Book Review: A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

Book Review: A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

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LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. This book kept me up reading long after the hours of the day dictated that I should have been asleep. But no, I just didn’t want to stop reading it. I just had to know how it was going to end.

A Note Yet Unsung is about Rebekah Carrington who has returned home after spending her years of education in Europe, learning music. But she returns home after the death of her grandmother and the funds for her to stay overseas is gone. She returns home to a house that holds terrible memories and she’s eager to find a job that allows her to live elsewhere. Thus, her determination to audition for a seat in the orchestra. But despite her determination, she fails to obtain a seat because she is a woman. So after obtaining a potential governess position, she seeks out work so that one day she can apply for a seat in the orchestra in New York, where a woman has successfully been employed.

The one thing that I love about this book is that despite it being book three of the Belmont Mansion series, I did not find myself lost and floundering at any time. In fact, I have no idea who the previous characters were other than the Mrs. Adelicia Cheatham. But upon reading this story, I find that I definitely need (no wait, want) to read the first two in this particular series.

The author, Tamera, did an excellent job I believe in weaving the plot throughout the story along. There wasn’t an excessive amount of talking, and where there was, I was able to stay along with the story without being overwhelmed. There were moments where I could feel moisture in my eyes, and then laugh out loud moments. Then those awwww, and hurray!

The only pieces I felt were lacking were the issues with her and her mom, and the problem with her grandmother’s money, and her stepfather’s issues. The primary story was on Rebekah, and I thought that was just spot on.

I did receive this book from the publisher Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Bible Trivia, Jokes & Fun Facts for Kids by Troy Schmidt

Book Review: Bible Trivia, Jokes & Fun Facts for Kids by Troy Schmidt

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Who doesn’t like a book that is full of fun facts and fun jokes to pull on other people? One group of people certainly love it and that is kids!

Great trivia which leads you to learning more about the Bible than you thought you knew. What’s even better? The parents get to learn something along the way with the questions and following answers.

What does it contain? Let’s see, knock knock jokes, fill in the missing word (a list of words to choose from are provided with an answer key), Are you smarter than King Solomon type of questions (think are you smarter than a third grader here), Old Testament scramble (unscramble words), Who are you (where you give five hints to someone and they guess who you are talking about).

All in all, I think this is a really cool book. Great for families wanting to instill Bible knowing on their kids (and themselves!).

I received this book from Bethany House publishers. The review is my own with no pressure to write a positive review.

Book Review: People of the Second Chance by Mike Foster

Book Review: People of the Second Chance by Mike Foster

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When I stumbled upon this particular book, it was partly the cover art that prompted me to read the synopsis of the book. The back cover drew me in and wondered if it would be a good book for a family member who is struggling with personal issues. Would the book be good enough to help him overcome and find hope with his issues. I had doubt, but was willing to check the book out for myself to see.

Let’s just say, I received the book in the mail yesterday and opened it up and put it on my counter. This morning, just before work, I started reading a few pages and realized as I was entering into the second chapter I needed to stop. It drew me in. Captivated me. This is a book that is good for anyone, and not just those who have made terrible mistakes and believe that their lives are no good. It’s for anyone who is willing to admit that they are not perfect and no longer want to try and pretend that they are perfect.

There are a few things that I didn’t completely agree with, but for the overwhelming book I did. I think there are so many things, especially in this day and age, where people are offended by something another person says or does and finds it necessary to scream in their face to tell them that they are wrong. The book encourages us and any individual, to answer questions to ourselves to know whether or not you are being shamed. If not, then chances are you just have an opinion about something that isn’t the same as the other person. As Mike says “The reason we get so upset at people who disagree or hold different values is that we all are subconsciously aware of our brokenness. When someone points out a difference, we see it as a deficiency.”

The book I found was just a consistent reflection on how we need to change out lives, and find ways that we are defining ourselves. No longer are we to think negatively of our selves, but look at ourselves as a new identity. The identity that is deep within us and truly wanting to break free, the one that has been buried beneath the brokenness, the shame, the mistakes of old.

The People of the Second Chance encourages all of us to know that our lives is not a one strike your out situation, but rather a chance to make a new chapter, a new story in our lives. God has forgiven us and it is up to us to go in the right direction.

Needless to say, I would most definitely recommend this book. It does have a Christian slant, however it is not overtly Christian which is why I find it possible to share it with others not of a Christian interest. The book doesn’t bang you over the head with reminding you that you have sinned, which by the way, the word “sin” does not come up anywhere within these pages. That in itself, was refreshing. A new outlook.

I did receive this book from the publisher Waterbrook Publishing via the website Blogging for Books. The opinions and reviews of this book are my own with no pressure to write a positive review.

Book Review: A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd

Book Review: A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd

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This book cover was very attractive and lured me into selecting it to read. It’s like an art piece with the story about the art within its pages. However, alot of times the story of adventure is not quite what you expect to find within the pages.

Annabelle Thorley is in the care of her brother and he is determined to marry her off to a rich, much older man. Afraid that she is going to be stuck in a marriage not of her choosing, she runs off with her maid Crosley, hoping for a new beginning in the home of her mother’s brother.

At her uncle’s home, she finds that her uncle has allowed her to stay, but with the understanding that she must work for her uncle at the school in Fellsworth. In turn, her maid takes a position with the took and together they share a room with two others.

There is drama when poachers are using young boys from the school and they are caught up in a situation out of their control. There is also the story of Owen Locke, who’s wife was murdered many years ago and his daughter attends the school, to whom Annabelle teaches painting. And of course, there is the developing love story.

I have read another story of Sarah E. Ladd called “Dawn at Emberwilde” and had absolutely loved it, yet on the same token, her book the “Heiress at Winterwood” I came away from it disappointed. In which category was this book? Sadly for me it was not a positive experience. I found myself struggling to read it and never really enjoying any of the characters.

There was definitely a lot of adventure in the pages, but not a lot of development. It had so much potential, and yet in so many areas just fell flat. I completely understand the weaving of the situations in and out and how they came about, but I felt that they could have been woven together more tightly and maybe some story lines left out and focused on the main story line. Instead, I found myself wanting to know more, to really get to know Annabelle, to like her a little more than I did.

Despite my not really enjoying this particular book, I do look forward to reading other books by her and hoping that it was merely a fluke my disconnect with the story.

I did receive this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson via Netgalley. The review is my own and I was not required to leave a positive review.

 

Book Review: Watch by Rick James

Book Review: Watch by Rick James

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I’ve been delinquent in sharing my thoughts about this particular book, but only because I forgot that it was in my stack of books to be shared. The holidays hit and suddenly all responsibility was shoved out the window, as the quest to find the perfect gift ensued. But as I was reading an email from Tyndale, I recognized I had a book I needed to write about and share my thoughts about.

The book that I had chosen from Rick James was called “Watch”. It has a rather interesting book cover that caught my attention, probably due to the rooster that I currently have in the backyard that crows around 4 am. A time that is nowhere near a time that he needs to be crowing. In fact, this particular rooster is useless, because he doesn’t do a very good job in watching his flock of hens. What he does do a good job of, is eyeballing me and wondering when I’m not watching him so he can make his dash and attempt to flog me. But me, I’m always watching out for him, like him for me.

But back to the book. The synopsis of the book is that you have a “wide-awake faith in a world fast asleep.” I find myself often pondering this ideology which is why I was curious to read this book.

I found the book to be relatively easy to read, and with enough bible quotes not to feel like I was being preached upon. If you are wanting a theological discussion on how the world of Christians are sleeping, then this is not the book for you. It is not deep, for which I was thankful for, and was just enough thought provoking that made me look into my own life and look for ways to make changes. But, neither will I be calling up fellow church member to have an in-depth discussion on this book.

It was divided into chapters, and each chapter had short stories sprinkled with bible verses to make the point across. I like that I am able to pick up the book and be able to start reading in the middle, without getting lost because I didn’t read each page by page by chapter by chapter.

Would I recommend this book? Um, maybe. It’s light reading and something to pass the time on a trip. For me, I enjoyed it for the most part.

I received this book complimentary from the publisher, Tyndale Publisher, via the Tyndale Blog Network. The review I wrote was my own honest opinion, without any pressure to present a positive review.

Book Review: An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

Book Review: An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

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Loved this book. Absolutely loved it. I found it to be a different style of writing in comparison to many other books I had read, but for some reason, this style totally worked for this story.

First off, the story is about Adelaide Bell and Trent Hawthorne who have found themselves married in short time. All because they were alone overnight in the broken remains of a house, and they don’t even know one another! But yet, marriage is proposed and accepted to save face for Adelaide.

From here, the story goes and we are introduced to Adelaide and Trent. We are given insight to theirs thoughts, worries and joys, while at the same time the confusion that they face within this match not quite made in heaven. There is not a lot of dialogue, but yet, there is just enough. The story weaves together as both individuals try to find their places in this thing called marriage. While at the same time, Adelaide struggles to figure out just who she is, other than the one who is her sister Helena’s shadow.

This is a book where I would say it is a symphony of words, brought together in such a lovely tune that I want to read more of this couple and not to say the least, more of the author. Well done, I say, well done!

The good thing about this book, is that even though it is part of a series, the Hawthorne House, I did not find myself lost at any point. It’s only after I’m researching the author that I realized that i have already read the story about Georgina and her own marriage in An Elegant Facade (https://tenntwo.wordpress.com/2016/07/14/book-review-an-elegant-facade-by-kristi-ann-hunter/) back in July, 2016.

I received this book complimentary from Bethany House publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Too Blessed to be Stressed by Debora M. Coty

Book Review: Too Blessed to be Stressed by Debora M. Coty

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This is a nice hard back book containing 365 devotions for women to follow along in the year. It has daily inspiration to get us up and out of our duldrums to start the day. The back of the book essentially describes it as touching on everyday life topics with encouraging words to refresh our souls. I started my first devotion back in December, just to get a feel for the book.

What I do like about it is the hard back touch of the book, it means it can go through many days of reading without having that dog-eared appearance that many soft cover books do. Especially after multiple readings. The daily readings were fun to read.

But there were a few things that held me back from dedicating this book to being my daily reader, and that is the font size. It’s super tiny. Almost like an 8pt font, which is considerably below a 9 pt that is easier to read. Then add onto the font a light purple for the body copy. The text is in a light teal green, all of the colors a play on the front of the book. And I get it, it looks great on the inside. But when it comes to reading, you need to make sure you are in a well lit area or next to sunlight to read it well. Not one to read in the early morning dusky hours.

That said, I did enjoy the days within the pages. The out packaging of the book also looks great and pulled me in. But the reading itself of the book within the pages would be the one thing that would actually keep me from purchasing this book for others.