Going home is never the same and poor Cathy Sewell is learning that lesson the hard way! Great new book by Richard Mabry! Thanks to Candace Calvert foGoing home is never the same and poor Cathy Sewell is learning that lesson the hard way! Great new book by Richard Mabry! Thanks to Candace Calvert for the great recommendation! Full review to appear on my blog later this week! ...more
I read this book in about 2 settings. This was an "ok" book for me. I didn't feel that the characters were as developed as they could be. I was slightI read this book in about 2 settings. This was an "ok" book for me. I didn't feel that the characters were as developed as they could be. I was slightly confused with the names changing throughout the book as well. I do like the name KNIFE though! I'm not quite sure it's fitting for a fairy though. There were sections of this book that just seemed to drag a little and then it would get good for a couple of pages and then die off again.
I do wish the author would have developed more of a background story with the boy. I figured he would play into the story more when he was first introduced but I felt that his character development was also weak.
I will probably read the next book in the series, mainly because I'm curious as to how the new revelations that took place at the end of the book play out.
I had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up to read it. From the cover and title, one would expect a fantasy involving a giant, a unicoI had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up to read it. From the cover and title, one would expect a fantasy involving a giant, a unicorn, a gnome, and a dragon. However, the book opens telling you that it's 1955 and polio is rampant. What does polio have to do with all these mythical creatures?
Laurie is a young girl who's dad is pretty big with the March of Dimes. They are frantically searching for a cure for polio. Laurie spends her days with her Nanna (her mom died when she was young) and she pretty much isn't allowed to do anything fun. She definitely can't go swimming! One day she runs into a little boy named Dickie and together they have some pretty wild adventures featuring Davey Crockett.
One day, Dickie doesn't come out to play and Laurie learns that he is in the hospital with polio. Laurie misses her friend and begs to go see him. She's finally allowed in and she finds her friend in an iron lung. That's where the stories begin!
Laurie spends time at the hospital weaving this tale of giants, unicorns, dragons, and gnomes to entertain the young children in the hospital. They spend hours listening to her tale becoming more and more entranced by it. It helps them to forget for just a few hours that their lives depend on this iron shell to keep them alive.
I found this story absolutely captivating. It's a story within a story but it all ties in together. I was interested in the background provided about polio (I have several family member affected) and even more so about the iron lung. I think I experienced just about every emotion while reading this book and have found another author that I enjoy reading!
I highly recommend this book to everyone. Regardless of age. I'm hoping that this book will get some wide reviews because the story is just that good!
Consider making a donation to the March of Dimes foundation in your area!...more
Myra Johnson's debut book is nothing but fantastic!! One Imperfect Christmas is a love story of sorts about individuals and family. Natalie is one harMyra Johnson's debut book is nothing but fantastic!! One Imperfect Christmas is a love story of sorts about individuals and family. Natalie is one hard-driven work horse trying to make her way into the graphic design world. Daniel is an ambitious basketball coach with a strong desire for the top teams. Lissa is a young, beautiful teenage girl facing all the pulls of teenage life. Natalie's parents, Bram and Belinda, are the picture of a perfect marriage. After a traumatizing event, will anything ever be the same? Can love survive anything? Will Christmas ever be the same again?
One small warning...have a box of kleenex handy when reading this book! I just loved this story...and it's what I needed to hear right now. There are many different situations weaved in this book but they all tie in and are central to the power this story carries. My only disagreement with this book is that I do not believe (and the Bible does not support) that Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ. We are actually not commanded to celebrate his birth, but rather his death. Beside that point, this is one book that could bring many to a different understanding of how important family is...at anytime of the year. No one is perfect and forgiveness is so essential. Many times its the hardest step of healing a relationship.
I would highly recommend this book! It was a great read during the holidays! This is the first book I read during the holiday season involving a holiday theme. ...more
It's a odd day when Reynie gets a letter to go and take this test for exceptional children. It's all very secretive though and his tutor, Miss Perumal is just as clueless as he is. The test is weird...something no one could have studied for...but what lies in wait is an adventure of all sorts! Reynie passes the first round of testing and then meets George "Sticky" Washington, an orphan like himself. Together they face more strange challenges and end up meeting Constance and Kate.
The foursome would become Mr. Benedict's secret spies into the "Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened" (LIVE). There they will solve many mysteries and meet some interesting people who will change their lives forever.
I had never read anything by Mr. Stewart before and now I can hardly wait to read the other books in this series. For a large book (over 400 pages) this story read very quickly and I found myself struggling to put it down to take care of other things to provide for my living! I definately recommend this book to fans of mysteries and adventures! It is a quick and highly enjoyable read!...more
Just Grace and the Snack Attack is a super cute, super fast read! Grace is a young girl who has a lot of opinions. She really isn't a huge fan of OwenJust Grace and the Snack Attack is a super cute, super fast read! Grace is a young girl who has a lot of opinions. She really isn't a huge fan of Owen 1 and doesn't understand why he has to make fun of different types of food. One day after Owen 1 makes a fellow classmate cry, Grace's teacher is told by the principal to have a class on food cultures. It's through this project that Grace and friends learn more about different types of foods and the customs that go with them.
I read this book in about 2 short hours. I learned how to make a "zine" while reading this book and will make one and post by the weekend.
This is a great "mommy and me" book and I highly recommend it! ...more
This is a quick reading devotional book that offers up 99 different Bible verses with a short little quip about each one. The reader might choose to tThis is a quick reading devotional book that offers up 99 different Bible verses with a short little quip about each one. The reader might choose to take 99 days to read this book and have a short 1-2 minute devotional each day. The reader may also want to pick a particular area and study it for a specific purpose. The topics included are:
When you Face Financial Difficulties
In Time of Poor Health
When You Have Anxiety or Conflict
When You Struggle with Sin and Guilt
When God Seems Far Away
Challenges in Your Work and Service
When You Lose a Loved One
Many people are facing multiple difficulties right now, and many of them are addressed in the topics this book presents. This would be a great gift idea for anyone on your list since we all struggle with one or more of these things at any given time.
In How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong, Leslie Vernick brings out some very practical information for couples. Some may see this as a book thIn How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong, Leslie Vernick brings out some very practical information for couples. Some may see this as a book that they've already heard about but I found several things that really stood out to me. The main focus of this book is that if your spouse is acting wrong, maybe you should look at YOURSELF. I was a little taken back at first. If my spouse has a problem, why is it MY fault? That's not what the author is saying. Instead, what is said is what could you see in your life that you could work on that might improve your spouse? It's not your fault but is there something that might trigger a change in your spouse if you change? I had a lot of "ah ha" moments while reading this book. It was also full of some great quotes! One of my favorites is, "Blurting out destructive emotions is a lot like vomiting. You might feel better to get it out, but vomit belongs in the toilet, not on your spouse." I find this quote to be so true and I've really worked on not "vomiting" on my spouse in the 8 years we've been married.
I strongly recommend this book for marrieds and dating couples alike. While some may think they don't need another "self marriage help" book, this one is not like any other I've read. It's very informational and eye opening!
He was telling you he wasn't leaving you all alone in thie world, that you didn't have to marry Michael. ~Maggie
Rebecca Strand has a wonderful divor He was telling you he wasn't leaving you all alone in thie world, that you didn't have to marry Michael. ~Maggie
Rebecca Strand has a wonderful divorce-lawyer boyfriend, Michael, a job in his firm as a paralegal, and a dad dying of pancreatic cancer. As if that's not enough stress! While visiting her dad in the hospital, Daniel Strand makes a stunning deathbed confession...Rebecca did have the sister she always wanted. That begins her quest to find Joy Jayhawk.
Michael is not at all happy that Rebecca wants to make this quest to find her half-sister and to possibly give away half of her inheritance. He does everything he can to knock some sense into her thick skull. Rebecca goes anyway and finds the sister she's always wanted...only to find out that she's not wanted as this sister. Will she ever be able to find happiness and Joy in her life?
I really loved this book and didn't want to see it end!! I was afraid of how it would end but I'm very happy with how Melissa Senate chose to end this book. There were so many characters I could identify with throughout this book but I see myself identifying more with Joy. I have known my dad and he's been in my life since the beginning. However, paralleling this situation with others in my life, I could be Joy. I also really like the character of Theo. He would be my hero in the "real life".
I highly recommend this read to lovers of chick lit and for those looking for a lite refreshing read. I received this book from the Publisher as a part of the Pump Up Your Book Promotional Blog Tour. ...more
Jillian is a foster child turned nanny in this book that resembles a Jane Eyre time period. I must let you know that I have never read Jane Eyre (gaspJillian is a foster child turned nanny in this book that resembles a Jane Eyre time period. I must let you know that I have never read Jane Eyre (gasp!) and this is the second book that I've read that has been a comparison to that one. I guess it's high time I read that book!
I just loved this story...from beginning to end! This is a fairly fast reading story about Jillian's transformation from foster child to nanny. She is hired by the esteemed Ethan Remington to care for his child Cadence. Ethan is a film producer who travels alot. Cadence is a ball full of 18 month energy!
Jillian is accepted as family from day one by everyone. She has many new experiences while caring for Cadence that she might not otherwise have had. She is very appreciative of the care that the Brooke family has provided her the previous 5 years.
Many things begin to change for the Remington's, Jillian included. Who is the mysterious "Woman in White"? Why are all of these strange things happening around them?
I loved the element of mystery to this book...just loved it! I can not compare this to Jane Eyre since I've not read it, but I found it very intriguing. I would love to be in Jillian's shoes for the majority of this book (If only we could pick and choose our life events out of a book!) I am still not sure how I feel about Ethan...I had a love/hate relationship with him throughout the book. Cadence stole my heart from the very beginning!
I recommend this read to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction with an element of mystery. This isn't an overly preachy book but there are a couple of chapters that seem a little heavier on the religious side than others. Nothing that should be offensive to the reader though!
Thank you to the publisher and Goodreads for providing my copy of this book that I won in the giveaway!! It is much appreciated!
As far as challenges for 2010 go, I have completed my "J" book for the author and title A-Z book challenge. This is also book #1 of 100 for the 100+ book challenge. Seems like 2010 is off to a good start for me so far!! ...more
Stop It is a cute little book written by Sally O Lee that focuses on "Being bigger than the bully". Anabel is being bothered by her brother George onStop It is a cute little book written by Sally O Lee that focuses on "Being bigger than the bully". Anabel is being bothered by her brother George on an almost constant basis. George even bullies the poor helpless cat! One day, Anabel decides to be a better person than George when he starts bullying her.
My children enjoyed this book, especially the graphics which are also done by the author. ...more
A Courtesan's Scandal is about the life of Kate Bergeron and Grayson Christopher, Duke of Darlington. Kate is a courtesan who is well cared for and highly desired by the Prince. The Prince can't have her until his divorce is final or risk the scandal that will incur when the Princess makes her demands. Instead of risking that scandal, the Prince asks his most trusted man, the Duke, to appear to court Miss Kate until he can have her for his own. Upon meeting, the Duke and Miss Bergeron do not like each other or the arrangement that is in place. However, there is too much at stake for both of them to disobey the Prince. Kate would lose her lavish lifestyle and home that the Prince has set up for her and the Duke's affair with Lady Diana would be exposed and put his desire for the abolition of slavery vote at risk.
Throughout this book, we learn of many people who have influenced the lives of Kate and Christy. All of these people help to shape them into who they are. Their love/hate relationship begins to blossom and before long, they are faced with a decision...to betray the Prince or forget the love they have for each other? What will they decide? Is there too much at risk or is love worth all?
I loved this book and the storyline behind it. I've not read many historical fiction books but they are fast becoming some of my favorites. While Miss London does include some graphic sex scenes and strong language (which I do not like to read most of the time) I enjoy her writing style and the stories she weaves in her characters. Overlooking these things that I find bothersome, she is becoming one of my favorite authors!
This is one of those books that I like to pick my favorite character in and desire to be. IF I was not the person that I am today (picture an imaginary world where there is no right or wrong, where moral decisions are a mute point), I would want to be Kate. I am not a fan of her lifestyle but the love she has for Christy and vice-versa makes me desire to want to be her in a different type of world. She has had a rough life and has finally got a break that she has to decide if the chance of falling in love wholeheartedly is worth it. There is something about her that draws me to her. Maybe it's the way she reaches out to those who are like her on a lower level. Maybe it's the pride she has in herself. Maybe it's her desire to keep her word. Either way, she's my favorite character!
I was provided a review copy of this book by Pocketbook Publishers. I would like to thank them and the author for this review copy. Thank you for reading this review!...more
W-O-W...I don't know that I can adequately convey my feelings about this book in this post. Everyone has an opinion about the "War in Iraq" or whateveW-O-W...I don't know that I can adequately convey my feelings about this book in this post. Everyone has an opinion about the "War in Iraq" or whatever terminology you chose to use in regards to this conflict. I had one prior to reading this book and I DEFINITELY have one now!
I was contacted awhile back by the publicist for Dr. Coppola to review this book. My background in pediatric cardiology nursing drove me to want to read this book. I finished it in two sittings, which is rare for me to do! There are so many things I learned from this book and I'll take a few minutes to share with you my thoughts and reactions.
First, a brief synopsis provided by the publisher:
ynopsis: Coppola: A Pediatric Surgeon in Iraq is the fierce, true-life account of Dr. Chris Coppola’s two deployments in Operation Iraqi Freedom as an Air Force pediatric surgeon. Twice stationed at Balad Air Base, fifty miles north of Baghdad, in what was first a rude M*A*S*H*-style tent hospital and later became one of the largest U.S. military installations on foreign soil, Dr. Coppola works feverishly to save the lives of soldiers and civilians as word spreads among Iraqi families that, no matter what the infirmity, he can save their children. From his first night on call, Dr. Coppola is confronted with injuries more severe than any he has ever encountered—I.E.D. and suicide bomb casualties, which shake his religious conviction and trigger persistent bouts of insomnia. In his first weeks, he witnesses Iraq’s health care system tumble into crisis as thousands of Iraqi doctors flee the country, Al Qaeda ramps up efforts to target civilian sites such as schools, funeral processions, women and children; and families are left without basic essentials like electricity and drinking water. Dr. Coppola, exhausted after marathon nights in the OR, homesick for his wife and three boys in San Antonio, Texas, finally asks himself, “How can I go on?”
Dr. Coppola faces some very traumatic cases in Iraq while on his two tours of duty. This book mainly focuses on his first tour where you learn of young children who are injured in the war. Innocent, precious lives...some of them with fixable injuries, others with more difficult situations. Dr. Coppola talks of some of his comrades that come in to the facility where he is stationed with missing arms, legs, and shrapnel everywhere. The reader has a glimpse of the good and the bad of these cases. Some were very touching and will stay with me for a VERY long time.
A non-medically trained person may ask if this is the right book for them. While I think it requires a strong stomach to read through some of the heartache and trauma, Dr. Coppola never leaves the reader guessing what each diagnosis means. He is aware of his readers possible lack of knowledge when talking about what the steps are to remove shrapnel from the spinal column and uses layman's terms, along with the medical term. I found this book to be very educational in that respect.
Speaking of respect...my respect for the soldier fighting for my freedom escalated to the nth degree. I knew it was bad to be there, but I didn't realize (and will never fully realize unless I go) just how bad it really is. The conditions in which our soldiers are living and working there are deplorable! I cannot imagine how Dr. Coppola and his team must have felt when all the dust kicking up everywhere prevents a 100% chance of a sterile field in the operating room!! Things we take so easily for granted here are necessities over there. Our very soldiers lives are at stake!
I know now, that after reading this fantastic book, that Dr. Coppola is a doctor whom I would love to work beside one day. His compassion on these children that he treated while there just proves that he is a real human being! Dr. Coppola had to fight to care for the "non-warfare related" injured children while there. Many families heard of Dr. Coppola and his skills while there and would bring their children for multiple issues, one of which was gender determination.
The cover of this book is most poignant. A hand holding a piece of paper that says "Coppola". It's beautiful! The story is in the middle of the book and it brought tears to my eyes.
I laughed, cried, and even got angry while reading this book. This one is staying on my shelves and I'll purchase the full copy as well. I'm not a huge memoir fan but I'm so thankful to the publicist and Dr. Coppola for asking me to review this book. My life feels different now and I hope to impart to my students the importance of serving your country, whether in the military or simply through their choice of profession.
This book is currently available only at http://www.coppolathebook.com. Preorders on Amazon.com are available beginning February 2010. In addition to your purchase online, 10% of all purchases made on the site will go to support the not-for-profit organization War Child
Don't let this one slip away. This is a life-changing book that I HIGHLY recommend to all! ...more
By far, THE BEST BOOK OF 2009!!! This is a MUST read for everyone!!
Miss Hilly is just the worst boss to work for and Aibileen, Constantine, Minny andBy far, THE BEST BOOK OF 2009!!! This is a MUST read for everyone!!
Miss Hilly is just the worst boss to work for and Aibileen, Constantine, Minny and others know first hand. This wonderful book, based back in the 1960's, chronicles the lives of black house slaves and their white masters/mistresses. There is love, suspense, comedy, and of course, uncomfortable issues.
When Skeeter, a white woman, starts befriending the help after seeing the way that they can (and are) mistreated, a wonderful idea is born and the residents of this small Mississippi town are in for the shock of their lives. Taking risks, Skeeter meets with the help in secret to work on their little project. I think she ultimately learns the best lesson of all, that despite skin color, women can work together for the greater good.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you might even want to throw the book before you are finished. I promise you the end is well worth the wait!! If you don't believe in Karma before reading this book, it just might change your mind!
Amazingly, this is Kathryn Stockett's first novel. I sure hope it won't be her last!!
I read this book on recommendation of my online book club, The Word Shakers. I purchased this book from Amazon. ...more
This super cute book written by Leah Orr is about a little girl named Tessy who's left with her Aunt Fran while her mom goes off to the gym. Aunt FranThis super cute book written by Leah Orr is about a little girl named Tessy who's left with her Aunt Fran while her mom goes off to the gym. Aunt Fran falls asleep so Tessy takes it upon herself to keep the entertainment going. She draws on her walls, paints Aunt Fran's hair, gets into her mom's make-up, and takes her baby dolls to the salon. Her mother will never guess what's she been up to when she gets home though!!
I loved this book. It reminds me so much of my Messy MJ it's not funny. Everytime I turn around, she's making messes much like Tessy. MJ really enjoyed this book too, and realized she had a partner in crime!
The best thing about this book is that all of the proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The author is a mom of 3 girls, the youngest who is affected with CF. The beautiful illustrations are penned by Leah's mother, Josephine Lepore. Also check out Kyle's First Crush and Kyle's First Playdate which also benefit the CFF.
The autographed review copy was sent courtesy of the author....more
Can a band comprised of six very talented but very different musicians make a difference with their music?
What made it possible for Diamond Rio to weaCan a band comprised of six very talented but very different musicians make a difference with their music?
What made it possible for Diamond Rio to weather the storms inherent in the fickle world of fame and fortune and go more than two decades without a single lineup change? Any reader in search of transparency and a behind-the-scenes look into the life of the band as a unit as well as the individual lives of the players and singers will be well satisfied. Can true loyalty exist within the competitive, seemingly unforgiving music industry? In A Beautiful Mess, Marty Roe, Dan Truman, Jimmy Olander, Brian Prout, Gene Johnson, and Dana Williams each has an entire chapter devoted to his personal and professional life. A Beautiful Mess is a wild ride from the edge of disaster and a little-known secret to an ongoing heart-warming revival.
I have always been a fan of Diamond Rio and when I received the opportunity from Thomas Nelson Publishing to review this book, I was ecstatic! There is so much that I didn't know about this group, from their humble beginnings to their rocky climb into the music industry to the personal lives of each band member. As someone who once pursued the music industry, I can appreciate some of the struggles (I didn't persist as long as they did by a long shot) that they faced. I wondered as I read this book though, did I see THEM at Opryland when I loved the Country Music USA show? I don't remember when I went there!
Getting a "backstage pass" into the lives of these six men put into perspective a little more of what their music actually means. Diamond Rio has always prided themselves on "good clean country" music without the sex, drugs, and rock and roll.
Some of my favorite songs recorded by Diamond Rio include: Meet in the Middle (their first hit!), This Romeo Ain't Got Julie Yet, Bubba Hyde, One More Day, and Beautiful Mess.
High-powered executive Steven Kerner is living the dream in southern California. But when his bottled pain ignites in anger one night, his wife kicksHigh-powered executive Steven Kerner is living the dream in southern California. But when his bottled pain ignites in anger one night, his wife kicks him out. Then an eccentric mystery man named Andy Monroe befriends Steven and begins unravelling his tightly wound world. Andy leads Steven through a series of frustrating and revealing encounters to repair his life through genuine friendship and the grace and love of a God who has been waiting for him to accept it. A story to challenge and encourage, BO'S CAFE is a model for all who struggle with unresolved problems and a performance-based life. Those who desire a fuller, more authentic way of living will find this journey of healing a restorative exploration of God's unbridled grace.
My Review: Do you know Lindsey and Steven? Unfortunately, many of us do. Too well. We just don't want to admit it though! The authors of this book have chosen to highlight the topic of rocky messages with wit, humor, and a very serious overtone all at the same time. Steven runs into Andy one night while at the local bar. By the end of the night, Steven is wishing Andy would just disappear! They both need each other to work through issues in their lives. But will it cost Steven his marriage or save it? Lindsey is tired of all of Steven's antics...coming home late, ignoring their daughter Jennifer, and always being angry. What lessons does she learn from Steven, Andy, and most importantly, God? Bo's Cafe is the focal point for the changes that need to occur. There's a lot more than shrimp on the menu there! Please be sure to visit these other bloggers who have reviewed this book recently as well: September 28th http://deenasbooks.blogspot.com http://www.thinkinggirlsguide.blogspo... http://frugalplus.com/ http://bridget3420.blogspot.com/ http://abookbloggersdiary.blogspot.com/
This book grips the reader from the very beginning, making reference to someone having an out of body experience during a surgical procedure. It reminThis book grips the reader from the very beginning, making reference to someone having an out of body experience during a surgical procedure. It reminded me a lot of the movie Awake
Stephen Martin invites the reader into his book to learn more about the life after death phenomenon. I would warn readers that this book requires an open mind. There are many theories presented that are not popular, while others are widely popular. There is discussion of ESP, Out of Body Experiences (OBE), use of mediums to connect with those who have gone on, etc. There were a few things that I'm not sure about...mainly because I've not personally witnessed them or had some sort of personal experience.
While reading this book, it reminded me of a patient that I had several years ago. She was in the final stages of death and it was very early in the morning. She was screaming this horrid scream (one of those you just don't forget) and so I went in to sit with her. She had no family with her and I couldn't bear to let this woman breathe her last on her own. After sitting there for a few minutes, she asked me to uncover her feet, that they were really hot. A few minutes later, she asked me to uncover her legs. This went on for awhile and soon she was drenched in sweat and writhing in pain. She told me to be a better person than she was because she was experiencing hell and it was something she hoped no one would ever have to experience. Before her final breaths, she was wrapped in ice covered blankets to hopefully make her transition somewhat more peaceful. This was the most horrid death that I've ever witnessed.
On the flip side of that, I've had many patients tell me about the light and the calming effect of that light. They seemed to have a peaceful death and the family handled it much better than the previous situation.
There will always be skeptics out there but if this book is approached with an open mind, you might see where some of these theories might hold some weight.
Give this book a chance! It is an enjoyable read and I feel like I might have a somewhat different perspective on life after death. ...more
This cute little book is about a young girl named Madison and her dog Cooper. Madison goes fishing and meets several different kinds of fish. One of tThis cute little book is about a young girl named Madison and her dog Cooper. Madison goes fishing and meets several different kinds of fish. One of the neat things about this book is that it describes the different kinds of fish to the reader. The illustrations are very well done in this book as well. I would recommend this book for ages 4-8....more
What happens when all you eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is cookies? Why, you turn into a cookie of course!! Catherine ate so many cookies thatWhat happens when all you eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is cookies? Why, you turn into a cookie of course!! Catherine ate so many cookies that her family and friends even started calling her "Cookie". What's the cure? Well, read this book and find out!
This is a super cute book about overcoming disabilities. Davey has a really big head. He can't put his shirt on normally, kids can't see behind him inThis is a super cute book about overcoming disabilities. Davey has a really big head. He can't put his shirt on normally, kids can't see behind him in class, and he is "out" in dodgeball right after it starts. He comes up with a creative way to deal with his big head and it's a huge "hit" with everyone at school!