Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Book Reveiw-The Guilty One By: Sophie Littlefield



The Guilty One
By:  Sophie Littlefield
Publisher:  Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books

This book begins with Ron standing on the Golden Gate Bridge ready to jump…if when he calls Maris she tells him to jump!

Maris Vacanti’s daughter, Calla, was found murdered by Ron’s son, Karl, who was her boyfriend.  Maris marriage was falling apart, so with her life in shambles she walks away from her pampered life in the Bay area the day Ron calls her…With this phone call she has the power to exact revenge on the man whose son is responsible for her daughter’s death.  What will her decision be?

This book is filled with hurt, loss, the physical and emotional damage done by mistakes of others.  As Maris tries to put her daughter’s death in perspective and get her own life back on track she finds out some unsettling revelations about her husband, Jeff.  On her journey to healing she ends up in the seedy side of Oakland far removed from her pampered life and is befriended by Petra, a young Czech girl with tattoos and a butch who is dealing with her own demons.  The unlikely duo forms a bond that leads to forgiveness, acceptance and healing. 

I highly recommend this book.  It is truly inspirational.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books, through NetGalley blogger program for review. 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-Close Quarters By: Adrian Magson



Close Quarters
By:  Adrian Magson
Publisher:  Severn House Publishers

“Close Quarters” take place in Washington DC and the Ukraine.

Marc Portman (codename: Watchman) protects people in foreign countries who get into trouble with the local authorities.  Arash Bagheri, a low ranking US State Department Official is abducted while in the Ukraine and Watchman is hired by the CIA to find, protect and safely extract him.  Easy-peasy…right?  Not so, because the Ukraine is on the verge of a civil war.  From the get-go Watchman realizes this is not going to be easy because there isn’t anyone he can trust…not even the US officials because this has the ear-mark of a set-up from the top brass…but just how high does it go and why?

“Close Quarters” is definitely a nail-biting thriller guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat, holding your breath.  As the events unfold, this story has more twists and turns than a cork screw.  With each twist and turn Watchman is faced with a new enemy from the Ukrainian Special Forces to Russians, snipers and power crazy police.  Even someone in the US doesn’t want him to get to Moldova and the extraction point. 

My biggest disappointment was it ended to soon.  I couldn’t put it down and it left me wanting more.  This is the first work I have read by Mr. Magson and I am looking forward to reading more of his work.  In my opinion it is a thriller must read.  It is however for the adult as it has at times graphic content.


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Severn House Publishers, through  Net Galley, blogger program for review. 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-Killing Maine By: Mike Bond




Killing Maine
By:  Mike Bond
Publisher:  Mandevilla Press

Pono Hawkins, Special Forces (SF), suddenly finds himself pulled away from the surf and sunny beaches of Hawaii to the bitter cold of Maine because SF buddy, Bucky Franklin has been accused of killing environmentalist executive, Ronnie Dalt.  In the SF you leave no buddy behind, no matter what they have done.  The fact Becky’s testament sent Pono to military prison and then married his girlfriend; Lexie still qualified him for help. 

This book will capture your attention from the get-go and keep it until the end.  There are so many twists and turns, at times you will wonder how Mr. Bond is going to tie it all together, but he does it almost effortlessly.  The suspense, mystery and intrigue will keep you on the edge of your seat, but the corruptness in the name of environmentalists will cause a smoldering fire of anger.  As I read this book it caused me to wonder about the efficiency of windmill farms to the point, I did some of my own research.  Mr. Bond’s book is spot-on. 

These questions will be answered as you turn the pages:
Does windmill farms cause more harm than good?  Are they filled with corruptness in the name of environment, while really only being interested in the bottom dollar line?  Will Pono be able to help exonerate Bucky in the murder of the environmental executive, Ronnie Dalt?  Will he lose Lexie this time forever?  This is a book well worth reading. 


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Threshold, Pocket Books, through NetGalley blogger program for review. 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-Among the Fair Magnolias By: Alexander, Love, Gray, Musser



Among the Fair Magnolias
By:  Tamera Alexander, Dorothy Love,
Shelley Gray, Elizabeth Musser
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

A Heart So True:  Dorothy Love
Abigail Clayton is in love with Dr. Wade Bennett and wants to marry him, but on the night Abigail accepts Wade’s proposal her father announces (without her knowledge or permission) her engagement to her cousin, Charles Kettridge so their plantations could merge.  However Abigail knows a side of Charles her father doesn’t know and she searches for a way to expose his ruthless nature before the marriage can take place.

To Mend a Dream:  Tamera Alexander
Aidan Bedford, former Union soldier and Boston attorney buys Savannah Darby’s home.  She would consider doing almost anything to just to be able to go back home one more time, because supposedly her father hid and important box during the war and she desperately needs to find it, in hope it will have money to help support her 6 year old sister, Carolyne and her 8 year old brother Andrew who needs new leg braces. She would also like to find a better place for them to live because they are currently living in the Nashville Widows and Children’s Home. When Aidan’s fiancĂ© wants to redecorate the home before they are married, Aiden hires Abigail and she is only all too willing to accept the job.  Will she be able to find the box before she finishes the job or will she find out it never existed and will she lose her heart?

Love Beyond Limits:  Elizabeth Musser
Thomas McGinnis and Emily Derracott are childhood friends.  Even though Emily loves him, she can’t marry him because of their differences regarding the freedom of slaves and because she loves someone else, however their love can never be; because it is not permitted.  As the South tries to rebuild after the Civil War there are several incidents of the Ku Klux Klan and Emily begins to worry if just maybe Thomas isn’t involved in some way?

An Outlaw’s Heart:  Shelley Gray
Russell Champion returns home after being away for seven years.  He was betrayed by his mother and his true love, Nora.  He seeks to make amends but finds Nora is seeing someone else and his mother is very ill.  Russell struggles with forgiveness from his mother and acceptance from the people in the town he left behind.  His struggle with Nora’s current beau, Braedon Hardy just rubs him the wrong way.  If Nora is truly happy he doesn’t want to stand in her way, but something just isn’t right about the man so he sets out on a quest to find out who he really is…

Although I am not a fan of short stories, I love all the authors of the stories in the book so I chose to read it and I am glad I did.   All of these stories deal with life tragedies and finding forgiveness and second chances.  Some of the stories were about controversial issues of that time period and some of the issues are things we could face today.  If you are a fan of Historical romance, forgiveness and inspiration this is a nice afternoon read.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through Net Galley , blogger program for review. 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-Swerve By: Vicki Petterson


Swerve
By:  Vicki Pettersson
Publisher:  Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books

Kristine Rush is no stranger to high summer in the Mohave Desert because that is where she grew up.  Her mother, a drug addict, caused Kristine to grow up fast and attain her independence at an early age.  Life for Kristine and her young daughter was good; she even had a fiancĂ©, Daniel, a prestigious surgeon at the hospital where she worked.  She and Daniel were on their way to Lake Arrowhead, California for a Fourth of July celebration with Daniel’s mother.  Kristine spills her coffee on herself so they stop at a closed rest area so she can change and the unthinkable happens…Daniel is abducted.  All that is left is the car and his cell phone.  Kristine is plunged into a journey filled with terror, not only for Daniel, but for her daughter and herself.  The abductor leaves messages on the phone where to find the next destination and map along with whatever she must do in order to receive the map.  She only has 24 hours to save Daniel.  Will Kristine be able to put her past fears behind her and finish the race in time?

Before you start this book, take a long deep breath because you are about to be transported into a world where pure evil reigns.  It is not a book I would recommend for late night reading!  The characters have so much depth you can feel the terror ooze from the victims and the evil of the villain will cause you to stop breathing.  Early on I figured out who the murderer was, but it was the events that kept me turning the pages. The cliff hanger at the end will hopefully be followed with a sequel.

I would definitely classify this as an adult book as it has graphic murder scenes.  If you are a fan of thrillers…this is a must-read.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books, through  Net Galley, blogger program for review. 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-Hearts Made Whole By: Jody Hedlund




Hearts Made Whole
By: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House

Windmill Point, Michigan, 1865 at the close of the Civil War finds Caroline Taylor running the lighthouse after her father’s death.  Although women were not supposed to have such jobs because she had been doing most of the work before her father died and because she had young siblings to support the commission let her stay until the Civil War Veterans started coming home.
Ryan Chambers, a veteran, acquired the position because he was a Vet, a drunk and strung out on drugs due to an injury during the war and mostly because the lighthouse inspector was corrupt and he needed a keeper who would turn the other way while he continued his illegal smuggling practices. 

Ryan shows up at the lighthouse early, not knowing the former keeper was still in residence so he crawls into bed…while Caroline is still in it.  He is quickly and rudely introduced to Caroline’s feisty demeanor and Caroline quickly realizes he is in no condition to run the lighthouse. 
If you are looking for an afternoon of entertainment, look no further as Jody Hedlund certainly provides that in “Hearts Made Whole”.  She delights us with another book filled with courage, forgiveness, faith, a little romance and a mystery to boot!  I fell in love with Caroline’s character and wanted to thump some sense into Ryan.  With Caroline’s perseverance, she with God’s help was able to help Ryan heal both physically and emotionally while providing for her family.  I loved this book and couldn’t put it down.  Also loved that it is based on historical lighthouse facts.


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, through NetGalley blogger program for review. 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-A Worthy Pursuit By Karen Witemeyer



A Worthy Pursuit
By:  Karen Witemeyer
Publisher:  Bethany House


Sullivan’s Academy for the Exceptional Youths is closing its doors.  Charlotte (Miss Lottie) Atherton, head mistress has been entrusted to keep Lily safe, which was Lily’s mother,  Rebekah Dorchester’s wish before she died.  Rebekah signed papers to keep Lily away from her grandfather by making Charlotte her guardian.  To keep her promise Charlotte packs the belongings of Lily, Stephen Farley (whose parents are in Europe) and John Chang, an orphan and leaves in the middle of the night with her charges.  At all costs she is determined at she will keep the children safe and Lily out of the hands of her grandfather even if it means outwitting and out-running bounty hunter, Stone Hammond.

This delightful book will keep you turning the pages as Lily steals your heart.  Your heart will melt as Lily, John, Stephen and Charlotte become a family in every way except blood.  You will watch their love for each other flourish under Charlotte’s care.  The antics of Lily and the boys will cause you to laugh, cry and hold your breath.  As you turn the pages you will find them filled with love, commitment and a strong desire to do what is right.  Charlotte constantly finds herself asking God to show her His will for herself and the children.  Although this is a Christian-based book it is sure to appeal to all readers.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, through NetGalley blogger program for review. 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-The Midwife's Tale By: Delia Parr



The Midwife’s Tale
By:  Delia Parr
Publisher:  Bethany House

For generations the Cade family’s midwives have served the community of Trinity, Pennsylvania and the tradition continued with Martha Cade, a widow with two children.  With a new doctor in town she feels her job is threatened and her daughter, Victoria runs away with the theater, which is in those days is considered scandalous.  Her faith is tested time and again to the breaking point. However, as Martha faces each trial she finds her faith and hope strengthened.

I was hooked by the title and from the first page completely hooked by the characters.  The characters were filled with real-life flaws that made them so human you quickly became part of the story.  You will feel their pain, uncertainty and their joy as you read this book.  I couldn’t put it down so I read it in one afternoon.  I highly recommend this inspirational book.  Although it is Christian-based it is a book that all readers are sure to enjoy.


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

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Book Review-Claire's Hope By T.K. Chapin


Claire’s Hope
By:  TK. Chapin
Publisher: 

Life for eighteen-year-old Claire and thirteen-year-old Todd Vander was turned upside down when their parents were killed in a car accident.  Todd went to live with their Aunt Jennie and Uncle Dale and even though they both asked Claire to live with them she thought since she was eighteen, she was old enough to take care of herself.  Claire dropped out of school and moved in with her boyfriend Matthew.  Not too far into the relationship things quickly began to go downhill, beginning with sex, abuse, drugs, alcohol and losing her job.  Claire found herself pregnant without any money or friends.  She kept thinking she didn’t need anyone, because she could take care of herself, but God let her hit rock bottom before she realized His mercy was there for the asking.

This book is truly about redemption, learning to forgive and be forgiven.  As I read Claire’s story I felt this book would be an excellent advocate for prolife.  I cried all the way through this book so keep plenty of tissues handy.  Even though Claire felt she had no place to go or anyone to help her she could not think about aborting her baby.  So many times teenagers find themselves in the same situation as Claire, but this book shows God will be with you each step of the way if you are willing to yield your life to His will.  The way will not always be easy, but the faith-filled journey is worth it.  This is such a wonderful story of love and hope. Although this is the third in the series you do not need to read the others in order to read this.  One of the most profound things about this book was the ability of Claire’s Aunt and Uncle to not be judgmental but to be supportive even when they disagreed with Claire’s choices.  This would be a great book for families that are going through this situation. 

It is a beautifully written book about making wrong choices in life…with a happy ending.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the author, T.K. Chapin,  for an honest review.   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-Samantha Sanderson Off The Record By Robin Caroll


Samantha Sanderson:  Off the Record
(Faithgirlz)
By:  Robin Caroll
Publisher:  Zondervan

Sam (Samantha) Sanderson’s mom is an award-winning journalist and her father is a Little Rock police officer. Sam wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps.  She is a reporter for her middle school’s newspaper and hopes to become chief editor before going into the ninth grade, because that is the only way a freshman is allowed to write for the paper.

In this book the school’s grades are tampered with and Sam along with her bestie, MaKayla,  hack into the school’s system to find the virus and who committed the crime.  All investigations seem to lead to her new friend, Felicia.  Sam has a real dilemma, does she stick by her friend or does she report the story?

Sarah’s (age 10) Review:
Samantha always wanted be a reporter like her mom and she thought she would be good at it because her dad is on a detective for the police department.

There is a mystery at school that has to do with grades being changed by a virus.  Sam wants the scoop but when she finds out they are blaming her friend she is not so sure she wants to get her in trouble.  She has a tough time deciding if she should be a friend or write the story.

I loved this book because it was a mystery and I wanted to keep reading it.  (my parents finally made me turn the light off and go to bed).  I was glad Sam was able to help find out what happened and was able to help her friend.  She leaned that being the kind of person God wants you to be is better than anything else.  I learned that it is great to have a good friend but even better to trust the Lord in everything.   This book was so awesome I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. 


My Review:

This is an excellent young reader book.  It has just enough mystery and action to keep the young reader interested, while showing them that no matter what the situation may be, there is always a choice.  It also shows if you choose Godly friends, they are the ones who will stick with you and help you pray about the situation.  God’s love is evident with MaKayla and Sam as they search to clear Felicia of a crime they don’t think she committed and with Makayla for staying with Sam when she learns her mother has been in a plane crash.  These two girls learned that getting the scoop is not what God always wants from us and they learned that love thy neighbor doesn’t necessarily mean your next door neighbor but those you come in contact with on a daily basis. 

This is a fabulous book for the middle-school aged children.  I can’t wait to share it with my granddaughter.

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

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Book Review-Your Sacred Yes by Susie Larson


Your Sacred Yes
By:  Susie Larson
Publisher:  Bethany House

Are you worn out from life’s ought-to’s and should do’s?

From the back of the book:

It’s so easy to give away our time to things un-appointed by God.  We commit to something because it’s a good cause or there’s a great need.  Or maybe because no one else will help out.  The result?  The days blur together and we find ourselves overworked and underjoyed, desperate for a faith awakening.

In this practical and liberating book, Susie shares biblical ways to:

·         Learn how—and when—to say no without guilt or shame
·         Find a pace and perspective that matches God’s best for you
·         Discern man-made obligations from God-given invitations

My Review:

I am not sure what I expected from this book when I chose to read it.  I think the selling line for me was “how to learn to say no without guilt or shame”. As I read the book I was impressed with the ways MS Larson teaches us to look for God’s invitation rather than our un-appointed choices.  I truly understand from the standpoint of this book how we let our lives become out of control with the need to “improve” and move up the ladder in our jobs, and attain material things, which can cause home stresses and often times God is left completely out of the picture.  For those types of issues this book has a firm basis for finding your way back to where God is first in your life.  Some of the things that touched my heart in this book was learning to ask myself if I was holding grudges and judgements and if I have stopped being thankful for what I have.  Not only does Ms. Larson speak to us from a spiritual point of view, but brings it all together by adding in the physical factors our body needs to function.  Sometimes just stretching or drinking a glass of water will be able to clear our mind and give a little better perspective on the issue at hand.  Also some degree of consistency in our lives will help us to find balance.

Although the book is an excellent tool, I wish it would have touched more on situations regarding others obligating you, especially when it involves your parents and family.  It was my hope this book would also deal with issues about honoring your parents and being able to say no without guilt. I found it was easier for me to change my life to fulfill their desires rather than deal with the guilt of saying no, which has definitely caused my life to be more draining than filled with joy. With the help of this book, I plan to take one step at a time to again become the person I used to be even if it is one more hour of sleep or just taking time for a walk so I can reconnect with God on some level. 

I highly recommend this book especially if you find yourself in need of reclaiming your joy and a more God-centered approach to life.  This would be an excellent book for Bible Study groups. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Bethany House blogger program for review. 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, June 11, 2015

Review-Faith Inspired Transformation DVD by Kim Dolan Leto


F.I.T DVD
(Faith Inspired Transformation)
By:  Kim Dolan Leto

I have always been skeptical of work-out videos because they never seem to deliver what they are selling.  The work-outs are geared to make you fail because they are high-powered and never take into consideration disabilities or even age for that matter.   After watching Kim’s work-out video, I have changed my mind.  Kim sets up her video to encourage you to NOT fail.  She has beginner, intermediate and advanced work-outs.  Honestly I am so out of shape, I can’t possibly begin to keep up so I automatically set myself up for defeat…until I watched the beginner video.  Kim is amazing..she makes it all about what you can do!  In her encouragement she keeps telling you if you can’t do it slow down and modify to what you can do.  I still can’t keep up, but each time I exercise I can do a little more than before so I am succeeding.  Maybe more importantly for me, I am spending some much needed “me time” doing something good for myself while I clear my mind of the daily stresses and spend time thinking about God and his goodness.  Thank you so much for this video and the inspiration on your video for people like me!  It is for the mind, body and soul!

Disclosure:  I was given a copy of this DVD by the Author Kim Dolan Leto in return for an honest review.  I was not required to give a favorable review, nor was I compensated for my review.  The opinions of this review are my own.

Book Review-F.I.T. Faith Inspired Transformation by Kim Dolan Leto


F.I.T.
By:  Kim Doland Leto
Publisher:  Fedd Book and Shelton Interactive

You can’t go anywhere, turn on the TV, pick up a magazine or even connect with social media without being bombarded with the latest diet fad, the trend in food or more importantly those sabotaging unhealthy snacks we all love.

In Leto’s book she has listed 10 steps to help eliminate the diet merry-go-round in your life by keeping your life God-centered plus actually planning to be successful.  Her ten steps are not quick fixes, she equates them to a marathon rather than a sprint.  She stresses “Godfidence” over negative thoughts and doubts which will sabotage your success.

Her book includes daily Power Hour, broken into three twenty three minute segments of spiritual, mental and physical fitness, finding balance and  inspirational scripture throughout.  There are helpful charts of good vs. bad foods, measurements, meal suggestions and tons of motivational personal experiences.

Although this book is relatively short when compared to other books dealing with weight loss, it  is packed with all good things that will point you on the road to success, not only in losing weight, eating right, but also in achieving a God-centered life.

After reading this book I am anxious to start my F.I.T.  in hopes of God becoming the center of my life as well as eating healthy and losing weight.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by Shelby Janner, Senior Publicist at Sheltoninteractive  and author Kim Dolan Leto  for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Book Review-The Bones of You By Debbie Howells


The Bones of You
By Debbie Howells
Publisher:  Kensington Books

The Anderson Family has all the appearances of the perfect family…but they are anything but perfect!  Neil Anderson is a renowned journalist who insists his trophy wife Jo and his two daughters Rosanna (Rosie) and Delphine, must always appear perfect and he presents himself as the loving husband and father. 

As the book begins eighteen-year-old Rosie has gone missing and is later found brutally murdered.  Kate, Jo’s best friend does all she can to help Jo hold her life together, which is a daunting task, especially as she learns the deep dark secrets of her friend’s real life.  Can Kate remain a friend?  Can she help Jo and Delphine heal?  Will she be able to help find the murderer and bring them to justice?

This story is told by Kate and Rosie.  Although I was immediately drawn into the story, about a third of the way through it, it lost its momentum for me.  By that time I was able to figure out who the murderer was and the rest of the story became repetitive.  The characters were well developed with a lot of detail and depth, but the story waned in comparison to the characters. 

If you like a psychological mystery this is a book you might enjoy, but in my opinion it lacks the enough suspense to classify it as a thriller. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Kensington Books, through  Net Galley, blogger program for review. 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-Married 'till Monday By Denise Hunter


Married ‘till Monday
A Chapel Springs Romance Book #4
By:  Denise Hunter
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

What could possibly go wrong when Ryan McKinley and his ex-wife, Abby take a one week road trip to celebrate Abby’s parent’s thirty-fifth anniversary?  No one told them Abby and Ryan had been divorced, not to ruin the celebration they couldn’t tell them now.  Ryan is excited because he still has feelings for Abby and feels God has given him a week to win her heart again.

This is a touching love story of two people who were hurt and divorced.  As they travel to the anniversary party they are able to discuss what went wrong in their marriage and even talked about childhood events that affected their adult lives.  This book impresses the importance of dealing with past issues and learning to keep an open communication because without them it will cause issues in your life that will make it miserable and possibly ruin an otherwise good relationship as it did with Ryan and Abby. 

I loved this book because the characters and story were so real.  It could be a situation in anyone’s life.  Abby and Ryan’s story touched my heart and I was unable to put the book down.  I highly recommend this book…it is filled with hope and forgiveness.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through BookLook Bloggers, blogger program for review. 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-Now & Forever by Mary Connealy


Now & Forever
Wild at Heart Book #2
By:  Mary Connealy
Publisher:  Bethany House

To me Mary Connealy is at her best in this novel.


Matthew Tucker (Tucker) could only take people so long and then he would head to the mountains. However this time he didn’t expect to have a run in with a mama grizzly that would send him tumbling down the mountain right into Shannon Wilde who literally saved his life by pushing him off the cliff into the raging river below.  He also found himself unexpectedly “hitched” to Shannon after someone said he spent the night with her alone, which he had because of his injuries from the grizzly, but nothing inappropriate happened.  Being a loner Tucker was not prepared for Shannon’s large family, and home and sheep…he hates sheep!  As Tucker and Shannon begin their lives together, unexplained things begin to happen to make Shannon leave, but they didn’t count on Tucker…trying to scare him just makes him angry and trying to hurt Shannon makes him mad enough, to his surprise, to fight for her. 

I was hooked from the first page.  This was such a fun book to read, I read it in one afternoon.  It is filled with comedy, drama, lots of action, romance, mystery and suspense.  It should appeal to just about any type of reader.  I loved watching Tucker and Shannon’s relationship develop and grow.  I also loved that Tucker helped Shannon to regain the faith in God she thought she had lost during the Civil War.  If you like Western Romance with lots of love and inspiration, this is a book well worth reading and one I highly recommend. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Bethany House, blogger program for review. 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-The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom


The Hiding Place
By:  Corrie ten Boom
Publisher: Chosen (a Division of Baker Publishing)

Corrie ten Boom fell in love with Karel, who didn’t return her affections so she never married.  She was perfectly content to live with her father in their unusual house/watchmaker store in Haarlem, Holland until the Nazis invaded and occupied Holland.  Their world suddenly turned upside down, but Corrie and her family hid many Jews in the secret room, helping them to escape from the Nazis.  However someone turned the Boom’s in to the Gestapo.  They were arrested and all but Corrie died in the Concentration Camp. 

Corrie’s story is compelling and will tug at the deepest part of your heartstrings as it did mine.  This is a book that will remain in my heart long after being read and especially when I hear or read anything connected to WWII.  In spite of sure death for aiding the Jews should they be caught, the Boom family risked their lives to do just that, because they felt it was what God wanted them to do.  They ultimately gave their lives so others could live.  Their willingness to unconditionally obey God’s will brought tears to my eyes and deep soul searching my own faith.

In my opinion this is a must read book especially if you like true stories, life as it was during WWII and God’s abiding love and faith. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Chosen, a Division of Baker Publishing, for review. 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--Redo Your Room Faithgirlz


Redo Your Room
(Faithgirlz)
By:  Jessica D’Argenio Waller
Publisher:  Zondervan


If you are bored with your bedroom, Faithgirlz now has a book with tips to completely redo your room or if it just needs freshened up it has tons of creative ideas.  With help from this book you can make your room uniquely yours without going broke and most of the changes can be done in one weekend.

SARAH’S REVIEW---AGE 10
I sooooo loved this book because I really, really want to redo my room.  This book gave me tips on how I can get my parents to let me change my room by showing them I am a responsible.  It says I can do that by cleaning my room and sorting my stuff into piles to give away, keep and throw away. I am hoping it will show them I am serious…I’m really, really hoping.  It also give me tips on how to make changes without asking them to spend a lot of money, such as using scarfs for curtains and glamming up lampshades with jewels.  My space is small so I was surprised to find out how I could make my space seem bigger by making it into areas for sleeping and book reading.  It even taught me the right way to fold and store my clothes so they won’t get all wrinkled.  I always thought changing my room was going to be easy until I read this book and now I know it’s a lot more than just changing the color.  It’s a lot of work, but I think I am ready for it.  Hopefully mom and dad will think I am ready for it too.  Thank you so much for this book. 

MY REVIEW
I loved this book not only for its creative ideas, but because of the step-by-step instructions.  I was impressed because it starts out by suggesting before making any changes you ask your parents’ permission first, and then show them you are responsible enough to handle the task by going through your old things and sorting what you need to keep, toss or donate.  This book is filled with motivation and planning techniques. It actually gives guidelines on how to downsize and determine what to keep.  It shows how to divide your room into zones and discusses color and crafts to “glam up” from electrical cords to lamp shades.  Once the clean-out is finished, then the fun starts with color and accessories!

My granddaughter has been begging her parents to let her transition from a little girl room to a more age appropriate room.  I am in hopes; once she reads this book she will be able to show her parents she is ready to take responsibility. 

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