10 January 2023

Yoshi, Sea Turtle Genius: A True Story about an Amazing Swimmer by Lynne Cox Book Review


In this picture book that is both heartwarming and exciting, join Yoshi, a sea turtle, on her remarkable journey as she swims farther than any animal in recorded history--23,000 miles!--to return to the beach where she first hatched, to lay her own eggs.

Inside every loggerhead turtle is genius: the ability to find their first home, no matter how far away. Follow one, from her birth on a beach in Australia...to her trip across an ocean filled with sharks and seahorses and much more...to her rescue from a net by a fisherman, who names her Yoshi...to her rehabilitation at an aquarium...to her record-breaking swim across the Indian Ocean to the beach on which she hatched, to lay her eggs.

Written by Lynne Cox, also a record-breaking swimmer, here is the true story of a sea turtle who swam the longest distance of any animal in recorded history.

My Thoughts

A beautifully written true story about Yoshi the sea turtle and her journey from birth, captivity, and then freedom after 25 years.

A charming book with beautiful illustrations from Richard Jones. The story shares the journey and dangers that all sea turtles face. Yoshi is a Loggerhead Turtle and is on the endangered species list due to them at serious risk of becoming extinct.

You travel with her escaping crabs and foxes after hatching on the beach in Australia into the ocean. She encounters sea horses, clown fishes, and whale sharks most likely. The pictures of the varies ocean life will capture your imagination. The story takes her to a raft of brown algae where she could hide from birds and fish for many months. During that time, she grew bigger and stronger. After five years she made her way to the Southern tip of African where she probably seen some amazing land animals. She got caught in a net. She was able to break free, but the net stayed on her and weighed her down. She needed to get air, but it was hard treading.

In the vast ocean she was seen by a fisherman who seen her struggling. He freed her and tended to her wounds. She ended up at Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa. It became her home, but she became so big, and the aquarium decided to see if she could be released back in her natural habitat.  After eighteen months the tracker was put on her and she was finally free. 

Everyone expected her to mate and head to Cape Town, Africa a large nesting site. As people all over the world watched her progress toward Australia where she went home and laid her eggs.

At the back of the book, you have a page that talks about Loggerhead turtles and Yoshi.

An enchanting story about an amazing turtle with illustrations that will delight the readers.

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product in exchange for my honest thoughts.

09 January 2023

I Am the Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss Board Book Review


A board book based on The Cat in the Hat—perfect for introducing Dr. Seuss's most beloved characters to babies and toddlers!

The Cat in the Hat introduces himself, Thing One and Thing Two, and Little Cats A–Z in this simple, sturdy board book about the joy of having fun. Written in rhymed verse
, it's an ideal introduction to the characters for children too young for the Beginner Books The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. Now everyone in the family—even pre-readers—can get to know (and love) the Cat in the Hat!

My Thoughts:

What’s not to love about Dr. Seuss?  This is a charming, colorful book with the fun illustrations that you expect to find in a Dr. Seuss book. A perfect way to introduce The Cat in the Hat to your little ones.

The story has elements from different Dr. Seuss’s books and will delight the little one with the fun characters.

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product in exchange for my honest thoughts.

07 December 2022

New CSB Lifeway Women’s Bible Review


CSB Lifeway Women’s Bible is a beautiful Bible. Not too long ago I was introduced to the CSB translation and have enjoyed reading this translation. The Bible flows/reads easily and is suitable for all ages in my opinion. This women’s Bible has a lot of study tools to help with your study time in the word. You can purchase the Bible here at Lifeway.

This Bible has so many amazing features such as character profiles, highlights key verses, charts, concordances, study and devotional content from Lauren Chandler, Priscilla Shirer, Angie Smith, and other Lifeway Women, Word Studies, Bible Book introductions, and reading plans, maps, charts, timelines, and a plethora of other resources.

Another feature is reading plans. There are three different-paced length plans to read through the entire text of the Bible. This can be nice to adjust to your schedule if you are looking for a reading plan. The options are a 90-Day, Yearly, and 3-Year Reading plan.

The scripture is in one column in the middle of the pages instead of two columns on each page. Some pages have notes and quotes and additional study tools throughout. The font is 9.5 font. You have plenty of margin spaces for notes.

I love it when a Bible lays flat so I can write down things or take notes without fighting to keep my place.


You have four different designs to choose from. It also comes with a hard case slip cover. I have the beautiful Marigold color Bible. You can also get it in imitation leather or cloth overboard. I love that it has two ribbons to keep my place.

The inside pages are very pleasing to the eyes in a soft muted tone throughout

Overall, this is a beautiful and well-compiled Bible. This would make someone a lovely gift. I highly recommend it!


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·         Including Bible study and devotional content from Lauren Chandler, Gloria Furman, Lisa Harper, Mary Kassian, Kelly King, Kelly Minter, Trillia Newbell, Jackie Hill Perry, Angel Thomas Pharr, Jennifer Rothschild, Mary Jo Sharp, Priscilla Shirer, Angie Smith, and other Lifeway Women. 

·         Over 100 articles placed alongside the corresponding biblical text to foster deep reflection on Bible passages and topics focused on the life needs of women

·         Nearly 100 short devotional thoughts placed throughout the Bible 

·         Bible genre introductions with a short overview and reading plan highlighting key passages in that section

·         66 book-focused introductions providing a concise overview with book-specific timelines

·         Over 40 character profiles of key women in the Bible with questions for application

·         More than 35 reflection questions to help women engage more deeply with the Bible

·         Nearly 100 brief inspirational quotes on the Bible  

·         Over 25 word studies on individual words or phrases detailing meaning and significance

·         30 plus charts, tables, and maps  

·         Distinctive full-color design elements to foster an immersive reading experience for women of all ages

·         Single-column text layout 

·         Black-letter text for easy readability 

·         Easy-to-read 9.5-point type size

·         Durable Smyth-sewn lay-flat binding 

·         Ribbon marker for easy referencing between pages 

·         Concordance

·         Presentation page for gift-giving 

·         Full-color maps


The CSB Lifeway Women’s Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB captures the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.

 Disclosure: Many thanks to Momentum for providing a copy of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced my monetary compensation.

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05 December 2022

CSB Explorer Bible for Kids Book Review and Giveaway

The CSB Explorer Bible for Kids is made to help kids place God’s Word in the middle of God’s world. Within its pages, kids will explore and interact with the people, places, and things of the Bible and God’s creation. This Bible features an engaging full-color design with images, illustrations, timelines, and study helps placed throughout to equip kids to better read, understand, and apply God’s Word for a lifetime. 

Part of what makes the CSB Explorer Bible for Kids so special is the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB’s optimal blend of accuracy and readability makes it a trustworthy, easy-to-understand resource for kids to study and memorize today—and to live and share for a lifetime.

My Thoughts:

I’m always on the lookout for new kids' Bibles. They make the best gifts and God’s word is essential for them. The new CSB Explorer Bible for Kids from Holman is pretty impressive.

The Bible is available in hardcover and in four different Leathertouch styles. The lever is for grades 1 through 6th grade.

The Bible has an introduction page for each book of the Bible. It highlights key points about the time period, who wrote the book, the audience the book was written to, why it was written, and Christ in Context. The Christ in Context connects Jesus and how it points towards our Savior and other information.

There are other components like Exploring Creation that highlights facts and also images that show you modern objects and things that are in our modern time to God and the Bible. They are 115 in teal boxes throughout the Bible.

Another area that has always found interesting is Excavating the Past. It highlights archaeological and historical discoveries. You can find 205 of them in green boxes. You can look them up also in the Table in front of your Bible.

Other study tools include: Discovering the Truth, Character Field Guides, Charting History, and Archiving Discoveries. You can download activity pages using QR Codes throughout.

In the back of the Bible, you will see some familiar things that most adult Bibles have. It seems that several children’s Bibles have taken out some of these features. I was delighted to see: A Table of Weights and Measures, an Explorer Glossary, and Index of Bible Stories, separated by Old Testament and New Testament. Topical

Concordance, QR Code that links scriptures, and Maps.

This is a full-colored Bible with many illustrations and photos throughout.

The CSB Explorer Bible for Kids is a wonderful Bible for the age recommendation. I do think older kids would enjoy the depth and resources in this Bible. It has a lot of opportunities to help kids want to dig deeper into God’s word. There is nothing in the Bible that I find concerning. Many children's Bibles lately have been watered down and have in my opinion missed the mark in giving the Word of God and changing too much to appeal to kids.

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17 November 2022

Room 1010: An Uplifting Story of Faith, Hope, and Inspiration by Billye Survis Review & More


ROOM 1010 is an uplifting, true story of how one little girl's faith inspired people from across the world to come together to pray for her and for a miracle.

Elynn had just turned ten and received a brand-new bike for her birthday when tragedy struck. In a matter of minutes, our lives were turned upside down as she suffered a traumatic injury that left us with many unknowns. At a time when Covid-19 was running rampant, and the entire world seemed to be in chaos, word of Elynn's accident quickly spread to friends, family, and strangers across the globe who heard her story and began to pray for her.

Through every challenge, Elynn's faith showed through. Despite her excruciatingly painful injury and recovery, she never complained or asked, "Why me?" She felt God chose her for this accident to help bring people to Him. Her faith, determination, and perseverance grew stronger as she worked with the doctors, nurses, and caregivers throughout her miraculous surgery and recovery.

My Thoughts:

I don’t think I have the words to express my thoughts in this heartfelt true story. Any parents worst nightmare is experiencing an event where our child is in severe pain and faced with a life threatening emergency that could have a potential to affect their future with a lifetime of medical issues.

The story of Elynn and her family is raw, the emotions in the words on the pages are powerful. The story of a 10 year old spread and had many family, friends, and strangers praying for a miracle.

As all stories start just like every other day or maybe different with some excitement in the air. For this  family of four it was excitement as they were planning on moving into a new house that was just built a few blocks away. They were all going to go see the house and let the kids see their new rooms. Elynn just got a new bike for her 10th birthday and the kids were going to ride their bikes to the new house. The kids didn’t get out of the driveway when everything changed as the parents got the call from their son

Life is fragile and we easily forget that. Something so innocent as jamming your abdomen into a bikes handlebar could split your pancreas and have your pancreatic duct leak fluid. God is in control and is part of every detail in our life. The day before the tragic accident the surgeon and a team of specialist just happened to review this exact injury the day before and an optional alternative. The surgeon happened to be a Christian. Elynn was the first child to go through this surgery and was expecting a few months stay in the hospital. She stayed 12 days.The story of this child spread and had many praying. Even the writing of this book isn’t by chance with an unexpected last change of an appointment that put the right people in the place God wanted you.

Miracles are real. The power of prayers is real. The faith of a child is a story of faith, hope, and inspirational. I highly recommend Room 1010.

Disclosure:  I received this complimentary product through FrontGate Blogger Network in exchange for my honest thoughts.


Room 1010.mp4 from Steph Carse on Vimeo.

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09 November 2022

Dog Days of Summer by Kathleen Y’Barbo Book Review and More


About the Book

Book: Dog Days of Summer

Author: Kathleen Y’Barbo

Genre: Christian/Mystery/Romance Fiction

Release date: October, 2022

Trina Potter, Nashville country music star, buys a ranch near her hometown in Brenham, Texas, to help her niece open a rescue facility for dogs. Her presence in town stirs up some old high school rivalries—and romance. Finding property to buy is a challenge, convincing her mother to move there with her is daunting, and navigating a string of strange accidents is perplexing. Sometimes Trina feels like she’s purchased her own three ring circus instead of a beautiful piece of land. But her first priority will be figuring out who wants Second Chance Ranch shut down before they even have the grand opening.


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 My Review:

I enjoyed this mystery book. This is the second book in the series. The main Character Trina Potter who is a country music star. She lives on a ranch in a small town in Texas. She helps her niece Mari, open a facility for rescue dogs. Like most mysteries something bad starts happening when mysterious accidents start happening before they can open up the facility.

 The book is fun and hilarious. All the characters are amazing and you will fall in love with them. Not to mention Hector the cat.

 This was just a sweet story. I didn’t read the first book and had no problems in this stand alone book

 Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through Celebrate Lit Bloggers in exchange for my honest thoughts. 

About the Author

Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee and bestselling author of more than one hundred books with over two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan and certified paralegal, she is a member of the Texas Bar Association Paralegal Division, Texas A&M Association of Former Students and the Texas A&M Women Former Students (Aggie Women), Texas Historical Society, Novelists Inc., and American Christian Fiction Writers. She would also be a member of the Daughters of the American Republic, Daughters of the Republic of Texas and a few others if she would just remember to fill out the paperwork that Great Aunt Mary Beth has sent her more than once.

When she’s not spinning modern day tales about her wacky Southern relatives, Kathleen inserts an ancestor or two into her historical and mystery novels as well. Recent book releases include bestselling The Pirate Bride set in 1700s New Orleans and Galveston, its sequel The Alamo Bride set in 1836 Texas, which feature a few well-placed folks from history and a family tale of adventure on the high seas and on the coast of Texas. She also writes (mostly) relative-free cozy mystery novels for Guideposts Books.

Kathleen and her hero in combat boots husband have their own surprise love story that unfolded on social media a few years back. They make their home just north of Houston, Texas and are the parents and in-laws of a blended family of Texans, Okies, and one very adorable Londoner.


More from Kathleen

Do you love dogs…or cats…or both…? I’m firmly in the “both” category. Since childhood I’ve always lived in homes that had at least one or the other, usually several of each. With every dog or cat comes at least one good story. One of my favorites is the tale of Bandit, the inspiration for the cover of my cozy mystery DOG DAYS OF SUMMER.

Once upon a time there was a black and white dog named Bandit. He was an English Springer Spaniel by birth but was completely convinced he was human. Bandit loved his people—three growing boys and a baby girl—even more than he loved popcorn and playing keep away (his version of catch). After many years, Bandit’s people grew up and he grew old. Toward the end of his very long and pampered life, he was plagued by the unwanted and yet much appreciated friendship of an ornery orange striped cat named Baby and a snooty pedigreed feline named Fifi.

Everyone loved Bandit…except the territorial squirrel who lived in a tree in our back yard in Southeast Texas. From the moment Bandit joined the family, the furry fellow was determined to rid himself and his back yard of the trespassing canine. The squirrel’s favorite tactic was to tease Bandit until the dog chased him up a tree. Once treed, the crafty critter would run around the trunk just out of Bandit’s reach. Once the squirrel tired of this, it would retreat to a limb. There, the battle of the backyard beasts would commence again but with the squirrel lobbing pinecones and the dog trying to catch them.

While every good story has a beginning, middle and end, unfortunately at the end of this one there was no winner in the dog vs. squirrel wars. A job transfer led us to Houston where squirrels were in abundance in our new neighborhood but none of them were nearly as much fun as the one Bandit left behind. The last time I spoke with the owners of our old house, they told the funniest story: they loved their new home, but there was this squirrel in the back yard that kept throwing pinecones at everyone.

In DOG DAYS OF SUMMER, I tell the story of another Texas back yard. This one is located in Brenham, Texas, and it is about to become a very special place for some very special dogs named Patsy and Cline. Have I mentioned these dogs belong to a country singer named Trina who has a mother named Mama Peach who happens to own a cat named Hector that dislikes almost everyone and can open doors? Then there’s the problem of the next door neighbor and his penchant to forget to close the lid on his grill when he’s cooking? Did I mention that Patsy and Cline enjoy nothing more than whatever they happen to find on an unguarded grill? While the two furry scoundrels are rounding up trouble next door, there is even more trouble happening at the building site for Second Chance Ranch Dog Rescue on the other side of the property. Apparently not everyone is happy about the new neighbors. The mystery is who that person might be. While you’ve got to read DOG DAYS OF SUMMER to find out, I can give you one hint: it’s not the squirrel!

I’ve told you mine; now tell me your favorite dog or cat story. I can’t wait to read them.

Blog Stops

 Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 28

Texas Book-aholic, October 28

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 29

Blogging With Carol, October 29

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, October 30 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, October 30

Inklings and notions, October 31

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 1

Lily’s Book Reviews, November 1

Tell Tale Book Reviews, November 2

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, November 3

Remembrancy, November 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 4

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 4

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 5

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 6

Boondock Ramblings, November 6

Labor Not in Vain, November 7

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, November 7

Pause for Tales, November 8

Mary Hake, November 8

For Him and My Family, November 9

Divine Perspective, November 9

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, November 10

The Book Club Network, November 10



To celebrate her tour, Kathleen is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon e-gift card and a print copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


31 October 2022

Britfield & the Return of the Prince by C.R. Stewart Book Review


One year later, the Committee has struck back with a vengeance, crippling the Resistance now scattered throughout Europe. When Devonbury Academy in Switzerland is attacked, Tom and Sarah’s only hope is to make it to a safe house in northern Italy by relying on their own experience, covert training, and martial arts. Overpowered and outnumbered, Tom and Sarah are ruthlessly hunted throughout Italy by the Black Nobility. Henry and Oliver discover a devastating truth, Detective Gowerstone is confronted by a dark secret from his past, and Inspector Fontaine is pushed to her limits. Will Tom and Sarah ever find the Britfields? Relationships will be challenged, new friendships forged, and an unparalleled finale of sacrifice, romance, revenge, and loss.

My Thoughts:

After patiently waiting for the 3rd book in the series, we finally finished up this book! I appreciated that there is a recap of book II to refresh my memory.

The story is an adventure as Tom and Sarah are searching for Tom’s parents and prove that he is the rightful heir to the British throne. The Committee is trying everything in their powers to stop it and they have eyes everywhere. In the meantime Tom and Sarah are attending Devonbury Academy in Switzerland. Inspector Fontaine is gathering intel and training them in self-defense. Life at Devonbury doesn’t last long as they are quickly discovered and find themselves on the run again.

The story has a lot of action and keeps going on throughout the book. We look forward to book IV. My daughter wants to have me reread the story for her. I just have misplaced one the books to do it! Hopefully we can do it before the next book comes out.

A great adventure that you won’t likely forget.





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