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Miss Tavistock's Mistake

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Because I read a lot of women’s fiction and dual-time period stories, it sometimes takes me a bit to sink into a Regency. The language, feel, and culture is so different that I have to allow my brain a warming-up period to become re-accustomed. That wasn’t the case in this story. I sank in quite quickly. The prologue and first chapter set the stage, and the pacing continued throughout. The prologue opens with a poignant scene where young Feenie (Feodora Margaret Tavistock) must face the death of her parents. I felt her fear and sadness as she faced the world of uncertainty, with only her doll to comfort her. She was easy to sympathize with, and I rooted for her to overcome her situation. Then the young teen, Gabriel Rampeare enters the picture, and it took mere seconds to adore him! His character shone bright and I loved how caring and kind he was with orphaned Feenie upon their first meeting. Chapter one quickly moves forward ten years, when Gabriel and Feodora, choosing to

Sweet Melody (Audio)

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It doesn’t get much sweeter than  Sweet Melody !  This is a fun story with charming characters that make me smile.  Having a bakery backdrop gives it even more points. I love stories with bakeries, diners, and cafes. Perhaps because I love visiting these places in real-life as well. This bakery gives the story depth and a sense of home. Seabrook is just as charming as its townsfolk. I’d be happy to be a part of this coastal town, and after finishing the story, I feel as if I’ve been there.  The characters are what I enjoy the most, though. Lyndsay and Rhett carry just the right blend of tension and attraction. They share a delightful romance that still has me smiling.  The audio version of this book is great. Erin Parker, the narrator, modifies her voice well while switching between women, men, and children. She portrays their emotions nicely and gives each character their own unique flavor. Audio Length: 6 hours and 59 minutes Print length: 244 I rece

Berenstain Bears and the Rowdy Crowd #ZBlogSquad

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The Rowdy Crowd  is an Early Reader Chapter Book that centers on Brother Bear's new, unattractive attitude. Is he following the wrong crowd--namely, the Too-Tall Gang? Brother didn't see any harm in playing just one game of basketball after Too-Tall stuck up for him and invited him to play on the gang's court in the woods. But after only one game, he began to walk and talk differently, and his family and friends began to notice. And they didn't like it. Sister's curiosity got the best of her, so she spied on Brother, learning he had joined the rowdy Too-Tall Gang. She told Mama and Papa, and when Brother stepped out from the backseat of a police cruiser, Brother thanked Sister for being concerned and he truly realized he didn't want to be a part of the Too-Tall gang or the rowdy crowd, ever again. ☆☆☆☆ #BerenstainBears #ZonderKidz #ZBlogSquad I received a complimentary copy of this book through the ZblogSquad.

Berenstain Bears’ Nature Rescue #ZBlogSquad

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Nature Rescue is an Early Reader Chapter Book featuring Brother and Sister Bear and the Bear Country community, including Squire Grizzly. The story centers on preserving Birder's Woods and a special little bird that was thought to be extinct. The yellow popinjay. The cubs learn about various birds and their habitats in school which leads to many adventures. They go on a bird walk in Birder's Woods, and take a class trip to the Hall of Birds in Uncle Actual Factual's museum, but the biggest adventure begins when Bertha takes a video of a yellow popinjay. This story is both educational and entertaining, containing black and white line-drawn illustrations throughout. The chapter structure is short and easy to read--perfect for young readers (6-10 years old) who are moving on from picture books. The last few pages of the book include a preview of the next Berenstain Bear chapter book: The Berenstain Bears and the Rowdy Crowd. ☆☆☆☆ #BerenstainBears #ZonderKidz #Z

The Berenstain Bears: Honesty Counts #ZBlogSquad

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In Honesty Counts the lovable Berenstain family is excited to attend the Chapel in the Woods'  campout. Soon after they arrive, they enter a canoe race. The cubs experience white water rapids, having to steer around Big Bear Rock, paddling through a swirling whirlpool and Twenty Steps Falls--just to discover that the Too-Tall Gang cheated their way to the win. With this adventurous story, young readers (4-8 year olds) learn the blessings of being honest. "Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks truth from their heart." ~Psalm 15:1-2 ☆☆☆☆☆ #BerenstainBears #ZonderKidz #ZBlogSquad I received a complimentary copy of this book through the ZblogSquad.

The Berenstain Bears: God Loves the Animals #ZBlogSquad

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Yay! Another Berenstain Bears book! These charming bears have been around all my life, and they never get old--figuratively or literally. In  God Loves the Animals Mama and Papa teach Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear how God shelters and provides for the variety of creatures they meet up with while taking a nature walk. The story opens with a Scripture verse, and closes with the bears asking God to bless the animals as they return home. This is a sturdy board book with classic, colorful illustrations. The animals are fun and the message is sweet. "God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good." ~Genesis 1:25 ☆☆☆☆☆ #BerenstainBears #ZonderKidz #ZBlogSquad I received a complimentary copy of this book through the ZblogSquad.

I Can Read: My Illustrated Bible for Beginning Readers #ZBlogSquad

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Oh what a delightful way to introduce children to God's Word! There are so many illustrated children's Bibles, but My Illustrated Bible for Beginning Readers is a favorite of mine. It really hits the mark! And I love that there is a special presentation page for gift giving. The stories are clear and simple for beginner readers (and listeners) to comprehend, and the colorful illustrations are delightful! The book contains 30 Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments. The stories showcase special Scripture messages that are engaging for 4-8 year olds as they learn to read short sentences. With stories focusing on familiar Biblical people, from Adam and Eve to Jesus and His friends, children will learn and grow from example, and all while being entertained! ☆☆☆☆☆ #ICanRead #ChildrensBible #ZonderKidz #ZBlogSquad I received a complimentary copy of this book through the ZblogSquad.

These Nameless Things

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These Nameless Things is so different from what I usually read - which is one of the reasons I liked it. But mostly, I liked the unique premise! The narration is incredible and pulls you in immediately. I don't want to say too much. But there's a mountain. And people are under it. And the ones who come out are damaged, and they can't remember much of what happened to them. But Dan remembers something--he left his brother there... This is NOT what I was expecting. And I love a story that surprises me. I received a complimentary copy from Revell.

Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: In Too Deep

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About the Book Book:  In Too Deep Author: Stacey Weeks Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense Release Date: November 2017 Like an anchor wedged in the lake floor, Grace Stone’s heart is submerged in the past. Drowning in guilt over the role she played in her father’s and sister’s deaths, Grace prays that launching her water survival program at Camp Moshe will properly honor their memory and enable her to move on. But success depends on Grace risking everything on the man hired to rebrand the Christian camp. Kye Campton’s usual confidence wavers when his extreme sports campaign lands him in hot water with the cautious instructor and it becomes increasingly evident that Camp Moshe’s fight for survival is against more than a declining economy. Will Kye be able to save the camp—and Grace—from a saboteur determined to close the camp at any cost? Click here to get your copy! About the Author Stacey Weeks is the multi-award-winning author of  Glorious Surrender  (2016),

Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Dead Silence

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About the Book Book:  Dead Silence Author: Robin Caroll Genre: Christian Suspense Release Date: June 2020 Political games can be deadly… Elise Carmichael is a court sign language interpreter who reads lips all the time. As a widow with a young son who is deaf, lip reading is simply second nature, until the day she reads the lips of someone on the phone discussing an attempt to be made on a senator’s life—a senator who just happens to be her mother-in-law. Before she can decide what she needs to do, she receives the information that her son is rushed to the ER and she must leave. Then she later sees the news report that her mother-in-law has been shot and killed. But when she comes forward, her life, as well as her son’s life, may now be in the crosshairs of the assassin. Click here to get your copy! About the Author “I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I’ve never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put