Sunday, December 8, 2013

T-Bone the Flying Horse


T-Bone The Flying Horse is a rhyming story of the friendship between a girl and her horse.  Janice Virant has captured the magic of the love that little girls have for horses.  As a mother of two little girls I see how my girls are naturally drawn to everything about horses and they loved this story!  T-Bone had always dreamed of being a big fancy racehorse, but he was just too slow.  He was adopted by a lonely girl and her love for him turned him into a magical horse that could fly.  I think young children will relate and appreciate T-Bone’s desire to be a racehorse but finding happiness and a new dream with the love of the little girl.  As a mom and former teacher I loved when the horse and girl flew all over the world because I could teach my children about geography in a fun setting.  The story had a sweet ending that will give kids the opportunity to imagine where T-Bone would fly to next.  Young girls will love this story and it is a great book for beginning readers to practice their reading.  The rhyming has a great flow and the illustrations are vibrant and eye catching!  Very sweet story! 

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Perfectly Matched!


Perfectly Matched is the third book in the Blue Willow Brides series by Maggie Brendan.  Anna follows in her older sisters footsteps and becomes a mail-order bride.  After a brief correspondence she becomes the wife of Edward Parker, a clock and jewelry maker in Denver Colorado.  Anna is spontaneous, outspoken, impulsive and creative and immediately clashes with Edward’s quiet and perfectionist personality.  They could not be more different and are not prepared at how these differences bring immediate tension to two people that are still strangers. As Anna tries to fit into Edward’s world, she discovers a passion to help hurt and homeless animals.  Edward thrives and consistency and order.  His new wife with her impulsive whims, messy ways and array of abused animals turns his world upside down.  Can he change to become the husband needs or was this the wrong answer to his ad for a wife?

This is the second book I have read by Maggie Brendan and really enjoyed it.  Mail-order brides are such an interesting part of our history and I always enjoy reading novels about them.  This is a tender love story and really highlights the struggles of becoming newlyweds especially when two strangers come together.  Her character development of Anna and Edward was fantastic and I enjoyed watching them grow in their love for each other.  She tackled a topic I have yet to see in a historical novel (I read a lot of them!) with how the first animal shelters were established.  This is a very sweet book! 

Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Reluctant Courtship


Reluctant Courtship is the final book in the Daughters of Bainbridge House series by Laurie Alice Eakes.  Honore Bainbridge has shamed her family with two scandalous suitors, one a murderer and one a traitor.  She has been banished to the country estate and discovers that her father intended her to marry an American who just became one of the richest earls in the area.  He is her only hope to become respectable and accepted by society again.  Lord Ashmoor has no desire to become attached with a woman with a tarnished reputation and immediately rejects Honore.  Lord Ashmoor is suspected of smuggling because of his American heritage and his father is rumored to be a murderer.  He vows to find a respectable wife and clear his father’s name and discover the real smuggler. Honore vows to help Lord Ashmoor whatever the cost, which brings Lord Ashmoor’s wall of prejudice against her to come crumbling down. 

This is the last book in a trilogy, but I read it as a standalone and it wasn’t confusing at all.  I have read two other books by Laurie Alice Eakes and absolutely loved them.  This book was excellent and I could not put it down.  Honore is a very likeable heroine and my heart went out to her need of redemption after her past mistakes.  I have read several novels that took place in America during the Revolutionary War, but this is the first one I have read that took place in Great Britain during the war.  It was very interesting.  This book is full of wonderful characters and anyone who reads this will adore the loyal Miss Morrow.  I love how this novel demonstrates that though we strive for the approval of people, God’s approval and forgiveness is all we need as his children.  This book has a great love story and is full of intrigue and adventure.  Very satisfying and enjoyable! 

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Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tattler's Branch


Tattler’s Branch is the sequel to Skip Rock Shallows by Jan Watson.  Dr. Lilly Still is the doctor in a small coal mining town.  Being a small town doctor is anything but dull, especially when several strange occurrences bring danger right to her door.  Lilly’s husband has been called away to several mining accidents around the country.  With the best of intentions, Lilly’s mother sends Mazy her younger sister to help Lilly for the summer.  Lilly has her hands full keeping her impulsive sister out of mischief.  Armina, a dear friend usually keeps everything in order comes down with a rare sickness.  She brings Lilly an abandoned baby but cannot remember where the baby came from. If all this wasn’t enough, Lilly doesn’t realize that a stranger in town is hunting for answers and thinks that she has the answers.  This stranger will use any means necessary to find what he is looking for. 

I haven’t read Skip Rock Shallows yet, but now I can’t wait to get my hands on it!  This book was excellent!  This is my first book by Watson and I absolutely love her writing style.  You can read this book as a standalone like I did without being confused, but I am guessing that the first one is worth reading too.  The depth of the character development for all the characters was impressive and I hope she continues their stories in future books. This book had mystery, humor, romance and was very suspenseful.  I thought this was a sweet story about faith and how God is there on our brightest moments but also there during our greatest tribulations.  Most historical fiction has romance as a main focus, but this one was more about Lilly fighting these obstacles with faith and friends.  It was a nice change!!  Love, Love, Love this story! 

 
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Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Governess of Highland Hall


A Governess of Highland Hall is a historical novel by Carrie Turansky.  Julia Foster has resigned herself to be a spinster and finds fulfillment in missionary work in India.  She has to return to England due to her father’s failing health and becomes a governess to support her family.  Sir William Ramsey is widowed, has two unruly children to raise and has inherited an estate that is on the brink of financial ruin.  He finds himself drawn to the new governess for her strong faith, wisdom and love for the children.  Julia only plans to stay at Highland Hall until her father’s health is restored and her missionary work can continue in India.  Sir Ramsey would never remarry beneath his social class and Julia has a calling in India, but their hearts seem to tell them differently. 

I didn’t want this book to end and I read through it much too quickly!  If you like Julie Klassen novels you will love this book!  The character development is superb and I loved reading about English aristocrats in the early 1900s.  This a time period in England’s history that was really interesting to learn about.  I love the lessons about God’s goodness that this book demonstrates.  The tension and romance between the characters made for a great read.  This is my first book I have read by Carrie Turnasky and I was absolutely impressed!  I will be looking for other novels by this author.  Don’t miss out on this one!

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Man in the Making


 A Man in the Making is Rick Johnson’s newest book.  Rick Johnson is a best-selling author and marriage and parenting conference speaker.  In this book Johnson looks at key character traits that are necessary for a boy’s development into manhood.  He gives a historical example of men throughout the past that have demonstrated these traits and gives parents tips and strategies to install these values into their sons.  He discusses how young boys develop emotionally, physically, and spiritually and how we can equip them to be strong leaders in their families, communities and world.  He discusses how we cannot let society dictate how we raise our children but must know our historical roots and biblical truths to develop godly men. 

My husband and I both read Becoming Your Spouse’s Better Half by Johnson and got a lot out of it to apply to our marriage.  I jumped at the chance to review his newest book because I just gave birth to our first boy and I will take all the help I can get!  Johnson does a ton of research and has a variety of resources that are up to date and relevant, in other words he knows his stuff! His writing style is easy to understand and I loved all the history throughout the book.  We need to raise our sons to be strong men who love the Lord and will make good fathers and husbands.  This book focuses on the importance of mentorship and teaching our boys through our example.  This is a great book for both mothers and fathers.  It is a quick read but has a lot of quality content and is one you will want to refer back to throughout different stages of parenting a son.  Highly Recommend!!!!

 

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On Distant Shores


On Distant Shores is the second book in the Wings of the Nightingale series by Sarah Sundin.  Georgie Taylor is a flight nurse for the army during World War II.  She is extremely frightened of flight missions and longs for marrying her boyfriend of nine years, having lots of children and spending her days sewing and helping on the farm.  Georgie lives in constant fear of failing during an emergency and is being pressured by her family and fiancĂ© to come home.  Georgie meets Sergeant John Hutchinson, a pharmacist and is fighting for a commission in the army.  Georgie and Hutch’s paths continue to cross and they develop a deep friendship when everything around them is in turmoil.  Georgie feels that she is incapable of making decisions on her own and John is becoming increasingly bitter for the lack of respect he is shown.  Has God brought them together to overcome these obstacles or for something much more?
You can read this book as a standalone, like I did-no problem.  I love historical fiction and really appreciated how well Sundin knew the time era.  I knew nothing of the dangers of flight nursing or how pharmacists were treated during World War II and really enjoyed learning about them. This book demonstrates how easily we can let our difficult circumstances overshadow our faith and how that can have dire consequences for us and our loved ones.  World War II was such a difficult time for military personnel and their loved ones at home and this book shows how brave these men and women were to serve during war.  This book is very romantic, sweet, and funny and I am looking forward to the next one in the series! 
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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Widow of Gettysburg


Widow of Gettysburg is the second book in the Heroines Behind the Lines series by Jocelyn Green.  Liberty Holloway is a young widow that has big dreams of turning her farm into an inn for travelers.  The Civil War quickly steals that dream as her farm is turned into a Confederate field hospital.  Liberty, the widow of a Union solider decides that even though the War has taken her husband and is destroying her farm that she must nurse these enemy soldiers the best she can.  She is aided by her hired help, Bella.  Bella has every reason to not help these men being a former slave, but Bella has a secret that is bigger than her hate and drives her to help and protect Liberty.  As these two women try to pick up the pieces that the War leaves behind, there is a stranger that is drawn to Liberty and wants to help and protect her without getting too close to the beautiful widow.  His past sins keep him from being worthy of her love and shame keeps his identity secret. 

This is a second book in a series, but can be read as a stand alone.  I am so impressed with this novel!  I could not put it down!  Green’s research and authentic storyline were an absolute joy to read.  There are so many twists and turns in the storyline and the characters were so intriguing, that it is one of the best novels I have read in a long time.  All the side stories of the various characters woven together made it very exciting.  I love a good love story and this one was beautiful to watch unfold. The villains were pure evil, but the novel showed that God’s goodness can overcome anything.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book!  Looking forward to future titles from this author. 

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate


Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate is new biblical fiction from Diana Wallis Taylor.  Claudia has led a very sheltered life banished to Reggio by her grandfather the emperor of Rome because of the sins of her mother.  She is allowed to return to the palace of Rome to be groomed for marriage when Tiberius takes the thrown.  She is given in marriage to newly appointed governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate.  Claudia finds a rare joy in Roman marriages, she deeply loves her husband and he returns that love.  Longing to support her husband in his new post as governor seeks to learn all she can about the people and their beliefs.  She is not only intrigued as she learns about the Jewish religion, but feels stirrings in her soul as she learns more about a new teacher, Jesus.  Being personally impacted by the miracles of Jesus, she becomes a silent follower.  Claudia is torn with her new found faith and being obedient to her husband.  When Jesus is brought to Pilate to be executed, Claudia is beyond devastated and it will take God’s grace for her to forgive her husband. 

I absolutely loved this book!  Taylor did a great job depicting the time period and weaving a fictional story around the few known facts about the wife of Pilate.  The love story between Pontius Pilate and Claudia is both lovely and complicated and you could feel the pressure that his post as governor put on their marriage.  Claudia’s journey to truth was beautiful to watch.  As she turns her back on Roman gods while trying not to offend her husband or jeopardize his position and seeks every opportunity to learn of Jesus and his teaching.  This book is a very powerful example of how God can change our lives for the better when we give him control.  I could read it again in a heartbeat and know that historical fiction fans will not be disappointed with this book!

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Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Grace's Pictures


Grace’s Pictures is an Ellis Island novel by Cindy Thomson.  Grace has spent her life in an Ireland workhouse to pay off her deceased father’s debts.  Her mother remarries so that Grace can escape to America.  Not only does Grace have to learn how to adapt outside the workhouse she must learn how to survive in New York City, learn how to become a governess and how to keep out of trouble.  God has given her a strong Christian support system, but Grace struggles with believing in God’s goodness when she has known so much darkness.  Grace finds that she has a passion for photography, but when a very powerful gang thinks she is taking pictures of them, Grace is in very real danger.  Can God send her a protector in Officer Owen McNulty?  Can she trust God and Owen to protect her? 

I was very impressed with the research and authenticity of Thomson’s work.  I didn’t know very much about New York history in the early 1900’s and found this book to be fascinating.  From the workhouses in Ireland to the corruption of the New York police department this really is a great novel.  The relationships in Grace’s life were very real and raw at times.  Thomson made her characters come alive which made the book very touching.  Grace’s journey to trusting in God and learning to believe in herself was beautiful accompanied with a gentle romance.  Anyone who enjoys historical fiction will love this book. 

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

When Love Calls


When Love Calls is the first book in the Gregory Sisters series by Lorna Seilstad.  The year is 1908, and Hannah Gregory goes from female law student to the sole provider of her two younger sisters when her parents pass away.  Lincoln Cole is a young attorney who has to inform the Gregory girls that their home is foreclosed and makes an instant enemy of Hannah.  Even with the initial hostility, Lincoln is drawn to Hannah and the needs of her family.  Hannah becomes a switchboard operator to support her sisters.  She reluctantly finds herself relying on Lincoln from help with her sisters to legal matters, which is difficult for her fiercely independent nature.  From leaving college, to becoming a parent to her sisters, to getting swept up in an arsonist mystery and trying to keep Lincoln from grabbing her heart, Hannah’s story is as unique and fun as she is! 

Seilstad’s writing style is very witty and I really enjoyed this novel!  Hannah, Lincoln and her sisters are such likeable characters and I know the next books in the series will be just as fun!  Seilstad is extremely knowledgeable about the time era, subject matter and De Moines, Iowa which made for a very authentic read.  The history of the switchboard operator was really interesting and the love story could not be sweeter.  The arsonist mystery makes the plot very exciting.  This is a great book that I highly recommend. 

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Available May 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Love at Any Cost


Love At Any Cost is the first book of a new series by Julie Lessman.  Cassidy McClare has always been an outcast in Humble Texas’s elite society because she would much rather be in pants out on the range with her pa, shooting pool or helping out on the Reservation than being a proper young lady.  That all changed when Mark Chancellor came to court.  For the first time Cassidy felt that she was accepted for who she was until her pa’s oil pumps went dry.  Mark’s affection dried up as well.  To forgive and forget, Cassidy goes to visit her cousins in San Francisco.  The last thing Cassidy needs or wants is another suitor, but Jamie McKenna is determined to win her heart.  As Jamie falls in love with Cassidy he is under the impression that Cassidy is a rich oil heiress that will him support his family and promote his career.  Will Jamie hurt Cassidy as Mark did or trust God with the future?

This is my first Lessman novel and I adore her writing style.  She is absolutely hilarious and reminded me of Deeanne Gist or Mary Connealy.  This is a beautiful story of love, forgiveness, family ties and is interwoven with much humor that made for a very enjoyable read.  Cassidy is a mix of fragile and strength and her journey to forgiveness and trust after loss was great to watch unfold.  Jamie’s bitterness over his past and fierce determination to depend on himself while leaving God on the sidelines was very realistic and added so much to the storyline .  This is a wonderful novel that had many twists and turns that kept surprising me along the way.  Can’t wait for the next book in the series!

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Available April 15, 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Monday, April 8, 2013

A Cast of Stones


A Cast of Stones is book one in a new fantasy series by Patrick W. Carr.  Errol Stone has resolved himself to be the village drunk and will do anything for a taste of ale.  He takes on a mysterious mission to take very important letters from the royal city of Erinon to two reclusive priests that will keep him in the ale barrel for a week.  Errol doesn’t realize he has taken on a deadly mission and is the beginning of a new destiny for himself and the kingdom.  With deadly assassins in pursuit, Errol must escape the only life he has ever known with the two priests.  Errol discovers that God has blessed him with the talents of being a reader, a revered skill that many would like to silence.  With a dying king, no heir to the throne, deadly spiritual enemies on the verge of invasion and not knowing who is friend or foe Errol begins a journey to change himself from drunk to warrior and just what the crumbling kingdom needs to survive the turmoil. 

This is a very powerful read.  The character development is superb and I immediately was engrossed in the magical kingdom that needs Errol to rise above drunk and become a warrior to save everyone.  There are so many likeable characters that pull on your heartstrings and you can’t help but cheer on.  The villains that are very exciting and intense and I loved the suspense.  Carr is extremely creative and this book will appeal to adults and teens alike.  I am not a big fantasy fan, but I found this book hard to put down and am looking forward to the next book in the series. 

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Moonlight Masquerade


Moonlight Masquerade is a Regency romance by Ruth Axtell.  Lady Wexham is one of the wealthiest and most sought after woman in English society, but it has come at a high price.  The price was a loveless marriage to a much older and cruel man that never produced a child.  Now a widow, Lady Wexham finds herself attending social event after social event feeling that she is just existing and not leading a life of meaning.  Could she find fulfillment in helping her native France by spying on the British political figures in her circles of influence?  Rees Philips is sent to Lady Wexham’s home under the disguise of a butler to see if Lady Wexham is just a woman of social standing or is a French spy.  Yet the more Rees digs into Lady Wexham’s life the more he finds himself divided between love of country and love of a woman much beyond his reach.  If she is a traitor, will Rees betray his heart or his country? 

I absolutely loved this novel!  This is a very exciting piece of history that Axtell has based her writing on and she really knows her history to produce such an authentic read.  The romance is fantastic and it was an absolute joy to watch Lady Wexham and Rees and their social standings as an aristocrat and butler fight their growing attraction of each other.  The intrigue was very intense with Lady Wexham in danger with foes from both England and France and Rees becoming her protector.  I love how Axtell intertwined God’s love and plan for our lives in the story!  Can’t wait for the next installment to come out!  Highly Recommend!    

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Moonlight Masquerade: A Regency Romance
 

You're Made for a God-Sized Dream


You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream is life Coach and speaker, Holley Gerth’s latest book.  Holley writes to women about how the longing in our hearts, the idea that won’t go away, or that persistent yearning inside of us is really a God-sized dream waiting for us to take the first step for it to become a reality.  We cannot let fear of failure, lack of time, guilt or the size of our dream to be an excuse not to follow it.  God lays specific dreams on each of our hearts that only we can turn into reality and which in turn brings glory to our Heavenly Father.  Our God-sized dreams are not about us, but is about being obedient to God and furthering his kingdom through what our God-sized dream is meant to accomplish. 

I really enjoyed this book.  It is very straightforward, practical, and easy to read.  I really appreciated how much Holley referred to scripture to back up the points she was making.  Her reading style makes you feel like you are in the same room having a conversation with her and she is very uplifting and encouraging.  I love how she gives practical tips such as taking care of your physical needs, having a mentor and how to overcome fear to make your dream a reality.  She also gives downloadable printables from her website at the end of each chapter to help you stay on track and make your dream a reality step-by-step.  This book will get you fired up to go tackle the dream that God has just for you!

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Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
 
You're Made for a God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Damascus Countdown


Damascus Countdown is the third book in the latest trilogy by Joel C. Rosenberg.  CIA operative David Shirazi is deep in the heart of a Middle East meltdown where every Muslim country is uniting under the Twelfth Imam to destroy Israel and quite possibly the U.S.  As David continues to successfully infiltrate the Twelfth Imam’s inner circle he is quickly running out of time and running into an unwilling U.S. administration.  His heart is in the mission but he is torn with his new found faith in Jesus, reuniting with his first love Marseille, and not being able to see his dying mother in her last days.  David might be the world’s only hope in stopping a madman with nuclear and supernatural capabilities; the mission seems impossible.  David soon discovers that through God all things are possible. 

I really enjoyed every book in this series.  Rosenberg’s knowledge of the Middle East, CIA and end times is absolutely amazing and makes for a very intense series that you will not be able to put down.  These books might be fiction, but also shed light on what could really happen if Israel went to war and the devastating effects that could bring about.  This trilogy brings bible prophecy, romance and nonstop action into three great books!  I highly recommend this series, this book! 

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Friday, February 22, 2013

The Tutor's Daughter


The Tutor’s Daughter is Julie Klassen’s newest book.  Emma Smallwood is desperately worried about the decline of her father’s spirits after her mother’s death.  John Smallwood’s depression has led to their once successful school for boys to having no pupils to pay the bills.  Boldly, Emma writes to a wealthy gentleman to see if her father can tutor his younger sons.  Sir Giles pleasantly accepts under the condition that John and Emma Smallwood come to the family home in Cornwall.  The Smallwoods find themselves in a home full of secrets and some could prove very dangerous to Emma. 

If you love Jane Austin you will instantly fall in love with this book!  Klassen is a master author and her research and knowledge of the era in which she writes is outstanding.  The love story, mystery and rich history make this an incredible read that I plan to come back to again and again.  I have always adored Elizabeth Bennett and now I absolutely adore Emma Smallwood.  Anyone who enjoys historical fiction will find this book fascinating! 

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When the Heart Heals


When the Heart Heals is the newest book in the Sisters at Heart Series by Ann Shorey.  Rosemary Saxon has worked hard to build a life in Noble Springs while maintaining her independence and gaining acceptance from the townspeople.  Serving as a nurse during the Civil War has made many people consider her vulgar.  Yet, Rosemary desperately needs a job and the new doctor in town might be her only hope to support herself.  Dr. Elijah Stewart is hesitant to hire a female nurse especially one with such an outspoken and hot tempered personality as Rosemary.  Yet the more time they work together they find themselves drawn to each other.   Yet old emotional scars and a mysterious townsperson with a vendetta might tear them apart forever. 

I love the Civil War time era and this book brought an interesting historical aspect to light with society’s disregard of female nurses after the war.  This novel had several interesting sidebars that made the story very enjoyable and set up for another book in the series.  The mystery in the book made it very exciting and you can’t help but enjoy Rosemary’s fiery personality.  This was a great read that I really enjoyed.  Looking forward to more books in this series!

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Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

A New Home for Lily


A New Home for Lily is the second book in the Adventures of Lily Lapp series by Mary Ann Kingsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher.  Lily has had many changes since the first book, Life with Lily.  Lily’s family has moved from New York to Pennsylvania to a different Amish community.  Lily has a new school, new friends, a new house and unfortunately a new hallway bedroom.  Some changes are wonderful such as her nice teacher and her new friend Beth. Other changes are very difficult to come to terms with such as the new house that is so small, naughty Aaron Yoder from class, and learning all the different Amish traditions in this new community.  Lily has many new adventures in her new home such as pet goats, gray jell-o and sledding with classmates.  Lily must learn that you must take the good with the bad and learn how to not just be content, but sincerely happy with her new home in Pennsylvania. 

I absolutely love this series!  I am truly fascinated by the Amish culture and enjoy the playful and fun story of Lily Lapp and her family.  I love seeing the different family dynamics and traditions compared to our fast paced society.  My heart ached for Lily with her new doll and her grandmother and I couldn’t stop laughing at the hanging scripture incident.  This series evokes a wide array of emotions and is enjoyable for children and adults alike.  Very fun and refreshing and I can’t wait for the next one!  The third book in the series, A Big Year for Lily will be released soon. 

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Waiting for Spring


Waiting for Spring is Amanda Cabot’s second book in the Westward Winds series.  Charlotte Crowley lives in fear for her life and that of her young son.  Her husband’s sins seem to follow her like a ghost and she fears that his partner in crime will find her and her child and demand a treasure that does not exist.  Charlotte has worked very hard to start a new life as a dressmaker and provide for her child who has special needs.  She lives a very private life so that they will not be discovered and doesn’t need any man complicating that.  Barrett Landry started with nothing, but is now one of the richest cattle barons in Wyoming territory.  His ambition doesn’t stop there and as he enters a life of politics he needs the perfect wife to help campaign and secure the election.  A widow shrouded with mystery could only hinder his future, but Barrett feels drawn to Charlotte against his best intentions.

I enjoyed the first book in this series, Summer of Promise, but I thought this one was much better!  A great deal of background is offered in the first book of the series, but this could still be read and enjoyed as a standalone.  Charlotte is strong, independent and devoted to protecting and enhancing her son’s future.  Barrett has spent his life trying to prove his worth to find as is the case in real life that money and power does not bring happiness.  It was wonderful to watch their dreams collide and merge into one and see Barrett protect the independent Charlotte even when she did not see God brought them into each other’s lives for a reason.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it!

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Waiting for Spring: A Novel (Westward Winds)
 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Change of Fortune


Change of Fortune is first time author Jen Turano’s novel.  Lady Eliza Sumner has come to America disguised as a governess to reclaim her stolen fortune.  As she tries to discretely investigate the culprit, she is thrust into the path of New York’s society’s most eligible bachelor, Mr. Hamilton Beckett.  Eliza doesn’t need to draw any attention to her or get distracted from reclaiming her inheritance by a handsome man when she is determined to return to London.  Hamilton has his own mystery to solve and has no desire to form any attachment to any woman, but finds himself drawn to Eliza and her circumstance.  Eliza and Hamilton find that they must team up because both the villains in their lives seemed to be intertwined. 
This book is my new favorite!  I was so impressed with the witty plot and could not stop laughing through the whole book.  This book has a wonderful cast of characters and the storyline is very creative with many twists and turns as the mystery mounts.  The sparks between Eliza and Hamilton are not only funny, but very endearing and sweet.  This book has all the ingredients for a great read and I couldn’t put it down.  I cannot wait for the next installment in the series coming out next summer.  Don’t miss out on this book!

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Betrayal


Betrayal is the second book in the Where the Heart Lives series by Robin Lee Hatcher.  Hugh Brennan has a haunted past but has found a fragile peace in his new found faith in God.  As a drifter with a bleak future, Hugh has resolved to find his two long lost sisters and reestablish family ties that were ripped away from him as a child.  On his way to find his oldest sister Felicia (introduced in Belonging, the first book of the series), he encounters Julia Grace, a widowed ranch owner who offers him short-term work.  Julia is as beautiful is she is mysterious and has just as many secrets as Hugh.  Hugh is drawn to Julia, but fears her disdain if she were to ever learn his past.  Julia is wary of any man because of what her husband did to her, but doesn’t realize she needs Hugh’s protection and maybe something much more from him.  God’s ability to give beauty for ashes is found in Betrayal. 

I read the first book in the series, but this could be read as a stand-alone without any confusion.  I liked Belonging, but I thought this one was even better.  Hugh and Julia’s pain comes across as very real and raw across the pages.  Julia is not looking for love, but just the ability to get through each day on her own.  Meeting Hugh changes that need for independence, but watching her learn to trust again shows God’s ability to heal each and every wound.  Watching Hugh realize that he is not defined by his past but as a new creation in Christ was pure joy for me.  As Hugh and Julia fight to save the ranch they realize that trusting God and learning to trust each other is what really matters.  I am looking forward to the third installment in the series.

Provided by the Publisher for review
Betrayal: A Novel (Where The Heart Lives)
 

Bible Stories that end with a Hug!


Bible Stories that end with a Hug has 75 bible stories for preschoolers.  The bible stories presented follow the same order as the bible and are very short and easy to understand for little ones.  Accompanying every bible story are two questions that correlate with the story to help children discuss and understand the bible story.  Discussion points are provided with each question to help parents guide meaningful discussion with their child as they learn God’s word.  There is also a related scripture that helps expand the meaning of every story in the book.  Every bible story ends with a hug time for parent and child! 

I have a 4 year old and a 1 year old and they love this collection of bible stories!  The illustrations are so precious and endearing that my children were immediately drawn to the book.  The stories are short and are easy for toddlers and preschoolers to understand.  The questions and discussion points have really impacted my children understanding the story and how it applies to them.  Our favorite part is the hug time at the end of each story!  Bible Stories that end with a hug! has become a very special part of our day!  I would highly recommend this book!

Provided by Tyndale Publishers for review
Bible Stories that End with a Hug!