“The Sheep Walker’s Daughter” by Sydney Avey, book review

Dee’s mother dies after a short illness, but takes with her so many unanswered questions about her past.  As she sorts through the few belongings her mother left behind, Dee begins to piece together the puzzle of her mother’s life.  When her daughter, Valarie, comes home from Stanford to help with the sorting process and to grieve, she adds a few more details.  Then a trip to Spain reveals more interesting and fascinating facts about her mother’s family.

This book is about family relationships and how one generation often does not understand the decisions of the past one.  In this case, twins separated by their parents grow up in different countries not knowing the other exists until well into adulthood, and then they are uncertain if they want to meet or become friends, let alone sisters, again.

I liked the book.  The author changed between the mother and daughter’s point of view in telling the story often, and it was sometimes a paragraph or 2 before I knew who was talking.  Overall, it was an enjoyable book.  I am now reading #2 in the series and look forward to see how this family moves on.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, HopeSpringsBooks.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Sky Zone” by Creston Mapes, book review

Jack and Pamela Crittendon are just not sure how much longer they can make it work, and it is not really working now.  Jack lost his job and despite looking and looking, he cannot land a full time job.  Pamela found a job at the orthodontist office, but being 8 months pregnant, she know that will end soon.  Then what will they do?

Jack did find a part time job working for EventPros at the local arena.  And tonight he would work the rally for the popular presidential candidate.  In a matter of moments everything goes from normal and boring to extraordinary and overwhelming.  But in it all, God’s love, protection and provision is highlighted.

This is an action packed book full of intrigue and plotting.  It reads quickly, because I wanted to know what was happening next.  Both male and female readers will enjoy this book.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from the pubisher, David C Cook.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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“The Healing Quilt” by Wanda E Brunstetter, book review

Emma and Lamar Miller have come to Florida to see if the warmer weather will help Lamar’s arthritis, and it does.  There are other Amish folks in this area of Florida, and the Millers are able to keep in touch with family and friends back home.  After they have settled in, Emma finds she has free time on her hands and decides to teach a quilting class, like she did back home.  And she is pleasantly surprised when her class fills quickly.

While all who attend the class learn the basics of quilting, they also have some social and spiritual needs met.  All the students seem to have some problem or issue in their lives, and through out the weeks of the class, they open up and the other students, along with the Millers are able to overcome some of the problems.

I enjoyed this book.  It is the 3rd in the Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club series, and some of the characters from the previous books reappear here.  This book was easy to read and follow the story line and characters.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Handbar/ Shiloh.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Evergreen” by Susan May Warren, book review

John and Ingrid have raised 6 kids and the last one has flown the nest.  John sees it as a time to get out and do all the things they could not while the children were little; but Ingrid is not ready to let go of this “job” of being the mom.  As Christmas approaches John wants to surprise her with a trip to Europe, but Ingrid keeps volunteering for events at church during the season.

Then Butter, their beloved dog, suddenly becomes ill and requires expensive surgery.  John is ready to let her go, she is 16 years old.  But Ingrid sees the dog as her last child, bought be John when she had a miscarriage.  And then her drug addicted sister calls and asks them to keep her 16 year old son while she attends court ordered rehab.

This story deals with the real life issues many families deal with and how with God’s guidance this family was able to overcome so many troubles.  It is a quick read and wonderful for winter evening near the fire.

Disclaimer:  I received a coy of this book from the publisher, Tyndale as a part of their books for bloggers program.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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“A Table by the Window” by Hilary Monton Lodge, book review

Juliette grew up in the restaurant, and it is still in her blood.  Her parents own and operate a wonderful little Italian restaurant and now her brother wants to open his own place, but he needs her help.  Juliette got out of the restaurant business a few years ago and has been the food writer for the local paper, and liking it.  But should she leave her secure job to help her brother?

When her grandmother dies, Juliette inherits the pastry table, and while sifting through her belongings discovers a picture of a man, who looks a lot like her brother.  Now she is on a quest to discover the identity and other facts or secrets her grandmother left behind.

This was an enjoyable book to  read.  Since it was centered around food, there are many recipes included in the book, and that makes it more interesting.  Great book for the foodie in your life.

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the publisher, Waterbrook Press, as a member of the Blogging for Books program.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Through Deep Waters” book review and Giveaway!!

“Through the Deep Waters” by Kim Vogel Sawyer, book review

Dinah has always felt like she was alone. Raised in a brothel, the daughter of a harlot, she lived under that shame. To care for her dying mother, the brothel owner sells her to a wealthy business man. After her mother dies, Dinah accepts a job as a chambermaid for the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. There she tries to make a new life for herself.

She is quickly accepted by her roommate, Ruthie, and a local chicken farmer, Amos. But she also encounters problems and suffers from night terrors from her one night of shame. Ruthie is jealous of Dinah, because of things she “thinks” she knows about her past in Chicago. But Ruthie is able to lead Dinah to a saving knowledge in the forgiveness of Jesus.

This is a wonderful story of love, forgiveness and courage. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading another book about Dinah and Amos.

Want to read this book for yourself?  Waterbrook press is giving away 1 copy of this book to one of my readers.  Just go here.

The contest starts on July 31, 2014 at 6:00am EST and ends on August 20th, 2014 at 11:59pm. One winner will be chosen at random on August 21st, 2014 and will be alerted by email. For a complete listing of the rules, please see below.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Waterbrook Press, as a member of Blogging for Books. All opinions expressed are my own.
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“In the Fields of Grace” book review by Tessa Asshar

“In the Fields of Grace” book review by Tessa Asshar

This book is a new telling of the story of Ruth.  While we are all familiar with the story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, the author really made these characters become more alive.  She did not take anything away from the Biblical account, but added some details before and after that were  quite interesting.

This fictional account of the story was very interesting and made me think more about how women lived during the Biblical times.  In the male dominated society, women without a husband or father can be without leadership or a breadwinner.  Naomi and Ruth were in quite a difficult position when Naomi’s husband and sons died.  Finally, they decided to return to Naomi’s home from Moab.  While Naomi was “coming home” she did not feel like accepted.  But for Ruth, this was a foreign land, and she had much to learn.  But Naomi loved Ruth and taught her to love God and learn the customs.

I enjoyed this book and learning more about Ruth.  This book is good for any age.

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the publisher, RiverNorth.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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TESSA AFSHAR was voted “New Author of the Year” by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader’s Choice Award 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. She was born in Iran, and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life.  She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently.  Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School.  She has spent the last thirteen years in full-time Christian work.<br />
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Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi’s, love. Her loftiest hope is to provide enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation.
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Based on the biblical account of Ruth, In the Field of Grace is the story of a love that ultimately changes the course of Israel’s destiny and the future of the whole world.

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“Heaven Sent Rain” by Lauraine Snelling, book review

Dinah is living her dream, CEO of her own company making medical suppliments that help people have a more healthy and productive live.  Her staff love and respect her, and they work as a team!  She has her own apartment which is her refuge from the outside world and she has it decorated just the way she wants it, all in white.

Then one morning her whole world is rocked.  The little boy she often sees at the corner on her way to work, seems hungry, and his dog too.  She buys her a breakfast sandwich.  Then heads to the office and carries on with her day.

But Jonah needs her!  His mother is dying and he has no one.  When his dog, Mutt, is injured in a fight, Jonah calls Dinah and she takes the boy and dog to the Vet Urgent Care.  There they meet Dr. G, who is able to help Mutt recover, and also becomes a friend.

This story was heart warming when an adult cares enough to invest in a child’s life and go beyond what most would do.  I enjoyed the story and all personal interactions of the characters.  I did think it ended rather abruptly.  I would have liked to see a little more of the story before the end.

Disclaimer:  I received an e-book from the author to read and review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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Dial Coconut water body wash, product review and Give away!

Dial Coconut water body wash- product review and giveaway!

Summer is in full swing here in Tennessee, and with it brings high temps and high humidity.  This means I am covered in sweat just walking outside the door, and more sweat working or exercising outside.  But this new Dial Coconut body wash is refreshing and cleans well.

I found the light scent refreshing and left me clean feeling.  Not perfumey or too sweet, just refreshing.  And this formula hydrates the skin, which is helpful after a hard day of farm work.

Ready to try some for your self?  Dial and Purex have provided me with 3 coupons to give away to my readers.  Entry is simple:  just leave a comment here and share your favorite summer activity.  I will draw 3 winners August  14, 2014.

Disclaimer:  I received a sample bottle of Dial body wash from Purex/ Dial to try.  All opinions expressed are my own.



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