Saturday, March 30, 2019

On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Three Sisters Island)

I have read many of this author's books.  But this one was a breath of fresh air.  It was so different then what I usually read.  I have read her Amish, Quaker and similar books, but this was a really new idea from this author.  It was modern, contemporary and full of warmth.

I loved how the sisters grew and changed as the events in their lives led them to realize that God is watching, although at times, He might be silent or seem to be silent.  He is aware of our paths and although we think our life has turned in a way we don't want, it may be to a wonderful outcome.

This is a great Christian read.  I simply enjoyed and loved it.  So glad I read it!

I received an ebook copy from NetGalley.  All thoughts are my own.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Kew Gardener's Guide To Growing Herbs by Holly Farrell

This was so interesting.  I have a rather "wild" herb garden and I needed a little help on things.  And here it was!  I love herbs and using them both for foods, garden decor and health.  So was excited to now have a quick and easy reference guide to growing them.  I liked that the book gave heights and other facts on easy to locate charts for each herb featured in the book.  It will be a great help as I now can easily check back to see what helpful information I can find about various herbs. The book also had beautiful pictures of the herbs, which will help in the organizing of them in my small garden. 

I received an ebook copy from NetGalley.  All thoughts are my own,

Monday, March 25, 2019

A Perfect Amish Match by Vannetta Chapman

This was a great book.  It was funny, a bit sad, very happy,  basically all the feels, right?  I loved the very last sentence in the book, but you will have to read it to find out about that.  That statement was really true and was a perfect wrap-up for the whole book!

I love matchmaker stories and this one was perfect.  Poor Olivia Mae had a lot on her plate besides her matchmaking.  I loved the caring characters in the story.  They were definitely real and cared about one another.  Many of the events have been parts of my life and that helps to remember that you aren't alone.  There are others there to help if we let them.  A very read-worthy book you won't want to miss!

I received a copy of this book from the author.  All thoughts are my own.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

When You Are Near by Tracie Peterson

I really enjoyed this historical fiction.  The storyline was new and fresh, subject matter that I haven't read about yet in a book.  There was  murder, romance, suspense, humor and a lot of good action.  All combined in a clean and entertaining read.  I loved the prayers.

I enjoyed the train setting and how they lived in the train during the course of their show travels.  I saw the images that went through my mind as I imagined I was watching the shows and the intricate tricks that Lizzy did as she rode around in the ring.  You could truly visualize the show through her descriptive writing.  You won't want to miss the show!

Loved it. 

I received an ebook copy from NetGalley.  All thoughts are my own.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Shattered Silence by Marta Perry

Every once in a while, I win a book.  I won this one.  I enjoy Marta's books and so was excited that I had received it.

I hadn't previously read the first and second books of this series, but I don't think it deterred my enjoyment of this book in any way.

It had a few slow spots, but mostly there was good action and kept the suspense going.  I loved that it was a contemporary book which took a little part of it to incorporate some Amish parts in it.  It keeps you guessing.  Enjoyed the romance and thought it was a pretty good read.  Glad I won a copy!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Flexible Pescatarian by Jo Pratt

OK, I will be the first to admit, I don't care for sea food... but this book was more than just fish, as I first assumed.  It had some wonderful vegetable dishes in there, too.  Those I was really super impressed with and will be trying one of them tonight. I even saw some new ingredients that sounded interesting to me, such as I had no clue what "harissa" was but I do now.  Always good to learn about new ingredients and new recipes.

It almost makes me want to try some fish dishes.  Yes, I know that they are probably healthy, so I should try to incorporate them into my family's diet.  This book might just convince even me!  I was very impressed with the pictures of the recipes and I will be trying them.

I felt this was a great addition to my cookbooks.  Time to start trying some new recipes and a new way of healthy eating.  Can't wait to try!

I received an ebook copy from NetGalley.  All thoughts are my own.

The Modern Cheesemaker by Morgan McGlynn

I was excited about this book.  One of my neighbors makes her own cheese, something that seemed pretty impressive to me and something I never thought would be do-able for me.  I love flavorful cheese and it would be so amazing to make my own. 

The book had beautiful photos, step by step directions, as well as a handy list of needed tools andd equipment in which to make these beautiful and flavorful cheeses.  It also included goat cheese, which looked so delicious. I think I will be referring to this book often!

I was given an book copy of this book from NetGalley.  All thoughts are my own.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Cowboy's Reality Bride "The Blushing Brides Series" by Lorana Hoopes

This was a great read by the author.  She has written another clean and Christian contemporary romance.  Nowadays somewhat hard to find, so I am always grateful for that.  It was a well written book and I loved the characters and I highly recommend this book.  I will be reading more from this author.  Excellent!

I received an ebook copy from the author.  All thoughts are my own.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Convergence by Ginny L. Yttrup

So this book was anything but boring.  Suspense, yes!  The book captivated my attention and I had to find out who the culprit was and how it was "pulled off".

I have to admit, though, as I first started to read it, I was kind of confused  as it was written in first person by two people.  And the time frames of the way things occurred are not in date sequence.  I am not one who has paid much attention to chapter headings in the past, but I would suggest to the reader to pay attention to "names and dates" as presented in the chapter headings.  It will make the events easier to follow.

That said, the book absolutely enthralled me.  If the genre was intended to be a suspenseful book, it passed that requirement!  I was fascinated how the author combined suspense and faith in God together as Denilyn went through her stressful and difficult trials.  Great book!  You won't want to miss this one.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Sachsische Sagen by Hans-Jorg Uther

This was a book given to me by my German aunt.  It was fun for me because its sayings and quick stories for the area where my father and his ancestors are mostly from.  It had many folk tales and stories that were passed down through the history of the various locations that are located in this part of Germany.

Fun book, in the German language that will have fun meaning for those of this area.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Daughters of Northern Shores by Joanne Bischof

This was a really excellent read.  I hadn't read an excerpt from the book prior to reading and was nicely surprised at what an interesting book it was.  The book enthralled me at how medicine has changed and the lack of knowledge of what we consider to be normal safety precautions were totally not considered at this period of time.  This was a great book.  I really enjoy the authors style.

I received an ebook copy of this book from NetGalley.  All thoughts are my own.