Monday, June 30, 2014

All Right Here by Carrie Armstrong Gardner (Review)

  • Series: The Darlings (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (May 16, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414388144
Ivy Darling can’t have children of her own, and her husband Nick’s resentment is forcing them apart. And while Ivy has the support and love of her large, close-knit family, Nick’s family has never welcomed her into the fold.

When the three children next door are abandoned by their mother, Ivy and Nick take them in for the night. One night becomes several, and suddenly Ivy and Nick find themselves foster parents to the only African-American kids in the town of Copper Cove, Maine. As Ivy grows more attached to the children, Nick refuses to accept their eclectic household as a permanent family. Just as Ivy begins to question whether or not she wants to save her emotionally barren marriage, Nick begins to discover how much Ivy and the children mean to him. But is his change of heart too little, too late?

My Review:

I thought this was a good Contemporary Christian book. It was touching and heart wrenching at times. The characters and plot were well developed and interesting. It held my attention from the beginning to end. This is the first book in a series about the Darling family. This book mainly focuses on Ivy and Nick. They have a difficult marriage compounded by the fact they cannot have children. Then the three African American children next door are abandoned. They are neglected and need care and attention that Ivy has in abundance. It is difficult at times to have a multi racial family in a mostly white town. Ivy's family welcomes them with open arms while Nick's family turns their noses down on them like they do Ivy. I love the day to day stuff the author put in that makes it feel real. Nick takes longer to warm up to the children but does take care of them. It seems like Nick and Ivy's relationship will never be what it should and never has been. The ending is satisfying. This was a great book and had several ups and downs. Ivy's sister with a drinking problem is the likely character for the next book. I can't wait to find out what happens with her. Highly Recommended.









Carrie writes from the big small town of Portland, Maine, where she's the mom of 3 teenagers and 2 dogs she would rather not own. (Only the dogs, not the teenagers.) From 2007 to 2010, she and her family lived in Russia, studying the language and doing humanitarian work.

Like most writers, Carre grew up with her nose in a book. The heroines who most informed her were smart, creative, independent thinkers like Anne Shirley, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew, and Cherry Ames. Nancy proved that being a girl detective might just be the coolest career ever, but Cherry taught her that nursing was more practical. Carre compromised by becoming a nurse and marrying a sleuth.

Nearly every flat surface in Carre's home has books on it. The stories she loves most are those about the ordinary lives of ordinary people; she thinks of every life as a fascinating drama. Isn't each one of us the hero of our own story? She'd love for you to drop her a line and tell her yours!

Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Runaway by Dandi Daley Mackall (Review)






  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Starlight Animal Rescue (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Kids (August 18, 2008)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414312682



I've run away seven times—never once to anything, just away from. Maybe that's why they call me a “runaway,” and not a “run-to.”

Meet 16-year-old Dakota Brown. She used to love all things “horse” until she lost everything, including hope. The minute she sets foot on her foster parents' farm—Starlight Animal Rescue—she plans her escape. But can an “impossible” horse named Blackfire and this quirky collection of animal lovers be the home she's always dreamed of?

Starlight Animal Rescue: Where problem horses are trained and loved, where abandoned dogs become heroes, where stray cats become loyal companions. And where people with nowhere to fit in find a place to belong.

My Review:

This was a good balanced character and plot book. The characters were interesting and well developed. I felt bad for Dakota having been in so many foster homes. She finally lands in a really good one that runs Starlight Animal Rescue. They have their son Hank and two other foster children. They treat them like they are their own. Dakota is scarred and can only think of escaping again. She tries to set up a plan to runaway with an old "friend." She makes friends with a horse named Blackfire. Its the first thing she has really cared about in a long time. This was a touching YA book with a few funny moments too. I can't wait to read more books in the series. Recommended.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Wild Thing by Dandi Daley Mackall (Review)


  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Winnie the Horse Gentler (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 173 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Kids; Reprinted edition (March 28, 2002)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842355421

 Twelve-year-old Winnie Willis has a way with horses. She can gentle the wildest mare, but other parts of her life don't always come as easily. Along with her dad and sister, Lizzy, Winnie is learning how to live without her mom, who was also a natural horse gentler. As Winnie teaches her horses about unconditional love and blind trust, God shows Winnie that he can be trusted too. Readers will be hooked on the series' vivid characters, whose quirky personalities fill Winnie's life with friendship and adventure.

In #1 Wild Thing, Winnie's fearful heart finally begins to trust God again as she tries to gentle the horse of her dreams, Wild Thing.

My Review:

This was a touching young adult book. Since Winnie's mom died her Dad has been moving them around. Life has not been stable. Winnie's mom was known as a horse gentler. Winnie has her mother's horse skills. The author's experience with horses shows in her books. There are several true to life details like how to tell how old a horse is according to the teeth. Wild Thing is a horse that Winnie wants to train. Her family does not have the money to buy it. The characters and plot are interesting and kept my attention. The faith part is not overdone. Recommended especially for Christian horse loving girls.

Secret of the Prince's Tomb by Marianne Hering, Marshal Younger (Review)



  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Series: AIO Imagination Station Books (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Focus on the Family (December 16, 2011)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589976733




“The Egyptians believe that whoever opens a tomb will be cursed!”

The hot sun and sand of ancient Egypt await Patrick and Beth in their next Imagination Station adventure. The cousins are caught between a terrible ruler and a nation bound for slavery. To help their new friend Tabitha, the cousins must seek out a great secret—one that will give hope to her family and future generations. Their search takes them to an ancient burial vault and . . . a mummy! But the vault is a confusing maze, filled with traps and mysterious symbols. Will the cousins ever get out again to share a life-changing hope?

My Review:

Patrick and Beth push the red button in the Imagination Station and end up in ancient Egypt. The Hebrew people are entering into slavery. The cousins make friends with the child Prince and his friend Tabitha. She is Hebrew and the Prince cannot protect her and her family anymore. Patrick and Beth feel the need to provide hope for the Hebrews. Once they say God's message the Imagination Station picked them up and returned them to home, Whit's End. This adventure had action and a good message. Recommended.

Battle for Cannibal Island by Marianne Hering, Wayne Thomas Batson (Review)




  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Series: AIO Imagination Station Books (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Focus on the Family (October 1, 2012)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589976740

 It’s 1852 and cousins Patrick and Beth sail to Fiji on the HMS Calliope under the command of Captain James E. Home. They arrive at the islands to find that the Christian Fijians are at war with the non-Christian Fijians. Missionary James Calvert is trying to make peace and suggests that the captain allow peace negotiations on board the British vessel. Patrick and Beth learn about sacrificial living when they observe Calvert’s determination to live on Fiji despite the dangers and impoverished conditions and that he is willing to risk his life to live as Jesus would.

My Review:

 This is another action packed adventure for Patrick and Beth. The imagination station takes them to a ship that is battling cannibals. Missionary James Calvert makes an appearance. There are several twists and turns in the book. Patrick and Beth learn what it is to have sacrificial love and live for God. Recommended.

Showdown with the Shepherd Marianne Hering, Brock Eastman (Review)




  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Series: AIO Imagination Station Books (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Focus on the Family (July 6, 2011)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589976313


The key to adventure lies within your imagination! Cousins Patrick and Beth go to the Holy Land in the tenth century BC. Their goal is to get back the ring Hugh stole and return him to 1450s England where he belongs. But troubles await them as soon as they step out of the Imagination Station. First they meet an angry bear and later an angry giant. Set against the backdrop of the David and Goliath story, the cousins learn that having a giant faith is more important than having a giant on your side.

My Review:
This was another good book in the Imagination Station series. Patrick and Beth are two children who live in the town of Whit's End. They visit an ice cream shop and the owner is an inventor. He lets the children use the imagination station machine to go on travels. It is always a lesson. This particular book the children are thrown into the story of David and Goliath. There is action, adventure, and a good story. Christian boys especially would like this one.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Challenge on the Hill of Fire Marianne Hering, Nancy I. Sanders (Review)







  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Series: AIO Imagination Station Books (Book 10)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Focus on the Family (December 20, 2012)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589976948


Kidnapped by Celtic Druids in 433, Patrick and Beth are headed to certain death when followers of a former Irish Slave (Saint Patrick, called Patritius in this book) save them. The cousins find themselves in the midst of a power struggle between Ireland’s King Logaire, Patritius, and the leader of the Druids, Lochru. A spiritual showdown begins on the Hill of Slane when Patritius builds a fire, challenging the King’s authority. Will Patritius prove to the king that the God of the Bible is the true God? Or will the king take sides with the Druids? The Emerald Isle holds many tales and legends, but this story of truth and standing strong for God is not one to be missed.


My Review:

I thought this was a good historical action adventure kids book with a spiritual twist. It is part of the Imagination Station series but this book stands alone plot wise. The focus of this book is the story of St. Patrick. Patrick and Beth are two children that live in Whit's End and take trips in the Imagination Station. There is always a lesson they learn in these books. Children will need help reading them. I actually enjoy reading this series. They are engaging and have good characters and plot. Recommended mainly for Christian families. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Death Trap by Sigmund Brouwer (Review)






  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (January 23, 2009)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414323091



Set in an experimental community on Mars in the year 2039, The Robot Wars series features 14-year-old virtual reality specialist Tyce Sanders. Life on the red planet is not always easy, but it is definitely exciting. Tyce finds that the mysteries of the planet point to his greatest discovery—a new relationship with God. He talks about his growing faith and curiosity in a manner that kids can relate to as they are probably wondering some of the same things. Each book contains two exciting adventures. In the first adventure, the Mars project is in trouble and only Tyce holds the key. In the second adventure, Tyce has discovered there may be killer aliens on the loose.

Robot Wars is a repackaged and updated version of Mars Diaries. There are now five books in the series; each book contains two stories. These new books contain a foreword about how far science has brought us.

 My Review:

I really enjoyed reading this young teen Christian sci fi book. It was previously published as the Mars Diaries. Tyce is a loveable hero. He is in a wheelchair living on Mars. He has been told it is from complications at birth but he makes the best of it. There are no other kids his age at the experiment so he befriends the Doctor who helps him with virtual reality training. His mom is a scientist and his Dad a space shuttle pilot. He does not really feel connected to him because hes only on Mars every three years. There are two adventures in this book. They are both good and keep you turning pages to find out what happens. I think young boys would really like this series. It has action, good characters, and a good message. Recommended.






Whether writing youth or adult fiction, Sigmund Brouwer is a best-selling author of more than 40 fast-paced novels. He loves going to schools to get kids excited about reading, reaching roughly 80,000 students a year through his Rock&Roll Literacy Show.

Sigmund is married to songwriter recording artist Cindy Morgan. The couple and their two young daughters divide their time between Red Deer, Alberta and Nashville, Tennessee. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Princess Stories by Carolyn Larsen (Review)






  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Kids (December 30, 2011)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414348117


Princess Stories is the big sister to popular board book My Princess Bible. Princess Stories, appropriate for girls ages 4 to 8, is a collection of first-person narrative stories about 29 women in the Bible—and the 30th story is about the reader, who is God's princess too.

In each four-page story, the reader gets a rhyming verse about the princess (addressed to “Mirror, mirror on the wall”), a first-person story of the featured Bible woman and the special quality her life reflects, a Bible verse from another passage of Scripture that summarizes/relates to the character trait, and Princess Ponderings—questions that help girls and their parents discuss the stories and relate the lessons to life.

Through this book, girls will learn more in-depth stories of women of the Bible and how to apply Scripture to their own lives.

My Review:

I thought this was a good children's book. An adult will need to read it to them. It is wordy instead of pictures. It would have been better with more accurate illustrations. Instead of Disney Princesses this book focuses on women found in the bible and makes them into princesses.. It is really cute. I do not have children so I read it myself. 


Carolyn Larsen has written more than 40 books for children and adults. She is best known as the author of the Little Girls Bible Storybook line of products, which have collectively sold more than one million units. In addition, Carolyn is a speaker who has taught and spoken extensively in the United States and overseas. She is the cofounder of the performing group Flashpoints, which is comprised of five women who share a God-ignited passion to encourage women and girls to know God better through drama, creative movement, signing, and humor. Carolyn is the mother of three and lives with her husband in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Think 4:8 by Tommy Newbury and Lyn Smith (Review)







  • Age Range: 12 - 16 years
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 3, 2013)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414387161



 Focus on the Good Stuff!

Your mind is a powerful tool. What you choose to think about and focus on today can impact the rest of your life.

So take forty days to get your thoughts rolling in the right direction—to help you reach your goals and live the successful, purposeful life God has planned just for you. When you follow this forty-day game plan, you will start erasing weak, unhelpful thoughts and replacing them with strong, productive thoughts.




 My Review:

The basic premise of this book is taken from Philippians 4:8 bible verse."Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." This version was written specially with teens in mind. The content material is good. There are 40 devotionals. Each devotional has several parts. Work it, think this/not that, talk it, stick it thought of the day, and pray it. The topics include free will, creation, purity, compassion, goal setting, imagination, self discipline, and thankfulness. The only thing I did not like about the book is the print was a little small and the size of the book itself is not full size. It is pocket size which teens might like. This would be a good book for the age range. Recommended.






Tommy Newberry is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and head coach of The 1% Club, Inc. an organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and their families maximize their full potential. As a pioneer in the life-coaching field since 1991, Tommy has equipped business leaders in more than thirty industries to work less, earn more, and enjoy greater satisfaction with the right accomplishments.

He is the author of several books, including the #3 New York Times bestseller, "The 4:8 Principle" and the motivational classic, "Success is Not an Accident" both translated into seven languages. His other titles include "366 Days of Wisdom & Inspiration," and numerous audio programs, such as Success Is Not an Accident: Secrets of the Top 1%, Make Your Life A Masterpiece, The Joy of Success, and Living the Strong Life.

So Long, Insecurity Teen Edition by Beth Moore (Review)






  • Age Range: 12 - 16 years
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (July 22, 2013)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414380438



So Long, Insecurity, Teen Edition is a teen version of the New York Times bestselling adult book, So Long, Insecurity by Beth Moore.

This magazine-style book mixes words of wisdom from Moore with pictures, quizzes, surveys, scripture, and more to help girls ages 12-16 live based on God’s truth about them as opposed to the world’s false messages.

Features in each chapter include: Q & A with Beth (taken from adult book but written to appeal to a younger audience), Sweet Notes (scriptures that pertain to the chapter’s subject), Your Stats (a survey/poll of what girls think regarding the subject), Interviews with real girls (and a few teen spokespeople), a quiz to help girls gauge where they are, Bible characters with similar issues, and a wrap-up section for discussion with a friend or in a group.

Girls will have fun reading about boys, fashion, the media, gifts and skills, competing with other girls, and how they can live as secure girls despite the distractions from the world.

 My Review:

I thought this was an interesting magazine style book. It is recommended for girls 12-16 but I think the content is not deep enough for older girls. I like the different sections within the book. It is not text based page after page like a book. It is broken up with different features like interviews, quizzes, fun facts, scripture, and pictures. Some of the pictures contradict the message of modesty though. Their are a lot of pictures of girls in the magazine and not all of them reflect the message of Beth Moore. The clothes are not modest and push the edge on some not all. If you are a super conservative Christian this is not the book for you. It definitely takes away from the book. Otherwise the message is good and I think girls will like it.




 Beth Moore has written many best-selling books and is a dynamic teacher and a prolific Bible-study author whose public speaking engagements take her across the United States to challenge tens of thousands. Beth is focused on teaching women all over the world and is known and respected wherever she goes. She is a dedicated wife and mother of two adult daughters and lives in Houston, Texas, where she leads Living Proof Ministries and teaches an adult Sunday school class at her church.

Marvelous by Travis Thrasher (Review)






  • Series: The Books of Marvella (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: TH1NK (May 6, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612916231

Brandon Jeffery’s summer started out with a bang—as in, a friend crashed his car and now he has to work two jobs to pay it off. It’s at Fascination Street Records that he’s introduced to a beautiful but quiet girl named Marvel. She’s new to Hidden Cove and looking for a summer job, so Brandon secretly strikes a deal with their boss to work for free so she can be hired.

When a classmate is found murdered, however, their summer takes a turn for the mysterious. Brandon’s friend Devon is sure he knows just who’s to blame: the creepy recluse of the town quarry. But the police have few leads, and Brandon has the sneaking suspicion he’s being watched.

That’s not what’s in the forefront of on his mind, though. More than trying to pay off his car to his unemployed, alcoholic father and protecting Seth Belcher from the school bullies, he’s determined to date Marvel. He doesn’t understand why they seem so close and she refuses to date him, but as the mystery behind her tragic past begins to unravel, Marvel finally confesses her reason: God has revealed she’s destined to die saving others—and it’s going to be soon.

 My Review:

This was a different but good book. The characters and plot are interesting and unique. It captured my attention from the beginning. It is a fast easy read but definitely touching too. Brandon has a rough home life and Marvel is not much better. Brandon's dad is a drunk and takes it out his frustration on him without his mom knowing. Marvel lives with her aunt and creepy uncle. We learn more about her story throughout the book. There is a supernatural feel to the book. It is very atmospheric and suspenseful. I loved both Brandon and Marvel's characters. There are some good supporting characters in the form of Brandon's friends and employer. The ending was not satisfying at all. This is the first book in a series but it feels like the book just stopped. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. Recommended.





 Critically acclaimed author Travis Thrasher has made a career out of defying expectations. He's written over twenty-five books that have crossed the spectrum between love stories and supernatural thrillers. His variety of inspirational stories have included collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, and pastors. He's also helped write memoirs and self-help books. He lives with his wife and three daughters in a suburb of Chicago.

For more information on Travis, visit www.travisthrasher.com

Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wish by Jake Smith (Review)







  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (April 18, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414391540



James McConnell’s one wish is that his nine-year-old son will finally be healthy enough to play a game of catch. Then he and his wife, Emily, receive news they’ve dreaded: Aaron’s cancer has relapsed.

As the family steels themselves for a draining treatment regimen in yet another hospital, Aaron receives the gift of a lifetime—a personal visit from one of his favorite professional baseball players—and the chance to make a bold request, his wish: to see his dad play in one major league game.

A former college standout, James fears he doesn’t have the talent it takes, even for one game, and that he’ll miss what could be Aaron’s precious last weeks. Yet how can he refuse his dying son’s wish?

Poignant and triumphant, Wish is the story of a father’s love, a family’s perseverance, and the miracles that can happen when you believe in the impossible.

 My Review:

This was a touching contemporary fiction story. The McConnell family has faced their son Aaron's cancer down before. When it comes back they are devastated. James used to be a baseball player and now he is a coach. Aaron has never been able to play but keeps up the stats and his favorite team the Tigers. While Aaron is in the hospital receiving treatment one of his favorite baseball players comes to visit. Aaron whispers a wish in his ear that no one hears. He wants his father to be able to play professional ball again. His wish comes true when he is allowed to play for a few weeks. The catch his has to prove himself in the training sections before he can play with the Tigers. I like how the book does not make everything go perfect. The characters and plot were well developed. The ending left me chewing my nails and staying up late to finish. Recommended to fans of contemporary books with a baseball theme.




 Jake Smith is the editor of three national, award-winning bimonthly magazines. He has also written several outdoor and dog-training books and published more than 150 articles in national outdoor magazines. A former assistant high school baseball coach and All-State high school shortstop, Jake now spends his time on the field helping coach his kids' youth baseball teams. While researching Wish, Jake talked with current and former Major League Baseball players, children's hospital administrators, pediatric oncologists, and families who fought against childhood leukemia and other illnesses. Their expertise, along with tours of C. S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and "behind the scenes" of Comerica Park (home of the Detroit Tigers) and Fifth Third Ballpark (home of the West Michigan Whitecaps), provided the basis for Wish. Jake hopes this novel will help support children's hospitals, patient and family foundations, and participation in the National Marrow Donor Program's bone marrow registry (www.bethematch.org). Jake holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in wildlife sciences and management and lives in Traverse City, Michigan, with his wife, Vickie, their three children, and their Labrador retriever. Visit him online at www.jakesmithbooks.com.

When I Fall In Love by Susan May Warren (Review)





  • Series: Christiansen Family
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (July 1, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414378435


Hawaii was the last place Grace Christiansen ever imagined she’d vacation, much less fall in love. But when her family surprises her with a cooking retreat in paradise, she is pulled—or maybe yanked—away from her predictable, safe life and thrown headfirst into the adventure of a lifetime.

Max Sharpe may make his living on the ice as a pro hockey player, but he feels most at home in the kitchen. Which is why he lives for the three-week culinary vacation he takes each year in Hawaii. Upon being paired with Grace for a cooking competition, Max finds himself drawn to her passion, confidence, and perseverance. But just when Grace dares to dream of a future beyond her hometown, Max pulls away.

Wrestling with personal demons, Max fights against opening his heart to a love he knows he should never hope for. And as his secrets unfold, Grace is torn between the safe path in front of her and what her heart truly desires. If love means sacrificing her ideal happily ever after, Grace’s faith will face its toughest test yet.


 My Review: 
 
I loved this book. This is the third book in the Christiansen Family series. The characters are the same but the main focus in this story is Grace Christiansen. Grace is a great character I can identify with on being scared and letting it prevent you from growth. Max Sharpe played hockey with her brother Owen but Grace never really knew him until her family surprises her with a trip to Hawaii for a cooking vacation. Max and Grace both love to cook. Some of the family asks him to look after her but he is hesitant because it is his only chance to relax and chill. He is not looking for love or a relationship due to other reasons too. They meet up and sparks fly. The plot and characters are unique, interesting, and well written. It held my attention from the beginning. The conclusion is satisfying and sets up the next book. I have fallen in love with this series. I can't wait for the next book in the series.It is a great Christian contemporary romance series. Highly Recommended.




 About the author:
Growing up in Minneapolis and attending the U of MN, I learned to love city life, although I'm a woodsy girl at heart. Or maybe I'm an adventurer -- having lived and traveled all over the world, including Siberia Russia as a missionary for eight years. Probably that's why my characters can't sit still, and seem to get into one scrape after another -- they're too much like me! I love God, my family, my country, my church, and feel privileged every day to be able to write stories, that I hope inspire and entertain!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

30 Days to a More Beautiful You by Kylie Biscutti (Review)







  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (April 18, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414397191

Despite what the world leads us to believe, true beauty has nothing to do with outward appearances. The more we focus on what we look like on the outside, the more insecure we become.

Fortunately, God doesn’t measure our worth by how we look. We have value simply because we are His children. The more we focus on getting our hearts right with the Lord and honoring Him, the more secure and confident we will become—and the more we will exude true beauty.

In 30 Days to a More Beautiful You, former Victoria’s Secret Runway Angel Kylie Bisutti gives a complete inner-beauty makeover with succinct devotional readings designed to transform your heart, body, mind, and soul and put you on the path to becoming a happier, healthier, more beautiful you.

The perfect gift for every young woman, this devotional will forever change the way you define the word beautiful.

 My Review:

 This is a simple easy to understand devotional. It is geared toward pre teens and teens. I like how the focus is on true beauty. The point is made that true beauty is not on the outside but inside. I agree fully.  Each devotion is made of a small story from her then a couple questions to ponder and ties up with true beauty tip. One of the tips include Live to please God, not people. She addresses topics like insecurity, modesty, and living a faith filled life. Recommended.

I'm No Angel by Kylie Bisutti (Review)





  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (April 18, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414391892

In December 2011, 21-year-old Victoria’s Secret Runway Angel Kylie Bisutti stunned the fashion industry when she chose faith over fame and fortune and made the switch from supermodel to role model.

In I’m No Angel, Kylie shares her story—from her early years as she struggled to make it big in the cutthroat world of modeling, to her “big break” winning the Victoria’s Secret Runway Angel competition, to the disillusionment and spiritual warfare that followed. After finally realizing that she could no longer reconcile her career with her Christian beliefs, she surrendered her life to God and dedicated her life to preaching a message of modesty and inner beauty.

Along the way, Kylie talks about her personal struggles with inadequacy, low self-esteem, and her near-constant quest for approval in a world where you can never be thin enough, pretty enough, or sexy enough. She helps readers understand that true beauty lies within and that real fulfillment comes from knowing, loving, and serving Christ.

My Review:

This was an interesting memoir. It was well written and easy to read. It held my attention from beginning to end. Kylie gives us a behind the scenes look at the modeling industry from childhood to grown up. It was nothing that shocked me but parts of it were still sad. Kylie was born into a blue collar loving home. She started modeling at 14. She became a Christian when she was a freshman in high school. She tells of her struggle to hold her values while climbing the modeling ladder. In the end when she reached the top she could not justify it to herself or God anymore. She knew her actions were not honoring Him or her new husband. She left that world and wants to spread the message of self acceptance and modesty and her faith in God. Recommended.






Kylie Bisutti was just nineteen years old when she beat out more than ten thousand other contestants to win the coveted title of Victoria’s Secret Runway Angel as part of a nationally televised competition that captivated the attention of millions of viewers across the country and around the world.

Shortly thereafter, Kylie shocked both fans and critics when she made the controversial decision to walk away from her high-profile, multimillion- dollar career because she couldn’t reconcile modeling lingerie with her Christian beliefs.

Now retired from modeling, Kylie has become a sought-after speaker, sharing her message on the importance of modesty and helping young women understand that true beauty comes from within. Her firsthand accounts of the harsh realities of the modeling industry and the truth behind the images the media presents as “feminine perfection” have captivated audiences the world over and have the power to forever change the way women view the media, the modeling industry, and themselves.

Kylie lives in northern Montana with her husband, Mike.

Yankee in Atlanta by Jocelyn Green

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Yankee in Atlanta
River North(June 1, 2014)
by
Jocelyn Green


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jocelyn Green is a child of God, wife and mom living in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is also an award-winning journalist, author, editor and blogger. Though she has written nonfiction on a variety of topics, her name is most widely recognized for her ministry to military wives: Faith Deployed. Her passion for the military family was fueled by her own experience as a military wife, and by the dozens of interviews she has conducted with members of the military for her articles and books, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and its sequel, Faith Deployed...Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives. She is also co-author of both Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front (forthcoming, May 2012). Her Faith Deployed Web site and Facebook page continue to provide ongoing support, encouragement and resources for military wives worldwide.

ABOUT THE BOOK

When soldier Caitlin McKae woke up in Atlanta after being wounded in battle, the Georgian doctor who treated her believed Caitlin's only secret was that she had been fighting for the Confederacy disguised as a man. In order to avoid arrest or worse, Caitlin hides her true identity and makes a new life for herself in Atlanta. Trained as a teacher, she accepts a job as a governess to the daughter of Noah Becker, a German immigrant lawyer, who is about to enlist with the Rebel army. Then in the spring of 1864, Sherman's troops edge closer to Atlanta. Caitlin tries to escape north with the girl, but is arrested on charges of being a spy. Will honor dictate that Caitlin follow the rules, or love demand that she break them?

Id you would like to read the first chapter of Yankee in Atlanta, go HERE.

Friday, June 13, 2014

All for a Story by Allison Pittman (Review)


  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (October 1, 2013)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414366814

Monica Bisbaine loves being a modern girl in the Roaring Twenties. Her job writing a gossip column allows her access to all the local speakeasys in Washington, D.C., where she can dance the night away—and find fodder for her next article. But when the owner of the Capitol Chatter newspaper passes away, Monica wonders what will happen to her job, and the lifestyle she loves.

Max Moore may hold the title of editor-in-chief for evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson’s paper, The Bridal Call, but Aimee calls all the shots. So when Max learns that his great-uncle has passed away, leaving him all his earthly possessions, Max resigns and heads to D.C. Determined to take over the Capitol Chatter, infuse it with his values, and turn it into a respectable paper, Max is soon bumping up against the equally determined Monica Bisbane.

Under Max’s direction, Monica embarks on her most challenging assignment yet: infiltrating and reporting on the Anti-Flirt Society. Though reluctant at first, as Monica meets and mingles with the young women of the club, she begins to question the innocence of her flirtatious lifestyle. And when romance begins to blossom between Max and Monica, she must choose where her loyalties lie: with the young women of the society or the alluring pull of the speakeasy and its inhabitants.

 My Review:

I thought this book had more potential. It just did not work for me. Monica is not really likeable and seems more like a current day loose party girl. Way too much time is spent on the bad parts of her life like drinking and sleeping around. Max never really engaged me either. The best part literally was the last fifty pages. The secondary characters were interesting and the plot picked up.The actual ending could have been better written. It is set in the roaring twenties which is interesting. It did not have a Christian fiction feel to it though. It was almost not present at all even subtle. This is not my favorite book by this author but I will read the next one All for a Sister.



 About the author:

As far as I know, I have always been a writer. Before I could put words to page, I would dictate stories to my mother. I have always lulled myself to sleep by crafting stories--a new chapter each night. When God called me to write, I was thrilled to answer His prompting. And so it was, after a long conversation with my husband, I left a 20-year teaching career to pursue a new direction. It called for a HUGE step of faith, but God has kept me and our family safe.

I count every single one of my readers as one of God's blessings in my life, and I like to think of my stories as being the first step in a conversation. Please visit my website, www.allisonpittman.com and send me an email. It is one of my greatest joys to hear from you! 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Season of Change by Lynette Sowell (Review)


  • Series: Seasons in Pinecraft
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (May 20, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426753558


Amish widower Jacob Miller believes it was a mistake to visit the Amish village of Pinecraft for winter vacation, especially after his daughter is struck by a car. Stranded in Sarasota until his daughter recovers, Jacob grows increasingly wary of events that unfold in his unfamiliar surroundings—including the strange curiosity of Englischer Natalie Bennett.

Natalie never thought her circus career as an aerial silks artist would end with a blown-out knee at the age of 25. She also never knew her late mother had a secret—that she was once Amish.


When Natalie meets the Millers at the Sarasota hospital, she is attracted to their warm hospitality and simple ways—and soon wonders if they can help her find her mother’s family. As Jacob and Natalie fall in love, their worlds collide. Will their differences tear them apart? Or will their love be strong enough to blend their clashing cultures?


 My Review:

I enjoyed reading this first book in the Seasons of Pinecraft series. It was a good Amish book set in a real town called Pinecraft. It's mostly where Amish/Mennonite go to vacation in Florida and the rules are looser. A few families live there year round. The plot and characters are well developed and interesting. Natalie and Jacob meet when his daughter ends up in hospital after an accident while they are on vacation. She is Bubbles the clown. They hit it off from the start and his children adore her.  The biggest issue is him being Amish and her English. The author does a good job pointing out the differences between being Amish and Christianity. Both of them have issues they are working through. He is a widower not sure if he is ready to move forward. She lost her mother and her father lives across the country with his new family. She discovers after her mother's death that she was raised Amish and wants to know all the details. She wants to find family since she basically has none and is all alone. This was a good Amish love story with depth. Because of the setting and atmosphere in the book it is a perfect book for summer too. Highly Recommended.






 Lynette Sowell is the Carol Award-winning and ECPA best-selling author of more than 15 titles, including A Season of Change and Tempest’s Course. When Lynette is not writing, she works as a medical editor and part-time newspaper reporter. She makes her home in Copperas Cove on the doorstep of the Texas hill country. Visit her online at LynetteSowell.blogspot.com

Review copy provided by Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate (Review)




  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (August 16, 2013)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414386881


When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola's rambling Victorian house.

Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola's walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola's youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper--the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything.

 My Review:

I thought this was a well developed character driven book. The author has a way with words that makes you feel like you are really there. Tandi lives a rough life. She has two kids one younger and one teenager. She has not really been there for them for years due to a drug addiction and bad relationship. She escapes and they end up on Hatteras Island where her Grandparents used to live and she had happier times in her life. She still somewhat neglects her children in the beginning and has a relationship with Ross who is not good for them. It takes awhile for her to come to her senses and start building better relationships with them. I loved how her character evolved. I did not like her at all for at least the first half of the book. The plot also focused on Iola Poole mostly after she passes away and Tandi is in charge of cleaning her house. She finds boxes that are prayer boxes from decades of Iola's life. She starts reading them and it changes her life literally. I definitely liked the latter half of the book the best. There is more but I won't spoil the plot. This was a good contemporary Christian book perfect summer read.  Recommended.




 Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and the author of over twenty mainstream fiction novels, including the national bestseller, Tending Roses, now in its nineteenth printing. She is a seven-time ACFW Carol award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a two-time Carol Award winner. Her novels are known for taking on gritty subjects while offering redemptive and uplifting themes. Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with Bill Ford, Camille Cosby, and six others, as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. More information about Lisa's novels can be found at www.Lisawingate.com or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/LisaWingateAuthorPage?fref=ts

Review copy provided by Tyndale in exchange for an honest review. 

I'm Nobody by Alex Marestaing (Review)


  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 04 - 07
  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Mymilou Press (December 10, 2013)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615931630

Emily meets Caleb, Caleb meets Iris, and a gray world turns Technicolor - Agoraphobic Caleb Reed is about to step outside for the first time in seven years, meet indie filmmaker Iris Elliott…and definitely not fall in love. It’s all because of the notes, the weird and wonderful notes he keeps finding on his front porch, notes signed by someone claiming to be long dead poet Emily Dickinson. Caleb’s parents think he’s losing his mind, but he knows they’re wrong. Something’s going on outside – something strange, something terrifying …something beautiful.

My Review:

This book was interesting but a little weird. It is definitely different than anything I normally read. The target audience is children ages 9-12. I think the upper end of it would be appropriate due to content. The characters are well developed and the plot kept my attention beginning to end. I could feel the emotions of the characters. Some issues addressed in the book include mental illness, death, and family dysfunction. It does not leave you light and happy but the end fits the book. I hope there is a second book so readers can see what happens to Caleb. Iris was a great character and I loved her she embraces her interests even while her mom is pressing her to be part of the it crowd. Recommended with caution. Parents might want to read it first.



Alex Marestaing has worked on creative writing projects for The Walt Disney Company, Lego, Thomas Nelson (Harper Collins), and The Los Angeles Times. In addition, he’s written freelance for various faith-based publications. He loves soccer and has covered the game in Europe and the U.S. for Sports Spectrum Magazine and Yanks Abroad.

Review copy provided by Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

The Lawman's Oklahoma Sweetheart by Allie Pleiter

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Lawman's Oklahoma Sweetheart
Love Inspired (June 3, 2014)
by
Allie Pleiter


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and nonfiction. An avid knitter, harp player and non-reformed chocoholic, she spends her days writing books, doing laundry, running carpools and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie grew up in Connecticut, holds a BS in speech from Northwestern University and currently lives in suburban Chicago, Illinois. The "dare from a friend" to begin writing eight years ago has blossomed into a career that includes numerous public speaking engagements, two books on parenting; Becoming a Chief Home Officer and Facing Every Mom's Fears and now novels for Steeple Hill Books. She is the mother of two children and, most recently, a Havanese dog named Bella.


ABOUT THE BOOK


When Katrine Brinkerhoff's cabin is attacked, only sheriff Clint Thornton's heroism saves her. She owes Clint her life—and her help catching the men responsible. All she has to do is trust in Clint's plan to protect her family. But she can't let herself care too deeply, not when her past carries secrets that would drive him away.

Infiltrating the murderous gang is a dirty job, yet Clint is determined to see it through. The brigands will face justice—and they will never harm Katrine again. Clint would give his life to keep the beautiful settler safe…but will he be willing to risk his heart?

Bridegroom Brothers: True love awaits three siblings in the Oklahoma Land Rush

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Lawman's Oklahoma Sweetheart, go HERE.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins (Review)







  • Series: Left Behind (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Reprint edition (March 16, 2011)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414334905



An airborne Boeing 747 is headed to London when, without any warning, passengers mysteriously disappear from their seats. Terror and chaos slowly spread not only through the plane but also worldwide as unusual events continue to unfold. For those who have been left behind, the apocalypse has just begun.

A repackage of the New York Times best-selling novel Left Behind.

My Review:


I thought this book engaging and interesting. It held my attention from the beginning. The subject of the end times and what might happen is very popular. One of the theories is that the rapture happens before Jesus comes back. In this book the rapture happens and people are just gone. The ones left behind are trying to figure out what happened. Some realize and know it. Some are Christians that think they are okay but are not. The book felt realistic on how things would be in the world in the aftermath of a major event. I read it as fiction not a guide on the end times. I thought it was an overall good read.  My Uncle has read the entire series and loved them. Recommended especially to fans of this genre.


Visible Threat by Janice Cantore (Review)



  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (March 21, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414375540

 Officer Brinna Caruso wants perfection—perfect justice and a perfect world. She wants to save and protect all the innocents in the world, no matter the cost.

Orphaned and struggling to get by, Ivana and her sister left Bulgaria for America with dreams of a better life. But since they arrived in Long Beach, everything they were promised has turned out to be a lie.

After a dead girl is found in the river with a mysterious tattoo on her hip, homicide detective Jack O’Reilly asks for Brinna’s help. Unaware of the depths of evil that will be uncovered, Brinna finds herself flung into a dangerous frontier—an organized human trafficking ring.


 My Review:
This was a great book in the Brinna Caruso series. I do recommend reading the first if you want the background on the characters themselves. The plot mysteries are different. The plot and characters were well written and interesting. It tackled the serious subject of human trafficking. Officer Brinna takes her job seriously and sometimes goes outside the lines a little which can lead to trouble to those who do not understand. She knows detective Jack O'Reilly from when he was put on the beat for a few weeks. They like each other but nothing is definite. Ivana and her sister Villie come from Bulgaria for a better life but end up prostitutes in a human trafficking ring. When one of the girls is found dead in the river Jack is put on the case. He calls in Brinna for help. The plot had plenty of twists and turns and the ending fit the book. The book reads like it is real probably due to the author having been a cop. Fans of Dee Henderson and Irene Hannon would like this book. Recommended.




 A retired Long Beach California police officer of 22 years (16 in uniform and 6 as a non-career officer), Janice Cantore worked a variety of assignments, patrol, administration, juvenile investigations and training. During the course of her career in uniform Janice found that faith was indispensable to every aspect of the job and published articles on faith at work, one for a quarterly newspaper called "Cop and Christ", and another for the monthly magazine "Today's Christian Woman".

With retirement Janice began to write longer pieces and several novels were born. Janice is excited and honored to now be a part of the Tyndale Publishing House family. Accused, the first installment in her new suspense offering, The Pacific Coast Justice Series, was released February 1, 2012 and kicked off a brand new chapter in her writing career. In addition to suspense and action, her books feature strong female leads. Janice writes suspense novels designed to keep you engrossed and leave you inspired.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers (Review)


  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (April 22, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414368184


To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she’s paid to finally feel like she’s somebody.

To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven. Zeke and his son, Joshua—Abra’s closest friend—watch her grow into an exotic beauty. But Zeke knows the circumstances surrounding her birth etched scars deep in her heart, scars that leave her vulnerable to a fast-talking bad boy who proclaims his love and lures her to Tinseltown. Hollywood feels like a million miles from Haven, and naive Abra quickly learns what’s expected of an ambitious girl with stars in her eyes. But fame comes at an awful price. She has burned every bridge to get exactly what she thought she wanted. Now, all she wants is a way back home.

My Review:
I have mixed feelings about this book. It has a good message about redemption and forgiveness. The plot and characters are interesting. But there are several scenes that were too s*xually graphic for me especially considering this is a Christian fiction book. I understand the why behind it. I was emotionally captured by the book and my heart hurt for Abra/Lena. Abra goes through some serious abuse before she heads home. It did not feel like enough years went by before the end. I think I was expecting more of a saga. Recommended to fans of this genre.





Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Haunted Waters by Jerry Jenkins and Chris Fabry (Review)






  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Kids (April 25, 2005)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414301402


Watch out! The Timberline twins are on the loose. Bryce and Ashley are ATV-riding tweens from Colorado who unearth action-packed mystery and adventure wherever they go. From clearing the name of a local miscreant to thwarting a gold-stealing heist, the twins' growing faith and the strong example of their parents guide them through even the most life-threatening situations. With the trademark page-turner style used by Jerry Jenkins and Chris Fabry in the Left Behind: The Kids series, these fast-paced books will keep even reluctant readers on the edge of their seats. Readers will definitely get hooked by the unbelievable cliff-hanger at the end of book one, Haunted Waters. Perfect for ages 8-12.

 My Review:

I read these with my girl cousin. She really enjoyed the series until she outgrew them. I thought the plots were interesting too. The faith element is worked in nicely. There is mystery, faith, family, and adventure. Younger children might need help reading them. The ending could be frustrating if you do not have book two handy. It is a series worth investing a few books in if your children like these kinds of books.




Jerry B. Jenkins, former Vice President for Publishing and currently Writer-at-Large for the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, is the author of more than 150 books, including the best-selling Left Behind series. Sixteen of his books have reached the New York Times best-seller list (seven in the number one spot) and have also appeared on the USA Today, Publisher's Weekly and Wall Street Journal best-seller lists. 
 
Chris Fabry has written more than 50 books for adults and children, including the Red Rock Mysteries series with Jerry B. Jenkins and the Left Behind: The Kids series with Jerry B. Jenkins and Dr. Tim LaHaye.



Blind Trust by Sandra Orchard (Review)


  • Series: Port Aster Secrets (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (June 17, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800722234


Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money, and she can't believe that it came from her sweet neighbor. Or that it lands her in the middle of another one of Detective Tom Parker's investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor's innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue that is far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation--and strikes too close to home for comfort. As family secrets come to light, her world--and her budding romance with Tom--begin to crumble. To Kate, it's clear that she won't be safe until she uncovers all of Port Aster's secrets. But is it too late for her and Tom?

Award-winning author Sandra Orchard draws readers into a world of rogues, red herrings, and romance as she unfolds the continuing story of amateur sleuth Kate Adams.

My Review:

I enjoyed reading this second book in the Port Aster Secrets series. They do need to be read in order because there are plot details in book two referencing book one. I was happy to read more of Kate and Tom's story. There are good supporting characters too like Tom's father and Kate's elderly next door neighbor. The plot and characters are well developed and interesting. The sparks are still flying between Tom and Kate. The mystery is solid and I look forward to book three and seeing how everything comes together. Overall a good Christian romantic suspense/mystery book. Recommended.





Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of several inspirational romantic suspense/mysteries, including Deadly Devotion and Blind Trust. Her Love Inspired Suspense titles have garnered two Canadian Christian Writing Awards and a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award. Sandra has also received a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. In addition to her busy writing schedule, Sandra enjoys speaking at events and teaching writing workshops. She lives in Ontario, Canada. Learn more about Sandra's books and check out the special bonus features, such as deleted scenes and location pics, at http://sandraorchard.com

Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Chasing Dream by Dandi Daley Mackall (Review)





  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Series: Backyard Horses (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 17, 2012)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414339184


Feisty fourth-grader Ellie feels the need to prove to the world that her Backyard Horse (Dream) is worthy of attention. Ellie arranges a race to show off her dream. But her world is shaken when her horse gets sick and she is forced to realize that she could very well lose her Dream.

My Review:

I thought this was a good book for the age range. Children into horses would definitely enjoy this series. This is book three but can stand alone. Ellie learns the lesson that winning is not the most important thing when Dream loses the race she started and then gets sick. This was a sweet semi coming of age story. Ellie is a good heroine and I liked the other characters too. Recommended.  





A professional writer for over 20 years, Dandi Daley Mackall has written dozens of articles for popular magazines and published around 400 books for children and adults alike, with sales of over 4 million. A frequent guest on radio and television talk shows, she lives in rural Ohio with her husband, three children, horses, dogs, & cats.