Sunday, October 14, 2018

Christmas on Cape Cod by Nan Rossiter

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About the book-

In this heartwarming holiday tale by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nan Rossiter, old friends discover the best gifts are the ones worth waiting for . . .
 
With Christmas just around the corner, Asa Coleman has his hands full keeping up with his young son Noah’s rambunctious spirit. Whether he’s playing Santa or keeping a furry surprise under wraps, the joy Asa feels in Noah’s delight is all he could ask for as a single father. His best friend Maddie Carlson has been more than helpful throughout the season’s sometimes overwhelming rush of activities, and she can’t help but see how well she fits into their lives. But as always, something holds Asa back from accepting the happiness he deserves. Except this year, when it’s time to open gifts, something special might surprise them all . . .
 

My thoughts-

This was a short and sweet novella and I really enjoyed it. I think I will literally read anything set on the Cape because it is one of my favorite places I have ever been. I also get an itch around late September to read Christmas novels, so this one was definitely one I enjoyed. It was a sweet love story and I read it in just a couple of days. I didn't know before I read it but it is a continuation of a book called The Gin and Chowder Club which, of course, immediately went on my to-read list, as well as many of Nan Rossiters other books since they are all mostly set on the Cape! 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible by Doris Rikkers

*Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Flyby Promotions in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own.

About the book-

Over 40 Bible stories are brought to life the words of Doris Rikkers and the illustrations of Fernando Juarez. From the story of creation, to the letters of Paul, as well as many other old and new testament stories, The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible reminds us that the spirit of God is always with us.

My thoughts-

I absolutely love The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible! The pictures are so gorgeous and appealing that even adults would enjoy looking at and reading these stories. It is nice to have illustrations to go with easy to understand words for kids to better understand the Bible and to enjoy reading about it in the process. I like the way each story is a few pages long so you could read one or two each night with your kids before bed or at whatever time you decide to read it. I love that it is a hardback book so that it will stand up to little hands and last a long time!

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Unbroken: The Path to Redemption- In Theaters Tomorrow! + Fandango Ticket Giveaway!

*Disclosure of material connection- I received an advanced screening of the movie from Flyby Promotions in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are 100% my own. 

Several years ago when Laura Hillenbrand wrote Unbroken, it became my absolute favorite biography, and it still is 6 years later. There is just something so gripping about Louie's story while he was a prisoner of war. I happily went and saw the movie version of Unbroken when it came out too, and then when I heard that there was another movie about Louie Zamparini coming out, I couldn't contain my excitement! I was so excited to watch this movie! Unbroken: The Path to Redemption is the story of what happened to Louie after he came back from being a prisoner of war, and about his relationships with his family and with, his struggles with PTSD and his faith and ultimately what all led up to him becoming the man of faith we learned about in Unbroken. This movie was moving in a completely different way than the first one, but maybe even more important to watch  (although I recommend watching both!) . Unbroken: The Path to Redemption is out in theaters tomorrow!

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Little People BIG DREAMS- Mother Teresa by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

*Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own. 

About the book-

New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the incredible life of Mother Teresa, in this true story of her life.

With stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world. From designers and artists to scientists, all of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. These books make the lives of these role models accessible for children, providing a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world!

My thoughts- 

I have enjoyed every book in this series, and I love seeing all of the amazing, positive female role models being profiled, but I saved my favorite for last. I have always found inspiration from Mother Teresa, who dedicated her life to helping the poor in India. If there were anyone famous I would ever strive to be like, it would be here. Once again, this is a great introduction of a female role model to kids with gorgeous illustrations to match. I think this book belongs on every kid's bookshelf!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Christmas on Mistletoe Lane by Annie Rains

*Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own. 

About the book-

Welcome to the Sweetwater Springs -- where a B&B is getting a major makeover, traditions take centerstage, and everyone gets a fresh start.
Christmas is coming to the North Carolina mountains, and the air is fresh and crisp and filled with promise. After the devastating loss of her job in the big city, the small town of Sweetwater Springs feels like heaven to Kaitlyn Russo. She's inherited her grandparents' charming (if a little rundown) bed and breakfast, and it's just the new lease on life she needs. Only "heaven" comes with a catch-and a handsome and completely infuriating one at that. 

After what he hopes will be a quick trip, Mitch Hargrove wants nothing more than to put his hometown in the rearview mirror. But his plans get derailed when he learns he's now half-owner of the Sweetwater B&B. The fact that he's given only two months to make the inn a success is a huge problem, but it's his pretty-and incredibly headstrong-partner who's the real challenge. With the holiday fast approaching and a grand re-opening looming, will Mitch keep running from the ghosts of Christmas past . . . or will he realize the true gift he's been 


My thoughts-

Around the beginning of September I get an uncontrollable itch to start reading Christmas novels. I have several on deck waiting to be read after Christmas on Mistletoe Lane already! This was an excellent book to kick of my Christmas reading extravaganza. It had the quintessential love story, but it was also set in a small town AND in a Bed and Breakfast, both of which always add to the romantic aspect of a novel for me. I found myself rooting for Kaitlyn and Mitch, and shaking my head at Mitch plenty too. I recommend this book to anyone who just can't wait for the Hallmark Channel's Christmas movies to start playing! This will hold you over until then!



Little People BIG DREAMS- Lucy Maud Montgomery by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

*Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own. 

About the book-

New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the incredible life of Lucy Maud Montgomery, the famous writer, in this true story of her life.

With stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world. From designers and artists to scientists, all of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. These books make the lives of these role models accessible for children, providing a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world!

My thoughts- 

I think of my first favorite book series' was Anne of Green Gables. There was just something so interesting about her story. I didn't know much about the author, L.M. Montgomery so this Little People BIG DREAMS book taught me something new. It makes sense why she would want to escape into the world of writing and why she did such a good job at it with such an early interest and big imagination. I think that kids will love this book and maybe be inspired to read Anne of Green Gables as well. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Little People Big Dreams- Anne Frank by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

*Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own.

About the book-

New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the life of Anne Frank, the writer whose diary captured the hearts of the public, in this true story of her life. Little Anne was born in Germany to a liberal Jewish family. But when the Nazis came into power she was forced to go into hiding with her family.

With innovative illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world. From designers and artists to scientists, all of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. These books make the lives of these role models accessible for children, providing a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world!

My thoughts-

The first time I read The Diary of Anne Frank, I was in 8th grade. We read it out loud in class and I remember always volunteering to read Anne's part. I loved reading, I loved the idea of being a writer, and I was inspired by Anne's positive outlook in the midst of probably the worst time in world history. This book aimed at introducing Anne Frank's story to younger kids does a fantastic job of staying sensitive through the wording of the book, but without downplaying what happened to Anne. I thought the black and white pictures with the dairy always displayed in color was a beautiful choice and help portray the fact that this was a dark time in history, but to Anne that Diary was her bright spot. I highly recommend Little People Big Dreams: Anne Frank to absolutely anyone. I think just like Anne's diary, this is a must read for everyone.