Friday, August 31, 2018

Little Book of Thanks Kids Book Review


 About the Book

It happens every autumn. As soon as the leaves begin to turn bright, beautiful colors, the year sprints ahead on fast-forward! Take a few moments out of the hustle and bustle of the season to sink into a cozy chair with your little one and thank God for everything He’s given us with Precious Moments® Little Book of Thanks.

In the sweet, enduring art style of Precious Moments, this timeless book will help your children recognize all the wonderful things God has given them! Read along, and you will remember to enjoy the simple things, like singing silly songs, jumping in a pile of leaves, and watching the seasons change. The short, rhyming verses in this classic Precious Moments book don’t take much time to read at all, and they will create memories that last forever.

Precious Moments Little Book of Thanks offers you the chance to be thankful for all that you have and for the ones with whom you get to share every precious moment. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I love Precious Moments and autumn so this book I had to get! I wish there were a few more fall type illustrations but overall be prepared for a great little book! I think a book of thanks is a great idea for kids and adults. We all need reminded to be thankful and this little book talks about being thankful for many things. In typical style each page has a little poem that goes with a verse. I think it is a great little book and a must have to Precious Moments fans! 
Five stars. 

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Ours For A Season Review


 About the Book 

An Old Order Mennonite couple's vows and beliefs are challenged in this stirring contemporary novel for fans of Cindy Woodsmall or Shelley Shepherd Gray.

Anthony and Marty Hirschler are part of an Old Order Mennonite community in Pine Hill, Indiana. The couple has grown apart since a doctor confirmed they would never have children. Marty longs to escape the tight-knit area where large families are valued, and the opportunity to do so arises when her childhood friend, Brooke Spalding, resurfaces with the wild idea of rebuilding a ghost town into a resort community. Brooke hires Anthony to help with the construction, drawing the Hirschlers away from Indiana and into her plan, and then finds herself diagnosed with cancer. Moral complications with Brooke's vision for a casino as part of the resort and the discovery of a runaway teenager hiding on the property open up a world neither the Hirschlers nor Brooke had considered before. Will they be able to overcome their challenges and differences to help the ones among them hurting the most? (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I have mixed feelings after reading this book. I never know where Sawyer is going to go in her stories and this book had good and not great. I really enjoyed Brooke's story and her character. I thought that part of the book was well written. When it comes to Marty I simply had a difficult time. I truly didn't like her character. I thought perhaps I would at the end, as that often happens in books, but I just never could get to enjoy her at all. I thought there was good character development but Marty really made this book difficult to love. Also, while I like how the latter part of the book took a different turn, it didn't seem to flow with everything else. It just seemed rushed. Anywho all that to say Sawyer really is a gifted author this book simply wasn't my favorite. 
Three Stars.

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

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday -Topics I Want To Learn More About

After finding out about this week's Top Ten Tuesday it was a bit difficult to figure out where I should take my list. So I am going to list some books that fall into my "things that I want to learn more about" category. I also added a couple of books that I want to read to add to my Bible studying. I love all things history and typically after reading many historical fiction books, it creates new topics I want to research.

Can this part in history be any more intriguing?!









I love all things L.M. Montgomery and I am always wanting to read more about/from her!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Radio Signal Review


About the Book

Growing up in bucolic Eastern Pomerania during the early years of World War II, young Friedhelm Radandt has listened with his family on the Volksempfänger (people’s radio) to the many victory news bulletins. At the same time, Elizabeth Jobs and her family have lived in urbane Warsaw as loyal citizens of Poland who cherish their ethnic German heritage.

As the war intensifies, the Radandts continue to hold worship meetings in their home and defy the pressure of local party leaders to send their sons to the notorious school for future Nazi leaders. Meanwhile, across the border, Elizabeth’s family must cope with the death sentence from the Polish resistance movement for her father, Ludwig, the researcher and developer of radio tubes. When both families are driven from their homes, each embark on harrowing, yet thrilling parallel escape routes across war-torn Germany. Amid the darkness and rubble, can the light of love emerge?

The Radio Signal captures the true story of two separate families who share a vibrant faith that imbues their actions with courage and trust. During the war, neither family knew of the other. Neither family knew that their paths would ultimately cross.

Includes discussion questions for book clubs. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I will be honest in saying I didn't totally love this book. War stories are interesting and there are so many out there, fiction and non fiction. The thing of it is, this story didn't grab me. Perhaps the way it was written just didn't pull me into the overall story line. That isn't to say that this story isn't important but I do feel it could have been written a tad differently. In any case I am sure many people would enjoy it just wasn't my favorite! 
Three Stars.

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

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump Top Ten Tuesday

It is Top Ten Tuesday!
There is no guarantee if any of these books will pull you out of a reading slump. Sometimes I get stuck in one genre and simply need to mix it up. So I came up with a few different genres for you to try! 











Friday, August 10, 2018

A Rumored Fortune Review


About the Book
Tressa Harlowe's father did not trust banks, but neither did he trust his greedy extended family. He kept his vast fortune hidden somewhere on his estate in the south of England and died suddenly, without telling anyone where he had concealed it. Tressa and her ailing mother are left with a mansion and an immense vineyard and no money to run it. It doesn't take long for a bevy of opportunists to flock to the estate under the guise of offering condolences. Tressa knows what they're really up to. She'll have to work with the rough and rusticated vineyard manager to keep the laborers content without pay and discover the key to finding her father's fortune--before someone else finds it first.

Award-winning author Joanna Davidson Politano welcomes readers to Trevelyan Castle, home of the poorest heiress in Victorian England, for a treasure hunt they'll not soon forget. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

 I completely loved this book! I wasn't sure how in the world this story would go with a treasure hunt, a vineyard, and Victorian England. For the first part of the book I was pretty confused as to where the author was going with the story but I loved that part. The characters were very well developed and Tressa in particular really grows throughout the pages. I will say right when you think you know something, curve ball! The romance was perfect, and the vineyard setting was well written. The ending had a bit of mystery and I truly enjoyed every moment of this story. 
I look forward to more stories from Politano! 

Five Stars!! 

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

Monday, August 6, 2018

Eat at Home Tonight! ( A New Cookbook Review!)


 About the Book

Founder of the Eat at Home website and family meal-planning wizard Tiffany King shares recipes focused on simplicity, flavor, and healthy balance to help home cooks end every day with an affordable family dinner.

A popular food blogger with 8.5 million page views, Tiffany King's debut cookbook is crafted for those nights "when life happens." This is the cookbook to turn to when all hope of a homemade, wholesome dinner seems lost: when the fridge is empty, when it's already 8pm, when one kid has soccer practice and the other dance, when there's no time for cleanup because homework has to get done. Just like her blog, King's book is tirelessly encouraging and realistic. The recipes feature bright vegetables and affordable pantry ingredients. The book, uniquely arranged by "excuses includes sidebars with mealtime conversation starters and helpful cooking hints. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I am all about new food ideas! This cookbook is unique in the fact of how it is organized and also it has some recipes that I never would have thought to make. For example on a couple sections they are titled: I Only Have 15 Minutes Tonight (yes!), My Refrigerator is Empty Tonight, I Want to Cook for the Whole Week Tonight, etc. So she takes real life and tries to make things simple and she has some great tips on making a fast meal. Some yum yum recipes are honey-sriracha roasted brussels sprouts, skillet peach crisp, and Memphis-style BBQ chicken tacos with coleslaw. 
So if you are needing some yummy new recipe ideas or quick meals go ahead and pick this cookbook up! 

"Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah in offering me a free copy to review. All opinions are my own."