Friday, May 22, 2020

Review: On a Coastal Breeze by:Suzanne Woods Fisher

 On a Coastal Breeze (Three Sisters Island, #2)
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.

About the Book:
Everything happens for a reason, Maddie Grayson believes. But her motto gets sorely tested when the new minister parachutes into town and offers her a chance to change what happens next.

My Review:
  What a great story! Perfect for the summer and made me wish to have my toes in the sand warming up under the sun. The story continues right where the first left off. This can be read as a stand alone novel, but I highly recommend reading the first in the series as it is a good lead in to everything. When I read the middle of a series, I always feel like I'm missing something. 

 The characters are very relatable and I got involved with them rather quickly, which is always a good sign that the book will turn out to be a great read. Suzanne Woods Fisher can often be remembered for her Amish fiction but this read is different and I sort of liked going a different route to see what she can add to a different genre. I really liked it, probably better than her Amish writings.

 Maddie is a fantastic character! I really liked learning more about her and can't wait to see what else happens later in the series.



Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Review: Ansley's Big Bake Off by:Pitts

 Ansley's Big Bake Off
 **Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.

About the Book:
From the family that brought you the Lena in the Spotlight series and the popular For Girls Like You magazine comes the story of three young sisters who rebuild their lives and find joy in unexpected ways after their mother’s death.

Ansley and her family move to a new city to seek a new start after the death of their mother. But that also means ... a new school, new friends, new everything! Fortunately, even though no one could ever take the place of their mom, Aunt Samantha has moved in to help Dad and all the girls.

As they all settle into their “new normal,” Lena finds comfort in singing and songwriting. Ashton and Amber record videos documenting their lives and email them to their grandmothers. And Ansley pursues her own dream of becoming an Olympic gymnastics champ when she signs up with Grace and Power Gym. But she soon realizes that using her creativity to bake treats and share them with those she loves brings her as much (or even more) joy—especially since it brings back memories of precious afternoons she spent in the kitchen with her mom.

So which dream should she follow? Ansley prays for guidance, and it seems her prayers are answered when she gets the opportunity to both perform as a gymnast and take part in a The Big Bake Off at the Roland Lake Founders Day Fair. The Grand Prize is a trophy and a spot on the local morning show, Awake with The Lake!

My Review:
 Losing your mother has got to be the hardest thing as a human being, not to mention being a girl. I absolutely love this family and love reading all about their adventures. Ansley recently lost her mom and everyone in the home are struggling trying to find their place after mom is no longer apart of their lives. So this little addition to the series is all about just that.

 Ansley's aunt is here to help dad with the girls so each of the girls try to find something to immerse themselves into, including Ansley. But Ansley relies on a power much higher than her own to decide what she should be doing--so come along and find out how she handles what God points out to her.

Review: Fiona, Its Bedtime by:Richard Cowdrey

 Fiona, It's Bedtime
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.

About the Book:
It’s time to go to bed and Fiona can’t fall asleep until she’s said “GOODNIGHT” to all her animal friends at the zoo.

Fiona, It’s Bedtime, a follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Fiona the Hippo and A Very Fiona Christmas, is the latest book to showcase the adorable internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo. Fiona is beloved by fans all over the world, and her newest book is the perfect bedtime read-aloud for cuddling with your little one. Fiona, It’s Bedtime, illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist Richard Cowdrey, features everyone’s favorite hippo who wanders through the zoo saying “GOODNIGHT” to all her animals friend before she heads to bed and settles into slumber.

With a cover that shines with spot UV and foil, this book is perfect for Fiona enthusiasts, fans of Sandra Boynton’s The Going to Bed Book, and any animal lover who’s ready for a read-aloud rhyming bedtime story.

My Review:
 Sweet, sweet Fiona is at it again only this time its in a precious bedtime story all her own. She goes animal to animal saying good night. The sweetest, littlest hippo that is oh so precious and acts like any young baby would. The perfect bedtime story and read aloud. It is sure to be a hit for any Fiona fan young or old. Preciousness between a book cover.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Review: The Englisch Daughter by:C. Woodsmall/E. Woodsmall

 The Englisch Daughter
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.

About the Book:
A marriage is tested in this Old Order Amish novel of longing for renewed love and a path for forgiveness from the best-selling author of Gathering the Threads .

Old Order Amish wife and mother Jemima has put her marriage and family ahead of herself for years. She's set herself aside. Raising four children, she's followed all the rules and has been patient in looking forward to her time to chase a dream of her own.

But when she finds out that her life savings for pursuing that dream is gone--and her husband, Roy, has been hiding a child with another woman--her entire world is shattered. Will she be able to listen to God and love Roy's child? With so much at stake, how can she and Roy fix their relationship before their lives come crashing down?

My Review:
 Poor Jemima! She has led a life all these years for others and what has it gotten her? Nothing but pain, heartache, and broken promises. Definitely, not what she bargained for or even had hoped for at this point. Soon her marriage seems to be a dismal failure after she discovered the secrets that her husband has harbored. Now, along with God's help she has to pick the pieces off the floor to form a whole other idea of a family that she hadn't planned for.

 A story that is so true to life, yet so fictitious. A great story line! I was surprised but the author hit another home run with this one.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Review: The Crow's Call by:Wanda E. Brunstetter

 The Crow's Call (Amish Greenhouse Mystery #1)
 **Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
Mysterious Events Plague a Greenhouse in Pennsylvania’s Amish Country

When Vernon King, his son, and son-in-law are involved in a terrible accident, three women are left to cope with their deaths, as they become the sole providers of the family they have left. The women’s only income must come from the family greenhouse, but someone seems to be trying to force them out of business.

Amy King has just lost her father and brother, and her mother needs her to help run the family’s greenhouse. It doesn’t seem fair to ask her to leave a job she loves, when there is still a sister and brother to help. But Sylvia is also grieving for her husband while left to raise three children, and Henry, just out of school, is saddled with all the jobs his father and older brother used to do. As Amy assumes her new role, she also asks Jared Riehl to put their courtship on hold. When things become even more stressful at the greenhouse, will Amy crumble under the pressure?

My Review:
 This book is first in the series entitled, Amish Greenhouse Mystery. I would have to say that I like it probable more than any of the authors other writings. It is a little bit more hyped up and intriguing. Mysteries are really fun to me, especially if it is Amish related.

 Amy is feeling sort of slighted that she has to help the family. She wants to continue doing what she loves not working in the family's greenhouse. But honor is calling and she needs to help her mother after the deaths of her family members.

 If all of this isnt enough someone is trying to put them out of business and its time Amy finds out just exactly whats going on.

 A great spring read, for sure!

Review: The Happy Camper by:Melody Carlson

The Happy Camper
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.

About the Book:
Home is the place to heal, right? At least, that's what Dillon Michaels is hoping as she leaves her disappointing career and nonstarter love life behind to help her grieving and aging grandfather on his small Oregon farm. The only problem? Her eccentric mother beat her there and has taken over Dillon's old room. After a few nights sleeping on a sagging sofa, Dillon is ready to give up, until she receives an unlikely gift--her grandfather's run-down vintage camp trailer, which she quickly resolves to restore with the help of Jordan Atwood, the handsome owner of the local hardware store.

But just when things are finally beginning to run smoothly, Dillon's noncommittal ex-boyfriend shows up with roses . . . and a ring.

My Review:
 Melody Carlson is my kind of author. Her writing is so broad based that it fits my ever changing moods. Weird, I know but I like her for this very reason. Love Happy Camper. It is the perfect story for the time, we currently find ourselves in.

 Dillon needs a change and it seems that she is about to embark on a change and change she so desperately needs right about now. Her boyfriend that always seems to have better things to do proses in a big way. Way bigger than she expected.

 Just when Dillon thinks that everything is going well, things seem to change.

Hopefully this time it will be for the better!

Review: Mama Kisses, Papa Hugs by:Bergren/Zolotic

 Mama Kisses, Papa Hugs
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
From the creator of the best-selling God Gave Us You comes a warm exploration of the ways parents show affection--and how it mirrors God's affection for his followers.

Parents are always looking out for the perfect bedtime book to create a sense of well-being before a night of rest. Mama Kisses, Papa Hugs explores a child's curiosity about how love is shown between parent and child, with the reassurance that Mama and Papa will always love their little one. And like Lisa Tawn Bergren's young protagonist asks his mother, this question is pressing on the minds of many children:

"Mama, how does God kiss us?"

Mama smiled. "He kisses us a hundred times a day; although if you don't pay attention, you might miss it."

"At night he kisses us with a shooting star. In the morning, he kisses us with sunlight, crawling across the fields and into our windows. On a hot summer afternoon, he kisses us with a gentle breeze. But most of all, he kisses us through our family. That's how God made us. That's why I give you Mama kisses."

My Review:
 A sweet book between parents and their son and how different species kiss to show their affection towards their children. Their son feels he is tool old for kisses from his mama. So Mama proceeds to tell him about all different kids of kisses from different animal species. A sweet story with fantastic illustration s that are marvelously done and very colorful.

 This book would make a really good bedtime story book!