Monday, September 28, 2015

The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon Wrap-up

We're done! And it was fun . . . but I'm ready to get back to my regular reading pace now. Whew! Here's where I ended up:

Awakening by Tracy Higley (Finished!)

The Hesitant Hero by Gilbert Morris (Finished!)

Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale (Finished!)

Popular by Tindell Baldwin (Finished!)

Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall (Finished! Click here to read my review.)

Hiding Places by Erin Healy (Finished! Click here to read my review.)

Eyes of the Heart by Tracie Peterson (Finished!)

Saying It Well by Charles Swindoll (Page 91 of 258.)

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish by Sherrie Eldridge (Read to location 793 of 1585. Eighty-four locations forward yesterday.)

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (Page 60 of 158.)

The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Jerry Root and Mark Neal (Read to page 76 of 204. Seventeen pages read yesterday.)

Nurturing Silence in a Noisy Heart by Wayne Oates (Finished!)

Happily Ever After by Susan May Warren (Page 17 of 343.)

Altogether I finished eight books. I read 1593 pages and 1706 locations (on Kindle). Not bad for two weeks! I hope you made great progress, too.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon, Day 14

As expected, I still didn't have a lot of time for reading yesterday, but I did finish two more books:

Awakening by Tracy Higley (Finished!)

The Hesitant Hero by Gilbert Morris (Finished!)

Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale (Finished!)

Popular by Tindell Baldwin (Finished! Eighty-three pages read.)

Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall (Finished! Click here to read my review.)

Hiding Places by Erin Healy (Finished! Click here to read my review.)

Eyes of the Heart by Tracie Peterson (Finished! One hundred and forty-five locations forward.)

Saying It Well by Charles Swindoll (Still on page 91 of 258.)

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish by Sherrie Eldridge (Still at location 709 of 1585.)

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (Still on page 60 of 158.)

The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Jerry Root and Mark Neal (Still on page 59 of 204.)

Nurturing Silence in a Noisy Heart by Wayne Oates (Finished! Six pages read.)

Happily Ever After by Susan May Warren (Still on page 17 of 343.)

That's 83 pages + 145 locations (on Kindle). Today's the last day! How much farther will we go? Read on, reading friends!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon, Day 13

I didn't have a lot of time for reading yesterday, but I did manage to finish two more books:

Awakening by Tracy Higley (Finished! Fifty pages read.)

The Hesitant Hero by Gilbert Morris (Finished!)

Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale (Finished!)

Popular by Tindell Baldwin (Still on page 155 of 238.)

Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall (Finished! Eighty-two pages read. Click here to read my review.)

Hiding Places by Erin Healy (Finished! Click here to read my review.)

Eyes of the Heart by Tracie Peterson (Currently at location 1896 of 2041. Seventy locations forward.)

Saying It Well by Charles Swindoll (Still on page 91 of 258.)

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish by Sherrie Eldridge (Still at location 709 of 1585.)

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (Still on page 60 of 158.)

The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Jerry Root and Mark Neal (Still on page 59 of 204.)

Nurturing Silence in a Noisy Heart by Wayne Oates (Finished! Six pages read.)

Happily Ever After by Susan May Warren (Still on page 17 of 343.)

That's 56 pages + 70 locations (on Kindle). Today promises to be busy like yesterday, but maybe I can manage to "pick off" at least one more book. Happy reading to you!

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon, Day 12

Eleven days down. Only three left! I've finished four books so far. I think I can finish at least three more. Here's what I read yesterday:

I plan to finish this one today!
Awakening by Tracy Higley (Currently on page 312 of 362. Thirty-two pages read.)

The Hesitant Hero by Gilbert Morris (Finished!)

Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale (Finished!)

Popular by Tindell Baldwin (Currently on page 155 of 238. Fourteen pages read.)

Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall (Finished! Eighty-two pages read. Click here to read my review.)

Hiding Places by Erin Healy (Finished! Click here to read my review.)

Eyes of the Heart by Tracie Peterson (Currently at location 1826 of 2041. One hundred and two locations forward.)

Saying It Well by Charles Swindoll (Currently on page 91 of 258. Thirty-six pages read.)

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish by Sherrie Eldridge (Still at location 709 of 1585.)

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (Currently on page 60 of 158. Thirteen pages read.)

The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Jerry Root and Mark Neal (Still on page 59 of 204.)

Nurturing Silence in a Noisy Heart by Wayne Oates (Currently on page 98 of 104. Five pages read.)

Happily Ever After by Susan May Warren (Currently on page 17 of 343. Seven pages read.)

That's 199 pages + 102 locations (on Kindle). I'm plugging along. Hope you are, too! Keep on reading, friends!

Book Review: "Ties That Bind"

Ariana Brenneman’s family and community mean everything to her. All she wants to do is live a faithful Amish life, open a cafe to help support her parents and nine siblings, and marry the man she’s coming to love. The first man she loved, however, betrayed her—running away from the community with her best friend. Now he’s back and threatening to complicate her simple world.

At the same time, one of her brothers has discovered a young woman in the Englisch world who could almost be an identical twin to one of Ariana’s sisters. He doesn't realize that the truth behind this discovery has the power to obliterate all of Ariana’s dreams. As she struggles to keep the man from her past from stealing what’s dear, upheaval is approaching from another source.

Ties That Bind wrestles with the concept of seeking truth whatever the cost versus keeping secrets to protect. Is it better to confront problems that cause pain, trusting God to lead you through, or is it sometimes necessary to work under the cover of darkness in order to protect the people you love? Are lies, even lies of omission, ever justified? Or will the truth always find its way out?

This is the first book in what promises to be a powerful series. Ariana is a strong female character, flawed by her ideals, yet pursuing good for all. Quill, her first love, is conflicted and confused, also pursuing what’s best for all. The supporting cast, each member with a personal story to resolve, is full of intriguing characters, too. I’m looking forward to learning what becomes of them all as the story progresses in the next book.

I thank Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of Ties That Bind in exchange for this honest review.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon, Day 11

I didn't have as much time to read yesterday as I had hoped, but some progress is better than none. Here's what I read:

Awakening by Tracy Higley (Still on page 280 of 362.)

The Hesitant Hero by Gilbert Morris (Finished!)

Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale (Finished!)

Popular by Tindell Baldwin (Currently on page 141 of 238. Fourteen pages read.)

Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall (Currently on page 257 of  339. Fifty-seven pages read.)

Hiding Places by Erin Healy (Finished! Click here to read my review.)

Eyes of the Heart by Tracie Peterson (Currently at location 1724 of 2041. Eighty-seven locations forward.)

Saying It Well by Charles Swindoll (Still on page 55 of 258.)

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish by Sherrie Eldridge (Currently at location 709 of 1585. Sixty-five locations forward.)

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (Still on page 47 of 158.)

The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Jerry Root and Mark Neal (Currently on page 59 of 204. Fourteen pages read.)

Nurturing Silence in a Noisy Heart by Wayne Oates (Currently on page 93 of 104. Ten pages read.)

Happily Ever After by Susan May Warren (Currently on page 10. Nine pages read.)

That's 104 pages + 152 locations (on Kindle). I will finish another book today! Maybe two! So close. Happy reading to you!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon, Day 10

Yesterday surprised me! I was able to read much more than I thought I would. Here's where I stand:

Awakening by Tracy Higley (Currently on page 280 of 362. Forty-four pages read.)

The Hesitant Hero by Gilbert Morris (Finished!)

Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale (Finished!)

Popular by Tindell Baldwin (Currently on page 127 of 238. Sixteen pages read.)

Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall (Currently on page 200 of  339. Fifty-five pages read.)

Hiding Places by Erin Healy (Finished! Click here to read my review.)

Eyes of the Heart by Tracie Peterson (Currently at location 1637 of 2041. Fifty-five locations forward.)

Saying It Well by Charles Swindoll (Currently on page 55 of 258. Thirty pages read.)

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish by Sherrie Eldridge (Still at location 644 of 1585.)

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (Currently on page 47 of 158. Nine pages read.)

The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Jerry Root and Mark Neal (Still on page 45 of 204.)

Nurturing Silence in a Noisy Heart by Wayne Oates (Currently on page 83 of 104. Nine pages read.)

Happily Ever After by Susan May Warren (Still on page 1.)

That's 163 pages + 55 locations (on Kindle). Hopefully, I'll finish another book today! I'm getting close. I hope you're closing in on your goals, too. Happy reading!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon, Day 9

Progress after yesterday:

Awakening by Tracy Higley (Still on page 236 of 362.)

The Hesitant Hero by Gilbert Morris (Finished!)

Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale (Finished!)

Popular by Tindell Baldwin (Currently on page 111 of 238. Ten pages read.)

Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall (Currently on page 145 of  339. Seventy-four pages read.)

Hiding Places by Erin Healy (Finished! Click here to read my review.)

Eyes of the Heart by Tracie Peterson (Currently at location 1582 of 2041. Seventy-two locations forward.)

Saying It Well by Charles Swindoll (Still on page 25 of 258.)

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish by Sherrie Eldridge (Currently at location 644 of 1585. One hundred and four locations forward.)

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (Still on page 38 of 158.)

The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Jerry Root and Mark Neal (Currently on page 45 of 204. Fourteen pages read.)

Nurturing Silence in a Noisy Heart by Wayne Oates (Currently on page 74 of 104. Four pages read.)

Happily Ever After by Susan May Warren (I read the prologue. Thirteen pages.)

That's 112 pages + 176 locations (on Kindle). I kind of wish I could stay home and read all day today, but life is calling. I don't want to miss out! I'll read what I can as time allows. Happy reading, all!

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon, Day 8

Is anyone tired of reading yet? I didn't think so. Here's where I stand after one week:

New to the List Today!
Awakening by Tracy Higley (Currently on page 236 of 362. Seventeen pages read.)

The Hesitant Hero by Gilbert Morris (Finished! Nine pages read.)

Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale (Finished!)

Popular by Tindell Baldwin (Still on page 101 of 238.)

Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall (Currently on page 71 of  339. Thirty-eight pages read.)

Hiding Places by Erin Healy (Finished! Click here to read my review.)

Eyes of the Heart by Tracie Peterson (Currently at location 1510 of 2041. Sixty-four locations forward.)

Saying It Well by Charles Swindoll (Currently on page 25 of 258. Twenty-four pages read.)

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish by Sherrie Eldridge (Still at location 540 of 1585.)

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (Still on page 38 of 158.)

The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Jerry Root and Mark Neal (Still on page 31 of 204.)

Nurturing Silence in a Noisy Heart by Wayne Oates (Currently on page 70 of 104. Six pages read.)

And I'll be adding a new one today:

Happily Ever After by Susan May Warren

I don't expect to finish it this week, and I know it will slow down my progress on the others, but it's part of the To Finish Series challenge I am working on this year.

As for yesterday, I read 85 pages + 64 locations (on Kindle). I'll be back tomorrow with another update. Happy reading, all!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon, Day 7

Day 7! After today, we're halfway! Here's how I did yesterday:

I'll finish this one today!
Awakening by Tracy Higley (Still on page 219 of 362.)

The Hesitant Hero by Gilbert Morris (Currently on page 277 of 286. Ninety-six pages read.)

Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale (Finished!)

Popular by Tindell Baldwin (Currently on page 101 of 238. Six pages read.)

Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall (Still on page 33 of  339.)

Hiding Places by Erin Healy (Finished! Click here to read my review.)

Eyes of the Heart by Tracie Peterson (Currently at location 1446 of 2041. Seventy-two locations forward.)

Saying It Well by Charles Swindoll (Still on page 1.)

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish by Sherrie Eldridge (Currently at location 540 of 1585. One hundred and forty-nine locations forward.)

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (Currently on page 38 of 158. Six pages read.)

The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Jerry Root and Mark Neal (Still on page 31 of 204.)

Nurturing Silence in a Noisy Heart by Wayne Oates (Currently on page 64 of 104. Five pages read.)

That's 113 pages + 221 locations (on Kindle). Not bad for a Saturday! I'll be back tomorrow with another update. Happy reading, all!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon, Day 6

Day 6! Steady progress--moving forward! I read less on weekends, but still I read. Here's how I did yesterday:

Second Finished!
Awakening by Tracy Higley (Currently on page 219 of 362. Seven pages read.)

The Hesitant Hero by Gilbert Morris (Currently on page 181 of 286. Seventy-six pages read.)

Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale (Finished!)

Popular by Tindell Baldwin (Currently on page 95 of 238. Ten pages read.)

Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall (Currently on page 33 of  339. Eight pages read.)

Hiding Places by Erin Healy (Finished! Click here to read my review.)

Eyes of the Heart by Tracie Peterson (Currently at location 1374 of 2041. Sixty-eight locations forward.)

Saying It Well by Charles Swindoll (I read the introduction yesterday: seven pages.)

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish by Sherrie Eldridge (Currently at location 391 of 1585. One hundred and eighteen locations forward.)

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (Still on page 32 of 158.)

The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Jerry Root and Mark Neal (Currently on page 31 of 204. Fourteen pages read.)

Nurturing Silence in a Noisy Heart by Wayne Oates (Currently on page 59 of 104. Eight pages read.)

That's 130 pages + 186 locations (on Kindle). I'll be back tomorrow with another update. Happy reading, all!

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon, Day 5

Day 5! I finished two books yesterday, and I'll be starting a new one today!

First Finished!
Awakening by Tracy Higley (Still on page 212 of 362.)

The Hesitant Hero by Gilbert Morris (Still on page 105 of 286.)

Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale (Finished! Thirty-eight pages read.)

Popular by Tindell Baldwin (Still on page 85 of 238.)

Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall (Still on page 25 of  339.)

Hiding Places by Erin Healy (Finished! Click here to read my review. Ninety-eight pages read.)

Eyes of the Heart by Tracie Peterson (Currently at location 1306 of 2041. Sixty-seven locations forward.)

Saying It Well by Charles Swindoll (I'm starting this one today!)

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish by Sherrie Eldridge (Still at location 273 of 1585.)

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (Currently on page 32 of 158. Nine pages read.)

The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Jerry Root and Mark Neal (Still on page 17 of 204.)

Nurturing Silence in a Noisy Heart by Wayne Oates (Currently on page 51 of 104. Three pages read.)

That's 148 pages + 67 locations (on Kindle). I am surprised to see that I actually read more two days ago, the extra busy day. Today promises to be extra busy, too, so maybe that will be a good thing for my reading progress.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon, Day 4

Day 4! I haven't finished any books yet, but I'm going to get to start crossing them off soon! I'm looking forward to that; it will feel like more progress made. Here's where I stand after yesterday:

Awakening by Tracy Higley (Currently on page 212 of 362. Thirteen pages read.)

The Hesitant Hero by Gilbert Morris (Still on page 105 of 286.)

Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale (Currently on page 239 of 277. Twenty-three pages read.)

Popular by Tindell Baldwin (Currently on page 85 of 238. Fourteen pages read.)

Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall (Currently on page 25 of  339. Eighteen pages read.)

Hiding Places by Erin Healy (Currently on page 253 of 351. Ninety-four pages read.)

Eyes of the Heart by Tracie Peterson (Currently at location 1239 of 2041. One hundred and two locations forward.)

Saying It Well by Charles Swindoll (I'll start this when I finish Sin and Syntax - hopefully today!)

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish by Sherrie Eldridge (Currently at location 273 of 1585. Sixty-nine locations forward.)

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (Still on page 23 of 158.)

The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Jerry Root and Mark Neal (Currently on page 17 of 204. Fifteen pages read.)

Nurturing Silence in a Noisy Heart by Wayne Oates (Currently on page 48 of 104. Four pages read.)

That's 181 pages + 171 locations (on Kindle). How about you? Are you making the progress you'd hoped for when you started this game?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon, Day 3

Here's my Day 3 update. Yesterday was busy, but I got farther than I thought I would:

Awakening by Tracy Higley (Still on page 199.)

The Hesitant Hero by Gilbert Morris (Currently on page 105 of 286. Ten pages read.)

Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale (Still on page 216 of 277.)

Popular by Tindell Baldwin (Currently on page 85 of 238. Fourteen pages read.)

Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall (Still on page 7 of  339.)

Hiding Places by Erin Healy (Currently on page 159 of 351. Sixty pages read.)

Eyes of the Heart by Tracie Peterson (Currently at location 1137 of 2041. Sixty-two locations forward.)

Saying It Well by Charles Swindoll (I'll start this when I finish Sin and Syntax.)

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish by Sherrie Eldridge (Currently at location 204 of 1585. One hundred and ten locations forward.)

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (Currently on page 23 of 158. Six pages read)

The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Jerry Root and Mark Neal (Still on page 2 of 204.)

Nurturing Silence in a Noisy Heart by Wayne Oates (Currently on page 44 of 104. Three pages read.)

That's 93 pages + 172 "locations"-however many pages that is. Not bad for a busy day.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The 2015 Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon, Day 2

It's Day 2 of the Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon hosted by my reading friend, Tressa, of the Wishful Endings blog. Yesterday was a really good reading day. In fact, yesterday was an all-around great start to a new week! I hope it was the same for you.

Here is where I stand after my first day of read-a-thon reading:

Awakening by Tracy Higley (Currently on page 199 of 362. Eighteen pages read.)

The Hesitant Hero by Gilbert Morris (Currently on page 95 of 286. Ten pages read.)

Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale (Currently on page 216 of 277. Thirteen pages read.)

Popular by Tindell Baldwin (Still on page 71 of 238.)

Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall (Currently on page 7 of  339. Six pages read.)

Hiding Places by Erin Healy (Currently on page 99 of 351. Eighty-six pages read.)

Eyes of the Heart by Tracie Peterson (Currently at location 1075 of 2041. Forty-one locations forward.)

Saying It Well by Charles Swindoll (I'll start this when I finish Sin and Syntax.)

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish by Sherrie Eldridge (Still at location 94 of 1585.)

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (Still on page 17 of 158.)

The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Jerry Root and Mark Neal (I read the foreword and the introduction: twenty pages. Currently on page 2 of 204.)

Nurturing Silence in a Noisy Heart by Wayne Oates (Currently on page 41 of 104. Eight pages read.)

That's 162 pages + 41 "locations"-however many pages that is. Today's schedule is much busier than yesterday's, so I'll be squeezing my reading time in. Tomorrow I'll let you know how far I got. Until then, happy reading!

Monday, September 14, 2015

The 2015 Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon, Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon hosted by my reading friend, Tressa, of the Wishful Endings blog.

This read-a-thon will run from September 14 to 27, and the goal will be for all participants to whittle away at their ever-growing TBR piles and to post updates and reviews on their blogs or favorite form of social media. I'll be posting updates on my progress here until the 27th and a wrap-up post on the 28th.

When I first decided to play this game, I posted a list of books I thought I'd probably be working on between the 14th and the 27th. This is what that list looks like now:

Awakening by Tracy Higley (Currently on page 181 of 362.)

Of Other Worlds by C.S. Lewis (I finished reading this one on September 9th.)

The Hesitant Hero by Gilbert Morris (Currently on page 85 of 286.)

Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale (Currently on page 203 of 277.)

Popular by Tindell Baldwin (Currently on page 71 of 238.)

Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall (I'm starting this today.)

Hiding Places by Erin Healy (Currently on page 13 of 351.)

Eyes of the Heart by Tracie Peterson (Currently at location 1034 of 2041.)

Saying It Well by Charles Swindoll (I'll start this when I finish Sin and Syntax.)

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish by Sherrie Eldridge (Currently at location 94 of 1585.)

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (Currently on page 17 of 158.)

The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Jerry Root and Mark Neal (I'm starting this today.)

Nurturing Silence in a Noisy Heart by Wayne Oates (Currently on page 33 of 104.)

I have three other titles that I may work onto this list depending on how much progress I make. I don't really expect to finish this list, but I'm going to read as much as I can!

If you haven't signed up for this read-a-thon yet, but would like to, clicking on the picture will take you to Tressa's sign-up blog post. It's not too late! Click here to read Tressa's kick-off post from yesterday.

I'll be back tomorrow with a progress update. Until then, happy reading!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Book Review: "The Sea Keeper's Daughters"

The Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate does everything a novel of its kind is supposed to do. It offers an intriguing story with tension and mystery and a hint of romance. It makes the reader curious to know more about real life subjects explored in the fictional book. It turns our minds and hearts toward God, leading us to contemplate some of the beautiful truths of Who He Is and What He’s doing all around us all the time. Though the story stands alone, it is the third in a series, and I loved how Wingate quietly brought elements of her other books in, giving subtle updates and even tying up a few loose ends. I’m not sure if this will lead to a fourth in the series, but it could, and I would love that.

In this story, Whitney Monroe travels from her home in Michigan to her grandmother’s home in North Carolina to see if she can collect on some of her inheritance in order to save her struggling business. There she finds some unusual keepsakes along with shredded letters written by a great aunt she didn’t even know she had. As she pieces the letters together and researches some of the area’s history, she realizes she’s stumbled onto a family mystery of national, historical significance. She’ll have to decide what’s more important: saving her business or honoring her past.

I loved the message of this book, the history explored in this book, and the characters I got to know. Even Clyde became lovable, and you won't want to miss out on meeting Ruby the dog. I didn’t see the ending coming, but it couldn’t have been sweeter. I’ll be watching for more from Lisa Wingate whose books are joining those who demand I drop everything else to read them next.

I received a complimentary copy of The Sea Keeper’s Daughters from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this honest review.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Here We Go Again! Next Week!

It starts one week from today! My reading friend, Tressa, of the Wishful Endings blog will be hosting her annual Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon. This is the second year I'm participating. Last year was fun! (I even won a prize! There will be prizes this year, too!)

The read-a-thon will run from September 14 to 27, and the goal will be for all participants to whittle away at their ever-growing TBR piles. It's still heard to know exactly which books I'll be reading between September 14 and 27, but these are the next up on my list of reads:

The Awakening by Tracy Higley
Of Other Worlds by C.S. Lewis
The Hesitant Hero by Gilbert Morris
Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale
Popular by Tindell Baldwin
Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall
Hiding Places by Erin Healy
Saying It Well by Charles Swindoll
The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry
Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis

I'll admit that's looking a little ambitious, but it is a read-a-thon after all. From September 14 to 27, I'll post updates on my progress along with my usual book reviews.

If this read-a-thon sounds like fun to you, too, clicking on the picture will take you to Tressa's sign-up page. Please let me know if you decide to play! I'll be cheering for you!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Book Review: "'Anne of Green Gables,' My Daughter & Me"

Believe it or not, I didn’t discover Anne of Green Gables until I was in my 30’s. As a child, I practically lived at our local library, asked the librarians for recommendations all the time. Yet somehow, I still missed all books by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Once I did discover her books, though, I collected and read them all. So when I saw the title of Lorilee Craker’s new book, 'Anne of Green Gables,' My Daughter & Me, I requested it right away.

Like Anne and her author, Lorilee Craker was adopted. She also adopted her own daughter. The four are kindred spirits, and Lorilee tells us, throughout the book, of all the lessons they’ve learned along the way. I loved her sense of humor and subtle asides. I appreciated her unique perspective: from experience, she tells readers about both the longings of the orphan and the heart of the parent who adopts. I drank it all in and wanted to learn more. Craker wraps it all up by reminding us all that we have a loving, heavenly Father, more perfect than any other regardless of whatever we’ve experienced, who is waiting to adopt us into His family, to someday take us to our permanent heavenly home.

'Anne of Green Gables,' My Daughter & Me is honest, touching, educational, and fun. I recommend it to anyone with a love for the classic Montgomery book series or with a concern for those who feel lost, alone, and bereft in this world.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this review.