Sunday, February 18, 2018

Book Review: Promise of Peppermint

Promise of Peppermint

Author:  Valerie Comer
Publisher:  GreenWords Media
Pages:  111
Audience:  Women
Genre:  Fiction

Promise of Peppermint is the story of Rebekah, a young woman who is trying to deal with a painful past.  In the midst of Rebekah’s struggles enters Wade Roper, a past love who means very much to Rebekah, however, as much as she finds that she still loves Wade there is something that still standing in her way of admitting this.  

Wade has loved Rebekah since the day he met her, however, their relationship fell apart four years ago and as much as he still loves her, Wade wonders what tore their relationship apart.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.  Valerie Comer creates such vivid and rich characters that are full of depth, with struggles that are relevant to us all.  The message of this book about trusting God and letting go of fear is told so well through this cast of characters.  I honestly did to want this book to end and I found out that this book is the prequel to her Urban Farm Fresh book series and I am happy that these characters’ stories go on in other books.  

I recommend that you pick this book up.  The message of trust, faith, and love will leave you feeling hopeful.

Happy Reading!

Note:  I have received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Book Review: Just Another Girl Story

Just Another Girl’s Story
A Memoir of Finding Redemption

Author:  Laura Eckert and Shawn Eckert
Publisher:  Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages:  240
Audience:  Adults
Genre:  Memoir

Just Another Girl’s Story is the true story of Laura Eckert.  Laura shares the story of her life and the challenges that she went through and the strength of her faith.  Laura’s touching story teaches us that our decisions do not define who we are; our trials can serve as lessons that make us stronger.  Laura’s story is inspiring in that it is a true testament to how God loves us even when we find it difficult to love ourselves.

Laura writes her story with such honesty.  Laura’s story of redemption comes with heartache and joy and will definitely resonate with anyone who has experienced their own journey to redemption.  Laura is an example of not giving up on your faith and seeking the life that God envisioned for you to be.  I recommend that Laura’s story be read. 

Happy Reading!

Note:  I have received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Book Review: Merry and Bright

Merry and Bright

Author:  Debbie Macomber
Publisher:  Ballantine Books
Pages:  272
Audience:  Adults
Genre:  Fiction

Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber is about Mery who works for Jayson Bright, a man who is not so jovial about the holidays.  Merry’s mother and brother decide they are going to surprise Merry by signing her up for an online dating site.  This surprise sends Merry on an adventurous search for romance where she learns not to judge a book by its cover.

Jayson Bright on the other hand, gets a surprise when his cousin is getting married.  This news sets Jayson on a course of self-discovery and a journey to find if there is someone out there for him as well.  These two very different characters are on their respective romantic adventures that lead them to discover more than romance.

This story is very sweet and a fun holiday read!  If you want a feel-good type of read, I would suggest picking this book up.

Happy Reading!

Note:  I have received a copy of this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Book Review: The Crooked Christmas Tree

The Crooked Christmas Tree

Author:  Damian Chandler
Publisher:  Faith Words
Pages:  144
Audience:  Adults
Genre:  Religion/Holidays/Christian

The Crooked Christmas Tree is the true life story told from a father’s perspective.  The story starts with the way many households start the holiday season, the picking of the family Christmas tree.  Mr. Chandler tells the story of how his children picked a crooked Christmas tree.  However, as Mr. Chandler and the reader will discover this is no ordinary crooked tree. 
Mr. Chandler is set on a road of introspective discovery, set by a tree he didn’t want to begin with.  He writes about the lessons he learned through this tree; lessons of rejection, the Lord’s saving Grace, and how God loved us so much He sent His only son to earth to save us.  At Christmas, while the perfect Christmas tree is sought to adorn our homes, God sent His perfect son to save our crooked selves. 

I really enjoyed reading this book.  Mr. Chandler highlights the true meaning of Christmas and how Jesus’ birth is the light that obliterates all our crooked pieces.

I recommend you read this book.  It is heartwarming and these lessons will live in your heart beyond this holiday season.

Happy Reading!

Note:  I have received a copy of this book from the publisher and Hachette Book Group in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Book Review: The Paper Bag Christmas

The Paper Bag Christmas

Author:  Kevin Alan Milne
Publisher:  Center Street
Pages:  160
Audience:  Adults
Genre:  Fiction

The Paper Bag Christmas tells the story of Molar and Aaron, two young boys whose lives are changed one fateful Christmas.  Molar and Aaron meet a mall Santa Clause that sets the boys on a course of discovery of the true meaning of Christmas, with an intriguing promise of “a gift you never wanted for Christmas.”  The mall Santa Clause is really Dr. Christopher K. Ringle, who recruits the boys to spread holiday cheer to the children being treated at a hospital. 

Two such children that Molar and Aaron meet are Mandhu and Katrina.  Mandhu is a bright and funny child who leads life with positivity and curiosity.  Through all that Mandhu faces, you see his courage and heart for others.  Katrina is a child who isn’t so positive and who struggles to connect with others.  These four children unbeknownst to themselves are set on a journey that impacts each other and those around them.

I can honest report that this story made an incredible effect on me.  I laughed and cried over these endearing characters.  Kevin Alan Milne has created a cast of characters that are unforgettable.  I have definitely made this book a permanent part of my library and one story I will read each Christmas.

I would recommend that you read this book this Christmas!  This story will not only touch your heart, it will also highlight the true meaning of the season!

Happy Reading!

Note:  I have received a copy of this book from Hachette Books in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Album Review: Kutless - Alpha/Omega

Kutless:  Alpha/Omega Album

Kutless’s newest album, Alpha/Omega is from start to finish a wonderful album!  From the moment that I started the album, I have not stopped playing it in its entirety.  The album starts with Your Great Name, which is a powerful praise song that I have begun my days to.  Each song on this album is a reminder of whom God is to us and is such a great worship album in this holiday season.

While I love each song on this album immensely, I have found myself playing Shepherd of My Soul over and over.  This particular is such a reminder that God loves us and shepherds us all the days of our lives.  I recommend that you get this album; you will love it! 

Happy Listening!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Book Review: The Space Between Words

The Space Between Words

Author:  Michele Phoenix
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Pages:  336
Audience:  Adults
Genre:  Fiction

Michele Phoenix writes a riveting and moving story in The Space Between Words.  The book tells the story of Jessica, who is in France with her friends Vonda and Patrick.  Their time together is fun and light-hearted as good friendships can be until one day it is changed forever.

While at a concert event, Jessica and Vonda are victims of a terrorist attack at the concert venue.  This attack forever changes Jessica’s world and sends her on a healing journey that is heartbreaking and healing.  Jessica decides to stay in France after surviving the attack in order to take a trip she and Patrick had promised they had planned on.  On this trip, Patrick leads her to a sewing box and through this sewing box, Jessica is introduced to the Baillard family who were persecuted in the Protestant movement in France.  Jessica embarks on a journey to find out who the Baillard family were and what happened to them.  Along this journey, Jessica meets Mona and Grant, a brother and sister who rent to Jessica the property she stays on while on the trip and Jessica also meets little Connor, Mona’s son. 

This book was a difficult one to read.  There were several times I found myself having to pause from the emotions it emitted from me.  Michele Phoenix writes with depth and compassion.  Jessica’s journey is heart-wrenching.  Mona, Grant, and Connor are such wonderful characters; representing strength, compassion, and faith.  Each member of the Baillard family were models of strength and love in the midst of adversity and their strong faith in God resonated throughout their own journey.
Overall, this book is one that I won’t soon forget.  Michele Phoenix tells a story that impacts you to the core however resonates with hope, strength, and shows how God is faithful to us in most difficult times in our lives. 

Happy Reading!

Note:  I was provided a copy of this book by Netgalley for review.