Friday, October 31, 2014

The Smart Dad's Guide to Daughters

The Smart Dad's Guide to Daughters
101 Real-World Tips to Improve Your Relationship and Save Your Sanity
Jess MaCcallum and Dale Reeves
If you have a daughter, you need this book. Written by two dads who have been there, each tip is filled with practical and useful advice to apply to your relationship with your daughter. The tip is outlined and then the rest of the chapter has scripture, the author's interpretation and a section called Taking Inventory. This section is all about how to apply it to your situation.

First off, I'm a mom. But with each of these tips, I saw things that I know my daughter would love doing with her dad. Some of them he's already implemented. This is the type of book that a busy father would actually read. It isn't a large book, the tips are outlined simply, and logic is used. I can give this to my husband and be confident that it won't end up buried in dust on his nightstand. But the main thing that I liked, was that I was able to take away some thoughts for myself as well. Definitely a book that all fathers should be reading.

I received this book free of charge from Barbour in exchange for my honest review.

Contest for kids!

Remember those really cool science books I reviewed?
The publisher is having a contest for the readers of those books.
Thought I'd share and let you see how cool these books really are!

Check it out the contest here.

Here are the books just in case you forgot.
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Playing by Heart

Playing by Heart
Anne Mateer
Lula lost her mother when she was young. So when her father finally pays attention to her she soaks up his words. His dream for his youngest daughter is for her to be the first female with a PhD. So Lula changes her flighty personality and goes after her degree in mathematics. When her older sister loses her husband, Lula heads home to help her out temporarily. There she learns that her father's dreams might not be what God has in mind for her. It's not exactly what she wants to hear.

I really enjoyed this book. The emotions and conflicts that the characters displayed were very real and relatable. I felt the author pulled from what people during this time period might have been dealing with and wrapped her story around it. This plot had romance, drama, and faith. I'm not a fan of basketball or math, but despite this I enjoyed the story and will definitely read more by this author in the future.

I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.

The Brickmaker's Bride

 The Brickmaker's Bride
Refined by Love Book 1
Judith Miller
Ewan and his Uncle have immigrated to America to start their own brick company. They end up purchasing one in West Virginia. The former owner had passed away and his wife and daughter can't handle the operations by themselves. The daughter, Laura, agrees to help out until the two men can get the business going. But Uncle Hugh isn't exactly the best business man and almost takes the company down. Ewan and Laura must scramble to save the brick company that they both love.

I am always excited and a bit apprehensive to try a new author. The plot was well written and thought out. The characters were relatable and had depth. I liked the imagery and the way the author used the emotions with the characters to tell the story. My negatives would be how quickly Ewan seemed to fall in love with the female protagonist. Several of the secondary characters were cruel, selfish, and annoying. Unfortunately this set the tone for much of the story. I would have preferred to have a lighter tone to a romance. Also the book seemed to have more details than I was use to. This, for me, made the book a bit slow in the beginning. But about half way through the plot picked up, the amount of details lessened, and I was engaged. In summery, I enjoyed this story. I will definitely be checking out other books by this author.

I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

The Reluctant Brides

The Reluctant Brides Collection
Love Comes as a Surprise to Six Independent Women of Yesteryear
Rosey Dow, Cathy Marie Hake, Susannah Hayden, Yvonne Lehman, Colleen Reece, Janet Spaeth
Six different authors came together to write a collection of novellas about woman reluctant to marry. Each story is a stand-alone. The only connection is the theme of wounded women. All of the stories are set during the late 1800s to early 1900s.

I really enjoyed these stories. They were short enough that I could finish each one in a short period of time. But the book is large with all six stories, so gives you plenty of romance and sweetness. Each author infused faith, humor, and grace into the story to create a wonderfully romantic story with an uplifting ending. For novellas, I felt each one was well written and entertaining.

I received this book free of charge from Barbour in exchange for my honest review.

God Hearts Me

God Hearts Me
My Secret Diary
Barbour Publishing
Every girl needs her own diary. Barbour has taken the diary a step further and filled it with fun colors and illustrations. Scripture, doodle pages, and quizzes are sprinkled throughout the lined pages to add some interest and creativity. Girls will love the change to write their thoughts while connecting with God.
I loved the colorful cover, book shape, and illustrations. It made me wish I was young again. My daughter (5 yrs) isn't writing yet, but loved the book and begged me to keep it for her. The best part of the book were the Bible verses at the top of various pages. This book would pair well with any of the other God Heart's Me books.

I receiving this book free of charge from Barbour in exchange for my honest review.

The Legend of St. Nicholas

The Legend of St. Nicholas
Dandi Daley Mackall
Nick is Christmas shopping with his dad. He has a little money, but he doesn't really want to give it to the Santa ringing a bell or spend it on someone else. He wants to save it to buy something for himself. As he's waiting for his dad, he overhears a story about another little boy named Nicholas. The story will change his Christmas.

The cover alone would have made me pick up the book. I love the colorful illustrations and the textured surface. That same quality of imagery was throughout the book. The large illustrations cover almost the entire page and really help tell the story.
The story was sweet and was inspiring. The theme of giving cheerfully was woven through an entertaining story and will show children the importance of thinking of others. The olden days feel made the story very nostalgic for me. Both of my children (8yrs and 5 yrs) loved the story and wanted me to read it again. This book will be kept so we can read it every year at Christmas.

I received this book free of charge from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.