Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kitchen devotion

"Devotions From the Kitchen Table" from Thomas Nelson is a daily devotional with each day including a scripture, prayer, and essay devoted to connecting with God using food, nourishment,  and coming together to dine.  The book is easy to understand, the pictures are great.  This book is not only a good book for yourself, but I would recommend it as a gift, for a wedding shower for example.  I will probably read it again.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.booklookbloggers.com

American Lit

"The Barrowfields" by Phillip Lewis is a reader's delight.  The novel is basically a book about reading and creating.  Henry Aster is a product of North Carolina.  His father is an obsessive reader and a wanna-be-writer.  He spends all of his life, both in time and effort, writing his life story; though his life is nothing but the writing of his story.  Henry leaves for college and law school only to come back and find his father's memory right where he left it. 
This is a fabulously written novel.  It bounces back and forth between the different styles of literary giants, interweaving it into Lewis' own masterpiece.  Though it is a long book, it is well worth the time.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.bloggingforbooks.com

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Faith and Baseball

"Baseball Faith" by Rob Maaddi is a compilation of the testimonies of 52 MLB stars.  Each player has four pages consisting of a photo page, a testimony page, a stat page and a details page.  Some of the players are Hall of Famers and MVPs and some are professionals eager to share their faith.  I would imagine that only a baseball fan would read this, since I know if it were football, I wouldn't have read it.  But don't toss it aside just because you aren't a fan.  Some of the guys are storytellers and write very well.  Some of them are just good at baseball.  I really liked it.  I am a die-hard fan and enjoyed reading about each man's faith.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sniper

"G-Man" by Stephen Hunter is the 15th book in the Bob Lee Swagger series.  In this installment, Swagger is doing some genealogy.  His grandfather, Charles Swagger, a WWI vet and sheriff has been asked to join what will be soon called the FBI.  First on the agenda is take down, Dellinger, Pretty boy Floyd and Baby Face.  The crime fighting novel takes place in both 1934 and in present day as Bob tries to put together a box of clues as to what his mysterious grandfather had been doing in 1934 and why. 
I hadn't realized this was a series of books when I watched "Shooter" this fall, but the book does not disappoint.  It's a very manly and macho book full of history, gun smithing, fighting, and mystery.  I will be adding this series to my BTR list for sure!  I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review from www.firsttoread.com

Monday, April 10, 2017

More Farthering Mystery

"Murder on the Moor" by Julianna Deering is the 5th in the Farthering Mystery series.  The series follows amateur detectives, Drew and Madeline Farthering in their English mystery solving quest.  In the newest addition to the series, "Murder on the Moor", Drew's old school friend, Beaky, another master of riches and lands, asks Drew and Madeline to help him solve a mired of mysteries in the Moor.  The Vicar has been murdered as well as someone has been "haunting" the north wing of his home.  Shortly after the Fartherings' arrival another murder is committed and the strange occurrences keep piling up.
The Farthering mysteries are a well written, intriguing, and engaging group of books to read.  I have read them all and they are all great.  This one might be my favorite.  They have that high class, gentry thing going on in them and yet the characters remain loveable and steer clear from the usual obnoxiousness that can befall stories of this era.  I highly recommend this book as well as the series.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.bakerpublishinggroup.com

Friday, April 7, 2017

Quinn fan reviews comic

"Harley Quinn" was reviewed by my 12 year old daughter.  "Sarah" is a Quinn fan and a comic lover.  However, she wasn't fond of this book due to there being no words.  The illustrations were great and a story could be seen, but she would prefer there to be words.  I received this comic in exchange for an honest review from www.edelweiss.plus.com.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Symone Biles autobiography

"Courage to Soar" is the autobiography of Simone Biles, multi gold medal winner at the 2016 Olympics in gymnastics.  Symone starts at a baby and goes through to present day.  She covers memories, her life as a foster child and then adopted.  She also tells of her love for gymnastics and her adventures, struggles, and achievements.  Of course since, she is so young the book is rather short and a quick read.  You could probably read it in a day if you wanted to.  It is very enjoyable.  She is a good writer and keeps the reader interested.  Keep in mind, she is a gymnast and gymnastics is in this book a lot.  She loooooves gymnastics!  Which is great for the typical reader of this book, who probably does too.  If you grabbed it randomly and don't care for sports, you should probably pick another.  I, myself thought it was great.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.booklookbloggers.com

Amazing Grace

"Newton & Polly:  A Novel of Amazing Grace" by Jody Hedlund is one of the sweetest love stories you will ever read.  The novel follows the romance of John Newton and Polly Catlett from the start of their relationship.  John is the heroic bad-boy, full of adventure and nerve.  Polly is the calm that gives him peace; grounded in her faith and music.  You may of heard of John.  He's the author of the most famous hymn, Amazing Grace.  Though there is little physical content in the book, it never comes across as corny or unrealistic.  There is adventure and quite a bit of danger is this novel so don't take it as G rated.  I loved these two and their love story.  I highly recommend it.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Waterbrook Publishing. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Heavy World

"The Weight of This World" by David Joy Follows a couple of boys in Little Canada.  Thad and Aiden are what society might call "white trash."  Aiden's father killed his mother when Aiden was young in a murder-suicide.  Thad is the product of rape leaving his mother to raise him, yet never love or care for him.  Both boys grow up motherless in a trailer on a mountain taking more drugs than one might consider humanly possible. 
This novel brings to light what is probably happening in all those downtrodden homes you pass and think little of.  One might believe there is a stretch in the likely hood of this tale being possible, but other than the large amount of dying in the end, yeah, it is.  This book is well written and an eye opener for the sheltered.  It is a blending combination of action and contemplation.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.firsttoread.com

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Amish Cooking Class

Wanda E Brunstetter, well-known Amish Fiction writer has come out with a new novel, "The Seekers", the first in the Amish Cooking class series.  In this book, Heidi Troyer had decided to fill some of her spare time with a cooking class.  What starts as a simple idea turns into a dramatic turn of events.  Heidi and her husband have allowed a drifter, Ron, to live in his RV on their property.  Though he is taking her class, he has alterior motives.  The other members of her class bring their own excitement to the mix as well. I'm usually not a big fan of Amish fiction and this one was ok.  Brunstetter is quiet famous and has a hug following, so I am sure her fans will like this one as well.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mark of the King review

"The Mark of the King" is the newest novel by Jocelyn Green.  The novel follows Julianne, a midwife, through an accidental death in the delivery chamber, her incarceration for that death in France, her forced marriage and an exile to Louisiana. Shortly after arriving she is widowed and takes back up the practice of midwifery.  She endures not only the primitive life in Louisiana in the 1700s, but all of the backward politics and sexist injustice that went with it. 
This is the first Green novel I have read and I must say I love it.  She writes Julianne so clearly it is as if she is a real person.  I am not sure how historically accurate this novel is, but judging from the acknowledgment section, it is probably pretty close.  It is a true eye opener for the way of life for the times.  Warning:  There is a miscarriage in the middle of the book.  It is pretty honest.  It's pretty hard to read actually.  I saw my daughter miscarry about three months ago and after crying during this scene in the book, I have elected to stop for now.  I will return to reading at a later date.  That aside, I would recommend this book to not only history buffs, but to all women.  It is truly a brilliant book.  I received this novel in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publishing. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Infamy

"The Other Side of Infamy" written by Jim Downing is the autobiography of a sailor's experiences during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  Downing uses the Pearl Harbor experience as a base board for his life story focusing a lot of the book on his journey to Christianity. 
This is a really good book.  It's full of detail and is well written.  I would recommend it to not only a history buff, but anyone.  I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Conspiracy

"Conspiracy of Silence" is the first in the new series by Ronie Kendig, 'Tox Files'.  Though this is the first novel in the series, there is a prequel novella, "The Warrior's Seal" and it is available for free on www.amazon.com.  Though not required to follow Conspiracy, I would recommend the reader read that first.  In "Conspiracy of Silence" Tox, a Special Forces Operative, has been asked by his brother, the POTUS, to find a killer that is considered a threat to the US.  As Tox and his men, along with Kasey, the president's sister-in-law and FBI agent, search for the assassin, one thing leads to another, revealing a world wide conspiracy involving the Aleppo Codex and an old world plague. 
I liked this book a lot.  It is really long though, over 400 pages, so be prepared to commit.  The characters are great, I like how Tox and Ram (a member of Special Forces team) maintain their beliefs and yet are soldiers.  Kendig's whole family is full of veterans, so she knows her stuff.  Heck, even her dog is a vet!  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Pat Crowe

"World, Chase Me Down" by Andrew Hilleman is the fiction telling of a true story.  Pat Crowe is a scoundrel from the turn of the century (not this one, the last one).  During a down on his luck time, Crowe kidnapped a Omaha millionaire's son for ransom.  The novel follows Crowe through three time periods intermittently.  The author switches by the chapter so it is easy to follow.  I am unsure on how historically accurate the author is as I hadn't heard of Crowe before reading this book.  But Hilleman does weave a pretty interesting tale.  Crowe's character is fun to read.  He is always wallering in misery and yet he never gets down and keeps his chin up.  Just keeps on going through one failure after another.  I recommend this book to history buffs who aren't scared off by a little grit.  I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review from www.firsttoread.com