Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Yep. That's exactly what it's like.

"A Beautiful, Terrible Thing" by Jen Waite is "A Memoire of Marriage and Betrayal" and it is about as close to being cheated on by a deranged psycho as you can get without being there.  Jen's story is a true story about her discovery that her husband, Marco, was cheating on her just three short weeks after the birth of their daughter.  It follows the discovery, investigation, recovery and survival of her experiences.  There wasn't a moment I couldn't identify with.  If you want a good book, well written, diving into the psychological issues dealing with cheaters this is definitely the book for you.  She is right on the money with every word.  If you suspect being cheated or have recently become aware and would like to read about someone who has been there and can verify that you are not crazy, that things really are as they seem, then get this book!  However, if this is in the distant past and the last thing you want to relive, you should rethink getting involved with this one.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.firsttoread.com

Saturday, June 24, 2017

You must read this

"The Lost Letter" by Jillian Cantor is an amazing book that you must read!  The book follows the love story of Kristoff and Elena.  Kristoff is Fredrick Faber's apprentice in his stamp making business.  Elena is Fredrick's daughter.  The story takes pace in World War II Austria with the Faber's being Jews under the German oppression. 
Though this book's main character would probably be the stamp, it is incredibly interesting.  The story switches back and forth between 1939 Austria and 1989 California.  Kristoff and Elena battling the Germans using their stamps and forgery as weapons and 1989 Katie and Benjamin, philatelists, chasing the mystery of the "gem" of a stamp found in Katie's father's collection.  This book's characters are amazing, the story line fantastic, and it leaves you with a book hangover like you wouldn't believe.  Who knew stamps were so fascinating?!  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.firsttoread.com

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Love Letters

"The One True Love of Alice-Ann" by Eva Marie Everson is the new fictional novel.  Alice-Ann is a farm girl about to celebrate her sweet 16 when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor.  Though she has been pining over Mack, her brother's friend, with the war in on she now has a time limit to make her feelings known.  Alice-Ann and Mack decide to become pen-pals while he is stationed overseas.  Before he can return, her brother's other friend, Carlton, returns from serving.  Alice-Ann then forms a bond with Carlton that leaves her struggling when Mack finally returns. 
This book is written through the eyes of a teen girl; so it is written as it the author is a teen girl.  It is naive and sweet in the beginning.  It is a good book to pass the time, not real deep, but a sweet romance.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Tyndale Publishing. 

Monday, June 12, 2017


"MacArthur's Spies" by Peter Eisner is the true story of a soldier, a singer, and spymaster working the underground resistance during WWII in the Philippines.  The story follows Boone, Chick, and Claire as they work to both help American POWs that are dying by the thousands from starvation and neglect and acquiring intelligence from the Japanese officers partying at the clubs. 
This is a very good book.  Though it is not light reading, it is still intriguing and full of information. It also keeps the reader's attention.  However, it is intense and takes  awhile to read. I highly recommend it to the history buff.  This book doesn't stray from other books I have read about the Philippines during WWII.   I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.firsttoread.com

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Amish Adventure

"The Ebb Tide" by Beverly Lewis follows Sallie, and adventurous Amish girl, who dreams of traveling and seeing the world.  Since she has yet to join the church she takes a job being a nanny to a young family at Cape May, where she can at last see the ocean.  The only stipulation is that she must start baptism classes when she returns.  While at Cape May, she meets Kevin.  Kevin is a student studying the marine life and also a Mennonite with Amish relatives.  Therefore, they have a connection as well as a lot in common.  Sallie begins an inward struggle of where her heart lies, not only with her romance, but also her lifestyle and her spiritual relationship with God.
I thought this book was wonderful.  It is a quick read and well written.  It isn't steeped into Amish stereotypes, but treats Sallie like a modern woman who is on the edge of making a life-altering decision. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Love letters

"Love Letters from God: Bible Stories for a Girl's Heart" by Glenys Nellist is a children's book aimed at connecting girls with God and Bible stories.  Each page has a girl from the bible and her story.  It also includes a short bible verse, a prayer, and a "love letter from God".  It also includes illustrations from Rachel Clowes. 
Though this book was too young for my 12 year old girl, it wasn't long ago that I was reading to her things of this nature.  It reads like a devotional and I think it would make great night time reading for a girl of early grade school years.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Handlebar Publishing.