Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Review: A Prayer for Our Country by:B Black

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 **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:

 In A Prayer for Our Country, US Senate Chaplain Barry Black leads children in thanking God for America, while also exploring the ways we can model God’s love to support our country’s citizens, heal hurts that divide us, and look to a stronger, united future.

Senate Chaplain Barry Black believes words matter and that healing and unity are possible in America if we see the image of God in others. In this prayer for children based on wisdom from his almost two decades of daily praying over the US Senate, Black offers needed and inspiring text to help the next generation grow stronger in faith and forward America’s dream.

My Review: 

Chaplain Barry Black has written a very loving prayer that was turned into a picture book for our young ones. It teaches them to love and help their neighbors. It appears to be multi-cultural and inclusive. 

 Our country is a great one that far outshines any others. A book that remembers that and brings us all together no matter what is refreshing.

 I love the illustrations. They are bright and beautiful and very clear.

A really good picture book for young children!

Review: Among the Innocent by:Mary Alford

 Among the Innocent

**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:

When Leah Miller's entire Amish family was murdered ten years ago, the person believed responsible took his own life. Since then, Leah left the Amish and joined the police force. Now, after another Amish woman is found murdered with the same MO, it becomes clear that the wrong man may have been blamed for her family's deaths.

As Leah and the new police chief, Dalton Cooper, work long hours struggling to fit the pieces together in order to catch the killer, they can't help but grow closer. When secrets from both of their pasts begin to surface, an unexpected connection between them is revealed. But this is only the beginning. Could it be that the former police chief framed an innocent man to keep the biggest secret of all buried? And what will it mean for Leah--and Dalton--when the full truth comes to light?

My Review:

 Okay, WOW!! This is a rumspringa gone all kinds of wrong. This is the perfect example of a sweet little Amish book that doesnt go as planned. Leah is excited for her chance to experience life outside her Amish circle but its not long before it proves to be deadly.

 Leah soon dedicates her life to finding the person or people responsible. Just when everyone thinks the case is solved something resurfaces to change it all. And its not long before Leah and Dalton become closer and closer. 

 This read is edge of your seat action with a little romance thrown in for good measure.

Review: Where the Road Bends by:Rachel Fordham

 Where the Road Bends

**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:

As Norah King surveys her family land in Iowa in 1880, she is acutely aware that it is all she has left, and she will do everything in her power to save it--even if that means marrying a man she hardly knows. Days before her wedding, Norah discovers an injured man on her property. Her sense of duty compels her to take him in and nurse him back to health. Little does she realize just how much this act of kindness will complicate her life and threaten the future she's planned.

Norah's care does more than aid Quincy Barnes's recovery--it awakens his heart to possibilities. Penniless and homeless, he knows the most honorable thing he can do is head on down the road and leave Norah to marry her intended. But walking away from the first person to believe in him proves much harder than he imagined.

My Review: 

 I recently got into this same conversation with my husband. The conversation went something to the effect of we have so many plans as children and young adults regarding our future but it rarely goes the exact way we planned. Norah has to marry a man she barely knows in order to keep the family farm. I guess back then situations like this happened a lot.

 Norah has a lot of things to get use to and to gain knowledge of. She is about to embark on some big changes in her life when she finds an injured man on her property. She cant leave him there so she takes him in and nurses him back to health. The only problem is, is that it creates even more difficulties for her.

 A very telling tale of hard times on the prairie and it shows us that many times decisions had to be made regardless of feelings.

Great read!

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Review: When the Meadow Blooms by:A Gabhart

 When the Meadow Blooms

 **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:

 Widow Rose Meadows eagerly accepts her brother-in-law's offer for her and her two daughters to live on his farm after her treatments in a sanatorium finds them needing a home. But is this scarred and reclusive man ready for all the changes these women will bring to his life?

My Review:

 I have to hand it to the author. I dont know how she did it but she took a small unassuming type of plot and turn it into a really good read. It had all the elements and you felt like you were right there with Rose and her family. It was an uplifting book that took me by surprise.

 Knowing what all Dirk, Rose's brother-in-law has been through I was quite surprised he agreed to or offered to help Rose and her girls. But as hard as it was for him, he stepped up.

 Faith threads and weaves itself into the story line which is always very refreshing. I really enjoyed this family.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Review: Season of my Enemy by:N Musch

 Season of My Enemy (Heroines of WWII)

**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:

 “Get Your Farm in the Fight” - The Realities of WWII Come to a Wisconsin Farm

Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.

Only last year, Fannie O’Brien was considered a beauty with a brain, and her future shone bright, despite the war pounding Europe. With her father’s sudden death and her brothers overseas, Fannie must now do the work of three men on their 200-acre farm—until eight German prisoners arrive and, just as Fannie feared, trouble comes too. Someone seems intent on causing “accidents,” and Fannie is certain the culprit is one of the two handsome older Germans—or possibly both. Can she manage the farm, keep the prisoners in line, and hold her family together through these turbulent times?

My Review:

 My dad fought in WWII so reading about that time period or really anything on the subject intrigues me. I try to digest all I can. I love real to life documentaries and I'm sure my family is bored with all of the things I watch on the subject. Fannie is really a great character. I feel that she was doing what most women did back in those days when all the men were either sick or off to war. 

 We as women dont throw around punches, we set to work as soon as we are offered an obstacle that is in our way. Its just the way it is. I really liked the main characters perspective on the events surrounding the war and how it related to her home life. Its nice to see things from that point of view.

 I really enjoyed the read!

Review: Amish Friends 4 Seasons Cookbook by:W Brunstetter

 Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish Friends 4 Seasons Cookbook: 290 Fresh Recipes for Eating with the Seasons

**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:

 Fresh Recipes for Each Season of the Year
Do you strive to eat what local, fresh, and in season? Then this is the cookbook for you. Organized by the winter, spring, summer, and fall seasons, there are a bounty of recipes for various ways to use up seasonal fruits and vegetables. Sprinkled with tips for growing and harvesting, too, the well-organized book boasts contributions from Amish and Mennonites from across the United States who are fans of author of Amish fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter. Encased in a lay-flat binding and presented in full color, it is a must-have cookbook for anyone who gardens, participates in a CSA, or enjoys farmers’ markets.

My Review:

 Who does not love a great cookbook?! Wanda Brunstetter is fast becoming one of my favorite in the cookbook genre. I already had her down as a favorite Amish fiction author, her fiction is the best ever! So if you ever have a chance to read anything she writes, you should go for it. On to this review.

 This cookbook is a collection of recipes along with some the author has added of her own. The cookbook is divided into four seasons. It also has gardening tips which I love. It really has anything and everything that would appeal to any type of homemaker. 

 The cookbook includes over 200 recipes and they are mostly easy to a tiny bit difficult. The comb binding makes it easy to fold flat and is always my go-to for cookbooks. 

 This cookbook would make a great gift!

Friday, June 3, 2022

Review: How High is Heaven by:L Davis

 How High is Heaven?

 **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:

 Children ask A LOT of questions when it comes to heaven, particularly when they’ve experienced the loss of a loved one. In this uplifting, imaginative picture book, How High Is Heaven? inspires hope and comfort in readers young and old, that heaven can be experienced here and now and is open for us all. 

Bestselling author and ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis invites children to explore age-appropriate questions about heaven. Kids (and their parents) can celebrate that, thanks to God’s grace, heaven is a place we can look forward to while finding moments of heaven here on earth.  

How High Is Heaven? is the perfect books for parents and grandparents to read aloud and provides an uplifting message for kids ages 4-8, delivering: 

Read-aloud, lyrical rhymes  
Whimsical, engaging illustrations by Lucy Fleming 
Answers to children’s questions about heaven… and a safe place to ask them  
Comfort to those who have lost a loved one

My Review:

This book is a really touching book. When my mom died, unexpectedly many years ago I very much thought the same way as this sweet child in this story. Anything and everything I could do to be close to her or reach is what I wanted to do. This book made me tear up a little bit.

 In the story this sweet little boy wants to tell his grandma all the exciting things that are going on with him and he cant because shes already in Heaven, so he thinks of different ways to reach her. It is a precious story.

 This is the best book for a child trying to understand the death of a loved one.