Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Historical Mystery from Tracie Peterson

I just read Tracie Peterson's new novel, In Places Hidden. This is the first book in her new series, the Golden Gate Secrets.  It's set in 1905 in San Francisco, where the main character is leading a search for her brother who mysteriously disappeared. All sorts of people come alongside her to search, and to solve the mystery of his disappearance. Along the way, readers learn a lot about the sights, smells, sounds, expectations, and politics of the various communities in this era. Readers see the character's struggles with pain, loss, and hardship, and simultaneously their struggle to find and/or hold onto faith. A little bit of mystery, a little bit of history, a little bit of romance equals a good novel that readers will enjoy. It's a clean read, other than quick references to prostitution and violence. I especially enjoyed the social justice perspectives in the book.

I would recommend this book to ladies age 16+.

I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, March 23, 2018

A New Novel from Francine Rivers!

The Masterpiece

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Francine Rivers new book titled The Masterpiece. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, their personalities, their strengths, their weaknesses, their past, and their vision for the future. The two main characters share the learning of many lessons including overcoming and healing from abandonment, loss, hopelessness, fear. Both characters grow in their faith throughout the book, understanding the importance of church and the importance of a personal relationship with Christ. Because I enjoy art, I also appreciated the element of one of the main characters being an artist and seeing some of his art described the spread throughout the book.

I would recommend this book to any female reader age 16 or older. While the storyline is clean, both of the main characters have struggled with relational sins in the past and there are references to those struggles throughout the book.

Francine Rivers is one of my all-time favorite authors, and once again she does not disappoint! This book is fabulous from beginning to end.

I received this book as a gift from the publisher and exchange for my honest review.

Monday, February 26, 2018

A Song Unheard by Roseanna White
A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White

"At the outset of WWI, high-end thief Willa Forsythe is hired to steal a cypher from famous violinist Lukas De Wilde. Given the value of his father’s work as a cryptologist, Lukas fears for his family and doesn’t know who to trust. He likes Willa—and the feeling is mutual—but if Willa doesn’t betray him as ordered, her own family will pay the price." (from the publisher)

I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, the characters, and the settings. White's writing paints vibrant pictures and stirring emotions. I loved the mystery woven throughout the story and I loved the musical storyline. While there is a little bit of romance, it is clean, with only simple references to one of the characters has a past with a more colorful set of relationships.

This is the second book in a sequence, though the book could probably stand on it's own as well.  Reading the second book gave me greater context for understanding the characters and their decisions.

I would recommend this book to readers over age 15, especially readers who enjoy historical fiction.

I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

historical fiction from kim vogel sawyer

Kim Vogel Sawyer is about to release another historical fiction novel about mail order brides in the midwest in the late 1800s, and I was privileged to get an advanced copy. Titled "Beneath a Prairie Moon" this well-written novel promises a little bit of history, a little bit of love, a little bit of adventure, and a good number of laughs. It is a perfect light-hearted read with characters that readers will feel like they know. You'll taste the food at the restaurant, you'll see the dusty wagons, you'll feel the situations that the characters face, and you'll shake your head at some of the personalities in the book.  Readers will appreciate the lessons the characters struggle through - forgiveness, loss, perfectionism, pride, shame, anger, fear, and finding a personal relationship with Christ.  Though the book has several words of scripture, it never has a preachy tone.

I thought it was cute, and I look forward to sharing it with others. I would recommend this book to female readers age 15+.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Historical fiction from Myrtle Beach and the Appalachian Mountains

I just finished reading The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas. It's the first book I've read from Thomas, and I was impressed. It's set in 1954 in three different geographical areas - Myrtle Beach, West Virginia, and the mountains of KY. 

It's a sweet and clean romance filled with life lessons in faith, community, service, purpose, and relationships. It's well-written and easy to sink into. The settings were well-described and unique. The problems the characters faced were real and easy to relate to. I  especially appreciated scenes with one of the mountain grandmas, Granny Jane, as she taught the main character to cook. I almost felt like I was in the kitchen with the ladies!

When I saw the book's cover, I honestly almost dismissed it. I'm glad I didn't, and I would encourage you also to not judge the book by its cover.

I would recommend this book to male and female readers tho enjoy romantic historical fiction. It's appropriate for readers age 13+.

I received the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


Thursday, November 09, 2017

Suspense by Rachel Dylan

I think Deadly Proof is the first Rachel Dylan book that I've read, and I can say that I enjoy her suspense! This is the first book in her Atlanta Justice series. 

Overview from the publisher: In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan has been appointed lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical in a claim involving an allegedly dangerous new drug. She hires a handsome private investigator to do some digging, but when a whistleblower is found dead, it’s clear the stakes are higher than ever. Will this case prove deadly for Kate?

It's suspenseful with good twists and turns
It weaves elements of faith throughout character struggles, but not in a preachy way
Well developed characters with believable stories
Unique situations and setttings.
A little romance, but told in a PG manner
Elements of friendship, loyalty, character, forgiveness, nd pride.

Theology for Caring Adults Training Children

Product Details

Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have is a new release by Natasha Crain and Sean McDowell. It's a basic look at Christian theology with an overview of various topical areas including scriptures, examples, key points to cover, and a conversation guide to help you cover tough theology with teens.The conversation guide has 3 components: questions to intro the topic, how to advance the topic (go deeper), and how to apply the conversation. It's packed with solid content for curious, philosophical, and theological minds. It's a great resource for parents and youth mentors as they navigate meaningful conversations. Topics include:
- the existence of God
- science and God
- the nature of God
- believing in God
- the difference God makes

That being said, it's not what I envisioned when I saw the title & read the description. I was imagining something a little easier to digest with topics to discuss to help your children grow up to be godly people that live their daily lives soaking in God's word and reflecting his character. It's not the tool I was hoping it would be, but if you are looking for a resource that helps you understand how to discuss theology with your kids, this book truly knocks it out of the park.

I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.