Tuesday, July 18, 2017

An Okay Read - My Review of With You Always

Published by: Bethany House
By: Jody Hedlund

My sister loves Jody Hedlund's books, and I finally gave in and took advantage of the opportunity to read and review one from her.

With You Always is the story of a young woman who is an orphan and trying to make a way for herself and those she cares about in New York City in the 1850's. 
With You Always (Orphan Train Book #1) by [Hedlund, Jody]

What I liked:

The characters in this book are somewhat likable.

The story is different from others that I have read.

There are parts of the story that are a little exciting.

I like that history is a part of this book and it helped me learn a bit about the past.

What I didn’t like:

There are parts of the story that are pretty boring. I had to skim a lot of it.

The ending of this book was a little too abrupt for me.

My conclusion:

Overall, this book was okay but not my favorite.

I give With You Always 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Bethany House. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Cute and Fun - My Review of My Great Big God

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Andy Holmes
Inspired by: Marta Alvarez Miguens

I enjoy checking out children's books, so I was happy to have the chance to read and review this Bible story collection.

My Great Big God shares a variety of Bible stories with a rhyming text.

My Great Big God: 20 Bible Stories to Build a Great Big Faith  -     By: Andy Holmes    Illustrated By: Marta Alvarez Miguens

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are pretty cute. I have seen cuter, but I still like them.

What I liked:

The book is colorful and fun.

The rhyming text is fun to read.

I like the sturdiness of this book.

I like the size of this book.

The stories in this little Bible are pretty true to the Bible.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I really didn't like.

My conclusion:

Overall, I like this little book.

I give My Great Big God 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

An Interesting and Enjoyable Read - My Review of Love that Boy

Published by: Harmony Books
Written by: Ron Fournier

I enjoy reading stories of people's real lives. I like to hear about all that a person has gone through. I was excited to have the chance to read and review Love that Boy because I knew that it was a memoir that would give me a peek into lives that are quite different from mine.

This book focuses on a father's journey to love his son. His son has Aspbergers, and the father tries to understand him. The father and son spend time traveling together as they attempt to connect.

Who the book is for:

There are many parents who will benefit from this book. There are also people like me who will enjoy reading it simply to have a peek into the author's life.


What I liked:


The way in which this book is written makes it really interesting and enjoyable to read. I was sucked in the whole time that I was reading it, as if I was reading fiction. I really found it educational and fun.

I like the way that the history of various presidents is shared in this book, and the way that I was able to travel along with the author on the journey that he was taking.

This book has good information for all parents in regard to the way that they are raising their children.

What I didn’t like:


There were some things that I disagreed with the author on, some ways in which his beliefs differed from my own. I'm not sure our morals are 100% in line with one another, and there are things that the author shares about in this book that might bother some.


Some of the language in this book is a little inappropriate.

My conclusion:


Overall, I enjoyed reading this book.

I give Love that Boy 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Blogging for Books. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Fun to Read - My Review of The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories

Published by: Thomas Nelson
Written by: Celeste Fletcher McHale

I love a good book that you can lose yourself in, and that's what this one was for me. I was happy to have the chance to read and review The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories.

This book tells the story of a man and woman who had their lives forever changed because of a flood that they lived through. They were stranded together during that flood, and this book tells of what comes after.

The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories

Who the book is for:

Anyone who loves a quick moving romance that has more to it than just a love story will enjoy this book.

What I liked:

The chapters in this book are pretty short and easy to get through.

The whole book kept my attention and there were not really any boring parts.

The characters were interesting and likable.

Parts of the book are humorous. Parts of the book are touching.

What I didn’t like:

I found the Christian content of this book kind of... interesting. There is not a lot shared in that regard, and it is hard to know what some of the characters actually believe. I can't say more without spoiling some of the story but I just thought it was worth mentioning.

My conclusion:

Overall, I enjoyed this book.


I received this book free to review from BookLook Bloggers. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Bit Boring to Me - My Review of True to You

Published by: Bethany House
By: Becky Wade

I enjoy reading romances that have something more to them, that have a really good story along with the mushy stuff. I was excited to read and review True to You because it sounded like something with heart.

This book tells the story of a former Navy SEAL and a woman who falls for him. The man is looking for his birth mom in order to find out more about an illness that he is facing, and the woman is eager to help him.

True to You, Bradford Sisters Romance Series #1    -     By: Becky Wade

What I liked:

The characters in this books are very likable.

The story of this book is interesting and different from anything else that I have read.

Parts of this book are funny, parts are fun to read, but...

What I didn’t like:

...a lot of it is just really boring. I found myself skimming much of this book.

This book has something in it that is very farfetched.

My conclusion:

Overall, I didn't really enjoy this book as much as I thought that I would.

I give True to You 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Bethany House. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Unique Book for Kids - My Review of Wow! The Good News in Four Words

Published by: Tyndale Kids
Written by: Dandi Daley Mackall
Inspired by: Annabel Tempest

I love checking out new children's books, and I was excited to have the chance to read and review Wow! The Good News in Four Words.

This book shares the gospel message with children through the emphasizing of four words: Wow! Uh-oh! Yes! Ahh.

Wow!: The Good News in Four Words  -     By: Dandi Daley Mackall    Illustrated By: Annabel Tempest

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are very colorful and bold. They are not the cutest, but they are fun.

What I liked:

This book truly shares the gospel message, which I think is really cool. It could be a good gift for kids because of that.

This book is colorful and fun.

I like that there are references shared in the back of the book - "for further study".

What I didn’t like:

I like that this shares the gospel message, but I don't like that it kind of just drags things out. It goes on for longer than I felt it should.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that this is a unique type of book.

I give Wow! The Good News in Four Words 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Tyndale Blog Network. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sparkly and Cute - My Review of Princess Prayers

Published by: ZonderKidz
Written by: Crystal Bowman
Inspired by: Jeanna Young and Jacqueline Johnson

My niece loves all things princess, and I have gifted some of the other books from The Princess Parables collection to her. She loved them, so I was happy to have the chance to read and review Princess Prayers.

Princess Prayers  -     By: Jeanna Young, Jacqueline Kinney Johnson    Illustrated By: Omar Aranda

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are one of the best parts of it. They feature the princesses from this collection doing various things. They are colorful, pretty, and fun.

What I liked:

As I mentioned, the pictures in this book help to make it special. I think that little girls would enjoy looking at those pictures as they read the book.

Each prayer that is a part of the book includes a Bible verse that fits with it.

The cover of this book is my favorite part. It is glittery and fancy and fun.

What I didn’t like:

While I am usually a fan of padded covered board books, this one doesn't really make sense to me. My niece who loves The Princess Parables collection is six. She doesn't typically read this kind of a book, and yet, the prayers are not really something that a toddler or baby would sit through.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that this is an okay book.

I give Princess Prayers 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.