Friday, January 13, 2017

Broke My Heart in the Best Way - My Review of Of Stillness and Storm

Published by: Thomas Nelson
By: Michele Phoenix

I wasn't sure what I was going to think about this book or how I was going to like it, and wow. I had no idea that it was going to be all that it was/is.

Of Stillness and Storm tells the story of a woman who has followed her husband where he felt led to go, serving with him far from the comforts of home. This woman sees the way that her son struggles in the far-off land, and she has to deal with a lot of pain.

Of Stillness and Storm  -     By: Michele Phoenix

Who the book is for:

I think that any Christian adult will find that this book touches them and they will be drawn in when reading it. Missionaries and missionary kids will find that this book is especially real to them.

What I liked:

The characters in this book are very real and I really like that about them.

The story is one that draws a person in and breaks the heart.

This is an emotional read. I cried while reading it, and I rarely do that with any book.

This book is very real.

What I didn’t like:

The beginning of the book was a little hard to get into, but stick with it. The book gets better.

Some may be bothered by a bit of language in the book, but I didn't think it was a big deal.

My conclusion:

Overall, I was drawn in and touched by this book.

I give Of Stillness and Storm 5 out of 5 stars.

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, January 11, 2017

There are Better Children's Books Out There - My Review of God Made You Nose to Toes

Published by: ZonderKidz
By: Leslie Parrott
Illustrated by: Estelle Corke

I like to check out different children's books for my nieces and nephews, and I was happy to have the chance to read and review God Made You Nose to Toes.

God Made You Nose to Toes Boardbook  -     By: Leslie Parrott, Estelle Corke

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are nothing special. They are colorful and fun, but they are not especially cute.

Who the book is for:

This is a good book for babies and toddlers.

What I liked:

I like padded boardbooks.

I like the size of this book.

The messages is kind of cute and simple, that God made a child just the way that they are for a reason.

What I didn’t like:

There are many similar books out there, and I just don't really care for this one too much.

My conclusion:

Overall, I like other children's books more than this one.

I give God Made You Nose to Toes 4 out of 5 stars.

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.

Monday, January 2, 2017

An Okay Read - My Review of The Cherished Quilt

Published by: Zondervan
By: Amy Clipston

I am not always a fan of Amish fiction, but I thought that this book sounded like it was something that might be interesting.

The Cherished Quilt tells the story of a young Amish man who is haunted by the loss of his brother and the young woman who falls in love with him.
The Cherished Quilt #3   -     By: Amy Clipston

Who the book is for:

This is a good book for anyone who loves Amish fiction and for those who love family dramas and love stories.

What I liked:

I like the whole family drama that is playing out and the heart that is a part of the story.

The characters are interesting to read about.

What I didn’t like:

The first three-quarters of the book or so is pretty boring and I found myself simply skimming it.

I don't agree 100% with the book or its characters, but that is to be expected when reading Amish fiction.

The chapters were a little too long for me.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought that this was an okay read.

I give The Cherished Quilt 3 out of 5 stars.

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.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

I Don't Get It - My Review of Where Does Love Hide?

Published by: Tyndale Kids
Written by: Mary Manz Simon
Illustrated by: Hannah Wood

I enjoy checking out all kinds of children's books, and I was excited to have the chance to read and review Where Does Love Hide? I was hoping to like this book and I wanted to share it with my nieces and nephews, but I found it a little disappointing.

Where Does Love Hide?  -     By: Mary Manz Simon

Who the book is for:

This book is for babies and toddlers through about age five.

What I liked:

There are flaps to be lifted in the book, allowing children to interact with it.

The book is colorful and fun.

What I didn’t like:

I don't really get the point of the book. I thought that the question of "where does love hide?" would be answered in the end.

My conclusion:

Overall, I'm not really a fan of this book.

I give Where Does Love Hide? 2 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.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

I Like the Characters, the Family - My Review of Home on the Range

Published by: Multnomah
Written by: Ruth Logan Herne

I enjoy reading fiction books that are a part of a series, getting to know a family and having the chance to read about each member. I read the previous book in the Double S Ranch series, and I was happy to have the chance to read and review Home on the Range.

This book tells about a single father and his struggle to support his hurting little girls. It tells about a woman who is haunted by her past. This book shares the story of a multi-generational family and ranch life.

#2: Home on the Range  -     By: Ruth Logan Herne

What I liked:


The characters in this book are fun to read about, and I feel like I have had the chance to get to know them through this book and the first in the series.

The story was different from some.

There were many touching moments in the book.

What I didn’t like:


The chapters in this book are really long, which bothered me at times.

My conclusion:


Overall, I enjoyed this book more than the first in the series.

I give Home on the Range 5 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.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Fun Activity Book - My Review of The Berenstain Bears Hugs and Kisses

Published by: ZonderKidz
By: Jan and Mike Berenstain

I love The Berenstain Bears and all of their different stories, and I was excited to have the chance to read and review The Berenstain Bears Hugs and Kisses and to share it with my nieces and nephews.

This book contains all kinds of activities for kids, and it is all focused on love. I think that it would be a fun Valentines gift.

The Berenstain Bears Hugs and Kisses Sticker & Activity Book  -     By: Jan Berenstain, Mike Berenstain

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are classic for The Berenstain Bears. They are fun to look at and they are detailed.

Who the book is for:

I guess that this would be a good book for families with many different ages of children in them, because it is not really for one particular age. There are coloring pictures that would be good for preschoolers and toddlers, but there are also word searches and puzzles that are for older children. (The back of the book lists it as being for ages 4 through 8, but I'm not sure children that young would be able to handle some of it, and younger children might enjoy it, too.)

What I liked:

I like all of the stickers and the fact that this book contains that "bonus". I know that my nieces will have fun with them.

I like that there are a variety of activities in the book.

I like the pictures.

What I didn’t like:

I think that this book could be made better if it was geared toward one particular age of children.

My conclusion:

Overall, I found this to be a fun book.

I give The Berenstain Bears Hugs and Kisses 4 out of 5 stars.

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.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Loved the Whole Thing - My Review of A Portrait of Emily Price

Published by: Thomas Nelson
Written by: Katherine Reay

I love reading all different types of novels, and I love it when I have the chance to read one that is different from others in some way. I was excited to have the chance to read and review A Portrait of Emily Price because it sounded like it would be different from other books and I knew that it was set in Italy.

This book tells the story of a young woman who falls in love with an Italian while he is spending time in the U.S. The woman follows the man home to Italy and finds that his family life is dramatic, that his family members are each facing their own ghosts.

A Portrait of Emily Price  -     By: Katherine Reay

Who the book is for:

Those who are looking for a book that is a bit different from the average romance will find this one to be enjoyable. This is good for older teens and adults.

What I liked:

The characters in this book are very likable - even the more minor characters.

The story is interesting and different.

This book is heartfelt and touching.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in this book that I did not like.

My conclusion:

Overall, I enjoyed this book and all that it is.

I give A Portrait of Emily Price 5 out of 5 stars.

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.