Don’t Close Your Eyes

This book was so cute and funny, I liked all the humor behind it and how it has a little reverse psychology. I thought it was really clever because kids will think it’s really funny telling them no matter what they do DO NOT CLOSE YOUR EYES and at the end even the owl agrees it’s ok to go to sleep after all. I can’t wait to make this a nighttime favorite book. The illustrations were also pretty great. Overall 5 stars for this one, and I would recommend it!

This book was given to me by the publisher, the views expressed were solely my own.

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Daughters of Northern Shores by Joanne Bischof

 

About the Author

Joanne Bischof is an ACFW Carol Award and ECPA Christy Award-winning author. She writes deeply layered fiction that tugs at the heartstrings. She was honored to receive the San Diego Christian Writers Guild Novel of the Year Award in 2014 and in 2015 was named Author of the Year by the Mount Hermon conference. Joanne’s 2016 novel, The Lady and the Lionheart, received an extraordinary 5 Star TOP PICK! from RT Book Reviews, among other critical acclaim. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her three children.

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Excerpt from the book:

“I told him that I forgive him, but I’m not sure of what to do. I don’t feel any different, Aunt Cora. I’m still uneasy.” 

Cora patted a cool touch to Aven’s arm. “There be no shame in unease. Not when it be of such a nature as you’ve known. Your trust been broken, and he must bear the consequence.” 

“But how can that be? If I’ve forgiven him . . . am I not doing something wrong?” 

“Forgiveness be a gift taught to us by the One who forgave first and who forgave the most. You took that to heart when Haakon done asked you, and I’m right proud of you and your answer. Mighty proud. But that you’s unsettled around him be the cost of his choice. Unlike forgiveness, trust be a cost only he can pay.” 

Aven watched him through the window as he stood there, speaking to Sigurd, who was helping. In this moment, she could see a trace of the kindness she’d once known was in him. 

“It be trust he need to earn, and that’s what sin does. Forgiveness . . . it pure and good, but it just the start of it. Offering one don’t mean the other be remedied as well. When a person be hurt, there need be a minding to both hope and sense.”

Taken from “Daughters of Northern Shores” by Joanne Bischof. Copyright © 2019 by Joanne Bischof. Used by permission of http://www.thomasnelson.com/.

Jesus Calling

This book is so good right now! I needed this and am gonna continue this one! Finding Gods peace… I’ve heard these “Jesus Calling” are such good devotionals for each day and it doesn’t disappoint! Each day has a small blurb, kinda similar to how God might speak to you then some verses to hold on to that show you how God helps you through! This has been such a difficult road to getting well for me personally so I just think this is a great fit. I could use a couple verses from God each day reminding me to keep my perspective on Him.

I received this complimentary book from Thomas Nelson. The views expressed are solely my own.

In the Shadow of Croft Towers

I love books written in first person! It leaves so much more intrigue. I chose this one solely on that and also because an author I love suggested it! I wish it had a bit more biblical depth but I like all the twists and turns in a book! I actually just read a true story of a stage coach robbery so that was very cool to see played out in a book. The setting of a castle has never ever hurt! 😍

I received this book from Thomas Nelson, views expressed are solely my own.

From the back:

When Sybil Delafield’s coach to Croft Towers was robbed by highwaymen, she should have realized that her new position as companion to old Mrs. Chalcroft would be no ordinary job. Upon Sybil’s arrival, Mrs. Chalcroft sneaks into her room in the dark of night, imploring her to relay messages to town that are to stay hidden from the rest of the family. Who exactly is she working for and what do the messages contain?

When fellow passengers of the robbed coach are later murdered, Sybil’s hunt for the truth takes on a new urgency. The only person she can rely on is Mr. Sinclair, Mrs. Chalcroft’s godson, but under all his charms he too leads a double life. Sybil must decide if he is the one honest voice she can trust, or if he is simply using her for his own advances.

With murderers, smugglers, and spies on the loose, nothing—and no one—in Regency England is what they claim. Can Sybil even trust what she knows about herself? 

With This Pledge

I seriously love this author, I love how she always brings God into her books. I feel like in her writing you’re always going through their hard journeys with them. I love how I almost start to side with their selfish or sinful feelings because I can reason my way out of the right way. Then she will hit you with truths that make you see how none of your reasons matter, God’s way is always better! I’m trying to read all of her books because they are all just so transformative! My favorite series by her so far is the fountain creek chronicles, but I can’t wait for the rest of this series too!!

I received this book in exchange for my complete and honest review!

Good News for Little Hearts

These books were so cute, I loved all the illustrations in it! They had the feel of the borrowers in it with cute little homes they dreamed up and didn’t feel like a typical set up of a children’s book. The words were in different spots on the page but in an organized way. It had bottle caps for a potted plant, pots for tables and chairs and cool hideaways in trees or in the ground! They also had such good messages about how to act when you’re angry, what to do when you’re anxious and what to do when you fail. I loved the tie in to the Bible in the back with verses to memorize should you encounter one of those hardships. A great tool for kids!

I received this book in exchange for my complete and honest review.

The Making of Mrs Hale

This book was unexpected because it is the rawest book of Carolyn’s so far. It allows you to see the not so pretty sides to life back then and if you make choices that weren’t popular back then what all it can lead to. I think the main theme in this book was HOPE, the situations looked bad, really bad at times. Then through learning to trust in who God tells you he is, he will show you through. I also thought Hale’s dad was a very good add to the book, so many people are burned by Christians who don’t act much like a Christian. It was cool to see maybe the people who are preaching just may need more love than the lost sinners. The people who judge, hate and condemn have missed the whole point of Jesus. I also loved the message of each sinner is the same. That was a good reminder for me personally, I think it was weaved in there nicely! I think some parts were a bit too sinister for me but yea I mean that’s real life. It isn’t all cupcakes and rainbows and bad things do happen. I really enjoyed the character of Hale as well… fallen & broken but yet still so valiant. I love a character with flaws because everyone is flawed and it feels more realistic! I like that he was a great protector and cared for her so much!!

Highly recommend all of Carolyn Millers books!! I was given a copy of this book from Kregel all views that are expressed are solely mine.

My Christmas ABCs

Just got this cute little Christmas book, I like that it has textures on each page so they can interact a bit with the book. I also really liked that it has Jesus and no Santa in the book! This is a great tool to teach your kids the alphabet, and it has a fun Christmas flare to make it even more interesting! They did a good job on illustrations. The only one that wasn’t really on was the letter x.. I’m not sure how you could’ve related x to Christmas, but they used eXtra eXcitement. Kind of confusing to a kid who would be learning the alphabet but it was still a cute book.

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Lady of a Thousand Treasures

I really loved this book, it’s the first book I’ve read by this author and now it definitely won’t be the last. It had mystery, romance, historical facts and some really suspenseful moments. I love books that aren’t super obvious and really make you wonder who is telling the truth, who is good or bad?? I saw she has a gothic series as well so I can’t wait to read that too! Hidden doorways, treasures, stolen goods, robberies. This book really has it all. I really loved that the main male character isn’t right there saving her at every turn because well that’s just unrealistic. I love how she had to rely on God watching over her in troubled times. This is a must read!

From the back cover:

Miss Eleanor Sheffield is a talented evaluator of antiquities, trained to know the difference between a genuine artifact and a fraud. But with her father’s passing and her uncle’s decline into dementia, the family business is at risk. In the Victorian era, unmarried Eleanor cannot run Sheffield Brothers alone. 

The death of a longtime client, Baron Lydney, offers an unexpected complication when Eleanor is appointed the temporary trustee of the baron’s legendary collection. She must choose whether to donate the priceless treasures to a museum or allow them to pass to the baron’s only living son, Harry―the man who broke Eleanor’s heart. 

Eleanor distrusts the baron’s motives and her own ability to be unbiased regarding Harry’s future. Harry claims to still love her and Eleanor yearns to believe him, but his mysterious comments and actions fuel her doubts. When she learns an Italian beauty accompanied him on his return to England, her lingering hope for a future with Harry dims. 

With the threat of debtor’s prison closing in, Eleanor knows that donating the baron’s collection would win her favor among potential clients, saving Sheffield Brothers. But the more time she spends with Harry, the more her faith in him grows. Might Harry be worthy of his inheritance, and her heart, after all? As pressures mount and time runs out, Eleanor must decide whom she can trust―who in her life is false or true, brass or gold―and what is meant to be treasured.

I received this book in exchange for my complete and honest review.

Sacred Questions

Just got this book and the back made it sound like it was full of questions and deep truths. I was surprised to find it was mostly a scripture section you read, a small blurb explaining it. Then some questions to ponder for yourself and lastly a closing prayer. It’s mostly all self reflective and I was really hoping for some interesting questions and answers to hard to understand truths. Overall I think it seems like a nice devotional I just think the description on the back was super misleading. I like that all the scripture was printed out in the book for you. For me this one missed the mark.

I received this book in exchange for my complete and honest review.