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.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Sweet Book of God's Love - My Review of the Precious Moments Little Book of God's Love

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Jean Fischer

I loved a certain Precious Moments movie when I was little, so I was happy to have the chance to read and review a Precious Moments book as an adult - and to share that with a niece or nephew, too.

Little Book of God's Love shares poems and Bible verses that tell of God's love in a simple and special way.

Little Book of God's Love  -     By: Thomas Nelson

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are gentle and sweet, the classic Precious Moments type.

Who the book is for:

This is good for babies and toddlers. Would make a good gift at a baby shower or birth.

What I liked:

I like the fact that the book is focused on God's love.

I like the simple poems and verses.

I like the sweet pictures.

I like the padded cover.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that this is a simple and sweet 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.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Touching Story of Forgiveness - My Review of Long Way Gone

Published by: Thomas Nelson
Written by: Charles Martin

I love reading a variety of fiction books, and I was excited to have the chance to check out Long Way Gone. As I was getting ready to read this book and shortly after I started reading it, I heard person after person say about how great it is and I grew more excited about it.

This book tells the story of a man who leaves his father to follow after his own dreams. Hardship befalls the man and he has a hard time going back home.

Long Way Gone

Who the book is for:

Anyone who feels that they are beyond forgiveness or too far gone to go home. Anyone looking for a touching story of family, life, and forgiveness.

What I liked:

There are parts of this story that are really touching, and I almost started crying while reading part of it.

The message is one that is needed and a great one.

The story is written in a special, deep way.

The character is likable.

What I didn’t like:

Parts of the book are a little boring.

I don't know how I feel about the whole "angel" character kind of thing.

My conclusion:

Overall, I found this to be a special book.

I give Long Way Gone 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, October 26, 2016

Fun, Interactive Bible Storybook for Kids - My Review of Read and Share Look, I'm Reading Bible Storybook

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Gwen Ellis
Illustrated by: Steve Smallman

There are a variety of children's Bibles out there, and each one seems to have something different to offer. I was excited to have the chance to read and review the Read and Share Look, I'm Reading Bible Storybook.

Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook  -

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are kind of cute. Not my favorite, but still fine enough.

Who the book is for:

This is good for those about three through six, I think. Some younger/older children might enjoy it.

What I liked:

I like the fact that children can interact with the book and "read" along.

I like the simple stories.

I like the variety of stories - some that are not included in the average children's Bible.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

Overall, as far as children's Bibles go, I thought this one was pretty good.

I give the Read and Share Look, I'm Reading Bible 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.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Love the Focus on Germany - My Review of Classic German Baking

Published by: Ten Speed Press
Written by: Luisa Weiss

My grandmother came to America from Germany when she was a little girl. She shared a few recipes with our family through the years that may have been German in origin, but not as many as I would have liked to have had the chance to try out and taste. Now that she is gone, I think that it would be interesting to try out some of the recipes that my ancestors enjoyed back in the day.



What I liked:


I love that there is a mix of recipes included in this book.

I like the simple cover design.

I like that this is focused on a single country and the foods eaten there.

What I didn’t like:


I always long for a cookbook to be full of pictures, so I was a little disappointed to find that this one does not have many included in it.

My conclusion:


Overall, I think that this is a fun book to check out and have around, and the recipes will be interesting to create.

I give Classic German Baking 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.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Cute and Fun Read - My Review of Bedtime Read and Rhyme Bible Stories

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Bonnie Rickner Jensen
Illustrated by: Robert Dunn

I love all of the little children's Bibles that are ou there, and there are so many available. I was excited about having the chance to read and review Bedtime Read and Rhyme Bible Stories.

Bedtime Read and Rhyme Bible Stories  -     By: Bonnie Rickner Jensen, Robert Dunn


The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are really cute, gentle, and fun.

Who the book is for:

This book is something that will be enjoyed by babies, toddlers, and other young children. I think it would be best for two to five year old kids or so.

What I liked:

I like the pictures. As I said, they are cute.

I like the rhyming and fun stories.

This is fun to read.

The stories are pretty true to the Bible.

There are a lot of stories in this book.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought that this book was cute and fun.

I give Bedtime Read and Rhyme Bible Stories 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.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Not Sure What to Think - My Review of Love Letters from God

Published by: ZonderKidz
Written by: Glenys Nellist
Illustrated by: Rachel Clowes

I enjoy having the chance to read and review various children's books, and I am excited to have the opportunity to share another Christmas one with you. Christmas Love Letters from God is a book that shares Bible stories related to Christmas and that also includes "letters" that are supposed to be from God to the child who is listening to the stories.

Christmas Love Letters from God  -     By: Glenys Nellist, Rachel Clowes

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book remind me of paper dolls. I don't dislike them, but they are not as cute as some books out there.

Who the book is for:

I think that babies and toddlers can listen to this book along with their families and that school-aged kids will enjoy it, too.

What I liked:

I like that this book starts with a story of Isaiah. Most children's Christmas stories do not start that far back.

I like the way that the stories are written very true to the Bible.

I like the "letters" that are supposed to come from God for their positive messages...

What I didn’t like:

...and yet I don't like them because they are written by humans who are trying to think in the way that God thinks and who are trying to write their own version of his word. I am torn in regard to this book because of those letters.

My conclusion:

Overall, I'm not sure what I think of this book.  There is much good here and yet I don't really like the letter idea.

I give Christmas Love Letters from God 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.