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Review of the Weavers Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd

Posted by [email protected] on December 24, 2018 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)


MY REVIEW

This is my first read by Sarah Ladd and the first Regency novel I've read. I found her writing style easy to read in spite of being set in 1801 England.

 

The Weaver's Daughter is filled with great characters, vivid details of the English countryside, a wonderful plot, lots of intrigue, and a great ending. I enjoyed every moment I spent with the story and it is a page turner. One I couldn't put it down.


Two families, Dearborne and Stockton are engaged in a hatred that goes way back and are in competition against each others woolen mill business. The story leads to a standoff between the two, and people closest to the families will be hurt the most. Can anything good come out of a bad situation? You will have to read the story to find out.


I highly recommend The Weaver's Daughter and I ran the gamut of emotions while being deeply engaged in the story. It's one you will remember. 

I received this book as a gift and voluntarily chose to review it.


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2018 Readers Choice Awards

Posted by [email protected] on December 18, 2018 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Voting for the 2018 Clean Wholesome Romance Readers' Choice Awards has begun!

If you write or read clean wholesome romance it's time to cast your vote for this year's winners!


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My Shining Hour CD & Giveaway by Steph Carse

Posted by [email protected] on December 16, 2018 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)




Steph Carse has honed his skills as a world-class vocalist, traveling the world singing anthems of hope and inspiration, selling over half a million records along the way and garnering friends and fans everywhere he goes. It’s been a journey nearly a quarter of a century in the making, but one that is gaining focus and purpose like never before.

 

His newest project, My Shining Hour, is a collection of deeply personal original songs of faith, alongside stirring renditions of “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art,” Elvis Presley’s “Crying in the Chapel” and Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love.” Like Reach Out, his previous project, My Shining Hour is being produced as an album and television special to air internationally.

 

Singing is in Carse’s blood. Growing up in a diverse music-loving family, he has been exposed to many genres of music from very early on including opera, country, rock, gospel, pop and more. It is not surprising that throughout his career, he has recorded and preformed a wide variety of musical styles.

 

This new project is a powerful statement delivered by an artist who has seen all his dreams come true, yet has experienced great loss. These experiences have drawn Steph closer to God. “After pursuing happiness through achievement and success for most of my life, I realized that my shining hour came at the moment I found boldness in my intimacy with God.”

 

He is now committed to using his gifts to serve others and bring glory to God. Carse has a compelling vision to help create a culture of people praying for one another and to empower them to fully reach their God-given potential. This vision is coming to fruition through his recorded music, live performances, the television specials, and his online web presence.


Carse began making his mark in the music world in the early nineties, singing French-language covers of popular country hits that took him to the top of the Canadian pop charts. This opened doors for him to start recording his own original songs, and then the award nominations began to come in.



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MY REVIEW


My Shining Hour is a good quality recording. Steph Carse has a beautiful voice and the background treatment with instrumental and backup singers adds to it nicely. It really sets the mood for his rendition of the songs.

 

I love his rendition of Amazing Grace with the background diversity of styles from Middle East, Native America, and African. It came across to me that he was trying to show that we are all one people and that there are no boundaries to God's love.


His music touched my heart and at some instances, made me cry with joy. His versatile style of his music is a welcomed change. You will be touched and blessed by his music. Can't wait for his next one.

 

I received the CD from Front Gate Media and voluntarily chose to review it.


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My Shining Hour, is a collection of deeply personal original songs of faith, alongside stirring renditions of “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art,” Elvis Presley’s “Crying in the Chapel” and Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love.” Like Reach Out, his previous project, My Shining Hour is being produced as an album and television special.

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My Brother's Bride & Giveaway by Rachel Anderson

Posted by [email protected] on December 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)




My Brother’s Bride by Rachael Anderson

 

Abigail Nash leads a lonely existence. Her mother died giving birth to her, her father’s business dealings took him away more often than not, and her ailing great-aunt, unable to provide much in the way of companionship, was a lack-luster guardian at best. So when her dear friends offered to launch her into London society, it appeared Abby’s life was taking a turn for the better, with suitors and social engagements aplenty. When she marries a proclaimed darling of the ton, it seems she will at last settle into the life of her dreams.

 

But appearances aren’t always what they seem, and dreams often become disappointments.


Just months into her marriage, Abby finds herself widowed, penniless, increasing, and determined to never hope again. But when her late husband’s brother, the Earl of Brigston, attempts to thaw the numbness surrounding her heart, Abby must decide if she has it in her to risk another chance at happiness, knowing the odds are not in her favor.


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Excerpt


When Brigston entered the kitchen, Abby’s back was partially to him, so she didn’t immediately see him. Her brow was furrowed in concentration as she whipped something in a bowl. She paused to lift the spoon, only to frown at the white liquid dripping from it.

 

“Are you certain this will thicken into a cream?” she asked.

 

A flash of irritation crossed Monsieur Roch’s face until he spotted Morgan and seemed to think better of it. He managed a patient tone in his accented French. “It takes time, my lady.”


Morgan stifled a chuckle as Abby examined another spoonful of the liquid. “I’ve been whipping it for several minutes, but it doesn’t seem even a little thicker to me. Have I forgotten to add something?”

 

“No,” said the cook in clipped tones.

 

Morgan stepped forward and leaned in close. “If your arm is tired—”

 

Abby jumped, and what liquid remained on the spoon splattered across Morgan’s face. She spun around, her eyes growing wide with horror when she saw what she’d done.

 

He wiped a dab from his nose and tasted it. “A little more sugar, perhaps?”


“Brigston! I’m so dreadfully sorry.” She dropped the spoon into the bowl and grabbed a rag from a nearby wash basin, dabbing it across his face.

 

“Not that rag!” cried the cook. “It was only just used to mop the floors.”


Abby dropped it as though it had burned her, and Morgan tried not to cringe at the thought of filthy water coating his face.

 

Monsieur Roch retrieved a clean rag and held it out to him, appearing apologetic. He flicked another irritated glance at Abby before returning to his work.

 

As Morgan wiped the cream from his face, he wondered what Abby would do or say next. Offer another fumbled apology? Make her excuses and flee? Pretend the incident never happened and return to her labors? He never knew what to expect from her.


Her face scarlet, she cleared her throat and lifted her adorably determined chin. “You are most welcome, my lord.”

 

He raised a brow. “For what, my lady?”

 

“I have heard that cream does wonders for one’s complexion, and it seems the rumors are correct. Your skin appears much . . . creamier.”


My Review

 

Morgan Campbell, The Marquess of Brigston, returns to his hometown of Cawley Hampshire. He is surprised when his brother, Jasper, the one who never seems serious about life or marriage, returns to announce he has taken a wife, Abbey. There is much speculation as to why his brother would elope and marry without a word.


A serious of devastating events take a toll on the family, and Abby finds herself in the center of all the chaos. Her hopes and dreams are shattered and she feels lost and alone.


My Brother's Bride is a story of impossibilities, undeniable love and unattainable future. The ending of the story wrapped everything up nicely. Even the impossible can happen!

 

I received a copy from the author and voluntarily chose to review it.


 

Author Rachael Anderson



A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.


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Giveaway Details

 


$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 1/1/19/2018

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How Do You Say Goodnight Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on December 9, 2018 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Zoey the zebra is on a quest to find the best way to say good night. She asks different animals how they say good night, and in the end, she says good night with her zebra family in their own special way, and it feels just right! How Do You Say Good Night? is a fun story that encourages kids to celebrate differences.


MY REVIEW

How Do You Say Goodnight is a very well written and illustrated children's book.  The colorful illustrations throughout are colorful, large, and the story lines are printed large enough for a child to easily read.  The story is humoruos but leaves a distinct message that will leave an impression on your child. 

It helps teach our young that there are many differences in God's kingdom but that we are all special in our own way.









Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible & Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on November 26, 2018 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)


ABOUT THE BOOK:  


The Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible is sure to be a hit with girls! This fabulous material is on everything from pillows to t-shirts. The "mermaid" sequins change color right before your eyes. Girls will love the design and will want to carry the Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible everywhere!



This Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible features a cover with sequins that change color depending on which way your child swipes. It's double the fun! It's perfect for kids ages 6 to 10 to take to Sunday school, read with the family, or study on their own.


 

The ICB, the first Bible translation created specifically for children, is easy for children to read and understand with a third-grade reading level and is typeset in a large, readable font. The Bible text is set in ten-point type, with bold in-text subject heads that help kids easily find the passages they are looking for.



Also included are boldface words that correspond with a dictionary and concordance entry to explain word definitions. A great new feature in this updated setting is more than 300 key verses that are highlighted throughout the Bible for kids to read and learn. The beautifully illustrated insert pages are in a style that children love and will delight their imaginations, including topics such as:


A Bible timeline


A presentation page


A place to keep favorite Bible verses


Bible maps Articles on topics such as how Jesus loves them, knowing Jesus better, and how to pray, etc.


Your little girl will love her Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible!



My Review


The Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible is very well constructed and the translation is easy for kids to read and understand.  I really like the pink sparkle inset which would appeal to young girls.



The Bible is loaded with a section for the owners personal family history, illustrated timeline, and verse highlights which I found to be a wonderful addition.  The books of the Bible have bold chapter headings and certain important verses are highlighted to bring attention to it.



This would be a wonderful gift for the young lady in your life.



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(in)Courage Devotional Bible & Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on November 15, 2018 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)


The CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible invites every woman to find her story within the greatest story ever told—God’s story of redemption.

 

As you study God’s Word, 122 women from the (in)courage community come alongside you with 312 devotions, sharing stories of how God’s story has changed their lives. Because of His grace, they have found beauty in the brokenness and hope in the hard. With each devotion, they sing the praise of the One who has authored their story.


The CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible's original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture's life-transforming message and to share it with others.




MY REVIEW

I enjoyed viewing the different sections of the (in) Courage Devotional Bible. The Bible is very well made with a sturdy cover and comes in different colors which is in cloth for easy cleaning.  The Bible is filled with different themes, reading plans, devotions, and the "Woman of Courage" profiles. The profiles highlight fifty women of the Bible and explain how God showed his love for them.

There is an introduction to each book of the Bible, how it fits into the story of the Bible and how it connects to our daily.  This I found very helpful and inspirational. The Bible also has lines journaling space that I could write any personal notes or insightful passenges I wanted to reflect on.

The only drawback for me, and it may not be an issue for someone else, was the smaller print.  It could be a challenge to someone who doesn't see well.  I hope that there might be a large print version available.










God Bless You & Good Night by Hannah C. Hall Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on November 8, 2018 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)



Bedtime can be a precious time of connection for you and your little one. Enjoy those snuggly moments together as you read this classic bedtime book while exploring all the fun touch-and-feel elements. Feel the polar bear’s soft fur to the elephant’s leathery skin to the silky grass of the African grasslands.


In God Bless You and Good Night Touch and Feel, sleepy little ones are reminded of God’s blessings and how much they are loved. The delightful rhyming story takes readers through several scenes of snuggly animals who are getting ready for bed from putting on pj’s, brushing teeth, and saying good-night prayers. Now with added touch-and-feel elements, children can engage with the story even more. God Bless You and Good Night Touch and Feel will be a favorite part of the bedtime ritual for parents and children.

Whether for a baby shower or birthday, or as a heart-melting way to surprise the grandparents-to-be, God Bless You and Good Night Touch and Feel is the perfect touch for any celebration.

God Bless You and Good Night sparked a series that is as beloved as it is adorable. The original board book has sold more than 315,000 copies and continues to grow in sales. This touch-and-feel book is perfect for home and as a beautiful gift option for baby showers and birthdays or as an announcement gift for soon-to-be grandparents.


From the polar bear’s soft fur to the elephant’s leathery skin to the silky grass of the African grasslands, God Bless You and Good Night Touch and Feel offers a new way to interact with this classic story of animals preparing for bed.


The God Bless Book series has sold nearly 700,000 units and has appeared on numerous bestseller lists.


MY REVIEW


God Bless You and Good Night is a wonderfully made Christian bedtime story that will be a great addition to your nightime regiment. It is sturdy , washable for small children, with lots of colorful pictures that will catch their eye and hold their interest.  Older children can share in reading it to their smaller brothers or sisters.

With touch and feel pages, they can exprience the feel of the animals.  I recommend it to those who have small children in their households or for grandparent's that are looking for that special book to read to their grandchildren.

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Shelter of the Most High by Connilyn Cossette

Posted by [email protected] on October 13, 2018 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)


ABOUT THE BOOK

The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea finds solace from her troubles in the freedom of the ocean. But when marauders attack her village on the island of Sicily, she and her cousin are taken across the sea to the shores of Canaan.

 

Eitan has lived in Kedesh, a City of Refuge, for the last eleven years, haunted by a tragedy in his childhood and chafing at the boundaries placed on him. He is immediately captivated by Sofea, but revealing his most guarded secret could mean drawing her into the danger of his past.


As threats from outside the walls loom and traitors are uncovered within, Sofea and Eitan are plunged into the midst of a murder plot. Will they break free from the shackles of the past in time to uncover the betrayal and save their lives and the lives of those they love?''


MY REVIEW

Sofia, daughter of a pagan high priest and her cousin, Perez, are taken, prisoner when their village is attacked on the island of Sicily. They are taken aboard a large ship and forced to endure beatings and starvation. Rescued by strange people that speak a language they can't understand, they feel they are now slaves. These people serve one God unlike the culture of their village.


Through the love of the people's God, they find their new home and culture so much more endearing and hopeful.

The book had many moments of intense sorrow but had an ample amount of times of great joy and inspired actions. The characters were well-developed and I connected to them right away. The author's descriptions of the surrounding countryside brought the Biblical cities and people alive for me. It was a very inspiring read that showed God's mercy and how much we mean to him.


I was provided with a copy by the author and willingly chose to review it.


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David C. Cook Family Devotionals

Posted by [email protected] on October 13, 2018 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)


ABOUT THE BOOKS

These devotions feature simplified doctrine with easy-to-understand language so children will be engaged and able to follow along. The theological depth of these devotions will strengthen parents’ faith as well, providing a growing experience for children and parents together. Each devotion features a section specifically for growing children’s faith, including a topic or question to start a conversation about spiritual matters, and a simple closing prayer. With illustrations highlighting key concepts, parents and children together will treasure time spent with these devotions as they grow closer to God and one another.

David C Cook is a nonprofit organization dedicated to publishing and distributing leadership and discipleship resources to help Christians all over the world grow in their faith and pass it on to the next generation. We call this “DiscipleShaping“. We were established in 1875 by David Caleb Cook in Chicago, IL. Since that time, we have published numerous bestselling books from The Picture Bible to Crazy Love by Francis Chan, developed over ten lines of Sunday school curriculum, and published many of today’s most popular praise and worship songs through our music division, Integrity Music.


My Review

These are wonderfully written devotionals geared towards parent/child interaction. One part is to be read to your child, part for the parent , and the last part if for the parent to engage their child in discussions.  It then concludes with a prayer that you and your child can say.

Nicely organized sections with black and white illustrations. The devotionals are a nice additon to your spiritual reading library.


To Purchase

Series: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=David+C+Cook+family+devotions

 

Knowing the Holy Spirit: https://www.amazon.com/Knowing-Holy-Spirit-Devotions-Familys/dp/1434712516/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534523280&sr=8-1&keywords=David+C+Cook+family+devotions

 

Knowing Jesus: https://www.amazon.com/Knowing-Jesus-Devotions-Familys-Family/dp/1434712508/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1534523280&sr=8-2&keywords=David+C+Cook+family+devotions

Knowing the Father: https://www.amazon.com/Knowing-God-Father-Devotions-Familys/dp/1434712494/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1534523280&sr=8-3&keywords=David+C+Cook+family+devotions











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