Tuesday, December 26, 2023

The Seamstress of Acadie Review

About the Book

As 1754 is drawing to a close, tensions between the French and the British on Canada's Acadian shore are reaching a fever pitch. Seamstress Sylvie Galant and her family--French-speaking Acadians wishing to remain neutral--are caught in the middle, their land positioned between two forts flying rival flags. Amid preparations for the celebration of Noël, the talk is of unrest, coming war, and William Blackburn, the British Army Ranger raising havoc across North America's borderlands.

As summer takes hold in 1755 and British ships appear on the horizon, Sylvie encounters Blackburn, who warns her of the coming invasion. Rather than participate in the forced removal of the Acadians from their land, he resigns his commission. But that cannot save Sylvie or her kin. Relocated on a ramshackle ship to Virginia, Sylvie struggles to pick up the pieces of her life. When her path crosses once more with William's, they must work through the complex tangle of their shared, shattered past to navigate the present and forge an enduring future. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

What an excellent novel! I simply couldn't put this book down. Right from the start I was swept into the world of Acadie and the life of Sylvie. I could just picture the beauty of the setting and imagine her beautiful orchards. The story takes a turn when tragedy strikes and her whole world changes. The historical aspect of this story is astounding and I had no idea any of these things actually happened! The second part of this book is almost like a part two because it is vastly different and really shows character growth. We get to see characters from A Heart Adrift (one of Frantz earlier books) and the reader really gets to know the hero of the story whom I just adore! There is a sweet love story that progresses slowly and was written to perfection. Laura Frantz has written another beautiful novel and it is absolutely a must read.
 I highly recommend!  

Five stars!

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

Top Ten Tuesday: The Ten Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

 This second half of this year I haven't acquired quite as many books and my reading really slowed down. I hope that the start of the new year will get me back in the reading mode. Here are my most recent additions to my bookshelf! 

Top Ten Tuesday

Some I will keep and some I will give away but these are the newest additions! 

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

The Seed of Faith: A Christmas Miracle Review


About the Book

Book: The Seed of Faith: A Christmas Miracle

Author: Daniel Petronelli

Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Holiday Celebration, Children’s Chapter Book, Inspirational, Action & Adventure

Release Date: October, 2021

In the small foothill village of Shiloh on a stormy Christmas Eve, a group of children find themselves lost in a powerful storm. When a chance encounter with a kind stranger presents itself, their faith is put to the test as they discover the true meaning of Christmas, learn valuable life lessons, and experience the transformative power of just one tiny seed: The Seed of Faith.
This unforgettable, multi-award winning story will inspire readers of all ages to believe in miracles and the unwavering presence of God in their lives.
Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Dan Petronelli was born and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts. He currently divides his time with his wife between West Bridgewater, Massachusetts and Stuart, Florida.
He is a strong member of his local community and has served as a Christian worship leader where he led a large congregation in praise and worship songs, including two of his original songs: “ Walking in the Light” and “ Providence.”
Dan Petronelli participated in Smith’s Magazine’s Six-Word Memoir contest, and his memoir was selected and later published by HarperCollins.
Dan found a message in a bottle when he was a young boy tinkering on a rocky shoreline. It was a profound spiritual message that he has kept and still treasures today.
This inspired story was written as a cherished Christmas gift for his family, and it is his hope that the SEED OF FAITH will also bring joy and continue to grow in the hearts of readers around the world.

More from Dan

“The Seed of Faith: A Christmas Miracle” is an inspiring story about the joy and blessings of faith.
I originally wrote this heartfelt story as a Christmas gift for my family, and it has since become a cherished tradition for us to read together on Christmas Eve. Encouraged by friends and relatives, I was inspired to share this story with a wider audience.
The book features numerous beautiful color illustrations by the talented artist Emily Pritchett.
At its core, this multi-award-winning tale focuses on finding courage during life’s most challenging moments and drawing strength from the Lord, knowing that He is always by your side.
Its captivating spiritual adventure unfolds as a small group of children finds themselves lost in a powerful storm on Christmas Eve, making it an engaging read for children.
This story glorifies the true meaning of Christmas—the birth of Jesus Christ, not Santa Claus.
It illustrates the power of just one tiny seed of faith, showing that with God’s blessings, it can grow in the hearts and change the lives of all who believe.
My earnest hope is that “The Seed of Faith” will continue to take root and flourish in the hearts of readers around the world.
Planting a Seed of Faith in the hearts of our children—what greater gift could we possibly give?


To celebrate his tour, Daniel is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Visa Gift Certificate, as signed hardcover copy of the book, and a Christmas Tree Grow Kit!!*

(* Grow your own Christmas Tree from seed!
Includes: Seeds, Growing medium, a mini-greenhouse, and detailed instructions)

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My Thoughts

 This is a great children's book. It has a fun Christmas story that I wasn't expecting. The main theme I took away from reading this is having faith even the worst of circumstances and also caring for others. It shows how people can change and when caring people persevere they can make a difference that lasts a lifetime. The illustrations are really wonderful and cozy which is perfect for a snowy Christmas read. I think many children will love this story as it has a lot of excitement and will keep them on the edge of their seat as they read or listen. 

Five Stars. 

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

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The Prince of Egypt the Musical + Giveaway!

About the Musical

 Filmed live at the West End's Dominion Theatre, London, the show features a cast and orchestra of 60 performers, making it one of the biggest musicals ever staged. The Prince of Egypt: The Musical is the must-see event for all fans of musical theatre. Based on the classic DreamWorks Animation film the classic story has been brought to life by Stephen Schwartz’s “miraculous music” (Time Out), including Academy Award®-winning song ‘When You Believe’ and Sean Cheesman’s “astonishing choreography” (The Guardian). This epic, critically acclaimed production tells an inspiring tale of resilience and hope. Journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege, find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must rule as Pharaoh, the other must rise up and free his true people; both face a destiny that will change history forever.

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My Thoughts

I was so excited to find out that this movie made it to the stage. I loved watching the Prince of Egypt growing up. I love watching stage productions and they filmed this wonderfully. The performers did an excellent job. The music is pretty much the same as what was in the movie though they did add some songs. The scenes are also mostly just like the movie but again some new things were added. I think the people they chose to portray each person was spot on. It is amazing how these people can perform and sing and dance for such a long production. The only thing I didn't love is that they changed the ending a little bit. There is still the parting of the Red Sea but how the brothers part ways was changed drastically. I didn't think that was necessary. Also, how Moses parts the Red Sea is not at all how it was in the movie and I didn't love how the focus was all on Moses' "power" when it was all the Lord. All that to say it is well worth watching.  I would have loved to have seen this in person but the next best thing is watching it on your screen! 

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

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