Sunday, April 19, 2015

Get Your Hopes Up! ~ Joyce Meyer

    Get Your hopes up! Joyce Meyer offers a hope check-up
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords (April 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455517313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455517312

#1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer teaches readers how to transform their lives by tapping into the power of hope. One of the most powerful forces in the universe is hope--the happy and confident anticipation that something good is going to happen. Regardless of where one is in life, it is impossible to live successfully and to the fullest without hope. With GET YOUR HOPES UP! Joyce will help readers achieve a lasting sense of hope, built on their faith in God. Hope is only as strong as its source. This book will help readers avoid misplacing their trust in unreliable things, and help them ground their hope steadfastly in God for limitless joy and possibilities for their lives. As Joyce explains, "Without hope in God, there isn't much you can do, but with Hope in God, there isn't much you can't do."

My take on this book:
Get Your Hopes Up will have you expecting something good to happen everyday, and guess what? It can happen!  How you ask, it's about faith and knowing that God has something good in store for you if only you have the faith to hope!  Well it's easy to wonder how, when life might have you down or discouraged but that's where Joyce Meyer's new book plays a role, she is like the girlfriend that everyone needs she uplifts and encourages, and basically becomes a cheerleader as she guides you on your path to hoping for all that God wants you to have in your life! Ms. Meyer's no nonsense way of teaching is easy to relate to and understand. It's like sitting down with an old friend as she imparts what God has placed on her heart to share with her readers. There are so many important gems of wisdom implanted into the pages of "'Get Your Hopes Up" but the one thing that is always a constant with Ms. Meyer is the fact that she backs up her teaching with scriptures from the Bible, and this is something that readers will find in each of the seventeen chapters of this book!  A wonderful book that would make an excellent group study, but honestly it's a book for anyone needing a spiritual boost. It really isn't wrong to hope for more, after all God wants the best for his children!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Watch The Shadows ~ Robin Winter

Robin WinterPublisher: White Whisker Books (April 20, 2015)
ISBN: 978-0-9863265-0-9
Category: Suspense/Thriller
Tour Date: March 16-April 30, 2015
Available in: Print & ebook, 176 Pages

In the college town of Isla Vista, California, small, odd things start happening. Science-geek Nicole notes the crows are leaving.  Meg Burdigal can’t find her tabby cat, Schrand. Brian the postman feels uneasy at the rustlings, the shadows he’s seen at the edge of his vision on his delivery route in town. Now Nicole sees fewer and fewer homeless in the park. Using her knowledge of biology and forensics, Nicole searches for answers—but will anyone take the horror she finds seriously?
In this unusual thriller, ‘Watch the Shadows’, author Robin Winter explores where the ordinary slams against the extraordinary.
My take on this book:
There is something odd going on in Isla Vista, California. First a severed leg is found by a homeless man, and then Meg Burdigal comes home to find a gelatinous blob that resembles a cat in her house, but when she runs next door to get her next door neighbor high school sophomore Nicole and her mother the thing is gone. Now some of the homeless people are coming up missing. One things for certain it's no longer safe in Isla Vista but why? Nicole knows something is going on, and she is determined to find out what!

Watch the Shadows by Robin Winter is a book that starts out slow as the author introduces us to various character, but then builds momentum and held my attention as I wondered what the heck was going on!  There were several interesting characters from Brian the mailman, to Charlie the homeless man and his dog Rapper. Ms. Winter paints each character with a sense of realism which allowed me to imagine them and the roles they played within the story. Rich descriptions allowed the story to flow smoothly. While there were a few lulls in the story I really needed to know what was going on so I kept reading. Overall Watch The Shadows certainly provides a unique read in the horror sci-fi genre but also provides a few glimpses of humor as well. 

About Robin Winter:

Robin WinterRobin Winter first wrote and illustrated a manuscript on “Chickens and their Diseases” in second grade, continuing to both write and draw, ever since. Born in Nebraska, she’s lived in a variety of places: Nigeria, New Hampshire, upper New York state and now, California. She pursues a career in oil painting under the name of Robin Gowen, specializing in landscape. Her work can be viewed at Sullivan Goss Gallery in Santa Barbara or on-line
Robin is married to a paleobotanist, who corrects the science in both her paintings and her stories. She’s published science fiction short stories, a dystopian science fiction novel,Future Past, and Night Must Wait, a historical novel about the Nigerian Civil War.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Demise in Denim ~ A Consignment Shop Mystery by Duffy Brown

Demise in Denim
(A Consignment Shop Mystery)

5th in Series
Cozy Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425274705

It’s springtime in Savannah, Georgia, in the newest Consignment Shop Mystery from the national bestselling author of Pearls and Poison. The azaleas and magnolias are in bloom—and Walker Boone is on the run. . .
When Reagan Summerside turned the first floor of her old Victorian home into a consignment shop, she never imagined she’d be harboring a fugitive in her attic. But after a dead man is found in a bathtub and local lawyer Walker Boone is accused of doing the dirty deed, she suddenly has a new houseguest.
Having the lawyer who took her to the cleaners in her divorce settlement—and who has been getting under her skin ever since—in close proximity is enough to drive Reagan to distraction. For the sake of her sanity—and Walker’s freedom—they need to put their heads together to find out who is trying to get the lawyer out of the picture . . .

About This Author
While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy Brown longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. Today she conjures up who-done-it stories for Berkley Prime Crime and has two series, the national bestselling Consignment Shop mysteries set in Savannah and the Cycle Path Mysteries on Mackinac Island.
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My take on this book:
Demise in Denim is one of those stories that easily captures the imagination, after all the cover really fits the story. I could  easily imagine the scenes unfolding as the wacky cast of characters are out to figure out who-dun-it! Ms. Brown kept my interest with a fast paced plot that never lagged, with a few storylines going on there was always something happening! A story that grabbed me from the get go and kept me reading, and guessing right up until the end, and I must say the ending was something I truly didn't see coming! I really enjoyed the characters and love whenever an animal is included in a story and with this one we have Regan's dog BW!  
Fans of fast paced cozy mysteries with a southern flare, that blend humor, fun characters and more than a few twists will certainly enjoy Demise in Denim! To be honest this is my first time reading anything written by Duffy Brown and let me say even though this is the fifth book in the Consignment Shop Mystery series it can easily be read as a stand alone story, I had no problems diving right in, but with that said, I enjoyed the characters and storyline so much that I certainly plan on going back to read the entire series! 
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Anna's Crossing ~ Suzanne Woods Fisher

  • File Size: 4877 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800723198
  • Publisher: Revell (February 24, 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

 February 24, 2015

Some endings are really beginnings . . . 

On a hot day in 1737 in Rotterdam, Anna K├Ânig reluctantly sets foot on the Charming Nancy, a merchant ship that will carry her and her fellow Amish believers across the Atlantic to start a new life. As the only one in her community who can speak English, she feels compelled to go. But Anna is determined to complete this journey and return home--assuming she survives. She's heard horrific tales of ocean crossings and worse ones of what lay ahead in the New World. But fearfulness is something Anna has never known.

Ship's carpenter Bairn resents the somber people--dubbed Peculiars by the deckhands--who fill the lower deck of the Charming Nancy. All Bairn wants to do is to put his lonely past behind him, but that irksome and lovely lass Anna and her people keep intruding on him.

Delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions test the mettle and patience of everyone on board. When Anna is caught in a life-threatening situation, Bairn makes a discovery that shakes his entire foundation. But has the revelation come too late?

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the beginning of Amish life in America with this fascinating glimpse into the first ocean crossing--and the lives of two intrepid people who braved it.

My take on this book:
Anna's Crossing was a different type of "Amish" story from Suzanne Woods Fisher, and different can be good! I really enjoyed the historical aspects of the story and of course the fact that it was an Amish story. While I wasn't crazy about the ship setting and the pirate language I know that the author was just being authentic with her storyline, and she does make the reader feel as if they are on board a ship! There was a few twists, one major one at the end, along with romance and a bit of suspense that kept me turning the pages. An interesting look at Amish coming to America! I am anxious to revisit these characters in the next book in the series!

A complimentary copy was provided for review.

Fribbet The Frog and the Tadpoles ~ Carole P. Roman

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1499145977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499145977

Fribbet's gone missing! The crew searches for the excitable frog and finally find him troubled and crying in the stern. Fribbet is very upset, and it's up to Captain No Beard and the crew to find out what's wrong. Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles is another great voyage into problem solving and friendship, as well as an adventurous trip into the imagination. Join the Captain No Beard and his friends as they learn the value of sharing our troubles with others and that help is always there when we need it.

My take on this book:
Carole P. Roman takes our imaginations on another adventure with Captain No Beard and the gang in Fribbet The Frog and the Tadpoles. Fribbet the frog is crying and scared, so Captain No Beard and the gang is determined to figure out why! Turns out things are changing at Fribbet's home and he isn't sure he is happy about it, but sharing his problems with his friends just might be the cure!

Carol P. Roman always delivers a swashbuckling tale filled with friends and plenty of valuable life lessons with the Captain No Beard Series. The beautiful illustrations are paired perfectly with the story allowing the characters and storyline to literally jump from the pages. Children of all ages are certain to enjoy the adventure they will find as they step aboard ship with Captain No Beard and the gang. A wonderful series perfect for boys and girls!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Easter Stories~ Classic Tales for the Holy Season

  • Paperback: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Plough Publishing House (February 2, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874865980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874865981

Everyone who believes Easter is about more than bunnies and eggs will be grateful for this new collection of short stories that shed light on the deeper meaning of the season. Selected for their spiritual value and literary quality, these classic tales capture the spirit of Easter in a way that will captivate readers of all ages. Parents and grandparents will find that children love to hear these stories read aloud, year after year.

Easter Stories includes time-honored favorites from world-famous storytellers such as C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Selma Lagerlof, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Goudge, Maxim Gorky, Ruth Sawyer, and Walter Wangerin – as well as many you’ve never heard before. Illustrated with original woodcuts.

My take on this book:
Easter Stories~ Classic Tales for the Holy Season is a wonderful collection of twenty-seven stories about the true meaning of Easter! Some of the stories date back to the last century and are even translated from other languages, and honestly most of the stories I had never heard of before! The first thing I noticed when I opened this book was that it has a handy table of contents which allowed me to pick and choose which stories I wanted to read.Because this is a compilation of short stories it's perfect for daily reading leading up to the days of Easter. I felt like the black and white illustrations that opened most of the stories really enhanced the book overall. I can just imagine this book becoming part of a family Easter tradition. A book that's perfect for reading to youngsters, but also one that readers of any age will enjoy.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

The Godforsaken Daughter ~ Christina McKenna

About The Godforsaken Daughter

Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (March 17, 2015)
When Ruby Clare’s father was alive, they happily toiled together on their small dairy farm in Northern Ireland. Since his death seven months ago, Ruby—thirty-three years old, plain, and plump—has become a veritable drudge for Martha, her endlessly critical mother. Then comes the day when Ruby finds her late grandmother’s old suitcase in the attic. Among its strange contents: a slim, handmade volume called The Book of Light.
The deeper Ruby delves into its mysterious pages, the more confident she feels. But Martha, convinced that her newly empowered daughter must be possessed, enlists the help of psychiatrist Henry Shevlin. Henry is unflappable on the surface, yet inwardly he’s reeling from his wife’s unexplained disappearance the year before. As Ruby undergoes therapy alongside other local patients, including lonely bachelor farmer Jamie McCloone, all their lives intersect in unexpected ways. And Ruby, alone for so long, finds the courage to connect—with Jamie, with Henry, and with her own loving, indomitable spirit.
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My take on this book:
First let me say that when I decided to read this book I didn't realise that it was the third in a series, but with that said it really didn't matter. The author provides enough background information that I was easily able to connect with the story and the characters. This is a multifaceted book, on one hand it is a quick easy read that is smoothly written. Ms. McKenna is wonderful at creating vivid imagery that grabs hold and doesn't turn loose until the final page is read.The story unfolds like a well played movie with descriptions so vivid one can easily see the story unfolding.  I loved the way the author provided two different woman, each story running parallel to each other until finally their stories finally conjoin. Ruby was someone that was sad and lonely, her family treated her horribly, but it was the people that she met that provided the confidence that she needed.Her story easily was my favorite, and I found myself anxious as well as hopeful for how the ending of the story would play out. Speaking of endings it was quite satisfying and honestly was something that surprised me a bit!  I really enjoyed the splash of paranormal that was woven into the story. For me The Godforsaken Daughter was a book that I hurried through because I became so emotionally invested in the characters  that I had to know what would happen, but truly was sad to see their stories end.  I enjoyed this book so much that I will certainly be going back to read the first two books in the series! 

Christina McKennaAbout Christina McKenna

Christina McKenna grew up on a farm near the village of Draperstown in Northern Ireland. She attended the Belfast College of Art, where she obtained an honors degree in fine art and studied English in postgraduate studies at the University of Ulster. In 1986, she left Northern Ireland to work abroad. She has lived, worked, and painted pictures in Spain, Turkey, Italy, Ecuador, and Mexico.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Rosabelle's Story ~ J.E.B. Spredemann

  • File Size: 4379 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blessed Publishing (February 14, 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Book Description

 February 14, 2015
Rosabelle and Amos have enjoyed working together for years. When Amos finds a potential wife, Rosabelle is concerned. Why would he consider marrying someone he doesn't love? Can Rosabelle convince Amos that God might have a better plan for him than his own?

Rosabelle's Story is a modern fairy tale loosely based on the classic story of Beauty and the Beast, Amish-style, of course! A Christian fiction novelette.

My take on this book:
Rosabelle's Story by J.E.B. Spredemann is a short Amish christian romance that tells the story of Amos and Rosabelle. They have been working together for years in her father's hardware store. While Rosabelle is on the verge of graduating high school Amos is a young Amish man who feels like he needs to get married. Thing is there aren't many eligible Amish women in his area and so he decides to settle for someone he doesn't love because the one he really cares for is forbidden because she isn't Amish. When something happens to cause Amos' plans to unravel will he realize that God is at work in his life?

Rosabelle's story really reminded me of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, but with an Amish twist! Although a short story at seventy pages don't let that fool you Ms. Spredemann provides well developed characters and a plot that provides enough substance to make for a page turning read! I found myself connecting with the characters, and even though I pretty much knew how the ending would be that didn't keep me from enjoying the story, instead I think it made it better, after all my anticipation of wanting things to work out allowed me to sympathize with Amos while cheering on Rosabelle as she took matters into her own hands! Ms. Spredemann has a unique storytelling ability that makes me feel like I have actually stepped into the lives of the characters,experiencing their hopes and fears, as well as the tests that God sometimes puts them through. The positive faith based messages are very well done and fit  perfectly with the storyline. A good clean read that inspires as well as entertains. Ms. Spredemann is quickly becoming one of my favorite Amish fiction writers!

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Cindy's Story ~ J.E.B. Spredemann

  • File Size: 3786 KB
  • Print Length: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Blessed Publishing (December 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G83M4IY

 December 19, 2013

He's running from his past. She's hiding from her present. But God has a plan for their future... A modern retelling of the classic Cinderella story.

An Amish fairy tale for adults. Christian Romance, A novelette. 90 pages

My take on this book:
Cindy's Story by J.E.B. Spredemann is an Amish spin on the classic fairytale Cinderella, but with a unique twist.  Ms. Spredemann weaves in a faith based message that really provides a spiritual boost to the fairytale theme!

Seventeen year old Ella Zook also known as Cindy hasn't had an easy life. After the death of her mother at an early age, her father remarries a woman with two children and then he also dies. After that she basically became a slave to her family, even being threatened that she should never make contact with anyone otherwise they would put her out on the streets. Her only comfort is going into the woods, but when a young Amish man named Nathaniel shows up and befriends her, it seems that God hasn't forgot her after all. Thing is Nathaniel has something from his past that could change the way Cindy feels about him. 

I am a huge fan of Amish fiction and I don't think I have ever read a book quite like Cindy's Story by J. E. B. Spredemann. While written in the style of Cinderella, there honestly is so much more substance to this story than the classic fairy tale. Ella (Cindy) was such an amazing character. Even though her life was filled with nothing but hardship she kept an upbeat positive attitude. Great character development allowed her character to blossom and her faith to grow as the story progressed. The friendship that developed with Nathaniel certainly had a fairy tale quality, but there was also a deeper message of forgiveness that resonated as well.  I loved the spiritual messages woven into the story, instead of feeling overblown or preachy they fit perfectly and seemed very realistic. A quick easy read that's perfect for anyone who enjoys Amish fiction but honestly anyone looking for a fast paced romantic read that packs a inspirational punch will enjoy it as well! 

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The Trouble With Patience by Maggie Brendan

  • Series: Virtues and Vices of the Old West (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (February 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800722647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800722647

Patience Cavanaugh has lost hope in romance. The man she yearned to marry is dead and her dreams are gone with him. Now she is consumed with the restoration of a dilapidated boarding house in order to support herself. Despite her desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local sheriff with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: Patience needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse, and Jedediah needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But Patience gets more than she bargained for as she explores the depths of the "hanging lawman"--and finds both betrayal and love. 

My take on this book:
I am always excited to start a new historical fiction series and Maggie Brendan has a winner with The Trouble With Patience her first book in the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series. The beautiful cover easily had me wondering about the town and characters I would be reading about, but it was the story inside that really grabbed my attention and kept me reading to find out what would ultimately happen with Patience and the sheriff! Speaking of the characters I really found myself rooting for Patience because she was so easy to like. She was new to a town where she didn't know anyone to try and restore her inheritance from her grandmother, The Creekside Inn,which is in Nevada City. Truthfully though there is much more to Patience, she came west to get away from a broken heart and an overbearing cold mother. She doesn't have such a great self image of herself and figures she will just remain single, but it doesn't take long for her to catch the eye of not only the sheriff, but also a handsome cowboy as well. 

There is much more going on than just romance, the author also provides a bit of suspense that piqued my interest. The author has a wonderful way of weaving emotion, faith and a historical flavor together to make The Trouble With Patience a an easy choice for historical fiction fans. The sneak peek of the next book has me anxious to continue this series!

A complimentary copy of this book was  provided for review.