Book Review: OffBeat

Offbeat

by Megan Clendenan

Orca Book Publishers

Children’s Fiction , Teens & YA

Pub Date 28 Aug 2018

I am reviewing OffBeat through Orca House Publishers and Netgalley:

Rose is fourteen year olds and with her best friend Shilo by her side she believes she can become a folk music sensation, the problem is convincing her Mom to continue to pay for her expensive violin lessons.

Rose’s Mothet wants her to focus on classical music in preparation for college. She wants her to join the youth choir.

Rose decides to enter a fiddle competition and win the unique surprise in hopes that her Mom will see that she can make it as a folk musician.

I give OffBeat five or of five stars!

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Book Review: Raw Talent

Raw Talent

by Jocelyn Shipley

Orca Book Publishers

Children’s Fiction , Teens & YA

Pub Date 28 Aug 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Raw Talent through Orca Book Publishers and Netgalley:

Paisley has a passion for signing, her dream is to be a pop star like her idol Denzi. Her idol just happened to grow up in Stonehill, just as sh was. Paisley has one big hurdle to overcome she has paralyzing stage fright.

Word gets out that the famous Stratford stage actress that worked with Denzi, is in town, staying at a local bed and breakfast, paisley convinced the actress to face her fears!

I give Raw Talent five out of five stars!

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Book Review: I am Rahab

I Am Rahab

Touched By God, Fully Restored

by Autumn Miles

Worthy Publishing

Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 21 Aug 2018

I am reviewing a copy of I Am Rahab through Worthy Publishing and Netgalley:

In I Am Rahab we are reminded that most of the Heroes in the Bible were ordinary people who sinned, they weren’t perfect. But God’s Love, mercy and truth was greater than their sin.

This book will help us to better understand God, focusing on his reach to redeem all things for his purposes and the good of his children.

I give I Am Rahab five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Eleanor Rosevelt: Fighter For Justice

Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice

Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the World

by Ilene Cooper

ABRAMS Kids

Abrams Books for Young Readers

Children’s Nonfiction , Middle Grade

Pub Date 07 Aug 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Eleanor Rosevelt, Fighter For Justice through Abrams Books for Young Readers and Netgalley:

Eleanor Rosevelt went from poor little rich girl to a woman who gave a voice to the voiceless. The wife of Franklin Delano Rosevelt and First Lady, she choose to use her voice in a way many in her era were afraid too!

Despite her families wealth in her childhood, it was not exactly idyllic, her Father battled addictions and would be gone for long stretches at a time, but he was the one that also showed her that not everyone was as blessed as she was. When she was only six her Father took her to help feed a couple needy boys Thanksgiving dinner, which likely was a large part of the reason she fought so hard for those in need throughout her life.

In 1892 when her Mother was only twenty nine she came down with Diptheria and the disease eventually ended up killing her. Leaving the children with only their troubled Father to care for them. A few months later her younger brother Elliot would die of Scarlet Fever, a little more than a year later she would loose her Father to Suicide!

At fifteen her Grandmother Hall sent Eleanor to a boarding school just outside of London.

After having some marriage trouble, Eleanor developed a form of Anorexia. By 1919 Eleanor had dismissed all the white servants and replaced them with a black staff.

Eleanor Rosevelt showed that by overcoming her fears and insecurities and prejudiced she could and did make a difference for Civil Rights Movement as well as many other important movements.

I give Eleanor Rosevelt, fighter for justice five out of five stars!

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Book Review: My Real Name is Hanna

My Real Name is Hanna

by Tara Lynn Masih

Mandel Vilar Press

Historical Fiction , Teens & YA

Pub Date 25 Sep 2018

I am reviewing a copy of My Name is Hanna through Netgalley and Mandel Villar Press:

My Name is Hanna is a beautifully written story of a young Jewish girl coming of age in wartime Ukraine.

Hanna Silka’s in on the verge of turning fourteen when Hitler comes into the Soviet Occupied Ukraine and is determined to free her area of all the Jews, until the German Occupation . She spent her life exploring Kwasova with her younger siblings and admiring the drawings of Leon Stadnick and helping her Mother dye Pysanky eggs but now their families are forced to flee into the Forest and in dark caves beneath the rolling meadows where it is said there are evil spirits!

Months of living underground has left them sick and malnourished . Hanna’s Father ends up missing in this time and it falls on her to find him. The others are two weak or sick! Will Hanna find out a way to save her family and friends? Find out My Real Name is Hanna!

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Farmer’s Bride Collection

The Farmer’s Bride Collection

6 Romances Spring from Hearts, Home, and Harvest

by Kimberley Comeaux, Susan Downs, JoAnn A. Grote, Ellen Edwards Kennedy, Debby Mayne, DiAnn Mills

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Barbour Books

Christian , Romance

Pub Date 01 Jul 2018

I am reviewing a copy of The Farmer’s Bride Collection through Barbour Books and Netgalley:

In the first story in The Farmer’s Bride Collection, One Little Prayer by Kimberly Comeaux. Louanne Wise is a precarious nine year old girl longs for someone to call Dad, because her Dad died in The Civil War. Her Mother has been running the farm for far to long. When Louanne finds an injured man in her woods, she believes her Mother may not be convinced.

In the Second Story The Ties That Bind, by Susan K. Downs: Fifteen orphans have arrived by train from New York City amongst the new arrivals are Anna and Andrew Clymer brothers and Sisters who are determined to stay together, unfortunately Luke has made it that each child will be adopted by a single parent but it will take a miracle to get the stubborn widowed seamstress and the arrogant wheat farmer together so they could build a family.

In a Homesteader A Bride, and a Baby by Joanne A Grote when Diptheria robs Loretta Taber of her only sister she finds herself caring for her infant nephew. The Minnesota Homestead the infant inherited isn’t turning a prophet, even if Loretta could manage it on her own. How can a single woman earn a living and raise a child? And, how can she avoid ugly rumors that surround her friendship with a helpful homesteader!

The Applesauce War by Ellen Edwards Kennedy, Vetity McCracken and Pete Delorme’s father has created a rift between their families in an effort to set their children up. The McCracken’a need help in harvesting their bountiful Apple crop but theDelmore’s aren’t going to lift a finger to help. Verity and Peter decide to work together to decipher where the problem started between Christians, but that makes the Father’a madder. Will they be able to end this feud?

Sunshine Harvest by Debby Mayne, Anna Drake’s father dies unexpectedly, sinking her Mother into a depression. The large crew of citrus harvesters are depending on her for her livelihood but Anna Drake is not going to quit nor will she accept charity. Daniel Hopkins won’t be dettered though and he is determined from showing Christian kindness. Anna soon surrenders parts of her heart and give in.

In New Beginnings by DiAnn Mills we meet Betsy Malone a women who is living a lie. She is married to her childhood sweetheart Nicholas and they moved to an Ohio farm, the only problem is she no longer loves him and she’s not sure if she ever did! Betsyknkws her husband can’t be fooled for long and she’s afraid of what will happen when he discovers how she really feels.

I give The Farmers Bride Collection five out of five stars!

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Book Review: River to Redemption

River to Redemption

by Ann H. Gabhart

Revell

Christian

Pub Date 03 Jul 2018

I am reviewing a copy of River to Redemption through Revell and Netgalley:

Adria Starr was orphaned by a Cholera epidemic in 1833. First the seven year old looses her Father and then tries to care for her Mother and little brother, Adria gets sick too and her Mother and brother die, but a slave man helps her, tends to the sick and buried the dead, passing up his opportunity to escape

Twelve years later despite his heroic efforts Louis is being sold by his owners despite the man’s heroic actions. Adria is now nineteen and has never forgotten how Louis saved her life. Adria is determined to find a way to buy Louis feeling, but is that even possible in 1840’s Kentucky?

I give River to Redemption five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Zora & Me: The Cursed Ground

Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground

by T.R. Simon

Candlewick Press

Candlewick

Children’s Fiction , Middle Grade

Pub Date 11 Sep 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Zora &Me: The Cursed Ground through Candlewick Press and Netgalley:

This book is a powerful fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood adventures.

Zora Neale Hurston and her best friend Claire learn the town mute is not really mute after all making them feel as if they uncovered a big secret, but Mr Polk’s silence hides something that goes back fifty years, and the tragic story of a girl named Lucia who was a slave. Zora’s curiosity leads her and a reluctant Carrie deeper into the mystery.

The story is told in two different narratives one in 1903 and the other 50 years prior where we learn of Lucia. It shows how Lucia’s struggle for freedom resonates over the years threatening the future of America’s first black township.

I give Zora and Me five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Thief of Corinth

Thief of Corinth

by Tessa Afshar

Tyndale House Publishers

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Christian , Historical Fiction

Pub Date 07 Aug 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Thief of Corinth through Tyndale House Publishers and Netgalley:

Corinth in the first century is a city full of commerce as well as charm. It has a darker side too though, one of danger and corruption. The town is the perfect setting for Ariadne’s greatest adventure!

After years of living with her Mother and her Oppressive Grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father’s home in Corinth, where she discovers the secret that destroyed her Mother and Father’s marriage. Despite Galenos being a Greek of High Birth he is a thief that has been robbing the city’s corrupt of their ill gotten gains!

In order to keep her Father sake, Ariadne risks her reputation, her freedom and the love of a man she adores to become her father’s apprentice. Ariadne using her unusual athletic ability and that ends up leading her into dangerous exploits. And discovers she revels in living on the dangerous side but when the wrong person finds out she and her Father could risk their very lives.

But after befriending a Jewish Rabbi named Paul, and realize the radical message puts into question everything they fought to build, yet offers something neither one of them hoped to date for.

I give the Thief of Corinth five out of five stars’

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Book Review: Raise Your Voice

Raise Your Voice

Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up

by Kathy Khang

InterVarsity Press

Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 31 Jul 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Raise Your Voice through InterVarsity Press and Netgalley.

We have a voice, and God has given it to us to use. In some places certain voices are amplified while others are either erased or suppressed.

We often find it hard to speak up, especially when we fear what we say being twisted on Social Media. We become silent and marginalized by power dynamics, especially when race, gender and ethnicity become factors.

Activist Kathy Khang reminds us that the root of out identify and ethnicity are rooted in the image of God!

I give Raise Your Voice five out of five stars!

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