Saturday, February 16, 2019

Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

ISBN: 9780784219085
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My thoughts:  The early history of America has intrigued me since my school days. In the book Between Two Shores the author takes the reader into the historical journey for the Canadian area of Montreal and Quebec. The Seven Years War fought between France and England as the two nations vied for control and ownership of the Canadian territory (this was just a portion of the 7-Years War which some have termed the First World War).  The French, particularly,  involved the Indian tribes of the area as allies against the British.

Catherine Duval is the main character with her story being told in two timelines from five or ten years prior to the "current" year of 1759. As a trader she has access and deals with Indians, French, and even British though the French actually prohibit trade with the British. She continues to pursue her trade with whomever. A "half-breed" as she is called by some, she easily moves between the two worlds of French or British and Indian. She is a strong woman.

Jocelyn Green, the author, pens a beautifully descriptive story that enables the reader to hear the wind rustle in the leaves, feel the quiet, sense the terror. And the story is enthralling from beginning to end capturing the emotional rawness of loss and discovery, hurt and terror, family and friend.

War is harsh and war is rugged and it doesn't matter the era in which that war is fought. Wounds are deep in the flesh and in the heart and in the mind. War is terrible. War is the tool by which nations preen their feathers and set their boundaries. War is the means of financial gain for one nation or the other. War decimates the people involved both singularly and nationally.

The reader will sense and feel the oars plunging into the river and feel the cloak of darkness as they row toward their destiny. This is a story that you don't want to miss. If you love a good read and history you will definitely want to read Between Two Shores.



About the book: With a Mohawk mother and a French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval finds it easiest to remain neutral among warring sides. But when her British ex-fiancé, Samuel, is taken prisoner by her father, he claims to have information that could end the war. At last, she must choose whom to fight for. Is she willing to commit treason for the greater good?

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine, alone, and are freely given.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Sesame Street with An Interactive Adventure "Another Monster At The End Of This Book" [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN: 9780794441746
Board Book

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My thoughts:  O.k. you've got to be careful when you bring up monsters to the kiddies. You don't want to instill fear in their little hearts and even if they already think that there are monsters under the bed, etc., you have to tread carefully. So be aware.....

There's "Another Monster At the End of this Book" is a fun interactive, flap lifting, peek hole, pop up board book that will entertain. And the reality is..... there's not really a monster at the end of the book. But that's a bit of a spoiler, isn't it. Anyway, its a fun board book if you like sharing "monsters" with your little one.

About the book: Come along with Grover and Elmo in this fun, interactive refresh of the classic storybook!

In this interactive version of the classic Sesame Street story, Grover tries everything to keep Elmo from turning another page and reaching the monster at the end of the book. With lift-the-flaps, sliders, and pop-up elements that kids will delight in, Another Monster is sure to be a new story time favorite!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A Desperate Hope (Empire State #3) by Elizabeth Camden [Giveaway]

ISBN: 9780764232107
Bethany House Publishing
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About the book: Eloise Drake's prim demeanor hides the turbulent past she's finally put behind her--or so she thinks. A mathematical genius, she's now a successful accountant for the largest engineering project in 1908 New York. But to her dismay, her new position puts her back in the path of the man responsible for her deepest heartbreak.

Alex Duval is the mayor of a town about to be wiped off the map. The state plans to flood the entire valley where his town sits in order to build a new reservoir, and Alex is stunned to discover the woman he once loved on the team charged with the demolition. With his world crumbling around him, Alex devises a risky plan to save his town--but he needs Eloise's help to succeed.

Alex is determined to win back the woman he thought he'd lost forever, but even their combined ingenuity may not be enough to overcome the odds against them before it's too late.



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AMERICAN OMENS (The Coming Fight For Faith) by Travis Trasher [Giveaway]


ISBN: 9780735291782
WaterbrookMultnomah Pub.
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About the book: In this taut thriller that depicts a future where belief is dangerous, faith is deemed hatred, and a group of powerful elite keeps watch, the Reckoner has come to wake up America.

The year is 2038 and Cheyenne Burne is a brilliant young programmer working for Acatour, the world's top technology firm. Her father converts to Christianity, and he suddenly disappears without a trace. When a stranger hands Cheyenne a coded message that sends her on a collision course with a clandestine group of believers, she must put her life in the hands of those following a man known only as the Reckoner. He claims he wants to bring back true faith in Christ to America and also reveal the forces behind the disappearances of the many renowned people who publicly declared their Christian faith.

Operating in the shadows and living off the grid, this mysterious prophet assembles a ragtag team--including a former bookseller whose store was shut down for selling prohibited books--to help him take the battle for transparency to the top. With a ruthless FBI agent closing in, can Cheyenne and the others expose the truth and lead a return to God in America before it's too late?

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Two delightful young children's books: The Secret Cat by Katarina Strömgård & A Story That Grows by Gilles Bacheiet [Review & Giveaway]

A Story That Grows by Gilles Bachelet


My thoughts:  Detailed, whimsical illustrations in bold primary colors punctuating beautiful pastels are set on a stark white background offering opportunity to grasp every detail the artist has painstakingly included in the delightful story.

We are taken through an menagerie of critters (including a real human Daddy) tucking little ones into bed and reading the beloved bedtime story. And after you've read the short text on a couple of two-page spreads, it dawns upon you that there is a pattern being set forth. The tiny stuffed critter the child lovingly holds on one page becomes the "parent" on the next page.

And then you see that the author has taken you through a host of just what stories are meant to do..... grows, melts (we've all read something that just melted our hearts), turns topsy-turvy, lasts. Some books go on and on and last and last. Some just fly by. The same is true of bedtime stories.

I like the statement on the back cover...."No evening is complete without a bedtime story. And there are as many different stories as there are moms, and dads, and kids."

I recommend this  book.

About the book: A whimsical bedtime book perfect for sharing

Reading stories is a cherished bedtime ritual, a special moment that parents savor with their children—no matter what their species! In this funny yet tender book, a stork reads to her chick in their rooftop nest, a walrus tucks his calf into an igloo cradle, and an alien tells his child a story in zero gravity.

Both parents and children will fall in love with the adorable cast of characters in this charming book.


The Secret Cat by Katarina Strömgård


My thoughts:  Many children have imaginary friends and this little girl has an imaginary pet - a cat. She is not allowed to have one so one appears behind the wallpaper of her bedroom and then emerges. She is a Secret Cat and so is different. So secret that she is there but she is not visible to anyone but the child.

The child and secret cat set forth on a nighttime journey of the neighborhood and the cat grows, and grows, and becomes her fierce protector.

I really like the book. I can see the story of an imaginary pet or imaginary playmate being there for a child since it is a mechanism many children employ for various reasons - loneliness, boredom, need. And I can see it as a way that children cope with a variety of issues. But this is a children's book. So while I really like it - story and beautiful art - I think parents should read it before purchasing it.

If your child has nightmares, this might be problematic. Or if handled correctly, it might be a tool to help the child. Again, I really like the book. I wouldn't hesitate to read it to my children if it had been available while they were growing up. (And one of mine did have an imaginary friend.)

There is nothing really scary even though there is another secret pet that is a meanie but this child's secret cat overcomes the "evil" pet so this is good.

I recommend with consideration.

About the book: An imaginative book for anyone who’s ever wanted a pet

Lucy wants a pet more than anything, even though her mom always says no. But one night, Lucy hears a scratching sound from behind her wallpaper, and a ghostly cat named Silvring appears. Silvring takes Lucy on an adventure and introduces her to a world filled with secret pets just like hers. Not all the secret pets are as friendly as Silvring, though.

Filled with magical realism, this beautiful book will resonate with animal lovers of all ages.

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Legends & Fairy Tales: The Rock Maiden and Princess Rosie's Rainbows [Review & Giveaway]

The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty by Natasha Yim and illustrated by Pirkko Vainio


My thoughts:  The author has retold a Chinese legend giving it an ending and embellishments she likes. The story is sweet and tells of love, faithfulness, loss, and gain. The illustrations are lovely and evocative using beautiful soft coloration.

The perils of fishing in the open seas in a small junket as was done through the centuries is at the heart of this story as is the faithfulness of the young wife and mother whose husband does not return from the sea.

Please be aware that is story, as with many legends, involves the people praying to a goddess and that goddess interacting with their desires and changing the outcome of things.

The lovely tale is intended for children ages four and up and can be used as an opportunity for teaching a young child that some worship differently from the way they do.


About the book: When her fisherman husband fails to come home after a storm at sea, the beautiful maiden Ling Yee is heartbroken. Every morning, she puts her baby on her back and clambers to the top of a cliff looking for any signs of his return. But day after day, she is disappointed. The villagers try to convince her to give up her vigil. “No,” she would say, “He will come home soon.” Tin Hau, the Goddess of the Heavens, takes pity on her grief and turns Ling Yee and her child into stone so that they would mourn no more. The fisherman eventually finds his way home―only to discover that his wife has been transformed into the Rock Maiden. Will the family forever be kept apart? Or will devotion and faithfulness ultimately be rewarded? Find out in this re-envisioning of an old Hong Kong legend by award-winning author Natasha Yim, featuring stunning illustrations by renowned Finnish artist Pirkko Vainio.


Princess Rosie's Rainbows by Bette Killion and illustrated by Kim Jacobs


My thoughts:  The author has penned a "new" fairy tale that will capture the heart of little girls who dream of princesses. Little Rosie is  sweet child but she is sad and doesn't smile. She loves rainbows and they bring joy and laughter to her.

Desiring his little Rosie to have her heart's desire, the king offers a bag of gold to anyone who can bring Rosie a permanent rainbow. Of course, you know and I know that isn't possible but this is, after all, a fairy tale.

After many tries, a little old lady solves the problem but it is not as Rosie or her father envision.

The "take away" of this story is look inward to the joy and love in our own hearts for the happiness we seek.

The illustrations are simply lovely and just brimming over with richness as one should find in a lovely fairy tale.






About the book: What is it that makes you happy? For little Princess Rosie, it was rainbows. Being a Princess, she could have anything she wanted. Toys, games, books. But she didn't want any of those things. Possessions didn't matter to her. Only rainbows could make her smile. "I wish I could have a rainbow all the time," Princess Rosie often sighed. Her parents, the King and Queen, tried everything they could think of to give Princess Rosie a rainbow, but with no success. Would the young Princess ever be happy? Maybe Becca, the wise old woman from the farthest village, could hold the secret to making Rosie smile?

Princess Rosie's Rainbows is a stunningly illustrated new fairytale that offers young readers the precious lesson that true happiness doesn't come from outward possessions, but from deep within us.

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In Sickness and In Health: The Physical Consequences of Emotional Stress in Marriage by Dr. David Hawkins [Read an Excerpt & 2-Winner Giveaway]


ISBN: 9780736974202
Harvest House Publishers
Pages 240
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During his more than 30 years of counseling, Dr. David Hawkins has witnessed many patients who describe to him intense physical ailments—from weight loss or gain, to elevated blood pressure, to the development of autoimmune disorders—all stemming from a common problem: the stress of living in a marriage that has become toxic.

In his latest book, In Sickness and In Health: The Physical Consequences of Emotional Stress in Marriage, Dr. Hawkins, explores with his two sons—an internist and a surgeon, the effects relational stress and trauma can have on our bodies.
“When stress hormones get out of whack, signaling the brain there is lurking danger, we either change our world and cope effectively,” says Dr. Hawkins, “or experience debilitating health problems.”
Often, he sees that patients tend to live in the second category of debilitating health problems. This usually occurs because they do not fully recognize their marriage is causing them stress, or because they are embarrassed to admit something as seemingly trivial as stress has resulted in such intense physical pain. Dr. Hawkins has found that it can be a struggle for these individuals to move forward in freeing themselves from the stress that is ailing them.

In Sickness and in Health helps readers to recognize the physical manifestations of their stress and provides ways to free themselves from a life in this state. “You may wonder, So what? How is this book any different from hundreds of others on the topic? The difference,” Dr. Hawkins says, “is that we focus on how your relationships may be making you sick—literally—and what you can do about that.”

Join Dr. Hawkins and his two sons, both medical doctors, as they explore the effects relational stress and trauma can have on our bodies. Readers will learn to recognize:
  • The connection between the mind and the body
  • The connection between an unhealthy marriage and an unhealthy body
  • Feelings of exhaustion and being “emotionally hungover”
  • The negative effects (as well as the benefits of) anger
  • How to take responsibility for your health
  • How to heal from the damages that have been done to you
Join Dr. David Hawkins and his sons, an internist and a surgeon, as they explore the effects relational stress and trauma can have on our bodies. You will learn to . . .

  • recognize the link between emotional and physical pain
  • embrace the power of choice to become empowered by hope
  • find a path forward to ultimate restoration and regain your life

No matter what kind of pain you’re experiencing, or how long your health has been in decline, you don’t have to stay stuck. Discover hope and healing when you take control of your life.

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Author info: With more than 30 years of counseling experience, David Hawkins, PhD, has a special interest in helping individuals and couples strengthen their relationships. Dr. Hawkins’ books, including When Loving Him is Hurting You: Hope and Healing for Victims of Narcissistic and Emotional Abuse and Dealing with the CrazyMakers in Your Life, have more than 350,000 copies in print.

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