Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday:New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. 
Each week features a book related topic that offers the opportunity to spotlight your Top Ten. 

Topic:
New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016
It hasn't been a very prolific year for me this, but I was still able to try a few new authors. And each one I've enjoyed.

 
1. Connilyn Cossette
 2. Lorie Langdon
 3. Christine Johnson
4. Lonnie Hull DuPont

What new authors have you discovered this year?
What did you think?

Monday, December 5, 2016

Review: Newton & Polly by Jody Hedlund

Title: Newton & Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher:
Pages: 400
ISBN:978-1-60142-764-9
Publication Date: September 20th, 2016

Synopsis:
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found.

 
Now remembered as the author of the world s most famous hymn, in the mid-eighteenth century as England and France stand on the brink of war, John Newton is a young sailor wandering aimlessly through life. His only duty is to report to his ship and avoid disgracing his father until the night he hears Polly Catlett s enchanting voice, caroling. He s immediately smitten and determined to win her affection. 


An intense connection quickly forms between the two, but John s reckless spirit and disregard for the Christian life are concerns for the responsible, devout Polly. When an ill-fated stop at a tavern leaves John imprisoned and bound, Polly must choose to either stand by his side or walk out of his life forever. Will she forfeit her future for the man she loves? 


Step back through the pages of history, to uncover the true love story behind a song that continues to stir the hearts and ignite the faith of millions around the globe."
Review:
Jody Hedlund is an author who is able to take stories from history and bring them back to life. Her ability to capture so much and bring characters so full of depth and the lavish descriptions just grab a hold of you and drag you into the story before you know it.

Newton and Polly is no different in story telling. I have to say I was quite curious of this story. Years ago, I really enjoyed this movie Amazing Grace, but took place when John Newton was older. I really enjoyed looking back into the life and times of someone who everyone has heard about, if not by name, then by the song he composed, Amazing Grace.

It is amazing how much has changed in history, but one thing is true, God's love and forgiveness stays the same. The story of John Newton proves that.

I enjoyed this story so much. Polly was such an important part of John's life. And they way that Jody was able to tell their story just popped off the page. This story was hard to put down. I also enjoyed the historical information at the end of this book. It made me want to go look more into this time and people's lives and legacy.

Too Read
5 out of 5

About the Author:
Winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award for fiction and Christy Award for historical romance, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.




Thank you to Blogging for Books, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. 


Friday, December 2, 2016

Kid Favorite Friday: Christmas

I've taken a little bit of break from this feature for a little while, but with Christmas fast approaching, I figured it was the best time to bring it back! From now till Christmas, I will be featuring some fun kid's Christmas books. 



Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate
The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
Dream Snow by Eric Carle
The Twelve Cats of Christmas by Kandy Radzinski
Bear Stays Up For Christmas by Karma Wilson

 All of these are fun and sweet stories. I've slowly been adding to them to my own collection after reading them at my job. They are all a lot of fun for kiddos to read and for you to read to kids.

Next Friday, I'll be featuring some more fun Christmas stories.



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. 
Each week offers the opportunity to spotlight an up-and-coming- release you are most excited about. 

Waiting On:
Title: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow
Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017

Synopsis:
From GoodReads
For fans of Ender s Game and Blade Runner comes a story of video gaming, blood, and power.

Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofis dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth s corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earths Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofis the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And shes convinced hes been taken to the ice-planet.

Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.

For Miguel Earths charming young playboy the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight s bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he s a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.

From the award-winning author of the Storm Siren Trilogy, step into a diverse cast of characters spanning from the electric metropolises of earth to the chilling alien planet above, in a story of re-finding yourself in the midst of losing the one thing you love. Before it all evaporates.
Why I'm Waiting:
I absolutely loved Storm Siren by Mary Weber. I can not wait to read this new story. It sounds to have the perfect mix of fantasy, political intrigue, and many other elements. I think this is going to be another book to dive into and lose all sense of time.

And look how awesome the cover is!!

What are you waiting on this week?


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Gift Guide for the Contemporary Lover

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Each week features a book related topic that offers the opportunity to spotlight your Top Ten.


Topic:
Holiday Gift Guide for Contemporary Books
We all know people who like certain genres. Recently, I focused on books that are Biblical based, Civil War based, and just Historical. I have yet to feature Contemporary based books. So, with the Christmas coming, here are the books I would buy for the people who love Contemporary stories. 

 


1. The Promise by Beth Wiseman
3. Friend Me by John Faubion
4. Always On My Mind by Susan May Warren

 
 5. All My Belongings by Cynthia Ruchti
6. The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer
7. Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter
8. The Last Witness by Glenn Meade
9. Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade
10. Submerged by Dani Pettrey
11. Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg
 
 I would recommend any of these books to any one looking for a good contemporary read. 

What would you recommend for a gift this holiday season?