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Sunday, August 19

The Daily Question for You and Your Child


I always loved keeping a diary as a kid, and this book puts those days to mind. It is a sturdy hardback book that helps you and your child record feelings, opinions, and conversations for three years.

Each page provides a thought-provoking question and gives spaces to respond for three separate years. For instance, you supply an answer to the question today, then a year from today you answer it again, and a year later, you respond again. The answers may be similar, or your opinions, likes, and dislikes may have changed drastically. But it records these thoughts for you to look back on through the years and examine how and why you might've changed.

Not only is this book attractive, sturdy, thought-provoking, and fun, but it also provides a safe and dear space for parents and children to spend quality time with each other. The questions are easily answered in only a few moments, but it opens up conversations that you may not have thought to have with your child if not prompted.

This is a valuable and fun tool to spark conversations and intimate family time. A three-year journal of thoughts--per se. Highly recommended.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review--favorable or otherwise.
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Tuesday, July 24

Minding the Light


Even though this is the second book in a series, I didn’t have any issues following the plot or characters. This story is much deeper than I expected, causing much self-examination and introspection. I am also impressed with the dual time periods, and learned much about the history of the 17th century and how—in many ways—things don’t change all that much.

With great writing, interesting characters, melancholy emotions, and powerful themes, this story kept my interest throughout. I’d love to read more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review.


A Rumored Fortune


Even though this is the second book in a series, I didn’t have any issues following the plot or characters. This story is much deeper than I expected, causing much self-examination and introspection. I am also impressed with the dual time periods, and learned much about the history of the 17th century and how—in many ways—things don’t change all that much.

With great writing, interesting characters, melancholy emotions, and powerful themes, this story kept my interest throughout. I’d love to read more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review.


The Edge of Over There


This is a cool YA fiction story with great narration and vivid imagery. It’s a dark fantasy tale, with mentions of angels and the tree of life, but no strong Christian ideals. I’m not sure why it’s categorized as Christian fiction.

I was really impressed with the imagery, especially if you listen to the narration of the audiobook. I could picture the scenes so clearly, and settled quickly into the story. Abra is an interesting character and I connected with her. There are many analogies that made this interesting, even though this isn’t the usual genre I read.

If you’re looking for Christian fiction, I don’t think this really fits the bill, but if you enjoy fantasy, dystopian, or YA fiction, this is well-written with no pacing issues.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review.


God Made the World

Such a sweet book, displaying the seven days of creation in easy to understand rhymes and vivid illustrations! Educating young readers/listeners of the true story of creation is made easy with memorable verses and colorful pages. I have nothing negative to say about this book. It's a great addition to a child's, parent's grandparent's, or caregiver's library.

Thursday, July 19

The Hope of Azure Springs


I love this story. It is beautiful, sad, exciting, and restorative – all in one.

Em is a great main character – and unlike ones I’ve recently read. I love the tenderness conveyed when she is finally taken care of, and her openness of hope. Her relationship with Caleb blossoms in a sweet and authentic way and shows depth and warmth.

This book will give you the feels. It’s a charming feel good story where you root for a brilliant outcome. My only want was for Em to be more self-assured because her growth seemed a little slow, but overall I really enjoyed this story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review.

River to Redemption


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River to Redemption is more than a love story. I learned so much about the cholera epidemic, slavery, and lessons of selflessness. Each of the characters have their strengths and weaknesses, but I was especially drawn to Louis.

The time period is one in which I know little, but I was easily drawn in and walked within this troubling time. I love the hope and reliance that forms the foundation of this story and look forward to reading more by this author. My heart is full upon reading the last page.

The story pulled me in quickly, though the pacing slowed a bit around the middle of the book. I also want to mention the pretty cover. It really spoke to me.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review.



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