Friday, May 29, 2015

A heart's danger by Colleen Coble

A Heart's Danger 3

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A Heart’s Danger (Thomas Nelson, May 2015)
On the brink of war with the Sioux, Sarah risks everything to expose the betrayal threatening the man she loves.
Christmas is coming, and the air at Fort Laramie has turned cold . . . but relations with the Sioux have turned colder. As tensions between soldiers and natives approach a tipping point, a trap has been set for Rand Campbell.
Rand’s new fiancĂ©e wants to keep him from returning to Sarah Montgomery . . . for whom his heart clearly still yearns.
Sarah just wants to move on with her life at Fort Laramie, but doing so under the watchful eyes of both Campbell—the man whose love she craves—and Croftner—the man whose lies have cost her everything.
Will Rand fall victim to the conspiracy and go through with his wedding? Or will he declare his love for Sarah and make good on the promises that brought her into the rugged western territories?
My opinion: This is the 3rd book the series and it is a very short and easy read,it took me no time at all to get through this book. It is filled with plenty of drama and by this book for me anyways it is getting a bit old. Rand is not my favorite character as his character is kind of weak and he isn't much of a hero. By the time I got to this book I just felt like what else could go wrong? If you are into that sort of thing then this book is for you. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Who's the new kid by Heidi Bond

Who's the New Kid

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Who’s the New Kid?(Tyndale, May 2015)
Who’s the New Kid? shows readers how Heidi helped her daughter lose weight without the aid of fad diets, medication, or surgery and how other parents can do the same with their kids.
At nine years old, Breanna Bond weighed a whopping 186 pounds. Just walking up the stairs to her room was a challenge. Her legs chafed to the point of bleeding from rubbing against each other, and her school days were filled with taunts of “Hey, Fatty!” Breanna’s mom, Heidi, was devastated and wondered, How can I get my daughter healthy again?
In just over a year, Heidi’s plan worked! Breanna dropped 40 percent of her body weight and was transformed from a morbidly obese child who spent her days in front of the TV eating chips and chocolate to a vibrant, healthy, energetic little girl.
Filled with helpful diagnostic tools, easy-to-make recipes, eye-opening nutritional information, fun exercise ideas, and practical tips and advice, Who’s the New Kid? will not only show parents how to help their kids lose weight naturally but also introduce them to simple, yet effective lifestyle changes that will benefit the entire family.
My opinion: I loved this book! It was so inspiring to see a Mom positively handle weight with her daughter and help her lose the weight so she could have a healthy, normal childhood. I know it was inspiring to met to see how a normal Mom handled it and how it vastly improved Breanna's life. This was a great read and would be a great resource for those who have children who struggle with weight, I know it is one I will keep on hand. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Heart sisters by Natalie Snapp

Heart Sisters
Heart Sisters (Abingdon, April 2015)
Heart Sisters is for women who want to both be and have better friends and want a helpful guide to take them through the process.
Author Natalie Chambers Snapp uses her own and others’ stories of successes and failures to illustrate what she has learned about girlfriend relationships. Healthy boundaries, honesty, tact, sharing, and agape love all play a part in being and maintaining a circle of close confidants. She also deals with the inevitable challenges that face many relationships including how to handle conflict; life changes like a new baby, move or divorce; and when it is right to “break-up” with your friend.
Discussion questions, space to journal, photos, and quick interviews of healthy female friendships are included within each chapter.
My opinion: This book really is such a great reminder of how important the gift of friendship among women really is.  I know for me it caused me to reflect on the many great relationships in my life and a few of the negative ones and how they have deeply impacted me. I like how the author goes into many of the challenges that face friendships and how to handle them with grace and dignity. This is a great read and I came back refreshed and truly grateful for the amazing women in my life. I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

When Grace sings by Kim Vogel Sawyer

When Grace Sings
When Grace Sings(WaterBrook Press, March 2015)
When trouble roars into quiet Arborville, Alexa and Anna-Grace find themselves the target for discord and exposed secrets. Can they continue to seek the God of all grace amidst the fog of confusion?
Alexa Zimmerman wonders if the Old Order Mennonite community in Arborville, Kansas will ever fully accept her. Her family roots here aren’t what anyone thought when she first arrived, but she is hopeful that her culinary and hospitality skills will win the skeptics over. The bed-and-breakfast she’s operating needs to succeed so Alexa agrees to allow Briley Forrester, the hotshot reporter from Chicago, to stay as a long-term boarder not knowing his real motives for being amongst the Plain folk.
But when Alexa agrees to host her cousin Anna-Grace Braun, the presence of extended family brings out Alexa’s insecurities and sets Briley on the trail to uncovering a web of hidden truths.
Plans for a secure future and the sweetness of young romance hang in the balance when Alexa and Anna-Grace have to face that their secrets are interconnected, binding the two in ways they could not have imagined. They must trust in a loving, heavenly Father and His plan for their futures.
My opinion: As always I found the latest book by Kim Vogel Sawyer to be wonderful. The story was sweet with well developed characters and an engaging plot. It took me no time at all to read and it sucked me right in. I enjoyed the mystery and it helped the book move along very quickly. All in all a very excellent read. I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.

A love like ours by Becky Wade

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Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.
When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.
Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?
My opinion: I always like a good story about two childhood friends falling in love so I was eager to read the latest from Becky Wade as it sounded like something right up my alley and it did not disappoint!  This was a great read, it wasn't all light and fluffy though as it dealt with harder issues like PTSD and the how fighting affects many.  Filled with interesting characters, this was a delightful read.I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Sprouted kitchen Bowl and Spoon by Sara Forte

What a fun book Chocked full of delicious and very healthy recipes this book is amazing.  I had never heard of the chef before but I was very impressed with the variety of recipes  in the cookbook and how nutritious they were. I was also impressed with how simple the recipes were with things I would of never of thought to put together.
I highly recommend this book !
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Street Vegan by Adam Sobel

Can you say yummy? I am certainly no vegan and yet so many of the recipes in this book look amazing and make me eager to try them. I think too often people think that eating vegan means eating disgusting, bland food, but with this book Adam Sobel takes vegan recipes to a whole new level and it is pretty amazing!
With gorgeous photography and easy to follow recipes this book has it all. Makes me want to go visit the food truck and try some delicious things out or whip them up in my kitchen which would be much cheaper.:)
This book would make a great gift for those trying to eat healthier in general.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

To win her favor by Tamera Alexander

To Win Her Favor


A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who could help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing forever.
An Irishman far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He’s come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and begin farming, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he’d wagered, especially when Maggie Linden’s father makes him an offer he shouldn’t accept yet cannot possibly refuse.
Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance—and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder—Maggie’s father, aging, yet wily as ever, makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail—Maggie must marry a man she’s never met. A man she never would have chosen.
My opinion:This is a fun read that was very quick and easy but with an enjoyable story line and likable characters. Even though I am not much of a horse person but I enjoyed the details and the information on horses that was given. I really liked the character of Cullen and enjoyed reading about their romance blossoming, it was very sweet and enjoyable.  I highly recommend this book! I received a copy of it in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Amazing make-ahead baby food book by Lisa Barrangou

What a fantastic book! Written by a women who not only is a food scientist but is a Mom as well this book really aims to help you give your baby the food possible and make your life a little easier. I appreciated the advice she gave the simple recipes with great ideas in it. Not only is this book packed with great ideas and recipes but the book itself is simply stunning, the photography and layout are simply gorgeous! This book is a must for anyone with a little one and is certainly one I will be pulling out and using a lot.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.