“Catching the Wind” by Melanie Dobson, book review
“What happened to Brigitte Berthold?” is the question Daniel Knight has been asking himself for over 50 years? And he is not about to give up now.
When they were children, they escaped Germany after their parents were captured by Gestapo agents. They walked for miles and months, only to be separated when they arrived in England. But Daniel never forgot his promise to find her. Many years later, he continues to search.
Quenby Vaughn is a reporter in London who loves the thrill of digging deep into a story and telling it. And she is good at her craft. Daniel hires her to find Brigitte. She wrestles with the story and all involved, but is up to the challenge.
This was one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time!! I really enjoyed it. It had a great balance of going back (WWII) and present times, slowly weaving the characters together into an incredible story. I could not see the end coming- and was so surprised! Wonderful book!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Tyldale Fiction. All opinions expressed are my own.
Alena is a sweet 12 year old girl, who gets to do some pretty cool stuff. But on most days she is just the oldest of 4 girls, late for school and forgets to climb back in bed after using the bathroom at night.
In this book, Alena wins a contest sponsored by her favorite Christian recording artist and gets to be in a movie with her. This sudden opportunity changes her whole summer plans for herself, her family and her friends. But Alena’s family is behind her in the adventure, so they head to California.
This is an easy to read book with lots of dialogue between all the characters- friends, parents, sisters, etc. The story line moves along at a fast pace to keep the reader’s attention. The plot is really pretty believable. And I appreciate the positive roll her parents play in her life.
This book is written by a young girl and her mother- so is pretty realistic. It is a good read for a young girl.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, Zonderkids. All opinions expressed are my own.
“Love Letters from God-Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart” by Glenys Nellist, book review
This is a beautifully written and illustrated book of popular Bible stories featuring women of the Bible. Each two page layout features one character. There is a well written, easy to understand story for each character emphasizing a character trait that is evident in this woman’s life. The special feature on each page is a lift-the-flap letter written to the child from God explaining how the character trait will be evident in the child’s life.
I think this book is a great read aloud for older preschool children. It could be read over a period of days. Another use could be for Sunday School or VBS story time. The last page if a lift-the-flap letter that the child is to write to God. This could be expanded if used in a group setting- as a take home paper that the child completes.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Zonderkidz. All opinions expressed are my own.
“The Chapel Car Bride” by Judith Miller, book review
Hope Irvine has lived with her elderly aunt in Pittsburg until her aunt recently passed. Now she pleads with her father to allow her to accompany him in the Chapel Car. This converted railroad car travels the rails bringing preaching of God’s word to those in need. She loves singing and leading the children’s lessons whenever the Chapel car stops. But their stop in Finch, West Virginia proves to be a challenge for Hope and her father.
Luke has worked in the coal mines which took his father’s life many years ago. He does not really enjoy the work, but it is the only way to provide for his mother and sister. He feels he can never get ahead of the company, because like all mining families they are forced to rent their housing from the mining company and shop at the company store. These fees are deducted from their wage, with little or no cash left.
Kirby Finch is sent to Finch as a punishment by his father for mishandling money and responsibility. His job is to keep the mine productive and not allow men to join the union. He has other, less legal, motives in mind. And having Hope in town is just an added bonus.
This is a fun story of young love in a difficult time and place. The characters are likeable and the plot moves at a steady pace. I enjoyed the book.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House.All opinions expressed are my own.
“A Stranger at Fellsworth” by Sarah E. Ladd, book review
Following her father’s death, Annabelle faces an uncertain future. Her brother controls everything about her life, until she leaves to take a teaching position. Faced with the daily hardships of earning a living wage, Annabelle learns life lessons, sometimes the hard way.
Owen has two goals in mind- provide and protect his daughter and keep poachers at bay. He works tirelessly at both of these. During a chance encounter, he meets Annabelle. This new friendship changes so much about his well ordered life. As their friendship grows, many forces attempt to derail their budding love.
This is a wonderful romance with just enough mystery thrown in to keep the reader actively engaged. The characters are well developed. Overall, I enjoyed this book and look forward to another in this series.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
“When God Made You” by Matthew Paul Turner, book review- children’s book
Everyone wants to be assured that they are loved! And children from a young age long for love and acceptance. Parents are the first to give this love. And as Christian parents, we desire to instill the knowledge that each child is made in God’s image and loved by Him.
This precious picture book by Matthew Paul Turner uses easy to understand words, rhymes and whimsical pictures to softly and carefully convey the message of God’s unique love for each of us.
The illustrations are a bit cartoonish, not realistic, but add a sweet tone to the book. This book will be treasured for many years to come and be a bedtime favorite.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
“Back in the Saddle” by Ruth Logan Herne, book review- Double Ranch book 1
When things become too tough financially on Wall Street for Colt, he decides it is time to come home. Of course, he reasons, his dad is getting older and needs help on the farm. But he is not as warmly received as he had anticipated. Especially by the new house manager, who greets him with a gun.
His younger brother, Nick, is not eager for Colt to come home either. They have some adjustment time as each finds his place in the new order of the ranch. But as the Stafford brothers begin to work together, they become a force to be respected by the town’s people, as the neighbors are not being very neighborly.
This is the first book in the Double S Ranch Series. The characters continue to the next books, Home on the Range and Peach in the Valley. These books show the reader some of the real challenges of living on a Ranch.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, Multnomah. All opinions expressed are my own.
“The Memory of You” by Catherine West, book review
Natalie Mitchell has to do something to pull her life together. The broken engagement is just the last straw. So when her father suggests, or rather, insists that she go to California and check on her grandfather, so heads out. The vineyard and winery were the place she spent most of her childhood summers. Until THAT summer…
Tanner Collins was a friend when she was little, and now he is the vintner at the winery. While they have not seen each other in about 13 years, they still seem to know each other, or maybe not. Tanner is dealing with so much, and now that it appears that Natalie will close down the winery, he is just about overwhelmed with it all.
As Tanner and Natalie become friend again, they both learn about God’s love and forgiveness.
This is an interesting book that deals with complex family and medical issues common in todays world. The author does a good job helping the reader understand how really overwhelming it all can be.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson. All opinions expressed are my own.
No Neutral Ground: A World War II Romance (Book 2)” by Terri Wangard
Jennie has traveled to Sweden to be with her parents, as he father was stationed there for the duration of the war. When she arrives, it becomes obvious she has more to do than just be a tourist. And her artistic ability becomes invaluable in providing sketches of people who may be friends or foes.
Rafe and his mother left Germany when Hitler started his power grab. After being in America for 10 years, he has enlisted in the US Air Force. But now he is faced with flying over Germany. What if he crashes over German soil, will he be treated as a traitor? And what if he drops bombs on his friends? So many feelings.
This is book #2 of the series, and I had read book #1. I would suggest reading these books in order, as there is so much in the first book that continues into the second. It was full of intrigue and adventure!
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
“Treasured Grace” by Tracie Peterson, book review
Grace is on her way to a new home, having left all that is familiar behind, except her two little sisters, Mercy and Grace. When their parents died, Grace decided the only way to support herself and sisters was to marry the Right Reverend and accompany him west. This was a loveless marriage, purely for convenience. Grace needed a man to support her. The Right Reverend needed a wife to the mission board would allow him to do mission work.
Neither counted on the hardships on the trail. Grace was well prepared to handle the medical needs of the wagon train folks, as she had been trained as a healer. Using her knowledge of herbs and general medical care, she maintained her health and that of those around her. But the Right Reverend did not want to be bothered with in conveniences like boiling water for drinking. And he became ill and died on the trail.
This begun a new set of hardships for Grace and her sisters. They stopped at a mission outpost and hoped to winter there. A measles outbreak caused much sickness at the mission and with the local Indians. This caused tensions between the two groups to mount.
This is an interesting story of settlers from the east coming to the land of the Native Americans and how the two groups conflicted.
I enjoyed the book. The story was interesting and fast paced. I look forward to the next story in the Heart of the Frontier series.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House. All opinions expressed are my own.