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.

Friday, September 29, 2017

The action storybook Bible


The Action Storybook Bible(David C Cook, October 2017)
The Action Storybook Bibleinvites families with children ages 8 and under explore God’s redemptive story together.
From the sleek and amazing creatures God created at the beginning of the world to the powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel to Jesus’s gift of eternal life for you and your family—God has a beautiful and exciting plan for the world. Where do you fit into that plan? How are the truths found in God’s Word reflected in your life?
This Bible storybook features 15 episodes highlighting key milestones in God’s story, packed with dozens of scenes—combining stories from God’s Word with brand-new captivating illustrations from Brazilian master-artist Sergio Cariello, illustrator of the bestselling The Action Bible. Discover your family’s place in God’s redemptive story and together put your faith into action!
Interactive features include:
—Fifteen episodes loaded with over 350 brand-new illustrations from master-artist Sergio Cariello.
—Short and easy reading for all ages. Take turns telling God’s redemptive story!
—The Life, Faith, Action! feature wraps up each episode and helps your family recognize how God is moving through each story, discover how that relates to your daily lives, and feel inspired to put your faith into action.
—Heroes Hall of Fame index, where you can look up your favorite Bible characters and discover their stories!
My opinion: This is such a  amazing way to introduce your kids to God's word in a way that is utterly engaging and real. This book does not fail to delight all ages, even my 2 year old was mesmerized by it and it really caught her attention which I was impressed with! The illustrations are amazing and the book is so insightful and lively, which will appeal to kids for sure!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Pierced and embraced by Kelli Worrall

This book was an interesting read. I was honestly not sure what to expect, but it far exceeded anything I was anticipating. This book is all about the multi facets of God's love which is so complex and amazing. This book shows Christ's encounter with 7 women of the Bible and the different ways his love was lavished on them and how that same love is offered to us today. Written with warmth and in an engaging manner this book was very thought provoking and engaging read that really made me think of the love of Christ in a different light.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

The Martyr's oath by Johnnie Moore

Do not read this book unless you are prepared to be heartbroken and challenged by what so many of our brothers and sisters all over the world are going through to be a follower of Christ.
This book is nothing if not convicting, it shows how little we Christians in prosperous nations know what is going on in our world today and how little we truly "sacrifice" to follow Christ. This is a book filled with testimonies of those who have paid terrible prices for their faith, many losing their lives, the lives of those they love or just suffering unimaginable circumstances to follow Christ. They have counted the cost and have not been found wanting.
I know I learned so much reading this book, for instance I didn't know much about the Boko Haram     which is a much more deadly foe to Christianity than Isis.Their goal is to ethnically cleanse Nigeria of Christianity before moving onto the rest of Africa. I had heard of their attack on a government school in Nigeria and their kidnapping of over 200 girls some of whom still have not been recovered.
Filled with moving insight and heartbreaking stories this book stays with you long after you close the final page.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

A well-crafted home by Janet Crowther

What an absolutely delightful book. both a feast for the eyes and a feast for the soul. I love the projects this book tackles to utterly personalize and wow with ones house. With over 60 projects for pretty much every room in the house this book is going to appeal to a wide variety of people as there are so many different amazing projects!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Rule of law by Randy Singer


Rule of Law (Tyndale, September 2017)
What did the president know? And when did she know it?
For the members of SEAL Team Six, it was a rare mission ordered by the president, monitored in real time from the Situation Room. The Houthi rebels in Yemen had captured an American journalist and a member of the Saudi royal family. Their executions were scheduled for Easter Sunday. The SEAL team would break them out.
But when the mission results in spectacular failure, the finger-pointing goes all the way to the top.
Did the president play political games with the lives of U.S. service members?
Paige Chambers, a determined young lawyer, has a very personal reason for wanting to know the answer. The case she files will polarize the nation and test the resiliency of the Constitution. The stakes are huge, the alliances shaky, and she will be left to wonder if the saying on the Supreme Court building still holds true.
Equal justice under law.
It makes a nice motto. But will it work when one of the most powerful people on the planet is also a defendant?

My opinion: I am so glad there is such a great Christian legal thriller writer and Randy Singer delivers once again. This book is pretty sad in many ways but is an absolutely riveting read filled with memorable characters and a thrilling story line. It does make you wonder how much of this kind of stuff actually goes on and how many lives are lost that were needlessly lost.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mercy Triumphs by Jana Kelley


Mercy Triumphs (New Hope Publishers, September 2017)
Three women. Three impossible circumstances. One merciful God.
Mia, an American Christian, has lived in Sudan so long that persecution, harassment, and danger have become commonplace for her. Her tough outer shell threatens to harden her heart while her newly Christian friends, Halimah and Rania, former Muslims, are forced to live in exile outside Sudan. All three quickly discover that escaping danger in one place only means facing even greater challenges elsewhere. As God’s mercy becomes evident in their lives, they must choose whether or not to offer mercy to those who don’t deserve it.
Third in a trilogy, Mercy Triumphs opens the reader’s eyes to modern-day persecution and the life of Muslims in Sudan. Based on real-life events, Mercy Triumphs reveals some of the struggles Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for new believers, those who are persecuted for their faith, and even for the salvation of the persecutors.

My opinion: This book is a wonderful installment in an outstanding series that really focused on the persecution in Sudan and what price many are willing to pay to forsake the Muslim faith. Written by someone who has done missionary work in Sudan the author has witnessed first hand what is going on over there and I loved her providing readers with a glimpse of what is going on over there even if it is through fictional means. This book is a great reminder of the strong faith the Sudanese Christians have and how God is faithful. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

The power of meaning by Emily Esfahni Smith

This was a rather interesting book although I am not sure I totally sure I agree with all it talks about but it does give one a bit to think about. What intrigued me was the author drawing on insights from Viktor Frankl who I really like and many others.
I did enjoy how this book was filled with many stories about stories of people around the world who have found meaning in their lives even in poor countries where by our American standards they don't have much in material possessions.
Not too revolutionary in its concepts this book is none-the-less though provoking and intriguing,
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

What an utterly fascinating book. I had never heard of Gretchen Rubin so all of these ideas and insights were totally new to me, but wonderful!I love how this book talks about not only knowing oneself better but also others and how that can improve your life. I felt like the written and insights were just right, a lot of great information without being totally overwhelming. I got a lot of insight into how I am and operate and also how I relate to other people and it can be very beneficial when I use that knowledge.
Well written and utterly engaging this book was a wonderful read.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Becoming Mom Strong by Heidi St. John

Ever since becoming a Mom myself I have really sought out books that are encouraging and strengthening to help me in this wonderful and yet oftentimes overwhelming phase in my life. When I can find a book that particularly speaks to me than I am ecstatic and I am thrilled to say this book does just that. Written by a women who has 7 kids, some of whom are raised and have children of their own this book is exactly what I think of with a Titus 2 women encouraging the younger woman. because let's face it, motherhood is tough.
Filled with poignant points and real life stories this book is like a good chat with a wise women that is filled with warmth and insight.
I loved how this book addressed the unique pressures that are faced by Mom's in this day and age that have never been dealt with before and offers some encouraging words that left me very encouraged and not so scared.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Understanding color in photography by Bryan Peterson

Written with vivid detail and of course amazing photography this book is just absolutely lush, a delight for the eyes and soul.
If you are looking to turn mediocre photography into exceptional this book will certainly help in that area and will make the amateur improve greatly.
Not only is this book insightful and very helpful but it is well written and engaging.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Child Safeguarding policy for Churches and Ministries


The Child Safeguarding Policy for Churches and Ministries (New Growth Press, August 2017)
Churches have always sought to be a safe haven for children and families, but many today are dealing with the tragic reality of child sexual abuse.
This handbook, authored and edited by a multidisciplinary team of child abuse experts, is designed for use by a group that will be formulating policies and procedures to protect children and deal with possible child abuse in their ministry, school, and/or church. Working through this book will assist churches and ministries to assess their current child abuse polices and then guide them through each step they need to take to address the safety of children under their care. It will cover vitally important topics including:
—Protecting the children in a Christian environment from child abuse
—The warning signs of child abuse
—Crafting and implement a child protection policy
—Responding to abuse allegations
—Caring for victims of child abuse
—The legal implications and requirements for churches and Christian ministries
Written by a GRACE team with multi-disciplinary knowledge, headed by Boz Tchividjian, a lawyer and former child abuse prosecutor, this handbook will be an invaluable resource to Christians who are seeking to educate themselves and others about child abuse and how to best protect the little ones under their care.

My opinion: As a parent and youth leader this boo is an absolute essential for anyone who has children or works with children. This book addresses a really hard issue, abuse in the church but provides safeguards and ways to prevent that from ever happening. Filled with well thought out advice and insight this book is very thought provoking and helpful to prevent anything from happening. Hard to read for sure but essential.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my hones opinion.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Peppers of the Americas by Maricel Presilla

For lovers of peppers this book will be amazing! Not only are the photographs vibrant and tantalizing but the information provided in this book is outstanding as well. This book not only tells one how to cook with peppers but how to grow them and more about the history of peppers all around. This book is just a great resource on peppers all the way around!
I loved how this book was so much more than a cookbook,such a great resource!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


What an absolutely enthralling game for anyone who is a lover of words. Not only is this game so much fun but it can really help expand and enhance ones vocabulary as well! Easy to get the grasp of this game really only takes a very short time to get engaged in and then you are obsessed! I love how this game is for the young all the way up! This is a great party game and I look forward to playing it again at my next get together.
I received a copy of this game in exchange for my honest opinion.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The return by Suzanne Woods Fisher

This book was a really good ready until the very end where I feel it fell flat.I am hopeful there will be a sequel to resolve some of the lose ends that seemed to make up the ending of this book. 
I loved the characters and how the book was told from different people's perspective but was disappointed that some were not heard from as much as others. I felt like a few of the stories weren't resolved as much as I would have liked.
I didn't know much about the history of this time and it was saddening to find that many of the events mentioned really happened and how peaceful Native Americans were slaughtered. 
Overall a good read but I wish it had more at the end. I will be looking for the next book in the series for sure!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Name Unknown by Roseanna White


A Name Unknown (Bethany House, July 2017)
She’s out to steal his name. Will he steal her heart instead?
Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets—now they focus on high value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary’s challenge of a lifetime comes when she’s assigned to determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. How does one steal a family’s history, their very name?
Rumors swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can’t help his German last name and wants to prove his loyalty to the crown—so he can go back to anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary arrives on his doorstop pretending to be a well- credentialed historian, Peter believes she’s the right person to help him dig through his family’s past.
Anger and danger continue to mount, though, and both realize they’re in a race against time to discover the truth—about Peter’s past and about the undeniable attraction kindling between them.
My opinion: When it comes to Christian historical fiction Roseanna White is one of the best out there and this book did not disappoint! The cover alone is enough to draw one in but the content is even better! I love the painstaking research that is put into this book, it was a fascinating time during England's history and this book brings it all vividly to life.
I loved the character of Rosemary, feisty and spunky she sparkles with life and it is wonderful watching her character grow and develop. I loved Peter's character, he is so loving and amazing, the perfect gentleman!
This book is a great read and keeps you engaged until the very end!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

Just when you think one of your favorite historical authors cannot get any better she goes and surprises you by really outdoing herself!
As always this book is filled with rich, vivid research, outstanding, deep characters with so many different layers and a exquisite writing. all of this coming together into one glorious book that is hard to put down!
At times heart breaking this book really brings to life the rough times in the frontier and the hear breaking circumstances many people found themselves in. The characters of Clare and Jeremiah are amazing and make your heart bleed for them when bad things happen and rejoice when something good happens.
If you are into historical fiction make sure to check Lori Benton out, you won't be disappointed.

Monday, August 14, 2017

So close to amazing by Karianne Wood

What a great, encouraging book. It is so easy to look at other peoples lives and think that they have everything together, especially when that person is a successful DIY blogger who has won many awards and is hugely popular. I love how KariAnne is so down to earth and honest that her life is far from perfect and that she has had many DIY attempts go wrong. Filled with warm insight and laugh out loud humor this book was such an engaging this book feels more like a good conversation with a good friend.  Not only is it an engaging read but there are also some pretty amazing DIY tips and projects at the end of each chapter that look amazing and totally doable (and I am by no means the Queen of DIY).
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Is Justice Possible? by J. Paul Nyquist

In a very thought provoking book this is  very engaging read really gets one to think . Written in an engaging manner that gets one thinking and heavily drawing on the scriptures to support his points. Broken into 4 parts this book is long enough to give you enough to really think about but not too much to be too overwhelming. At times the book is a bit depressing because Justice is something we don't see as often as we would like in our society but this book does give hope at the end of the book that we will see true justice when Christ returns.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Dream Centered life by Luke Barnett

For anyone who has wanted to find what drives them and what makes them feel the most alive, this book is for you. I was eager to read this book and it certainly did not disappoint. Filled with inspiring stories, real world scripture application and keen insight this book really helps one think outside of the box and begin to dream of ways to enhance ones own life.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Hiding from the kids in my prayer closet by Jessica Kastner


Hiding from the Kids in My Prayer Closet (David C Cook, July 2017)
Finding grace and laughter when motherhood gets real
Soon after Jessica Kastner became a mother, she wondered if she was the only mom who found pretend play more boring than watching playdough harden and who dreaded yet another friend’s Instagram post of homemade deliciousness.
In Hiding from My Kids in the Prayer Closet, Kastner shares her experience as an “unmom”—a mom who loves her kids more than she loves the daily experience of mothering. She helps readers laugh at the ridiculous, delight in the unpredictable, and enjoy being the mothers God made them to be.

My opinion: For any Mom who feels overwhelmed by all of the responsibilities that come with being Mom this book is encouraging and laugh out loud funny at times. I love how candid and open the author is, it makes me feel like I am not alone in my crazy moments.  Being a Mom is definitely the hardest job one can ever have and yet this book helps makes you feel like you are not alone and that one can find grace and laughter in the disasters that can happen.
Written in a warm, witty manner this book is a great read.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Secrets by Jonathan Daugherty


Secrets: A True Story of Addiction, Infidelity, and Second Chances (New Growth Press, June 2017)
Everyone has a secret or two, a part of their life they would rather not share with the rest of the world.
But for Jonathan Daugherty, his secret was so life-altering and relationship-ending that he fought to keep it hidden at all costs. And it did cost him. His secret kept him from contentment, peace, and the possibility of being known and loved for who he truly is. That’s what any secret addiction can do—but in particular a sex addiction.
After his wife finally discovered his secret, their marriage appeared to be over. In Secrets, Jonathan honestly and courageously shares his story of addiction to pornography and how he lost everything to it.
But that’s not how the story ends. While Jonathan struggled, someone else was at work—his heavenly Father. At the lowest possible moment of his life, God stepped in and brought him hope and healing. This is a story of both loss and redemption that gives hope to anyone who has ever experienced the power and struggle of addiction and its life-destroying effects.
Addiction doesn’t have the final say over Jonathan’s life or in his marriage. The God who finds the lost, heals the sick, and brings life from death has the last, victorious word.
—A courageous, honest and open account of life as a sex addict and how sex addiction destroys marriages.
—A life-affirming and personal story of recovery and redemption that will inspire readers.
—Offers hope to all who struggle with pornography and sex addiction.
—Each chapter includes a “Living in the Light” section designed to equip and help readers find freedom from addiction.
—Suitable as a study for support groups of addicts and those who care about them.

My opinion: This is a great book about the struggles of keeping a secret and the terrible cost it comes to ones personal and spiritual life. I enjoyed this candid read as the author is very open about his struggles and how they almost destroyed his marriage and his ministry. This is about about making mistakes and finding redemption.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

On Love's Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson

I have really enjoyed this engaging series that is so down to earth and lovely characters. I loved this book that is about lost and found love. Natalie is an engaging heroine who has to come to terms with her past and face her future even though it is filled with uncertainty especially when she runs into a childhood friend who stirs up more feelings than she knew was possible. This book is a gentle love story with a lot of person growth and lots of feeling.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My daughter's legacy by Mindy Clark and Leslie Gould


My Daughter’s Legacy(Harvest House, July 2017)
A thrilling tale of two women longing to follow God’s leading, make the most of second chances, and find true love at last
Virginia, 1864
Therese Jennings cannot abide the thought of owning slaves. When her widowed mother inherits a plantation, Therese flees to Civil War Richmond, where she works as a governess by day and tends to wounded soldiers at night. But when trouble befalls her family, can she reconcile her obligations with her beliefs? And will love—whether with an old beau or a handsome new suitor—ever fit in her broken world?
Virginia, present day
Nicole Talbot’s life is back on track after years of substance abuse. Home from college for the summer, she’s finally ready to share a shocking secret, one that raises new questions about a traumatic childhood experience. But when facts she uncovers cast doubt on her family’s legacy, she must risk all that she’s gained—her fresh start, her family’s trust, and her growing relationship with a new man—to unlock the secrets of the past.

My opinion: I have enjoyed this series thoroughly and this book was no exceptions. I love how this book goes back and forth between past and present and I liked how Nicole Talbot finally gets her own time to shine as we have gotten to know her in the previous books. Therese was an enjoyable character and I liked watching her love story grow and develop. Well written and researched meticulously. I loved how this series has a bit of mystery and intrigue as well.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren

What a great addition to another outstanding series. This book in turns develops the story of each member on the team and their exciting rescues. Filled with heart pounding action and great character development this book is just as good as the previous ones in the series.
I loved the character of Gage and found the betrayed love aspect to be interesting. This book was well written and exciting, it certainly made me feel like I was doing the daring rescue missions along with the team!
The character of Ella took a little bit to grow on me and it was hard getting past what she did to Gage, but by the end of the book you are definitely cheering for them and hoping things will work out.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard

At last some closure in this great series! After not being sure who Serena would end up with in this book you finally get your answer and I couldn't be more pleased! This book takes readers to the shores of Martha's Vineyard where Serena and her eclectic family are supposed to be taking a vacation for a old friend's wedding but when the friend ends up dead and there is evidence of an antique smuggling ring Serena gets pulled in and gets in over her head. When both Nate and Tanner show  up she gets more confused than ever before.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Grounded heartsby Jeanne Dickson


Grounded Hearts (Waterfall Press, July 2017)
A brave midwife. A wounded pilot. A risky secret.
In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O’Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she’s taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, she’ll face imprisonment.

Still, something compels Nan to take in “flyboy” Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection—and an unbreakable bond.
But Nan has another secret, one that has racked her with guilt since her husband’s death and made her question ever loving again. As Nan and Dutch plan his escape, can he help restore her faith?
My opinion: I was so eager to read this book, the premise sounded amazing and it is set in Ireland so how could you go wrong? Well unfortunately it didn't quite live up to what I was hoping. While the story line had a lot of promise it just fell pretty flat to me. I felt like there wasn't as much going on with the story and that there was just too much romance and not a whole lot else going on.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

As a sociology major in college I was beyond thrilled to get this book to review as it looked right up my alley and it has been far too long since I have read a good book in my field of interest.
This book was utterly fascinating, heartbreaking and very well written. This book follows 8 families in Milwaukee who try to keep their homes during the housing crisis. This book puts a face to the names of the countless people who suffer and make them seem like so much more than a mere statistic.
I can see why this book has been garnished a bunch of awards, it is no wonder seeing how well written and poignant it is. It definitely sticks with you long after the last page is read.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Letter from Lancaster County


A Letter from Lancaster County (Harvest House, July 2017)
Two sisters get a second chance at life and love
Angela—Her mother’s untimely death, a struggling marriage, a strained relationship with her sister, Rose, and regrets over what might have been haunt her. Despite being a wife and mother, she feels she has little to show for her life.
Rose—Still single, she longs for a husband and children. But Angela has all that and still isn’t happy. Rose wants to be closer to her older sister, but she and Angela couldn’t be more different. Both strong women, will their sibling rivalry ever end?
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When a letter arrives from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Angela and Rose decide to visit Aunt Silvia, their mother’s Mennonite sister, in the heart of Amish country. This vacation could provide the opportunity both sisters need to sort out their issues. And yet instead of finding a new way of connecting with each other, Angela and Rose discover surprising family secrets that add to their strife and threaten Rose’s romance with a new beau.
Through it all, the two sisters must find the faith necessary to face their personal problems and allow God to restore hope and healing to their hearts and relationship as only He can.

My opinion: What a delightful book with a lot going on. I loved the engaging characters and how each one grew and developed throughout the book. The sisters relationship was very real and it was good to see how they started to build a better relationship as the book progressed.
I have not read a book by this author previously but this was certainly not your run of the mill Amish fiction and I am certainly going to try out more books by Kate Lloyd in the future!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion,