May 2019 Blog Posts (34)


“Although Trapper loves his momma, he spends all his time with his daddy. Sometimes it is like Big Bo has a shadow in the daytime because Trapper is always by his side,” Sheli Levi writes in her children’s book, Homestead Friends: Trapper Loves His Daddy!

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Added by connywithay on May 31, 2019 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Review of A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlung

There are so many reasons that I love this book. The history fan in me loved learning, for the first time, about the bride ships that transported young women to become the brides of strangers. These journeys from England to Vancouver Island and British Columbia in the 1860s were often filled with dangerous storms, overwhelming hunger, devastating illness, and they always held the uncertainty of what was waiting at the end of the trip.

The romantic part of me swooned at the…


Added by Connie Saunders on May 29, 2019 at 2:41pm — No Comments


“But believing she deserved someone like Charlie–that he could love someone like her–was just another lie she wasn’t willing to live,” Lane tells herself in Natalie Walters’s novel, Living Lies.

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Added by connywithay on May 27, 2019 at 1:20pm — No Comments


“Well then, Cadie McCaffrey,  I think that's just about the most romantic thing I have ever heard in my entire life," the confused protagonist is told in Bethany Turner’s novel, Wooing Cadie McCaffrey.

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Added by connywithay on May 27, 2019 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Review of The Refuge by Ann H. Gabhart

This new book by Ann H. Gabhart shares a lot of the history of the Shakers, a religious community that was prominent in Kentucky in the 1800s but best of all, she gives readers a wonderful love story. Yes, there is a hint of a romantic love that might develop but the true love story involves parental love. Much of the plot revolves around the influence that the Sisters and Brothers of the Shaker community have on Darcie Goodwin's and Flynn Keller's commitment to their children. Darcie's love…


Added by Connie Saunders on May 23, 2019 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Bitter Pill by Richard Mabry, MD

Another great story by Dr. Richard Mabry. I always enjoy his characters and how he skillfully portrays them along with an interesting and inspiring message in his writing.

Scott, once a practicing surgeon, has abandoned medicine and gone to seminary. He blames himself for his wife’s death. He is now an associate pastor at a small community church.

Abby is a general practitioner who seems to be counseling people more than helping their physical ailments.

Bannister moves from town…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on May 22, 2019 at 11:35pm — No Comments

Review of LESS OF MORE

“The more we chase after “more,” the less we will get,” Chris Nye declares in his book, Less of More: Pursuing Spiritual Abundance in a World of Never Enough.

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Added by connywithay on May 22, 2019 at 7:58pm — No Comments

Review of Imagine...The Giant's Fall by Matt Koceich

This is the fourth book of the Imagine... series and this time author Matthew Koceich focuses on the classic Bible story of the battle between shepherd boy David and a nine-foot giant named Goliath. Wren Evans is a fourth-grade student from Mulvane, Kansas and she feels overwhelmed dealing with her mother's death, the feelings that she and her father are growing apart and then, getting off the school bus to find her house on fire. As Wren runs away from her overwhelming feelings of loss she…


Added by Connie Saunders on May 22, 2019 at 6:46pm — No Comments


“As you rock in your hammock or have a quiet morning moment with coffee and your Bible, think about the times God has delivered you. Consider the blessings He has showered upon you,” Miriam Drennan and Betsy Painter end one of their short devotions in their book, Devotions from the Beach.

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Added by connywithay on May 21, 2019 at 4:20pm — No Comments

The Amish Widow’s Rescue by Rachel Good

I can’t use heartwarming enough to describe this story. The characters had issues to work through but I enjoyed getting to know them all. Grace’s three year old son Levi had my heart right from the start with his speech impediment.

Becoming a widow at a young age with two young children to take care of, a jam making business to keep up and finding out she’s expecting nearly sends Grace over the edge. Her teenage niece Miriam moves in to lend a helping hand and give emotional…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on May 21, 2019 at 12:35am — No Comments


“As busy women juggling lots of responsibilities just like you, we know how hard it can be to press pause and refresh your spirit,” Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk write in the introduction of their book, Settle My Soul: 100 Quiet Moments to Meet with Jesus.

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Added by connywithay on May 19, 2019 at 5:55pm — No Comments


Home Before Dark: Observations from the Road is a collection of observations and encouragements from the journey, written to illuminate the path and help the believer to keep their priorities straight in light of the rapidly falling darkness, indicating the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ,” the back jacket states in Mary Danielsen’s book.

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Added by connywithay on May 19, 2019 at 1:44pm — No Comments

The Inn at Hidden Run by Olivia Newport

This was an interesting time slip novel that ties both time periods together in the end. The characters were well written with situations that could relate to the modern reader. Meri runs from her hometown and family after “flunking” out of medical school. For generations those from her family have completed medical school and become practicing doctors. Meri has no interest in that field but her parents are pushing her to it.

In 1878 Memphis a terrible yellow fever outbreak has occurred…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on May 18, 2019 at 5:35pm — No Comments

Cards of Kindness For Courageous Girls

I loved this little devotion book! I also liked the fact that the pages are perforated so that they can be easily removed and shared. Good devotions on thoughts, feelings, emotions, and problems that the average 8-14 year old faces. One side has the devotion with corresponding scripture and the other side has a Courageous Girl thought that matches the devotion. The pages are a light weighed card stock that can be easily removed from the book. Girls are encouraged to share them with others…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on May 18, 2019 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Happiness is….Two nice new reviews as follows;

Light hearted, enjoyable read.

May 6, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

A relaxing return to many wonderful memories that create family bonds through sports and life.

(“Fathers and Sons…”)

Sage Advice

May 14, 2019

Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

Truly sage advice Keith Guernsey gives, “You need to start by striking the words, ‘can’t,’ won’t,’ and ‘quit’” out of your vocabulary. These words are given by Keith to those who are…


Added by Keith D Guernsey on May 18, 2019 at 7:02am — No Comments

My Review of "Moments We Forget" by Beth K. Vogt

When I began reading this book it was apparent that there was a lot of tension in the relationships of the three sisters in Moments We Forget. Jillian is the middle Thatcher sister and she considers herself the peacemaker between her older and younger sister but she also feels like she is a little overlooked. She feels like she has been branded "just Jillian" and that she has worn this brand most of her life! Jillian is now fighting the after effects of her cancer diagnosis.The chemo and…


Added by Connie Saunders on May 16, 2019 at 4:40pm — No Comments

My Review of "Cards of Kindness for Courageous Girls: Shareable Devotions and Inspiration" compiled by Barbour Staff

The description of this book says that girls ages 8-12 are the target audience but I myself have fallen in love with this devotional. It is a sturdy book with pages made of card stock and each card has a devotion on one side and a key thought on the other. I like that there is Bible scripture for each entry and I found the colorful illustrations on each card to be very attractive and appealing. The cards in Cards of Kindness for Courageous Girls are meant to be given away and girls are…


Added by Connie Saunders on May 15, 2019 at 9:46pm — No Comments

More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer

Set in 1896 Honey Grove, Texas I found this to be a delightful story that held my attention. According to the author’s notes there was such a town and many of the real people and their businesses were portrayed in the story. This makes the fiction more fun and realistic.

Abigail, Rosalind and Zach were fictional characters but were brought to life by the words of Karen Witemeyer. In trying to save her bakery, willed to her by her father, Abigail had to find a husband quickly. City…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on May 15, 2019 at 5:46pm — No Comments

The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

I’m always interested in learning about a book title and how it came to be. The Printed Letter Bookshop turned out totally different from what I first thought. Grab a copy for yourself and let’s see what you think about what the title might mean. It was a wonderful idea!

I love bookstores and this one felt like home to me. I could almost see and smell the books and see the displays as they were described.

The main character Madeline inherited the store…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on May 15, 2019 at 5:18pm — No Comments


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