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I prefer a printed copy that I can hold in my hands and become old friends with, but will also accept E-books in Kindle, PDF or Nook formats.

I am a Christian and seek to glorify my Lord. As such I will not read any erotic, paranormal, vampire, or such books. I also will stop reading any book that has bad language (Cursing and taking my Lord’s name in vain.), and books with gratuitous sex. This is one reason I have chosen to be associated with the Publishing Companies and the Authors that are on my site because I feel safe recommending them to others.

Audrey Grant

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Journey 5 of 5 Stars

The Journey (Kentucky Brothers, #1)The Journey by Wanda E. Brunstetter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

LOVED IT!! Of course my Parents and Grandparents, my family is from KY. and I grew up around the Amish community. My Granny and Grandad had Amish neighbors that just lived a couple of farms over. And years later my Dad and my Uncles ended up being drivers for the Amish.
All of that to say this book rang so real and true. I can not wait to read the others in the Kentucky Brothers series.
I am hooked on all of Wanda's books that I have read so far and they just seem to get better and better!
I am so impressed with how she has tied so many of her books together. While they are each individual and unique in their own way I love how they link back to each other in such a simple way. They are all individual and yer they are still connected to each other and the community.

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5 Stars The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

The Maid of Fairbourne HallThe Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is such a new and good twist on a story that has to some extent been told before. Rich girl, wicked step parent, has to run away and hide in a disguise...
But Julie does a great job of making this story over again in an exciting way. I really enjoyed the way the heroine was willing to work so hard with such a good attitude and sweet spirit.
The "good guy" main character, reminded me of my husband whom I had met in high school but we didn't marry until 13 years later. It took some years and hardships for him to grow up and get some wisdom and understanding about him.
I like that her characters aren't perfect, that they still have to grow and learn.
I received this book from The Book Club Network Inc so I could read it and review it on the condition I give my honest opinion of the book in my review.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Prescription For Trouble #4

Lethal Remedy (Prescription for Trouble, #4)Lethal Remedy by Richard L. Mabry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I fell in love with Dr. Mabry's books with the very first one I read! It had all the things I love in a good mystery book! With the added bonus of of the medical and science twists and turns. I was thrilled to find out there were more than the first one and began watching for them and reading them as soon as I could find them. I read the first three on e-book, Kindle and loved them.

I have been waiting and watching for #4 to come out and was THRILLED to receive it from Abingdon Press to read and post my review!

Book #4 Lethal Remedy, is my favorite in the series so far. That is hard to do. Often the story starts repeating it's self when you have a basic "theme". But Dr. Mabry has managed to continue to come up with new and interesting characters, backgrounds, medical information, thought processes...I keep wanting more!

I love how even the Dr's. are such normal people. Often people in the medical profession are not portrayed that way in books. But with my far too frequent contact with the medical community in the last 17 yrs. of health issues. I have come to realize that they are just as human and emotional as we are they just try to poker face it for their patients.

I am giving this book 5 stars! It is a great story line. Kept me guessing until almost the end on the who. And did a great job of keeping me captivated!
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lydia's Charm - 4 of 5 Stars

Lydia's CharmLydia's Charm by Wanda E. Brunstetter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I did something new with this book. I checked it out from my local library online!! I was able to download the e-book to my iPod and read it! It is a wonderful program! I have missed my local library so very much being stuck at home the last three years. I can't count the times I have looked in my purse at my library card with longing!
Now,that being said! The book...
I LOVE Wanda's books! I love her style of writing, her depth of characters, descriptions of everything from the food, to the emotions and facial expressions.
But this was not my favorite book of hers. I felt like everyone kept dying. *SPOILERS ALERT* I know that life can be very rough and one person, or family, can seem to have what seems like more than their fair share of trouble at times in their life. (In fact I have lived this) But at the same time. When you have so many widows and widowers in such a short period of time in such a small community and then they are pairing up together it just seemed to not flow as naturally as most of her books.
The other thing I struggled with is the main character seeming to heal and accept the loss of her son and move on so quick! Trying to go back to work after a week. Going visiting and to supper with people withing a few weeks of her son dying, thinking about the possibility of remarriage and raising someone else's sons and having more of her own with another man when her her son has been dead a month or two and her husband a year!!
I have friends who lost their 4 year old son and 6month old daughter this past winter in a car accident. They are still deeply hurt and there was no quick bounce back. Even with God there holding them every step of the way. The loneliness and quiet is enough to make this a long process.
I may be being too hard on this book because it hit so close to home and hit such a sore and tender spot in my heart. It is a great book and as always, Wanda's writing is impeccable! I just felt rushed and a bit overwhelmed with the deaths. Of course, if a book doesn't stir up feelings and emotions of some kind for me...why read it?

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Sound Among The Trees

A Sound Among the TreesA Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting writing. I enjoyed the book as a whole. I most enjoyed the parts from the past, they were well written and drew me into the story and I wanted it to go on and tell me more about their lives! The current part was a little bit too repetitive especially with the ghosts and the pictures on the wall. The kids should have been more involved, they felt like an add on, an afterthought to tie it together instead of a real part of the story. They were gone a LOT for little kids with the loss of a Mother and a new Step-mom.
I don't usually read ghost stories and didn't know this was one or wouldn't have bothered to even start it. In my personal opinion this whole book could have been written better without the ghost line. To me that just made it corny instead of believable.
I would like to see this author try writing a past and present book without the ghost. I bet it would be a 5 star book!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Finding Our Way Home

Finding Our Way Home: A NovelFinding Our Way Home: A Novel by Charlene Ann Baumbich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very different book than any I have ever read. Which is a good thing, because you don't want to read the same thing or it's like eating leftover chili all week. It's good, real good, but you get tired of it.
Well, the was NOT left over anything! This was a whole new kettle of fish!
This book talks about "Grace". And mentions God a few times. The caregiver, 2nd main character, "prays" a lot by just saying "Grace! Amen" There is no talk of salvation, or Church and the closest it comes to talking about sin is the temptation that the caregiver is going through when she is with her fiance' and he wants to push the relationship past kissing and she wants to wait but her body feels like it is betraying her with it's feelings.
I felt like there was a fine line walked between trying to make Christians happy and making people who believe in fantasy happy, because you have all of the above going on and then you have the strange snow globe that is her good luck charm/fortune teller that her Mom gave her when she was little after a stranger told them a "Prediction" about her being a famous dancer one day.
This really isn't my kind of book. But I loved Evelyn to death!! What a wonderful character!! She came alive on the page! And I adored her grandfather! I felt every pain Sasha felt because I have been crippled up in bed and a chair for over 3 years now! And her husband was a real man with feelings that he wasn't ashamed of expressing, just like my own husband. Although there is no way my husband would allow me to run away! He would find me and treasure me. But that is our story....
I'm just saying that the characters are very real and THAT make me love this story.

Charlene@charleneannbaumbich.com

This book was gifted to me by Blogging for Books @ WaterBrookMultnomah.com for the purpose of my honest opinion and review, be it good or bad. I have not been paid for this review in any way except for the book being sent to me.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Song of Solomon

Love's Sacred SongLove's Sacred Song by Mesu Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love reading Biblical Fiction! It is fast becoming one of my favorite genre's, if it is done right. And Mesu Andrews knows how to do it right!! She starts with Gods word (KJV) and after reading and reading and studying it. Then she researches history until she gets times and places and people in the right place and order. Then after all of that labor of love to make sure she is a true to the Bible and fact as she can be. She fills in her wonderful imagination to round out the story for us to make it come even more alive!
I have always been half afraid of the book of Song of Solomon. I wanted to understand it and know it. I know it is a book of love and as a wife I have longed to draw wisdom from it but have always been afraid to try to "rightly divide" it because it is so confusing to me. But the way Mesu has written this book has explained so very much!
I love the way she starts each chapter with actual verses from Song of Solomon and then through the chapter makes them come alive! Explaining them without being at all technical. So beautifully written!
I have to admit the ending was such a shocker for me!! I was so not ready for the last chapter! I kept trying to figure out when and where the other hundreds of wives and concubines and the book of Ecclesiastes would come in but I never would have figured it that way!
Mesu has rocketed right into my favorite Authors list and is there to stay!!
I read this as an e-book but it is on my "to own" list!!

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

A Horsey Alphabet

A is for Apple: A Horsey AlphabetA is for Apple: A Horsey Alphabet by Ellen C. Maze & Elizabeth E. Little
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a very cute children's book with the alphabet, Horses, rhymes, and very good art work. Some children will fall in love with this book and it will be a favorite. Some kids depending on their sense of humor, who know horses and have grown up with them will either find it delightfully funny or will think it is ridiculous that there is no way Horses can do those things!
I know this, because, 1 I have worked with children in School and Day Care for over 20 years, 2. I have three children of my own and got a different response from each of the two youngest. 3. My brother has been a cowboy in the truest sense of the word for the last 20 years and has 7 children. They had the same mixed reaction that my kids had and they practically live on horses every day!
So I gave it three stars, I did and didn't love it. I loved everything except the horses trying to make the letters. And half the kids tested loved it, half thought it was just too silly.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sarai

Sarai (Wives of the Patriarchs)Sarai by Jill Eileen Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Each of her Biblical Novels is better than the last! I don't know how she does it... But I LOVE it!!! It is like being there with these women, feeling the sand and heat, the doubts and worries...she nails it and still stays true to God's Word! 5 *****

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Before the Scarlet Dawn

Before the Scarlet DawnBefore the Scarlet Dawn by Rita Gerlach
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I find myself going back and forth between 3 and 5 stars for this book. In a lot of ways the writing was very simple and so sad, anyone who could die, did! Unless they could keep making the main character's life pure misery!
And the end left me with an VERY unfinished story, in so very many ways....These were the 3 star reasons.

BUT, there were a couple of things that were so amazing that they lifted this story to a 5 star for me! Surprisingly it is almost the exact same reasons...the people that we think this life would be so much easier without, God leaves to teach us, strengthen us, mold and humble us. And second, while the unfinished ending frustrated me to no end, it is just like real life...we never get a nice finished happy Cinderella ending in our life. Not till we get to Heaven and God shows us the finished picture of our life and what he has in store for us.
So while I wanted to know more...God used Rita instead to TEACH me more!

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Out of Mormonism

Out of Mormonism: A Woman's True StoryOut of Mormonism: A Woman's True Story by Judy Robertson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was very informative. It has a lot of reference material for proof and that you can get to use for further research or help in dealing with or talking to LDS.
I found that reading the first hand account, written with love and concern, not bitterness and anger to be a beautiful way of telling this story.
Her honesty in telling how and why they were vulnerable and open to the LDS as well as their worries and concerns while in "training" and while in the "church", as well as her loneliness and empty feelings, were amazingly open and clear.
The way God gave them answers to their questions when they started seeking Him is just the way He works.
I highly recommend this book. It does have doctrinal details to wade through and towards the end flies through several years really fast and is a little like a whirlwind. But it is well worth the time and the read!!

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Shakespear's Lady

Shakespeare's LadyShakespeare's Lady by Alexa Schnee
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was surprised and a little disappointed in the way this book was portrayed to me and sent to me as a Christian book. I did not find this to be a Christian book in any sense of the word. Other than the main character rubbing her cross on her necklace throughout the book and being raised to feel that even though she was ordered by the Queen to do things she knew were a sin. The Queen was her sovereign and next to God so she felt she had to obey.
Then once she felt she had done so much wrong by order of the Queen, it was easy to make the choice to sin for her one chance at happiness.
All in all I found it a very sad and depressing, hopeless life, with no joy, no Christ and no Salvation.
The writing was very good for someone so young and the research was well done but I personally would not consider this a Christian book by a long stretch of the imagination.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Bride From Japan

A Bride From JapanA Bride From Japan by Kristy Pellegrin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you for picking me and sending this book to me! I just got it in today and read it all in one sitting! It is excellent! It covers all the right points in a Christian life from faith to missions, from waiting on God to living by faith, purity and honesty, and many in between! I will read this one again and again I am sure!
I will recommend this book!!!
Thank you so very much for writing this book and for sending it to me to read! What a joy and pleasure! It is going on my favorites list!

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Love Me Gently

Love Me GentlyLove Me Gently by Kristy Pellegrin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A short but very " close to home" story. Manages to hit the nail on the head in exploring the tough issue of Christian women being married to someone they thought was a Christian and the marriage turned abusive. ( In whatever way).
QUOTE: "She had succeeded in hiding five years of pain from everyone, not wanting people to know what a fool she had been." Are words pulled straight from the mind of every woman living or who has lived this nightmare!
While the time of healing was very condensed for these characters, this is amazingly spot on how God works miracles.
One other thing, QUOTE;" How can I truly say I love you, if I didn't also love your children?" My husband now proposed over 13 years ago by asking "Will you and ________(my 3yr old) marry me?"

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Book Club Network Inc

An Amish Family ReunionAn Amish Family Reunion by Mary Ellis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was the first time I think I have ever read a book by Mary Ellis. I really enjoyed the book. There was a lot crammed in one book. There were a lot of people to get to know, interlocking relationships to connect. And it necessarily covered a lot of territory (New York, Wisconsin, and their home state). But I still found it to be a good book with a lot of information and details. I find that I want to read more about this family and that I want to read more books written by Mary Ellis.
To me the sign of an excellent book is when I find myself fanning the last few pages of the book through my fingers while I'm reading, thinking that there really isn't enough "book" left to write enough to tell me all I want to know about everyone! When the book ends and hours and even a day or two later I find myself thinking about the characters, wondering about decisions they were making and how things turned out...that is a good book. "An Amish Family Reunion" is one of those books. It left me wanting so much more without feeling like a setup for a sequel.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Fierce Beauty

Fierce Beauty: Choosing to Stand for What Matters MostFierce Beauty: Choosing to Stand for What Matters Most by Kim Meeder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just received it today in the mail!! Thank you so much! I will read it and let you know what I think asap.
I really like this book. It was a real encouragement to me in many ways. It was also a pleasant surprise to read about my beautiful Alaska where I love living and the many things I adore doing here, hiking being my favorite!
I have owned horses and enjoy hiking and camping with them in the mountains of Alaska while moose hunting.
I have also owned, driven and enjoyed dogsleds and sled dog rides as well as enjoying watching a few races.
But I have most enjoyed my years of teaching children. Which has been my "Job" as well as my ministry my whole adult life.
Thank you for this book.

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Tender Warrior

Tender Warrior: Every Man's Purpose, Every Woman's Dream, Every Child's HopeTender Warrior: Every Man's Purpose, Every Woman's Dream, Every Child's Hope by Stu Weber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is written so well. It is written by a man to men. But as a wife and mother, when I read it, I was amazed at how insightful this book is! Stu Weber is right on target when he describes how a man needs to be strong while remaining loving toward his family! A leader and protector and yet a heart of gold! Understanding and there for his family without being a push-over!
My husband, brother and brother-in-laws all now own a copy! This book is a must for every Christian man in my personal opinion.

This book was HIGHLY recommended to my husband who is severely dyslexic. So he had me read it to him a chapter or section at a time. Wonderful book for men! (His words not mine) It was recommended to him by both a preacher and a missionary. He says every man should read it Married or not. But especially if you are married/ and have kids. My husband gave it the 5 star rating.
For James

My take...In the beginning of the book he recommends that women not read it and I can understand why. It would be very easy if it were your personality, to watch for the changes in your husband after reading this book and try to remind or encourage him instead of just letting God do His work in your husband's life. But since I have been practicing this "mouth shut and let God lead" policy anyway in our marriage. It seems to be ok for us. If you are at all a pushy personality. Be careful. Sometimes God's miracles aren't over night. Sometimes they take time to grow and mature.
Audrey

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