Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Review: The Hidden Thread

Anna Butterfield is living with her uncle since the passing of her mother. Her uncle, a silk merchant, lives in London. While there her uncle is supposed to find a match for her. Someone who can support her father and sister, also. Henri is a French immigrant. Working as an apprentice weaver, he dreams of one day being a master weaver. When the weavers protest for a better wage, Henri becomes involved.

First, I was given this book my NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark in exchange for an honest review.

I found this book very interesting. I thought I knew a lot about English history but I had never heard of the silk riots. Set in the 1700s, I found the author's description of silk weaving interesting. I believe her research into this time and the silk business to be extensive.

This historical fiction includes areas that fascinate me, including silk, honor, hope, love, vision, and so much more. I highly recommend this book.

This book can be found at Amazon HERE or at Barnes and Noble HERE!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Book Review: Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

If a book is written by Kathy Reichs, it will be good and it will be a thriller. This is no exception.

Sunday Night, Sunnie, has demons she needs to conquer. Physical and Psychological ones. She has a very independent, perhaps reclusive live, however, when there is a bomb explosion, followed by a little girl who is missing, she cannot turn down the family's request for aid. While helping, Sunnie realizes facing her own  secrets may help her to figure out many puzzles.

This was such a thrilling book, but it is not for the faint-of-heart. There is violence. As I was reading it the writing was so vivid and the plot was so clever. It is not a book that I could put down easily.

I received this book from NetGalley and Random House Publishing - Ballantine in exchange for my honest review.
    • This book may be found at Amazon HERE or at Barnes and Noble HERE

    Monday, August 14, 2017

    Book Review: Reading With Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-changing Friendship

    After she graduated from Harvard, Michelle Kuo decided to join Teach for America. this sent her to Helena, Arkansas. This part of the country is poor and still feels the effects of slavery. She finds one student, Patrick Browning, who she decides to mentor, in addition to her teaching. She discovers that this broken school has a truancy and gun violence history.

    Patrick is in the 8th grade at the age of 15, however, he is doing so well under Michelle tutelage. After two years, Michelle decides it is time to go to law school. After this grueling schedule, just as she is about to graduate, she finds that Patrick has been accused of murder. She feel responsible so she goes back to finish Patrick's schooling, while he is in prison. She can see his education is making a difference in this young man's life. What she wasn't expecting was the change it would make inn her life.

    As an educator, I knew exactly what Michelle was talking about. I often was amazed at how much one-on-one teaching could change the student and myself. I felt she was able to relate this so well, with such a beautiful writing style. Others who read this book could also see that this does not only speak to teachers but each one of us and the impact we can have on  others.  What an inspiration.

    I recommend this book highly.

    I am so glad that I was given this book by NetGalley and Random House in exchange for my honest review.

    This book can be found at Amazon HERE!
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    Tuesday, August 8, 2017

    Book Review: Gathering the Threads

    Gathering the Threads: A Novel (The Amish of Summer Grove) by [Woodsmall, Cindy]This is the third book in The Amish of Summer Grove series. This book finds Ariana back in the world she loves. The world of the Old Order Amish. She spent month in the English world but finds she this world feels like a better fit. Now she has to take what was learned in both worlds and see if she can mesh them. She is not my herself in figuring this all out, Quill Schlaback, a long-time friend who is an ex-Amish, wants to help her. This is difficult when changes in Ariana are plain.

    Skylar Nash is also hoping that the appearance of Ariana will not threaten the place she has found here.

    This story is so filled with God's love as these two try to find who they are through His love.

    I had not read the previous books but I was able to feel like I fit into this world almost from the beginning. I found the world Cindy Woodsmall made to be just like the communities I knew when I was growing up. The characters were rich and made you feel you had an investment made in them and when finished, they become a part of the reader's life.

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

    This book may be found at Amazon HERE!
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    Just Sayin'

    Just Sayin' by [Mackall, Dandi Daley]Jennifer and Trent were going to be married making a combined family with Jennifer's daughter, Cassie and Trent's children Nick and Julie. Now that they are broken up, the kids decide to do something. Nick and Cassie, through letters, are trying to figure out what happened to their parents' relationship and how they can change things.

    They also try to figure out how to get on The Last Insult Standing, their favorite game show. Through all of these letters, the children learn the importance of the words they use.

    I loved the way the three children love each other, even though they may make fun of each other in every letter. This is a touching, silly book that will make the reader realize the importance of watching the tongue.

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

    This book can be found HERE at Amazon,
    or HERE at Barnes and Noble

    Thursday, August 3, 2017

    Book Review: They say we are infidels

    As a Christian, I believe in intercessory prayer. However, with this book it opened my eyes to places I could be aiming my prayers besides my standard places. Mind Belz was able to tell the story of the Middle East as if an objective reporter. She talks about the plight of the Iraqi Christians from the time immediately before Hussein fell through 2015. These Christians face torture that we do not know, whether here or in their homeland. In Iraq they could be killed, raped, kidnapped and more.  This book also tells how being on the run from ISIS is in the Middle East. At the very least Christians should be called to prayer for these fellow Christians or even more. We could become involved politically or at a local level.

    I found this book very moving.

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

    This book may be found at Amazon through HERE!
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      Tuesday, August 1, 2017

      Water My Soul Ninety Meditations from an Old Order Mennonite by Darla Weaver

      I love this Christian Devotional. I grew up in a town with Old Orders around us and I love the lifestyle and the faith of these people. Each of these entries show Darla Weavers love for the Lord and all of his creations. There are also entries about her life in general including her children, friends and family. Each devotions has a reading, prayer and journal prompts. There are even ways to actively respond do the devotions.

      I will keep this devotion and look upon it time and again.

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

      This book may be purchased from Amazon HERE!
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      Monday, July 31, 2017

      Book Review: The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

      Elizabeth Berg is such a delightful writer. The characters in this book were all warm and easy to have feelings for.

      Arthur is visiting his wife's grave when he meets Maddy. Each day he goes there to eat his lunch. Maddy, a high school senior, goes there to help figure out her crush. Then there is Arthur's neighbor who is in love, but the family does not share that sentiment about her.

      Arthur is open as he reaches out to Maddy, as a friend. Arthur likes to help others reach a goal.

      This book is a nice book to read. It is nice not to have to worry if there is a previous book I missed or if I have to wait for a follow-up. This is the complete story. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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

      This book may be purchased HERE!

      Book Review: Last Call

      Jerry Herships has had a calling on his heart for many years. He serves bag lunches and communion to those in need. This is his story where he shows each step along the way to here. He first left home for Los Angeles to become a stand-up comic and is now a minister. I loved the way that he brings some of his humor into the writing of this book. It made it a book that is open to all. Whether a comedian, working in a pub or serving those in need, his voice comes through in this book. He shows that we may not always see what God has planned for us and there may be some discomfort when the plan is laid before us, but when we listen the rewards are plentiful. They may not be earthly but you still know they are there.

      This is a wonderful book, but don't be surprised if, during the book, you begin to think about God's plan for your life and be prepared to follow.

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

      This book may be found HERE!

      Saturday, July 29, 2017

      Book Review: Freedom's Ring

      Freedom's Ring by [Chiavaroli, Heidi]Freedom's Ring is published by Tyndale House and written by Heidi Chiavaroli. This historical Christian novel begins in Boston in 2015. Annie David was at the Boston Marathon bombing, in fact, she nearly lost her life there. This has caused her to become isolated and she feels guilty because the bombing left her niece crippled. Annie survived by being rescued by a man who she only has a foggy memory of. She also has an antique ring which has caused her to go on a search for the history of the woman who the ring belongs to and the hero.

      The story goes to Boston in 1770 where Liberty Caldwell was rescued by Alexander Smythe. He also offered her a job. She discovers much about her employer as time goes on. He loves poetry and he is a protector of Liberty. When the Boston Massacre occurs, her brother is killed. Lost and uncertain what to do she heads towards home, which has its own perils. She has such anger towards the redcoats and especially towards a captain who attacks her. She is able to escape with all she owns plus a ring which had been her friend and employer's.

      These women's live separate lives, but each has fear at their hearts. How can they get from here to a point when they can feel strong and secure?

      This is truly a historical book and I can tell the author has done research on the time periods discussed. I felt like this book spoke to something within me and it kept pulling me along through each chapter. The past and future are well woven together while including the difficulties, love, hope and more. Each lady suffers grief which was placed upon them by events they could not change.

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

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        Thursday, July 27, 2017

        Book Review: The Legacy

        The Legacy (Secrets of the Shetlands Book #3) by [Phillips, Michael]The Legacy, by Michael Phillips, is the third book in the Secrets of the Shetlands series. I have read the second and now the third books and I love them,

        In this final installment of the series the story of David and Loni continues as does the story of Loni's great-grandparents. It tells of how the latter couple met and then grew to love each other. It also tells why Brogan, the great-grandfather, gave up his position as the next Laird and made his home in America.

        These stories make me feel like I want to be a part of the story. Once I picked them up, I could not put them back down. Throughout the story, Phillips makes sure to include faith and how faith should be part of the inheritance each person in a family should receive.

        The work of Phillips is amazing. He is an author, co-author with Judith Pella, of fiction and non-fiction, plus an editor.

        I loved this series and recommend it and the rest of the series, most highly.

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

        This book may be purchased HERE!!!

          Book Review: Piper Perish

          Piper Perish is a young adult book which would be perfect for the teen who has the creative side. I am an adult and I found this book captivating. The teens in this book dream big and aim for the sky, even when others do not see how they can meet these dreams. They learn how trusting these dreams can lead to situations which make them uncomfortable but if they stick with it they will see great things in their lives

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

          This book may be purchased HERE!!

            Saturday, July 22, 2017

            Book Review: Today God Wants You To Know....You Are Loved

            Today God Wants You to Know...You Are Loved by Laura Wegener is a lovely devotional. It is filled with encouraging words each day for 180 days. None of the readings are long, yet they will help the reader feel God's love in their heart.

            There are sections dealing with confidence, love, relationship and more. The reader does not need to go straight through the book. Instead, look at the sections and see which speaks to your needs on that day. I feel this book will give each one spiritual help from God.

            I received this book by NetGalley and Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

            Friday, July 21, 2017

            This is a wonderful book. The title and cover caught this former educator's attention right off. I know I had a few students that would have enjoyed this book tremendously.

            This book was written for third through sixth graders. It has tips which are presented in a humorous way which will help the students remember them. I felt like this age student will also be laughing at the other jokes throughout.

            I suggest parents read it first to help the child skip any parts they may find objectionable.

            I was given this book by NetGalley and Free Spirit Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

            This book may be purchased HERE!

            Book Review: A Hiss Before Dying

            A Hiss Before Dying is a cozy mystery in the Mrs. Murphy series.

            During the Autumn, while the world is going about its normal routines of cleaning and preparing for winter, the annual rabbit hunt takes place. During this event the beagles and the hunters come up with a different find of find....a dead body.

            Previously a missing truck driver's corpse was found, although it could not be identified. Where these too connected? Harry Haristeen finds some clues which go back to the area right after the Revolutionary War.

            Through the help of the cats, Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker, the mystery begins to unravel.

            I enjoy reading about the likeable characters and the interesting parts about the history involved. I did not want to put this book down once I started.

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

            This book may be purchased HERE!

              Tuesday, July 18, 2017

              Book Review: The Essential Guide to Prayer

              The Essential Guide to Prayer: How to Pray with Power and Effectiveness by [Sheets, Dutch]I agree with the author of the book when he mentions that we must try to think of prayer as a bridge with our relationship with God. We should use this time to build our ties with God. It should also be considered a two-way street, this is a time for Him to know us better, too.

              This book is primarily about intercessory prayer, including the priority, plan, person, purpose and so much more.

              For those, like me, who find the power of prayer to be beyond words, this is the exact book for you.

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

              Book Review: The Tea Planter's Wife

              This book is set in Ceylon with Gwen, a 19-year old bride to a tea planter. She was originally from England, so after the marriage, on her way to her new home, many odd things begin to happen. Ravi was a friend of the family who Gwen's husband begins to act differently to. Then there is the previous marriage of the groom. There are many mysteries which come to the open as the story continues to unfold.

              The author has a way of making the reader feel they are a part of the conversation which is going on through the book. I feel like she has a deep grasp of the times and marriages like this that occurred. There was good character development, overall and the plot was well-done. Overall, I enjoyed this book and recommend it.

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

                Monday, July 17, 2017

                Book Review: The Captain's Daughter

                The Captain's Daughter (London Beginnings Book #1) by [Delamere, Jennifer]The Captain's Daughter is the first book in London Beginnings. I enjoy historical fiction. In this book, Rosalyn is leaving her employer, but ends up losing everything she owns, ends up in a brothel and employed at the London theater. While there she comes across a man, Nate, who has his own story. He was part of the army, serving in India when he suffered a hand injury. He goes back to London, his home. While there he agrees to fill in for his brother as a stage hand, as his brother recovers from a broken leg. He knows he will return to his regiment and to his future. The he meats Rosalyn.

                I enjoyed this novel but I felt like the pace needed to settle down. the beginning felt rushed and then, partway through the book, I felt like it began to drag. The relationship between Nate and Rosalyn was lovely. It was a joy to share in their relationship.

                I also enjoyed the theater story line, including the author bringing Gilbert and Sullivan into it.

                For those that enjoy historical romance, I feel like this book is a good choice.

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

                This book may be purchased HERE!

                  Friday, July 14, 2017

                  Book Review: Beach House for Rent

                  Cara rents her beach house to Heather Wyatt for the summer. For Cara the income will help keep her husband's boat business open and for Heather it gives her a peaceful place to work on her commission of painting birds on stamps.

                  Read to find how their summers turn out and to find very rich characters throughout the book.

                  I love the way she creates powerful women who may not realize the strength they truly have. I also enjoyed the descriptions though out the story. I could just envision myself staying some place like this with turtle, birds and sea life. This book was so much fun to read. I enjoyed it so much. Thank you.

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

                  Book may be purchased HERE!

                  Monday, July 10, 2017

                  Book Review: Philippians

                  I have used Word Writers for my individual Bible Study before and I enjoyed this one while studying the book of Philippians. The writer offers excellent insight into the Word. I was able to find new things as I worked my way through.

                  This would make an excellent study as a group or as an individual.

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

                  Sunday, July 9, 2017

                  Book Review: The Power of a Praying Grandparent

                  Having read other books in Stormie Omartian Power of Praying books, I was looking forward to hearing how she approached praying for grandchildren. I pray for my grandchildren all the time but this book is helping me to see different ways to pray for them. I can see coming back to this book repeatedly to keep my prayers fresh and beneficial to my precious ones.

                  I highly recommend this book to anyone that is, or is going to be a grandparent. I was given this book by NetGalley and Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.