Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano

A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano is superb writing. Seriously, good writing. So good that I had to really pay attention to every single sentence. I prefer a book that I can read, something light, quickly. This had to be read in silence with my full attention. It reads like a classic and not something put out in 2018. It's in its own realm.

The story centers on Tressa Harlowe and the castle she grew up in. Her father's death has set the town in a frenzy. Everyone is showing up for money due them. Extended family arrives to help in the treasure hunt for the rumored fortune. 

Unfolding the story is slow, this does not move very fast at all, and almost minute by minute. There are some twists and turns I never saw coming. Surprises throughout the second half of the book.

Very good reading if you have the time and attention to give it. This is not a beach read, this is a soaking in the tub read. 

This book provided for review by Revell. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

The Daily Question for You and Your Child - WaterBrook Press

The Daily Question for You and Your Child is a three-year spiritual journey/journal to record your child's answers and growth in the Lord as you have conversations together. Kids say the best things! What better way to record these things than with a journal. This is a true keepsake, great gift idea for new parents or for those with children entering a new phase of life. Back to school, after a move, new sibling....all great times to begin this study with them.

A few of the questions are:
If you could travel to any story in the Bible, which one would you choose?
If you could make up your own holiday, what would it be?
What do you know about Jesus?
What is your favorite cartoon? Why?
What makes you sad?

Lots of good conversation prompts. Begin having important conversations early, the more you talk with your children the easier it will be when the deep conversations need to happen.

This book provided for review by Waterbrook Press 

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Called to Protect by Lynette Eason

Called to Protect, by Lynette Eason, is the second in her Blue Justice series. This book follows the St. John siblings as they uncover and unravel a human trafficking ring. This, along with the other books I've read by Eason, is a fast-paced drama that is easy to read. It grabs your attention on the first page and never lets it go. I enjoy books by this author, I know they will provide a good, clean story and won't stray from the values I hold. 

This book provided for review by revell. 

Friday, July 27, 2018

More than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer

More than Meets the Eye is the latest by Karen Witemeyer and it's as good as all of her previous works. This author never disappoints. She delivers an interesting story with relatable characters and dialog so tight that you're not once distracted. She makes it easy to get caught up into the tale. 

More than Meets the Eye is the story of three children on an orphan train west. If that's not enough to draw you in it goes on to involve family drama, old west gambling, bullying, and redemption. Throw in a bit of a love story (or two) and you've got a perfect novel. 

This was one I finished in just two days. It was hard to put down. I love when that happens. 


This book provided for review by Bethany House. 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

2018 Reading List


January

1. Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason 
2. The Man He Never Was by James Rubart
3. The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble
4. The Air I Breathe by Louie Giglio
5. All Things Bright and Strange by James Markert
6. The Wrecking by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
7. Hidden Currents by Christy Barritt (Kindle)

February

8. Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray
9. The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers
10. Flood Watch by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
11. Shadows of Hope by Georgiana Daniels 
12. Fatherless by Dr James Dobson & Kurt Bruner

March

13. Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn 
14. Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett
15. If I Live by Terri Blackstock (Kindle)
16. Plain Threats by Alison Stone 
17. Murder in the Locked Library by Ellery Adams
18. Desperate Escape by Lisa Harris

April

19. Pelican Point by Irene Hannon
20. No Less Days by Amanda G. Stevens
21. Dangerous Waters by Christy Barrett (Kindle)
22. Royals by Rachel Hawkins 
23. Begin Again by Leeana Tankersley
24. A Dark History: Hollywood by Kieron Connolly
25. Things I Never Told You by Beth K. Vogt


May

26. the theory of happily ever after by Kristin Billerbeck
27. Adamant by Lisa Bevere
28. The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson
29. The Solace of Water by Elizabeth Byler Younts 
30. Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh

June

31. The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck
32. Introvert Doodles by Maureen “Marzi” Wilson
33. Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley 
34. Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin 
35. Becoming the Talbot Sisters by Rachel Linden
36. Where Hope Begins by Catherine West
37. Good Night, I Love You by Jene Ray Barranco

July


38. The Fashion Designer by Nancy Moser
39. Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber
40. More than Meets the Eye by Karen Whitemeyer 
41. The Hope Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter
42. Okayest Mom by Natalie Gwyn

August

43. Clean Sweep by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
44. Called to Protect by Lynette Eason
45. A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano



























Saturday, July 21, 2018

River to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart

River to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart was not an easy book for me to read. I got to page 130 and then put the book down, fed up with trying to figure out which character was doing the thinking. There's a lot of head-hopping in this book and it made it very hard to concentrate on and I lost interest in trying. I wanted to love it, but can't say that I did.

This book provided for review by Revell. 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

I've been a fan of this author since her first release. Her historical fiction is usually some of my favorite to read. This book did not draw me in like her others and I've spent about two weeks trying to get into it and I'm only on page 127. I've lost interest and it's become a chore to try to get into it so I'm putting it down. The characters didn't mesh with me this time. I will not give up on this author because I've liked everything else I've read of hers. This one just didn't do it for me.

This book provided for review by Bethany House.