Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Heart's Obsession by Colleen Coble (Journey of the Heart book 2)

The story continues in A Heart's Obsession, the second book of Colleen Coble's Journey of the Heart series.  After finally finding out Rand is alive and well, Sarah looses him again as he runs off to the West to make a life for himself.  Sarah being torn between caring for her ailing father and following the love of her life, chooses to stay with her family and care for her father during his last days.  When Sarah's father passes away, she wonders if it's possible to find Rand and take up where they left off. 

I've been enjoying reading through this series.  The books are pretty short --only 98 pages in this one--and do not take much time to read through at all.  There are six of these short books in all the make up the Journey of the Heart series.  Colleen is always good at throwing a little suspense into her plots.  It's great for adding fun to a story and keeping you wondering how things will turn out in the end.  I admire the character of Sarah.  Amazed at how she is keeping her mouth shut and yet looking out for others.  It'll be fun to see how she develops as the story continues in books 3-6.

***I received this free book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Supermarket Healthy by Melissa D'Arabian

Melissa d'Arabian's new cookbook is out!  Supermarket Healthy is described as "recipes and know-how for eating well without spending a lot."  You may recognize her as the host of Food Network's Ten Dollar Dinners and the Cooking Channel's Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping.  Read below to find out about this great new cookbook you'll want to add to your library!

Back of the Book Description:
Food Network star and New York bestselling author Melissa d'Arabian proves that healthy eating at home is easy, achievable, and affordable.
Everyone want to fell good about what they are eating, serving guests, and feeding their families, but most of us don't do our weekly shopping at pricey specialty stores--we do it at the local supermarket and we don't want to break the bank.  In her second book, Melissa demystifies the task of preparing nutritious and delicious food by showing exactly how you can make your grocery store work for you.  She offers helpful strategies for shopping, cooking, and entertaining, as well as meal blueprints and nutritional information throughout.  This book will make you confident about the food you're buying, preparing, and eating.  Delicious recipes like Almond Waffles with Raspberry-Basil Sauce, Kale and White Bean Caesar Salad in a Jar, Slow-Roasted Tomato Spaghettini, Flatiron Steaks with Quick Cookies have something for every type of eater at every meal of the day.  No matter your favorite flavors or dietary needs, cooking on a budget is empowering--and now you can learn how to make every bite count.  If cooking at home is the key to healthy living, Supermarket Healthy is the only tool you'll need.

My Review: 
This book looks fantastic!  The recipes look tasty and the pictures are beautiful.  I love cookbooks with pictures!  This cookbook has 11 chapters covering Breakfast; Snacks; Soups and Stews; Salads, Wraps, and Sandwiches; Veggie Mains; Pasta; Fish and Seafood; Chicken and Turkey; Beef, Pork, and Lamb; Sides; Dessert.  Melissa has also included 3 other sections called: Making Supermarket Healthy Work for You, Hot-Button Issues, and The Supermarket Healthy Pantry Must-Haves.  My favorite part of this cookbook is the blueprint sections scattered throughout the book.  Melissa breaks down a meal and gives you multiple options to guide you through cooking something your family would like.  For example, on page 144-145 she guides you through making meatballs.  Step 1: choose your base--chicken, pork, turkey, beef or lamb.  Next she gives you the recipe to add to the meat to make the meatball.  Step 2: You can choose your meatball style--Traditional or Exotic.  Step 3: The directions for rolling and cooking your meatballs.  I love that I can make it my own with all of her suggestions!
So take a look at this new book and you may just find another go to cookbook to aid your preparing food for you family!

***I receive this free book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Berenstain Bears God Made You Special By Mike Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears series has a new book coming out called God Made You Special.   This book is part of the Living Lights series. 

 About the Book:

Sister's best friend, Lizzy Bruin, and her older brother, Barry are coming over for a backyard cookout.  When they arrive at the Bear's family tree house, Brother and Sister notice they have an extra cub in the car.  Lizzy and Barry's cousin, Tommy,  has come with them.  Tommy doesn't seem to be like other cubs which brings up many questions.  Mama and Papa are able to remind the cubs that God makes each one of us special.
My Review:
I like knowing that when I pick up a Berenstain Bears book, I'm getting a book that has a good message and is free from objectionable material.  Mike has done a good job with the message of this book regarding those that appear to be a little different from normal.  It's good to see a children's book address these issues since kids will encounter those with disabilities and wonder how to treat them.  I love the message that God has made each one of us special and that is how we should view each and every person even if they are little bit different than us.

About the Author
Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents, Stan and Jan, working together to write and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too.

***I received this free book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey

Dani Pettrey's fifth and final book of the Alaskan Courage series has been released!  Sabotaged is just as thrilling as the first 4 books.  Read below to find out why you need to read this series!

From the Back Cover:
Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds.  Now as they work search-and-rescue together for Alaska's arduous Iditarod race, a growing attraction seems to be forcing aside old arguments.  Then Reef catches Kirra sneaking from camp in the middle of the night.
Kirra's uncle,  a musher in the race, has disappeared.  Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing: Frank's daughter has been kidnapped.  Kirra and Reef, along with the entire McKenna family, are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl's life--but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen.

My Review:
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series by Dani Pettrey.  Reef's story is just as thrilling as the others.  I love it when a book captures my attention in the first couple of pages and causes me to have a hard time putting it down!  I also love that the other characters from the first four books are involved in this book as well.  I love reading about familiar characters.  It's like seeing an old friend again.   I'm sad to see it come to an end, but with the final McKenna family member having his story written, it is time to move on.  This was Dani's first set of books and I'm looking forward to what she has coming next!

***I received this free book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Heart's Disguise by Colleen Coble (Journey of the Heart Part 1of 6)

Almost ten years ago, Colleen Coble penned her first series.  This first series has been broken up into a serialization model and the first book is called A Heart's Disguise.

This story takes place back in 1865 in the little town of Wabash, Indiana.  In the aftermath of the Civil War, much has changed including Sarah Montgomery's future plans.  When Sarah's significant other, Rand Campbell, didn't return home from the war, the worst was assumed.  Life could never be the same, yet she couldn't bear to live under the same roof as her older brother and his family.  So in spite of the dread she feels inside, Sarah decides to accept Ben Croftner's proposal.  Ben seems to be in quite a hurry to tie the knot, but when Rand Campbell surprisingly shows up in town, Ben's scheming plan begins to unwind.

I enjoyed this simple novel.  I think it will be interesting to read this series in a serialization model.  The book is only 96 pages long and can be read easily in a day.  Colleen Coble always has some kind of mystery going in a story and this book has that too.  It will be interesting to see how Ben's character plays out for the rest of the story.  The story definitely piqued my interest for what will be coming in the next book, A Heart's Obsession, and I'm looking forward to reading that when it comes out in April.  If you're short on time, but would love to be able to read something quickly, pick up the first book in the 6 part series.  It's a quick read that will give you a fun, little escape.

Journey of the Heart series
Part 1--A Heart's Disguise (releasing March 10, 2015)
Part 2--A Heart's Obsession (releasing April 7, 2015)
Part 3--A Heart's Danger (releasing May 5, 2015)
Part 4--A Heart's Betrayal (releasing June 2, 2015)
Part 5--A Heart's Promise (releasing July 7, 2015)
Part 6--A Heart's Home (releasing August 4, 2015)

***I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Lift the Flap Bible By Karen Williamson; illustrated by Louise Anglicas

 Candle Tiny Tots has a fun new book, Lift the Flap Bible.  Below you can read about this great new product  that would be a fun gift to add to a little one's Easter basket this spring.

About the book:

Looking for a fun little book for your toddler?  Here is great book that is designed for kids ages 10 months and up! What child doesn't just love lifting all the flaps and discovering the hidden images underneath?  This book includes the following Bible stories: Noah and the Ark, Baby Moses in the Basket, Daniel and the Lions, Jonah and the Great Fish, Born in a Stable, 5 Loaves and 2 Fishes, The Lost Sheep, and Man Lowered Through the Roof.

My Review:
I just love the fun art in this book.  The colors are so great!  For example, the animals for Noah's Ark are not in traditional colors with blue and pink elephants, teal turtles, etc.!  I think the author chose some great Bible stories for this little book that would appeal to young children.   The flaps are easy to identify and even have a pre-made crease to help fold the flap down and prevent the page from tearing.  I'm definitely going to add this fun book to my infant's Easter basket this year.  I can't wait to use this book with him in a few more months!

***I received this free book from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Surprised by Love (book 3) by Julie Lessman

Back in November 2014, Julie Lessman released her 3 book in The Heart of San Francisco series.  The first book, Love at Any Cost, shared Cassidy McClare's story.  The second book, Dare to Love Again, shared Allison McClare's story and the third book, Surprised by Love shares the story of Megan McClare.  Below find out the story about this newest release.

From the Back Cover:
She can turn the head of the man who spurned her--but can she turn his heart?

When Megan McClare left San Francisco to study in Paris, no one would accuse her of being poised and pretty.  But on the other side of the Atlantic, this wallflower blossomed into a beauty with big dreams.  When she returns to California and accepts an internship at the district attorney's office, she's thrilled that her life is taking shape.  But the exciting opportunity quickly loses its glow when she discovers she'll be working alongside Devin Caldwell, who mercilessly mocked her at school--and with whom she was hopelessly enamored.

Bram Hughes is the best friend to whom Megan has always turned for support and advice.  But when she seeks his counsel about working with Devin Caldwell, Bram's vision is clouded by his sudden unwelcome attraction to a girl he had always thought of as a little sister.  He advises forgiveness, but can he forgive himself for pushing the woman he loves into the arms of another man?

My Review:
I thought that Julie Lessman  wrote a pretty cute story.  The opening of the story was intriguing with Megan leaving to study in Paris as a wallflower and coming home with the beauty she possessed inside matching her stunning looks on the outside.  The way she makes everyone's jaws drop open makes you cheer for the nerdy girl who has turned into a beautiful lady.  Her character was interesting and made the story fun to read.  I have enjoyed reading this series and reading the stories for each of the siblings.  It's fun to read a book already being familiar with some of the characters.  I will say that some of the back and forth between Meg and Brams kinda made me a little frustrated.  Overall, I would say that it was a fun read and a good series.

***I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.
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