Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Risen: A Book Review

About The Book:


The Story of the Resurrection as You've Never Seen It Before
Epic in scope, yet deeply personal, this novelization offers a unique perspective on the story of the resurrection. Roman Tribune Clavius is assigned by Pilate to keep the radical followers of the recently executed Yeshua from stealing the body and inciting revolution. When the body goes missing despite his precautions, Clavius must hunt it down.

His investigation leads him from the halls of Herod Antipas to the Garden of Gethsemane and brings him in touch with believer and doubter alike. But as the body still remains missing, Clavius commits to a quest for the truth--and answers that will not only shake his life but echo throughout all of history.


You can read an excerpt of this book here in PDF format

About The Author:

The author of more than 100 published books and with nearly 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Note, The Nativity Story, and Esther: Royal Beauty.Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, Angela completed her PhD in Biblical Studies in Theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs. She can be found online at www.angelahuntbooks.com

My Review:

I often wonder what it would have been like to live in the time of Jesus, following His ministry, the trial and crucefixtion and the aftermath of that traumatic time period. In the last several years there have been many movies and books released that have dramatized this exact time, and it has been very interesting. Recently the movie and book, Risen, was released. Although I have yet to see the movie, the book was a great reading experience. The book is obviously fiction but stayed very true to the time period regarding historical, and cultural facts and it is very clear that author Angela Hunt did a remarkable amount of research to keep her writing accurate.  Because I haven't seen the movie, I obviously cannot compare the two, but suffice it to say the book was a remarkable read. The characters were all very well developed and the book moved at a very fast pace! 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Risen at your favorite Christian book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


Monday, April 25, 2016

The Midwife's Choice: A Book Review

About The Book:

Come Home to Friendship, Family, and Faith in the Town of Trinity
In a time when the traditional ways of medicine are constantly being questioned by new doctors fresh from medical school, midwife Martha Cade tries to balance her life's calling with the demands of her family. Recently reunited with her estranged seventeen-year-old daughter, Martha finds herself torn between guiding her child and allowing her to be an adult. At the same time, she must decide whether she'll risk reopening the heart she'd long closed off to love. 

Though a small town, Trinity, Pennsylvania, is fraught with secrets, and as a midwife, Martha moves among its people. She knows which homes are filled with light and love, which families have slipped into grief, which wives are unhappy, and which husbands dare to cross lines...As Martha struggles with the conflicts of being a mother, a midwife, and a woman, she learns the greatest lessons of all--that hope can shine even in the darkest hours, and that faith has a way of making the impossible possible.


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Delia Parr is the author of seventeen historical and inspirational historical romance novels, including The Midwife's TaleHearts Awakening,Love's First Bloom, and Hidden Affections. The mother of three grown children, she was a longtime high school teacher in southern New Jersey before retiring to Florida's sunny west coast. In between visits to her grandchildren in several different states, she spends her time writing and volunteering alongside other women who share a bond of sisterhood as sisters of faith.

My Review:

The Midwife's Choice is the second book in the At Home In Trinity series by author Delia Parr. I have had the opportunity in the past to read Parr's novels and they were very wonderful to read. I also did read the first in this series and it was good too. If you have not read the first book, its not imperative, as you won't feel lost as you read the second book. 
The characters are very well development and I enjoyed reading their journey as the book went on. I love that this series looks at the historical aspect of midwifery, and has built a wonderful series around this topic. A very easy to read book that I completed over the course of a weekend. A new mystery is introduced in the book, which I quite enjoyed. From beginning to end this was a delightful read for sure. The book does have quite a cliffhanger but is sure to be resolved in book 3, The Midwife's Dilema, which just recently released. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase a copy of The Midwife's Choice at your favorite Christian book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Live Loved: A Book Review

About The Book:

PRAY • CREATE • MEMORIZE • REFLECT • JOURNAL
How would your attitude, actions, and responses change if you lived in the unconditional, immeasurable love of God? What would it look like for you to live loved?

Live Loved provides an opportunity for you to pull away from the hustle and bustle of life to pray, journal, and unleash your creative gifts as you marinate in the truth of God's fierce love for you.

• Spend time in prayer, reflecting and growing in your relationship with God
• Commit Bible passages to memory and deepen your faith
• Share your fun artistry with others through what you create

Color and doodle and learn to live loved as you craft God's Word into your heart.


You can check out an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

A self-described "hot mess," Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive, and Women of Joy. Her books, including The Organic GodThe Sacred Echo,Scouting the DivineWonderstruck, and Fight Back With Joy and their corresponding Bible studies, have sold nearly one million copies and received critical acclaim and extensive national media coverage from CNN, the Associated Press, USA Today, the Los Angeles TimesThe Washington Post, and more.

She was recently named one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today byChristianity Today, one of the 30 voices who will help lead the church in the next decade byCharisma Magazine,and one of the 40 who will shape Christian publishing by Christian Retailingmagazine. Margaret and her husband, Leif, have an adorable superpup named Hershey. She believes some of the best days are spent in jammies, laughing, and being silly.


My Review:

As a child I absolutely loved coloring, whether it was a pre-designed coloring book, or drawing my own creations. Even as an adult, I have been known to pick up a coloring book and package of crayons or pencil crayons and sit and use coloring as a stress release time. There is something so incredibly peaceful and relaxing about coloring and in the last few years, the insurgence of coloring books for adults has been HUGE. There has so many coloring books on the market, but I especially love faith-based ones that allow me to meditate on the verses and color at the same time. 

This most recent release from author Margaret Feinberg is a wonderful piece of art! With high quality paper, it can be used with several different mediums like pencil crayons, crayons, markers and even water colors. I have even made it part of my "mommy time out"  to pick up a coloring book, markers, and spend at least a half hour to just be and relax. 

Live Loved would be a wonderful gift for any woman in your life, and even for yourself!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Live Loved: An Adult Coloring Book at your favorite Christian book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Where She Belongs: A Book Review

About The Book:

Can love redeem a broken past?
Shelby Kincaid is ready to move forward after the death of her husband left her devastated. With high hopes for the future, she longs to purchase her family's homestead, Misty Willow, so she can raise her young daughters in the only place she ever truly belonged. She plans to transform the abandoned house into the perfect home of her memories. But she has her work cut out for her.

AJ Sullivan never wanted Shelby's family homestead in the first place. His grandfather left it to him as punishment for not following his wishes, and he's let it fall into ruin. AJ's more than happy to unload it to this spitfire of a woman. But even after angry exchanges over the state of the house, he can't get her off his mind.

With writing that evokes a strong sense of place and family history, Johnnie Alexander deftly explores the ties that bind us to home--and the irresistible forces that draw us to each other


About The Author:

Johnnie Alexander is the award-winning author of Where Treasure Hides. Johnnie is an accomplished essayist and poet whose work has appeared in the Guideposts anthology A Cup of Christmas Cheer. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, spending time with her grandchildren, and taking road trips. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee.

My Review:

This is the first of author Johnnie Alexander's books I have had the pleasure of reading and I am so glad to have done so. From the first pages to the last, I absolutely loved getting to know the characters, both major and minor, and watching them develop as the book went on. There was so much emotion, and I felt drawn into each emotional scene as the book progressed. It is a story that was beautifully written, a prose that was almost poetic, and a stunning cover that was what originally drew me into the book itself. A lovely and charming read. I look forward to reading more from this great author!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Where She Belongs at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Beyond The Silence: A Book Review

About The Book:

The Shadows Over This Olive Grove 
Hide More Than Just the Truth

Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother's dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if she made the right choice. Murky rumors swirl around Woodward Colton, her new employer, but the gossip doesn't match the man Lillian comes to know. 

Still, something dark did happen in the family's past. Lillian's seven-year-old charge hasn't spoken in over a year. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he'll one day feel safe enough to share what scared him. But the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. When the housekeeper is brutally attacked, the town once again suspects the worst. Will discovering the truth help Lillian clear the name of the man she has come to love--or will it endanger her even more?


About The Authors:

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn more at www.traciepeterson.com.

Kimberley Woodhouse is a multipublished author of fiction and nonfiction. A popular speaker/teacher, she's shared her theme of Joy Through Trials with over 150,000 people at more than a thousand venues across the country. She lives, writes, and homeschools with her husband of twenty-plus years and their two awesome teens live in Colorado. Connect with Kim at www.kimberleywoodhouse.com.

My Review:

Beyond The Silence is a story of heartbreak, love, forgiveness and redemption as well as the impact that gossip can be on a family generation. Tracie Peterson has been a favorite author of mine for many years and this collaboration with Kimberly Woodhouse has been a wonderful tale of faith. The book flowed very nicely and I absolutely loved the character of Lillian. With all the characters being very real to life, I am sure there is one that all who read this book will relate to and love. The book caught my attention from the very first pages and kept my attention throughout reading it. I even found myself reading late into the night.   I love that not only was this a great historical fiction, it also included a bit of romance and mystery to make it a wonderful overall read. 

I look forward to reading more from these authors in the future. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Beyond The Silence at your favorite Christian book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Ants in Their Pants: A Book Review

About The Book:


Extra busy children—children who must move to learn—are constantly in motion, driven by insatiable curiosity, and require tactile experiences throughout the day. The kinesthetic nature of extra busy children demands environments, schedules, and guidelines that are different from traditional teaching methods. With consistency and creativity, extra busy children can thrive in the classroom and at home.

Ants in Their Pants will help educators
  • understand the kinesthetic nature of extra busy children
  • create the best environment for learning and playing
  • incorporate sensory integration activities
  • positively redirect excess energy in a positive direction
  • recognize the importance of proper nutrition and sleeping habits
  • connect with families of extra busy children

This practical, hands-on resource is filled with transition ideas, sensory play activities, sound advice, and out-of-the-box inspiration—techniques to nurture and support extra busy children that have been successfully used by the author in the classroom and at home with her own extra busy child.


Age Focus: 3-6. Softbound, 160 pgs.


You can read an excerpt of this book in PDF format

About The Author:

Aerial Cross, MA, has over a decade of experience as an educator in both general and special education classrooms. She presents seminars and workshops for educators throughout New Mexico. Aerial is also the author of Ants in Their Pants: Teaching Children Who Must Move to Learn and Come and Play: Sensory-Integration Strategies for Children with Play Challenges. 

My Review:

What a fun book! This is a must have for all parents, teachers and caregivers who have wiggly children and children who must move all the time. The activities are very easy to implement and will include many items you already own, and are around the house or classroom. The activities meet the developmental ages of three to eight and will meet all children's needs through them. It is also full of theory about movement and how it impacts children which is also very important for the adults in children's lives to know as well. If you are looking for a fun large motor resource, this is the one you need! 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Ants In Their Pants: Teaching Children Who Must Move to Learn online through Redleaf Press

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Redleaf Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


Synced: A Book Review

About The Book:


Prayer can become extraordinary when we live connected to the heart of Jesus.
Synced encourages you to emulate the way Jesus lived His life. With real-life stories of people walking closely with Jesus, finding themselves in the right place at the right time, readers are challenged to examine what staying in step with the Spirit looks like. National best-selling author and known prayer expert, Jennifer Kennedy Dean, uses the familiar passage of the Lord’s Prayer as anchor points to present the way Jesus lived His life in step with the Father through prayer.
Every moment is pregnant with purpose. Every moment is drenched in power. Prayer is no longer the means by which you attempt to get God to perform for you and becomes, instead, the means by which you connect with His heart and mind. A praying life is a life of peace and soul-rest. A praying life is lived in sync with the heart of Jesus.
You can read an excerpt of Synced here, in PDF format
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About The Author:
Jennifer Kennedy Dean is executive director of the Praying Life Foundation and a respected author and speaker. The author of numerous books, studies, and magazine articles specializing in prayer and spiritual formation, her book Heart’s Cry has been named National Day of Prayer’s signature book, while her book Live a Praying Life® has been called a flagship work on prayer. Widely recognized as an unusually gifted communicator, Jennifer speaks all over the country calling God’s people to discover the difference between a prayer life and a praying life. Jennifer is the author of such books as Altar’d, Clothed with Power, Conversations with the Most High, Life Unhindered!, Power in the Blood of Christ, Power in the Name of Jesus, Secrets Jesus Shared, Set Apart, The Power of Small, and much more. A highly demanded speaker, her engagements include respected organizations such as the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove and Focus on the Family. She is a board member for Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, a member of America’s National Prayer Committee, a member of National Professional Women Association, and national prayer director and board member for Christian Women in Media.
My Review:
Synched was the first book by Jennifer Kennedy Dean that I have read, and I am very happy to have read it. She takes you through the Lord's Prayer in a way that I have never experienced and it was very good! The book flowed nicely, and drew you in from the first pages. The book well well written and very well organized, and very easy to understand. The book is very heavy with scripture and the author's interpretations are both inspiring and challenging. I very much enjoyed this book!

I give this book a thumbs up and highly recommend it.
BUY IT: You can purchase Synced online via Amazon
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Monday, March 28, 2016

Finding God In The Ruins: A Book Review

About The Book:


If God is love, why do we hurt so much?
When the reality of your pain doesn’t line up with what you’ve been taught in church, then what? While many abandon their faith or embrace hopelessness, it is possible to discover the God who heals your heart in the midst of the pain.
Matt Bays has been where you are. His unforgettable stories of loss and healing will usher you into a life where gratitude overpowers anger, hope overcomes despair, and hunger for God replaces indifference to God. With a fresh and original writing style, Bays demonstrates that true redemption is far more powerful than the temporary fixes of sanitized Christianity.

About The Author:
Matt Bays is a writer, speaker, and musician with a passion to call people out of their hiding places. In ministry for twenty years, he and his wife, Heather, live in Indianapolis with their fun-loving and insightful teenage daughters.
My Review:
Pain. Dealing with the trials of life, either in our personal lives or being confronted by the atrocities of the world, is not easy. It is something that all of us have dealt with in our lives. Whether pain from loss of live, job, church and so much. Matt Bays writes in a conversational manner, is so very raw, and you will cry and laugh at many times in the book. He writes in such a way that we realize that we are never alone in our walk through pain. God is there with us always. Even when we cannot understand the why of pain, don't want to accep the pain, and question our faith as we journey through the pain, we are not separate from the Lord who carries us through. Having gone through cancer, infertility (now blessed with two children), a major marriage crisis, and the loss of many loved ones, there has been some many times to question God. And believe me, I have. But this book has helped me wrestle through my questions and reminded me that God redeems pain, and allows it to bring glory to Him. This book needs to be read by anyone who is questioning the purpose of pain. A very good read, but difficult read, that I highly recommend. 
BUY IT: You can purchase Finding God in the Ruins online through Amazon
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Friday, March 25, 2016

I Want It All: A Book Review

About The Book:

God created you for exceptional impact. Exceptional power. And exceptional blessings.
Gwen Smith knows how easy it is to dismiss God’s plans with the thoughts, I can’t make a big difference for God because I’m just an ordinary woman with an ordinary life. Yet God created us to join Him in doing amazing work in the world. He created us to live with abundant joy, courage, and influence. But not the joy, courage, and influence of the world. He offers His grace for each failure, His love that shatters hate, His peace that soothes the turmoil, His comfort, guidance, wisdom, rest, power, and significance. Every blessing He has for us is ours for the taking.
I Want It All will ignite a fire in your heart to experience more faith, more power, and more impact. More of Jesus. All of Jesus. Everything that God has for you.
About The Author:
Gwen Smith is an author and volleyball enthusiast who lives in sunny North Carolina and has been married to her college honey, Brad, for 23 years. They are tired parents to three competitive-sport-playing teens who keep them on their toes and on their knees. Her online friends meet at GwenSmith.net to connect and be encouraged, and her goal is to help women think big thoughts about God and be inspired to live out the grace and truth of Jesus. Gwen speaks, leads worship, and eats potato chips at women's events everywhere, and she is a co-founder of the conference and devotional ministry Girlfriends in God.
My Review:
Oh my heck, 2016 has definitely been my favorite year for heart hitting, mind blowing reads that get right to my heart. And I Want It All by Gwen Smith is one of my top five books this year by far! I Gwen bares her heart and reminds us that we have it all when we have Jesus in our life. She is raw and honest, and I found myself quoting a lot of what I read in the book on social media, underlining and highlighting tons of the book. It is a book that I will reference for many years and I absolutely love that the book includes a study guide, making it perfect for small group, ladies bible study and even personal study times. With each word written Gwen encourages us to have a heart that wants it all for Jesus. 
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase I Want It All online via Amazon
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Hoodwinked: A Book Review

About The Book:

Moms have been hoodwinked—tricked into believing lies that keep them from not only enjoying motherhood, but forging friendships with other moms who might tackle the tasks of motherhood differently. Myths such as “Mothering is natural, easy, and instinctive” cause moms to feel like failures if they have questions or apprehensions in raising their kids. Operating from the premise that “The way I mother is the right (and only) way” puts up fences between moms instead of building bridges of encouragement between them. Lies such as “I am my child’s choices” tempt moms to mistakenly believe that if their child makes a wrong choice then they, in turn, must be a bad mom.
In their encouraging “we’ve been there” style, Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk enable mothers to:
  • Identify the ten myths of motherhood our current culture perpetuates
  • Replace the lies with the truth of what God says in the Bible about mothering
  • Acquire practical tools to help them form new and improved thought patterns and healthy behaviors
  • Forge healthy, supportive relationships with other moms of all ages and stages
  • Confidently embrace the calling of motherhood as they care for their families in their own unique way
 A six-session video Bible study for group or individual use is also available here.

You can read an excerpt of Hoodwinked here.


About The Authors:

Karen Ehman is a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker, a New York Times best-selling author, and a writer for Encouragement For Today, an online devotional that reaches over one million women daily. She has written seven nine books including KEEP IT SHUT: What to Say, How to Say It & When to Say Nothing at All and LET. IT. GO: How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith. Married to her college sweetheart, Todd, and the mother of three, she enjoys antique hunting, cheering for the Detroit Tigers, and feeding the many teens who gather around her kitchen island for a taste of Mama Karen's cooking. Connect with her at www.karenehman.com.

Ruth Schwenk is the creator of TheBetterMom.com, and along with her husband, Patrick, FortheFamily.org. She is a pastor's wife with four energetic kids, a lover of coffee, and dreamer of big dreams. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Ruth and her husband have been full-time ministry for over fifteen years.

My Review:

So, if you are at all familiar with my blog, you know that each year I read a couple hundred books. And each year there are also a handful that resonate to my core and hit me between the eyes in their impact. In 2015, one of the books that was incredibly impacting to me as a mom and woman was Hoodwinked by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk. Seriously this book has rocked my world as a mom! 

The ten myths that the authors set forth to de-bunk include:

1. Mothering is Natural, Easy and Instinctive
2. The Way I Mother is the Right (and Only) Way
3. I Am "Just" A Mom
4. Motherhood is all Consuming and All-Fulfilling
5. A Good Mother Can Do It All, All At Once
6. Motherhood Is A Rat Race
7. Motherhood Is The Luck of the Draw
8. Everything Depends on Me
9. I Have To Do It All Right, or My Child Will Turn Out Wrong
10. My Child's Bad Choice Makes Me A Bad Mom

I am sure if you are a mom you have found yourself believing these myths at one time or another. I know I have. After reading this book, I have realized I have put way too much pressure on myself and in many situations it has been definitely resulted in a negative way on my life as a mom, wife and woman! After reading Hoodwinked I have definitley been encouraged and realized that God has walked with me throughout my nine and a half years of being a mom. It has not always been an easy journey, and there have been many tears shed along the way, but there has also been a lot of joyful moments too. This book was a wonderful reminder that I don't have to do it all to be enough. I am enough already with Jesus at my side! This is a must read for all mom's, whatever stage of the journey you are in. The book was very well organized and I loved that both authors included personal stories and lots of encouragement through scripture. There are also several wonderful bonuses at the end of the book to use for personal study. This book would make a fantastic baby shower gift or new baby gift idea!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!


BUY IT: You can purchase Hoodwinked online through Amazon as well as through your favorite local Christian book retailer from Zondervan

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the authors and publisher, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Mistress of Tall Acre: A Book Review

About The Book:

There can be only one mistress of Tall Acre . . .
The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general's past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?

Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal--you will find it all in the rich pages of this newest novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz.


You can read an excerpt of The Mistress of Tall Acre here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the author of several books, including The Frontiersman's DaughterCourting Morrow Little, The Colonel's Lady, and the Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky. Learn more at www.laurafrantz.net.

My Review:

A book set in the American Revolution, which intriguing story lines and equally fascinating characters. Lily Cate and Sophie were by far my favorite of all the characters and it was because of them I read this book in less than 24 hours over a weekend. Frantz writes a story like no other, and I liken her to Julie Klassen, and that is a huge compliment. The story lines of post-war life was impeccably written and I was drawn into the action and romance from the very first pages. I cannot wait to read more from this author! 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Mistress of Tall Acre at your favorite Christian book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Painter's Daughter: A Book Review

About The Book:

Sophie Dupont assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. In private, she paints the picturesque north Devon coast, popular with artists--including handsome Wesley Overtree, who seems more interested in Sophie than the landscape. 

Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother Wesley's responsibilities. Near the end of his leave, he is sent to find his brother and bring him home. Upon reaching Devonshire, however, Stephen is stunned to learn Wesley has sailed for Italy and left his host's daughter in serious trouble. 

Stephen feels duty-bound to act, and strangely protective of the young lady, who somehow seems familiar. Wanting to make some recompense for his own past failings as well as his brother's, Stephen proposes to Miss Dupont. He does not offer love, but marriage "in name only" to save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he fears, she will at least be a respectable widow.

Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie finds herself torn between her first love and this brooding man she barely knows. Dare she wait for Wesley to return? Or should she elope with the captain and pray she doesn't come to regret it?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS INCLUDED


You can read an excerpt of The Painter's Daughter, here, in PDF format

About The Author:

JULIE KLASSEN loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Secret of Pembrooke Park was honored with the Minnesota Book Award for genre fiction. Julie has also won the Midwest Book Award and Christian Retailing's BEST Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's RITA Awards and ACFW's Carol Awards. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information, visit www.julieklassen.com.

My Review:

Julie Klassen has been a favorite author of mine for quite some time and I always enjoy reading her books! Her most recent book was a wonderful read and once again Klassen does not shy away from the tough issues like unwed pregnancy and reminds us that even though we are tempted to sin, Christ is there anytime we ask Him to help us through the temptation. The characters were fun, and I loved how the author developed them in such a way that they, and their stories, were interwoven in an awesome way. There was very clear attention to historical detail and I loved that she gave nods to classic authors like Bronte and Austen (two of my fave classic writers).With a few twists and turns, and a good measure of romance thrown in, there is something for everyone in The Painter's Daughter. 

The book was very well-written, had a nice flow and I love Klassen's writing style alot. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Painter's Daughter at your favorite Christian book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***