Saturday, June 25, 2022

Review: When the Meadow Blooms by:A Gabhart

 When the Meadow Blooms

 **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:

 Widow Rose Meadows eagerly accepts her brother-in-law's offer for her and her two daughters to live on his farm after her treatments in a sanatorium finds them needing a home. But is this scarred and reclusive man ready for all the changes these women will bring to his life?

My Review:

 I have to hand it to the author. I dont know how she did it but she took a small unassuming type of plot and turn it into a really good read. It had all the elements and you felt like you were right there with Rose and her family. It was an uplifting book that took me by surprise.

 Knowing what all Dirk, Rose's brother-in-law has been through I was quite surprised he agreed to or offered to help Rose and her girls. But as hard as it was for him, he stepped up.

 Faith threads and weaves itself into the story line which is always very refreshing. I really enjoyed this family.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Review: Season of my Enemy by:N Musch

 Season of My Enemy (Heroines of WWII)

**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:

 “Get Your Farm in the Fight” - The Realities of WWII Come to a Wisconsin Farm

Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.

Only last year, Fannie O’Brien was considered a beauty with a brain, and her future shone bright, despite the war pounding Europe. With her father’s sudden death and her brothers overseas, Fannie must now do the work of three men on their 200-acre farm—until eight German prisoners arrive and, just as Fannie feared, trouble comes too. Someone seems intent on causing “accidents,” and Fannie is certain the culprit is one of the two handsome older Germans—or possibly both. Can she manage the farm, keep the prisoners in line, and hold her family together through these turbulent times?

My Review:

 My dad fought in WWII so reading about that time period or really anything on the subject intrigues me. I try to digest all I can. I love real to life documentaries and I'm sure my family is bored with all of the things I watch on the subject. Fannie is really a great character. I feel that she was doing what most women did back in those days when all the men were either sick or off to war. 

 We as women dont throw around punches, we set to work as soon as we are offered an obstacle that is in our way. Its just the way it is. I really liked the main characters perspective on the events surrounding the war and how it related to her home life. Its nice to see things from that point of view.

 I really enjoyed the read!

Review: Amish Friends 4 Seasons Cookbook by:W Brunstetter

 Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish Friends 4 Seasons Cookbook: 290 Fresh Recipes for Eating with the Seasons

**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:

 Fresh Recipes for Each Season of the Year
Do you strive to eat what local, fresh, and in season? Then this is the cookbook for you. Organized by the winter, spring, summer, and fall seasons, there are a bounty of recipes for various ways to use up seasonal fruits and vegetables. Sprinkled with tips for growing and harvesting, too, the well-organized book boasts contributions from Amish and Mennonites from across the United States who are fans of author of Amish fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter. Encased in a lay-flat binding and presented in full color, it is a must-have cookbook for anyone who gardens, participates in a CSA, or enjoys farmers’ markets.

My Review:

 Who does not love a great cookbook?! Wanda Brunstetter is fast becoming one of my favorite in the cookbook genre. I already had her down as a favorite Amish fiction author, her fiction is the best ever! So if you ever have a chance to read anything she writes, you should go for it. On to this review.

 This cookbook is a collection of recipes along with some the author has added of her own. The cookbook is divided into four seasons. It also has gardening tips which I love. It really has anything and everything that would appeal to any type of homemaker. 

 The cookbook includes over 200 recipes and they are mostly easy to a tiny bit difficult. The comb binding makes it easy to fold flat and is always my go-to for cookbooks. 

 This cookbook would make a great gift!

Friday, June 3, 2022

Review: How High is Heaven by:L Davis

 How High is Heaven?

 **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:

 Children ask A LOT of questions when it comes to heaven, particularly when they’ve experienced the loss of a loved one. In this uplifting, imaginative picture book, How High Is Heaven? inspires hope and comfort in readers young and old, that heaven can be experienced here and now and is open for us all. 

Bestselling author and ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis invites children to explore age-appropriate questions about heaven. Kids (and their parents) can celebrate that, thanks to God’s grace, heaven is a place we can look forward to while finding moments of heaven here on earth.  

How High Is Heaven? is the perfect books for parents and grandparents to read aloud and provides an uplifting message for kids ages 4-8, delivering: 

Read-aloud, lyrical rhymes  
Whimsical, engaging illustrations by Lucy Fleming 
Answers to children’s questions about heaven… and a safe place to ask them  
Comfort to those who have lost a loved one

My Review:

This book is a really touching book. When my mom died, unexpectedly many years ago I very much thought the same way as this sweet child in this story. Anything and everything I could do to be close to her or reach is what I wanted to do. This book made me tear up a little bit.

 In the story this sweet little boy wants to tell his grandma all the exciting things that are going on with him and he cant because shes already in Heaven, so he thinks of different ways to reach her. It is a precious story.

 This is the best book for a child trying to understand the death of a loved one.

Review: This Farm is a Family by:McKernan

 This Farm Is a Family

 **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:

In this adorable illustrated picture book for kids written by Dan McKernan (Saved by the Barn), the rescue farm animals at Barn Sanctuary decide to help a cow who is dealing with fear and anxiety in her new home. Children will learn the importance of friendship and compassion, as well as why it’s important to support others during hard times.

Inside this book, kids ages 4-8 will discover:

A positive message about friendship, kindness, and understanding others
How to show compassion to others
Ways of coping with difficult situations, including how to deal with fear and anxiety
A page with information on Barn Sanctuary and their rescue efforts, with information on ways you can support the real-life animals featured in the book
This Farm Is a Family follows a group of rescued farm animals who are living their best lives at Barn Sanctuary. Each one is eager to meet the newest arrival, Buttercup the cow, and show her all the fun things they can do together. But Buttercup doesn’t want to play--in fact, she doesn’t want anything to do with the other animals. So with a lot of love and understanding, the animals work together to help Buttercup discover she’s part of a new family and can leave her old fears behind.

My Review:

 Farm animals are so much fun! We have had chickens, quails, and rabbits. We are still raising chickens quail. They are so sweet together and I truly believe they communicate with each other. This sweet book shows that these sweet little farm animals for a family and its just the cutest. 

 The animals featured in the book are rescued animals. Many people feel like only dogs or cats are the animals that get rescued but thats not necessarily true. bigger animals can become rescues too. Buttercup joins the crew and this is her story. So sweet! 

 At the end of the book you get a special treat! The actual pictures of the actual characters from the book are included. I think that was my favorite part.

 I loved this book! The illustrations are great and the story is very touching!

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Review: Little One, We Knew You'd Come by:S Jones

 Little One, We Knew You'd Come

 **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:

From New York Times bestselling children’s book author Sally Lloyd-Jones, Little One, We Knew You’d Come is a heartwarming and endearing story about the hope and anticipation of a new baby. Overflowing with joy, this book makes the perfect gift for a new baby, baptism, adoption, new beginning, or special occasion.

Little one, we knew you’d come.

We hoped. We dreamed. We watched for you.

We counted the days till you were due.

We waited. How we longed for you,                          

And the day that you were born.


Little One, We Knew You’d Come includes:

Engaging illustrations and delightful, lyrical text
A beautiful message for parents and grandparents to read aloud to their children again and again
A joyful story that celebrates new life and the love we have for our little ones even before their arrival

My Review:

 Sally Lloyd Jones is such a great author. When she writes in this series, I'm always excited to see what she came up with. This latest book is just as sweet as any of the others in the series. It was actually a little bit of a tear jerker. I really liked it and its perfect for a family of a newborn or newly adopted child. Really good gift and perfect little read aloud to a sweet baby.


Review: You're the Hugs to my Kisses by:B Herndon

 You're the Hugs to My Kisses: And Other Fun Ways to Say I Love 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:

Celebrate and express the special bond between loved ones––family and friends, young and old––with this heartfelt children’s picture book that reminds you that life is sweeter when you have someone to share it with. 

You’re the jelly to my donut. 

You’re the blue to my sky. 

You’re the laces to my sneakers. 

You’re the twinkle to my eye. 

With whimsical, read-aloud rhymes, this delightful story will appeal to readers (and listeners) of all ages and remind you to enjoy all that you have in common with your loved ones. 

My Review:

 Such a sweet little book that is full of all the yumminess! My babies are my favorite and this book epitomizes just that. It is just precious. It has such a simple way with literary prose and rhythm that strikes you in the heart every time you read it. This is the best read aloud at bedtime to reinforce your love to your child.

Love this sweet read! Great gift idea, as well!