1 July 2021

Blog Move

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26 June 2021

“His Mighty Acts” by Rebekah A. Morris

His Mighty Acts
(Stories Through the Seasons, Story 6)
 by Rebekah A. Morris


Synopsis: 
With the second World War still raging, Mrs. Lydia Newham plans to spend her anniversary alone. But her son, James, has other plans. So does someone higher up.
(From Goodreads)

My Review:
 & ❤︎❤︎❤︎
3 stars & 3/10 hearts. This was a nice little story, old-timey and sweet. James and his mother had a really sweet relationship, and I would have liked to see more of Michael! The ending wasn’t quite what I expected and I was a little confused how it came about, but I really liked the theme of “one generation shall tell to another of the Lord’s mighty acts.”

A Favourite Quote: “I remember the verses we chose for our verses that first morning as a married couple. ‘Great is the Lord,... One generation shall praise Thy works to another, and shall declare Thy mighty acts.... The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works.’ Those verses are still true, dearest. I have seen horrors and tragedies, but I have also seen the hand of the Lord, and I’m sure that many years from now one generation will declare to another some of the mighty acts of God in this terrible war.
A Favourite Humorous Quote: “‘He’s well, and he likes the ocean better than land because there are no mosquitos.’
“James burst into a hearty laugh. ‘What does he call those large ones that fly in the sky?’

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24 June 2021

“Owls in the Family” by Farley Mowat

Owls in the Family
by Farley Mowat


Synopsis: 
Every child needs to have a pet. No one could argue with that. But what happens when your pet is an owl, and your owl is terrorizing the neighbourhood? Owls in the Family is a delightfuly treasure to be read again and again, now available as a Penguin Modern Classic. 
In this exciting story for young readers, a boy's pet menagerie, which includes crows, magpies, gophers and a dog, grows out of control with the addition of two cantankerous pet owls. The story of how Wol and Weeps turn the whole town upside down is warm, funny, and bursting with adventure and suspense.
(from Amazon)


My Review:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ & ❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎
5 stars & 5/10 hearts. Talk about a hilarious read. This one still makes me laugh even if I’ve read it many times. It is just FULL of hilarious anecdotes—related in the most humorous way. There’s a few euphemisms, a mention of a ghost, a mention of an Indian hanging himself, & a mention of the maid seeing visions. The owls have amazing personalities—Wol’s pranks are just hilarious, and his confusion when he tries to be human and owl. And the dog... oh, this whole thing is just crazy. Definitely a book you should read—and a great readaloud too.

A Favourite Humorous Quote: “[The dog], the owls, my friends and I used to ride [on the car’s rumble-seat when we went camping]. Mutt always rode with his head and front feet stuck away out over the side of the car, while Bruce or I held onto his tail so he wouldn’t fall out on his nose.... Because his eyes used to get sore from the dust of the Prairie roads, Mutt had to wear goggles—the same kind that motorcycle riders wear. The sight of a goggled dog, two horned owls, and our prairie schooner used to make people in other cars take a long look at us as they went by.

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22 June 2021

“Elsie’s Widowhood” by Martha Finley

Elsies Widowhood
(Elsie Dinsmore Series, Book 7)
 by Martha Finley


Synopsis: 
In this seventh volume in The Original Elsie Dinsmore Series, Edward and Elsie's daughter, young Elsie, is saddened by a separation from her beloved Lester, who decides to study abroad. Shortly after Lester leaves for Europe, Edward falls ill and dies. Elsie learns to rely on her father, Horace Dinsmore, for strength while depending on her heavenly father as well.
(From Goodreads)

My Review:
⭐⭐ & ❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎
5 stars & 5/10 hearts. The title of this book gives the plot away, so that was a bit of a let-down for me. And everyone knows I don’t object to drama in my books, but I do object to inexplicable or arbitrary drama—and Elsie’s husband’s death annoyed me in that it was completely unexpected & random—he wasn’t shot or anything, & she never explained what happened to him! Other than that quibble, I did enjoy this book a lot. I admit I cried... but oh, I love the message of having hope & peace in spite of death, & of being glad for those who have gone on ahead of us. I loved getting to know more of Elsie’s children as grownups, & there were some amazing new characters too—and a lot of humour! As usual, I’m eager to read the next book. <33

A Favourite Quote: “‘And why shouldn't I be patient?’ he returned; ‘didn't Christ suffer far more than I do?’
“‘And he comforts you in the midst of it all, does he not?’ asked Mrs. Perkins.
“‘He does, indeed, ma'am.’ 
“‘I have always found him faithful to his promises,’ she said. 
“‘And I,’ remarked another lady...; ‘strength has always been given me according to my day, in the past, and I am glad to leave the future with him.’” 
A Favourite Beautiful Quote: “[T]hey ... sat in the sand revelling in the delicious sea breeze and the sight of the ever restless, ever changing, beautiful ocean, with its rolling, tumbling, dashing waves.
A Favourite Humorous Quote: “‘And young Massa Jones, he preach bery nice sometimes, but sometimes it 'pears like he disremembers what's in de bressed book, and contradicts it wid some of his own notions.’”


19 June 2021

“The Harrisville Young Ladies' Band” by Isabella Alden

The Harrisville Young Ladies' Band
by Isabella Alden


Synopsis: 
In this 1881 story, Miss Fannie Archer is president of a young ladies’ missionary band that is rapidly failing. At their last meeting, only three ladies showed up, and they were only there because they were officers of the club! No one, it seems, in her entire town is interested in supporting missionaries who do God’s work in far-off corners of the world. But Fannie is; and she’s desperate to bring some life—and some new members—into the ladies’ band. But how?
It isn’t until she confides in her cousin that Fannie realizes her approach to organizing a missionary support group has been wrong from the start. But with a few suggestions from her cousin, some hard work, and a good amount of devoted prayer, Fannie just may be able to make the club a success, after all.
(from IsabellaAlden.com)

My Review:
⭐⭐ & ❤︎❤︎❤︎
3 stars. Another quick, interesting story. I appreciated the lessons in this book, & although it was small, the characters were well done, as Alden's always are. 

A Favourite Quote: “Then the President prayed [aloud]; then there followed her in prayer, little Susie Scoville, much younger than any of the others, but an earnest, consecrated little Christian, who had months before determined to do, always, what she could, and who, when the President asked her privately, answered, with glowing cheeks and doubtful voice: ‘Oh, Miss Fannie! I’ll try.’”

15 June 2021

“Courage & Corruption” by Sarah Holman

Courage & Corruption

(The Tales of Taelis, Book 3)

by Sarah Holman




Synopsis: 

Catherine is going with her mother and younger siblings to the mountains to hide from the coming war. While she fears what might happen she is looking forward to some time away from her twin brother, with whom she often fights. One foolish act changes all their plans, and one story caused not only confusion, but more fighting. 
Christopher does not believe his father’s story that they are descended from royalty. He is sure the story his father tells cannot be true. However, he is forced to go to the mountain castle of Coraway along with his mother and siblings. Will his father ever see him as a man? Will he and his twin ever be able to stop fighting?
Little do Catherine and Christopher realize that they hold the key to Taelis’ future in their hands. Will they discover the truth before it is too late?

(From Goodreads)


My Review:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ & ❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎

5 stars & 5/10 hearts. Wow. What an amazing story. I really appreciated the lessons of this book. It is just full of amazing quotes. I related to Catharine & Christopher’s struggles so much... and I really enjoyed the medieval aspect. This whole series is just really good, but this book is particularly good. <33 

A Favourite Quote: “‘That is why stories are so important[.] They remind us of our past and what we have been. They inspire us to press on to a better future. They teach us the consequences of our actions so we do not have to make the same mistakes over and over again.’
“‘Is that why you like to tell stories so much?’ ...
‘Yes[.] Every story I tell has a purpose. A story without purpose is like an army without weapons, useless and pointless.’”
A Favourite Humorous Quote: “‘You should have been the oldest child.’ His hands dropped to his sides.
“‘I was born first,’ Catherine reminded him. 
“‘I meant the firstborn son.’”



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8 June 2021

“The Secret of Red Gate Farm” by Carolyn Keene

The Secret of Red Gate Farm
(Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, 6)
by Carolyn Keene


Synopsis: 
When Bess Marvin purchased an expensive bottle of Oriental perfume, she never expected to stumble into a mystery. Now Bess, Nancy, George, and their new friend Jo are out to unravel the secrets of a mysterious conspiracy, a secretive cult, and a ring of counterfeiters in The Secret of Red Gate Farm. 
(From Goodreads)

My Review:
⭐⭐ & ❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎

1960 EDITION REVIEW:

4.5 stars & 5/10 hearts. Well! That was intense, all right! THE most intense so far for sure. I enjoyed it though! Joanne and her grandmother were so sweet, and I liked Mrs. H. (Poor lady...) The story started off with a bang, which was enjoyable, and the mystery was really baffling!



2 June 2021

“Oh, The Fallen” by Abigail Kay Harris


Oh, The Fallen
(Oh, The Brave, #0.5)
 by Abigail Kay Harris

Oh, The Fallen

Synopsis: 
In the cause of freedom, some will give their all.
When Matt Renicker joins the Army, he’s determined to give his best for his country and his Lord, even if it means risking everything he loves most. But when tragedy strikes on a routine patrol, more than one heart is left shattered and lamenting.
In the wake of a terrible loss, will those left behind find the strength to go on? Or will the faith, family, and freedom Matt fought to preserve be broken beyond repair?
(From Goodreads)

My Review:
⭐⭐ & ❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎
5 stars & 5/10 hearts. I might be accused of bias in this review, since I’m the editor. But this review is still very honest and very much my own thoughts. I review it not as an editor, but as an Advanced Reader and a reviewer. 
In the first place, I love military romances, but there are so few that are actually clean. Abigail Harris has filled this gap. Matt & Danny were just so sweet and so amazing. There was some handholding, hugging, kissing the top of her head; but it was all non-detailed and super sweet & clean. I also love military stories, and very few of those are clean either. Again, Abigail Harris fills the gap! The soldiers were all amazing and real but the story was totally clean and non-violent. 
The writing style just… ahh... touched my heart… Chapter 1, with all the interaction between Zane & Matt, and all the backstory, was just so beautiful… and chapter 5 was so good… and chapter 7, oh maaaan—that one had me in tears!! There were so many other beautiful sections/paragraphs just scattered around. I loved it. So many gems. <3 It also made me cry almost every time I read it (which was like 50 times) and the dialogue is amazing!
The characters were awesome. Zane was a wonderful father and soldier. Frisco was my favourite—I related to his guilt, frustration, and uncertainty, and his plight wrung my heart. Burns is horrid at times, and yet he is so sad and hurting that you can’t help but love him. Even Sean, whom I didn’t care for too much for some reason, I still loved. Danny was so, so lovely. And Matt… well… Matt is just perfect. <33 
And the ending. The ending is so, so perfect, guys. I. am. in. awe. 
Overall, it’s an absolutely heartwarming and adorable story and I am SOOO eager for the next books in the series. <3
Also I LOVE THE COVER. 

A Favourite Quote: “Each one was silently heartbroken for the old man who was seemingly alone. But then, Zane hadn’t been alone since the day, so long ago, when he’d walked through a burning fire of war and fallen into his Heavenly Father’s loving embrace—the embrace which had carried him and his through the years, the pain, the joy, and his past, and hadn’t let him go even in his grief for his wife and now his son. It was a grief his Savior knew and understood well and that broke His heart even now.
 
*I received an ARC of this book from the author in return for an honest review. These are my own opinions.*


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Memorial Day, May 31st, 2021


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Abigail Kay Harris is a daughter of the King with a personal degree in book-nerdiness. A sister to seven, her passionate love of the written word and deeper meanings hidden in normal things leads her to spend her time reading, writing, using sarcasm, and defining obscure words. When she’s not chasing words, she enjoys watching shows, classic romance movies, tea, sunrises, and the outdoors, especially mountains, beaches, and forests.

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1 June 2021

“A Shield & a Refuge” by Angie Thompson

A Shield & a Refuge
(The Quiet Valor Series, Book 0.5)
 by Angie Thompson


Synopsis: 
What will it take to guard her dearest treasure? 
Blenwyn Osheen is no stranger to hard work and trouble, but the children's fascination with their father's anxious forebodings is a problem she doesn't know how to solve. And so is the kind surgeon who insists on treating her like an equal instead of a servant.
When a particularly disastrous day rocks their world, is there anything Blenwyn can do to protect the family she loves as her own? Can she somehow stop the children's headlong rush into danger? And when a hand is reached out to help her, will she choose to trust her head or her heart?
A novelette (approximately 1 hour average read time)
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The Quiet Valor series follows a diverse group of women seeking to live with strength and courage in a torn and broken world. Because its author can't do anything the easy way, she describes its genre as Victorian era kingdom adventure with a dash of sweet romance and just a hint of steampunk.
 
(From Goodreads)

My Review:
⭐⭐ & ❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎
5+ stars & 7/10 hearts. It’s no secret I adore Angie Thompson’s books. I’ve given every one of them a 5-star rating on average. And I’m not biased. She is just an absolutely amazing writer. This series is going to be absolutely fantastic. The prequel is amazing. My only minor quibble was the touching (he put his hands on her shoulders once, and held her hands maybe a couple of times). I love Blenwyn and relate to her a lot. She was actually quite inspiring to me right now. Elrod was amazing, and the twins were just too cute. The resolution was humorous yet so sweet. And the message is oh so good. I cannot WAIT to read the rest of these books!!! Definitely go grab that one—it’s FREE for her newsletter subscribers!! 

A Favourite Quote: “‘We have to do something.... We promised.’
“‘And who expects you to do anything tonight?’
“‘I— ... No one.’
“‘Then of course you’ll do something. When you’re ready. But you’ll have to work carefully, not run headlong into danger.’”
A Favourite Beautiful Quote: “I buried my face in my hands and sobbed for a country not my own which now rested under a tyrant’s thumb, for villages I had never seen that now lay in piles of rubble and ash, and for the children I loved with all my heart who had lost their innocence much too soon.”
A Favourite Humorous Quote: “‘Dinner’s ruined, and half of our supplies. I’ve no idea what we’ll have for supper, and I don’t dare use the stove, and I haven’t even finished hanging out the wash.’ Likely none of that explained to him why I was on my knees scrubbing the kitchen floor, but the thought of tracking back and forth over the pasty mess to finish the rest of my work sent a shiver up my spine.”

*I received a copy of this book from the author but I was not required to write a review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.*


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29 May 2021

“The Graham Quartet & the Mystery of the Day Maid” by Rebekah A. Morris

The Graham Quartet & the Mystery of the Day Maid
(Graham Quartet #2)
by Rebekah A. Morris



Synopsis: 
Arriving on the shore of Lake Michigan for summer vacation, the Graham Quartet senses that something is not quite right. When a slip of the tongue causes an unexpected reaction, Elsa, Matt, Selena and Tim jump into a mystery. But what is the connection between a cryptic note, a yellow door, and a boat called the Day Maid? When their friend, Lieutenant Ashwood, disappears, the Quartet feels the pressure of time and must turn to another source for help. Will the four siblings get enough information to unravel the mystery before the suspects vanish completely?
My Review:
⭐⭐ ❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎
5+ stars & 7/10 hearts. I loved the first Graham Quartet book and eagerly looked forwards to reading this one, confident I would love it even more. I was not disappointed. The characters are amazing—Lt. Ashwood, Agent Johnson, & Mr. Rhodes are awesome; and you get to see the characters of Elsa, Matt, Selena, and Tim better. There was a little more lying than last time—sometimes at places where a sentence/word left out would have made them speak the truth while not disclosing what they couldn’t. I didn’t quite get the whole why-they-had-to-talk-with-their-dad part but I’m not complaining about it—it’s nice to see kids who are respectful and obedient. The mystery was more mysterious than last time, and the ending was much more exciting! I also liked having the time period clearly established, and knowing I had guessed right. ;) I am eager to read this aloud to my 13- & 8-year-old brothers—they loved book 1 and they’re so eager for this book, and I‘m sure they’ll love it!

*I received a copy of this book as a personal gift from the author. I was not required to write a review. This are my honest opinions.*


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