Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Items!

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is all about bookish items, and I have to tell you it is near impossible to put on here all of the fun bookish items out there! This was so fun and I think I need to put some of these on my Christmas list. : ) 


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I need something like this in my home library!

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Because who doesn't need another cup?


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Everything she makes is wonderful! 



Book Worm Wrap Ring - Bookworm Twist Ring - Book Lover - Gift for Reader
This is something I actually own. I love it.

https://www.amazon.com/Book-Lovers-Diary-Shelagh-Wallace/dp/1552090159/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1541983720&sr=8-2&keywords=a+book+lover%27s+diary&dpID=5130P2KFZCL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch
Fun!

Jane Austen Mini Address Book (4'x5
Mini address book, I actually own this too! I love it!

https://www.amazon.com/Novel-Journal-Anne-Green-Gables/dp/1626865183/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1541984220&sr=8-1&keywords=green+gables+journal
Anne of Green Gables!



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This would just be so cool with different titles!



BOOK LOVER'S LOUNGE PANTS #want
I can't find these for sale anywhere but I want them!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

On Magnolia Lane Review

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 About the Book

From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom (now a beloved Hallmark Original movie) comes the final book in Hunter’s Blue Ridge Romance series.

Pastor Jack McReady has secretly carried a torch for Daisy for two long years. She’s a member of his congregation, after all, and she’ll never see him as more than a trusted counselor. Jack’s best friend Noah has taken every opportunity to encourage his lovesick friend, but when Noah catches wind that Daisy has joined an online dating site, he takes matters into his own hands and orchestrates a meet-cute of the most unconventional kind.

Owner of the local flower shop, Daisy Pendleton is content with her small-town life, but she’d sure like someone to share it with. After several disastrous first dates, she’s about to give up—and then she finds a seemingly wonderful man online. Daisy gets to know TJ through a series of messages but finds herself spending more time with Pastor Jack outside of the church at the same time. What she doesn’t know is that her online prospect and Jack are one and the same.

Just as Daisy’s love life starts to look promising, a mysterious woman appears in town. Daisy is faced with a revelation about her family that turns her world upside down, and she looks to both TJ and Jack for help.

Jack must find a way to reveal himself as her online suitor without breaking her heart and losing her trust. As Daisy faces Jack’s betrayal, she’ll have to learn to extend grace to herself, her family, and the man she’s grown to love. (Goodreads)


My Thoughts

  Back in a beautiful setting, Hunter takes us into the lives of Jack and Daisy. This was a pretty fast read, very much a Hallmark type story line. I will say that I liked how the author added some diversity of the characters. I also thought it was important for Jack to be a pastor because it really showed how pastors are people too, they mess us, they have feelings, etc. I think sometimes we hold them up as if they are without sin or capable of being hurt. That simply isn't the case and I thought that part of the story was well written. I found the side story of Daisy and her discovery interesting, while someone unrealistic. This was just a sweet little romance that was enjoyable. 

Four stars. 

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











 

Friday, November 9, 2018

How Do You Say Good Night? Review



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 About the Book


A fun, new bedtime story to read to your kids!

Join Zoey the zebra as she searches across Africa for the best way to say good night. She sees the bedtime routine of lions, warthogs, monkeys, and more—but which one is the very best?

Teaching little ones to celebrate differences while appreciating the blessing of their own unique family, How Do You Say Good Night? is a great way to introduce the concept of diversity in a fun and respectful way while also fostering an attitude of gratitude.

Watch your little ones reach for this book night after night! (Goodreads)


My Thoughts

I love a good board book for kids. This story is super cute and I was actually surprised at how many words are on each page. It makes for a longer than expected story which isn't a bad thing, just not what I was expecting. The main story is animals being thankful to God for some thing in their life like "We thank God above for His sweet, gentle love". It is a sweet little bedtime book that I think some children would really enjoy! 
Five stars.
"I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free. All opinions are my own."












Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Wait for Me Review: The Thrilling Series Conclusion!


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 About the Book

Pete Brooks can't believe he's waited an entire year for Jess Tagg to return to Montana, only to have her break his heart by getting engaged to her ex-fiancé. Worse, a series of mistakes on the job have cost lives, and Pete isn't sure he wants to continue to work in Search and Rescue. Maybe if he can just get over Jess, he can figure out how to move forward.

EMT Jess Tagg has returned to Montana to finally give her heart to Pete, but it seems he's no longer interested. When a terrible fight between them sparks an impulsive decision, she finds herself crashed on the side of a highway along with Esme Shaw. And just when she thinks things couldn't get any worse, she and Esme are taken captive and into the untamed Montana wilderness--with murderous intent.

Now Pete and the other PEAK Rescue Team members are in a race against time, the elements, and the actions of a vengeful man. Pete will have to use everything he's learned to find Jess and Esme--and pray that his past mistakes don't cost him the life of the woman he can't stop loving. (Goodreads)



My Thoughts

This series has been a wild ride taking us on many adventures! I was so excited to see what would happen with Pete, he has been a favorite of mine since the start. I actually think this particular book might be my favorite out of the whole series. I thought the suspense was good and the romance was not over the top just well written. Jess is also a favorite character of mine and I really enjoyed reading more of her character. Susan May Warren has such a gift for story and she adds thrill and humor in her books. There were a couple of times in where I thought the conversation was dragging a bit. Some other side stories seemed slightly rushed but otherwise tied up the series nicely. 
The setting in the whole series has been captivating, and I would love to visit it someday. 
I strongly recommend reading this series from the beginning. While you could start in the middle, there would be a lot of confusion as there is a lot of backstory with each character in each book. 
I am eager to read what Susan comes up with next!!! 

Five stars! 

Comes out November 6th! Pre-order now!

"Thanks to Revell for offering me a free copy. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."









 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Suspense Reads

Top Ten Suspense Reads, created from Top Ten Tuesday! There are so many more that I could think of but these were some of the first that entered my mind! I love suspense and while some of these are more intense than the others, they are all good! 
I will take any suggestions for new suspense books!




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Monday, October 29, 2018

Lady of a Thousand Treasures Review







About the Book


Miss Eleanor Sheffield is a talented evaluator of antiquities, trained to know the difference between a genuine artifact and a fraud. But with her father’s passing and her uncle’s decline into dementia, the family business is at risk. In the Victorian era, unmarried Eleanor cannot run Sheffield Brothers alone.

The death of a longtime client, Baron Lydney, offers an unexpected complication when Eleanor is appointed the temporary trustee of the baron’s legendary collection. She must choose whether to donate the priceless treasures to a museum or allow them to pass to the baron’s only living son, Harry—the man who broke Eleanor’s heart.

Eleanor distrusts the baron’s motives and her own ability to be unbiased regarding Harry’s future. Harry claims to still love her and Eleanor yearns to believe him, but his mysterious comments and actions fuel her doubts. When she learns an Italian beauty accompanied him on his return to England, her lingering hope for a future with Harry dims.

With the threat of debtor’s prison closing in, Eleanor knows that donating the baron’s collection would win her favor among potential clients, saving Sheffield Brothers. But the more time she spends with Harry, the more her faith in him grows. Might Harry be worthy of his inheritance, and her heart, after all? As pressures mount and time runs out, Eleanor must decide whom she can trust—who in her life is false or true, brass or gold—and what is meant to be treasured. (Goodreads)


My Thoughts

I really liked the idea of this storyline. A few chapters in and knew that it was going to be a slow read for me. I really couldn't connect with the characters or be captivated by the story. I think the setting is good and some details well written but overall this wasn't a book for me.


Two stars.

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








Saturday, October 27, 2018

Holy Roar: The New Chris Tomlin Album Review and Giveaway!




 Chris Tomlin is one of the most heralded singer-songwriters in the world who has amassed an impressive body of work. He has sold more than 8 million albums, 11.3 million digital tracks with 16 #1 singles. Chris is one of only four artists ever to receive the Sound Exchange Digital Radio Award for over 1 Billion digital radio streams, others include Justin Timberlake, Pitbull and Garth Brooks. 

The Grammy® winner’s list of music awards include an American Music Award, 3 Billboard Music Awards, 21 Dove Awards, a BMI Songwriter of the Year Award and more. Chris’ concert tours have sold-out venues in major cities including New York City’s Madison Square Garden, The Forum in Los Angeles, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and Red Rocks in Denver, among others. This spring, Chris marked another career milestone by launching his own imprint record label, Bowyer & Bow, in partnership with Capitol Christian Music Group.
 My Thought


I am always up for new music! Chris Tomlin I have listened to for years. I enjoy this album, some songs more than others. I wouldn't say that this album is really unique but for new worship music it would be a good addition to add to your collection. Holy Roar and I Stand in Awe are my favorites. If you are wanting to check it out go ahead and enter the giveaway below! 




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Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas


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About the Book

The fascinating stories and origins behind Christmas traditions such as the colors of red and green, the Christmas tree, caroling, nativity scenes, the Yule log, gift-giving, stockings, advent wreaths, mistletoe, and holly.

The cheer of a crackling hearth fire. Colorful cards from friends and loved ones. An evergreen tree festooned with ornaments. The golden traditions of Christmas—gifts, wreaths, stockings, carols, mistletoe, and more—infuse our celebration of the season with meaning and glowing memories. And, in ways you may not realize, they point us to the birth of Christ. Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas reveals the people, places, and events that shaped the best-loved customs of this merriest of holidays. Here are spiritual insights, true-life tales, and captivating legends to intrigue you and your family and bring new luster and depth to your celebration of Jesus’ birth. Discover how:

• after eighteen centuries of all but ignoring the event, churches began to open the door for believers to commemorate Jesus’ incarnation.

• the evergreen tree, once a central theme in the worship practices of pagan cultures, came to represent the everlasting love of God.

• the magi’s three gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh—are filled with spiritual symbolism.

The traditions of Christmas lend beauty, awe, and hope to the holiday, causing people all over the world to anticipate it with joy. The stories in this book will warm your heart as you rediscover the true and eternal significance of Christmas. (Goodreads)



My Thoughts

I love all books Christmas! While it might seem a tad early I start thinking about the holidays this time of year. This little book would make a fun gift. I enjoyed reading about advent, boxing day, and even mistletoe. While I wish there was documentation on where the information came from, it is still fun to see how traditions start. This book could create some great conversation with families, especially when kids starting asking why we do certain things during the holidays. 
Four stars. 

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






Sunday, October 21, 2018

On This Christmas: A Five-Year Journal


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 About the Journal



Capture five years of your favorite Christmas memories in this beautiful, keepsake guided journal. Building on the highly popular "one line a day" journal concept, On This Christmas: A Five-Year Journal of Your Favorite Traditions, Memories, and Gifts is an interactive keepsake that allows you to record your holiday celebrations over the course of five years.

Every joyful Christmas season you think, I'll never forget this! But the memories slip quietly away over time. Now you can save them and treasure them all in one place. This Christmas is a five-year guided journal with thought-provoking prompts such as "The gift I'm most excited to share," "We are choosing to slow down the holiday by ______," "A special blessing we enjoyed," and "Our favorite tradition this year." With Scripture and inspirational thoughts, This Christmas will help you preserve precious times with friends and family as you celebrate the Christmas season. (Goodreads)




 My Thoughts

I am a huge fan of writing in any type of journal. I also have been using a year round five- year journal for four years now. I like being able to go back and see what was going on in my head. Also, these types of journals are easy! A question is asked and you just need to write a line or two! Example: What is one of the most fun things you do at Christmas in your town? You might not realize how your interests change until you write them down year by year. I LOVE doing this just for the holidays! This journal starts on December 1st and ends Christmas day. I think this would be great to add to your devotion time or even to simply get the family talking about different aspects of Christmas. Bible verses are throughout the little book and there are some lovely winter pictures that add to the festive feeling. 
This would make a great gift too! 
Five stars! 


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




 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hidden Peril Book Review




About the Book
 As teenagers, Kristin Dane and her two best friends took a vow to make the world a better place. Twenty years later, she's fulfilling that pledge through her fair trade shop that features products from around the world. All is well until, one by one, people connected to the shop begin dying.

Detective Luke Carter, new to the St. Louis PD, wants to know why. Before he can answer that question, however, the FBI weighs in and Kristin suddenly finds herself in the middle of international intrigue--and in the sights of the ruthless mastermind behind an ingenious and deadly, scheme. Can this cold-blooded killer be stopped before more people die . . . including Kristin?

Three-time RITA Award-winner and "queen of inspirational romantic suspense" (Library Journal) Irene Hannon doesn't disappoint in this edge-of-your-seat thriller that will have readers up late as they rush toward the explosive conclusion.
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My Thoughts

I always look forward to a new Irene Hannon book. This story has a lot going on and some good characters. While I did like the people in the book the story line really went slow for me. I love a good mystery and suspense but this book fell flat for me. I look forward to the next book from Hannon, this one just wasn't for me. 

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