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Awaking Wonder Review

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In Awaking Wonder, Sally Clarkson does a great job of taking the reader on a journey to find ways to awake wonder in their children. Throughout the book, Clarkson tells many personal illustrations which is wonderful because you know she is a vetted mom who has been there, done that, and come out on the other side. A lot of the ideas in the book are original and inspiring, and it is refreshing to see the many reflections back on God and the impact He has on our children’s lives.I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

An Ivy Hill Christmas Review

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I have only read this and one other Julie Klassen book, but she is definitely one of the authors I want to eventually read all books of! In An Ivy Hill Christmas, we are introduced/reintroduced to characters from Klassen’s  Ivy Hill series. I personally have not read any of the Ivy Hill books prior to this one, but it did not hinder me from thoroughly enjoying the book. I did notice references to things that had previously happened in the series, but it was done in a way that the reader does not feel left out. Rather, it intrigues the reader to want to go back and read the others to get the back story!
Character development is great. Plot moves along well - I was worried it would not work out the way I hoped for a bit, but Julie Klassen created a fantastic ending for this book.I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

The Conqueror Review

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In The Conqueror, Bryan Litfin takes us to Ancient Rome. Liftin’s writing style is intriguing and the story line flows well as the reader is taken back in time to see the cultures of the day.If this were general market, I probably would have given it five stars, but since it is marketed as Christian fiction, I cannot. Liftin uses such descriptions of a sexual nature, that I would not feel comfortable giving this to my teenage son to read (and that is really disappointing as he was chomping at the bit to read this). I do understand that Roman culture was often like this, but I think in Christian fiction, we have to tread the fine line of how we portray situations and how we describe something. In all, the book was well done with the exception of the sexual edge to it in areas. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

The Good Digger Review

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In The True Colors series, if I don’t already know the background of the story, I like to read the True Colors book completely, then I tend to go crazy with research (I love history!). Liz Tolsma does a fantastic job of drawing us in to the story. I had never heard the account before of this Serial killer, but that must have been a tough story to work through and write. While letting us know what was going on, Tolsma also kept it clean and not too gory. Even though reality was gory, Tolsma portrayed it in a way that makes us think, but doesn’t leave us with gory nightmares. Kind of like the difference in movies where they just show someone getting shot versus having blood and gore fly everywhere.The character build up is great as well as the plot line. I’m looking forward to more in this series!I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

The Stone Wall Review

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Sometimes authors lose their flair after writing as many books as Beverly Lewis has, and they tend to run out of ideas. Not Beverly Lewis! In The Stone Wall, Lewis has invented an amazing story that has a central theme of God’s Grace. Since Lewis has been around the Amish people so much, she has a heart and genuine knowledge that is hard to find. The build up of characters (especially sweet Emmie) progresses very well, as well as the plot line running full course. I love the surprise towards the end with everything coming full circle. I can’t wait for the next Beverly Lewis Amish story to come out!I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

The Haunting at Bonadventure Circus Review

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Jaime  Jo Weight has blown me away again with her amazing way of weaving together two timelines to create a mystery! I had my suspect suspicions all along and I was mostly wrong. Mrs Wright has a wonderful build up of her characters and the plot flows flawlessly. I already loved the circus theme, but this book has me wanting to go on a field trip to see the museums and memorabilia of the circus and other things of that era. I can’t wait for her next book to come out!I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

To Love a Prince Review and Giveaway!

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I am a huge fan of Rachel Hauck’s, although I have not read all of her books (they are in my TBR pile though!!). In To Love a Prince, Rachel Hauck takes a unique spin on the royal romance and draws the reader in from the beginning. I thoroughly enjoyed how Hauck made a unique storyline and country while still nodding to some of her other books! Revisiting some of the characters for even a few pages was enchanting! (I do have The Fifth Avenue Story Society on my shelf and need to read it since that was one that was nodded at!). Hauck tackles hard to speak about circumstances in this book and handles them with raw grace and dignity. I love the message of Emmanuel and Adelaide and being able to visit with their characters again. This was a wonderful book from all angles and I can’t wait to read the next in the story (which Rachel had a sneak peek of in her latest newsletter!!!).About the BookBook:  To Love a PrinceAuthor: Rachel HauckGenre:  Royal RomanceRelease Date: August 11, 2020An e…