Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Review: A Fine Imitation by:Amber Brock

 A Fine Imitation
About the Book:
 Set in the glamorous 1920s, A Fine Imitation is an intoxicating debut that sweeps readers into a privileged Manhattan socialite’s restless life and the affair with a mysterious painter that upends her world, flashing back to her years at Vassar and the friendship that brought her to the brink of ruin.

Vera Bellington has beauty, pedigree, and a penthouse at The Angelus—the most coveted address on Park Avenue. But behind the sparkling social whirl, Vera is living a life of quiet desperation. Her days are an unbroken loop of empty, champagne-soaked socializing, while her nights are silent and cold, spent waiting alone in her cavernous apartment for a husband who seldom comes home.

Then Emil Hallan arrives at The Angelus to paint a mural above its glittering subterranean pool. The handsome French artist moves into the building, shrouds his work in secrecy, and piques Vera’s curiosity, especially when the painter keeps dodging questions about his past. Is he the man he claims to be? Even as she finds herself increasingly drawn to Hallan’s warmth and passion, Vera can’t suppress her suspicions. After all, she has plenty of secrets, too—and some of them involve art forgers like her bold, artistically talented former friend, Bea, who years ago, at Vassar, brought Vera to the brink of catastrophe and social exile.

When the dangerous mysteries of Emil’s past are revealed, Vera faces an impossible choice—whether to cling to her familiar world of privilege and propriety or to risk her future with the enigmatic man who has taken her heart. A Fine Imitation explores what happens when we realize that the life we’ve always led is not the life we want to have.

My Review:
 Vera Bellington has it all the money, the jewelry, the fancy house. But yet she feels like she is missing something. Sure she is married to a rich man and she has even come from money, but still she feels her life is not complete. She throws herself into bringing an artist to their apartment building to paint a mural on the pool wall. When she meets him something inside her stirs, bring her past back to the forefront of her mind.

 Emil Hallan is cool and collected, yet being around Vera brings out feelings he has never had with someone. And yes, the same can be said about Vera. Her life is completely thrown out of balance the minute she meets him. Although she knows she shouldn't, she wants to know more about him. This man definitely has something to hide, but is it bad enough for even Vera to turn away.

 As her relationship with Emil becomes stronger, Vera discovers her past is basically coming back to haunt her, but is it because of him? She is left with two choices: stay in her privileged world or escape into the unknown with a man who may very well hurt her.

 A Fine Imitation is wonderful novel. I really loved reading this book. With this being this author's first book, I was quite surprised to find it to be a wonderful read. I hope to read many more books from this author!

**This book had some foul language and a sensual bedroom scene.**
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Review: Survey of Astronomy (Curriculum Pack)

About the Product:
Step onto the moon as you begin a powerful educational journey through the universe! From the barren moon to the farthest galaxies we can see, you will learn about the facts and wonders of this marvel of creation. Teams solid science with a biblical perspective to answer important questions about the stars, planets, and the place of Earth in this vast expanse!
  • Weekly Lesson Schedule
  • Student Worksheets
  • Quizzes & Test
  • Answer Key
10th - 12th Grade
1 Year
1 Credit
Package Includes:
My Review:
 My kiddos are fascinated with space and space travel their mom on the other hand can do without it and thank you for it. But I digress. Master Books thankfully, has their act together putting together the curriculum packs you need to turn your kids loose on those subjects that fascinate them to no end.

 These curriculum packs have been my saving grace. The contain everything you need to teach your children. They also provide you a planner and the planner is very flexible, as it should be. So I can be hands on or I can take a more relaxed approach which relaxed for me is the way to go because I homeschool several different children with differing grade levels. Perfect for your high school aged child trying to earn credits.

 I have listed about what all is in the curriculum pack and I will talk about my most favorites. I really enjoyed the two DVDs included to help further the Astronomy teaching they are not very long at all and I anticipate will take us long to watch. Our Created Moon is 39 minutes long and Created Cosmos is only 23 minutes long. These DVDs are very informative and help your child with visualization of Astronomy.

 Our all time favorite in this pack was The Stargazer's Guide to the Night Sky. This huge book contains beautiful photography and great explanations. The only thing missing from this awesome curriculum pack is a high powered telescope. It can even get an uninterested person like me interested and that's saying a lot!

Retail price is $84.32 and the here is the link.

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

Melanie Dickerson’s ‘The Beautiful Pretender’ Once Upon a Kindle Giveaway

Inheriting the new title of margrave means Reinhart has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise? Find out in the new medieval fairy tale, The Beautiful Pretender, by Melanie Dickerson. Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?

Join Melanie in celebrating the release of The Beautiful Pretender by entering to win her Once Upon a Kindle giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of The Beautiful Pretender
  • A Kindle Fire tablet
  • A $25 Amazon gift card
  • The choice between a Funko POP Disney Beauty or Beast doll
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on June 7th. The winner will be announced June 8th on Melanie's blog.

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Sarah Sundin’s ‘Anchor in the Storm’ All Hands on Deck Giveaway

In a time of sacrifice, what price can one put on true love? Pharmacist Lillian Avery and Ensign Archer Vandenberg are about to find out in Sarah Sundin's new book, Anchor in the Storm. During the darkest days of the war, Arch's destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves—and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions Lillian has been filling? As the danger rises on both land and sea, the two must work together to answer that question. But can Arch ever earn Lillian's trust and affection?

Celebrate the release of Sarah's Anchor in the Storm by entering to win her All Hands on Deck Prize Pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A signed copy of Anchor in the Storm
  • Nautical tote bag lined with anchor fabric
  • Anchor necklace made from copper reclaimed from the USS Constitution in Boston during restoration
  • 365 Devotions for Hope by Karen Whiting
  • Shine: Nautical Inspirational Adult Coloring Book
  • "Hope Anchors the Soul" journal
  • Set of two nautical tea towels
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on June 8th. The winner will be announced June 9th on Sarah's blog.

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Review: There Will Be Stars by:Billy Coffey

There Will Be Stars
About the Book:
“In a life full of lies, he settled finally for the truth.”

No one in Mattingly ever believed Bobby Barnes would live to see old age. Drink would either rot Bobby from the inside out or dull his senses just enough to send his truck off the mountain on one of his nightly rides. Although Bobby believes such an end possible—and even likely—it doesn’t stop him from taking his twin sons Matthew and Mark into the mountains one Saturday night. A sharp curve, blinding headlights, metal on metal, his sons’ screams. Bobby’s final thought as he sinks into blackness is a curious one—there will be stars.

Yet it is not death that greets him beyond the veil. Instead, he returns to the day he has just lived and finds he is not alone in this strange new world. Six others are trapped there with him.

Bobby soon discovers that rather than the place of peace he had been led to believe he was in, it’s actually a place of secrets and hidden dangers. Along with three others, he seeks to escape, even as the world around him begins to crumble. The escape will lead some to greater life, others to endless death . . . and Bobby Barnes to understand the deepest nature of love.

My Review:
Bobby Barnes is the president of drunk on his side of the mountain. Everyone believes he will never change, no matter what. No matter what anyone says or thinks, Bobby is just fine doing as he wants. So one night he goes out on one of his nightly trips, with his twin sons beside him he is having a good ole time. Down a couple beers on the way back to his house, he does his best to stay on the road. But when bright headlights blind him, all he can hear is metal on metal and screams, before everything goes black.

He awakens to find the day he just lived starting again. his old bat of a neighbor asking after her car and all. Bobby doesn't know what to think, for some reason he can't remember that night before. Uncertain what to think he and his sons drive into town. There he learns that he is no longer among the living, but why? He finds himself surrounded by people stuck just like him, with stories all different.

Bobby tries to learn the truth behind it all but what happens when he finds darker secret than what he ever expected.

There Will Be Stars is an amazing book. I had a hard time putting it down and found every aspect of it so interesting I kept begging for more. I have read some of this author's books and he still hasn't disappointed.

**This book had a few cuss words**

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

Review: Come With Me by:Suzanne Eller

 Come with Me: Discovering the Beauty of Following Where He Leads
About the Book:
Proverbs 31 Author Calls Women to a Revolutionary Faith
What if there was a real-life invitation to a lifetime of unexpected destinations and adventure? What if your faith was the key?

In her warm, conversational way, Proverbs 31 author Suzie Eller shows how your faith is just that. How when you take a step away from the uncertainty, the to-do list, the busy life, the worries and excuses, you take a step toward the One who promises to delight and surprise. Who brings you deeper than you ever thought possible.

Two thousand years ago, 12 men answered the call to follow a man they hardly knew--and they were changed in ways they never imagined. Today that same invitation echoes across history, beckoning you to an adventure that will spill into every aspect of your faith and life. "Come with Me." Will you say yes?

My Review:
 When an individual finally gets the nerve up to tell Jesus, send me--I will follow you wherever you lead--my life is in your hands. This is a huge undertaking and it takes A LOT of faith to stick with it and not run in the opposite direction especially when things get tough and they almost always do. Our intentions are always good but God wants to see if we really mean what we say.

 To experience God on an even deeper level we have to grow in faith like never before and there will be many times that it takes will, unbelievably strong will to even stay in those trenches. God is still there but for some strange reason we feel He is no where to be seen. He is a mighty force that sometimes comes in with a whisper instead of a mighty rushing wind.

 Suzanne Eller takes what she has learned by following Jesus and put it into book form. A Bible study among all Bible studies that teaches you to allow God the opportunity to grow your faith into something much deeper than you ever expected or dreamed. We have to want this for ourselves and for our relationship with Him. The last chapter, We are the Thirteenth Disciple was really good! A great study to help us all!

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

Review: First and Goal by:Jack Byrne

First and Goal: What Football Taught Me About Never Giving Up
About the Book:
Jake Byrne dreamed of playing professional football. He had the size, the talent, the drive...but at age fourteen, he found out he also had type 1 diabetes.

Still, Jake was determined to reach his goal. And God was determined to guide and empower him all along the way.

Jake's journey to the NFL is the backdrop for this collection of inspiring devotions for teens based on more than 100 football terms. Jake defines each phrase, shares a brief account of his life, includes Scripture, and then ties that all up in way that feels real and very encouraging. You'll discover...what to do when God calls an audible in your life how to respond when God puts you on special teams why prayer is more than a desperate hail Mary

These quick daily readings will help you press through your own difficulties and experience God's dreams for you.

My Review:
 God is never far from us and our faith is to grow stronger with each passing second. Jack Byrne knows all too well that sometimes things don't look like they will ever fall into place and what seems to be a dream will always be just that--a dream. God loves us and He is all about giving us the desires of our heart. He wants us to be obedient in what we have been trusted with and to show Him all the glory.

 In First and Goal, Jake takes what took him years to meditate on and live by and shares that with others in hopes to motivate, educate, and inspire you to have faith and seek God's will above all else. His book is a great gift for a sports enthusiast to look past the fame and popularity and look to the heart of God and let that lead them.

 Jake had a health issue that convinced him that his dream would never come true but as always, God had another plan. A plan much bigger and ultimately better than Jake had for himself.

If you would like to learn more, you can at this link.

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