and a reconnection with a love from the past and family relationships.
Samantha received a wedding invitation in the mail on a cold, blustery night and the outer envelope is blown away. Upon arriving at the wedding and not knowing anyone, not even the bride who she thought was her college friend, Samantha ponders her options. Deciding to stay, Samantha spends quite a bit of time with another guest, Taylor, and this begins a relationship between the two. Samantha also reconnects with Carson, another teacher with whom she worked years ago at a refugee camp. Carson brings back memories for Samantha and also past hurts. Meeting up with a former student forces not only Samantha and Carson to work together, but these two along with Taylor.
This story has many layers to it. Samantha and her mother work together in her mother's high-class clothing boutique. There relationship is a large part of this story as well as Samantha's relationship with her Aunt Dovie. The differences between the aunt and mother are interesting as well. The book goes between the present time in the story (1993) and 1985 when Samantha and Conner are working together. The past adds much to the story and gives a lot of extra insight into their relationship and why it is what it is. This is a well-written and well-developed story.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a honest review*

Book Review - "The Crossing"

Serita Jakes' novel, "The Crossing," is a thought-provoking, heart-wrenching, all too real read that will have you hanging onto every word and turning pages.
Claudia is reliving the moment that her friend and cheerleading coach was murdered on a school bus on the way home from a football game. Claudia has been for the past 10 years. Claudia's husband wishes to solve this crime and unravel the mystery that surrounds this incident as a means of helping Claudia move on and work through the tragedy. What he does not know are the secrets that are buried and twisted within this tragedy as well. Casio is now a police officer, but he was wounded while traveling on that bus that night as a football player. Casio is dealing with this incident still as it has lead to him having anger management problems and ultimately ruining relationships in his life now.
This is a story that keeps on turning and changing keeping the reader guessing and on the edge of his or her seat! This story is so realistic and the aftermath for individuals and communities are very real. The characters are suffering from PTSD, anxiety, anger, and fear. Do not expect a pleasant read, but yet one that is very real and you will become a part of the character's lives and the daily struggles that they deal with.

"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review"

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Book Review - "Random Souls"

Deanna Rutledge, pastor's wife, brings her expertise, observations and compassion for the body of Christ alive in her novel, "Random Souls."
A church is not just the building a group of people meet in to worship God, the church is the group of people. However, not every group of people or church are immune to tension and friction among of the members. Welcome to Aloha Community Church, a church that has it's fair share of scandal and things are about to get worse! Pastor Jason is new to the church, but that does not mean that everything is smooth sailing. A group begin to meet together for a Bible study, this is very different mix of people, however they are about to find healing, love and joy and becoming a part of the body of Christ.
This book is filled with very realistic characters who the readers will empathize with and want to know more about. No group of people are immune to those who like to spread gossip and add to problems while trying to help. This is a quick read and one not to be missed for those who enjoy religious fiction.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Book Review - "Animal Stories Daddy Told Us"

Innocent Emechete has compiled a collection of stories that were orally passed down through generations in Africa in the book, "Animal Stories Daddy Told Us." There are sixteen stories in this book that each have animals as their main characters. These animals all struggle and deal with issues that humans do as well, such as deceit and revenge. Each story has a lesson or moral to share with the reader. There are illustrations throughout the stories as well adding great detail to them.
This book is not necessarily geared toward children as some of the lessons and topics are not really appropriate for young children. The stories would be a great tool to use with young adults in a creative writing class or in a class that focuses on culture, worldviews and morality. Each story has questions that are great to use for a discussion after reading each story.

*I received this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Book Review - "Kathryn the Grape's Colorful Adventure"

If you are looking for a book for young girls, then "Kathryn the Grape's Colorful Adventure" is for you! Written by Kathryn Cloward with Ginny Hornby and illustrated by Christine Winscott, this book is bold, vibrant and a great lesson!
Kathryn feels unimportant and that her parents love her brothers more than her. Kathryn goes to her room feeling sorry for herself, but her mindset changes when her friend Maggie takes her on a magical adventure. With the aid of a charm bracelet and the various colors represented on it, Kathryn is able to learn how she is important and how to let who she is shine!
This is a really fun book to read with your daughter or with a young girl who you may work with. Kathryn is able to think about and discover things she loves to do and how they make her feel and how she is able to shine in the world. This is a great resource to us to help girls boost their self-esteem and discover themselves.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Book Review - "Nowhere Hair"

"Nowhere Hair" written by Sue Glader and illustrated by Edith Buenen is specifically for children who have a family member dealing with having cancer. This would be a perfect book for a child who has a mother or grandmother who is losing her hair due to cancer treatments.
The girl's mother has been diagnosed with cancer and she loses her hair as a result of the treatments she undergoes. The girl is worried about her mom, wonders if the cancer is her fault and wonders where her hair has all gone. She is reassured that it is not her fault, and she sees her mom wearing all sorts of hats that help in numerous ways.
This is a wonderful resource for children! It is an upbeat book, but it addresses the concerns and feelings that children will experience in this type of situation. Losing hair can be scary for children and this is a great way for it to be explained to children.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review*

Book Review - "Just Fine the Way They Are"

"Just Fine the Way They Are" written by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge and illustrated by Richard Walz is an account of how the world has moved from having dirt roads to rail roads to interstates.
John Slack, the tavern keeper, is happy with life and believes things are fine just the way they are with the rutted dirt road. Slack is resistant to the changes that congress and others want with building a main road and a railroad. With each change that comes along, it is believed that it is fine and travel is made easier and easier, but as time goes on there are always ways to make it even easier and better. Just as it is with many things today, some are resistant to change, but then when it occurs, the changes are adapted to and even appreciated after time.
This is a beautiful account for children that displays how times have changed with travel through the years. The illustrations are beautiful and filled with details that children and adults will love to look at. There is a thorough time line included as well. This would be a great resource for elementary classrooms.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Friday, November 4, 2011

Book Review - "The Amazing Adventures of Thomas and Erin with Granddad - the Zoo"

Thomas and Erin have another adventure with Granddad, this time it is a trip to the zoo! John Vasey's "The Amazing Adventures of Thomas and Erin with Granddad - The Zoo" is written and illustrated in the same style as his book describing their day at the market.
Thomas and Erin are spending the day with their Granddad and they decide to go to the zoo. They get to see a variety of animals and interact with them and each other.
This book is very simple book for children to read and enjoy. The illustrations go along with the story and they are beautiful additions to the story. This book is a great one for the reader to be interactive with the children he or she is reading with. There is a blank page at the back for the child to draw an adventure that he or she has had with granddad.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Book Review - "Lonestar Angel"

Colleen Coble's fourth Lonestar book, "Lonestar Angel," is the best yet!
Eden is shocked when her ex-husband Clay shows up just as her boyfriend is about to propose to her and says that they are in fact still married. Not only that, but they have not seen each other in years, even since their infant daughter was kidnapped and they suppose murdered, and now Clay says that their daughter is alive and is at a ranch for a summer camp experience. Clay and Eden set off on a journey to rediscover their daughter and work at this camp as counselors. Not knowing which of the girls is their daughter, Clay and Eden must do detective work of their own. When Eden's life is threatened time after time, they realize their is more to the mystery and they must rely on each other and their friends as well.

This is a great book filled with love, hope and suspense! The relationships between the characters are intricate and fascinating. Coble makes the connections in such a way that I was left guessing and surprised at a few of the twists and turns. This is a must-read for Lonestar fans as it has the characters from the earlier novels!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Friday, October 21, 2011

Book Review - "Knit with Love"

Lisa Bogart's "Knit with Love" encourages knitters with the stories and knitting skills that are shared. Bogart begins the book with "Knitting can't feed the hungry, fight crime, or stop global warming. But a hand-knit sweater warms a cold child. A cozy scarf eases a homeless night. A tiny hat comforts a preemie head. A lovely prayer shawl wraps a worried patient in peace. Knitting quietly eases some of the hurts in the world. God needs eager knitters to supply these comforts." What a beautiful way to look at the task and art of knitting!
This is a quick, inspiring read that will have you picking up your knitting needles or filling you with the longing to learn how to knit! The book is well-written and well-organized with a different focus for each chapter. A must read for anyone who loves to knit and anyone who needs a little warmth and comfort!

“Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Monday, October 17, 2011

Book Review - "A Necessary Deception"

"A Necessary Deception" by Laurie Alice Eakes is the first novel in The Daughters of Bainbridge House series. You will be transported to early 19th century England with vivid descriptions and historical details.

Lydia Gale helps a French prisoner get out of an English prison on parole as she believed this was a way to thank him for helping her deceased husband and she never dreamed she'd see him again. However, as London Season is taking off, who comes knocking at the door, the French prisoner, Christien. Lydia finds herself involved in a massive web of deceit, treachery, and love and she is unsure of who to trust and what to believe. Lydia not only must protect herself, but her parents and her younger sisters as well as she does not want anything to tarnish their name.
This is a well-written book that is filled with detail. The secrets and deceptions abound in this novel and the reader will be spending the time unraveling it throughout.

“Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Saturday, October 15, 2011

.The Scent of October.

This has been my candle of choice to burn lately, the smell is just so wonderful and true to the scent of actual granny smith apples!

Last Saturday we went to an apple orchard and picked 5 bushels of apples. There is nothing like apples, an orchard, the sight and smell of this to put you in an autumn state of mind! So now it means time for canning apple pie fillings, making and freezing applesauce and smelling that scent of apples throughout the house.

I know during these next few days I'm going to be burning the macintosh scent as well as this is another "appley" scent.

What is your October scent?

Book Review - "The Measure of Katie Calloway"

Serena Miller's historical fiction novel, "The Measure of Katie Calloway" is a must-read for everyone who enjoys historical romance! A new author to me, Miller drew me into the story and I am hoping she comes out with many more novels!

Katie Calloway is living a difficult life being that she is a Yankee married to a Confederate who has returned home from fighting in the Civil War to find his home destroyed. Suffering from the emotional and physical abuse from Harlan was one thing to deal with, but when Katie discovers that Harlan is trying to kill her she decides she must run away. Katie flees with her little brother Ned who is in her care to a place where she knows Harlan will not look for her, Michigan. Katie bakes an apple pie and is offered the job of being a cook, but not just a cook, a cook at a lumber camp. Changing her name to Katie Smith and hiding her past Katie begins a whole new life and gains self-respect and courage along with this new life. However, Katie is also being to love her employer, Robert, but she is still legally married. In the midst of trials and also joy Katie and Robert must both face their pasts, lean on God and begin to heal.

This book is very well-written and is so enjoyable to read. The characters are all so real and I felt like I was at the camp with them. There are just enough twists to the story keeping it interesting and the story moves along at a good pace, although I did not want the story to end as I wanted to keep on spending time with the characters. The time period is so vividly portrayed and although I have read many books set during the civil war and right after, I have never read a book quite like this as it is set mainly in a lumber camp. Everything about this book was well done and just an excellent book overall!

“Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Book Review - "Softly & Tenderly"

"Softly & Tenderly" is the second Songbird novel written by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck. Jade's story continues in this novel. Jade is balancing being a wife, running two shops, taking care of her mother who is battling cancer and yet there is something lacking in her life, being able to carry and birth a baby. Jade longs to have a baby after having three miscarriages and then suddenly her husband is asking her to help raise his son, but it is his son with another woman. Jade feels like she needs room to breathe and takes off for her childhood home for time and space to think.

I enjoyed getting to know Jade and the other characters in the first novel, "The Sweet By & By" and I have grown to love them all even more! Jade has so much going on in her life and she is such a realistic character and one you cannot help but empathize with. Evans and Hauck pulled me right back into Jade's life with the very first chapter of Jade helping out her mother-in-law and then discovering that her in-laws' lives are not really what they appear to be. The style of writing is so easy to read and follow and it draws the reader in and hooks her there until the very end! I am looking forward to the next book coming out early 2012!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Book Review - "Attracted to Fire"

Diann Mills' latest novel, "Attracted to Fire" is one of the best books I had read lately! Filled with suspense, romance, deception and overcoming one's past, this book kept me reading page after page, but at the same time I did not want the book to end.

Special Agents Megan Connors and Ash Zinders are assigned to the same detail - protecting the Vice-President's daughter Lindsay. This is not as easy as it seems as it appears that someone is leaking information furthering putting Lindsay in danger, people are being killed and attraction is building between Megan and Ash. Lindsay had gotten pulled into the dark world of drugs, alcohol and deception, but she cannot seem to find a way out or whom she can actually trust.

Filled with twists and turns and "good" people really on the wrong side and those who have gotten sucked in without hope of staying alive if they try to escape will keep you on the edge of your seat reading. The characters are so likable and I found myself trusting both Megan and Ash along with Lindsay and Chip. I was surprised at a few twists along the way and finding out who was on what side, and I was hoping that some of the characters were not tangled up in the mess. I highly recommend this book and I am hoping that Mills will write some more novels with some of these same characters in them!

*Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Friday, October 7, 2011

Book Review - "Hello, Hollywood!"

"Hello, Hollywood!," book 2 in Janice Thompson's Backstage Pass series is now available! You will for sure want to have read the first book in the series ("Stars Collide") before reading this as it picks up where book 1 left off and the characters are so fun to read about you won't want to miss out on a single page with them!
Athena Pappas is the head script writer for a popular sitcom, but suddenly a comedian is hired to write on the team to hopefully boost ratings. It's hard to focus at work when she is fearful of her job being given away to this newcomer and also when there is definite chemistry between the two as well! Stephen is seeking stability and a better life for his daughter and is thrilled with the chance to write for the popular show. What becomes even more important is his relationship with not only Athena but her entire family and also how his daughter seems at home with them as well. Athena and Stephen are pros at scripting the lives of the characters on the show, but real life does not follow a script as they are off on a journey towards love filled with doubt, fear, secrets and hope.
I really enjoyed this book and I have to say I like it better than the first and I really enjoyed that one as well! I loved getting to know all of the characters better in this novel - Kat, Scott, Lenora, Rex, and meeting a bunch of new ones including Aunt Melina and Brooke who both were well-developed characters throughout the story. There are so many different things going on in this story which makes it realistic as there are always a million things going on at once in families. I loved the roles of the various family members and how they all fit into the story and that they all work together at the deli, I loved the parts of the story that took place at the deli! This is a great, humor filled romance, highly recommended!

“Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Book Review - "Getting Back Up When Life Knocks You Down"

No one has a perfect life, but sometimes it seems that life is rougher at times than ones with one bad thing happening after another. Jeremy Kingsley has written a book to help each and every one of us meets those challenges and work through the hard times, "Getting Back Up When Life Knocks You Down." There are a ton of things that can make us feel "knocked down" - financial difficulties, loss of a job, marriage and/or family issues, illness, the list could go on and on. The important thing that is stressed and important to remember is that it is how you face these challenges and difficulties and how you choose to deal with them. You did not choose to have to deal with these hardships, but you do have a choice of how to respond and handle them. Filled with personal stories, Biblical verses, passages and examples, this book is sure to be an encouragement!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a honest review*

Book Review - "Falls Like Lightning"

"Falls Like Lightning" is the first Shawn Grady novel that I have read and it will not be the last! This is a well-written story filled with action and love. Silas and Ellie have a past and suddenly after years apart they are thrown together on the job as Silas is a smokejumper and Ellie a pilot. Seeing each other brings back memories and issues from the past and they are both currently dealing with other things in their life as the moment besides the high stress jobs that they are both involved with. In the midst of a huge fire these two realize that they are dealing with more than they both ever imagined and their feelings may have changed.

This is a great story that moves right along and will keep you wanting to read until you the end! Ellie and Silas are very "real" characters struggling with balancing their personal lives and their work. The emotions that they experience are very real as well. The high energy of the job jumps off the pages and you will be hooked on Grady's style of writing!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a honest review.*

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Book Review - "Thank you, God, for loving me"

Max Lucado's Hermie books are becoming a favorite in my house! Lucado's "Thank you, God, for Loving me" is another great addition to our collection! Filled with vibrant illustrations and rhymes this book holds toddlers' attention well! Hermie prays to God thanking God for the blessings in his life and that God loves him. This is a cute, short story illustrating the importance of thanking God for everything that He gives us. My children, 3 and 1 years old, love this collection! The board book shape and build is perfect for them to hold onto and "read" themselves as well!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Book Review - "Deeply Devoted"

I have read and enjoyed Maggie Brendan's Heart of the West series, so when I heard about her new series, The Blue Willow Brides I was excited! "Deeply Devoted," book 1 in Brendan's Blue Willow Brides series is an excellent historical romance novel!
Catharine, a woman of society in Holland, responded to a mail order bride ad placed by Peter, a wheat farmer in Wyoming and they corresponded by letter back and forth over a few months before Catharine arrives in Wyoming to meet her groom. However, Catharine left out a few details in the letters. Peter is shocked when Catharine's two younger sisters have arrived as well and plan to live with the newlyweds. Throw in siblings, a disgruntled mother-in-law and a lady who seems to have had her heart set on Peter and you have a rocky start to a marriage! Catharine is still hiding something that she cannot bring herself to tell Peter, but yet it is keeping her from being completely comfortable with him and gives her nightmares. Just as she feels ready to tell him, someone else has done some digging into her past and makes matters worse.

I really enjoyed this story and the characters! Peter and Catharine are blessed to have such good friends, the Cristini's, in their lives. The role and significance of the blue willow set is a great addition and shows love and the beauty of forgiveness. This book was a quick read as I did not want to put it down once I started. I wanted to know the hidden secrets just as much as the characters who were seeking the truth as well! I am looking forward to the next book in this series!

“Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Book Review - "Night Night Blessings"

Amy Parker's "Night Night Blessings" is a cute story for your young child that shares the idea of thanking God for all of the blessings in your child's life. Written in rhyme, this story is sure to be a favorite bedtime story! Marijan Ramljak's illustrations are adorable and my daughter loves the details in the pictures as she points out various objects in the pictures. They are very soothing and yet have so much detail. The book is a board book with a padded cover making it perfect for little hands to hold on to as well! A great addition to your child's library!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Book Review - "A Heart Revealed"

Julie Lessman's second book in her Winds of Change series is here! "A Heart Revealed" tells the story of Emma Malloy who is trying to recover from emotional and physical wounds in Boston. Emma left Dublin to escape the abuse she was receiving from her husband; however the trauma and effects of the abuse was not left in Dublin as she tries to begin a new life. Spending time with her best friend Charity and Charity's family that keeps on growing, Emma finds herself healing and reading to move on. Charity's brother Sean catches Emma's attention and soon her heart as well. However, Emma's past and the emotional baggage that is still so ever present keeps on getting in the way.

This novel is set in 1931 yet the couples are dealing with the same struggles and issues that couples deal with today - balancing work and family, trust in a marriage, money, true love. This is a great novel that will pull you into the lives of the O'Connor siblings as you go through everyday life with them and watch the romance between Emma and Sean unfold!

“Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Book Review - "A Lancaster County Christmas"

I just love everything Christmas - the beauty of the snow, the family times and celebrations during the season, movies, music and books! Suzanne Woods Fisher's latest book, "A Lancaster County Christmas" is truly "Christmas" - the cover is a beautiful wintry scene and the story depicts two very different lifestyles and yet she is able to so vividly share this wonderful time of year and what it means to very different people.

Mattie and Sol are a loving Amish couple trying to raise their son the right way and keep him from harm, trying to keep a cousin on the straight path and hoping to have another child. Jaime and C.J. are busy individuals seeking to find happiness in such a busy, me-oriented world and are struggling to deal with changes in their lives. Jaime and C.J. find themselves snowed in at the Amish home of Mattie and Sol for Christmas and no one will be the same after celebrating this holiday together.

This is a quick read and yet there is so much in this novella! The descriptions are so vivid that while reading I felt as if I were on this farm. The characters are so real and the emotions are tangible as each character is struggling with his or her own issues in their lives. I love that some of the characters are back from her previous novel, "The Choice!" This book is a great addition to my Christmas collection!

“Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Book Review - "The Queen"

Steven James brings FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers to life once again in his thriller, "The Queen." This is the fifth book in this series and I highly recommend starting with book 1 and reading in order as there are some of the same characters in each book.
Patrick is in Wisconsin to investigate the deaths of a mother and her young daughter. The husband and father is missing, and the police assume he is the guilty party. However, it is not that simple and there are many things and people that Patrick will encounter and uncover during his stay in this cold state. Some things date back to years earlier and Patrick finds himself in the midst of more than he bargained for.
I find the relationships between the characters fascinating. With each book, the reader gets to learn more and more about the characters and the dynamics between the characters are interesting to read about and see the changes between them occur. Just a side note....this book is written with vivid descriptions of crime scenes and violence.

“Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Book Review - "Hermie, a common caterpillar"

I have always been a huge fan of Max Lucado, especially his children's books and now my daughter is becoming one too! Ever since reading "Hermie, a common caterpillar" for the first time, she has been talking about Hermie praying and Hermie becoming a beautiful butterfly!

Hermie feels like there is nothing special about him, but God keeps on telling him that he is not done with him yet. This is a great story/lesson for both children and adults as God is not done with us and he is constantly working on us! Adorable illustrations and a great story that children will enjoy reading over and over again!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Book Review - "Deadly Pursuit"

I just wanted to keep on reading page after page until I finished Irene Hannon's latest novel! "Deadly Pursuit" book 2 in the Guardians of Justice series is a page-turner and a great addition to the series. Book 1 focused on Jake Taylor and book 2 focuses on another Taylor sibling, Alison. Alison is a social worker and she puts so much time and effort into keeping children safe and helping parents make changes in their own lives in order to be able to provide a safe home for their children. However, Alison finds out that not everyone appreciates her help. Alison is introduced to a new police-detective, Mitch, who works with the third Taylor sibling, Cole. Pretty soon Alison and Mitch are spending a lot of time together not only on a personal level, but also a professional level as Alison begins to receive threats.

I have really enjoyed Hannon's novels that I have read and I was not disappointed at all with this one! Hannon has spent time researching the social work profession and this is obvious from her work making this book very realistic. Nicole and her son are great minor characters in the story and great examples of a family who was split up and then able to be reunited as a result of Nicole reassessing her priorities and making necessary changes in her life. There is a great mix of suspense, romance and relationships. I am looking forward to reading the third book in this series and spending more time with the Taylor siblings!

“Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Book Review - Grace for the Good Girl"

Do any of you hide who you really are from the rest of the world? Does being someone else get tiring after awhile? Do you instantly feel relief when you are able to be yourself at the end of each day when you are no longer interacting with others? Emily P. Freeman discusses all of these questions in her book, "Grace for the Good Girl." Freeman's book is great to read alone or to use in a small group. There is a small group leader's guide included in the back of the book.

Near the beginning of her book, Freeman compares how so many of us live our lives - hiding ourselves from the world as if we are wearing a mask. She shares a story of wearing a Barbie mask while she was little, it was fun, but after awhile it grew old and she was relieved to take it off, breathe fresh air and able to be herself. We may find relief like that when we step into our homes at the end of the day and feel like we can finally be ourselves instead of hiding behind a front/shell/facade that we maintain around others. There are three sections of the book, the first addressing "the hiding." Tied into this section is the reputation that one may be trying to maintain, following the rules, always showing that everything is fine. The second section focuses on "the finding" and the third section on feeling free from being found. Each of us are able to live loving God and receiving God's love and not constantly hiding behind the "good girl" mask.

I enjoyed reading this book and I would love to go back and read through it taking my time and also even working through it with a small group as great discussions are sure to come from reading this. Freeman includes personal stories through the book and also Biblical references. Overall, the book is well-written and would be a great small group study!

“Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Saturday, September 10, 2011

.Fall Favorites.

Fall. Autumn. Whichever name you use for this time of year, it is my favorite season. I love the scents of fall, the colors of fall, the feel of fall, the sound of fall. The color of changing leaves, leaves falling and swirling through the air, the sound of walking through leaves on the ground. The crisp feel to the air, wearing sweaters. Sipping on hot apple cider, the aroma of the cider. Picking apples. Picking pumpkins.

I have recently decorated my home for fall. I have looked forward to this time all year! I had new things to decorate with and more space to decorate this year! Late winter/early spring I ordered an accessory collection from Yankee Candle - Cornucopia Crackle. Beautiful. I have had these pieces packed away since then and have just been waiting to get them out. Finally that time arrived. I have an Autumn Wreath jar candle with this shade and plate, that is a favorite Yankee Candle scent of mine.

This piece is my favorite of the collection. I have one on each end of the mantle above the fireplace and two placed on the dining room table, there are just beautiful.

I also "discovered" two new favorite scents this year at Yankee Candle. I love the apple scents - Apple Cider, Apple Pie, Macintosh, Granny Smith. But I was in the store and feel in love with two more fall scents - Farmer's Market and Be Thankful. The candles smell just like fall. And the pictures on the candles are so nice too. These two scents are a must to go with my fall decor.

These two scents are being displayed with some of the Scarecrow Hill pieces from Yankee Candle. I have never used a tart warmer before, but I just could not resist this piece of this collection! I have tried it and love it!

As soon as I saw the Nature's Crackle collection this year in the store, I knew I had to get the shade and plate for my mom. It is a perfect portrayal of fall.

Hobby Lobby and Kirkland's have had beautiful fall decor pieces this season and on sale already which makes them even better! My house is ready for fall and all the favorites that come with fall. I am ready to savor each and every moment of fall with my family and friends.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Book Review - "Gabby, God's Little Angel"

Shelia Walsh has begun a new series for children! The first book is "Gabby, God's Little Angel." Portraying the message of Psalm 91:11, "He has put his angels in charge of you. They will watch over you wherever you go," Walsh has captured this message in her story. Gabby is an adorable angel who has a few mishaps of her own and she is to watch over a little girl, Sophie, who is quite a bit like herself. Sophie is a busy little girl who needs a lot of protection as Gabby quickly learns, but Gabby is determined to show Sophie God's love.

This is a really cute story, my daughter loves it. The book is filled with vibrant illustrations that are beautiful! However, it almost seems as if there is too much going on as some of the words in the story are bigger and in color. They take away from the illustrations and are a little distracting.

*I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Book Review - "A Confident Heart"

I think that almost everyone at some point doubts herself and feels like she is worth less than she actually is. Renee Swope's "A Confident Heart" is geared toward correcting and lessening these thoughts and feelings. Swope writes from her heart and is willing to share her insecurities with the readers just as she would a best friend. Therefore, while reading it is almost as if you are sitting there with Swope talking as friends would over a cup of coffee.
So often women believe that they are not good enough or she is not doing enough and it is easy to get sucked into a negative mindset. However, one can pull out of these thoughts and believe and see the best in one's self. This book is a great reminder of God's promises to each of us and that we are not alone in the world and with our insecurities. This book is a great book for all women to read and one to go back to during times of doubt.

“Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Monday, August 29, 2011

Book Review - "Playing Hurt"

Any guys out there wanting to read a book that is specifically geared for males? I have one for you! "Playing Hurt: a guy's strategy for a winning marriage" by Brian Goins is one to read! Filled with sports analogies and stories, Goins knows how to relate with other males and say the right things to hook them into the book and keep them reading! Marriage is such an intimate relationship with a person you love and care about deeply; however it is a relationship that can also be hurtful and create deep wounds leading to several giving up on the marriage. Goins is pushing for men to stay strong and work through the hurt and stay in the marriage and come out winning just as a hurt athlete would try to do. While my husband has not had a chance to read the entire book, he did enjoy the part that he has read and was immediately pulled into the book and willing to give it a chance when Goins started with replays from different sporting events, as this is his "language." Goins has included thought-provoking questions and he is very straight-forward in his approach and writing making this a winner!

*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review*

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About Playing Hurt:

A marriage book that husbands will actually want to read!

Everyone admires people who play hurt, from the superstar athlete to the journeyman player who finishes the game even when hurt, sick, or falling apart. Everyone looks up to these athletes and wants to mimic their “never give up” attitude. Except when it comes to marriage. Most husbands are willing to take a bullet for their wives in a life-and-death situation; but when his bride fires the bullet--hurls an insult, disrespects him in public, ignores his foreplay in private--he’d rather throw in the towel than play through the pain.

Playing Hurt is a biblical playbook for marriage that speaks in the language most men understand—the language of sports. Using a sports analogy to explain the motivation, means, and methods of playing hurt, author Brian Goins shows men how to overcome the temptation to stay on the bench. Playing Hurt is more about inspiration than instruction. It’s about finding the motivation to stay in the game, despite the pain. It’s about becoming like the One who knew more about nails and thorns than any superstar athlete. Using Ephesians 5 as a biblical basis, this book will call husbands to be the heroes they long to be--men who play hurt in order to win at marriage.

About the author: Brian Goins is the author or editor of numerous study guides, workbooks, and Bible studies that he has developed for Insight for Living (Chuck Swindoll) and Walk Through the Bible. When he’s not traveling across the country as a Family Life Weekend to Remember speaker, he and his family reside in North Carolina.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Book Review - "Amish Values for Your Family"

Suzanne Woods Fisher has complied lessons and story to help readers learn from a group of people leading a simple, yet fulfilling life in her book, "Amish Values for Your Family." Each chapter is a short story containing a lesson that highlights a value of the Amish, for example, spending time with your children, building something instead of buying it for the benefits of teaching your child while working on the project and what activities are we investing our time in and what are we wasting our time with. These are following with a road map section which consists of a few paragraphs providing pointers as to how to get from where you are currently at to where you want to be. There are also quotes shared in here directly from various members of Amish communities.

I found this book to be very interesting! I loved reading the various stories and lessons and I have always been fascinated by the Amish culture. Fisher's work really will help readers to be able to weave bits and pieces of the Amish culture in their English lives without going Amish! One lesson that I appreciated was the fact that time is so precious and to really make time for my kids and spend time interacting with them. Spending time together reading a story, making cookies together, taking a walk all result in spending quality time together, creating memories that will never be forgotten and being able to be a positive role model for them. I encourage readers to read this book as it will make you reconsider areas of your life.

“Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Book Review - "Blue Skies Tomorrow"

I have been a fan of Sarah Sundin ever since I first started her first book in the Wings of Glory series and her latest novel, "Blue Skies Tomorrow," the third book in the Wings of Glory series is her best yet! Set during World War II, "Blue Skies Tomorrow" focuses on Raymond Novak, but his 2 brothers, the main characters in her previous two books play prominent roles as well.

Raymond wants to be a preacher just like his father, yet he feels pressured to do something and be a hero during the war instead of just taking the "safe route." Helen Carlisle who has lost her husband in the war is facing her own challenges with putting on a front to the townspeople as her heart really is not grieving for her husband as everyone would expect her to. However, no one knows Helen's secret and what her life was really like with her husband, that is no one knows until she begins to open her heart to Raymond. Separately and together Raymond and Helen are dealing with struggles in their own hearts and lives. Raymond is transferred within the military and placed in imminent danger and Helen finds herself in danger at home and also at work. Together and with the help of Raymond's family these two find happiness and peace in all areas of their lives.

This book is well-written and a great account of life during World War II. I love how Sundin builds upon the previous 2 stories involving the Novak boys and I felt like I got to know the whole family so much better and not just the main characters. Helen and Raymond are both characters who the readers can easily identify and empathize with. The home issues that Helen deals with are unfortuately very real for many people today. I liked that the details and situation were not glossed over, but dealt with highlighting Helen's emotions and strength and relying on others for help and guidance as well. The book concluded nicely as well as it tied up the stories of all three Novak boys nicely. I have enjoyed this series and look forward to other series hopefully from Sundin!

"Available August 2001 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Book Review - "100 Read & Sing Devotions"

I just received a copy of "100 Read & Sing Devotions" created by Stephen Elkins in the mail today and already have listened to the 2 included cds with my children and read many of the devotions! Tim O'Connor's illustrations are beautiful and really caught the attention of my three year-old! Each devotion is short enough to keep a young child's attention, and gets across a clear, strong message in a small amount of words. There is a song that corresponds with the devotions to reinforce the Biblical truth as well. There is a nice variety as well as there is a devotion focusing on The Lord's Prayer, one on being trained to be a child of God to one about Noah's ark and Samson's strength. This is a great addition for any young child's library and would make a beautiful gift!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Friday, August 19, 2011

Book Review - "Abe's Lucky Day"

"Abe's Lucky Day" written by Jill Warren is a valuable, new resource to be used with children! Abe is a homeless man who has very little, and yet he sees others who need help more than he does. For example, Abe has a box and he is going to sleep in it, but he sees a little girl and gives it to her for her to sleep in. Then suddenly Abe is noticed by a man and he is offered a home and a job making this his lucky day!

This is a cute story that is written so that children can enjoy it, but also learn from it. It is a great way to teach children to think about others and try to help those in need. It would have been so easy for Abe to keep each of the things he gave away for himself as he was in need as well, but he did not, he put others first. The illustrations are beautiful and my children love looking at them and telling the story by looking at the pictures. This is a great lesson that can be taught through reading this book and I will read it several times with my own children, but also use it with the children I work with. I highly recommend this for parents and anyone working with children.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Book Review - "The Colonel's Lady"

Taking place in Kentucky during the 1770's you are in for a historical experience while reading Laura Frantz's "The Colonel's Lady." The frontier is a wild and dangerous place, and it becomes even more wild and dangerous when Roxanna arrives and learns that her father has been killed. Unable to afford to leave, Roxanna takes over her father's position working for the Colonel. However, this is just not a Colonel, this is a man who promised Roxanna's father that he would watch out for her; however the chemistry that is between them is stronger than that. Roxanna has suffered through the deaths of her parents and having her fiancee leave her for another woman and she is hesitant around the Colonel as she has heard that he has a lady back in Ireland. Will Roxanna and her heart be safe and will she trust God?

This is the third book that I have read by Laura Frantz and I think this is my favorite out of the three! The characters are so real and well-developed and full of emotion! Frantz does a wonderful job at describing the frontier and creating vivid images transporting the reader back in time. This story is filled with romance, intrigue and struggles that we still deal with today creating a wonderful read!

"Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Book Review - "Smack Dab in the Middle of God's Love"

Brennan Manning and John Blase have created an adorable story that discusses God's love for His children in "Smack Dab in the Middle of God's Love." The main characters do not have children of their own yet they always have children in their home and share their love with others. God's love is portrayed through this wonderful couple. I love the Mexican heritage that is alive in this book as this is an eye opener for my children and is a great discussion starter. The illustrations are beautiful and add a lot to the story.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Book Review - "Cherished"

Kim Cash Tate has written a great follow up novel to her novel "Faithful." "Cherished" continues on with the story of 3 main characters and ties in characters from her previous novel. Tate dives right into the story and quickly draws the reader into the story by beginning with a beautiful and moving event - a wedding and a emotional moment for Kelli as she is sharing a song that she wrote during a significant time in her life. Kelli and Heather, although very different individuals, become close friends and are really seeking the same thing - unconditional love and finding their own true worth.

Everyone wants to be loved and cherished just as Kelli and Heather. This is such a great woman's fiction book as each and every woman can relate to their personal and relational struggles. This book is well-written and Tate's style of writing is easy and enjoyable to read, making this a quick read, but also a book that pulls the reader in quickly and really make the reader reflect on her own life.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Friday, July 29, 2011

Book Review - "Baby Barbells"

"Baby Barbells: the Dad's Guide to Fitness and Fathering" written by Joshua Levitt, ND is a wonderful book! This would make a great gift for all new dads! Once a man becomes a dad, his entire world has changed! This book shares tips for staying in shape physically and emotionally, building a bond with the baby and supporting the baby's money. This book is designed in a way that it is straight-forward and easy to read, filled with diagrams, charts and pictures and is enjoyable for everyone to read. Different aspects are addressed such as abs, down time, bonding with the baby and mother and balancing family and work. This book is the best fathering book I have seen!

* I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Book Review - "The Harvest of Grace"

Cindy Woodsmall's "The Harvest of Grace" is the third book in her Ada's House series. This is a great story and different from a "typical" Amish novel, but very enjoyable to read.

Sylvia would rather tend to the animals and work on the dairy farm than be married and have babies. Sylvia has had her heart broken though and it is easier to focus on the animals than love. Aaron has been away at rehab, but he returns to help his parents and their farm that is not doing well. However, there is something else there taking over and Sylvia is not one to give in easily. Aaron and Sylvia have their differences, yet also their similarities. Learning to forgive, forget and still have hope and believe in love are lessons throughout this story.

I like the fact that Woodmall included a summary of what had happened in the first two novels in this series as it was a great reminder of the story so that I was "caught up" as to where the story was at. Also, the character list is a great addition as it is often difficult to keep the many characters straight as to who is who and how they are connected with one another. Many of the characters struggle with things the same any "Englisher" would and I think that added more appeal to the story. This is a great read and I would recommend all three books in the series.

*I received a complimentary copy from Waterbrook Press in exchange for a honest review.*

Monday, July 25, 2011

Book Review - "Birds Can Fly and So Can I"

Noa Nimrodi's book, "Birds Can Fly and So Can I" is an adorable book with vivid, beautiful illustrations and a great message for children to pursue their dreams and discover new talents.

Giraffe sees some birds flying one day and wishes she could fly as well. In a dream Giraffe flies and spends time with friends and discovers that her long neck can be helpful. When she wakes up it was all a dream, but the pleasant memories are still there and she feels better about herself.

This is a cute rhyming story for children. Children always need to be encouraged to try new things, uncover hidden talents and reach for higher goals. This is a great way to portray these messages to children. This book is a great resource to use with children and I would recommend this book for any counselor working with elementary-aged children. The book ends with a page with a picture of Giraffe with spaces to be filled in by the reader. For example, one spot says "I dream of..." and another is "I will try..." The very last page reads, "Living your dreams is tough to do But Giraffe did it, and so can you Look to the sky, there is no end Burst through the clouds as you ascend." Great message and resource to use with children!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Book Review - "The Amazing Adventures of Thomas and Erin with Grandad Market Day"

John Vasey has created a cute picture book for young children titled, "The Amazing Adventures of Thomas and Erin with Grandad Market Day." This is a simple, straightforward story about two children who spend the day with their grandad. It is a story celebrating time spent with him and the different things they do together. There is a page at the end of the book for the reader to illustrate a picture of his or her own grandad which is a nice touch to the book.

Although the story is very short and simple, it is a nice reminder of spending time with loved ones. This book can be a great discussion starter for children to remember and talk about "adventures" with their own grandparents or other loved ones.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Friday, July 22, 2011

Book Review - "Lily Hates Goodbyes"

Jerilyn Marler's children's book, "Lily Hates Goodbyes," is a must have for children with a parent in the military and also for elementary school counselors.

Lily's father is in the military and is gone for days. Lily struggles with this and is angry and sad. Lily's feelings are validated by her mother and her mother helps her to cope with her feelings in appropriate ways.

This book is a cute story that is beautifully illustrated that children will love to read. The coping mechanisms that Lily and her mother utilize in the story could be used by the reader or could be great talking points to try and come with coping mechanisms that may work better for the reader. I like how Lily experiences different emotions throughout the story as this can help the reader to identify feelings that he or she may be experiencing and realize that it is not wrong or unusual to be experiencing these feelings.

A great story and great resource to utilize!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Book Review - "A New Name for Worthless"

Looking for a way to talk to your child about empathy and compassion? Rocky Shepheard's book, "A New Name for Worthless: A Hero is Born" is a story that will help you do just that!

Worthless is a dog who slept through a break-in, so his master has him chained outside. Wishing that his master were his best friend, Worthless feels sad about this, but his best friends Sly Fox and Otto spend time with him and are truly the best friends that he could ever wish for. Wanting a better life for their friend, Sly Fox and Otto help him to find a new life and become known as something other than "Worthless."

This is a well-written children's book with beautiful illustrations. It is easy to read and understand and written so that it will be enjoyed by children. The story is told from the dog's point of view making it even more enjoyable for children to read. This will help children think about others and having compassion for others.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Book Review - "Treasuring Emma"

Kathleen Fuller's latest Amish series begins with "Treasuring Emma." Emma has dealt with and is dealing with a lot of loss in her life. Both of Emma's parents have passed away and her heart has been broken when Adam left years earlier to live as an Englisher. When Adam receives word that his mother is not doing well he moves back to the family farm next to Emma. However, there is a cousin of Emma's brother-in-law who is in the area and Emma's sister is pushing the two of them together. Emma must follow her heart and conscience and put God first; however this is easier said than done.

Although the Amish live different lives than the English they are still human and deal with some of the same issues and struggles in their lives. Emma does not feel that good about her physical appearance, Emma's sister and brother-in-law have a struggling marriage and some people are not who they first appear to be. This book is well-written and a quick read. The characters are well-developed and seem real making this a great start to the series and I am looking forward to the next book!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. *