Sunday, May 1, 2016

A Treasure Concealed



::From the back of the book::
There is more than gold to be found in these hills.
Emily Carver longs to have a home of her own, but instead she endures a transient existence in the gold mining camps of Montana, where her father's hopes for riches lie endlessly buried. Promises of wealth from this wild land have brought only hardship and disappointment, causing Emily to wonder if her own modest dreams will ever see the light of day.

Caeden Thibault, a young geologist working for the government, is a man trying to escape the pain of his past, and the idyllic mountains of Montana serve his purposes well. In the course of his work, he has seen more than his share of starry-eyed gold seekers. So when Emily Carver catches his attention, he is intrigued by the fact that she isn't pinning her hopes on striking it rich. 

Will an unexpected discovery come between them or draw them together?


::My Thoughts::
This has got to be by far my favorite book by Tracie Peterson. I have read a few of her books before, but this one just takes the cake.
It has everything within it's pages, love, heartbreak, romance, suspense, mystery, treasure, etc.
I had a hard time putting this book down, and when I did have to take a break I could not wait to delve back into it. I was hooked by this book from the get go, and it has a way of just pulling the reader right in.
I even found myself literally holding my breath in many places wondering what would happen next. The book was well written, and the characters were very well done as well.
Here's a few of my thoughts on the main characters:
-Emily Carver was frustrating at times due to her stubborn nature. However, regardless of her stubbornness she is very admirable. I actually thought I wouldn't like her at first because it was clear from the get go she did not have the life she wanted, and dreamed of another. But she really grew through the story, and even through all that I couldn't help but to like her. In fact she was by far my favorite character. She did her duty by her family, and did the best with what she had. Even though she longed for more she still had a peace about her with what she did have, and she never gave up. She showed bravery, strength, and faith through all of her hardships. It was very touching.
-Caeden Thibault was also very frustrating at times. I liked this character, but I felt like he could have been more protective at times, and more outspoken. I would have liked a bit more fire from this character. I would have liked more passion, but he was by no means flat. He had a lot going for him. He was a strong character that grew the most, in my opinion, and by the end of the novel I couldn't help but adore him.
There is so much unspoken between the two main characters from the get go. Despite their differences there was a pull between them that one cannot ignore. I love that the reader can almost feel that tug as if they are right there.
This book is not vulgar so it is a fantastic read for any christian readers out there.
It is so much more than just a romance book. It really helps you appreciate more in life, and uplift faith. I was touched by the faith of the characters in this book. I could honestly write compliments about this book all day, but instead I'm going to just recommend it. It is really one of my favorite books, and I can't wait to tell all I know about it.
This is the first book in the Sapphire Brides series, and I cannot wait to read the others that follow. I hope they are as good as this one.


::My rating:: 5 out of 5 Stars
::Amazon rating:: 4.5 out of 5 Stars with 67 customer reviews
::Goodreads rating:: 4.24 out of 5 Stars with 126 ratings and 46 reviews


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::Product Details::
  • Series: Sapphire Brides (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764213245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764213243



Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Encountering Angels



::Goodreads Summary::
Angels have long fascinated humanity. From books to movies, from TV shows to video games, angels are portrayed in inconsistent and sometimes imaginative ways. What is biblical and really true about these heavenly beings. 
In this follow-up to her bestselling "Angels Are for Real," author Judith MacNutt helps you separate fact from fiction. With warmth and insight, she shows you
- the scriptural foundation for angels
- their purposes here and in heaven
- their role as protectors of children
- how they comfort, protect, and worship with us
- their role in spiritual warfare 
This book is full of amazing encounters and inspiring stories. You will come away encouraged and awed by God's provision for us through angels!


::My Thoughts::
This is a wonderful book filled with stories of real life encounters with Angels. Each story will have you quickly captivated, and leave you feeling awed.
I always enjoy these kinds of stories. In my life I have had encounters of my own. Because of that I never question others stories. Even if they sound far-fetched it is not up to us to judge another because we were not there in their experience. I never discount a story because you just never know.
This is more than just a collection of stories. This book also shows a history of angels, and how they are present in our everyday lives. You will learn a lot more from reading this book.
This book goes to show how Angels are present in our everyday lives. I love how there are different areas talked about in this book such as, messenger Angels, Angels bringing comfort, Guardian Angels, etc. There is also Scripture related reading in this book as well which is always nice.
I believe this book encourages faith, and opens the readers eyes to even more. This is not just a book you read, you will feel the stories in your heart. It will get you thinking, and strengthen your faith.
All in all this is a fantastic read if you love reading about angel encounters, faith, hope, etc. This book offers so much for many different readers going through various stages of their life.
I definitely recommend it.


My rating::: 5 Stars
Amazon rating:::4.5 Stars out of 5 with 7 reviews
Goodreads rating::: 3 out of 5 Stars with 1 rating


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::Product Details::
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chosen Books (February 2, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800797809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800797805



Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Fun with Cats in Paris



::About this book::
This gorgeously illustrated adult coloring book draws readers into the secret world of cats in Paris as they explore the city's most famous (and feline-friendly) spots. 

Say bonjour to the cats of Paris as they slink through its fabled streets and alleyways, from Montmartre to the Shakespeare and Company bookshop and into a feline-filled land of playful imagination. Featuring intricate pen-and-ink drawings of tabbies, Persians, Siamese, and more, this evocative coloring book’s frisky kitties lie in wait for your colorful stylings.


::My Thoughts::
Recently I have really gotten into adult coloring books. I love to color, and while I still love children's coloring books I find the adult ones are much more fun and challenging for me. They tend to relax me, and really help in melting away any stress. It's really a great way to relax. They force you to slow down, pay attention to detail, and just really enjoy.
I got the chance to review Cats in Paris, the adult coloring book, by Won-Sun Jang. It is adorable, and very well drawn. There are so many different pictures all dealing with cats in this book. You get cats in various places, and you get various cat patterns and prints. It's just really fun.
This would make a fantastic gift for any cat or animal lover out there.
The pages of this book are not thin, they are more heavy weight. The drawings are amazing, and there is so much detail in the illustrations. The only thing some may have a problem with it that the pictures are on each side of the page. I chose to use just colored pencils in this book so I would not have a problem with colors bleeding onto the other side. I have had no problem coloring in this way.
The pages are not really easy to rip out though. There is no perforated lines. This could be a problem for those that like to rip out and display their finished work.
Another thing I didn't really like is the pictures continue from one page to the next. This just makes it not look as smooth I guess, and if this was really needed I wish there were perforated marks so you could fit the two together to look more whole. However, I still greatly enjoyed this coloring book.
It is one of the more "easy" adult coloring books I have worked in. I would say that older children, and teens could even enjoy this book. I let my 8 year old pick a picture to color in, and he greatly enjoyed it. He had no issues with difficulty at all, and as he loves anything art related he enjoyed it.
The illustration on the cover of the book with the relaxing colors are wonderful, and I feel that the drawings were very fun.
I would recommend this book to those cat lovers out there who also just happen to love to color. I felt it was a very well done book, and although there is some room for improvement, I still had a lot of fun with it.

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My rating::: 4 Stars
Amazon rating::: 3.5 Stars with 63 reviews
Goodreads rating::: 3.80 Stars with 46 ratings

::Product Details::
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; Clr Csm edition (January 26, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399578277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399578274


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a Blogging for Books member. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Wildflower DVD Review & Giveaway

Have you ever felt like God has let you down? Have you ever hit rock bottom in life and just don't know how you can possibly rise up again? We have all gotten there in my opinion. We may even get there again. We are human. We get scared, we feel alone, we get confused, and our emotions take us away. I watched a movie that brings all that home. WILDFLOWER shows us that we are never as alone as we feel, and we will rise above!



WILDFLOWER is definitely a MUST SEE. I can't even stress that enough!
I am recommending this movie right and left. If you love psychological thrillers you will LOVE this movie. Here's a quick Film Synopsis, and trailer to the movie:::

Creatively gifted, college student Chloe Moray (portrayed by Nathalia Ramos, known for BRATZ, Arrested DevelopmentHouse of Anubis) finds solace from a difficult childhood in her extraordinary art. But when an alarming dream begins to recur nightly, Chloe starts to believe that it might be a suppressed memory and that she may have witnessed a terrible crime as a little girl. Her search for peace takes her on a journey that forces Chloe to confront her past traumas and leads her to cross paths with Josh (Cody Longo, known for NOT TODAY, Hollywood Heights, Nashville), a young man dealing with his own painful loss. Together they find in each other someone they can trust as they seek to unlock a cold-case mystery from years before. But with the authorities blocking the way, Chloe's new-found hope is challenged in this powerful story of faith, triumph and healing.



I personally am a big movie buff. I love all movies. In our house we even have a weekly family movie night. We watch movies with the kids and then when they are in bed me and hubby watch our own movies. That said, from my standards, this is by far one of the best movies I have seen in quite some time! Now me and my husband watched this alone, as our children are young. This movie did further show that as parents we all need to be very present, active, and invested in our children's lives. We need to talk with them daily, and stay connected. I cannot stress that enough. It is extremely important.

I was definitely on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. My heart raced, my brain raced, I was captured! Wildflower caught my attention immediately and the movie held my attention until the very end. There is so much suspense, drama, plot twists, friendship, family, and faith. I never could guess what would happen next, and I was shocked through it all. This is a positively riveting movie experience that will set you off on a roller-coaster of emotions. The scenes were great, the actors and actresses did a fantastic job! This movie wins every award possible in my book.

It is a clean movie which is just amazing. Especially for Christian families out there. It is so hard to find a GOOD clean movie to watch that includes faith. There is pure genius behind this film, and there is no other way to put it. The way such a situation can be kept clean, and remain as riveting as this deserves a standing ovation. This is a great movie for teens and adults. I wouldn't go younger than teen years because it is a pretty intense movie. It is rated PG-13.

I love that this movie doesn't just provide entertainment. It provides hope! No matter our darkest hour God is with us, and we are not alone. We cannot lose our faith, and we cannot lose our hope. But if we do along one of life's hard roads He will be there with open arms to welcome us back. It never rains forever.

I can see this movie providing so many out there with hope, faith, and courage. It isn't easy to touch down on trauma subjects like this movie does, but WILDFLOWER does an excellent job. This movie far surpassed my expectations. 


Wildflower is available on DVD or VOD starting April 5th, 2016. Grab your copy on Amazon or download it at wildflowerthemovie.com. It will also air on Lifetime Movie Network in June. 

Here's a little treat for all of my readers though...
How about a chance to WIN a FREE copy of the WILDFLOWER DVD!? Just enter below and I will announce the winner on Twitter, Facebook, and of course on here! :)






:::Product Details:::
Actors: Nathalia Ramos, Cody Longo, Shari Rigby, Alex Steele
Directors: Nicholas DiBella
Format: Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
Language: English
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned
Studio: PROVIDENT
DVD Release Date: April 5th, 2016
Run Time: 90 Minutes
ASIN: B01BP47GQU


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Disclaimer: I received two complimentary copies of this DVD from Icon Media Group. One is for review purposes, and the other for giveaway. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Amish Sweethearts



:::From the back cover:::
Their Two Worlds Couldn't Be Further Apart.
Can Anything Bridge the Divide Between Them?
  
For years Zane Beck and his Amish neighbor Lila Lehman were the best of friends. But just as Zane gathered the courage to discover if their friendship could develop into something more, her controlling father arranged for her to be courted by their bishop's son. Zane, heartbroken and frustrated, joined the Army, running away from his shattered dreams.

The passing of time and the distance between Zane and Lila haven't been enough to halt their--now completely hidden--feelings for each other. Any hope for their love grows even more impossible though as Zane's service takes a dangerous turn when he's deployed to Afghanistan. Being on the front-line, confronted with the hard choices of war, has him questioning everything, including whether he can continue to serve or not. But all choices have consequences, and with Lila preparing to marry another, will these one-time sweethearts ever find the life together that they both still long for?


:::My Review:::
This is not your typical Amish romance book. This one steps outside of the box a little bit, and to be honest I was quite surprised by it. This book gives a little of everything, and will take you on a roller-coaster of emotions. It really has just about everything.

Lila is a young Amish girl who has lost her mother, lives with her father, and is the main caretaker of the family. Her sister Rose should be a help around the house but is more lazy than helpful. Lila takes care of the household, helps her father with chores when needed, and works outside of the home to help her family. She is courting an Amish man whom her father wants to see her married to. However, her heart belongs to her childhood Englisch friend who lives next door, Zane.

Zane is a young Englisch gentleman. His heart also belongs to Lila, but they come from two very different worlds. Lila is not willing to leave the Amish. Zane joins the military to get away from his heartbreak of seeing Lila with another man, and is sent on a rather intriguing journey with his Civil Affairs Unit. 
Can the two find a way to make their love work? How could two people from such very different worlds possibly come together?

I loved pretty much all the characters in this book even though I wanted so badly to reach through the pages and give them a good shake. Lila was by far my favorite character. She really had such a pure heart, and was willing to do whatever she could for anyone. However, she also had a stubborn side and wasn't focused on making herself happy. 

Zane is more stubborn than any of the characters in the book. He was tender hearted, but so frustrating I couldn't hardly take it. I just wished time and again he would pour his heart out to Lila instead of carry on.

Rose was my least favorite character. She was incredibly lazy, seemed overly jealous of Lila, and just got on my last nerve. However, I can see where this could lead to a book just about her which I would love to read. There could also be a book about Lila's brother Simon which I would love to read as well.

I was on the edge of my seat time and again while reading this book. There is just so much going on that you can't wait to find out what will happen next. The author does a fantastic job of leaving her readers wanting more. Everything was easy to imagine, and I appreciate that the story flowed so nicely without leaving me confused.

This is book two in this series, but you honestly can't tell. I haven't read book one, and this book does a great job as a stand alone book. I do have to say, though, after reading book two I want to go back and read one just because I fell in love with the characters.

It isn't often you find an Amish book where not only does the Amish girl fall in love with an Englisch boy, but there is suspense thrown in there with it. Zane joining the military definitely switched things up from your typical Amish romance book. I was left wanting to read more about Lila and Zane, but maybe in the future there will be more to their story. Until then I will just have to make do. 

I definitely recommend this book if you love Amish romance. More so if you like a little suspense thrown in. There are so many twists and turns to this book I don't see how anyone reading it could get bored at all.


My Rating:::  5  / 5 Stars
Goodreads Rating:::  4.43 / 5 Stars
Amazon Rating:::  4.5 / 5 Stars
Barnes & Noble Rating::: 4.6 / 5  Stars


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:::Product Details:::
  • Series: Neighbors of Lancaster County (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (February 2, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764215248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764215247


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

I Was Blind (Dating), But Now I See: My Misadventures in Dating, Waiting, and Stumbling into Love...



::Goodreads Summary::
Eight setups. Eight awkward dates. Eight things God tried to teach her along the way. (Some of which she’s still trying to figure out.)
Stephanie Rische was starting to feel invisible. All around her, her friends were getting married, and she found herself decidedly alone. Stephanie couldn’t help but wonder if there was something broken in her—was she not pretty enough? Not fun enough? Not date-able enough (whatever that meant)? So she started praying in earnest for God to bring the right man into her life. And instead, He brought her matchmakers. Eight of them, to be precise.

Beloved blogger Stephanie Rische debuts with this charming, vulnerable, and (who are we kidding?) often mortifying true story of a girl who tried really hard to find someone to fall in love with—even when she mostly just ended up falling flat on her face. But amid the most cringe worthy setups and awkward encounters, Stephanie found God’s grace and love meeting her there in ways she never could have imagined—once she opened her eyes to see.



::My Thoughts::
This is such a great book! It is also so much more than just stories of blind dating. This is a book that anyone can benefit from. Whether you are single or married there are great lessons within the pages of this book.
I have always been intrigued by memoirs, and this book held my interest with no problem. I was pulled right in, and felt like I was right there beside Stephanie every step of the way!
Stephanie not only is on a journey to find a true man whose beliefs match her own, but not settle for anything less than she deserves. Despite her times where she felt lonely, hopeless, or just wanted to give up she held fast to her faith and left it in God's hands. I highly commend her for holding onto her belief even through tough times, and not giving in even though she struggled with it.
Stephanie knew what she wanted, and did not give up until she found it!
This book is about community, friendship, faith, love, family, and so much more.
This book has a bit of everything happiness, laughter, suspense, sadness, faith, gratitude, etc. There is just so much you will feel taking this journey through reading.
The author holds nothing back which is amazing when you are reading a book. Every reader wants to know it all! It makes you feel as if you are close friends with the author. I definitely felt that way. I love that she even went so far as to talk about moles, personal insecurities, etc. 
As a married woman myself I believe I now understand my single friends a bit more. Not only that but I value my marriage even more than before. I also was able to see so much more of God's love, and learned some valuable lessons through this story.

I believe for single women out there it can also shed hope and renew faith.
I definitely recommend this book.


My Rating::: 5/5 Stars

Goodreads Rating::: 4.56/5 
Amazon Rating::: 5/5 Stars
Barnes & Noble Rating::: 5/5 Stars


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::Product Details::
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Momentum (January 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496404815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496404817


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Pounamu Prophecy




Goodreads Summary:::
Since she watched her village burn to the ground, Mere's life has been anything but dull. Now as an older woman she has come to stay with Helene and James to finish writing her life story - a tale of injustice, revenge and reconciliation. But Helene and James have their own problems. After five years together, their marriage has become dull, predictable, boring ... and it starts to unravel. Weaving fiction with the traumatic history of the Ngati Whatua tribe of Auckland, The Pounamu Prophecy sweeps from the sultry heat of Australia to the verdant shores of New Zealand.


My Thoughts:::
I really enjoyed this book. It captivated me right away and I learned so much by reading it! I didn't have trouble at all with any words or meanings throughout this book. The author does a fantastic job of writing so whether you are familiar with New Zealand terms or not you know what is going on.
Mere was my favorite character. She really grew throughout the story and I was very impressed by her accomplishments. She was the glue that held the story together so to speak. She was the first character that pulled me in and she kept me captivated. Her heart was amazing even through the trials and tribulations she was put through time and again.

James and Helen were frustrating. Both seemed to put such little effort into their marriage and instead put their careers first and foremost. With that kind of attitude it is no wonder they were having problems. Their communication, or lack thereof, did not help their situation. I wanted to shake both of them and talk sense into them. I was admittedly kept on the edge of my seat wondering what would become of these two next. By the end I warmed up to both of them as well though.

Each one of the characters grew so much for the better which was very nice to see. I was more than pleased.
I had no idea of the severity of the trouble in New Zealand so long ago and feel for all the losses of life and land. It is nice when there are books that bring those points to life, and give a voice for those that cannot speak.
I definitely recommend this book. It has everything. I was held in suspense not knowing what would happen next!


Ratings:::
Amazon Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars - 5 reviews
Goodreads Rating: 4.08 stars out of 13 ratings
My rating: Five Stars


Product Information:::
Publisher: Rhiza Press
Publication date: October 1, 2015
Language: English
Book length: 208 pages
ISBN-10192513945X
ISBN-13978-1925139457


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