Monday, November 20, 2017

The Gift Book Review by Shelley Shepard Gray

The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous “accidents” that someone wants them gone.

Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it’s not the Schwartz family’s fault, but he can’t help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. 
She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can’t stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.

Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna’s father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She’s fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt…or worse.

My Thoughts:

I have been patiently waiting for the 3rd book in the Amish of Hart County series and to get back to Hart County, Kentucky. The story is a standalone story if you haven’t read any other of the books in the series.  

I love how Shelley Shepard Gray develops all the characters in her books and The Gift is does just that. She makes you feel like you know the characters like they are your neighbors. I had so many favorite characters in this story that I couldn’t tell you who my favorite is. The main characters have a lot of depth and even the smaller characters have a unique personality. The author has an element of faith weaved into the story.

I never like to give away any spoilers so you are going to have to read it for yourself. The plot is interesting. It has been a page turner. It was intriguing trying to figure out who was causing the accidents. I thought I knew who it was. The ending left me feeling lost as it felt like it left me hanging.

Another wonderful story and I loved the story and can’t wait till the next book comes out in the series. 

I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Shabbat Shalom

A Place at Our Table by Amy Clipston Book Review

Kayla Dienner has suffered her fair share of heartache, which is why she vows to protect her heart at all costs . . . until she meets Jamie Riehl.

Along with his volunteer work at the local fire department, running his Amish farm keeps Jamie Riehl busy. He barely has time to eat at the family table, never mind find someone to date. But when he meets Kayla Dienner, he is smitten.

Kayla tries hard to deny her attraction to Jamie. After all, she’s spent the last year discouraging her younger brother, Nathan, from becoming a firefighter. The death of their older brother in a fire a year ago is fresh in her mind—she can’t bear the idea of putting her heart on the line every time the sirens blare.
Then tragedy strikes, and Jamie wants to extinguish any flame between him and Kayla. Can Kayla set aside her own fears to save the love she was determined to deny?

The first book in the Amish Homestead series, A Place at Our Table invites us to a quiet community in Lancaster County where love burns brightly no matter the cost.
My Thoughts:

This has been a unique Amish read with the occupation being centered on the fire department. It has made an interesting read. It wouldn’t have been something I would have expected in this I enjoyed the change of pace in this genre.

One of the main characters Jamie helps out on his father’s dairy farm and has been a volunteer fire fighter for many years. Jamie carries a lot of the work load for his parents and siblings. He keeps too busy to think of himself or much less a beau. Then he meets Kayla who has a lot of heart ache and fear that keeps her from moving forward after the loss of her brother who was a fire fighter also. A relationship for Kayla with a firefighter in not something she is ready to invest her heart into or so she things. The characters had a lot of depth to them and very realistic.

I had a hard time putting the book down. It was filled with so many emotions that the characters and the plot just tugged at my heart. It’s a story about forgiveness and hope and letting go of the past.

I look forward to the next book in An Amish Homestead.

I received a free copy of this product from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

NIRV May he Faith Be With You Holy Bible Review

The May the Faith Be with You Holy Bible, NIrV uses the popularity of space exploration to engage children with the Word of God. Includes 24 full-color pages of ancillary content on the marvel of God’s creation and the meaning of faith (including outer space images), plus the complete New International Reader's Version (NIrV) of the Bible in a very readable font size.
My Thoughts:

I shouldn’t surprise me with all the themed Bibles out there nowadays but, there are some that still make me do a second glance. This NIRV May he Faith Be With You Holy Bible was one of those Bibles. I probably rolled my eyes as I was saying. “really”. Over the last few years I have came to have a new appreciation for them when it comes to our kids. Having a theme that they are attracted to is worth it if they will pick up the Bible and read it.

I have to admit the first thing I thought was that this is based off of Star Wars. Honestly it’s not based off of it but, a space theme with intergalactic wisdom from above. Don’t judge the book by the cover is true here.

The Bible is intended for ages 6-10. I agree that it’s appropriate for the age. I’m not so fond of the NIRV myself.  I won’t deny that for a child this is a nice version to read. I would rather them understand the words that they are reading rather than get lost in the vocabulary. If they can read with understanding then that is what matters the most so that they can develop a relationship with God.

This is a hardback Bible that has an embellished metallic cover with some amazing graphics of God’s amazing universe. The font is decent for the age range. The pages are the typical thickness and will bleed through with some medians. I would buy your child a good Bible highlighter to prevent it. There isn’t a ribbon bookmark in the Bible. I question if its suppose to have one as I have a slight 1/8” ribbon sticking out of the back of it. I may have a defective in this Bible -I can’t say for sure? I couldn’t find anything to clarify if a bookmark is part of the Bible.

There is a presentation page if you are gifting this to someone. A Table of Contents to locate the books in the Bible quickly.

24-full colored pages that cover topics like: What Were the Parables of Jesus?, Fruit of the Spirit, Psalms 23, and many other topics.

The features in this Bible:

Master Moments: Head here to learn about amazing people and events in the Bible.

Ways of Wisdom: If you have big Bible questions, this is the place to go for answers.

Use the Force: Ready to use your powers for good? These pages help you to apply what you've learned in the Bible to your life.

The back of the Bible has a dictionary and a list of 92 Great Bible Stories.

Some features I would like to see in this Bible would be to have Jesus words in red, a bookmark, book introduction, and Bible maps.

Overall this is a nice Bible for kids and would make a nice gift for someone.

 Handlebar Publicity Group has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. In no way was I asked to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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