When Emma Tate accidentally discovers her dying father's bucket list with all but three items crossed off, she knows that one item is within her power...moreWhen Emma Tate accidentally discovers her dying father's bucket list with all but three items crossed off, she knows that one item is within her power to see it crossed off - Walk Emma down the aisle. There's just one major obstacle to that. Emma has only just recovered from a broken engagement! When her lifelong buddy Jake Sawyer hears of her plan, he proposes to her. Soon everyone in town knows of their engagement and that an October wedding has been planned. Speculation runs rampant as does the rumor mill. But with only Jake & Emma knowing the true reason behind their engagement, they have to overcome not only rumors, the dubious friends, but also realize that the biggest complication is their true feelings for each other! So will this October wedding go off as planned for the sake of Emma's father or will it become something so much more?
Ever since I first read Wildflowers from Winter, Katie's books have been on my radar. So when I saw she was taking part in the Year of Weddings Novellas, I couldn't have been more thrilled. I don't think that there is a single book by Katie I've not enjoyed , and this one is no exception. My only wish on this one was more story!
I loved everything about this novella. I loved the way that Emma was determined to go through with a fake marriage just so her father could walk her down the aisle. I have a feeling her father knew all along what she was doing and that he humored her by going along with it. I also loved the way that Emma came to admit that she loved Jake. I loved Jake for being so noble and proposing knowing it was to make her father's wish come true. I loved Jake for finally telling Emma how he felt. So yes, I'm gushing a bit with this one. I'd have loved to have seen Emma's best friend get together with her brother Liam, who also happened to be Jake's best friend. Maybe Katie will bring those characters back for another story someday.
I received the Kindle version of this book for free from Booklook Bloggers for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
Recommended to fans of weddings, novellas, Love Inspired, Katie Ganshert
Beautifully illustrated, this wordless picture book tells the story of Noah.
I've never reviewed a wordless picture book before. So I'm not really sure...moreBeautifully illustrated, this wordless picture book tells the story of Noah.
I've never reviewed a wordless picture book before. So I'm not really sure how to go about doing it.
First the pictures are very beautiful. There are so many details in them. The way that they show the passage of time, I was just fascinated. I kept having to go back and forth between the pages to fully understand the message the pictures were saying.
I wish that the author had shown more of how the animals came to Noah.
I also wish that the author had shown the progression of sending out a raven, a dove, it returning empty, sending the dove out again with it returning with the branch, and then finally it not coming back. Those series of pictures show the raven, the dove with the branch, then the next page shows everyone exiting the ark.
Still it was a beautiful book. I can easily see adults and children being fascinated with it. I'll admit, I passed this book along to my best friend and her little ones since they love the story of Noah. According to my friend, the older kids, ages almost 2 and 3.5, enjoyed it once, but after that they wanted a different story. I'd say the best age for this book would be 5+.
I received this book for free from Handlebar Publishing for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
Recommended to ages 5+, Sunday School teachers, librarians
Five teenagers, who are Disney Hosts in holographic form, soon find themselves in the Magic Kingdom at night, after the park has closed. They see that...moreFive teenagers, who are Disney Hosts in holographic form, soon find themselves in the Magic Kingdom at night, after the park has closed. They see that characters from attractions are coming alive. They soon learn that there is a plot to overtake the park. The kids have to work together to solve the riddle before the park is taken over completely by evil.
I'll admit that I selected this one solely for the two points the title would earn me in Scattergories. Still it was a pretty entertaining audio book. I did feel that I missed large sections at time from it skipping from the holograms to the kids and back and forth (audio book was unabridged). The clues were hidden in the rides, and the kids had to figure them out. The adventure itself was fun.
Bianca Marshal has dreams of a dashing hero coming in and sweeping her off her feet. She's even got a list of the qualities in the man she's been drea...moreBianca Marshal has dreams of a dashing hero coming in and sweeping her off her feet. She's even got a list of the qualities in the man she's been dreaming of. When her father learns of an essay contest with the prize being a trip to the Holy Land, he encourages Bianca to enter. She does, never expecting to be chosen as one of four finalists. Bianca soon finds herself on a ship to London where she will meet the other contestants and from there they will journey to the Holy Land. Fascinated by all that is new and interesting, Bianca soon forms an attachment to Paul Emerson, a historian. But there are secrets that Paul is keeping, secrets that could devastate Bianca should she find out. Will she have her heart broken or find her dreams coming true?
I'm not sure if I've ever read a Christian Romance set in the Holy Land. This one wan't the typical formula for romance either. By adding an aristocrat with nothing to do with his time but to create social experiments, the entire romance had a touch of mystery in it.
I'll admit. I did find that parts dragged a bit, most in the detail of the history of whatever site the travelers were at. But that aside, the fact that it didn't follow a formula, kept my attention. I was quickly engrossed into Bianca's journey. And Paul's. And even Sir Adrian's experiment.
Yet, I didn't necessarily like Sir Adrian's experiment. At times, it seemed cruel and unnecessary. Sure, I guess it showed human nature, but still, I didn't like it. And yes, it was necessary to the story.
Still, this was a pretty good read. It was interesting and different. Not at all what I expected when I looked at the cover.
I received a free pdf copy of this book from Worthy Publishers for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
Recommended to fans of historical fiction, Jody Hedlund,