Wendy Sparkes

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Wendy Sparkes lives in the UK and has been a Nursery Nurse for over eighteen years working with children aged three to five. She’s passionate about finding new ways to enthuse and engage young children.

She is also the author of the Stop and Smell the Roses Series. Her books aim to incorporate Christian themes in a simple and straightforward way so that children can understand them and relate to them.

She is a member of the blogging team at www.ChristianChildrensAuthors.com where she enjoys being able to share her love of books, music and other activities to do with children, with families who share her love for God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

From a child Wendy Sparkes has loved reading and even now that she is all grown up, she still has a b

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A Sunny Day

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One Starry Night

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Lizzie by Linda Ford
Lizzie (War Brides #1)
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It's March 1919. Although the Great War is over physically, emotionally the battles are still ongoing.

Caleb, a Canadian met and married his war bride in England. He's now back home and the story opens with Lizzie arriving from England. Caleb has nig
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The Brittle Thread by Douglas Hall
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It took a little while to get into this book, but once I had, I didn't want to put it down.

I could tell it was written in the 1960s, but somehow it added to the charm and setting of the story.

I did get a bit confused in the beginning. Ch 1 could have
Ezra (Bible #15), ESV by Anonymous
"I really enjoyed reading about how Israel moved forward after leaving the captivity of Babylon.

My favourite aspects was learning that when you are freed from captivity it’s not always straight forward. You will have opposition and you may have to..." Read more of this review »
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Forever In My Heart by Linda Ford
Forever In My Heart
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Being a Nursery Nurse, this story was one after my own heart.

I was with Laureen all the way through as she believed in the boys, supported them and loved them with all her heart.

I am glad that Linda Ford told Pete's family's story, because sadly, tho
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The Inn at Ocean's Edge by Colleen Coble
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Lots of twists and turns in this solid suspense.

I loved the inclusion of the baby orca.

I was disappointed the Lord's name was used in vain during this story, so I've dropped a star off the rating.

Favourite Quotes:
“Sometimes we dabble in sin and think
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Deadly Safari by Lisa Harris
"Deadly Safari got a place on my wish-list the moment I realised the location is South Africa, my home country. The author's knowledge of South Africa was very accurate. I loved all the local references to things truly South African for example rus..." Read more of this review »
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No Place to Hide by Lisa Harris
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A wild ride...and run...oh, and swim...through Brazil!

Ellie found her father murdered.

And she saw the shooter.

Now she’s in hiding. She’s chosen a slum area in Rio de Janerio to hide out. And she has an appointment with a doctor who is willing to he
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Teapots & Tiaras by Autumn Macarthur
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It was so nice to read a contemporary story, set in a place I have visited a few times, and written using British phrases and spelling. (The author is an Aussie who is married to a Brit and has lived in Britain for several years.) That all helped to ...more
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Unbound Hope by Joy Ohagwu
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I wanted to like this a whole lot more than I actually did.

The idea of the story was great.

There were lots of great quotes I underlined. (It was because of these that the star rating got upgraded from 2* to 3*.)

I liked how Jim mentored the boys at t
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“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
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“He has chosen not to heal me, but to hold me. The more intense the pain, the closer His embrace.”
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“When you are tempted to give up, your breakthrough is probably just around the corner.”
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“And just for the record, I think he needed to be a little more assertive with the woman he loved. That's why he lost her to Lancelot, you know. Lack of assertiveness. A man needs to be ready to lay down his life for the woman he loves. But first he's got to let her know that she's adored.”
Janice Hanna, Love Finds You in Camelot Tennessee

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“You can suffer the pain of change or suffer remaining the way you are.”
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Wendy Sparkes Jane wrote: "Wendy,

Thank you for the friend request. I love that you write children's books!! How fun!! "

Thank you!

I love Joni's writing too. She writes so compassionately and always seems to have encouragement for my heart. I agree, she is truly inspiring. How nice that you share acquaintances with her.

Glad to have a new friend too!

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Jane Wendy,

Thank you for the friend request. I love that you write children's books!! How fun!!

And thank you for sharing some of your personal info. Often, it's hard for people to understand unless they've gone through something similar. I have a large crazy family and most of the time they try to be supportive and understanding; but sometimes I can sense their frustration with me when one of them will just shake his head and say something like "just turn it all over to God and then pull yourself up by the bootstraps and take the first step". Easier said than done!!

Anyway, glad to have a new friend!!


p.s. - Loved one of your quotes by Joyce Meyer and another by Joni Eareckson Tada. (Joni's a bit older than me, but we grew up in the same area and went to same schools and share some acquaintances. She is truly inspiring!!)

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