Saturday, May 2, 2015

Gideon

Gideon
Olivier Dunrea
Gideon is a tiny little gosling who wants to play all day. So when his mother calls for him to come take a nap, he refuses to come. Gideon runs off to play some more. Gideon plays with all of the animals in the barn yard, but soon his mother finds him fast asleep in the hay. He could not stay awake for another moment.

The bright, colorful illustrations are centered on every page and help tell the story. The font is large so the beginning readers can see the words. The vocabulary fits well with the level one grade. The book also comes with a downloadable audio version and a web address for additional games and activities. Parents and teachers will like the simple format. Children will be able to relate to Gideon and the amusing ending. This book would work well in a home school or classroom setting for early readers.

I received this book free of charge from Children's Lit in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Bible Search

The My First Message Bible Search
Discovering Answers in God's Word
Jon Nappa
The book begins with what the author calls a concordance. This is a section that kids can use to look up answers to certain situations such as "What to do if you get stress" or "When I feel sad". The last half of the book is called Dictionary and has sections that explain subjects such as honesty, conflict, and salvation. The concordance begins with a description of the word, then gives three different scenarios that the child might be experiencing. Scriptures, Biblical solutions, and thought provoking questions finish the section. The dictionary section gives the word, the definition, lots of scripture to explain or define the word, and finishes with a thought on how the word might apply to the reader's life.

My son is 8 years old and really enjoyed this book. Each page is colorful with brightly colored fonts. There are fun illustrations on every page as well. The vocabulary fit the intended age group. My son enjoyed the pages he read and several of the chapters were helpful to a situation he was dealing with at school. I would highly recommend this book to any child who knows how to read and wants something additional for their Bible study.

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

*I have been unable to find an email or link that has the information for this book. So I am unable to connect it with the publisher or publicist who sent me the book. If you sent me the book, please contact me so I can credit you in the review. Thank you.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Window Under the Table

A Window By the Table
A Novel of Family Secrets and Heirloom Recipes
Two Blue Doors Book 1
Hillary Manton Lodge
Juliette is grieving her grandmother and trying to decide what direction to take in her career. When she inherits her grandmother's table she finds a clue that her family history might not be what her family thinks it is. Her grandmother was keeping secrets. Right before Juliette cancels her online dating subscription she receives an email that will shake everything up. Now she's trying to decide about issues in her personal and business life all while juggling family and a new restaurant. She handles stress by cooking.

The story was rich with family, food, friends, and heart. This isn't my typical favorite genre, so I was pleasantly surprised when I loved the story. The author was able to portray the family so well and give the reader a sense of the drama and issues that were going on. I really enjoyed all of the food that was woven throughout the book. I wouldn't consider myself a foodie, but it was still enjoyable. The recipes were a great touch. Some of them are beyond my expertise, but I will be trying out a few. I did wonder as I read the story, where the elements of faith were. They were almost non-existent. Overall, this was an amazing story that touched me and I'm so glad that I have the 2nd book to start reading immediately.

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

Motorcycle Passion

Motorcycle Passion
Michael Kockritz
There is nothing like the thrill of riding a motorcycle and feeling the wind whip past your face. The sound of the engine, the heat from the pavement, and the sun on your face are all just a part of the wonderful world of riding. Most motorcyclists will tell you it's not just a ride, it's a passion. This book takes a look at that passion and shares a small part of what makes motorcycles so addicting and powerful.

This is a celebration of motorcycles. The photography is outstanding. The large coffee table size of the book lends to larger pictures and great page layout. The first section has specs on various bikes from around the world and the famous people who ride them. Old and new are mixed together to create a fascinating look at a wide variety of bikes. The history about the racers is interesting as well. The next section is all about the road. It lists those amazing roads that should be on every rider's bucket list. It showcases famous races, festivals, and places to go to meet other riders and join in the passion. The third section is all about custom bikes, the shops they come from and the people who make them.

This book is outstanding. It will definitely be kept in a place of honor in my library. It showcases so well the spirit and passion of the rider. We are all different, but at the end of the day all that matters is the bike and the road.

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

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

To Win Her Favor



To Win Her Favor
A Belle Meade Plantation Novel Book 2
Tamera Alexander
In two weeks Maggie is going to lose her home at auction. Her father's health is failing and their only hope is if she can race her horse Bourbon Belle. But when her jockey, a small freed child is a victim of hate she is in danger of losing everything. Cullen is considered almost as bad as the black people because he's Irish. He can't find a single person who will sell property to him. So when he comes across the desperate owner of Linden Downs they strike up a bargain. Cullen will save him and his daughter in exchange for the property. It seems a small price to pay, but some hidden secrets threaten to take the entire place down.

What a beautiful and heart wrenching story. The characters were so real and authentic that I felt I was living the story along with them. The imagery was amazing. The story was all about heartache, love, faith, compromise, and values. It had heart. Some of the subject matter was so heartbreaking that it was difficult to read. But these things really happened and I felt the author did an outstanding job of portraying them realistically without compromising the story or making it too harsh. I haven't read the first book in this series and it didn't seem to detract from the story at all. But based on this book I will definitely be adding it to my reading list. And I'm eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.

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

A Flag For The Flying Dragon

A Flag For The Flying Dragon
A Captain No Beard Story
Carole P. Roman
The Captain needs to find the perfect flag for his pirate ship. But Captain No Beard is having troubles with his crew. Everyone was doing their jobs and working together when they heard Mongo and Zachary fighting. Captain No Beard needs to come up with a solution so that everyone has a job and works together. His first suggestions don't work. But he doesn't give up. He keeps trying until he finds the perfect job for Zachary.

The story teaches the concepts of working together, the importance of family, and never giving up. The bright and colorful illustrations add whimsy and help tell the story. Children will delight in the fun and creativity of the story. Parents will appreciate the life lessons that are being subtly taught. Another sweet book about family from this author. My children and I look forward to reading more by her.

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Lone Star Ranger

 Lone Star Ranger
Renae Brumbaugh
 Elizabeth and her brother, Evan, have just arrived in town and are eating at the local diner when a Texas Ranger arrests Evan. Evan is accused of being a notorious outlaw who is known as a cold-blooded killer. But Elizabeth can't let her brother hang for crimes he didn't commit. So her sets out to prove his innocence. The only thing in her way is the pesky Texas Ranger named Rett. But Elizabeth is not going to let that slow her down.

The story starts off quickly and the tension between the two main characters is very defined. The book was a quick read that I enjoyed. The story focused on the false arrest and the main characters trying to get to the bottom of the story. There wasn't a lot of back story or very many secondary characters since so much of the focus was spent on the accusation. The story ended abruptly and I wasn't ever clear just how the issues with the brother were resolved. Readers of romantic westerns would enjoy the feel and drama of this story.

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