Friday, June 4, 2021

Review: Along a Storied Trail by:Gabhart

 Along a Storied Trail

**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:

 Kentucky packhorse librarian Tansy Calhoun doesn't mind the rough trails and long hours as she serves her Appalachian mountain community during the Great Depression. Yet she longs to find love like the heroines in her books. When a charming writer comes to town, she thinks she might have found it--or is the perfect man actually closer than she thinks?

Perdita Sweet has called these mountains home for so long she's nearly as rocky as the soil around her small cabin. Long ago she thought she could love, but when the object of her affection up and married someone else, she stopped giving too much of herself away to others.

As is so often the case, it's easier to see what's best for others than to see what's best for oneself, and Perdita knows who Tansy should choose. But why would anyone listen to the romantic advice of an old spinster?

Saddle up for a heartfelt story of love--love of family, love of place, and the love of a lifetime--from bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart.

My Review:

 The Depression was difficult for everyone. I'm the really poor people had it worse than most. Tansy is community minded and focused. She helps her neighbors. Tansy has become a shining light for most, in the midst of challenges and struggles. She is a librarian, but she is so much more to the people of Appalachia. She gives them hope, a hope that they feel has left them. Tansy takes on the yoke of their burdens, as her own. She sees their plight and their struggles as an opportunity to help.

  Ann Gabhart is such a down home, wholesome writer. She shares the struggles with her characters. She is very relatable and I enjoy her writing. I could relate so well to the main character but also to Perdita the spinster that sees Tansy differently than she shes herself.

A great read!

Review: Stay This Way Forever by:Davis

 Stay This Way Forever

**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:

Celebrate the joy, wonder, and innocence of being a child with this love letter to the loved ones in your life that encourages them to celebrate their own special qualities now and into the future.

Inspired by the endearing qualities she sees in her own son, Linsey Davis, ABC News correspondent and bestselling author of The World Is Awake and One Big Heart, has written another beautiful book that parents and grandparents can share with their little ones to let them know how special they are. With charming illustrations from bestselling artist Lucy Fleming paired with playful and heartwarming read-aloud rhymes, this book can help make a lasting impact on young minds as they discover their own unique qualities.

Stay This Way Forever:

Is a great read for ages 4-8.
Features embossing accents on the cover
Is the third book by bestselling author and ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis

My Review:

Stay this Way forever is a great book to help your child realize that they can reach for the stars when it comes to living in this world. But the person that is narrating the story tells the child that they love their innocence about life and that the child has a mentality that they hope never goes away.

Speaking as a parent, you always want your child to go and do better than you ever could, so you are always pushing them to see the best in themselves. Not only through love but through self worth and acceptance. These days this world is so ready to toss you into this pile or that. But in our country you can be anything you want to be no matter your race, creed, or color.

A great book of encouragement!

Review: Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Healthy Options Cookbook: Health Begins in the Kitchen with over 200 Recipes, Tips, and Remedies from the Amish

 Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Healthy Options Cookbook: Health Begins in the Kitchen with over 200 Recipes, Tips, and Remedies from the Amish

**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:

Loaded with dozens of Amish recipes for the health conscious.
New, from New York Times bestselling author of Amish fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter, is valuable cookbook that offers healthy recipe options.
Everyone wants to feel healthy, right? Food can be one of our best medicines, and many Amish are known for seeking ways for health to begin in the kitchen. Brand new, from New York Times bestselling author of Amish fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter, is a helpful cookbook from Amish and Mennonite cooks who offer healthy recipe options. Over 200 recipes are divided into traditional categories from main dishes and sides to desserts and snacks with labels for gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, etc. Also included are health tips and remedies. Encased in a lay-flat binding and presented in full color, home cooks of all ages will be eager to add this cookbook to their collections.

My Review:

 I have the authors other cookbook and I was excited to see that she come up with a healthy options cookbook. She always has the best fiction and her recipes are no different. This newest cookbook has tons of recipes, home remedies, and various things that every person trying to eat and live healthier can learn from. This book is a collection of recipes from Amish and Mennonite cooks that can be helpful in showing us different options in order to eat better.

 The author goes to great lengths to explain the ways of the Amish and the different ingredients that are used and how each of these help the body and nourish it from the inside out.

 This is a great help in the kitchen and the substitutions it provides will definitely be beneficial. I cant wait to dig in!

Monday, May 10, 2021

Review: Pugtato: Let's Be Spuddies! by:Corrigan

 Pugtato: Let's Be Best Spuddies

**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:

What does it mean to be a best spuddy? Spend the day with Pugtato and his very best spuddies and find out! A best spuddy likes to play and listen, share, and give a helping hand. Spend time with Pugtato and his very best spuddies as they show us exactly how to be a best spuddy too.

Pugtato, Let’s Be Best Spuddies:

Features adorable and silly illustrations by Sophie Corrigan
Shows the youngest readers ages 0-4 how to be a good friend
Written in delightful, giggle-inducing rhyming text
Is great for discussions and story times focusing on friendship, sharing and helping others
Check out another title in the series, Pugtato Finds a Thing.

My Review:

 Pugtato is just the most precious! I have reviewed a book on this character before. Join Pugtato and his friends as each one introduces themselves and we learn a tiny bit more about them. They are sweet and kind and have lots of great qualities. We all need friends and these friends we can definitely add to the list. 

 The Pugtato books are usually board book style and have rhyming prose as their format. They are simple, straight forward type stories that dont last forever. Recommended for prechool ages, My sons are much older and love this sweet, little character.

Review: Love You, Little Peanut by:Bourland

 Love You, Little Peanut

 **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:

Love You, Little Peanut is a heartwarming padded board book about the deep bond between a parent, grandparent, or any loved one and their little one. The sweet rhymes and adorable illustrations help show all the wonderful moments shared with a child, reminding even the youngest readers how special they are and how much they are loved.

Little hands can comfortably hold this durable board book, and little fingers can point out pictures and follow along with the easy-to-read text. Love You, Little Peanut:

Makes a wonderful gift for a new baby, baptism, birthday, or any occasion to show your child or grandchild they will always be your little peanut
Is perfect for fans of authors like Nancy Tillman (On the Night You Were Born) and Sam McBratney (Guess How Much I Love You)
Features a cuddly and engaging padded cover along with adorable animals throughout
The adventures we’ll have

each day as you grow

just wait, Little Peanut—

there’s so much to know.

Whether you’re reading out loud, reading together, or being read to, Love You, Little Peanut will help you snuggle and hug your way through one cherished story time after another.

My Review:

 Oh my gosh! The sweetest little book. With rhyming prose that is just the best for yummy little baby ears. It was the most precious book. It is a board book that is for ages baby - 4 yrs. The illustrations are perfect and it would be a really good gift for a newborn. This book is soon to become a classic. The rhyme and the colorful illustrations are the best thing for a bedtime read aloud.

Review: LEO Inventor Extraordinare by:Luke Cunningham

 LEO, Inventor Extraordinaire

**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:

An orphan named Leo discovers clues to his past when he finds a series of tunnels below his school. But to unlock the answers, he’ll need every skill and invention he has—even if his inventions don’t always work.

A “lifer” at the secluded Academy of Florence, Leo has never met his parents ... or anyone in his family for that matter. His current “family” is his mechanical monkey and robot lion, who along with his charming best friend and fellow lifer, Savvy, only get him into trouble. But after Leo’s latest experiment goes catastrophically wrong, he finds a mysterious clue that opens an underground maze—one that seems to have been created for him to solve.

Leo hopes the tunnels will help him discover the identities of his parents and the reason he’s an orphan in the first place. Instead, he finds that his past and possibly even his future is somehow linked to the innovative Wynn Toys company, whose genius president mysteriously disappeared years before.

Leo must use his creativity and scientific know-how to revive the toy company, oust its dastardly leader, and discover the fate of his real family.

My Review:

 What young boy wouldn't like the life of Leo, child inventor? To be able to go on the fun adventures that do NOT fit the mold of such a young bold. He is courageous, creative, and captivating and thats just the tip of the iceberg. He is a techno savvy orphan that is on the hunt to find his birth parents, but what he doesnt know is that there is so much more in store for him.

 This is definitely a chapter book for ages 8-12 but you could use it as a read aloud for younger age groups. The language was clean and straight forward and seems to be very engaging. My son who is almost 11, really enjoyed the book and begged for more. Getting to know Leo was fun and interesting!

A great summer read!

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Review: Blackberry Beach by:Irene Hannon


Blackberry Beach (Hope Harbor, #7)

 **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:

Katherine Parker is on the cusp of having everything she ever wanted--fame, money, and acclaim. So why isn't she happy? In search of answers, she comes incognito to Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast for some R&R. Maybe in her secluded rental house overlooking the serene Pacific she'll be able to calm the storm inside.

Coffee shop owner Zach Garrett has found his niche after a traumatic loss--and he has no plans to change the life he's created. Nor does he want to get involved with his reticent new neighbor, whose past is shrouded in mystery. He's had enough drama to last a lifetime. But when Katherine and Zach are recruited to help rehab a home for foster children, sparks fly. And as their lives begin to intersect, might they find more common ground than they expected . . . and discover that, with love, all things are possible?

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon invites you to come home to Hope Harbor--where hearts heal . . . and love blooms.

My Review:

 I had never been to the beach until recently. And I have to say I loved every single second of it. It is definitely a great place to relax and get away from it all. Katherine thinks the same way she needed a place for some rest and relaxation and Blackberry Beach was the best place. She does not intend to find a friend or anything more, just a place to rest her mind and body.

 Zach runs the local coffee shop and he stays to himself, a real homebody. He doesnt want to or care to know anything about his neighbors and Katherine Parker can be added to that list. But thats all about to change when they are ask to help in their community. 

 Romance is about to bite them both, more than they realize.

A great beach read, for sure!