I have read this book a time or two prior to this most recent reading. I am privileged to be doing my grandson's seventh grade literature class with him during virtual learning due to the pandemic. This was our first of four books in the curriculum that we are using. While it wasn't his favorite (thus his choosing to do it first and get it over with), I enjoyed another read through. He has done very well comprehending and recognizing the life lessons the book has to offer. Life was so much simpler during the time this book is set, but it certainly wasn't easier, and not without its difficulties. Anne is a wonderful example of someone who takes Philippians 4:8 to heart. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. May we do likewise.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Autumn Skies is the third book in Denise Hunter's Bluebell Inn series. While a knowledge of the characters and backstory is nice, this book will work well as a stand-alone read. It focuses on Grace Bennett, the youngest of three siblings who completed their parents' dream of converting their historical family home into an inn. It is a love story between the fresh, young, outdoors girl and a Secret Service agent who comes to the inn seeking resolution to a horrific, life-changing event from his childhood. Hunter does a great job of writing passion that does not exceed the boundaries of Christian fiction. She deals sensitively with the importance of resolving childhood trauma, and extending oneself forgiveness and the freedom to joyfully pursue life.
I am grateful to have received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson via NetGalley without obligation. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Set in the Yellowstone National Park in the fall of 1886, Nothing Short of Wondrous gives readers a view of the park's grandeur: the geyser fields, mountain vistas, varied and majestic wildlife, and the strong people who protected it all. Readers who like a strong, female protagonist will not be disappointed in Kate Tremaine, a widowed mother who owns the Geyser Gateway Inn. She is fiercely protective of her son, their way of life, and the park. With her lease up for renewal, Kate has additional reasons to fight for all she loves. Fortunately God often blesses with things one doesn't even realize are needed, and the author demonstrates this through Lieutenant Will Prescott and his men who have come to patrol the area of the park where the Geyser Gateway is located. Will's story encourages hope for those who feel they are living a life of penance and are in need of restoration. Kate and Will's stories are set against a backdrop of those who are set to prosper from Yellowstone's resources at great cost to the park.
This novel is well-written, superbly plotted, with well-developed characters. I am grateful to have received a complementary copy from Revell via NetGalley without obligation. All opinions expressed here are my own.
A blessing. That is what The Love Note by Joanna Davidson Politano is, a blessing. It is a story of true love, most especially about the truest, the love of and for God. It is also about the power of words, their power to wound and destroy, and their power to heal and restore. It is a story of surrendering one's dreams to God, exchanging good for best. My heart will choose to dwell in this book a while longer even though I've read the last word; my soul clings to the wisdom within its covers.
I am grateful to have received a complimentary copy from Revell via NetGalley without obligation. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Glimmer in the Darkness by Robin Patchen included in the Dangerous Deceptions Boxed Set - A Book Review
Robin Patchen's latest release, Glimmer in the Darkness, is included in the Dangerous Deceptions Christian romantic suspense boxed set. It was wonderful to return to New Hampshire with Robin. I am beginning to know and care about the characters of Coventry, as much as I had her Nutfield, NH characters. In this book readers jump right into a murder and kidnapping case involving young girls. The case appears to be connected to a decade old case in which the suspect, a teenage girl, was never located. Cassidy Leblanc has changed her name and made a life for herself on the west coast, but she is compelled to return to Coventry to search for the man who held her captive a lifetime ago, determined that another young girl won't meet the same fate as her young friend Hallie. She soon realizes that she cannot do this alone, and her close friend, Hallie's brother, may be the only one who can help.
Patchen has once again gifted her readers with an action-filled tale of suspense and deep emotion. Her writing style keeps readers in the palm of her hand and on the edge of their seat. She has long been among my top five favorite suspense writers. I am grateful to have received a copy of this book from the author without obligation. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Ladd's latest installment in her Cornwall series is delightful. William (Liam) Twethewey is now a grown man and has come into his inheritance of the Wyndcliff Estate, for which he has big plans including the mining of China clay. Evelyn Bray has lived in Wyndcliff Cottage with her grandfather most of her life, while he served as estate steward. She thought she knew her community well, but Liam's arrival has caused her to question much of what she thought she knew, and it has caused Liam to wonder what nefarious activities have been going on since his uncle's passing.
Shipwrecks, smuggling, betrayal, and mysterious comings and goings, this book is filled with intrigue and suspense, not to mention romance. For the historical fiction fans, there is the fact that the story is set in the 1820s, a bonus indeed. I am grateful to have received a complimentary copy of The Light at Wyndcliff from Thomas Nelson via NetGalley without obligation. All opinions expressed here are my own.
This book is well-organized, well-thought out, and a wealth of information. It includes a hospitality personality quiz, which I found helpful. Tyree gives wonderful hostessing suggestions for each of four hospitality personalities. She also examines hospitality habits and explains how to incorporate those habits into reducing stress and successfully showing hospitality to friends and family. The section on working with and around hospitality hang-ups was filled with good ideas. The specific suggestions made by a variety of Tyree's friends were spot on, and the menu, recipes, decorating and entertainment ideas in the hosting themes chapter were equally on target and appreciated. Overall Tyree reminds us that connecting with those we care about and those we want to get to know better is what is most important. Making people feel valued and connected is what its about. That's what leaves a lasting impression.
I am grateful to have received a copy of Your Hospitality Personality from Revell via NetGalley without obligation. All opinions expressed here are my own.