Fun Friday Giveaway

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For this edition of Fun Friday, I am going to do things a little bit different. Since, I am under the gun with several writing deadlines, I am putting you, the reader, in charge today. Continue reading

Life Without Limits – Book Review

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Some of you maybe familiar with motivational speaker, Nick Vujicic. He has appeared before numerous people around the world, including a guest appearance on the Oprah Show. When his book, Life Without Limits, came up for review, I knew that it was one I wanted to read.

Life Without Limits is not simply a book about Nick’s life and how he, being born without arms and legs, has overcome immense obstacles. That would have been a good book, but Nick takes the reader a step farther. He challenges the reader to find their life purpose and then go after it despite what difficulties or limitations you may perceive. Nick does a great job of offering practical advice for your journey towards this God-given purpose. Each one of us needs to remember to focus on what we can control and let God take care of the rest.

I would definitely recommend this book, talk about gaining a whole new perspective on life. What are you waiting for? Start on your journey to a life without limits.

A Love Story – Book Review

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As a member of the CWA Review Crew, I have had the privilege of reviewing many great books and this last one is no exception. A Love Story: How God Pursued Me and Found Me by Samantha Ryan Chandler is a true story about her life.

Samantha takes the reader on an inside journey through her life. She guides the reader through the very dark valleys of her life growing up. As she goes through the twists and turns of her life she shows how God was pursuing her.

The book is divided into short section with clips from Samantha’s life. She is “real” with the readers sharing the raw, rough times in her life and the good times when God reached out and showed her how much He loves her.

The hope that Samantha finds in God is available to everyone. I really enjoyed this book. It is a quick read. Grab a cup of coffee and this book for an enlightening afternoon.

 

Firefly Island – Book Review

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Firefly Island by Lisa Wingate was absolutely amazing. Lisa takes the reader on a wild ride through the eyes of the main character, Mallory. She goes from an up and coming legislative assistant in the heart of DC to the “Frontier Woman” blogging about rural life in remote Moses Lake, Texas.

Mallory goes from being an independent, single executive to a married, stay-at-home mother of a toddler in a few short months. She must determine whether she can handle the new “normal” with critters scurrying across the floor and the occasional scorpion to watch out for. Not to mention, the mystery surrounding her husband’s boss, Jack West.

Big city girl makes some new friends that help Mallory get adjusted. Will they also be there to help shed light on the mysterious disappearances at West Ranch?

I would highly recommend this book. Lisa’s imagery throughout is simply breath-taking. Hard to find better fiction writing. This book has it all suspense, romance and humor along the twists and turns of a year in Mallory’s life. Grab the book, get comfy and be transported to Firefly Island.

Swan Place – Review

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Life is not a fairytale. In fact, at times it is messy and painful. Augusta Trobaugh does a wonderful job of portraying real life through 14-year-old Dove in Swan Place. Her life is anything but easy. Through the pages of this book the reader walks through life with Dove. You feel the pain of the girls’ harsh words at school, the joy of meeting a new friend and the uncertainty of moving to a new place.

Over the course of this book, Dove discovers what she is made of. Is she truly as strong as others thing she is or is she simply a scared little girl trying to make the best of things?

I love how Augusta portrays real life in Swan Place. This is heart breaking at times, but so is life. Augusta’s characters practically leap off the pages. The reader feels for these characters in so many ways. Dove discovers not only what she is made of, but also what is most important in life. The real question throughout the book is whether, despite heartbreaking events in her life, she will ever be able to let herself love anyone and let them get close to her?

I would definitely recommend this book. It lets the reader discover through the good and bad of life what truly matters.

 

The Icecutter’s Daughter – Review

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With all this snow, I have had the chance to read yet another amazing book and I just had to tell you all about it.

Merrill is not the typical woman during the 1890s. However, losing her mother at a young age and being the only girl in the family had a lot to do with that. Merrill, being the daughter of an icecutter and horse breeder, is more comfortable in a pair of trousers muking the stalls than wearing a fancy bonnet and carrying a fan. However, when a local’s relative from Kansas comes into town to help his uncle, things begin to change. Will independent Merrill finally find a man or is she too untamed for married life?

Tracie Peterson introduces the reader to some dynamic characters in The Icecutter’s Daughter. Merrill and Rurik practically leap off the page. All seems to be going well until the past blows into town. Will Rurik be able to break free from the past? Are people truly granted a second chance? These are only two of the questions running through the reader’s mind.

I must admit that I am not generally drawn to this time period. However, Tracie does a fantastic job of pulling you into the story. You are there for the ups and downs and begin to question whether it will all turn out alright in the end. I would highly recommend this book. I look forward to checking out more of her works.

Monday Musing – My Fairy Tale Books Review

For this week’s Monday Musings, I am going to share a little bit about a fabulous children’s book company, My Fairy Tale Books. A friend of mine, Rachel, had a contest on her blog and the winner received a book of her choice from this company. With our youngest son, Quintin’s sixth birthday right around the corner, I decided to select the Justice League book for him – he loves super heroes.

The wonderful thing about these books is that you get to not only add a personal message to the child in the front of the book, but you also make him or her the main character of the story, as well as, other personal details sprinkled throughout the story. I can tell you that Quintin’s eyes light up as I read the story and he heard his name. He loves books anyhow, but to be able to fight the bad guys right along with the super heroes was a thrill for him.

I would highly recommend you visiting My Fairy Tale Books website, www.myfairytalebooks.com, to view all the various story book options and select one for the child in your life.

The Fiddler – Book Review

Today, I am going to share another review of a book that I had the privilege to read, The Fiddler.  It is the latest book by Beverly Lewis.

Beverly Lewis is famous for her captivating stories framed around the Amish community.  The Fiddler was another wonderful example of the meshing of two different worlds: the English and the Amish.  The two main characters, Michael and Amelia represent these two different worlds.  Even though they are from two different communities, strangely enough, they are facing the same decision; whether to follow the path that others (primarily their parents) think they should.  As they each try and make their own decision about what to do they are finding themselves drawn closer together.  What will the final decision be?  Will they each follow the path laid out for them or will they choose to follow their hearts?

Beverly Lewis does an amazing job of developing the characters throughout the book, especially that of Amelia. The reader sees her struggle with the decision of which path to follow – duty versus the desires of the heart.

This was an incredible book that I would highly recommend.  The story grabs your attention early on and the reader becomes engrossed in the town of Hickory Hollow and all the people there.