Freedom’s Price


I didn’t realize this was a series when I first started it, but it didn’t seem to matter. I liked the character of Catherine, she seemed real and I always like if they are relatable. I don’t think I ever realized how tough the life of a slave was or that they were barely reguarded as humans. That part definitely made me feel for them and I’m so surprised being born in this century how that was ever even allowed. Such sad lives those poor people had to live! 

I think the character of the plantation manager was straight up creepy! I think I could’ve done with less of him. 

Tom worthington was a great character that was for sure one of the reasons I wanted to keep reading. 

The parallels between God and the storyline were on point! 

Overall a great story of suspense, intrigue and it definitely held my interest and kept me wanting to read! 

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

From the back cover: 

When Englishwoman Catherine Haynes loses both her parents and her home in 1856, she decides to cross the Atlantic to find her American mother’s family in Louisiana. She enlists the help of Tom Worthington, a dashing Key West man who makes his living salvaging wrecked ships, but whose real goal in life is to bring to justice the man who stole his father’s ship and caused his untimely death.
When Catherine finally arrives at her family’s plantation, she finds it in disarray and her family absent landowners. Torn between returning to Key West with Tom or beginning the hard work of restoring the plantation, Catherine soon finds herself snared in a plot to steal her inheritance. When an incredible secret comes to light, both she and Tom will face a choice. Can they relinquish the dreams that have been holding them captive in order to step forward in faith–even if it costs them everything?

Princess Prayers 


Cute little book about praying for little girls, it tells what to pray whenever you are scared, sorry or when you’ve had a great day. I love the simplicity of this for kids, also since every girl is obsessed with princesses that’s always a plus!! At the end of each little prayer it has a verse they can learn. I wasn’t expecting it to be a board book but it will last even longer this way so I like that too. The illustrations are super cute and very well done too!! If you have a little girl it’s definitely cute for them! 

Do Baby Bears Have Mommies? 


This book is the cutest!!! I love that the illustrations are so kid friendly.. I mean look how cute this is! 

Each page has a little rhyme and it asks and answers a couple questions. It also ties God into the mix and tells how He created every creature which is a major win in my book. This is the first book in a questions series for kids the next book in the series is 

Can’t wait to read this too!! 

I received this complementary book from Tyndale publishing company in exchange for an honest review. Five stars!!! 

A bride in the bargain 


Ok, I loved this easy read, and I have a couple more books by her to start on next! Such a descriptive author that puts you into the book. I finished this one in three days and it just flowed and was easy to get lost in. I also found out parts of this book were actually true which I love. The links to their Christian lives was realistic and I of course love the old school chivalry. 

From the back cover: 
In 1860s Seattle, a man with a wife could secure himself 640 acres of timberland. But because of his wife’s untimely death, Joe Denton finds himself about to lose half of his claim. Still in mourning, his best solution is to buy one of those Mercer girls arriving from the East. A woman he’ll marry in name but keep around mostly as a cook. Anna Ivey’s journey west with Asa Mercer’s girls is an escape from the griefs of her past. She’s not supposed to be a bride, though, just a cook for the girls. But when they land, she’s handed to Joe Denton and the two find themselves in a knotty situation. She refuses to wed him and he’s about to lose his land. With only a few months left, can Joe convince this provoking but beguiling easterner to be his bride?

Control.. or lack there of.. 

You can try and try your very hardest at something and never reach it. You can change absolutely everything about yourself to try to get a different result. U can read up and learn everything there is to know with still no change. At the end of the day I’m learning I have no control, maybe one of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn is that God is in control and there is absolutely nothing I can do. I’ve always thought I posessed some control over my life enough to make things the way I wanted them. Through negotiating (a skill my dad taught me lol) or simply making it happen by persistence and hard work. Lately I’m realizing, I just don’t have much control. Navigating life without control is tough and humbling. I go through all these phases in life of being taught new things and it’s like beginning again each time. My new mantra is “Do you the best way you know how bc that’s all you can do. The rest pray.” Each time I’m being shaped I feel so lost like I don’t even know how to be me anymore, pretty sure that’s when God is just tapping his hands in heaven waiting for me to come to him but being the stubborn person I am I choose to get lost a little more before I ask for help. I’m also learning the power of saying nothing. Simply shutting up and praying. I’m learning my words have little power but my prayers do. 

New stepping stones are always hard, I get comfy on one and don’t like to move. Once I have I’m just a bit closer to where I need to be and look back and think why didn’t I do that sooner. 

The Woods Edge 


I had just finished “Courting Morrow Little” by Laura Frantz (loved it!!), so I decided to give another Indian inspired book a try. I have to say I didn’t really enjoy this one. It was so hard to follow her train of thought and it kept jumping from character to character without being clear who it was. Also there were so many random historical facts placed throughout the book that didn’t seem to fit. I think the largest disappointment of this book was not being descriptive enough. It lacked the intrigue of moments that would keep you engaged and moments leading up to a large turn in the story by simply just stating they had already happened. I think it had a lot of missed opportunities. I probably wouldn’t read more from this author. I like to get lost in a book and didn’t really with this one. I think the last 100 pages were the better part of the book, but I also don’t like books where almost nothing happens during the majority of the book and in the last chapter it all comes to be. Kinda bummed how this one turned out to be, but I have a LARGE stack of other books to discover! 

Love Letters from God Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart

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This book is probably my favorite children’s book i’ve gotten so far. It is so well written and I love the letter feature. It tells a story of a woman in the bible tells them how they are imperfect people like you and I, then tells how God loves them even through that. Or a good example of a woman in the bible with a “letter from God” telling them how loved they are or how to never lose hope. I think every girl could benefit from reading this. Even as an adult I think it was a great reminder.

Ok now the cool letter feature I was talking about. Each story has a letter that flips up in the book that you read at the end to help further understand the story and put it into perspective of the way God would feel about each story being told. Love this! There is also bible verses throughout the book which I love as well. The illustrations are super cute as well! Like I said, favorite children’s book i’ve gotten so far.

From the back cover:

In this heart-warming picture book designed for girls, author Glenys Nellist tells the inspiring stories of incredible women in the Bible. With beautiful illustrations by Rachel Clowes and sweet lift-the-flap envelopes, each story delivers a special message for children to open as they read their own personal love letters from God. Full of warmth and love, this picture book will fill girls’ hearts with the wonder of the Lord. The stories of Eve, Miriam, Esther, Mary, and many more will delight children and remind them of the bond they can share with God, just like the women of the Bible.

I received this book in exchange for a complete honest review.

The Beginner’s Bible Carry-Along Treasury

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You might be wondering why I have been reviewing so many children’s books lately. Well Zondervan has come out with so many cute and biblical children’s books, that I decided Tripp needed them. Ok, first thoughts. I love the carry-along feature of this book. I wish it was a board book. The illustrations on each page are awesome! I think that is neat to be able to visualize what you’re reading. I like all of the stories that they chose to feature as well!

I always love a fun way to show Tripp about God, he is obsessed with books already ( I wonder where he got it from) so it’s never too early to start learning about Jesus and all stories related to the bible. Biggest draw back is that it will have to wait a bit because he isn’t ready for pages that can be ripped. 🙂 I can see why they chose this because a board book could probably only fit about one story and this one holds about 30!

I honestly love that they are making stories about God and Jesus more exciting for kids, thats a total win for me.

 

From the Back Cover:

The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold.

The Beginner’s Bible®, the bestselling Bible storybook of our time, is now in a special carry-along edition with over 30 stories! Children will love The Beginner’s Bible Carry-Along Treasury created especially for tiny hands to carry with them wherever they go. The carry-along edition features a smaller size, a go-anywhere handle, and an easy magnetic closure. Kids will come to know and love the key stories and characters of the Bible with this best-loved Bible storybook. Now updated with vibrant new art, The Beginner’s Bible® is the perfect starting point for children. Little ones will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more, as they discover The Beginner’s Bible® just like millions of children before!

Review of The Berenstain Bears Friendship Blessings Collection

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  This book is so cute! I am so glad that I will have this for my son when he gets a bit older. I LOVED the Berenstain Bears growing up and am so excited to carry on that tradition with my little guy. The story about the fishing trip was so funny, and I like that it is a more realistic story of how the parents may have differing thoughts, because that is real life. At the end of the book when things didn’t work as the dad thought they may he says let’s not go fishing anymore and go get the fish from the local guy who the mom said to in the beginning. Basically always listen to your mom, it made me laugh out loud because I wasn’t expecting it.

I also loved the lesson of new friends and how it could make your current friends feel, I think that’s a very good lesson for kids these days. To really think about including everyone because there is so much bullying going on. I hope to instill some of these messages in my child for sure!

 

From the Back Cover:

The Berenstain Bears Living Lights, series continues to attract young readers through creative and engaging stories that not only entertain but teach values and life lessons. Now, five of the series’ favorite titles are available in a great new hardcover. This Berenstain Bears Living Lights treasury called Friendship Blessings Collection is sure to be a popular choice for Berenstain Bears fans.

 

I was given this copy in exchange for a complete and honest review. I would highly recommend these books!

Bible Jesus Calling 


From the cover I thought this book would be more illustrated for children, when I got the book I realized it a a couple illustrations but primarily was a bible in the form you’re used to seeing. Super cute but definitely wish it was more kid friendly and told the stories in a way younger kids could understand!