A Haunting Yet Beautiful Story of Unlikely Friendship

“The Solace of Water” by Elizabeth Byler Younts is the type of story that stays with you long after reaching the final page. Published by Thomas Nelson, this book is an intricate tapestry that spans a vast range of emotions, from soul-numbing grief to the hope which only the redemption of Christ can endow. Although external action is not the focus of this story, the inner worlds of the three POV characters are compelling, heart-wrenching, and at times even haunting. Continue reading

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A Treasure of Keys to Unlock New Worlds – “Book Girl” is My New Must-Read Book of the Year!

Imagine a treasure chest being delivered to your doorstep one day. After staring in wonder for a moment, you carefully lift open the lid, and gasp at the treasure inside – dozens and dozens of keys! Each one is labelled with a little description of what that key will unlock, and after a moment you realize that each one is meant to open a door to a different world. Judging by the brief descriptions attached to each key, some of those worlds are places you could never imagine, and others are actually where you’ve always wanted to go. You will learn different lessons in each location, and meet different people, but always you will grow, and always you will return home a different person than when you left. Continue reading

Chilling New Addition to the “Blue Justice” series

Whenever a new Romantic Suspense novel by Lynette Eason is released, it automatically goes on my TBR list. Filled with twisting and turning intrigue and spine-chilling suspense, “Called to Protect” is the second book in the “Blue Justice” series published by Revell. It tells the story of Officer Chloe St. John and her K-9 partner Hank, as well as Deputy US Marshall Blake MacCallum in his race against time to save his kidnapped daughter. The kidnapper’s only request? For Blake to commit murder if he wants to see his daughter alive again. Continue reading

A Perfect Gift for Kids and Tweens – Guest Review by Hayley

Knock-Knock:  It’s “Crack Yourself Up: Jokes for Kids”!  Sandy Silverthorne’s new release to the joke book genre is sure to please both young children and tweens.  It is a small-sized book (easy for travel) but is packed with kid-friendly knock-knock jokes, stories, goofy lists, puns, and riddles that will entertain kids for hours.   Continue reading

A Getle Yet Powerful Little Book

I have come to adore many of Lysa TerKeurst’s books and devotionals, written on many topics and for women of all ages. With her signature blend of gentle warmth and stories we can relate to, she guides readers to step into the best that God has for them. One of the books that she wrote earlier in her career has now been re-released from Harvest House Publishers, and is entitled “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God: Live More Fully, Love More Deeply, Experience God’s Best For You”. This sweet yet powerful little book is not only packed with Lysa’s wisdom and experience at living a life of “yes” to God, it also includes a Bible study at the end of each chapter to enrich her words with God’s timeless truths. Continue reading

You Won’t Be Able To Stop Reading This New Suspense Novel from Jaime Jo Wright!

Spellbinding. Terrifying. Unputdownable. “The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond”, Jaime Jo Wright’s newest release from Bethany House, weaves an unforgettable chain of events into a story that encases one mystery inside another – spanning more than a century of deception and intrigue. From the first page, you will be tugged into a world filled with dark secrets and hair-raising encounters, as “Two women, separated by a hundred years, must unravel the mysteries of their own town before it’s too late and they lose their future – or their very souls”. Continue reading

The Epic Conclusion of An Unforgettable Journey – Guest Review by Hayley

After finishing Ted Dekker’s new release “The 49th Mystic”, I was eagerly anticipating its sequel “Rise of the Mystics”.  After experiencing the profound nature of the 49th, I wondered if this sequel would live up to my expectations.  The answer is yes – a hundred times yes.   Continue reading

Fascinating History Combines With A Delightful Story

I am always excited to read a new standalone historical novel by Judith Miller, primarily because she takes fascinating but obscure snippets of history and weaves a captivating story around them. From a girl who paints carousel horses to a father and daughter who travel the country preaching the gospel from a chapel train car, Judith’s stories always promise to teach readers little-known history while simultaneously entertaining them with a wonderful story. It’s a win-win all around! Judith Miller’s newest story from Bethany House Publishers is “The Lady of Tarpon Springs”, which is set in 1905 Florida and centers around the sponge trade… yep, you read that correctly! This is a story of how trained divers (from Greece) arrived in Florida to harvest sponges from deep beneath the surface of the ocean. Although the characters are all fictitious, the details of the sponge business are well-researched and true to history. Continue reading

The Only Book You Will Need to Read on Prosperity! Guest Review by Tracy

“Poverty, Riches, & Wealth” by Kris Vallotton is likely to be the only book you will need to read on prosperity.  The author writes for personal growth as well as small business and large business growth.  I gained new insights I can use immediately, and also long-range thinking and planning.   Continue reading

A Journey of Fantasy

Fantasy novels are a huge leap outside of my comfort zone… There, it’s out in the open and we are all aware of it! Therefore, when I accidentally received a new fantasy novel for review from Revell, I was a little apprehensive about this unfamiliar genre. In the end, though, it was an enjoyable experience. “The Edge of Over There” was written by Shawn Smucker, and is actually a sequel to his previous book entitled “The Day the Angels Fell”. I had not read this pre-story, and while I think it would have been helpful in fully understanding the continuing saga, there was enough history sprinkled throughout the pages for newcomers to follow along as well. Continue reading