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Reader Rewards Announcement!

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Bonjour! Let's Learn French

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BONJOUR! Let's Learn French,  by Judy Martialay, is the second book in the  Visit New Places and Make New Friends  series. ( ¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish   is book one.) This softcover book is available as a softcover or ebook, and contains an interconnected story and learning experience for young readers as well as their parents. Once again, we visit with Pete the Pilot. Pete takes readers on a journey to France, introducing them to new friends and discoveries. The story, told in present tense, begins with brothers and sisters, Arlette, Marie, Jacques, and Pierre, building a sand chΓ’teau (castle) on the beach. That evening, after the children leave for dinner, Louis the snail comes upon the castle and makes himself comfortable. Things soon go awry, and when the children return the next day they have a lot of work to do. This book is a treasure trove of information of the French culture, and pronunciation of colors, days of the week, common sayings, and much more

The Weaver's Daughter

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I have read several books by Sarah Ladd, and love the way she brings the Regency era to life. In  The Weaver’s Daughter,  she tells a story of how the world around us grows and changes, and how we must adapt with it. The pacing of this story is wonderful—starting out unhurried, then slowly building into an exciting, page-flipping quest. I enjoyed reading about the tense family relationships and the plight of mill owners as times and needs change.  The characterization is wonderful. Kate and Henry are memorable characters. It was easy to sink into Kate’s role, and I became invested in her rather quickly. Though I admired her family loyalty, it also annoyed me at times. I suppose that’s a good thing when you get aggravated at a character’s choices. If you didn’t care, the story wouldn’t be worth reading. ;) 4 Stars Cover : Love Title : Love Pages : 368 Publisher:  Thomas Nelson First Lines (prologue) : Alarm’s menacing sting pricked Kate Dearborne’s consc

The Pirate Bride

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The Pirate Bride, by Kathleen Y’Barbo, is the second book of the  Daughters of the Mayflower series. I wish I could give this book two separate ratings – one for part one of the story and another for part two. The beginning pulled me in and I found young Maribel’s story compelling. The second part seemed a tad rushed and wrapped up a little quickly. That’s not to say there weren’t exciting and page-turning aspects in much of the story. I really enjoyed the historical aspects of the first book of the series  (The Mayflower Bride)  but the ‘pirate’ aspect of this one didn’t draw me in as deeply. I had a more difficult time sympathizing with the characters. I suppose much of that is the age of Maribel through most of the story. Her youth isn’t really the issue, but the age difference between her and Captain Beaumont is. I know it’s fiction, but I couldn’t get past that gnawing matter. This is a relatively quick read for those who are interested in historical pirate storie

The Prayer Map for Women

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This is a simple, user-friendly spiral bound creative journal. I love that the spiral binding allows the book to ‘stay open.’ The Prayer Map for Women  has a modest two-page daily format, divided into the following sections, each with a partitioned, lined segment to write your thoughts:        Dear Heavenly Father,        Thank You for…        I’m worried about…        People I am praying for today…        Here’s what’s happening in my life…        I Need…        Other things on my heart that I need to share with You, God… The daily entry closes with a prayer closure (Amen. Thank You, Father, for hearing my prayers) and a Scripture verse. Most Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible New Living Translation. I enjoy my worship and reflection time and have had a host of devotional books and journals through the years. I’m most drawn to a simplistic style, devoting my time and energy into writing my thoughts and prayers, rather than having a more struct

It's a Jungle in Here (Children's book)

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I’ve read and reviewed several children’s books by Kristie Wilde. This one might just be my favorite. It shares a timely message of the importance and beauty of diversity, showing young readers, through examples of animals in the jungle, that each of us are different and God loves us all. It’s a Jungle in Here is the third book in the  Joyful Creation Series.  I’ve previously reviewed  Made for a Purpose   and  So Great a Love   (book one and two of the series.) Each book holds a powerful message and showcases this author’s passion to teach youngsters about God’s love. The theme of this book is celebrating our differences. Just as the jungle is filled with creatures of various sizes, colors, sounds, and shapes, the world we live in is filled with diverse people. God created each of us with our own strengths, gifts, and beauty, and He loves us unconditionally.  The full-page watercolor illustrations contain colorful depictions of jungle flora, birds, and animals, with

Sins of the Mothers

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Sins of the Mothers,  by Caryl McAdoo, is book four in the Texas Romance series, and the first book I’ve read by this author.  The book is identified as Christian Historical Fiction, but I might add that it includes some unsettling subject matter, such as a sexual relationship between cousins, adultery, pregnancy out of wedlock, bar fights, etc. Thankfully the sinful natures don’t include graphic explanations or descriptions. Many of the characters make poor life-choices, and deal with the consequences of not following God’s plan, as well as the joys and comforts of finding forgiveness and redemption. If you like drama, there is an over-abundance of it in Sins of the Mothers. It displays so many dilemmas and characters that it is sometimes hard to follow. Although Mary is the main character, I found myself more sympathetic to some of the secondary characters. Mary is a stubborn, credulous character who makes rash, regretful decisions, which kept me frustrated with her for

Flying at Night

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Flying at Night is different than anything I’ve ever read. That’s the simplest way to describe it. My experience is as if I watched the scenes from between my fingers—my hands shielding me from the full anguish of this dysfunctional family. These characters (who feel so real it’s eerie) are raw, unyielding, and to be quite honest, unlikeable—initially. The story involves three generations of the Whitman family, told from their individual points of view. Lance ‘the Silver Eagle’ Whitman – starts out as a two-sided man, a hero pilot to the community, and a brutal, insufferable father and husband to his family. Piper, Lance’s daughter, suffers from her brutal childhood, holding in years of anger and resentment from never finding acceptance and love from her father. Fred, Piper’s son, is an incredible soul, and the shining light in this story. His Autism makes him especially interesting. His view of the world he lives in and the people in it, illuminates a simp

Reader Rewards Opportunity!

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Here is a simple and rewarding way to earn free physical books with Tyndale's ReaderRewards. It's so easy  to earn points for free books and Bibles.  You earn points when you: Shop at Tyndale.com or NavPress.com Refer a friend Write reviews Take surveys Sign up for e-newsletters and e-devotionals And more!   Sign up  here! (By using the link above, you receive your first 25 points free!) Fiction, Children's books, Bibles, Non-fiction, Parenting, Audio, and Ministry Resources. There are lots to choose from. Here are some of the books you can earn:     Zero cost. Not even shipping. myreaderrewardsclub.com/login?pc=hlb4-nhn5-47fa-tf40