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Monday, May 16

All That Fills Us

 

Mel is a memorable character who I relate to with ease. We are actually very different, but I still feel many of her fears and emotions, and she is very believable.

This is the first book I've read by this author, so what initially piqued my interest in reading it was the gorgeous cover art and the great title. Both of these things are so very important to me. They are what make me decide to read the blurb or not, so I can get more insight.

All that Fills Us is a fairly quick read. I read it in one day, but kind of wish I'd taken longer so I didn't have to put it away so soon. I loved the spiritual aspects, giving it so much depth and meaning. I'd definitely like to read more from this new-to-me author!

Thank you to Revell for providing a complimentary copy.
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Saturday, May 14

When the Meadow Blooms

 

I've read several books by Ann Gabhart and I'm never disappointed. She writes clean, memorable, and touching stories.

When the Meadow Blooms was so sad in parts. Dirk got to me. Bad. I wanted him to move from his past and allow himself happiness in the future. The same with Rose. I connected with these characters quickly and they consumed my thoughts when I had to put the book down. 

There is a beautiful thread of faith and forgiveness that ties this story together, and I find it most special. I highly recommend this book and any others by this author. Surely, your heart will be touched.

Thank you to Revell for providing a complimentary copy.

Monday, April 18

Sea Glass Cottage

 

I always enjoy visiting Hope Harbor! And witnessing Jack and Christie find love, forgiveness, healing and a happy ever after in Sea Glass Cottage is so satisfying. I love a small-town story especially if it has several stories wrapped in one and involves a cottage. (tee hee) And if it's by Irene Hannon that's a big plus. I feel as if I've been to Hope Harbor and become part of this charming community.

 

This is a sweet story of overcoming challenges, seeking restoration and understanding, and finding the peace of forgiveness. It's part of a wonderful series but works well as a standalone. A poignant small-town, feel-good story. #SeaGlassCottage

 

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.

Monday, April 11

The Master Craftsman

 

I love reading historical fiction, and doubly love reading dual time stories. #TheMasterCraftsman gives two stories in one. I enjoyed both and how nicely they meshed and it was fun turning through the pages of this treasure hunt.

There were a couple places that slowed down a little for me, but for the most part I was engaged. Chiefly the Russian sections, maybe because of all that's going on in that part of the world right now. Also, because I'd heard of the Faberge eggs but knew very little past that.

The characters are nicely developed (in both the past and present) and I related to many of them, but parts where "Ava and Carol" were referenced (rather than Ava and her mother) briefly took me out of the story. 

Thank you to Revell for providing a complimentary copy.

Monday, February 28

The Spark of Love

 

I love anything I've read by Amanda Cabot! Her characters are always so well thought out and developed--making them oh so real!

Alexandra and Gabe are both easy to relate to. I like Alexandra's spunk and her passion for the children, and Gabe's quest for the truth. Their relationship is complicated, but that makes it all the more interesting.

The slow build-up is done well, and the suspense kept me interested throughout. But the romance is so sweet and satisfying too. If you enjoy historical romance or a good clean suspense story, you'll love The Spark of Love! Possibly as much as I did.

Thank you to Revell for providing a complimentary copy.

Sunday, February 20

Hues of You

 

I love the cover of this children's book. It's eye-catching and exhibits everyone's many hues of brown. Using crayons to present this is smart, fitting the target age group (7-10 year olds) well.

Hues of You is an interesting and very unique activity book. It's fresh and new, revealing our differences and likenesses with do-it-yourself drawings and fill-in-the-blank sections. I like how it reveals that we are all a shade of brown and diversity is to be celebrated.

Words explained are RACE, RACISM, COLORISM, ETHNICITY, and NATIONALITY, defining them in an easy to understand way. I also love how it describes that family members and friends can all have different shades of brown and that is a special thing.

Thank you to Waterbrook for providing a complimentary copy.

Friday, February 18

The Prince and the Prodigal

 

Another biblical fiction masterpiece by Jill Eileen Smith! She is a go-to author for me. No matter the title or genre, I'll read her books. She is a gifted storyteller who builds wonderful emotions, settings, and arcs, giving biblical characters a new life.

I've always loved the story of Joseph. His brothers betrayed him, his father favored him, and God was always with him in all that he went through. His story is a story of redemption, forgiveness, and love. And his brother Judah has an interesting story as well. I love his transformation in this inspiring story. 

The Prince and the Prodigal will certainly touch your heart. I couldn't stop reading it from start to finish in two sittings. Beautiful writing.

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Thank you to Revell for providing a complimentary copy.

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