From the first chapter of this book, I knew I would love the main character, Poppy Marsh. She just wants a safe home, someplace to recover from the paFrom the first chapter of this book, I knew I would love the main character, Poppy Marsh. She just wants a safe home, someplace to recover from the pain her last relationship caused her, but she meets Colton Gunnerson--and his family--and they throw her world into turmoil. She’s attracted to Colton, but he’s keeping secrets about his past from her. I came to love Colton too, for reasons you’ll discover if you read this book, and the last few chapters had me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen!
I can’t recommend Warm Montana Home enough. It’s touching, sweet, and sometimes very tense, and its message of faith is gently but firmly woven into the plot. It’s also beautifully written, with characters who are so real you’ll feel as if you know them. I really hope Bruner writes more about Poppy and Colton--and some of the other characters in this book--because I’m eager to know what happens in their lives! ...more
There’s so much to love about Cooking in Fern Valley. Fern Valley itself is an extraordinary invention—a small community inhabited by ducks, sheep, piThere’s so much to love about Cooking in Fern Valley. Fern Valley itself is an extraordinary invention—a small community inhabited by ducks, sheep, pigs, turkeys, goats, and other wonderful creatures who do all the things the residents of any small community would do, including bake cookies, fish, mow lawns, and throw parties. They eat at restaurants and attend church, and their children go to school and visit the library and water park.
The animals have charming names that children will love and remember, like Alice Redfeather, Sammie Gruff, and Mrs. Sharpbeak. Children will also love, and identify with, the animals’ trials and joys. They may recognize themselves in Edward Cornstalk, who feels he’s not as smart as his schoolmates when it comes to math and thinks he needs to cheat on a test, or Sammie Gruff, who wonders who sent her a secret valentine.
The book’s stories are about telling the truth, kindness, working together, getting along with others, expressing love and appreciation, and the fact that God sees all, but don’t think that means the stories are presented as “lessons.” Rather, they’re completely engaging stories that children with love.
The author brilliantly added easy-to-make recipes to the book. The recipes come at the end of each story and relate to the stories. I can see parents reading their children a story and then heading off to the kitchen to cook a recipe like “Mrs. Curlytail’s Homemade Granola”! Parents may even want to stop in the middle of reading some of the stories to go off and make the recipe mentioned. Either way, this is a delightful book that both children and parents will love. ...more
Quack is an adorable duckling and Daisy is a sweet kitten. Quack, who can swim, lives in a blue pond, and Daisy, who can chase mice, lives in a red baQuack is an adorable duckling and Daisy is a sweet kitten. Quack, who can swim, lives in a blue pond, and Daisy, who can chase mice, lives in a red barn. Were there ever two more unlikely friends? Yet friends they become, in spite of the obstacles in their way. And in the end, they discover that the differences between them don’t matter because what they have in common means so much more.
What a gentle and precious story this is! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. If you have young children, get yourself a copy now. They will love the illustrations--and want to go over them again and again--and they’ll immediately identify with the book’s two characters and their unusual friendship. You will love the fact that this is a delightful book you can feel good about reading to your children. ...more