Thursday, November 11, 2021

Review: Behind Love's Wall by:Carrie Fancett Pagels

 Behind Love's Wall (Doors to the Past)

 Disclosure** "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."

About the Book:

The Grand Hotel Slowly Reveals Her Secrets

Visit historic American landmarks through the Doors to the Past series. History and today collide in stories full of mystery, intrigue, faith, and romance.

Two successful women, a hundred-and-twenty-years apart, build walls to protect their hearts. Modern-day Willa, a successful interior decorator, is chosen to consult for the Grand Hotel’s possible redesign. She discovers a journal detailing the struggles of a young woman, Lily—which reveals dark secrets. The renowned singer wasn’t who she pretended to be. As Willa reaches out to Lily’s descendant, a charismatic and prominent landscape artist, she lets down her guard. Should she share the journal with him, or once again erect a wall as she struggles to redesign both the Grand and her life?

My Review:

 Behind love's Wall is a touching story that weaves together two people-Willa and Lily. Each with their own story of love and loss. Each one with a story to tell. The time frame of the story is 1895 and 2020. This story is kind of intertwined with characters from other writings from the author. It was a nice touch that was enjoyable. The romantic twists and turns that go on in both time periods is equally dynamic. Very intertwined, yet separate. A very intriguing story, indeed.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Review: A View Most Glorious by:Regina Scott

 A View Most Glorious (American Wonders, #3)

**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:

Headstrong Coraline Baxter has worked all her life to be more than the spoiled socialite others expect. When her fellow suffragettes in Tacoma, Washington, suggest that she should climb to the top of Mount Rainier to prove that a woman can do anything, she instantly resolves to do it. And if she can climb Mount Rainier, her mother promises to stop pressuring her to get married to the wealthy Cash Kincaid. All Cora needs is a guide to get her to the top of the mountain.

Nathan Hardee may look like a mountain man, but he once ruled the halls of high society. He left all that behind after his father broke under financial pressure from Kincaid. To best Kincaid now, Nathan agrees to guide Cora up the mountain.

Climbing Rainier will require all of Cora's strength and will lead her and Nathan to rediscover their faith in God and humanity. These two loners make unlikely partners in righting a wrong and may just discover that only together is the view most glorious.

My Review: 

 Regina Scott is another good author that provides fantastic story telling. In her current series, "American Wonders Collection" she has taken us along on many great adventures to the Grand Canyon, to Yellowstone and finally to Mt Ranier. Each story has been glorious and each destination described beautifully. We met many dynamic characters along the way and learned so much.

 This series is nothing short of brilliant and I cant see what characters we meet in the next adventure with this author. This particular latest addition and last addition to the series takes place during the suffragettes era and during that time voting rights for women were inconceivable, at best. 

 So a woman pushing the envelope was really not the best thing to do. But in A View Most Glorious we meet some people who go beyond the "average" realm of thinking especially for a woman.

 This book is a great addition to the serious but can also be read as a stand alone book.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Review: Love Is by:Zondervan

 Love Is: An Illustrated Exploration of God’s Greatest Gift (Based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

**Description** 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 is patient, love is kind.” These familiar words from the Bible begin one of its most beloved and recognized passages. Love Is brings the text of 1 Corinthians 13 to life through an illustrative exploration of God’s greatest gift to us.

Critically acclaimed artist Paola Escobar delivers beautiful, nature-filled illustrations , reminding us that love is a constant positive force in the lives of those touched by it–from beginning to end, through good times and tough times.

My Review:

A beautiful picture book based on the Bible verse 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. With the most precious woodland illustrations, the publisher shows us the verse in living pictures. A gorgeous way to show your child the verse in a living way and makes a good conversation with your child explaining the "love chapter". 

Love this precious book and it makes a great gift!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Review: The World is Awake for Little Ones by:Linsey Davis


**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:

Inspire children to be thankful for all of God’s blessings with this joyful celebration of the simple pleasures all around us. Perfect for sharing at bedtime or story time, The World Is Awake gives children (and their parents) a sense of awe and wonder at the world around them.

My Review:

 Teaching our kids to be thankful is a very important notion. It speaks volumes and it humbles them which is a good value to have. Not only as a child but also as a grown adult. In The World is Awake for Little Ones, the author takes us on an adventure throughout the day of children and see all that they see and experience. Showing them all the blessings of God that are all around them and teaching them how to be thankful to Him for each one.

Review: Heartless Heirs by:MarcyKate Connolly

 Heartless Heirs (Twin Daggers, #2)

**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:

Now torn between two worlds, Aissa must decide who she can trust. Especially when it comes to her twin.

Now without a home and on the run, Aissa has never felt so trapped and alone even with her sister and friend by her side. Zandria—once her other half—has become cold and inflexible after her time in the Technocrat’s dungeon and is bent on revenge Aissa no longer feels. Their friend Remy may still side with his father, a Magi leader who refuses to believe his spy, Darian Azul, has turned traitor. And Aissa herself is now an enemy of her Magi people after falling in love with—and binding her heart to—Aro, a Techno prince who puts all their lives at stake.

Using clues her parents and others left behind, Aissa is determined to uncover the secrets of the Alchemist Alliance that helped create her and Zandria’s unique magical powers … as well as learn whether the Alliance’s research holds the key to healing the rift between the Magi and Technocrats after centuries of war. But with her people preparing for battle, and Darian poised to use the Technocrats’ might for his own ends, it will take more than lost spells and hidden secrets to accomplish her goal. Especially as the dangerous bond between her Aro grows deeper and threatens everything Aissa has ever believed.

My Review:

 Well this book and author along with the series was all new to me. I had never read the proceeding book in the series and was a little lost in the beginning but soon that changed. The full depth of each character finally emerged and it was clear this book was going to have me on the edge until the end. 

 I instantly fell in love Aissa and her no nonsense attitude. The characters are really well developed and defined and they are easy to follow and keep up with. If there is another addition to the series, I am intrigued.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Review: I Wonder:Exploring God's Grand Story by:Glenys Nellist

I Wonder: Exploring God's Grand Story: an Illustrated Bible

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

About the Book:

Through innovative storytelling and open-ended questions, I Wonder: Exploring God’s Grand Story an Illustrated Bible offers a remarkable approach to teaching young minds to wonder about the mysteries found in God’s Word.

The I Wonder: Exploring God’s Grand Story, an Illustrated Bible:

Encourages children ages 4 to 8 to ask important questions and consider the mystery of the Bible
Is an inspirational storybook Bible that speaks to the hearts of children everywhere by asking thought-provoking questions at the end of each story that children and adults can read and discuss together as they consider God’s love.
Is based on a simple but brilliant idea: all good teachers know that the best way to get the attention of their students is to inspire wonder, and God is no different
Contains 30 stories—15 from the Old Testament and 15 from the New Testament

My Review:

 In the latest book by author Glenys Nellist, she brings the Bible to life in a way for even the youngest child to understand. All with words based on scripture and full color illustrations Adam and Eve seem more real and human just like us. Daniel was such a strong and wise man, is it any wonder why God used him? The book also brings important questions that we all have ventured to guess or wonder about.

I Wonder is a really good teaching tool and really got my kiddo to thinking about what he has read.

Review: Bears on Time by:Mike Berenstain


The Berenstain Bears Bears On Time: Solving the Lateness Problem!

**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:

Encourages children that doing your best to keep your word and be on time is not only the polite thing to do, it’s also the right thing to do in this inspiring story from the Berenstain Bears Living Lights collection.

The Bear family is a busy family. They have lots to do like getting to school and soccer practice and music lessons and the grocery store. They have to go to the doctor, the dentist, the vet, the barber, and even the beauty parlor every now and then.

The trouble is, everyone is always running late.

The family gathers around the Storybook Bible and learns a powerful lesson from Jonah, giving them a renewed purpose and focus. Inspired by the good advice from the Bible, Papa Bear comes up with a lateness plan ... but will the rest of the Bear family stick with it?

The Berenstain Bears Bears on Time:

Is an inspiring book from the bestselling The Berenstain Bears brand
Gently encourages children 4-8 to think about their own manners and etiquette

My Review:

 My parents always taught me that part of being on time revolved around honesty, integrity and consideration of others. You tell someone you will be somewhere at a certain time, its your responsibility to make sure that happens. No excuses! So like a good child I passed that on to my own children. It is a very good quality to have.

 The Berenstain Bears series is all about the best virtues and qualities to instill into the younger generation and this addition is no different. Papa soon realized the domino effect of not being on time and he set out to implement a plan perfect for them.

A really great teaching tool!