Friday, May 17, 2019

Celebrate Lit Tours: Moments We Forget Review


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About the Book

Book: Moments We Forget Author: Beth Vogt Genre: Contemporary fiction, woman’s fiction



Release Date: May 7, 2019
Jillian Thatcher has spent most of her life playing the family peacemaker, caught in the middle between her driven, talented older sister and her younger, spotlight-stealing twin sisters. Then on the night of her engagement party, a cancer diagnosis threatens to once again steal her chance to shine. Now, Jillian’s on the road to recovery after finally finishing chemo and radiation, but residual effects of the treatment keep her from reclaiming her life as she’d hoped. And just when her dreams might be falling into place, a life-altering revelation from her husband sends her reeling again. Will Jillian ever achieve her own dreams, or will she always be “just Jillian,” the less-than Thatcher sister? Can she count on her sisters as she tries to step into a stronger place, or are they stuck in their childhood roles forever?

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About the Author

Beth-Vogt 

Beth K. Vogt is a nonfiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A women’s fiction novelist, Beth’s first novel for Tyndale House Publishers, Things I Never Told You, released May 2018.
Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, a 2016 ACFW Carol Award winner, and a 2015 RITA® finalist. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Books of 2014. A November Bride was part of the Year of Wedding series by Zondervan. Having authored nine contemporary romance novels or novellas, Beth believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us.
An established magazine writer and former editor of the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth blogs for Novel Rocket and also enjoys speaking to writers’ groups and mentoring other writers. She lives in Colorado with her husband, Rob, who has adjusted to discussing the lives of imaginary people, and their youngest daughter, Christa, who loves to play volleyball and enjoys writing her own stories. Connect with Beth at bethvogt.com.

More from Beth

“A sister is like yourself in a different movie, a movie that stars you in a different life.”
Deborah Tannen (1945-), sociologist
I’m launching Moments We Forget, book two in the Thatcher Sisters series, and I’ve just turned in the final book in the series. I’d love to share book three’s title with you, but I don’t know what it is. (Of course, book three might have a final title by the time you read this—that’s part of the fun of prerelease deadlines.)
One thing I do know: the theme of “Little Women gone wrong” is woven through all of the books . . . thanks to the Thatcher sisters: Payton, Pepper, Jillian, and Johanna.
Sisters, be they real or imaginary, can be complicated.
Of course, there are sisters who have close relationships. They “get” each other and love doing life together.
But then there are the sister relationships that are like mismatched socks. Or those expensive jeans you loved in the store, but when you bring them home, they never quite live up to those moments in the dressing room.
Such are the Thatcher sisters. Johanna, Jillian, Payton, and Pepper grew up in the same family. They’re all tall. They love Broncos football and board games. But in so many ways their lives are like different movies because they each made different choices. Choices that changed and separated them. Moments We Forget continues to explore whether the Thatcher sisters can find a way to understand each other enough to bridge the distance between them.

Blog Stops

Livin’ Lit, May 7
Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 7
The Power of Words, May 7
Among the Reads, May 8
Carpe Diem, May 8
Quiet Quilter, May 8
Wishful Endings, May 9
Quiet Quilter, May 9
Christian Chick’s Thoughts, May 9
Simple Harvest Reads, May 10 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Remembrancy, May 10
God’s Little Bookworm, May 11
Just the Write Escape, May 11
Spoken from the Heart, May 12
Splashes of Joy, May 12
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 12
Through the Fire Blogs, May 13
Genesis 5020, May 13
By The Book, May 13
Bigreadersite, May 14
A Baker’s Perspective, May 14
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 14
Pause for Tales, May 15
Moments, May 15
Stephanie’s Life of Determination, May 15
All-of-a-kind Mom, May 16
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 16
Texas Book-aholic, May 16
janicesbookreviews, May 17
Living Life Free in Christ, May 17
To Everything A Season, May 17
Real World Bible Study, May 18
Older & Smarter?, May 18
A Reader’s Brain, May 18
Inklings and notions, May 19
Hallie Reads, May 19
Locks, Hooks and Books, May 19
Godly Book Reviews, May 20
The Becca Files, May 20
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 20

Giveaway

 
To celebrate her tour, Beth is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card plus a softcover copy of Moments We Forget!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!
Click here to enter.





My Thoughts

This is the second book in a series and I highly recommend reading book one. I really enjoy these books because they are set in a place that is familiar to me. The Thatcher sisters are pretty great characters because they are so different and have actual real life issues. Sometimes it is hard to read the tough stuff but I think it adds a lot to the story. The main focus in this book is Jillian who has had cancer and is dealing with a lot of issues surrounding that but also just normal life stuff. We get a good amount from the other sisters in this book too, especially Johanna. I am curious to see where the next book might take these girls. There was a lot of marital/relationship issues in this book and there were some times when I thought the story was moving pretty slow. The only thing that I really thought was overdone was the constant mention of Colorado. Yes, the book is set in Colorado Springs, (we know this at the first chapter) but there were some chapters where the word Colorado was in every paragraph. It was too much and I thought took away from the story a bit. Otherwise this was a decent contemporary read. I think I enjoyed book one more, but I am excited to read the next novel. 

Four Stars. 

"I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."














  

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Page to Screen

This week is all about page to screen. I am not a fan of movies made into books, it just doesn't work. I also want to say that almost always the book is better than the movie it is made in to. It just is. But there have been a few movies that while not being accurate to the book are still pretty darn good. So without further ado here are some of my favorite page to screen stories:


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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Celebrate Lit Tour: The Memory House

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About the Book

The Memory House 
Book: The Memory House
Author: Rachel Hauck
Genre: Christian Romance
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Embracing the future means remembering the past . . . When Beck Holiday lost her father in the North Tower on 9/11, she also lost her memories of him. Eighteen years later, she’s a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Meanwhile a mysterious letter arrives informing her she’s inherited a house along Florida’s northern coast, and what she discovers there will change her life forever. Matters of the heart only become more complicated when she runs into handsome Bruno Endicott, a driven sports agent who fondly recalls the connection they shared as teenagers. But Beck doesn’t remember that, either. Decades earlier, widow Everleigh Applegate lives a steady, uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas, and destroyed her new, young married life. When she runs into old high school friend Don Callahan, she begins to yearn for change. Yet no matter how much she longs to love again, she is hindered by a secret she can never share. Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they each find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House.
Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Author

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Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at RachelHauck.com; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauc

Excerpt from The Memory House

 
When Mama Applegate spoke as if Everleigh were a guest rather than a family member, she embraced it with grace. Because at the end of the day, she was Rhett’s wife. She alone shared his dreams, his heart, his life.
And at night, when she couldn’t sleep, his soft breathing was her lullaby.
“Listen, mister, I have to get back to work or I won’t make it home in time for our dinner.” She tugged at his shirt collar. “So are you going to tell me why you’re here?”
“I was going to wait until tonight, but I got so excited . . .” Rhett stepped over to the desk in front of Everleigh’s and retrieved a long white canister. “Here. Open it. I feel like a kid at Christmas.”
“Rhett, what have you done?” She pried away the cap and slipped out a set of drawings.
“Here, let me.” Rhett unrolled a rendering of a cozy house with a wraparound porch nestled between two cottonwoods. “Our house, Ev. I took those sketches you made after we were married and gave
them to the architect. What do you think?”
“Th-this is our house?” She wrapped her arms around his waist, leaning against his thick arm as she studied the drawing.
“It’s our house, darling.”
Everleigh studied the drawing. It was just like she imagined. “Are you sure?” She gazed up at her husband. “I didn’t think we’d saved enough money.”
“We’ve saved every penny of your salary, and I finally sold the stud bull to Jacob Marshall. He’s been after me for a year . . .” Rhett held her with one hand while flipping through the drawing with the other. “I bought the ten acres by the stream. You know, the one with the trees we loved. Dad wanted to give it to us, but I said no strings.
I wanted to buy it so he can’t hold it over me. Not that he would, but family business can get tricky.” Everleigh leaned to see the name of the road. Memory Lane.
“Darling, the section right off Memory Lane? The spot I wanted?”
Rhett’s grandmother had named the dirt road years ago, when she imagined a large family with lots of grandkids running around.
She envisioned an Applegate community.
But her sons, Melvin and Earl, went to war. Only Earl—nicknamed Spike—returned home the fall of 1918. He inherited the ranch, married Mama Applegate, and fathered Rhett, an only child. Grandma’s two daughters married and moved away.
“Your granny would be proud, darling,” Everleigh said. “We’re beginning her dream.”
“Sh-she would.” Rhett cleared his throat, pressing his fist over his cough. “So, w-what do you think?”
Tell him! The timing could not have been more perfect.
“Rhett, sweetheart—”
He jerked his wrist up, checking his watch. “Oh, Ev, sorry, darling, but I promised Dad I’d pick him up from the hardware store thirty minutes ago.” He gave her a quick, passing kiss. “I’d planned to show you these tonight, but I just couldn’t wait.” He rolled up the drawings and tucked them into the canister. “What is it you wanted to say?” On reflex, he checked his watch again.
“Nothing,” she said, smiling. “I’ll see you later. We can talk then. I have work to do anyway.”
“You sure?”
Everleigh fell into him and pressed her cheek against his chest.
“You make my dreams come true, Rhett Applegate.”
He kissed her one more time, then held her at arm’s length.
“Distraction, girl, you are one beautiful distraction.”

Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, April 22
Wishful Endings, April 22
Worthy2Read, April 23
C Jane Read, April 25
Carpe Diem, April 26
Mary Hake, April 27
EmpowerMoms, April 27
Bigreadersite, April 28
Pause for Tales, April 28
Quiet Quilter, April 30
Moments, May 5
Simple Harvest Reads, May 5 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a grand prize of a copy of The Memory House!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!  




My Thoughts

I read this book back in March and I have thought about it often since. It had a story line that really captured my attention. The story starts out with tragedy and I was surprised at how well the author handled the in between part of the book. There is incredible character growth in this story and Everleigh is my favorite. This is a dual timeline novel and I tend to enjoy the historical aspect more so than the present day. I didn't like the characters as much in the modern day story line but I did enjoy the many references to Gilmore Girls. 
I think this story might just surprise you and it could be one that you think about long after you finish reading. 

Five Stars. 

"I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

Friday, May 3, 2019

Ever Faithful Review







About the Book


Vibrant historic Yellowstone National Park comes to life in this romantic mystery about a man hiding the truth, braving the west to become something more--and the woman who must confront his deception.


A man who can't read will never amount to anything--or so Nate Webber believes. But he takes a chance to help his family by signing up for the new Civilian Conservation Corps, skirting the truth about certain "requirements." Nate exchanges the harsh Brooklyn streets for the wilds of Yellowstone National Park, curious if the Eden-like wonderland can transform him as well. 
Elsie Brookes was proud to grow up as a ranger's daughter, but she longs for a future of her own. After four years serving as a maid in the park's hotels, she still hasn't saved enough money for her college tuition. A second job, teaching a crowd of rowdy men in the CCC camp, might be the answer, but when Elsie discovers Nate's secret, it puts his job as camp foreman in jeopardy. Tutoring leads to friendship and romance, until a string of suspicious fires casts a dark shadow over their relationship. Can they find answers before all of their dreams go up in smoke? (Goodreads)

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Available June 18th

My Thoughts

I have enjoyed reading this national park series. This one is set in the lovely setting of Yellowstone. I found the history part of this book fascinating. I loved learning about what went on in Yellowstone in the 1930s. The characters were pretty fun, the romance was not my favorite but it was still a nice story.  The background stories are what held this book together. If you are a fan of national parks I highly recommend this series.

Four stars.

"I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."



Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Whose Waves These Are~A New Treasure


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 About the Book


In the wake of WWII, a grieving fisherman submits a poem to a local newspaper asking readers to send rocks in honor of loved ones to create something life-giving but the building halts when tragedy strikes. Decades later, Annie returns to the coastal Maine town where stone ruins spark her curiosity and her search for answers faces a battle against time. (Goodreads)
My Thoughts

This story is such a delight! I have been following Amanda for a few years now, so when I heard about her debut novel coming out I was excited! I knew this story would be good but truly it is a treasure. I loved the dual timeline, I thought it was well written and both stories engaging. There are so many layers with each character and also the themes in the book. The setting is perfect and it made me want to visit Maine. There is an underlying mystery that I thought was well written and it really tied everything together. The romance was perfect and sweet all while being realistic. Yes, this book was sweet but it also held depth that I wasn't expecting. If you are needing a fresh read that will carry you away to Maine this is the book for you!
Highly recommend. 

Five Stars.


"I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."










Sunday, April 28, 2019

Currently April....





April has been all about spring and green for me. Also, our beautiful crab apple tree bloomed and I have spent a lot of time under it staring up in awe. 
April zoomed on by and now as we go into May I am realizing how fast spring will be over and how much I want to do! We have switched from inside projects to all of the outdoor projects we planned all winter. We have lived in our house for not quite a year so we are still discovering and dreaming. The yard and landscape needs a lot of work but my goodness you could spend all the money in the world on such things. So we have been taking it bit by bit, adding flowers, adding a tree, adding mulch, etc. We have our garden area all set up and I will be sanding and painting our picnic table here soon.
While it was a spring month in my mind we did have a blizzard type storm that kept me home one day. I decided to paint one of our bedrooms changing it from a dull purple to a bright white. 
We also made a short trip to the mountains to see some family and enjoyed getting out of town for a weekend. A dear friend of mine came to visit this month, we rarely see each other so it was a fun treat. We went plant shopping and now I am itching to plant all the things. 
Aside from those things life just keeps pushing forward. We started a new Bible study at church and are really excited to learn more. 
I have been slacking from keeping up with my to-read pile so I think this next month I will try to read a bit more. 
April has been a fun month and I am excited for the next month of spring as well before the summer heat takes over. 

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Joyful Surrender Review



About the Book

In our age of instant gratification and if-it-feels-good-do-it attitudes, self-discipline is hardly a popular notion. Yet it may be one of the most important lost virtues of our time. In Joyful Surrender, former missionary and beloved author Elisabeth Elliot offers her understanding of discipline and its value for people of all times. She shows readers how to

- discipline the mind, body, possessions, time, and feelings
- overcome anxiety
- change poor habits and attitudes
- trust God in times of trial and hardship
- let Christ have control in all areas of life

Elliot masterfully and gently takes readers through Scripture, personal stories, and incisive observations of the world around her to help them discover the understanding that our fulfillment as human beings depends on our answer to God's call to obedience. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I have been a long time fan of Elisabeth Elliot. This is a reprint of one of her books but I had not read it yet. I so enjoy reading her wisdom. Her point of view made her writing unique and to the point. She never beats around the bush even with difficult topics. This book might make you feel uncomfortable because of the truth that is in it. I really liked the section about trusting God at all times. Such a great reminder on anxiety and worry. Also the chapters about possessions stood out to me.
I really enjoyed this book. Five stars.

"I received this book for free from the publisher. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

Friday, April 12, 2019

Celebrate Lit Tours: The Governess of Penwythe Hall Review

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About the Book

The Governess of Penwythe Hall

Book: The Governess of Penwythe Hall
Author: Sarah Ladd
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: April 16, 2019
In the first of a new series from beloved Regency romance author, Sarah Ladd, Delia, a governess to five recently orphaned children, would risk anything to protect them . . . even her heart.
Cornwall was in her blood, and Delia feared she’d never escape its hold.
Cornwall, England, 1811
Blamed for her husband’s death, Cordelia Greythorne fled Cornwall and accepted a governess position to begin a new life. Years later her employer’s unexpected death and his last request to watch over his five children force her to reevaluate. She can’t abandon the children now that they’ve lost both parents, but their new guardian lives at the timeworn Penwythe Hall . . . back on the Cornish coast she tries desperately to forget.
Jac Trethewey is determined to revive Penwythe Hall’s once-flourishing apple orchards, and he’ll stop at nothing to see his struggling estate profitable again. He hasn’t heard from his brother in years, so when his nieces, nephews, and their governess arrive unannounced at Penwythe Hall, he battles both grief of this brother’s death and bewilderment over this sudden responsibility. Jac’s priorities shift as the children take up residence in the ancient halls, but their secretive governess—and the mystery shrouding her past—proves to be a disruption to his carefully laid plans.
Rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the captivating allure of new love, this first book in the Cornwall Novels series introduces us to the Twethewey family and their search for peace, justice, and love on the Cornish coast.

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About the Author



Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever. Visit her online at SarahLadd.com; Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor; Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor.

More About The Governess of Penwythe Hall

5 things to know about Cornwall, England:
  1. Throughout its early history, Cornwall’s inhabitants called the country Kernow.
  2. Early inhabitants largely spoke their own language known as “Cornish,” which became nearly extinct in the 1800s
  3. The country has a long and rugged coastline and there were frequent shipwrecks.
  4. Fishing was a major industry, with herring, mackerel, and sardines being common catches.
  5. In 1870, novelist and poet Thomas Hardy called Cornwall “the region of dream and mystery.”

Imagine yourself in The Governess of Penwythe Hall with these pictures of 19th Century life in Cornwall
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2016/may/19/everyday-life-in-cornwall-captured-in-the-19th-century-in-pictures

Sources:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/empire_seapower/cornish_nation_01.shtml
https://www.maritimeheritage.org/ports/Cornwall.html
http://www.cornwallgoodseafoodguide.org.uk/cornish-fishing/history-of-the-cornish-fishing-industry.php

Blog Stops

Back Porch Reads, April 11
LifeofLiterature, April 11
Moments, April 11
Genesis 5020, April 11
Maureen’s Musings, April 12
The Power of Words, April 12
Mary Hake, April 12
To Everything A Season, April 12
KarenSueHadley, April 13
EmpowerMoms, April 13
For the Love of Literature, April 13
Inklings and notions, April 13
The Avid Reader, April 14
Blogging With Carol, April 14
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 14
Rachel’s Back Talk, April 15
Wishful Endings, April 15
Simple Harvest Reads, April 15 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Kat’s Corner Books, April 16
All-of-a-kind Mom, April 16
Daysong Reflections, April 16
The Becca Files, April 16
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 17
Blossoms and Blessings, April 17
Remembrancy, April 17
Worthy2Read, April 18
By The Book, April 18
Texas Book-aholic, April 18
Just the Write Escape, April 19
Stephanie’s Life of Determination, April 19
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 19
Babbling Becky’s Book Impressions, April 20
Tell Tale Book Reviews, April 20
For HIm and My Family, April 20
Locks, Hooks and Books, April 21
Inspiration Clothesline, April 21
Pause for Tales, April 21
Through the Fire Blogs, April 22
Bigreadersite, April 22
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 22
Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, April 22
Inspired by fiction, April 23
A Reader’s Brain, April 23
Hallie Reads, April 23
Henry Happens, April 24
Connect in Fiction, April 24
The Meanderings of a Bookworm, April 24
janicesbookreviews, April 24

Giveaway




To celebrate her tour, Sarah is giving away a grand prize of a finished paperback copy of The Governess of Penwythe  Hall!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!
Click here to enter. 

 My Thoughts

I have really enjoyed Sarah E. Ladd's books since the very beginning. She adds a touch of mystery and tension in most of her books and this story was no exception. I loved the setting and my goodness the cover of this book is beautiful. Now I will say Cordelia's predicament was written in a way that honestly made her seem to lack a bit of common sense. As she moves back within miles of her family from the past it would seem likely that they might find out she is near. I thought parts of this side of the story were a bit far fetched but none the less I enjoyed this book. I really liked Jac as a character and the children are great assets to this story. For a light historical romance this was a nice fast read. 

"I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

You're My Little Sweet Pea Review





About the Book

Show your child or grandchild they will always be your little sweet pea with this heartwarming board book filled with sweet rhymes and adorable illustrations that celebrates the deep bond between you and your little one. 

Featuring charming illustrations by Kit Chase of parent animals and their babies—kiss, cuddle, tickle, and rhyme your way through You're My Little Sweet Pea. This quick read is great for settling kids down for naptime or bedtime, and it is a great reminder to parents to slow down and just enjoy these precious moments with your little one.

If you enjoy books from authors like Nancy Tillman (On the Night You Were Born) and Sam McBratney (Guess How Much I Love You), then You're My Little Sweet Pea is the perfect book for you.

Little Sweet Pea, I love you. 
From button nose to baby coo.
Squishy cheeks and sparkly eyes, 
Pure delight and perfect size.
Tender feet and tiny toes, 
Where they’ll take you, no one knows. 

You’re My Little Sweet Pea:


Is the ideal gift for a new baby, baby shower, new parents, baptism, birthday, or any occasion to show children how special they are and how much they are loved
Shows all the wonderful moments shared between a parent or grandparent and their children and grandchildren
Has a soft padded cover that overlays a sturdy board book that can stand up to repeated readings at home or in a school or daycare setting
Has a cuddly and engaging cover adorned with spot gloss
Provides unforgettable cuddle time for mothers, fathers, grandparents, and caregivers of children ages 0–4 years old.


My Thoughts

This is a sweet board book. Some of the illustrations are adorable. Board books are always my favorite for littles. This would be fun to read to your very little ones. This wasn't my favorite kids book but I think some parents would enjoy it. 


I recieved this book from BookLook Bloggers for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.