365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids

This book was cute, although it’s explanations were rather small for each question and I didn’t really like how they answered about hell. Basically it says it’s this terrible awful place of forever torment, and tomorrow we will tell u why there’s good news. Haha I’d def have to read the whole thing in one night, wouldn’t want my child to think they were going there. Also explain better how if you are a Christian you won’t be going there. I really liked how there was a question and directly answered it with a verse underneath and not an opinion. Then under that it has a small example, story or explanation. A small little prayer and that’s it. I think it would take 2 mins to read at night before bed. Here’s one example of the pages!

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

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Hawthorne House Series

Ok so I decided to review these all in one post, because I actually bought these so I don’t have to do them individually and also because I just read these straight through!

I would say I definitely recommend them!!! There was only one book I really didn’t like and that was the second book, “An Elegant Façade” I’ll tell you why below!

A Noble Masquerade- loved this one! I loved the plot and that it wasn’t like something I had read before. A little danger, romance and it also showed character flaws which I loved! I hate reading books that seems like the guy is perfect, reads her mind and they live happily ever after. After being married for a bit I hate to disappoint single people but that just isn’t how it works! Loved the aspect of the blue paper (I’ll leave you to wonder what that means until you read it) Miranda has always been a free spirit, in her own head and even talking to her make believe friend, at least she thought he was make believe! Ryland is a spy and on his very last mission he is determined to see it through. Only one thing is getting in the way and starting to cloud his judgement. The lies he convinced himself was for her good, the games more for his fun and the suspense made me never want to put this book down!

An Elegant Façade- to be blunt I really didn’t like this one. I think she could’ve skipped writing the first half of this book by just writing, “although they were in similar circles, they certainly were not about to acknowledge one another!” I hated that it replayed the first book but just in someone else’s perspective, normally I might not of minded it but it went so far as to quote word for word the first book! I think until page 160. Seemed like she was maybe lacking inspiration on this one, I almost didn’t continue the series after this one but sooo so glad I did! What I did like was after page 160 it was a small book that finally caught my interest. Georgina is the picture of perfection, or so everyone thinks. Determined to hide her secret she does everything with much calculation and nothing is left to chance. Except when it comes to one man. Colin. He isn’t interested in the titles or frippery but makes an honest living and his blunt comments and clear lack of interest in Georgina has her completely bothered.

An Uncommon Courtship- This one or the first one was my favorite!! I love books that are about married couples, while it is fun to watch people during courtship that is such a small but exciting part of life. Where it really gets interesting to me is managing life after the hype is over and figuring out who you are, what are your roles and how to compliment each other. I think maybe one of my favorite parts was talking about even if you aren’t similar people that God has a purpose for your union and that you promised yourself to someone to be the best spouse you can. There isn’t just one special person although it may be easier with someone, you can basically make it work with anyone as long as you both do your parts. While that doesn’t sound super romantic, it is. Even when it’s tough, showing someone love and being the bigger person is romantic. I loved this one! Trent the youngest brother of the Hawthorne house has gotten himself into a sticky situation and now “Manning up” for a new life of new expectations he is dreading Learning to be a spouse, well a good one is turning out to be a lot harder than he expected! . Annabelle has always been in the background, in fact most people don’t even know she existed. When thrown into a new life she is full of guilt to please everyone only this time there are too many to please which is sure to leave someone upset. On an adventure to find herself and her voice, there is so much she doesn’t know.

An Inconvenient Beauty- Who doesn’t love a story about rich guy falls for poor girl.. I mean really! This one was mostly about not being so rigid that u don’t leave room for God to change your plans. Also don’t play God when you feel He isn’t listening. He knows your needs and will supply them, when u trust in Him. In a whirlwind of London elite Isabella is to save her family from destitution if she only woos men into backing her uncle on a political proposition. Somehow the Duke although set against it finds himself utterly confused when searching out the girl he intends to marry and finding himself pondering another woman. One he is dead set against.

Secrets and Wishes 


Just finished this one! This is the sequel to rumors and promises!! 

From the back cover: 

Stone Creek, Michigan – April, 1901: Maggie Galloway and Thomas Harper clash after their sons collide in a fistfight. Both widowed, they’re each doing their best as a parent to their children. Outgoing Maggie has dreams for a home of her own and a business to provide for her son as she searches for God’s path for her life as a widow. Reserved Thomas struggles to establish his new pharmacy and take care of his four rambunctious children, while wondering how a loving God could take his beloved wife. 

When Thomas becomes deathly ill, Maggie is recruited to nurse him back to health. Taking the children in hand, as well, is more than she bargained for, but she is drawn to help the grieving family. Both nurse and patient find themselves drawn to each other but promptly deny their feelings. 
A baking contest sponsored by the Silver Leaf Flour Company brings former beau, Giles Prescott, back into Maggie’s life. When Giles offers Maggie a position at their test kitchen in Chicago, he hints that, along with assuring her a good job, it will allow them to possibly rekindle their relationship. 
But then a charlatan comes to town, and tragedy soon follows. Maggie and Thomas discover the miracle potions he hawks aren’t so harmless when an epidemic hits Stone Creek. Thomas and Maggie realize they must work together to save lives. 
Maggie finds herself caught up in battles within and without the battle to help the townsfolk in the midst of illness and chicanery, and the battle to know which man Thomas or Giles deserves to win her heart. 
My review: 

Ok so I really enjoyed rumors and promises a lot. So naturally I was excited for the sequel. I really enjoyed Maggie and Thomas as characters because it takes you through emotions of getting over someone you love and how to move on. I think for me Giles wasn’t a great character only because he was good looking yes but lacked a relationship with God and also one with her child and just for me that would be such a turn off that I didn’t really see the appeal. I like the bit of history about Mrs. Winslows Soothing Serum and how it truly did contain opiates and was the cause of some deaths back then. Crazy to think that was ever allowed!! I think one thing I wished to be different was maybe more events or more build up of the relationship she chose. For me it was confusing to see the characters progress because there wasn’t a lot said to one another mostly just thoughts so it was a bit hard to see when they fell for each other and why. I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll just say that. 🙂 I really loved how Thomas found a confidence in God towards the end really standing for his beliefs and also how to manage his children because I bet that honestly would be hard after losing your spouse feeling sorry for your children and remembering to discipline them in that state of grief. 

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

Boundaries

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To regain control of your life, you’ve never needed Boundaries more than you do today in today’s always-on, always-connected digital world. Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend wrote the New York Times bestselling book on Boundaries – the personal property lines that define who you are and who you are not, and influence all areas of your life – physically, emotionally, spiritually. And now, over 2 million changed lives later, Cloud & Townsend have updated and expanded this bestseller with essential guidance for setting Boundaries in today’s digital age.

If you’ve ever wondered: Can I set limits and still be a loving person? How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money? Why do I feel guilty when I consider setting boundaries? Unpacking the 10 laws of boundaries, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend give you biblically based answers to these and other tough questions, and show you how to set healthy boundaries with your spouse, children, friends, coworkers, and even with yourself.

In Boundaries, Drs. Cloud and Townsend show you how to bring new health to your relationships. You’ll discover firsthand how to reclaim your freedom to walk as the loving, giving, fulfilled individual God created you to be.

I’ve actually already gotten a copy of this book before now. This newer one introduces how to withhold boundaries even in the midst of social media and the constant pull towards technology. It helps to discover when to respond and when to leave the phone there. I think maybe the biggest lesson in this book for me personally is discovering you can’t change other people you can only change your response to other people. Even if they cross a “boundary” that you have set up, you can simply change how you will react to that. Maybe that means not being around someone as much, maybe it means letting them know hey i’m not okay with that if it continues thats up to you but I won’t be around if it does. For me I’d always wish the other people would change to my way but in reality that just doesn’t happen that often. So you have to learn how to change you or speak up. I’m definitely a passive aggressive type person or maybe just passive, so confronting things head on is my least favorite. Sometimes being an adult makes you have to do the tough things, after all now that i’m a mom someone is going to have to learn how to do these encounters. This book is also awesome for how to lovingly do that instead of having some huge confrontation it tells you how to diffuse the situation and make it more of a conversation and less of an ordeal. I would highly recommend this book!!!!

I received this book in exchange for my complete and honest review! snag the new version if you haven’t!

Brave Girls 


This is such a cute book too!! It has everyday scenarios that can be tough for young girls to face. How to best handle those times in a way that pleases God and verses to help. One of my favorite stories from this book was the so often heard about kid getting left out. That one stings no matter how old you are. I thought it had really great advice! A true friend won’t leave you out when someone else is around, a true friend is constant. Those are the types of friends you should spend your time with. It’s true as a young kid it was always about being popular, but most of the time those girls weren’t very nice or worth the energy. The friends I still have today are the ones who I didn’t have to fight to stay “in” with. They were just my friends because they liked me as a person. I think it’s important to instill that as a child into a kid! 

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

Hinds’ Feet on High Places

From the back: 


So I actually had no clue this was a classic book when I signed up for it! I just thought it was a coloring book of some sort. I just got this so I started to read it and it is such a cool book. The whole thing an allegory style type writing of how God’s relationship is to you. It is an idea that you can live in the high places with God on earth if you just follow his plan. You can cast away fear, darkness and loneliness. Life on earth will have hard tests but when you continue to follow God’s plan he can take you the high way instead of dwelling in the valleys. I’m excited to finish this one for sure!! For once a book isn’t so predictable, which I love because I read a lot! I would def recommend this one! 

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

Understanding Color in Photography


So I got this super nice camera for Christmas last year and well I’m not even certain how to use it! So I got this book in the hopes it would shed some light on the terms that just seem to confuse me like exposure, f/stop, aperture and all those other fun terms that boggle my brain. It didn’t have a ton about that because the book was mainly about how to shoot color better. That part was cool because it would tell u exactly what each photos settings were. Also good tips and tricks for black and white photos. I like all the portraits that were in it and how simple their backgrounds were but in the photo seemed like they were so much more complex. I also loved the side by side photos and how it would tell you this was the standard setting and how to make that better with different tricks to remember. Overall I liked it now I just gotta find another one on exposure :)! 

The Dishonorable Miss Delancey 

From the back cover: 

Tainted by scandal and forced to leave London for the quieter Brighton countryside, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. She’s lost the man she loved to another and, in a culture that has no patience for self-pity, is struggling with depression. A chance encounter brings her a healing friendship with the sisters of an injured naval captain. But Clara’s society mama is appalled at the new company she’s keeping. 

Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife. But his gallant spirit won’t let him ignore the penniless viscount’s daughter–not when she so obviously needs assistance to keep moving forward from day to day. Can he protect his heart and still keep her safe? 

When they’re pushed into the highest echelons of society at the Prince Regent’s Brighton Pavilion, this mismatched couple must decide if family honor is more important than their hopes. Can they right the wrongs of the past and find future happiness together–without finances, family support, or royal favor? 
The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey is full of the captivating, flawed characters, fascinating historical details, and masterful writing that Carolyn Miller’s fans have come to know in The Elusive Miss Ellison and The Captivating Lady Charlotte. If you love Lori Wick, Georgette Heyer, and other clean, wholesome Regency romance, you’ll love this third book in the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series. 
Well Carolyn you’ve done it again. I’ve been binge reading for days! I loved the character of Clara because you made her so dislikable in the other book I didn’t even want to read this. Then once in her perspective you start to understand why she did what she did. I loved the message of pray for your enemies. I know this from personal experience one of the best ways to let go of something and give it to God is to pray blessings and well wishes for people who have done you harm. Exactly as described it makes you feel lighter, grudges do hold you down. The message of God changing people throughout the story cultivates such hope and such a good reminder to never count someone out or too far gone. You never know what God has planned for other people’s lives. 

In some novels people are portrayed as perfect and everything just falls perfectly in place. For me those are always lacking honesty and a chance to grow. I love that this series always shows true feelings and how best to manage those. The situation may be your least favorite but God has good planned in your life if you just trust Him. I’m also so intrigued by this era but so glad I don’t have to live in it. I can’t imagine dealing with titles, the gossip and money being such a make or break for my future. It is crazy to think that is how things actually used to be! 

I loved this book! It releases Oct 24! You can preorder on Amazon at the link below! 

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

One Christmas Bear 


Super cute children’s book about playing in the snow. I liked all of the counting on each page, it was almost an easy I spy book for kids. Although it had almost no content on the reason for Christmas it was still a cute book for winter and about playing in the snow! The illustrations were also really cute in it so I’m sure my little one will like it! Also I know it’s probably strange but I liked that the book wasn’t square. I think kids are more drawn to oddly shaped books! 

Beautiful Word for Christmas 


Ok so.. I got the beautiful word Bible and loved it, so I decided to get this one geared towards Christmas. It’s so easy to get caught up in gifts so I thought this would be cool. Parts of it were really awesome, like the activity portion to help someone in need or do something for someone else. I think the parts I was a bit disappointed in was I thought it would be a bit more biblical and I also thought the beautiful word portion would be throughout the book to help you memorize what you were learning. Instead, they placed some nicely typed and colored parts of verses in the beginning. I didn’t like that part. 

The devotions were meh (is that an actual word? I don’t care I’m using it lol) I think they were hard to connect to, each section having a devotion about a different person, for me they just lacked depth. 

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