Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Lacemaker- A Must Read!


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 About the Book

When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson is abandoned by her fiance and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?

Historical romance favorite Laura Frantz is back with a suspenseful story of love, betrayal, and new beginnings. With her meticulous eye for detail and her knack for creating living, breathing characters, Frantz continues to enchant historical fiction readers who long to feel they are a part of the story. (Goodreads)




My Thoughts
  
I adore every book written by Laura Frantz. Much to my delight this lovely book arrived in the mail early! I have met Laura and after meeting her it makes me love her books all the more, she is the sweetest most down to earth lady! Anywho, this book is wonderful! I LOVE this time period of 1775 and the characters are very well written. Elisabeth is such a unique character, I am not sure how to explain but she is not what you would expect. Honestly, I felt pretty convicted after reading this book about how I worry too much. I feel like an underlying tone in the novel is that we need to take our worries to God and let Him handle it. Not to fret. The book is full of such great chunks of history and I need to read more about lace making, I couldn't imagine doing it myself! In classy Frantz style the romance is written perfectly. Basically as a history lover, this book has it all. I sat down to read it and didn't stop until the end. If you are new to Frantz books, you should read this book. If you have been reading Laura's books for awhile, this much anticipated read is one you will love! 
Five stars. 

"I received this book from Revell for free. All opinions are my own."

 











Thursday, December 14, 2017

With Love, From Me to You Kids Book Review


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 About the Book

A red heart sends a message

that says "I so love you,"

but we can send those same words

in what we say and do.

 

If I see someone crying

or looking very sad,

I'll stop to show some kindness

and he won't feel so bad.

With Love, From Me to You is a board book for little ones that will remind them how important it is to love and be loved. With adorable illustrations and sweet, rhyming text by bestselling author Dr. Mary Manz Simon, this book shows children how important their actions and words are in expressing God’s great love with one another. Parents will enjoy reading this book on Valentine’s Day or any day of the year to encourage their children to remember that love is more than gifts and candy; it’s about doing for others and sending love to everyone who’s near. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

This is a cute board book for littles. The illustrations are pleasing to the eye and the overall idea is to be kind to others because God wants us to. It also would create some good conversation on what it means to show others that we love them and also how we know that God loves us. 
Five stars. 

"I received this book from BookLook bloggers for free. All opinions are my own."













Monday, December 11, 2017

No One Ever Asked Review


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About the Book

Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama for readers of Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult explores three different women navigating challenges in a changing school district--and in their lives.

When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray--the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman and champion fundraiser--faced with a shocking discovery that threatens to tear her picture-perfect world apart at the seams. Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption but she is struggling with a happily-ever-after so much harder than she anticipated. Twenty-two-year-old Anaya Jones--the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand new teacher at Crystal Ridge's top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she's stepped into. Tensions rise within and without, culminating in an unforeseen event that impacts them all. This story explores the implicit biases impacting American society, and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human? Why are we so quick to put labels on each other and categorize people as "this" or "that", when such complexity exists in each person? (Goodreads)



My Thoughts

I have loved all of Katie's books and have been anticipating this novel for awhile! This book is SO good but also SO heavy. Get ready to feel and at times feel uncomfortable. Katie did an excellent job in writing current situations and difficulties not just in a school district but what goes on in our homes. Now I will add that there isn't much about religion or a relationship with God. While I didn't mind, I was a tad surprised to find not much about God in the book. I think much of this is in between the pages. This story reminded me a lot of perhaps a Jodi Picoult novel or the like. After reading all of Katie's books I would say this one is the most different and I think books like this are needed in a Christian market. My favorite part of the book is the story line following Jen Covington and her adoption of a little girl. I liked reading her side of the story and it really added to the book. So of course, Katie has done it again with a five star read!
Five stars. 
 Look for it in stores April 2018!


"I received this book from Blogging for Books for free. All opinions are my own."









Sunday, December 10, 2017

Stayling Stylish Review



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 About the Book

Join Candace Cameron Bure, actress best known as D.J. Tanner from Full House and a New York Times bestselling author, whose faith and wit have delighted audiences for decades, as she lets you in on her best-kept secrets for Staying Stylish. This gorgeous manual for beauty, style, health, and spiritual wellness will be your one-stop shop for everything 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 and forces many women face. Throughout her career, Candace has balanced her faith, family, and passion for work and found her spot as 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 over 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 to revamp your own life into its best possible version. She offers her insight into balance, spiritual growth, and looking great while doing it all.
Staying Stylish topics will include personal style, fresh hair and makeup for any age, a well-balanced diet and fitness regime, and a well-nourished spirit. (Goodreads)

BUY HERE


My Thoughts

 I thought it would be fun to read a book about style, especially a gal who I know dresses modestly. I thought Candace had some great ideas and encouragement in each area of the book. This book goes beyond what to wear on the runway, exercise, casual days, make up, shoes, etc. She covers all of the basics in an easy to read and fun way. Now I certainly need to work on my style and Candace has a different taste in many things but she has great advice! If style is your thing, you will enjoy this book. If you have no idea what that means, this book could be helpful! 

Five stars. 
"I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free. All opinions are my own."












Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Simplified Life: A Great Read!


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 About the Book

Clear the Clutter Once and for All

Do you long to simplify the demands on your time, energy, and resources? Have complicated responsibilities, overwhelming to-do lists, and endless clutter left you feeling overwhelmed?

Busy wife, mom, entrepreneur, and bestselling author Emily Ley knows how you feel. With a growing family, increased work demands, and more, she understands the struggle it is to keep the plates spinning.

In A Simplified Life, you’ll find Emily’s strategies, systems, and methods for permanently clearing the clutter, organizing your priorities, and living intentionally in 10 key areas—from your home and meal planning, to style and finances, parenting, faith life, and more. Emily will show you how to truly make the most of your days with realistic, achievable, and tactical tools.

Walk alongside Emily through each page of the book, working through her simple strategies toward your own goals as you simplify and make space for what matters most. (Goodreads)



My Thoughts

Simplify. I LOVE everything about this book!! I have read many books that claim to have all the answers and fall very short. This book on the other hand is very well written, has useful and practical guidelines and covers a variety of topics. Many of the things explained in the book I already do, I am very good about dealing with clutter and keeping organized. BUT even to those people like me who are already organized, Emily has some great advice. My favorite chapters are the ones about style, hospitality, technology, and meals. Truly this book is awesome! It has great reminders on how to keep things simple with cleaning up your home. Meal times don't have to be so stressful and getting dressed (what do I wear?!) should not be a complicated process. There are some great areas for the reader to write in the book and apply it to your own life. No one's life is perfect and the author says that in the beginning. Anyone can do things to simplify their life and if that is something you are looking for you need to read this book. 

FIVE STARS!!

"I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free. All opinions are my own."






Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Heart of an Agent Celebrate Lit Tour

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About the Book:

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Name of book: The Heart of an Agent
Author: Tracey J. Lyons
Genre: Inspirational historical romance

Release Date: November 7, 2017
Tracey J. Lyons, the author of A Changed Agent, returns to the Adirondack Mountains of the 1890s in a novel of love, faith, and secrets…
Former Pinkerton spy Lily Handland has always dreamed of a quiet, safe life, free from chasing criminals and putting herself at risk. So when the opportunity to invest in a failing Great Camp in the Adirondacks comes to her attention, she quickly jumps at the chance.
Filled with grief, widower Owen Murphy wants to run away from it all. Though he’s worked hard to forge a future for himself, his guilt has kept him mired in the past. But all that changes when a headstrong, mysterious woman shows up at Owen’s door. Together, as Lily and Owen restore the beauty of the Great Camp, he begins to finally see a future. But will learning about Lily’s past destroy it all?
Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Author:

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An Amazon Top Ten bestselling historical romance author of the Adirondack Pinkertons and the Women of Surprise series, Tracey was a 2017 National Excellence Romance Fiction Award finalist. She sold her first book on 9/9/99! Her books have been translated into several languages and are available in print, digital and audio formats. A true upstate New Yorker, Tracey believes you should write what you know. Her historical romances are all set in the New York State area. Tracey considers herself a small town gal who writes small town romances. You can learn more about Tracey and her books by visiting her website at www.traceylyons.com.

Guest Post from Tracey Lyons

My family and I spent a lot of time in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. When I came up with the idea for the Pinkerton series, I knew the books had to be set in a place that I loved. The Heart of An Agent, book 2 in The Adirondack Pinkertons series takes place at an Adirondack great camp. Imagine a time when people would travel from faraway places to hike the many trails or lounge on a porch in one of the famed Adirondack chairs. These intricate, grand structures, built during the latter part of the nineteenth century are part of the unique landscape and history that makes up the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. I enjoyed creating the fictional Murphy camp, the setting for Lily Handland and Owen Murphy’s story.

Blog Stops

Just the Write Escape, November 30
Texas Book-aholic, December 1
A Greater Yes, December 2
Multifarious, December 3
Carpe Diem, December 6
Bibliophile Reviews, December 7
Pause for Tales, December 8
With a Joyful Noise, December 9
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, December 10
Daysong Reflections, December 10
Mary Hake, December 11
My Writer’s Life, December 12
Books n Baubles, December 12
Jeanette’s Thoughts, December 13

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Tracey is giving away a Grand Prize Package of a tea-time themed gift box (Valued at over $75) and a $25 Visa Gift Card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! 



My Thoughts

This is the first book by Tracey I have read. I am so happy about how much I enjoyed this book! I loved the setting and the characters. Though now I feel like I need to go back and read book one to have a further understanding of Lily. I thought the character development was well done as was the romance side of things. Nothing was over the top and the flow of the story was perfect. Historical fiction is my favorite and I am eager to read more by this author. 
Five stars. 

 "I received this book from the author for free. All opinions are my own."
 








 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Sound of Rain


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 About the Book

In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water,
In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through

Judd Markley knew he could never set foot underground again. The mine collapse that nearly killed him and claimed his brother's life meant leaving West Virginia forever. Although that hard Appalachian world was all he knew, he put it behind him and headed for the open sky of the thriving town of 1954 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Larkin Heyward's life in the beach town is uncomplicated, mostly volunteer work and dancing at the Pavilion. But she dreams of one day doing more and being more--maybe moving to the hills and hollers of Kentucky to help the poor children of Appalachia. But she's never even met someone who's lived there--until she encounters Judd, the newest employee at her father's timber company.

Drawn together in the wake of a hurricane that changes Myrtle Beach forever, Judd's and Larkin's dreams pull them in divergent directions. It will take a significant sacrifice to keep them together--or maybe, it will take a miracle. (Goodreads)




My Thoughts

I really liked the idea of this story line and I was wanting to try reading another book by this author. The first part of the book I enjoyed getting into the characters and the flow of the story, but a few chapters in things became very slow for me. I couldn't get into this book. I am sure many people will enjoy this book, as many like Sarah's writing. I simply think this isn't the book for me and I will leave it to others to enjoy. 
Three stars. 

"I received this book from Bethany House for free. All opinions are my own."










Thursday, November 30, 2017

Mrs. Oswald Chambers: The Woman Behind the World's Bestselling Devotional



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 About the Book
Among Christian devotional works, My Utmost for His Highest stands head and shoulders above the rest, with more than 13 million copies sold. But most readers have no idea that Oswald Chambers's most famous work was not published until ten years after his death. The remarkable person behind its compilation and publication was his wife, Biddy. And her story of living her utmost for God's highest is one without parallel.

Bestselling novelist Michelle Ule brings Biddy's story to life as she traces her upbringing in Victorian England to her experiences in a WWI YMCA camp in Egypt. Readers will marvel at this young woman's strength as she returns to post-war Britain a destitute widow with a toddler in tow. Refusing personal payment, Biddy proceeds to publish not just My Utmost for His Highest, but also 29 other books with her husband's name on the covers. All the while she raises a child alone, provides hospitality to a never-ending stream of visitors and missionaries, and nearly loses everything in the London Blitz during WWII.

The inspiring story of a devoted woman ahead of her times will quickly become a favorite of those who love true stories of overcoming incredible odds, making a life out of nothing, and serving God's kingdom. (Goodreads)



My Thoughts

This book makes me want to re-read My Utmost For His Highest. I found this book about Mrs. Oswald Chambers to be very in depth and interesting. At times I think the author could have made it a little less textbook like because at times it was just facts upon facts. I enjoy reading biographies and this one was pretty good. I didn't know anything about either Chambers and this gave a glimpse into their lives. I enjoyed the added pictures, they added to the visual . If you like biographies you will enjoy this book. If biographies are difficult for you to read, this might not be the book for you.

Four stars.

"I received this book from Baker Books for free. All opinions are my own."










Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Never Look at the Empty Seats Book Review


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 About the Book
Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels.


Readers will experience a soft, personal side of Charlie Daniels that has never before been documented. In his own words, he presents the path from his post-depression childhood to performing for millions as one of the most successful country acts of all time and what he has learned along the way. The book also includes insights into the many musicians that orbited Charlie’s world, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette and many more.


Charlie was officially inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016, shortly before his 80th birthday. He now shares the inside stories, reflections, and rare personal photographs from his earliest days in the 1940s to his self-taught guitar and fiddle playing high school days of the fifties through his rise to music stardom in the seventies, eighties and beyond.


Charlie Daniels presents a life lesson for all of us regardless of profession:


“Walk on stage with a positive attitude. Your troubles are your own and are not included in the ticket price. Some nights you have more to give than others, but put it all out there every show. You're concerned with the people who showed up, not the ones who didn't. So give them a show and…Never look at the empty seats!” (Goodreads)



My Thoughts

 I didn't know a lot about Charlie Daniels but I figured this could be an entertaining book. There is a lot of humor and lot of straight forwardness and no beating around the bush. Some chapters were more interesting than others but overall the book held my interest. The chapters are short and to the point and the parts about him when he was young were the most interesting to me. Also, the chapter about Louis L'Amour was a great addition. I liked reading about him growing up in the changing times, which is why I read books like this. You can learn so many things by reading or listening to other people's stories. 

Five stars. 

"I received this book for free from BookLook. All opinions are my own."
















Tuesday, November 28, 2017

In the Middle of the Mess: A Must Read!

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About the Book

How do you turn your struggles into strengths? Beloved Bible teacher Sheila Walsh teaches readers how the daily spiritual practices of confession, meditation on God’s Word, and prayer result in fresh freedom in Christ.

In her long-awaited new book, Sheila Walsh equips women with a practical method for connecting with God’s strength in the midst of struggle. From daily frustrations that can feel like overwhelming obstacles to hard challenges that turn into rock-bottom crises, women will find the means to equip themselves for standing strong with God. Using the spiritual applications of confession, prayer, and meditation on Scripture to form a daily connection to Jesus, women will learn how to experience new joy as a child of God who is fully known, fully loved, and fully accepted.

In In the Middle of the Mess, Walsh reveals the hardened defenses that kept her from allowing God into her deepest hurts and shares how entering into a safe place with God and practicing this daily connection with him have saved her from the devil’s prowling attacks. Though we will never be completely “fixed” on earth, we are continually held by Jesus, whatever our circumstances.









My Thoughts

I have to say that this is my favorite book by Sheila! I have read a few others but this one I couldn't put down, which is saying a lot for a non-fiction book! She gets right in the grit of things and I LOVED so many things in this book. One of the main topics in the book is suicidal thoughts and Sheila puts it as how it feels like an attack of evil. Satan will do what he can to destroy you and this book is a perfect example on how God is the light and with Him you can overcome! She also writes that it can relate to many things not just suicidal thoughts. I liked how well written this book was, not overwhelming or boring. I highly recommend!!!! Five stars.


"I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free. All opinions are my own."







Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Prairie Girl's Faith: The Spiritual Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder Book Review



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 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 unrelentling 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. (Goodreads)




My Thoughts

I was excited to see what this book was all about. I love anything Little House and have read most any book I can find about the Ingalls/Wilder family. I'll be honest in saying this book wasn't a great as I was expecting. It seemed very choppy and random in many chapters and I wasn't totally certain what the overall point of the book was. You do learn the family history in where they attended church but the reality is that we really don't know where everyone was in their faith. We can only know by their actions and what they wrote. Also, the Little House books were by no means completely accurate of their life. Many things that actually happened are completely different in the books. BUT I do think the main thing is that the books teach good morals and for children these books can show them a good example. 
Three Stars. 
"I received this book from Blogging for Books for free. All opinions are my own."