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Sunday, April 15, 2018
This was a gorgeous book full of color and fun illustrations along with a wonderful story! It features a couple African-American girls, one a toddler and the other maybe a four or five-year-old, along with their pet dog and cat as they play inside and out, paint, create and go on adventures. The book talks about God creating light, how some lights spark, some flare, etc. The sun's purposes are to warm things up, make flowers bloom and light up our days. Then you should play games outside, go swimming, climb trees and build sand castles. Enjoy the sun and thank God for it. God also created the moon and you can enjoy it by going out camping and walking through the woods with a parent and a flashlight, catching fireflies and looking at stars.
The story also reminds you that if you're scared in the dark, that God's light is stronger and it's inside you. You are another light that God created and you can shine out wherever you go. I loved the encouraging message and the beautiful colors. Imagination was portrayed so well here as the girls dance and do crafts, float in space with fireflies along with their pets. It was just gorgeous! I highly recommend it for ages three to eight!
I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
About the book:
Determined to protect the children of Teaville, Kansas, from the bullying she experienced as a child, Mercy McClain finds fulfillment working at the local orphanage and serving on the school board. When Aaron Firebrook, the worst of her childhood bullies, petitions the board for a teaching position, she's dead set against his getting the job.
Aaron knows he deserves every bit of Mercy's mistrust, but he's returned to his hometown a changed man and is seeking the forgiveness of those he wronged. He doesn't expect Mercy to like him, but surely he can prove he now has the children's best interests at heart.
Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron overcome the past in time to battle the threats against the future of the town's orphans?
This was another wonderful story in the Teaville Moral Society series! I loved that the characters were so real, with flaws and hang-ups such as Mercy having a physical disability because she's missing part of an arm and also having been bullied by Aaron and other kids so she has some insecurities. Aaron is trying to make up for all of the mean things he's done to Mercy and others over the years while trying to deal with the reason he was acting that way to begin with. I loved to see how much Aaron had changed and all the ways he was trying to be a better man. Mercy was inspirational, too, as she didn't let her lack of an arm keep her from doing anything she set her mind to. They both had a strong faith and put it into practice as they took care of orphans and put other's needs ahead of their own. I loved the secondary characters, too, as it was fun to see people from the previous books and to meet the interesting orphans, especially the stubborn Jimmy. This story worked well as a stand-alone. There were some sweet romantic moments. It really made me think about bullies and why they might be acting out. It might make a huge difference to love them and pray for them because it might be just what they need. Maybe they feel no one cares and how you treat them could make all the difference. I highly recommend this sweet story!
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Melissa JagearsCarol Award-winning author Melissa Jagears is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian historical romance into the wee hours of the night. She's the author of the Unexpected Brides series, the Teaville Moral Society series, and Love by the Letter, a...
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Sunday, April 8, 2018
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About the book:
When stable hand Nolan Price learns from his dying mother that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsby, his plans for a future with kitchen maid Hannah Burnham are shattered. Once he is officially acknowledged as the earl’s heir, Nolan will be forbidden to marry beneath his station.
Unwilling to give up the girl he loves, he devises a plan to elope--believing once their marriage is sanctioned by God that Lord Stainsby will be forced to accept their union. However, as Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy, he finds himself caught between his dreams for tomorrow and his father’s demanding expectations.
Forces work to keep the couple apart at every turn, and a solution to remain together seems farther and farther away. With Nolan’s new life pulling him irrevocably away from Hannah, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together.
There was never a dull moment in this book! From Nolan learning he's the son of an earl to plans to elope to the earl's manipulative ways, there was just constant action and tension. Misunderstandings abounded and it got a little frustrating for me that people didn't just talk things through. I liked Nolan but felt frustrated with him much of the time for his choices; I liked Hannah more and I had more sympathy because of the hard things she'd had to endure in life. The earl made me angry for being so underhanded and I didn't know where the story would go for him; I was pleasantly surprised. Both Hannah and Nolan needed to deal with some emotional baggage from their pasts; pride, insecurity and trust were major issues characters had to deal with in this book. There's also a great reminder that God loves us unconditionally and we shouldn't base our worth on what other people think. It's amazing to think how important social classes were to people during this time in England's history and how much it dictated their lives. It's also amazing to me the different way women were viewed, on one hand protected and revered if they were upper class and if they were lower, they feared they would be fired or accused of making a fuss if they complained about unwanted advances. I'm glad we've come so far, for the most part. There were some sweet romantic moments and some action. The book is well-written; I just feel that the plot wasn't for me. If you like historical fiction with a lot of drama, then check it out!
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
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Susan Anne Mason’s debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA. Also a member of ACFW, Susan lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children. She can be found online at www.susanannemason.com.