Tuesday, March 28, 2023

The Journey Movie Review & Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!




A Music Special from Andrea Bocelli combines world-class musical performances with intimate
conversations across the awe-inspiring Italian countryside

In addition to Andrea Bocelli, THE JOURNEY features Michael W. Smith, Tori Kelly,
Tauren Wells, TAYA, and many others in amazing musical performances across majestic locations.



Buy tickets today to see THE JOURNEY in theaters starting 4/2

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My Thoughts

I enjoy Andrea Bocelli's music so that is the main reason I wanted to watch this movie. The viewer is taken on a literal journey while watching Andrea and his wife travel on horse back across Italy. In between riding scenes there are musical performances that are just terrific! Most of the performances are done outside and it was put together nicely. The scenery is beautiful and I can only imagine how it will look on the big screen in theaters. The other performers also join in on the horse back ride in different sections and there is discussion about many different things. It was all quite interesting as I really didn't know much about Andrea Bocelli aside from incredible musical talent. This is a film I would expect to watch on our local PBS station as it had a similar feel. I really enjoyed the gorgeous scenery and the music. It was well worth watching!

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Many thanks to TBN for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are
100% my own.

Monday, March 27, 2023

The Wild Journey of Juniper Berry YA Review



About the Book

 Eleven-year-old Juniper Berry lives in a cabin with her family deep in the wild woods. Living off the grid is usually exciting, like the time she chased off three growling raccoons with a tree branch and some acorns, or when she thought she glimpsed the legendary Bigfoot. But her happy life in the wild ends abruptly when her younger brother gets sick, and the family moves to the city to be closer to the hospital.

Juniper and her older sister are sent to live with cousins they hardly know and attend a public school for the first time, which is harder to navigate than the wild woods ever were. Juniper feels like a wolf cub separated from her pack.

When Juniper notices that her cousin, Alayna, is being bullied by so-called friends, she’s ready to fight back like the wild geese do when protecting their goslings, but her cousin tells her to stay out of it; she doesn’t want Juniper making things worse. 

As the hospital bills for her brother start piling up, Juniper knows they’ll need to be paid before the family can go back to the woods, so she decides to make enough money to help out. With Alayna’s support, Juniper starts posting videos filled with her wisdom from the woods, hoping to get a following. But what if it doesn’t work? What if the bills never get paid? Not going home to the wild is Juniper’s worst nightmare. But while she’s stuck in the city, she might as well make the most of it, like sticking up for her cousin, for starters.

The Wild Journey of Juniper Berry is a story about perseverance when faced with difficult and unfamiliar challenges, belonging and finding your identity, compassion for others, and learning that our differences can sometimes be our strengths. (Goodreads)

Releases August 15th

Pre-Order HERE!

My Thoughts

I had so much fun reading this adventure of Juniper! She is such a great character and how this story was written really surprised me to be honest. I wasn't sure what to expect and there was a lot packed into the pages. The book starts out with Juniper and her family living in the woods and living off the land and off grid. This creates for a very unique life perspective for Juniper and her siblings. While the "world" considers it to be weird and not normal this book flips your perspective. The family has to go to the city where the hospital is located so Juniper discovers what lies beyond the woods. Her parents had settled in the woods because they did not want to be a part of the culture in city/town life. Not only are the people all different in the city but the general day to day is vastly different. There are some pretty strong points about what the world "values" and also how the world reacts to those that are different. I appreciated the plot line that included panic attacks and social anxiety as it was well written. Juniper doesn't care that she is different and she stands up for herself. 

I really enjoyed this story and I think it will create a lot of interesting conversations. Well worth the read! 

Five stars. 

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

Saturday, March 25, 2023

His Only Son Movie Review and Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

About the Movie

His Only Son recounts one of the most controversial moments in the
Old Testament—when Abraham was commanded by God to sacrifice his son Isaac on
the mountain of Moriah. While traveling to the place of the sacrifice, alongside Isaac
and two servants, Abraham is flooded with vivid memories from the years he and
Sarah spent longing for the son they were promised—the son he must now lay upon
the altar.

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My Thoughts


First and foremost you can't replace the Bible with a movie. So in watching the movie you must also read how the Bible explains what happened in Genesis. 

The film starts out with Abraham hearing from God that he needs to make the journey to sacrifice Isaac. As the story moves along, it also flashes back in time to before Isaac was born. The part I found most interesting was considering how they lived in a tent and also the land they dwelt in. That part I appreciated because we don't really consider that when reading about it because it is something we really can't fully comprehend.

I thought the film was mostly well done. It moves a bit slow but there is a lot they try to cover in the story. There is added drama on the journey and different things that are not in the Bible. I am sure it was added to portray the culture at that time but it took me out of the movie for a bit. Also, throughout the film Sarah seems to not believe in God at all until the end and that is a pretty bold statement to assume. I did not like how that was done. 

There was a conversation that I did like. The one young man traveling with them said, "The people of Sodom were wicked and depraved." Abraham answers, "We are no different when we do our own way." 

This conversation is not in Genesis but the point of it hits home and should make us stop and consider

So as far as a Biblical re-telling, I thought this movie was pretty good compared to others I have seen. Not completely accurate, but I am not sure that is possible when making the Bible into a film. 

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Many thanks to Angel Studios for providing a sample of the product for this review.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Books on My Spring 2023 To-Read List

 Oh my goodness this year has already started off being a fantabulous book year! Here are some spring releases that I am REALLY excited to read!

Sunday, March 12, 2023

His Only Son Movie Trailer




His Only Son recounts one of the most controversial moments in the Old Testament—when Abraham was commanded by God to sacrifice his son Isaac on the mountain of Moriah. While traveling to the place of the sacrifice, alongside Isaac and two servants, Abraham is flooded with vivid memories from the years he and Sarah spent longing for the son they were promised—the son he must now lay upon the altar.




I am curious to watch this one!




Tuesday, March 7, 2023

The Journey: A Music Special from Andrea Bocelli Trailer





 Combining world-class musical performances with intimate conversations across the awe-inspiring Italian countryside, THE JOURNEY: A Music Special from Andrea Bocelli is an exploration of moments that define us, songs that inspire us, and relationships that connect us to what matters most in life. 

Join in a sacred pilgrimage of hope, beauty, and song with this special theatrical event opening on Palm Sunday and continuing through Holy Week: April 2, 3, 4 & 6. In addition to Bocelli, you’ll hear Michael W. Smith, Tori Kelly, Tauren Wells, TAYA, and many others in amazing musical performances across majestic locations. 

Get your tickets at TheJourney.movie. 






Remember Me Review


 About the Book

 Addie Bryant is haunted by her past of heartbreak and betrayal. After her beau, Isaac Hanson, left the Yukon, she made a vow to wait for him. When she's sold to a brothel owner after the death of her father, Addie manages to escape with the hope that she can forever hide her past and the belief that she will never have the future she's always dreamed of.

Years later, Addie has found peace in her new life as a photographer, training Camera Girls to operate and sell the Brownie camera. But during the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Expo in Seattle, Addie is reunited with Isaac. And when her past catches up with her, Addie must decide whether to run or to stay and face her wounds in order to embrace her life, her future, and her hope in God.

Bestselling author Tracie Peterson pens a tender tale where forgiveness, faith, and love conquers all. (Goodreads)


My Thoughts

It has been years since I read Tracie Peterson's Alaskan Yukon Quest series and I was so excited to read another story that starts in Alaska. This book was very interesting to read with the many historical tidbits woven throughout the pages. I loved the Alaskan history but also the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Expo, of which I knew nothing about whatsoever. Addie's character was so well written and I appreciated her strength and how she grew and overcame obstacles. I struggled with Isaac's character and I never really grew to love him to be honest. He assumed too many things and was far too pushy for my liking. I still found this to be an enjoyable read tinged with mystery and romance and how Christ can heal past trauma to give us hope for a future.

Four Stars. 

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

Sunday, March 5, 2023

The Metropolitan Affair Review


 About the Book

 For years her explorer father promised Dr. Lauren Westlake she'd accompany him on one of his Egyptian expeditions. But as the empty promises mounted, Lauren determined to earn her own way. Now the assistant curator of Egyptology for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lauren receives two unexpected invitations.

The first is her repentant father's offer to finally bring her to Egypt as his colleague on a new expedition. The second is a chance to enter the world of New York's wealthiest patrons who have been victims of art fraud.

With Egyptomania sweeping the city after the discovery of King Tut's tomb, Detective Joe Caravello is on the hunt for a notorious forger preying on the open wallets of New York's high society. Dr. Westlake is just the expert he needs to help him track the criminal. Together they search for the truth, and the closer Lauren and Joe get to discovering the forger's identity, the more entangled they become in a web of deception and crime.

In this rich 1920s tale, bestselling author Jocelyn Green invites you into one of New York City's most esteemed museums, where a young woman discovers secrets, betrayal, and romance. (Goodreads)


My Thoughts

Jocelyn Green has written some terrific historical fiction so I knew that this story would be a well researched adventure. I LOVED visiting the Met when I was in New York and while this is set in a much different time it still helped me visualize it more clearly. It is an incredible place and it was really interesting to read about a very small part of the Egyptian history and imagine the inner workings of the museum. The setting is fantastic and the central mystery that runs throughout the story is well done. I did have a hard time connecting with the main characters. Lauren is an independent woman and I appreciate her perspective. The relationship with her father is a key part of the story and I found that to be interesting. I enjoyed the history and much of the sleuthing for counterfeit art. While this isn't my favorite book by this author I know many will love it!


Three Stars.


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

Saturday, March 4, 2023

The Cairo Curse Review with Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Book: The Cairo Curse

Author: Pepper Basham

Genre: Christian Fiction / Historical Fiction / Romance / Adventure / Mystery

Release date: February 1, 2023


Clue meets Indiana Jones with a fiction-loving twist only Grace Percy can provide.

Newlyweds Lord and Lady Astley have already experienced their fair-share of suspense, but when a honeymoon trip takes a detour to the mystical land of Egypt, not even Grace with her fiction-loving mind is prepared for the dangers in store. From an assortment of untrustworthy adventure-seekers to a newly discovered tomb with a murderous secret, Frederick and Grace must lean on each other to navigate their dangerous surroundings. As the suspects mount in an antiquities’ heist of ancient proportions, will Frederick and Grace’s attempts to solve the mystery lead to another death among the sands?


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About the Author


Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her historical romance novels, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge and The Red Ribbon, and her contemporary novels, the Mitchell’s Crossroads and Pleasant Gap series, showcase her Appalachian heritage, as well as her love for humor and family. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.

You can learn more about Pepper at her website http://www.pepperdbasham.com or connect with her on FB, IG, or Twitter


Read an Excerpt from the Book!

February 1914, Havensbrook


Gunfire erupted from outside, sending Frederick Percy, Earl of Astley, leaping from his chair. The seat crashed against the floor behind him in time with another shot. What on earth! He grabbed the first weapon-like item he could find—his grandfather’s cane—and dashed toward the sound, nearly colliding with his butler moving in the same direction.

“Did you hear the gunfire, Brandon?”

The older gentleman’s brows rose as high as they could go without becoming part of his snowy hairline. “Indeed, my lord. From the south garden, if I guess correctly, sir.”

“My thoughts exactly.” Frederick tapped the cane against the floor and took a step in the direction of the garden door. Then stopped, a sudden sense of dread forming a lump in his stomach. His butler’s response was much too cavalier for an emergency. “Have you seen Lady Astley of late, Brandon?”

“Not since after breakfast, sir.”

“Well, then.” Frederick returned to his office for his own pistol and prayed whatever inspired a gunshot near his home would prove more benign than dangerous. After surviving several near-death experiences over the past Christmas season, Frederick was quite finished with drama for a while. Though drama seemed to follow his new bride in spades.

He met the butler back in the hallway.

“Might I offer an insight, sir?”

Frederick pivoted in his approach to the door and turned back to Brandon. “Insight?”

“Yes, sir.” The man released a deep sigh which pulled his pristine posture into a slight slump. He then sent Frederick a look which somehow inspired a grimace before Frederick even heard the man’s words. “Her ladyship was speaking with Mr. Blake after breakfast, sir.”

“Mr. Blake?” Frederick rolled his gaze heavenward, the tension in his jaw uncoiling into a slight annoyance that manifested in an ache over his right eyebrow. He loved his cousin. There was no man Frederick trusted more. But for some reason, the idea of Blake and Grace together followed by the sound of gunfire did not bode well.

For anyone.

“About pistols, my lord.”

And the answers emerged, along with an increased throbbing in Frederick’s head. “Thank you, Brandon.”

Setting a slower pace, he moved toward the south side of his manor house, another shot reverberating nearer. Within a month since Christmas, his American wife had learned how to drive the car and throw knives, two skills she appeared to excel in more than knowing the fashion of the season or how to address the complicated hierarchy of the aristocracy. His lips almost split into a grin as he recalled her stumbling over addressing the Duke of Westonbridge two weeks ago by calling him “Your Honorable Lord” and then in quick correction, “Your Grace, or at least I hope you are since I fumbled your title so atrociously.”

Of course the duke had fallen under Grace’s spell within five minutes, as everyone else who met her seemed to do since she’d moved to his crumbling Derbyshire estate two months earlier. Well, everyone except the villainess who’d tried to kill them just before Christmas. But that was hopefully a distant story, and their next chapter would be a lovely, peaceful belated honeymoon—he increased his steps at the idea—with a little surprise tagged on for his lovely Lady Astley.

Frederick nodded a good afternoon to the police officer inconspicuously posted near the house so that Frederick’s mother could work out her sentence of house arrest in connection with his father and brother’s deaths. He released a sigh. No, she was no murderess, unless glares and harsh words counted, but she’d harbored information that could have protected others. The law had been gracious with her due to her age and status, merely revoking her freedoms from leaving Havensbrook, so his mother’s life stayed very much as it had since Frederick’s father’s death; however, the added blemish of “criminal” to her reputation ensured she spent her days away from the public eye.

And if the police officer appeared in no great distress over the gunfire, Frederick knew all too well what must be happening.

Just around the edge of the house, a large garden opened to the south, its walls still well intact, though ivy-grown and tangled. Another shot reverberated through the damp air, followed quickly by laughter and his wife’s exuberant exclamation of “I hit it.”

Frederick’s lips pinched into a frown. Why he ever expected his cousin Blake to mind Frederick’s subtle requests was beyond him! The garden gate stood open, welcoming him forward into an even more tangled array of vines and twined greenery, the winter roses, a remnant of the garden’s healthier days, sleeping until spring.

He hadn’t had the means to make things right with Havensbrook before but, with Grace’s wealth and her generous heart, he could now. Another way to make amends for the past, he hoped, though

God had already bestowed on him much more than he deserved.

His cousin stood to the right, hands on the hips of his gray suit jacket, but Frederick’s gaze followed Blake’s focus to the woman in the center of the garden. Her bright auburn hair was twisted up beneath a deep purple hat that matched her coat, both in contrast to her pale skin. Her laughter echoed toward him, so filled with joy and hope. Two things he’d thought lost forever before he’d met her.

Yes, God had given him much more than he deserved, and sometimes, he wondered if God had given him more than he could manage.

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To celebrate her tour, Pepper is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of the book!!

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 My Thoughts

Oh what a story this book holds! I love Pepper Basham's writing and this story takes the reader on quite the adventure. It very much reminded me of the movie The Mummy and that made me smile the whole way through. We first met Freddie and Grace in The Mistletoe Countess so this book takes up a little bit after that one. Grace's character is truly one of a kind and she just made me giggle. I love the fun romance and the slight mystery that threads through the pages. The setting of Egypt is unique and I was excited for something new! While I didn't love this book so much as the first one it was still a fun read. 

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."