Connie Saunders's Blog (25)

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…

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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…

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

Review of What If? by Melody Carson

I truly enjoyed this new picture book What If? and I believe that the targeted audience will enjoy it also. My granddaughter is a five year old who loves rhyming words and Carlson has chosen to write her book in easy to understand rhyming text to ask the question What If? ; she also uses repetition and this is another great way to keep a child's attention. The illustrations are colorful and fun and illustrator Bethany Harris pairs them perfectly with the animals and insects that are being…

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Added by Connie Saunders on May 15, 2019 at 9:58am — No Comments

A Christmas Story of Light by Ora Smith

A Christmas Story of Light A Christmas Story of Light by Ora Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



"God sent Jesus to guide us. He wants you to show His light by… Continue

Added by Connie Saunders on December 20, 2018 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Review of The Christmas Prayer by Wanda E. Brunstetter

The Christmas Prayer The Christmas Prayer by Wanda E. Brunstetter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Wanda E. Brunstetter is the author of almost 90 books and…

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Added by Connie Saunders on September 22, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Review of Too Blessed to be Stressed for Moms

This book could make you cry but it will definitely make you laugh! Reading "Too Blessed to be Stressed for Moms" is like finding a series of therapy sessions that have been bound in a 5" x 7" book that you can fit in your purse! I am past the "mother stress stage" but I remember how it was and I just wish that this book had been available when I was the mom trying to stay afloat. There is a Stress Test for Moms at the beginning of the book to help determine your level of stress and then the…

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Added by Connie Saunders on September 2, 2018 at 8:57pm — No Comments

Review of Darkwater Secrets by Robin Caroll

Darkwater Secrets is the first book in a new series that revolves around the Darkwater Inn in New Orleans and it involves a murder that is committed at this well known inn during Mardi Gras. As the murder investigation gets underway we learn about the sometimes dark events that often occur during this famous carnival season. Voodoo, prostitution, sexual immorality, and a past sexual assault are all mentioned but author Robin Caroll writes wonderful Christian fiction so her plotline is never…

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Added by Connie Saunders on August 30, 2018 at 11:34pm — No Comments

Review of The Daily Question For You and Your Child

"What is your favorite way to celebrate New Year's Eve and New Year's Day?" This is the very first question in 'The Daily Question For You and Your Child' and what follows are 364 more questions meant to be discussed with your child or grandchild. The questions suggested range from general questions such as "What is your favorite snack?" and "What do you want to be when you grow up?" to those related to a holiday such as Easter, Halloween or Thanksgiving to "What do you know about Jesus?"…

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Added by Connie Saunders on August 28, 2018 at 2:34pm — No Comments

My Review of Shadow Sister by Katherine Scott Jones

There are so many reasons why I love this book. It is a beautifully written story that left me in suspense until the very end. Yes, it is filled with clues but there are also secrets and we readers are reminded that the secrets that we think will prevent hurt can actually cause the most pain. I assumed that the title was a reference to the relationship between Sarah and her older sister Jenna but now, as I write this, I believe that it was a feeling shared by both. Perhaps Jenna felt as much…

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Added by Connie Saunders on August 28, 2018 at 9:18am — No Comments

Review of The Hope Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter

The Hope Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter

As I began reading how a young woman allowed an older couple to believe that she was the granddaughter that they never knew existed I immediately judged Michelle Taylor. She was being deceitful and lying to them time after time and and we all know that…

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Added by Connie Saunders on August 20, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments

My Review of Who Was Esther? by Matt Koceich

Who Was Esther? by Matt Koceich

I have always loved the story of the young Jewish woman who was instrumental in saving her people from destruction so I am excited to see this new book by Matt Koceich. The story of "Who Was Esther?" is a new book in the Kingdom Files series and it…

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Added by Connie Saunders on August 18, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Review of Kingdom Files: Who Was David?

Kingdom Files: Who Was David?

"Who Was David?" is a new book in the Kingdom Files series and it has been written for readers ages 8-12.

It is filled with short stories that are biblically accurate and there are many…

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Added by Connie Saunders on August 18, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Review of Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey

Review of Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey

There are some authors who never disappoint and some highly anticipated books that always live up to their pre-publication hype and Dani Pettrey and Dead Drift fit these descriptions perfectly. I am thrilled that this is the way that…

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Added by Connie Saunders on August 16, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Review of The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse

The Patriot Bride

This is the fourth book in The Daughters of the Mayflower series and it is certainly a worthy addition! The Patriot Bride is an exciting…

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Added by Connie Saunders on August 14, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Review of Love Life Again by Tracie Miles

In the introduction of Love Life Again Tracie Miles tells readers that "Today can be the first day of the rest of your abundant, joy-filled life" and the last words are "Seize today. Let it be the first day of the rest of your very own joy-filled, dearly loved amazing life." What is sandwiched in the pages between these statements is an encouraging and inspirational book that is filled with her own personal experiences and an abundant use of relatable Bible scripture. There are thirteen…

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Added by Connie Saunders on August 9, 2018 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Review of Her Fear by Shelley Shepherd Grsy

Shelley Shepherd Gray often writes about the Amish but she doesn't portray them as perfect people with no faults or problems. Her characters are like most of us. We try, we falter and we sometimes fail but through God's love and grace, we can be forgiven. Sadie Detweiler is Amish but she is no different than many other young women who have trusted in the wrong person and then found themselves facing an unplanned pregnancy alone. Sadie is forced to leave her Ohio home and go to live with…

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Added by Connie Saunders on August 5, 2018 at 8:11pm — No Comments

Review of Texas Law by Anne Greene

Caitlin "Cat" Devine is a little too trusting and she learns the hard way that you can't be too careful when you're in possession of a large amount of money that is meant for the mortgage payment on your family's ranch. She and her sister are robbed while on a stage coach traveling home from Austin, Texas and Cat is both terrified and mortified by the robbers' interest in both her and her money. What follows is a heart-warming tale about Cat baking pies and selling her prized quilts to help…

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Added by Connie Saunders on August 5, 2018 at 7:29pm — No Comments

Review of Life Changing Prayers by Michael Youssef

In the introduction of his new book Michael Youssef offers these encouraging words. "...God loves ordinary people. Most of the heroes in the Bible were ordinary people whom God used in extraordinary ways". He then goes on to explain that they stood out because they were people of prayer. Youssef shares the stories of seven of these ordinary but very extraordinary people and he relates how God heard and answered their powerful prayers. Eliezer, Hannah, David, Daniel, Jonah, Habakkuk and Mary…

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Added by Connie Saunders on August 1, 2018 at 10:17pm — No Comments

Review of The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright

When an author has an award winning book the first time out you wonder if it is possible for their second book to be as good. The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond is definitely proof that Jaime Jo Wright is no one-trick pony! She has written another fantastic split timeline novel and this one features both present day events and others that happened over a century ago in the small town of Gossamer Grove, Wisconsin. The two heroines, separated by 100 years, are both affected by a mystery that began…

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Added by Connie Saunders on July 28, 2018 at 7:40pm — No Comments

Miss Serena's Secret by Carolyn Miller

"Miss Selena's Secret" opens with an episode of sexual harassment but it is handled tastefully and readers will be encouraged by the roles that faith and prayer play in this story. Many of us have had secret crushes on our teachers and Serena Winthrop was no different. When her art instructor seemed impressed with her talent she was thrilled but his attentions soon became bold and personal and her happiness turned to fear and dismay. Suddenly Selena's joy of painting became tainted with…

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Added by Connie Saunders on July 25, 2018 at 7:53pm — No Comments

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