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The Memory Weaver

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Knowing this story is based on true events really hits the soul. The Memory Weaver, by Jane Kirkpatrick, brings history back to life, with Eliza Spalding and her missionary family. Filled with trauma, adversity, memories, and faith, I was drawn in by Eliza’s spirit, and how God led her through life’s hardships. The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant. [Salvador Dali] Despite the troublesome times we go through, we can find peace and healing in knowing that God is there with us, seeing us through. What a beautiful theme.   The story started out a little slow for me, but if you stick with it, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Was I drawn to the mystery of him? Or was testing destiny with Andrew Warren the distraction I longed for, pushing out the losses that had moved into my thirteen-year-old heart and threatened to stay? [ Quote from Chapter One.] Co

The Time Chamber (Coloring Book)

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The Time Chamber (the second in the series), by best-selling Korean pen and ink artist Daria Song, is filled with childlike wonder and make-believe, but the pages are so intricate that adults will find them both challenging and satisfying. I’m a child at heart, and have always enjoyed coloring. When my children were little, I’d let them each pick out a coloring book to purchase, and I’d pick one out for myself. It’s a relaxing and enjoyable pastime. It is relaxing to sit back and color (with coloring pencils and gel pens—crayons are too thick for some of these fine lines.) This magical journey and coloring book, as it’s labeled on the front cover, is entertaining and creative. And how cool is it that the book has a fun storyline to go with it? I plan to complete mine from cover to cover and use it (and the first in the series) as a coffee table/conversation book. Storyline: At midnight, a red-haired fairy takes a journey outside the time garden in the cuckoo clock, t

The Lost Heiress

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The Lost Heiress, by Roseanna M. White, is book 1 in the Ladies of the Manor series. This British Historical is the first I’ve read by this author. I like her writing style, rich with colorful descriptions and an authentic feel. I was able to sink into the early 1900s and the intriguing life of young Brook Eden and the mystery that surrounded her. The relationship between nonconformist Brook and her more subdued childhood friend, Justin Wildon, is interesting and kept my interest.  “I know you have been praying about this as much as I have been. This is the answer to those prayers, mon amie. This is where the Lord wants you. And I will be with you every step of the way.” Thank you to BookClubNetwork for providing me a review copy of this book. 4 Stars Cover: Love Title: Love Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Pages: 448 Pace: Steady/Slow First Line: Temptation sat before her, compelling as the sea.

Falling Like Snowflakes

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Falling Like Snowflakes, by Denise Hunter, is a beautifully written story bursting with heart-pounding anticipation and fascinating characters. I was easily caught up in this whirlwind of mystery and romance. It’s one of those can’t-put-it-down books. The story captured my attention from the very start and didn’t have a single lapse. She’d thought they were safe before. She’d let her guard down, and look what had happened. She was beginning to think safety—freedom—was an illusion. Eden Martelli is an interesting woman with a depth and determination that pushes her to flee a dangerous past to give her and her son, Micah, a chance at a normal life. But when her path leads her to an unexpected pit stop in Summer Harbor, Maine, she fears her plans will be foiled if she fully trusts the kindness of the townsfolk of the quaint town. Namely, Beau Callahan, the handsome co-owner of the town’s Christmas Tree Farm, and former town’s deputy. This story is so layered and satisfyin