The Boy Who Walked Away by Nancy Janes


What ever the cause of our troubles we can use them to construct sturdy inner self or we will live a defeated life.”

The Boy Who Walked Away, by Nancy Janes, is a futuristic fantasy story written for young adults. Set in 2162, during wartime, this story is of a ten year old boy, Jal, who’s parents are sent to war and is left behind with his uncle. When his uncle does not return when expect, Jal goes out. He wakes up beneath a willow tree with a voice telling him to go to his Grandfather Moutyn. Jal also is connected to a butterfly, Bea, and a swan, Sammie. Together the three go on their journey to Jal’s grandfather. On the way Bea and Sammie teach Jal about their history as well as life lessons.

This is an interesting book to read. I struggled with getting into the book, but once the story line was developed it moved swiftly and was easier to understand. While this book was written for young adults, this could also be a good story to read to elementary age children as a bedtime story. This story is built on an adventure. There are some areas in the story that younger children may not understand, but they will enjoy the talking butterfly and swan.

This story can be used to teach children to use their struggles to get stronger as well as to be thankful and help others. I enjoyed the reference to well known children stories, such as the three pigs and the three bears.

 I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

225 pages

ISBN: 9781479139071

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Nancy Janes writes short stories and poetry.

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Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton


Glory Road, by Lauren K. Denton is one of those books that is hard to put down and sad to see end. As high school students, Jessie and Ben were neighbors and good friends. Just before leaving for college, Ben tells Jessie he loves her and she doesn’t not respond. Following college Jessie and Ben go their own ways, having families and now they both find themselves single and back on Glory Road. They each have a teenager that they have raised basically by themselves who have become responsible, caring people.

Years earlier, Jessie and her daughter moved in next to her mother, where Jessie started a garden shop. Her mother spends her days helping Jessie. As Jessie works to build her business, her daughter starts high school and her mother starts suffering serious health concerns. Each of the women also have friendships with men that cause them to think about their future.

This is a heart warming story that shows realistic events that we are faced with today. I enjoyed the focus on the family units in this story. The love and care that each member shows the other and the way they help each other out. The author’s writing is so clear it is easy to imagine walking through the garden shop and smelling the flowers. I enjoyed the small section at the beginning of each chapter that focuses on gardening tips.

I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through BookLook Bloggers, this is my honest review.

347 pages

ISBN: 9780785219705

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When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams by Jill Eileen Smith


When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams, by Jill Eileen Smith, is a great book focusing on 12 women of the Bible, most from Genesis. This is a great book that would work nicely for a women’s Bible study. There are 12 chapters, each focusing on a different woman. The author writes her interpretation of what the Bible does not tell us of these women and how events affected them. Some of the topics covered are betrayal, emotional pain, regret, loss, rejection and broken promises. Some of the women covered in this book are Eve, Noah’s, Lot’s and Potiphar’s wives, Sarai, and Tamar I especially enjoyed how the author was able to bring to life how each woman could have felt. I appreciated that the author used multiple women in Jacob’s Life, his wives Rachel and Leah and daughter Dinah so the reader can see all sides of the family situation. The author not only gives us her thought on how the women felt, but she invites us to imagine with her, ponder the situation a little more and gives us questions to take our thoughts even further. The author helps the reader use the women’s situations and reactions to help realize God loves us and is using the trials in our lies to grow us into the women he wants us to be.

This is a great book, I really enjoy reading about women in the Bible. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.

213 pages

ISBN: 9780800728670

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Eat Live Thrive Diet by Danna Demetre and Robyn Thomson


Eat Live Thrive Diet, by Danna Demetre and Robyn Thomson, is a book written for older women to help them make changes to their diet to not only lose weight but to improve their health in areas such as increased energy, fighting illnesses, and slowing down the aging process.

Their book walks the dieter through different phases, an elimination phase which included an elimination drink and fiber but removes grains sugars etc. Then the items are slowly introduced to find items that case issues for the dieter. The book also focusing on the lifestyle, including relying on God. The books recommends fasting, exercise and includes many recipes.

The one thing I especially like about the book, is the elimination drink.  It is simple to make with ingredients you probably already have in the house. Some of the ingredients also help with inflammation, which many older people deal with. While this book is very informative and gives a lot of information on how and why we eat what we do and how it affects us, I struggle with a diet that totally eliminates many items, even for a short time. And there are some key items in the book that were printed white letters on gray background, with aging eyesight, these are very hard, and late in the day, even impossible to read.

For the person who struggles with loosing weight, the authors have a website and offer additional support and products to help with cravings.

I received an ARC copy of this book from the Waterbrook & Multnomah Launch Team, this is my honest review.

272 pages

ISBN: 9780525653165

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The Watch on the Fencepost by Kay DiBianca


The Watch on the Fencepost, by Kay DiBianca, is a story of Kate Frasier, who lost her parents in a questionable car accident. After the accident, Kate is introduced to people from her mother’s past. One of whom is the owner of the watch Kate found on a fence post and they quickly become friends.

Kate’s father use to leave her little clues to follow to find things he has for her. With her birthday approaching, her father had planned well in advance the clues he has left for her. Together with her new friend, she searches for subsequent clues to find what he has left her.

This is good easy to read mystery of the who done it type with a touch of romance written in. The story is very well written with not a lot of characters to keep straight. It is a good clean story with good lessons. Some of the things I enjoyed about this story, other than the mystery, is the friendships that develop. Kate and her mechanic both had negative feelings about each other, but with a little help from comments her father made in the past, they are able to see they were mistaken about each other. The mechanic felt Kay felt going to the shop was beneath her, which actually Kay was just shy. This points out that sometimes we are too quick to make judgment without know all the facts.

I received a copy of this book from the Bookcrash blogging program. This is my honest review.

253 pages

ISBN: 9781633571549

Kay DiBianca is a retired software developer and IT Manager. This is her first book.

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Almost Home by Valerie Fraser Luesse

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Almost Home, by Valerie Fraser Luesse, is based in Alabama in 1944. At a time when our country is at war and almost everyone is struggling, Si and Dolly Chandler have turned her family home into a boardinghouse to earn the money to pay taxes. They have rented rooms to several people who come from various places and backgrounds to work in the munitions plant.

This is a heartwarming story that shows the financial and personal struggles the character go through, being unemployed, losing farms, struggling marriages and losing loved ones. This story also shows the importance of worshiping together and helping out others. The young war widow helps the injured soldier heal from his physical and emotional injuries. The young soldier helps repair others vehicles. And the renters help out Si and Dolly without being asked. I enjoyed how the young husband would help Si out when he wasn’t working, but he made a point of setting aside time to spend with his wife. I especially enjoyed reading the parts about the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the original owners on their wedding day. I like how the author is able to bring the surroundings alive in her story. The descriptions are so clear it is easy to imagine sitting by the lake, going for a walk in the woods or just sit in the home and watch for the flutter of the curtains. I would recommend this story to those who enjoy a good clean Christian story that has a great message and strong characters.

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

318 pages

ISBN: 9780800729639

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How the Light Gets In by Jolina Petersheim


“He wants every part of you, Ruth. There’s nothing in you that isn’t beautiful to him.”

“Even in your anger your pain, he loves you. Even then He finds you worth of love.”

How the Light Gets In, by Jolina Petersheim, is a story of a young mother who’s husband and father-in-law were killed in a bombing while working overseas for Physicians International. When her mother-in-law wants to have them both buried in her Wisconsin Mennonite community, Ruth flies from her mother’s home in Ireland with her two young daughters. She has no income and is forced to live with her mother-in-law at her husband’s cousin’s cranberry farm, where she works for him with the harvest.

Ruth’s marriage was in trouble before her husband left for his last mission trip. He is kept busy treating children while she is left alone at home raising their daughters giving up her dreams of writing. Elam has offered his hunting cabin to Ruth to spend time alone to write. While writing, Ruth imagines how her life may have been different.

This is an emotionally charged story that will stay with you after finishing it. The story is so well written it is easy to imagine the pain Ruth felt not just with the death of her husband but also the struggles she had with their troubled marriage and a young daughter struggling with the loss of her father. While this story is a modern day fictional retelling the the story of Ruth in the Bible, there are differences. Just when I thought there was going to be a positive future for Ruth the story takes a couple drastic turns.

I received a copy of this book from the author as part of the Street Team. This is my honest review.

364 pages

ISBN: 9781496402233

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A Tender Hope by Amanda Cabot


A Tender Hope is book three in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy by Amanda Cabot. While this is a series, the stories are written so that they can also be stand alone stories. Several characters are carried forward from the first story, but the author has done a great job of re-introducing them.

Thea has moved to Cimarron Creek, along with friend Aimee to start a new life after the death of her husband and newborn son. Almost immediately she is visited by Ranger Jackson Guthrie. He has come to Cimarron Creek to investigate Thea’s husband death and part in a gang that robbed and murdered people. While traveling, he found a baby left all alone and takes the little boy to Thea and Aimee to care for.

This is a nice story full of adventure, suspense and romance. The story is one in which the members of the community care for each other, even the new ones. There are many parts to this story I found enjoyable. One is the describing of the homes that were built by the towns founders. Another is that while the matchmakers are busy, the friendships that are formed and built upon surprise them. I enjoyed reading this series and feel anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction would enjoy this story.

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Series: Cimarron Creek Trilogy (book 3)

327 pages

ISBN: 9780800727581

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Courting Mr. Emerson by Melody Carlson

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Courting Mr. Emerson, by Melody Carlson is a Contemporary Christian Romance story. George Emerson is retiring from teaching, when Willow, the grandmother of one of his students, comes to him for a recommendation for her grandson to get into college. George is a confirmed bachelor who lives next door to an overly friendly lady. Wanting to get away from her invitation for the evening, he walks into town and finds himself at Willow’s art gallery. From this time forward he gets pulled into Willow’s life and Willow pushes her way into his life.

There are multiple little stories within this story. George has had many losses in his life and is afraid to love someone else. Willow has raised her grandson and now with his gradation at hand, his mother and her boyfriend return. When the boyfriend leaves, the daughter is stuck with no place to live and no financial way to survive..

This is a fun story to read. The author describes the scenes so nicely, it is easy to see the wild colors the daughter paints her home as well as to feel George’s insecurities of changing, not just himself but his family’s home. There were times I felt it hard to believe anyone would even consider doing some of the things Willow did and I liked the comparison George has of her and a camel’s nose. I also enjoyed how Willow described her Christian life and when George, a confirmed atheist, needed help he turned to Willow’s pastor.

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340 pages

ISBN: 978800735272

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White City by Grace Hitchcock


The White City, by Grace Hitchcock is part of the True Colors series. This story takes place during the Chicago’s World Fair in 1893. Winnifred, the only child of Chicago police detective, feels she witnessed a women being kidnapped. She goes undercover to find information that may lead to find out who is taking the people who are disappearing. Meanwhile, her aunt is frantically trying to find a suitable husband for her. Winnifred is dating her favorite author, but is developing feeling for her body guard, Jude. But her father has a rule that she cannot marry someone in police work.

This is a Christian Historical Romance novel with a lot of suspense and mystery. While this is a fictional story, it is based on America’s first serial killer, H. H. Holmes. I really enjoyed reading this story. It is filled with mystery and kept me reading to find the answer to who was taking the women.

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

Series: True Colors

245 pages

ISBN: 9781683228684

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