The Earth Is Round, by Margaret Epp

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“Cornelia stood with her family in the crowded Russian train station. After hundreds of boxes were loaded, people began saying good-byes and boarding. It was all very exciting and frightening and sad. Cornelia’s entire Mennonite colony was moving to Canada.

“‘Write everything that happens!’ said Agatha.

“‘Yes,’ agreed Cornelia breathlessly, as she hugged her sister tightly.

“Cornelia’s last glimpse of Agatha was through the grimy window of the train car. Would she ever see her sister or her homeland again?

“Homesteading in Canada meant struggling with harsh, primitive conditions. Deaths in the family left Cornelia’s faith shaken and her heart wrenched, bitter, and searching for peace. One spring day she knelt sobbing by a grave in a neglected cemetery and found a balm for her bitterness.

“An unforgettable story of loss, hope, and a blessed restoration.” ~from the back cover

Title: The Earth Is Round

Author: Margaret Epp

Genre(s): Christian Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (four stars)

Romance Content: Does mention different couples’ weddings, and talks a little about girls growing up and preparing for marriage.

Recommended age range: 10+

My Review:

This was a very interesting book about the Mennonite migration from Russia to Canada. They faced many hardships, but continued to trust God. I connected to the main character, and it was interesting to read about her!

I found it interesting to learn about Mennonite traditions. Although I do not agree with all of Mennonite doctrine, I was encouraged that there was an explanation of the true plan of salvation, and several characters accepted Christ’s gift in the book!

Although this is not a book where you “stay on the edge of your seat”, it was interesting and informative. I would recommend it if you are interested in learning more about Mennonite heritage or if you enjoy reading about history from a fictitious perspective.

Also, I recently updated the color scheme for this blog! I think I like it, but it’s definitely quite different than before! What do you think?

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In Search of the Lost Missionary, by Jeff Barth

“After refurbishing their DC-3 cargo plane, affectionately dubbed Old Gabe, home schooled Bob & Arty spent their afternoons taking flying lessons from their father Jesse Baxter. Aircraft maintenance training at their father’s facilities further prepared the brothers for their missionary aviation ministry. In this series travel with these two young pilots, and occasionally their entire family, as they find themselves embroiled in a South Sea mystery, facing the fears and hardship of jungle travel and hostile natives, making a daring rescue in the frozen tundra of northern Alaska, being caught in the perils of a violent storm and much more.” ~from the back of the book

Title: In Search of the Lost Missionary

Author: Jeff Barth

Series: The Missionary Adventures of Bob & Arty

Genre(s): Christian Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (four stars)

Romance Content: Non-existent!

Recommended age range: 8+, for comprehension??

My Review:

This was an exciting missionary adventure! I think it was written with boys/young men in mind, since the main characters are boys, but I, as a young lady, also found it interesting. I appreciate the Biblical values upheld in this book, and I would recommend it to any family looking for clean reads. This was a great book, and I’m looking forward to being able to read the next books in the series!

**note: more reviews of books from this series to come!

By Paths Unknown Blog Tour!

Today I am participating in (another!) blog tour, featuring By Paths Unknown by Rebekah A. Morris and A Brother is Born by Angie Thompson! In this post, I will be reviewing By Paths Unknown, interviewing Miss Morris, and featuring a quote from A Brother is Born. (My review for A Brother is Born will be posted on September 9th, Lord willing.)

“Could God bring peace from such a winding path? 

“Austin Sparks is doing his best to hold his family together in the wake of his mom’s death, but the world continues to spin out of his control. When his dad announces that the family is moving to their grandparents’ ranch in South Dakota, it’s anyone’s guess whether the change will bring healing or just more heartache. 

“Back on the ranch, Austin finds hope in the familiar surroundings and help in his loving clan of relatives. But can his dad somehow overcome his grief? Will his siblings ever feel at home? And can Austin trust God to guide them all even when the path seems darkest?” ~from Amazon

Title: By Paths Unknown

Author: Rebekah A. Morris

Genre(s): Christian Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: See review.

Recommended age range: 13+ for interest, probably

My Review:

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

This was a challenging book! Poor Austin had a lot of problems, but I appreciated how his family pointed him to the Lord as the One who can help! I loved all the little touches: the amazing artistic talent Austin had, the friendship of Connor and Jenny, the differences between Addie and LeaLea, the way the extended family helped out… and so many others. I liked the ranch setting, and horse lovers would probably love it. And I loved how God made everything right in the end and directed their steps.

There wasn’t much romance; it was just right for me. Two characters are courting in the end, and (before they begin courting) when they are reunited there is a little awkwardness, which was probably the most romance in the whole book. So it’s probably not really romance, just a hint of it. 😉

This was a book which I greatly enjoyed! I am grateful for Miss Morris and how she supplies godly, clean books, which can be difficult to find!

Interview with Rebekah A. Morris:

  • What inspired you to write this novel?

To find the answer to this question, come back another day to Read Another Page and read the whole story behind it. 🙂 

  • How long did it take you to write it? 

I started this book last year in spring, but didn’t work on it the whole time. It was worked on off an on amid other stories. This year I spent the first few months finishing up “Hymns in the Hills” so it wasn’t until late spring that I really dove back into this story and finished it.

  • Who do you think would enjoy this?

While the main character is a young man of seventeen, I think anyone in their teens and older would enjoy it. The younger ones might like it too, and it wouldn’t hurt them to read it, but it might not be as interesting to them. I’ve had a mom with older sons tell me there were places in the story where she couldn’t put the book down, and she wants her oldest son to read it.

  • Who is your favorite character?

That’s hard. I love Austin since he is my main character, but Jenny was a lot of fun to write as her personality is more like mine. 🙂 And then there is Aunt Mimmie. Oh, Aunt Mimmie! The strange thing about this story is that there are many quiet people in the main roles, which is so unlike me, so when I got to the extraverts– Jenny, Aunt Mimmie, Mr. Jasperson – they were such fun!

  • What is your favorite scene?

Oh, you would ask that! I probably have several. One is Christmas morning, another is when Austin and his dad have to return to the house after a phone call from Drew . . . Then of course there’s the scene with Austin, Connor, and Jenny in the truck, and the one with the emergency helicopter, and . . . I won’t tell any more. I’m apt to give something away if I talk too much.

Once again, my review for A Brother is Born will be published on September 9th, Lord willing. But until then, here is a quote from it…

“Nothing’s going to take away us being cousins, and I don’t mind adding one more to the pack.” I paused for a second while Johnny hugged me hard, then I asked, “Do you think he feels the same way?”
“About being cousins?” Johnny asked playfully, and I threw a pillow at her.
“About belonging here, smart aleck.”
“I hope so.” Johnny grinned slowly. “He’d better, because once we cross that line, there’s no going back. I think he’s pretty much stuck with us by now.” 

If you would like to learn more about either book, or A Brother is Born in particular (since I didn’t talk much about it) you can…

Thank you for reading!

Protecting the Poor (Blog Tour!)

Today I am privileged to participate in the Protecting the Poor blog tour! Protecting the Poor is a book that I really enjoyed, and I’m happy to be able to share it with you today! Included: about the book, my review, interview with the author, and giveaway information!

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“Sheriff Feroci is now lord over the province, and Abtshire has become a pit of injustice. Being forced into the lord’s service does not give Dumphey as many opportunities to help the poor as he desires. When attempts on his life drive him into the forest, this freedom opens a world of possibilities for helping others. But how can he do so when he is running for his life? And does God want him to do more than simply feed the poor?

“Noel has always hidden behind the shadow of his older brother, Dumphey. When life forces him to stand on his own, will he still follow God in the corrupt world in which he lives? Would God really call him to do something that is beyond his power to do?

“As Lord Feroci’s sinister plot comes to light, each lad has a choice to make. A choice that could cost them their lives.”

Title: Protecting the Poor

Author: Amanda Tero

Genre(s): Fantasy

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: Epilogue does talk about people getting married, but otherwise non-existent.

Recommended age range: 8+?

My Review:

FTC Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review; all thoughts are my own.

This was an excellent conclusion to the Tales of Faith series! Since it had been a while since I had read the other two books in the series, I was a little confused about a couple things in the beginning of this book, but I quickly figured things out enough to enjoy the book. (Although I’d still like to read the books in the correct order, because that would add some continuity, technically this book could probably be read as a stand-alone.)

And wow. There were some challenging lessons in here! I don’t usually read fantasy, but one thing I really like about this series (as opposed to other fantasy series) is that God is God, He doesn’t have some other made-up name, and real Bible verses are quoted. I would recommend this book just for the challenging lessons to be gleaned!!

I could probably say more, but I think I’ll just leave it at that. This was an excellent book, and I highly recommend it!!

I have enjoyed all three books in this series. To view the series on Amazon, click here.

Interview with the Author:

What inspired you to write this novella?

I have always loved the Robin Hood tales, but it wasn’t necessarily on my radar to write a retelling. Once I had written “Befriending the Beast” and “The Secret Slipper,” I knew there needed to be a book three—a retelling that fit one of the characters from the series. With Feroci over Abtshire, it was the perfect recipe for a tale reminisce Sherwood and the Sheriff of Nottingham. 

How long did it take you to write it?

Way longer than I anticipated! I started it sometime in 2017 and finished August 2019—so almost two years. God definitely taught me a lesson in accepting seasons of life during this time!

Who do you think would enjoy this?

Anyone who loves tales of adventure, action, justice, and… well, Robin Hood. For once, it’s a book that I’ve written that boys will like, but I’m fairly certain a passel of girls will enjoy the tale as well.

Who is your favorite character?

This is difficult. Side characters are my thing. Not that I don’t like the main characters, but I usually like side characters best. In this one, I like Betin—Dumphey’s right-hand man—as well as Patey—a mischievous and sly lad.

What is your favorite scene?

One of my favorite scenes is from chapter twenty-four. It’s one scene that actually endured all the edits. 😉

His foot slipped and he groped for a hold above him. His fist slammed against rock as his other foot caught solid ground. He had to force himself to go slower. He slid his left foot forward, then his right. The yells behind grew louder. Another javelin glanced off the rock wall where Dumphey had just been. Another step, then another. His body pressed against the cold rock. His palms grew clammy. He moved forward. The ledge beneath him narrowed, giving way to black nothing below. He counted his steps. One, two, three, four, five…

A clash sounded in front of him as a javelin slammed against rock. Then another, closer. And another, this time behind him. Dumphey squeezed his eyes shut. Words flashed through his mind—something about enemies on the right hand and the left. The words failed him, but he used it as a prayer. He couldn’t see where the missiles were coming from. Father, misguide their aim. He couldn’t duck. He couldn’t hide. He couldn’t move.

When the javelins stopped coming, Dumphey opened his eyes. Everything was still dark around him. The faintest glimmer of light sparked—this time, well below him. He eased his way forward. Light flamed toward him and his heart tripped. A flying firebrand. He watched as it landed on the rock beneath him then fizzled into blackness. He took a dozen steps, one after another, but the damage was done. They knew where he was.

The javelins flew thicker, hitting below him, above him, and every few feet beside him. He kept going, praying with every step. His heart had stopped beating. His lungs weren’t working. He was going to die. The thought pierced him just seconds before pain ripped through his leg and jerked him off the ledge, dragging him into the yawning openness of the abyss.

About the Author

Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continues to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

Connect with Amanda

Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com

Website: http://amandatero.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amandaterobooks

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandateroauthor/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/amandaruthtero/

Blog: http://www.withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AmandaTero

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/amandatero

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GIVEAWAY

It wouldn’t be a release party without a giveaway! One U.S. Winner will receive the complete paperback Tales of Faith series, and one International Winner will receive the complete eBook series.

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Blog Tour

Shout-out to all the wonderful bloggers who are participating in the release of “Protecting the Poor.” (Note: I have not been to each of these blogs and thus cannot vouch for all of them. Please use Biblical wisdom and discretion when checking out blogs.)

Monday – August 26, 2019

With a Joyful Noise – Protecting the Poor Release Post

Life of Heritage Corner – Interview, Review, Giveaway

Great Books for God’s Girls – Interview, Review

Peculiar Miss Darcy – Interview

Honey Rock Hills – Review

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations – Spotlight, Review, Guest Post

Tuesday – August 27, 2019

We’ve Got Pockets – Review

Maidens for Modesty – Giveaway, Guest Post

A Brighter Destiny – Spotlight

Wednesday – August 28, 2019

Soldier Girl Stories – Interview

Purposeful Learning – Spotlight, Guest Post

Thursday – August 29, 2019

Rachel Rossano’s Works – Spotlight, Guest Post

In My Bookcase – Review, Giveaway

Friday – August 30, 2019

Losing the Busyness – Spotlight, Review, Giveaway

Resting Life – Guest Post

Saturday – August 31, 2019

Blossoms and Blessings – Spotlight, Review, Guest Post

Verbosity Reviews – Spotlight, Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae – Review

Reading on the Edge – Spotlight

Monday – September 2, 2019

With a Joyful Noise – Giveaway Winner Announced

Monday – August 26, 2019

With a Joyful Noise – Protecting the Poor Release Post

Life of Heritage Corner – Interview, Review, Giveaway

Great Books for God’s Girls – Interview, Review

Peculiar Miss Darcy – Interview

Honey Rock Hills – Review

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations – Spotlight, Review, Guest Post

Tuesday – August 27, 2019

We’ve Got Pockets – Review

Maidens for Modesty – Giveaway, Guest Post

A Brighter Destiny – Spotlight

Wednesday – August 28, 2019

Soldier Girl Stories – Interview

Purposeful Learning – Spotlight, Guest Post

Thursday – August 29, 2019

Rachel Rossano’s Works – Spotlight, Guest Post

In My Bookcase – Review, Giveaway

Friday – August 30, 2019

Losing the Busyness – Spotlight, Review, Giveaway

Resting Life – Guest Post

Saturday – August 31, 2019

Blossoms and Blessings – Spotlight, Review, Guest Post

God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae – Review

Reading on the Edge – Spotlight

Verbosity Reviews – Spotlight, Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

Monday – September 2, 2019

With a Joyful Noise – Giveaway Winner Announced

Red Rover, Red Rover; Plan to Fail; and Bad Things, Small Packages review

Titles: Red Rover, Red RoverPlan to Fail; and Bad Things, Small Packages

Author: Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

Genre(s): Christian Espionage Fiction, if that’s a thing?? 😀 (Christianity isn’t a huge part of the book, but it’s still there)

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ (three stars)

Romance Content: Well, technically “practically non-existent” but… more on that in the review

Recommended age range: I’m not sure! But I would recommend giving those who read these books a warning if you don’t agree with [things that I mention in my review].

My Review:

FTC Disclosure: I did receive the first book in the series as a reward for signing up for the author’s newsletter. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise. All thoughts are my own.

NOTE: Please be prepared for lots of parentheses; apparently I have an obsession with them 😀

I decided to review all of these in one post since I read them in a row and it could be difficult to remember what happened in each one (also known as I’m being a little lazy 😦 ) These were adorable stories!! I ❤ the banter, and I also ❤ the spy aspect! (I’ve always been interested in spies/mysteries/etc.) Of course, I’m pretty sure the whole scenario (especially in the first book) is totally unrealistic… but you never know, things like that could happen… 😉 I know that the author is a Christian, but it bothered me slightly that faith wasn’t a bigger part of the books; I think non-Christians could quite possibly read them and not be offended (which may or may not be an issue; I’m still trying to decide 😉 ).

While with the banter, etc (which could be taken as flirting, in my opinion…) it kinda made me feel like there could be a romantic aspect to it (you know me, the anti-romance girl 😛 ), it didn’t turn into anything. However, I don’t agree with unmarried young people being alone with each other or touching each other, which does happen in these books. For that reason, I’m not sure if I’ll read the rest of the books in this series. I don’t want to make myself used to such things, and I can’t support it. 😦 Also, there is a mention of a kid with a crush in book 1, which I don’t think was really necessary.

One other suggestion: it’s not a good idea to only have the first book (or the first two, or the first three… you get the point!) in the series; you’ll want to read the rest right away most likely. 😉 (At the end of each book there’s an epilogue which leads into the next book, and I liked that it wasn’t the same exact first chapter as the epilogue in the previous book, if that makes any sense??)

So, to sum up, these are “clean” spy stories which I did greatly enjoy. However, on thinking about it afterwards, I cannot fully endorse them because the two main characters (one male and one female) were alone together + touched each other (although there was no mention of immorality and he probably only touched her because he was trying to protect her, I still can’t agree with it). That is a personal decision I have made and I understand that most people will not agree with me. For the reasons above described, I’m giving the first three books in this series 3 stars, which is lower than just about every other book I’ve reviewed on here, sadly. 😦

Also, on a lighter note, I accidentally figured out how to add the Amazon cover/buy/share/preview thing up there, and I think it’s pretty cool!! 🙂

Oh, and totally un-related, you may have noticed that I disabled the “Like” button on my blog. This is because of people (who may or may not be real) who, with the “Like” button, are capable of putting a link to their website/profile on my blog with a single click. I did not want people to be able to do that and potentially draw an unsuspecting person into an evil website, so I disabled the “Like” button. Oh, and I’m also hoping that this will encourage people to comment their thoughts about the books I review, rather than simply clicking the “Like” button and calling it good (although I’ve been guilty of the same thing). Just thought it might be helpful to share my reasons for doing this for anyone who was wondering (if anyone even noticed)! So anyway, enough rambling, and thank you for making it through the entire post!! 🙂

Hymns in the Hills: RELEASE TOUR!!

Today I get to share with you an excellent book!!! Hymns in the Hills, by Rebekah A. Morris, is a book that I helped beta-read and loved. So when she was looking for people to participate in the release tour, I was only too happy to help! 🙂

In this post: book review, author interview, giveaway, and tour schedule (as well as other information about the author and book)!! I hope you enjoy reading this post and are encouraged to read Hymns in the Hills!

First off, the review…

    “’Could you not teach them what you do know?’

   “Separated from her parents and sent to live with unknown relatives for the summer, Belle Standish clings hard to the promises found in her dear Bible and her beloved hymns. As she grows to love her newly discovered family, she finds much work to be done for her Lord in this neglected field.

   “But when danger threatens those she loves, Belle’s faith and courage are tested in ways she never imagined. Will God’s promises hold true even in the midst of the storm? And what can she possibly accomplish with just her one little light?” ~book synopsis

Title: Hymns in the Hills

Author: Rebekah A. Morris

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: There are about one or two kisses between a man and his wife, but that’s about it.

Recommended age range: 10+

My Review:

FTC Disclosure: I was given an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and I received no monetary compensation for my review.

This was an excellent book!!!! I greatly enjoyed it. It was encouraging to read about a ten-year-old having such a heart for the Lord; if I was in that situation I’m not sure if I would have the same attitude as Belle did! The other characters were sweet; I like spunky Ali, calm and steady Ez, cute little Mattie, Uncle Nathan, and the others. Miss Morris did a great job developing the characters and the story, and did I mention the hymns yet? No? Well, I loved the fact that the titles of the chapters were hymn titles, and Belle’s cheery singing, no matter the circumstance, was so sweet! I would enjoy learning the hymns she sang; some of them I was not familiar with.

This was such a sweet story! I most certainly recommend it! As I said above (in the recommended age range category), I think this book would be good for ages 10 and up, only for the reason that some sections are a little scary. If parents read it first, I think just about all ages would enjoy it. 🙂

The author: Rebekah A. Morris is a homeschool graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great WarThe Unexpected RequestGift from the Storm and her best-selling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes, when she isn’t writing, include reading and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. The Show-Me state is where she calls home.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45837454 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RQNGFPN 

Blog: http://readanotherpage.com/blog/

And now I present to you… an interview with the author!

Me: What inspired you to write this novel?

Rebekah: I just had a thought one day wondering what a young Christian girl’s influence would be like if she went to live with relatives she didn’t know and who didn’t know Jesus. Would she keep singing the hymns she loved? If so, what would happen? So I started writing. I thought I’d just write a short story, but it didn’t end up very short. 🙂


Me: How long did it take you to write it?

Rebekah: I started this book in February of 2016, and finished it in March of this year, so about 3 years. I wasn’t working on it the entire time though. During those years I wrote and published several other novels and shorter stories, so this kept getting set aside. But I always enjoyed it when I could pick it back up and write another thousand or so words.


Me: Who do you think would enjoy this?

Rebekah: I hope the entire family will. 🙂 It wasn’t written with a specific age range in mind, so I expect it will be enjoyed by young and older. And yes, even grandparents.


Me: Who is your favorite character?

Rebekah: Oh, dear. I’m really not sure. Of course I love Belle since she is the main character. But Rome, Ali, Ez, and Zeke come in for close seconds. And the Williamsons. Each character pulled at my heart at different times for different reasons. Even a certain person who I didn’t enjoy writing about came in for a little sympathy.


Me: What is your favorite scene?

Rebekah: Uh, favorite scene? Oh, dear. This is hard. I really liked the beginning where Belle meets Zeke and Ez for the first time. And the first night Belle stays with her grandfather. But the ending was a favorite too. But then so was . . . Well, I’ll just leave it with those three.

Rebekah: Thanks so much for letting me visit your blog and talk about my book!

Me: You’re welcome! Thanks for coming!

Next up, the giveaway!! The prize is a Kindle copy of Hymns in the Hills. Now, in order to get an extra entry, every day people can gather 3 words for the sentence (or collect them all at the end if they’d rather). Once they have all the words, it will make a quote from the book that they enter in the giveaway. So, if they don’t visit everyone, they won’t get all the words so that entry won’t be valid even if they try. Make sense? Kinda? 😉 The word that I am sharing today is THINK. Write that down somewhere or just come back at the end of the tour for an extra entry! 🙂 Click here to go to the giveaway!

Posting Schedule: (note: I cannot recommend all of these blogs, as I have not visited them all. Please use Biblical discretion when following links to external sites.)

Monday, May 27th

Rebekah – Introduction post

Leona – Review and Author interview

Amanda – Book Spotlight

Tuesday, May 28

Kaitlyn S. – Review and Author Interview

Rebekah Ashley – Book Spotlight

Rebekah – Names

Wednesday, May 29

Erika – Review

Sarah – Book Spotlight

Rebekah – Hymn Books

Thursday, May 30

Kaylee – Review

Rachel – Review 

Rebekah – Editing

Friday, May 31

Esther – Author Interview

Jessica – Book Spotlight

Rebekah – Setting

Saturday, June 1

Kassie – Review and Author Interview

Rosalyn – Book Spotlight/Review

Penny – Review

Rebekah – Final Post + Book Covers

Congratulations for making it to the end of this post!!! I hope you are able to read this book- I really enjoyed it! Thanks for reading!

Prisoner of the Pyrenees, by C. R. Hedgcock

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   “The Bakers are minding their own business when Briosa Del Quera bursts into their lives. She is an orphaned Catalan girl who is still reeling from her grandfather’s death. His last words instructed her to find people called ‘Baker’ and get in contact with a secret agent they know—but Jigson has gone missing in suspicious circumstances and not even his agency is able to contact him. 

   “Detective Mortimer says that Mr. Jigson was last seen in the Pyrenees mountains, and the Bakers are determined to find him and help Briosa get to the bottom of the plot against her grandfather. But as their journey through northern Spain becomes a breathless race to avoid villains and meet allies, they begin to wonder if Briosa has really told them everything. . . . 

   “From a desperate car-chase to a stealthy escape from a Spanish fortress, the Bakers are tested to the limits of their courage and their trust in the Lord. Can they find Jigson and stop a global conspiracy, or will they all become prisoners of the Pyrenees?” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: Prisoner of the Pyrenees

Author: C. R. Hedgcock

Genre(s): Christian, Adventure, Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: There is a mention of someone “going out” with a girl, but the person in question quickly chokes and says that he doesn’t date. (Yet another reason to love this series! 😀 )

Recommended age range: Maybe 12+, although I know people 10+ who have read it.

My Review:

Wow.* Miss Hedgcock delivers yet again with a thrilling mystery that really kept me “on the edge of my seat” throughout! It was one of those books where even the reader doesn’t really know who to trust, or why not to trust people. And I love that! It’s disappointing when I can figure out the mystery before the characters in the book do, so that’s another reason why I love the Baker Family Adventures. And the ending was sooo sad! But I shall not say more, lest spoilers sneak out. 😉 The one thing that I don’t appreciate about this series is that the NKJV is used, and I prefer the KJB only. However, I still greatly enjoy this series. Prisoner of the Pyrenees is a must-read to anyone who loves a good, clean, Christian adventure/mystery book.

*Yes, I know that a lot of my reviews start with ‘Wow’. But sometimes I can’t think of anything else to say, because it’s just. so. good!

The Centurion’s Wife, by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke

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“A sweeping saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity- and the very personal story of Leah, compelled into a betrothal she never wanted, drawn by a faith she never expected….

“When her family’s wealth and power are lost forever, Leah is sent to Pontius Pilate in hopes that he might arrange a strategic marriage. But despite her betrothed’s striking countenance and position, Leah deems life a s a centurion’s wife a fate worse than death.

“Head of the garrison near Galilee, Alban has ambitions that could one day see him at the seat of power- in Rome itself. Eager to prove himself, he takes on the assignment of a lifetime, one that will put his career, his beliefs, and his very life at risk.

“But when the death- and missing body- of an obscure rabbi compel Leah and Alban to search for answers, what they discover changes everything.” ~from the back cover

Title: The Centurion’s Wife

Author(s): Davis Bunn and Janette Oke

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ < (four and one half stars)

Romance Content: Well… a couple is betrothed, and they grow to love each other, but I think it was very appropriate. More on that in the review. 😉

Recommended age range: Perhaps 13+?

My Review:

This book was interesting… compelling… touching… revealing… and inspiring. The plot reminded me of what I’ve heard of Mr. Lee Strobel’s The Case For Christ, although I’ve never read his book and I don’t know if I agree with his theology or anything since I haven’t read it. 😉 I love how Leah didn’t want to learn about “the prophet” (Jesus) but she was compelled to by her mistress. Also, I have a feeling that this is one of those books that if I read it again everything will become a lot clearer. I’m a fast reader, and when a book is very interesting and fast moving, I tend to miss things. 😛 So some things didn’t really make a lot of sense at the beginning, but they make sense now and I actually can’t remember what didn’t make sense. 🙂

Anyway, I know that this is probably considered a romance novel, and I don’t usually read romance novels, but a friend recommended it to me and assured me that the romance wasn’t bad. So my mom read it first and let me try it. I’m very glad I did! If you are anti-romance like I am (which would honestly be very strange, since I don’t think I know anyone like that 😀 ), don’t let that hold you back from reading it! It all was very appropriate and sweet, and I liked it. (Yes, I know, shocker, right?) But seriously, I really think the romance was God-honoring.

I recommend this book!

One note: There are several- or perhaps even multiple- scenes with people in the Roman and Jewish bath houses. That did cause me to be slightly uncomfortable, but I think it was handled in a good way.

Finding Change, by Sarah Maxwell

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Title: Finding Change

Author: Sarah Maxwell

Genre(s): Christian Children’s Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: None.

Recommended age range: 8+

My Review:

I think this is the best book by Miss Sarah Maxwell yet! The characters and plot were well developed, the writing was excellent, and I agree with the reviewer on the back of the book who said it could have been named “Zero Gravity” because it was hard to put down. 🙂 I’m looking forward to future installments to the series! I definitely recommend this book.

The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare

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Title: The Bronze Bow

Author: Elizabeth George Speare

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction, Biblical Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: There is definitely some attraction between the main character and a girl, and also between two other characters. There are no kisses, hugs, etc, although at one point they touch hands and get embarrassed. There is no talk like “I love you” and the like; you just get the feeling that they will get married.

Recommended age range: 13+

My Review:

This book was amazing. The description was beautiful, the main character’s journey was heart-rending, and… it just was incredible. It was definitely one of the best books I have read in a long time. I enjoy reading books about the time period when Jesus was alive; The Bronze Bow reminded me of Ben-Hur. As I alluded to above, Daniel’s (the main character’s) spiritual journey is amazing. The author wrote in such a was so that I felt what he did, although I didn’t necessarily agree with everything he did. I was rooting for him to make the right choices and turn from his sin. From a writer’s standpoint, there is much to be learned from the writing of the book. As I said before, the description was wonderful. The developing of the characters was also very good. I think the only thing that I did not really like in this book was the romance (detailed in the “Romance Content” section). It most certainly was not bad at all compared to many other books, and it was sweet, but I’m picky; what can I say? 😉 I think it would be appropriate for anyone to read. (I’m just stubbornly sticking to my “no romance policy”. 😀 )

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys amazing historical/Biblical fiction.

Dead Drop, by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

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   “Summertime is all fun and games …and spycraft.

“When Jaimie and her brother discover a hollow place in a half-dead tree, she and her friends decide it’s the perfect dead drop for their amateur spy-ring. As time goes on, the messages Jaimie receives become harder to decipher. Is one of her friends a real spy? Or is something even stranger going on?

“This is a short story (approx. 26 minutes average reading time.” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: Dead Drop

Author: Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

Genre(s): Espionage/Short Story

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (four stars)

Romance Content: A little brother briefly mentions that his older sister is “boy-crazy” (he’s 11 and the sister is probably 13 or 14), but that’s about it.

Recommended age range: 8+ (There is a bit of suspense that may cause younger readers to be worried, but it is over very quickly. Parents, I would recommend that you read it before you allow your young child to, since you know your child best.)

My Review:

This was an adorable little story that suddenly became much more serious and interesting. 😉 It reminded me of something my brothers, neighbor kids, and I would have done a couple years ago. I mean, who doesn’t love spies, codes, and mysteries (even if they are just pretend at the beginning)? And I also love the cover! I think it fits the story perfectly. I would recommend this short story to anyone who is looking for a quick, cute, and exciting read.

Just a note: At the beginning an 11 year old brother mentions that his older sister is “boy-crazy” and causes a bit of an embarrassing situation. That almost made me stop reading it, since I don’t think such things are necessary in books (especially kids’ books), but that is the extent of the romance.

Mother, by Kathleen Norris

I mentioned this book in this post over a year ago. I recently re-read it, and liked it more than last time. (I’m not sure what I meant by “high expectations that weren’t met” in the previous post… 😛 ) Now I’m finally giving you a full review!

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From Amazon.com

   “This is a difficult age to be a woman.  At times it seems as if the entire culture conspires to belittle motherhood and the home. The woman who aspires to raise children for the glory of God, to develop the ministry of the home, or to co-labor with her husband is deemed “old-fashioned” or “unfulfilled.” The modern lure of independence and career has bewitched an entire generation to exchange the beauty of Christian womanhood for the temporary enticements of a society at war with the family. Amidst this confusion, Kathleen Norris’s Mother is a refreshing call to sanity. 

   “Mother is the fictional tale of a young lady who leaves home and repudiates family life in the hope of finding personal fulfillment through independence and a career. Though she has benefitted greatly from the love of her own mother, she decides that raising children and keeping home is a wasted life in comparison to the opportunities of the business world. But God dramatically changes her heart. She discovers that wealth and position are illusory and that independence can enslave a young lady. She discovers that the greatest woman she has ever known is her mother. Now she longs for home and for motherhood.

“Mother is an antidote to the cynicism our generation has directed at Christian womanhood. Vision Forum is pleased to offer this restored and revised version of the 1911 Kathleen Norris classic in the hope that girls will once again embrace the beauty of motherhood.” ~from the dustjacket

Title: Mother

Author: Kathleen Norris

Genre(s): Christian Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (four stars)

Romance Content: Basically, the main character “falls in love” with someone partway through the book. At the end of the book, they get engaged. However, they do not kiss, and that is not the main focus of the book. (The only things that I did not like about their relationship were 1) the MC didn’t want him to meet her family; she was embarrassed by them {but that gets resolved by the end of the book} and 2) they were alone a couple times, including when he proposed.) I did appreciate that he asked for her father’s blessing before proposing.

Recommended age range: Perhaps 12+?

My Review:

As I said above, the first time I read this book, I wasn’t very impressed. I liked the message, but I was annoyed by the main character’s attitude towards motherhood. I recently re-read Mother, and this time I liked it better; perhaps because I knew that SLIGHT SPOILER!! Margaret was going to get her attitude straightened out by the end. ;P SPOILER END!!

I really like the message in this book; I’m sure that it is needed by many young ladies these days. However, I’m not sure if it would impact girls in the 21st century, mainly because it is set further back in history. I enjoyed it, but I already knew that motherhood is a wonderful calling and I’m used to reading older books. It may be helpful to girls who have grown up in godly homes but had their perspective changed by worldly influences, as seemed to be the case with the editor and author of the foreward, Mrs. Jennie Chancey. Perhaps it would be helpful for a more up-to-date version to be written?? I really hate to suggest that, since I did enjoy Mother, but the truth is that most secular young ladies probably wouldn’t appreciate the book. 😦

Anyway, I would recommend this book. It was very well written and interesting. I would recommend that you try to find an older copy, however; I read a version published by Vision Forum (which company I may not always agree with), and in the foreword it is mentioned that there have been more recent editors who took out the heart of it. 😉

Note: While looking for the synopsis for this book, I found that you can buy a hardcover copy of this book on Amazon for $0.46 (+$4.89 shipping, but you know 😉 )! Check out the deals by clicking here*Price as of 9/19/18 (when this post was drafted)

 

 

Hunting in the Highlands, by C.R. Hedgcock

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   “After the perils of Iceland, the Bakers  plan to enjoy a relaxing vacation with their relatives, the Drakes, in Scotland. Andy goes deer stalking with Uncle Clive, Abby goes horse-back riding and sightseeing with Phil and their cousin Millie, and Tom travels with his parents to the Isle of Bute.

   “Three incidents throw the trip into a spiral of confusion, and, scattered across Scotland, the Bakers have clues that don’t seem to belong to the same puzzle. A government weapon has fallen into the hands of a top-secret  academy, and the only way to stop the spread of dangerous lies is to find the weapon and discover the significance of the name ‘Haelix.’” ~from Grace and Truth Books

Title: Hunting in the Highlands

Author: C.R. Hedgcock

Genre(s): Christian Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: None.

Recommended age range: I know an ten-year-old who is reading it to an eight-year-old, and they are both enjoying it, but some of the content might be a little confusing to younger children… I admit that I didn’t fully understand everything the main characters were talking about… but more about that in the review. 😉 I’d say 12+ would be a good age to read it.

My Review:

Wow. I’m pretty sure that this is my favorite book in the Baker Family Adventure series, and I’ve read them all (but I’ve only reviewed The Treacherous Trail and Peril on Providence Island on this blog). It was so complex; I’m sure I could never write a book as intricate as the Baker Family Adventures- kudos to Miss Hedgcock! One thing I like about this series is that you don’t always know what is going on. I’m a mystery lover, and I’ve read a lot of mystery books. A lot of times, it’s pretty easy to figure out who did it, or whatever, but in this series, you don’t figure it out until the author reveals it. ❤ I love it!

For part of the book, some of the main characters (SLIGHT SPOILER!! Mr. Jigson, Tom, Alistair {one of my personal favorites <3}, Dr. Roth, and Detective Mortimer SPOILER END!!) are trying to crack a code, and they end up talking about DNA and stuff. That totally went over my head, but it was still very interesting! Don’t let it turn you off. 😉

The only reason why I cannot fully recommend this book is because the King James Bible is not used. Other than that, it was great!

Anyway! This was a totally amazing book. I think it is my favorite Baker Family Adventure. You definitely need to read it!! 🙂 Enjoy! ❤

If you have read the book, and you want to read my fangirly notes, feel free to read on. But if you haven’t, I would recommend not reading any farther; huge spoilers ahead! My favorite parts:

  • When the Bakers, the policemen, Briosa, Wylie, and the Freylads are all in jail together (well, Briosa and Wylie aren’t supposed to be in jail, but… 😛 )… VERY exciting. 😀
  • When Abby is escaping with the Freylads… it’s amazing how good they are with tracking!
  • Alistair. He’s so smart, but tricky, and I just really like him for some reason. {I hope he comes to the Lord in a coming book!!! Pllleeeaaassseee, Miss Hedgcock!!! <3}
  • The submarine- it’s so amazing how they stole it. Just… wow.
  • When Millie, Alistair, and Abby are trying to find the tape on the tower thing… it’s so cool they were all dressed perfectly for the reenactment!
  • Just how you can see how everything worked out for the good, and how the Bakers trusted God through it all. ❤

Martha’s Fun Summer, by Bekah O’Brien

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   “Martha Knight lives with her Daddy, Mommy and her six brothers and sisters in Helena, Montana in the 1930’s. Join Martha for a fun-filled summer along with the hard work of a farming family. What adventures will Martha have this summer? What will she do to survive the wild buggy ride? Will she get to keep the kitten she finds?” ~from Amazon.com

Title: Martha’s Fun Summer

Author: Bekah O’Brien

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (four stars)

Romance Content: Girls talk about getting married, etc, and children + teens dance together at a party

Recommended age range: 8+, with parental guidance (because of the dancing)

My Review:

Yes, the synopsis does sound a little dis-interesting, but, as a teenager, I did enjoy this book! I really liked how Martha always apologized when she was impatient or unkind to her siblings; that was a great example. She was also focused on serving the Lord, which I liked.

I found several typos (although there were fewer than in some other indie books), but there were also a lot of phrases that were not right (like using ‘also’ and ‘as well’ in the same sentence). Honestly, that bothered me; I’m somewhat of a grammar freak, although I don’t necessarily understand all of the rules of grammar. 😉 I realize that this book was started when the author was eleven years old, so that makes sense; however, I still didn’t care for them. 😉

I did find some things that I don’t think were correct to the era… Martha and her siblings were homeschooled, for example, and I don’t think that really existed in the 1930’s (correct me if I’m wrong!). Also, the Knights had PB & J sandwiches often, and I’m not sure if peanut butter existed then.

Oh, and I didn’t care for the dancing part. Most people probably wouldn’t have a problem with it, but I don’t think people should dance. 😉

It sounds like I really didn’t like this book, but I did enjoy it; I was able to look past most of those things, keeping in mind that the author was eleven when she started writing it (and I do understand that she probably edited it after that). I would recommend this book, but please keep in mind the things which I noted (specifically the dancing thing). 😉

Kiera, by Kate Willis

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“Kiera is looking forward to her eighteenth birthday. The official end of school, a party with her best friend, and chocolate cake. A sudden military draft, no possible exemptions, had never crossed her mind.

“Kiera is terrified! Getting drafted would mean leaving her family, her little friend Jade—life as she knows it.

“A surprising offer from Brennan Stewart just might be the answer to her prayers, but an even worse trial leaves her with one question…

“If God truly loves her, why did this tragedy happen?” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: Kiera

Author: Kate Willis

Genre(s): Christian Dystopian

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: The romance was more than I prefer, but it probably wouldn’t be bad to people who read a lot of romance. In fact, they would probably love it! Read review for more details. 😉

Recommended age range: 13+ (some touchy subjects are talked about: brief mentions of abortion, embryo storage and adoption, “Off-screen” death, and brief mentions of a hard childhood, including physical abuse) This didn’t bother me a lot; it’s part of life, but still. 😉

My Review:

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
{first read: beta-read}
Wow. Just… wow. This book was a m a z i n g. It was sweet, sad, and just all-around loveable.
I do have mixed feelings on a couple things, but I will discuss those things in a future full review. 😉
{second read: arc}
I loved this book. It was amazing. Just amazing.
In three words, Kiera was adorable, heartbreaking, and relatable. It had so many meaningful messages in it, which I totally appreciated. It will take you on a roller-coaster of emotions. I loved it. (did I already say that?)
Honestly, I didn’t pick up on the things that I had mixed feelings on from my first read. The only thing that I didn’t prefer was the romance. It was not bad at all, and most people wouldn’t have a problem with it, but I prefer not to fill my mind with romance, including hugs/kisses/etc. I did appreciate that this was very low-key and it was all between a married couple (long story, but read this if you want more info: SPOILER!!! Kiera marries Brennan out of necessity, so she won’t get drafted. Basically, at the beginning, she doesn’t love him (at least not in a lovey-dovey way), but at the end, she does. That’s where the romance comes in. 😉 SPOILER END!!!).
Some random fan-girly comments:
~Jade = adorable!!! *heart-eyes* That little girl is so cute. ❤ Plus, she made me appreciate my sisters more… they’re pretty cute, too. 😉
~We need to see more of Destiny. She needs a happy ending, as do the rest of her family (especially Kent… *cries*).
~I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT IAN WAS THE IAN FROM Crossroads!!!! ❤ ❤ 😀
~It was special seeing my name in the acknowledgements… that’s the first time that’s happened! (Yes, I am obsessive about commas, Kate xD)
And Kate’s bio at the end was hilarious… not sure if she’s going to leave it that way in the final book, but it was still funny. 😀

SLIGHT SPOILER!! Sparrows are now special to me, and I want to know if Kiera’s song is real. ❤ (Note: I found out that it is, but I’m not going to listen to it, because Kate said it’s kind of “rocky”. 😦 Oh, well!) SPOILER END!!

Loved it. It’s a must read. ❤ ❤ ❤ 🙂

 

ALSO! Saturday was the third anniversary of this blog! I would like to thank each you for following this blog. ❤

Crossroads, by Paul Willis

Lethal persecution. Haunting decisions. Death just a whisper away.

“Jack grew up concealing his faith, but now the persecution of Christians has turned lethal. After inadvertently putting his family in danger, Jack becomes aware of a covert agency dedicated to protecting Christians. The agency takes his mother and sister to safety and offers him a position as an emergency medic within their ranks.

“Caring for the injured allows Jack to help their cause without violating his pacifistic beliefs, but he stands at odds with tough resistance fighter Britain. Grueling firefights, severe losses, and desperate choices test their beliefs as each of them seeks to save lives no matter the cost. But what is that cost?” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: Crossroads

Author: Paul Willis

Genre(s): Christian Dystopian

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: None, really…

Recommended age range: 12+, because of violence (not very descriptive, but still)

My Review:

Wow. This book was so incredible. It kept my attention extremely well… which maybe wasn’t a good thing, since I was reading when I probably could have been doing something useful :/ There was adventure around every corner. I loved how Britain and Jack both went through personal struggles that were very relatable. I think that deciding whether to be a pacifist or not is a huge struggle for Christians; we actually had a discussion on that in Sunday School a couple months ago. (It was very interesting because a lot of people had different views 😀 ) Anyway, I’m getting off subject. 😉 There were a couple things I didn’t like: “Thank God” was used about two times, once by a non-Christian. It seems like that could be used as a swear word, which I didn’t appreciate. I also found quite a few typos, which unfortunately seems to be common among Indie authors.
Besides those things, I loved this book! I would recommend it for ages 12+ because of violence and people believing in false gods and speaking badly of the true God. (Which reminds me: SPOILER!!! Laurion almost seemed like the antichrist, because he was so evil, but I don’t think he is. SPOILER END!!!
In short, I loved this book, especially since it really made me think.

 

 

The Star Under the City, by Maggie Joy

Yes, I finally got to read this book!!! I was so excited, and it turned out to be amazing, just as I had hoped. 🙂

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  “When Ellen is suddenly orphaned and dropped alone into a strange city under tight Nazi control, she struggles to survive from day to day.

  “Her life takes an unexpected turn when she finds a mysterious, metal six-point star that is slightly different from the ‘Star of David’ all Jews are forced to wear.

  “Not only does the star feel like a sign of hope, but it sets her on a mission to find out what it really means. As she begins to wonder if she’ll ever find answers, she meets Lenz, and her life is flung into a whirlwind of danger and hardship, new friends and new enemies, and opportunities to learn trust and true sacrifice.

  “As she attempts to find her place in the conflict, she discovers she is a part of something so much bigger than she could ever imagine.” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: The Star Under the City

Author: Maggie Joy

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: A young man and woman are involved in a courtship; no kisses, etc are shown, if I remember right. That’s not the main part of the story.

Recommended age range: Maybe 12+, because there are some suspenseful parts.

My Review:

Wow. This book was so sad, but I still loved it. The little glimpses of hope throughout were priceless. There were so many wonderful quotes. It did seem a little cliché when SPOILER!! Ellen saved the day SPOILER END!!, but I can overlook that. Sometimes I like cliché things. 😉 Now I want to read it again!
Note: KJV was not used; NKJV and NIV were.

 

 

Quest for Leviathan: Blog Tour

Are sea monsters a real thing? What about fire-breathing dragons? According to the Bible, there is a fire-breathing sea creature who really existed: the leviathan. Amanda Tero brings this dragon to life in her newest short story, “Quest for Leviathan.” Join Anath and his crew of ninety-nine rowers as they face the waves of the Mediterranean Sea and the power of Leviathan.

About the Story

Leviathan took the life of his father.

Anath has spent three years preparing for the voyage that will end the threat of Leviathan. Yet as the Valor launches into the depths of the Mediterranean, an inward quest also begins, taking Anath to depths he is not willing to face.

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Title: Quest for Leviathan

Author: Amanda Tero

Genre(s): Biblical Fiction/Historical Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: None whatsoever.

Recommended age range: 12+, as there is some violence (nothing descriptive)

My Review:

FTC disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. I was not obligated to leave a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

This was a great short story! It was exciting, encouraging, and helpful. The scripture in the back was wonderful, and I love that the story is based on something real. 😉
And can I just say that the cover is amazing? ❤
I would definitely recommend this short story! It is easy and fast to read, but makes you think, too. I plan on reading it again in the future
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About the Author

Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

Connect with Amanda
Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com
Interview with Amanda

What inspired you to write this short story?

I was reading through Job and reached the latter chapters when the thought crossed my mind, “A boy whose father was killed by Leviathan. He is angry at L, and he is angry at God—yet just like Job needed to realize the power of God, so does he.”

How long did it take you to write it?

Way too long! 😉 I’m used to novellas taking a few months, but a short story? I wrestled with words for hours in writing this short story. I got the idea in June 2017, started writing it down that fall, but put the bulk of the work in January 2018, when I finally finished the rough draft. Idea to publication was right at a year.

Who do you think would enjoy this?

I hope that it will grab the attention of early-teen boys, though anyone who loves adventure and daring ventures should like it as well.

Who is your favorite character?

Leviathan! I mean… an honest-to-goodness fire-breathing dragon?! I didn’t make this guy up; I followed the descriptions in Job 41. He definitely was the most fascinating “character” I’ve ever written.

What is your favorite scene (SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD!!)?

Ooh, I definitely had a favorite scene, and that was when Anath actually faces Leviathan! I loved exploring Job 41 and then portraying Leviathan on the pages of my fictional story. Not to mention a sea-battle between man and monster! The confrontation between the two was definitely my favorite!

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Blog Tour Schedule:

June 8 – With a Joyful Noise (Release Day Post)

Resting Life (Spotlight, Review)

The World of the Writer (Review)

Authoring Arrowheads (Review)

Purely by Faith Review (Review, Interview)

June 9 – Victoria’s Book Nook (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)

Bekah’s Books (Spotlight, Review, Interview)

June 11 – Clothed with Scarlet (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)

Reveries Reviews (Review)

June 12 – Chosen Vessels (Spotlight, Review)

My Purple Pen (Review)

Read Another Page (Review)

June 13 – Once Upon an Ordinary (Review)

Maidens for Modesty (Review)

Yahweh Sisters (Review)

June 14 – Honey Rock Hills (Review)

Life of Heritage Corner (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)

Kaylee’s Kind of Writes (Review, Interview)

June 15 – The Red-Hooded Writer (Review)

Blossoms and Blessings (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)

Lit Aflame (Review, Interview)

June 16 – The Left-Handed Typist (Review)

Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Review, Interview, Giveaway)

June 18 – Great Books for God’s Girls (Review, Interview)

Peculiar Miss Darcy (Character Interview)

June 19 – Done in Love (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)

Creating Romance (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)

June 20 – Keturah’s Korner (Review, Interview)

Rock and Minerals 4 Him (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)

June 21 – A Baker’s Perspective (Review, Giveaway, Character Spotlight)

Christian Author: A.M. Heath (Review, Interview)

June 22 – Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections (Review)

Views from the Window Friend (Review)

Hunting for Truth (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)

June 23 – Reading on the Edge (Spotlight)

Summer Snowflakes (Review, Giveaway)

June 25 – With a Joyful Noise (Giveaway Winner Announced)

The Graham Quartet and the Mysterious Strangers

Image result for The Graham Quartet and the Mysterious Strangers by Rebekah A. MorrisIn the midst of the cold, snowy woods, the Graham Quartet stumble across a mystery. It could mean danger, but that doesn’t stop Elsa, Matt, Tim and Selena as they try their best to help a stranger who needs them. But what can Siam, Hong Kong and Vanderbilt have to do with the local furniture factory? And why are so many strangers suddenly appearing and then disappearing in town? With the arrival of an elusive figure, things start moving, while a simple delivery trip may bring more than the Quartet bargained for. Will the four siblings be able to help their friend and their country?” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: The Graham Quartet and the Mysterious Strangers

Author: Rebekah A. Morris

Genre(s): Christian Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: None.

Recommended age range: 10+

My Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was very interesting, and held my attention.

There were a couple of things that I wondered about… for one thing, since it was such a thin book, I assumed that it would be about younger kids, aimed at a lower age range, but the “kids” in the story were ages 12-19. Also, since this was written by a homeschooled author, I assumed that the kids would be homeschooled as well. However, that was not the case. They went to school in town (it didn’t say whether it was public or Christian). There was nothing wrong with this book, those were just some things that threw me off. 😉

 

The Treacherous Trail, by C.R. Hedgcock

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  “The Bakers and the Wilburs have become such good friends that they decide to vacation together at a lovely wilderness lodge. While the ladies and girls enjoy the lodge’s luxurious facilities, the men and boys go camping in the surrounding wild. They expect their greatest thrills to come from horse-riding, canoeing, and hiking, but the trip changes when they find an injured hiker. Then the hiker disappears with most of their supplies, and they’re stranded with little food, no communication, and a long trip back to civilization.

   “What’s more — there are some very strange things going on in this forest, and the mysterious hiker seems to be at the center of them. Mr. Baker must get his team back to safety with no supplies or means of contact, saddled with a thief who will not speak. Phil is forced to act like a criminal when thrown into a company of bad men, and the twins must survive in the wilderness with a man they do not trust.

“Who is really Jigson? What is going on in the forest?” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: The Treacherous Trail

Author: C.R. Hedgcock

Genre(s): Christian Mystery/Suspense

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: None whatsoever.

Recommended age range: 10+ because of the suspense in some parts

My Review:

EEEEKKK!!! I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!

Let’s see if I can get some cohesive words out. Hmmm…
IT WAS SO GOOD (oh, I was supposed to be cohesive?)!!!! I was utterly confused for most of it (who is really Jigson? and what is really going on?!?), but I loved it for that very reason! Most of the time it is super easy to figure out mysteries in books, because I’ve read so many, but Miss Hedgcock’s mysteries are definitely unique. And GARTH! ❤ ❤ I loved his ending. I’m really trying not to give away spoilers…. 😀

The main reason that I hesitate to recommend this series is because of the fact that the King James Bible is not used in it. But other than that, I love it!
You may recall that I mentioned the Baker Family Adventures in this post, and the more books in this series that I read, the more I love them! I’m so glad that I bought this book! It is a must-read for adventure/mystery lovers who are looking for an amazing Christian book. 🙂

London in the Dark Birthday Celebration!

Hello, all! If you have been following my blog for a year, you may remember that I participated in the London in the Dark blog tour. I have also raved about it in other posts (like this one) since then, since I loved it so much. Well, today I am posting about it again, this time because it was published one year ago! I can’t believe that it was that long ago already! I remember sitting on a stool in the kitchen and finishing it for the first time… and then telling my mom all about it raving about it to my mom. 😀

Okay, enough rambling! Here is the actual post. 🙂

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I love this cover- still! 🙂

London, 1910

Budding Private Detective Cyril Arlington Hartwell has a conundrum. London is being ravaged by the largest run of thefts in recent history. His hunch that it is all tied together may put him and those he loves in more danger than he could have reckoned.

Olivia Larken Hartwell is just home from boarding school for the summer anticipating time with her adoring parents. She misses her absent brother, Cyril, hoping for the day he will finally come home. But tragedy strikes, causing upheaval for all concerned and changes her life in a way she never could have imagined.

Olivia, Cyril, and their friends must bring the hidden to light, seek to execute justice, and dispel the darkness that hovers over London… and their hearts.

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The Author, Victoria Lynn…

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Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she’s not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.

Author links:

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There is also a giveaway going on!! And a Facebook party!!

Giveaway (1)The first place winner must be in the United States, and will receive the items pictured in the graphic above. Second place winner may be from a country other than the U. S., and will receive an e-book copy of London in the Dark. To enter the giveaway, click on the graphic above.

 

Thanks for reading! 🙂

BLOG TOUR!!! White Wolf and the Ash Princess

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Hello! Today I am participating in a blog tour for White Wolf and the Ash Princess. Enjoy!

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   “Eighteen year old Izzy’s limited world begins to feel cramped after she completes her self-appointed book dare. After reading two-hundred and fifty books, a thought that had been once tucked away as tightly as the books on her library shelves becomes too irresistible to ignore…’Who am I?’

   “Memory loss prohibits Izzy from remembering her life before age seven when she was injured in a fire. Jonathan Gudwyne and his head housekeeper rescued her and took Izzy in as their own, but who did she belong to before they took her in?

   “Crippling panic keeps Izzy from wandering beyond the stables, but Tubs, the Gudwyne’s young stable boy, encourages Izzy to go beyond the property’s rock wall to a world that promises possible answers, but also great danger. A scorched castle in the woods and a mysterious cellar filled with secrets sets Izzy on a path to the New World, where she will not only have to face her own terror but face the people responsible for her scars.

   “It is here, in the untamed wilds of the seventeenth century that she finds love and a home in the most unexpected of places.”

Title: White Wolf and the Ash Princess

Author: Tammy Lash

Genre(s): Historical Fiction with a hint of mystery and some other things- basically, exciting!

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Romance Content: A couple kisses between a husband and wife, semi-detailed; same husband and wife snuggles a bit.

Recommended age range: 12+ for “normal” readers, 16+ for conservative readers (such as myself)

My Review:

FTC disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. I was not obligated to leave a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

For the first part of the book (150-200pg or so), I felt like I was on a rollercoaster of emotions! One minute I was mad at Jonathan (the main male character), the next I really liked him, the next I was sad… I loved it! The rest of the book… was still super interesting, but it wasn’t as exciting (okay, so it was exciting in parts, but it definitely wasn’t as action-packed-exciting as the first part). The plot was so complex! I never would have been able to write something like that. 🙂

The romance… was more than I was used to, which is none ( 😛 ). I’m sure it wouldn’t be bad to most people who are used to reading romance, but parts of it made me a bit uncomfortable. The romance scenes were between a husband and wife, and mostly kisses (nothing bad), but still. For that reason, I’m not sure if I’ll be reading this book again, just because I don’t want to think about kissing people, etc. 😉 If it wasn’t for the romance, this would be one of my absolute favorite books. 😉 (please don’t be offended by any of this; I’m trying to say it in the most gentle way possible!)

More random thoughts (that may or may not make sense to people who haven’t read it):

  • I found the whole legend thing a bit strange… I’m not completely sure what to think of it.
  • There was a “miracle” which I liked. It was a little strange as well, but I still liked it.
  • Oh, and when SPOILER!!! Tubs, the angel, SPOILER END!!! showed up, that was kind of weird, and I’m not sure if I agree with it all…
  • There wasn’t really a “conversion scene” for Izzy (the main character)… at the first part, she says something like, “I don’t care about the Bible,” (I can’t remember exactly), but then towards the end it’s like she is suddenly a Christian (this point was written a couple days after I read the book, so it may not be completely accurate 😉 ).

**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review (thanks, Victoria and Mrs. Lash!). I was not obligated to write a positive review.**

 

The Author: Tammy Lash

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Tammy lives in Lower Michigan with her husband and her three children. Izzy’s home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Munising) is where she and her family enjoy exploring. Tammy enjoys hiking, kayaking, beach wandering, “hunting” for birch bark and hopes to someday find a porcupine quill. White Wolf and the Ash Princess is her first novel. She is published in Keys for Kids and has been in children’s ministry for over twenty years.

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Also posting today for this blog tour:

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Kaylee H.

 

The Return, by Bob Hostetler and J.M. Hochstetler

warning: MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS SYNOPSIS!!!

Jakob and his sons Joseph and Christian were given to native tribes. The boys are adopted into separate Delaware clans and families. Jakob escapes from the Seneca and journey’s hundreds of miles over rough terrain to find his way home where he finds his older children , Johannes and Barbara, along with Anna Blanck, who have never given up hope of finding he and the boys. Together, they make every effort to learn where Joseph and Christian are so they can bring them home.  They pray that this is God’s plan.” ~synopsis from Christianbook.com 

Title: The Return

Author(s): Bob Hostetler and J.M. Hochstetler

Genre(s): Christian/Historical Fiction

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Romance Content:  There are several instances of unmarried young people showing affection to those of opposite gender.  This includes kissing and hugging.

Recommended age range: I think this book is appropriate reading for married adults.

My Review:

FTC disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. I was not obligated to leave a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

This book is a very well-written sequel to Northkill.  It chronicles the life of three members of the Hochstetler family as they live and adapt to separate Indian communities.  It also shares each of their struggles as they consider the possibility of escape back home to their Amish family, as well as the difficulties for those who do return to adjust to their old life.

The beginning of the book focuses on the father, Jakob.  The authors show his spiritual growth that occurs through difficulties and the changed man he is by the end of the book.  The rest of the book deals with two of his sons who become quite entrenched in their new Indian lives.

There is not a lot of violence in this book, other than a somewhat vague recounting of the raid described in the first book.  The romance in this one is more than in the first.  There is some difficulty for the reader to keep track of the different characters that have unfamiliar Indian names.  I wish I had known as I was reading it that there is a glossary at the end of the book to help with this.  (Or the authors could have put that glossary at the beginning!)

Overall, it is an excellent fiction book that tells of a real- life event.  I feel that a mature reader would really enjoy it and would have a hard time putting it down.

Review written by Jen G, Leona’s mom.

**I received this book from Interviews and Reviews in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to write a favorable review, neither was I paid for this review.**

 

Northkill, by Bob Hostetler and J.M. Hochstetler

  “In 1738 Jakob Hochstetler and his family immigrate to America, seeking sanctuary from religious persecution in Europe and the freedom to live and worship according to their nonresistant Anabaptist beliefs. Along with other members of their church, they settle in the Northkill Amish Mennonite community at the base of the Blue Mountains, on the frontier between white and Indian territory. They build a home near Northkill Creek, for which their community is named. For eighteen years, the community lives at peace with its Indian neighbors. Then while the French and Indian War rages, the Hochstetlers’ way of life is brutally shattered. On the night of September 19-20, 1757, their home is attacked by a war party of Delaware and Shawnee Indians allied with the French. Facing almost certain death with his wife and children, Jakob makes a wrenching decision that will tear apart his family and change all of their lives forever. Northkill is closely based on an inspiring true story well-known among the Amish and Mennonites. It has been documented in many publications and in contemporary accounts preserved in the Pennsylvania State Archives and in private collections.” ~from Goodreads.com 

Title: Northkill

Author(s): Bob Hostetler and J.M. Hochstetler

Genre(s): Christian/Historical Fiction

Rating:

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Romance Content:  This book contains scenes containing Amish courtship scenarios as often portrayed in Amish fiction books.  These include attraction between teenage boys and girls, holding hands, and one kiss.  There is also a somewhat veiled discussion on the marital relationship.

Recommended age range: I personally do not feel that this book is appropriate for a teenager that has committed to a Biblical courtship.  Also, some of the Indian scenes are fairly graphic for young people to be exposed to.

My Review:

FTC disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. I was not obligated to leave a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

This book is a well-written fictional account taken from a historical event in Pennsylvania during the French and Indian War.  It follows the lives of one Amish family as they struggle to survive in that wild land surrounded by Indians.

The central theme of the book is the father’s conviction of nonresistance and how that affects the entire family.  The author does a great job of showing different family member’s perspective; the reader is certainly drawn into the story, feeling what the characters feel.  The climax of the story is centered around an Indian raid, which is described very realistically and somewhat violently.

Overall, this book is interesting and informative, showing the reader who comes from a non-Amish background a different perspective of pacifist views.  The authors also give us insight into the religious beliefs of the main character, Jakob Hochstetler, in many different sections.  One example of this is when the book says, “All his adult life, he had struggled… to earn God’s favor and pardon by doing what was right.”

My main reservations on this book that lowered the rating are the small amount of romance and the level of detail in the Indian raid as described above.

 

Review written by Jen G, Leona’s mom.

**I received a copy of this book from Interviews and Reviews in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a favorable review.**

Jeff McLean: His Courtship, by Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Castleberry

“Follow the story of Jeff McLean as he seeks God’s direction for his life. This book is written from a young man’s perspective. A discussion of godly traits to seek in young men and women is included as part of the story.” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: Jeff McLean: His Courtship

Author: Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Castleberry

Genre(s): Christian Contemporary Fiction

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Romance Content: Since this is a book on courtship, there obviously is a lot of talk about getting married, etc. However, there is nothing inappropriate in the least, and I would gladly hand it to a… well, read ahead, I’ll put that down next. 😉

Recommended age range: Would be perfectly fine for ages 1+, in my opinion, but I believe it is targeted for teenagers and older.

My Review:

This was a great book! Some people might not like it, because there are some long portions where a dad is teaching his son and family on what character traits, etc. husbands and wives should have, but I found those parts especially helpful to myself (not that I’m planning on getting married any time soon, but you know what I mean). God used it to convict me on some areas of my life that I need to work on.

I appreciate the Castleberrys for writing such wonderful, God-honoring books! I enjoy these books a lot. 🙂

 

 

BLOG TOUR: Bound, by Victoria Lynn

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Note: Since I’m posting today, I’m not planning on posting on Monday as well. Sorry for the confusion. 🙂

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Two souls don’t find each other by simple accident. ~Jorge Luis Borges~

Levi thought he was making this journey alone. But when he meets an eight-year-old girl at the train station, that plan is turned on its head.

Casey is running away and finds out that Levi is too. They decide to journey together and their lives are suddenly bound together in a journey they will not soon forget.

Both children come from abusive situations and are running from the dangers of their previous life. Levi is confident he can handle this on his own, but when Casey is injured on the journey, he must seek help from the first person that comes into his path, or rather people. Mr. and Mrs. Bellworth are simple farm folk with a heart for kids and a passion for serving God. When their unconditional love and gentle care surrounds Levi and Casey, the troubles of their previous lives melt away and they start to flourish. But when Casey is dragged back into the abusive world she came from, the emotional trauma, pain and distrust resurfaces. Will they be forever bound by their past? Or will God answer their prayers?

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Title: Bound

Author: Victoria Lynn

Genre(s): Christian Contemporary Fiction

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Romance Content: None, really. 🙂

Recommended age range: 12+

My Review:

FTC disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. I was not obligated to leave a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

This was an amazing book and I enjoyed it very much! The emotions… ❤ ❤ I literally had tears in my eyes a couple times. 🙂 It was special… I liked reading about the different characters, and how they felt at different times. There were a couple spots where I felt like I was speed-reading (actually, I probably was… 😛 ) because the action was so intense… I like that in a book. 😉

There were some things that I didn’t like:

  • there was at least one “darned” (I know most people would be okay with that; but I’m not… sorry) 😦
  • when Levi “gets saved”, he doesn’t repent of his sins, and that’s a big part of accepting Christ!
  • it is mentioned multiple times that people are being “sassy”, and it’s not referred to as a bad thing… I don’t think that needs to be encouraged. :/

I know it seems like I’m being super negative here, but really, I do recommend this book! It was really good! Those were just a couple things that I didn’t appreciate. :/

 

I thought I would share some quotes from the book (courtesy of the author)…

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Interview with the Author:

Hi, Victoria! I’m excited to welcome you to my blog today!

  • How long did it take for you to write Bound? 

3 months for the rough draft.

  • Is anything in Bound based on happenings from your life? 

Not necessarily based, per-say, but there were a lot of life experiences that played themselves into the story.

  • What was your favorite scene to write? 

Ooh, tough call! I would probably have to say either when Mikayla was pleading with Jason, or the Epilouge. There is always something magical about those two words, The End.

  • Which is your favorite character?

 I honestly don’t know how to answer that one! They are all my babies! And I adore each of them!

About the Author:

Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she’s not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at http://www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.

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 Giveaway info can be found by clicking here.

 

 

Vinegar Boy by Alberta Hawse

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    “Abandoned by his parents and shunned from society, Vinegar Boy is certain he’ll be adopted once Jesus removes the ugly birthmark that scars his cheek. But when he carries the drugged vinegar wine to a crucifixion, he finds himself face to face with the only One who can heal his face. Is there still time for a miracle?

“A gripping story of a boy’s dramatic encounter with Christ on the cross, this book is a classic work of fiction that has inspired thousands of Christians for decades.” ~from Goodreads

 

Title: Vinegar Boy

Author: Alberta Hawse

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction

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Romance Content: Not very much; references are made to a man getting married.

Recommended age range: 12+ (because of descriptions of Jesus/other men dying)

My Review:

I loved this book! The first part was a little sad, but I still enjoyed it very much. I only found one part that wasn’t Biblically accurate: when SPOILER ALERT!!Jesus ascends up into heaven, only a few disciples were there. But in the book, a whole bunch of people are SPOILER END!!. :/ It was only a little thing, and I think the rest of the book makes up for it. Amazing! This is a very heartwarming book. 🙂

 

 

Wedding Designed by Email… KiirstiAan’s Nightmare?, by Shelia Holmes

      “The very last in at least a gazillion emails, through which the wedding was planned, has been sent! No more emails! Hurray! And, as far as is known, any past planning problems during that time span have been worked out. Today is her wedding and KiirstiAan is convinced that nothing can happen to plague this long awaited day.

   “It’s going to be a “picture perfect” wedding, just wait and see! Or, will her vision of her wedding implode, creating the most outrageous and bazaar nightmare that can be conceived?”

Title: Wedding Designed by Email… KiirstiAan’s Nightmare?

Author: Shelia Holmes

Genre(s): Christian Contemporary Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (four stars)

Romance Content: Not much. The story is about a wedding, so they kiss and stuff, but nothing that detailed. An un-married couple does kiss once (more on that in the review).  The main focus of the story is not the romance.

Recommended age range: 13+

My Review:

**I was given an e-copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to give a positive review.**

This was a very funny book! And I loved how it all worked out in the end. 🙂
Things that I liked:
1) The decor at the reception sounds absolutely amazingly beautiful!!! Mrs. Holmes did a great job describing it all. 🙂
2) It was pretty funny how things kept going wrong during most of the book. It really did seem like nothing else could go wrong (although, I guess nothing went wrong with the wedding itself…)! I felt kinda sorry for the mother (most of the story is told from her view-point).
3) It seemed like KiirstiAan and her mother had a wonderful relationship, and I appreciated that.
4) KiirstiAan is a beautiful name although I’m not quite sure how to pronounce it, and I love the unique touch it gave to the story. 🙂
However, there were a few things that I didn’t approve of/weren’t fully explained:
1) I don’t think that there should be dancing at weddings, and that was part of the story.
2) I don’t understand how the wedding was designed by email, like the title says… I don’t remember emails being mentioned at all, actually. (I have been informed that this is referring to the rest of the series; this is not to be read as a stand-alone, which I did)
3) I would have liked to know how SPOILER ALERT!!Evan got hurtSPOILER END!!!. That wasn’t explained very well.
4) I don’t think that couples should kiss before marriage, and that did happen (on the cheek, and I got the impression that they kissed on the lips as well, although that wasn’t fully stated).

All in all, I would recommend this book for those who are okay with the things that I mentioned in the “things that I didn’t approve of/weren’t fully explained” section. 🙂

Footprints in the Barn

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   “Who is the man in the green car? What is going on in the hayloft? Is there something wrong with the mailbox? And what’s for lunch? The answers to these and many other interesting questions are found in the book Footprints in the Barn.” ~from Goodreads.com

 

Title: Footprints in the Barn

Author: Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Castlebury

Genre(s): Christian Fiction

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Romance Content: Absolutely none whatsoever! 🙂

Recommended age range: 5-13

My Review:

 

This was a great book! All of the different mysteries were figured out in the end, and I especially liked the ending to The Mystery of the Hayfort (not to confuse anyone; this is not a collection of short stories, just Jason and Andy solve three mysteries through the course of the book)! Good principles are learned in this book, such as working hard, not complaining, and being grateful with what God has given you. I highly recommend it for ages 5-13, although it is appropriate for all ages.

 

The Legend of Annie Murphy, by Frank Peretti

Starting today, I will be posting reviews on Mondays as well as Thursdays, Lord willing 🙂

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In 1885, the Murphy mine struck gold. According to legend, Annie Murphy killed her husband out of greed. Just before she was to be hanged for the murder, she escaped. Now, 100 years later, there have been sightings of Annie Murphy’s “ghost”. The Coopers unwittingly become involved in a mystery that finds them caught between the past and the present.

 

Title: The Legend of Annie Murphy

Author: Frank Peretti

Genre(s): Christian Fiction, Time travel (if that’s even a genre… lol)

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Romance Content: None.

Recommended age range: 10-15

My Review:

This… was a very interesting book! I loved the time travel aspect of it- I’ve always been intrigued by time travel, even though I know it isn’t a reality- and with the mystery intertwined… very cool. 🙂 I enjoyed it very much. Highly recommended, but just a warning- time travel is not really real (as far as I know), so don’t let this book convince you. 😉

The Courtship of Sarah McLean

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    “Sarah McLean is a nineteen year-old girl who longs to become a wife and mother. The book chronicles a period of two years, in which she has to learn to trust her parents and God fully in their decisions for her future.”

 

Title: The Courtship of Sarah McLean

Author: Mr. and Mrs. Steven Castlebury

Genre(s): Christian Fiction

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Romance Content: Nothing inappropriate; the main theme of the story is courtship and marriage, but it is portrayed in a Biblical and God-honoring way (no kissing, holding hands, hugging, etc between un-married couples).

Recommended age range: 10-100! 🙂

My Review:

Okay, can I just say that this is an AMAZING book? It was sooo good, and had an accurate portrayal of Biblical courtship.
My parents have decided that courtship is the best way of action for us (their children) and I was happily amazed to find a good, sound book that shows this. It showed Sarah’s struggles and triumphs, which I thought was a great thing. I would not say that it was un-realistic in any way at all; I know many people who have the same standards as Sarah and her family. It was a blessing to see how Sarah and her siblings helped out around the house with a good attitude.
I appreciate the good message that this book gives; I have to say that it is the first book I have found like it (which is pretty sad).

 

The Art Contest, by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

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Two days ago, the Nazis rolled into Marie’s hometown. With her mother trapped in the countryside and her father ordered to perform piano concerts for the invaders, the 12-year-old’s life is turned upside down.

“When she learns there is more to her pianist father than meets the eye, Marie must work with him to sneak important information past the watching Nazis.

“This is a short story (approx. 12 minutes average reading time). It contains themes of family, adventure, and trusting God in hard times.” ~from Goodreads

 

Title: The Art Contest

Author: Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction

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Romance Content: None whatsoever

 (My) Recommended Age Range: 8-15

My Review:

FTC disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. I was not obligated to leave a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

This was a sweet short story about a young girl and how she helped free France from the Nazis. I like how Mrs. Kirkpatrick described things; I always knew what was going on. It was very short, and I would have liked it better if it was even a bit longer. However, if you are looking for a short story, I would recommend this.

 

 

Books I Got for My Birthday {2017}

Yes, you get a bonus post! I didn’t see any opportunities for posting this soon (on schedule), so I decided to do it today instead. 🙂

 

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SORRY! This graphic is supposed to say {2017}… but I made it in 2018 to replace a different graphic, so here we go! 😛

I had a birthday recently, and all of my wonderful friends and family who know me well also know that I love to read, so guess what they got for me? Books, of course! Some of these I had already read, and wanted to have, and others I hadn’t even heard of. I’m going to “introduce” you to these wonderful books.

((click on the links under the covers to go to the books’ Amazon pages))

I have been wanting this book for awhile, and a sweet lady in our church was so kind and bought it for me. However, I was a bit disappointed by it. The romance was more than I prefer.

 

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To tell you the truth, I really wasn’t very interested in this book when I got it. I don’t know, but the cover didn’t look like something I would like (yes, I’m one of those people who judge a book by its cover but don’t we all really??). However, I really enjoyed it!

Yes, I finally have my very own paperback copy of London in the Dark!!! My kind little brothers, who knew I wanted it, pooled their resources and bought it for me. ❤ I have posted my original review on here (London in the Dark BLOG TOUR!!!), but my sentiments did change slightly after I read it for the second time. (Sorry, I don’t think I have updated my review though… :/ )  You can read my first review here.

I got this book from one of my brothers. I have started it, and it is much different from your usual ghost story; I might post my review on here when I have finished it. 😉

I greatly enjoyed this book! It was a romance, which I don’t usually read, but I loved it because it had a twist. 😉

With this book it was kind of like how I felt about Left to Die; I had high expectations and they weren’t completely met. I did enjoy it, but I got annoyed by the main character. 😛

One of my best friends gave me this wonderful book, and I highly recommend it. It was very good!

Okay, so I have saved my favorite new find for last. I had read the Great Illustrated Classics version of this book, and it was okay, but not my favorite. The unabridged version, though? ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! ❤ It is so much better than the other!

Well, that turned into a mini-review-ish post. 🙂 My very first!

Well, I hope you all enjoyed this post!

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When is your birthday?

Have you read any of these books?

 

BLOG TOUR!!: Isolated, by Jordy Leigh

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   “Fourteen-year-old Louise Stella flees into the forest to escape an intruder who would take her hostage. But by the time she returns to her house, her country has broken out in war and her home island has become a military base. Sharing the land with enemy soldiers, Louise’s only goal is to stay alive one day at a time. Having no food or water, and little knowledge of how to survive in the forests of Quebec, her biggest adversary is “the Unknown”. Her pride crumbles and she realizes that she can’t sustain herself. She must depend on someone else… but Whom?
 
   “Isolated is a Young Adult suspense novella with uncertainty lurking at every turn. It will have you asking the big questions about life and death. Will you come to the same conclusion as Louise?”

 

Title: Isolated

Author: Jordy Leigh

Genre(s):  YA Suspense

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Romance Content: absolutely none whatsoever!

My Review:

FTC disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. I was not obligated to leave a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

I loved this book! From the first page, Jordy had me hooked. I liked the “survival” aspect of the story, and I also LOVED how Louise kept resisting God, but then SPOILER!! turned to Him SPOILER END!!.
There were great times of suspense, but I also liked how Louise had times of despair as well. It really shows how, without God, you cannot do anything.
Now I want to know what happens next! I can’t wait for the next book in this series to come out.

**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.**

The Author: Jordy Leigh

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“From as young as seven years old, Jordy Leigh filled exercise booklets with stories until her hand hurt. She loves a good book, but ultimately she hopes that hers will offer something of greater value than short-lived entertainment. In reading them, may you learn more about the God of the Bible.

Jordy Leigh hopes that Isolated will at once quench
your desire for compelling fiction and nourish your
soul with wholesome truth.”

Da Interview:

((my questions are in bold; Jordy’s answers are italics))

1) About how long did it take you to write Isolated?
 
If we’re talking first draft only, it must have taken me about a year to write Isolated – ‘about’ being the key word. That year was full of stops and starts; publishing this particular story was not on my mind from the beginning. But from first spark-of-an-idea to publication, it has taken me three and a half years, give or take.
2) Where did you get the idea for Isolated from?
The short version: a dream.
In 9th grade, I read the novel “The Giver”, by Louis Pasteur, which I was reading for school. I think it shaped a dream that I had one particular night. I don’t have a practice of telling my dreams to people, but I guess this one was memorable enough that I told a friend. She suggested I write a story based off it. I’ve since adapted the plot to the point where it doesn’t resemble the dream at all. But in doing so, I’ve (hopefully) made it more credible and interesting.
3) What is your best tip for wanna-be authors?
Writing a book requires hours upon hours of dedicated work. Make sure you know from the beginning that you’re devoting your time to something that is worth it. When I consider this from a Christian’s viewpoint, it means that for my writing to be worth the time, it has to be something God is pleased to use for the advancement of His Kingdom.
A good, suspenseful read isn’t bad. But the world and its desires are passing away. So keep what makes it good and suspenseful, but make sure it’s worth something in the light of eternity. Let’s not become weary in doing good, dear Christian writer, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up!
4) What is your favorite line/quote from Isolated?
Oh Leona! Do you know how hard a question that is to answer? I’ll call this a quote, since it’s more than a line:
“For a brief second, she thought she felt the familiar claws of fear sink into her heart. Once again, she stood face to face with the monster called ‘the Unknown’. Then she quieted her soul. Everything would be alright. She couldn’t understand God’s purposes so she would just have to trust Him.”
I’m not sure that it’s my absolute favorite, but it definitely ranks up there! It encompasses so completely the transformation that Louise undergoes throughout the course of the book.
5) Which character in Isolated is your favorite?
That would be Louise, the protagonist. I’ve ‘gotten to know her’ more than anyone else, and I can relate to her in a lot of her weaknesses. Besides that, in Isolated, she’s the main character by a long stretch. Some readers might be relieved to know that more characters become involved over the course of the three sequels.
Thank you so much for allowing me to participate in this blog tour, Jordy! I loved your book and hope that many will be able to read it. 🙂

The Scripture Sleuth 3, by Matthew Halverson

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  “Who stole the lumberjack statue? Is a peanut butter sandwich really powering the digital clock, or is it just a science fair scam? Why is there a mysterious skydiver in Pine Tops? Concord Cunningham can crack all the cases, but can you? In the third volume of unique Scripture Sleuth mysteries, Concord once again faces an exciting new case in each chapter. Though Concord always solves the mystery, he never gives away the solution. Instead, he reveals the location of a Bible verse which holds the mystery’s final clue. Then it’s up to you to look up the clue and crack the case! Not sure about your answer? No problem. The solutions are at the back of the book.

“Scripture Sleuth 3 also includes ” The Greatest Case,” which brings Concord face to face with another Scripture Sleuth. Together, they investigate the most important case ever. These timeless and lighthearted mysteries are certain to make you think, laugh and make looking up Bible verses is irresistibly fun.” ~from Goodreads

 

Title: The Scripture Sleuth 3

Author: Matthew Halverson

Genre(s): Christian Contemporary Fiction, Mystery

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Romance Content: None

Recommended age range: 7-10

My Review:

I loved this book! I enjoy books where you have to solve the mystery, and having to look up Bible verses for it? That was a great idea! The mysteries were each unique, and I only figured out a couple without looking in the back.

I am not sure what Bible version is used in this book, but I don’t think that it was KJB. That is a slight downside to it, but I still enjoyed it very much. 🙂 I would recommend this book for ages 7-10.

 

 

The Secret Church, by Louise A. Vernon

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“The Anabaptists are a small group of Christians who believe that everyone is a priest and should be able to study the Bible. They refuse to baptize their babies, and instead baptize adults on a confession of faith in Christ. Because of these heretical acts they are persecuted and sometimes put in prison.

“Richard lives in Germany and is caught up with the Anabaptists when his cousin Otto shows up seeking refuge. Richard needs help to hide Otto, but can he trust his friend Trudi? Her father hates the Anabaptists and wants to get rid of the whole movement!

“Join Richard as he helps his family, runs from guards, meets the legendary Menno Simons, and decides for himself whether he too wants to join the secret church.”

Title: The Secret Church

Author: Louise A. Vernon

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction

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Romance Content: None

Recommended age range: 9-15 (see note at end of review)

My Review:

     This book was great! I loved the whole plot-line. It was very interesting reading about how they got away from the Catholic church (but I’m not sure how they could have stayed, since all the Catholics in this book were basically evil lol). It was also interesting that they went to Menno Simons, the founder of the Mennonites, but everyone called them Anabaptists. From what I’ve gathered about history, the Mennonites and the Anabaptists/Baptists were very similar until the Mennonites went a little extreme (correct me if I’m wrong).
This story had a bit of a mystery feel to it, which I really enjoyed.
**Parents, read this book before your children do if they have bad dreams, etc. Two of the main characters SPOILER!! get caught in a burning house (they aren’t harmed) and the main characters are persecuted by the Catholic church for their beliefs on baptism. SPOILER END!!

Spring with the Moodys, by Sarah Maxwell

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Spring with the Moodys is the fourth book in the Moody Family Series. As the twins’ birth nears, the children want to bless Mom, and their surprising idea for how to do that is a huge success. In the midst of waiting for the twins, a pet-sitting job is unexpectedly given to them and brings its own excitement. There is incredible joy when the Moody twins arrive! Mr. Delome, the neighbor across the street, continues to be part of the Moodys’ lives along with other familiar characters from the first three books. Come join the Moody family for the spring.” ~from Goodreads

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Title: Spring with the Moodys

Author:  Sarah Maxwell

Genre(s): Christian Contemporary Fiction

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Romance Content: absolutely none at all!!

Recommended age range: 3-10

My Review:

I loved this book! It is the 4th one I’ve read in this series, and I enjoyed it very much.
The twins were so cute, and I loved hearing how the Moody children were helpful to their mother after the birth. I also thought it was sweet how the children planned for birthdays and the baby shower by themselves. It gave me ideas for how I could bless my siblings, which I’ve been trying to do lately.
This book may be intended for a younger age group, but I still enjoyed it very much. It wasn’t a mystery, or anything like that, but I thought that it was a good break from the high-suspense books I’ve been reading lately. 😉

Violet’s Bold Mission

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“Vi Travilla is about to take on a challenge unlike anything she’s ever done before. Vi knows that her dream will not be easy to achieve, but she is little prepared for the complications that await her. Who will come to her aid as she confronts the unknown forces that are determined to end her mission? What must she do to win the hearts of the people she wants to serve? Will her faith sustain her as she faces distrust and danger? The fourth in the A Life of Faith: Violet Travilla series, Violet’s Bold Mission is based on characters created by Miss Martha Finley, a nineteenth-century novelist who penned a series of best-selling books about the Christian life. Her books inspired millions of readers in her own time. Mission City Press is pleased to continue Miss Finley’s tradition of Christian storytelling in these new adventures of Vi Travillaa young woman committed to live her faith every day through service to others.” ~from Goodreads

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Title: Violet’s Bold Mission

Author: Based on the Characters by Martha Finley (I’m not sure who the real author is)

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction

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Romance Content: Hints of romance; not main part of story

My Review:

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Enjoy the Poodle Skirt, by Kate Willis

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“Rule one: Keep your hands clean.
Rule two: Careful with the food trays.
Rule three: Visit the soda fountain as often as you like, but don’t make yourself sick.
Rule four: Enjoy the poodle skirt.


“Canary is excited to spend a whole week helping her newlywed aunt and uncle run a 50’s diner along with her older siblings Rose and Michael. Even the rules for working there are fun!

“But when a routine cleanup presents a mysterious, hand-drawn map, her vacation gets even more exciting than a banana split with hot fudge sauce. And that’s saying a lot!

“A short story.” ~from Goodreads

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Title: Enjoy the Poodle Skirt

Author: Kate Willis

Genre(s): Short Stories, Christian Contemporary Fiction

Rating: five stars

Content: 5/5

My Review:

This was an adorable little short story about three siblings that work in their aunt and uncle’s diner for a week. The little mystery is interesting and adds to the story quite a bit- the book wouldn’t be the same without it. 🙂 I love Kate’s writing style and all of the little details that she adds!
The only thing that some people may have a problem with are the mentions of a jukebox and dance steps.

**I recieved a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.**

Touch the Sky, by Robert Elmer

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     “Barely escaping a plane crash, Peter discovers a concealed handgun in the plane’s cockpit. What is Matthias hiding? Who is involved in the nighttime rendezvous?” ~from Goodreads

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Title: Touch the Sky

Author: Robert Elmer

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction/Adventure

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Content: 5/5

My Review:

Another wonderful book in the Young Underground series. The action was wonderful- that’s one of the things that I love about this series- and it was so exciting (and HAPPY 😀 )when SPOILER ALERT!! Henrik finally asked Christ into his heart. I’m not sure why he didn’t do that earlier in the series, since (I think) that would have made the series better, but… that’s what the author did. 😉 SPOILER END!! I thought for sure that SPOILER ALERT!! Henrik was going to have to move to Palestine SPOILER END!!– SO glad that didn’t happen. Unfortunately, this is still the last book in the series… *cries* 😥 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! 🙂

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The Twin Arrows, by Kate Willis

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      “Two children. Two journeys. Twin arrows.

“Ryla follows her father’s parting instructions as closely as she carries his gift. Her protectors are kind, and safety is certain inside the convent’s strong walls. But now she must leave and what lies ahead is uncertain…

“Her brother Drewin won’t wait any longer. The knight promised to escort him isn’t coming, and gossiping neighbors threaten to reveal his identity. He strikes out on his own, sure he can outrun the danger…” ~from Goodreads

Title: The Twin Arrows

Author: Kate Willis

Genre(s): Christian Dystopian/Fantasy (not sure which)

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Content: 5/5

My Review:

FTC disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. I was not obligated to leave a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

Things I did like:

I am starting to enjoy non-magical fantasy more, and this is a great example of that genre!

The emotions expressed…aahh!!! So well written! And not just the emotions, the whole thing was very well polished. 😉 Great details, etc.

I liked the parallel between our Heavenly Father and our earthly one (or did I just imagine that??).

I also loved how Kate showed God’s love and care for us when we turn to Him.

Things I didn’t like:

Something that I had a slight problem with was that one of the main characters lived in an abbey for part of the story… I didn’t feel comfortable with the Catholic reference. Of course, no Catholic doctrine/theology was mentioned, but still… I didn’t like that. :/ However, that hardly took away from the storyline/plot. 🙂 And, I could understand why she used that-I can’t think of a different place for Ryla SLIGHT SPOILER!! to be safe in… besides a friends house…:P SPOILER END!!

One thing that I think could have used some work was the background to the story… I didn’t understand really what was going on… SPOILER!! the revolution, why they had to hide… and I didn’t know about their mother being in a different country until the end…SPOILER END!! but that may hate just been the writing style; sharing the different parts of the story as the book  goes along.

 

I know it seems like there was a lot more that I didn’t like about this book than what I did, but really, I highly recommend it!! I just feel that sometimes it is good to let people know what might be questionable in books, and let them find all the good parts for themselves (…as I’ve said before 😛 ). 😉

 

Captive Treasure, by Milly Howard

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“The long days on the trail were filled with excitement for adventurous Carrie Talbot. And at the end of the trail waited more adventure–she was going to start a brand new life at the Indian mission established by her uncle.

     “Then a sudden encounter with an Indian raiding party left Carrie with more excitement than she wanted. As she rode off helplessly with her captors, frantic thoughts raced through Carrie’s mind.

     “Why was one of the Indians so interested in the family Bible she had managed to save? How could she escape? Even if she did, how could she ever find the wagon train again?

       “The raiding party took Carrie deep into the wilderness to a Cheyenne camp on the banks of a distant river. There Carrie met the Indian called the Keeper and began a life far different from any she had ever imagined.” ~from Goodreads

Title: Captive Treasure

Author: Milly Howard

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction

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Content: 5/5

My Review:

This book was excellent! The MC (main character), Carrie, is inspiring as she witnesses to the Cheyenne Indians who capture her. It was great how, even after she MINOR SPOILER!! lost her Bible SPOILER END!! she still was able to share with them through Bible verses she had memorized. It challenged me to memorize verses myself. I loved seeing the Indians grow to come to know Christ. This book was written for ages 7-9, but I, a 12-year-old, still enjoyed it very much. 😉

 

 

 

 

Ivy Introspective: BLOG TOUR!!

Yes, yes, I know that I have been doing a lot of blog tours recently, and I apologize for that, but… I love getting free books!! 😛 😉

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 (I am only doing the blog tour for Ivy Introspective today. 🙂 )

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I ❤ this cover!! 🙂

Trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong, twelve-year-old Ivy struggles to keep her head above water as her simplicity is brought to light by her new position as a young lady growing up at Pearlbelle Park.

“After much thought, Ivy’s parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for girls and boys like her. However, scared and worried away from her beloved mother, sister, and nurse, Ivy can’t seem to focus.

“Will Ivy ever learn what Dr. McCale is trying to teach her? Or will she remained lost in her own mind forever?” ~from Goodreads

Title: Ivy Introspective

Author: Kellyn Roth

Genre(s): Historical Fiction

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Content: 5/5

My Review:

FTC disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. I was not obligated to leave a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

I’m not quite sure what to think of this book. However, I’ll try to gather my thoughts in this review.

Reading about Ivy was very interesting. I liked how she “found the song in her head”. I’ve read about special needs kids being very musically talented, and this seems to agree with that. Violet was a very interesting character… which brings me to another point:

The different places/circumstances where certain characters (SPOILER ALERT!! Mr. Parker and Violet SPOILER END!!) come to Christ are a bit vague. It is implied that they accept Christ as their Lord and Savior, but… it isn’t very clear. ??

I did like to see different characters “grow up”. 🙂 But… in my opinion, some of the adults in this story acted very immature. That seems to be Kellyn’s writing style, though, and I don’t think that it took away from the story. 🙂 Somehow, it fit with the characters’ personalities. 😉

 

Meet the Author: Kellyn Roth

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Kellyn Roth was born and raised in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon. Ever since she could talk, she’s had a fascination with words, always coming up with songs, poems, and stories. Now a homeschooled highschooler, she spends her spare time penning historical novels, several of which have been published.

 

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Interview with Kellyn:

Welcome to my blog, Kellyn! I have five questions to ask you today.

1) About how long did it take you to write Ivy Introspective?
Years and years and years …
Well, okay, from start to finish it wasn’t quite one year. I wrote the first draft in November 2016 (after much daydreaming, outlining, etc.). And then deleted it and started all over again. I wrote (or rewrote) Ivy Introspective over the spring and summer of 2017. I believe this new draft was finally completed in October 2017.
But it felt like longer. I really took too long to write this one. I even wrote a 15,000-word novella write in the middle of my writing – and published it! Procrastination at it highest, am I right?
 
2) Where did you get the idea for Ivy Introspective from?
 
I think the original idea came from wanting to somehow help Ivy (who first appeared in The Dressmaker’s Secret, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, Book 1). She has a slight mental disability, and I couldn’t think of a way that she could receive the special training she would need.
In Ivy’s time, anyone who was different was ostracized or put in terrible places that were supposedly mental hospitals but were often more like third-world prisons. And, well, that wasn’t going to happen to my Ivy. Neither was she going to spend the rest of her life hidden. She probably could have learned to live with her disability (which is similar to some forms of autism), but I wanted to write about Ivy learning to be her amazing self in a way that wouldn’t take decades of gradual coping.
So … I decided to go off the rail a little and make up a place for Ivy to go to learn in a special way … a secluded school in Scotland. No, it’s not 100% historically accurate, but I hope it isn’t too unbelievable to have existed.
 3) What is your best tip for wanna-be authors?
Just keep writing is a little cliché, and read until you explode has been done too many times. Both of these are stellar pieces of advice, though, and in no way do I seek to discredit them.
I think my #1 piece of advice would be “write what you love.” Do you really love cats? Well, I don’t see why there can’t be cats in your stories. How about the ocean? You can write a story set by the sea, can’t you? Or perhaps you’re a lover of elves – all kinds of elves, from Santa’s Little to Tolkien’s. So put some elves in your story.
I myself really love the classic Grimm’s fairytales. I write historical fiction, but one of the themes in my series, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, is fairytale endings and how they play out in real life. There’s a chapter in Ivy Introspective that plays on this idea, and it’s one of my favorites. 🙂
 4) What is your favorite line/quote from Ivy Introspective?
Just one?! How could I choose? But I suppose I’d pick this one:
“I never know I can do anything until I do.”
~Ivy Knight, Ivy Introspective by Kellyn Roth
5) Which character in Ivy Introspective is your favorite?
Hmm … I guess Violet Angel. She’s a student at McCale House who “befriends” Ivy. (I put that in quotes because Violet is a sarcastic, unruly girl who doesn’t really “befriend” anyone so much as tolerate them. 😉 )
Thanks for interviewing me, Leona! ❤
You’re very welcome! I enjoyed it. 🙂

And, as usual, there is a giveaway with this blog tour:

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There is also an international giveaway for ebook copies of the books. To go to that one, click the arrow under the title of the giveaway (if that makes sense).

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The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser, by Hosanna Emily

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   “‘Rosy growled, and I knew she was pacing the porch. I sensed her uneasiness. Something was wrong. Rosy never barked at cars; why would she choose this one?’

   “13 year-old Emily Kessler believes in God, but when she discovers someone trespassing in the middle of the night, can she learn to trust in Him completely? Will she have the courage to solve the mystery with her friends? And when everything falls apart, will Emily be able to keep those she loves safe?” ~from Goodreads

Title: The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser

Author: Hosanna Emily

Genre(s): Christian, Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense

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Content: 5/5

My Review:

I have been wanting to read this book for a while, and I finally got a chance to. I really enjoyed it! Hosanna Emily did a great job writing this book. I was reading an e-copy, so it could just be that, but I did notice a number of typos. I’m kind of persnickety about that. 😉
This book was well-rounded. I like how it was from a first-person POV (I think that’s what it’s called??). The Kessler kids & friends reminded me of my siblings and myself. 🙂 We enjoy playing in the woods by my grandparents’ house. Parts of the book were a bit confusing; at one point one or two of Emily’s siblings (I can’t remember how many) appear, when they weren’t mentioned earlier. I do like the mystery, however. It was very exciting. 😉
I read a negative review on Goodreads, in which the reader “complained” that the kids didn’t talk to their parents about the mystery. I would agree that that is misfortunate, but I have noticed that this is a common theme in mystery books (the Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew, etc.). I would say that the author could have done a better job showing parental involvement, etc, but I would also say that it did make the story more scary/interesting/etc. *shrugs*
All in all, this was a pretty good book, and I would definitely recommend it. It was clean, and Bible verses were used throughout (although I must say that I was disappointed that the American Standard Version was used {since I am a firm believer in the KJB}).

Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? Please comment below with your opinions!

Aaannnddd… this has nothing to do with this book, but just to let ya’ll know, I am going on vacation next week, and will not be able to post. I will try to schedule a post, but WordPress doesn’t always co-operate when I try that, so… we’ll see! 🙂

The Secret Slipper~ BLOG TOUR!!!

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You’ve got it: a blog tour! The Secret Slipper was a great book, and I’m excited to be able to review and promote it on here! 🙂 Included in this post is:
  • My review
  • Book sale
  • Author bio
  • Interview with author
  • Giveaway- US and International!
  • Blog tour schedule

Enjoy! 🙂


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Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose was to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?

“Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?

“As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn’t even know is searching for her?”

Title: The Secret Slipper

Author: Amanda Tero

Genre: Christian Fantasy

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Content: 5/5

My Review:

This was such a great book! It literally made me cry at the end! It is a fairly short read (I read it in one afternoon), but is definitely worth it. 😉 I can’t say that it really seems much like Cinderella (which I like; as you probably know, I’m not one for romance), but it is still a great book. 🙂 I’m also not one for fantasy, but this book fit to my tastes quite well. 😉 I might have to start trying more Christian fantasy, apparently! It did not have any magic or anything (another thing that I like 😛 ). I’m trying to decide if I should give more details… Okay, I will. 😉 (if you don’t like spoilers, you probably shouldn’t read this next section; I pointed out spoilers specifically, but still…)

There were a bunch of twists to the story (the one that caught me most off guard was SPOILER!! that Galien killed the informer {can’t remember his name right now- lol} SPOILER END!!). I did not expect SPOILER!! Lia to go to the dungeon; but that was a good thing, because then she asked the Lord into her heart SPOILER END!!. It had a great message of trusting the Lord throughout SPOILER!!, like when Raoul prays, etc. SPOILER END!!.

So, basically, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!!! I feel like I’m saying that a lot lately, but it’s really true!! 🙂 Thanks for letting me review it, Amanda!

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

And… guess what?!?

Sale May 25

Order “The Secret Slipper” by May 26, 2017, to get it at the discounted price of $0.99!!

Also, if you would like to get a signed copy of either book (U.S. only, sorry!), click here!

About the Author

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Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels. If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

Connect with Amanda

Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com

Website: http://amandatero.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amandaterobooks

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandateroauthor/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/amandaruthtero/

Blog: http://www.withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AmandaTero

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/amandatero

And… Da Interview!

1) About how long did it take you to write The Secret Slipper?

I started “The Secret Slipper” on November 22, 2016 and finished the final draft March 22, 2017 (cool; I didn’t realize it was exactly four months!).

2) Where did you get the idea for The Secret Slipper from?

I had finished “Befriending the Beast” (a spin-off of Beauty and the Beast) as a stand-alone when an author friend asked, “Hey, have you ever considered a father/daughter Cinderella story?” And that is exactly where the inspiration started. I prayed about it, and the Lord supplied the full story.

 3) What is your best tip for wanna-be authors?

Seek the Lord at every stage of writing. Writing is a tough thing, but if it’s what the Lord is leading you to do, He promises to give wisdom to everyone who asks.

Bonus tip: Never stop learning about the writing craft and be critical of your work. That is one of the best ways to get better.

 4) What is your favorite line/quote from The Secret Slipper?

Ooh…tough one…

Probably…“The question is not about the deformity of your body but about the deformity of your soul.”

5) Which character in The Secret Slipper is your favorite?

Jolin. Hands down. He’s the strong, steady, cautious guy, plus encourages Raoul in the Lord.

 

I know this is getting to be a very long post, but we have one more VERY important thing… A GIVEAWAY!!!

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U.S. Giveaway: Enter to win the set of “Befriending the Beast” and “The Secret Slipper”

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International Giveaway: Enter to win the eBook set of “Befriending the Beast” and “The Secret Slipper”

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Also Touring With The Secret Slipper:

May 25, 2017

Amanda @ With a Joyful Noise | Release Day, Giveaway

Leila @ Leila Tualla’s Bookshelf | Spotlight

Faith @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections | Review, Giveaway

Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls | Review, Interview

 

May 26

Emily @ Zerina Blossom’s Books | Interview

Kendra @ Knitted By God’s Plan (Spotlight) and O’Scarlett Reviews (Review) | Spotlight, Review

Alicia @ A Brighter Destiny | Review, Giveaway

 

May 27

Anika @ This Journey Called Life | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway

Katie @ His Princess Warrior | Review, Giveaway

Sarah @ The Destiny of One | Spotlight

Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen | Spotlight, Interview, Giveaway

 

May 29

Kate @ Once Upon an Ordinary | Review, Interview

Sarah @ Penumbra Reviews | Review

Dary @ Peculiar Miss Darcy | Character Interview

Julia @ My Joyful Journey with Jesus | Interview

 

May 30

Kenzi @ Honey Rock Hills | Review, Giveaway

Anita @ Christian Author: A.M. Heath | Review

Judith @ JudithWNicholson | Interview

 

May 31

Jesseca @ Whimsical Writings for His glory | Spotlight, Review

Raechel @ God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae | Spotlight, Review

Esther @ Purposeful Learning | Review, Interview, Giveaway

 

June 1

Kellyn @ Reveries Reviews | Review

Victoria @ Victoria Minks Blog | Spotlight, Review

Kelsey @ Kelsey’s Notebook | Spotlight

 

June 2

Hanne @ RockandMinerals4Him | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway

Erica @ Roxbury Books Blog | Spotlight

Janell @ Views from the Window Friend | Review

Crystal @ Crystal’s Adventures for Christ | Spotlight, Review, Interview

 

June 3

Alexa @ Verbosity Reviews | Spotlight

Faith @ Chosen Vessels | Review

Melissa @ Clothed with Scarlet | Review, Interview, Giveaway

 

 

Peril on Providence Island, by C. R. Hedgcock

Peril on Providence Island (Baker Family Adventures #2)

“The Bakers are full of excitement as they head to the English countryside to celebrate Grandfather Wilson’s eightieth birthday. When an elderly neighbor with Alzheimer’s disease tells a tale of treasure lost on the high seas, the Bakers are sure she has confused reality with fiction. But as they find information that supports Old Marge’s story, they begin wondering whether there is truth in it after all.

“Can the discovery of an ancient treasure help Old Marge stay in her beloved cottage and out of a nursing home? This question sends the Bakers on a swashbuckling adventure of mystery and peril, following an old diary through mysterious caves and a maze of clues in search of the missing treasure. Along the way, their quest is marked by amazing providences that point to this key conclusion: God’s ways are always right and true.” ~from Goodreads

Title: Peril on Providence Island

Author: C.R. Hedgcock

Genre(s): Christian YA Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (four stars)

Recommended age range: 10+, because of some suspense

My Review:

AAAAHHH!!! This was so good! I mean, the action! the suspense! This was better than the first Baker Family Adventure, in my opinion. It was VERY good. Some more details:

SPOILER ALERT!! The Bakers go to England for Mr. Baker’s father’s 80th birthday. While there, they meet an elderly lady, who tells them a story of treasure, under the sea. Anyways, long story short, they end up going to this island, finding the chest of gold, and fighting off and catching bad guys. SPOILER END!! For those who skipped the spoiler, the Bakers have a rather exciting (and stressful at times) adventure. My kind of story, folks. 🙂 (My synopsis there sounds terribly cliche, but it wasn’t, really. 😉 ) Annnnddd… You really have to read this, folks. I’m serious. It is GOOD!! 🙂

The only reason why I don’t fully recommend this book (and the rest of the series) is because the King James Bible is not used (I think the NKJV is used, if I remember right). But other than that, I really liked it!

So, basically, this was a WONDERFUL, ACTION PACKED book. A must read. 🙂

Autumn with the Moodys, by Sarah Maxwell

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from Goodreads.com

“Starting where Summer with the Moodys ended, the Moodys begin their new homeschool year. Not only is Mom experiencing morning sickness, but Maple, the eleven-week-old puppy, adds her twist of excitement. Packed into the book, you’ll find the Moodys helping their grandparents move nearby, an emergency trip to the doctor’s office, puppy training, birthday excitement, blessing neighbors, homeschooling–and to wrap the book up–a special Thanksgiving surprise!” ~from Goodreads.com

Title:  Autumn with the Moodys

Author: Sarah Maxwell

Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction

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Content: 6/5

My Review:

I don’t know, maybe I was in a better mood when I read this book, but I liked it better than the last one. It had more action (in the last one it didn’t seem like the Moodys DID much, if you know what I mean). And I’m starting to agree with the idea that books should have good examples in them (as opposed to people being bad, and getting punished for it). There might just be something to that! However, I think that there still should be some “conflict” in a story; otherwise, it just gets boring (kinda like the first book in the series). 😉
So, I guess that this “review” was more a stating of my opinions in general instead of a review of this book in specific, but I hope you don’t mind. I guess I’ll tell you some more about the book below (DO NOT READ IT IF YOU DON’T LIKE SPOILERS!!!):
SPOILER ALERT!! I LOVED Maple! My family is hoping to get a puppy, so that just made her more adorable. ❤ And the stuff with Mrs. Moody having morning sickness-very realistic, people! My mom hasn’t really had much with her pregnancies, but I know people who have. This just adds to the reality of the book, which I liked. And… Grandpa Moody getting saved at the end!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ !!! I loved that Miss Maxwell gave the whole salvation plan, and what exactly happened (as opposed to just saying, “he accepted Christ”). So, yeah. There were a lot of things that I liked about this book. 😉 SPOILER END!!

How was that for a review (and some MAJOR spoilers)?!? I think I did pretty well giving away the main points of the book (in that last section). 😛

BYE!! ❤

Sunshine Country, by Kristina Roy

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Palko is part of a mystery, several in fact, but he doesn’t know that. The only mystery he knows is the one that involves the hidden cave and the secret book that shows the way to the Sunshine Country – and Palko longs to go there. He has heard that in that land there is no darkness or fear, sickness or weeping. Soon he has his grandfather, Uncle Martin and the whole village wondering about the amazing little book that tells them such wonderful truths about the love of God and the forgiveness of sins. Even Father Malina starts to ask questions. But then there is the mystery about Palko’s past and another little boy who went missing – Uncle Martin is trying to find him and Palko promises to do the same. Will they find the little boy after such a long time? Are they in fact looking in the right place? Perhaps the mystery isn’t so mysterious after all.” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: Sunshine Country: A Story of Czechoslovakia

Author:  Kristina Roy

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction??

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Content: 10/5

My Review:

I ❤ ❤ ❤ THIS BOOK!!! Just lovely! 🙂 I love how SPOILER!! so many people get saved as a result of one little boy. SPOILER END!! Just-the whole thing! It is so nice to see people searching for Christ, and finding Him. The only thing that I didn’t like was the part about the Catholic priest; he never rejected Catholicism after he got saved for real… of course, SPOILER!! he died very soon after SPOILER END!!, but still… Oh, well! This was still a WONDERFUL book! ❤ LOVE IT! Please, everyone! Put this on your to-read list or I will hunt you down until you do. Oh, and BTW, I love the description above, too. 😉 So mysterious, it is perfect for the book. 🙂

(And please excuse my ranting and raving; just YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!! :P)

Brave the Wild Trail, by Milly Howard

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   “Florida after the Civil War was one long stretch of wilderness. Men had to struggle to feed and protect their families. Armed with the eighteen-foot bullwhips that earned them the name of “Crackers,” these men lived by hunting small game and by driving the wild yellowhammer cattle that haunted the scrub.

   “Eben Bramlett’s dream is to run a cattle drive down to Punta Rassa on the southern coast. His twelve-year-old son Josh, also expert with both horse and bullwhip, is his partner. Together they assemble a small company to begin the four-month trip to Punta Rassa. With rustlers, outlaws, and wolves ahead on the trail, they mount up and ride out.” (summary from Amazon.com)

Title: Brave the Wild Trail

Author: Milly Howard

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

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Content: 10/5 😉

My Review:

I loved this book! It was a great read for a quiet afternoon. 🙂 Nothing bad about it; it was even from a Christian perspective! It is a fairly short book (121 pages), but jam-packed with adventure. 😉 It had small mysteries scattered without (like MINOR SPOILER!!! “who was the man watching the cattle?” SPOILER END!!!), but I don’t think it was a main part of the story. Some girls may not enjoy it as much as I did, as a boy is the main character, and his mom is the only woman/girl in the book (PLOT SPOILER!!! they are on a cattle drive for most of it, and the other helpers are men and boys SPOILER END!!!), but I thought it was okay. 🙂 All in all (I feel like I’m saying that a lot at the end of my reviews…), this was a WONDERFUL book. 😉

Summer with the Moodys, by Sarah Maxwell

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From Goodreads

Come along with the Moodys as they help a widowed neighbor, start small businesses for the children, enjoy a family fun night, live normal life, and wrap up the book with two special surprises! Woven throughout the book is the Moodys’ love for the Lord and their enjoyment of time together. Children (parents too!) will love Mr. and Mrs. Moody, Max, Mollie, Mitch, and Maddie—they’ll come away challenged and encouraged.” -from Goodreads

Title: Summer with the Moodys

Author: Sarah Maxwell

Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction

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Content: 5/5

My Review:

I LOVED this book! Someone in our church was having me pre-read it for her, before she bought the whole series (I’m becoming known as a fast reader). IT WAS REALLY GOOD! There were a ton of Bible verses scattered without, and I loved seeing the Moody’s grow in the Lord. And it would also be a great book about the power of prayer SPOILER!!! they pray for a dog and a baby, and in the end, they get both (well, the baby technically wasn’t born yet, but…) SPOILER END!!!. This book would be great for ages 6-12; actually some of the reviews on the book say that five-year-olds liked it! The only thing that I didn’t like was that… well… their lives seemed a little perfect… there was only one minor fight that the kids had, and that doesn’t seem very realistic. I mean, my brothers? I won’t get into that. 😛 I think Miss Maxwell could have shown a little more disobedience; but showed that there are consequences. Overall, though, this was a wonderful book and I highly recommend it. 🙂

London in the Dark BLOG TOUR!!!

 

london-in-the-darkblog-tour-2Announcing… London in the Dark, by Victoria Lynn!!!

 

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London, 1910

Budding Private Detective Cyril Arlington Hartwell has a conundrum. London is being ravaged by the largest run of thefts in recent history. His hunch that it is all tied together may put him and those he loves in more danger than he could have reckoned.

Olivia Larken Hartwell is just home from boarding school for the summer anticipating time with her adoring parents. She misses her absent brother, Cyril, hoping for the day he will finally come home. But tragedy strikes, causing upheaval for all concerned and changes her life in a way she never could have imagined.

Olivia, Cyril, and their friends must bring the hidden to light, seek to execute justice, and dispel the darkness that hovers over London… and their hearts.

Title: London in the Dark

Author: Victoria Lynn

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction/Mystery

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Content: 5/5

My Review:

Aaaah!!! I loved this book! The storyline was well thought-out, and Victoria is very good at emotions. I was literally crying in spots (especially at the end)! The beginning was great, and the ending was OH SO GOOD!! The middle wasn’t quite so full of action, but it was still wonderful. I like how she put it all together into a marvelous book. 🙂 Now I need to rave a little:

The beginning:  I liked how the mystery started right away, SPOILER!! with the mysterious man at the dinner party. And the part with SPOILER!! the carriage accident, oh, that was so sad (and kind of a stunner-like, WHAT?!?!). *cries*

The middle: I liked how she peppered it with hints of what the ‘bad guys’ were doing, and showed Olivia’s emotions and how her brother treated her. 🙂

The end: This was my very favorite part of the book. The drama!!! WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS IN NEXT SENTENCE!!! Bancroft’s salvation, the almost-drowning, the wedding…. ❤

All in all, I would give this 5 stars all the way through. 🙂 Thank you for letting me review it, Victoria!

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

The Author:

Victoria Lynn

Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she’s not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.

 

 

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And… Da Interview!

  • Which is your favorite character?

Oh my! That is such a hard question to answer! It is like trying to pick your favorite child! *wails* Hmmmm. . . All of the main characters are my favorite. I love them for different reasons. Can I pick 4? Olivia, Cyril, Dudley and Bancroft. 😀

Olivia was probably my favorite, but I like the other three as well. 🙂

  • How long did it take for you to write London in the Dark?

The rough draft from outline to writing “the end” was 7-8 months. I write long hand with a pen and notebooks, so it took me a while, but at the same time, I think it took me less time than if I had typed it because I wasn’t distracted, which is what tends to happen when I am on the computer.

Yes, that makes sense. 🙂

  • Is anything in London based on happenings from your life? 

That is a REALLY good question. I would have to say only a little bit. I didn’t realize it at the time, but some of the relationships were similar to ones that I had experienced. Especially Olivia and Cyril’s. Not the same obviously, but similar feelings and emotions.

*doesn’t know what to say to that answer* 😛

  • What was your favorite scene to write?

OH dear. I have two in particular that come to mind. I loved writing the scene towards the middle where Dudley and Cyril are bantering/arguing back and forth. *grins* I loved that! The other scene was one of the main lynch-pin chapters in the middle. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say it is the chapter where something suspenseful happens to Olivia in Cyril’s office. 😀

Oh, yes, I remember that part. 🙂 I can imagine that that must have been fun to write, although I can’t imaging how you could stand it. 😛

  • Who is your favorite author?

Goodness! You are good at coming up with hard questions! LOL! I have quite a few who are my favorites and they are all older books. How about my top 3? Gene Stratton Porter, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and Grace Livingston Hill.

I’ve only read books by Lucy Maud Montgomery (in that list). I don’t think I’ve even heard of Gene Stratton Porter! I’ll have to check him out! 🙂

Thank you so much for having me Leona! It was such a delight to answer your questions!

You are very welcome! I’m glad you had fun! 🙂

 

And, what’s more, there are a couple of giveaways!!

Giveaway on the blog for:

London giveaway and:

London in the Dark giveaway 2

Goodreads giveaway

For signed copy of London.

Please enter the giveaways!

Thank you all so much for reading! Please check out all the other blogs that are participating in this tour! You can find the full list on Victoria’s blog. 

 

Have you read London? Would you like to? (clue: answer is YES YES YES!!!) Would you like it if I did shorter blog tours (I know I tend to not read longer posts)? Comment below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Escape on the Underground Railroad, by Nancy LeSourd

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“Hannah’s world is shaken when she discovers her family’s involvement with the Underground Railroad. When runaways find their way to her Virginia home, she must decide if she will play it safe or join her family to help the slaves escape. In Philadelphia, her friend Sarah is drawn into the life of a seven-year-old orphan whose world has been shattered by the evils of slavery. As the danger increases, the girls must find the courage they need to act before it is too late.” -from the back cover

Title: Escape on the Underground Railroad

Author: Nancy LeSourd

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

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Series: Liberty Letters, 1858

My Review:

I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! It wasn’t very exciting until the middle, but after that it was so good!! This book is composed of letters sent between two teen-aged girls. I like this style of writing so much that I have tried to write my own book in this style (needless to say, I haven’t gotten very far). There were a couple subtle hints of romance, but it wasn’t a main part of the story. I’m thinking that this is my favorite book in this series (that I’ve read), but I haven’t read the others in a while. 🙂

 

The Mystery of the Missing Map

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  “Kate, Anders, and Erik have traveled to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where Kate’s Irish relatives live as caretakers of an enormous mansion. Kate is excited to meet her cousin Megan for the first time, and it turns out the two girls could be twins- except something about Megan is very different. Will it keep Kate and Megan from being best friends?

“Soon after their arrival, Kate, Anders, and Erik learn about a treasure map hidden somewhere on the grounds of the estate- but when two shady-looking men are seen lurking around the mansion, Kate is worried they will steal the missing treasure. Danger trails the foursome as they race to find the missing map and the treasure it promises- before the thieves catch up.” -from the back cover

Title: The Mystery of the Missing Map

Author: Lois Walfrid Johnson

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

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Series: The Adventures of the Northwood #9

My Review:

This book was very entertaining, and had just enough ‘scary’ parts to keep me on the edge of my seat, so to speak. It did have a bit of romance, but nothing overly inappropriate (kissing, etc.); mainly just MINOR SPOILER! Kate and Erik SPOILER END!  making eyes at each other. The mystery part of it was very well developed (oh my, now I’m sounding like a professional critic!), was very exciting, and it was not easy to predict the outcome. I highly recommend this book!

The King’s Daughter and Other Stories

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“Due to the noble effort of the original California publisher, these stories were found in nearly every orphanage in our land during the late 1800’s. We bring to you an original reproduction of the 1910 edition with its 100 illustrations.” -excerpt from the back cover

 

Title: The King’s Daughter and Other Stories for Girls

Author: Various

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Series: Character Classics #1

My Review:

This little book is full of great short stories that will convict your heart. I would recommend it to younger girls. It is full of good character-building short stories.  The only thing that I did not like about is was that it was hard to read it in one sitting, because, after awhile, it got a little repetitive. This book has a great message to it, though. 🙂

****For those who were wondering, yes, I posted this a day early. I am going to be busy tomorrow; we are expecting some overnight guests on Friday. Thank you for understanding!

Beyond the River, by Robert Elmer

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  “Spending the summer at their uncle’s farm off the west coast of Denmark promises Peter and Elise Andersen freedom from the constant German patrols and bomb sirens that plague their home town. But on their first night at the sheep farm, a British bomber is seen lighting up the night sky- its engines in flames!

The plane crashes into the icy waters of the North Sea, but by the time they arrive, the pilot has struggled to shore and hidden himself in the thick woods. Knowing they must find him before the German soldiers do, Peter, Elise, and their cousins begin a feverish search for the endangered British pilot.

“The guard dogs are barking and the German trucks are rumbling in the distance- will Peter and Elise be able to rescue the pilot in time?” -from the back of the book

Title: Beyond the River

Author: Robert Elmer

Genre: Christian Fiction

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Content: 5/5

Series: The Young Underground, #2

My Review:

I love this series! My favorite part was when SPOILER!! Peter gets saved!!! SPOILER END!!  The only part that I didn’t like was that they mentioned “the bishop” and that the pastor was wearing a clerical collar. That almost makes it sound like they are Lutherans, but I’m not sure. I loved the story, though! I am starting to like “suspenseful” books more. 🙂

The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea Cobb

Reviewed by April Nelson

Rachelle Rea Cobb accurately combines history with romance in her novel, The Sound of Diamonds, in which she presents an exciting plot that shows the importance of truth and motive. This story takes place shortly after the Protestant Reformation and begins with Gwyneth, one of two main characters, being rescued from the hands of violent Protestant Dutchmen raiding the convent where she lives. Dirk, her rescuer, is the man who she thinks is her parents’ murderer. She hates him fiercely until she learns the truth. On their journey back to her original home, they encounter many perils and through it Gwyneth learns how to love again. Meanwhile, Dirk has his own story. He rescues Gwyneth only to clear his name, but through the journey discovers how motive determines character. This novel is a joy to read and captures the spirit of this time period, while illustrating the strength that truth and motive have in a person’s life. It is a Christian romance that gives a glimpse of history that will be an enthralling adventure for many future readers.
Recommended for ages 16 and up.

Alone Yet Not Alone, by Tracy Leininger Craven

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A miraculous survival. An extraordinary faith.

Autumn 1755. Settled in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, deep within America’s new frontier, the Leininger family celebrates the blessings of a beautiful homestead and bountiful harvest. Until tragedy strikes with the beginning of the French-Indian War, and the devastating raid known as the Penn’s Creek Massacre.

The lives of this simple, God-fearing family are forever altered when Barbara and Regina, two young sisters, are carried away by a band of Allegheny warriors. Driven by their faith in God and the powerful bonds of family, Barbara and Regina hold firmly to the belief that they are never alone, even in their darkest hour, and that they will be reunited again.

Title: Alone Yet Not Alone

Author: Tracy Leininger Craven

Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

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My Review: Alone Yet Not Alone was a beautiful story of a young girl’s faith.  This book only contained 150 pages, but I loved every page of it.  I almost felt like crying during the climatic moments, and I guess that shows how much it impacted me. “Would I be as steadfast in the faith as Barbara was if I were in her position?,” I asked myself.  This is a very convicting book. 🙂 I especially enjoyed that this book is based on a true story.  I also really like the cover.  It really reflects Barbara and Regina’s fear (SPOILER ALERT!) as they get captured by the Indians.

I would recommend this book for ages 12+, only because it does have some romance in the last few chapters. (But nothing inappropriate; no kissing or anything.)

 

Written by Leona G., 11 yrs.

The Treasure Hunt, by Kate Willis

 

 

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The Treasure Hunt was written by Kate Willis.  This short story contains 52 pages.

The Treasure Hunt is about three children: Lily, David and Anna.  Their older sisters create a treasure hunt for them, to make summer not so boring.  They follow the “trail” everywhere; from the barn to the book shop.  The three siblings make sweet memories together in this charming little book.

My Review:

This book was a nice short read for the afternoon.  I liked how the siblings were always complimenting each other, and how the older sisters planned the treasure hunt for “the middles”.  The only thing that I did not like was how the details were a little blurred sometimes, like in the second scene, where they go to the sisters’ room. (I’m not even sure if it was their room; I’m just assuming that)  Other than that, this is a nice little read for a sunny day.

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review*

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Kate Willis has been homeschooled her whole life in a loving family where the Gospel of Jesus Christ, creativity, and good conversations are high priorities. She loves red shoes, a good story, little children, and chai tea. It is her desire to serve God in the home ultimately having a family of her own in the future. She is the author of The Treasure Hunt, numerous short stories, and many other works she hopes to share with you.

 

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Jonas and Olivia, by Victoria Minks

 

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  Jonas and Olivia was written by Victoria Minks.  This book contains 226 pages and takes place during the beginning of the Revolutionary War.

Olivia Wilkerson is sent to live with Jonas Carmichael after her father, a renowned Baptist lawyer, passes away.  Jonas was her father’s best friend when they were both young.  Jonas didn’t know that Chauncey Wilkerson had died, and was also unaware that Olivia would be living with him.  He is an old, secluded man and does not want to have a young girl living with him.  He sends out letters, trying to find someone to take her.

Olivia is not happy when she arrives at Jonas’s mansion.  She is still mourning her father, and living with an old, grouchy man does not make her very happy.  Still, she finds comfort in trying to talk to Ishmael, the servant boy, and in making friends with Nabby Culpepper, a girl from the village.

As the book continues, we learn more about Jonas’s background, and why he is so hardened.  I won’t tell you much about it, except that he has had much sorrow in his life.

One day, Olivia spots a carriage coming down the road, and sees it stop if front of the gates.  She runs outside to tell them that Jonas does not welcome visitors, but they tell her that they are her aunt and uncle, come to take her away.  She packs her clothes, and leaves with them.

Jonas gets a letter from someone else who is willing to take her, and goes after them, to tell her.  He cannot find her, though, and goes back to his house with a heavy heart.

  Will Jonas and Olivia get re-united?  Will there be a happily-ever-after?  Read the book to find out!

 

My Review:

I really enjoyed reading this book.  It is the first book by Victoria Minks that I have read, and it certainly my expectations.  I especially liked how Olivia (spoiler alert!) taught Ishmael to read.  I also loved how Jonas ever… so… slowly… warmed up to Olivia.

The beginning of this book was a little slow, but for the last half of it, I was on the edge of my seat!  For this reason only, I would like to give it four stars (instead of five)!  Jonas and Olivia deserves a huge round of applause!

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 Interview with Victoria Minks!!!

Thanks for joining us today, Victoria!

1) What/who inspired you to write Jonas and Olivia
–It’s going to sound funny, but I sort of “met” one of the main characters, Jonas, in my head one day. I wasn’t brainstorming or anything… he just popped in my head and was like “Hey there! My name is Jonas!” From there on out I slowly learned more and more about who he was, his story, etc until it was finally pretty much a fully formed plot-line.
2) What was the hardest part of writing Jonas and Olivia?

–Figuring out Olivia’s character, probably. She took a bit more time to develop fully, and I spent a long time trying to understand her better and ‘dig deeper’.

3) What is the age range for this book?
–I think it’s the kind of book that most any age would enjoy. It’s family-friendly, but maybe the age range that would like it the best is 12-18.
4) What are your standards for books you read?
–My personal convictions lead me to ruling out books with sci-fi, fantasy genre, magic, over-the-top violence, glorification of sin, crude or bad language, or wrong relationships. I also prefer not to read most Christian romance. I’m not against romance, (It’s a natural, God-designed thing) but it just has to be done in the right way, and even in Christian books they tend to fall short of my preferences. 🙂
I do read books with flawed characters or characters who make mistakes. People in real life sin or make bad decisions, and seeing a character grow (or the results of them not repenting) I find valuable. As long as it’s presented in a clean way, of course! 🙂 I also read “non-Christian” books as long as is it is morally edifying and wholesome.
5) Are you planning on making this book into a series?
–Not really. In the back of the book you can find a link to three free short stories about the Culpepper family (who is featured in Jonas and Olivia a bit). I plan on writing more and eventually publishing a collection of Culpepper Tales, but that’s about it.
6) Where can we find your book?
–If you check out my link here, you can get to it easily: http://www.victoriaminks.com/jonas-and-olivia.html. Or you can search “Jonas and Olivia” on Amazon.com. 🙂
7) What are some tips you have for aspiring writers?
–Keep at it. The more you write the better you get. Don’t lose courage–if you’re writing for the Lord He will help you! 🙂
If you want extra tips/tricks, writing workbooks and more check out my blog at www.victoriaminks.com.

 

About the author:

   Victoria Minks was born in Oklahoma but moved to Japan as a missionary kid at age 3. Since then, she has enjoyed the life of a foreigner in four different locations in Japan.
An avid bookworm ever since she can remember, she has cultivated a desire for telling stories since a young age.
She has multiple favorites, but a few of them would be chocolate, music, historical fiction, horses, cowboy boots, old books, and rain. She believes life is a gift from God full of whimsical beauty and strives to honor God in it.

Link to Victoria’s blog HERE

Blog Tour: The Old River Road

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I’m so excited to be here for my first blog tour!  Ivy Rose is releasing her first book, and I am very happy to review it.

    Meet Ivy Rose and her debut novel, The Old River Road. This book is the first in a series of a yet-to-be-determined number of books based on the lives of the author’s ancestors. Written in a style similar to that of Janette Oke and Laura Ingalls Wilder, this is a story you won’t want to miss.

*This review contains spoilers*

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The Old River Road was written by Ivy Rose.  This book contains 400 pages.

Clara Boutwell meets William McDonald when he accidentally knocks her into a mud puddle outside their work.  He apologizes, and walks her home.  Soon, William is invited over to her house for dinner, and begins walking her home from work every day.  Clara gets to know him well, and discovers that he is a strong Christian, as she is.  Eventually William asks her if she will enter a courtship with him.  She agrees, and they get married 7 weeks after he proposes, on Valentines’ Day.

A few months after their marriage, Clara wakes up to hear William coughing uncontrollably.  She does what she can to make it stop, but is dreadfully worried for him.  After the coughing stops, he tells her that he has asthma.  It isn’t very bad, and Clara soon learns how to help him when he has these fits of coughing.

Their first child is born soon after that, and little Archibald is welcomed warmly into the family.  The next child is born two years after Archie, and is named Newton.   All is well… or so they think.  William is getting weaker every day because of his asthma, and when he goes to a lung specialist, the man says that he will die in two months.  The doctor says that William’s only hope is to go out west, out of the big city of Chicago.   Clara’s sister, Katie, had recently moved to Washington with her family, so William decides to go there.  The only problem is:  Clara and the children cannot go with him!  They will have to follow later.

With great agony, Clara and her husband part.  After a few months, William wires for Clara and the children to come.  They have a wonderful reunion, and soon buy their own house.  There, Clara gives birth to another little boy, who passes away only a few hours after birth.  A few years after that, she has another child: a little girl!  Clara and William name the little darling Vera.

The family moves to the Spokane river eventually, because the soil where they were living before wasn’t very good.  The cabin that they move into is right on the river, and Clara is very happy with it.  They live happily ever after there, at least in this book!

This was a very entertaining read and I highly recommend it!  I would like to give it five stars!

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.**

Available now in paperback and e-book on Amazon

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About the Author
Ivy Rose is an 18-year-old history lover and literary enthusiast. Aside from writing, she enjoys being outdoors, chocolate, traveling, reading, and ATVing (preferably if there is mud involved). She resides with her family of 9 on the banks of the Long Lake in eastern Washington.

And next up: the Interview!!

Thanks for joining us, Ivy Rose!

1) What/who inspired you to write The Old River Road?
     What first inspired me was stumbling across Clara’s memoirs at the age of ten. I remember thinking, “Wow, this would make a super cool book! Too bad someone doesn’t write one.” Talk about knock-on-wood. 🙂
2) What is the age range for this book?
    Very few of my books are for a specific age range, and, instead are family friendly. I think anyone 8 and up would enjoy this book.
3) Where can we find your book?
    It is for sale on Amazon, as a paperback and e-book.
4) What are your standards for books you read?
    Any book I read must, first of all, honor God. If He were reading over my shoulder, I wouldn’t feel guilty. I can go into more detail, but that pretty much covers everything. 🙂
5) Are you planning on writing another book in this series soon?
    There will be an announcement regarding that on my blog at the end of this blog tour. 😉 But in short, yes.
And finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the giveaway!!
Ivy Rose is holding a giveaway in honor of her book release.  Please click one of the links below for a chance to enter!

The Old River Road Prize Pack (This is for people who live in the U.S. or Canada)

International Prize (If you live elsewhere, this one is for you!)

Here is the blog tour schedule:

Friday, July 8th (release day!)

Emily  — Review, Spotlight

Jesseca Wheaton — Review, Interview

Saturday, July 9th

Olivia K. Fisher  — Interview, Spotlight

Faith Blum  — Review, Interview, Spotlight

Hannah E.  — Review, Interview

Monday, July 11th

Faith Potts  – Review

Rebecca Morgan  — Review, Interview

Tuesday, July 12th

Abigayle Ellison  — Review, Spotlight

Kenzi Knapp  – Review, Interview

Hosanna Emily  — Review, Interview

Wednesday, July 13th

Blessing Counter  — Interview

Victoria Minks  — Review, Spotlight

Thursday, July 14th

Deborah C.  — Review, Spotlight

Anna S. Brie  — Review

Leona G. — Review, Interview

Friday, July 15th

Hope Ann — Review, Interview

Amanda Tero — Review, Interview

Anika Joy – Review, Interview

A Peep Behind the Scenes, by Mrs.O. F. Walton

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A Peep Behind the Scenes was written by Mrs. O.F. Walton.  My copy contains 255 pages.  This book was published by Lamplighter Publishing.

A Peep Behind the Scenes is about a little girl named Rosalie.  Rosalie is the daughter of a traveling theater director.  Because of this, Rosalie, her mother, and her father live in a caravan.  They constantly travel to different fair-grounds to put on their show.  Mr. Joyce, Rosalie’s father, is cruel and does not care about Rosalie or her mother.  Mrs. Joyce is fatally ill, and worsens because of the constant moving.

At one town they pass, a elderly man gives Rosalie a card with a picture of a shepherd holding a lamb on it.  Underneath the picture it says “Rejoice with Me, for I have found My sheep which was lost.  There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”   Rosalie and her mother get saved because of this card.

Throughout the story,  Rosalie learns more of her mother’s background.  As different events happen, Rosalie has to learn to trust in the Lord.  She eventually goes to live at her aunt’s house, and along the way leads a few people to Christ.  She lives happily at her aunt’s house until she grows up.

This was a wonderful book about a young girl as she grows up.  I liked how Rosalie always trusts in the Lord, even when things get tough.  I think that that is a good attitude to have.  I highly recommend this book to young ladies 8 and up.

 

Written by Leona G., 11 yrs.

 

Princess in Calico, by Unknown

Princess in Calico was written by, well, Unknown!  To help you find it, it was published by Rod and Staff.  This books contains 92 pages and is a wonderful book for girls of all ages.

Princess in Calico is about a girl named Katura.  She lives on a farm with her father, step-mother, and step-siblings.  It is a life of drudgery for Katura, who longs for beauty.  Then, one day, her father recieves a letter from her aunt and uncle, who want Katura to come and visit them.  Katura eagerly accepts, and is soon in Boston.  She is greeted warmly, and is taken on many excursions.  On one of these jaunts, Katura meets a woman named Tryphosa.  This lady leads the girl to the Lord!  Soon, though, Katura is called back to the farm.  There, she serves the Lord till her death.

This book is so compelling that it almost made me cry!  Katura had to go through many hardships, but she served God in it all.  I highly recommend it to all young ladies.

 

Written by Leona G, 11 yrs.

Fire by Night, by Loree Lough

 

 

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Fire by Night, by Loree Lough, is a Christian fiction book. It contains 137 pages and is the fourth book in “The American Adventure” series. This book takes place in Boston, MA during 1635.

Fire by Night is about Phillip Smythe. In this book, a cyclone sweeps through Boston, and Phillip’s father’s carpentry shop is flattened. To make money, Father goes to England to build furniture for the king. (He is a very good carpenter.) While Father is gone, a fire burns up their house. On top of all that, Phillip’s sister dies after giving birth to a baby daughter. Phillip blames God, but soon learns that it all happened for a reason. Soon, Phillip, with the help of his brother John, re-build Father’s shop. And, after twenty months, Father comes home! In the end, everything turns out all right.

One of the best things about this book is that Phillip learns to trust God in everything. That is a lesson that everyone needs to learn. God is always in control!

The rest of the books in this series are very good, as well. I highly recommend all of them.

 

Written by Leona G, 11 yrs.

Millie’s Faithful Heart, based on the characters by Martha Finley

 

  Millie’s Faithful Heart was based on the characters by Martha Finley.  It contains 224 pages and is the fourth book in the “A Life of Faith: Millie Keith” series.  This book is a fiction novel that begins in in the south during 1838.

Millie’s Faithful Heart is about a girl named Millie who is sent south to her uncle’s plantation for her health.  The book before this one, Millie’s Remarkable Journey, describes her journey south.  One of my favorite things about this book is how she falls in love with a non-Christian.  Now, don’t stop reading here, please!  She declines his proposal because of her belief about being “un-equally yoked.”   I think that she had great faith, and knew that she had to do what was right.

In this book, Millie also helps a slave girl and her brother. Millie’s aunt Isabel said that if Millie attended all the parties, she would give the girl to Millie.  Millie doesn’t want to be a slave owner, but she decides that once she goes back to Indiana, she will set Laylie free.  That doesn’t happen, but Laylie and Luke do get to freedom!  I won’t tell you the ending, but it is really cool!

This is a good book about guarding your heart.

If you enjoyed this book, I also recommend the Elsie Dinsmore Series, by Martha Finley. I am anticipating reading the next books in this series, as well.

 

Violet’s Hidden Doubts, based on the characters by Martha Finley

 

  Violet’s Hidden Doubts was based on the characters by Martha Finley.  It contains 224 pages and is the first book in the “A Life of Faith: Violet Travilla” series.  This book is a fiction novel that begins at a Southern plantation in October of 1877.

Violet’s Hidden Doubts is about Violet (or Vi) Travilla. In this book, Vi’s beloved father dies.  She is devastated at this loss and draws back from the family. Later, Vi opens up to her mother and confesses that she believes that she caused her father’s death. Elsie convinces her that her feelings are not correct, and Vi is back to her usual self.

Later in the book, Vi and her family take a trip to Viamede, the plantation where Elsie was born.  Once there, Elsie’s cousin Molly gets married. Many other exciting things happen, also.

One of the best things about this book is the relationship that Vi and her family have with God.  Several people in this book learn important lessons that we can apply to our lives, too.

If you enjoyed this book, I also recommend the Elsie Dinsmore Series, by Martha Finley. I am anticipating reading the next books in this series, as well.

 

The Mysterious Hideaway by Lois Walfrid Johnson

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About This Book:

Spring term at the Spirit Lake School had begun, and the one-room building is filled with the excitement of friends who have finally gotten back together again. But from the very first day, this spring term promises to be different than any other in the school’s history. First, there’s Ben, the brother of Kate O’Connell’s mother. Although he’s older than the teacher, he needs to learn English and joins Kate and Anders as school begins. At six feet three inches tall, Ben causes a stir with the school children-and the teacher! Then there’s the strange sound that Kate hears above the noise of the first day’s hubbub. Where did it come from? The ceiling above her desk? Or from beneath the floor? Could she have imagined it? A series of baffling clues that seem to make no sense have Kate, Anders, and Erik searching for answers.”Exerpt from back of book.

Review:

I enjoyed this book very much. It was a very good book and I had no problems with it. I also like the rest of the books in this series. ♥♥♥♥♥

Series: Adventures of the Northwoods #6

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ISBN: 1556612389

Written by: Leona G., 11 yrs.

Wild Thing by Dandi Daley Mackall

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About This Book:

“Twelve-year-old Winnie Willis loves horses-just like her mother did. But since her mom died two years ago, Winnie, her sister, Lizzie, and her father have moved five times. Winnie never cared much-until now. She has a chance to buy the horse of her dreams at an up-coming auction, but how will she ever earn enough money? More importantly, how can she possibly convince her dad not to move them to another town . . . again?” Exerpt from the back of the book.

Review: This is a really good book except for two points, #1: where her sister says she can have this one boy for a boyfriend. She doesn’t like it, which is good, but it still comes up in the book. The second point is that is uses the New Living Translation of the Bible, instead of the King James Version. The author’s  website is at http://dandibooks.com/. ♥♥♥♥

Series: Winnie the Horse Gentler, bk.#1

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 978-0-8423-5542-1

Written By: Leona G., 10 yrs.

 

Rebekah in Danger: Peril in Plymouth Colony by Colleen L. Reece

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About This Book:

It’s no exaggeration to say that Rebekah and her family are in mortal danger. The first winter at Plymouth Colony is bitterly cold, many of the pilgrims are sick, and food is in short supply.  Ten-year-old Rebekah does her part to help, taking long hours of chores and tending to the weak. She’ll do all that she can to keep herself and her family strong-but what if she fails? She prays that God won’t allow her, or her parents, to fall sick and die as so many others have.” Exerpt from the back of the book.

Review:

In this book, Rebekah Cunningham and her family are very brave. It would be hard to leave all your friends and go to a place never explored before, but God was with them. A very good book. ♥♥♥♥♥

Series: Sisters in Time

Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.

ISBN:1593103522

Written By: Leona G., 10 yrs.

 

Mandie and the Medicine Man by Lois Gladys Leppard

About this book:

“A Cherokee superstition seems to have come back to haunt Mandie and her friends – the gold they discovered has been donated to build a new hospital, but someone or something is tearing the walls down as fast as they can be built. The guard posted to watch the site is knocked out, tied up and blindfolded.”

Series: Book #6 in the Mandie series. This series is about an orphan girl living in 19th century North Carolina.

Review:

I would highly recommend this book for girls ages 9-12. There is no inappropriate language or content. In the series, she and a boy make a pledge to each other to marry when they reach adulthood, however there is no physical contact between them. You may find it difficult to understand this book if you have not read the previous books.

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ISBN: 0871238918