Saturday, July 22, 2017

"Yarned and Dangerous" by Sadie Hartwell

Dorset Falls if the setting for this murder mystery by Sadie Hartwell. Josie Blair lives in New York, but comes back to Dorset Falls to care for her great uncle, Eb, and to close up the knitting shop once run by Eb's late wife. While she only plans on staying for two weeks, there is much to do packing up the shop, and when you throw in a murder, well, how can she leave until it is solved? Come, unravel this tale of yarn, greed, and a little love story.

I loved this book and couldn't put it down. It is an easy read, but I wanted to know what had happened and how everything connected. Personally, I was rooting for the love story too. This is a story where city life meets country life, with priorities and happiness factoring in too. I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a light read that keeps your attention and encourages you to keep reading, especially if you solving a mystery.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

"The Other Einstein" by Marie Benedict

Mileva Maric, a brilliant physicist in a time when women needed special permission to study in universities. She pushed herself hard to achieve as much as possible because many thought she would never be married because of a physical problem. No one should have underestimated Mileva! She would not only get permission to attend Swiss Federal Polytechnic to study math and physics, but she would work with, and marry, Albert Einstein!

This novel takes a look into the life of Mileva Maric. She was a real person, but much isn't known about her life. Ms. Benedict writes a beautiful story inviting her readers to imagine what Mileva's life was like from both personal and professional sides. She does, however, base much on her research and her findings. The love letters she found showed much about the love between Mileva and Albert, as well as discussions they had about scientific theories. What happened to change their story? Pick up the book and you won't want to stop until you know!

I really enjoyed this book! I was totally drawn in by the title and was not disappointed. Knowing that some of what I read was based on fact heightened the enjoyment. Visiting the site at Princeton that holds the Einstein papers was interesting as well. If you enjoy novels that keep you engrossed, that pull you into the story, then this is for you!

"Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose" by Carie Scott

Uncommon, living God's way in a world that wants us to conform to whatever the latest fad is, to hide our faith. How can we stand strong? What are some tools to help us live your faith? How can we be more honest, kind, moral, courageous, obedient, prayerful? In this new book, Carey Scott presents answers with real life examples. Come along and meet some women living uncommon lives in today's world.

Christians are called to be followers of Christ, and that can be difficult in this world. Throughout this book, Carie Scott tells stories of ladies who made the choice to live an Uncommon life that is very much filled with passion and purpose in everything they do. Combine those stories with Scripture and you get a book that will inspire you to live your best life as well.

I really enjoyed this book and found the women to be strong role models. It is a book that should be read by all Christian women. It will make a change in your life and I highly recommend it. I thank the Barbour group for my review copy. A review was not required and this recommendation is my own.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"Gwendy's Button Box" by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

Castle Rock, a small town in Maine with a very special place called Castle View. Of the three ways up to the View, Gwendy chose one - the Suicide Stairs. Why? She wanted to lose weight, of course. But, one day a man spoke to her and their conversation changed her young life. Come visit Castle Rock and discover the secret of the Button Box!

What an interesting novella! It was a quick read, one I did not want to put down. I wanted to know about the box, what it could do, what Gwendy would do with it. Ultimately, two thoughts come to mind. "Be careful what you wish for" and we all have the capacity for good and evil. What path we choose is up to us. Open the book, and I promise, you won't put it down until you are done!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

"The Girl's Still Got It" by Liz Curtis Higgs

Ruth, a beloved Bible character is the subject of this book by Liz Curtis Higgs. Ruth was a Moabitis who not only lost her father-in-law, but her husband as well.  Death caused a great chasm in the family, but when Naomi determines to return home, Ruth goes with her. What changes await!

In this story of faith, family, and determination; Mrs. Higgs encourages her readers to step into Ruth's shoes. We walk along side, seeing her emotion, feeling her pain. But we also see how much she not only feels love for Naomi, but how she grows to love the God of Israel. We see her work hard and fall in love. What's she still got? The book is well worth reading to find the answer!

I love this book and highly recommend it. Ruth is still a great example of the virtuous woman and I enjoy reading books that put me in the time and place she lived. I really love is part of the title, "Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World." Pick it up, you won't regret it!

"Hello Stars" by Alena Pitts with Wynter Pitts

Starring in a movie, or even getting a small part, would be awesome, right? That's what Lena thought when her friends told her about the upcoming audition. It was her dream! Did it stay that way or did it become a nightmare?

Lena Daniels wanted to be a star both as a model and in film. When her chance came, she jumped, only to find that her dream was becoming a reality. What a wonderful and scary thing it was to be chosen to star with Mallory Winston. But, she never bargained on it affecting her summer, nor did she think she would be afraid. Come, meet Lena and follow along as she experiences some difficult emotions and choices. Watch how her faith helps her along the way. See how her family helps keep her grounded all the while helping her reach for the stars.

What a great book for preteens! The focus is on determination, faith, family, discipline, and balance. I recommend it to anyone with preteens/young teens. I received my free copy from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

"A Spectacle of Glory" by Joni Eareckson Tada

This new devotional by Joni Eareckson Tada, with Larry Libby, is meant to inspire the reader to daily walk in the light of God. (Spectacle - an impressive public sight; Glory - absolutely magnificent beauty) Each day has a reading, a Bible passage, and a prayer to get you going. The thoughts are meant to inspire, uplift, and challenge the reader. Joni's real life challenges shine through the pages as she offers encouragement to make it through those tough times.

I love the full title of this devotional: "A Spectacle of Glory - God's Light Shining Through Me Every Day." What an inspirational thought to see before reading the daily thoughts. I love devotionals that are quick reads, packed with the power of God's Word and practical words of encouragement. If you are looking for a new devotional, or love to have an assortment around, this is for you.