Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Night Before Father's Day

I am really excited to start reviewing children’s books on my blog! My daughter and I loved The Night Before Father’s Day and I wanted to share.  
The Night Before Father’s Day by Natasha Wing is a really sweet Father’s Day rhyming story based off the poem, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.'  In this story two young children help their mom plan a special Father’s Day surprise.  The trio clean out the garage, wash the car, make breakfast in bed for dad and give him a homemade card.  Dad is very touched by their efforts and the story ends with a Sunday drive in his sharp looking car. 

I really enjoy this author and have used several of her books as a teacher and librarian.  It was really fun to read this to my three year old.  It made her so excited about Father’s Day and we read it at least once a day since we got it.  I appreciate how the book shows doing an act of service can be a wonderful gift.  This book gave a lot of great ideas that dad will appreciate and not cost any money.  This author will help you celebrate every subject from camping to a visit from a tooth fairy.  This latest book will sure to be a hit with your family as it was with mine. 

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The Night Before Father's Day

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Heart’s Safe Passage by Laurie Alice Eakes, is the second book in the Midwives Series.  All Phoebe wants is to forget the past and serve low income women as a midwife.  That dream is crushed when she is kidnapped onto a privateer ship headed straight to England in the middle of the Revolutionary War.  Captain Docherty has spent the last nine years hunting for the man responsible for the brutal murder of his wife and parents.  Phoebe and her sister-in-law are brought on board to lure Brock from hiding so Docherty can finally see justice done.  Docherty tries to resist Phoebe and her faith in God and hold on to his need for revenge.  Can Phoebe let go of her past and lead Docherty away from throwing away their future.    
I liked the first book in this series, Lady in the Midst, but this one was so much better.  This is a very exciting story with several unexpected twists and turns.  I truly enjoy fiction from this time era and love anything with privateer ships and a chase for the bad guy.  Phoebe and Rafe Docherty learning to leave the past and trust God with the future was a joy to see unfold.  It was a very intriguing story that shows the power of forgiveness.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings is the story of two widows returning to Texas after losing both of their husbands to the coal mines of Mexico.  Their Texas ranch is in danger of foreclosure unless the women come up with several years worth of back taxes in only a few months.  Rosa doesn’t mind working from dawn till dusk to save her dead husband’s land, but feels like she can never fit into this Texas culture.  Weston Garner is fighting old ghosts and finds Rosa too attractive to get too close.  Rosa has nowhere else to go if they lose the land.  She fights every day to save the land to atone for a husband who never loved her.  Rosa is not only trying to save the land, but her heart from Weston. 

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one and my instincts were right-AMAZING!  I can’t believe that this was the author’s first novel because it was so powerful.  This book has just the right amount of conflict, suspense, romance and action.  A western Ruth story where Widow Rosa is not only in need of a savior but has the power to save Weston from himself.  This is one of the best books I have read in a long time!  Highly recommend!
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Song of My Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer is the story of Sadie Wagner, a talented singer who has left home to provide for her family after her father’s coal mining accident.  Sadie has always dreamed of performing on stage.  Singing at a new opera house can be the answer to that dream and keep her family from starving.  A new city, a new job and a handsome sheriff who loves the Lord seems too perfect to be true.  Sadie’s dreams soon become nightmares as her new boss draws her deeper into his crime-laden business and Sadie starts to push further from Sheriff Thad McKane and her Godly roots.  Can she escape Asa Baxter’s schemes and win back the heart of McKane? 

This was a sweet love story that I really enjoyed.  It had interesting historical aspects with the crime that came with boot legging.  I enjoy this author and look forward to more from her. 
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Chasing the Sun

Chasing the Sun is Tracie Peterson’s first book in her new series the Land of the Lone Star.  Hannah never wanted to come to a rugged cattle ranch outside of Dallas during the Civil War.  The ranch was awarded to her father for being instrumental in the Confederate War efforts.  It was taken from the Barnetts when they went to fight for the union.  As Hannah’s father goes missing, a lone Barnett son returns to reclaim his ranch.  With Comanche raids, responsibility of raising her younger siblings, and a sinister suitor, Hannah turns to William Barnett for help.  Can the unlikely alliance lead to more between Hannah and William?

I love historical fiction based on the Civil War.  Peterson did a refreshing twist with this novel by showing how people suffered from the affects of the war hundreds of miles from the fighting.  The prejudice that William suffers for fighting for the union, was a very stirring element to the plot.  Chasing the Sun takes several different twists from secret cattle drives to starving Rebel soldiers to fighting Small Pox in a Comanche village.  I loved little Marty and her antics made me smile.  This is my first Tracie Peterson novel and I am looking forward to Touching the Sky coming out in June. 
This book was provided for review by Bethany House Publishers

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