Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Adored 365 Devotions for Young Women by Zondervan

In an ever-changing world, we can be certain of one thing: we are beloved by God. Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women tackles tough topics girls face, from bullying and social media to friendships and dating, all the while showing readers how infinitely precious they are in God’s sight.
Each day features an easy-to-read, relevant devotion paired with a scripture verse and journaling space to help readers reflect on the day’s message. With honest, poignant, and sometimes humorous text, every page will speak to the pressures and changes girls face, giving them real-world applications to find God in their hearts and in their lives. Perfect for everyday use, Adored will resonate with girls searching for truth and guidance. Gift givers will love this highly designed book featuring a beautiful, foiled cover, and two-color interior pages.


By going to this Zondervan page you can get a 7 day  free download!!

Lindsay A. Franklin is an award-winning author, freelance editor, and homeschooling mom of three. She would wear pajama pants all the time if it were socially acceptable. She spends a lot of time in made-up worlds, and she's passionate about sparking imagination through stories of infinite possibility. Her debut fantasy novel, The Story Peddler, releases in 2018. When she's not exploring the fantastical, she's exploring the Bible and encouraging young women through her devotional books.

Lindsay lives in her native San Diego with her husband (master of the dad joke), their awesomely nerdy kids, two thunder pillows (AKA cats), and a stuffed wombat with his own Instagram following (@therealwombatman). You can find Lindsay on social media, too, if Wombatman hasn't hijacked all her accounts. She's @LinzyAFranklin on Instagram and Twitter, and she Facebooks at

My Review

What a wonderful Devotional for young women.  Really I am not that young but I am enjoying it. Adored is a 365 devotional for young women, hitting on topics they are going through like bullying, social media and dating to name a few.  Each day there is a devotion and scripture verse that pertains to it. Nice at the end is a place so you can journal your thoughts.  We all are precious in God's sight. He adores us.  Perfect  gift for someone you might know that is going through some growing up issues. Give a gift of love. Let them find God in their heart.  

I will give one Devotional away!! Please just leave a comment and a name will be drawn on 11/21/17 

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365 Classic Bedtime Bible Stories by Jesse Lyman

Story Time--The Most Important 10 Minutes in a Child's Day!
Your children or grandchildren will delight in this fully-illustrated storybook that brings 365 read-aloud classic Bible stories to life for impressionable young hearts.

Beginning with the creation story, "God Creates the Earth," and ending with "In Eternity with God,” your children will develop faith in an almighty God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, while journeying alongside Bible characters like Samuel, Jonah, Esther, David, John the Baptist, Mary, Joseph, and many more.

365 Classic Bedtime Bible Stories promises to make bedtime reading a delightful learning and faith-building experience for your kids 3 and up.


About the Author

My Review

 I just love this book! Beautiful stories from the Bible that children can understand.  The illustrations are beautiful and colorful.  365 Classic Bedtime Bible Stories from the beginning of time to Revelations the end times you will find all the stories to help your child to grow in the knowledge of Christ. I look forward to using this with my grandkids that they will call me before bedtime and i will read that days story. What a wonderful way to invest in them. To teach them they can have a eternity to live with Christ.  The stories are just the right size to keep  the attention of a wee one. Make wonderful gift to any family.

"I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Return to Bella Terra by Maryann Diorio

A mother, her son , and the man who threatens to come between them . . .

When Maria Landro Tonetta receives word that Mama is terminally ill, Maria travels to her Sicilian homeland with her son Nico. She finds herself yearning for the life she once knew as a child on Bella Terra, the family farm, now on the verge of bankruptcy. 

Caught between two worlds, Maria dreams of moving back to Sicily with her husband and children to save the farm.
When, however, Nico’s biological father unexpectedly appears at Mama’s funeral, Maria faces a new enemy to her dream. 

But is there an even greater enemy within her own soul?


My Review 

Return to Bella Tara is book 3 in the Italian Chronicles Theology.  Loved the story the characters are well developed.  Kept my attention and kept me turning pages. I really like Maryann Diorio's books.  Maria and her husband left Sicily for America to better their lives. But found it not so easy to get ahead in life there.  Maria has left her family never knowing when she can return cause their money is in short supply for anything extra.  What is she to do when she  gets word her mother will not live much longer and is needed at home in Sicily before she dies. Not wanting to travel alone her son goes with her. When she gets there it's not just bad news about her mother but the  who she grew up in is going bankrupt. How can she possibly save it? They have no funds.  Maria so misses it how can she leave and go back home? Then a secret of the past comes out about her and her son. She can't lose her son also.  Maria has a lot to think on and can she learn to let go?

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Quilting Circle by Amy Lillard

United by faith, and bonded by their quilting circle, the Amish women of Wells Landing, Oklahoma, are there for one another through all life’s joys and challenges . . .
Youngest quilter Clara Rose Yutzy is planning her wedding to her longtime beau—which is why she resolutely ignores newly warm feelings for her best friend, Obidiah. But Obie is certain God intends them to be together. With the Lord’s help, he’ll prove to Clara Rose how much he loves her . . .
Mariana Miller prayed for a child throughout fifteen years of marriage. But now, newly widowed, Mariana discovers she’s pregnant—with twins! She’s more grateful than ever for her caring community—especially Reuben Weisel, her late husband’s business partner and best friend. Reuben’s quiet strength comforts her—until he proposes marriage . . .

Tess Smiley is new to Wells Landing and newly married. But her marriage isn’t the harmonious union she envisioned. Tess loves Jacob with all her heart, but her heart tells her she must take a stand—and ask for support. Only then does Jacob see how he has hurt her. But is he too late? . . .


Amy Lillard

I'm a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.

I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I've retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I'm from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son-a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!

I love homemade tacos, nail polish, and romance novels-not necessarily in that order. I'm a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I'm shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

I believe that God is love. I guess that's why I love to write inspirational romances. The two go hand-in-hand for me.

I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I'm a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that's me June Cleaver with a laptop.

I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I'll get to it or I won't, either way I'm good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I'm alone on this last one, and again, I'm good with it.)

Favorite movies-(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940′s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven't seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn's and Audrey's.

My Review

What a wonderful book. It is  put together with 3 novellas Amy wrote for Wells Landing Romance. They are so well written and just loved the characters.  Amy's books are always a sweet romance and inspirational. 

More Than a Friendship
Clara has always been friends with Obidiah. Then she is now going to marry someone and Obie is determined she should not marry  him but that God has told him he is to marry her. Obie needs to find a way to show her just how much he really does love her. Can he stop this wedding?

More Than a Promise
I so felt  for Mariana.  She has been married 15 years and no baby but all her friends around her are having children or adopting.  Her husband has passed away and she finds she is with child. But not just one God has blessed her with twins. What is she going to do? How can she care for them with no husband no income to support them? Her community is trying to help her some but one person is really doing all he can to help up to the point of proposing marriage to her. What will Mariana do?

More Than a Marriage

Poor Tess she loves her husband very much, but she always feels so alone even  when he is home he isn't paying attention to her.  Like today with English he is busy on his cell phone. What could he be doing on it all the time. He tells her it is business.  She wants a family. But are not getting along to well. He is tired of renting a place to live he wants a place of his own. Both seem to be going in different directions. Tess really has no one she has moved away from her family. Can they find a way back to each other before it is to late? 

Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

The police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can’t be talking about her client . . .  can they?
To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie’s belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of the tragedy.
Reid Billings thought he knew his sister—right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene’s letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.
Thrown together in the race to save Kaylene’s surviving daughter, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl—and find a future for themselves in the process?

Cara Putman

Since the time I could read Nancy Drew, I have wanted to write mysteries. In 2005 I attended a book signing at my local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, is history. There I met Colleen Coble. With prompting from my husband, I shared my dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, I've been writing award-winning books with the count currently at 25. 

In addition to writing, I am a homeschooling mom of four, attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women's ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, my husband, and my kids. I graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!), George Mason Law School, and Purdue University's MBA program. You can learn more about my books at And if you'd like a copy of my legal suspense novella, Dying for Love, simply connect with me here ( , and I'll send you the link.

My Review

Imperfect Justice is book 2 in the series Hidden Justice. This book is so exciting from page one till the end. Plan on losing some sleep cause you will not want to put it down. Well written and Cara having a legal background has used it wonderfully! not only is it a suspense book but also a romance. How is Emilie going to prove that a woman she is working with is not a murder? What is she going to do she is falling for her client and that is a big no no? I'm looking forward to a book 3. If you have never read anything by Cara Putman please you won't be sorry pick up this series. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Starting from Scratch by Kate Lloyd


You're  Not Going To Miss This One

By Kate Lloyd

April 1,  2018


An Old Flame Brings a Spark of New Hope
En Alt Maedel—an old maid.
At age twenty-nine, that's what Eva Lapp considers herself. And who could argue with her? Finding a good Amish husband at her age will be next to impossible. Plus, Eva's unwarranted bad reputation in Lancaster County precedes her. Maybe living the Englisch life would be better.
Squeezed out of her childhood home by her brother's boisterous family, Eva finds lodging and a new job managing a small café at a local plant nursery. But the challenge of her new position isn't enough to distract from her current predicament.
To Eva's surprise, her first love, Zach Miller, suddenly returns to Lancaster County. Flooded with emotions and filled with questions about Zach's past, can Eva trust what she's feeling?
Zach and Eva face many obstacles in their quest for a fresh start in the community, but perhaps with God's help, they can find the redemption they both desperately seek.

  • Series: Lancaster Discoveries (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (April 1, 2018)

My Review coming soon!!!!