Sunday, May 28, 2017

If You Were Me

If You Were Me and Lived in the Ancient Mali Empire
Carole P. Roman
33405623
This book is part of a series designed to introduce children to how other people live in different countries and during different time periods. Using a mixture of illustrations and photography, the author talks about children who lived the time of Ancient Mali Empire and what life might have been like if you were a little boy or girl who lived during that time. She talks about location, family, food, and fun. The difficult or unfamiliar words have a pronunciation beside them and are all included in a pronunciation guide at the back of the book.
 
My children really enjoy this series and look forward to each one. While the style of the book is laid out like a story, this is non-fiction and more informative. Children will learn quite a bit about the the history from the view point of other children around the world while having fun reading. I would recommend this book for family fun or for schools as an addition to curriculum.

I received a copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Family for the Rancher

A Family for the Rancher
Louise M. Gouge
28507410
Edmund, a rancher, has been a loner his entire life. In his childhood, it was forced on him. But now he enjoys the solitude. But when he feels God nudging him to check on widow Lula May and her five children, he obeys. His obedience lands him right in the middle of a bustling family and all of the joys and problems that go with it. Edmund now needs to decide which is more important - solitude or love.

This was such a sweet story. The author did a great job of creating warmth, tension, or frustration as the scene warranted. There were a lot of characters, but each of them stood out and didn't blend into each other. I loved the interaction between the siblings and their mother. The suspense was just enough to make the story interesting, but didn't detract from the romance. The author did a great job of weaving faith and the importance of family into the story without it being preachy. I especially liked how she showed that family is who you choose to love, not the ones who share your genetics. Overall, this was a clean romantic story that readers of Christian fiction or historical romance will love.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

If You Were Me

If You Were Me and Lived on Mars
Corole P. Roman
33941064
This book is part of a series designed to introduce children to how other people live in different countries, during different time periods, and in different places. Using a mixture of illustrations and photography, the author talks about children who might someday, in the future, live on Mars. She talks about the location, family, food, and fun. The difficult or unfamiliar words have a pronunciation beside them and are all included in a pronunciation guide at the back of the book.
 
My children really enjoy this series and look forward to each one. While the style of the book is laid out like a story, this is non-fiction and more informative. Children will learn quite a bit about the the history from the view point of other children around the world while having fun reading. I would recommend this book for family fun or for schools as an addition to curriculum.

I received a copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Glory of the Messiah

The Glory of the Messiah
An Adult Coloring Book
Susan Perlman and Shelley Skoropinski
31580659
The Old Testament scriptures pointed to a Messiah who would come and rescue the world. The author and the artist were raised in Jewish homes and came into this collaboration with a background of looking towards the Messiah. The left pages contain a Hebrew word to color, the interpretation of the word and then a thought and scripture to tie them together. The right pages are the coloring pages that fit with the Hebrew word on the preceding page.

The book could be used as a supplement to a devotional since it follows a theme and has key words and scriptures. I liked the concept of the book and thought it was unique and interesting. The drawings are more simplistic and large than I am used to coloring, but I think they fit well with the theme and were still enjoyable. The pages are thick card stock and didn't bleed or have any ghosting, even when I used markers and gel pens. Overall, this was a great book that I enjoyed working through. It would also make an excellent gift.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

What Hope Remembers

What Hope Remembers
Misty Willows #3
Johnnie Alexander
32510897
Amy Somers is now back home in Misty Willow. She's staying in her grandmother's cottage while she regroups and tries to figure out where she's headed in life. She misses the big city in some ways, but she can't go back to who she was and what she did. When she sees Gabe again after many years, she pretends she doesn't know him. It isn't because of his recent release from prison. It's because she needs to protect her heart. And who would want her anyway, when they realize what type of person she is.

This was a sweet, but complicated story. I've read one of the previous books, so I knew the characters. But it took me a few chapters to refresh my memory and place everyone again. There are still complications going on with the land and the people who live there. The author added drama, a little bit of mystery, and lots of faith and romance. The characters fit their parts well and played off of each other to the benefit of the plot. I enjoyed the story, although it did have some sad elements. Overall, readers who enjoy Christian fiction with a touch of drama and sweet romance will enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Friday, May 12, 2017

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A Love So True

A Love So True
Teaville Moral Society #2
Melissa Jagears
32510785
Evelyn loves working at the orphanage and is grateful to her parents form making it happen. But she feels a huge pull towards the women who work in the red light district and have no way out. She hopes to provide a home and occupational training so they have a way out of that life. She has a donor agree to help her, but she must get the support of two other business men before she can have his help. When she bursts into the office of David Kingsman she hopes that he will help her by becoming a supporter. But David is only there to sell the business and doesn't see a reason to go against his father's wishes just to leave the project in a month or so. 

This was a fun book. The characters from the previous book were brought back, but the book was written in such a way that I think it would work as a stand-alone. The author uses the plot and characters to bring out some moral issues that sadly, still trouble us today. She touches on several things, but the one that stood out the most to me was the treatment of others and how we aren't better or worse that anyone else in God's eyes. While there is a lot of spiritual emphasis, I didn't feel preached at while reading. The two main characters mixed well together and their relationship was sweet. There were a few surprises that I didn't see coming and those were fun. Overall, this was a good story that spoke to me several times, while at the same time being a very enjoyable read.

I received a copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Heart-Shaped Life

The Heart-Shaped Life
Karen Moore
32201575
 The author has written a book about love and how God fits into our lives and our hearts. Each devotional begins with a scripture, has a devotional thought, and ends with a short prayer. The colors of both the cover and the interior are beautiful and eye-catching. There is a ribbon bookmark as well. The days are numbered, but include a February 29 so the book can be used any year. The back of the book includes a scripture index for all of the texts used in the devotional. I read through the devotions and thought the author did a great job of creating thought provoking snippets that can be read quickly for the busy individual, but leave the reader contemplating them throughout the day. They are relevant and inspiring.

This book would make an excellent gift, but I recommend purchasing one for yourself as well. You will be blessed by the thoughts and hope that the author brings into her writing. The cover will tempt you to pick the book up and give it a try. Overall, I would definitely recommend you get this devotional if you are looking for something with short, but thoughtful passages.

I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

You Know You're a Dad

You Know You're a Dad
Harry Harrison
30649450
Fatherhood begins when you find out that you're pregnant. And it lasts until you take your very last breath. You'll always be a father. But every father will admit that he now says or does things that he never would have imagined before he became a dad for the first time. Follow the author through the stages of fatherhood as he lists things that make you a father.

This was an entertaining book. Some of the things were spot on and some didn't quite fit our family. My husband isn't big into books like this, but said it was amusing. I think this would be a great gift for a father of any age. The book is small - fits in the palm of my hubby's hand - and would fit into a small purse or book bag for those times when you only have a few minutes to read. The hardcover and attractive cover make it appealing. The companion copy "You Know You're a Mom" matches this book and can be combined for gifts or your own library.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Color Sisterhood

Color Sisterhood Coloring Book
Suzy Toronto
The artist who designed this book is a self-proclaimed “wacky” person and revels in her uniqueness.  This book is all about sisterhood, and you can definitely see the author’s quirkiness coming through in the coloring pages. The book begins with some thoughts from the author, a few of the pages she’s colored herself, and some instructions on how to make each page your own. She shares full color pages of how she colored each page. The coloring pages begin with the left side almost completely blank. There is a quote in light print and a few small lines should you want to write something. The right side is the color page. This book is smaller, an on-the-go size that will fit into a purse or bag.

I love the uniqueness of this book. It’s not like most of the adult coloring books out there and that is a good thing. I also really liked the quotes on every page and the space for writing should the mood strike. This book would make an excellent gift, but be sure to get yourself a copy as well.

I received a copy of this book from Fox Chapel Publishing. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Friends, Partners, & Lovers

Friends, Partners, & Lovers
Kevin A. Thompson
32510907
There are three components to making a marriage a success. You must be three things to your partner, a friend, a lover, and a partner. Each of those things plays a very important part and can't be neglected. The author has taken from his own marriage and his experience as a pastor and speaker to write a book that is informative and honest. His counseling has shown him that these three parts of a marriage are essential for any marriage to flourish. The book is divided into three sections and each chapter ends with discussion questions to make the material intentional and doable.

The book was well laid out and interesting to read. The questions at the back were often thought provoking and inspiring. I thought the author did a great job of addressing many of the issues within each section without going overboard with too many details. He shared honest stories about his marriage and things he has taken from his counseling sessions and talks with other married couples. This is a great book for a newlywed or someone who has been married for many years. I would definitely recommend it.

I received a copy of this book from Revell. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Rancher's Surprise Triplets

The Rancher's Surprise Triplets
Linda Ford
33877789
Bo, a rancher, is helping out at the town fair when he finds three little babies who have been abandoned. Trying to find the triplets mother is fruitless and he enlists the help of Louisa, the doctor's daughter. Louisa has spent most of her life helping take care of her mother and sister who are sickly. While she waits on them to arrive at their new home, she agrees to watch over the triplets until their family can be found or an adoptive family comes forward. She doesn't expect to have a family of her own since she is needed to care for her mother and sister. So when Bo starts paying attention to her, she's torn.

This was an interesting story idea. The characters were well fleshed out, the descriptions gave me a great visual for the town and people. The author wove some light faith threads into the story. The plot was a little slow in places and I didn't understand the emotions or reactions of some of the characters on occasion. Also the ending felt a little rushed. But overall, it was an enjoyable story that readers of Christian fiction and historical romance will enjoy.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Heart of a Texas Cowboy

The Heart of a Texas Cowboy
Linda Broday
31385934
Houston's bride was murdered at the alter. But what he learned after her death broke his heart even more. So he's decided never to trust his heart to a woman again. Lara was attacked by a ranch hand and left with a sweet baby girl. When Houston and Lara are forced to marry they decide to make the best of their marriage for the sake of Gracie, their little girl. Neither of them expect to actually like each other, or that their affection will be put to the ultimate test.

This book wasn't what I was expecting at all. But I really enjoyed it. The plot was definitely different. The characters were unique and well defined, especially a couple of the secondary characters. The author did a great job of creating suspense and tension in the plot, while also weaving together a sweet romance between the couple. While there were hints to a previous story, I think the book worked well as a stand alone. Although it did made me want to go back and read the first book. Overall, this was an entertaining book that I think fans of western fiction and romance will enjoy.

I received a copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Light & Laughter Coloring Book

Light & Laughter Coloring Book
Suzy Toronto
 
The artist who designed this book is a self-proclaimed “wacky” person and revels in her uniqueness.  This book is all about humor, but you can definitely see the author’s quirkiness coming through in the coloring pages. The book begins with some thoughts from the author, a few of the pages she’s colored herself, and some instructions on how to make each page your own. She shares full color pages of how she colored each page. The coloring pages begin with the left side almost completely blank. There is a quote in light print and a few small lines should you want to write something. The right side is the color page.

I love the uniqueness of this book. It’s not like most of the adult coloring books out there and that is a good thing. I also really liked the quotes on every page and the space for writing should the mood strike. This book would make an excellent gift, but be sure to get yourself a copy as well.

I received a copy of this book from Fox Chapel Publishing. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Bible Journaling

The Complete Guide to Bible Journaling
Creative Techniques to Express Your Faith
Joanne Fink and Regina Yoder
31539284
Bible Journaling is extremely popular right now. I have a planner and a Bible that I use for this type of thing and thought I'd check out the book and see if it could be any help since I'm not an artist. I opened the cover (more on that at the bottom) and fell in love. The book begins with information about what Bible journaling is and how to get started. There are then multiple pages of instructions on drawing, tracing, patterns, painting, markers, pencils, etc. The next section is all about eleven well known Bible journaling artists. The profiles talk about the artist and her style of journaling. The last section is all about styles, themes, and resources. At the back are multiple pages of designs, stickers, and vellum designs. The book is extremely colorful with tons of photographs. The information was very helpful for a person who doesn't consider themselves an artist. This is a book that I will keep and reference often.
My only complaint was an issue with the front and back covers. It was on backwards and upside down.

I received a copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

True to You

True to You
Becky Wade
32497077
Nora considers herself the smart sister. Her older sister Willow is the beauty, her younger sister Britt is the creative one. But Nora has wrapped herself up in her identity as a librarian even more since her fiance dumped her for another woman three years ago. She's sworn off dating and spends time working on her passion of genealogy. 
John, a former Navy SEAL is wanting to find his birth mother. So when he meets Nora at a training session put on by his company, he decides to enlist her services. He has a girlfriend, so Nora isn't an option and they both know it. But perhaps God has another plan for them.

I've really been looking forward to this book since I read the prequel. It was everything I was expecting and a whole lot more. The characters are brought alive with the author's talented writing. I felt like I was living the story along side them. I lived on the west coast many years ago and I think the author did a great job of portraying the scenery and locations. There is humor, strong families, faith, and beauty in this story. But there is also heartache, pain, and brokenness. They were woven together so seamlessly that I thoroughly enjoyed the story as I rushed to read the ending, but after I put the book down I couldn't stop thinking about different aspects of it. The other sisters have major roles in this book that will make it easy to tie in to the next book in the series. If you love strong stories, with amazing characters who are flawed, but endearing then you need to read this book.

I received a copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Crossword Puzzles

4th Grade Vocabulary Building Crossword Puzzles

Todd Elzey
 30694729
1008 4th grade vocabulary words to improve reading comprehension and spelling skills. This book is comprised of 36 crossword puzzles that use vocabulary words appropriate for a child in the fourth grade. The answers to the puzzles are in the back of the book. But the author also provided online pdfs with the words used in the book so that they can be printed out, should the child need additional help. The author has an introduction where he explains where he got the words to use, what they are intended for, and also an explanation for some of the words used.



My daughter is reading at a 4th grade level, but sometimes struggles with comprehension. So I thought this would be a fun way to boost her vocabulary and practice her comprehension. She really enjoyed the puzzles and asked for more once she’d completed the book. I would definitely recommend this book if you are a teacher, home school parent, or just want to boost your child’s vocabulary.


I received a copy of this book from Goodreads. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Bad Luck Bride

The Bad Luck Bride
The Cavensham Heiress #1
Janna MacGregor
 31451201
Claire is on her fourth fiance when she gets the startling news that he's backing out too. Now she's in a horrible spot. Alex is standing there when she receives the bad news and steps in as her new fiance to help her save her reputation. But there are secrets that both of them are keeping and these secrets could ruin their marriage. 

This was a fun historical novel. The author did a great job of capturing the feel of the time period. The characters were well defined and I loved the connection between the two main characters. The romance was sweet, but had some drama and tension as well. While this is definitely a romantic story, it also had some extra mystery, drama, and details added to the plot to make it well rounded and enjoyable to read. The secondary characters added a lot of depth to the story and created interest in the next book in the series. If I'm not mistaken, this was the author's first book and I'm really impressed. Can't wait to read her next book.

I received a copy of this book. All thoughts I expressed are my own.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Falling for the Highlander

Falling for the Highlander
Lynsay Sands
27161144
Lady Murine knows that her half brother is seriously in debt and not a good person. But even she is astonished when she overhears him trying to sell her in exchange for some horses. So she plans her escape alone so that none of the servants are punished. But when the Scottish men who were offered her come upon her riding a cow, things began to change for the better. The men vow to protect her at all costs. Dougall, one of the Scottish men, was horrified at a lady being offered for sale. He refuses to do business with the man. But he doesn't plan on finding the lady alone on a country road or plan on falling in love with her.

This plot begin with loads of suspense and drama and it continued through the entire book. The characters were well defined and easy to differentiate, something that is often the case when telling a story with such a large number of characters. The plot was well done and kept me entertained through the entire book. The romance was sweet, but had some definite heated moments. The story was well written and ended with me wanted to read more by this author.

I received a copy of this book from Goodreads. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Temporary Family

A Temporary Family
Sherri Shackelford
31246966
Tilly is taking her three nieces to their new home, while her widowed sister stays to sell the family home and wrap up loose ends. When she is stranded at a stage coach station with Nolan she doesn't expect to be pretend married and worried about her life. Nolan is a loner who has no intention of ever having a relationship. So when he's forced to pretend to be married to Tilly to protect her from outlaws, he shocked to discover he likes the idea.

This was a novel plot idea and I thought it was very fun. The characters were unique and the suspense and drama kept me guessing. The author did a great job of portraying the two main characters and their relationship so it felt authentic and real. They were flawed, but likeable. The secondary characters added depth to the story as well. The scenery came alive with the descriptions and I loved the light elements of faith that were woven into the plot. I've enjoyed this author before and definitely look forward to reading more of her books.

I received a copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Friday, April 28, 2017

If You Were Me and Lived In. . .

If You Were Me and Lived In. . .
The Mayan Empire
Carole P. Roman
34972620
Children can learn about what it would be like if they were a child living during ancient times of the Mayan Empire. Colorful illustrations and photography show various aspects of life in a Mayan city. The book is told in story form and covers geography, history, food, games, home life, and holidays. All of the unfamiliar words have a pronunciation guide directly after the word as well as included in the glossary at the back of the book. There is also couple of pages listing some of the famous names from the culture and how they were significant.

My children loved the book and it opened up the conversation for more discussion and research about the Mayan culture and what it's like to live there. The author does a great job of getting information across without being too detailed or overwhelming. The book would be a good resource for schools or home school parents to add to the curriculum. 

I received a copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

No More Headaches

No More Headaches
Enjoying Sex & Intimacy in Marriage
Dr. Juli Slattery
6420433
The author is a speaker and psychologist and drew from her experiences to write about how wives can avoid the headaches and frustrations in the area of intimacy. She uses a little bit of scripture, a lot of her education, and resource material to answer the questions that so many woman have asked her. The book is all about how to shed your inhibitions, baggage, stress, etc. to enjoy being intimate with your husband. 

This was an interesting book for me. While I do not have the issues that she addresses, it never hurts to be more informed and to grow your relationship. I've been married for over 20 years and I could see this book being a help to my younger self. But it still have some things that I could take away from it. I read portions to my husband and he said it helped him see things from my perspective. It is definitely written with a Christian perspective so it might not appeal to non-Christians, but I definitely appreciated that aspect. I would recommend this book to anyone who is newly married, engaged, or has problems with intimacy.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tranquility

Tranquility
A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal
Amie Carlson
34793847
This book is part journal, part devotional, part coloring book. Each page is slightly different, but all of them have places to write, reflect, and color. There are very short devotionals accompanied by scripture, places to write with suggestions, and lots of coloring and doodling space. Each devotional and suggestion is based on the topic of calm and tranquility. The book is designed to show God's love through peacefulness and quiet. 

I liked the concept and layout of this book. The book is on the smaller side, so won't allow for extensive journaling, but would work well for a supplemental book. I loved the color pages and the hard cover that made coloring easier. The pages are very thick so there is little or no bleed through when using markers. There is an introduction page for those unfamiliar with this type of book. My only complaint would be that some of the color pages are already colored in. While this adds visual appeal, I would have preferred to do the coloring myself.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Devotions from the Kitchen Table

Devotions from the Kitchen Table
Stacy Edwards
30649484
The simple things in life can often have spiritual meaning. Gather around the kitchen table as the author pulls from the scenes and objects from the kitchen to share simple truths and amazing blessings from God's word.

I really enjoyed this book. The cover is attractive and appealing. The simple, but beautiful photography is spread throughout the book. Each devotion begins with a scripture. Then the author ties it in with some thoughts from around the kitchen table. Topics such as recipes, dishes, and family. Each devotional was personal and fit with the theme. This would be an excellent gift. But I would purchase a copy for yourself. I loved the concept and they were very well written and spoke to me.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Parenting with Grace and Truth

Parenting with Grace and Truth
Dan Seaborn
30227535
As Christian parents we strive to show Christ to our children. The author has taken scripture, the life of Christ, and his experience to write how parents can raise their children with with the delicate balance of truth and love. Each chapter ends with discussion questions.

I'll admit that based on the cover, I was expecting something dry. But I was pleasantly surprised. The author blended his thoughts with stories and antidotes that helped bring the points home. The message is easy to understand and put into practice. The questions  at the end would make this a great book for group discussion, but would definitely be good for parents to use themselves. 

I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes
Apart from the Crowd #1
Jen Turano
30259039
Permilia is a well known wallflower, easily blending into the crowd. She uses her invisibility to share details with her boss at the newspaper. The lower class enjoy hearing all about what the wealthy wear and eat at their social occasions. When she hears of a contract taken out on an acquaintance, she tries to inform him. But he thinks it's a joke. So Permilia takes it upon herself to follow Mr. Asher. 

Ms. Turano writes with humor and lots of quirky characters. This book was no exception. She blended faith, plot twits, high jinks, and romance to create an entertaining story. I enjoyed the many characters and the amusing antics. While some of the things that happened were not likely, it did add humor to the story. Overall I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys amusing stories that have a clean romance and elements of faith.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Words of Grace

Words of Grace
Jacqui Grace and Dee Arrand


Be amazed by God's grace. Thoughtful devotionals pull comforting thoughts of God's grace from scripture to create a beautiful, calming book that will be a sure favorite. The book is divided into four weeks. Each day begins with a scripture and then the thoughts from the author. The accompanying page has a coloring page that is designed to tie in with the devotional thought. 

The book is small, but is the perfect fit for a purse or small satchel. The devotionals were well thought out and were comforting and thought provoking. I loved the color pages. There was a place for notes at the end of the book and each week ended with discussion questions so this could even be used for groups. This would make an excellent gift or that something extra when you are needing the calming assurance of God's grace.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Friday, April 21, 2017

My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, Texas

My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, Texas
Priscilla's Reveille
Erica Vetsch
30227530
Priscilla, a fashion artist, hates the military for taking her father and ruining her mother. So she's not exactly pleased when her brother joins the army. She hasn't seen him in years when she receives notification that he and his wife have passed away. She heads to Fort Bliss to get the niece and nephew that she's never met. But she meets resistance from their uncle, her late sister-in-law's brother. He's the local physician and loves the children dearly. He has no intention of letting them leave with a woman they've never met. Sparks fly as they both insist on being their guardian.

I really enjoyed this story. The characters were well defined and likable. The two little children were precious. The author did a great job of creating drama without setting the reader's mind against the two main characters. The scenery jumped off the page and helped the story come alive. The faith, importance of family, and sweet romances that were entwined in the plot made the whole thing come together beautifully. This is an author that is quickly becoming a favorite with every book of hers that I read. I would recommend this book if you enjoy clean romance, historical fiction, or a fun plot.

I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Author Spotlight: Danny and Wanda Pelfrey



Danny and Wanda Pelfrey are longtime writers of non-fiction books in the educational and inspiration markets. They have for most of their lives been avid readers of mystery/suspense. AS A SHIELD and a previous mystery title are the result of a desire to entertain themselves and others as well as drive home important spiritual messages. Their passion is now “mysteries with a message.”


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AS A SHIELD is one of four planned Davis Morgan mysteries set in a small North Georgia town. Davis, a pastor for almost twenty-five years, returns to his hometown after the death of his wife, to operate a rare and used bookstore. He is promptly appointed chaplain of the small police department and recruited by city officials to write a history of his home town. Mystery and romance seem always to be lurking around the corner for the popular bookseller.The reoccurring characters such as Charley Nelson, young police officer; Amy Morgan, Davis’s young daughter who is an English teacher; her roommate Deidre, who Davis is more and more drawn to as time passes; Miss Helen, the local historian and a host of others add to the fun and excitement.

 A visit to little Adairsville, Georgia will surely be a memorable event for anyone who chooses to drop-in. In AS A SHIELD, Davis, through his encounters with two strange villains, comes to experience for himself the truth of Psalm 5:12, “For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”



About the Authors: Danny and Wanda Pelfrey are a husband/wife team who in the past were active writers of non-fiction material, having, between them, cranked out several books. They are both graduates of Point University and Danny has a Masters from Kentucky Christian University. Danny has spent most of his adult life as a pastor and Wanda as a teacher.Their interest at present lies in the creation of mysteries with a message.

Danny and Wanda are the proud parents of two daughters and five grandchildren. They reside in a little Cape Cod style cottage in the small town in North Georgia that is the setting for their mysteries.

About the Book: Davis Morgan, having left the ministry after the death of his wife, returns to Adairsville, Georgia, his hometown. There he operates a used and rare bookstore while being appointed chaplain of the police department. He and Charley, a young policeman, after discovering the body of a tattooed man find themselves in a serious battle to bring justice to two strange villains who are threating the safety of Davis's daughter. While all this is going on, Davis is struggling with interpreting his relationship with a young history teacher who happens to be his daughter's roommate. __._,_.___ Posted by: Clash of the Titles

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Long Time Gone

Long Time Gone
The Cimarron Legacy #2
Mary Connealy
30259032
 The plot to uncover who wants their ranch continues with the Boden family. They had thought that with a powerful enemy gone they could go back to life as normal. But he may have just been one piece to the puzzle. Because trouble is still following them everywhere.

Another excellent book by this author. I really enjoy her writing style. She's able to convey the correct emotions, bring depth to the characters, and draw the reader in to the story and the lives of the characters. I've read the first book in the series so I would definitely say that this isn't a stand-alone. You need to read the first book so that you can grasp what has happened before. The story begins right where the first one left off with the assumption that the reader knows what just happened.
This plot has adventure, strong family elements, trust, faith, suspense, and romance. And it's all woven together to create a wonderful story that I thoroughly enjoyed. Can't wait for the next book.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ellie Camps Under the Stars

Ellie Camps Under the Stars
The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant
Marci and Elle Fair
34444568
Ellie, the elephant, and Pudgy, the penguin, love spending time together in nature. So they plan a camping trip under the stars. It took some effort, but they planned a great camping trip. Once on the trip they learned about stars, nature, and friendships.

My daughter loved this book. We enjoy camping as a family so this was a great book to read before one of our trips that she could relate to. The pictures are adorable and help tell the story of the two little animals. The little questions throughout the story engage the young reader as well as the additional activities at the back of the book. This book is all about learning and adventure. Your young adventurer will love the entertaining story, but will also enjoy the way the book brings camping and nature alive in a fun and informative way.

I received a copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Vera Bradley

Vera Bradley Paisley Patterns Coloring Book
I'm a huge fan of adult coloring books and grew up with Vera Bradley products, so was super excited to get this book. The attention to detail and quality of the book are exceptional. The book begins with some informational pages about coloring techniques, various coloring devises, and more. My favorite was a sample of all of the patterns used in this book. It also included the name of the pattern and what year it came out. The pages are thick and didn't bleed through. The back of the book included some note cards and gift tags that were super fun to use.

Overall, this was a wonderful book that is worth every penny. The intricate designs call for concentration and promote relaxation. The beautiful patterns inspired creativity and were nice enough to display. The extras in the back were enough to sell this book for me. This would make an excellent gift or as a relaxing tool for you when stressed out and needed some relaxing time.

I received a copy of this book from Fox Chapel Publishing. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Maybe It's You

Maybe It's You
Crisis Team #3
Candace Calvert
31559573
 Sloane has left her past behind when she moved to Los Angeles. She even went so far as to change her last name. But in trying to help a young girl, she is noticed by the PR Manager for the hospital. He's looking for a face for Hope Hospital and thinks that Sloane would be the perfect candidate. But Sloane is doing everything to avoid the spotlight. Her conception of Micah didn't get off to a great start, but maybe learning that he's also a volunteer crisis responder will change her mind.

While this book is in a series, I do think it could be read as a stand-alone. I somehow missed book #2 and was still able to jump right in to this story without feeling like I was missing a piece. I enjoy the laid back writing style and the character depth that the plot had. The author gave enough background and information to make the main characters intriguing. There was a bit of mystery and intrigue combined with the romance of the story. I always enjoy medical drama and was a tiny bit disappointed that there wasn't more medical jargon, but appreciate the author thinking of the non-medical readers. Overall, this was a fun story that I read quickly and enjoyed.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

If You Were Me and Lived in. . .

If You Were Me and Lived in. . .
Germany
Carole P. Roman
34140099
Two German children take the young reader on a tour of their beautiful country. Children will learn about games, food, and family. Bright, colorful illustrations help tell the story and bring life to the page. Each book in the series follows the same pattern and helps children learn more about the country while enjoying the information in story form. At the back of the book is a glossary for any words that might be unfamiliar.

The author has done a great job of presenting the facts in a fun and enjoyable format. My children love these books and look forward to reading each one as they come out. The book would make the perfect edition to a school library or as an addition to a home school curriculum. I would definitely recommend this book or any other in the series.

I received a copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Friendship Coloring Book

Friendship Coloring Book
Suzy Toronto
 
The artist who designed this book is a self-proclaimed “wacky” person and revels in her uniqueness.  This book is all about friendships, but you can definitely see the author’s quirkiness coming through in the coloring pages. The book begins with some thoughts from the author, a few of the pages she’s colored herself, and some instructions on how to make each page your own. She shares full color pages of how she colored each page. The coloring pages begin with the left side almost completely blank. There is a quote in light print and a few small lines should you want to write something. The right side is the color page.

I love the uniqueness of this book. It’s not like most of the adult coloring books out there and that is a good thing. I also really liked the quotes on every page and the space for writing should the mood strike. This book would make an excellent gift, but be sure to get yourself a copy as well.

I received a copy of this book from Fox Chapel Publishing. All thoughts expressed are my own.