Thursday, June 15, 2017

2017 Reading List

Books I've read in 2017
Favorites are in bold

January
1. Random Acts of Deceit by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
2. Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
3. Random Acts of Greed by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
4. Because You're Mine by Colleen Coble
5. Sugar by Kimberly Stuart
6. Random Acts of Scrooge by Christy Barritt (Kindle, Novella)
7. Driftwood Tides by Gina Holmes
8. Ready to Fumble by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
9. Pounced by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
10. If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock
11. The Memory of You by Catherine West

February
12. Life After by Katie Ganshert
13. Hunted by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
14. Rattled by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
15. Tear Down and Die by Joanna Campbell Slan (Kindle)
16. Home at Last by Deborah Raney
17. A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander
18. Moving Target by Lynette Eason

March

19. Finding Healing  by Adessa Holden (Kindle)
20. Reign of Error by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
21. Starboard Secrets by Hope Callaghan (Kindle)
22. Waking Up: How I Found My Faith by Ted Dekker (Kindle)
23. Death of a Dapper Snowman by Cozy Cat Parker (Kindle)
24. Since You've Been Gone by Christa Allan (Kindle)
25. Spiritual Warfare Answer Book by Dr David Jeremiah
26. Home by Ginny L. Yttrup
27. Pursued by Lisa Harris

April

28. Engaged in Trouble by Jenny B. Jones (Kindle)
29. Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon
30. A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti
31. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
32. Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

May

33. Deception on Sable Hill by Shelley Gray
34. Safety in Blunders by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
35. Sacred Privilege by Kay Warren
36. Weaver's Needle by Robin Caroll
37. Illusion by Frank Peretti (Kindle)
38. Ascension of Larks by Rachel Linden
39. Beyond Justice by Cara Putman 
40. Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks
41. Random Acts of Fraud by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
42. Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble

June

43. Distorted by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
44. Glimpses of Paradise by James Scott Bell
45. The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck
46. Scrappy by Brandi Temple
47. Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray
48. Hiding Places by Erin Healy (Kindle)
49. Class Pictures by Marilyn Sachs (reread from the 80s)
50. The Velvet Room by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (reread from the 80s)
51. A Cry from the Dust by Carrie Stuart Parks (Kindle)





Sunday, June 4, 2017

Distorted by Christy Barritt

Christy Barritt is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I've read most of  her books and she releases more than any other author I read works from. I love that she's always got new stories for me. 
Distorted is her newest release. This follows the story of Mallory Baldwin, a young woman rescued from being kept in captivity by her kidnapper and the murderer of her parents. Mallory finds herself in the middle of mystery and suspense as she realizes she is being hunted once again. 
As with her other novels, Distorted had me captivated from beginning to end. I loved how Mallory's character used her past to help others and was dedicated to fight human trafficking. 

As with her other novels, Distorted has a strong Christian theme and will point the reader to the Author of Life. 

About the book:

Mallory Baldwin is a survivor. A former victim of human trafficking, she’s been given a second chance, yet not a night goes by that she doesn’t remember being a slave to weapons dealer Dante Torres. Despite being afraid of the dark and wary of strangers, Mallory is trying to rebuild her life by turning her tragedy into redemption.To former Navy SEAL Tennyson Walker, Mallory seems nothing like the shattered woman he rescued two years ago, and he can’t help but be inspired by her strength and resilience. So when a stalker suddenly makes Mallory vulnerable once again, Tennyson steps up as her bodyguard to keep her safe.
Mallory and Tennyson’s mutual attraction can’t be ignored, but neither can Mallory’s suspicion that Tennyson is keeping a terrible secret about her past. As the nightmare closes in, it’s not only Mallory and Tennyson’s love that comes under fire but their very lives as well. Will their faith sustain them? Or will the darkness win once and for all?




For more about Distorted please click here to visit Christy's website.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Lemonade Stand Cookbook by Kathy Strahs

 Look at this darling book! The Lemonade Stand Cookbook by Kathy Strahs has every detail you need for a successful lemonade stand for your kids. It's so much more than a cookbook. Lemonade stands can be for charity, personal use, or just as a way to relieve the summer boredom. What a great way to show kids how to make money and be responsible while getting the parents involved alongside them. This even has pricing suggestions for the drinks and snacks. 
Inside you'll find recipes for not only regular lemonade but a bunch of other fun drinks as well. You'll even learn how to make fancy straws for your drinks. If it's cold and your kids want to set up they'll find a yummy hot cocoa recipe. This book really does have it all. 
Brownies, mini muffins, banana bread, and even instructions on how to zest a lime for a special drink. This is good for kids of any skill level (though some may need adult supervision). This is available from Burnt Cheese Press.

Kathy Strahs is the award-winning author of The 8x8 Cookbook and The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook, the voice behind the blogs PaniniHappy.com and CookingOnTheSide.com , and the founder of Burnt Cheese Press. Her work has been featured on Oprah.com , Today.com , and in numerous national publications. She lives with her husband and their two children in the Silicon Valley. 



This book provided for review by PR By the Book

Kids' Visual Study Bible NIV by Zondervan


The Kids' NIV Visual Study Bible by Zonderkidz is a great way to get your kids excited about the word of God. This Bible is in the easy to understand NIV and has references that will give your children the tools they need to understand and learn what God has for them. I love that the title page for each book gives a little history about the book and the author. This would be a great addition to your home library or a gift for a special child in your life. 
























This book provided for review by Handlebar

Food52 Mighty Salads

 Food52 is back with another cookbook and this time it's all about salad. I love salad. Mighty Salad is filled with sixty new ways to enjoy one of my favorite meals. From leafy salads to meat salads and everything in between. Perfect for your family or for a fancy meal, you are sure to find something for everyone's taste buds in here. I am loving the roasted grape, butternut squash, and kale salad and can't wait to try the white bean salad with fennel three ways. Some of my favorite ingredients are found in these pages! There's even a twist on tabbouli (tabbouleh). I love making salads to keep in the fridge for eating on the run. It's such an easy way to care for my family by keeping healthy food on hand. Looking forward to many excellent meals with this book.



This book provided for review by Blogging for Books

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sacred Privilege by Kay Warren

 Sacred Privilege by Kay Warren is from the heart of one pastor's wife to another. Kay writes with the authority of someone who's been there. Anyone in ministry knows that it is not an easy road. The hardest times of my life have been in the past twenty-five years of full time ministry. When I read the description of this book I broke down and ordered it immediately because it described how I've felt. In reading the book I was a little let down, probably because it didn't dig as deep as I thought it could. Perhaps this is aimed more towards younger pastor's wives who don't have a few decades under their belts. I was just hoping for a little more.
Here's a peek inside:

This book provided for review by Revell

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan

 Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan is the third in the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series. This book takes the reader on a heart-gripping adventure in the days of the Old West. Grace Bidwell is a recent widow who wants children but feels it'll never happen for her. Her days are filled with taking care of her father and trying to keep up with the farm. This book gave a nice glimpse into things we don't often think about and a time that is long forgotten. Grace was a sweet character who watched her dreams come true in ways she never anticipated. I didn't read the first two books in this series but this was fine as a stand-alone.
This book provided for review by Revell