More Than Meets The Eye by Karen Witemeyer

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More Than Meets The Eye, by Karen Witemeyer, is a Patchwork Family novel. This story takes place in Texas in the 1880s. Orphans Evangeline, Zach and Seth do what they have to just to survive. They have obtained a farm and have all worked together to make it a success. Now Logan, the son of the previous owner, is back and wants the farm back.

This story is so good. Each of the characters have their strengths that make the perfect family for them. While not blood relatives, they all work together to help and protect each other even as adults. Some of the things that stand out for me in this story are the themes of we all are broken, we all have something in our past we keep hidden, as well as forgiveness and caring for others. But the things that really stands out is how Logan feels he needs to seek revenge to get the farm back for his mother, but Evangeline asks him if this is what his mother really want, is this what God wants him to do. Another thing is the extremes Zach went to in order to help Seth with his health issues and how they were able to find a way for Seth to live an normal full life. This story has mystery, suspense and a touch of romance. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Christian Historical Fiction.

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

346 pages

ISBN: 9780764212833

My rating 4.7 stars

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: www.karenwitemeyer.com

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.christianbook.com/more-than-meets-the-eye/karen-witemeyer/9780764212833/pd/212832?event=PR

https://www.amazon.com/More-Than-Meets-Karen-Witemeyer/dp/0764212834

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A Crazy Optimist by Anne Greene

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A Crazy Optimist, by Anne Greene, is an 88 page contemporary Christian romance comedy novella. This is a cute short story of Sparkle January who has recently moved from Texas to New York City. She is a Pet Taxidermist who is struggling to make ends meet. She has placed an add to be a maid of honor in weddings and is getting a lot of business. Restaurant owner, Nick Patrizio, is Sparkles best friend. Even though he does not approve of her new business he is there to help and support her.

This is a cute short story to get lost in on a lazy afternoon or evening. Some of the things I like about this story is that it is a good clean story. I like that Sparkle turns to God but the story does not get preachy. Another thing I like about the story is that even though it does have several characters, there are only a couple main characters to follow through the story. I also enjoy the humor in this story, starting with Sparkles name and occupations and following through with her clients. I think anyone who enjoys romantic comedy will enjoy this story.

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

88 pages

My rating: 4.3

ISBN: 9781980911593

Anne Greene writes both contemporary and historical fiction that celebrate the abundant life Jesus gives us. You can see other books she has written at: www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com

This book can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Crazy-Optimist-Anne-Greene/dp/1980911592

Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof

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A haunting tale of struggle and redemption. Sons of Blackbird Mountain is a portrait of grace in a world where the broken any find new life through the healing of mercy of love.”

Sons of Blackbird Mountain, by Joanne Bischof, is book one in A Blackbird Mountain Novel series. The story is set in Virginia in 1890. This is an awesome story that covers some difficult subjects. The three brother’s are grown men who are still trying to pay off the land their father purchased. To do so they are making hard cider. Their aunt writes to their cousin’s widow, Aven, and convinces her to travel to America to care for the brothers. She arrives thinking they are young children. Instead she finds Jordan nearing his wedding day. Thor, who is unable to hear or speak, drinks way to much to ease his private pain. And, Haakon, who is rather immature, is very bold and forceful about his attraction to her. Thor also is attracted to Aven and she shares his feelings. But she was married to their cousin who was also an alcoholic and still deals with the pain from that relationship.

This is a wonderful story. Even though I wanted to see what happened, I didn’t want to rush through it. This story is so powerful with Thor dealing with trying to stop drinking and with Haakon, loving someone who does not return his love. The story give great background to the way the brothers feel about each other. The story also covers neighborhood struggles that get out of hand and the abuse others endure. This is the first book by Joanne Bischof I have read and I look forward to reading many more of her stories. She writes so true to situations, it did not feel like I was reading fiction. The story just pulled me right into it, not wanting it to end. I would highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys reading Christian historical fiction.

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

Series: A Blackbird Mountain (Book 1)

330 story pages

ISBN: 9780718099107

My rating 4.5 stars

You can learn more about the author by going to https://joannebischof.com/

Some places to purchase this book are:

https://www.christianbook.com/sons-of-blackbird-mountain/joanne-bischof/9780718099107/pd/099107

https://www.amazon.com/Sons-Blackbird-Mountain-Novel/dp/0718099109

It’s a Jungle in Here by Kristie Wilde

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God is especially happy

with how He made you!”

It’s a Jungle in Here is book 3 in the Joyful Creation Series by Kristie Wilde. The story is written in short sentences for the young read or listener. The author tells a story of the different animals God has made in the jungle and how they all are different. Some are loud, some are quiet. Some are big, some are small. But since God loves variety, he was pleased with them all.

The story itself is just 20 pages and is built around Genesis 1:21 and Genesis 1:25. . This is a thin paperback for young children with beautiful pictures of different animals you might find in the jungle. The pictures are so beautiful and life like with a lot of detail they will captures the attention of all ages. It also has two pages at the end of the story that gives additional information about the animals for the older child who wants to learn more. I think this is a great short story to help teach children of God’s animals. I think the young child and reader will enjoy this book.

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

Series: Joyful Creation (book 3)

26 pages

ISBN: 9780997482829

To learn about the author and books she has written go to: http://christianchildrensauthors.com/authors/kristie-wilde/

This book can be purchased at:

https://www.amazon.com/Its-Jungle-Here-Joyful-Creation/dp/0997482826

How To Be a Perfect Christian by The Babylon Bee

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How To Be a Perfect Christian by The Babylon Bee is Christian humor that will make the reader sit back and really wonder. While it is written as satire, some of the topics the author touches on will cause the reader to take a second look at themselves. This is not a book to sit down and read all in one sitting. But rather to be read and thought about. This book gives “tips” on topics such as choosing the right church, worshiping correctly, how to volunteer or take part in a potluck as well as sharing on social media.

I have to confess, I have never heard of The Babylon Bee. And I do not generally read humor or satire. I also take my Christian life very serious. But this is a good book. The authors touch on sensitive topics in a humorous way that would make using this as a group discussion book rather fun. I would honestly recommend this book to my friends who enjoy reading humorous writings.

This 208 page hard covered book is published by Multnomah Publishing. I received a copy of this book as part of the Launch Team. I was not required to write a review.

208 pages

ISBN: 9780735291522

The official Babylon Bee website is: https://babylonbee.com/

Some places this book can be ordered are:

https://www.christianbook.com/how-to-be-a-perfect-christian/the-babylon-bee-llc/9780735291522/pd/291522#CBD-PD-Description

https://waterbrookmultnomah.com/books/566165/how-to-be-a-perfect-christian-by-the-babylon-bee/

https://www.amazon.com/How-Perfect-Christian-Comprehensive-Spiritual/dp/0735291527

The Fashion Designer by Nancy Moser

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The Fashion Designer, by Nancy Moser, takes over where The Pattern Artist ends. Anne and her friends met the Sampsons on a ship and made an agreement to start a fashion business together. Anne and her friends have quit their jobs and are now embarking on their business when they find out Mrs. Sampson had different plans for the style of clothes they will make. Anne and her friends have to make the decision to do what Mrs. Sampson wants or to follow their hearts.

When none of Mrs. Sampson’s friends order any dresses, the girls decide to move forward with their plans, just not with the financial backing of the Sampson’s. They decide to make clothing for the unruffled, unveiled and unstoppable woman. While the company goes through financial struggles, the ladies go through personal struggles in their relationships. The ladies turn to God to help with the struggles they are going through.

This is a wonderful story in so many ways. Being a seamstress, it was interesting to read about the designs the ladies made as well as some of the history the author wrote into the story. It was also enjoyable to read how the ladies often took things into their own hands without turning to God first for help. This often led to situations not turning out positively. I also enjoyed the research and photos the author included in this story. This story also covers topics such as troubled marriages, abusive relationships and rape. The book ends with a list of very good discussion questions for those choosing to read this as a group.

While this book is not advertised as being part of a series, it does take off where The Pattern Artist ends. It is best to read them in order, but the author does a good job of filling in the background to help the reader who has not read the first book. I would recommend these books to anyone who enjoys reading Christian historical fiction that included romance.

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

320 pages

ISBN: 9781683226017

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: http://www.nancymoser.com/

Some Places to purchase this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Fashion-Designer-Nancy-Moser/dp/1683226011

https://www.christianbook.com/the-fashion-designer-nancy-moser/9781683226017/pd/3226017

As The Tide Comes In by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall

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As the Tide Comes In, by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall is an amazing heart touching story. Tara grew up in the foster care system and is now a mature adult. She recently was introduced to her half brothers and eventually raised them to wonderful, responsible young men. The brothers plan a trip to St. Simons Island to try to help Tara find out about her biological family. When tragedy strikes, she decides to go on the trip anyways.

I just love this story. The writing is so clear it is easy to imagine being there with Tara as she goes through all her trials. She is such a strong and caring person. With the addition of the characters in St. Simons Island, the author has given humor and depth to the story. Each of the characters are going through life struggles as well, loss of a spouse and father, being in an unloving marriage, and financial struggles. This story covers so many emotions, I wanted to cry for Tara and her brothers but laugh at the crazy things the gals on St. Simons Island thought up. This is a great contemporary story that will be loved by many.

I received an advanced readers copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah as part of the Cindy Woodsmall launch team. This is my honest review.

352 pages

ISBN: 9780735291010

Cindy Woodsmall is an New York Times and a CBA best-selling author. You can read more about her and books she has written at: http://www.cindywoodsmall.com/

Erin Woodsmall is the daughter-in-law of Cindy Woodsmall. Along with editing, brainstorming and researching with Cindy, she is also a writer, musician, wife and mother.

This book will be released on August 21, 2018. Some places to pre-order it are:

https://www.christianbook.com/as-the-tide-comes-in/cindy-woodsmall/9780735291010/pd/291010

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/558387/as-the-tide-comes-in-by-cindy-woodsmall-and-erin-woodsmall/9780735291010

https://www.amazon.com/As-Tide-Comes-Cindy-Woodsmall/dp/0735291012/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530555903&sr=8-1&keywords=9780735291010

Arms of Mercy by Ruth Reid

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Arms of Mercy is book two in An Amish Mercies Novel by Ruth Reid. Catherine and Zach have a date to take a sleigh ride. They have been seeing each other for several years and Catherine is thinking Zach will propose. Until Catherine’s ex-boyfriend Elijah returns. When Catherine realizes Zach is not going to propose, she makes plans to travel to Florida to help a family member. Elijah finds out she is going on a trip and gets tickets to go as well. Their trip is filled with tragedy, they are involved in more than one bus accident, both are severely injured and separated.

This is a really good story. Even though it is part of a series, it is a good stand alone story as well. It is a good clean story that shows us the need for forgiveness and listening to God. While reading the story I was repeatedly feeling like nothing else could possibly go wrong. One of the things I liked about this book is that in the worst of times, Catherine still knew the importance of God and prayer. Even when she did not know who she was. I also enjoyed that both Catherine and Elijah were open to listening to the man that would pop into their lives from nowhere and disappear again, possibly an Angel? Catherine has to open her heart to forgiving, not only Elijah, but others who caused Elijah to leave Catherine years earlier. I would recommend this story to any one who enjoys reading Amish stories.

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

Series: An Amish Mercies Novel (Book 2)

338 pages

ISBN: 9780718082468

Ruth Reid is a best selling author of Amish series. She is a full time pharmacist. She lives in Florida with her husband and children. You can find a list of books she has written at: https://www.fictiondb.com/author/ruth-reid~66124.htm

Some places you can purchase this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Arms-Mercy-Amish-Mercies-Novel/dp/071808246X

https://www.christianbook.com/arms-of-mercy-ruth-reid/9780718082468/pd/082468

Falling for You by Becky Wade

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Falling for You is the second book in A Bradford Sisters Romance series by Becky Wade. This is a contemporary romance story that takes over where the first book ends. Willow is a famous model and has agreed to take care of her parents inn until the new manager arrives. She is enjoying the peace and quite of her home town, until a young girl, Charlotte, brings her back together with her ex-boyfriend, former NFL quarterback Corbin.

Corbin suffered a serious injury that has forced him off the field. He and his father are in the process of renovating his home. When his father notices Corbin’s feeling for Willow are back, he talks with Willow and asks her not to come back when she leaves.

This is an enjoyable story to get lost in. It has the mystery with what happened to Charlotte’s missing family member. The story deals with topics such as cancer, family and political secrets and per-marital sex. The thing I like most about this story is the forgiveness Willow and Corbin must have to move forward with their relationship. I also enjoyed the sisters relationship through the story as well. I feel anyone who enjoys Christian Romance will enjoy this story.

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

Series: A Bradford Sisters Romance (book 2)

368 pages

ISBN: 9780764219375

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: www.beckywade.com

Some places to purchase this book are:

https://www.christianbook.com/falling-for-you-becky-wade/9780764219375/pd/219375

https://bakerbookhouse.com/products/falling-for-you-9780764219375

https://www.amazon.com/Falling-You-Bradford-Sisters-Romance/dp/0764219375/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1529972569&sr=8-1&keywords=9780764219375&dpID=51Rmg3rnUeL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

A Rebel Heart by Beth White

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A Rebel Heart is the first book in The Daughtry House Series by Beth White. The story is a historical romance story set in set in Mississippi in 1870. Selah Daughtry’s father went to fight in the War Between the States, leaving his wife and daughters alone at the plantation. During the war, soldiers visited the home and killed the mother while the girls hid. Now, five years later, Selah is on the brink of losing the family plantation that means so much to the family. She turns down an offer to sell part of the plantation.

Levi Riggins is a Pinkerton agent working in the area. He sees Selah on the train and decides then he wants to marry her. He meets with the man who wants to buy her property and convinces him to make a deal to repair and rent the Daughtry home and hire Selah to manage it.

This is a fast paced, easy to read book. The story is about forgiveness, with the former slaves agreeing to help repair and run the hotel. It is also about faith, in that trusting God to help supply their needs through using their home as a hotel. I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the rest of the series. I feel anyone who enjoys reading historical stories will enjoy this one. Not only does it give history to our country is also has mystery and suspense.

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

Series: The Daughtry House Series (Book 1)

368 pages

ISBN: 9780800726898

You can learn more about the author at www.bethwhite.net

This book can be purchased at:

https://www.christianbook.com/a-rebel-heart-1/beth-white/9780800726898/pd/726894

https://www.amazon.com/Rebel-Heart-Daughtry-House/dp/0800726898

https://bakerbookhouse.com/products/a-rebel-heart-9780800726898