Monday, November 20, 2017

Book Review: Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel

This is a children's chapter book where June and Mae are new neighbors. After becoming best friends they turn to the Wonder Wheel to determine what their adventures will be each day. Each spin brings fun times for both girls. Perhaps they need to find something blue that day or do a good deed. In addition to this June can hear her dog, Sammy talk. Should she tell Mae?

This book is suggested for grades 2-4 but I believe as a read aloud book children younger than this can enjoy it also. This high energy book will sweep kids away with ease. This is a fun, friendly book that I believe most children will enjoy.

I was given this book by NetGalley and HMH Books for Young Readers in exchange for my honest review.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Book Review: The Skeleton Garden

This is part of the cozy mystery series, A Potting Shed Mystery.

Pru Parke has moved from Texas to a plush place in England called Greenoak. Offered this estate, Pru and Christopher Pearse, her new hubby and former Detective Chief Inspector, said yes. While there she decides to connect with her brother, Simon.

While working on the grounds, Pru and her brother, the grounds worker, found a WWII German fighter plane and some bones. This did not thrill everyone and some blamed Simon. This did not sit well with Pru so she fights for him.

This was such a fun read. I enjoyed the garden talk and the connection with WWII. The development of the characters was well done. I had not read a book in this series before so this aspect was important to me. The predictability factor was pretty high but it was still enjoyable.

I received this book from NetGalley and Random House Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Book Review: All Saints

All Saints: The Surprising True Story of How Refugees from Burma Brought Life to a Dying Church by [Spurlock, Michael, Windle, Jeanette]When I first received this book, I did not realize that it was made into a movie. So first I read the book and then I saw the movie. They are both excellent.

A church of about 12 parishioners is preparing to close its doors by bringing in a newly ordained minister who is tasked with the job. Soon a family from Burma begins to attend the church because of the similarities between it and their home Anglican church. These Burmese attenders continued to come and they grew. Along with them came their needs. The pastor decides to challenge the church to help with their needs and to keep the doors open. This is the story.

I loved the story. Included was the background story of the Burmese and their journey to the Anglican church. I found myself pulled, much as the minister in the story was. Plus I found myself cheering for each person in the story.

I highly recommend this book.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book Review: Noelle

Noelle: A Novel (A Dog Named Christmas) by [Kincaid, Greg]This book, Noelle, by Greg Kincaid, tugged at my heartstrings from the Prologue. It talked about the puppy mill where Noelle was born. My own dog was rescued at the side of the road from one of these places and would have froze to death if she were not saved.

I have not read the previous books in this series, but that was all right as they gave a good description of events and people that were in this book. Noelle was cast aside when she was born because she was not the perfect example of a Golden Retriever. However, she became the friendliest and most wonderful dog. Todd and Laura are two characters in the story.

Todd was born developmentally delayed. However, with the love and support of those around him he became a top dog trainer. In this book he and Laura move in together and look to the future. Todd becomes the manager of a new dog rescue facility.

Mary Ann, Todd's mom and outspoken library board member, has found herself in the new position of Mrs. Anna Claus.

Each of the characters is so easy to relate to, it was hard to believe that so much story could fit between the covers of this small book. This is definitely a book for those looking for a book for Christmas or for those who enjoy dog stories. I love both, so this fit in my life nicely. All the traditions of Christmas are included and put me in the mood for the season.

I was given this book by NetGalley and by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cook Book Review: More-with-Less (40th Anniversary Edition)

I purchased an edition of this book 30 years ago and I loved it. When this edition came out, I was convinced that I would feel the same about it. I do.

This book has been filled with recipes used by the Mennonite people. It helps the consumer look at the food that we consume, like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes etc. Preferably, these should come from local sources. To show some of the missions that the Mennonite people serve they include pictures from around the world using local resources.

I found the recipes were easy to follow and, unlike so many other cookbooks, do not take forever to create. I enjoyed this version as often as I did the first one I owned.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Herald Press in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Book Review: Life-Changing Miracles

James Stuart Bell brought together a book filled with stories that will inspire others. I feel that there is at least one or two stories that will speak to the reader's heart and sole. For myself I enjoyed A Walking Miracle, Circle of God's Arms, God Had Other Plans and Finding Faith in Foreign Land. Each one touched me and, in part, told a story from my own life.

I highly recommend this book to others. I give it 5 stars.

I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Book Review: Managing Bubbie

Managing Bubbie by [Lazega, Russel]Russel Lazega's grandmother escaped from a nursing home, which is pretty easy for someone that escaped a concentration camp. Her family help support her decisions. This was not always easy but the story made a wonderful, loving, humorous book. It will help to share with others that caring for loved ones does not have to be filled with problems.

I was given this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.