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Time for a book review!

This time I picked up the book:  Dear Deb by Margaret Terry.

Deb goes to Margaret’s church and has announced to her group that she has cancer.  She wants and believes in a miracle.  Margaret befriends her and starts writing letters to her to encourage her daily and give her something to look forward to each day as she fights the fight that is taking her life.

This was a different book than what I originally thought it would be.  When I first read the review for it I thought it would be a book where Deb, the woman with cancer, is writing back and forth to Margaret.  However this is not the case.  This is a bunch of letters that Margaret wrote to Deb about Margaret’s own life and the many things she has overcome.

Throughout these letters Margaret is encouraging Deb and also encouraging the reader.  She tells of what it’s like to be a mother, to go through divorce and how she eventually came back to God.

This was an easy read, however I really enjoyed it. I felt like I was sitting down with Margaret, enjoying a cup of coffee while she told me about her life.   I also enjoyed how, without even knowing it, the words that God had given to Margaret encouraged me…even though the letters were not written for me.  They challenged me to examine my life, to think about things and to change some things around.

If you need a light read and want to be encouraged along the way….pick up this book.  Margaret Terry is an amazing author and I can’t wait for her next book!

I give this book 4 out of 5 lollipops!

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Gabriel Clarke’s life started out as any other.  A boy and his father…bonding….doing the things boys do.  Enjoying the outdoors.  His father was a white water rafting guide and enjoyed being on the river almost more than anything else.  One day Gabriel and his father were climbing the rocks by the river and some unexperienced kayakers were going down the river…headed right to the falls.  Gabriel’s father told Gabriel to stay put up by the rocks as he went down to help them.  That was the last time Gabriel saw his father.

The book fast forwards to Gabriel’s life now living with  his mom and helping out at a farm.  It deals with how Gabriel tries to get over his father’s death but really just can’t manage to do so.  He doesn’t fit in, he’s scared of water and he just wants the only person back he ever really relied on.

After high school a few of Gabriel’s friends invite him to go back to the river for a weekend get away.  Gabriel doesn’t want to but he does…and he experiences the same joy that his father had when he was on the river.  He loves it…wants more of it and eventually gets a summer job working at the camp.

Little did he know that summer would change his life.

This is a good book, although it’s a bit slow.  I don’t know if that was because I really wasn’t into reading it at the time or if it really went slow.  However, I thought that the author could have left a lot of the story out…(filler stuff) and it still would have been effective.  I also felt like this book was trying hard to be like “The Shack” as in the River was obviously a metaphor for Jesus, and the author makes you believe that this is a real story that happened, but in actuality it is fiction.

It was a good read….not really that deep for what I thought it would be.  Probably not something I would read again, but that’s just my opinion.

All in all, I give the book 3 out of 5 lollipops.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Another book review!  🙂


This book is a true story about a mother who works full time as a writer for Day of Our lives and has four teenagers at home.  She has two biological children (one with autism) and two adopted children.  She has one adopted son from overseas and one adopted daughter from overseas as well who has a missing leg and deformed fingers.

She does a great job at balancing work and family life until her college age daughter announces that she is pregnant and plans on keeping the baby.  Also she plans on marrying the baby’s father whom, according to her mother, she barely knows.

That’s enough to throw Dena (the mother) over the edge.  She lands in the hospital…that’s how the story begins.

Through the rest of the book Dena shares with us how she planned her daughter’s wedding as well as running her kids everywhere they needed to be….while trying to maintain her job and afterwards be the grandmother that she needs to be.

Although this book had some great little lessons in it…it’s not a book I would recommend to anybody.  The writing was horrible and really….every mother goes through things that may throw her over the edge…but we all don’t write a book about it.  The only thing different about Dena and other mothers is that she was a writer for a soap opera.  I don’t know if she thinks that gives her a great opportunity to write a book but really she shouldn’t have bothered.

I learned one valuable lesson from this book and I’ll share it with you free of charge so you won’t have to go buy this book.

Here it is:

When you’re a grandmother forget about the cleaning of your house, the errands you have to do and just play with your grandchildren.  Remember (in most cases) you send them home afterwards….take the time to enjoy them and love them and play with them.  Spoil them…that’s what grandparents are for!

If you think you still want to read this book you can have my copy.  😉

I give this book 1 sucker out of 5…just for the valuable lesson I learned above.  That’s all.


Laura

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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This is my first time reading a book by Dorothy Love and I can definitely say if I found another one for a good price or found one at my library I would read it.  I love the old fashion feel of the book, the way you can imagine Carrie interacting and living out her life back in the days when the women had to do just as much as the men.  I love her attention to artistic detail and found it very easy to imagine everything that she was trying to describe.

This book is about a woman named Carrie who lost both of her parents when she was younger.  All that was left in her world was her brother, Henry and herself.  They lived together for quite sometime until Henry was married to a widow named Mary.  Mary and her two sons moved into the house with Henry and after a few incidents Carrie decided that five was a crowd and moved out to try to make it on her own.

A mysterious man named Griff arrives and instantly has the whole town talking.  They don’t like the looks of him but instantly Carrie and Griff are smitten with each other.  There are only two problems:  All the rumors that Carrie has heard about Griff and the fact that Carrie is promised to another man, although she hasn’t exactly said “yes” yet.

This is a great story about how faith and trusting in God can lead to great things in the end, however stormy the trail may seem in the beginning.

The only trouble I had was feeling like I didn’t know some of the background stories on some of the characters in the book.  I didn’t realize until after I had read the authors notes at the back that this was another book in a line of stories that the author had written.  Other than that it was a great book and like I said I will definitely pick up another one of Dorothy Love’s books.

I give this book 5 out of 5 lollipops.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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This book review was done by my hubby.  This is not my kind of book, but he was anxious to read it and do a review on it for me. This came to us in the form of an audio book.

This is a science fiction story about a guy named Kit who has a pretty ordinary life that he’s happy with but he’s not really unhappy with either.  The book begins on an average day when he’s going to meet his girlfriend and he gets lost and finds himself in a different world, in a different time.  Trying to comprehend this strange journey, he returns to find his girlfriend and the two go on an adventure full of twists and suspense.

The story had a lot of good suspense and movement keeping my interest the entire way.  There was a fair amount of work done on explaining the concept of time travel and dimensions which was confusing at times but gave the story a unique feel.  The characters were believable and intriguing and there was definitely room to take this novel to the next level in the second book.

The twists and turns in the plot kept me riveted and the one who was reading the story did an excellent job with voice inflections and reading.  I was a bit disappointed in the ending but after I found out that there was a sequel it wasn’t such a letdown.

The book seems to gradually build to it’s climax rather than an intense climax at the end.  Stephen Lawhead fans will love this book and be anxiously awaiting the sequel to come in the mail!  I found this to be a better book than some of his other ones that he has written.

All in all, I give this a 3 out of 5 lollipops.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Lately I have been doing book reviews on older fiction books but thought for the month of November wouldn’t it be nice if I did a book review on Adoption.

A few months ago I was going through Amazon (my favourite website in the whole wide web) and decided to put in “adoption” in the search bar.  I came across this cute looking book and decided to read more on it.

As soon as I finished reading up on it I knew that I just had to order it…so I went to my local book store (Coles) and had it ordered into their store (it was cheaper to do that than order it off of Amazon this time).

Once it came I couldn’t wait to sit down and read it with Little E.  Let me just tell you…it is the cutest story ever.

It starts off with Barley and his Mama cuddling in their favourite chair and Barley asks his Mama to tell him about how he was “her wish come true”.  So  she began to tell him.  Barley continues to ask more questions and his Mama answers them with ease telling how she had an empty place in her heart that she just longed to fill and how the mommy that grew him in her tummy helped her make her wish come true.

This book also  talks about how it’s ok if adopted children and their family don’t look alike because “what makes a family is their love for each other”

One of my favourite parts in the whole book is when Mama bear looks at Barley and says “Of all the children in the whole wide world, God picked YOU for ME”.

This is a cute story…maybe a bit too lengthy for a three year old…but definitely one to keep on hand for when your child gets a little bit older.  The illustrations are cute and I believe the author does a wonderful job of helping to explain adoption in a sense that is non scary and beautiful all at the same time.

If you have a child that is adopted in your household…or know of somebody that has adopted a child…this book is a must have.

Definitely a 5 out of 5 lollipop kind of book!

I was not compensated for this book…it was just a book I picked up and decided to share with all of you.

Laura

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I was so excited when I got another chance to read a book of fiction for my book reviews…and even more excited to get this one.  I knew that this would be a book that I would be interested in and let me tell you:  I. Was. NOT. Disappointed!

The book that I chose to review this time was Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble.

If you love Karen Kingsbury then you will love Colleen Coble.  From the very beginning she captured me in the story and I just could not put it down!

This is a story about Clay and Eden who’s baby was kidnapped at 6 weeks old.  As a result Eden left Clay  because she thought the only reason why he married her was because she was pregnant.  After five years of being apart and her thinking that the marriage was over, her husband shows up and tells her that they are still married and that he thinks he knows where their daughter is!

She follows him for the sake of finding their child and they end up working on a ranch as ranch parents to five young girls….one of them which is their daughter (they just don’t know which one until they do a DNA test). Many dangers lie ahead of them as they try to figure out which girl is their daughter.  Somebody has dragged them to the ranch, but that somebody does not want Eden there…just her husband and they will go to all costs to get her to leave…or kill her.

This book has many twists and will keep you guessing until the very end!  It’s a book of redemption, forgiveness and love and I guarantee that if you are a fan of Karen Kingsbury’s work then you will LOVE Colleen Coble.  Definitely a must read!

I give this book 5 lollipops.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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