Surviving “Uncle Hitler” Journey of a German Girl by Dorothea Wollin Null


What I want most for my story to convey is that the Lord led me through the trials and tribulations of my life in order that I could find meaning, joy, and peace. Because I am approaching the end of my life, I want to inspire my readers to question their own choices, priorities and values in order to find peace with the Lord and joy in their hearts.”

Dorothea Wollin Null has written her accounting of her life during WWII. Surviving “Uncle Hitler” is a short book of just 119 pages that takes the reader through a young German girl’s life during WWII. Dorothea tells us of her travels to flee the bombings to go live with her aunt until they are forced to flee there due to the Russians coming. She tells of her life in a camp and then in a tiny third floor apartment after the war. The book tells the reader how the war shaped Dorothea and other family members into the adults they became. The author also tells us of the family dynamics and how they affected her through out her life.

This is an interesting quick read that show the reader how life was for the younger people in Germany during the war. The author also tells us of her faith and that of her family members. Some things that stand out for me in this book is how important school was, even while living in camps, the children had school outside. As well as the depth of their struggles for housing and food. This is a good book that would be enjoyed by those who enjoy reading about that time in history.

I received a copy of this book from First Step Publishing through Book Crash and this is my honest review.

121 pages

ISBN: 9781937333492

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The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo


The Pirate Bride is book two in The Daughters of the Mayflower series. Maribel Cordoba is just eleven years old when her father takes her away on his ship to Cuba. On their way their ship is taken over by privateers and her father is lost at sea. The crew of the privateering ship take over the care of Maribel as she wins each of their hearts. When this ship is taken over, a couple of the crew who survive take Maribel to an orphanage to be raised. The ships owner, Jean-Luc Valmont, is severely injured and taken home to New Orleans to recover. When he recovers he changes his methods of shipping and years later Jean-Luc and Maribel meet again.

This is a good story full of adventure, mystery and a touch of romance. The characters in this story are strong, caring people you would not expect to find in a pirate story. I really enjoyed the energy and spunk Maribel has for life. She believes her mother is dead and hold on to the memories of her mother and lessons her mother taught her as well as holding on to her mother’s scarf for 12 years. While this is part of a series, this is a stand alone book as well. The connection to book one is three generations apart and there is minimal reference to a character in book one.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.”

Series: The Daughters of the Mayflower (book 2)

256 pages

ISBN: 9781683224976

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Night Night Jungle, written by Amy Parker and Illustrated by Virginia Allyn


As the big moon rises

God’s creatures go to sleep

He loves us all – both here at home

And in the jungle deep”

Night Night Jungle is an adorable board book written by Amy Parker. This book is filled with adorable pictures of different animals of the jungle, illustrated by Virginia Allyn. The pictures are so colorful and the little animals are so cute, they will capture the young child’s attention. This story will also help teach the young child about different animals such as chameleons, lemurs, and sloths as well as monkeys, frogs and parrots. The story is written in rhyme telling of nightly routines the animals have.

I just adore this book. I feel this book is the best of Amy Parker’s Night Night books. With durable shiny pages and cushioned cover, this book will handle being used a lot. I would highly recommend this book for any family with little ones. This would make a great gift or even be a great book to have at gramma’s house for overnight visits.

I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishes through Book Look Bloggers. This is my honest review.

Series: Night Night

20 pages

ISBN: 9780718090869

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In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson


In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson is book one in the Golden Gate Secrets series. The Coulter family have not heard from their son and brother for three months. He typically sends them letters regularly and this is alarming for the family. The parents have become ill so the younger daughter, Camrainne, goes to San Francisco to search for him. On her travel there she meets two other young ladies also going to San Francisco for various reasons. Kenzie’s fiance has canceled their wedding and Judith is in search of an aunt she never knew. Together the girls work at Kenzie’s uncle chocolate factory, saving money to search for Caleb Coulter.

Caleb is an attorney that represented Patrick for a false murder charge. Shortly after he goes missing. While Camri’s is searching for him, she meets Patrick and his sister and become friends with them. Patrick helps Camri in her search for her brother. He takes a job at a local hotel where men are drugged and women are held again their wishes.

This is a great story that is hard to put down. There are a lot of characters but they are well introduced and easy to follow. The story is so well written it was easy to imagine the tremors the city felt as well as the stench of the run down area of town. In this story we see the change that takes place in Camri as she gets to know the other ladies. She once felt everyone should want an education and it would make a better life for them. Kenzie and Judith help her see that some women just want a husband and a family and that is not wrong. This story also points out the way the Chinese and the Irish were treated and looked down on, even blamed for situations out of their control.

I think anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction will enjoy this story. It is a good clean story that is encouraging and enjoyable to read. The story has adventure and suspense with a touch of romance. Another thing I really enjoy about this series is that the rest of the books will be out this year, so no long wait to read them.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing. This is my honest review.

Series: Golden Gate Secrets (book 1)

316 pages

ISBN: 9780764218996

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Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn


Beneath the Surface is book one in the Dive Team Investigations series written by Lynn H. Blackburn.

This is the beginning to a great new series. The series is full of adventure, suspense, mystery and a touch of romance.

Ryan is part of the Carrington County Sheriff’s Office dive team. While on a dive, the team finds a body in the lake. The team uses Leigh’s dock as a place to do the investigation.

Leigh has recently returned to her parent’s home to take a job at the local hospital emergency room. Things begin happening to Leigh that threaten her life. Ryan, along with others from the sheriff’s office are guarding her around the clock to keep her safe.

As the investigation goes on, it is suspected the deaths and the threat on Leigh’s life are connected. Leigh’s brother and Ryan are best friends and Ryan has been asked to keep an eye out for Leigh to keep her safe.

This book is full of suspense and action with many twists and turns. It kept me guessing all the way to the end as to who the killer was and why. The story is well written and was easy to follow all the action. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes good clean police stories.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. This is my honest review.

Series: Dive Team Investigations (Book 1)

352 pages

ISBN: 9780800729387

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The Rogue by Lee W. Brainard


the powers of the heavens shall be shaken”

The Rogue by Lee W. Brainard is the first book in the Planets Shaken series. This story is so good. I wish the second book were available to follow the story through. Not being a science nerd, it took me a while to get into the story, but once I did the book was very hard to put down. And then to have it end like it did, wow! It’s going to be a hard wait to see what happens.

Irina is a rookie scientist who discovers a very large comet that is on it’s way to Mars. When she reports it to her supervisor, he take the information and almost claims it as his. When the government finds out she has knowledge of the comet, they start investigating her. She knows she has to get this information to someone so she mails it to a former classmate, just prior to being taken into custody. Anyone who has knowledge of the comet and talks about it, gets taken to the FEMA area, they lose all their belongings and never see their families or friends again.

Ariele receives a mysterious package in the mail that contains information about a very large comet that could destroy the world. She starts researching and using the telescope at her job to get more information. When her research is finished, she reports her findings to her supervisor, who has to report her to the FBI. After being questioned by the FBI, she meets with a colleague and he tells her she has to run to save her life. Her colleague starts getting followed by the FBI, he also goes on the run.

I really enjoyed this book, it gives a different look at the end of the world than most of the books I have read in the past. Using Biblical prophecy, the author writes a fascinating story based on the Gospel of Luke 21:26. What stands out to me is how smart the characters are. As well as how far they will go to stand up for what they believe in. This story is full of action and suspense. I think anyone who enjoys a good thriller, will enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from the author through BookCrash. This is my honest review.

Series: Planet Shaken

401 pages

ISBN: 9780998759401

Publisher: Southkeep Press

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Imagine: The Ten Plaques by Matt Koceich

The Ten plaques

We may have a lifetime of bullies, but we have to remember that God is always with us and He never leaves our side. He’ll protect us and help us stand up to them.”

Imagine: The Ten Plaques, by Matt Koceich, is the second book in a new adventure series for children between the ages of 8 and 12. This is such a great series. I would highly recommend it for families for their children. There are not a lot of good clean stories for children that teach the life lessons this series does in such an adventuresome way. The story does reference parts of the Old Testament.

Fourth grader, Kai Wells is being bullied at school when all of a sudden she finds herself sent back in time. She finds herself in Egypt at the time of the ten plagues. She witnesses the insane insect invasion that seem to avoid her, as well as the other plaques. She also witnesses the Israelites fleeing through a wall of water before she returned to modern day. The adventures she had in Egypt taught her how to deal with the bullying she was going through.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.”

Series: Imagine (book 2)

112 pages

ISBN: 9781683223801

Matt Koceich is a husband, father and teacher. He lives in Texas with his family.

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A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green


A Refuge Assured, by Jocelyn Green, is a historical fiction novel based around the French Revolution. Vivienne is a lacemaker who made lace for the royal family. For this reason her life is in danger. She left France and came to America. The story takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the late 1700’s. Vivienne smuggles some of her lace to America with her and tries to sell it to survive. When illness hits the area, she helps care for the ill. Her friend dies and Vivienne is left to care for her friend’s son. Many people feel the young boy is the future king of France. Vivienne is forced to move to keep him safe.

Liam is a mail carrier and brother to Vivienne’s employer. When he finds out Vivienne has to move quickly, he takes her and the boy to claim their home in Asylum. What he is not expecting is that the property he purchased and has been improving is not really his, it belongs to Vivienne’s father.

This is a good book with lots of history, both French and American. The story dwells on the imposition of the liquor tax and military actions to enforce it. The story is so well written it is easy to envision the tiny details of using the treads to form beautiful, delicate late. It’s also easy to imagine the fear Vivienne must have felt in protecting the young boy and the cold they traveled in to safety. As well as the pain the young boy felt with leaving his home, losing his mother and friends.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing, this is my honest review.

416 pages

ISBN: 97807464219078

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Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett

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Where the Fire Falls is book 2 in A Vintage National Parks Novel series by Karen Barnett. This story takes place in 1929. Olivia Rutherford has been carry the sins of her father with her for so long. She has changed her name and appearance and is now an artist who is traveling thought Yosemite National Park painting for a travel magazine. Olivia has been sending money to her aunt for the care of her sisters and is trying to make enough to care for them. She is traveling through Yosemite with the help of Clark Johnson, a local guide and a couple her agent has introduced her to. Her paintings have been stolen and she is forced to start over again. Her stolen painting are selling for enormous amounts of money and magazines are printing articles full of lies about Olivia. And now people begin showing up where she is staying and she is in danger.

Clark, a former minister, was falsely accused and released from his duties. He took a job at Yosemite as a guide and is now needing to make the decision to take on the responsibilities of national park ranger.

This is a beautiful story. Through Olivia’s paintings we get to envision the beautiful scenery of Yosemite. The things that stand out for me in this story is how both Olivia’s and Clark’s lives have been affected by the wrongs others have done and how these wrongs have made others view them. This story has adventure, suspense and a touch of romance.

I have really enjoyed reading the stories in this series. I look forward to reading more of them. I think anyone who enjoys reading stories based on the early 1900’s in our country will enjoy this series.

I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook publishing through Blogging for Books, this is my honest review.

Series: A Vintage National Parks Novel (Book 2)

352 pages

ISBN: 9780735289567

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The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel


The Heart Between Us, by Lindsay Harrel, is a story of Megan Jacobs. Megan was diagnosed with a heart condition at a very young age and eventually had a heart transplant. She was in and out of hospitals for many years. During this time she became friends with Caleb who was going through the same illness. After the heart transplant, Megan lost contact with Caleb and her twin sister. Now, three years later, she has reconnected with Caleb. She has also been contacted by the parents of the heart donor and they have lent her their daughters journal. In the journal, Megan reads of her donors bucket list and decides to take the trip for her and her sister goes with her.

This is an amazing story. The author shows us that an illness such as Megan’s affects the entire family. We see how Megan’s illness has caused her to not take the chance and move forward in her occupation. With the blogging of her trip, she is able to gain the strength and courage she needs to take the chance.

This story has many little stories written within it. Some of the things that stands out for me is that Megan refers to her heart as the donor’s heart, not her’s. Another is Megan’s question why God allowed a young girl to die to give her life. I like that once Megan fulfilled the young girls dreams, she is able to move forward with her life. I also enjoyed seeing how the trip has allowed time for Megan to work on repairing the relationships with her sister and Caleb.

I feel those who enjoy contemporary fiction concerning women’s issues will enjoy this story. It is a Christian Fiction but the Christian references are not strong and will not offend readers.

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336 pages

ISBN: 9780718075705

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