Review | Guess Who: Noah’s Boat by Matt Mitter & Ela Jarzabek (illustrations)


Who’s on Noah’s boat?

Guess Who: Noah’s Boat

*** Special THANK YOU to Kregel for providing me with a review copy, my review is my own personal opinion.***

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

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Children will love this interactive new telling of the Noah’s ark story. With fun, rhyming text, each spread asks kids to guess which animal is heading toward the ark. The answer is revealed under the cleverly designed flap. With eye-catching illustrations and easy-to-understand text, Guess Who Noah’s Boat is sure to become a favorite.

MY REVIEW

Guess Who: Noah’s Boat is super cute- me and my three year old son just love it!
Here’s why…
#1 The story of Noah told in a fun, simple way for toddlers to understand. We all know that little ones have a very short attention span, so this book fits the bill perfectly!
#2 Cute and Colorful Pictures! The wonderful illustrations will keep your little ones captivated.
#3 Good Sturdy Pages & Flaps! I hate when a flap book tears up after only a few uses. I was really surprised at how well made this book is!
#4 Fun Riddles to Keep Kids Guessing! My son loved trying to guess which animals were hiding behind the flaps.
Overall, this is a great book to add to your little ones library. It would make a wonderful gift for birthdays, baby showers and Christmas. And of course it would be perfect for a church nursery or Sunday school class.

*****5/5 STARS- FANTASTIC; GET YOUR OWN COPY!!!*****

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FREE Chapter & Review | A Promise To Protect by Patricia Bradley


In a steamy small town riddled with broken promises, one woman’s secret could change everything.

A Promise To Protect
BY
Patricia Bradley

*** Special THANK YOU to the publisher for providing me with a review copy, my review is my own personal opinion.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Patricia Bradley’s manuscript for Shadows of the Past was a finalist for the 2012 Genesis Award, winner of a 2012 Daphne du Maurier award (1st place, Inspirational), and winner of a 2012 Touched by Love award (1st place, Contemporary). She is a published short story writer and is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc. When she’s not writing or speaking, she can be found making beautiful clay pots and jewelry. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America and makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at http://www.ptbradley.com.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

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Acting Sheriff Ben Logan hasn’t heard from Leigh Somerall in a very long time, but it doesn’t mean he can get her–or their whirlwind romance of ten years ago–out of his head. When she calls out of the blue, it is with a strange request to protect her brother, Tony. But all too soon, Ben is charged with a different task–protecting Leigh from the people after her brother. With Leigh doing everything in her power to avoid Ben, it’s no easy task. And the secret she is keeping just may change their lives forever.

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MY REVIEW

Wow! Wow! Wow!
Once again Patricia Bradley has written another hit!
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this one from the minute I finished the first Logan Point book. I was so excited to get to read more about Ben (a character from book 1). The interaction between the two main characters was awesome…I love when main characters have a past together.
This is definitely an edge of your seat thriller, full of secrets and intrigue.
I’m thrilled to have found a new fave suspense author…fans of Lynette Eason, Terri Blackstock, and Irene Hannon don’t miss Patricia Bradley!!!

*****5/5 STARS- FANTASTIC; GET YOUR OWN COPY!!!*****

Review | Let’s All Be Brave by Annie F. Downs

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Let’s All Be Brave
by
Annie F. Downs

*** Special THANK YOU to the BookLook for providing me with a review copy. My review is my own personal opinion.***

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

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Annie Downs admits she’s not exactly the bravest girl in the world. She still cries sometimes when she leaves her parents’ home in Georgia, she’s never jumped out of a plane, and she only rides roller coasters to impress boys. But Annie knows that courage resides inside each and every one of us, and she’s on a mission to triumph over her own fears while encouraging the reader to do the same.

As a single young woman, writer, speaker, and blogger, Annie Downs shares her journey toward bravery with honesty and humor. Using wonderful stories from her own life, contemporary real-life examples, and fascinating historical and biblical references, Annie encourages readers to grab hold of the brave life that they desperately desire.

How often does fear hold us back from the very things we most want to taste, touch, and experience? The call to be brave isn’t just for one person—it’s for everyone. Let’s All Be Brave is more than a book, it’s a battle cry. Annie challenges us to live boldly, she calls us to step into those places that require courage, and she gives us the help to take the next step forward—even when it’s scary.

This non-fiction, essay-driven book opens the door to many different views of courage—nudging, encouraging, and inspiring readers to be brave whenever given the chance.

Let’s All Be Brave features:

• Funny/interesting stories that draw readers into each chapter

• God’s surprising answers to finding courage and boldness

• Challenging questions and advice to help readers make real-life changes to live fully and glorify God more every day.

The companion Web site (http://www.letsallbebrave.com) offers more resources and an opportunity for readers to share personal stories of courage with others.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Annie Downs is an author and speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Flawed but funny, she uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. By weaving together personal stories, humor, and Scripture, she invites the young women reading to experience fulfilled lives with a God who made them on purpose and loves them deeply. When she’s not writing books or traveling for speaking events, Annie spends her days writing all over the internet—blogging at AnnieBlogs.com and incourage.me, sharing truths about her life in Nashville as a single Christian woman and the stories that are woven into each day. Annie is a huge fan of singer/songwriters, burritos, the Internet, her community of friends, and sports of all kinds.

MY REVIEW

I absolutely love love loved Let’s All be Brave!!!
I feel like Annie was talking directly to me- friend to friend.
This book will encourage you to step out in faith and do things you never would do before.
This book made me laugh, made me cry, but most of all made me think…it really challenged me.
If you’re ready for a little courage, if you’re ready to do BIGGER braver things for the glory of God- don’t miss this one!!!

*****5/5 STARS- FANTASTIC! Love Love Love It!!!*****

FREE Chapter & Review | Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson

The truth may set you free–but it might also land you in some uncomfortably hot water.

Trading Secrets
by
Melody Carlson

*** Special THANK YOU to the publisher for providing me with a review copy. My review is my own personal opinion.***

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Over the years, Micah Knight has exchanged many letters–and many secrets–with her longtime Amish pen pal, Zach. But Micah’s kept quiet on the biggest secret of all–the fact that despite her name, she’s a girl.

Now Micah finally has the chance to meet her pen pal face-to-face. She wants nothing more than to experience life on Zach’s Amish farm, but she’s more than a little anxious. Will he be angry at her for deceiving him all these years? And will she risk losing his friendship to find something more?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than six million. She is the author of several Christmas books, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington’s, as well as The Christmas Pony and A Simple Christmas Wish. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at http://www.melodycarlson.com

MY REVIEW

I love Amish fiction and I’m a big YA fan!
Melody Carlson combines the two wonderfully in her newest release…Trading Secrets.
This book is part of a set of books that Melody has written for teens (and fun adults like me!) but it can be totally read and enjoyed as a standalone. I have thoroughly enjoyed every single one of these books, but this may be my favorite!
I love the premise of the story…a young woman writing pen pal letters to someone who has no idea of her real identity. When she finally decides to reveal the truth…it may just backfire- big time!
This book is so fun, funny and sweet….I loved it so much! Be sure to check out other titles in this collection, if you’re a fan of Amish YA…they are ALL wonderful!

*****5/5 STARS- FANTASTIC! Love Love Love It!!!*****

FREE Sample & Review | Stolen by Katariina Rosenblatt with Cecil Murphey

There is hope, even on the darkest of days…

Stolen
by
Katariina Rosenblatt w/ Cecil Murphey

*** Special THANK YOU to the publisher for providing me with a review copy. My review is my own personal opinion.***

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

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Katariina Rosenblatt was a lonely and abused young girl, yearning to be loved, wanting attention. That made her the perfect target. On an ordinary day, she met a confident young woman–someone Kat wished she could be like–who pretended to be a friend while slowly luring her into a child trafficking ring. A cycle of false friendships, threats, drugs, and violence kept her trapped.

As Kat shares her harrowing experiences, her ultimate escape, and her passionate efforts to now free other victims, you’ll see that not only is sex trafficking happening frighteningly close to home–it’s also something that can be stopped. Stolen is a warning, a celebration of survival, and a beacon of hope that will inspire you.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

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Katariina Rosenblatt, LLM, PhD, is living proof of the promise she heard long ago at a Billy Graham crusade that God would never forsake her. Katariina has a PhD in conflict analysis and resolution and an LLM graduate law degree in intercultural human rights, and she works closely with law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and Homeland Security to eliminate human slavery. She also founded Stolen Ones–There Is H.O.P.E. For Me, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to freeing other victims of human trafficking. For more information, visit http://www.StolenOnes.com. She lives in Florida.

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Cecil Murphey has written or coauthored more than 130 books, including the bestselling 90 Minutes in Heaven with Don Piper and the autobiography of Franklin Graham, Rebel with a Cause. He was a collaborator on the bestseller Gifted Hands with Dr. Ben Carson. Cecil resides in Georgia.

MY REVIEW

Stolen is one of those books that forever changes the way you see the world and the way you respond to the difficult injustices of the world.
I could not stop reading Katariina’s story, as difficult as it was. This is a gritty, harrowing inside look at what she experienced and a reminder that something more must be done to stop this.
But thank God, this book is also a glorious reminder of the hope Katariina and women like her all over the world can have in our great God. A reminder that He can work all things together for our good and His glory.

*****5/5 STARS- LOVE LOVE LOVE IT; GET YOUR OWN COPY!!!*****

Free Chapter & Review | The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson

He felt his face flushing as Cara opened the door. Wearing a garnet-colored knit dress and with her dark hair pinned up, she looked even prettier than he remembered. Suddenly he wished he’d thought to bring a hostess gift. Like a cat.

The Christmas Cat
by
Melody Carlson

*** Special THANK YOU to the publisher for providing me with a review copy. My review is my own personal opinion.***

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After years abroad, Garrison Brown finds himself at the home of his beloved grandmother who has just passed away. He must sort out her belongings, including six cats who need new homes. While he hopes to dispense with the task quickly–especially since he is severely allergic to cats–his grandmother’s instructions don’t allow for speed. She has left some challenging requirements for the future homes of her furry friends.

Can he match the cats with the perfect new owners? And is it possible that he might meet his own match along the way?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than six million. She is the author of several Christmas books, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington’s, as well as The Christmas Pony and A Simple Christmas Wish. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at http://www.melodycarlson.com

MY REVIEW

Get ready for Christmas with Melody Carlson!
This is such a wonderful, fun, funny, heart-warming story.
I have been a fan of Melody’s Christmas stories for awhile now, but I was surprised by and loved the way this one unfolded….I loved it!
Will Garrison’s cat allergy keep him from keeping his grandmothers final wishes or could it be just the thing to bring him his happily ever after?
Sweet, funny and romantic…Don’t miss The Christmas Cat!!!

*****5/5 STARS- FANTASTIC! Love Love Love It!!!*****

FREE PREQUEL & REVIEW | Thunder by Bonnie S. Calhoun

The Time of Sorrows is long past.
The future of Selah and her people is shrouded in mystery.
And the clock is ticking.

Thunder
by
Bonnie S. Calhoun

*** Special THANK YOU to the publisher for providing me with a review copy. My review is my own personal opinion.***

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Hidden in the tall grasses along a shore littered with the rusted metal remnants of a once-great city, a hunter crouches. It is the eve of her eighteenth Birth Remembrance and high time she proves to herself and her brothers that she can stand on her own two feet. Selah Rishon Chavez waits not for game but for one of the small boats that occasionally crash against the desolate shoreline. Because inside one of these boats she will find her quarry–a Lander.

These people from an unknown land across the ocean are highly prized by the Company and bring a good price–especially if they keep the markings they arrive with.

Everything falls to pieces when the Lander whom Selah catches is stolen by her brothers, and Selah wakes the next morning to find the Lander’s distinctive mark has appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her–Bodhi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell in the Mountain.

With evocative descriptions of a strange new world that combines elements of disturbing scientific advances, devious political conspiracy, and survival in a hostile wilderness, Bonnie S. Calhoun weaves a captivating tale of a society more like our own than we may want to admit. From the tension-laced first scene to the captivating last page, Thunder is an epic journey into the heart of humankind that explores how far we are willing to go when we’re pushed to the limit.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Bonnie S. Calhoun loves to write, but it doesn’t make her happy unless there are the three Bs: body count, blood, and blowing things up. She also has mad skills at coding HTML and website design. Bonnie lives in a log cabin in the woods with fifteen acres and a pond full of bass. But she’d rather buy fish, ready to eat and under plastic, at the grocery store. She shares her domain with a husband, a dog, and two cats, all of whom think she is waitstaff.

To see an exclusive video trailer and to get more information on the Stone Braide Chronicles, go to http://www.BonnieSCalhoun.com.

MY REVIEW

Oh wow oh wow oh wow!!! Bonnie S Calhoun has nailed it with the debut of this new series!!! I was blown away! One of the best I’ve read in awhile as far as dystopian/apocalyptic.

I enjoyed delving into this whole new world…so much thought and detail went into everything- and it shows!

I enjoyed getting to know the characters- they are stellar for this type of story!

So many take-aways from this book. So much action and suspense- really kept me enthralled throughout the entire story.

Of course my only complaint is that we have to wait for the next installment and I’m ready for it like right now!!

I anticipate this to be a fave new series for me- so don’t miss it!

*****5/5 STARS- FANTASTIC! Love Love Love It!!!*****