Friday, December 2, 2022

Wagon Train Wife by Catherine Kennedy


She will do anything to ensure her sister's safety… even marry a man she barely knows.

Good read. I love wagon train stories, the trip, the starting over. The reason Eliza, Hannah and Thomas left is enough to get hooked. The path they take and people they meet on the way are quite interesting and endearing. Has some interesting twists. 
I received this book free from the publisher and Book Sirens review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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“I believe God put us in each other’s paths. He knew before we did we needed each other.”

"As Thomas had stated earlier, this was supposed to be a happy day. There would be time later to mourn what she had given up securing her sister’s safety."

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Friday, November 25, 2022

Love on the Border, McKinnie Mail Order Brides by Ciara Knight


Who doesn't love a man who takes in orphans that no one else wants? Eli does but it's a struggle. He sent for a mail order bride and met her while robbing the stagecoach she's on. Love, redemption, forgiveness forming a tight bond. Struggling the whole time.  Excellent read.

I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Thursday, November 24, 2022

The Blackout Book Club by Amy Lynn Green


Set in Maine around 1942, Christian Historical Fiction. Told from the point of view of four different characters, each with their own back story and interesting personality. It's during the war in a small coastal town. They decide to get together for a book club at the library to take people's minds off the war. They soon become a close-knit group of friends. It's told in a neat format of individual characters and then again when they gather for the club. They take minutes of the meetings, the format of which I've never seen before, completely informal and personal as to the character whose turn it was to take them. Very clever. Each has their own issues, but realizes how much better life is when you let friends in. Not a dull moment! Easy to get attached to. 

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

The Call of the Wrens by Jenni L Walsh


Marion's story spanned both WW1 and WW2. Evelyn's story was in WW2. Both served as motorcycle dispatch riders for the British Women’s Royal Naval Service or Wrens. Their stories go deep for each. Marion wants to fit in, Evelyn wants to prove herself. Each is handicapped in their own way. Marion grew up in orphanages, Evelyn was brought up in a wealthy family and sheltered. They each had wonderful men in their lives. It's easy to get attached to these characters and find yourself rooting for them, holding your breath and at the edge of your seat at times for each. I found it interesting that lives of real Wrens had influenced the writing, real life situations during war. The excellent writing kept me engaged to the very end. Inspirational.

I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

5000 Blankets film trailer


This looks really good. Great inspiration! 

Inspired by a remarkable true story, 5000 BLANKETS is filled with hope and highlights the power of family and faith. When her husband has a mental breakdown and goes missing, a woman and her young son set out to find him on the streets, sparking a movement of compassion towards those in need and inspiring a city.

Watch the trailer here:

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Monday, November 21, 2022

The Abide Bible and 21 Days in John free video devotion


"Your word is a lamp to walk by, and a light to illumine my path. Psalm 119:105"

Thomas Nelson, New English Translation. This bible is absolutely GORGEOUS! The leathersoft cover with the subtle design is quite elegant. The feel of it is also wonderful; it's supple. The pages are gold edged and there are two beautiful ribbons for marking your place and maps in the back. Overall, it is a very beautiful bible and would make a wonderful gift. 

The only objection I have is that there is a page near the front of the book called Explanatory Notes. Here they note differences in the text from different translations. Personally, I think they should be included as footnotes on the page with the text. The way it is, there is just a small mark that you have to pick up on as you read. You need to read the pages with the explanations and study them out. 

If you're a fan of "coaching", this bible is for you. It excels in that area. Each double-page has things to contemplate, journal, things to imagine or picture and praying scripture and includes beautiful engage-through-art sections. These are in the margin areas of every page throughout the book. It encourages engagement as you read.

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From the publisher:

Check out The Abide Experience: 21 Days in John, a FREE Video Devotion featuring Dr. Phil Collins, general editor of the Abide Bible, a Bible designed around five methods of Scripture Engagement that will change the way you read Scripture. The 21 Days in John FREE Video Devotion also provides a free download of the book of John from the Abide Bible. 

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The Abide Experience is FREE and includes 21 Video devotions delivered by email and a full download of the book of John from The Abide Bible! 
• Transform your personal Bible devotions into intimate, ongoing conversations with God with various Scripture engagement approaches that keep Bible reading fresh and new. “Abide in Me.” John 15:4
Do you yearn for life-giving, intimate communion with God? The Abide Bible is designed to help you experience the peace, hope, and growth that comes from encountering the voice and presence of God in Scripture. Every feature in Abide is designed to teach and develop Scripture-engagement habits that help you know the power and spiritual nourishment of abiding in Christ. 

Created in partnership with Bible Gateway and the Taylor University Center for Scripture Engagement, The Abide Bible’s features include articles, book introductions, and practical Scripture engagement prompts based on five ways of engaging deeply with the Bible:
     • Praying Scripture: Pattern your prayers after biblical texts, personalizing the 
prayer and gaining language for the thoughts and emotions you want to express. 
     • Picture It: Place yourself in a biblical narrative as a bystander or participant in 
important events. 
     • Journaling: Focus and reflect on Scripture and its meaning for your life, opening yourself to God’s voice as you ponder. 
     • Engage Through Art: Consider a classic piece of art—photograph, sculpture, 
painting—and let it deepen your meditations on scriptural truths. 
     • Contemplate: Follow the church’s longstanding practice of reading, meditating 
on, praying, and contemplating a passage of Scripture in order to experience 
God’s presence through the words of the Bible
Features include: 
• Bible book introductions provide a concise overview of the background and historical context of the book about to be read 
• 365 Day Bible Reading Plan guiding you through the entire Bible in a year 
• Line-matched, single-column Scripture text for improved readability 
• Smyth-sewn binding lays flat in your hand or on your desk 
• Two satin ribbon markers allow you to easily navigate and keep track of where you were reading 
• Easy-to-read 9-point NET Comfort Print

Giveaway: 1 copy of the Abide Bible (NET)
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Friday, November 18, 2022

An Elegant Fa├žade by Kristi Ann Hunter


A more in-depth story about Georgina from the previous book in the series, extra interesting as it overlaps the previous book to do so. It explains why an ice queen is the way she is. It's her debut season and she has a secret to hide, so she has prepared for years to be so outstanding that she'll land the uppermost eligible man available as quickly as possible before anyone finds out. 
Colin is a successful businessman with top social connections, but Georgina is out of his league in social circle. Little by little her facade slips, and by the time he learns her secret he's hooked and does everything he can to help her. Meltable scenes, sweet love, Christian messages. Great story to get lost in. Expect to cheer!

I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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