Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Grand Central Market Cookbook by Adele Yellin

This book is sure to enchant with its whimsical design and lush recipes that are sure to enthrall and delight.
For those of us who do not have easy access to the vibrant food scene in downtown LA this book is a way to bring those delicious foods alive in your own kitchen. Filled with everything from exotic recipes to comfort foods this book has it all.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

God gave us family by Lisa Tawn Bergen

What a delightful book to read with ones children. This book really stresses the importance of family and does so in a delightful and engaging way. Using wolves this book is sure to engage and enthrall all ages, I know my 2 year old loved this book and wants to read it over and over again.
I love how this book talks not only about ones parents and siblings  but extended family and stresses the important of all family in ones life.
It was nice that this was a Christian book so one didn't have to worry about content issues.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The pretender by Ta'mara Hanscom


The Pretender: A Blackguard in Disguise (Reata Publishing, September 2017)
Set in South Dakota in 1975, where eighteen-year-olds could order 3.2 beer in a bar, and loaded guns were kept under the counter.
Frankie Valli sang “My Eyes Adored You,” and American soldiers returning from Vietnam struggled with their new reality.
It’s within this tumultuous season of American history that Tillie Caselli meets Noah Hansen, and they are never the same again. Their lives were mysteriously intertwined—and had been for many years—yet they had no idea.

From the moment they met, Tillie and Noah wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, but a deliberate omission will keep them apart—and that same omission will be responsible for the escape of a murderer, and a bride’s deception.

My opinion: What a riveting read that really keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book! I loved the characters and how they interacted with each other and really grow on you throughout the book. This really brings the 1970's to life which was an interesting time with so much change and struggles. This was a new author but I am looking forward to trying out her other books!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton


Many Sparrows(WaterBrook, August 2017)
Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would. . . .
In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.
When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can to recover her son . . . especially when her second child is moments away from being born.
Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do—be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?

My opinion: Yet another outstanding historical novel filled with so much detail and depth, recreating a time in American history that is little read about and little understood. I loved how this book gave a perspective from both the settlers and Native Americans point of view so you could see where both were coming from.
This book was heart wrenching and fascinating, being that I am currently pregnant I cannot even imagine giving birth in the wilderness with no one but a stranger to help! The characters were flawed but engaging and I loved watch their individual characters develop as well as watch them grow together.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A box of awesome things matching game

What a delightful game! I was eager to get this whimsical game of matching because I love playing matching with my daughter and am always looking for things to stimulate her little 2 year old brain. This game did not disappoint, not only is at excellent memory game but it is also a great little game to help her identify things in her world, I was surprised at how many things she knew and am excited at how many more awesome things I can teach her.
Filled with bright illustrations this game is a excellent addition to anyone's game closet.
I received a copy of this game in exchange for my honest opinion.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

All she left behind by Jane Kirkpatrick

Another engaging read by one of the most prolific Christian historical authors that loves to steep her books in real stories. This book certainly does not disappoint and leaves readers utterly engaged until the very end.
This book was fascinating as you follow Jennie Pickett through her life which is filled with many tragedies and triumphs as she learns to navigate through a very male dominated world, raising a difficult son on her own.
I loved how this book brought Jennie to life and made you really care what was going on with her. Written with great historical detail this was an outstanding read.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

The day the angels fell by Shawn Smucker

This book was an intriguing and fascinating read. I love how this book tackles some really hard questions in life and yet does so in such an interesting way that leaves you pondering a lot when the story draws to a close.
Dealing with issues such a death this book is presented in the present when the narrator is an older man and goes into his past when he was a 12 year old boy grappling with the tragic death of his Mother.
With vivid detail and rich story telling this debut novel is a great read and I am going to be looking for the next book by this amazing author.