Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Heart's Betrayal ~ Colleen Coble

A Heart's Betrayal 4

A Heart’s Betrayal (Thomas Nelson, June 2015)
Emmie finds shelter in the arms of a soldier, but her secret could drive them apart.
When Emmie Croftner answered the door to her late husband’s home, she discovered an awful truth: her deceased husband was a bigamist. And what’s more, the home she thought she inherited never belonged to her at all.
Suddenly displaced, powerless, and ashamed, Emmie can’t stay in Wabash, Indiana. She makes a hopeful start for Fort Laramie, Wyoming, to find her friend Sarah Montgomery and a new beginning. But when she arrives, she discovers she’s pregnant—and without a husband. The new start she’d hoped for slips from her fingers.
But then she meets Isaac Liddle, a handsome soldier with a kind heart. When he begins to court her, Emmie wonders whether she could ever really be his—and whether she dares to tell him she is carrying another man’s baby.

My take on this book:
 I have really enjoyed reading this series, and I think that this book A Heart's Betrayal just might be my favorite so far! When Emmie's husband is killed in an accident to say she is devastated is an understatement, but it's the life he never told her about that really shocks her to the core. She decides the only thing to do is to head west to join up with Sarah and Rand, knowing that she will never trust her heart to another again. It doesn't take long though for a kind soldier to begin to breach her defenses. Will she find the new life she is hoping for, and what sort of life will it be? 

Ms. Coble packs more than a few shocking twists within the pages of A Heart's Betrayal. Emmie's character is easy to relate to, and I couldn't imagine what life might throw at her next! I was rooting for Emmie to find some sort of happiness but couldn't help but wonder about the secret that she carried about her marriage,whether or not it would keep her from finding happiness. The ending leaves me quite anxious to read the next installment in the series! A page turning historical fiction read, that provides easy to like characters and a solid plot that moves along at a quick pace. I do recommend that this series be read in order to fully understand the backgrounds of the characters. 

Colleen Coble


USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including “Tidewater Inn,” “Rosemary Cottage,” and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series.
Find out more about Colleen at

Melt into summer with a new giveaway from Colleen: four books (books one–four in Colleen's A Journey of the Heart series) and coffee to pair with your new book!

One grand prize winner will receive:

-- A copy of A Heart's Betrayal

-- A box of Colleen's favorite chocolate truffles from DeBrand Fine Chocolates

-- A copy of A Heart's Danger

-- A copy of A Heart's Disguise

-- A copy of A Heart's Obsession

Enter today by clicking here.  But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 31th. Winner will be announced July 1st on Colleen's website.

Find out what readers are saying about the book HERE.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

NIrV Study Bible for Kids

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Hardcover: 1792 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (June 30, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310744032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310744030

The bestselling NIrV Study Bible for Kids starts early readers ages 6 to 10 on the rewarding path of reading and studying God's Word. This Bible uses the complete text of the New International Reader’s Version® (NIrV) which is written at a third-grade reading level and is perfect for those learning to read. With colorful artwork, easy-to-read Bible text, and fun features, kids will engage with the Bible in a way that makes it stick.
Features include:
•Presentation page—for personalization and gift giving
•32 full-color pages—includes illustrations to bring Bible characters and events to life plus helpful study information about the Ten Commandments, how to become a Christian, prayer, and more.
•Check It Out—sketches and descriptions of what life was like in Bible times.
•Brain Game—questions to help kids remember important Bible themes.
•Soak It up—key verses highlighted for kids to memorize.
•Book Introductions—brief overviews of each book with an outline of key events.
•Dictionary—key Bible words for quick reference.
•Map section

My take on this Bible:
The NIRV Study Bible for Kids is a great resource for children, but I am going to admit I find myself using it in my own Bible study. Why do I use a children's Bible? Well this one makes it oh so easy to understand what I am reading. It is geared toward a third grade reading level, with short sentences and easy to understand words which make comprehension of the Bible so easy. I find that I can read an entire book of the Bible in one sitting and come away feeling like I know what I have read. Along with the NIRV text there are several additional tools that really enhance this Bible especially for younger readers.First of all there is an introduction at the beginning of reach book of the Bible that not only touches on what the book is about but also points out important scriptures to read. A study help called the brain game which ask pertinent questions about what the user is reading, questions that would make great discussion questions for deeper thought. Check it out is another study aide that provides a picture and then explains in a few words what the picture means. Another great feature is that there is a dictionary included.  I like that there is a presentation page, making this Bible great for gift giving. I really feel like this is a very useful tool in homeschooling or even in Sunday school.I easily recommend this Bible to anyone who has trouble comprehending the Bible, or are just looking for an easy, readable version. My only complaint is that I wish the title wasn't specifically geared toward kids. I have a plain NIRV Bible that I love to use, and I sometimes even take it to meetings with me, but I hesitate taking this one because the cover seems a bit childish. I would love to see a NIRV Study Bible geared toward adults,but for now I will happily use this one.

A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review.

Friday, June 12, 2015

A Simple Prayer ~ Amy Clipston

  • Series: Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 5, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310335884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310335887

Linda is no stranger to hardship. Now she dares to hope for a chance at love and a new beginning.
As the sole survivor of a buggy accident that left her orphaned at age four, Linda Zook was reluctantly raised by her Uncle Reuben. She longs to be worthy of someone, but the lasting trauma of her injuries and embittered upbringing have destroyed her self-worth. When Hannah Peterson asks her to work at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast, she’s finally able to realize some confidence.
Aaron Ebersol left the Amish community seventeen years ago when he could no longer bear the restrictions or the constant tension with his father. Despite years of unanswered letters to his parents and the roots he’s put down in Missouri, Aaron rushes back to the Amish community of Paradise, Pennsylvania, after receiving word of his mother’s stroke. Hesitant to get too close to the family he was once a part of, he decides to stay at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast. Talking with Linda allows him to explore his feelings about his family and his position in the Amish community.
As Linda and Aaron open up to each other, their feelings for one another turn into more than friendship, and Aaron must make a decision about his future as an Amish man.
Can Linda and Aaron forgive the family members who have deceived and forsaken them? And will Aaron be able to convince Linda that she is worthy of his love?

My take on this book:

Aaron Ebersol is sort of like the prodigal son returned, you see he left the community of Paradise, Pa years earlier and really didn't keep in close contact with his family, even though his family tried. Now though his mother is sick and he goes home to be with her, thing is he isn't sure how he feels about being back, and more than that how he fits in now. He decides to stay at the Heart of Paradise B&B and soon finds himself developing feelings for Linda Zook. Can their growing friendship become more, can they forgive those that hurt them, but more than that can they forgive themselves?

Amy Clipston creates in depth characters who face very real problems within the pages of A Simple Prayer. Those characters are paired together with a well written, easy to follow plot that isn't easy to put down.The conflicts within the story really kept me reading to find out what would ultimately happen. 
I really enjoy reading Amy Clipston's work but somehow missed a couple of books in the Hearts Of The Lancaster Grand Hotel series but honestly this book is a great stand alone read because the author provides enough background information about the reoccurring characters that I immediately understood who they were. With that said I really hope to go back and read book two and three in the series! Fans of Amish fiction are going to love this story, but anyone looking for a well written story filled with well fleshed characters along with real life issues should give this book a try I really don't think you will be disappointed.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bible Touchpoints For Women

  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Lea edition (January 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496402596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496402592

Life can be hard, but finding answers to some of your toughest questions doesn’t have to be!
Bible Touchpoints for Women is a wonderful way to discover what God has to say about women’s particular needs and circumstances. Each topic includes thought-provoking questions, with answers given directly from the Scriptures, and a promise from God’s Word. Topics are alphabetically arranged for quick reference. Answers regarding life issues such as conflict, depression, forgiveness, loneliness, insecurity and everything in between are addressed in this beautifully packaged LeatherLike edition with ribbon marker. Whether you read this book straight through or use it as a handy reference guide for those days when life throws you an unexpected curve, you’ll be amazed at the impact God’s Word can and does have on your everyday life.

My take on this book:
Inspiring and uplifting is how I would describe Bible Touchpoints For Women! 312 pages of insight and wisdom for everyday living, this little book is a perfect size to slip into a purse and the imitation leather feels nice, and the etched cover is eyecatching. I like that there is a ribbon marker included, and the handy table of contents allows for ease of finding the topic your heart needs help with. Speaking of topics this book provides 309 topics and then provides plenty of scriptures to provide Biblical encouragement. One negative thing about this little book is that there isn't a presentation page, because I really think it would make a wonderful gift for anyone who needs a bit of encouragement and guidance. 


A Proposal at Siesta Key

The Proposal at Siesta Key (Avon Inspire, May 2015)
A young Amish woman, yearning for freedom, crosses paths with a handsome Mennonite celebrity in a deeply moving tale of friendship and self-discovery—the second installment in the unforgettable New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.
Penny Troyer rarely disobeys her parents. In the years since her sister’s tragic death, they’ve wanted nothing more than to keep her safe…even if it means never leaving the house.
But tonight, she’s bending the rules because Michael Knoxx, the most famous member of The Knoxx Family Singers, a traveling Mennonite Evangelical family —is scheduled to speak. Penny has heard of Michael—how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others—and knows she must meet him. So, for the first time sever, Penny stands up to her parents and goes out on her own.
Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to rest…to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers how much he and Penny Troyer have in common.
But new friendships can’t stop time. Soon, Michael’s time in Pinecraft will be over and he’ll be back on the road. Her time with Michael has brought her happiness, but will she be able to follow her heart? Or will she be faced with the one thing she’s sure she’ll never have the courage to do?

My take on this book:
Pinecraft, Florida and the Orange Blossom Inn is a delightful setting for The Proposal at Siesta Key. Shelley Shepard Gray always pulls me into whatever setting she places her characters in but I have to admit the setting in The Amish Brides of Pinecraft series really is one of my favorite places to be whisk away too! I really feel like I am sitting in sunny Florida as I am reading this story. Along with a great setting she also creates multi-layered characters that I couldn't help but bond with. With this story we have characters who are dealing with life changing issues, Penny Troyer is dealing with the brutal murder of a sibling and  Michael Knoxx is a missionary who basically lives on the road, going from place to place to share his personal testimony of the twists that his life has taken. Michael and Penny begin a friendship while he is staying in Pinecraft, can the friendship ever be anything more though?
Wonderfully written, I found myself drawn in from the beginning.I truly became emotionally invested in the characters, especially Penny and really wanted her to find peace and happiness. I enjoyed the friendship that developed,and felt like it progressed at a very realistic pace. Several life lessons are woven into the story and  "The Proposal" that Michael made was something that we all should strive to live by. A great book and a wonderful series but I am not surprised because that's what I always get whenever I read a book by Shelley Shepard Gray!

Shelley Shepard Gray


Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.
Find out more about Shelley at

Don’t miss Shelley Shepard Gray’s newest series, Amish Brides of Pinecraft, and the second book in the series, The Proposal at Siesta Key! “Shelley Shepard Gray brings readers into the Amish world with style and grace,” says Romantic Times Bookclub. Penny’s time with Michael has brought her happiness, but will she be able to follow her heart? Or will she be faced with the one thing she’s sure she’ll never have the courage to do?
Enter to win a copy of The Proposal at Siesta Key—five winners will be chosen! The winners will be announced June 15 on Shelley’s blog!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Bible Dominoes

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Board book
  • Publisher: Candle Books; Brdgm edition (March 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781281556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781281550

This domino game helps children to learn about the Bible and Jesus while playing! It also encourages communication, sharing, counting, and matching skills. The pieces are large and colorful, so they re easy to pick up, and the pictures are clear. The set includes 28 dominoes with a mixture of Bible story characters, numbers, and animals to match, as well as instructions and a story booklet explaining the stories featured on the cards. A useful resource for home, school, or Sunday school.

My take on this board game:
Board games is something I always enjoyed playing with my son, and dominoes was one of his favorite, so to learn that there was a domino game that would help children learn the Bible was great!  What a great way to spend quality time together. Perfect really for any age, although the game is a bit simplistic, it's really geared toward youngsters, I think this is a game that would be perfect for Sunday school, home school, or family game night. While the game indicates that it can be played with 2 to 4 players, honestly it could be played alone using it as a match game, or even lining up the numbers. Along with learning about the Bible this game also encourages counting and matching. The glossy pictures are bright, and the material, which is heavy cardboard should stand up to repeated use. Anyone who enjoys playing traditional dominoes will certainly enjoy this enhanced version of the game. 

A complimentary item was furnished for review.