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May 28
Review: The Lopsided Christmas Cake by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter

Review: The Lopsided Christmas Cake by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter

My Thoughts In trademark fashion, Wanda Brunstetter, along with Jean Brunstetter, has created another captivating Amish novel. It’s a fantastic start to a new series, and kept me hooked until the end. The blended writing style of these two talented ladies was a refreshing experience!  Thelma and Elma’s characters stole my heart completely! Their characters are unique! They are identical twins, but they are older, in their 30s. That’s unusual in books like these but I loved that twist to the story! They are twins, yet so different. These sweet ladies really kept me smiling! Their devotion to their grandparents, God and to each other was really wonderful. The mishaps of their lives, the possibility of being old maids and never finding love, the quirkiness woven into the story, all of it kept me engrossed in the story. Watching one lopsided yummy cake change that, well it was not what I was expecting but was also refreshing.  I loved Joseph and Delbert’s characters, too. They really livened up the story!  This is definitely  a book worth 5 stars and 2 thumbs up. It’s going to the top of my list of 2017 top reads. If you love yummy cakes, quirky… Read more »

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Mar 20
Review: Serafina And The Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Review: Serafina And The Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

I will confess that it’s been quite some time since I read a middle grade/young adult book, but perusing my children’s family night book fair, I came across this book. I read the back of it and noticed one thing. Biltmore. Living in North Carolina, a few hours away from the Biltmore, I thought it would be the perfect dive back into the wonderful world of innocence and fun. I wasn’t wrong! Serafina and The Black Cloak is a wonderful start to Mr. Beatty’s Serafina series. I read this in two sittings and loved every minute of this read! Serafina’s character is wonderful and I loved following her along the halls of the Biltmore Estate. The story is filled with just the right amount of kid-friendly mystery and is perfect for those curious minds that love to seek out clues and solve the puzzle. Serafina’s search for answers on the disappearances within the walls of the magnificently built estate, and the lovely story line, Mr. Beatty has just become my favorite author for books like this. I am already looking forward to reading book 2, Serafina and the Twisted Staff. If it’s anything like this book, it will be just… Read more »

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Jan 11
Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

My Thoughts: I usually don’t read books about faeries and the like. I love werewolves and vampires but faeries…..well, they don’t hold my attention that well. However, I’ve heard loads of good things in regards to Ms. Kagawa’s writing style that I just had to give in and read The Iron King. It was my first read for 2015 and I’m happy to say that despite the fact that I don’t like reading about the Fey I’m totally into Ms. Kagawa’s work! I loved this book. It was definitely a great start to the new year! The beginning of the book, I will admit, was a little slow for me. I had trouble focusing and staying focused. But, I was determined to read it…..and to like it…..so I pushed on and on and I finished the story in just one day. And, I fell in love with the story line and the characters. They become a part of me and the story swept me into the Iron Fey series with a whoosh. After the 4th chapter, I didn’t know what hit me, but I was turning pages faster than you can say “Kagawa”. Being swept away like that, is a… Read more »

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Nov 28
Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

My Thoughts: I’m not normally one to read a dystopian fantasy novel. They generally do not catch my attention long enough to keep me finishing the novels. But, I kept hearing so many things about Divergent this and Divergent that (all of it good!) and my mother had purchased me a copy months ago. It was sitting on my bookshelf calling me. So, I broke down and read it. Oh my word. I read it in ONE day! Literally, like I started it at 6am and by 8pm I was on the final chapter. I loved every second of the book!  The world of Factions is not one I would ever think about normally. But Triss really helps to pull you into the Factions, following along side of her, hiding her secret with her and working your butt off to make it in the top of the pledges. The intensity that rolls out of the book is incredible, and Four….oh my. Definitely adds hotness to Ms. Roth’s story for sure! The attraction that was felt between Triss and Four was immediate and I rooted for them through out the story!  The world of Factioins would be a hard one to… Read more »

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Apr 02
Book Review: The Beginning by Karen Kingsbury

Book Review: The Beginning by Karen Kingsbury

My Thoughts: It’s been quite some time since I read a Karen Kingsbury book, so this was quite the refreshing read. She definitely did not disappoint me. It’s a quick, short read, so my review will be a quick, short review. The Beginning is a wonderful story about letting go of the past, moving on to the future, and understanding that sometimes God’s way, while it may not be our way, is the best to start a new beginning-a new chapter in your life. While the story is captivating and amazing, somehow, Ms. Kingsbury always seems to make me feel as though the story was written specifically for me. This is one of those times, with the powerful messages she incorporates. I can’t give this short story anything less than 4.5 stars. Her characters are beautiful, her story line is moving and the emotions that roll off the pages, well, simply put, they become a part of you. I am looking forward to reading the follow up novel to this story, The Bridge. I’m ready for more of the bookstore and all it’s people inside! Another home run from Ms. Kingsbury! 

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Mar 20
Book Review: No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige

Book Review: No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige

My Thoughts: Holy Munchkins, Dorothy! I loved this book. Not just a little bit. Like, it’s the best prequel. Ever. No two ways about it, this is by far, my absolute favorite novella ever written. I’m a big re-telling fan, but most of Alice In Wonderland and those types of books. But, Wizard Of Oz is one of my favorite all time movies, so, I wanted to try out Ms. Paige’s work. I pre-ordered Dorothy Must Die like ages ago, and can’t wait for the release. But, I  was curious about the whole series so when I saw that there was a prequel I grabbed it. I didn’t want it to end!  Ms. Paige did a magnificent job of creating this story. Those that have watched Wizard Of Oz, know that there is a sequel to it called Return To Oz, starring Fairuza Balk. Reading Ms. Paige’s No Place Like Oz, was like watching a movie of both those combined. There were details to the book that was like reading movie 1, and there were details to the book that was like reading movie 2. But, along the way, Ms. Paige added laughable moments, witty characters that you wouldn’t see… Read more »

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Mar 19
Book Review: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

Book Review: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

My Thoughts:  So, I had seen Nantucket Red around the web, on WoW’s and Wishlists and I knew I had to have it, too. When I was approved to review a copy, I researched it some more and knew I had to read book 1, Nantucket Blue, first. And, I found a copy of it for super cheap (thank you Amazon!) and snatched it up. I devoured this book. Due to my father being in and out of the hospital and finally into a rehab, it did take a little longer to read but Ms. Howland hooked me, hook-line-sinker, with this awesome book! I devoured it best I could as I was dealing with my father. Oh.My.Goodness. It was the perfect read for the spring-y weather we had over the weekend.  I loved the story line, of happiness, sadness, anger and love. Cricket is a wonderfully chiseled character and getting to know her was a fabulous experience. And Zach…..well, let’s just say “oh to be a teenager again…..”. Swoon. Seriously. I loved him. My heart went out to him so many times through out the story, when death invaded and heartache ensued.  The scenes of summer, and the emotionally moving… Read more »

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