Sunday, December 27, 2015

Love Everlasting

::About the book:: 
Abrianna Cunningham has always viewed her longtime friend, Wade Ackerman, as 
a protective brother. Lately, however, she's begun to see him differently and finds 
herself attracted romantically to him. But she's confused and overwhelmed by these 
unfamiliar feelings. 

Wade, on the other hand, has loved Abrianna for some time and has been waiting for her to realize they are more than just friends. When he asks her to marry him, she asks for time to adjust to their changed relationship.

And then there's Priam Welby, who has been relentlessly pursuing Abrianna. Will his underhanded tactics succeed in luring Abrianna into marriage with him?

::My Thoughts::
I enjoyed this book. It didn't have me on the edge of my seat like some books do, but it was interesting. I was kept curious throughout the book on what would happen next. In my opinion that is wonderful because there is nothing worse than constant predictability. I don't always like knowing beforehand what will come next.
My only gripe about this story is that Abrianna annoyed me throughout. I just could not get on board with her, or her personality. Many times while reading the book I almost wished I could reach in the book and just give her a good lecture. She is a very flighty character, and had too many issues with commitment if you ask me. I also did not like her back and forth between Priam Welby and Wade. She was just so blind to Priam's evilness it was frustrating.
I so loved her aunts that ran the Bridal School, and I also loved Wade. The aunts are so caring and down to earth. Wade is also just so endearing. I was so frustrated with Abrianna's cold feet! I can't give too much away on this because I don't want to ruin the story for anyone. You will have to read it to see what I mean.
All the characters are very interesting, and have so much life. This is a great aspect because it almost makes you feel like you have known them your whole life.
This is book three in the Brides of Seattle, but it was the first one in the series I have read. I did not feel lost though despite this being book three. The author does a fantastic job of catching you right up with events and characters.
Give this a read. I'm curious to read the other books in the series to catch up with other characters, and find out more about them in the books to come.

::Product Details::
  • Series: Brides of Seattle (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764210637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764210631

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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.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

God Gave Us Sleep

::From the back of the book::
“Little Cub!” Mama called. “Time for bed.” 
Little Cub is having so much fun building an igloo with her friends that she doesn’t want to stop for bedtime! Who needs sleep when there’s fun to be had? Mama patiently answers her child’s questions as she puts her to bed, explaining the importance of daily rhythms of work, play, and rest. As they talk through the fears that come with nighttime—and work through Little Cub’s endless stalling tactics—our favorite bear learns to realize that God gave us sleep as a vital gift.
“God gave us rest so we have energy for our day, and patience to enjoy it. And so we have quiet time to listen to him.”
This charming addition to the best-selling God Gave Us series, with its Arctic characters and relevant message, will help all little ones prepare for a peaceful night’s rest.

::My Thoughts::
This is the perfect bedtime story for any little one that may struggle with bedtime. As a mom of three I can't tell you how many times I have been asked questions about bedtime. Questions such as:

  • "Why do we have to go to bed?"
  • "Why do we need sleep?"
  • "What happens while we sleep? Will we miss out on anything?" 
and so forth...
This book explains about bedtime, and why God gave us sleep. It is adorable, and my three children loved it. It also seemed to tremendously help them settle into bed and drift off to sleep easier. We have even incorporated this book into our bedtime story routine on a regular basis. We read this at least twice every week.
They know how it feels not to get a good nights rest just like Little Cub does in the story, and then they more fully appreciate a good night's rest. It also shows that sleep can be a fun thing for our imaginations!
I love that Mama Bear is very patient in answered all of Little Cub's questions in this story. And all of the questions Little Cub asks are questions that pops up in every child's mind at some point. So for it to be laid out in a book like this with answers is just wonderfully done.
The illustrations are wonderfully done, and everything is worded so your children will understand. After reading this book my children understood more fully that God gave us sleep because we need it. It is a gift to us to be more well rested, and rejuvenated for another day. Often times when my kids are tired now they will even say they are ready for bed!
I love the God Gave Us... series of books. We have several of them, and I can't wait to read more to my children in the future.

::Product Details::
  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 8, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601426631

Available in::   Hardcover   Kindle

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

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