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, 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.