A Well-Done Novel with Interesting Historical Details – Guest Review by Hayley

While “The Weaver’s Daughter” is just the latest of several books by Sarah Ladd, it was a first for me, as I have never before read this author.

“The Weaver’s Daughter” tells the story of a hardworking assembly of weavers as they fight for their livelihood during a time when machine-power of developing mills was quickly replacing man-power of individual families.  With both the weavers and the mill workers and owners living within the same small community of Amberdale, tension runs high, as distinct divisions are made between the residents, and increasing hatred, pride, greed, suspicion, and anger fester among the people. Continue reading

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This Devotional is a Beautiful Treasure-Trove of Inspiration

Lysa TerKeurst’s beautiful new devotional from Thomas Nelson Publishers will take your breath away.  This precious book is entitled “Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close”, and is exquisite not only in design, but also in content. Lysa’s words are heartfelt and compassionate as she guides her readers like a beloved friend who truly understands the heartaches of life. Continue reading

A Lovely Companion to a Devotional Classic – guest review by Tracy

One of my favorite devotionals is the classic “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young.  I was excited to see a newly released coloring book from Thomas Nelson, entitled “Jesus Calling: Creative Coloring and Hand Lettering”, as a companion to this wonderful book.   Continue reading

A Heartfelt and Reflective Adventure

“She always wanted a different heart. But she never expected the adventure that would come with it.” After reading this tagline, who could resist learning more about the story it describes? “The Heart Between Us” was written by new-to-me author Lindsay Harrel and published by Thomas Nelson just in time for Spring, 2018. As readers step into the pages of this sweet novel, they will be swept along on an adventure of growth, challenge, discovery, and love. Continue reading

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

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 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

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