So Delightful 🌺 🌸 ☀️

I ADORE Hope Lyda’s books!  Her newest release from Harvest House Publishers is an extra-special one, because it is an interactive, one-of-a-kind, fresh little devotional entitled “What Do You Need Today? Simple Encouragement for Real-Life Moments”.  In this book, Hope writes as though she is best friends with us, her readers, as she takes the lead and guides us on a fun and fruitful journey of infusing discovery and adventure into our daily lives. Continue reading

Anxiously Awaiting My Next Island Visit -Guest Review by Hayley

The second book in “The Secrets of the Isles” series, “To Treasure an Heiress” starts out within mere days of the first book’s ending.  We are transported back to the exact time, place, and circumstances from where we left off, only with secondary characters becoming the leads.  These books should definitely be read in order, as the second book very much builds on the first.    Continue reading

A Truly Classic Story, In My Opinion

“I set off for India.  And I discovered that everything I had thought important. . . isn’t.”

This quotation is the underlying theme weaving all the beautiful, poetic pages of Kimberly Duffy’s new novel together.  Gussie Travers, our heroine, pens these words in her journal, and in them we discover the cry of her heart – before she even fully realizes it herself.  Every Word Unsaid” is the third book I’ve read by this incredible Bethany House author, and she truly never ceases to amaze me with her meaningful and thought-provoking novels that also entertain the imagination and are a delight to the senses.  You simply cannot read one of her stories without wanting to visit India, with all its sights and sounds and smells and textures. Continue reading

Erin Bartels’ New Introspective Pilgrimage

You can always count on Erin Bartels to provide a rich, colorful, and thought-provoking story that simultaneously captures your heart and challenges you toward deeper inward reflection. Published by Revell in the early months of 2021, “All That We Carried” is a powerful tale of two sisters who drifted apart after a tragedy turned their lives upside down, and are now trying to piece their relationship back together. Setting out on a hiking trip to reconnect, they both carry ten years worth of heartache and misunderstanding. But a wilderness escape should be the perfect opportunity to get everything out in the open – or will it? Continue reading

A Unique New Story of Shipwrecks and Secrets

A new Julie Klassen novel is a great way to start the new year, wouldn’t you agree? “A Castaway in Cornwall” was published in December of 2020 by Bethany House, but it was the first novel I read in 2021 – and an intriguing story it was, too! Continue reading

Mixed Feelings About New “Hearts of Montana” Story – Guest Review by Hayley

If you read the first installment of the “Hearts of Montana” series, then you will probably be eager for this one as well.

I was excited to read “Love’s Mountain Quest”, but I’m finding that I have somewhat mixed feelings about this book.  Some parts I liked and other parts I didn’t.  There is enough adventure in this book to please even the bravest of thrill-seekers, as well as great lessons in faith and character.  But there is also enough sadness and pain and anguish that it can feel like a bit of a downer. Continue reading

I Love Ann Gabhart’s Appalachian Stories!

I adore all of Ann H. Gabhart’s novels that I’ve had the pleasure of reading, but her stories set in the Appalachian mountains are somehow extra-special. “An Appalachian Summer” released from Revell in the summer of 2020, and was a whimsical, romantic novel that carried me away to another time and place, and surrounded me with characters who quickly felt like friends. Continue reading

An Entertaining Continuation in the “Brides of Hope Mountain” series

Bethany House Publishers and author Mary Connealy just released the second book in her current series, “Brides of Hope Mountain”. “Woman of Sunlight” narrates the story of the youngest of three sisters who lived in complete isolation on the side of a mountain, until a ranching family changed their lives forever. When a gunfight occurs not far from their beloved home, with the target being one of their own, this flung-together-family realizes that their lives are about to change once again, and in ways they never could have predicted. Continue reading

A Must-Have Journal For All Writers – Aspiring and Experienced Alike

January is a month of goal-setting and resolutions. This month I’ve started a new daily habit that I’m hoping will kick-start my creativity for writing again, and I think all writers (aspiring or experienced) will enjoy it as much as I do. “My Unedited Writing Year: 365 Invitations to Free Your Creativity and the Writer Within” was written by Hope Lyda and published by Harvest House at the end of 2019. It is truly a one-of-a-kind volume. I’ve been following along with the prompts every day this month, and am enthusiastic to continue using this interactive journal for the entire year of 2020 – who knows what will come of this exciting adventure?! Continue reading

Not the Conclusion I Had Hoped For… Guest Review by Hayley

“What Comes My Way” is Tracie Peterson’s third and final instalment of the “Brookstone Brides” series.  This entire trilogy has taken reader on a unique look behind the scenes of a wild west show, following trick riders, sharp shooters and more! Continue reading