book review: The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings: A Novel (Original Publisher's Edition-No Annotations) by [Kidd, Sue Monk]I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Hetty Grimke, named “Handful” by her mother was a slave in Charleston. Hetty dreams to be away from this world.Then there is the Grimke’s daughter, Sarah. Sarah knows that ther is something big in the world that is meant just for her, however, the world as she knows it limits what she is able to do.

Sarah is given Hetty for her 11th birthday. For the next decades the reader follows both of these girls as their relation changes and introduces new feeling to each of them. Hetty discovers loss, courage and self-worth through her journey. Sarah finds betrayal, crushed hopes andmore as she and her sister become abolitionists.

This is a fascinating story and Sue Monk Kidd creates such rich characters that I wanted to continue reading each day and not put it down. She used information that she found on Sarah Grinke and was able build her into well rounded person.

Fantastic book.

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Book review: Change the World Before Bedtime

I was given this book in exchange for my honest review.

Change the World Before Bedtime is such a cute book. It enables kids to be creative and see how small acts can help to change the world for the better.

From the very first page they encourage children to make this book their own. They then go through a child’s potential day. After a good breakfast, filled with “brain food” they then meet their friends to have a day of picking up litter. It continues on with many ideas such as having a lemonade stand and giving the proceeds to a cause.

The illustrations are eye catching and filled with conversation bubbles. Then the simple rhymes throughout will help kids to think about what they can do to change the world.

I love this book so much I will be sending it to my grandchildren as soon as I can.

I highly recommend this book.

Book Review: Death Comes to Dogwood Manor

Death Comes to Dogwood Manor (A Missy DuBois Mystery)I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This cozy mystery by Sandra Bretting is great fun. Missy, on her way to her shop, Crowning Glory, has a car accident in front of Dogwood Manor. This once beautiful mansion is being changed into a hotel by Herbert Solomon. His is the car that Missy runs into. A Rolls Royce, no less. This is not a big concern to Herbert as he is too busy dealing with the remodel.

Missy returns to the mansion to check out the chapel where one of her clients is getting married. While there she finds Herbert Solomon dead, by poison. Missy just seems to run into one misfortune after another in this enjoyable book.

I have enjoyed Sandra Bretting’s books in the past and I have a feeling I will be reading more of her works int he future.

Highly recommended.

Book Review: A Fatal Collection

A Fatal Collection (A Keepsake Cove Mystery) by [Hughes, Mary Ellen]I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I have fallen back in love with cozy mysteries. These are the kind of mysteries that make you want to sink back into your chair with a pot of tea and read.

In A Fatal Collection (A Keepsake Cove Mystery) I have found such a book.

This is the first in a series of books, I will be reading more in the series.

After spending the night at her aunt’s house, Callie Reed discovers her aunt is dead. Callie doesn’t agree with the authorities when they say her aunt’s death was from an accidental fall.

Callie is left a music box store by her Aunt Melodie. This store fits in with the neighborhood as it seems where ever she looks she sees more stores with collectibles. This is the opportunity Callie decided to take. However, soon odd things happen.

This book was so fun to read and I liked the characters that the author, Mary Ellen Hughes created.

Book Review: A Tapestry of Secrets (Appalachian Blessings #3)

A Tapestry of Secrets (Appalachian Blessings Book #3) by [Thomas, Sarah Loudin]I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Before I go into my review, I feel I need to say that I have not read the previous two books in this series. Having said that, I don’t feel like I need to. The characters in this book are so rich, I began to understand them easily.

Perla and Ella have lives that are intertwined. Perla is Ella’s grandmother and experiences two strokes. Each had her faces things within, such as pride, and fear. From the first I felt I understood her very well.

Ella returned to her  home when faced with uncertainty in her own life. She also had a dream for her life and over time she had to learn that God also has dreams or goals for her and these are the most important things for her.

This is worth reading, even if you have not read the previous books but now that I have, I would like to start with book one and work my way through.

Book Review: This is the Day

This Is the Day: Reclaim Your Dream. Ignite…I received this book from WaterBrook and Multnomah, as part of their launch team, in exchange for my honest review.

Tim Tebow is such an inspirational writer. In this book he shares how he is able to apply his faith to his life and then he gives challenges to show ways that we can do this too.

He shares how he feels the same we do at times. He can feel categorized, or put-down, just like us, but by staying true to God and the faith He has given us we can overcome and tackle these feelings and show how a Christian can excel with God. “This is the day” to begin.

I like the way he writes so it is easy to read yet challenging enough to make me think. The biblical references are now highlighted in my Bible and I have a feeling I will be referring to this book quite a bit in the future.

I highly recommend this book.

Book Review: The Art of Unpacking Your Life

The Art of Unpacking Your Life by [Jilla, Shireen]I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Connie invites her friends from college to a safari in the Kalahari. There were friends, but that was 20 years ago. Within a short time, they begin to enjoy each other, even though there is tension. Throughout the trip challenges occur which makes them see that even though time has passed there is still a link between them.

This book about friendship is written by a talented Shireen Jilla. It played on my emotions. At time I was cheering on the friendships, at other times I wanted to pull a character aside to let them know they should hang on to special people.

It was a very good book and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.

Book Review: A Winterfold Christmas

A Winterfold Christmas by [Evans, Harriet]I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Reading Harriet Evans’ books give me a cozy, at-home feeling. In A Winterfold Christmas the Winter family are awaiting a family reunion. This reunion is to take place over Christmas. Martha Winter enjoys the joyful feeling of having family around but also feels the ghosts of the past surround her. This is a magical time and this is a wonderful place to experience it.

As with other works of Harriet Evans, she has a gift to make the reader feel that warm feeling that comes when most families come together.

Book Review: Thief of Corinth

Thief of Corinth by [Afshar, Tessa]I was given this book by Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

Set in Corinth this book, The Thief of Corinth, tells the story of Ariadne. She leaves her father’s home and finds that Galenos has been a thief of great renown. Ariadne chooses to keep him safe even if it mean her life is in ruins.

This is a beautifully told story which includes the story of Lydia. I loved “living” in that time for a while. I have now become a fan of Tessa Afshar and will be reading more of her books in the future.

Book Review: The Crescent Stone

The Crescent Stone (The Sunlit Lands Book 1) by [Mikalatos, Matt]The first three lines on the back cover were enough to bring me into this novel.

“A girl with a deadly lung disease…

A boy with a tragic past…

A land where the sun never sets but darkness still creeps in…”

This setup was ideal. The Crescent Stone is a fantasy novel by Matt Mikalatos. Madeline Oliver is the girl with the deadly lung disease. Jason Wu is filled with guilt that leaves him deciding to always tell the truth. They both end up in the land. A place they don’t know anything about except each decision will touch others more than they could have anticipated.

This story is imaginative, deep, filled with humor and fantasy. It left me pondering things after I had finished it. Having never read a book by this author before, I look forward to more of his works in my future.