Thursday, January 5, 2017

Book Review-Conspiracy of Silence By: Ronie Kendig


Conspiracy of Silence
By:  Ronie Kendig
Publisher:  Bethany House

About the Book:
THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS.
Cole “Tox” Russell’s team was decimated after a tragic mission and the United States turned its back on “Tox”.  He was ok with that, because he had a lot of demons to deal with and just wanted to be left alone.  A centuries old plague is unleased and the government hopes to bring Tox back into action, but he wants no part of it until he thinks his niece has been abducted. 

When Tox meets with the president the only way he will work for them is for his Special Forces group to be able to reunite and work with him, but they have to work with Kasey Cortes, a FBI deception expert and Tziva Khalon, an archeologist.  Their information leads them from one country to another, but time is quickly running out when they realize they are not only dealing with a plague, but they are also battling an ancient society that wants to remain hidden.

This book had me hooked from the first couple pages.  It is filled with mystery, intrigue, deception, Biblical history and a little romance.  Tox took the fall for his team when their mission went sour and when he was called back into action he met Kasey (Haven) whom he didn’t realize he had met before until much later, however their chemistry clicked.  As the twists and turns took them deeper into danger Tox just wanted to keep Kasey safe and find the cure for the plague.  If you like nail biting action then I highly recommend this book.  I found it to be a little difficult at first to follow, but once I got the hang of it…it was well worth sticking with it.  I highly recommend this book and author.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Bethany House, blogger program for review, however I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Book Review-God Made You Nose to Toes By: Leslie Parrott

Pre-Release Review


God Made You Nose to Toes
By: Leslie Parrott
Illustrated By:  Estelle Corke
Publisher:  Zonderkidz
Purchase Date:  January 3, 2017

From The Back Of The Book:
Help little ones understand that God created each part of their bodies so they can enjoy life and everything in it.  In this delightful book by well-known author and family therapist Leslie Parrott, little ones can follow along with Toucan—with his great big nose—as he helps them learn God loves each one of them completely.

My Thoughts:
What a great little book to teach your child (age five and under) about why God made each part of your body and what it can enjoy in life.  It also teaches about the things that God made in the universe that we can enjoy with the functions of our body that he gave us, such as smelling with our nose all the things God created that grows and seeing with our eyes the sky, planets and stars, not to mention fingers that can dig in the earth and sand.  All in all, God not only created us from Nose to Toes, but also the things in life we enjoy!

Features:
The book is bright yellow and beautifully illustrated on the cover and inside.  The pictures will have your child spending time just turning the pages looking at the beautiful illustrations.  It is a board book which makes it easy for your youngster to turn the pages and also to wipe off sticky handprints.  This would make an excellent gift!

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Zonderkidz, Z Blog Squad, blogger review program.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Book Review-The Patriots by Sana Krasikov


The Patriots
By Sana Krasikov
Publisher: Random House Publishing Company

Coming January 2017
This is a story of Florence Fein and her son, Julian.  Florence leaves the U.S. to take a job in Moscow, Soviet Russia.  She soon becomes entangles in the politics of a Communist Country and finds she cannot leave. 

As the story unfolds, Julian migrates back to the U. S. to work in oil and discovers his mother has a KGB file that has been opened.  Suddenly he finds the need to find the truth about his mother.  While discovering the truth about his mother he also learned what happened to other Americans who were abandoned by their country

“The Patriots” is a long complicated book that requires complete concentration due to the shifting between years and locals.  However if you are a fan of Historical novels do not give up.  This book is well worth reading.  This book will take you on a wild ride and will leave you questioning if these things could really happen. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Random House Publishing,
Through Net Galley, blogger review program. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review-Cardwell Christmas Crime Scene by B.J. Daniels


Cardwell Christmas Crime Scene
(Cardwell Cousins)
By: B.J. Daniels
Publisher:  Harlequin


Dee Anna Justice (DJ) thought her only living relative was her father, Walter Justice, a convict.  Walter thinks his daughter’s safety is in jeopardy so he encourages her to go to her cousins in Montana.   Walter calls in an old debt and enlists the help of Beau Tanner, a private investigator to protect her. 

Although there is an attraction between her and her body guard, DJ resents him, because her dad hired him.  She also doesn’t find it easy to trust people but slowly begins to learn to trust the warm and loving Cardwell family.  Trusting Beau doesn’t come as easily, but it just might save her life.

I love the Cardwell series and this was no exception.  I was hooked from the first page and didn’t put it down until I finished it.  There is enough romance, intrigue and mystery to keep you turning the pages. 

As a child DJ and her father never put down roots, because they were always running from the people he swindled.  Her father always told her she didn’t have any relatives, but when her apartment is broken into and a doll, just like the one she had when she was a little girl was left, she felt she had not been told the truth.   With her life being threatened DJ wants answers about her family and won’t stop until she finds the truth.

I love the Cardwell series and this was no exception.  I was hooked from the first page and didn’t put it down until I finished it.  There is enough romance, intrigue and mystery to keep you turning the pages.   Sometimes you just need a good romance and B.J. Daniels is one of the best to deliver, just the right romance, mystery and intrigue. 

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Harlequin. through Netgalley  Blogger Review Program.  I was not required to give a favorable review just an honest opinion, nor was I compensated for my review—all opinions and musings are my own.

Bible Review-KJV Journal the Word Bible

KJV Journal the Word Bible
Thomas Nelson


About the Bible:
It is hard cover with a bit of texture and is a little on the heavy side, but does lay flat when it is open.  It has an elastic band to help keep it closed and a black ribbon marker to help you keep your place.  The font is 10 point making it larger and easier to read. The print is crisp and clear on the cream-colored paper.  The text is closer to the center of the Bible leaving no space in the center to journal but it has nice wide outer margins with plenty of space…approximately 2 inches.  The front page has a place to write the name of the person to whom the Bible belongs, then a table of contents, alphabetical order of the books of the Bible and Epistle Dedicatory for the King James Version.  The pages are a bit thicker than other Bible pages.  It also features the words of Christ in red. 

My Impression:
I have been looking for a no frills King James Bible in which to journal, so when I received the “KJV Journal the Word Bible” in the mail last week I was ecstatic.  It was exactly what I was looking for.  I have never been one to draw in my Bible but I am a note taker and write things that inspire me as I read.  Since I love stamping and journaling I thought I might like to try my hand at using stamps and colored-pencils in my Bible.  I have been doing a bit of experimenting and am finding that colored pencils (I use Prisma colored pencils because that is what I have) are the best medium to use for coloring and pigment inks for stamping, but “stamp-off” first to insure there is not too much ink on the stamp.  Just remember when using pigment inks they need time to dry properly so not to smudge when you close the Bible.  Also clear stamps are the easiest to position so that is currently my choice so stamps to use.  My pen of choice for journaling is the Pigma Micron pens and Sakura Gelly Roll metallic pens also work well.  They do not seem to bleed-through, but again they need time to dry/cure before closing the Bible or turning the page, otherwise it will smudge.  I have not been brave enough to try dye yet.  The cover has a bit of texture, but I think it could be easily embellished to suit your personality.  All in all I love this Bible.  I also love that it is the King James Version! 

If you are a fan of journaling/note-taking or would like to expand to using pencils, pens, stickers, stamps and etc., this is the perfect Bible.  It would also make a great gift for your crafty Bible loving friends. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Bible by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through Harper-Collins.  I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.



Thursday, December 8, 2016

Book Review-I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug by Caroline B. Cooney

Pre-Release Review
I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug
By: Caroline B. Cooney
Illustrated by:  Tim Warnes
Publisher:  Zonderkidz

From the Inside Cover:
Whether it’s a big bear, gasp for air, knock over a chair hug or a wet and drippy, slimy fish hug—children will giggle their way through all the imaginative examples of how to hug.  Cooney’s engaging rhymes encourage playful interaction between parent and child and ultimately help them wind down before they snuggle into bed and drift off to sleep.

About the Book:
It is a hard cover book with a dust jacket.  Both the book, the jacket and inside pages are beautifully illustrated.  The book measures approximately 11 x 9.25 x .50 inches, making it a nice size to share with more than one child while reading the story. 

My Review:
In my opinion this is one of the cutest bedtime story books ever!  Reading this book to your little one at bedtime is sure to make them feel loved, safe and secure.  Although this book is written for ages 4-8 I am sure it will delight even the youngest child from the beautifully illustrated pictures right down to the rhyming words. This would make a great anytime gift this year!  Great for a babyshower gift too!

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Zonderkidz, Z Blog Squad, blogger review program.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Book Review-The Pattern Artist By Nancy Moser


The Pattern Artist
By: Nancy Moser
Publisher:  Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Shiloh Run Press

Annie Wood, an English housemaid wasn’t afraid of hard work, because she was born into it. However when she arrived in New York City in 1911 with her wealthy mistress, Lady Newley and her daughter, Henrietta, she wondered what America had to offer her.  Upon arriving at the Friesen mansion, she was immediately befriended by young Danny, the hall boy and his sister, Iris.

Although Annie was only an upper housemaid, she often altered the garments for her mistress because her lady’s maids were not adept at doing so.  She always thought the maids were giving her credit for her work and someday she would become a lady’s maid, but found they had betrayed her and was passing her work off as their own.  Grasston, the footman made some unseemly advances toward Annie and she was afraid he would do more.  Together she, Danny and Iris flee from the Friesen mansion to make their own life in New York City.  Her first job is in the sewing department of Macys where she meets a sales man for Butterick Pattern Company.  During her long hard journey she finds her faith in God retuned and learns that God has big plans for her future.  She also learns that she is a very talented fashion designer and she finds love all at the same time.

“The Pattern Artist” will capture your heart and keep you turning the pages.  You will find yourself laughing and yet you will need to have the tissues handy because you will also find yourself crying as you turn the pages and follow the journey of Annie and her two friends.  This book is filled with adventure, forgiveness, second chances and love.  It is a truly wonderful historical romance and in my opinion, one you will not put down until you finish the last page.  

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Barbour Publishing, Inc. Shiloh Run Press through Netgalley  Blogger Review Program.  I was not required to give a favorable review just an honest opinion, nor was I compensated for my review—all opinions and musings are my own.



Book Review-Victoria By Daisy Goodwin


Victoria
By: Daisy Goodwin
Publisher:  St Martin’s Press

If you are a history buff and love historical romance…this is must-read

Shortly after turning eighteen Alexandrina Victoria became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland.  Because she was small and young, along with living a sheltered life, many people didn’t think she was qualified to be Queen.  After her uncle, William IV, died she surprised everyone by changing her name from “Drina” as her family called her, to Victoria.  She also asserted her new-found freedom in demanding she sleep in her own room rather than her mother’s room and meet with her ministers alone. 

Lord Melbourne, a widower, (and what some would call a womanizer), became not only Victoria’s secretary but her closest friend and confidant.  She even found herself falling in love with him even though he was old enough to be her father.  However she was destined to marry Prince Albert, her cousin.  Although as a child she found him to be critical of everything and way too serious she realized that sometimes you have to forego love in order to serve your country.

All I can say…is captured from the first page!  I love historical romance and especially when it has such great subject matter as Queen Victoria.  Ms. Goodwin’s spin on history will definitely keep you turning the pages to find out what is going to happen next.  In my opinion, this is a definite must-read and one you will keep on your library shelf to read again. 

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, St Martin’s Press through Netgalley  Blogger Review Program.  I was not required to give a favorable review just an honest opinion, nor was I compensated for my review—all opinions and musings are my own.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Book Review-Soul Coats: Restoration A Coloring book created by Rohadi


Soul Coats:  Restoration-Adult Coloring Book
With Bible Scenes and Verses
By: Rohadi
Publisher: Robarry Publications

If you are like me and have been bitten by the Adult coloring book craze and crave anything Biblical in theme, then you are in luck with “Soul Coats-Adult Coloring Book”.  It has it all.  When I went to Soul Coats website, I saw that I could download a free study course guide that has questions and reflections for every scene in the 72-page coloring book.  I love how each time you color a page the study guide encourages you to pray before you start your coloring.  As I read the guide for the page I was coloring, it brought me such peace as I reflected on the scripture while coloring.  These are not your typical pages to color; they are very intricate and unique.  They reflect the tried and true Bible stories with a modern flair. 

At this point I have been reading more than coloring as I think it would be great to have a couple ladies over for coffee and use the coloring book and study guide as a time of devotion after the holidays are done.  In my opinion it will be the perfect beginning to the New Year. 

The coloring book measures approximately 10 inches by 10 inches.  The pages are thicker than most of the books I have colored.  This is going to be a remarkable journey from beginning to end.  I would encourage anyone purchasing this book to also connect with Soul Coats and download the study guide.  You will not be disappointed.  I love this different approach to Scriptural-based coloring.   Although there are no page numbers in the book to correspond with the study guide, so far I have not found it to be a big issue to match them together. 

With Christmas just around the corner, this would be the perfect book to give to someone as a gift just to say I am thinking of you in a special way or if they are struggling with issues in their lives.  I highly recommend this book because it is the first time I have ever done coloring with a purpose and time for reflection on God’s word. 

Disclaimer:  I was given a copy of this book by the publisher Robarry Publications.  I was not compensated for my review nor was I required to make a favorable review.  All thoughts in this review are mine.  

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Book Review-One Monday Prayer By T.K. Chapin


One Monday Prayer
Diamond Lake Series
Book 5
By:  T.K. Chapin

Mr. Chapin, thank you so much for this wonderful series and for providing me with the opportunity to read and review your wonder work.    With each book I read, I claim it is the best yet and…”One Monday Prayer” is the best yet.  They just keep getting better with each book!

In “One Monday Prayer” Angie is the main character and Serenah’s cousin.  Although it has been two years Angie, is still reeling from the loss of her husband and to top it off she is dealing with a fire in her apartment.  Serenah reaches out to her cousin and invites her to spend the holidays at the Inn on the Lake. 

We are also reintroduced to Connor, Katie’s brother.  Angie and Connor’s meeting was meeting of chance.  Angie is fearful of flying and Connor, a perfect stranger helps her pray through her fear.  Little did she realize that Connor would re-enter her life and she would once again be dating and enjoying life.

This book is filled with real-life situations that show life definitely isn’t perfect, nor does it always go the way we planned.  However, it does show just how much God is in control of the past, present and future.  As Angie struggled with the guilt of enjoying dating again God put Emma in her path to show her that God didn’t expect her forget, her husband Ted’s memory, but that He gives us what we need when we need it if we are a willing recipient.  I was glad that Emma lived long enough to share her story with Angie. 

This book is filled with romance, heart break, letting go of the past and embracing the future with the help of God to guide you.  I was hooked from page one and didn’t put it down until I finished the last page.  I highly recommend this series.  Mr. Chapin takes real-life situations that seems almost unsurmountable and shows through his writing how God can work them out.  All you need is prayer, faith and patience.  Although this is a series and it would be better to read them in order, you can easily catch up on the characters, however once you read this book, I can promise you…you will want to go back and read all of the series.

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