Monday, May 20, 2019

Review: The Refuge by:Ann H. Gabhart

 The Refuge
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
When Darcie and Walter Goodwin hear of a new cholera epidemic sweeping the area, they join the Shakers whose villages seem immune to the disease. It's meant to be a temporary stay, but Walter is killed in a riverboat accident. With no family and no money, Darcie has little choice but to stay with the Shakers. To complicate matters, she is expecting a baby conceived before she and her husband came to the Shaker village. Marital relationships are considered sinful in this celibate community, putting Darcie in a unique--and lonely--position. Can the arrival of widower Flynn Keller and his headstrong daughter offer Darcie the hope of happiness . . . and family?

Ann H. Gabhart returns to the enigmatic world of the Shakers in this emotional exploration of the power of love and the bond of family.

My Review:
 Poor Darcie, finds herself in a pickle beyond imagination. she and her husband Walter were seeking refuge in a nearby Shaker village to avoid a cholera epidemic sweeping their immediate area. For some strange reason the people in this village were staying healthy. So the Shakers agree to let them stay temporarily but soon Walter is killed and poor expecting Darcie is left alone to figure this all out on her own. And judging by the Shakers outlook of her and her current situation things are looking mighty dim for poor Darcie.

 The Shakers weren't completely Bible based, I find after reading this book. It was very disheartening how Darcie was treated. Midway, I was praying that someone would come to her rescue and God definitely intervened and sent Flynn her way. By the end of the book, I was very relieved. 

 Ann Gabhart produced another winner!!!

Review: The Inn at Hidden Run by:Olivia Newport

 The Inn at Hidden Run (Tree of Life #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 Review:
A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Present to Past on Family Trees

Meri's family has been producing doctors for so many generations that no one remembers why, so when she flunks out of medical school, she runs as far from her parents as she can get. In the small mountain town of Canyon Mines, Colorado, she takes a job at the Inn at Hidden Run B&B. And waits. It's only a matter of time.

What she doesn't count on is genealogist Jillian Parisi-Duffy and her father, Nolan, having her back when it takes everything she has not to bolt again but to stay and face the truth that only unfolding her family's history will reveal. While Nolan works on keeping Meri calm--and in town--Jillian pulls out of her gems of information she doesn't know she has and arranges the puzzle pieces.

But none of that changes the fact that Meri's family is closing in to haul her back to her "real" life. When their arrival inflames tensions and Meri finally does bolt, Nolan and Jillian may be out of time.

The Inn at Hidden Run is the first book in the Tree of Life series. Readers will come back to backdrop of a lovely mountain town of Canyon Mines again and again to explore and celebrate unforgettable family stories that inspire them to connect with their own family histories and unique faith journeys.

My Review:
 This book takes place in two different periods of time. One being modern day Colorado and the other in the 1870's in Memphis, Tennessee. A very dramatic story of a family and their issues. Not any different than any of our families, though. Meri is a drifter of sorts. She cant stick to relationships like many people are familiar with or use to. When things get to be too much for her she runs. Plain and simple. 

 Meri feels like a failure most of the time but when she flunked out of medical school she really felt like throwing in the towel on her entire life--why try anymore was her attitude. But she pushed through it ever so mildly. But this go around she wanted to be on her own to figure things out. She got a job at an old B&B. but she knows her family will interfere soon, its only a matter of time.

 This story plays out much like a dramatic movie. It has several highs and lows in the story line but it was still a good, strong story that hold your attention. A great read, overall!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Review: Little Sweet Pea, God Loves You by:Chase

 Little Sweet Pea, God Loves You
**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:
If you’re looking for a beautiful, color-filled journey to show your children or grandchildren how special they are and how much they are loved by God, then look no further than this heartwarming picture book—Little Sweet Pea, God Loves You.

Featuring read-aloud rhymes and adorable illustrations, Little Sweet Pea, God Loves You is the perfect book for a parent, grandparent, or any other loved one to share with the little one in their life. With each reading, it will bring joy to your child’s heart, and might even bring a tear to your eye as the charming illustrations and sweet rhymes remind you how precious these moments are between you and your Little Sweet Pea.

My Review:
 What a precious, little book! The best picture book for snuggling on the couch with my itty bitty. He loved the sweet sentiment and imagery that went along with this sweet book. God loves us all and sweet pea learns just how much.

 This sweet, little book can give even the biggest frown a turn for the better. It is a book perfect for gift giving, as well. The big book with its tiny words are huge to the eyes of anyone reading this or being read to--it is just the sweetest.

 The illustrations are equally as good and new mom would appreciate a book such as this to add to her ever-growing collection.

Review: A Kite for Moon by:Yolen/Stemple/Phelan

 A Kite for Moon
**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:
A Kite for Moon, written by New York Times bestselling author of How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? Jane Yolen and her daughter, Heidi E. Y. Stemple, tells a heartfelt story about a young boy's fascination and unlikely friendship with the moon. With whimsical illustrations by award-winning artist Matt Phelan, the story begins when the little boy, who is flying his kite, notices a sad Moon. He sends up kites to her, even writing notes to Moon promising he will come see her someday. This promise propels him through years and years of studying, learning, and training to be an astronaut! Dedicated to Neil Armstrong, and a perfect children's book to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first United States moon landing, the cover of this book will captivate readers with eye-catching spot UV, foil, and embossing.

My Review:
 We always here about the man in the moon. What if it were really true? A Kite for Moon, takes us on a journey with the main character of the book who believes the moon looks really sad. This little boy decides he is going to change that by developing a friendship with the moon.

 The sweet little imagination of this precious little boy leads him on an adventure that changes his life. Eventually, his life revolves around further study of the moon and he becomes an astronaut.

 I loved the beautiful illustrations in the book as well as the literary prose of the authors. It is a precious book that will soon become a classic. It is great as a read aloud or as a go along for study of space and the moon.

Review: On a Summer Tide by:Suzanne Woods Fisher

 On a Summer Tide (Three Sisters Island #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:
When her father buys an island off the coast of Maine with the hope of breathing new life into it, Camden Grayson thinks hes lost his mind. An unexpected event sends Cam to his rescue, and she discovers the island has its own way of living . . . and loving.

My Review:
 On a Summer Tide brings us a fresh new look at an author that has been around for quite, some time. I usually review her Amish Fiction books but this time we are seeing something different from Suzanne Woods Fisher.

 First of all, it takes place off the coast of Maine. I have never been there but delight in the architecture there so I'm already intrigued by the summary when i hear that Cam is gifted an island near the coast. Umm... yes sign me up. The father gifts the island to his daughters. They ultimately cant understand why this island and why now. Within further inspection it is revealed that this means a lot to him and there is a sentimental reason why he has done such a crazy thing.

 This island takes Cam on a special journey that could change her life forever. This place can transform you without you even knowing that anything in your life should or would change and its all for the better. God is definitely at work here and it is seen throughout the book.

 A great beach read!

Review: The Heart of a King by:Jill Eileen Smith

 The Heart of a King (The Loves of King Solomon #1-4)
**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:
King Solomon was wealthy and wise beyond measure. He could--and did--have anything he wanted, including many women from many lands. But for all his wisdom, did he or the women in his life ever find what they searched for all of their lives?

In this engrossing novel, you'll find yourself whisked away to ancient Israel, where you'll meet Solomon and four of the women he loved: Naamah the desert princess, Abishag the shepherdess, Siti the daughter of a pharaoh, and Nicaula the queen of Sheba. As you experience the world of Solomon through his eyes and the eyes of these women, you'll ask yourself the ultimate question: Did Solomon's wisdom ultimately benefit him and those he loved . . . or did it betray them?

My Review:
 Wow! Solomon had it going on. He must of been one good looking guy from all accounts, it sure seemed so. Biblical fiction is fun to read to a point, but many times I have to remind myself that its not completely true. so with that being said lets dig in.

 The Heart of a King takes us to the time of Solomon and when he was king. He took over the reigns from his father David--God's beloved. David made many mistakes during his reign some that were irreversible. I wondered upon reading this account, how deep Solomon made his bed literally and figuratively.

 The Heart of a King presents us with four different women in the Kings life during his reign, but he had many, many different women at his disposal. Naamah the desert princess, Abishag the shepherdess, Siti the daughter of a pharaoh, and Nicaula the queen of Sheba all lend a different and interesting outlook to Solomon and all he had to do as King.

 As I read along and somewhat suspected before reading this novel--how could he love any of them? Was he ever truly in love with any of them? I feel like he lead them on. I really felt sorry for the 4 women. So this book made me not like Solomon very much.

 With that being said, I do believe the author presented a good strong plotline and characters. She was able to keep things moving and I was able to keep up without being bored out of my mind. Overall, a great read!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Review: Arcade and the Triple T Token by:Rashad Jennings

 Arcade and the Triple T Token
**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:
The Coin Slot Chronicles series, by former NFL running back and Dancing with the Stars champion Rashad Jennings, is a humorous and imaginative series that explores the power of friendship and imagination, the challenges in finding your place, and the reality of missing home.

Eleven-year-old Arcade Livingston has a problem. Several, actually. The Tolley twins, a.k.a. neighborhood bullies, are making Arcade’s move to a new city even harder than it needs to be. They expect him to do their research papers and interactive displays for the sixth-grade career expo’s theme: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Besides doing their work, Arcade doesn’t even know his own answer to that question.

Then at the library—Arcade’s favorite place to chill—a mysterious old woman gives him a golden arcade token that grants him a unique gift. A gift that allows him to time travel between different places including his own future. From sitting in the dugout with Babe Ruth, to hanging on to the back of a bucking bull, to performing life-saving surgery on a dog, Arcade has no shortage of adventure! Together with his older sister, Zoe, Arcade explores life’s biggest thrills and challenges, and the two also have a big mystery to solve. Who is the rightful owner of the incredible Triple T Token that leads to such astounding adventures?

Arcade’s circle of friends begins to widen as the Triple T Token hangs from his neck. Pulsing. Beckoning another adventure. The question for Arcade, Zoe, and their new friends is no longer, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s, “Where will we go next?”

My Review:
 Poor Arcade, just when he thinks his life can settle down a bit along comes two people that are anything but kind and it definitely shows. Arcade is given a somewhat impromptu gift at the library, his favorite hiding place.  Zoe, Arcades sister, figures she better go and keep her brother company, when he discovers that this gift is no ordinary gift.

 Arcade and Zoe are soon able to travel between time periods and events like nobody's business. Follow along with these two and discover some much more than you ever imagined could happen to two new city kids.

 A great book for grades 3-7. A fiction read that is nonstop action and fun.