Not My Favorite Fantasy… Guest Review by Hayley

“To Best the Boys” by Mary Weber is the first book I’ve read by this author.  Releasing from Thomas Nelson in March of 2019, this book is targeted to a young adult audience and is set in a fantasy world in the province of Caldon. Continue reading

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Another Masterpiece by Kristy Cambron

Kristy Cambron’s second installment in her “Lost Castle” series is even better than the first! Captivating and compelling, “Castle on the Rise” tells three unique but connected stories of three generations of women (from 1797, 1916, and present day), all woven into one unforgettable masterpiece of a novel. Released from Thomas Nelson early in 2019, this beautiful story is a must-read for anyone who has enjoyed the previous story in the series, loves the intricate weaving of dual- or triple-time novels, and/or is a fan of the incredibly talented Kristy Cambron. Continue reading

A Compelling Debut Novel by Abigail Wilson

I always enjoy reading a new author’s debut novel, especially one that catches my attention with a unique premise or interesting setting. It is like discovering a hidden treasure of story-telling talent! A new release from Thomas Nelson is the gripping debut novel of Abigail Wilson, and is entitled “In the Shadow of Croft Towers”. With secrets abounding in this Regency England novel, it will undoubtedly keep you reading long into the night. Continue reading

Lysa’s New Book Helps Us Find Unexpected Strength in the Midst of Shattering Disappointments

Many women around the world have found hope, encouragement, and inspiration from the messages of Lysa TerKeurst’s numerous books. Her newest release from Thomas Nelson Publishers is entitled “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered”, and is undoubtedly her most raw and transparent book to date. In these pages, Lysa helps us process a question that we all ask at some point in our lives; “What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful?” Sound familiar? Then you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading

An Incredible Story of God’s Redeeming Love in Our Darkest Moments

With her new release from Thomas Nelson publishers, Tamera Alexander once again reminds her readers precisely why she is a bestselling author – her stories are masterfully written with powerful themes and unforgettable characters, often revolving around true historical events. “With This Pledge” is undoubtedly her most heart-wrenching work to date, yet also one of her most beautiful, as it contrasts the unimaginable horrors of the Civil War with the promise and hope of God’s unending and never-failing love. While it will take courage to read this incredible story, the rewards that it offers by helping us deepen our empathy, faith, and hope, are more than worth it. Continue reading

A Powerful, 365-Day Devotional from John Eldredge – Guest Review by Hayley

John Eldredge is one of my go-to authors for spiritual development books.  I was absolutely thrilled to see a year-long devotional as his newest book: “Restoration Year: A 365-Day Devotional”. Continue reading

Gripping New Romantic Suspense from a New-to-Me Author

Critics are claiming that Kelly Irvin’s new release from Thomas Nelson is romantic suspense at it’s best. “Tell Her No Lies” is definitely a well-written and hair-raising ride from start to finish, packed with twists and turns that readers will never see coming. If you enjoy novels that leave you breathless as you flip the pages faster and faster, desperate to find out how it all unravels, this book is definitely one to consider… However, you should also be forewarned that there is plenty of violence, and even descriptive murder scenes, that may prove troubling if you aren’t expecting them. Continue reading

A Challenge to Find Joy – Guest Review by Hayley

“Defiant Joy” – it really does feel like we must act in defiance to the world if we are to experience joy in this life.  The mainstream society is governed by worry, fear, guilt, shame, and so many other things that stand in the way of this joy that is supposed to be the birthright of the sons and daughters within the Kingdom.

Some of my favourite books are written by John and/or Stasi Eldredge.  For this reason, I was quick to pick up a copy of “Defiant Joy: Taking Hold of Hope, Beauty, and Life in a Hurting World”, and I am very glad I did.  Continue reading

A New Christmas Tradition!

We just celebrated our Canadian Thanksgiving, and snow is in the forecast… You know what that means – Christmas is right around the corner! It’s time to pull out some old favorite Christmas stories, and hopefully add a few new ones to our collections. In fact, I just finished reading the most delightful little Christmas novel, perfect for ringing in the holiday season and certain to touch the hearts of readers of all ages. Continue reading

Disappointing Novel About C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman’s Relationship

I had high hopes for a new book written by Patti Callahan and published by Thomas Nelson. “Becoming Mrs. Lewis” promised to be a “masterful exploration of one of the greatest love stories of modern times” – the one between C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman. What I actually discovered, however, was a story so ridden with inappropriate and downright yucky content that I was unable to finish the book.

To be clear, “Becoming Mrs. Lewis” is a well-written and thought-provoking novel that seems to be based, at least to a certain extent, on the real relationship between C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman. The problems arise in the details of the behind-the-scenes relationship story… Continue reading