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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 11 August 2020 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – TETHERED by ELEANOR BERTIN

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – TETHERED by ELEANOR BERTIN

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Tethered

THE BLURB

Perfectionistic librarian Jacqui Penn is ripped up by the roots when she’s dumped by her longtime boyfriend. Rootless and on the run, she is drawn two thousand miles west across Canada to the last place she ever thought could offer stability—the old homestead where her father grew up.
Renovating the derelict house soon becomes a personal battle as it stubbornly resists her efforts. While Jacqui struggles to renew the home, she spends time with the family Pops bitterly resented. Her hunger for roots grows stronger as she fights to discover the long-buried reasons her father fled the house as a beleaguered teen. But will she ever find the belonging she craves?

THE AUTHOR

11846783_931868230193191_3177289173999141651_nIn a fit of optimism at age eleven, Eleanor Bertin began her first novel by numbering a stack of 100 pages. Two of them got filled.
Eleanor holds a college diploma in Communications and worked in agriculture journalism until the birth of her first child. The family eventually grew to include seven children, all girls except six. Writing was crowded out by homeschooling a houseful for 25 years until Lifelines, her first completed novel, was shortlisted in the 2015 Word Alive Free Publishing Contest.
Eleanor and her husband live with their youngest son, who has Down syndrome, amidst the ongoing renovation of a century home in central Alberta. She blogs about a sometimes elusive contentment at jewelofcontentment.wordpress.com.

 

MY REVIEW

Haven’t we all thought about it, wished it, idly planned it at one time or another in our lives? Running away? Daily life becomes mundane, heartbreak unbearable, betrayal unforgiveable?

For most of us, reality ties us in place and the notion of running away gets tucked on the shelf for another day.

For Jacqui Penn, though, reality was turned inside out, and while she could have stayed put and maintained the status quo, her heart wouldn’t let her.

Ms. Bertin digs deep into Jacqui’s heart, the human tug to belong—and to believe. As Father God does per Romans 8:28, Ms. Bertin wove strands of her story to bring good into Jacqui’s life. Even the hurtful and damaging factors. Jacqui faces each challenge head-on, relying first on her own strength and ability, then little by little, day by day, grows to accept and trust those around her. As she discovers her roots, she also discovers herself. And her future.

A deep and profound story of truth and self-discovery, a journey that could belong to any one of us. A story that drew me in, as though I were part of Jacqui’s journey, and kept me turning pages so I, too, could rejoice in her discovery of Truth.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 5 May 2020 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – CALL TO LOVE by MARY A. FELKINS

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – CALL TO LOVE by MARY A. FELKINS

 

THE BLURB

Tracy Cassidy a self-reliant ER nurse has to choose between pursuing her dream job in another city or staying to help support her mother’s faltering ministry…Even if it means falling in love with the kind of man she said she’d never marry.
Tom Delaney a hyper-vigilant cop and single father to an adolescent son is happy to keep his wounded heart protected behind his Kevlar. But he can no longer deny his growing love for Tracy. Problem is she’s not looking to be the community’s next cop widow. Like her mom.
In order to free his heart to answer God’s call to love again he’ll need to dump the years of bitterness he’s carried toward his ex and offer her forgiveness. And should the call come to pursue Tracy’s heart will he answer?

THE AUTHOR

Mary A. Felkins is an inspirational romance author, administrator for Seriously Write writer’s blog, and contributor to an on-line Bible study magazine. In 2015, she was awarded a bronze medal winner for her scene submission to My Book Therapy’s Frazier contest. Call to Love is her debut, inspirational romance novel.
She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and My Book Therapy.
Raised in Houston, Texas (and forever a Lone Star girl), Mary and her husband Bruce moved to the foothills of North Carolina in 1997. They are blessed to parent four young adult children. She can be lured from her writer’s cave if presented with a large, unopened bag of Peanut M&Ms or to watch an episode of Fixer Upper. A surprise appearance by her teen idol, Donny Osmond, would also do the trick, although she’d likely pass out.
If, upon introduction, she likes your first or last name, expect to see it show up in one of her novels.

To receive Mary’s weekly story-style devotions and quarterly book news via email, join other #Felkinsfans at http://www.maryfelkins.com

 

MY REVIEW

What if, when we tell God the one thing we do not want or will not do, He takes it as a dare—and that’s exactly the one thing He asks of us.

Well, maybe not. But it sure feels like it sometimes.

That’s just what happened to Tracy Cassidy. Growing up with a father cop—and a brother who followed in his footsteps—Tracy knew more than she wanted to about the profession. Especially the killed in the line of duty bit. And she vowed to never let that happen to her like it did to her mom.

Such promises, though, are thin veils of control over our own lives. The harder Tracy tried to manipulate her life into a manageable lump, the more it eked from her control.

Falling for Tom Delaney was definitely not in Tracy’s plans. Nor was falling for her in his.

Tom had his own to deal with, and fought it at every turn. Ultimately they both realized that only when they let go of what they thought life was supposed to look like, did they really see what life—and love—truly are.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

FOUR FEATHERS

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 23 November 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – A MATCH FOR EMMA by PEPPER BASHAM

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – A MATCH FOR EMMA by PEPPER BASHAM

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for A Match for Emma by Pepper Basham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Match for Emma
Author: Pepper Basham
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 21, 2019

 

THE BLURB

Emma Mitchell may enjoy sprinkling romance into the lives of others, but her own plans involve a single first-class ticket to culinary school in Europe.

When her best friend, Jon Noble, suddenly moves back to Ransom, Emma’s fairly certain her life can’t get any better…until her matchmaking schemes nosedive, her culinary future falls flat, and a life-long friendship begins to teeter on the brink of something unexpected.

With a little inspiration from Jane Austen’s classic and a touch of Blue Ridge charm, will Jon and Emma discover that what they need the most may be the last thing they’re trying to find?

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | AmazonBook Depository

 

THE AUTHOR

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her most recent historical romance, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge, showcases her Appalachian heritage and family history, as well as her love for humor and family.

She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus. Her upcoming release, A Match for Emma, is the third book in her popular Mitchell’s Crossroads series.

Pepper loves getting to know readers and other authors through social media. You may also learn more about her on her website!

CONNECT WITH PEPPER: Website | FacebookTwitterInstagram

 

MY REVIEW

Pepper Basham never fails to disappoint! The #QueenofSwoony delivers kissable characters and tantalizing kisses. #allthekisses Her love for the Blue Ridge Mountains shines all throughout the story with lovely and vibrant descriptions, inviting the reader to visit via the pages of the story.

Of course it’s human nature but don’t you just want to clobber people, fictional or otherwise, when they can’t see what’s good for them right in front of them plain as the nose on their face?

Such was the case with both Emma and Jon.

Emma’s efforts were all well intended, but sometimes the best laid plans fall far short. Mice and men and all that! It crushed me that Emma felt herself a failure—a sentiment this reader once knew far too well. Ms. Basham takes Emma on a rigorous heart journey to discover her own worth.

Jon, too, comes face to face with a grief he thought was buried.

Ms. Basham has a magical way with words, casting a story-spell that brings the story to life and invites the reader right into the midst of the action. Personally, I could go for one or ten of those swoony kisses!

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

FOUR FEATHERS

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a Paris cube decorative tote, paperback copy of Jane Austen’s Emma, paperback copy of A Match for Emma (or another one of the Mitchell’s Crossroads books, if preferred), a ‘love’ ornament,  a mug that reads “You’re my cup of tea”, and Misty Mountain handcrafted soap (made locally) – the scent is Mountain Berries!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 9, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on November 16, 2019. Open internationally except where prohibited by law or logistics. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 16 November 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – STAND ALONE by RUTH E. MEYER

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW-on-SATURDAY – STAND ALONE by RUTH E. MEYER

THE BLURB

Grace Neunaber has entered a new phase of life. With two grandchildren and her second child college-bound, she’s rethinking what to do with her quiet days while the kids are at school. But she’s not the only one with decisions to make.

Thanks to a football injury, Jackson Williams’ college plans have been turned upside down. His confidence and ego have been shattered along with his dream of a football scholarship. Yet he’s challenged to grow both by his accident and by his best friend, Sam.

With so many uncertainties for the whole family, Grace will have to muster her self-confidence in the face of change. And Jackson will have to choose what kind of person he wants to become–a man who shirks responsibility and caves to circumstance or a man who stands up for what’s right when life knocks him down. Even when it means standing alone.

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Ruth Meyer graduated from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with a degree in church music and no plans whatsoever to become an author. But a student of the week project for her son inspired Our Faith from A to Z, a children’s picture book. After that, it was only a matter of time before she tried her hand at fiction. As both the daughter of and the wife of a pastor, Ruth has moved around a lot, and her experiences provide many ideas for her writing. Currently, she resides in rural Texas with her husband, their five children, and two dogs. It is her hope that through her writing, readers are assured of God’s grace through His Son, Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

I read this book with mixed feelings and reaction. Much of the dialogue and interaction was deep and meaningful. It was loaded with strong messages of faith and forgiveness.

But then there was so much dialogue that felt awkward and stilted.

My greatest issue, though, was with the timeline after Jackson’s injury. Ms. Meyer states that her son suffered a similar injury but in the story Jackson’s recovery seemed rushed; I, too, have had personal experience with leg surgery and recovery, and found the timeline in the story extremely rushed and implausible.

Jackson had such a tender heart, and was such a good friend. I was happy with his choices and decisions in the end.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

THREE FEATHERS

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day-on-Saturday, #TRD, Book Review, Stand Alone, Ruth E. Meyer, JustRead Publicity Tours

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 5 November 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – CALLED TO INSPIRE by MARSHA DuCILLE

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – CALLED TO INSPIRE by MARSHA DuCILLE

 

THE BLURB

Do you sense God prompting you to do something special with your life? Do you feel totally unprepared to answer his call?
Get ready for your heart to be emboldened and your faith strengthened! In CALLED to Inspire, Marsha DuCille, founder and publisher of CALLED magazine, leads you through a 52-question devotional experience to help you discover a rich, victorious life guided by God. With each weekly devotion, you’ll find compelling answers to life’s most significant questions. Each reading is accompanied by a powerful prayer, a meaningful verse to hide in your heart, a declaration to defend and fortify your faith, and journaling space to record your thoughts.
Let CALLED to Inspire encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and give you the strength and confidence to hear God’s calling in your life. Cling to this companion week after week—and dare to render your answer.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marsha DuCille is the founder and editorial director of CALLED magazine, the largest North American-based publication for Christian women. Her “hobby turned global venture” reaches women worldwide through a variety or multimedia platforms. She is also the creative director of CALLED Design, a print and digital solutions enterprise; the creative principal of CALLED Boutique, a merchandising brand; and the chairman of The CALLED Project, a philanthropic arm that supports outreach efforts around the world. Marsha earned a master’s degree in social work from Boston University and a master’s degree in educational foundations, research, and policy from the University of Michigan.

 

MY REVIEW

A treasure of wisdom and truth, to encourage and uplift, and inspire. Fifty-two single page vignettes, each with a profound and simple and thought-provoking truth.

But more than encouragement, CALLED to Inspire calls the reader to search deep, to live a life changed to Father God’s image. To think as He thinks, to live as He lives. To be His hands and feet, His eyes and voice in the earth.

The beauty of each week’s study is its brevity and its simplicity; the Gospel is not complicated at all.

Ms. DuCille has included a prayer for each week’s study, and a verse to focus on and a declaration to speak out. Space is provided for the reader to journal their thoughts on the week’s message. Perhaps my favorite bit is the Keepsake thought that Ms. Ducille tucks at the bottom of each journal page.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Called to Inspire, Marsha DuCille, JustRead Publicity Tours

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 2 November 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – A KITE ON THE WIND by PATRICIA LEE

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – A KITE ON THE WIND by PATRICIA LEE

 

THE BLURB

Is Love Strong Enough to Overcome the Walls They Hide Behind?
Left waiting at the altar, Claire Simpson has buried her past and moved on, carving out a life for herself as a teacher on the Oregon coast. When her former fiancé appears, he threatens to unravel the peaceful independence she has worked so hard to achieve after their relationship failed.

Montgomery Chandler has moved to NOAA headquarters in Newport, Oregon to make new, happier memories for his children after his wife died of a lingering illness. Their home in Seattle held nothing but the whispers of their earlier lives. Starting over will help all of them heal, but Monty is resolved not to risk love again.
When the handsome widower enrolls his hurting children at the school where Claire teaches, her determination to remain uninvolved vanishes at the whim of a snowstorm. This family needs her expertise. Can she help them without losing her heart?

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Patricia Lee is a published author, having written since she first learned what words could do at the age of six. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon. Articles to her credit have appeared in Moody Monthly, Power for Living, Expecting and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse as well as in two anthologies— Cup of Comfort Bible Promises and In the Company of Angels. She is part of a team of bloggers who submit short devotionals for FaithHappenings.com.

Patricia is a member of the Oregon Christian Writers and of American Christian Fiction Writers. She and her husband have two adult children and live in the Pacific Northwest with two sleepy cats.

CONNECT WITH PATRICIA:  Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

I wanted so badly to like this story. And there were bits that did touch my heart. A father with two young children grieving the death of wife and mother. The teacher who embraces the children and, with her expertise, eases their grief. The close bonds of family, both nearby and across the country; the way Ellen befriended Claire.

But overall it seemed dry, the dialogue was stilted, and the children didn’t talk like kids. Much of what they said was beyond any seven or eight year old I’ve ever known.

The situation was unique [NO SPOILERS], not something I’ve read before. As I picked up on the hints throughout the story, I wondered… I tried to put myself in Claire’s place, imagine how I might have reacted. The trauma of Fallyn’s illness infused tension and angst into the story.

I did like the characters. Monty struggled to balance his life after suffering tragedy, no easy task. Claire clearly had the heart of a teacher and counselor. Mia’s fixation on kitties is one I share, and Mason’s obsession with kites was a fun bit. There was good interaction between the characters. BONUS: McKenna from An Anchor on Her Heart made a cameo appearance.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

THREE FEATHERS

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day-on-Saturday, #TRD, Book Review, A Kite on the Wind, Patricia Lee, Mended Hearts Series, JustRead Publicity Tours, Blind Date with a Book

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 30 October 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-WEDNESDAY – BOOK REVIEW – IGGY AND OZ AND THE PLASTIC DINOS OF DOOM by J.J. JOHNSON

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-WEDNESDAY – BOOK REVIEW – IGGY AND OZ AND THE PLASTIC DINOS OF DOOM by J.J. JOHNSON

 

THE BLURB

What if hundreds of plastic toy dinosaurs suddenly came to life- Could you find a way to stop them…?
Iggy Risner is your typical wise-cracking twelve year old. When his younger brother, Oz, wakes him in the middle of the night claiming he heard a monster in the attic, Iggy takes him upstairs to prove him wrong. But instead of a flesh-eating beast, they discover hundreds of their toy plastic dinosaurs that have mysteriously come to life.
When the dinos escape the attic and start terrorizing young kids in the neighborhood, and trampling flower beds, somehow Iggy, Oz, and their friends must catch the plastic dinos of doom before the damage escalates. But what do you do when your parent’s doubt your story, and a group of clueless neighborhood bullies stand in the way?

 

THE AUTHOR

 

J.J. Johnson grew up in Pryor Creek Oklahoma. Attending Oklahoma Baptist Universtiy with a major in Student Ministry and a minor in Sociology. He currently resides in Edmond Oklahoma where he lives with his wife Ashley and children.

You can follow him on facebook at JJJohnsonwrites
or on twitter http://www.twitter.com/jjjohnsonWrites

Visit his website at www.jjjohnsonwrites.com

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

Such a fun story! Written in Iggy’s voice—with occasional interjections from Oz—the telling is delightful and suspenseful and comical. I truly felt like I was tagging along as they pursued their prey. Or at least listening to Iggy as he related their adventures.

The suspense builds as the children search for the wayward dinos, who leave a trail of disaster wherever they go. Interaction between the kids was spot on, importance of the task and excitement of the challenge before them, laughter at distractions, the neighborhood bullies trying to crash the search—and fear of the dinos themselves. I particularly enjoyed the lively and snarky and all too real banter between Iggy and Oz and their friends.

Overall a great story for middle grade kids.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

FOUR FEATHERS!

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day-on-Wednesday, #TRD, Book Review, Iggy and Oz and the Plastic Dinos of Doom, J.J. Johnson, JustRead Publicity Tours

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 29 October 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE RED JOURNAL by DEB ELKINK

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE RED JOURNAL by DEB ELKINK

 

THE BLURB

Flirty globetrotter Sybil badgers her friend Libby to travel along in seeking out the world’s “sacred places”—a monastery in Japan, a mountaintop in Africa, a mosque in Istanbul. Her footloose wandering far from family values costs her more than money.
But Libby can’t afford to travel, and she’s plagued by a different kind of restlessness. Grieving the recent death of the grandmother who raised her in their inner-city Minneapolis tenement now slated for demolition, Libby faces homelessness in both heart and habitation.
When Libby discovers a cryptic message from beyond the grave and an antique ring pointing to a mystery in an inner room of a mansion museum in North Dakota, she sets out on a quest of her own for the meaning of heritage and home.

 

THE AUTHOR

I’m connected to several writers’ associations and was recently recruited to The Mosaic Collection (an international publishing group of women authors). I’m also involved in the local church and in community life. I take to the road several times a year to speak at women’s functions, always ready to return home again to my babbling brook — to sit and sip chai as I write and research, read and edit. But I also love to travel internationally and confuse the locals with my smattering of foreign phrases; I’ve visited thirty countries on five continents so far and have offended the ears of Japanese, French, and Spanish alike with corresponding gusto. (I’ve been told, however, that my English is quite good.)

My little stories are only as original as my research and imagination. That is, there’s nothing truly new under the sun. As I say in my very first Motifs posting, I love listening to the proclamation of the King in His Word. I don’t fancy my writings to be inspired, but just an attempt at retelling timeless truths written first by God Himself, the Author with authority to direct our steps. My heart echoes Job’s longing (19:23-25): “Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll . . . I know that my Redeemer lives!”

You can email me any time to chat, complain, or relate: deb@debelkink.com. Subscribe to my email newsletter to receive a free e-copy of Wet Thaw, two award-winning short stories by me. Or connect with me on Facebook.

 

MY REVIEW

What a profound story—I’m so glad I stuck with it!

Sybil seems more an annoyance in Libby’s life than any sort of friend. I sure didn’t like her! So brash and pushy. I felt like there was far too much description of her past ventures to “enlightenment;” it bogged down the reading for me.

Same with Paige’s research. Fascinating as it was, for me it distracted from the story.

The threads of the story were there, though, however thin for the first two-thirds of the book.

Then, BAM! It picked up in intensity and held my interest, urging me on to the final page.

Oh, how well Ms. Elkink wove this together, so tightly knit. As brash as she was, Sybil served her purpose in Libby’s life. And as unrelated as it seemed, Paige’s research also had significant impact.

Ms. Elkink layers elements, the ugly, the miserable, with the tender and loving, and portrays a true image of life. Like ingredients in soup, each element contributes to the whole of the flavor, and to take one away, even the bitter, would distort the final result.

Overall a wonderful story with a profound Truth embedded within.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

THREE FEATHERS

 

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, The Red Journal, Deb Elkink, Mosaic Collection, JustRead Publicity Tours

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 26 October 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – WHERE I WAS PLANTED by HEATHER NORMAN SMITH

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – WHERE I WAS PLANTED by HEATHER NORMAN SMITH

 

THE BLURB

In the spring of 1961, ten-year-old Nate “Weenie” Dooley has a revelation-his father is not a good one.

Inspired by National Geographic, his favorite thing next to the Bible storybook his mother gave him before she died, Nate plans to leave his father and their home in the Smokies to set out on adventure.

When he discovers that his father has left him first, it will take the help of a stray dog, some kind neighbors, a one-man-band, letters from a long-lost-aunt, and a new understanding of God to figure out he isn’t really alone.

Will he find that Copper Creek is where he’s always belonged? Or will his wanderlust keep him from ever coming back?

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Heather Norman Smith is a devotional blogger and author of inspirational fiction. Her goal is to use the written word to entertain and encourage, while illuminating the redemptive love of God. She also enjoys writing songs and singing about Jesus.
Heather is proud to be a life-long North Carolinian and aims to present the beauty of the Tar Heel State in her writing. Her home is just outside Winston-Salem, NC, where she lives with one husband, two daughters, one son, two cats, and two dogs. Heather loves words and does not enjoy math, except when it comes to counting blessings..

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

What kid doesn’t dream of going off to see the world? And with a cache of National Geographics, Nate Dooley has a better idea of where to go than most kids. Adults, too, for that matter. And like kids everywhere, he figures he can strike out on his own.

No matter he’s only ten. He’s essentially on his own all the time anyway.

Ms. Smith tells a heartwarming—and heart wrenching— story. Nate is resilient and ingenious, and somewhat precocious—I don’t know of many ten-year-olds who would consider some of the adult issues he does. Nor could I fathom that a father would leave a ten year old to fend for himself.

Those issues aside, this was an intriguing story, and as Nate soon learned, there were many people who loved and cared for him, even if his father couldn’t.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

THREE FEATHERS

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day-on-Saturday, #TRD, Book Review, Where I was Planted, Heather Norman Smith, JustRead Publicity Tours

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 25 May 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-FRIDAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNBOUND by ELEANOR BERTIN

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-FRIDAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNBOUND by ELEANOR BERTIN

THE BLURB

Ruthie Adrian loves ranch life with her handsome husband, Mac and his family. But her fading hope for a child dissolves when Mac is killed in a crash along with his brother and father.
Added to their heartbreak, Ruthie and her mother-in-law, Naomi now face rejection by her sister-in-law, and impossible barriers as they try to protect their land.
Jake, a self-styled prophet steps up with a bizarre offer. A Godsend or a trap?
With raw grief, unexpected humour, and life-giving grace, Unbound is a modern twist on a timeless tale of the unique bond between two widows who harbour a few secrets of their own.

 

THE AUTHOR

 

In a fit of optimism at age eleven, Eleanor Bertin began her first novel by numbering a stack of 100 pages. Two of them got filled.
Eleanor holds a college diploma in Communications and worked in agriculture journalism until the birth of her first child. The family eventually grew to include seven children, all girls except six. Writing was crowded out by homeschooling a houseful for 25 years until Lifelines, her first completed novel, was shortlisted in the 2015 Word Alive Free Publishing Contest.
Eleanor and her husband live with their youngest son, who has Down syndrome, amidst the ongoing renovation of a century home in central Alberta. She blogs about a sometimes elusive contentment at jewelofcontentment.wordpress.com.

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

Tragedy can unsettle the most stable of families; triple tragedy can crush them.

Like their Biblical counterparts, Ruthie and Naomi have each other to cling to. And as obstacles assault them from all directions it seems they’re all each other has. Until even their bond is wounded. Both clinging to the need to keep a past secret hidden, the fear of discovery is crippling.

Ms. Bertin teases the brink of cultism with Jake’s overbearing and aggressive attitude and controlling behavior, and playing on Naomi’s grief. She draws out each character’s strengths—and their weaknesses—their fears and their deepest heart desires. Ms. Bertin walks them through the valley of the shadow of death, and painstaking step by painstaking step to healing and joy. Each event, each encounter, each interaction urging me on to the last page, the story was engrossing and captivating.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

FOUR FEATHERS

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

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