Thursday, October 8, 2015

Join in on an Adventure with Miss Petitfour & Her 16 Cats

Goodness sakes! What did I get myself into? A book with 16 cats?! In "The Adventures of Miss Petitfour" by Anne Michaels with illustrations by Emma Block, we have Miss Petitfour, a quirky baker who undoubtedly have adventures with her 16 cats on a daily basis.  Then there's the 16 cats - Minky, Misty, Taffy, Purrsia, Pirate, Mustard, Moutarde, Hendela, Earring, Grigorovitch, Clasby, Captain Captain, Captain Catkin, Captain Clothespin, Your Shyness, and Sizzles.  What a bunch!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Spin with Spinning Starlight + Giveaway

What do you think of the cover? Isn't it beautiful? That is how I was drawn into "Spinning Starlight" by  R.C. Lewis in the first place. I started reading it and immediately was wrapped up into the mysterious futuristic worlds of galaxies and lost planets. I want to find out what happened to a family of geniuses and the power house of the technology planet of Sampati.  I want to know why Liddi was attacked at her own home and how she will save her brothers, with the help of Tiav. I was hooked early on and until the end.

What intrigues me most is the high-tech aspect throughout the series. I find Ms. Lewis imaginative and quite brilliant in many aspect of creating a world that seems so real, but isn't. Isn't that what makes a good book? Bring readers to a world of imagination that anything can happen?  Then reading Liddi's narration, especially her inner thoughts since she was unable to speak for fear of causing her brothers' deaths, allows me to connect to her.  Her thoughts, from being self-conscious to self-doubt was relate-able and one can sense the love she has for every one of her brothers, and her desire to share with Tiav.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Let Love Fall like Snowflakes

"Falling Like Snowflakes" by Denise Hunter is not a fuzzy frilly Christmas love story of how two people fell in love in time for Christmas. No. It is not.  More like, it is not just that.  This is a story of a mother's love, a son's ability to trust again and a born protector learning about what true love is. Reading this will evoke emotions. Emotions that jumps up at you and grabs hold.


Speeding north through rural Maine, Eden Martelli wonders how her life came to this—on the run with her mute five-year-old son dozing fitfully in the passenger seat. When a breakdown leaves them stranded in Summer Harbor, Eden has no choice but to stay put through Christmas . . . even though they have no place to lay their heads.

Beau Callahan is a habitual problem solver—for other people anyway. He left the sheriff’s department to take over his family’s Christmas tree farm, but he’s still haunted by the loss of his parents and struggling to handle his first Christmas alone.
When Eden shows up looking for work just as Beau’s feisty aunt gets out of the hospital, Beau thinks he’s finally caught a break. Eden is competent and dedicated—if a little guarded—and a knockout to boot. But, as he soon finds out, she also comes with a boatload of secrets.
Eden has been through too much to trust her heart to another man, but Beau is impossible to resist, and the feeling seems to be mutual. As Christmas Eve approaches, Eden’s past catches up to her.
Beau will go to the ends of the earth to keep her safe. But who’s going to protect his heart from a woman who can’t seem to trust again?

Monday, October 5, 2015

What can a photograph mean?

What do we have here? A photograph of a young Old Order Amish girl with make-up? How can this be? The Plain community are known for not taking photographs of themselves and so boldly too. Jed Stutzman is intrigued by this photograph he found on his way towards Lancaster County, PA. When he meets Eva Esch, he is sure it is her, or is it?  Eva, along with her family is concern with the sudden disappearance of their youngest sibling, Lily, who might have ran away. Even amidst the fears and uncertainty of her and her sisters' situation with Lily's disappearance and the recent death of her mother, Eva is taken by the new stranger in town.  Will this photograph be the reason Jed and Eva find each other, or will it tear them apart before anything begins?

Saturday, October 3, 2015

September 2015 Giveaway Winner is....

Congratulations to Carly K, our September 2015 Giveaway winner.  She has won a copy of "Among the Fair Magnolias" with stories by Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love and Elizabeth Musser.  For my full review of this book, click here. Many thanks to Bethany House for this prize. 

If you didn't win, don't despair. Our next one will be a good one, live on Monday, October 5th.  

In the meantime, check out the other giveaways on the the sidebar of this blog. More will be added periodically.  Current one:

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Pass it On

Parents, what would you think is an important aspect to pass onto your children? What would be the key to helping them find a guiding stone in their lives? True, as parents, you want your children to be healthy and grow physically and emotionally strong and able, with the education to ensure a good future. What about their spiritual growth? Is that something you hope to contribute or do you prefer that aspect to be delve into individually themselves or by the church?  Or you just don't know where to start?  Well, fear not.  Authors Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee's "Pass It On" is a book on 'building a legacy of faith for your children through practical and memorable experiences.'

Friday, October 2, 2015

Time for Family Meal-Time Devotions

Family devotion time. Great idea. Where do we start? I'd say start with "101 Family Meal-Time Devotions" by Greg Johnson.  Why? This devotions is different in the fact that it's short reading, but it will open a can of worms (too gross for dinnertime?), can of beans. There's just too many ways it can go in different directions in a very good way. Isn't it what you would like; to open conversations with family, especially with kids about everything, including faith?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

God Made All of Me

What a great way for parents to talk to kids about their bodies.  "God Made All of Me" by Justin & Lindsey Holcomb is "a book to help children protect their bodies".  It's easy, straightforward and honest way to discuss with your children the importance of speaking up and be open about unwanted physical touches.  The illustrations are colorful, and the words simple to understand, even for a younger child.

With the rise of sexual abuse of children, it's imperative for parents to address body "issues" and the protection of their private and other physical parts. This includes how to deal with and the difference between secrets and surprises if there was unwanted touches.  Justin and Lindsey Holcomb has created a resource that is a good starting point for families to touch on.  However, do take note that this is not a storybook that should be misplaced or be easily accessible with younger kids. This is because of the various notes, statistics and points for adults to read before and after reading this story to the child.  This is a storybook to be read by the adult and sharing the pictures while reading.   I would suggest an adult to read through the book first and be familiar with it prior to reading it with a child(ren).  The Bible verses throughout reinforce the title, "God Made All of Me".  A great resource and a must have for every family and even daycare or young grade settings.

Released Date: September 8, 2015

Learn more and purchase a copy.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, New Growth Press through Litfuse Publicity Group for an honest review.


Justin Holcomb, PhD, is an Episcopal priest and professor of theology and Christian thought at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. He is the author of “On the Grace of God,” “Know the Heretics,” and “Know the Creeds and Councils,” as well as the coauthor of “Is It My Fault?” and “Rid of My Disgrace.” He also serves on the boards for REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade) and GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments). |*|*| Lindsey Holcomb, MPH, counsels victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and is the cofounder of REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade). Lindsey has provided crisis intervention to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and conducted a variety of training seminars to service providers. She is also the coauthor of “Is It My Fault?” and “Rid of My Disgrace.”
Find out more about Justin and Lindsey at

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

October Releases to look out for!

It's been a hectic September, both on and off the blog. Great releases in September that have kept me entertained tremendously. Great shout out to all of the authors. I've read a number of great novels, as well as a few non-fictions and devotionals that totally kicked my butt.  It had me in worlds of fancy from balls and picnics to understanding the true meaning of American values to contemplating about distractions from our good Father.  With a new month beginning, I hope to share with you a few releases that's on my radar to read or have read already and waiting for me to review.  This post will be continuously updated as the month proceeds. 

  • Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis - Release 10/6  (plus giveaway)
  • Maggie and the Mercury Retrograde by Anya Monroe - Release 10/8
  • A Thousand Nights - by L.K. Johnston - Release 10/6
  • War for the Waking World by Wayne Thomas Batson - Release 10/27

  • The Splendor of Ordinary Days by Jeff High - Release 10/6
  • The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher - Release 10/6 (giveaway)
  • Another Way Home by Deborah Raney - Release 10/20
  • The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone - Release 10/20
  • An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti - Release 10/13
  • A Reason to Stay by Kellie Coates Gilbert - Release 10/6
  • Murder at the Courthouse  by A.H. Gabhart - Release 10/13
  • Intertwined by Jennifer Slattery - Release 10/1

  • The American Dream Romance Collection by various - Release 10/1
  • A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love - Release 10/13
  • Everlasting Love by Tracie Peterson - Release 10/06
  • The Bound Heart by Dawn Crandall - Paperback Release 10/03 (giveaway)
  • Streams of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling - Release 10/6


That's all for now. If you have any recommendations, feel free to message me or leave a comment. Thanks!