Tuesday, December 4, 2012

All Things New by Lynn Austin

All Things New by Lynn Austin
I will have to say by reading this amazing novel, I realized I was ignorant of the Reconstruction period in history. To say it honestly, I was ignorant of slavery altogether. Having said that, if you want what feels like a real life account of post-war South, this is the book for you. Once again Austin writes as if she was really there experiencing history in the making.
This book was sent to me from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

The Bridesmaid by Beverly Lewis

The Bridesmaid by Beverly Lewis
I like this series (Home to Hickory Hollow) because they are completely seperate books, you don't have to read them in order, yet some of the characters find their way into the different stories easily. I really enjoyed reading The Bridesmaid. It was quick, had a happy ending, and was very unlike Lewis's previous books.
This book was sent to me from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

What Your Husband Isn't Telling You

What Your Husband Isn't Telling You by David Murrow

What a fantastic book! There is no way I could recommend this book enough. You want a better relationship with your man, read it now! It is written by a man who seems to be extremely straight forward in speech. You WILL be offended and enlightened, however by the end you WILL know your husband. The beginning of this book book through the beginning of manhood. How God made man, why he thinks, feels, talks, and acts the way he does. Man has "Provider" speaking in one ear and "Protector" speaking in the other ear. Provider and Protector are the basics. It easy after reading this to understand why a man does what he does. He can't help it. The rest of the book goes through explaining a man's brain, soul, body and spirit. David Murrow doesn't hold anything back about man's secrets, longings and needs. Appreciate him, respect him, love him, and initiate sex often... It's really that easy!

This book was given to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The entire review is my own opinion.

Saturday, August 25, 2012


I did it! I am now officially a homeschooling parent! We completed our first week and it was amazing. Seriously, I'm not just saying that! We had a great time, learned a lot and without any tears. We decided on going with My Father's World and their recommended Math, Spelling, Language package. This year we will be "exploring countries and cultures" and the girls even get a passport (fake). I will post pictures when I can get them uploaded to my computer. I plan on keeping this blog up during this journey because frankly I'm interested in typing it so maybe someone out there will be interested in reading it!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

Historical novels are great because you get drawn into a different time period where things are so incredibly different. The case is the same with Short Straw Bride. The characters Meredith and Travis are thrown into what we would think a ridiculously awful arrangement. Drawing straws to see who get to marry you would be nothing we would deal with now. Yet the story is so romantic that you can't help but love the simplicity. You won't be disappointed reading this novel.
I was given this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Almost Amish

Almost Amish by Kathryn Cushman

This novel was enjoyable to say the least. I learned a lot about my own life and my own struggles reading about Susan and Julie. I was able to look at where I fall short with my marriage and my children in a different perspective. Susan is the Martha of the bible and Julie is Mary. This book will definitely tug at your heart and make you look and where you need to grow and where you need to slow down. Balance being the key. When you are done you will think you have read the best self-help book ever.
This book was sent to me from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Nothing to Hide

Nothing to Hide by J. Mark Bertrand

I am a lover of crime dramas. The ones on the television anyway. I read Pattern of Wounds, which was my first mystery novel. I loved it, swore that was the route I would be going in my personal reading. Fast forward a year, having yet to pick up another mystery, I received Nothing to Hide from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. It was FANTASTIC! The writing is so throughly thought out, planned, maneuvered, honest and real that it seems Bertrand himself is Roland March. These books would make great movies which usually isn't the case!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Spirit Wars by Kris Vallotton
For those of you who have no idea what is going on in the spiritual relm read this book. This author draws you into something you may never knew about. Having said that, I will remind you that this is an infalliable man. Don't "believe" everything and be sure to study this in scripture as well. Vallotton is a fantastic writer and after reading this you should look up Frank Peretti if you haven't already!
I received this book from Chosen/Baker publishing in exchange for an honest review.

The Exceptional Life

The Exceptional Life by Stephen Arterburn
I really don't like giving bad reviews. I was able to read a couple chapters, but I just couldn't get into it. I am not a big fan of "steps" to make life better anyway. When reading those chapters I kept thinking you got to the point already why are you still dissecting it?
This book was sent to me from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

My Stubborn Heart

My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade
This was a great read from new author Becky Wade. Instead of ruining the book for you with spoilers, I am going to tell you my the reason I liked it so much. Wade did not overuse the use of God in the story. Some if not most contemporary romance throw the Lord in all too often to be overbearing and overdone. God was weaved throughout the story so naturally that it did not seemed at all forced upon the reader. Wade made God seem real and approachable! This book was sent to be complementary from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

The Fiddler

The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis I was definitely surprised on how well I liked this book. I generally love Beverly Lewis but her last book made me think she took all her previous books and made them into one. Having said that, I really liked The Fiddler. It was different from what Lewis usually writes. The characters seemed to be more realistic and you wanted things to work out between Amelia and Michael.I feel this book made me want to get to know the Amish a bit more. I recieved this book complementary from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wonderland Creek

Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin

This is one of those books you really don't want to review because you don't want to spoil it for anyone! This is one of a kind for us women who ALWAYS have our nose stuck in books! Lynn Austin grabs your attention and pulls you into her story! You really just need to read this for fun and enjoy a weekend relaxing with coffee! This book was provided to me from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

The Captive Heart

The Captive Heart by Dale Cramer is the sequel to Paradise Valley. Caleb Bender and his family are still in Mexico dealing with bandits, disease, and forbidden love. Miriam is falling in love with the native help Domingo, and with him not being Amish she tries to fall for someone else. A very good, seeming very real Amish novel without all the fluff of most. I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.