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The Thorn by Beverly Lewis

As always, Beverly Lewis does not disappoint and I am on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book in the series.
Hen fell in love with an English man and married without any family present . As she watches her daughter grow up worldly instead of with the good character traits of an Amish child, she begins to desire her old life, but cannot dishonor her marriage.
Rose is a good, obedient Amish girl who joined the church early to prove to her parents that she will not fall prey to the English world as her sister Hen did. Rose has her eye on one Amish boy but finds herself drawn to Nick, her best friend. Nick’s rebellious ways baffle Rose, but she is still drawn to a connection she has with him and the desire to see him happy.
Both sisters know their decisions could have large consequences, but their desires to be happy and to make others happy weigh heavily on their hearts. Will they both be able to have the desires of their heart without hurting others?
This book kept my interest throughout and was difficult to put down when I needed too. Beverly Lewis’s books always put you there in the lives of the characters. I actually took a trip to Lancaster County while I was reading this book and I could imagine Rose and Hen living there in one of the beautiful farms I saw. I definitely recommend this book and look forward to reading about what happens next.

This book was free from the publisher. Thanks so much!!

Inspirational Zingers Jumble

In this collection, author Christopher Hudson brings inspirational words and phrases to those who love word puzzles.  The collection of puzzles has included: 

  • Jumbles
  • Double Jumbles
  • Mystery Person Jumbles
  • Word Search Jumbles
  • Super Jumbles
  • Criss-Cross Jumbles
For those not familiar, jumbles consist of puzzles where the words are mixed up. As you solve each word, certain letters are highlighted.  Those letters then are unscrambled again, solving a question or quote for the overall puzzle.  

In this case, each word and overall puzzle are Christian-based.  It is a welcome addition to one of my favorite word puzzle types.

There are only two complaints that I have for the book and neither is related to its content.  The first is with regard to the paper.  I prefer to use a fine point Pilot pen, and the ink bled through the paper.  Paper with slightly higher quality would help prevent this.  And the second issue is that it isn’t long enough!  Which, in thinking of it, makes it a good problem to have!

I would certainly welcome more editions of this book!  Well done!


This book was provided free of charge as a review copy. The publisher had no editorial rights or claims over the content or the conclusions made in this review. No payment was provided in return for this review. 

Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Sixteen women set out west on a train, under false pretenses, to make a new life for themselves. They all have a past which they are trying to run from or leave behind. What they don’t know is what or who is waiting for them once they get there.
This book was not a favorite of mine. It took me quite a while to get into the book and then it held my interest. I realized half way through the book that the name for this book was, in my opinion, not a good title. There are only sixteen women through the first five chapters of the book and then it narrows down to six women. And those first five chapters where confusing because of the so many female characters. Once the number of characters narrows down and you can start focusing on their stories and the townspeople’s stories, then you start settling in and enjoying the story line. The story is fairly predictable with a couple of shockers to keep your interest. I did love the determination of the six women to accomplish some independence. Overall, this book would be a good book to borrow from a friend for a weekend read.

This book was free from the publisher.

Somewhere to Belong by Judith Miller

I love Judith Miller and she doesn’t disappoint in this captivating book. This story is about two young women and their search for where God wants them to be. This is one of those life lessons we all go through and continue to learn even as we get older and wiser. The story takes place in a devout Christian community in Amana, Iowa. Johanna ( love the name, but only because it is my eldest daughter’s name) has grown up in Amana her whole life, but is fascinated by the outside world and wants to go discover what keeps her older brother from moving back to Amana. She is an exceptional daughter and member of her community. She believes strongly in what she has learned as a Christian growing up, but a family secret rattles her to the core. Will she be able to overcome what she has learned and find her path?
Berta is used to high society in Chicago, but her parents decided to move to Amana and she is greatly upset. She does not want to work hard or follow the rules given to her. Johanna is assigned to teach her how to behave and how to act. Can Johanna’s gently ways guide Berta or will a shocking discovery in her life send her down a path of destruction? Will Berta find some peace in her life?
This was a great book. I was highly interested in the life style of the villages in Amana and was caught up in the two girls and their stories. I spent a very relaxing Mother’s Day weekend reading this delightful story. This looks to be a series and I am looking to forward to the next book.
This book was a free book from the publisher.

Radical Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream by David Platt

I was reading the first chapter of this book and was interrupted while doing it. The whole time I was taken away from the book, I kept thinking about what the author was talking about and I couldn’t wait to get back to the chapter! I am looking forward to reading the rest of the book and sharing it with others. Especially my pastor. If you are interested you can request a free copy of the companion book The Radical Question at:

www.WaterBrookMultnomah.com/RadicalQuestion

You can also check out the first chapter, like I did, at: www.RadicalTheBook.com

Never Say Never by Lisa Wingate

Kai Miller and Donetta Bradford are two women with different lives, but a terrible hurricane in Texas will join them together for the rest of their lives. Kai is young, free spirited and teaches dancing on a cruise ship. Donetta is in the prime of her life, has a sweet southern personality, is in a disappointing marriage and is looking for adventure. A life and death situation binds them together and they ride out a hurricane evacuation together which lands them both in Daily, Texas, Donetta’s home town, with a group of church evacuees. This event changes their lives and effects their personal lives forever. Will Kai be able to accept who she is and let someone love her for her? Will Donetta be able to live with what her future holds for her marriage? This book was not one of my favorites. There were many times in the book where I read quickly through a section because I felt the author had already talked about that part of the story line. This caused the book to drag out more. There were some exciting parts and the ending does not end exactly how I thought it would go. There are also some good lessons in the book about controlling our behavior around people who are difficult to deal with. I would recommend this book for an easy read when you have the time.

This book was a free copy from the publisher.

Not a Sparrow Falls by Linda Nichols

Mary Bridget Washburn is a young woman who has made some wrong choices in her life and needs to escape. She is able to get away from immediate trouble, but she has to live a life in fear and withdrawal. She knows she needs to break free, but will she be able to? Alasdair MacPherson is a pastor at a well established church, writes for a magazine, gives talks at seminars and has a radio program. However, behind this facade, his world is falling apart after the death of his wife and the devastation of learning that the church elders are unhappy with his work and want him to quit. Mary and Alasdair’s paths cross and the story takes an amazing journey through two lives looking for healing and redemption. This story was inspiring. I love the constant weaving of God’s truth and promises throughout the book. I enjoyed being reminded that once we are God’s children, He will not forsake us. I would highly recommend this well written, inspiring book.

This book was a free copy from the publisher.

New Living Translation Contest & Giveaway

Our friends at Tyndale are promoting their New Living Translation Break Through to Clarity Bible with giveaways!

Visit their Facebook page and click the tab that says “Sweepstakes.” Fill out the form, take a quick survey, invite your friends to join and you’ll be enetered to win. Tyndale is giving away a boat load of stuff, including Apple iPad 64G, Apple iPod Touch 32G, Kindle DX, and more. See the Facebook page for all the details.

I entered – you should too!

The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni

This is a story of two misfits. Sebastian Pendergast who lives in a geodesic dome in the woods with his eccentric “Nana”. He has been home schooled since the age of 4 by Nana in the teachings of the futurist philosopher Buckminster R. Fuller. Sebastian is being groomed to someday save the world. He has never been out into the real world as he is forbidden to leave the dome. Nana gives tours of the dome and Sebastian works in the gift shop. Peter Whitcomb is an angry, guilt ridden teenager who recently underwent a heart transplant. He is guilty because another young boy had to die so he could live. He is mostly confined to his home, rarely going outside, and really doesn’t know what to do with himself.

Peter meets Sebastian by accident when he, his mother and sister take the dome tour. Soon Sebastian is leaving the dome at night and going to visit Peter. Nana catches him in a lie and asks him to leave. Sebastian goes to live with the Whitcombs. He doesn’t really understand Peter or the family, but they all sort of become friends. Peter wishes to start a rap band as he thinks it would be cool – he would then become rich and famous. Neither he nor Sebastian have any musical talent or really know how to start a band.

What follows in the lives of these two unlikely friends makes for a very interesting story. One must read the book to learn if Peter actually forms a band. Does Sebastian return to the dome? What happens to Nana? Each of these questions and the superb writing kept me reading even though I felt the vulgar language was inappropriate. It did nothing to enhance the story.

Therefore, would not recommend the book for young readers or those who wish to avoid gratuitous vulgarity. An interesting read that ultimately left me disappointed.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

I downloaded this book to my laptop via Kindle for free. I thought it looked good and plus it was free, so why not?? Wow!! I think my kids missed a few meals while I was reading this one! Great book! Lilly Haswell has had some sadness in her life and she is trying to figure out where she fits in her world. She’s good at “assisting” her Dad, but as a woman she is not allowed to be an apothecary. She gets the chance to follow a different path, but life is not always easy and she must chose to leave dreams behind. The part I liked best about this book is the romance story line. In most Christian fiction books it is pretty easy to tell who the girl is going to marry, but in this book the author does a great job of changing the story line and keeping you intrigued. Through all of Lilly’s up and downs she continues to keep her faith and trust in God alive. I highly recommend this book and will be reading Julie Klassen’s other books soon.