Melody Carlson’s Christmas 2018 Novella

You know Christmas is just around the corner when Melody Carlson releases her new, annual Christmas novella from Revell Publishers!  “A Christmas by the Sea” is the newest release from the pen of Ms. Carlson and is a sweet little story of new beginnings, seaside reminiscences, the possibility of romance – and of course it all takes place at Christmastime.   Continue reading

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Wisdom and Inspiration to Pray the Scriptures

“Praying God’s Promises: The Life-Changing Power of Praying the Scriptures” by Linda Evans Shepherd is the type of resource that you can return to again and again, obtaining different insight and wisdom from it during varying seasons of life. Published by Revell in the summer of 2018, this little volume is overflowing with Scripture-based prayer-starters, practical applications, inspiring bits of wisdom, and ideas for personal reflection to help readers learn how to pray through the promises that God has given us in His Word. 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

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

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

A Touching Story You Won’t Soon Forget – Guest Review by Hayley

The synopsis of “River to Redemption” drew me in from the moment I read the back cover.  It promised to be a tale of tragedy, healing, hope, and freedom given to those who should have never been enslaved.  This book delivered all of that, and more.   Continue reading

A Beautiful Debut Novel by Rachel Fordham

It’s no secret that my favorite genre of reading material is Christian Historical Fiction. When I discover a new author who possesses a special gift for bringing this beautiful genre to life with strong writing skills, themes that whisper of biblical wisdom and truth, and realistic characters who leap off the pages, well… it’s exciting to say the least! After reading the description for a new debut novel published by Revell in the summer of 2018, I guessed this would be just such a story – and I was correct. “The Hope of Azure Springs” is the first published novel by Rachel Fordham, and is a sweet and memorable story that will instantly earn a place on your keeper bookshelf – and in your heart. Continue reading

A Second Visit to Nantucket

“Minding the Light” is Suzanne Woods Fisher’s newest release in the “Nantucket Legacy” series, a unique story filled with fascinating history, a secondary plot from an earlier generation (in the form of a journal), and the unique setting of Nantucket Island in the 19th century. Published by Revell in the summer of 2018, this story of the Quakers who made a living from the dangerous whale trade is a must-read for all of Ms. Fisher’s Amish fiction fans. Continue reading

Words Cannot Describe “The 49th Mystic” Adequately… Guest Review by Hayley

Ted Dekker’s “The 49th Mystic” – easily the most unique and profound novel I have read in years and perhaps ever.  I did not know what to expect.  And yet even without clear expectations, it still managed to surpass them.  Honestly, I believe I could read this book ten times over and still not be finished learning from it. Continue reading