Monday, February 20, 2017

Home on the Range - A Review

Published - October 2016, Waterbrook/Multnomah
Series - Double S Ranch Book 2
Author - Ruth Logan Herne
Title - Home on the Range
Format - ebook, paper, audio
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About the book (from Goodreads):
A cowboy romance with a heart of gold, in Home on the Range author Ruth Logan Herne returns readers to the Double S Ranch where God and family are first, but love is certain to follow the Stafford menfolk. Nick made all the wrong choices for all the wrong reasons. His father had failed at marriage and fatherhood. Nick was determined to show him up. He'd be a better husband, better father and a better ranch manager than Sam Stafford ever hoped to be. But Nick's wife Whitney hated the ranch and she walked out on Nick and their two beautiful daughters three years ago. For a long time Nick pretended everything was fine and when his stubborn nature is finally challenged by trouble with his young girls, he's faced with the changes he should have made long ago. Psychologist Dr. Elsa Andreas had a thriving family therapy practice, a school commission, a good life, but tragedy pushes Elsa to walk away from her life. Three years later, she's tucked herself in the backwoods of Gray's Glen. When her sister encourages her to help Nick Stafford's daughters, Elsa takes a chance. But Nick's ex-wife comes back to town, threatening the girls' newfound stability. Can Nick find the forgiveness and Else the courage to build their own "Home on the Range"?

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed the first book in this series. This one I struggled with. I struggled to connect to the characters. I struggled to stay interested in the plot. Honestly, I didn't care one way or the other about whether or not I finished the book. But this is a review title. So I struggled my way through it. 

I liked being able to catch up on the characters from the first book. I liked seeing Nick start to change. But I really felt blah about most of the book. 

Other readers are really enjoying this book, so please don't just take my word for it. This book is one that just wasn't for me. 

I received a copy of the book from the publisher for free as part of the Blogging for Books Program. I was not required to like the book, only give my honest opinion.

Rating - 2 stars

Good Good Father for Little Ones - A Review

Published - January 31, 2017, Thomas Nelson
Author - Chris Tomlin
Title - Good Good Father for Little Ones
Format - board book
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About the book (from Amazon):
With sweet, rhyming text, Good Good Father for Little Ones explores many of the attributes that make God such a good, good Father: like a warrior, He protects you; like a teacher, He helps you learn and grow; like a doctor, He makes you feel better; like a farmer, He provides the food you need; like a musician, He brings you joy. Most of all, a good, good Father loves you! Based on the children’s picture book Good Good Father, this precious rhyming adaptation will leave little ones with a greater assurance that God truly is a good, good Father and they are loved by Him.

My Thoughts: 
I'm familiar with the Chris Tomlin song Good, Good Father. So when I saw this one up for review, I snatched it up!
Let me just say, that this book is precious! I loved the rhyming aspect of it. I loved the illustrations. When I shared it with my friend's little ones, they loved it. The older two were able to read it by themselves, and the youngest loved the pictures. 
This book is so simple. The message in it is a good reminder to everyone that God is a good Father.
I received the book for free from the publisher as part of the Booklook Blogging Program. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
Recommended to fans of Chris Tomlin, parents of young children, Sunday School teachers
Rating - 4 stars

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Scribbles Vol 3.1


It's been a while my friends. This is the first Scribbles I've managed to write in 2017. The biggest reason is that I didn't really have anything to talk about. Technically I still don't, but wanted to give you something anyway.

So, let's see. What's been going on? I'm still reading, only not as many review titles as I've done in the past. I've currently got 3, maybe 4, reviews that I need to write. Work has been pretty busy too. We're getting ready to roll out Office 365 which means updating books for a minimum of 9 classes.

So I've been busy. And today's post is short.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

An Uncommon Courtship - A Review

Published - January 2017, Bethany House
Series - Hawthorne House Book 3
Author - Kristi Ann Hunter
Title - An Uncommon Courtship
Format - ebook, paper
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Lord Trent Hawthorne has always dreamed of marrying for love. Yet when he finds himself in a compromising situation with Lady Adelaide Bell, he is honor bound to offer marriage. Adelaide is content to live life in the shadows. She found that easier until her sister married. Yet, now that she finds herself in a marriage of convenience, Adelaide is determined to make the best of it. Can she and Trent learn to live together and maybe fall in love in the process?

I was so excited to see this book. I'd been looking forward to this book for a while. I'll admit that I was a little sad not to see as much of either of Trent's sisters in this book, but I still enjoyed the story.

Trent was a character I wanted to know more about. He'd been a minor character in the other two books, so getting to know him was delightful. I positively adored his unusual group of servants. They were fascinating, and I could tell that they wanted their master and mistress to find happiness. I really liked it when Trent started courting his wife. I loved how he was determined to give her what she didn't have.

I cannot wait for the 4th book in this series - the one about Griffith.

I received this book from the publisher in order to share my honest opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of historical fiction, Karen Witemeyer, Kristi Ann Hunter, Jody Hedlund, Julie Klassen

Rating - 4 stars

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Never Forget - A Review

Published- January 2017, Northern Lights Press
Series - Beacons of Hope Book 5
Author - Jody Hedlund
Title - Never Forget
Format - ebook, paper
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About the book:
Rose Island Lighthouse, Rhode Island June 1880 Will she betray his trust to stay on the island she loves? Abbie Watson is content to spend her days clamming, crabbing, and tending Rose Island Lighthouse. Her grandpa is the head light keeper, but his senility may lead to their eviction. Since leaving the island would kill her beloved Gramps, Abbie will do anything to keep him in the one place he knows and loves. Wealthy Nathaniel Winthrop III’s wild living has gained him a reputation as the ‘bad boy’ among the elite social circles of Newport. After a blow to the head in a yachting accident washes him up on Rose Island, Nathaniel has no memories of his past. Abbie tends the wounded stranger in her home only to realize he assumes they’re married. Although she knows she needs to correct Nathaniel’s mistake, his presence calms Gramps and provides a way to prevent eviction from the lighthouse. The longer the charade continues, the harder it gets for Abbie to tell Nathaniel the truth, more so as she begins to fall in love. Everyone she’s ever loved has abandoned her. Will Nathaniel leave her too, once he discovers he’s not really her husband?

My Thoughts:
I remember meeting Nathaniel in book 4. I was glad to get to know him a bit better in this book. I loved the fact that while he did have amnesia, he really did want to change from what he knew of himself. I loved the way that he treated Abbie. I loved how Abbie kept struggling to keep her grandfather in the home that he loved. 

This book was a wonderful conclusion to the series. It has Hedlund's usual style of romance blended with a touch of suspense. While the second book in the series remains my favorite, I happily devoured this book. 

I received the Kindle version of this book from the author to help influence the book. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of historical fiction, Jody Hedlund, light houses, Karen Witemeyer

Rating - 4 stars

Monday, January 30, 2017

Story of Martin Luther King Jr & Story of Rosa Parks - A Review

Published - Worthy Books
Author - Johnny Ray Moore
Title - The Story of Martin Luther King Jr
Format - board book
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About the book:
A simple story that tells young children why Martin Luther King Jr wanted to make a difference.

My Thoughts:
This was a very simple story. For young children, this is a great way to introduce them to MLK and help them understand that everyone is different.

Recommended to parents, elementary teachers.

I received this book from the publisher to share my honest opinion. My thoughts are my own.

Rating - 4 stars


Published - Worthy Books
Author - Patricia A Pingry
Title - The Story of Rosa Parks
Format - board book
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About the book:
Rosa Parks is known as the "mother of the civil rights movement." This simple board book tells of how she got that name.

My Thoughts:
I remember hearing about Rosa Parks in school when I was young. I found this book to be very simple, and I can see children asking questions about the civil rights movement.

Recommended to parents, elementary teachers.

I received this book from the publisher to share my honest opinion. My thoughts are my own.

Rating - 4 stars

Monday, January 23, 2017

Moonbow Night - A Review

Published - January 2017, Revell Books
Author - Laura Frantz
Title - A Moonbow Night
Format - ebook, paper
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Summary (from Amazon):
After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It's a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucke--men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew looking for an experienced guide. When his guide appears, Sion balks. He certainly didn't expect a woman. But it is not long before he must admit that Tempe's skill in the wilderness rivals his own. Still, the tenuous tie they are forming is put to the test as they encounter danger after danger and must rely on each other. With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons readers to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.

My Thoughts:
This book was wonderful. It started off really slow, so it took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I really enjoyed it.

Unlike some of her other novels, the romance in this one takes a backseat to the story itself. I loved how both Sion and Tempe struggled with letting go of their pasts. I loved the detail about how the surveyors traveled. I never gave much thought to how the "frontier" was settled during the Revolution.

Fans of Laura Frantz will definitely enjoy this book. I look forward to what she has coming next.

I received a copy of this book for free as part of the Revell Reads review program. I was asked to give my honest opinion about this book. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of Laura Frantz, Lori Benton, Jody Hedlund

Rating - 4 stars