Monday, March 26

Surviving Death

Surviving Death is not exactly what I was expecting. I thought it would be people giving their first-hand accounts of their near-death or after-death experiences. It’s much different than that.

I’ve no doubt a lot of time, effort, and research went into this book, but there are many things I personally don’t believe or agree with. It’s just not my cup of tea and doesn’t follow my personal spiritual beliefs.

I received a copy from Blogging for Books.

Friday, March 16

A Chance at Forever

A Chance at Forever is filled to the brim with hope and redemption, and I quickly delved into the lives of the main characters, Mercy McClain, and her childhood bully, Aaron Firebrook.

As a shy student with a disability, Mercy was Bully Aaron's perfect target. Fast-forward to their adult life, Mercy has found it difficult to put the past behind her and forgive. When Aaron returns to their hometown to teach, Mercy worries about his student's welfare. In her quest to protect them, she faces her own demons. As her opinions of Aaron change, so does her life.

This book deals with important timeless issues. I liked the small Kansas town setting, and the uplifting message of forgiveness.

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

Thursday, March 15

Catching the Wind

This is a gut-wrenching, seat-of-your-pants type of story--following two children, Bridgette and Dietmar, trying to escape the Nazi's during WWII. It's captivating and mysterious, and covers the two time periods nicely. I love dual time period stories, delving into different eras, customs, and such, and finding the ties that bind the stories together. 

Melanie Dobson is a gifted storyteller, creating believable characters and steady storylines that make me want to turn the pages faster (to learn what happens) and slow down my reading (so I can savor the characters as long as I can.) 

If you enjoy historical fiction, I recommend this. The characters are sympathetic and the dual storylines don't distract from each other. Great read.


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Wednesday, March 14

The Healing Power of Essential Oils

I’ve dabbled in essential oils the past couple of years, mainly because I love having the soft scents in my home. I knew a few remedies, such as lavender oil for relaxation, and peppermint oil for headaches, but only from Google searches or word of mouth.

The Healing Power of Essential Oils gives me a wealth of knowledge all in one place. It’s a great resource for recipes for health, wellness, and daily living.

This book provides more than recipes for illnesses and maladies, but also gives science behind it. This is an interesting read that provides great benefits.

I received a copy from Blogging for Books.

Friday, March 2

The Little French Bistro

One of the main things I loved about this story is that it centers on a middle-aged woman. Most stories I read tell of a younger woman who is coming into her own, so to speak, so this is a refreshing distinction.

After a rather dark beginning, my interest grew while reading The Little French Bistro. Marianne feels stuck in a boring life and marriage and yearns for a change.  There are interesting parts (especially the setting) and some rather out-there, unrealistic parts (I’ll let you discover those on your own) but ultimately ends happily.

The book is a little ‘down’ for me. In other words, I prefer more upbeat, hope-filled, or witty books, but this still kept my interest. If you enjoy fairytales or idealistic stories, this is one you’ll probably enjoy. I also want to add, I love the new cover. It’s much more eye-catching than the prior cover.

Excerpt: Marianne decided to die. Here and now, down below in the waters of the Seine, late on this grey day. On her trip to Paris. There was not a star in the sky, and the Eiffel Tower was but a dim silhouette in the hazy smog. Paris emitted a roar, with a constant rumble of scooters and cars and the murmur of Métro trains moving deep in the guts of the city.

NINA GEORGE is the author of the bestselling international phenomenon The Little Paris Bookshop, as well as numerous other books that have been published around the world. She also works as a journalist, writer, and storytelling teacher. She lives with her husband in Berlin and Brittany, France.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books.

Monday, February 12

A Light on the Hill

A Light on the Hill brilliantly displays God’s grace.

It is so easy to relate to Moriyah. We have all made mistakes and have been afraid to face or overcome them.

I have to say, Connilyn Cossette is a brilliant storyteller. This book didn’t just tell me a story, it took me on a journey. I learned much about the cities of refuge and was totally immersed in the time period.

This is an uplifting and inspiring read. If you enjoy Biblical fiction, or have read any of Connilyn Cossette’s previous books, you won’t be disappointed. A lovely, lovely read. 5 stars.

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