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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Review: The Treasure at Devil's Hole by:Jody M. Mabry

The Treasure at Devil's Hole
About the Book:
How would you feel if you knew you had a legendary treasure right in your own back yard? Francis “Bug” Mosser knows, and will do nearly anything to find it, even if it means defying the most villainous person he knows—Mom!

Standing in Bug's way is his nemesis Tad Pricket, the red headed, pock-holed bully who’s suddenly been seen walking Bug’s girl, Melanie, home from school—worse, the walk ends with a kiss. Then there is the mysterious bald stranger and Miss Julia Brandon’s boyfriend who seems a little “too-classy” for the town of Possum Trot.

With the help of his brothers, and best friend Billy—along with his not-so-secret desire to impress Melanie Grainger—Bug goes off in search of fortune and glory, thwarting bad guys, stolen clothes, and explosions to find the one surprise about the treasure that he would have never dreamed of...


My Review:
 The male species is naturally, in my opinion more curious than the female species. So if you have a secret in your back yard or something that is hidden the males in your household will NOT rest until they get to the bottom of it. And so it is in The Treasure at Devil's Hole, Bog just has to find out about this treasure that has withstood generations, I mean after all who could resist the temptation to find out about this and possibly have it?

 Bug has to get past his mom to do all of this and maybe just maybe he will get the chance to impress a special someone at the same time. Come along on this adventure with Bug as he goes exploring and find out what he really gets himself into. The author did a fantastic job of capturing youth and filling the pages with fun and adventure!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Pump Up Your Book.

Review: How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird by:Amy Lively

How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird
About the Book:
A Woman's Guide to Sharing Her Faith While Making New Friends
Many women are comfortable hanging out at church but also long for a spiritual connection to their community. Amy Lively shows you how to love those strangers next door even when you're fearful. She writes from her experience, saying, "I've knocked on hundreds of doors. Every time I invite my neighbors for coffee I learn something new." This book is a candid compilation of her mistakes (yes) and gives God the glory for successes.
You'll find hands-on tools and ideas that will help you share the Gospel, explore how to use social media to form real-life relationships, and give you the courage to take the first step of faith to reach out to that neighbor whose name you don't yet know.


My Review:
 One of God's greatest commands is to love thy neighbor. sounds simple enough until it's time to actually do it. How many times have you actually had a stirring to do something nice for someone only to give way to fear and back out at the last minute? What will they think of me? Do I actually have time to invest in these people? Aren't they going to reject me if I try to share the love of Jesus Christ with them? All of these thoughts and many more run amuck in our minds and many times they are what hold us back from doing anything worthwhile for Christ. It is sad to want to do more but we are often held back from doing so because of our fear.

 Author, Amy Lively has went to many neighbors and she shares how her successes and even her failures can still be helpful, because after all she is doing it for Him. And He just wants us to be obedient and share with others. She shares how to get past those fears without being taken the wrong way. I love this book and its premise! We need more books like these, to help those of us who would like to step out of our comfort zones but really don't know how.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Bethany House.

Review: Devotions from the Garden: Finding Peace and Rest in Your Busy Life by:Miriam Drennan

Devotions from the Garden: Finding Peace and Rest in Your Busy Life
About the Book:
Come to the garden alone, and fill your soul with His presence.

There's nothing on earth like the peace and loveliness of a magnificent garden. It's the place where Adam and Eve first fellowshipped with God, and where you, too, can escape from this chaotic world into His loving arms of beauty and serenity."Devotions from the Garden" takes you to that place where senses are restored as dewdrops settle and butterflies gather to witness the miracles of God's creation bloom and grow. These ninety devotions explore the parallels of life with the elements of the garden to help you see God, to sense His presence, to soothe your soul, and to rest in knowing He is with you throughout each day. Included are striking photographs with a fresh, contemporary design for timeless appeal.


My Review:
 Daily devotions are a part of my life that didn't come easy at first. We are living in a generation of always being in a hurry. I had to purposely make time in an already busy schedule to include time with God. And while that is a very sad way to look at it, it is an honest assumption. Taking time to slow down in our very fast paced world especially to spend time with our Father is always a good thing and will benefit us greatly.

 The special thing that I find great about this devotional are the beautiful photographs that are included throughout. I love, love, love flower gardens and this book brings you the most brilliant in pretty flowers but that's not all. It has the most essentials that most devotionals include but it also has lessons or daily devotions that are completely related to the subject of gardening. This book is perfect for the gardener in your life.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Look.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Litfuse Review: The Proposal at Siesta Key by:Shelley Shepard Gray

The Proposal at Siesta Key (Amish Brides of Pinecraft, #2)
About the Book:
A young Amish woman, yearning for freedom, crosses paths with a handsome Mennonite celebrity in a deeply moving tale of friendship and self-discovery—the second installment in the unforgettable New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.
Penny Troyer rarely disobeys her parents. In the years since her sister’s tragic death, they’ve wanted nothing more than to keep her safe…even if it means never leaving the house.
But tonight, she’s bending the rules because Michael Knoxx, the most famous member of The Knoxx Family Singers, a traveling Mennonite Evangelical family —is scheduled to speak. Penny has heard of Michael—how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others—and knows she must meet him. So, for the first time ever, Penny stands up to her parents and goes out on her own. 
Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to rest…to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers how much he and Penny Troyer have in common.
But new friendships can’t stop time. Soon, Michael’s time in Pinecraft will be over and he’ll be back on the road. Her time with Michael has brought her happiness, but will she be able to follow her heart? Or will she be faced with the one thing she’s sure she’ll never have the courage to do? 

My Review:
 Well you never have to wonder what it's like in Pinecraft, Florida especially if you are reading the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series by the formidable Shelley Shepard Gray. She can take something that you could never imagine that would be interesting and make a story out of it for all of her fans. The Proposal at siesta Key is book two in the series and it is a show stopper. Complete with a scrumptious recipe in the back of the book, you will have tons to look forward to.

 Penny doesn't want to disobey her parents or their rules, but sometimes a girl has to do what a girl has to do, and this has turned out to be one of those times. She wants to go and here about Michael Knoxx. He is a speaker that poses to add something to her life, as he himself lost part of his leg in an accident. So taking off against their wishes is what she feels she will have to do.

 Take off she does, but after meeting this young man, she feels closer to him than she should and it seems his feelings are returned. What will they do with this romance that has suddenly befallen them, all of a sudden?

 **Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.

CFBA Review: When Hope Rises by:Dora Hiers

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
When Hope Rises
Pelican Book Group (May 2015)
by
Dora Heirs


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

After a successful auditing career, Dora left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. When her youngest son no longer wanted her hanging out at school with him anymore, Dora started writing Heart Racing, God-Gracing romance. She is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and her local chapter, Carolina Romance Writers.

Dora and her real life hero make their home in North Carolina. When she takes a break from cranking out stories, she enjoys reading, family gatherings, and mountain cabin getaways. She despises traffic, bad coffee, technological meltdowns, and a sad ending to a book. Her books always end with a happily-ever-after!



ABOUT THE BOOK

Art teacher Shelby Coltman transforms junk into treasure and longs for a place to showcase her creations. She’s thrilled when her friend volunteers to room with her. Shelby can finally buy a storefront. Unfortunately, Kennedi’s brother can't seem to let go.

Abandoned as a teenager, guidance counselor Tate Malone has become surrogate and over-protective father to his sister. Life is great until Shelby Coltman wheedles his impressionable sister into sharing an apartment. Raised in wealth, the beautiful Shelby could never understand poverty or rejection, and Tate doesn't appreciate her uprooting his sister. When Shelby hands over her savings to a homeless student, will God obliterate Tate's fears and deliver all of Shelby’s dreams...when hope rises?

If you would like to read the first chapter of When Hope Rises, go HERE.



My Review:
Shelby Coltman worked hard for where she is now and she isn’t willing to let a thing stop her. Being an art teacher for the local high school, she sees many students succeeding but one draws her attention most of all. The boy has a talent greater than any one she has ever seen, and she can’t allow him to squander it.

Tate Malone, a guidance counselor for the local high school, has seen it all. He was a homeless teenager, alone in the world. As he got older he decided that if he had the chance, he wouldn’t let any other teenager go through what he did. So when the pretty Shelby Coltman comes to him for help, he agrees almost immediately. But he has one small problem.

Shelby has always wanted to sell the things she makes out of random objects, so when she sees a storefront, at her exact asking price. She jumps at the chance, but the only kicker is she needs a room-mate. So who greater to move in than her best friend.

Tate doesn’t expect his sister to come home and tell him she is moving out. He definitely doesn’t like the idea of her moving in with her best friend. Even if her room-mate is Shelby.

As everything comes to a head, Tate will have to learn to let go. And Shelby will discover miracles happen in the strangest of ways.

When Hope Rises is an amazing story, with tons of adventure. I enjoyed Dora Heirs, wonderful writing. I do hope to read another one of her amazing books!

**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from CFBA.

Review: The Mapmaker's Children by:Sarah McCoy

The Mapmaker's Children
About the Book:
When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroad’s leading mapmakers, taking her cues from the slave code quilts and hiding her maps within her paintings. She boldly embraces this calling after being told the shocking news that she can’t bear children, but as the country steers toward bloody civil war, Sarah faces difficult sacrifices that could put all she loves in peril.
   Eden, a modern woman desperate to conceive a child with her husband, moves to an old house in the suburbs and discovers a porcelain head hidden in the root cellar—the remains of an Underground Railroad doll with an extraordinary past of secret messages, danger and deliverance.
   Ingeniously plotted to a riveting end, Sarah and Eden’s woven lives connect the past to the present, forcing each of them to define courage, family, love, and legacy in a new way.
  

My Review:
1859- Sarah Brown's father is a wonderful map maker but that isn't all he is good at. By the darkness of night, he helps slaves reach the underground railroad as fast and safe as he can. One night Sarah over hears her father talking to two slave woman and a small girl. When she draws a map hiding it deceptively among a amazing picture, both Sarah and her father know this talent of hers is just the thing they need to help the underground railroad along.

2014- All Eden Anderson wants is to have a child. But after two miscarriages, she doesn't believe that it will ever happen. She soon starts pulling away from everyone, even her husband. When her husband brings home a puppy, she's out-raged, but she knows her anger has nothing to do with him. While Eden is throwing one of her tantrums, the puppy hides his snout in a hole. Pulling the dog away, she finds something slightly creep beneath the base boards. A cracked doll head. Eden begins wondering what happened to the dolls body. When the girl from next door comes to feed the dog and notices the head she has some one who may just have the answers.

As both Eden and Sarah's lives start to change, they'll learn that not everything can continue staying the same. And they must learn to live life to the fullest, despite what's going on around them.

The Mapmaker's Children was an amazing book. I really enjoy how wonderful the past and present linked together. The author has an amazing way with words. I hope to read some more of her books soon.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Blogging for Books.

Review: The Undertaker's Wife by:Dee Oliver

The Undertaker's Wife: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Laughter in the Unlikeliest of Places
About the Book:
On Dee Branch s first date with Johnnie Oliver, a fourth-generation funeral director, she knew she was in for a unique relationship when he had to leave for just a minute and he came back to the car with a corpse.

Over twenty years later, Dee was still in love with her charming Southern gentleman when he passed away suddenly in 2007. Determined to carry on Johnnie s work, Dee earned her mortuary science degree, only to find herself barred from reentering the family business. And so Dee crossed the racial divide in the most segregated industry in America and joined the staff of an African-American funeral home as a single white woman.

In The Undertaker's Wife, Oliver draws from her wealth of experience to provide candid and often hysterically funny advice on dying well and surviving the loss of those who have gone before. Her insights on the common ground of grief, survival, and the ever-present faithfulness of God (to all of us, regardless of our race, religious upbringing, or socio-economic background) will help readers prepare for one of life s only certainties and do it with wisdom, grace, and a healthy dose of joy."
  

My Review:
 Dee Branch never thought in a million years she would fall for an undertaker. Much less that she would marry him and have three little girls. After twenty years of marriage, many ups and downs, and tons of funerals later, she never knew she would be standing where she is now. With her handsome husband buried, like the countless ones he himself buried before. With three girls to feed and clothed, what is she to do now? And after years of helping widows, widowers, and grievers alike mourn their lost, should she not have a problem helping herself along in the process? Questions follow one after another. Why did he die? What do I do now? Do I have to start dating? Day after day, she has to live with the questions, the wonder.

 She decides to follow in her husbands foot-steps and become an undertaker in order to take care of her children. But when every funeral home in town refuse to allow her to work, she finds a glimmer of hope when she is allowed to intern for an African-American funeral home. With Christ by her side, she feels like she can do anything even if there may be racial divide. She knows God is taking care of her every step of the way, even if it sometimes seems He is absent when she needs Him most.

Based on a true story, the authors' have a wonderful way with words. This book will make you laugh and cry. It is truly a wonderful book!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Look.