Book Review:With You Always

With You Always

Jody Hedlund

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers
Pub Date 06 Jun 2017

I am reviewing With You Always through through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:

This book transports us back to 1850’s New York City, where we meet Elise Neumann where she is staying at the newly opened Seventh Street Mission. She finds herself looking for a job, trying to earn some money so she can build a life for herself and not rely on charity.

Elise and Thirton soon find themselves trying to get safely away from the violence that had erupted on the streets, they get themselves and a blind beggar to the relative safety of the Seventh Street Mission.  

When Elise can’t find work she signs on with the Children’s Aide Society where she will be sent west to work.

Elise finds herself amazed at the speed of the train, the changing scenery.

Thornton too is traveling by train and is doing everything he can to get Elise’s attention.

Elise has no idea that Thorton’s Father is a railroad Baron or that they are one of the wealthiest families in New York, until someone tells her.

Elise finds herself b working for Thorton in Illinois but soon it is Elise teaching Thorton what its really like for those who work for him.

Will Elise and Thorton take a chance at love despite everything stacked against them?  Find out in With You Always!

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review:  Creating Calm In the Center of Crazy

Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy

Making Room for Your Soul in an Overcrowded Life

by Nicole Johnson

Zondervan Non-Fiction

Pub Date 06 Jun 2017

I am reviewing Creating Calm In the Center of Crazy through Zondervan Non-Fiction and Netgalley:

Nichols Johnson reminds us that although creating Calm in the center of crazy May not be easy, it is possible.

She remindsme us that pain can bring life screeching to a halt.

The author points out how rejection can effect our lives and how we do not know what printmaking point is until we reach it.

We are reminded too of the importance of setting boundaries with technology, because we have become so dependent on it.

Nichole Johnson points out the importance of taking Sabbatical from social media as well.

I give Creating Calm In the Center of Crazy five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Crossing the River Kabul

Crossing the River Kabul

An Afghan Family Odyssey

by Kevin McLean

University of Nebraska Press

Potomac Books
Biographies & Memoirs History
Pub Date 01 Jun 2017

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Crossing the River Kabul: An Afghan Family Odyssey through University of Nebraska Press and Netgalley:

It’s October of 1980 Baryalai Popal finds himself and his family having to escape Is up, after seeing professors disappearing and being replace with communist.  They leave without a plan because Popal knows that no one can be trusted.

They left without luggage because that would be far to dangerous, they carried documents in small plastic bags.  

They flew from Kabul to Japan as where they would cross the border.

During there attempted escape when Afzel stepped on on a landmine.

In Pakistan the family gets arrested, mistaken for spies, and treated horribly until they discover a mistake has been made.

In 1981 Popal finds himself in Turkey, and then Germany where he stayed until 1992 when he was able to come to America.

This journey took Baryali from Afghanistan, to Pakistan, Turkey, Germany and America.

I give Crossing the River Kabul five out of five stars.

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Book Review:God Is

God Is

A Devotional Guide to the Attributes of God

by Mark Jones


Pub Date 30 Jun 2017

I am reviewing God Is: A Devotional Guide to the attributes of God through Crossway and Netgalley Review:

In God Is we are reminded that in His Word he reveals many things about himself, but His attributes shine through his Son Jesus Christ.

The author points out that we as Christians are Monotheists , that we believe in one true living God.

We are reminded too that God is not simply good but he is goodness itself.

God Is would be great for either personal or group study.

I give God Is five out of five stars.

Book Review: My Heart Belongs In the Superstition Mountains

My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains

Carmela’s Quandary

by Susan Page Davis

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Barbour Books
Pub Date 01 Mar 2017

I am reviewing a copy of My Heart In Superstition Mountains Through Barbour Publishing Inc and Netgalley:

Carmella finds herself with an uncle who cares less about her and more about the money she brings in than about her or her well being.  He forces her to tell her story in front of large crowds, making her relive the loss of her parents. The story he has her tell isn’t even the truth wh ugh makes it harder. 

On the road with the Marshall in the Arizona Territory they are robbed and her Uncle Shot, she was tired of her uncles lies about her time withn the Apache, and this was not how she wanted those lies to come to light.

Will Carmella be able to let go of her past and build a future for herself in the Superstition Mountains?  Find out In My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains.

Five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Divided We Fall

Divided We Fall

Overcoming a History of Christian Disunity

by Luder G. Whitlock Jr.

P & R Publis  

Pub Date 31 May 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Divided We Fall through P and R Publishing and Netgalley:

Luder G Whitlock Jr, reminds us that we cannot have unity in the church butI that should not come at the cost of a water down or worse yet an elastic gospel.

The author asks the question that has been asked for centuries What is the church? What is it function?  How is it supposed to function?  Where should we begin to best understand it?  Often along with these questions, the question of unity arises.  

We are reminded too that in order to better answer these questions we need too turn to the word of God.

We are reminded too that if a church is Divided it Will Fall, and loose it’s Core. 

The author points out too that Mega Churches, actually have a negative impact on smaller churches.

Divided We Fall is a well argued, well researched book with some good points.  I give it five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Under A Summer Sky

Under a Summer Sky

A Savannah Romance
by Melody Carlson


Pub Date 06 Jun 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Under a Summer Sky through Revell publishing and Netgalley:

In this book we meet Nicole Anderson is a homeschool art teacher who is now being asked to run an art gallery for the summer. She takes the job despite the fact she will have to work with Amrya someone deteemined to make her life miserable.

She soon finds herself along care of one of the gallery owners granddaughters, for a few days.  Bernice is a budding artist.

Nicole manages to enjoy her time in Savannah despite Amrya, making friends, selling art, and even falling in love.

I give A Summer Sky five out of five stars.

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Book Review: The Journalist

The Journalist

by Dan Newman

Diversion Books

Diversion Publishing
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 20 Jun 2017

Archive Date 20 Jun 2017I am reviewing a copy of The Journalist through Diversion Publishing and Netgalley:

Fourteen bodies found, all murdered and all children ten years of age or under.

Roland Keene is a journalist, who has traveled to Rwanda, he leaves his hotel room, and goes off to find armed rebels.  

Roland Keene finds himself searching down his final bullet story, as he finds himself running from bookies in Chicago.  He orchestrates a robbery that turns into a Murder!

Will his actions lead to his death?

Find out in The Journalist?

Five out of five stars

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Book Review: You Will Pay

You Will Pay

by Lisa Jackson

Kensington Books

General Fiction (Adult) Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 30 May 2017

Archive Date 02 Jun 2017
I am reviewing You Will Pay through Kensington Books and Netgalley:

Elle was only nineteen, and thinking of killing herself despite the fact she was pregnant.  But just as she changed her mind someone pushes her over the cliff’s edge into water.

Monica is barely nineteen herself and in charge of eight eleven year old girls at Camp Horseshoe. The camp where Elle had been a counselor out as well before she went missing. 

It all started as a prank amongst Camp Counselors  As a prank and turned Into something more, something darker.

Find out what unfolds in You Will Pay,

Four out of five stars.

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Book Review: Hedy’s Journey: The True Story of A Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust


Hedy’s Journey: The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust
by Michelle Bisson
Capstone Press
Children’s Nonfiction , Middle Grade
Pub Date 01 Aug 2017

I am reviewing Hedy’s Journey: The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust through Capstone Press and Netgalley:

This story is geared towards Middle Grade reader’s. We learn of a young Jewish Women having to travel through Europe on her own in the Middle of World War Two during the time of Holocaust. She was Jewish and had to flee the Nazi’s.

She talks about her cousin Marika being killed by the Nazi’s in that time. That Summer her Forty Nine year old Father was forced to spend three months in a labor camp as a “waterboy” by the Hungarian Nazi officers.

The family was granted passports for America but they had to travel separately for risk of being found out. Hedy did not look Jewish so it was easier for her to travel alone.

This is the story of Hedy’s family one of the lucky one’s who were able to escape the Nazi’s and find freedom here in America.

I give Hedy’s Journey five out of five stars.

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