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Book Review: Mattie Pledge

Mattie's Pledge: A Novel (Journey to Pleasant Prairie) - Jan Drexler

When I read this it about Mattie and her family getting ready to journey west. We follow Mattie and her family. Not all are going West for more land and affordable prices. We learn that another family is going to join them to go west.

Mattie has her dreams of see the Western horizon. Will she go and see the country or will she keep her pledge. Jacob see her and see Mattie after few years. It been a while. Is there love between Jacob and Maddie?

There are some surprises along the way. Will happen with Schrock family and will they be happy. Mattie got her dreams and Jacob has his. What will happen. This is the story of Mattie. Will she be tempted to follow as Englisher or will she keep her pledge?

 

Book Tour: The High Court by Chris LedBetter

The High Court - Chris Ledbetter

We are welcome back to MO Prep and it students right before the start of a new term. Zeus and his siblings and friend Metis are all visiting Crete. They are there to visit and get introduced to his adoptive family. I loved this book and story behind it.

Things get tense when they run into his former professors. There seem to be heated conversation with Zeus and Metis. We also find out who Metis parents are? Chris Ledbetter doe a wonderful job with his characters.

We seem to see the confrontation once again with Zeus and Titans students or at least some of them. What will happen at Othrys Hall? They seem to start their new term and find new member to join MO Prep. Once they do, they go about their day. Once in the afternoon they seem to get attacked by something of a Giants Creatures on their war game practice. What are they? Who sent them?

If you want to know how it starts, I would suggest reading “The Sky Throne” by Chris Ledbetter. This one continues it. If you want to know how Zeus ends up with his struggles with toxin that Zeus has and is deal with during this book. Read the first book which I mentioned above.

I also really think there something going on with how the professors of the lower and upper academy are treating the MO Prep students. I can not wait for the next installment of this story. I am left wondering what Kronos means and why he got sentence he got? There are surprises and secrets spilled. What happens to Hyperion? There are two trials that goes on.

Book Review: Sonya Sahni and the first Grade - Its International Day by Soma Mandal

Sonya Sahni and the first Grade - Its International Day - Tim Williams, Soma Mandal

The way America is today. You would not think that we may need a lesson in the Melting Pot. I have do think we do. Our children need to know that we are all different and we come from different cultures. Yes we are American but we also have what our parent are or from.

This book put this introspective though a child eyes. It about a girl that is Indian and American. She having a bit of trouble fitting with her classmates. The pictures do the telling. It really is done well. I can see this being good for children and their parents. Young readers can read this book as well.
 

The author does it well. She show what it like for a first American born by Indian Parents. This is really show the meaning of the melting pot when you read this book. The children show off their cultures on this project the teacher plans. It called It International Day.

Book Review: Mending Fences

Mending Fences - Suzanne Woods Fisher

I am sure if you have read Suzanne Woods Fishers book or a few you may have read a book about Luke Schrock in one of her books. Then you ran into Stoney Ridge community. I know I did. It nice to see Luke and see if he make it in the world.

He is mentioned in the “The Queting” in the Bishop series. This book is mostly about Luke and him making amends. Though we meet someone new named Issy? Luke seem to want to be friends with this girl that at windmill farm.

There seems to be a story behind Issy and we get her side and Luke's. Will Luke be able to help Issy? What is really behind Issy and her looking for her mother? I can say you will be surprised to find out how David and his family and Amos Lapp stories or past are connected. There seems to be mystery to Chris and Jenny Yoder.

We follow Luke on his journey though this book. I really think this is book about redemption and learning to trust god. Will Issy and Luke get together? We see Fern and Amos health and their lives and how they add other trouble children to stay with them.

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Book Review: The Fourth Courier With Giveaway

The Fourth Courier - Timothy Jay Smith

Are you a Crime Fan or even a dective Fan? Well you may be missing out on another amazing book. This book is called “The Fourth Courier” by Timothy Jay Smith. I enjoyed this book once I got into it.

 

The setting is set in Poland. You will learn a bit of the lifestyle. I never been dropped into Poland in a book setting or any historical fiction book. This author does this and I can see myself walking along the sidewalks.

 

The author does wonderful for his crime and detective of this book. It even got a thriller to it. I just love the way this book grabs you and take you for a ride. I am now wanting to learn more about Poland and it effects on it people and landscape.

 

Amazing and riving is my way to describe this book in all. Though I suggest children be at least aware that there a murders and a murder and some sex scenes in it. Nothing to bad but I would suggest children be at least the age of 14 and up. It up the parents to decide for there own children though.

 

We got a adventure with and FBI agent and an agent that in the embassy in Poland. Will they find the missing bomb and it Courier? Will they be able to stop and save Poland from an Atomic bomb or will be the end of their new world?

 

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Book Review: The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Quieting: A Novel (The Bishop's Family) - Suzanne Woods Fisher

This book seem like it got some genealogical research involved in it. This is what starts out with being to solve one client genealogical brick wall. We are meet with Abigail who is set on going to stony ridge to help her father. 

Those someone else as other plans. There seems to be a match maker that want to marry off young granddaughters and her son. Will it work? That is up in the air. Bishop seem to be doing moving slow but wants to make sure he doing it by god. 

There seems to be a church secret that seem like no one knows about. It seem to involve Dane Glick and his relatives. Does it involve David Stolzfus and the church. Is Abigail one connection during her genealogical research being able to solve one problem but cause another? There seem to be a Quieting inside the Stone Ridge church and the bishop? Will Abigail find love or will she leave stone ridge all together?

Review: Where Courage Calls

Where Courage Calls - Janette Oke, Laurel Oke Logan

Are you a fan of the When Calls The Heat series on Hallmark. Did you know what it based off of the books Jeannette Oke wrote? It may not be exactly the same but it based off it and I really do enjoy it.

I had not read her books I wanted to. I was able to do so with Where the Courage Calls. It about woman named Beth Thatcher. Her goal to being a teacher in a frontier town. Will she get her wish or will she be turned out.

She thrown into a mining community to teach the children. Will she make it will she not. The town see friendly and she try and help the town after a disaster. The book is really good. I am sorry it been a while since I read the book. I will want to read more of the author's book when I can get a chance.

Will she make friends in her new mining community? Will she find love? Beth seem to be tested and about her skills. Read to see how it ends up.

Book Tour: Trials and Trails

Trials and Trails: Adventures and Unexpected Discoveries of Life - Jim Halverson

We follow a young man that joins up with another after a cattle drive in Nebraska that came from Texas. His name is Leroy. The man that helps him and join him is named Johnny B. We follow them as they had North and somewhat West.

We learn about the lives a bit and nature though out the book. We go on trails and adventures with them both. It fun to see where they go and what they experience. They even meet up with a lady named Alice. They seem to want to help folks and find there their own way in the world.

We learn about Leroy past and a little bit of Johnny B's. You will surprised at the end as to who Leroy's father is? I can not tell you as it would be a bummer and spoiler. What would do if you are treated as a slave but find out something socking about your parents? I wondered why Leroy was able to get a education along with the master's son? Did he know that he had a brother or not?

The author does so well with story that you want to go along for the ride. I enjoyed it and would like read more by this author. He talented. He put me in the era that his story was telling. It was nice going across the west by horseback and being able to visualize the USA West as I was reading.

Grimms' Fairy Tales

Grimms' Fairy Tales - Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm

The audio book that I downloaded from Libox is a free download. It got a 62 Chapters or you can call them stories by the Grimm Brothers. It fairy tales and what the originals stories ending really are. 

Did you always think that the Disney version was the real one and did not know that they did not really end up Happy ever after. Well I did until I read a book that was called Grimm Woods by D. Melhoff. 

It made go looking for the original stories of my favorite fairy tales. Grimm Woods did not tell all the fairy tales ending it was story of itself but it did act out some of the fairy tales. It also is an adult or new adult book. Please be caution to that fact. 

This one is not as graphic in the audio book. This is not to bad. It help understand some of the fairy tales. The ending are different then though of Disney's. I know why that is, it is because they remade them to fit better for young children. 

You will get some of your classic fairy tales in this audio book. It enjoyed it. Though I say it will take some time to listen to. It a 10 hours and 32 mins long audio book. I would suggest listening this is pieces or couple of hours a day.

 

Download this version here

Book Tour: Storm Proof

StormProof: Weathering Life’s Tough Times - Carol McLeod

Storm Proof was something completely different then what I was expecting to read. I thinking it was going to be about a storm that you were going to proof. This is not a bad way to think that when I read the title it caught me to pick it up.

 

As I was reading the book that what I got the impression. This book was boring for me to read. I did finish it. The reason for that is because it was on a book tour with me. I just could not get into reading it. I really could have just left it on my kindle. Thats how boring it was for me to read.

 

Their was nothing wrong with it in any way. Author did good in writing it. It just was not a my taste of book. I felt like I was reading the bible or God Words, that is not me. If you are into reading the great book be my guess. No offense to the author.

 

I thinking I would be reading a bit more about the author experience with Depression or her Cancer battle and how she manage them though this book. Then I might have seen using the scriptures of the bible or god's words. This is my opinion on that.

 

Those that enjoy reading about God words or the bible, this book might be for you.

 

My January 2019 Wrap Up

 
January is here is gone. The Coldest month of the year. This is the first time that it really cold in the temps as it below freezing on the last day of January along with the 30th being really cold. This made school close on the 30th and I am not sure for today.


It be worth reading books today if you wanted to or have the time. Yesterday was also a good day as well. For me I was able to read 8 books in total for the month of January.

 

Books Read in January:

  1. The Christmas Story of Light by Ora Smith
  2. Woman of Courage: Collector's Edition by Wanda E. Brunstetter
  3. A House for a Mouse by Rebecca Westberg
  4. Colorfull by Doreen Williamson
  5. Eye of the Eagle by Sharon Buchbinder
  6. A Hunting of Hillwood Farm by Kathryn Knight
  7. The Forgiving Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter
  8. A Song for Bellafortuna by Vincent B. Chip LoCoco


My books really fall in different genres for this past month. They are in 3 different media categories I believe as well. They will be shown bellow.

 

Books by Genre:

  1. Christian Fiction - 2 Books
  2. Historical Fiction - 2 Books
  3. Romance - 2 Books
  4. Children - 2 Books

 

Books by Media Categories:

  1. E-Book - 3 Books
  2. Hardcover - 1 Book
  3. Paperback - 4 Books
 
I have read a total of 1,530 Pages for the month of January, This is seem like a good amount for just one month. The total for 2019 is 1, 530 Pages.

 

Books by Pages Total:

  1. The Christmas Story of Light - 32 Pages
  2. Woman of Courage: Collector's Edition - 384 Pages
  3. A House for a Mouse - 24 Pages
  4. Colorfull - 32 Pages
  5. Eye of the Eagle - 280 Pages
  6. A Hunting of Hillwood Farm - 174 Pages
  7. The Forgiving Jar - 320 Pages
  8. A Song for Bellafortuna - 284 Pages

 

Total Pages by Month:

  1.  January - 1,530 Pages

 

Total books by Month:

  1. January - 8 Books
 
Do you want to read these books or get them for yourself.
 
 
 
 Here is everything that been posted for the year. Some things have been will be posted later then when I read the book or reviewed it. Most cases this is when a book is on tour with me. The Book review may be posted later or a month or so done the line. I will gladly mark these when I read the book so you know.

Review: The Forgiving Jar

The Forgiving Jar - Wanda E. Brunstetter

The Forgiving Jar is about Sarah. You learn a bit about Sarah in the first book called The Hope Jar? Wanda does a really well job writing Sarah story along with Michelle's. If you are not a fan of Wanda Brunstetter you will be once you have read on of her books.

The first book is about Michelle Taylor story. This book is about the English granddaughter's story of the Lapps. How would you feel if someone impersonated you? Well this is how it start in the second book with Sarah coming to stay with her grandparents. When you see the woman you pretended to be you and why she is allowed to stay there? Sarah feel really upset about it.

Will Sarah learn to forgive? We know she finds the Prayer Jars or at least one? She doe not know who wrote them or who they belong to? Michelle happens to find Sarah with one of the Jars and tell her she knew about The Prayer Jars and that there is one in the barn as well. 

We also get Brad who come back to visit during his Christmas break. He does not know the real Sarah. He thinks the one he meet was Sarah but doe not know it Michelle Taylor. Michelle has to tell him the truth and ask for forgiveness?

Wanda seem continue Michelle's story along with adding Sarah's story. Though this is mostly Sarah story we get to see Michelle live blossom and she how they interact. Will Michelle get to see her brothers Jack and Ernie Taylor? Will Sarah learn to forgive? Will Michelle and Ezekiel get married?
Source: http://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2019/01/book-review-forgiving-jar-by-wanda-e.html

Review: A Song for Bellafortuna

A Song for Bellafortuna: An Inspirational Italian Historical Fiction Novel - Vincent B. Chip LoCoco

A Song for Bellafortuna is a decent story. Though I am not sure exactly what the plot of it really is? I got the feeling that it was more about the village of Bellafortuna and it people. Though it was a told though a person or persons of Sanguinetti's family.

 

Is seem to be more about the Giuseppe's life and his family did and trying to make it right for a fight for freedom for his village and it villagers. I did not get this until about Carlo Vasino's death and a really good friend of Giuseppe's dies who name is Baggio.

 

I really could not get why the book was called what it was it was about. It more about the village of Bellafortuna. The author writing is what makes me want to rate it low. Though we do get lots of history about Italy and it surrounding city with history about Bellafortuna, Sicily.

 

The chapters leading up to finally getting where we get to the action and why they seem to get this one favorite and greatest tenor in the world named Caruso is the most interesting part and where I could not put the book down. Before that I really could put the book down and really did not want to complete it. Though the story of love, and friendship is though out the book.

 

The history and scene of views is talked about and created is really can be captured this this book. This is the only thing that keeps me reading the then the action of if they villagers get that freedom?

 

Source: http://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2019/01/book-review-song-for-bellafortuna.html

Review: The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm - Kathryn Knight

There seems to be a haunting at the Hillwood farm, but maybe there are two hauntings? No one knows why there a mean one or violent ghost? Alice is be attacked but also be helped by her husband Henry? It gets so bad that Callie is called in to help?

Luke seem to no want to believe that there are ghosts? You will be surprised as the event continue to happen when Luke and Callie are together and when they are apart? One is trying to get warn and one is about danger?

We get everything the author wants in a story. We get hauntings and the paranormal effect and along with it we get a romance that blooms. Whether this is the author intent or not, does not matter as it seem to just happen.

The plot is done well. I loved it. It one that got my attention as I was reading. I wanted to know who the ghosts were. Especially the one that was haunting the Turners and Callie? This is answered at the end. The reason for two ghost and who was who is revealed. One was protecting and the was hurtful? We find out why it happen as well. If you are into hauntings or ghosts or even paranormal aspect in the book this one is good.

Source: http://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2019/01/book-review-haunting-of-hillwood-farm.html

Review: Eye of The Eagle

Eye of the Eagle - Sharon Buchbinder

Well when you first open this book, you think oh another romance like every other one that happens in the office. The author put us in for a what would be typical but it nothing like a typical romance book. I really do like that this not all romance. There is action involved and even some power in followed.

You seem to get not only spiritual powers and some Native American culture but you get a story or plot full of government talents and bring in someone new and really cute looking. Then there a budding romance before they leave the office.

This got all kinds of powers involved. The hero and Heroine become a team. What you do if someone could eagle shifter? He looks human and act all human? What does a little ugly man doing? We seem to have it all. 

It starts out with a child missing and no other then Bert's family member. He does not want his boss to come. She intents on want to go with him. She determine to help. Things start to happen as soon as they get here at the hotel. She has secrets as well has Bret Blackfeather? What are Phoebes and her mother secrets? Seems not all now about his secret other then family possibly.

The characters are created and developed quite well. I love that we learn more each character though out the story. We do not get all them until the end of the book. We got not only the bad guys but also the good guys in full development.

 
Is Bert family in danger and why? Seem the US Senator daughter get caught up with someone from Bert past and with an enemy of the US. The Monster as Phoebe calls him see to be into human tracking and other crimes.
Source: http://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2019/01/book-review-eye-of-eagle.html

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Secrets of Cavendon: A Novel (Cavendon Hall)
Barbara Taylor Bradford
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