Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Litfuse Review: Keturah by:Lisa T. Bergen

 Keturah (The Sugar Baron's Daughters, #1)
About the Book:
In 1772 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the heiresses of their father's estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage.

Although it flies against all the conventions for women of the time, they're determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, proper gender roles are the least of their concerns. On the infamous island of Nevis, the sisters discover the legacy of the legendary sugar barons has vastly declined--and that's just the start of what their eyes are opened to in this unfamiliar world.

Keturah never intends to put herself at the mercy of a man again, but every man on the island seems to be trying to win her hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. She could desperately use an ally, but even an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend leaves her questioning his motives.

Set on keeping her family together and saving her father's once-great plantation, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?

My Review:
 There's nothing ever humdrum and boring in any of  Lisa T. Bergen writings, at least I have never found any. Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves in an irony of sorts when they have to rush to a foreign land to discover and declare what has been left to them. It seems like a simple feat but this trek will be anything but simple. 

 So these ladies have their work cut out for them. Women are not created equal at this time so for them to declare anything is going to come at a cost. I loved the story of these brave women and all they had to conquer in order to retrieve what was rightfully theirs. God's hand was definitely on them and I was hoping it was all along the way. The things they encounter while on their journey was not for the faint of heart. Here's to brave women everywhere!

A true heroine's story from the start with a little of God mixed in. Loved it!

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

Monday, February 19, 2018

Review: How to Break A Stubborn Habit by:Erwin W. Lutzer

 How to Break a Stubborn Habit
About the Book:
When Your Decision to Change Is Not Enough...

You've prayed. You've surrendered your sin to God. You've been more zealous about reading the Bible and attending church. But what do you do when you still can't shake your bad habits?

After discouragement and defeat set in, you need a dose of genuine hope and some biblical, time-tested guidance on breaking free for good. Dr. Erwin Lutzer shows you...

the three essential ground rules you must accept in order to truly change
the secret to dismissing tempting thoughts rather than rehearsing them
the roles of God, Satan, and your loved ones in your success or failure
You've resolved to break a stubborn habit. Now discover the grace, courage, and wisdom to make it happen so you can step out of the past and into a renewed future.

Includes questions for personal study or group discussion.

My Review:
 Bad habit or sinful behavior you take your pick. The author discusses both and how to recognize and deal with them. He also tells you what God says about them and how they should be handled. Among the twelve chapters he is able to lead you through the steps of freedom if only you trust God with what He can do to change your life. Believing God is good is the first step in surviving bad habits and life's temptations.

 Staying trapped by regret does have a way of holding us hostage. So the author through Scripture shows you how to get over this hurdle as well as many others and on to your freedom in Christ Jesus which is promised to all who humbly come before Him.

 It is hard work to overcoming sin as the author leads us to understand. He tells us with time, God's guidance and extreme patience we will be able to overcome this. 

 i liked that the book addresses these issues because it is issues all of us have or have had in the past. The devil tries to keep us in lock down so that we never get to experience the freedom that Jesus died to give us all. A refreshing book for such a time as this.

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

Friday, February 16, 2018

Review: Amish Cooking Class Cookbook by:Wanda E. Brunstetter

 Amish Cooking Class Cookbook: Over 200 Practical Recipes for Use in Any Kitchen
About the Book:
Amish Cooking Basic Enough for Beginners

Fans of New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish romance novels are invited to go back to cooking basics with characters from the bestselling Amish Cooking Class series. Heidi Troyer, her students, and other contributors share over 200 practical recipes for use in any kitchen, along with tips to keep things running smoothly. From learning how to boil eggs and knead biscuits to building a German Pizza and an Amish Haystack feast, The Amish Cooking Class Cookbook includes something beneficial for every age and skill set. Divided into traditional cookbook categories, there is a recipe everyone will find to love.

My Review:
 I absolutely love the Amish. Amish cookbooks are the best. I own several and I really enjoy them. Their way of cooking is very reminiscent of potluck type meals that my family would bring to what we call in the South "dinner on the ground".

 Every once in awhile at the baptist church that my grandmothers family attended they would have these cement tables filled with tons of delicious home cooked meals. As a child I absolutely loved the vast array of goodies that would abound there. Even now as a forty something wife and mother those were some of the best memories. Many of the family members that attended are no longer with us, so its definitely memories that I cherish.

 The Amish Cooking Class Cookbook follows a series of books by Wanda E. Brunstetter, that are the Amish Cooking Class. Great reads about a couple that start some Amish cooking classes. The recipes follow along with that series of books. In the cookbook there are 11 different recipe categories.

 The author has even included some pretty neat ones such as recipes for children and recipes for spreads and pickles. These aren't your average every day recipes. These are very similar to some old fashioned ones that my mother or grandmother would of made.

Fantastic cookbook and I love all the extras!

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

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Review: The Knot: Yours Truly by:Carley Roney

 The Knot Yours Truly: Inspiration and Ideas to Personalize Your Wedding
About the Book:
Your wedding day is a unique opportunity to show the world just who you are as a couple. The Knot Yours Truly helps you envision your celebration--from the big decisions like venue to the small stuff like escort cards--and show off your particular style. Chock-full of fresh ideas for your ceremony, centerpieces, wedding cake, The Knot's Yours Truly also includes 20 craft projects for personalizing your day. From invitation embellishments to a macrame leash for your four-legged ring bearer, this book has everything you need for the most extraordinary day.

My Review:
 You got the guy. He gives you a ring. You start to make plans and realize you don't know where to start and then suddenly it becomes very overwhelming. Do you want a formal wedding or something more laid back? Maybe a destination wedding in a castle or on the beach? It can seem to be too much with all the plans that go into a wedding but The Knot knows how to get it done and in this latest edition of their seemingly full book series you can gain a lot.

 You can do many of these projects yourself to help save you time and money and these days this is something that we could use to really help us with the big day. Within the pages of these beyond divine book you will see many, many ideas for all types of weddings; indoor, outdoor, formal, semi formal, completely laid back. It was a fantastic book to look through and read through. There are craft projects and tons of tips. Within the over 200 pages of this book you should receive the guidance you are looking for.

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

Review: Phoebe's Light by:Suzanne Woods Fisher

 Phoebe's Light (Nantucket Legacy #1)
About the Book:
Phoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she's doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a "minder" on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Mitchell, a man whom she loathes.

Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary's journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe's shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. This story within a story catapults Phoebe into seeing her life in an entirely new way--just in time.

In this brand-new series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings her signature twists and turns to bear on a fascinating new faith community: the Quakers of colonial-era Nantucket Island.

My Review:
 Phoebe is at that time in her life where things have to start coming together and making progress for fear that she will be stuck us a matronly old maid. She feels she has a lot to offer the world and she is ready to get at it.  In this the first addition of the Nantucket Legacy series, Phoebe is a girl ready to set out on the big adventure called life meant for her.

 She has a world that starts to open up to her in this story. Her father gifts her a few things to help her on this journey. one being her great grandmothers journal. She cant imagine what an old journal could possibly do to help her but as the story unfolds we see that Great Mary left her something very valuable, indeed.

 Phoebe's Light is a great escape from my real life. It took me back in time to a time of intrigue and emptiness that the New World was to fulfill in a people that wanted more out of life. Great Mary gave Phoebe a gift that was unlike anything she could of ever imagined. It was something that could help her more than she even realized and what was so cool about it was that it involved people in Phoebe's story which was very mysterious. A very cool read!

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

Review: Why I Hate Green Beans by:Lincee Ray

 Why I Hate Green Beans: And Other Confessions about Relationships, Reality TV, and How We See Ourselves
About the Book:
If there is one thing Lincee Ray has learned over the years, it's that the majority of women on the planet struggle with insecurities. Our skinny jeans mock us. Our just-trying-to-help mothers are just driving us crazy. Our social media feeds taunt us with everyone else's picture-perfect lives. It's enough to send you on a gummy-bear bender while binge-watching Friends reruns and not showering for a week. Lincee knows. She's been there. Right there, in fact. Gummy bears and all.

For every woman who's ever wondered if she's unlovable, uninteresting, or unattractive, Lincee offers her particular brand of hilarious (and hard-hitting) self-reflection. Like a true friend, she shows us that the fastest way to happiness is to embrace ourselves in all our imperfection, trust that God knew what he was doing when he made us, and maybe go buy a new tube of mascara. Walk alongside Lincee as she discovers that her identity is not found in her job, her relationship status, her bank account, or her social circle. It's found in Christ.

My Review:
 I love a good book!  That's probably why I have reviewed so many. I'm going to tell you Lincee Ray and I could make friends fairly quickly. I absolutely love her personality and I can relate to her on so many levels. I think she is a tad younger than me but nonetheless I remember or have some of the same memories of my school days just as she does. My 20 year old daughter and I sit on my bedside each night and we read the book together. We laugh and gush and sigh right along with the author.

 Lincee gave me a chance to reminisce and to spend some quality time with my daughter. It has been really fun and I enjoyed her book immensely. Going back in time laughing at some of the things that the author and I share in the same respect and getting to spend quality time with my daughter has been fantastic. And all the while the author is leading you gently to Jesus throughout the book.

Fantastic book! Can NOT say enough good things about it.

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

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Review: The Mayflower Bride by:Kimberley Woodhouse

 The Mayflower Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #1)
About the Book:
A New Series Begins for Lovers of History, Adventure, Romance, and Ancestry
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Mary Chapman boards the Speedwell in 1620 as a Separatist seeking a better life in the New World. William Lytton embarks on the Mayflower as a carpenter looking for opportunities to succeed—and he may have found one when a man from the Virginia Company offers William a hefty sum to keep a stealth eye on company interests in the new colony. The season is far too late for good sailing and storms rage, but reaching land is no better as food is scarce and the people are weak. Will Mary survive to face the spring planting and unknown natives? Will William be branded a traitor and expelled?

My Review:
 There were many things going on with the book and the characters that seemed reminiscent of the happenings that happened aboard the Mayflower before it laid its anchor down in the New World. I think many of us assume that after getting off that God forsaken boat that their sicknesses magically disappeared but thats not necessarily true in Mary Chapman's world.

 The author had a keen eye and paid attention to historical detail upon the writing of this book. The people of that time period had a lot to endure upon leaving their homeland. It was not all wine and roses. Their life was going to get way more than they ever imagined it could. But they knew if God was with them there was nothing stopping them.

 Mary and William meet and it isn't love right off the bat. But I imagine during that time frame, the people on that boat had to look at who came with them as potential suitors because there wasn't anything or anyone else to choose from.

 A great read about the pilgrims. This is book 1 in the Daughters of the Mayflower series.

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