Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Litfuse Review: Starving Hearts by:Janine Mendenhall

 Starving Hearts (Triangular Trade Trilogy, #1)
About the Book:
Since her assault, Miss Annette Chetwynd has been plagued by nightmares and worries about an arranged marriage. But she yearns to find her anonymous rescuer. Unfortunately, her health and intellect prevent it. Both repel suitors and cause Annette to doubt God's existence, at least until He answers her prayers in an unusual way ...

Mr. Peter Adsley is joining the clergy, and he desires a godly wife by his side. After his failed attempt to obtain one, he engages in a clandestine meeting with the bewitching young woman who keeps crossing his path. But she is so unsettling.

Destined for disappointments, Peter and Annette endure disgraceful situations. Will Peter's faith sustain him through overwhelming setbacks? Can Annette overcome her doubts? Or will their starving hearts yield to the machinations of a mad man?

My Review:
 For the lack of a better word, Janine Mendenhall's is very Victorianesque. It is the very essence of all things prim and proper and it just happens to be the author's debut novel, the first in the Triangular Trade Trilogy. We are introduced to Miss Annette Chetwynd, she has what she feels like is the weight of the world on her shoulders as she is about to embark on something that completely and utterly terrifies her, an arranged marriage.

 Mr. Peter Adsley has issues of his own when he can't get this one very interesting lady off his mind that seems to be crossing his path a lot lately. Peter and Annette want something more but there are many things that stand in the way of this union. Hopefully, if they both just hang on and continue to have faith maybe just maybe they will get to be together in the end.

The author has written a fascinating read that is sure to leave you breathlessly waiting on the next addition!

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

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Review: An Amish Harvest by:Wiseman/Clipston/Fuller/Chapman

 An Amish Harvest: Four Novellas
About the Book:
Faith, hope, and love remain forever in season in this collection of four richly absorbing novellas set amidst the wonder of an Amish autumn.

Under the Harvest Moon, by Beth Wiseman
When Naomi Dienner is suddenly widowed, she never expects to find love again . . . until she meets Brock Mulligan, an English family friend hired at harvest time. As a sinister presence begins to threaten Naomi, Brock seeks to prove himself trustworthy while struggling with growing feelings for Naomi and her children. Will God open Naomi’s heart—and give Brock his own second chance at love?

Love and Buggy Rides, by Amy Clipston
Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, yet daunting obstacles stand between them and something deeper. Can love kindle into flames that burn away fear and regret—and lead them to a life together?

Mischief in the Autumn Air, by Vannetta Chapman 

When items start going above market value at his auction house, Eli Wittmer is first thrilled, and then puzzled. But when the house is broken into, Eli and his new bookkeeper, Martha Beiler track down a trail of clues. Will they solve the mystery before the fall festival ends—and discover an unexpected new love?

A Quiet Love, by Kathleen Fuller 

Dinah Hochstetler, quiet and bookish, longs for marriage but hides in her shyness. Amos Mullett, a simple farmer, knows he’s different but aches for a loving wife. As Dinah and Amos navigate a budding romance, will the power of love—and the blessing of God—be enough to overcome their doubters?

My Review:
 Under the Harvest Moon, by Beth Wiseman
 Naomi and Brock seemed like such the unlikely pair. But as growing feelings keep pairing them together. Brock has to prove himself to so many. All the while he and this fascinating woman can't seem to not care for one another.

Love and Buggy Rides, by Amy Clipston
Janie and Jonathan are really good at being friends but what will it take for them to develop something more meaningful? There are so many things for them both to consider in this love story.

 A Quiet Love, by Kathleen Fuller
Dinah and Amos are both too fearful to do what comes natural when it comes to having romantic feelings for another individual. Will they be able to move past all the fear and rejection to gain something more than just a casual friendship?

 Mischief in the Autumn Air, by Vannetta Chapman 
Who is not ready for a little fall mystery? Vannetta Chapman is at it again in Mischief in the Autumn Air when Eli Wittmer along with his new bookkeeper discover a mystery in their auction house when some sold pieces in his gallery have portions of a map that are attached to the back of them. As they go on their quest to discover the mystery behind this unusual map, they find so much more.

 Like the winds of change that take place as the leaves reveal their beautiful colors, so does this mystery as it gives way to new love.

An Amish Harvest is the perfect novella to read as you reign the new fall season. Among the cooler weather and the beautiful landscape changes we get a renewed sense of life and living it abundantly, especially when that crisp fall air nips at our cheeks. A great read to curl up on the couch and read!

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


Review: Time for Bed, Sleepyhead: The Falling Asleep Book by:Daniel G. Amen

 Time for Bed, Sleepyhead: The Falling Asleep Book
About the Book:
Ten-time New York Times bestselling author and child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen teams up with artist Gail Yerrill to create a book that helps facilitate sleep. Time for Bed, Sleepyhead pairs whimsical illustrations with storytelling techniques to tire your child’s imagination in order to help them settle down at bedtime and fall asleep.

 Read aloud the story of little bear and his friends as they have a big day at the beach, then return home to eat dinner, take their baths, and head to bed, falling gently to sleep alongside your little one.

My Review:
 Based on the author's own experience with his own child and reading to them each night. He created this book for us to experiment with our own child and their bedtime routine. The author used this very story in a way to "tire" his child out enough and to fall asleep faster. The story is one that will take the child on a virtual field trip of sorts and lead you on a fascinating adventure that slows down in the end and nestles our children softly in the bed for bedtime.

 The momma bear in the story tells the little bear cub that when we fall asleep our brain cleans itself and other fascinating yet interesting science related facts that children may not know. While I see that this is a book primarily for use at bedtime. I do feel that it is a bit overdone and frankly a little long for younger ages. My son is 6 and he was very bored with the story. He wasn't a big fan.

 But on a side note, I do absolutely love the illustrations. They are bold, beautiful, and make the story come to life!

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Review: The Monkey Mat

About the Product:
Monkey Mat, AS SEEN ON SHARK TANK, allows you to make your space, any place! Originally inspired by an unexpected six-hour layover at the airport (constant cringing while two babies crawled all over dirty floors!), and also by overall active lifestyles, this go-everywhere large mat in attached ultra-compact pouch gives you a clean space on the go - no more bulky blankets! Perfect for all ages, all places - park, beach, concerts, dirty airport/hotel floors, camping, hiking, sports events & more! www.monkeymat.com

My Review:
 If you have ever had a need for a product such as this one, it is now. The Monkey Mat is a great invention. It has self containment via the attached bag that comes with it so that is a great advantage number one. It comes in many different colors. It's machine washable--don't ask me how I know. We chose a blue one for the fam to use and let me tell you this thing is huge, it measures at 5 foot by 5 foot--which is NOT small. No need to worry about the wing blowing it away because you can purchase stakes to secure it to the ground and its water repellent.

 It is pretty is to install and get the party started. I decided to let my son have a picnic with his stuffed animals so that you could get a feel for the product. And like I said he spilled something on it during the filming process so I just took the mat and through it in the washing machine and let it air dry and it was as good as new. When you are all done you can fold it neatly and put it in the pouch that comes attached to it.

 The makers of Monkey Mat claim that this mat is your "portable floor." I have to agree this product can be used inside or outdoors. It can be used anywhere with stakes or without. It is for all places and all ages, all year long. A fantastic product!

All readers can use the coupon code USFAM  and receive $5 off+Free Shipping!

**Disclosure** This product was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the products creator.

Litfuse Review: Service Tails by:Ace Collins

 Service Tails: More Stories of Man's Best Hero
About the Book:
 Not all heroic dogs wildly toss themselves into lifesaving situations. Some save lives simply by their incredible commitment to duty and service. Some lead the way to independence for people whose disabilities were supposed to limit their lives.
In Service Tails: More Stories of Man's Best Hero, prolific author Ace Collins introduces us to leaders whose entire lives are wrapped in the banner of service. Their stories are remarkable snapshots of the value of vision and teamwork, as well as devotion to duty and unconditional love and acceptance-stretching the way we see both canine and human potential. Their training was intense, their loyalty unquestioned and each step of the way they constantly adapt to better serve those they lead. These unforgettable dogs are more than heroes; they are models from which we can learn how to love and serve unconditionally.

My Review:
When someone went blind in the 1900's, they just went blind. They had no help to and from places other than hired help and a cane. One man by the name of Morris Frank life changed after hearing an article in the newspaper about some German Shepherds who where trained to help the blind. Thanks to his families wealth he was on the next plane ride Switzerland. A plane ride that would bring change in the hearing and sight impaired world of America.

Service Tails is an interesting book full of stories like this one. Where dog's have been trained to help those who are deaf, blind, even help someone that has asthma and vertigo. This book is full of heartfelt stories that will leave you asking for more. This book is definitely a wonderful addition to any animal lover.

I really enjoyed reading this book and I loved reading each and every story. Each story gave me another view in how much work is put into a service dog and how much work they themselves must do. I really enjoyed the visual I was given into each of these dog's and human's lives.

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

Monday, August 15, 2016

Review: A Tapestry of Secrets by:Sarah Loudin Thomas

 A Tapestry of Secrets (Appalachian Blessings #3)
About the Book:
This Decade-Spanning Novel of Family and Faith Will Delight
Now in her eighties, Perla Phillips has carried a secret since she was eighteen years old. When she sees her granddaughter, Ella, struggling for perfection, she decides to share her secret to show that God can use even the biggest mistakes for good. But before she can reveal what happened during that summer sixty years ago, she has a debilitating stroke.
Carrying a secret of her own, Ella arrives back in Wise, West Virgina, to help her aunt Sadie care for Perla. Both know the woman wanted to tell them something, but she's now locked in silence. Together they begin looking into the past, but they may learn more than they expected.
Will they have the courage to share their hearts? Or will the truth remain buried forever?

My Review:
 What an exciting mystery to discover and unlock as you read along. It is a journey that the writer decides to takes us on so that it is like we are all learning as we go along. And honestly I like discovering hidden truths that way. Perla Phillips, is just a sweetheart! I loved this precious lady from the start and the writer relays the feelings of her characters perfectly because as I was reading along I felt the crushing defeat that this woman must of felt through the writers words.

 The Tapestry of Secrets isn't really about things that a mother holds quietly in her heart for years then to just reveal all to a family that resents her for it. It is about a mothers love standing the test of time and her love for her children that has spans generations. A heart warming tale that is sure to make you cling to your own family even harder. I love the writing and absolutely fell in love with Perla. The authors words are perfectly written and her story line is flawless!

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