Monday, February 20, 2017

Her Baby's Protector


Her Baby's Protector: Saved by the Lawman\Saved by the SEAL 

Love Inspired Suspense

Mass Market Paperback, ebook

March 7, 2017

by Margaret Daley  (Author), Susan Sleeman  (Author)


  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373456932


KEEPING BABY SAFE 

Saved by the Lawman by Margaret Daley 
As an unknown assailant attempts to kidnap family-court judge Kate Forster's infant son, police officer Chase Walker thwarts the attack—and vows to keep the pair safe. But who will protect the ex-marine's heart when the widowed mother and her little boy make him long for a permanent spot in their family?

My thoughts: Saved by the Lawman was an interesting read. I enjoyed getting to know Chase. Kate seemed rather clinical about the whole thing, and not truly engaged, but it might just be because of who she is career-wise. She fought for her child, but she never seemed to get emotionally involved during the whole thing.  I would have liked to see more emotion from her both in the attempted kitnappings and the romance. The suspense part of it was good, and I thought it was pretty cut and dried, but the real bad guy came as a complete surprise. 
Saved by the SEAL by Susan Sleeman 
The tragedy that killed Bree Hatfield's best friends—and left her with custody of their young daughter—has been ruled an accident. But Bree knows it was murder. Scared and alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, navy SEAL Clint Reed, who'll risk everything to protect baby Ella and the woman he never stopped loving.

My thoughts: Saved by the Seal was a great read. I loved the nonstop action in this one as Bree and Clint try to figure out who murdered Bree's friends and why. Fans of romantic suspense love the nonstop action in Susan Sleeman's books and this one, although a novella, had just as much action. The romance developed quick, but both Clint and Bree dated each other before Clint joined the Navy, so it had a jumpstart. 

Overall, if you love romantic suspense you will love this dual by these two top romantic suspense authors. Don't miss Her Baby's Protector. 



Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher


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Book: The Newcomer
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Genre: Historical; Amish
Release Date: January 31
In 1737, Anna Konig and her fellow church members stagger off a small wooden ship after ten weeks at sea, eager to start a new life in the vibrant but raw Pennsylvania frontier. On the docks of Port Philadelphia waits bishop Jacob Bauer, founder of the settlement and father to ship carpenter Bairn. It’s a time of new beginnings for the reunited Bauer family, and for Anna and Bairn’s shipboard romance to blossom.
But this perfect moment cannot last. As Bairn grasps the reality of what it means to be Amish in the New World–isolated, rigid with expectations, under the thumb of his domineering father–his enthusiasm evaporates. When a sea captain offers the chance to cross the ocean one more time, Bairn grabs it. Just one more crossing, he promises Anna. But will she wait for him?
When Henrik Newman joins the church just as it makes its way to the frontier, Anna is torn. He seems to be everything Bairn is not–bold, devoted, and delighted to vie for her heart. And the most dramatic difference? He is here; Bairn is not.
Far from the frontier, an unexpected turn of events weaves together the lives of Bairn, Anna, and Henrik. When a secret is revealed, which true love will emerge?
My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, I love Suzanne Woods Fisher’s contemporary Amish books and I probably shouldn’t have requested this one because I didn’t love Anna’s Crossing. It was hard for me to read the history of the Amish on the ship. I recognize it is based on real life history, but that doesn’t make it easier!

I hoped THE NEWCOMER would be less slow and hard to read. But I still found this book really difficult for me to get into. There is a lot of real life (nonfiction) characters included, and a lot of real life (nonfiction) history of the area, so part of it almost seems like an information dump. I also never really was able to connect with the main characters Anna and Bairn (or Hans).

As a whole, Ms. Fisher’s writing style is top-notch and I love the way she seamlessly weaves in a faith message. Ms. Fisher is one of the top Amish writers with good reason. As a rule she writes with wit, faith, and well-developed characters with an interesting storyline. This book – THE NEWCOMER – is second in the series, and readers should read Anna’s Crossing before reading this as they are tied together. You probably won’t be lost if you don’t, but it might help to make you more invested in the characters if you experience the hardships with them from the beginning.

If you like historical Amish books, then Ms. Fisher’s are ones to consider. She puts a lot of time and effort into research to get the details exact and it shows.   


About the Author


suzanne6Suzanne Woods Fisher
 is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including Anna’s Crossing, The Bishop’s Family series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

Guest Post from Suzanne Woods Fisher

Pennsylvania of 1737, the setting for The Newcomer, is like a foreign country. Parts of it might seem familiar—the same hills and creeks and blue sky, but we’d hardly recognize the settlers. People like Anna, or Bairn, or the mysterious Newcomer. We wouldn’t be able to understand their language, their customs and traditions. Their world was that different from our modern one.
The first group of Amish immigrants (first written about in Anna’s Crossing and followed up in The Newcomer) settled northwest of Philadelphia, then a vast wilderness, and relied on each other for safety, security, building projects, and church. In nearby Germantown, settlers were tradesmen, so they clustered houses together in small knots. The Amish farmers took out land warrants for sizeable properties and lived considerable distances from each other.
In The Newcomer, Anna cooked food in a cauldron over a large hearth. One-pot meals can trace their beginnings to open-hearth cooking when ingredients for a meal went into a large kettle suspended over the fire. Traditional dishes—ham and beans, pork and sauerkraut—used sturdy, available, and simple ingredients that improved with long, slow cooking. The dishes could be easily expanded when the need arose to set a few more places at the table. And it did, often. Large families and unannounced company inspired Amish cooks to find ways to “stretch the stew.”
Noodles (including dumplings and rivvels) could be tossed into a simmering broth to make a meal stretch. Most farms had a flock of chickens, so eggs were easily at hand. Today, homemade noodles are still a favorite dish.
Another “stew stretcher” was cornmeal mush, originally eaten as a bread substitute. Early German settlers who made their home in eastern Pennsylvania roasted the yellow field corn in a bake oven before it was shelled and ground at the mill. The roasting process gave a nutty rich flavor to the cornmeal. Mush is still part of the diet the Old Order Amish—cooked and fried, baked, added into scrapple, smothered in ketchup. Dress it up and you’ve got polenta.
Now here’s one thing we do have in common with 1737 Pennsylvania immigrants…a love of good food and a shortage of time! Here’s one of my favorite one-pot recipes—probably not the kind of stew Anna might have made for ship carpenter Bairn or the mysterious Newcomer (ah, which man one stole her heart?)…but definitely delicious. Enjoy!
Lentil Chili
Here’s one of my favorite “stew stretchers.” You can expand it even more by serving over rice.
Ingredients:
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
10 c. water
1 lb. dry lentils
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt (season to your taste)
½ tsp. pepper
2 c. salsa (your favorite variety)
29 oz. canned tomatoes, crushed

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Jesus Storybook Bible

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

Hardcover, ebook, audio

February 20, 2007

by Sally Lloyd-Jones  (Author), 

Jago  (Illustrator)


  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: ZonderKidz; 1/30/07 edition 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310708254

The Moonbeam Award Gold Medal Winner in the religion category, The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of the Story is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. Every story whispers his name. From Noah to Moses to the great King David---every story points to him. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle---the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the Story unfolds, children will pick up the clues and piece together the puzzle. A Bible like no other, The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God's great story of salvation---and at the center of their Story too.


My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, THE JESUS STORY BIBLE is a reprint of the popular book by Sally Lloyd-Jones and acclaimed illustrator, Jago.  The many stories in this book include (but are not limited to: The Story and the Song,  A New Beginning, The Girl No One Wanted, Son of Laughter, God's Messenger, The King of All Kings, and so many more. Children will love having these stories read to them, or even better, reading them for themselves. Excellent for church libraries, schools, day cares, nurseries, or your own personal library. 

Warning:  there are some biblical inaccuracies that some people will have problems with, and there are some literacy fictionalizing of the stories, making them "based on a true story" but not true facts. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Found: Psalm 23 / God Made You Nose to Toes

Found: Psalm 23 

Board book, ebook

February 21, 2017

by Sally Lloyd-Jones  (Author)

Jago  (Illustrator)

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Brdbk edition
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310757504


The Jesus Storybook Bible in the special bilingual edition tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of the Story is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. Every story whispers his name. From Noah to Moses to the great King David---every story points to him. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle---the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the Story unfolds, children will pick up the clues and piece together the puzzle. A Bible like no other, The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God's great story of salvation---and at the center of their Story too.

My thoughts:  (reviewed by Kaeli) First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, FOUND: PSALM 23 is an amazing retelling of Psalm 23.  The illustrations are beautiful, and this is simply done so even the littlest listeners should be able to keep their attention on the story while they enjoy cuddle and snuggle time. 

I really enjoyed reading this to my dolls and my oldest sister put it in her babysitting bag to share with little kids she babysits for.  Also good for church nurseries, preschools, day cares, and the lowest grades in school (K-4 or K-5). 

This is a real sweet book and I really enjoyed it. Pick this one up for your favorite baby, toddler, or preschooler today. 

God Made You Nose to Toes 

Board book, ebook

January 3, 2017

by Leslie Parrott  (Author), 

Estelle Corke (Illustrator)

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Board book: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Brdbk edition 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310757405

Help little ones understand that God created each part of their bodies so they can enjoy life and everything in it. In this delightful padded cover board book by well-known author and family therapist Leslie Parrott, children can follow along with Toucan––with a great big nose––as he helps them learn God loves each one of them completely.


My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, GOD MADE YOU NOSE TO TOES is an adorable children's book full of bright colors, engaging pictures and prose that is sure to keep the littlest child's attention. It is excellent for church nurseries or preschools, or as an basket stuffer for your favorite baby's first Easter basket. Also good for babysitter's bags. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

NIV The Plans I Have For You Holy Bible / NIV The Investigator's Holy Bible

NIV The Plans I Have for You Holy Bible 

Hardcover, ebook

February 7, 2017

by Amy Parker

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310758822

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. —Jeremiah 29:11
God has great plans for you. It’s true. The Plans I Have for You Holy Bible will inspire readers to dream about their future and to trust that God has great plans for each and every one of us.
The features of this latest addition to The Plans I Have for You collection include:
  • Introduction from author Amy Parker
  • 50 God’s Big Plans pages tell how God had big plans for individuals in the Bible and his people as a whole, for example, Moses, Noah, Jonah, Esther, and YOU!
  • 25 Promise Prayers pages focus on children asking God to help them fulfill his plans for them.
  • 100 highlighted verses, including God’s promises as well as hopeful and uplifting verses
  • Presentation Page
  • Index to features
  • Index of highlighted verses
  • Lively two-color art from Vanessa Brantley Newton, illustrator of The Plans I Have for You picture book


My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, the NIV THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU HOLY BIBLE is a colorful hard cover Bible (also available in eBook) for children The design is sure to appeal to either boys or girls. 

My daughter didn't like that it didn't have a ribbon (or two) to mark her place, no concordance, and no maps (things she deems important). She also complained about the tiny print which she found hard to read. She did like the highlighted verses listings, the prayers to promises sections, and some of the mini devotionals.  

If you are looking for a new Bible for your favorite tween, then the NIV THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU HOLY BIBLE is one to consider.  

and another one to consider is:


NIV Investigator's Holy Bible, Hardcover: Uncover the Truth of the Bible 

Hardcover 

February 7, 2017

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Hardcover: 1792 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310758761
Have you ever used a magnifying glass? It makes everything bigger and easier to see, right? Detectives and scientists magnify things to understand them better. Well that’s just what this Bible does—it’s a magnifying glass to help children understand the Word of God better.

The Bible is a gift from God, but many of the things written in the Bible are hard for kids to understand. In fact, sometimes they’re downright mysterious to kids. Using kid-friendly language and a detective theme, the two color NIV Investigator’s Holy Bible explains the Bible text for kids ages 6–10. Two central mystery-solving characters invite children to investigate the Bible using the following features:
  • Evidence—Bible book introductions answer what kind of book it is, who wrote it, what happens, and the “best part”
  • Breakthrough—answers questions kids might ask, such as “Who were the Philistines?” and “What is The Spirit of God?”
  • Scene—includes descriptions highlighting geographical information pertinent to a verse
  • Witness—explains the meaning and history behind Biblical names
  • Detective—quizzes students on what they have learned
  • Case Closed—explores how the events of a particular book of the Bible relate to children as individuals


My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done,  The NIV THE INVESTIGATOR'S HOLY BIBLE is a colorful hard cover Bible (this one is not currently available in eBook) for children. The design is sure to appeal to either boys or girls. 

My daughter didn't like that it didn't have a ribbon (or two) to mark her place and no maps (things she deems important). She liked that it had a concordance, and the larger print . She did like the breakthrough sections featuring highlighted verses to memorize, answers to questions, and other trivia information, the scene sections, the witness sections, and detective sections. She liked it better than the one above but like the other cover better. 

If you are looking for a new Bible for your favorite tween, then the NIV THE INVESTIGATOR'S HOLY BIBLE is one to consider.  

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Rescue Me

Rescue Me 

Montana Rescue #2 

Paperback, ebook, hard cover, audio

January 31, 2017

by Susan May Warren


  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800727444



"With action, adventure, romance, and a large, nuanced cast, Rescue Me is classic Susan May Warren. She pulls readers in on page one and never lets go."--Irene Hannon, bestselling author and three-time RITA Award winner


When Deputy Sam Brooks commits to something, nothing can sway him--not just on the job but in his private life. He's the one who stuck around to take care of his mother after his father's accidental death. And he's the one--perhaps the only one--who believes Sierra Rose is the perfect girl for him. Safe, practical, and organized, she's nothing like her hippie, impulsive, bleeding-heart sister, Willow.

Willow, however, has been in love with Sam Brooks for as long as she can remember. But she wants her sister to have a happy ending. Besides, Willow has other things to focus on--namely, nabbing the job of her dreams. Best thing for her to do is to purge Sam from her heart.

Neither can predict the events that will bring them together in a fight for their lives in the forbidding wilderness of Glacier National Park. Stranded, injured, and with the winter weather closing in, Sam and Willow will have to work together to save a crew of terrified teenagers. As they fight to survive, they might just discover a new hope for love.





"Susan May Warren has once again created characters that dig into your heart and latch on. Characters so real I missed them after the end."--Patricia Bradley, author of Silence in the Dark


My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, RESCUE ME  is Ms. Warren's latest and greatest adventure filled romance. I have to admit, I *love* Sam. And Pete. And I am sooooo anxious to read Pete's story (but Gabe's is coming next and I can't wait for that either.)

Ms. Warren is a stellar writer, one who knows how to grab the emotions and not let go. I was on the edge of my seat as the PEAK team rescuers faced their first grizzly attack and kept waiting for another... 




RESCUE ME is full of dramatic survival and rescues, enough so that I read the book in one afternoon. I absolutely could  not put it down. I enjoyed getting to know Willow and Jess better, I suspected Sierra's motives from the first, and I ached for some of the teens in the youth group.  I also loved Willow's first, second, and third impressions of the new youth pastor!  

I am anxious to read the next book in this series. Can. Not. Wait. 

Ms. Warren is one of my favorite contemporary romance writers and if you haven't read any of her books yet, you must. 

This is a good one to start with. 

Especially if you like edge-of-your-seat drama.



Susan May Warren is the ECPA and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels with more than one million books sold. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Reader's Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She can be found online at www.susanmaywarren.com, on Facebook at SusanMayWarrenFiction, and on Twitter @susanmaywarren.