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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Book Review~The Quality of Silence

 About the Book (description from Crown Publishing)
Thrillingly suspenseful and atmospheric, The Quality of Silence is the story of Yasmin, a beautiful, troubled astrophysicist, and her precocious, deaf ten-year-old daughter, Ruby, who arrive in a remote part of Alaska only to learn that Ruby's father, Matt, has been the victim of a catastrophic accident. Unable to accept his death as truth, Yasmin and Ruby set out into the hostile tundra to find him. They grow increasingly isolated with each frozen mile they cover as their search takes them deeper and deeper into the endless Alaskan night. Mother and daughter discover unknown strength and focus as they press on, convinced that Matt is still alive. But as the arctic winter tightens its grip, Yasmin realizes that someone is out there trying to stop them, who is tracking them relentlessly through the soundless dark. Written in breathtaking, pitch-perfect prose, The Quality of Silence explores the powerful love of a family and the very limits of human resilience. 

What I Thought: 
I enjoy a good, suspenseful thriller, and I am fascinated with Alaska-so The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton was a perfect match. This book is written from both the perspective of Yasmin, the mother, and Ruby, the daughter, so I felt like I was really getting to know them both and their deepest thoughts. I enjoyed the story from start to finish, never losing interest. There are so many different emotions throughout this story-dealing with death, love, fear, faith, and more. I didn't know anything about fracking, but the subject being in the book spurred me to learn more about it. So I guess you could say The Quality of Silence was educational as well!

The only negative response I have to this book is that it got a bit confusing at time switching perspectives. Not a huge problem, and it did not take away from the book, but a few times it was confusing when I thought I was still reading from the mother's perspective and it had switched to the daughter's. The Quality of Silence is book I recommend. Rosamund Lupton is a talented author, and I look forward to reading her other novels.

I received a copy of this book free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Children's Book Review & Giveaway~Would a Worm Go on A Walk?

About the Book:
Publisher: WorthyKids/Ideals
Author: Hannah C. Hall
Illustrator: Bill Bolton
ISBN: 9780824956776
32 pages
Format: Jacketed Hardcover
Reading Age: 4-7

“Would a worm go on a walk, if you could lead him down the street? / Would he wear his tiny tennies, if he had two worm-sized feet?” So begins this humorous and imaginative picture book that introduces children to the idea that animals are uniquely created by a loving and wise God. Would a Worm Go on a Walk?, with its colorful, comical illustrations, is a fresh, fun way to teach young children that God created all things very good. He gave all the animals, and children, too, wonderful qualities and unique strengths. Children will giggle over the ridiculous scenarios presented, and they will come away with the knowledge that we all are loved and special.                                            

About the Author:
Hannah C. Hall is the author of best-selling children’s books, including God Bless You and Good Night and God Bless Our Christmas, as well as an award-winning blog, HannahCHall.com. Hannah lives in Prairie Grove, AK with her husband, Josh, a worship pastor, and their four children.

What I Thought: 
My four-year-old grandson, Daniel, loves to read books. He especially loves hardcover books-it's like he just thinks they are extra special. Would a Worm Go on a Walk? is his new favorite! Every page is covered with bright, colorful, whimsical illustrations that are eye-catching. I love the concept of teaching children that God made and planned everything and that they are God's masterpiece. Another aspect of this book that I love is that it is a story kids can quickly catch on to, therefore once they know the story well enough they can 'read' it out loud to others by recognizing the pictures. That builds their self esteem and encourages a love of reading.

Would a Worm Go on a Walk? would make a wonderful gift. You can purchase it here:


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Friday, June 24, 2016

Children's Book Review~If You Were Me and Lived in...Egypt

Author Carole P. Roman's series introducing children to culture around the world is a favorite in our home. We have all of the books in the series, and everyone enjoys when we receive a book on a new country. We have all learned so much-even the adults!

Each book has colorful illustrations throughout the pages. If You Were Me and Lived in Egypt was illustrated by Kelsea Wierenga. It is 28 pages long, with a helpful Pronunciation Guide at the back of each book.  Each book covers basic topics children would be interested to know about how other children of another country live. Topics such as school, money and shopping, names, landmarks,food, and sports.

We learned so much in If You Were Me and Lived in..Egypt! We really didn't know much about Egypt we realized quickly after beginning to read the book. I was surprised to learn that Egypt is a Transcontinental country, meaning it is located in both Africa and Asia!

These books would be a great resource for any family, especially homeschoolers! They would also make a great gift.

Learn more about the author and purchase her books at www.caroleproman.com

I received a copy of this book free in exchange for my honest review. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Book Review~An Unbroken Heart

About the Book: 
An argument. A crash. In an instant Joanna's world is changed forever.

One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents’ lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident. Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain— after all, how do you cope with your parents’ deaths when your last words were spoken in anger?

 After an extended stint in a physical rehabilitation center, Joanna re-enters her Amish life. But nothing is the same—not even her feelings for Andrew Beiler.

 Joanna has loved Andrew since the age of twelve, and her feelings have not changed throughout the years. She is thrilled when Andrew wants to get married, but she wonders whether it’s love he’s feeling, or pity. As the couple’s wedding date approaches, Joanna isn’t overcome with the deep joy she was hoping to feel; instead, she’s wracked with anxiety and guilt.

 Joanna hears God whispering to her, Be strong and courageous, but she’s afraid that courage looks a lot like walking away from her dreams and into the plan of her Heavenly Father.

 If Joanna takes the first step toward healing, will it cost her everything she’s ever wanted? Or could God be changing the desires of her heart?

What I Thought: 
An Unbroken Heart is the second book in author Kathleen Fuller's Amish of Birch Creek series. The first book, A Reluctant Bride, was an excellent story, as are all of the author's books! She never disappoints to give readers a captivating story line, and An Unbroken Heart was no exception. The characters from the Schrock and Troyer families are very complex and have been through devastating situations. In An Unbroken Heart, Joanna and Andrew must learn to deal with their families tragedies while keeping faith in God to steer them on the path to love and forgiveness. 

At the back of the book are discussion questions, perfect for a book club. I'm excited for the next book in the Amish of Birch Creek series, A Love Made New, coming out Fall 2016.

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Book Review & Author E-Reader Giveaway~Medical Judgment

About the Book: 
Dr. Sarah Gordon lost her husband and daughter. Now she's about to lose her life. After losing the two people she loved the most, Sarah Gordon doesn't think life could get worse. But, after a fire in her garage is ruled an arson, she begins to realize someone is after her---and that person wants to see her dead. But first, they want to see her suffer.

Her late husband's best friend, Kyle Andrews, and a recovering alcoholic detective, Bill Larson, are trying to solve the mystery before it's too late, and they're both trying to win her heart, too. Not only does Sarah feel torn between two men, she also feels as though she cannot trust anyone.

With creepy threats that become more and more sinister, Sarah finds herself in constant fear, but even the best home alarm technology won't protect her. Who is doing this, and why are they after her?

You can read more reader reviews from this blog tour at Litfuse. Purchase your own copy of Medical Judgment at Abingdon Press.

About the Author: 
Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician who writes "medical suspense with heart." His novels have won multiple awards: a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers' debut novel; finalists for the Carol Award, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, and Romantic Times' Reader's Choice Award; and both finalist and winner of the Selah Award. He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas.

Connect with Dr. Mabry: Website | Facebook | Twitter

What I Thought: 
Dr. Richard Mabry is a talented writer. As a retired doctor, he is able to draw from his medical knowledge to come up with fascinating stories. Medical Judgment was a suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat mystery. There were twists and turns throughout the story, and with so many possibilities for the villain, I found myself guessing and changing my guess as to who it was throughout the book.The characters were well developed. I liked the main character of Dr. Sarah Gordon. She was realistic, and a strong woman trying to get through each day after her husband and daughter are taken from her. Medical Judgment includes Group Discussion Guide and Questions, and a sneak peak of the first three chapters of another book by Dr. Mabry, Fatal Trauma. If you are looking for a story that will suck you in and not let you go until the very last page, Medical Judgment is for you!

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Author E-Reader Giveaway!

Just what the doctor ordered: heart-thumping suspense and intrigue, courtesy of Richard Mabry’s new medical drama, Medical Judgment. Someone is after Dr. Sarah Gordon. They’ve stalked her and set a fire at her home. Trying to recover from the traumatic deaths of her husband and infant daughter is tough enough, but she has no idea what will come next. As the threats on her life continue to escalate, so do the questions: Who is doing this? Why are they after her? And with her only help being unreliable suitors in competition with each other, whom can she really trust?

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Children's Book Review~The Bunny and the Mysterious Butterfly

About the Book: 
 The Bunny and the Mysterious Butterfly, by Carmel Rivello
Publisher: Carmel Rivello Productions
ISBN 978-0996755108
Published October 2015
Pages: 50
SRP: $14.95 
Description from the Publisher: Hip and happening grandmother, children’s book author Carmel Rivello has just released her new book, The Bunny and the Mysterious Butterfly that connects the feelings of friendship and occasional loneliness inspiring children with a gentle introduction to ET’s that bring Bella, the bunny, joy, surprises and intergalactic travel. This book is the first in a series for children of all ages and a glimpse of the wondrous possible future that awaits humanity, reminding us that we are all connected. Through her acclaimed story, Carmel empowers children to be the best version of themselves. 

About the Author: 
 Carmel Rivello, mother, grandmother and author knew she had to write a book for children, after having the experience of making Contact with other cosmic cultures . The need for children to know about what the future holds for them , in a non-threatening and gentle way made this book happen. Ms. Rivello is a graduate of Cal Lutheran University, with a triple major in Drama, Art and Women's Experience. She taught Italian to her class ,studying the Art and Sculpture of the Renaissance , and enjoyed a wondrous trip to Italy, connecting with her family background. Her world travels enabled her to communicate with many diverse cultures, learning their languages, and understanding their customs. She is a much sought-after speaker to women groups, enjoys doing Voice-overs and presents to many Twelve step Recovery groups. She is a docent at the Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks, CA. and spends time between there and Ojai, CA . Her children and grandchildren are her greatest treasures. Her partner, Gerald Barney inspires her daily to write,create,cook Italian dishes and garden. The Bunny and the Mysterious Butterfly is the first in a series of books, written to engage children in the wonders and mysteries of other cosmic cultures. Carmel is able to enjoy the gifts of being a senior, having "Chronological Credibility".

What I Thought: 
 After reading the description of The Bunny and the Mysterious Butterfly, and seeing the cute cover art, I thought it would be a great book for me to read to my four-year-old grandson. The illustrations in the book are very bright and colorful, and my grandson enjoys looking at the pictures. The story itself, however, was too long for my grandson's attention span. There aren't pictures on every page-sometimes on every other page, but often not for three pages or more. Although the print is a little larger for early readers, it was just too much story for him in one sitting.  I could see reading a few pages each day instead. 
 Here is Daniel enjoying the pictures in the book. I liked the concept in the story of Bella the bunny being lonely, as Daniel is an only child and we adults can't play with him all day long.  Although I knew the story included extra terrestrial beings, it was a little too strong a part of the story for me. Besides that, the story was positive and uplifting. 

For more information on The Bunny and the Mysterious Butterfly, including links to purchase your own copy and a free download of a coloring book, www.carmelrivello.com

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review.