Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book Review: The Canterbury Sisters

I started reading The Canterbury Sisters because the title and location of the story intrigued me. I enjoy Chaucer and this is a salute to his book The Canterbury Tales. Eight women met for the first time on a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral. On the way they must each tell a story of love, much as Chaucer had occur in his book. The one that the group votes as most worthy will be rewarded by a feast at the end of the trail.

Along the way, the reader is introduced to each lady and, by the end of their tale, discovers the reason for each on to be heading to Canterbury. There are many versions of love as these women discover. The reader will be pulled into this book with the first words and will have their hearts lifted and broken as we hear tales of love.

Kim Wright wrote such a wonderful tale and I look forward to reading more of her works. Thank you so much.

I was given this book for my honest review by NetGalley and I most gladly gave it.

Book Review: The Summer's End

In The Summer's End, by Mary Alice Monroe, three sisters spend the summer at their grandmother's cottage. During this time, each sister confronts uncertainty from their lives. Through the help of each other and their MaMaw they are able to come to terms, not necessarily in the way they expected, with their concerns and they are able to end the summer knowing the importance each person in that cottage and in their lives have to their future.

I was not sure how I would like this book as it is the third and final book in the series and I had not read the others. However, by the end of the first chapter, I felt like I knew each of the characters and now I want to go back and begin the series with the first book.

Monroe takes the reader through the changes each girl faces without dragging out the story line but instead by letting the story unfold gradually. I will gladly read this book again and again.

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

Book Review: Moms' Night Out and other things I miss

Moms' Night Out by Kerri Pomarolli is filled with devotions that help mothers see life from another perspective. Each day begins with a Bible verse followed by her on insight on the verse and how Pomarolli has found it relevant to a time, either through her children or from other parts, of her life. After this she has two reflections that leaves the reader finding importance in different parts of their own lives. Finally each devotion ends with a wonderful prayer.

Kerri Pomarolli has placed so much of her self into each entry and has made it very do-able for the reader to find the relevance in the little things. I loved sharing entries with my friends and family and I look forward to other works by this author.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes to look at the lighter side of life or needs uplifting. Thank you Kerri Pomarolli and B& H Books.

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

Monday, May 18, 2015

Book Review: The crimson Cord: Rehab's Story

The Crimson Cord, by Jill Eileen Smith, is the first in Daughters of the Promised Land series.

Rahab was a prostitute who is listed in the lineage of Jesus Christ. But there is more to her story than that. When Joshua sent spies into Jericho, Rahab provided them with a hiding place. She was a believer of God who could have been killed for her actions and her belief.

With so little known of Rahab, the author did have to take some liberties to provide her back story. However, she did such a great job that the novel is easy to believe. Jill Eileen Smith did stay true to the Bible, but allowed the reader to feel like they now can understand more about the main character.

This well-written book, published by Revell Publishing and I would recommend it to any of my friends and families. I will give it the maximum number of stars on all of the sites where I post this.

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

Book Review: Every Bride Needs a Groom

Every Bride Needs a Groom, by Janice Thompson, is the first book in the Brides With Style series. This is a wonderful, fun book which is filled with great characters.

Kate Fisher has planned her wedding down to the tiniest detail, including entering a contest for a one-of-a-kind wedding dress from Texas Bride magazine. Unfortunately, her boyfriend has not even proposed, yet. To make matters worse, he announces that he is taking a job out-of-town on the same day that she wins the dress. What a dilemma.

Janice Thompson has written many romances and she is a screenwriter and in this book she has shown the reader the honed skills she has developed through the development of the character and the plot of the story.

I enjoyed this entire book and I would recommend it to anyone that would like to read a book that makes you feel good. Thank you Janice Thompson and Revell Books.

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

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Cookbook review: Grill It, Braise It, Broil It

American Heart Association Grill It, Braise It, Broil It by I love it when you receive a cookbook that needs ingredients that are handy in the pantry. This is that book. Grill it, Braise It, Broil It is written for every cook, whether beginner or experienced. Throughout the book are recipes listed under different techniques. These include slow cooking, microwaving, blending, grilling, stir-frying, braising, stewing, steaming, poaching, broiling, roasting, and baking. Written by the American Heart Association the recipes are heart-healthy.

This is a book that I will be cooking out of in the future.

I was given this book for my honest review by Blogging for Books. Thank you.

Book Review: Where Rivers Part

Where Rivers Part (Texas Gold, #2)Where Rivers Part, by Kellie Coates Gilbert, is a Texas Gold book. In this book, Juliet Ryan, a doctor, has the goal of helping to provide safe drinking water for people. This determined lady does not always gain the respect of her father, and along her path she encounters scandal which affects many other.

This book deals with many emotions such as tension, forgiveness and love of others. It is very well written and I feel privileged to be allowed to read this book. Baker Publishing once again has found an excellent author and book.

I was given this book by, Baker Publishing and the author in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Purposeful Parenting

Purposeful Parenting: Six Steps to Bring out the Best in your Kids by Jean S. Barnes, is a very informative book. Includes God in each step of every day and includes lists to help each reader decide what type of parent they are. Some of the topics include discipline, giving children love, purpose and passion, developing character and responsibility and so on.

I love when I read a parenting book and my daughter asks if she can look at when I am finished. She is a great mother but, as we all know, help is always welcome, especially when surrounded by God's Word and His love.

I would recommend this book to any parent, grandparent or potential parents.

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

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Cookbook Review: Milk Bar Life: Recipes and Stories

I love this book. Milk Bar Life is filled with easy-to-make recipes and each recipe comes with a story of why Christina Tosi included it in the book.

Instead of using the standard heading of Breakfast, Breads and so on, Tosi heads her section Hand-Me-Downs, Supermarket, Weak Nights and so on. It is so much fun to read and feel the comfort of the foods included.

Christine Tosi is the owner of Momofuku Milk Bar and has written previous cook books.

I would gladly purchase this book for any of my friends and family. I was given this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Book Review: The Marriage Game by Alison Weir

Alison Weir did it again. In this novel, The Marriage Game, about Queen Elizabeth, Alison Weir is able to take all of the research there is about this young queen and help make it very understandable.

Starting upon the death of her half-sister, Weir leads us through her reign and helps us see the human and politics that this woman had to face everyday.

I believe that I have read everything written by this author and I never tire of her works. The Tudors were the one time period that I could not understand, until reading about their from Weir's work. Thank you.

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