Sunday, May 17, 2015

Heart Sisters by Natalie Chambers Snapp

About the book:
Heart Sisters (Abingdon, April 2015)

Heart Sisters is for women who want to both be and have better friends and want a helpful guide to take them through the process.

Author Natalie Chambers Snapp uses her own and others' stories of successes and failures to illustrate what she has learned about girlfriend relationships. Healthy boundaries, honesty, tact, sharing, and agape love all play a part in being and maintaining a circle of close confidants. She also deals with the inevitable challenges that face many relationships including how to handle conflict; life changes like a new baby, move or divorce; and when it is right to "break-up" with your friend.

Discussion questions, space to journal, photos, and quick interviews of healthy female friendships are included within each chapter.

Purchase a copy:
 http://bit.ly/1GKJTIQ

About the author:

Natalie Chambers Snapp
 is first and foremost a follower of Jesus, then wife to Jason, and mom to one spunky daughter and two spirited sons with a crazy amount of energy. Choosing to follow Jesus at 27, Natalie is passionate about sharing the grace, mercy, and truth of God's love. She lives in the Midwest with her crew and tries to keep it simple by writing about the faith found in the everyday mundane. The outpourings of her heart can be found at www.nataliesnapp.com in the fleeting moments between being a wife and mother.

Find Natalie online: websiteFacebookTwitter




My Take:  This book is a great tool if you are looking to be a good friend .  It takes you through the ins and outs of what a good friend is and how they would behave.  This book even helps you when you need to "break up with a friend".  It even has a chapter on how to navigate the rocky waters of social media.  This book covers just about every situation that you can imagine on how to be a better friend.  I would highly recommend on giving this book to every graduating girl that you know of to help them in their future lives.  Great practical advice.

I was given a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Side by Side by Jana Kelley

About the book:
Side by Side (New Hope Publishers, April 2015)

In the dusty, Islamic country of Sudan, Mia's life collides with that of another young woman.

A young Christian American mother, Mia finds more than one dark secret on the streets of Khartoum. She finds Halimah, a young, upper-class Arab student with a bright future in her family's business whose risky and secretive decision has put her life in danger. What happens when the path of young mother intersects with that of a spunky Sudanese student? God transforms them both . . . forever.

Part of New Hope® Publishers' contemporary missional fiction line,Side by Side opens the reader's eyes to the life of Muslims in Sudan as well as some of the struggles that Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for those who are persecuted for their faith as well as pray for the salvation of those who persecute.
Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1DPUKiO

About the author:

Jana Kelley
 is a Texan who hardly ever lives in Texas. Raised in Southeast Asia, Jana developed a love for cross-cultural living early in life. Her love for writing came soon after. Jana returned to Texas to attend college. She and her husband married a month after she graduated and by their second anniversary, they were living in a remote African town. Together with her husband and three boys, Jana enjoys travel and overseas living. After thirteen years in Africa and the Middle East, Jana and her family moved to Southeast Asia where they currently live.

Find Jana online: websiteFacebookTwitter






My Take:  I really enjoyed this book.  I liked learning what it is like for women in Arab countries and what they have to go through because of tradition. I couldn't imagine having my daughters go through female circumcision.  I also don't know if I would be willing to give up wearing jeans and being comfortable to having to wear long sleeves and skirts.  I found it interesting how when Mia went to see the dervishes that she felt that there was spiritual oppression.  I think if you would like to learn a bit more about the Muslim world then you would probably would enjoy this book.

I was sent a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review by Litfuse. 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander

by Tamera Alexander    
Historical Romance
Zondervan 

A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who could help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing forever.
An Irishman far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He's come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and begin farming, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he'd wagered, especially when Maggie Linden's father makes him an offer he shouldn't accept yet cannot possibly refuse.
Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance---and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder---Maggie's father, aging, yet wily as ever, makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail---Maggie must marry a man she's never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.
 Meet the Author
Tamera Alexander is the best-selling author of numerous books including A Lasting Impression and The Inheritance. Her richly-drawn characters and thought-provoking plots have earned her devoted readers worldwide. Tamera is a two-time Christy Award winner, two-time RITA winner, and a recipient of the prestigious Library Journal Award. Tamera and her husband recently returned to her Southern roots and now make their home in Nashville.

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My Take:  I found this book to be very interesting as it addressed a subject that I really didn't know anything about, when the Irish came to America and how they were treated.  I was very shocked to read the N word in the text as you don't usually read that word in today's books.  I was alittle uncomfortable when the author wrote about how Cullen was thinking about Maggie her curves etc.  not inappropriate for a husband to think about his wife but still uncomfortable.  I liked learning about the horse racing business.  I liked Maggie's spunkiness and her love for her father and her unconditional trust in him that she would go as far as marry who he asked her to. 

I received a review copy of this book by Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.












Friday, May 1, 2015

April Wrap up and May TBR

I read

Chasing Sunsets (Angels Walking #2)

Chasing Sunsets by Karen Kingsbury
An Amish Cradle

An Amish Cradle by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipson, Kathleen Fuller, and Vanetta Chapman
Audio Book

A Most Inconvenient Marriage

A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings

Bake Sale Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #13)

Bake Sale Murder by Leslie Meier

I also participated in Dewey's 24 hour Read a Thon.  It was fun like always and I am already looking forward to the next one October which is on my birthday.



May TBR

To Win Her Favor (Belle Meade Plantation, #2)

To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander
For a Blog tour

Side by Side

Side by Side by Jana Kelley
For a Blog tour

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
on audio

Yarn to Go (Yarn Retreat, #1)

Yarn to Go by Betty Hechtman
finish

Hearts That Survive: A Novel of the Titanic

Hearts that Survive by Yvonne Lehman
Finish

The Rising: Antichrist is Born  (Before They Were Left Behind, #1)

The Rising by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Reread
Permanent Vacancy

Permanent Vacancy by Katy Lee
for a blog tour.

Of Course my TBR is always subject to revision.



Monday, April 27, 2015

Dewey"s 24 hour read a thon wrap up

I read from 8:00 am until 11:00pm with one nap taken (I knew that was going to happen because of the medication I am on. ). I did get alot of reading done when I was awake.  I didn't get to all of my books but I did finish one book and got quite a bit of another book done so I am happy.

I finished
Chasing Sunsets (Angels Walking #2)
Chasing Sunsets by Karen Kingsbury

I read quite a bit of
A Most Inconvenient Marriage

A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings
I only have about 60 pages left so I am going to try and get this book finished this week.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dewey's 24 hour readathon first post and revised tbr.

Opening Meme:
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Pennsylvania
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?Chasing Sunsets by Karen Kingsbury3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?Don't really have any snacks lined up4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am 54 years old and just recently became disabled (hopefully temporarily) so reading has become very important to help me pass the time. I have two granddaughters who I adore and I have three adult children and one son in law. 5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

Revised TBR
Product Details
Chasing Sunsets by Karen Kingsbury
Yarn to Go (Yarn Retreat, #1)
Yarn to Go by Betty Hechtman
A Most Inconvenient Marriage
A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings
Hearts That Survive: A Novel of the Titanic
Hearts That Survive by Yvonne Lehman

These are all books that I have started but didn't finish for one reason or another so I would like to try to finish them.  

Friday, April 10, 2015

Tentative Read A Thon List

I am taking part in the Dewey Read A Thon at the end of the month so I thought that I would post a tentative Read A thon list.

The Book Thief

Just Plain Pickled to Death (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery, #4)

Frantic

If you woud like to join in the fun on April 25th you can go here Read A Thon to find out all the details.

TBR for April

I have been watching some videos that have been posted on youtube by mostly readers that read young adult novels.  They are called Book tubers and I got some ideas for posts. I know that some people who blog do a wrap up every month but I really don't remember seeing anyone do a to be read for the month. If you do a post like this or know of someone else who does one I apologize for not knowing this.

Even though it is almost the middle of the month I thought I would still post a TBR.

Already read this month.


Double Fudge Brownie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #18)

Bake Sale Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #13)

Currently Reading

An Amish Cradle

on audio

Slayed on the Slopes

on Kindle

Rest of the month

Finish
Yarn to Go (Yarn Retreat, #1)

Finish

A Most Inconvenient Marriage

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Promise of Palm Grove by Shelley Shepard Gray

About the book:

The Promise of Palm Grove (Avon Inspire, January 2015)

Leona must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she's pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love---the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author's new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she's happy because she's away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona's real joy is in being away from her fiancé.

Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her---and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona's faced with two vastly different futures.
Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1aQJuw2 

About the author:

Shelley Shepard Gray
 is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

Find Shelley online: website





My Take: One of my go to authors when I am in the mood to read about the Amish is Shelley Shepard Gray.  She has started a new series that takes you to a place that I haven't read about much in all my reading of amish fiction Pinecraft Fla.  I have heard about this place in Florida where the Amish and Mennonite go for vacation so I was eager to read this book. Shelley has once again filled her story with characters that you will like and maybe even some you might not like.  She has also filled it with situations that everyone can relate to, once again showing us that the Amish aren't really so much different from us.  I enjoyed reading about this new location and learning alittle more about it.  I look forward to the next book in the series. 

I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.   

Monday, March 23, 2015

How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck

About the book:

How to Catch a Prince (Zondervan, February 2015)

She caught her prince once. Can she catch him again?

American heiress Corina Del Rey's life was devastated by war. Every thing she loved was lost. But after five years of grief, she's shed her grave clothes and started over in the sunshine along the Florida coast.

But some things are not so easily forgotten. When a secret from her past confronts her face to face, she realizes she must follow her heart. Even if it cost her everything.

Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom is a former Royal Air Command lieutenant turned star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life after the devastation of war.
When his brother, King Nathaniel, discovers Stephen's pre war secret, he must deal with an aspect of his life he longed to forget. But how can he do so without exposing the truth and breaching national security?

Yet, true love has a destiny all it's own. As the cathedral bells peal through Cathedral City, Corina and Stephen must chose to answer the call of love on their hearts.
Or let it be lost forever?
Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1BD8DVo

About the author:

Rachel Hauck
 is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding DressLove Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince. She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.

Find Rachel online: websiteFacebookTwitter



My Take:  When I was a little girl my friends and I dreamed of growing up and marrying a prince one day.  I don't know if it was because of all the Disney movies we watched or the fairy tales we read but I think that is why everyone was enthralled by the wedding of Princes Di and most recently the wedding of Kate and William.  These books help to capture that feeling.  I also like how Rachel Hauck weaves in spirituality into her stories so as you get the point but you don't feel as though you are being preached to.  This is the final book in a trilogy and you really should read the other two books before you read this book as there are some recurring characters. 

I received a review copy of this book for review purposes from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.