Friday, December 30, 2011

The Bakers Daughter by Sarah McCoy

Elsie lives in occupied Germany during WW11. Her family owns a bakery and her sister is part of a program to get the specified aryan breed. Many years later Reba, a journalist, is charged with writing a journal piece about what Christmas is like in Germany. Elsie now lives in America and owns her own German Bakery, so Reba goes to her to find out what Christmas was like. With each question both women must confront thier past and Reba must learn to let go of her ghosts. Both women go on a powerful journey that ends up in self discovery.

This book jumps back and forth from occupied Germany to present day America. Its rich with history and events that open your eyes to how german people coped during the Nazi regime. It was well writ and full of feeling. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history rich novels and love stories.

I recieved a commplementary copy of review from Edleweiss.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Canary LIst by Sigmund Brouwer

Jaimie is a young girl who has been in the foster care system since she was a baby, but she has a unique gift. She can sense evil hunting her. Crockett Grey is a teacher for kids who have a hard time in school and for some reason Jaimie decides that she can trust him when an evil man shows up at her foster home pretending to be Social Services. This night leads to a series of events that destroy Crockett’s’ life and starts the uncovering of a very large secret kept by the Vatican. But when Father O’Hare needs Jaimie in Rome, Crockett finds himself pulled deep into the heart of the best kept secret with deadly consequences.
This book is a mystery that will have you guessing at every turn of events. It’s masterly written to were the reader can start piecing together their own theories on what is happening and what will happen. I enjoyed reading this book and trying to uncover how everything fit together. Although the ending was not what I had hoped, it leaves you to think on what you have just read and to gather your own conclusions about the motives of Father O’Hare. This book would be great for a book club where it can be discussed, analyzed, and thought over.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

An Amish Wedding by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, & Kelly Long

 Rose, Naomi, and Priscilla learn lessons in life and love in this collection of three stories of these three different women. Rose yearns for adventure and starts to question her decision of becoming engaged to a man she finds boring. But when a thief comes to the community Rose learns that the man she thought she knew so well may yet surprise her. Naomi has been in love and has her heart broken, and now she fears letting herself love another man. But when a stranger roles through town she may have to let go of her fears and trust that God has brought him to her for a reason. Priscilla likes everything to be neat and tidy and have everything organized, but with her wedding coming up she is finding it hard to trust that things will be alright. She loves the man she is to marry but when everything that can go wrong does, will she find the strength to trust that everything is in God's hands?

This book has three novels in it that are all connected. They are well written and easily read. Although I was sort of shocked that the authors left the stories when they did it was still an enjoyable read. In the front of the book there is a dictionary of language used throughout the book which was really helpful and fun to learn. Also in the back of the book I discovered that there were several Amish recipes that they had talked to throughout the book. This book was a delight and I suggest this book to anyone who enjoys clean romance novels and who enjoys seeing into different worlds.

I received a complementary copy of this book for review from Booksneeze.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Night of the Living Dead Christian by Matt Mikalatos

Cover: Night of the Living Dead ChristianDo you know who your neighbors are? In this comic novel Matt finds himself surrounded by monsters that are just in fairy tales. After meeting a mad scientist and his robot, Matt's eyes are opened to zombies, vampires, and werewolves. Luther Martin is a werewolf struggling to be free of the wolf and is convinced the answer lies in Christianity and its up to Matt and his new found friends to explain how it all works, which they find is harder than they expected.

This book takes a serious question and answers it in a way that will have you smiling and raising your eyebrows. Each set of monsters symbolize Christians in their walk with God and shows ways on how to break free and truly live for Him. It was well written and easy to read and understand the plot's twists and turns. It was not hard to grasp what the author was trying to say or to understand the message he was trying to convey. I would strongly recommend this book to any new follower or someone who has found themselves in a rut in their walk with God.

For an author video click here. For author Matt Mikalatos' website click here. For Tyndale House Publisher click here.

If you would like a free copy of this book please let me know either in a comment or via email. I will choose a winner at random and notify you. You will have 48 hours to respond then a new winner will be chosen.

I received a free complimentary review copy of this book from Tyndale House.

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall

If you like Amish Fiction or know someone who does the Christmas Singing is the perfect gift idea for this Christmas! Its a story about a girl who gets her heart destroyed and pours herself into her passion of baking. Its a path to self discovery and

For a video description of the book click here or to read the first chapter here.

You can also receive 30% off and free shipping on The Christmas Singing (and any other title) when you use promo code CHRISTMAS11 at checkout on The coupon code expires on December 20th, 2011 so be sure to hurry and check it out!