Category: Book Reviews

Dec 16
Celebrate Lit Blog Tour Review: 12 Days At Bleakly Manor by Michelle Griep

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour Review: 12 Days At Bleakly Manor by Michelle Griep

About the Book Name of book: 12 Days at Bleakly Manor Author: Michelle Griep Genre: Historical Christmas Release Date: September 1, 2017 England, 1851: When Clara Chapman receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet feels compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of five hundred pounds. But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiancé, Benjamin Lane. Imprisoned unjustly, Ben wants revenge on whoever stole his honor. When he’s given the chance to gain his freedom, he jumps at it—and is faced with the anger of the woman he stood up at the altar. Brought together under mysterious circumstances, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters. What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love. Click here to purchase your copy. Molly’s Thoughts I love Christmas, and I love a  good cozy mystery and this book has both! Ms. Griep has talented hands and created a story that not only captured me instantly, but kept… Read more »

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Dec 10
Celebrate Lit Blog Tour Review: Runaway Romance by Miralee Ferrell

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour Review: Runaway Romance by Miralee Ferrell

About the Book Name of book: Runaway Romance Author: Miralee Ferrell Genre: Contemporary romance with Amish thread Release Date: October, 2017 When a reality TV star meets the reality of life, will it be her downfall or her salvation? Ann Stanway had it all—a starring role in a reality show, an adoring boyfriend, and a sparkling future with limitless possibilities. Until the rules changed and the life she’d thought was real no longer existed. Leaving L.A. seems like her only option, and she lands in Kentucky at a quiet Amish inn—as far removed from her past as possible. Now she knows what was missing in her life–peace, true friendship and, dare she hope, a man who accepts her for who she is–or at least who he thinks she is. Hunter Lewis is intrigued by the new woman staying at his friend’s Amish inn. Annie appears to be what she claims, but she’s secretive and won’t open up. He’s been burned by a woman before and can’t tolerate deception. But his interest in Annie is growing, and the attraction seems to be mutual—until something happens that makes Hunter question everything he’d thought was real. Dare he risk his heart, when he’s… Read more »

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Dec 08
Prism Book Tours Review: His Baby Dilemma by Catherine Lanigan

Prism Book Tours Review: His Baby Dilemma by Catherine Lanigan

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.   His Baby Dilemma (Shores of Indian Lake #9) Catherine Lanigan Adult Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 384 pages December 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming Must they always be continents apart? Nobody expects Paris fashion designer Grace Railton to settle down in her Indiana town, least of all Mica Barzonni. Fifteen months ago, he turned to her for comfort and compassion following a farming accident that left him permanently injured. Then she returned to France and went silent on him. Until, suddenly, Grace shows up on his doorstep with life-altering news. Mica, a father? He’s barely learned to navigate his postaccident life. But this could be his chance to become the man he’s always wanted to be—the husband and father Grace and their baby son need. Now Mica just has to convince her to stay. Goodreads│Amazon│Barnes & Noble│Book Depository│Harlequin Other Books in the Series My Thoughts This is my first Catherine Lanigan book and it certainly won’t be my last. I wasn’t sure what to think of this book when I started it, as I hadn’t heard of this author before, but when I saw she wrote for Chicken Soup For The Soul, I… Read more »

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Dec 06
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Gift Of Christmas Past by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Gift Of Christmas Past by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall

Title: The Gift Of Christmas Past Publisher: Stonewater Books Publish Date: October 10, 2017 ISBN: 978-0998753805 Source: LitFuse Blog Tours Pages: 208 Rating: 4 stars Purchase: Amazon About The Book Arson wasn’t the only fire that ignited between them.   Promises shattered. Lies spoken. She was arrested. He returned to the safety of his wealthy parents. Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialists in the field of speech therapy. They meet again . . . thrown together to help a four-year-old-girl rendered mute after being rescued from a fire. Years of secrets and anger beg to be set free as Hadley and Monroe try to push aside past hurts and find common ground in order to help the traumatized child and her family. Can the love of Christmas past drift into the present, bringing healing and hope for all? My Thoughts As a long time fan of Cindy Woodsmall, I was excited to see what she what co wrote with her DIL. It was a book that I wouldn’t be used to by her, as she’s a wonderful Amish fiction novelist, and this is a contemporary novel. But, I was pleasantly surprised with this collaboration by these… Read more »

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Dec 05
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Christy by Catherine Marshall

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Christy by Catherine Marshall

Title: Christy Publisher: Evergreen Farm Publish Date: October 17, 2017 ISBN: 978-1683701262 Source: LitFuse Blog Tours Pages: 512 Rating: 5 stars Purchase: Amazon About The Book New edition of Catherine Marshall’s inspirational classic! The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions. But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her – and her one-room school – as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove. Yearning to make a difference, will Christy’s determination and devotion be enough? My Thoughts When I think of timeless classics, I think of books like this. This book, this amazingly written, profoundly captivating novel of a young woman who seeks to help the children of a small Tennessee town. Growing up, I remember watching Christy on TV with my mom. We would snuggle on the couch and watch as Kellie Martin and… Read more »

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Dec 05
Revell Blog Tour Review: Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris

Revell Blog Tour Review: Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris

Title: Vanishing Point Series: Nikki Boyd #4 Publisher: Revell Publish Date: November 7, 2017 ISBN: 978-0800728489 Source: Revell Reads Blog Tour Program Pages: 320 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon About The Book During Garrett Addison’s first week on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, his team is called out to a murder scene of a young girl. She’s the third victim in a string of disappearances with one thing in common–a Polaroid photo of each victim left behind at the crime scene. The FBI is pulled into the case to help, and Garrett finds himself working with Special Agent Jordan Lambert, the woman he once loved. When yet another girl dies–number six–Garrett blames himself and believes he doesn’t have what it takes to be an agent. What he’ll discover is that, while he may be done with the killer, the killer is not done with him–or Jordan. Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris unveils an unforgettable story of a case that has haunted the public and law enforcement for more than a decade. Fans of the Nikki Boyd Files will thrill to finally discover what actually happened to Nikki’s sister, Sarah. New readers will… Read more »

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Dec 04
Review: Tora Fright Patches Things Up by Tracey Madder

Review: Tora Fright Patches Things Up by Tracey Madder

Title: Tora Fright Patches Things Up Publisher: Tyndale Publish Date: November 7, 2017 ISBN: 978-1496408723 Source: Tyndale Blog Network Pages: 32 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon About The Book Tora’s prize-winning ceramic armadillo has been broken by her little brother! How can she ever forgive him? By asking God for help! Tora learns that God is always willing to help us forgive others when we ask him. Children and their parents alike will fall in love with the Frights. This funny and endearing family of monsters will teach kids the importance of talking to God first when they are afraid, when things go wrong, or when they need guidance for making good choices. And they will learn that God always answers prayer. My Thoughts What a wonderful book for young children who have siblings. I loved this book, and while my children are older now, I so wish I had had this book when they were younger. This book is well written by the talented hands of Tracey Madder and is full of eye catching color and characters to really grab the attention of your young ones. Tora Fright’s story of forgiveness is a wonderful message for kiddos and adults… Read more »

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Dec 02
B&H Bloggers Review: Look&Find Bible Storybook

B&H Bloggers Review: Look&Find Bible Storybook

Title: Look & Find Bible Storybook Publisher: B&H Publish Date: September 1,2017 ISBN: 978-1462745203 Source: B&H Bloggers Pages: 16 Rating: 4 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN About The Book Look, Find, and Learn! In Look and Find Bible Storybook, you’ll read eight adventure-filled stories from the Bible and explore each extra-busy scene. Learn about Creation, Noah’s Ark, the exodus, David & Goliath, Jonah, Jesus’ birth, Jesus’ miracle of feeding the 5000, and Easter and the ascension. Then open the large flaps to explore each story’s scene and reveal a look-and-find checklist. You can search for dozens of people, animals, and objects. Use a write-on wipe-off marker to search over and over again and enjoy hours of look-and-find fun! My Thoughts This is a wonderful storybook for children from toddlers to elementary aged! Each page of this bright book features a Bible story, with matching pictures and a list to follow to find the hidden items in each picture. My sons are teenagers so I wasn’t able to share this with them but I was able to share this with my client’s grandson and he loved it! He sat down, pulled out the dry erase marker and as he read the Bible stories,… Read more »

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Dec 01
Blogging For Books ARC Review: A Prairie Girl’s Faith by Stephen W. Hines

Blogging For Books ARC Review: A Prairie Girl’s Faith by Stephen W. Hines

Title: A Prairie Girl’s Faith Publisher: Waterbrook Publish Date: February 6, 2018 ISBN: 978-0-7352-8978-9 Source: Blogging For Books/Waterbrook Pages: 224 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN About The Book The beloved author of the Little House books was not only one of America’s great pioneer storytellers but a woman of vibrant faith. A Prairie Girl’s Faith provides the first extended, in depth discussion of the Christian faith of one of America’s most beloved pioneer women–Laura Ingalls Wilder. Although the faith of the Ingalls’ family pervades books in the Little House series, the more specific details of Laura’s faith have never been fully explored. It took extraordinary pluck for anyone to survive the harshness of frontier life–from the heartbreak of sudden crop losses to murderous storms to unrelenting loneliness. This book reveals how in surviving, the brave Laura drew not just on her character, but found encouragement, strength, and hope in her relationship with God. My Thoughts I am usually not one to read anything except fiction books, but when I come across a book about one of my favorite people in history, I can’t pass it up. From the time I was little, I was fascinated with Laura Ingalls Wilder, first… Read more »

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Nov 30
Review: Staying Stylish by Candace Cameron Bure

Review: Staying Stylish by Candace Cameron Bure

Title: Staying Stylish Publisher: Zondervan Publish Date: November 21, 2017 ISBN: 978-0310088059 Source: Purchased Pages: 256 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN About The Book Candace Cameron Bure, best known as D.J. Tanner from Full House and Fuller House and a New York Times bestselling author, whose faith and wit have delighted audiences for decades, lets you in on her best-kept secrets for Staying Stylish. This gorgeous manual for beauty, style, health, and spiritual wellness will bring all you need to live your most stylish life. As an actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author, and inspirational speaker, Candace Cameron Bure has spent her entire life in the spotlight, and she is well aware of the pressures women face. Throughout her career, Candace has balanced her faith, family, and passion for work and found her spot as a role model to women of all ages—and as a style icon. In her brand-new book Staying Stylish, Candace invites you behind the scenes of her day-to-day life and shares more than 100 tips and tricks for looking and feeling your best—both inside and out. Nurture your body, style, and soul as you read through this beautiful book full of photos, insider secrets, and exciting ideas… Read more »

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