Wednesday, January 25, 2017


EdenEden: The Animals’ Parable (Liberty Island, April 2016)
“Ask the animals, and they will teach you.” —Job 12:7
Experience the Gospels in a way that you never imagined.
In this beautifully inspired retelling of the Gospels, we see Jesus and his disciples in the Holy Land through the eyes of the animals—especially his intrepid and loyal dog, Eden.
With a wise, old donkey, innocent lambs, and legions of curious field mice—the animals follow their master’s journey across Galilee and onto Jerusalem, rapt with awe and wonder and bearing great tidings—even if they don’t fully comprehend the divine events they witness.
Simple, clear, and spiritually profound, Eden is for readers of all ages, this artful retelling is captivating, moving, and alive with the joy you felt the first time you opened the Bible.

My take on this book:
I find myself enjoying reading stories from the perspective of animals and with this one seeing the stories of the Bible unfold through the eyes of a dog, Eden was unique and told in a refreshing way. She was such a sweet little dog that had a wonderful perspective on what she was seeing.The illustrations were wonderfully done and brought the text to life and the stories really made me think about the Bible stories that I already knew. A book that is perfect to read to youngsters and older children as well as adults will enjoy reading this one themselves. A unique take on familiar stories in the Bible that are written in a way that allow not only the story but the characters to leap from the pages! 
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Keith Korman


Keith Korman is a literary agent and novelist. Over the years he has represented many nationally-known writers of fiction and non-fiction at his family’s literary agency, Raines & Raines. The idea for “Eden” first came to him as a child when he saw the little calf jump across the stable in the prelude to William Wyler’s “Ben Hur.” And he’s been thinking about it ever since.
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Return to the story of Jesus and read it from a new perspective in Keith Korman’s Eden: The Animals’ Parable. In this beautifully inspired retelling of the Gospels, we see Jesus and his disciples in the Holy Land through the eyes of the animals—especially his intrepid and loyal dog, Eden. Simple, clear, and spiritually profound, Eden is for readers of all ages, this artful retelling is captivating, moving, and alive with the joy you felt the first time you opened the Bible.

Settle in for some winter reading and enter to win a copy of Keith’s book and a Kindle Fire!
One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Eden
  • A Kindle Fire
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on January 24. The winner will be announced January 25 on Keith’s blog.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

FUDGE AND JURY by Ellie Alexander ~ TLC Blog Tour

About Fudge and Jury

Fudge and JurySeries: A Bakeshop Mystery (Book 5)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (January 3, 2017)
Welcome to Torte–a friendly, small-town family bakery where the pastries are delicious…and, now, suspicious.
It’s almost spring in Ashland, Oregon, and the town is preparing for the Shakespeare and the annual Chocolate Festival. Business is cookin’ at Torte, and the store is expanding as Jules’ team whips up crèpes filled with mascarpone cheese and dark chocolate. Torte stands a chance of being this year’s confectionery belle of the ball! Life couldn’t be sweeterunless murder taints the batter.
Evan Rowe, of Confections Couture, makes a chocolate fountain that would put Willy Wonka to shame, and his truffles are to die forliterally? Yes, the world-renowned chocolatier has just turned up dead…right after sampling a slice of Jules’ decadent four-layer chocolate cake. Now all eyes are on Jules as she tries to find the mysterious ingredient in her own recipe. Can she sift out the truth before another contestant bites the buttercream?
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My take on this book:
A cozy mystery that revolves around chocolate well what could be better than that!  I need to start this review by saying that this book is the fifth in a series but honestly it really didn't take me long to figure out who the characters were because the author does a fantastic job of giving enough background information to allow me to dive right into an intriguing murder mystery that takes place during a chocolate festival. I felt like I had stepped right into the story with the author's descriptive storytelling from describing her decadent sweet dessert concoctions, to the not so easy to solve murder. The plot whirls  along quicker than a stand mixer or high speed the zips and twists kept me guessing and truthfully I didn't figure it out until the end. Fudge and Jury was a well written who-dun-it that has this reader adding all of the other books in the series on my must read list for 2017. Cozy mystery fans who enjoy reading this story there are even a few recipes to try out which is an added bonus.

I received a complimentary copy of this book which I voluntarily reviewed.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetEllie Alexander writes the bestselling Bakeshop Mystery series for St. Martin’s Press, set in the Shakespearean town of Ashland, Oregon and featuring a romantic, artisan pastry chef, Juliet Montague Capshaw.

About Ellie Alexander:
Ellie is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research.

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Ellie Alexander’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, January 2nd: Books and Bindings
Wednesday, January 4th: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Thursday, January 5th: WV Stitcher
Friday, January 6th: View from the Birdhouse
Monday, January 9th: Write Read Life
Tuesday, January 10th: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, January 11th: In Bed with Books
Friday, January 13th: Reading is My Superpower
Monday, January 16th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, January 17th: Kahakai Kitchen
Wednesday, January 18th: I Wish I Lived in a Library
Thursday, January 19th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Monday, January 23rd: Dwell in Possibility
Wednesday, January 25th: Art @ Home

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Grace For The Moment ~ Max Lucado

  • Imitation Leather: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Lea edition (December 20, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718089774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718089771

The devotional that has touched millions of lives with inspirational thoughts for every day is now available in a gorgeous new package, and large, easy-to-read type.

Grace for the Moment offers inspiring devotions to grow in your faith as you embrace the hope of the Lord every day. Each daily reading features devotional writings from Max’s numerous bestsellers as well as a Scripture verse selected especially for each day's reading.

This deluxe, large edition of the classic devotional makes a handsome gift to commemorate a special occasion. It offers a leather-flex cover, beautifully designed pages with large type, and a ribbon marker.

Whether you already know and love Grace for the Moment or you’re looking for a new way to draw near to the Lord, this gorgeous, deluxe version will inspire your heart.

My take on this book:
With a new year I like to start out with a new devotional and the one I have started reading is Grace For The Moment by Max Lucado, which is filled with inspiring devotions that just might help the user connect with God. First of all I must say that I love the cover of this book even though it is imitation leather it is really butter soft and very pretty, the picture really doesn't do it justice. Inside there is a pretty plain presentation page a brown ribbon marker and pages that are cream colored and very sturdy. Each devotion consists of one page and begins with a scripture verse and then the devotion follows below it.The devotions are easy to read with larger than average print. The devotions themselves are easy to read and cover a wide variety of topics.  While I really like this devotional I do wish that there had been a few  blank pages at the back so that I could jot down thoughts through the year. Overall a quality devotional that would make a wonderful gift but is also wonderful for personal use. 

A complimentary copy of this devotional was provided.

Monday, January 2, 2017

The Beginner's Bible~ Timeless Children's Stories

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: The Beginner's Bible
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Revised edition (October 4, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031075013X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310750130

The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold. Now it’s redesigned with fresh new art that will excite children for many more years to come.
Full of faith and fun, The Beginner’s Bible is a wonderful gift for any child. The easy-to-read text and bright, full-color illustrations on every page make it a perfect way to introduce young children to the stories and characters of the Bible. With new vibrant three-dimensional art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stories come to life. Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more, as they discover The Beginner's Bible just like millions of children before. The Beginner's Bible was named the 2006 Retailers Choice Award winner in Children's Nonfiction.

My take on this book:
The Beginner's Bible is filled with colorful illustrations that are paired with an easy to read text that shares many of the most popular Bible stories in a fun way that will allow youngsters to learn about God.  The first thing that I always check is whether there is a presentation page, why is that important well for me I am always looking for quality books to give as gifts and some of my most cherished books have beautiful notes written on the presentation page something that I like to do whenever I give a gift. Another great feature is the table of contents that separates the Old Testament stories from the New, making it easy to find your favorite story or character. The illustrations are beautifully done and the colors are so vibrant that they are sure to capture a youngsters eye as well as imagination. There is also a small dictionary as well. This is a wonderful way to share God's word and introduce youngsters to the many characters of the Bible. A wonderful gift and a valuable resource for homeschooling or  using is a Sunday school setting. I also think it would make wonderful bedtime reading. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.