Kristy Cambron’s Best Work Yet!

As a child, did you enjoy getting lost in the pages of a fairytale bedtime story? Did your favorite stories usually include beautiful princesses and enchanted castles? What if you could once again, as an adult, become engrossed in a story that holds princesses and lost castles, yet also powerful themes of redemption, courage, seeking truth, following God’s lead, and so much more? “The Lost Castle” was written by the amazing and talented Kristy Cambron and published by Thomas Nelson in 2018. Interestingly, this remarkable story is set in not one, not two, but three different time periods: 1789, 1944, and present day. Continue reading

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A New Favorite Bible!

Do you love exploring new editions of the Bible, sometimes in different versions and usually with different distinguishing features? I know I do! The newest Bible that I’ve had the pleasure of using is “The Woman’s NIV Study Bible: Receiving God’s Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation”. Published by Thomas Nelson in 2018, this lovely edition was edited by Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, and is truly a keepsake Bible that will become a treasured possession to many women. Continue reading

A Mesmerizing and Unforgettable Story

I just finished a most remarkable journey. This was a journey of love, ambition, grief, forgiveness, truth revealed, mistakes made and lessons learned. It was powerful, unforgettable, haunting, and in many ways it was mesmerizing. And the funny thing is, this journey all happened during the innings of a single baseball game. . . “Steal Away Home” is the name of the novel that took me on this journey. Published by Thomas Nelson in the first month of 2018, it was written by a master storyteller whose work I’ve never before had the pleasure of reading – Billy Coffey. You can be sure that while this story was my first by this amazing author, it will not be my last. Continue reading

A Lovely New Book by Candace Cameron Bure

From “New York Times” Bestselling author, producer, inspirational speaker, and actress Candace Cameron Bure comes a beautiful new book that will undoubtedly earn a treasured position on the shelves of women of all ages. “Staying Stylish: Cultivating a Confident Look, Style & Attitude” was published by Zondervan towards the end of 2017, and is a treasure trove of ideas for “discovering your most confident, stylish self”!

“Staying Stylish” is a beautifully designed hardcover book (complete with satin ribbon page-marker) that overflows with gorgeous photos, handy tips, and Candace’s warm writing style. It is divided into three parts: Continue reading

A Sweet and Memorable Christmas Novella

To be honest, I didn’t feel like starting a Christmas book quite yet – it seemed too early. But after reading only the first few chapters of a story that will definitely become an annual tradition, I was enchanted. Tamera Alexander’s newest release from Thomas Nelson, “Christmas at Carnton”, is a novella, but a fairly long one. It is also the introductory story to a new three-novel series about the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee. Continue reading

A Touch of Disney Magic (Guest Review by Hayley)

“Beyond the Castle” surprised me in many ways.  To start, I didn’t have high expectations of the book.  I thought it would be a cute, fluffy, but essentially useless book of platitudes, and “happy thoughts” that don’t really work on the bad days.  To sum up how the real content of the book compares to my expectations, three words are most fitting: I was wrong.   Continue reading

Difficult to Enjoy (Guest Review by Hayley)

The last book I read by Rachel Hauck was “A Royal Christmas Wedding”.  It easily became my favourite book by this author, and just as easily one of my favourite novellas to read during the Christmas season.  Thus, when I read the charming description of “The Writing Desk”, well, there was no way of refusing!  I so much hoped for another story that would be as much a joy as the last. Continue reading

One of the Most Unusual Books I’ve Read in a While. . .

Have you ever read a book that sort of blew you away, and you needed to take a few days to figure out what you really thought about it? That was definitely the case for me with a new release published by Thomas Nelson, and written by Rachel Linden. “Ascension of Larks” is a beautiful story written in a rare, vivid, insightful, descriptive, voice. Although a novel of prose, it almost reads like lyrical poetry at times—that’s how amazing and compelling the writing voice is!

As far as the content of the book, well, it isn’t just a cut-and-dried Contemporary Fiction novel. There are various elements of mysticism mixed in with the more traditional Christian aspects, and at times the border between the two becomes a little fuzzy. While the spiritualism didn’t exactly bother me, it did surprise me at times. Why? Perhaps because “Ascension of Larks” wasn’t truly a supernatural novel, nor a fairy tale, but it still contained hints of those genres. Continue reading

It Had Potential. . .

Sometimes I enjoy reading peculiar-sounding books, because quite often they end up being charming, whimsical, and completely lovable. So with little hesitation, I decided to try a completely new-to-me author named Celeste Fletcher McHale, whose book is entitled “The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories”. Published by Thomas Nelson, this book sounded peculiar because, well, read for yourself: Continue reading

Enjoyable Fairy Tale Retelling for Young Adults

Melanie Dickerson is the bestselling author of numerous novels, usually fairy tales set in long- ago times. Although I’ve never read her previous works, I’ve often wanted to and finally decided to give her newest novel from Thomas Nelson Publishers a try. “The Noble Servant” was released in 2017, and is endorsed as a retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale entitled “The Goose Girl”, with hints of “The Prince and the Pauper” mixed in as well. While most of Ms. Dickerson’s work is labeled in the Young Adult genre, “The Noble Servant” is more broadly classified under Christian Fiction.

“She lost everything to the scheme of an evil servant, but she might just gain what she’s always wanted . . . If she makes it in time.” With a tagline like this, it’s hard not to be captivated by this unique fairy tale retelling. Continue reading