Category: book review

BOOK REVIEW: What Dreams May Come by Alana Terry

BOOK REVIEW: What Dreams May Come by Alana Terry

Sometimes you sit down and write a review of a book and the words are easy and the sentiments flow like gravy.  Other times your heart knows what it wants to say but you brain can’t turn that into words.  This is the second time.  I really enjoyed this book, with a background of truth, and a theme of faith.  I enjoyed getting to know Susannah and Scott.  This book steps into the end of their love story.  They’ve already fallen in love, via phone calls and emails.  They’ve yet to meet face to face.  I wondered for chapters and didn’t really find out what happened until about a third of the way through the book.  And then … the overwhelming need to pass out a plethora of Gibbs’ smacks began. Susannah was so very sheltered I wondered how she would function on an international mission stage.  Away from home, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: When God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner Illustrated by David Catrow

BOOK REVIEW: When God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner Illustrated by David Catrow

When the opportunity to review this book and help the author with the book launch came up I jumped at the chance.  Turner’s first book ‘When God Made You‘ has become a favorite in our world.  I actually purchased a second copy for my niece on her birthday as, despite the initial mixed signals from the Minions, they have all fallen in love with that book.  The only problem?  Right now I don’t have access to my Minions to get their reactions to this book.  I know they would love it.  The illustrations are so whimsical and inviting.  I really enjoy David Catrow‘s style.  The words weren’t as overwhelming and heavy as the first book but more perfectly spaced throughout the book. Genesis 1:3-5 (KJV) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Liza’s Second Chance by Molly Jebber

BOOK REVIEW: Liza’s Second Chance by Molly Jebber

I’m a sitting here, having just finished reading this book and I have no idea where to start writing.  Not a clue.  I’m drowning people!  This book intrigued me when I first came across it and knew I needed to read it.  I pictured quaint scenes set in a cozy bakery with lovably flawed characters and deep story lines of love, faith and redemption.  The truth was I was bored.  I got cozy bakery scenes.  I got flawed characters.  I got love, faith and redemption.  I didn’t get lovably or deep.  I got bored.  A book that should have taken me just a few hours to read took all day.  I kept getting up to do something else between scenes.  I did like the book so don’t let any of this detract you from the bigger story. Reading an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) always comes with it’s own set of […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Amish Cooking Class Cookbook by Wanda E. Brunstetter

BOOK REVIEW: Amish Cooking Class Cookbook by Wanda E. Brunstetter

I’m gonna be right upfront and honest here.  I didn’t get the entire cookbook but a sampler of the cookbook.  What I did have access to though makes me want to own the entire thing.  Not that I necessarily follow recipes (once, I’ll give it once before I start fizzyfing it if I like it).  But I like recipes.  I like the promise that a new recipe holds for Fizzy’s Kitchen.  I like the idea that someone has created something that I want to cook for myself or the Minions. I loved that this cookbook starts with telling about all the students that took Heidi’s class (including her and Lyle).  A brief bio and their favorite foods were a cute addition to this collection that really does tie the books together.  The recipes from the books are also included with this cookbook as well as many others.  I also loved […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Celebration by Wanda E. Brunstetter

BOOK REVIEW: The Celebration by Wanda E. Brunstetter

I was a little leery when I sat down to read this book over my weekend.  I’ve talked to a few readers who struggled with the book.  Mainly the sheer number of characters but a few other smaller things as well.  If you have ever read one of my reviews you know that if you give me more than one character I tend to get confused.  Heck sometimes one is too much unless they are named Janet (shhh, don’t tell anyone my real name m’kay?).  As a rule sitting down to read Wanda is relaxing.  Her simpler writing style with uplifting messages of love and hope are perfect when things are weighing.  A book I can get lost into for an hour or two.  I was nervous starting this one after some, not all, of the feedback I’d heard. I was pleasantly surprised.  Yes, there are a load of characters.  […]

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