Saturday, April 22, 2017

Book Review-The Memory of You By Catherine West


The Memory of You
By: Catherine West
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson-Women's Fiction

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for free to read and review through the blogger review program at Net Galley. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

After learning that her grandfather had a heart attack, Natalie Mitchell she is forced to return to the family-owned winery, Maoilios in Sonoma.   She vowed thirteen years ago when her twin sister died she would never return, but the winery was failing and her father wanted her to close it. Being a major stockholder she had the power to do so.  Little did she realize she would also be reunited with Tanner Collins her childhood friend.  Tanner is the vintner for Maoilios and fears if Natalie shuts down the winery he will lose his job.  In order to save his job, he must help Natalie find a way to turn the winery around and to save the winery they must heal Natalie’s past. 

From the first page this book will tug at your heart-strings.  Natalie’s captured my heart.  Her character was so well developed you could actually feel her despair as her family manipulated her into doing their bidding, her grief as she mourned her sister’s death and the guilt of the secret she had kept all these years.    With the help of her grandfather, uncle and Tanner Natalie found healing.  This book is filled with love, forgiveness, second chances and even a little romance.


In my opinion this book is a great afternoon read.  

Friday, April 21, 2017

Book Review - Behind the Scenes By Jen Turano



Behind the Scenes
By:  Jen Turano
Publisher:  Bethany House

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Bethany House, for free to read and review through the blogger review program at Netgalley. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

Even though Permilia Griswold had been introduced into high society in New York, she was destined to be a wall flower.  However she didn’t let that deter her from writing an anonymous gossip column under the name of Miss Quill.  While at Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt’s ball Permilia overheard a conversation threatening Asher Rutherford, a gentleman despite the fact he was the owner of a department store.  Permilia decides it is her place to find and warn Mr. Rutherford about the threat.  He refuses to believe her and dismisses her warning.  Permilia realizes he is not taking it seriously and decides to take matters into her own hands and protect him again his would-be assassins.

In this delightful story, Permilia and Asher are forced to work together.  Their journey is filled with twists and turns and Permilia’s perception of “high society” will keep you laughing.    Although she is considered a wall flower, she certainly isn’t afraid to go after what she wants.  Poor Asher doesn’t have a clue how to deal with her, but finds himself falling for this very unconventional young woman.


This is a great entertaining book.  Once you start it, you won’t want to put it down until you’ve finished the last page.  Once again Jen Turano gives us another great book!  

Book Review - Thomas Nelson KJV Thinline Bible


Thomas Nelson
King James Version
Compact Thinline Bible


Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for free to read and review through the blogger review program at BookLook Bloggers. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.


The Bible I will be reviewing today is gorgeous!  It is very soft Burgundy/Brown Leathersoft.  It really looks and feels luxurious.  It is compact, which means it is small enough to fit into a backpack or purse.  I thought at first the print size would be too small for my senior eyes, but was pleasantly surprised.  The font, although small to accommodate the size of the Bible,  is very crisp and clear.  In this particular Bible they used the Thomas Nelson KJV font. 

The words of Christ are in red.  It has several full-color maps in the back and a presentation page in the front, making it easy to give as a gift. At the time of my review, graduation is not very far away and this Bible would be a great gift to give, especially to the collage-bound student.

It has beautifully gold gilded page edges and a double ribbon marker.  The inside of the Bible has a contents page with all the books of the Old and New Testament listed along with their page numbers, making it easy even for the novice Bible reader to find the correct book and page.  Each chapter is divided into subtopics.  In the back of the Bible is a one year reading plan and 30 days with Jesus! It comes in a protective box sleeve.

I am very impressed with this Bible due to its compact size along with its quality.  It is a very convenient size to easily take with you.  Although there are several Bible Apps available, there is something comforting about holding the Word of God in your hands.

The only downside  is:  there are no references so if you are into Bible studying you would need to find an appropriate Study Bible…which you can find at Thomas Nelson. 

In my opinion you can’t beat the quality of a Thomas Nelson Bible!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Book Review-Captive of Raven Castle By Jessica Greyson

Captive of Raven Castle by [Greyson, Jessica]

Captive of Raven Castle
By:  Jessica Greyson


About the book:

The troubled people of war-torn Chambria are on the brink of starvation, and a delicate princess with a recurring nightmare is their only hope. Alexandra knows that her value to her country consists mainly in her ability to marry well, but when she is kidnapped by the rebels and taken to meet the man claiming to be both Chambria’s true king and her real father, her entire world falls apart. Will Princess Alexandra be able to untangle the web of lies and discern who is the true king and her father?


My Thoughts:  
Poor sixteen-year-old Alexandra was thrown into a life of uncertainty not knowing whom to believe and who might be her friends or enemies.  Her one solace was in taking care of baby Brandon.  Fortunately for her Taleon was one who looked after, guided, protected her and helped her find out the truth about her heritage. This book was filled with a lot of details some were on the more graphic side but the romance was mild and of a sweeter nature. Alexandra's character stole my heart and I was hooked from the first page.

I enjoyed this book very much.  


Book Review-Bitter Eyes No More By April W Gardner

Drawn by the Frost Moon: Bitter Eyes No More (Creek Country Saga Book 4) by [Gardner, April W]

Drawn by the Frost Moon
Book 4
Bitter Eyes No More
By:  April W. Gardner


If you love Historical Romance this is a book you will certainly want to read.  

Although this was book four in the series, with the introduction of characters at the beginning of the book I was able to quickly become acquainted with them and could read this as a stand-alone book.  

MS. Gardner brought together the story of Lillian McGirth and Captian Marcus Buck with such attention to  details during the 1817 era of the American, First Nations People, English and Spanish conflict in Spanish Florida that it will captivate your heart from the first page and will keep you turning the pages until the end.    Marcus was sent by Lillian's father to bring her home and their journey is one you will not forget long after you have read the last page. 

Now that I have read this one... I will go back and read the rest of the series.  


Friday, March 17, 2017

Book review-The Legend of the Sand Dollar By: Chris Auer


The Legend of the Sand Dollar
An Inspirational Story of Hope for Easter
By: Chris Auer
Illustrated By:  Richard Cowdrey


Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Zonderkidz for free to read and review.  I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

Eight-year-old Kerry loves the ocean, and every few years she along with her parents and sister, Margaret go to visit Aunt Jane and Cousin Jack who live near the beach.

This year Margaret and Kerry were going alone, which made Kerry very sad.  Cousin Jack and Kerry took the boat to the beach where they found a sand dollar.  Jack patiently answered all of Kerry’s questions and then explained that even though the sand dollar isn’t real money, it still has value because it tells the greatest story of all—it tells the story of Jesus’ birth and the Easter story. 

Once you read this story to your children they will never look at a sand dollar without remember this story. 

The illustrations are so vivid and beautiful they are sure to keep even the youngest child turning the pages. 

This is a hard-cover book with a beautifully illustrated dust jacket.  This is a great bed-time story and would make a great gift for the Easter season.

Book Review-The Beginner's Bible Coloring Book


The Beginner’s Bible
Coloring Book
Non-fiction
Zonderkidz.com

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Zonderkidz for free to read and review.  I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

About the book:
*The pictures are nice size and easy to color.
*It has more than 60 favorite from the Old and New Testament
*Fun to color.
*Finished pages can be easily displayed.
*Beautiful illustrations.

This coloring book is for children age 4-8.  It is a great basic coloring book with easy to color images.  This book is divided into sections with each section’s pictures specific to a Bible Story.  The pages to color cover stories from both the Old and New Testament that children love to hear.

In my opinion this is a great way to encourage your children to remember these Bible Stories.  It would make a wonderful gift and give your child hours of coloring enjoyment.


Book review-Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible


Once Upon a Time
Bible Storybook
Publisher:  Zonderkidz
Illustrated by:  Omar Aranda

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Zonderkidz for free to read and review.  I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

From the Book:
The Bible is not a fairy tale, but every great story happened “once upon a time”.  “The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible” highlights powerful and inspiring stories from the Bible—including Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, Brave Queen Esther, the Birth of Jesus, Feeding the 5,000 and Jesus Resurrection. 

The artwork and illustrations by Omar Aranda will keep your child turning the pages as they learn about the heroes of the Bible.

This Bible has a beautifully illustrated hard cover.  It has a “presented to” page in the front so it can easily be given for a special event or a just because I love you gift.  It covers the ageless stories from both the Old and New Testaments.  There are 18 stories from the Old Testament and 15 stories from the New Testament and has 144 pages.  The stories begin with a scripture verse and are short in length insuring it will hold your child’s attention from beginning to end.

In my opinion this is one of the best Bible storybooks for this age group I have read and reviewed in a while and would highly recommend it.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Book Review-Walking in the Spirit By Crystal and T.K. Chapin


Walking In the Spirit
30 Day Women’s Devotional
By: Crystal and T.K. Chapin

Disclaimer:  I received this eBook from the author for free to read and review.  I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

“Walking in the Spirit” by Crystal and T.K. Chapin is a five-minute devotional geared mainly for women from single to late in life.  It is one-size fits all.  It is not intended to take the place of deep Bible study but to encourage you take a few minutes a day meditating on God’s word and promise.  It is easy to read, yet filled with thought-provoking points.  It consistently points out that God wants to be ever-present in all aspects of our life. It teaches why it is important to encourage rather than tear each other down and to be submissive to God in all things even to helping those in need and teaching your children by deed and action how God should be put first in your life.

This is a beautifully written devotional that I will read over and over again. 

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Chapin for the wonderful reminders of what God requires of us through-out this devotional.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Book Review-If Only By: T.K. Chapin


If Only
By: T K Chapin

For Elizabeth (Liz), if coping with divorce from Bruce wasn’t enough, a year later her daughter Lillian (Lilly) hasn’t accepted that her parent’s marriage is over either and she now struggles with dealing with Lilly’s sullenness.  Lilly blames her mom even though she doesn’t know the real story.

On July 4th Lilly is supposed to spend the night with her friend, Jess, but according to Jess she never showed up and she didn’t come home.  She just seemed to disappear.  At first Liz thought she might be with her boyfriend, Marcus, but he denied she was with him.  The police didn’t seem concerned so with the help of her neighbor, Cole, they launched a full-scale search to find out what happened to Lilly and try to make sense of why.

The character of Liz is so well developed as a mother; her story melts your heart as she struggles to find her daughter and to keep life some-what normal for her son, Jordan.  With Cole’s help they search tirelessly for Lilly and along the way learn to give it over to God.

This book shows the great love of a mother, but also the greater love of God.  This story will stay in your heart long after you have read it.  In my opinion this is definitely a must-read.  There are so many twists and turns to this book, it will keep you turning the pages. 

It is filled with mystery, drama, intrigue, love, forgiveness and a little bit of reluctant romance. 

Disclaimer:  I was given a copy of this eBook for free by the author T.K. Chapin for review, T K Chapin.  I was not compensated for my review nor was I required to make a favorable review.  All thoughts in this review are mine.