Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Healing Power of Essential Oils Book Review


 About the Book

Eric Zielinski, D.C., host of the Essential Oils Revolution summits, offers a soup-to-nuts guide to mastering essential oils for vibrant health and well-being, featuring dozens of recipes and formulations for restful sleep, reduced inflammation, balanced hormones, and more.

Achieving true health is not an easy task. For many people, it might be easier to pop a pill or push aside lingering discomfort in favor of finishing everything on your to-do list. In The Healing Power of Essential Oils, Eric Zielinski, D.C. shows readers how to make their health a priority with the life-changing benefits of essential oils. Essential oils are the natural solution to everything from anxiety and depression to deep-seated inflammation. For beginners, Dr. Z teaches everything you need to know to get started, including the top seven oils you should stock from Day 1 and the commonly used techniques and tools. He illustrates daily practices you can follow to enjoy the properties of essential oils, including a five-minute devotional using frankincense and neroli to set you up for a productive and stress-free day, and a simple bedtime routine harnessing the soporific effects of lavender.

Backed by extensive research, Dr. Z also supplies essential oil blends that promote hormone balance, reduced inflammation, improved digestion, increased immunity, and so much more. You'll be armed with over 150 recipes for every health need, and a special section on women's health includes dozens of formulations for PMS, fertility, pregnancy, candida, and menopause. Even those well-versed in essential oils will benefit from this thorough approach. With your newfound knowledge, you can begin tailoring an essential oils practice to your unique pain points and lifestyle right away - and start experiencing amazing results. (Goodreads)

 My Thoughts

I have been using essential oils for a few years now. I have mainly been using the most common ones(lemon, peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, grapefruit, etc.) This past year as my grandma has gotten into the oils she has actually taught me more about them because she studies everything about them all the time. So that being said, I really enjoyed this book. I was actually really surprised at how much info was in this book. Not only is it perfect for newbies but also for those that need something to look back at and reference. The best part of this book is the multitude of recipes and remedies that fill up a good portion of this book. From everything you can imagine, there is a recipe to make it with essential oils. Need hand soap? Shampoo? Deodorizer? Roll on blends?  The author does not promote a certain brand of essential oils BUT he does state what to look for in high quality oils and to not be fooled by the cheap stuff. This book gives a wonderful overview on most questions with essential oils and especially if you are a newbie to oils, this is a great book. 

Five Stars. 

"I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review."

 Side Note:
Blogging For Books is closing and this last month was the last time they were letting people review books. I am sad about this, they were the first company I started to review for and who got me into blogging in the first place. While there are so many other publishers and companies out there still doing these things, it seems that change is on the horizon when it comes to blogging in general. I am thankful for all of the books I received from Blogging for Books (167 total!) and for the inspiration to start reviewing books in the first place.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

So Much to Celebrate Review


 About the Book

Celebrations that show your love

Create beautiful memories for your family and friends by stopping to celebrate life’s joyful moments. In this essential guide to entertaining, Katie Jacobs reveals her secrets for throwing fantastic parties for any occasion, from a casual backyard movie night to a lavish holiday party. Using Katie’s inspiring ideas and make-ahead tips, you will be so organized that you can minimize the fuss, enjoy the time, and celebrate too!

Brimming with creative party themes for every season, inspiring d├ęcor ideas, and delicious recipes, So Much to Celebrate is the perfect book for anyone who appreciates good times, good food, and good celebrations.

Katie Jacobsis a stylist for Reese Witherspoon’s lifestyle brand Draper James, Pottery Barn, and Beaufort Bonnet Company, among others. A fourth-generation Nashvillian, she’s been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Southern Living Weddings, Nashville Lifestyles as well as on Inspired By This, Fashionable Hostess, and The Scout Guide. Katie is also a photographer, graphic designer, and foodie. Learn more on Katie’s food and lifestyle blog, (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I love reading books like this! They are colorful easy to read and it is fun to imagine how I might decorate or plan for an event/party. The best part of this book are the unique recipes for food and drink I would never think of making. They look delicious and offer a fresh perspective on snacks and such. A lot of this book didn't seem quite practical to me, but others will love it more than me. This would make a great gift to someone or if you are needing a new idea! Compared to other celebration books, this one isn't my favorite but it is still fun!

"I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to review. All opinions are my own."

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Amongst the Roses Review


 About the Book

The War Between the States shakes Margaret Bryant out of her comfortable upper-class life when her father enlists in the Army of the Potomac. Despite being safely ensconced above the Mason-Dixon Line in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Margaret finds her strength tested by opposition from familiar faces and Confederate threats. Will she let a young man from a lesser station into her heart even as war rages ever nearer to the home front?

Restless Connor Doyle sees the war as a way to escape from his family’s farm and his identity as a poor Irishman’s son. His brother, Adam, torn between duty to country and his family, enlists alongside Connor. Adam dares to hope in a future with Margaret when he begins a courtship correspondence from the war front. The two brothers make a vow to protect one another at all costs, but when faced with death and destruction from all sides—will they be able to uphold it?

The three bloodiest days in America’s history bring these three together at Gettysburg and tragedy’s cruelty threatens to tear two hearts apart—and bring two unlikely allies together. (Goodreads)

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My Thoughts

I have really enjoyed Meghan's books so I was excited to see her write a historical novel. This book was very slow for me. I enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the time period but struggled to totally love this book and the story line. I think that Meghan has some great talent so I am eager to read more by her, this just wasn't my favorite. I do recommend reading her previous books and keep an eye out for upcoming releases!

"Thanks to the author for providing me with an e-ARC of the book. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own."

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Man He Never Was Review


 About the Book

What if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?

Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on--with more than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep out of the blue, they're shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he's changed. Radically.

His anger is gone. He's oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he's been but knows he's been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he's been. Finding out how it happened. And winning back his family.

But then shards of his old self start to rise from deep inside--like the man kicked out of the NFL for his fury--and Toren must face the supreme battle of his life.

In this fresh take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, James L. Rubart explores the war between the good and evil within each of us--and one man's only chance to overcome the greatest divide of the soul. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

James Rubart has a very unique way of writing. His stories might remind readers a bit of Ted Dekker but are unique in their own way. This wasn't my favorite book he has written but still enjoyable at a 3.5 star rating. At times I felt like the story got a bit slow and perhaps too predictable. The ending seemed rather rushed though I appreciate the general story line. Is this a book I would recommend? Probably not. I enjoyed Rubart's previous novels like Rooms and The Chair more so than this one. 
3.5 Stars.
"I received this book from Booklook in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own."

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Little Critter Little Blessing Collection Review


 About the Book

Kids love Little Critter! This collection of four InspiredKids Little Critter stories—You Go First, Being Thankful, It’s True!, and We All Need Forgiveness—will help kids learn important truths about being thankful and getting along with others through Little Critter’s funny and endearing antics.

Mercer Mayer’s classic character Little Critter has a little trouble telling the truth, and forgiving his friends, and taking turns, and seeing the blessings all around him!  In the charming and oh-so-funny antics, your kids will learn important life messages as they laugh with our favorite Little Critter.

You Go First!  Little Critter learns that the secret to getting along is treating others the way he wants to be treated?which, in Little Critter’s case, means letting someone else be first.

Being Thankful On a trip to the farm, Grandma helps Little Critter understand what gratitude is and why we should be thankful for all the blessings God has given us.

It’s True! Little Critter learns quickly that lying has consequences and that telling the truth, no matter how hard, is always the right thing to do.

We All Need Forgiveness  Little Critter learns why forgiveness helps heal the one who does the forgiving just as much as the one who needs forgiveness.

Young or old, fans around the world have loved Little Critter since he first came on the scene more than 40 years ago. Little Critter Little Blessings is a great collection and a great value. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I have always enjoyed the Little Critter books. This is a great little collection of four stories in typical life lesson form. My favorite story is the one on being thankful. All the topics in this book are important for kids to understand and I like the idea that these books would start conversation. They also are just fun to read over and over like I used to when I was little. A couple of the stories talk more about the Bible than others but the general idea is there. 

Five stars. 

"I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review."

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A Refuge Assured Review


About the Book

Vivienne Rivard fled revolutionary France and seeks a new life for herself and a boy in her care, who some say is the Dauphin. But America is far from safe, as militiaman Liam Delaney knows. He proudly served in the American Revolution but is less sure of his role in the Whiskey Rebellion. Drawn together, will Liam and Vivienne find the peace they long for? (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I so enjoyed Jocelyn's last book the Mark of the King. This book I was super excited about and I really did enjoy the overall story line. At times this book moved terribly slow for me, and to be honest was difficult to completely get into in the middle. BUT I loved the history and I really liked the secondary characters. And of course Liam. Vivienne was a difficult character for me to love and I am not sure why. The setting is wonderful and I learned more about lace making which is totally fascinating.
If you like history you will enjoy this book.

Three stars.

"I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review."

Monday, March 5, 2018

Lies Women Believe Review

About the Book

Counter the lies that keep you from abundant living.

Satan is the master deceiver and his lies are endless. And the lies Christian women believe are at the root of most of their struggles.

"Many women live under a cloud of personal guilt and condemnation," says Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. "Many are in bondage to their past. Others are gripped by fear of rejection and a longing for approval. Still others are emotional prisoners."

In best selling Lies Women Believe, Nancy exposes those areas of deception most commonly believed by Christian women—lies about God, sin, priorities, marriage and family, emotions, and more. She then sheds light on how we can be delivered from bondage and set free to walk in God's grace, forgiveness, and abundant life. Nancy offers the most effective weapon to ounter and overcome Satan's deceptions: God's truth!  (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

This has been a pretty popular book and I was curious to see what it was all about. There were things I liked and things I didn't. This isn't a book I would recommend per se. I thought the author brought up some great things pertaining our society today and comparing it to the Bible and what it says. She brings up the hard stuff that we deal with every day. There are so many aspects in a woman's life and emotions and trying to get everything to go just right. I thought the chapter on sexuality was well written and brought up some important points about how most Christians and churches sweep things under the rug and that doesn't help anyone. The chapter on marriage I had mixed feelings on and at times I thought perhaps the author focused more on what she thought then what the Bible actually says. So no this isn't a book I could recommend but it did have some good stuff in it.

I really am unsure on how to rate this maybe 3 stars.

"I received this book from MP Newsroom in exchange for an honest review."

Friday, March 2, 2018

When God Made Light Children's Book Review


 About the Book

From the author and illustrator of the best-selling When God Made You comes a new illuminating message about God's design affirming young readers.

'Let there be light!' that's what God said. And light began shining and then started to spread." Wild and creative illustrations from top children's illustrator David Catrow pair with Matthew Paul Turner's lyrical verse in this message of a God-made light that cuts through darkness to bring vision and hope to all young readers. This light radiates, chasing away the shadows, providing the wonder and fun of stargazing or firefly chasing. Most important, this light appears in each child--an inner God-given spark that grows and will be used to change the world. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

This is such a great book with a good message! The illustrations are superb and I can see the littles in my life eagerly turning the pages. This is a great book to bring up what happens when you accept Christ as your Savior as the book talks about the light being in us. It has such a fun happy vibe throughout the book, it's easy to see this being a bestseller! I highly recommend! 

Five stars. 

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


Thursday, March 1, 2018

If I Live: Review on the Final Book of The Series


About the Book

Casey is hiding again—in Memphis this time—but it’s different now. She knows without a doubt that Dylan believes her and is doing all he can to help bring Brent’s killer to justice. He’s become an unexpected friend . . . and even, maybe, something more. Hope makes everything more bearable.
Casey makes a deal with the DA to turn over all the evidence she and Dylan have gathered against Keegan and Rollins—only to discover that the DA is in league with them too. After a desperate escape, who can they possibly turn to now?
Time is running out for Casey, but master suspense writer Terri Blackstock will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the last, utterly satisfying page. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

This is the highly anticipated conclusion to this thrilling series! My husband and I have both enjoyed these books and were super excited to FINALLY find out what happens! I will say you must start with book one or none of the story will make sense. I have loved all of the books and the suspense will keep you on the edge of your chair and biting your fingernails. I will say I think that I liked the first two books the most, as they were the most suspenseful. The third book wraps everything up nicely, though I did feel it was slightly rushed. The characters are wonderfully written and I love that it is a series my husband and I can both read and enjoy. There is slight romance but nothing over the top, and for that I was thankful as sometimes I think it takes away from the story line instead of adding to it. If you are looking for suspense I highly recommend this series and this author! All of the books I have read by her have been top notch.

Five stars.

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

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Heart Between Us Review


About the Book

Megan Jacobs always wished for a different heart. Her entire childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, sitting on the sidelines while her twin sister Crystal played all the sports, got all the guys, and had all the fun. But even a heart transplant three years ago wasn’t enough to propel Megan’s life forward. She’s still working as a library aide in her small Minnesota hometown and living with her parents, dreaming of the adventure she plans to take “once she’s well enough.” Meanwhile, her sister is a successful architect with a handsome husband and the perfect life—or so Megan thinks.

When her heart donor’s parents give Megan their teenage daughter’s journal—complete with an unfulfilled bucket list—Megan connects with the girl she meets between the pages and is inspired to venture out and check off each item. Caleb—a friend from her years in and out of the hospital—reenters her life and pushes her to find the courage to take the leap and begin her journey. She’s thrown for a loop when Crystal offers to join her for reasons of her own, but she welcomes the company and the opportunity to mend their tenuous relationship.

As Megan and Crystal check items off the bucket list, Megan fights the fears that have been instilled in her after a lifetime of illness. She must choose between safety and adventure and learn to embrace the heart she’s been given so that she can finally share it with the people she loves most.(Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I love reading new to me authors! This book intrigued me, though I am rather picky with contemporary stories. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well written and changed over the course of the book, which I always like to see. I loved the different travel settings throughout the story. I could better relate to Crystal and her storyline but I enjoyed reading both parts. Some parts of the book were slow, some were slightly rushed through. I really loved the marriage aspect with Crystal and her husband. It was real and written in a way that just worked. I also loved the journey Megan takes. There is some slight romance but the sisterly relationship was the one I liked the most.  I think Harrel has some great potential with her future books and I am excited to see what she will come up with next!

Four stars.
"I received this book from BookLook Bloggers. All opinions are my own."


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Where the Fire Falls Review


About the Book

Stunning Yosemite National Park sets the stage for this late 1920s historical romance with mystery, adventure, heart, and a sense of the place John Muir described as "pervaded with divine light."

Watercolorist Olivia Rutherford fashioned her image as an avant-garde artist to appeal to the region's wealthy art-collectors. When she lands a lucrative contract painting illustrations of Yosemite National Park for a travel magazine including its nightly one-of-a-kind Firefall event, she hopes the money will lift Olivia and her sisters out of poverty.

After false accusations cost him everything, former minister Clark Johnson has found purpose as a backcountry guide in this natural cathedral of granite and trees. Now he's faced with the choice of becoming a National Parks Ranger, but is it his true calling?

As Clark helps open Olivia's eyes to the wonders of Yosemite, she discovers the people are as vital to the park's story as its vistas-- a revelation that may bring her charade to an end. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I love anything that has to do with the National Parks. This is the second book in a series but both can be read as a stand alone. I think that Karen has really grown in her writing especially with this series. This book was fun and grabbed my attention from the start though it did slow down just a tad, it was still an enjoyable read. I had a difficult time with loving Olivia's character, she was difficult for me to relate to but she does grow through the book. I LOVED Clark and the setting is wonderful. The secondary characters are well written and really bring the whole story together. There are some great history tidbits (the fire falls part of this makes a lot more sense!) and having been to Yosemite it was easy to imagine many of the scenes. I am eager to read more of Karen's books to see what she comes up with next!

Four Stars.


"I received an ARC copy of this book from Blogging for books. All opinions are my own."