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Sheerluck Holmes and The Case of the Missing Friend – Karen Poth

Sheerluck Holmes is published by ZonderKidz, a trademark of Zondervan.

Sheerluck Holmes is published by ZonderKidz, a trademark of Zondervan.

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Summary: Sniffy is missing and no one knows why! Sheerluck Holmes to the rescue!

Review: As soon as I opened the package my kids took the book and I had a hard time getting it back! They insisted that I read it as soon as possible so we sat down to read.

Our 5 yr. old asked is she could help me read and of course I said yes. We settled in and opened up the book. The book itself is engaging for a number of reasons. 1) It’s Veggie Tales! 2) The pictures are great. 3) It’s a beginning reader with simple sentences. Our daughter read all the words she knew and I read the other. The kids were definitely interested and tried to figure out the mystery along the way.

But, who better to give you a review about a kid’s book than kids? Here are some things they had to say about Sheerluck Holmes and The Case of the Missing Friend.

X: “I like it.” “I like how it shows you the other books available.” “I pretty much liked all of it.” “Some of the pictures were funny.”

A: “The doggie in the pictures was cute.” “I liked all of it.”

Q: This kiddo is currently sleeping so I can’t ask but I can tell you that she’s always handing it to me asking me to read it.

They might not have many words to describe it but their faces are priceless when we read it. The smiles are worth it!

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own, no other compensation was received.

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Woman of Courage – Wanda E. Brunstetter

Woman of Courage is published by Shiloh Run Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing.

Woman of Courage is published by Shiloh Run Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing.

About the Book
About the Author
Author Website

I’m doing a little different format this post. I think the book trailer is a great summary so I’ll let you watch that and then get on to the review!

If you’ve been following me for any length of time you know that romance isn’t usually my genre of choice. Too much yuck and not enough character development, all that sort of stuff. Having never read any Wanda Brunstetter books I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting into, but based on the fact that the main character was a Quaker I was pretty sure it would be a decent read. And it was. There’s great character/story development but it does move a little slow for me. Admittedly, that’s probably just because I’m not used to the style.

What did I like about the book:

  • Clean romance. None of this hot and heavy stuff that people call romance. This was a true blue example of what real, pure romance is.
  • Great story line. Some parts did move a little slow but it was necessary for the character or story development.
  • The slowness didn’t take away from the book or make it hard to read.

All-in-all, I have a pretty good first impression of Wanda Brunstetter and her writing. While it’s not my first genre choice, and it was a little slow for me, I’d definitely pick up another of her books.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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A Carol for Kent – Hallee Bridgeman

 


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Summary: Carol Mabry is a busy Richmond attorney. Bobby Kent is a busy country music star. During an unexpected trip home to the farm, Bobby discovers that someone has been keeping a very important secret from him. He and Carol have a daughter! Turns out, that’s not the only secret in Richmond. There’s a serial killer on the loose and it’s up to Carol and her department to solve the case. Will it Bobby and Carol be able to make a family for their daughter, or will “Richmond Red” dash those hopes forever?

Review: Seriously, Hallee Bridgeman has done it again! A Carol for Kent, the newest installment of the “Song of Suspense” series, blows you away. Once you think you have it all figured out, you find out you really don’t. I was wrong TWICE, and I’m usually pretty good at figuring out who-done-it before the end of the book! I love a book that keeps you engaged.

Again, Hallee does a great job blending suspense, romance, and Biblical principles. This is one of the few romance novels that I’d allow my children to read when they got older. I’ve even recommended these books to people who don’t like romance novels (like myself) because they’re not something that makes me uncomfortable while I read. It’s not going to be hidden away on a secret “mom only” bookshelf, that’s for sure. Hallee’s capturing of the Christian romantic experience isn’t sugar coated to be “too perfect” or “too prude”. Nor is her presentation of “God stuff” too preachy. It’s there, and it’s obvious, but it doesn’t take away from the story. Quite frankly, the story wouldn’t be the same without it and I’m very glad that she includes it!

Definitely a GREAT read. If you’re anything like me, it won’t take you long to read it because you’ll get sucked in and won’t want to put it down! Great job Hallee, can’t wait to read the next one!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own, no other compensation was received. Some links may be affiliate links, I’m not sure if they worked but I’m covering all my bases just in case they did.

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War on Christmas – Bodie Hodge

The War on Christmas is published by MasterBooks, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group

The War on Christmas is published by Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group

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Read an Excerpt
About the General Editor

Summary: Ever hear any of these statements? “Christmas was a pagan celebration stolen by Christians”, “Jesus wasn’t really born of a virgin”, “The X in place of Christ is a way to remove Christ from Christmas.” General Editor Bodie Hodge tackles these ideas and more in the newly released book The War on Christmas.  Gear up for the Christmas season by getting the facts behind some of Christmas’ most talked about controversies.

Review: I’ve fielded my fair share of questions surrounding Christmas. With a diverse group of friends, both online and off, it’s inevitable that questions come up. My responses were ok but after reading through The War on Christmas I feel much more prepared.

Let’s start on the outside and work our way in. The cover is great! I love the wrecking ball slamming into the Christmas tree. Sometimes that’s how it feels when we’re asked questions regarding our faith, doesn’t it? Like the asker is trying to demolish what we hold to be truth. There are times when I get asked questions and I feel like I did an ok job answering them but then there’s that one question that makes me go, “Uh, well, hmmm, let me get back to you.” So yeah, I think the visual on the cover is a nice touch.

Moving inside, the topics are well-organized into five main sections: “What About Christmas?”, “Confusion and Misconceptions”, “It’s All Baby Jesus”, “How Christmas Came to Be”, and “The War on Christmas”. Bodie Hodge starts things off with the big questions and works his way to the most important reason for the season, Salvation. I think that the most thought-provoking part for me was close to the end when he brings up the importance of Creation in regards to Christmas. Sounds weird, right? Not so much. Basic idea (but Mr. Hodge does a much better job of explaining it) is that without Creation we wouldn’t need a Savior. If God didn’t actually make people, then why would He send Jesus to be born and later die? Without that firm base of Creation, “the reason for the season” becomes irrelevant.

It’s really hard to pick just one favorite part, there’s so much good information presented! If you’ve been wondering about some of the traditions associated with Christmas, or if you’ve been needing some solid evidence for those asking you questions, I would highly suggest picking up a copy of The War on Christmas.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book, in both e-book and print format, from NLPG in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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Blessed Child – Ted Dekker & Bill Bright

Blessed Child, by Ted Dekker and Bill Bright, is published by Thomas Nelson

About Ted Dekker
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About Bill Bright

Summary: What could a boy named Caleb and a presidential candidate have in common? More than anyone could imagine. Definitely more than Jason Marker and Leiah expected when they saved the boy from an Ethiopian monastery. They also didn’t expect the boy to have the supernatural power to heal people. As the world tries to figure out where Caleb’s power comes from, Jason and Leiah try to figure out why someone is trying to kill him.

Review: I love books by Ted Dekker but I’ve never had a favorite, until now. Blessed Child was amazing! I know it’s an older Dekker novel but I hadn’t had a chance to read it until recently. WOW! I cried, I got goosebumps, I even felt convicted at a couple of points in the story. In church we’re doing a sermon series on the power of the Holy Spirit and Blessed Child is about just that. I have to admit, at first I was a little “I don’t know, this seems a little too charismatic…”, but after reading the exchange between Dr. Thompson and Jason (and company) my thinking changed. Not that I didn’t believe in God healing others through His followers, but that maybe it doesn’t happen as often here in the U.S. because we don’t tend to be as close to God. We’re so wrapped up in all the stuff that we forget about the God who blessed us with the ability to get the stuff, or whatever. And the quote on the back of the book is probably my favorite, “Whoever said a straightened hand was more dramatic than a healed heart anyway?”

Anyway, I really did like this book and I’m looking forward to reading the next one. If you like Ted Dekker, it’s kind of like the “Circle” series and Thr3e all mixed into one. A great Christian message combined with enough suspense to make it a page-turner. Definitely one that I’ll be reading again! I also thought the front cover was well done and rather intriguing. It makes you wonder what the story is about before you read the back. (Though my first thought upon seeing the cover was “Ooooh, Ted Dekker!”)

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received. All thoughts are my own.

 

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A Melody for James – Hallee Bridgeman

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Summary: Two worlds collide after a series of unfortunate events. Melody Mason, a graduate of Julliard, and James Montgomery, a genius working on a special project, meet in an airport after their worlds come undone. Years later, after sharing a memorable day at the airport, Melody and James reconnect. Now, she’s a rising country music star and he’s picking up the pieces of his former life. Knowing that God has brought them together for a reason, they become husband and wife. But all the while, in the background, there is a plot thickening to bring their new life together crashing down. How do their two worlds unknowingly intertwine? Will their faith in God remain? Find out, in Hallee Bridgeman’s newest book, A Melody for James.

Review: Having read Hallee’s The Jewel AnthologyI had high hopes for A Melody for James. I was not disappointed! Once the suspense started to really pick up about halfway through the book I found myself getting goosebumps, and that doesn’t happen often when I read. I love a good suspense novel, and I can get behind a romance novel if it’s clean, but throw the two together and man, you’ve got a good book! Enough suspense to keep you guessing and enough romance to make you go “Awwww”. The twist at the end totally hit me. I’m usually pretty good about figuring out things but I totally missed this one!

I think my favorite character would have to be James. He reminded me a lot of Tony Stark from Iron Man, only a Christian version. The opening sequence is quite the hook too. Hallee does a great job developing her characters. If they were real people, they’d be the kind where their faith is evident in their actions (when they’re back on track) and I appreciate that. If you’re looking for a great summer read and you like a little suspense with some clean romance thrown in, I would recommend you try A Melody for James.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This post also contains affiliate links to Amazon, I will make a small percentage of all sales generated from them.

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Deadline – Randy Alcorn

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Summary: Three lifelong friends hop in the Suburban during half-time but only one makes it home. Can Jake Woods, the survivor, put all the pieces together to figure out what happened? Follow Jake as he works along side Detective Ollie Chandler in the first installment of the Ollie Chandler trilogy by Randy Alcorn. Put the pieces together as Jake reveals them and see if you can figure out big picture. Not only does the big picture include what happened to his friends, it also includes serious life-changing realizations for Jake.

Review: I have to admit, I enjoy just about everything Randy Alcorn writes. Maybe it’s because he’s from my home  state of Oregon, I don’t know. What I do know is that once I get into his books, I can’t put them down. They suck me in like a good book should, but the nice thing about Mr. Alcorn’s books is that they have substance. There’s important messages to be picked up on even in his fiction and I love that.

Prior to reading Deadline I had read Deception, which is book three in the trilogy, and I enjoyed it. I was eager to read Deadline at the time but the library didn’t have it in so I had to skip it. When I saw it was available for review, I was excited. Admittedly, it did take me a little while to start what with the holidays and such but it was well worth it. The first few chapters took me a while to read but once the story picked up speed I couldn’t put it down. (In theory, I do have three kids, LOL!). I enjoyed it and I had fun trying to figure out what was going on while I read. Admittedly, I didn’t have all the pieces quite right!

I do have to mention, there is a strong pro-life thread in the story which doesn’t bother me at all but I know others might not want to go there. That aside, I think this is a great read for those who like mystery/suspense novels.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Waterbrook-Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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