Monday, August 27, 2018

Book Review: Tides of Deception by Christy Barritt

Tides of Deception by Christy Barritt is book 1 in the Lantern Beach Romantic Suspense series.  I am a longtime fan of this author and I was delighted to read the beginning of a new series of books.  This series is set in Lantern Beach and includes some of the same characters from a previous series.  This is the story of Austin and Skye.  Both characters are hiding secrets that they will have to deal with if they are to trust each other in their current circumstance.  Ms Barritt is a master storyteller and she writes the most interesting plots.  I highly recommend this book and cannot wait to read the rest of the series. I received a digital copy of this book from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.



Book Review: Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks

Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks is a standalone novel by a talented author.  I have really enjoyed this author's other books in the Gwen Marcey series and I expected to meet the same characters in this novel.  Instead, I discovered a completely different protagonist and a fascinating setting deep in Alaska.  Murphy is a flawed character and her own personal issues add a great deal to the main plot.  I read a lot of suspense/thrillers and I'm not easily frightened by plots.  This one-- it literally had me on the edge of my seat.  Ms Parks is a brilliant storyteller and this story is not predictable in any way.  I highly recommend this book!  I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.


Book Review: 936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting by Eryn Lynum

936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting by Eryn Lynum is a book about investing wisely in our children.  I was interested in reading this book and expected just another parenting book. What I discovered was a powerful call to make every moment count and not succumb to the lie that time passes too quickly to make it count.  The book examines the ways we invest in our children and the things that hinder us.  I love the questions to reflect on that are inserted throughout the book.  Pick up this book!  Read it, reflect on it, and revisit it again.  Our children are the most important investment of our lives and this book is a great reminder of this truth. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

Saturday, August 25, 2018



Book Review: Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan

Go Back in Time to Boston of the 1930's



Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan is book 1 in the Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery series.  Written with a definite sense of time and place, it is obvious that the author is a student of history and researched this novel well.  The setting is so well developed that Boston can be considered a character in its own right.  Reading this book is like being transported back in time, and it is a bustling adventure!  Having lived in Boston, I really enjoyed the setting and figuring out how it has changed over time.  I particularly loved the author's two main characters.  Hamish and his very real anxieties bring this book a realism that is missing from much historical fiction.  Reggie's attempt to make her own life also brings much to the plot.  These characters with very different backgrounds come together to solve a murder mystery.  Pick up this book!  It is a fabulous read and would be enjoyed by those who love historical fiction, cozy mysteries, and well written stories. I can't wait for book 2! I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Book Review: The Daily Question for You and Your Child: A 3-Year Spiritual Journey by Waterbrook


I was excited to see The Daily Question for You and Your Child: A Three Year Spiritual Journal.  But when I finally held it in my hands, I was amazed at its brilliance.  This lovely bound book is beautifully designed and just the right size to keep around.  It has 365 questions to ask your child, one for every day of the year, with a space to write your child's answer 3 different times over 3 different years.  While I can see why some would feel that this is too ambitious of a task to take on, I think the benefits definitely are worth it.  I have used this journal with my son numerous times.  Each time, we answer a few questions at a time.  It is a wonderful journal to help you connect with your child.  I have been amazed at some of my son's answers and I think that using this journal has helped me listen to my son's heart in ways I never have before.  With school starting again, I have cherished these moments listening to his heart even more.  I highly recommend this journal to any parent that wants time connecting with their child.  I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook with no obligations.  These opinions are entirely my own.

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