Friday, June 15, 2018

A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason

A Most Noble Heir by [Mason, Susan Anne]
Here is the book summary:
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 that once their marriage is sanctioned by God, 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 pleasing Hannah and living up to his father's demanding expectations.

At every turn, forces work to keep the couple apart, and a solution to remain together seems further and further away. With Nolan's new life pulling him irrevocably away from the woman he loves, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together.

And now, my review:
A Most Noble Heir starts out at an intense moment and it just gets better and better. I really enjoyed this one. To take a storyline that seems predictable and then make it different was great!. And to be reading this when the Royal Wedding news is all over the place was excellent timing and an added bonus. I was drawn in by the title and not disappointed by this read. Check it out. 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 






Beneath A Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Beneath a Prairie Moon: A Novel by [Vogel Sawyer, Kim]
Here is the book summary:
Readers rabid for the sweet historical romances of Tracie Peterson and Tamara Alexander will flock to best-selling author Kim Vogel Sawyer's prairie-set heartwarmer of high society cast-off and the western town that welcomes her.

Abigail Brantley grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father's illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can "marry up" with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he's put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the "little city gal" in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won't bring happiness?

And now, my review:

Set in the late 1800s, Beneath a Prairie Moon was a story of mail-order brides from the east traveling out to Kansas.  There was the main lady that men would write to and she would get to know what they liked and get to know what the ladies liked and match them up. She received word from many men from one town and decided to travel there and get to know them all in person.  For me, this story held my interest and was a fun read with times of laughter and times of nail-biting, action-packed situations. 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 





A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green

A Refuge Assured by [Green, Jocelyn]
Here is the book summary:
Lacemaker Vivienne Rivard never imagined her craft could threaten her life. Yet in revolutionary France, it is a death sentence when the nobility, and those associated with them, are forced to the guillotine. Vivienne flees to Philadelphia but finds the same dangers lurking in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers threaten the life of a young boy left in her care, who some suspect to be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement, Azilum, offer permanent refuge?

Militiaman Liam Delaney proudly served in the American Revolution, but now that the new government has imposed an oppressive tax that impacts his family, he barely recognizes the democracy he fought for. He wants only to cultivate the land of his hard-won farm near Azilum, but soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they will be drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.

And now, my review:
I found A Refuge Assured to be an intense page-turning historical fiction that teaches about the French Revolution in a great fictional way. It had twists and turns and nail-biting moments with a splash of romance. I'm inspired by the love of a woman to take over the care of a young boy and treat him as her own. I also loved seeing the side of American history that this book brought to light.   I liked it and I’m thinking you will too.  Check it out at the links below.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 






The 4 Wills of God by Dr Emerson Eggerichs

The 4 Wills of God: The Way He Directs Our Steps and Frees Us to Direct Our Own by [Eggerichs, Emerson]
Here is the book summary:
Should you take the job? Quit the job? Begin a relationship? End a relationship? Move? Plant roots? 

How do we find God’s will for life's big decisions?

What if you had total freedom?

Emerson Eggerichs believes there is a clear answer to finding God’s will. The Bible itself reveals the clue--a secret hidden in plain sight.

Before launching his Love & Respect marriage ministry with wife Sarah, Emerson was a senior pastor for nearly 20 years in East Lansing Michigan. Before that, Emerson and a friend ran a free counseling center called “The Open Door” in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

As Emerson navigated his career he found both he and the people he was counseling were wrestling with big decisions and knowing if that decision was really what God wanted.

Immersing himself in God’s word for over 30 hours a week for 19 years, he discovered simple, clear truths that set him and many others free.

There is a starting point to discovering God’s Will for your next decision and for your entire life. Begin here to read stories of people in the same situations you face today. You’ll be able to discover the freedom you’ve been searching for, and then, like Emerson, you’ll help others find that freedom too.

And now, my review:
I received a hardcover copy of this book and my first response was breath-taking! It’s so nice!  The design and feel.  If you’re a tangible book feeler like me, you’ll love it!  As for the book, there is freedom in the Word and this author brings his basis for discovering the Will of God from the Scripture.  That’s refreshing and I found this book to be thought-provoking.  This book looks at where in Scripture is the Will of God mentioned and puts out a framework for checking life’s big and small decisions in light of these “4 wills”. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.





Just Open the Door by Jen Schmidt

Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation by [Schmidt, Jen]
Change a generation with something as simple as an invitation.
For many of us, inviting people into our lives and homes feels more like inviting judgment on our entertaining skills and stress on our already maxed-out schedules. But what if you knew that opening your front door had the power to radically change the world? To make an impact and leave a legacy with everyday invitations?
Jen Schmidt has set out to reframe how we think about hospitality and to equip us to walk a road of welcome in our daily lives. Jen knows that every time we choose open-door living—whether in our homes or by taking hospitality on the road just like Jesus—those we invite in get to experience the lived-out Gospel, our kids grow up in a life-lab of generosity, and we trade insecurity for connection.

Just Open the Door is a personal yes-you-can guide to offering the life-changing gift of invitation. Whether you’re a seasoned host looking for renewed inspiration or a nervous newbie not sure where to begin, these personal stories, practical ideas, and poignant insights will give you the confidence you need to see your home as the most likely location for changing the world around you, one open door at a time.

And now, my review:
Wow, Just Wow… This book makes me want to go out and invite people in…  Such a scary exciting adventure to show Christ’s LOVE in this way.  I wish this lady was my neighbor and we had a street of women pursuing this together and we banned together and went for it sharing our experiences at each of our houses.  Really that’s what it’s about but we’re just spread all over the nation, which is a good thing, and maybe there is a community blog or facebook group where we’re able to share in the successes and struggles.  That would be great.  Regardless, I suggest you pick up this book and be ready to be challenged in what it looks like to Just Open The Door to those God puts in your life. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.




Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Summertime Crochet by Helgrid Van Impelen and Verena Woehlk Appel


Here is the book summary:
Today's cotton and linen yarns are perfect for summer apparel! Breezy tanks, motif tops, and cute hats can all be crocheted and are just right for the warm-weather style. Fill your summer wardrobe with one-of-a-kind items that have you looking your best for every occasion.

And now, my review:
Who doesn’t love a little breezy summer accessory?  When I saw this book I just knew that I wanted to check out what it had to offer because of the summer options that I love to work on in the summer.  My daughters get out our crochet hooks, look through and pick a pattern, and go for it.  Great fun!  From bags to hair pretties to clothes…  it’s all included. 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.




Diet For The Mind by Martha Clare Morris

Diet for the MIND: The Latest Science on What to Eat to Prevent Alzheimer's and Cognitive Decline -- From the Creator of the MIND Diet by [Morris, Martha Clare]
Here is the book summary:
From the creator of the MIND diet, the authoritative guide to eating for a healthy brain and optimal cognitive function.

Several factors play into whether you will suffer from cognitive decline and develop Alzheimer's disease -- lifestyle, health conditions, environment, and genetics, for example. But now there is scientific evidence indicating that diet plays a bigger role in brain health than we ever thought before. In Diet for the MIND, one of the leaders in this research provides an easy, non-invasive, and effective way to prevent cognitive decline and reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease through diet and lifestyle.

There are specific foods and nutrients that are important for keeping the brain functioning optimally, and also foods to limit because they can cause brain injury. With 80 delicious recipes for every occasion, Diet for the MIND is your roadmap to a healthy brain -- for life.

And now, my review:
Diet For The Mind by Martha Clare Morris is a book I desired to read to learn more about food and how it affects the brain.  I know people who are affected by dementia and other things like that so I have a desire to learn more about this.  This book is broken down into 2 parts with 15 separate chapters that seem to meet all the needs to learn more about how food affects our brains.  To go along with her research she included 80 recipes. 
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.