Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Textastrophe

Textastrophe
A Collection of Hilariously Catastrophic Text Pranks
Matt Andrews

Combine boredom and a huge supply of random cell numbers and you have this hilarious book. The author was working at a boring cell phone kiosk when he started his cell phone pranks. What resulted was a book that will make you laugh, a lot.

Each prank begins with the ad or flyer that inspired it. The format is as if the reader is seeing the actual phone. Pranks such as trading two sub sandwiches for a motorcycle and offering up a parents garage for boat storage are just a few of the pranks the author pulled on unsuspecting cell phone owners. If you enjoy reading about pranks or cell phone mishaps than pick up this book for several hours of hilarity.

I received this book free of charge from St. Martin's Press in exchange for my honest review.

Sand in My Sandwich

Sand in My Sandwich
And Other Motherhood Messes I'm Learning to Love
Sarah Parshall Perry
Sarah was an uptight, clean freak lawyer who somehow fell in love with a laid back country boy. She thought she could change him, but she was wrong. When the kids came along, she not only learned to let go, but to love in the chaos. The book chronicles the story of the author as she not only deals with three children, but two of whom are on the autism spectrum.

The author tells her story with tongue in cheek humor that every mom will appreciate. I was unable to relate to parts of the book, because I do not have an autistic child. But even if some of the circumstances have changed, we are both still mothers facing the same anxieties, stress, and fears. The author related those with stories and lessons she learned on the same journey of motherhood that I'm on. I would recommend this book for every mother to read, but especially for those who have a child with disabilities.

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

Monday, March 23, 2015

Christmas in the Spring Give-Away



I haven't had a give-away in a long time. There were several Christmas books that I'd intended to give away at Christmas time and somehow were misplaced. I found them much later and decided to have a Christmas in the Spring give-away.

The rules:
1. Go through the list of books and pick ALL of the titles you like.
2. Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter.
3. Make sure your contact information is either in the comments or I can get to it by following your Goggle account.

Dirty Chick
Antonia Murphy
 
Review here.  

The Happy Christian
David Murray
Review here.

The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding
Victoria Alexander
Review here.

Rival Hearts
Tara Randel
Review here.

The 13th Gift
Joanne Smith
Review here.

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm
Suzanne Woods Fisher
Review here.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Art of Losing Yourself

The Art of Losing Yourself
Katie Ganshert
Carmen - married with a messed up family, she is trying to deal with the struggles of adoption after miscarriage. Her husband Ben is a wonderful guy, but just can't seem to help her.

Gracie - raised by an alcoholic mother and absentee father, she heads off on her own. She arrives at the place she thought would be a safe haven, only to find it abandoned. The woman she thought would help her needs help herself.

The book is written from the point of view of the two women. The seamless transition between the two allows the story to flow smoothly, while learning different aspects of the narrative. As always, the author has taken a story and made it come alive. The characters are written in such a way that the reader feels a connection with them. The voices and emotions are authentic. The descriptions put me into the small coastal town as I lived the story with the characters. But this isn't just a beautifully written story; it has an artfully woven message of salvation, forgiveness, and hope. Once again the author has hit this out of the park. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

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

I don't usually include links, but this book is a must buy.
So here is where to purchase the book on Amazon.

Here is Katie's website so you can check out her other cool books.
Katie Ganshert

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fribbet The Frog and the Tadpoles

Fribbet The Frog and the Tadpoles
A Captain No Beard Story
Carole P. Roman
When Fribbet goes missing the crew finds him crying. Captain No Beard and his crew must find out why Fribbet is so upset and help him solve the problem. They work together to help their friend.

My children enjoyed this story. The illustrations are funny and colorful. The story is sweet and shows how working together can be helpful. The author also talks about accepting people and loving them for who they are. Since the story showcased siblings, my children enjoyed sharing their experiences too. It's a cute book that children will treasure.

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

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

From the Start

From the Start
Walker Family Book 1
Melissa Tagg
 Kate writes screenplays for romantic made-for-TV movies. But she's lost her zest and passion for romance. When a tornado hits her hometown she decides to head home and help with clean up. Maybe this will help her get out of her career slump and find purpose in her life. While there, she sees Colton, her brother's friend. Colton has received an injury that permanently takes him out of professional football. His agent wants him to lay low and find a ghost writer for his book. The two hook up to write Colton's book before Kate heads out to do some grant writing.

I've read all of the previous books by this author and enjoyed them. But I think this was her best one yet. The characters had depth and chemistry. The book had some hilarious portions, but there was also some real soul searching and introspection for the couple. The plot was fun, romantic, and filled with that small town feel. The author really captured the essence of small town living. I loved how she brought in the issues of foster care and how the case worker was portrayed. The secondary characters were rich and added to the story. I can see quite a few of them becoming the focus of the next book. I will definitely be continuing this series and can't wait for the next book to come out.
I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Three Little Words

Three Little Words
Walker Family Book .5
Melissa Tagg
Ava and Seth were sort of friends in college. They argued together for the school paper. But at a reunion they find that they also have a lot in common. Since they live in separate states they begin an email friendship. Now a year later they are finally in the same town, still as just friends. But anything can happen when you've spent a year sharing your soul with another person through email.

I loved this little novella. Ava was a secondary character from the author's previous novel and this was a neat way to tie in to the new series coming out while giving a glimpse into someone the reader had already met. The characters were well fleshed out for such a short novel and the romance was sweet. The author portrayed the characters as flawed, but very likable. The author weaves a message of faith and trust in God without coming across as preachy or dry. I really enjoyed the sneak peak into the Walker family.