Saturday, February 27, 2021
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Just discovered a new author and I had to share. Her name is Laura Brighton. Her books are based on Tybee Island. Sounds like a wonderful place to live or visit.
This story is about The Wedding Planner on the island. Her name is Rachel. Rachel has suffered heartbreak in her early years. She thought she was over it but as the story unfolds she realizes she has much to learn about healing and forgiveness.
I was enjoying the story when it abruptly ends. What? I have to wait to the next book!! I will keep a look out for the next one as I have to find out if Rachel gets the answers she needs to move forward.
I received this for free from Book Sirens to give a honest review.
About Laura Brighton
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Have you ever been so excited to read the latest book by your favorite author but sad when finished? This is always the case for me when I have a new book by Wanda Brunstetter. The Robin's Greeting is the third book in The Amish Greenhouse Mystery Series. This book brings everything to a conclusion. I was quite surprised at the ending.
The theme of Forgiveness runs throughout this book. There were moments in the story that I was surprised forgiveness was given. It isn't easy to do. Carrying the anger and bitterness inside when you are wronged can eat you up. You are giving the other person too much power over them. Forgiving is freeing!
Believe me, I have been treated poorly in a past relationship. I could have used this to be bitter and suspicious of others. It would have been easy to put up an imaginary wall up and not let others in. But I would have missed much. I was not going to let this keep me caged up.
Jesus was nailed to the cross and said "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do". Quite powerful.
You will love this book. I have received a copy of this book from Barbour Books and being a member of Wanda's Clippity Clop Club.
Monday, February 15, 2021
But was it enough? Clara's quiet existence was about to change. A new tenant has moved in the apartment building. And she had a young daughter!
A lovely story about Clara and how she "bloomed" and grew after Laurie and Rosalie moved in. Clare's story was quite touching. The relationship Clara shared with Laurie and her daughter, Rosalie, impacted the way Clara saw the world. With this change, Clara opened her heart to others and with GOD. What an impact this made in not only Clare's life but with so many others.
I received this book from the author, Jennifer Lamont Leo, to give a honest review. Thank you as this story touched me as well. I highly recommend that you pick up a copy.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
This line drew me right in and well, hello, Moira and Sean did, too! I love books that are based in Great Britain. England and I have a relationship going. I love the history of the British Isles. I can't get enough of the Royal Family. My Mother was born there and I have visited at least 7 or 8 times. I long to go and travel throughout Great Britain as I have ties to Scotland and Ireland.
This book was just lovely. Moira's faith was tested over and over. She knew GOD was by her side and she got her strength from that. HE had a plan for Moira.
Sean was caring and very respectful to Moira. He learned so much from his boss and friend, Colm.
Peg and Colm were a lovely couple that practiced what they preached. They were just what Moira needed. They were supportive and did not judge others. There were others in their small community that believed the gossip about Moira and treated her poorly. I was stunned by the behaviors of some of the ones that Moira counted as friends.
Can Moira find happiness in Donegal? Is Sean part of her future? Will she ever feel part of the community? Will she get the answers to all her questions about her Mother?
Pick up a copy of this book. I loved this book. I know you will, too!
I received this book for free from Revell to review.
Jennifer Deibel is a middle school teacher and freelance writer. Her work has appeared on (in)courage, on The Better Mom, in Missions Mosaic Magazine, and others. With firsthand immersive experience abroad, Jennifer writes stories that help redefine home through the lens of culture, history, and family. After nearly a decade of living in Ireland and Austria, she now lives in Arizona.
Debut novel, A Dance in Donegal, releases February 2, 2021 from Revell. Follow Moira Doherty to the wilds of rural Ireland in 1921. Available for preorder wherever books are sold.
Sunday, February 7, 2021
About Laura Brighton
This book is the recent installment (8th) of the Kendra Michaels series. I have not read any of the previous books but after this one, I will. It took a few chapters to get to know the main characters.
The women characters are all strong and opinionated women. This is unusual in most books I have read. Kendra Michaels is an asset in solving this action thriller. She uses her special gifts to catch the "bad" guy.
I enjoyed the book. It was a page turner in the last few chapters. I kept my light on way longer than I planned as I wanted to finish. I was surprised at the end.
I recommend you pick this up and enjoy an evening of suspense.
I received this copy of the book free from Grand Central Publishing.
IRIS JOHANSEN is The New York Times bestselling author of Your Next Breath, The Perfect Witness, Live to See Tomorrow, Silencing Eve, Hunting Eve, Taking Eve, Sleep No More, What Doesn't Kill You, Bonnie, Quinn, Eve,Chasing The Night, Eight Days to Live, Blood Game, Deadlock, Dark Summer, Pandora's Daughter, Quicksand,Killer Dreams, On The Run, Countdown, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, and more. And with her son Roy Johansen, she has coauthored The Naked Eye, Sight Unseen, Close Your Eyes, Shadow Zone, Storm Cycle, and Silent Thunder.
Johansen began writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of The Wind Dancer. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great success. She had seventeen consecutive New York Times bestsellers as of November 2006.
Johansen lives near Atlanta, Georgia and is married. Her son, Roy Johansen, is an Edgar Award-winning screenwriter and novelist. Her daughter, Tamara, serves as her research assistant.
Thursday, February 4, 2021
I always look forward to a book release by Suzanne Woods Fisher. It always has to be in my must read list. The Moonlight School was a great story.
It made me think of when I just started out as a Social Worker in 1984. I was young and eager to change the world. One lesson I learned that was so valuable to me as I worked as a juvenile probation officer was that their normal and values might be different than yours. It doesn't mean they are wrong. You can't work with a family and expect them to think like you or act like you. You need to tread lightly and be aware of your value system so that you don't impose on them.
This lesson served me well in the 28 years I worked in the inner city of Detroit. Lucy Wilson learned this after arriving in Rowan County, Kentucky. She was in a world so different than what she grew up in. At first, she found it difficult but with time her eyes and heart were changed forever.
I loved being on her journey and meeting the residents of this community. I know you will, too.
I received this for free from Celebrate Lit to review.
About the Book
Book: The Moonlight School
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: February 2, 2021
Haunted by her sister’s mysterious disappearance, Lucy Wilson arrives in Rowan County, Kentucky, in the spring of 1911 to work for Cora Wilson Stewart, superintendent of education. When Cora sends Lucy into the hills to act as scribe for the mountain people, she is repelled by the primitive conditions and intellectual poverty she encounters. Few adults can read and write.
Born in those hills, Cora knows the plague of illiteracy. So does Brother Wyatt, a singing schoolmaster who travels through the hills. Involving Lucy and Wyatt, Cora hatches a plan to open the schoolhouses to adults on moonlit nights. The best way to combat poverty, she believes, is to eliminate illiteracy. But will the people come?
As Lucy emerges from a life in the shadows, she finds purpose; or maybe purpose finds her. With purpose comes answers to her questions, and something else she hadn’t expected: love.
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About the Author
Carol award winner Suzanne Woods Fisher writes stories that take you to places you’ve never visited—one with characters that seem like old friends. But most of all, her books give you something to think about long after you’ve finished reading it. With over one million copies of her books sold worldwide, Suzanne is the best-selling author of more than thirty books, ranging from non-fiction books, to children’s books, to novels. She lives with her very big family in northern California.
More from Suzanne
I’m Suzanne Woods Fisher, the author of The Moonlight School. This historical fiction will release on February 2, 2021, and is based on a true story featuring Cora Wilson Stewart, a Kentucky educator way ahead of her times. In 1911, Cora had a crazy idea—to open rural one-room schoolhouses in her county on moonlit nights to teach illiterate adults how to read and write.
So what happened next? Well, it’s so astonishing that you wouldn’t believe me if I told you. Instead, I hope you’ll read the book and find out for yourself.
In the meantime, this infographic provides a fascinating look at illiteracy THEN…and NOW. Makes you want to thank your teachers, doesn’t it?
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