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.  

Book Review-Burn Town


Burntown
By: Jennifer McMahon
Publisher: Doubleday

Ashford, Vermont looks like a typical New England town, but it is far from that to those… that are part of the underworld it’s known as Burntown.

As a little girl Eva Sandeski, (Necco) was her dad’s shadow as he worked on his inventions in his work-shop.  He even had plans that were stolen from Thomas Edison.  It was a machine that if built was supposed to be enable you to speak with the dead.  According to her mother Lily, this is what got her father, respected professor, Dr. Miles Sandeski murdered.  Necco always thought this claim was just her mother’s snuff-induced paranoia.  Necco and her mother became part of the underground at Burntown after the great flood and the murder of her father and brother and it was here her mother became introduced to the powerful herb “devil’s snuff” by the fire-eaters (a group of mystical women, living off the grid).  During another event of her mother’s paranoia she warned Necco they were in danger of being found by someone known as Snake-Eyes.  She dismissed it as simply a ranting until her mother died and then her boyfriend Hermes (Matthew) was found dead.  Suddenly she believes her mother was right and she finds herself on the run from someone called Snake-eyes.

This book is definitely not for the faint at heart. Once you get all the characters in place it will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, biting your nails as you turn the next page.  It has suspense, murder and paranormal all wrapped together.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook for free by the publisher, Double Day through Net Galley, blogger review program, 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-Long Time Gone By: Mary Connealy



Long Time Gone
By:  Mary Connealy
Publisher:  Bethany House
The Cimarron Legacy Book #2


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook for free by the publisher, Bethany House through Net Galley, blogger review program, 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.


Once again Mary Connealy brings us another wonderful Historical Christian Fiction romance. 
I fell in love with the Boden Family from the first page and cannot wait for the rest of the series.  Although this is book two in the series, I didn’t have to read the first book to understand the characters, however now that I have read this one, I definitely want to go back and read book one and I can’t wait for book three. 

Angie and Justin are the main characters in this book.  It is fun to watch their love for each other grow throughout the book.  This book is filled with adventure, mystery, murder, forgiveness and love.  What is not to love about cowboys and romance?

This book takes place in New Mexico Territory in the 1880’s.  Someone is trying to take the Cimarron Ranch away from the Boden Family and they will not let anyone get in their way.  Not even friends of the family.  Will the Boden’s be able to protect their family and those they love and not lose the land that has been in their family for years?  That question and more will be answered as you turn the pages of this wonderful book. 


Book Review-To The Farthest Shores By Elizabeth Camden



To The Farthest Shores
By:  Elizabeth Camden
Publisher: Bethany House

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook for free by the publisher, Bethany House through Net Galley, blogger review program, 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.

Jenny Bennett, a hospital nurse at US Army Base, San Francisco in 1898 met the dashing Lieutenant Ryan Gallaher (Galahad) as he recovered from an illness.  Jenny’s Galahad, touched a part of her soul she didn’t know existed and she fell helplessly in love with him.  Jenny was from the wrong side of San Francisco and Ryan was a story-book hero.

President McKinley declared war on Spain and Ryan was shipped out to join the conflict.  For six years Jenny waited to hear from Ryan and only received one letter.  She checked the missing in action lists every week for all those years and was always relieved to not find his name listed.  Suddenly Ryan showed up on base with a four-year-old Asian child.  Rumors were leaked that Ryan had deserted and spent the conflict living in the lap of luxury on a Yacht in Japan.  Jenny didn’t know what to think but she no longer trusted Ryan. He had way too many secrets and had lied to her too many times.   She wanted to walk away and have him out of her life, however that was not to be…Ryan was training Finn to take his place in Japan as a US spy and he had an addiction for opium.  Jenny was sent to Ryan’s country home to help Finn beat his addiction.

Have the tissues ready because this is a book that will definitely pull at your heart-strings.  It is an emotional journey for Jenny from the time she was nine years of age, living on the streets.  She was befriended by Simon who took her in, raised her and sent her to nursing school.  She became a respected person of the community, but that wasn’t enough, she was still distrustful of people and didn’t know how to let God help her deal with her past and insecurities.  This is a story of love, forgiveness, second chances and faith, mixed together with mystery, spies and attempted murder.  


Book Review-Treasured Grace By: Traci Peterson




Treasured Grace
Heart of the Frontier Book 1
By: Traci Peterson
Publisher:  Bethany House

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

I have never read a Traci Peterson book I didn’t like and this one is no exception.  All I can say is have the box of tissues ready especially during the Whitman Mission Massacre.  Traci brings reality to the horror of the massacre not only through the eyes of the pioneers but to the Native Americans as well.  She shows how lack of communication can bring so much destruction. 

Grace Martindale’s parents died and left her to raise her two young sisters, so she made a marriage of convenience with the Right Reverend Martindale.  He wanted to go west to minister to the Indians but would not be allowed to do so unless he was married.  It worked well for both of them.  During the trip Reverend Martindale died and Grace continued on to the mission with her sisters.  Grace is blessed with the gift of herbal healing, but often finds herself at crosshairs with Dr. Whitman, while at the mission.   He has no use for women healers and lets her know the “savages” are his responsibility.  It is here at the mission she meets Alex Armistead, a French-American trapper.   He not only helps her to somewhat overcome her fears of the Native Americans but encourages her to help doctor them.  During this time she learns to trust Alex, which is the beginning of a budding romance. 

This book will capture your heart from the first page and you won’t put it down until you have finished it.  It is fairly fast-paced which will definitely hold your attention.  It is filled with heartbreak, danger, love and forgiveness.  If you are a fan of Traci Peterson…this is a must-read book.