Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama. A story about sisters for sisters Three Magic Balloons is a picture book story reminiscent of vintage clas Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama. A story about sisters for sisters Three Magic Balloons is a picture book story reminiscent of vintage classics that I enjoy to read again and again to my children, be it bedtime, nap-time, or any story-time. This is the type of picture book that I am glad to reach for again and again. In January, I had the privilege of glimpsing a digital advanced reader copy of this book and I can without a doubt tell you that I would love to add a physical book to our library shelves when this book releases in May!
Paul Margulies, storyteller and father to award winning actress Julianna Margulies and her sisters Rachel Mara Smith and Alexandra Margulies shared more than one tale with his daughters during their childhood. Now, after his death the sisters have discovered a forgotten treasure that has been brought to life in the artistic talents of Grant Schaffer. I cannot imagine how the sisters felt after seeing this story awaken again through these illustrations. Each page was an adventure and a memory I'm sure! Now it is time for this book to grace the lives of your children and make your own memories to look back upon.
Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.I’m reading Hope Crossing, which is a 3-in-1 novel omnibus that includes the entire Ada’s House trilogy. I Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.I’m reading Hope Crossing, which is a 3-in-1 novel omnibus that includes the entire Ada’s House trilogy. I love omnibus trilogies. This is not my first, as I also own Cindy’s Sisters of the Quilt Trilogy as one as well. The Christmas in Apple Ridge collection of Christmas set stories is also one as well.
Cindy Woodsmall is my go-to Amish Fiction for contemporary stories author. I love her writing. She is so good at grabbing my interest and holding me there. Her stories linger with you and give you a hunger and thirst for reading more. While I didn’t love The Hope of Refuge, I find that to be more due to the circumstances surrounding the lives of the characters and the down right aggravating features of certain antagonists that are very antagonistic! Yet don’t let me make you think this is a poor book because it’s not.
The main character in The Hope of Refuge is Cara and she faces so much hardship and ruin due to idiotic mistakes from people that make me so angry and really reluctant to forgive. Yet isn’t that the beauty in such a story? Perhaps as a reader I need to learn a bit just as the surrounding characters do as well. As always, it’s not an easy read, but it’s a good one and worthwhile on my bookshelf.
The Bridge of Peace is a touching novel that continues the story of characters we've gotten to know and appreciate in The Hope of Refuge. It is a captivating yet difficult read. The Harvest of Grace brings everything back full circle with an additional couple's story. Relevant Links: Sisters of the Quilt (Complete Trilogy)
This three-in-one edition treats fans of Amish fiction to exceptional writing at an exceptional value. The Hope of Refuge and The Bridge of Peace both appeared on the New York Times and CBA best-sellers lists. Together the three Ada’s house novels have sold more than a quarter of a million units.
In the past eight years, Cindy has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, ABC Nightline, USA Today, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the National Geographic channel and many other outlets, in regards to her Amish connections. She was recently featured at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest and will speak at Liberty University this fall.
Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama The first in the new 'A Class of Their Own' series If you read my post about reasons to read an e-novella t Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama The first in the new 'A Class of Their Own' series If you read my post about reasons to read an e-novella then you know how I first discovered Jen Turano was through a freebie that I stumbled upon and I knew immediately that I had found a new favorite author. Since then I have been delighted with all the stories in the Ladies of Distinction series and now I'm finding myself to have the same opinion of the A Class of Their Own series. Through a fluke I actually was able to read In Good Company (my review), the second in the Class of Their Own series before I finished After a Fashion and while they can easily stand on their own as independent reads, they do build the story with friend (and friendly!) characters. In November 2012, I was given the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance Best Tour Review for the first Ladies of Distinction novel and prequel from Jen Turano in A Change of Fortune and Gentlemen of Her Dreams. You might want to see that review, back here.
Every page turned entertained me with witty humor and amusing characters as well as a bit of mystery. I wouldn't hesitate to buy more of Turano's books title unseen and recommend them to friends. Hopefully I can express my opinions without giving too much away of the plot; however, I would love for you to know how this story is an excellent storytelling of an orphan romance. Every girl imagines if she was without parents to be a princess. Whether one falls into a pretend life of a princess, or perhaps becomes one, or perhaps discovers she is in fact a missing one... It's a magical tale of romance, mystery, and intrigue in a fun and attractive package.
If you enjoy the time frame of novels such as this, you might find another recommendation of note in my list of early 20th century romance titles in the picture lists.
I love Jen Turano's books. She has a way of keeping me turning the pages and wishing there were more when the book is done. She's a fantastic storyteller and I look forward to her next book!