Saturday, August 29, 2015

Book Review: Not By Sight by Kate Breslin

This book is set in 1917 England. The country is at war and Grace Mabry intends to attend a masquerade ball to hand a white feather to some of the attendees. A white feather is a sign of cowardice and to be presented with one is to expose this cowardice to others.

Jack Bennington is known as a conscientious objector. This makes him a target for one of Grace's feathers. However, Bennington truly hunts for German spies for the Crown.

The presentation of the feather leads to many events throughout the book. Some of them are dangerous and some come close to betrayal.

Kate Breslin has been a bookseller and author of poetry and travel articles. Her debut novel, For Such A Time, won a Christy Award, RITA award and was a Carol finalist. It also opened the door for Kate to receive Christian Retailing's 2015 Best Award for first-time authors.

Breslin is able to paint a picture with the words that she chooses. When at the ball, I could envision each of the characters that she described, as well as the surroundings and actions throughout the book.  I look forward to reading more books by this authors.

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

Book Review: LOL= Laugh Out Loud

This is a fun book with little stories from the Professor. Some of the entries require the reader to solve a little problem but still they are as fun as the rest of them.

The Professor is very good at accumulating humorous stories to share with others with his own background woven throughout.

This would be a fun read for anyone that is looking for a laugh. I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Children's Book Review: Milo Speck, Accidental Agent

Milo Speck looks for a lost sock in the dryer and then his life changes. Milo finds himself an ogre snack in Ogregon. He also discovers that his father, a salesman for Tuckerman Fencing, is the focus of a search by the ogres. Milo begins looking for his father and comes across many adventures along the way.

This is such a fun book. In my mind I could imagine reading this book with my children when they were younger. Then when I read that Linda Urban finds inspiration in Roald Dahl, I understood why. He wrote some of our favorite books. Now I can add this one to the shelf to read to my grandchildren someday.

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

Book Review: The Sisters of Versailles

The Sisters of Versailles by Sally  ChristieThis book, set in the early 18th century, is written from the memories of one of the five Nesle girls. Each sister, except for Hortense, becomes involved in the live of King Louis XV. The approach of each girl and the results of the relationship affects each of them and changes things over the years.

Many of the chapters have letters written by the sisters at the end. If the writing itself did not draw the reader in, the letters makes them feel like they are a part of the story.

I was pulled into the world of the life at Court and into the lives of each of these girls. I am looking forward to reading the second book in this series of three.

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

book review: Whippoorwill

Oh my, I loved this book. Clair is a young girl who is raised by her father. The Stewarts are the neighbors next door. They neighbors also have a dog, Wally, who is always chained in the backyard. When Clair decides to do something for this dog things begin to happen which change lives.

This book is written for young adults, but I enjoyed it also. It is a book that tugs at the heart while it makes it sing. I cannot sing this book's praise enough.

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

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Middle of Somewhere

This is a very good book by an excellent writer. I have read other works by this writer and have enjoyed everyone.

In this book she tells about the adventures of a family that includes an ADHD little brother and a grumpy Grandpa all traveling in an RV through Kansas.

Children will love to read this book and parents, and teachers, can tell what they are reading by the smiles on their faces.

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

Book Review: Its got to be Perfect: The Memoirs of a Modern-Day Match Maker

I love this book. However, it may have been the cause of a slight sunburn as I could not put it down until I was finished and, of course, I was reading it outdoors.

One of the reasons I love it is the setting. It is in the U.K. and any book that is set there is already high in my ratings but Haley Hill was able to make the characters fun and the reading enjoyable. There is going to be a sequel and I cannot wait to read it. I would recommend this book for everyone.

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

Book Review: The Green Pen

Just one moment in time can change a person's life. Something as insignificant as losing a green pen sent a father and husband on a path to truth and discovery of people that he had never noticed before.

Eloy Moreno does a masterful job of tugging at the heartstrings as we journey with the main character of this book and we see events through his eyes.

This is a well-written novel. I was given it by NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Book Review: Keepers of the Covenant

Cover ArtLynn Austin is such a wordsmith. This historical fiction is set in t he times after Israel was sent into exile to Babylon. It begins with the influence Haman had over Xerxes to convince him to have all of the Jews kills. Then it continues with the events after Haman was killed and Xerxes allowed the Jews to defend themselves.

This time period was brought to life with the people that Austin placed in her writing and the way she showed characters that were involved from both sides of this. The development of the characters made me, generally, care for them.

I cannot list all of the ways that Lynn Austin was successful with this book. I am now going to go back to read the first book in the Restoration Chronicles. I would recommend this book for everyone.

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

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Book Review: The Beauty of Grace

Cover ArtThe Beauty of Grace is an uplifting book. It is compiled of short reading by many leading ladies in Christian Ministry. Each of the entries can be read individually, in sections, or however the reader decides.

From the first, A Man in the Mirror,  I felt like the readings each spoke to my heart, my soul and my relationship with God. They made me reflect on times in my past and on every-day-life today.

The sections include purpose, the big picture, surrender, trust, lessons learned, hope and encouragement and worship. In addition, Dawn Camp placed photos throughout the book that helps the reader worship God from an entirely different direction.

I was given this book by Revell in exchange for my honest review. Thank you so much and know that this book will be looked at many times in the future.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Recipe book review: Infuse: oil, spirit, water

This is a great book for those that are interested in creating their own infused liquids. I am not one that is thrilled by instilled alcohol but the ideas for the infused water and oil sound great. They also include recipes for each of these items.

The pictures throughout the book are as colorful as the cover and the ideas for the uses are great. So many times I may come across a recipe for an oil or water but then I am not sure how to use it. This book helps put an end to this dilemma.

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys natural infusions or flavored oils, spirits or water. Give this book a try, you will not be disappointed.

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

Friday, August 14, 2015

Book Review: The Salt Covenants

The Salt CovenantsThis book, The Salt Covenants, by Sylvia Bambola had me feeling so many different emotions. It begins in Spain in 1493. Isabel was a girl who wanted to express her feelings and ideas in a time and place where this was not favorable. One of the things that she wished she could share was her conversion to Christianity. However due to many circumstances, including the Inquisition, she was married to her late-sisters betrothed and then had to sail to the New World on Christopher Columbus's second voyage.

The images and issues are beautiful and terrifying and Bambola was able to use words to express these to the reader so I felt like I was right there with Isabel.

This is a remarkable book by a talented author. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read it.

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

Book Review: Purposeful Parenting

Purposeful Parenting, by Jean S. Barnes, is a Bible-based guide to being a better parent. Barnes does not gloss over the hard work involved in parenting but instead show parents how to use the Bible's wisdom to help with this life-building job.

She begins by listing six principles for parents, which she also calls six guiding steps for them.

One of the things I loved throughout the book was the use of little quizzes so parents are able to see what kind of parent they are. Plus there are references throughout to help parents set their path.
Included are topics such as Love, Discipline, Character, Perseverance and Teamwork. Then in the Appendix is a skills and ability checklist.

As my daughter is a parent of a young child, I am going to recommend this book to her and to others, no matter the age of their children.

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

Friday, August 7, 2015

Book Review: The Blender Girl Smoothies

I love this book. The Blender Girl Smoothies by Tess Masters, is a great book full of a variety of smoothies. Including gluten-free, vegan and paleo recipes. When I first received this book I looked at each of the pictures and they are so lovely they made me wish I could lift them off of the page and drink them immediately.

The author begins by sharing the tips for a successful smoothies. Then came the recipes. Recipes such as They Mystical Mango, Melon Ball, Pear-licious Perfections and so many, many more. At the end of the book Masters even gives the consumer an idea of what is needed to have in a pantry to make great, GREAT smoothies.

Tess Masters is a writer, and actor and she has a website called  I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys the cool, satisfying taste of smoothies, or even if they enjoy looking at colorful drinks.

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

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Book Review: Living in Tandem

Living in Tandem, by Dave and sue Lunde, helps the reader see their marriage as a ride on a bicycle built for two.

Just as when riding a tandem, both riders need to be in sync and need to have a similar goal. It shares other aspect of tandem riding such as sharing the work, the difficulties a couple may face such as headwinds, tailwinds and hills. They also include scripture to help back up their concepts and they have a maintenance program to help with the future.

Some of the advice is common sense but with this new viewpoint, the words may be able to reach the reader that is interested in this activity. Even if the reader does not share this activity, they will still be able to find wise words that will help them prepare for some of the things a married couple will come across.

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

Book Review: Thunder

Thunder, by Bonnie S. Calhoun, is the first book in the Stone Braide Chronicles. This story takes place over 150 years after The Times of Sorrows. The world has almost been wiped out by a nuclear war.

Selah Chavez is one of the survivors. Her day-to-day life is very predictable until the day she comes across a group of people from across the water. These people are the Landers. Since her discovery of them, Selah begins to have questions about her own being.

This is a well-written book with subtle references to God (the Presence). The story keeps going at a good pace and left me looking forward to the next book in the series.

Bonnie Calhoun was able to develop the characters very well and I can't wait to read more books by this talented author.

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