Book Review: Once You Know This

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Once You Know This
by Emily Blejwas
Random House Children’s
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Children’s Fiction
Pub Date 19 Sep 2017

I am reviewing Once You Know This through Random House Children’s and their partnership with Netgalley:

Brittany is eleven years old and knows their is a better world out there, but sometimes it is hard to see it. Brittany lives in Chicago, her Grandmother is sick, she doesn’t like her stepfather, her Cat is missing.

Mr. Mcinnis, her fifth grade teacher wants his students to dream, to believe they can be anything, despite their circumstances. Brittany finds the courage to help her Mother and her baby brother escape the abusive situation after her Grandmother dies of Alzheimers.

This is a wonderful book for Middle Grade readers, I believe many girls would be able to relate to Brittany’s character.

I give this book five out of five stars.

Happy Reading.

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Book Review: Loving Luther

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Loving Luther
by Allison Pittman
Tyndale House Publishers
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Christian , Historical Fiction
Pub Date 01 Sep 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Loving Luther through Tyndale House Publishers and their partnership with Netgalley:

At the age of six Katarina Van Bora is given to the church body and soul to help ease her families burden. At first and older girl name Terese starts to bully her. But Katarina soon learns that Terese lost her Mother, and that she didn’t have a Father, her Mother had been a prostitute.

Katarina is an intelligent young girl, who has a curiosity that sometimes gets her in trouble and as she grows older she doesn’t loose that curiosity, and it makes her question her calling in life. She begins reading Martin Luther’s passages which quickly lands her into trouble.

Katarina soon realizes she must leave the convent, she must leave the Church. Her Faith is strong, but she no longer feels being a Nun is her calling. Katarina and some of her friends decide to leave the nunnery, and follow Luther’s teachings.

Katarin Van Bora leaves the nunnery not knowing where her next meal will come from, where she will lay her head, but she feels this is what God is calling her to do, follow Luther’s teachings, more importantly Christ’s teachings.

Soon she finds she can have a life for herself and still live for God, she discovers that it is okay to fall in love and get married. She discovers that being happy is not a sin.

I give Loving Luther five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!

Book Review: To Wager Her Heart


To Wager Her Heart

by Tamera Alexander

Zondervan Fiction

Zondervan
Christian

Pub Date 08 Aug 2017 

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of To Wager Her Heart through Zondervan and Netgalley:

Alexandra Donnelson is a Southern Belle turned teacher pursuing her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first free men’s university in the United States, but her family does not approve.

Sylas Rutledge is a former gambler and new owner of East Line Railway.  Her Friendship with Mary Harding throws her together with both Sylas Rutledge and General Harding.

Who will Alexandra choose?

Find out in To Wager Her Heart.

Five out of five stars.

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Dewey Fairchild Parent Problem Solver


Dewey Fairchild, Parent Problem Solver

by Lorri Horn

Amberjack Publishing
Children’s Fiction , Middle Grade

Pub Date 08 Aug 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Dewey Fairchild, Parent Problem Solver through Amberjack Publishing and Netgalley:

Dewey Fairchild is so good with solving parent problems that he’s built a career out of it. He even has a secretary Clara, she’s a great alibi and an even better baker.

Dewey has no problem when it comes to helping others with their problems, but when he learns that his Father is moving them to Alaska he finds a problem that will be difficult if not impossible to solve.  Will he be able to solve the problem, or accept the move?

Find out in Dewey Fairchild, Parent Problem Solver:

Five out of five stars

Happy Reading!

Book Review: My Wounded Island


My Wounded Island

by Jacques Pasquet, illus. Marion Arbona

Orca Book Publishers

Children’s Fiction

Pub Date 29 Aug 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of My Wounded Island through Orca Book Publishers and Netgalley:

In this beautifully written and illustrated Children’s book we are taken to Sarichef where an invisible creature in the waves is altering the lives of the Inupiat people who call the Island Home.   In this book a young girl and her family are forced to move to the center of the Island for refuge from the rising sea.

I give this book five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Some Bright Morning I’ll Fly Away


Some Bright Morning, I’ll Fly Away

A Memoir
by Alice Anderson

St. Martin’s Press

Biographies & Memoirs

Pub Date 29 Aug 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Some Bright Morning I’ll Fly Away through St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley:

Alice Anderson returns home Post Katrina to find out the damage that was done to her beloved Mississippi Coastline and the once immaculate home she had shared with her husband Dr. Liam Rivers and their three children. Liam is the highly respected chief of medicine, whereas Alice left behind a writing career in New York as well as a modeling career in Paris.  But Liam’s mental health is spiraling, even attacking her at knifepoint, she is saved by her three year old Son.  The author has no choice but to flee but not without a battle.

Liam makes it his mission to do everything in his power to make Alice look like she was at fault, hiring pi’s to stalk her.

In this book, the author not only deals with the effects of Katrina, but a battle against high-powered southern attorneys who refuse to believe the facts about Liam and the abuse Alice and her children had to endure.

I give Some Bright Morning I’ll Fly Away five out of five stars.

Happy Reading!

Book Review: 99 Red Baloons


99 Red Balloons

A chillingly clever psychological thriller with a stomach-flipping twist
by Elisabeth Carpenter

Avon Books UK

Avon
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 24 Aug 2017 

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of 99 Red Ballons through Avon Books UK and Netgalley:

Two girls go missing, decades apart.  What if one of them were your daughter.

Eight year old Grace is last seen in a sweetshop. Emma (her Mother) is living a waking nightmare, but is there more to Grace’s dissapearance than meets the eye?

Will emails sent between her husband and her sister shed new light?  Why did it take so long for her Mother to join in the search?  

Zoe went missing in 1986, and still has not been found, what happened to Zoe and what will happen to Grace?

Find out in 99 Red Ballons!

Five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Train to Nowhere


Train to Nowhere

One Woman’s War, Ambulance Driver, Reporter, Liberator
by Anita Leslie

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (World)

Bloomsbury Caravel
Biographies & Memoirs , Travel

Pub Date 24 Aug 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Train to Nowhere through Bloomsbury Caravel and Netgalley:

Anita Leslie wasn’t a likely person to find on the battlefield during World War Two.  In 1940 England Anita reads an advertisement searching for Women drivers ready to go to Africa.

From November 1940 to February 1941 they lived in the Barracks in Robert Heights Camp Near Pretoria, in February orders came for them to proceed to Creet or Egypt.  In a may heatwave they dealt with temperatures that soared to 119 degrees.

She went from Egypt to Transjordan and in the Autumn of 1942 she had to leave Transjordan and head for Beirut where she would resume working with the Eastern Times!

In May of 1944 Anita is sent to Italy where she worked as an ambulance driver transporting the injured.

In this book we learn just what Anita Leslie went through, and her efforts to help in World War 2.

I give it five out of five stars.

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Fear Less Pray More


Fear Less, Pray More

A Woman’s Devotional Guide to Courageous Living
by Janet Ramsdell Rockey

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Barbour Books
Christian , Nonfiction (Adult)

Pub Date 01 Aug 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Fear Less, Pray More through Barbour Publishing and Netgalley:

Let’s be honest, we live in fearful times, and sometimes we let ourselves fotget that God is still in control, in this Devotional we are giving a Daily reminder of how we can rest assured that no matter what is happening in the world, God is more powerful.

This devotional reminds us that Freedom is not Free, and reminds us it takes courage to vote.  We are reminded that it takes courage to deal with corrupt leaders, or a corrupt government.

I give Fear Less, Pray More five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Fatal Trust


Fatal Trust

by Todd M. Johnson

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers
Christian

Pub Date 01 Aug 2017 

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Fatal Trust through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:

Ian Wells is a young criminal defense attorney, struggling to build the Minneapolis law practice he inherited from his Father while caring for his Mother who has Alzheimer’s. Just as he feels he is about to hit his breaking point Ian is offered a simple case, a case which he is called to determined if three men qualify for over a nine million dollar trust fund.

Ian accepts the job and soon finds himself dragged into a mystery linking the trust with a decades old criminal enterprise and the greatest art theft in Minnesota history.  As stolen money from the art theft surfaces Ian finds himself being looked at as a suspect by Brook Daniels, a criminal prosecutor as well as his best friend?

Wil they be able to solve this decades old crime?

Find out in Fatal Trust 

Five out of five stars

Happy Reading!