Monday, October 19, 2020

Wonderful Way to De-stress! 'Choose Joy - A Coloring Book of Gratitude and Wonder' - by Ink & Willow

 

About the book:

Relax and enjoy a creative approach to gratitude with this beautiful coloring book for adults filled with breathtaking illustrations and inspirational quotes from writers, hymns, and Scripture.

In today's hectic, stress-filled world, taking stock of our blessings and truly experiencing gratefulness isn't always easy, but this coloring book offers a beautiful and unique way to find moments of peace and quiet to meditate on gratitude. Each beautifully illustrated page features an original design from one of seven talented artists that illustrates a corresponding quote.

Features include:
- Large format 9.75 x 9.75 (25x25cm) pages
- 45 single-sided coloring pages
- High quality, bright white paper stock--heavy enough to use pencils, pens, or markers
- Quotes from the Bible, hymns, and variety of inspirational writers, such as Charles Stanley, Henry Ward Beecher, Maya Angelou, Louisa May Alcott, Martin Luther King Jr., Shauna Niequist, Bob Goff, G.K. Chesterton, Mr. Rogers, and more
- A link to the Gratefulness playlist to help set the mood for worship, contemplation, creative expression, and a spirit of gratitude
- Illustrations by Holly Camp, Jennifer Tucker, Ann-Margret Hovsepian, Katie Howe, Laura Marshall, Bridget Hurley, and Radha Carlson--all artists previously featured in the bestselling Whatever Is Lovely and Everything Beautiful

This coloring book will take you on a journey towards deeper gratitude. Whether you are embarking on this journey by yourself or in a group, pick up your favorite art supplies and color your way to a new understanding of what it means to be truly grateful.

My review:

This is such a wonderful coloring book!  There are great quotes and Bible verses set among flowers, animals and other beautiful drawings to color.  The back of the picture might continue the quote or verse and says who the person is, a little bit about them and where it was found.  If you want a coloring book that's uplifting and that might even help you stress less, this one's for you!

I received this coloring book free from Waterbrook Multnomah.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Interesting! 'The Plans We Made' - by Kathryn Cushman & Lauren Beccue

 


About the book:

When past secrets hold the only key to hope for the future…


Caroline Chapman is reeling from a broken engagement. Determined to start again, she moves cross-country for her dream job of planning events in the historical mansions of Newport, Rhode Island. Just as her life is getting back on track, she gets an email that shakes her very foundations.


Linda Riley’s life looks picture perfect - a wonderful husband, two great kids, involved in church and the community. Then comes the diagnosis that shatters the facade. In order to save her son’s life, she must reveal secrets that can rip everything apart.


Connected by more than painful circumstances, these two women discover a sacred bond. In this beautiful story of love, loss, and the fight for life, Caroline and Linda experience the reality that life doesn’t always go according to The Plans We Made.
 
My review:

I enjoyed this story about two women whose lives take a sharp turn from where they thought they were going.  I liked both women as they were both strong and had to deal with tough circumstances.  Linda had a strong faith and it seemed that Caroline also believed, it just wasn't as obvious.  It was mentioned that Chris attended church but he was struggling to forgive his uncle so that could explain why there wasn't as much of a mention about his faith, either.  I admired Chris' integrity and that he did the right thing, even when it was incredibly hard.  I also admired his attitude, as he took the high road and didn't hold a grudge again.  There were some sweet romantic moments.  I liked the message about being authentic and real, about forgiveness and how brokenness can be redeemed.  I would recommend this story if you like romance or stories about women's issues.

I received this book free from Read with Audra.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.



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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Molly - Sewing in SoCal 1 - by Sarah Monzon

 









About the book:

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I absolutely refuse to tell a lie no matter the consequences. So don’t ask me a direct question unless you’re prepared for a direct answer—that’s something my SoCal sewing girlfriends have learned the hard way.
But who would have thought my honesty policy would get me fired from my job at the preschool? Or that a desperate—and not to mention devastatingly handsome—single father of one of my (now-former) students would hire me that same day as a nanny for his daughter?
I’m an education professional. How hard can taking care of a four-year-old and her over-stressed, over-worked father be?

My review:

This was a sweet story about a very honest girl!  I liked Molly and her honesty, even though it did get her into some predicaments!  She was also very caring and went above and beyond as a nanny.  Ben sounded pretty amazing, too, but I couldn't figure out how he took care of his daughter so long by himself while working so many hours.  This was a clean romance with some cute moments.  I didn't like the term "white lies" that was used, as lying is lying.  Ben seemed like a Christian from different things he said but while Molly had some familiarity with the Bible, it wasn't clear whether she just believed God existed or if there was more to it than that.  This is more of a clean read than a Christian romance.  There were a lot of amusing moments and I also liked Molly's roommates and look forward to reading their stories.  I recommend this story if you like humor and romance.

I received this ebook free from JustRead Tours.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Enjoyable Sequel! 'Until I Met You' - Restoring Heritage 2 - by Tari Faris

 


About the book:

Welcome back to Heritage, Michigan--the small town with a big heart

When she hears that the town of Heritage is looking for a new librarian, Libby Kingsley jumps at the opportunity. Little did she know the library is barely more than a basement room stuffed with dusty, outdated books. What the community really needs is a new building. But the only funds available are those being channeled into the new town square, and the landscape architect in charge of the project wants nothing to do with her plans.

All Austin Williams wants to do is get the town square project finished, and he hopes it is enough to save the family business. Then he can extricate himself from the town that reveres the brother who cost him so much. But the local media and the town's new librarian seem to be conspiring against him at every turn. Will the determined bookworm find her way into his blueprints--and possibly even his heart?

My review:

I enjoyed this story that took us back to the charming town of Heritage.  I liked getting reacquainted with the wonderful characters, especially as we got to revisit what was hinted at in book one with Nate and Olivia.  I liked that we saw more of his past and what made him tick, even though I was a bit frustrated with his stubbornness.  I also enjoyed getting to know his brother and he was also incredibly stubborn as he was dealing with his unforgiveness toward Nate.  I have to admit the boys drove me a little nuts with how they acted.  I felt for Libby and a trauma she went through that gave her anxiety and a distrust of men especially.  I admired her courage and how she worked to make things right.  She hadn't trusted God since her brother Luke was kidnaped when they were children and I loved that she read 'The Hiding Place' and learned from Corrie Ten Boom's faith.  I also liked Olivia and her straightforwardness and determination.  There were some wonderful romantic moments.  It works as a stand-alone but I'd recommend the first book as it was amazing and Luke and Nate feature prominently in that one as well.  I'd recommend this story if you like romance

I received this ebook free from Revell.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

           The Author

  1. Tari Faris
    Tari Faris

    Tari Faris

    Tari Faris is the author of You Belong with Me. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers and My Book Therapy, she is the projects manager for My Book Therapy, writes for  learnhowtowriteanovel.com, and is a 2017 Genesis Award winner. She has...

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Fun Light Read! 'The Christmas Swap' - by Melody Carlson

 


About the book:

All Emma Daley wants this holiday season is a white Christmas. But the young teacher and struggling musician sure can't find that in sunny Arizona. Luckily, there's someone living in a perfect mountain home in the Colorado Rockies looking to make a vacation trade.

West Prescott is an in-demand songwriter and talented musician who put his own singing career on hold to write songs for celebrity acts to perform. When his mother convinces him to do a vacation trade for Christmas, he never imagined one of the houseguests would be so sweet--or so strikingly pretty. Naturally, he decides to stick around, and to get better acquainted, he poses as the caretaker of his own house. But when Emma's friend Gillian discovers his true identity and sets her sights on him, things get . . . messy.

My review:

This was a fun light read perfect for getting me in the Christmas spirit!  I loved the idea of going to a ski town for Christmas, especially as Emma had never seen snow!  It seemed to be a Hallmark movie kind of setting.  I really liked Emma and her peaceful and peacemaking ways.  Gillian and her mom were a bit annoying but it didn't get too bad.  They definitely created some drama!  West seemed like a good guy and prayed at different times in the story.  Emma's parents were missionaries and that was about the extent of the faith content.  There was a little bit of romance, some skiing and music and of course, Christmas!  I read Melody Carlson's new Christmas book every year and I recommend this one if you're looking for a sweet, cozy Christmas story.

I received this book free from Revell.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

           The Author

  1. Melody Carlson

    Melody Carlson

    Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over 200 books with sales of more than 7 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and contemporary romances. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the...

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Beautiful Story! 'The Edge of Belonging' - by Amanda Cox

 


About the book:

When Ivy Rose returns to her hometown to oversee her late grandmother's estate sale, she soon discovers that the woman left behind more than trinkets and photo frames--she provided a path to the truth behind Ivy's adoption. Shocked, Ivy seeks clues to her past, but a key piece to the mystery is missing.

Twenty-four years earlier, Harvey James finds an abandoned newborn who gives him a sense of human connection for the first time in his life. His desire to care for the baby runs up against the stark fact that he is homeless. When he becomes entwined with two people seeking to help him find his way, Harvey knows he must keep the baby a secret or risk losing the only person he's ever loved.

In this dual-timeline story from debut novelist Amanda Cox, the truth--both the search for it and the desire to keep it from others--takes center stage as Ivy and Harvey grapple with love, loss, and letting go.

My review:

I love split time novels and this one was just beautiful!  Both storylines were intriguing and made me eager to discover the mystery surrounding Ivy's birth.  I liked Ivy a lot and felt for all she was going through but Harvey and Grandma Pearl stole the show.  Harvey's brokenness and Grandma Pearl's love and determination were a match made in heaven and it was wonderful to see his transformation.  There was also quite a difference between the men in her life, from a jerk of an ex to the best friend who was always there for her.  She had some issues to work through, also, because of her adoption.  A couple of the characters dealt with anxiety, panic attacks and depression and I appreciate seeing that portrayed more in Christian books.  There were some sweet romantic moments and so many touching moments  filled with redemption and love.  This book made me laugh and cry and showed what a difference one life can make.  I highly recommend it!

I received this book free from Revell.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

           The Author

  1. Amanda Cox
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    Amanda Cox

    Amanda Cox is a blogger and a curriculum developer for a national nonprofit youth leadership organization, but her first love is communicating through story. She holds a bachelor's degree in Bible and theology and a master's degree in professional counseling....

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