Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Book Review of Love Letters from God: Bible Stories for a Girl's Heart by Glenys Nellist

This book is a collection of Bible stories about women in the Bible for girls ages 4-8.  Each Bible story is on a two page spread.  Most of the stories have the story on one page and illustration on the next with a lift the flap 'Love Letter from God.'  My daughter's favorite part was lifting up the flap to read the love letter from God.  Each love letter has a spot to right your little girl's name to personalize the letters. Each story has a section titled 'God's Wonderful Words to You' with a Bible verse.  This is a great book that tells each story in the author's own words, but there is also a scripture reference where you could go in the Bible and read the story from there as well.  I highly recommend this book!

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.*

Book Review of Hello Stars by Alena Pitts with Wynter Pitts

Hello Stars is the first book in the Lena in the Spotlight series by Alena Pitts and Wynter Pitts. Eleven year old, Lena Daniels auditions for a movie part so that she can meet her favorite Christian singer, Mallory Winston.  She never dreams that she would get the part, but that is exactly what happens.  Now that she has gotten her wish, she realizes that being a part of the movie is much harder than she expected.  In order to start filming the movie, she has to leave before the last week of school, miss out on a trip with her best friends and spend her whole summer filming the movie instead of what she had planned.  She doesn't like being in the spotlight.  She learns that being in a movie and meeting Mallory isn't just glamour and fun, but a lot of hard work and responsibility.  

I thought this book was good.  The characters are well developed and the story kept a steady pace.  I loved that Lena talked to God when she had a problem.  There were lots of Christian values as well as scripture references throughout the book which I also liked.  I also liked that there was a lesson to be learned in the book.  I think that girls 8-12 would enjoy this book.

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.*

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Book Review of True to You by Becky Wade

True to You is the first book in Becky Wade's Bradford Sisters Romance series.  Nora Bradford is genealogist and historical village owner who went through a devastating breakup three years earlier.  Since her breakup, she has buried herself in her work and tried to convince herself and her sisters that she is content with being single.  However, that changes when she meets John Lawson, a former Navy SEAL.  John hires Nora to help him search for his birth mother because he is looking for a medical history after being diagnosed with an inherited condition.  When Nora and John first meet, John has a girlfriend, but he and Nora become quick friends.  As they spend more time together, they both feel like they could be the perfect match.  Lots of surprises along the way, but I promise the ending is absolutely worth it!

I just finished the finished this book, and it was amazing!  Becky Wade is one of my favorite authors, but I have to say that this book surpassed my expectations, and I think I can say this is by far my favorite that I have read by her.  I loved the characters, I loved the story, I loved the lessons she taught through Nora and John.  I absolutely LOVED IT! I smiled, I laughed, I cried.  I cannot wait for the next book in the series!

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Book Review of Long Time Gone

Long Time Gone is the second book in Mary Connealy's The Cimarron Legacy series.  This book picks up right where the first book ended.  Cole is on the mend after being shot with the help of the doctor and Angie Dupree's help.  The Bodens thought that the trouble had ended with the death of a dangerous enemy, but they may have uncovered the real plot to take their ranch.  Everything that has happened could be part of a bigger plot that goes back to a decades old secret.  While Cole and their father continue to heal, Justin and the rest of the family work to put the pieces together but there is danger along the way.

This book is full of suspense and romance.  I've become of a fan on Mary Connealy's writing.  I loved the twists and turns in this book.  The characters are interesting and well developed.  I enjoyed seeing the relationship between Angie and Justin develop in this book.  I would suggest reading the first book in the series to be able to follow the story completely.  I highly recommend this series.

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Book Review of Quick Tips for Busy Families by Jay Payleitner

This is a description of the book, Quick Tips for Busy Families by Jay Payleitner on Amazon: 

"Parenting can be hard work, and our lives continue to get busier and busier. Is it possible to lighten the load but still raise great kids?

From his experiences as a dad as well as interacting with countless other parents, Jay Payleitner has gathered scores of secrets worth passing along--simple things veteran moms and dads have learned over the years. Things as simple as passing along truths during TV commercials. Or connecting with your children as you tuck them in at night. Or learning how to laugh over spilt milk.

Some of the ideas are old-school secrets that were passed from one generation to the next; others deal with issues that would have never crossed Grandma and Grandpa's minds. All of them are easy to implement. 

This book is designed for a quick, breezy reading experience, letting parents pick and choose those ideas that will make th
eir lives easier, their kids happier, and their futures even brighter."

I liked the set up of this book.  Each tip is about a page long--a few are longer.  There are 144 topics.  You can look in the topical index for something you would like to read about it you don't want to read the book in its entirety.  I sort of expected the tips to be more spiritually based, and there are some there, but the majority are just basic tips which is fine.  We can all use some parenting tips and this is a book that would be good if you aren't interested in reading a super long book.

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Book Review of Still Life by Dani Pettrey

Still Life is the second book in Dani Pettrey's Chesapeake Valor series.  Avery Tate attends a gallery opening of a photography exhibit and support her best friend, Skylar, who modeled for the show.  The only image displayed in the photography exhibit is a chilling one of Skylar posing as dead and the photographer insists it isn't the photo he took.  Skylar is missing.  As Avery works together with Parker and his friends to solve Skylar's disappearance, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.

Dani Pettrey is one of my favorite authors.  I'm so happy that I can say that I loved this book!  It was a little darker subject than her Alaskan Courage series (think Criminal Minds), but I still enjoyed it.  I loved the suspense and the relationship between Avery and Parker.

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Book Review of The Cottage by Michael Phillips

The Cottage is the second book in Michael Phillips Secrets on the Shetlands series.  

The back of the book says:
     "When Loni Ford is informed that she has inherited property in the Shetland Islands, she laughs. She wants nothing more than to sell it and be done with it. But when she arrives in the North Sea enclave, she is stunned to find that "the Cottage" is not at all what she expected, nor is David Tulloch, the man most of the islanders believe to be the rightful heir.

The locals could hardly be more surprised that the heir is a woman--and an American. Loni, in turn, finds the islanders quaint and a bit behind the times. Expecting David to be as provincial as the rest of his clan, she discovers that there is far more to the man than meets the eye. And there is something about the peaceful atmosphere of the place--and the character of its most prominent citizen--that soon gets under her skin. 

Beneath the peaceful surface, however, change is threatening the island of Whale's Reef. David's cousin Hardy Tulloch, whose claim to the inheritance now in Loni's hands was backed by oil investors, has not been deterred in his aim to control the island. But his co-conspirators have plans of their own, plans that put Loni's very life in danger."

When I first started the book, I found it to be slow, but once I got further along I didn't want to put it down.  I didn't realize that this book was part of a series, but after finishing this book, I'd like to read more.  The characters were interesting and well developed.  I really liked David and Loni's relationship.

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.*