Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Word Game by Steena Holmes - my review

The Word Game  by Steena Holmes is the first book I have read by this author but won't be the last! A story that takes us into a family dealing with young girls and sexual abuse.

An over-protective mother, Alyson, finally agrees to let her daughter,Lyla, attend a sleep over with her cousin and friends. After which she ask Lyla how she liked it, thus opening a whole new set of questions. Is it her (Alyson) over-protective mind at work or is something seriously wrong? Who should she talk to about it? What should she do? What would you do?

This book tore at my heart!

I received an ARC (advanced reader's copy) from Net Gallery in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl - my review

Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl is the third book in the Finding Sanctuary series, but is also a great stand alone book as I haven't read the others in this series.

Sophie/Emily grew up in a strict Mennonite town, with abusive parents. She felt unworthy of being loved by anyone, especially God. She left home and her Mennonite roots as soon as she was old enough.

Then a chance for a story that could change her career arises. Taking her into another Mennonite town where an armed robber may be hiding with millions of dollars that he got away with. She also meets someone from her past here.

The author kept me on the edge of my seat with this twist and turns of this mystery in Mennonite country. Sophie/Emily receives threatening notes as someone doesn't want her to find out if Terrance Chase is in Sanctuary or not. A book full of love and forgiveness.

I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Nashville Eats by Jennifer Justus - my review

Nashville Eats: Hot Chicken, Buttermilk Biscuits, and 100 More Southern Recipes from Music City by Jennifer Justus  is a FUN cookbook chockful of great recipes! Plus the author shares wonderful stories of Nashville, the people, music, history, along with the food! All of this in a cookbook with recipes that sound so good it'll make you slap your mama (VERY good).
 I can't wait to try the Beaten Biscuits, Redeye Gravy (for hubby), Country Ham Salad,The Nashville Burger, Venison Chili, Grant's Nashville Pan-Fried Catfish, Tomato Pie, and the Strawberry Jam recipes! There are so many YUMMY sounding recipes included in this book it is hard to decide what to try first.

I enjoyed the pictures and trivia she has included as well, it is NOT just a cookbook, but so much more. A must have for all who love cooking, Nashville, or country music. As for me, I'm fixin' to go try out one of these fabulous recipes!

I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Look for this on the shelves on October 6, 2015

Forgiven by Terri Roberts - my review

Forgiven: The Amish School Shooting, A Mother's Love, And a Story of Remarkable Grace by Terri Roberts is an awesome TRUE story of forgiveness.
I remember where I was at when I heard of the shootings at Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, and how I stopped to pray for all the families involved. I couldn't imagine being the mother of either, one of the girls shot on that day, or the mother of the shooter. My heart and prayers went out to both on that sad day, and still does.

Terri Roberts is the mother of Charles Roberts, who the world knows as the man that walked into an Amish school in 2006 and shot 10 little girls, killing 5, and then himself. She remembers the loving, caring son she raised, how could he have done such a thing? How can SHE forgive her son?

The Amish, show the family and the world what forgiveness is. As God says in his word, we MUST forgive to be forgiven. This is such a heart-warming book written by a broken-hearted mother as she tells how the broken-hearted families helped her. I cried as I read her story, of what forgiveness can do.

I highly recommend this book to everyone, as it an awesome story of the miracle of forgiveness!  Look for it on the shelves October 6, 2015

I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) from Bethany House Publishing and LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Too Blessed To Be Stressed Cookbook by Debora M. Coty - my review

To Blessed to be Stressed Cookbook by Debora M. Coty is chock-full of great recipes that I can't wait to try out! Divided into four categories - Time Wise, Soul-Fed, Heart Healthy, and Company Happy with each section full of wonderful and EASY sounding recipes.

Time-Wise contains a recipe for Impossible Meat Pie which doesn't sound so impossible at all, can't wait to try this one pan dish.
In Soul-Fed there are several as well that sound so good - such as Pineapple Comfort Food. Who doesn't like comfort food? Or perhaps Apple Fries , and using one of my favorite fruits,Blueberry Delight!
Heart-Healthy contains recipes such as, Zippity-do-da Coleslaw and a Keep You Full Breakfast Bowl.
You will find plenty of recipes to keep your company happy in Company-Happy , with recipes such as Classy Ham Roll-Ups, Pit Stop Pie, and Just Shoot Me Snickers Cake.

I loved reading through this cookbook, and enjoyed the names of some of these recipes. Not sure what I want to try first, so many sounded yummy!  With Bible verses and chuckle breaks throughout leaving you with the feeling you are in a friend's kitchen sharing recipes, jokes and more.

I highly recommend this cookbook to anyone who, likes to read cookbooks, or likes to cook,  needs EASY, and FAST recipes. Recipes with blessings added in, you can't go wrong! Look for this cookbook on November 1, 2015 (just in time for the holidays)

I received an ARC (advanced reader's copy) of this book from Barbour Publishing and NetGallery in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Silver Linings by Debbie Macomber - my review

Silver Linings: A Rose Harbor Novel by Debbie Macomber is an excellent read! Kept me on pins and needles, now I am anxiously waiting for the next book in this series!

So many surprises in this book, from seeing some of the characters of Starry Night put in an appearance, to meeting new characters to love and cheer on. I was excited when I saw and recognized them.  A heartwarming story full of love, forgiveness, and second chances, as we are taken back to Cedar Cove.

This is the 4th book in the Rose Harbor series, but could be read as a stand-alone, as the author does a fabulous job catching us up on what is happening. This series always leaves me wanting to visit this bed and breakfast in Cedar Cove (fictitious place).

Jo Marie is left heartbroken as handyman Mark leaves town.  Coco and Katie come to stay the weekend, as they plan on attending their 10 year high school reunion. Both Coco and Katie have special reasons, wrongs they would like to correct, for attending this reunion.

I am a HUGE Debbie Macomber fan and will be watching for the next book in this series. This is not one you want to miss reading, especially if you are a fan.

I received an ARC (advanced reader's copy) of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Photograph by Beverly Lewis - my review

The Photograph by Beverly Lewis is an awesome read full of twists and turns.

Three young sisters, whose parents are recently deceased, must make decisions about their futures. Their four older brothers are all married with families of their own.  The youngest, Menno, has inherited the family farm, and lets the three sisters know he plans to move his family into the home. There isn't enough room for everyone so they will have to make plans for their futures.

Frona the oldest sister, is a worrier, always trying to look out for for her younger sisters. A position that an oldest often takes (speaking from experience).

The youngest sister Lily, decides to leave and become fancy. Which shakes everyone in her family as well as the community up, as they try to find her.

And the middle sister, Eva Esch, who dreams of being in love with whoever her future husband might be.  Eva has a candy store that her father built for her, scared it will no longer be in her future as her brother takes over the family farm.

Jed Stutzman, a buggy maker from Ohio, who shows up in Eden Valley, finds a photo of a beautiful young Amish woman stuck in a book, along with personal notes. Eva feels drawn to this handsome young stranger.

An enjoyable read as you visit Eden Valley, meet the Esch sisters and follow along with the troubles of their lives.  I enjoyed this book as much I do all of Beverly Lewis's books. Look for it on September 8, 2015

I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.