Monday, February 25, 2013

The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson- Loved This Book!

When all seems hopeless a bright light guides the soul.

Sophie, kindhearted servant maid in the Hohendorf Castle seeks only the acceptance and love of others. Her existence depends upon the jealous and hateful Duchess Ermengard. Sophie works to try and please her but no matter what lengths she goes to the Duchess does not accept her efforts.

Gabehart, sets out in search of Sophie but many obstacles lie beyond what his eyes can reach.

In the spirit of the beloved tale Snow White comes a uniquely different story that will guarantee to leave the reader swiftly turning the pages longing for more! During the time of chivalry and great want, sacrifice stands in war between good against evil and light against darkness.

Romance, unwavering faith, suspense and action blend perfectly to create an impossible to put down fascinating read and one all ages from young adult to adult will enjoy. Well formed characters and descriptve scenery guarantee a read with no dull and broken parts. I was entertained by this faith inspiring read and will recommend this hard to put down book to others. Well written 5 Stars! I received a complimentary copy from Zondervan Publishers for my review.

Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes- Don't Miss This Book!

A true moment requires a thought and an action to render the conclusion.

Penny was young when she met Trent Taylor. Longing to escape from an unsatisfactory home life she anxiously left with the one who made her feel like a princess. It soon became apparent, in her dream state, that she really did not know Trent as his love quickly became of the sheltering and controlling type.
When a work related accident befalls Trent she finds work and meets two women, Callie and Fatimah, who create one well devised plan. In the darkest hour will it be possible for Penny to protect those who need her most?

A story of abuse, heartbreak, suspense, longing, friendship and love guaranteed to keep you reading well past the midnight hour. Well devised and progressive plot, realistic and well formed characters and descriptive colorful scenery blend together expertly to create a most impossible to put down novel.
From the beginning I was drawn into her story which seemed so real and monumental to me. The author tackles a difficult subject matter successfully with grace and although this is fiction it could possibly be read as a nonfiction memoir. An extremely well written book that offers no dragging or dull parts. I was entertained by this faith challenging and inspiring read and will highly recommend this book to others. 5 Stars!

I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale House Publishers for my review.

Pocket Your Dollars by Carrie Rocha- Insightful and Helpful

  1. Pocket Your Dollars

Looking to save your hard earned money, or perhaps how to change your attitude towards debt and money management?

The author and her husband Marco have come from two entirely different family lifestyles and were raised with conflicting views on money, circumstances and spending habits. Together they devised a plan on how to live and stay debt free. Included are how to be satisfied, becoming aware of thought patterns, avoiding the temptation and many more chapters and subchapters. Many tips and mindsets are brought into the overall picture along with personal quizzes and discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

I did enjoy this book and found the information practical, useful and valuable. Most helpful to me were subchapters ie: the products to look for on sale and at what time of the year to find them on sale, how to track spending and when setbacks happen. The author shares her life throughout a good portion of Pocket Your Dollars and what she and her husband have discovered about their spending and saving habits. I do think that each person who reads this book can walk away learning something which can then be applied to their lives. Overall good read 4 Stars! I received a complimentary copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers for my review.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

At The Corner of Grace and Mundane by Chris Fabry- Very Enjoyable!

At the Corner of Mundane and Grace by Fabry, Christopher H.

Come take a walk and treat yourself to a little bit of reminicing on the road to Mundane and Grace!

What does childrearing, Mount Everest and hunting trips have in common? Only the makings of a fun to read collection of short stories that are linked to God's loving grace!

Little inspirational easy to read stories with a heavy dose of humor and honesty to relax and enjoy.

I can't say enough good things about this book. Can be savored in a long sitting or two or saved for when life gives you a few minutes here and there. Offers alot of enjoyment and big smile moments. This book can be enjoyed by males and females alike as everyone will be able to relate to stories in theirs and others lives. A delightful true keeper of a book, which strengthened my faith and can others as well and will be enjoyed again for those times when a little "pick me up" is needed to get through the day. I can recommend this book to everyone! Well written and hard to put down! 5 Stars!

Rebecca by Jill Eileen Smith- Loved this book! Also Interactive Video Chat Book Tour Link

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In the course of a lifetime will the heart render its match?

Rebecca seeks patience when it comes to the waiting of her brother Laban to find a suitable husband for her. Time and again suitors are turned away from lack of proper financial gain.

Isaac seeks a wife of Godly character, one whom his father Abraham promised and who is familiar to the family line.

As the two come to unite unconditionally, obstacles threaten to strain the constant bond forged. Can faithfulness in the once true God withstand all?

Love, faith, history and sacrifice team together to bring the reader many hours of pure enjoyment. A familiar story enhanced with great depth and creativity. Smooth flowing dialogue with absolutely no dull or broken parts, quick to connect with and well formed characters that will come to life on written page, along with historically accurate scenery mesh together in this hard to put down book! I found this to be a refreshing, faith challenging and inspiring read that can easily be read as a stand alone novel although it is part of a series. I was highly entertained and will recommend this book to others. Well written 5 Stars! I received this complimentary copy for the blog tour from Revell Publishing for my review.

“Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Jill Eileen Smith

Jill Eileen Smith

Jill Eileen Smith is the author of the bestselling Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba, all part of The Wives of King David series, and of Sarai, book 1 in the Wives of the Patriarchs series. Her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

Jill Eileen Smith Presents: Rebekah

Interactive Video Chat Book Tour!

This event will be available on Tue 2/19 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm EST

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Join best-selling author Jill Eileen Smith as she presents ten facts and/or possibilities you might not know about the Patriarch Isaac's wife Rebekah. Do you have a question about the people in the Bible you've always wanted to ask? Jill will take questions about biblical characters, biblical fiction, and about any of her books in the Wives of the Patriarchs or Wives of King David series. So please, plan to join us! RSVP HERE!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Moses Quilt by Kathi Macias- Reality

A patchwork quilt can hold within it's stitches generations of stories.

A modern story of love that bridges a powerful historical one centered around a colorful quilt.
As days shorten for Mimi, Great Grandmother to Mazie Hartford she shares with Mazie, her mother Lilly, and her boyfriend Edward Clayton the harsh reality of the life of Harriet Tubman a slave. As she explains the meaning to each picture housed within the quilt matching Harriet's story her family discovers that life within the plantations often contain great faith, strength, heartbreak, love, and courage. Yet sometimes quilts can harbor secrets that threaten to tear apart solid bonds.

An unforgettable story of love, patience, and reality that introduces  memorable characters, a realistic, often times gripping plot and easy to hear dialogue that will promise a read for reflection and rememberance long after the last page is read. This book offers a twist that I could not figure out and has no dragging or dull parts. Well written and researched. I was entertained and challenged in my faith by this hard to put down book and will recommend it to others. Thanks to New Hope Publishers and Netgalley for the ARC for my review.

5 Days to a Clutter-Free House by Sandra Felton & Marsha Sims- My Review

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This book utilizes common sense tactics and a detailed plan of maintaining a clutter free home using a team approach by hiring or rounding up others to tackle difficult areas of the home. Reminds me of tv shows like Hoarders. Included are chapters and discussions ie: do's and don'ts, make it like a game, what you will need, how to have the right attitude for decluttering, the different types of clutter such as emotionally based and many others. Also included are personal success stories.

5 Days to a Clutter-Free House has many points of useful information for those who are "clueless" on how to get rid of the "stuff" that is overwhelming them. The one area I found useful for anyone is how to adopt lifestyle changes that lead up to clutter in the first place, how to recognize them and how to eliminate them. I was looking for a plan on how to tackle problem areas alone and I did not find them here but only offered tips on using others to help or hiring companies who specialize in clutter removal. I would recommend this book to others who struggle with emotional clutter and not just home clutter in general. 3.3 stars

I received a complimentary copy for this blog tour from Revell Publishing for my review.

“Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Sandra Felton

Sandra Felton, The Organizer Lady, is a pioneer in the field of organizing. She is the founder and president of Messies Anonymous and the author of many books including Organizing Magic. Sandra lives in Florida.

Marsha Sims

Marsha Sims is a national speaker who has taught seminars on time management and organization, managing the front desk, and projects and priorities. She has been a professional organizer for fifteen years as the founder and president of her Miami-based company, Sort-It-Out, Inc.