Tuesday, March 18, 2014


by Katherine Rundell

Are you looking for a kid's book full of adventure, the longing for a mother, music, and a setting you've never read about before?

I've just read this excellent book by Katherine Rundell. Unfortunately this is the only one she's published so far, but I will be waiting with bated breath for the next one.

Sophie has been raised by a guardian since the ship she was on at one year old sank. When the unconventional (but fun and loving) guardian is cited for not being the right type of guardian for a young lady, Sophie and he run off to try to find her mother, whom she is sure is still alive somewhere.

I found the book to be written in a fun, lively style with great vocabulary. It was hard to put down.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Gear Reviews

Over here we just review books, but my husband Joel has started to review outdoors gear with his friend. It's interesting to see their take on reviewing- they've just picked one item in each category to choose as "best-of", like best sock, best duffel, best camping hammock, etc.

My favorite review is about hiking socks:

Go to their facebook page here:

And tell them what you want them to review.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Promise to Return


I have finished a book by new author Elizabeth Byler Younts called Promise to Return. My blog friend Linda from Mocha with Linda told me about this book. It arrived a few weeks ago and with the holidays I've read it off and on. I picked it up and finished it this weekend. It is an excellent book!

Miriam and Henry are soon to be married when he is drafted. He first goes to a work camp since he is Amish. When Henry returns later to share with Miriam that he believes he should enlist, Miriam is torn with what to do once he is gone.  Since Henry has enlisted he has gone against the church's Ordnung. Should she wait for Henry to return, or should she look for love with another of the Amish boys who is showing interest in her?  Miriam faces much confusion as she doesn't want to turn against her parents or Church.

I enjoyed this book and the historical aspect of it regarding the Amish during the war.  What a wonderful story!  I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for more books by this author.  The author's website is here.

This book was sent to me as an influencer for my honest review.

Have a day of blessings!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Wild Country, or "Little Britches"

By Ralph Moody

Ralph Moody wrote this book and it has been published under two different titles, "The Wild Country" and "Little Britches".

Little Britches is the story of a hardworking family in the early 20th century trying to make a living in the Denver area. Ralph Moody brings such energy and life to his writing. Every book (this is the first in a series of 8) is so engaging I want to read them over and over. His descriptions are so clear it makes me think I could build or do the same things he did. These are autobiographical writings.

Excellently done and I highly recommend the whole series.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Return to Me

By Lynn Austin

A new series by Lynn Austin, but essentially a continuation of her series, Chronicles of the Kings - this first book, Return to Me deals with the Israelites' return from captivity, and once again, Ms. Austin brings biblical history to life with the characters she has developed.  Her stories inspire me to further Bible study and remind me of the God who deeply loves his people.  

The author brings ideas about how an Israelite family in a foreign land might have encountered people worshiping foreign gods, which is one of the main themes of the Bible. One of the problems with the Israelites is that they continually worshiped foreign gods. This scenario was very plausible.

It is always difficult to bring history to life through fiction, and deciding what characters and events to guess about is a hard decision. I appreciated that the author chose a secondary family rather than the famous people in the story of Israelites coming back to Jerusalem.

I eagerly await the second book!

This book was provided to me free of cost from Bethany House Publishers. I did not receive any compensation for writing this review.