Sunday, August 31, 2014

Rival Hearts

 Rival Hearts
Quilts of Love Series

Tara Randel
Molly and Ben are both in the running for a magazine editor position at the publishing company they both work for. Their boss has come up with a creative way for him to judge their strengths. He proposes they both step into each others world and learn. This means that Molly will need to learn to kayak and Ben will need to sew a quilt. What will happen to their attraction when only one of them can win the position?
This is a sweet story that focuses on trust and sticking to something regardless of circumstances. It also stresses good work ethics, compassion for others, and taking chances. The length is rather short at a little over 200 pages. There were quite a few grammatical and spelling errors that were sprinkled throughout the book. Since my copy is an ARC, I’m hoping this will not be a problem in the published version. I also felt, personally, that the character development was a little weak. But since the book is more a novella size this is probably typical. It's a cute little story for those that like light romances.

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

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Cattleman Meets His Match

The Cattleman Meets His Match
Sherri Shackleford
 John, a cowboy in desperate need of a new crew, is walking through an alley when trouble lands on him. He can't just leave a bunch of orphan girls at the mercy of a crooked deputy so he reluctantly takes them back to camp. Despite all of his protests, he finds himself with a bunch of female cowboys. It wasn't anything like he's planned when he set out with his longhorns. But maybe God has a reason for this strange change.

The plot concept was different. It definitely made the story interesting. The author gave all of the characters their own unique personalities. Because there were so many characters in the story I felt a little overwhelmed with all of the details and directions the story took in such a short time. It made the flow a bit choppy. The book ended with all of the loose ends tied up, but with no real sense of purpose. It was a guy meets girl, there is some conflict, they fall in love, end of story. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't super romantic or gripping.

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

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Orphan Train

The Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline

Molly isn't like everyone else, a fact that she works very hard to achieve. Only months before she ages out of foster care, she is caught stealing a book at the library. Her discipline is community service. Helping a 91 year old lady clean out her attic isn't exactly her idea of a good time. But its juvenile hall is she can't complete her hours. And this is how a friendship begins between two people who, by appearances, couldn't be more different. But Molly learns that her new friend is a lot more like her than she'd ever imagined.

The story begins with Molly, but then transitions to Vivian, the elderly woman. The story moves back and forth between the two, entwining them seamlessly. The characters had depth and were engaging. I appreciated how she showed the good and bad of foster care without making the book depressing. While I really liked the two main characters, I also really liked several of the secondary characters. The plot focused mainly on the orphan train and made the historical story come to life. I also enjoyed the pictures and pieces of history that was attached to each them that the author shared at the back of the book. The author did her research and it showed throughout the book. The author has a beautiful writing voice and I'm looking forward to reading another book by this author.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Your Core

Your Core
Callie Grant
Lots of things have cores. Those cores serve a purpose. We have a special core inside of us that serves a purpose too. Our core is where God is. This little board book will delight young children with its colorful pages and rhyming words. It will delight parents with its message of God in our hearts.

The illustrations fit well with the theme and help tell the story.  The spiritual message that is being presented will be understood by the young children, but is full of depth. The book ends with a Bible verse. I noticed that the book helped start a conversation about our hearts with my young daughter. My son, while a bit older than the intended audience, enjoyed the book and wanted to talk about what the words meant. This book would be a perfect start to a young child's library or would make a wonderful gift.

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

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Know Your Bible for Kids

Know Your Bible for Kids
What is That?
Donna K. Maltese
Adults sometimes use words or phrases that are confusing to kids. So this book is designed to explain the Bible words in a way that young kids can understand. So open up this book and dive into explanations for over 100 words in the Bible.

Each word begins with the typical definition. But then using colorful bulletin points the word is broken down into “What it’s all about”, a supporting scripture, and “What does this mean to me”. The book size is perfect for smaller hands. The colorful illustrations and pages will make learning fun. The definitions are broken down into age appropriate language and shown in a way that kids can relate to. My son (8 yrs old) loved this book and it prompted several discussions. It’s a fun way to teach the Bible to kids. 

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

Princess Bing Bong

Princess Bing Bong and The Birthday Party Blunders
Vanessa Paniccia
Princess Bing Bong has some great ideas for her birthday party. They aren't exactly typical, but it's her birthday, so she can have things the way she wants them.

I have a 5 yr old girl and 8 yr old boy. Both of them enjoyed the story. It was silly and goofy. My daughter wanted to know if there were more Princess books like this one. Even my son who is in to chapter books sat down with us and laughed a couple of times. It's light-hearted, full of silly illustrations, and teaches the message that being different is okay.

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