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BOOK REVIEW: Their Daring Hearts by Sharlene MacLaren

BOOK REVIEW: Their Daring Hearts by Sharlene MacLaren

I’m really struggling with writing this review.  I sorta let myself get swept up in the story instead of actually also paying attention to the things that make the story.  I will say that reading an ARC(Advanced Reader Copy) comes with it own set of interesting quirks.  Finding wrong words (though instead of thought – which personal experience I know will NEVER be caught by spell check), awkward wording where the same word (or even phrasing) is used very closely together that makes you feel like you are reading the same sentence again.  I didn’t realize, when I started this book, that it was a second in a series.  That does not in any way detract from this book at all.  I could have sworn I had checked into that when I realized it was a series and convinced myself that it was the first.  I was wrong, I didn’t […]

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BOOK REVIEW: An Amish Gathering by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Barbara Cameron

BOOK REVIEW: An Amish Gathering by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Barbara Cameron

A Change of Heart by Beth Wiseman Leah is no good at cooking, cleaning, sewing, gardening—the skills that young women need to make a proper Amish wife. All she wants to do is write stories, but she’s sincerely tired of being a disappointment. Will she ever find someone who accepts her just as she is? I’m really excited to be able to dig into this collection this month.  I’ve recently read a couple of novella collections that are more a ‘circle letter’ so to speak.  Each story blends into and links back to the ones previously.  The same community, the same time frame, and a woven story; one picking up where the previous left off just with a new couple you’ve already sorta met.  Leah is the antithesis of every single Amish girl to probably have ever lived and that I’ve ever read about.  Cooking?  I can make a sandwich.  […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Going Home by Wanda E. Brunstetter

BOOK REVIEW: Going Home by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Before I even talk about this book let’s talk about the setting.  Living in Southwest Missouri my entire life (I was born in Springfield) I am familiar with the local Amish communities.  I’ve moved just a bit north of Springfield and enjoy visiting the local (smaller) Amish community in Dunnegan.  Mainly, the bulk foods store (hello spices!) and the bakery (hello extra pounds!).  There are a few small communities in this rural area of both Amish and Mennonite.  This book was set in a much larger community near Seymour which is south of Springfield.  When Mom and dad rebuilt the barn, or as I call it My Inheritance, they hired Amish from this community.  It was refreshing to read about things that I am so very familiar with between the shows in Branson and things around Springfield (Bass Pro Shops and Fantastic Caverns – can you believe I’ve lived her […]

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BOOK REVIEW:  The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble

BOOK REVIEW: The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble

Posted January 23, 2018 by Fizzy Pop in book review, Colleen Coble, Lavender Tides / 0 Comments

I am not one of the multitude that chooses books by their covers.  I mean I appreciate a pretty picture now and then but for the most part covers play little to no actual role in my choosing to read a book.  If that were the case I would never have chosen to read ‘The View from Rainshadow Bay’.  It’s no big secret, though I am judged for it constantly, that I do not like the color purple or any variation thereof.  If I had chosen to skip this book because of the cover I would have missed out on a pretty intriguing reading experience.  That being admitted to I also have to say that many times reviewing ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) or galleys can be hard.  They aren’t ‘final’ and sometimes there are still errors and quirks and you don’t know if they were cleared up before the final […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Coldwater by Samuel Parker

BOOK REVIEW: Coldwater by Samuel Parker

Posted January 22, 2018 by Fizzy Pop in book review, Samuel Parker / 0 Comments

This book drew me in when I got the Revell email back in December and I knew I had to read it.  And then I had to wait to read it longer than anticipated due to delays and warehouse issues.  And then the first couple of chapters hooked me in so hard that I could have been on the edge of my seat but let’s face it most of my reading is done in the car or laying in bed.  (It’s a legit thing, go with it.)  And then …  I got lost somewhere in the mix.  In the first 10% or so of the book I was waiting for everything to pounce.  Kristin’s book hadn’t come yet but I compelled her to go online and read the first chapter (even told her where to find it) I was so all in, so to speak.  She didn’t compel and I […]

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