August 12, 2019

Book Review: Great & Small Prayers for Babies

Book Title: Great & Small Prayers for Babies
Author: BH Kids
Genres: Nonfiction, Animals, Juvenile, Baby Animals, Children
Age Group: 0-3
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publisher Date: July 30, 2019 (12 Pages, Board Book)
Thank You, God, for great and small animal friends!

Join these adorable animal pairs in a board book that’s meant for little hands to hold and explore. Each spread features a large animal and his little friend, who is hiding under the flap. A short thank-You prayer on each spread models simple thankfulness, and the text includes animal sounds to make the reading even more fun.

Six pairs of great-and-small friends to meet, six chunky flaps to lift and discover, and six simple prayers to pray—all to delight little hands and hearts.
Disclaimer:I received this book from B&H/Lifeway Blogger program. I receive a book from them free in exchange for an honest review.
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Great and Small Prayers for Babies is really sweet and cute. It easy to read. It got a rhyme to when you are reading the book. It great for little toddlers or little children to pick up and play with. I did notice this love it. That I wanted for a family member of mine.

My mom though otherwise, she wants for a friend of hers that having a baby. My thoughts exactly is why I picked it up was for cousin of mine. It is better for the newest members of the family. It for babies, ages 0-3. They can open the flap to read and see what under the flap, It cute and fun to read what it says under the flap.

Came brand new and closed ready to be opened by little hands. Pictures are done well and sweet to look and see. Words that go with animal makes. Great for parents looking for a gift for a new baby coming into the family or even for themselves.

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August 9, 2019

Book Review: The Healing Jar by Wanda E. Brunsetetter


Book Tile: The Healing Jar
Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Series: The Prayer Jars (Book 3)
Genres: Amish, Christian Fiction, Christian, Fiction, Romance,
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Publisher Date: August 6, 2019 (320 Pages, Paperback)
What if you have waited to find love only to be rejected when it finally comes?

Lenore Lapp is an Amish schoolteacher in her late twenties still living at home with her parents and grandparents. She thought love had passed her by until she meets Jesse Smucker, a widower with a baby daughter. She quickly falls in love with them both and accepts Jesse's proposal of marriage, but Jesse breaks off their engagement when he realizes he can't marry only for convenience.

Resigned to living single, Lenore throws herself into caring for her elders. While working in her grandmother's garden, she digs up an old jar. Will Lenore find healing for her broken heart and solve long-buried family secrets by reading the note contained inside?
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher for an honest review.
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Ever seem like you are looking for answers to a question? What if you can not at first find those answers. Do you seem ready to give up or do let it go for the time being? Well you would not think I be asking this except this exactly how Sarah Marry feels about herself? Will she find out Who her biological father is or will she not.

The Healing Jar pick this up once again where we left off. We are told about Lenore and her backstory a bit and why she is where is when we open up the book. Lenore seem like she has questions of her own. Will she find love and start a family of her own?

We meet Jesse Smucker and his daughter that are new to the community. He seem determined to not marry as he loss his first wife. God seem to have a different plan for him and his daughter. While Jesse is looking for someone to watch his 6 month old daughter while he at work, Lenore is asked if she could watch her. She accepts.

There are surprises and twist as you turn the pages. We also know that Sarah is still has a mystery to solve and we also hear and learn about Michelle story a bit more. All three girls are still pulling with the mystery of who wrote the notes in the prayer jars.

This book is everything you want in a book. It a tear tearjerker as well as being heartfelt. You will feel emotions as you turn the pages. What and ending it has. I know I could not put this book down toward the end. I was crying tears while reading. This series is another great one and one that I am thankful that own. I hope you enjoy as well. I hope to see more from these characters.



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August 1, 2019

Book Review: The Brides of the Big Valley by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, Richelle Brunstetter

Book Title: The Brides of the Big Valley
Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, Richelle Brunstetter
Genres: Romance, Amish, Fiction, Christian Fiction
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Publisher Date: June 1, 2019 (448 Pages, Paperback)
In an area of Pennsylvania called The Big Valley, a uniquely blended Amish community thrives in which 3 distinct groups of Amish identify themselves by the colors of their buggy’s top—white, black, or yellow. Join New York Times Bestselling Author Wanda E. Brunstetter, her daughter-in-law, and granddaughter in experiencing the stories of three young women who search for faith and love within this special place. Deanna is a widow who sees her second chance of love slipping away. Rose Mary is at a point in life where she must choose the path of her faith and the right man to walk with her on it. Leila is burdened with family responsibilities and wonders when she will ever start a family of her own. 
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the author/publisher for an honest review. It came though being with Wanda Clippity Clappty Book Club.
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Deanna's Determination By Wanda E. Brunstetter:

This story is really compelling. I really like the fact that this story is about to main characters and they it centers somewhat around being blind. What would happen if you lost your sight? We get to experience this though the eyes of Elmer.

Though we see how strong Deanna's faith is? How she handles her self and her child needs is something special of it. Will Deanna's determination help or hurt her love. Will her love find out that she loves him for him and not his sight? Wanda can make you feel like you are a part of the family when reading her stories or books. This story plot is really something and refreshing to read.

Rose Mary's Resolve By Jean Brunstetter:

Rose Mary seem to get quite a few things about what she is doing. Though she seems smart enough to figure it out. Though she seem to need a little help from her friend and family. He current boyfriend seem to be pushing Rosemary and trying to go English? Will Rosemary keep her resolve or will she be tempted?

She meet an Englisher that befriends her who is a pilot? What will she decide to do? Her mother is worried she will leave the faith? Her mother can not figure out why he husband his so calm about their daughter Rosemary? We meet Kevin. Kevin seem to be interested in Amish way of life, and Rosemary? Will get figure out what he wants and needs in his life?

Leila's Longing By Richelle Brunstetter:

Leila has some struggles we all seem to have growing up. Leila is helping out her mother. Leila seem to struggle with making friends. Don't we all. Though she does not know that her friend reason for treating her badly.

She seem to think she is cause to all her friends and community problem. Though maybe she not. The way she over thinks things. Mollie finds her when she in the store. Will Mollie help her and be friends with Leila.

Aden seems to find that Leila is a catch but he want to get to know her for himself. His friend Samuel seem to see her at singing and cause hurt to Leila. Leila seem to doubt herself once more and fall into not trusting her friends or herself. Can she let go of the past and trust god? Will she hold on to that past? Can she learn from her past and forgive those that hurt her?

The author tell a story about a girl that want to control everything and worrying about things may be hurting her more then helping her move on. The way the author does this helps show us everyone deal with some of the same issues as everyone else does. It may just be a bit different in the way they live and how they deal with their struggles.


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July 31, 2019

Monthly Wrap Up: July 2019

July became a scorch of a month. You think that heat would let up. We did get a heat wave. I think that is one of the reason for struggling to finish one book. Though you can see I finished two for the month. One in the last three days of the month.

I know I will be layed up for a few hours or so the first weekend of August. With football season starting up soon for the NFL. My weekends or evening when my Pittsburgh Steelers are playing, I will be watching them. Though by September that will be mostly Sundays when the regular season starts.

I have to get a box ready for a bridal shower in august. I hope to get that box down the first week of august after having teeth surgery weekend before. You can see my watching tv was mostly what I was doing for the month of July.

I started setting up some blog post for books I read in 2011. I will spread them out though out the next couple of months with other books reviews coming in as well. I will be still reading books and posting reviews for the year. Just want to catch up on old books I read before starting my blog and getting some of the old reviews written and posted as well.

Books Read in July:

  1. The Brides of the Big Valley by Wanda E. Brunstetter (Book Review coming out on August 1)
  2. Real Murder by Lauren Carr (Book Tour coming in September)
My books really fall in different genres for this past month. They are in 2 different media categories I believe as well. They will be shown below.

Books by Genre:

  1. Christian Fiction - 1 Books
  2. Mystery - 1 Books

Books by Media Categories:

  1. Paperback - 1 Books
  2. Audiobook - 1 Books
I have read a total of 448 Pages, and 7 hrs, 53 mins for the month of July, This is less in terms of books read. I really think I should have gotten more read in the last month and this month. The book that did me in was The Brides of The big Valley. Though i do not know if that was it or the weather more so then reading. The total for 2019 is 5,626 Pages and 34 Hours of Listening.

Books by Pages Total:

  1. The Brides of The Big Valley - 448 Pages
  2. Real Murder - 7 Hours and 53 Mins

Total Pages by Month:

  1. January - 1,530 Pages
  2. February - 532 Pages
  3. March - 1,390 Pages
  4. April - 363 Pages, (about 16 Hours, Listening)
  5. May - 368 Pages, (about 10 Hours, Listening)
  6. June -  995 Pages
  7. July - 448 Pages, (about 8 Hours, Listening)

Total books by Month:

  1. January - 8 Books
  2. February - 2 Books
  3. March - 5 Books
  4. April - 4 Books
  5. May - 2 Books
  6. June - 3 Books
  7. July - 2 Books
 
Tv Watching: 
 - Shark Week (July 28 - Aug 4)
- Rags to Riches (Sims 4 - Youtube)
- Deadliest Catch
- Outdaughered
- Sweet Home Sextuplets
- Untold Stories of the ER (Season 13)
Book Challenges:
- Goodreads Reading Challenge 26/31 Books
- Booklikes Reading Challenge 26/31 Books
- Fiction Addiction's Monthly Wrap up
- Backlog of Reviews (3 Reviews) 2011 though 2017



 Here is everything that been posted for the year. Some things have been will be posted later then when I read the book or reviewed it. Most cases this is when a book is on tour with me. The Book review may be posted later or a month or so done the line. I will gladly mark these when I read the book so you know.
   

My Wrap Ups for the Year:

  1. January
  2. February
  3. March
  4. April 
  5. May
  6. June 
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July 30, 2019

Book Review: Going Home

Book Title: Going Home
Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Publisher: Barbour Books
Publisher Date: September 1, 2007 (288 Pages, Paperback)
Series:   Brides of Webster County Book 1
Genres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Amish, Romance
Faith Stutzman Andrews left her Missouri Amish community ten years ago to pursue her career as a comedian. Now widowed, Faith shows up on her parents' doorstep with her six-year-old daughter in tow. Will the lure of the English world prove too strong for Faith, or will she discover that home is where her heart is? Confirmed bachelor Noah Hertzler often bakes desserts that he gives to others, attaching verses of Scripture to each culinary delight in the hopes of soothing the soul as well as nourishing the body. Can Noah's tactics heal a shattered Faith before she runs away again?
Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from the library. I borrowed before starting my book blog and read it after March 2, 2011. This is one of the many books I read during when I was starting up my book blog. My opinions on this book is my own and honest.
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Faith comes home after living in the English world. She has her daughter in tow with her. What happen to Faith Stutzman Andrews and her daughter. Faith is widowed but what happen to her husband and what makes her to come home.

Noah is enjoying with doing things in the kitchen rather then work in the fields. Noah seem to like help other out and make them feel better. Will Noah be able to help Faith? Their seem to be rules that Faith must follow when she returns back to her parents home.

Will Faith decide to stay or will she leave once again. Noah seem like he likes Faith and her daughter. The author does well with this story. It show that it okay to return back home. Will Faith and Noah find love with each other? It seem that Wanda does this. I remember bit and parts about this story when I read it about seven years ago. I would love to reread it in audio book if I ever get the chance.

This book is worth reading. If you are a fan of christian fiction or even Amish fiction. Wanda is a really good storyteller and this story is no different.
 

July 24, 2019

Book Review: White Christmas Pie

Book Title: White Christmas Pie
Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Publisher: Barbour Books
Publisher Date: September 1, 2008 (304 Pages, Paperback)
Series: Indiana Cousins Book 2
Genres: Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Amish, Christmas, Holiday, Romance
Step into Amish country for this bittersweet holiday romance. Here you'll meet Will Henderson, a young man tortured by his past, and Karen Yoder, a young woman looking for answers. Add a desperate father searching for his son, and you have all the ingredients for a first-class romance that will inspire and enthrall.
Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from the library before I even started review books and started my book blog. I read it sometime in after January 11, 2011.
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This story is about Will Henderson and his troubled past. What happen to Will that he feels like he could not feel loved. Will he find answers about what happen to him. We also meet a young woman that is Amish. Will their be a romance between Karen and Will?

We also have a desperate father looking for his son. Who this father and is search for his son. Was ever happen that created Will feel abandonment. The couple that Will is living with seem to have decided to adopt him.

Karen is looking for answers but what kind of answers. When she starts looking it seems to have her run into Will Henderson life. What will Karen decide and Will Henderson decide to do? Will Henderson become Amish or will they not.

This sweet story is lovely and done well. Their seem that the White Christmas Pie recipe has a message and the key to this lovely mystery Will Henderson past. This recipe seem to help Karen as well. This is wonderful for the holiday season and how it ends.
 

July 16, 2019

Book Review: Anna's Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Book Title: Anna's Crossing
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Genre: Historical Romance, Romance, Historical Fiction, Amish, Christian Fiction
Publisher: Revell
Publisher Date: March 3, 2015 (336 Pages, Paperback)
Series: Amish Beginnings, Book 1
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2319-4
When Anna Konig first meets Bairn, the Scottish ship carpenter of the "Charming Nancy," their encounter is anything but pleasant. Anna is on the ship only to ensure the safe arrival of her loved ones to the New World. Hardened by years of living at sea, Bairn resents toting these naive farmers--dubbed "Peculiars" by deckhands--across the ocean. As delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions afflict crew and passengers alike, Bairn finds himself drawn to Anna's serene nature. For her part, Anna can't seem to stay below deck and far away from the aloof ship's carpenter, despite warnings.
When an act of sacrifice leaves Anna in a perilous situation, Bairn discovers he may not have left his faith as firmly in the past as he thought. But has the revelation come too late?
Amish fiction favorite Suzanne Woods Fisher brings her fans back to the beginning of Amish life in America with this fascinating glimpse into the first ocean crossing as seen through the eyes of a devout young woman and an irreverent man. Blending the worlds of Amish and historical fiction, Fisher is sure to delight her longtime fans even as she attracts new ones with her superb and always surprise-filled writing.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Revell and their book review program. My review is my own and honest.
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This is mostly about how it was dealing with how the Amish came to America. It really tells the story of what happens on a ocean crossing. To extent that it gives what it like when Amish and other were traveling to the New World for their freedom.

You do not go into it expecting what is to happen. It seem more historical then Amish. Though is mostly about Amish and how they come to America. Susanne tell a story about Anna and though she is with while crossing the ocean. She seem interested in the carpenter on the Charming Nancy? Who could that be?


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July 1, 2019

Monthly Wrap up: June 2019


June was really more of rain. Though it was nice. It setting up for July. Which is coming in fast. I got to read three books this month. I also had some busy days in June. I dog sat for a week and also had other things to do.

June was more calmer then May was and more better for me to read. I hope to get more reading down in the next month even more. I am also trying to get some backed up reviews written as well. I hope my back log get cleared up soon.

Books Read in June:

  1. With Winters First Frost by Kelly Irvin  
  2. The Thirteenth Guardian by KM Lewis
  3. A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer
My books really fall in different genres for this past month. They are in 2 different media categories I believe as well. They will be shown bellow.

Books by Genre:

  1. Historical Fiction - 1 Books
  2. Christian Fiction - 1 Books
  3. Science Fiction - 1 Books

Books by Media Categories:

  1. Paperback - 2 Books
  2. E-book - 1 Books
I have read a total of 995 Pages for the month of June, This is lot better then what I had last month. Though May had a death in the family. I was able to get three books read this past month. The total for 2019 is 5,178 Pages and 26 Hours of Listening.

Books by Pages Total:

  1. With Winters First Frost - 336 Pages
  2. The Thirteenth Guardian - 307 Pages
  3. A Silken Thread - 352 Pages

Total Pages by Month:

  1. January - 1,530 Pages
  2. February - 532 Pages
  3. March - 1,390 Pages
  4. April - 363 Pages, (about 16 Hours, Listening)
  5. May - 368 Pages, (about 10 Hours, Listening)
  6. June -  995 Pages

Total books by Month:

  1. January - 8 Books
  2. February - 2 Books
  3. March - 5 Books
  4. April - 4 Books
  5. May - 2 Books
  6. June - 3 Books



 Here is everything that been posted for the year. Some things have been will be posted later then when I read the book or reviewed it. Most cases this is when a book is on tour with me. The Book review may be posted later or a month or so done the line. I will gladly mark these when I read the book so you know.

      

    My Wrap Ups for the Year:

    1. January
    2. February
    3. March
    4. April 
    5. May 
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